Mustang Round-Up

2017-18 Cheyenne Middle School Newsletter ~ September

From Our Principal

Cheyenne Families,

We have had a great start to the 2017-18 school year! Our teachers and students have been hard at work learning school procedures, expectations, and building relationships with teachers and peers. Our mission is: The Cheyenne Team joins with parents and the community to empower all students to succeed. Success is not an accident. We work hard to teach students how to be successful in life and academics. Cheyenne is honored to be a GE Model school for 3 years in a row. Our staff works hard to continue the Great Expectations program within our building.

The GE teaching/training model is developed and implemented around 6 basic principles and 17 practices that allow students to become self-directed learners, critical thinkers, and productive citizens within the school and in society. This model combines the best research based instructional strategies and character development to create a culture of respect with academic excellence.

The basic principles of the program are high expectations for students, a learning climate based on mutual respect between student and teacher, student self-esteem, a belief that all students can learn, positive teacher attitude, and highly skilled and knowledgeable teachers who inspire and enable students to achieve success.

When you visit our school you may experience particular practices that identify our GE model. Here are a few examples. Our school recites and references our Mustang Motto each day during our morning announcements. The teachers model and practice the 17 practices with students throughout the school year. Practices exhibited may be a door greeter, addressing one another by name, answering using complete sentences (restating questions with answers), celebrations, challenging learning, cooperative groups, and learner’s work displayed. Students also learn about the 17 Life Principles throughout the school year. These principles are character traits that are shared in reference to how to practice them. Students that exhibit these principles may be selected by their teachers to attend Mustang Grill and be recognized for their actions.

Through the implementation and use of Great Expectations, we want our students to embrace and exhibit the eight expectations for living while at Cheyenne and for their future. The eight expectations are what we expect student conduct to look like in school and in their daily lives.

We appreciate your support. If you have additional questions please visit the GE website or contact one of the school administrators. I know Great Expectations is what makes Cheyenne unique and why our students are the best!

We are Cheyenne!

We are Mustangs!

Michelle Grinsteiner


Hope from the Heartland Project

Cheyenne Families,

We are partnering with Heartland Middle School to adopt Cunningham Middle School from Galena Park ISD in Houston, TX. Heartland shared with us their project from "Principals Helping Principals" and the partnership to collaborate on this project was born. The students, staff, and families in Cunningham have been impacted by Hurricane Harvey. They are in need of many items to begin to move forward. Mrs. Shaunte Morris, principal of Cunningham MS reiterated their immediate needs are basic school supplies, Walmart Gift Cards, & uniforms.

We will be collecting items this week in 1st hour. We encourage our families to donate and assist us in this effort. We will reward 1st-hour classes with the most participation with a Hat Day on Friday, September 15. Along with Heartland, we will store, sort, and then plan to deliver the donations to Cunningham MS around September 22nd.

Needs include:

Basic school supplies (folders with prongs & pockets, composition notebooks, notebook paper, pens, pencils, erasers, highlighters, map pencils, markers & glue sticks)
Walmart gift cards to assist with buying the items mentioned, school uniforms, underclothes, toiletries and other necessities.

School uniforms (solid black, blue, white or gray polos w/o logos and blue, black, khaki or jean bottoms) All sizes in girls and boys would be a HUGE help

Background Information

Cunningham MS

  • 1,000 students in 7th & 8th grades
  • Schoolwide Title I
  • 1/3 or more of her students are directly impacted by Hurricane Harvey (estimated from survey responses so far)
  • CMS educators have begun to adopt families & students in their classes
  • Principal's secretary & a teacher lost everything as well
  • The first day of school was Thursday (9/7)

Thank you in advance for embarking on our journey from Edmond, OK to Houston, TX.

We appreciate any assistance our families may provide to this school community in need!

We Are Cheyenne!

We Are Mustangs!

Michelle Grinsteiner


Attention 8th Grade Families: Digital Conversion Information

As part of Edmond Public Schools' Digital Conversion Plan, 8th grade students will check out district issued Chromebooks(charge cord and protective carrying case) for the 2017-2018 school year.

The Digital Conversion Guidebook details information and guidelines for both the parents and student to follow while the student is in possession of the Chromebook. Digital Conversion Guidebook

There is also an option to purchase a Student Technology Protection Plan for $30 through September 15th in the office.



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Going on at Cheyenne this month

  • Sept. 12
PICTURE DAY! All students take a picture for the yearbook. Look for packets to come home with your child.
  • Sept. 12
Enjoy a Kona Ice at lunch. Prices are $2, $3, or $4
  • Sept. 12
PTO Meeting - 1:15
  • Sept. 18
No School - Teacher Prof Development Day
  • Sept. 22
7th Grade Wildlife Expo School Day
  • Sept. 25-29
Stampede of Giving
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Reminder: Parent/Teacher Conferences


Mark your calendars now! Parent/Teacher conferences are scheduled for October 12th or 16th from 4:30-8:00 pm. No appointment necessary.

