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CMS - Principal's Message

Last Updated: 8/5/2019 3:32 PM

Mr. Matthew Ballentine, Principal


Welcome to Chillicothe Middle School!  We are very excited about the school year!  Over the past several years we have made great strides in improving the educational experience for every student that enters our building.  This year we will continue to make great strides as we look to make each year better then the last.   


As an educator in the Chillicothe City School District for the past nine years I am very excited to be embarking on this new journey as the principal. I consider it not only an honor but also a privilege to serve the students, staff, parents, and community of Chillicothe as Principal of Chillicothe Middle School (CMS).  To be a member of the Cavalier Family is to be part of something very special  and with the caring faculty and staff at Chillicothe Middle School we want nothing more than for you to be successful.  As you enter our classrooms, you will find an environment filled with respect,  


Chillicothe Middle School has much to offer all types of students and learners. We have choices and opportunities that are unique to most middle school students.  One of the unique things that sets us apart from other middle and is plays a role in everything we do is The Leader In Me.  We are the first Leader In Me Middle School in the state of Ohio and this affords many of our students great opportunities.  In addition, following are other things that we offer our students: Foreign Language Classes, Algebra Class, block scheduling, Power of the Pen, Quiz Bowl Team, Student Leadership Teams, and numerous other opportunities.  Essentially, Chillicothe Middle School is a great place to learn and grow. 


I invite you to explore our website or contact us to learn more about Chillicothe Middle School.  Take a look at our course offerings, athletic teams, student handbook, and much more to become better acquainted with our school. More information can be found on our district website at www.ccsd.us  Please feel free to call or email me anytime with questions, concerns, or suggestions regarding CMS.  


I am truly excited about the school year.  I can speak for the faculty and staff of CMS in saying that we care about you and we want you to be successful.  We are committed to making your experiences at Chillicothe Middle School challenging, exciting, and rigorous with our goal being to prepare you for high school and other future challenges you will encounter.  I encourage each student to become as involved as possible with the various activities, clubs, and organizations that we have to offer.  Take ownership of your school career and take advantage of the many opportunities CMS has to offer.  Welcome Back and 





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