Meet CMS Staff: Mrs McQuate and Mr. Wachtel

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Meet Renee McQuate, she is a sixth grade Science teacher.  She has worked for Cloverleaf for 29 years and she is a district lead mentor and team leader.  She graduated from Midview High School and then received her Master’s degree from Kent State University.  She has been married to her husband for 28 years and has a son and a daughter. In her spare time she enjoys working at Blossom Music Center.  She loves working at Cloverleaf because it is a place where teachers can be both individuals and part of teams. Renee chose education because she has always wanted to be a teacher.  There was never really anything else. 

Meet Ron Wachtel, he is a Technology Teacher.  He has worked for Cloverleaf for 22 years and has been the head golf coach for 20 years.  He graduated from Orrville high school and has a bachelor’s degree in business education from the University of Akron.  Ron is married with two children and is a fan of Ohio State. He loves working at Cloverleaf because he likes the attitudes of our kids wanting to learn something new.  Ron chose education because he thinks kids need to be better prepared for life after school and he hopes he can teach them something they will use later in life.

CMS Virtual Spirit Days Starts March 30th!!

Students, we miss you all very much and to help us share spirit while we are away and getting back into instruction next week we will be having a spirit week!  Feel free to email, tweet or share pictures with us!

Spirit Week starts on Monday, March 30th!

  • Monday-Superhero
  • Tuesday-Crazy hair
  • Wednesday-Dress like an old person
  • Thursday-Jersey Day
  • Friday-Pajama Day!

Cloverleaf Middle School Plan for Instructional Continuity starting March 30th.

On March 30th, Cloverleaf Middle School will be starting online instruction. This will be a very different learning platform for our students. With that being said, it is important to provide students and families a framework as to how it will work and what is expected.

Below is the link to the CMS Plan for Instructional Continuity. I ask that parents and students review the plan together. Once you and your child review the plan, your son or daughter should do the following:

  • Login into their school Google Account (to access online tools)
  • Check email for information from their teachers
  • Visit individual Google Classrooms. Teachers will provide instructional goals, activities, and expectations.
  • If you have questions please reach out to your child’s teacher through email.

Link to CMS Plan for Instructional Continuity

Building hours of operation:

  • Schools across the district will be open for families on Tuesdays and Thursdays between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.

If your family utilized paper packets during the first week of remote instruction, I want to share an opportunity to acquire free internet through Spectrum Cable. If you take advantage of this option and need a device for instructional purposes you may visit the high school on Monday, March 30th between 9:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. to sign out a district Chromebook. Please CLICK HERE for details of how to take advantage of the opportunity being provided through Spectrum.

If you do not have access to the internet (through home WiFi or other hot spots available through cellular devices) paper packets will remain as an option. Families will need to drop off completed packets and pickup new packets each week, in the cafeteria, during the building’s hours of operation that were shared above.

  • The collection for the paper packets that were picked up on March 16th will be Tuesday, April 7th. This date will also be when new paper packets will be available for families to take home and complete for the upcoming week. Please be advised there will be no new paper packets for families to pickup until April 7th.
  • Paper packets will be made available on a one week cycle. Each Tuesday is when new paper packets will be available for the upcoming week to be picked up on either Tuesday or Thursday during hours of operation.

The structure and processes that are outline above are designed to meet the instructional needs based on the most recent information provided by the medical community, as well as, State and Federal governments. Please understand that if circumstances would change there may be a need to adjust our plan.

CMS 3 on 3 Basketball Update

Attention CMS parents:

Due to our current situation in the school district, we have made the decision to cancel the 3 on 3 basketball tournament.  We have decided to give parents two options regarding the $10.00 per student tournament fee.

The first option is that you may request a refund from the PTO.  The second option is that you may choose to donate the $10.00 fee to the Cloverleaf Middle School PTO to help support future activities.

To request a refund, please contact Dawn Hagenbaugh at by April 6, 2020.  If you request a refund, please include your name and address in your request and a check will be mailed to you.

If we do not receive a request for a refund by April 6, 2020, we will assume that you wish to donate the fee to the PTO. 

Thank you and the PTO hopes everyone is staying healthy!

Community Resources

As families find themselves remaining home for an extended period of time, the middle school administration, counselors, and nurse want to share the following documents. These documents provide a wide variety of community resources that families may find helpful during this time.

CMS Communication

As we work through unique challenges, communication between the school and home is very important.  I was made aware that there are some families who have previously opted out of the text messaging option that is offered as a part of our district all call system.  

I will be using my blog ( and the district texting feature to communicate critical information over the next several weeks.  So, if you do not currently receive text messages from the middle school, I encourage you to follow the following steps to opt back into the system.  

  1. Text “yes” to 87569
  2. You should immediately get a message that the opt-back-in is successful.  

Thank you for your attention to this matter.  I want to be sure that our families are well connected to the events of the middle school.

Take care!

Update: Washington D.C./Cleveland Trips. (3/16/20)

I know families have many questions about the 8th grade Washington D.C. trip and 6th grade Cleveland trip. I have been in close contact with Nowak Tours over the past several days. We are closely monitoring State and Federal safety guidelines. Prior to making any definitive decisions on canceling the trip my plan is to await Governor Dewine’s scheduled update on Ohio’s response plan to the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) outbreak on April 3rd. His update will provide direction to schools and other entities on the plan moving forward. Once this information is communicated I will make a definitive decision regarding both trips.

If additional information is shared prior to the April 3rd update by the State of Ohio or Federal Government I will comply with the expectations and communicate to families the next steps in regards to both trips.

Thank you for your understanding and patience during this time. Safety of our students is our first priority!