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Lottery opens for CMS magnet schools

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The online lottery for CMS magnet schools opens today (Friday, Jan. 7.)

From 6 a.m. to 11 p.m., CMS families may go online to apply for any of the district’s 10 magnet programs at 37 schools for the 2011-2012 school year. The lottery application period ends at 10 p.m. on Feb. 7.

CMS has been sending instruction sheets home with students this week. Some students may receive their packets early next week. Students who will be new to CMS and those assigned to Title I Choice schools received the information via mail.
Only families who wish to apply for a magnet program need to participate in the online process. Those happy with their student placement need not apply.

CMS will hold a Magnet Fair on Saturday, January 8, at Phillip O. Berry Academy of Technology (1430 Alleghany Street) from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Representatives from all magnet programs will be available, as well as staff from the English as a Second Language (ESL) department, career and technical education, study abroad programs, Parent University and Student Assignment. School health workers can also answer questions about required physical examinations and immunizations. Computers will be available, so families can complete the online student-assignment forms if they would like to participate in the lottery.
In addition, CMS will provide free computer access at the Family Application Center (700 Marsh Rd.) and at all zone offices. Computers at these locations will be available from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Families can contact student placement with any questions. Representatives are available from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. The phone number is 980-343-5335. Spanish-speaking representatives are also available.

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