Colt Corner


September 29, 2017

Dear Colts,

We had a very full week of instructional growth, club day, and extra curricular activities on campus. Our Colts are settling into their classes and adjusting nicely. Next week our students will have a four-day week of school with Friday off, giving our teachers an opportunity to continue their professional learning and bring back additional research-based skills for students. We look forward to the weekend and week ahead as we enter into the fun fall month of October!


David Arencibia, Ed.D.

CMS Principal

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Student Voice at CMS

​As part of the "Student Voice" initiative in GCISD, students across the district will periodically complete questionnaires and surveys to provide feedback on their learning experiences. Sometimes these surveys are informal (such as feedback on a recent unit, etc...), and sometimes they are more comprehensive (such as a Gallup survey, etc...). Most surveys will be anonymous, and all surveys will be used for the purpose of providing the best learning environment possible for students. If you have any questions about the Student Voice initiative, feel free to ask your student's teacher or the campus administration for more information.

CMS, did you know?

Did you know that this school year our Advisory period is serving many purposes for our students?! We are using the period to do required activities that will allow more class time to uphold the integrity of our instructional purposes. Ways that we are using our Advisory includes enhancing students study skills, training on gmail, and training of digital products available to students to help them with organization and productivity. It is also being used to help with social organization such as the clubs that we introduced this past Monday and meeting time for Student Council, National Junior Honor Society (NJHS), and Math Club. In addition, the Advisory period allows us to meet the needs of students needing additional tutoring help in their school work, some built in time during the week for possible homework or studying, and students personal planning time.

Quote from the feedback on Thought Exchange:

Thought: "Life skills lessons: including basic financial, safety and organization."

Experience: "Time management and organization skills".

Google Classroom

Parents, most of your students’ teachers use Google Classroom as a platform where students can access assignments and class information. Parents can receive summaries from Google Classroom to stay informed about what is happening in student’s classes. If you are not already listed as a guardian in Google Classroom, you should be receiving an email within the next week inviting you as a guardian to your student’s Google Classroom. Accepting the invitation will allow you to receive email summaries from Google Classroom. Click here for more information about email summaries:

Email (CMS Librarian) if you have any questions.

Social Studies Student of the Week

The CMS Social Studies department is honoring a "Social Studies Student of the Week"! Each week a different Social Studies teacher will pick a student that exemplifies the best of the class. This week Jeremie Parker picked Ben Cooper a, 6th grader, as our first winner for his hard work and dedication!


On October 11th all 8th graders will be taking the PSAT. There will not be any makeups for this test so please avoid scheduling any appointments for your child on that day.

More information about the PSAT can be found here .

CMS Stars Car Wash

The CMS Stars Dance Team is having a Car Wash (Booster Club fundraiser) on Saturday September 30 from 10:00 am - 12:00 pm AT the 7-11 on Glade and 121 in Euless.

Counselor Corner

Week of October 2 – October 5, 2017


We have completed the Signs of Suicide program for all grades. Please ask your child what they have learned. The below acronym will be used throughout the school year.

A: Acknowledge the problem;

C: Care. Let the person know you care; and

T: Tell a responsible adult.

Counselors will also discuss the difference between sadness and depression.

PLAY IT SAFE VIDEOS for 6th and 7th – Opt Out Forms are included in this letter. They are due back Thursday, October 4 to the CMS counseling office.

October 5 – 7th Grade – Play It Safe – Healthy Relationships

November 10 – 7th Grade – Play It Safe – Can’t Take It Back

November 17 – 6th Grade – Play It Safe – It’s Harassment

February 16 – 7th Grade – Play It Safe – Abuse of Power

March 2 – 6th Grade – Play It Safe – Survivors of Abuse


This is the schedule of CMS counselor guidance lessons for September:

October 2 – Wear Blue for World Bullying Prevention Day

October 4 – 6th Grade Boys PE – Self Image and Self-Improvement

October 5 – 7th Grade – Play It Safe – Healthy Relationships

October 11 – 6th Grade Girls PE Continuing Self Image and Self-Improvement

October 12 – 8th Grade Guidance – 4 year Plan

October 18 – 6th Grade Boys PE Continuing Self Image and Self-Improvement


October 2 – Wear Blue for World Bullying Prevention Day

October 24 – Mix It Up Lunch

October 25 – Wear Orange for Unity Day


The Duke University Talent Identification Program (Duke Tip) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to serving academically gifted and talented youth. Duke Tip’s talent searches serve as the entry point to academic benefits and programs for gifted and talented students in grades 4-12. Fro more information, click here:

Parents may directly enroll their child online at or via paper applications at any time during the enrollment period, September 15 – January 31. Fees are paid only once, and need-based financial aid is available. Students must have attained a qualifying test score at or above the 95th percentile on at least one accepted subtest area of a grade-level standardized achievement test (Stanford or Iowa Test of Basic Skills), or achieved a score of a 125 or above on an aptitude test (OLSAT, CoGAT, NNAT) or mental ability test (IQ test such as WISC), or met the Duke approved score on a state criterion-referenced test (STAAR). A school code will be provided on the Duke Tip website during the enrollment process.

Krystal McCure – Counselor A-K – 817-305-4916

Leslie Walden – Counselor L-Z – 817-305-4917

Shari Vanderwork – Registrar – 817-305-4955

Tips from Nurse Martin

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October 2 - Stomp Out Bullying - Wear Blue

October 5 - 7th & 8th Grade Volleball- Schedules here

October 5 - CMS Band Fall Social - Hall's Pumpkin Farm - 6:00 - 8:00 pm

October 5 - CMS Choir - 6th Grade Demo Concert - CMS Cafeteria - 7:00 - 8:00 pm

Octboer 6 - Student Holiday

October 9 - Student Holiday

October 9 - CMS Choir - All Region Audition Workshop - CHHS - 1:00 - 4:00 pm

October 10 - Make-up Picture Day

October 11 - PSAT - 8th Grade

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