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CMS Working Towards Sustainability

CMS Working Towards Sustainability
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Whether you are in Gardening Club, Friday’s Friends, Science class or wandering around the halls, you may have heard that Colonia Middle School is looking to be more sustainable.

According to, sustainability is defined as “the processes and actions through which humankind avoids the depletion of natural resources, in order to keep an ecological balance that doesn’t allow the quality of life of modern societies to decrease.”

So what does that mean?  It means that CMS has joined the fight against wasting natural resources in order to protect the environment. 

 For example, the water refill stations are a great thing, right?  They sure are, not only is the water filtered better and healthier, but by refilling your water bottle, you save plastic water bottles from being wasted and filling up the landfills. Do you realize that it takes about 450 years for a water bottle to decompose?

You also might have noticed the great changes being made to our second courtyard between the 8th and 7th grade wings.  We have three new garden beds out there as well as the new addition of our greenhouse.   

Over the next few months, we will also be creating an outdoor classroom and a butterfly garden!

All of these components will help Colonia Middle be more sustainable.  You decrease the chemicals in your food by growing your own and not using pesticides or unnatural fillers and add healthy components to your diets.  In addition, you improve the air quality with the flowers and plants around.

The butterfly garden will increase the population of bees and butterflies which help the plants and flowers pollinate and add growth. 

You are probably thinking this area will only be for Friday’s Friends and Science classes, but an outdoor area where you can still study and learn is good for all students.  

It gives you fresh air and helps the building save on electricity.  

There are a million ways that each of us can help CMS become more sustainable!

Won’t you help out?

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Ryan Tirado
Ryan Tirado, Newspaper Staff Reporter
Ryan Tirado is a 13 year old student at CMS. His favorite subjects are Math and Friday's Friends. His favorite thing to do outside of school is to hang out with friends and play video games. Some clubs that he is a part of other than newspaper are Buddy Ball, Patriot Club, Gardening Club, Baking Club, and World Culture Club. He is also part of the DEI committee and NJHS.
Laura Skiba-Velez
Laura Skiba-Velez, Newspaper Advisor & Editor
Ms. Skiba, as one of the most beloved teachers at CMS, has been helping us through this tough year. From teaching us how to write and supporting us through tough times she truly has changed CMS. Ms. Skiba has been teaching Language Arts at CMS for 13 years and Friday’s Friends for 12 years. She started Friday’s Friends in 2012 and it took off fast as one of the most popular electives here at CMS. She is an editor of the “CMS Patriot Post” and advisor for the school dances and class trips along with Mr. Bhambri. She had one son whom she adores, and 6 grandchildren. She absolutely loves to garden, sew, and hang out with her puppies.  She truly is a hidden gem in CMS and the newspaper club thanks her for being the amazing role model she is. She has changed and impacted our lives in so many ways. We love you Ms. Skiba!!

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