Blue Knight's News

Cumberland Academy Middle School

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Thanksgiving Holidays Nov.27-Dec. 1

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Welcome to the 3rd Edition of the Blue Knight's News! As we approach the Thanksgiving Holiday Season, we are reminded how grateful we are for the opportunity to teach such incredible students each day! We are especially thankful for our beautiful, new campus and the amazing and supportive staff at CAMS. We hope that your Thanksgiving Holidays are filled with family, friends and fun and that you enjoy your holiday time together.

Curriculum Corner

Social Studies

Teacher: Cindy Nick


Focus: Contemporary World Culture- In sixth grade Social Studies, students study people, places, and societies of the contemporary world. A variety of primary and secondary resources support the learning of required content and skills. Regions studied include: North America, Latin America, South America, Europe, Asia, Africa, Australia and Antarctica.

Third Six Weeks: Continue with . . .

  • Unit 4: Latin America/Caribbean
  • Unit 5: South America

Students are learning to graph and chart economic data, analyze and interpret data, make generalizations and draw conclusions about the economic development of Latin American countries. Students will also make connections between Latin America's colonial past and modern culture today by exploring the affects of European Exploration on the new world. Students will be able to explain how and why technological advances like the Panama Canal are important to the economic development of countries.

REMIND 101: To sign up for Mrs. Nick's messages-

To receive your messages via text, text @3f3077 to (469) 331-4926.

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Tutorials: Tuesday and Thursday 3:20PM-3:50PM


Teachers: Larry Boyd and Tom Rhodes


Second Six Weeks: The topics for the 3rd six weeks in Mathematics will involve probability and statistics. More specifically, probability will focus on sample spaces, simple events and compliments while statistics will deal with graphical representation, mean, median, mode and range.

Tutorials: Monday and Wednesday 3:20PM- 3:50PM


Teacher: Julie Cunningham


Second Six Weeks: Reading will focus on: Understanding theme in fiction, poetry and media.

Projects: The students have completed their poetry projects! We have big plans to turn our projects into a book that will be a perfect Christmas gift and great keepsake!

Book Report BINGO: The second BINGO Book Report is not due until next year- 1/10/14. Hopefully, your student will complete a project or two during the holiday break. One way to become a better reader is to practice, practice, practice! We are going to finish our class novel right before the Christmas Holidays. The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Jester will be a great book to use for a BINGO project!

PLEASE sign up for Remind101

Text @b8f4c to (469) 502-7969

Tutorials: Tuesday and Thursday 3:20PM-3:50PM


Teacher: Lesley Hurley


Second Six Weeks: We have wrapped up our units on matter and the elements and will begin something completely new with our exploration of natural resources and conservation. Students will investigate the different types of resources before Thanksgiving and how we impact our planet between the holidays. Students will be working in teams to participate in the Cool Schools Challenge in the weeks before Christmas. This important project will show them how to make positive steps toward conserving energy and reducing CO2 emissions at a personal level!

Please check my website and 'register' for the classes for updates and announcements. I have also added a link with information for the science fair. The science fair parent meeting will be Thursday at 5:30 pm in the cafeteria. Please email me with any questions.

Class Website:

Tutorials: Monday and Wednesday 3:20PM- 3:50PM

Language Arts

Teacher: Krystal Martin


Second Six Weeks: Our third six weeks will focus on Expository writing in the first three weeks. The latter three weeks will focus on responding to texts and writing a book review. We are also working on a special "gratitude" letter for a member of our family, so parents can be looking forward to sharing this with their students. Spelling words need to be practiced daily and students are encouraged to write or journal often at home. Parents can help by reading students' work for complete sentences, correct spelling, and specific vocabulary usage. We are trying to move students toward more expressive writing that describes in better detail their ides. Please be sure to sign up for Remind 101 if you haven't yet!

Remind 101: To receive messages via text, text @b3bb8 to (832) 900-3650. To receive messages via email, send an email to

Tutorials: Tuesday and Thursday 3:20PM- 3:50PM

Teacher Spotlight

Cindy Nick- Social Studies

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Mrs. Cindy Nick was born in Tyler, Texas and is a graduate of John Tyler High School. She attended Tyler Junior College where she was a member of the Internationally Famous Apache Belles Drill Team and Harmony and Understanding Pop Vocal Group. Mrs. Nick has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Education from Stephen F. Austin State University along with teaching certifications in history, dance and physical education. She is the former director of the award-winning Whitehouse First Ladies Drill Team and the John Tyler Brigadettes. Her students have performed in the Presidential Inaugural Parade for George Bush Sr., the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, the World’s Fair in Australia and the Tomorrowland Stage in the Magic Kingdom at Disney World. Mrs. Nick recently taught 6th Grade Social Studies in the International Baccalaureate and GT Programs at both Boulter and Hubbard Middle Schools where she was recognized as the 2011 Tyler Independent School District Secondary Teacher of the Year.

Mrs. Nick is actively involved with the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation- Tyler Affiliate and recently served as Co-Chair of the Tyler Race for the Cure. She is a life-time member of the Tyler Junior College Alumni Association and serves on the Alumni Board of the Apache Belle Gold. Mrs. Nick is married to Terry Nick and they have two adult children and two grandchildren. They attend New Life Worship Center Church in Tyler, where they serve on the leadership team. She loves traveling, snow-skiing, reading, shopping, writing her blog and Texas Longhorn Football.

Her duties at Cumberland include being Social Studies Department Chair and Social Studies UIL Academic Coach. Mrs. Nick is excited about sharing the world of Social Studies with the students at Cumberland Middle School.

Revenge of the Nerds!

Blue Team Knights students said, "NO TO DRUGS" by dressing likes Nerds during Red Ribbon Week. The event held October 21-25 and was sponsored by the CAMS Student Council.
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Parent Corner

Don't Forget to Sign Up For Remind 101

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A Great Way to Connect!

Parents, students and staff are finding it easier than ever to stay connected with Remind 101. Remind 101 is a web-based text messaging service that will allow you to receive text messages from your child's teacher. You can even set it up to send you emails! The service is free and does not require you to share your phone number with anyone. Each teacher has their own set-up code for signing up. Look for information about Remind 101 from your child's teacher and get connected!


Tutorials are a great way for students to receive additional support that may not be available during the normal instructional day. Students may attend tutorials to make-up missing assignments, make corrections or receive help on difficult concepts.

Tutorials are held each day after school from 3:20PM until 3:50PM. Students must be picked up from tutorials promptly no later than 4:00PM in the front of the school. Students who are picked up consistently late will not be able to attend tutorials in the future.





Parent Portal

Checking Grades

Parents are encouraged to use the On-line Parent Portal for checking student's grades. The Parent Portal can be customized to send email notifications and alerts for grades falling below passing or for missing assignments. For more information on this program or to sign up, please contact the front office at CAMS.


Christmas Holidays Dec. 21- Jan. 6