Curtis Chronicles

April 12, 2021

A Message from Curtis Principal, Sonya Pitcock

Cougar Families,

It was great to see all the virtual students last week for STAAR testing! Thank you for your patience with the rough start we had on Tuesday due to state issues. Thursday was much better and the students were great! Please be sure to mark your calendars for the rest of our STAAR testing dates and avoid scheduling appointments on these days. We will send specific information about testing as we get closer.

STAAR Testing Dates

May 4 – Algebra I EOC – 8th grade

May 6 – STAAR Science – 8th grade

May 7 – STAAR Social Studies – 8th grade

May 11 – STAAR Math – 7th and 8th grade

May 12 – STAAR Reading – 7th and 8th grade

This is a very busy time of year and we want to be sure to get all important information to everyone so please be sure to read through the newsletters, check our website, read the skyward messages sent and, as always, give us a call if you have any questions.


Sonya Pitcock

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Allen ISD will hold a special election, known as an Attendance Credit Election, on May 1 seeking voter approval for the district to pay recapture by purchasing attendance credit from the State with local tax revenue. An attendance credit is simply the name given for a district to equalize its wealth through recapture payments.

The district has paid recapture funds by purchasing attendance credit from the Texas Education Agency (TEA). Until this year, the district has used a state exemption to have recapture funds taken out of its annual state funding without the need for a special election.

The special election is required by the state due to changes by Texas House Bill 3 in the 2019 legislative session. Allen ISD will only have to hold this election one time.

For more information:

NJHS Sponsors ACO Food Drive

Donate to the ACO food drive from Monday, April 26 through Friday, April 30. ACO is requesting the following items to help with increased demand during the summer months:

  • instant oatmeal
  • jelly
  • fruit cups
  • individual mac n cheese cups (4pack)
  • juice boxes

Items may be dropped off in the plastic crate outside the front entrance of CMS or in room A113 before/after school. NJHS students, PALS, and others needing service hours: a donation of 3 items equals 1 service hour. Ms. Dimoulakis (room A113) can sign service forms, or parents can sign for donations from At-Home Learners.

STEAM Ambassador Program

CMS has loved the partnership with the STEAM Ambassador Program this year and are excited to share they are offering sign ups for STAAR review/help. Click here for more information about STEAM Ambassadors.

7th Grade Math STAAR Flyer

8th Grade Math STAAR Flyer

8th Grade Science STAAR Flyer

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Power of One Donations

Our 7th grade Humanities students are working on their Power of One projects. Students had to find a way one person could make an impact in their world by looking into things they are passionate about. Several projects involve giving to others in many different forms!

The week of April 19-23 we will be collecting donations for the following groups:

  • Children’s Hospital – New Toy Drive (
  • Allen Animal Shelter – Pet Supply Drive (food, collars, leashes, beds, treats, etc.)
  • Buckner Children’s Home – Supply drive (socks, bedding, undergarments for children, school supplies, hygiene supplies)
  • Lending Library in Allen - Book drive (K-12 books)
  • Samaritan Inn - Canned Food/Toiletries
  • Allen Vet Hospital – Animal toys and blankets
  • Texas Health Presby Allen – Monetary donations via Go Fund Me, click here
  • Children’s Advocacy Center – gently used clothes, shoes, belts, toys

Donations can be brought to school by students throughout the week and dropped off in the office boxes designated for each organization. Students will receive a techno lunch pass for their donations to any group. At-home learners can drop off supplies in the front of the school each day. There will be boxes designated there as well.

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Junior Police Academy

Junior Police Academy is open to students entering grades 7-12 this fall!

For more information and registration info, please visit:

From the Campus Nurse: Notification of 7th Grade immunizations


The Texas Education Code, Section 2.09, requires all students in Texas public schools to have complete and up-to-date immunizations against certain diseases to be in compliance for 7th grade:

_______ Tdap if at least 5 years have passed since last dose

_______ Meningococcal after 11 years of age. Vaccine must be identified as Menactra,

Menveo, MenACWY or MCV4.

Questions? Please contact CMS Nurse, Jen Rau,

Middle School Parent Chats - Hosted by AISD Support Counselors

Dear Parents and Guardians,

During these uncertain times, we understand that you may be struggling to balance your child's at-home or in-person learning along with your own work and home commitments. We are here to support you! Join us at one of the times listed by clicking on the date/time links below. We are here to provide a space for you to discuss your challenges and identify healthy ways to cope & problem solve. It will be a great way to connect with other parents facing similar struggles. We hope you will join us! Facilitated by the Allen ISD Support Counselors.

Please note: Registration will open 2 weeks prior to each event.

Middle School Parent Chats

Wednesday, April 21 @ 2 pm

Wednesday, May 19 @ 2 pm

Hope you can join us!

AISD Support Counselors

CMS Announcements Posted to CMS Website

If you are interested in CMS Announcements, you can access them directly on the CMS website.

Be sure to check back often! CLICK HERE