From the PTO

Hello Cheyenne Families!

It’s hard to believe that September is here. Bring on the football, volleyball, and hopefully some cooler temperatures! The PTO Board and Committee Chairs are ready to roll up our sleeves and serve our school and staff, and we hope you will join us for our first general meeting, Tuesday, September 12 at 1:15 in the Media Center. We will keep our website updated with information about all of our events and service opportunities. Please visit regularly and sign up to receive emails regarding upcoming activities and needs. If you haven’t had an opportunity to sign up for a committee, don’t worry! There’s still time.

Mark your calendar for Family Fun Night, Monday, September 25th. This is also when we will be kicking off our fall fundraiser, Stampede of Giving. More details will be coming home at the end of the month, but know that the end of September is when the Stampede begins! Other ongoing fundraisers include spirit nights at different restaurants around the community and every Wednesday at the Covell Sonic. A portion of the night’s sales from each spirit night comes back to Cheyenne. How fortunate we are to live in a community so eager to give back!

As we get into the hustle and bustle of the year, take a moment to say a prayer for all those in Texas who have been impacted by Hurricane Harvey. The devastation is overwhelming, but even more than that, the amazing display of teamwork and selflessness shines through the darkness.

We Are Cheyenne!

We Are Mustangs!

Amy Stoker, PTO President

Pink Out T-shirt Order

Order Deadline Sept 17

Band Blast

Welcome to band! We are very excited to create music with this year’s band students!

The final turn-in day for orders and money for our annual magazine/cookie dough fundrasier will be Thursday, September 7. Thank you for your support of the Cheyenne Band program and enabling us to provide musical experiences for your student.

CODA honor band auditions for 7th and 8th grade students will be on Saturday, November 4, 2017, at Santa Fe High School. If your child would like to audition for the CODA Honor band, please contact Mrs. Mills ( and 726-5729). Students will be given their audition time by the week of November 2. If the student is selected for the honor band, the band will be held on January 5-6, 2018, in Norman, OK. 7th and 8th grade parents be looking for an electronic sign-up form.

The 8th grade band will have their first performance on the evening of Monday, September 25, 2017 at Cheyenne Family Fun Night. The band will be performing at 6:00 pm. Make plans to attend this fun evening.

The 8th grade band will be joining the Edmond North band for an upcoming football game on Friday, October 6, 2017. This is a great time for 8th graders to begin to make connections with their future Husky band members.

6th grade students are ready to start making music on their instruments. We know they are eager to begin their instrumental music journey.

Please encourage all band students to practice at home daily. Frequently ask them to perform something on their instrument for your family. We appreciate the support!

Students who are rhythmically skilled also tend to better plan, sequence, and coordinate actions in their daily lives.
- “Cassily Column,” TCAMS Professional Resource Center, 2000.

Musically yours,

JoeLee Mills

Greg Mangus

Caitlin Harouff

From the Orchestra Podium

I am very excited to be the new director of the Cheyenne Middle School Orchestra! What an exciting and fantastic year we have ahead! Thank you in advance for all of your hard work and commitment to your art!

Here are some upcoming dates to remember:

♫ September 18: 7th and 8th grade North Central Honor Orchestra applications and money due for interested students. Mr. Ketch will have applications in class.

♫ September 7: Cheyenne band and orchestra magazine fundraiser ends

♫ September 25: Cheyenne Family Fun Night Orchestra Performance at 5:00, meet and tune in the orchestra room at 4:45.

♫ October 28: 7th and 8th grade All-City Clinic at Edmond North High School,

concert at 6:30

♫ October 2: Nachos for N(a)CHO from 2:45 – 5:00pm for those auditioning for NCHO

♫ October 7: North Central Honors Orchestra auditions at Santa Fe High School. Audition times are TBA.

♫ October 3: 6th grade orchestra parent demonstration night at 6:30 in the Cheyenne gymnasium. Students report at 6:20.

♫ November 2: 6th grade orchestra field trip to hear the Oklahoma City Philharmonic, schedule TBA, and chaperones will be needed.

♫December 15: Combined Winter concert with the Edmond North Orchestra at 6:30, students to arrive at 6:00.

I will be sending out more information about each event as the dates get closer. For more information, feel free to contact me with any questions, 726-5739 or

Thank you friends and family for your support of our orchestra and all of the arts.

