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Charleston Middle School competes in girls' and boys' interscholastic athletics.  At the end of all seasons teams are involved in Illinois Elementary School Association (I.E.S.A.) sponsored state tournaments.  Students participating in these programs must abide by the CUSD#1 Athletic Code. 
An updated physical is required prior to participate in any athletic event.

Athletic Calendar

Athletic Code

Trojan Booster Club



Boys' Baseball 

Jon Hanner

Girls' Softball

Blain Mayhall

Cross Country 

John McInerney


Stan Adkins

Boys' Basketball

Stephen Kuchefski--7th Grade
Derrick Landrus--8th Grade

Girls' Basketball

Girls' Basketball

Robert Lynn--7th Grade
Ben Pertl--8th Grade

Boys' and Girls' Track and Field

Scott Bennett

Trina Oetting

Girls' Volleyball

TBA--7th Grade
Justin Tomaska--8th Grade

Pom and Dance Team

Laura Humphreys

The Little Trojets Pom and Dance Team is made up of approximately 18 students.  They promote school spirit and perform at home boys' and girls' basketball games using choreographed dance routines.  They compete at Illinois Drill Team Association (I.D.T.A.) regional competitions beginning in January and ending in February with state finals.


Abbie Schmitz

The major objectives of cheerleading are to promote school spirit through good citizenship, leadership, and cheering at athletic events. 



Randy Harpster


Prior to the start of each school day, from 8:05-8:40, all students may participate in various
intramural athletics held in the gym.  Throughout the year students can compete in
3on 3 basketball, Hot Shots, 3 Point Shooting, Home Run Derby, badminton, volleyball,
table tennis, pickle ball, kickball, tug of war, and other organized activities.

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Non-Athletic Activities

Ecology Team
Mrs. Southworth
Mrs. Sherwood
The ecology team meets during September and October  to study various Illinois ecology and nature subjects. Subjects this year include freshwater fish, bats, and mammals.  In the past they have included pond ecology, marshes, trees, grasses, seeds, and turtles, I think you get the idea. Students study vocabulary, labeling anatomy , and species accounts to identify.  They will compete against other schools in October at Lake Shelbyville.  The Eco-Meet is put on by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.
Speech Team
Mrs. Winings at CHS
CMS Speech is an IESA interscholastic activity for 7th & 8th grade students who enjoy performing.  Students may choose from 11 different events: Solo Acting, Poetry, Original Script, Impromptu, Storytelling, Duet Acting, Improv Duet, Original Duet, Small group Acting, Team Improv, and Chorale.  Students may perform in up to three events.

 The team practices some mornings and some afternoons at CMS during September & October. CHS coaches provide scripts and other materials. The team, which is coached by CHS coaches and students, has one competition annually. In 2016, the competition is on November 5 at Urbana.  Last year 19 CMS students participated and earned more than 30 1st place wards in competition.  Any student who enjoys acting or public speaking should plan to participate in this fun IESA activity. 

Student Council

Mrs.  Foster

The purposes of the Student Council are to develop attitudes of and practice in good citizenship; promote harmonious relationships throughout the school; improve school morale; promote responsibility and dependability in the student body; represent the students and promote the general welfare of the school.  Student Council is involved in such activities as dances and concessions at events.  Elections are held at the beginning of the first semester.

Scholastic Bowl

Mrs. Jones

Scholastic Bowl is a game played by two teams of five players each who will try to answer a combination of toss-up and bonus questions. Points are scored by the team who buzzes in first and answers a toss-up question correctly. That team then has the opportunity to answer a bonus question. All seventh and eighth grade students are eligible for Scholastic Bowl.  Tryouts are held in December.  Competitions with other schools are scheduled January through May.

Classroom Courier
Mrs. Foster
Classroom Courier is a newsletter published three times a year by seventh and eighth graders at Charleston Middle School.  Courier journalists are assigned an article to write about CMS and assigned a grade school to visit during the school day.  They interview classes at the grade school and write a second article.  Students have a few days to type their articles, then they work with Mrs. Foster to proofread and edit the articles and to create a graphic layout for the newsletter.  In the following weeks, the CC newsletter is distributed in the JG-TC newspaper.
Musical Performance Groups
Music Boosters



Mrs. Cruit



Ms.  M. McDevitt

 CMS offers multiple music performance ensembles--Concert Band, Choir, and Advanced Choir.  Band and Chorus are classes within the student's daily schedule.  Students may register to take both Band and Chorus.  Students participating in both would attend Chorus on Mondays and Wednesdays, and Band on Tuesdays and Thursdays, with alternating Fridays. 

See Ms. McDevitt for information about Advanced Choir.  CMS Spring Musical auditions are held in January and are open to the entire student body.  Rehearsals are after school Monday through Thursday.


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This page was last updated 09/19/2016