TSA News

We had a great turnout of students from sixth, seventh and eighth grades attend our first informational meeting and the 2017-2018 officer team did a terrific job leading! We are looking forward to sharing our love of TSA with these new members. There are 38 different TSA events students can compete in at the local, regional, state and national levels. These events range from career prep to website design, digital photography to robotics, and STEM animation to promotional marketing. We are a student lead STEM organization that has something for anyone interested in doing a little work after their normal school day. Check us out on Tuesdays from 2:45-3:30.

September 14 - “Welcome to Back to TSA” informational meeting at SFHS for students and parents of ALL Edmond TSA programs from 5:30 - 7:30.

September 21 - TSA registration form, $25 dues, tshirt order form, tshirt money, and permission to attend Francis Tuttle ALL DUE

Please contact Ms. Sullins if you have any questions.


FCCLA (Family, Career, Community Leaders of America) membership is open to all students interested in developing leadership skills, participating in service learning projects, and the opportunity be competitive through speech and projects events. Membership information is available by the FCCLA bulletin (room 405). This year we are through the year, CREATING ALL MEMBERS POTENTIAL. So come join the smore fun and opportunities that FCCLA can provide all students.

Upcoming Events:

  1. Every Wednesday is FCCLA work day 2:45-3:30
  2. Dues must be paid to be invited to Fall Leadership Conference on Oct 5th
  3. Family Fun Night Booth
  4. October 4th Chapter Meeting with Guest Speaker
  5. Fundraiser Oct-Nov RADA Cutlery and Pretzel Rods to help support chapter activities
  6. Service Project for October will be donated to the Oklahoma FCCLA to be delivered to Texas FCCLA chapters effected by Hurricane Harvey. More information at our monthly chapter meeting.

Contact Ms. Goodbary for more information 405-726-5741

Counselors Corner

The happiest and most successful adults around us most likely have a strong internal locus of control. The same thing goes for children. Researchers have concluded that children who have a strong internal locus of control have an increased ability for impulse control, delay of gratification, and regulation of attention in classroom settings (Ferrer & Krantz). Children need to have a sense of control over their lives. If they don't, the consequences of an external locus of control appear to be detrimental. An external locus of control has been linked to childhood anxiety, childhood depression, and poor academic achievement. Parenting style has been implicated in the development of a child's locus of control. Consistency of parental discipline and parental warmth are two of the most important factors in a child developing a sense of control in their lives. This type of parenting style is called authoritative. Parents who reward and encourage independence are more likely to have children with an internal locus of control. Parents who don't encourage age appropriate independence may have children who feel their lives are externally controlled. In literature, these parents are often referred to as "helicopter" parents because they tend to hover over the child to protect them from making a mistake. These children may feel their actions don't make a difference in their future. Parental enabling happens when parents help children to the point that the children don't have to take responsibility for their actions. When a parent becomes overprotective, this can cause a child to feel less confident in their decisions which only reinforces dependent behavior. Research has found that children of authoritative parents have a more internal locus of control, and higher grades, than children of parents with the more extreme parenting styles, such as authoritarian and permissive (McClun & Merrell).

Important: attendance, lunches, & messages

Attendance: Please call your child in absent prior to 10:00am. Leave a message with child's name, grade, and reason for absence if call goes to voicemail.

Attendance phone - 726-5707

We have a new check out/check in system and you are required to have your driver license to check your child in and out. Plan enough time for checkout.

Calls to check out a student prior to arriving you getting to the school will no longer accepted.

Lunches: If delivering lunches please make sure you have conveyed it to your child in advance. We do not deliver lunches. Family members are not allowed in the cafeteria. If you would like to eat with your child, you are welcome to join them in the office.

Messages: Please make arrangements with you child for transportation or other such issues in the morning.

Uptown Grocery Receipts!

"Shop at Uptown Grocery, save your receipts & send them to school with your student to help us earn free classroom equipment, all donated by Uptown Grocery!"


Fall Sports Information

Athletic participation forms must be completed before attending any practices. A recent doctor's physical must also be completed and returned to Mr. DeForest, athletic director. The forms can be completed online. You will need your child's student ID number to complete an account and forms. The doctor's physical form can also be downloaded from the link.

Rank One Instructions

Meal Pay Plus

Please take advantage of the options to prepay your student's meal accounts online.

In-Touch Online Pay

Payment system makes it easy to pay student activity fees, make donations and pay fines or fees online, view receipts.


Our bus routing website, Versa Trans is designed to help parents and students determine bus stop locations and stop times.

Cheyenne Calendar

Cheyenne MS Calendar of Events

Cheyenne Middle School

Michelle Grinsteiner, Principal, 8th grade administrator

Michael DeForest, Assistant Principal & Athletic Director, 7th grade administrator

Deby McWatters, Assistant Principal, 6th grade administrator

MIchele Kingdom, Counselor 7th

Kathy Parker, Counselor 6th

Melissa Krause, Counselor 8th