Jacob Coy Middle School

Inspire, Lead, Empower

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Mrs. Andrea Ferguson, Principal

November, the month of gratitude, is here and fall is in the air! I am so thankful for our large Coy family - students, families and staff committed to student success!

October was a big month for school spirit with our Homecoming spirit week, Book Fair, Parent-Teacher Conferences, Costumes for a Cause and the Monster Mash Dance! Our PTO put on an amazing dance and students and staff enjoyed dressing up in costume on October 31st. In a building as large as Coy, these types of events really help keep us all connected. Thank you for your support!

With the weather now changing, please make sure students are dressed for the weather. We plan to go outside after lunch each day temperatures are above freezing. Students really enjoy this time to play basketball or four square and have fun with their friends.

Have a Happy Thanksgiving!

Mr. Josh Baker, Assistant Principal

Greetings Coy Middle School Families,

It's hard to believe, but the 1st Quarter is in the books and we're already well into the the 2nd Quarter! Time is going by fast for sure. I enjoyed getting the chance to see many of you during our recent parent-teacher conferences and share in the stories of all the great things going on in our building! The students and staff are doing great things each and everyday at CMS. I'm filled with thankfulness and pride on a daily basis every time I walk our hallways, visit classrooms, and spend time with our students. As we head into the Thanksgiving season, I have taken a moment to reflect on what I am thankful for at CMS.

I am thankful for:

  1. All of our students that encompass Coy P.R.I.D.E on a daily basis. Our students are constantly working to be Problem Solvers, be Responsible, have Integrity, be Dependable, and learning to have Empathy.
  2. Our amazing staff that works incredibly hard to serve all of our students with great care and support in the classroom, on the stage, gym court, athletic fields, school clubs, and beyond!
  3. Parent and community support that allows us to provide outstanding academic opportunities and extra-curricular activities for our students to develop skills to be better leaders, team members, friends, and mature young people that will positively impact our world.

November is shaping up to be another busy month at CMS. Please take a few minutes to read our monthly newsletter. I hope everyone has a great Thanksgiving. We have many great things planned as we head into the end of the first semester and the holiday season!

I wish you all the best this Thanksgiving season!


The morning drop-off and afternoon pick up can be very busy at Coy Middle School. In order to make drop-off/pick-up time as safe and efficient as possible for everyone, please adhere to the procedures listed below.

  • Pull forward as far as you can, stopping at the first street light on the left, so that we may accommodate as many cars as possible.

  • The drop off zone is the entire sidewalk in front of the building, from flag pole to street light. Students should enter or exit vehicles utilizing the full length of the drop off zone.

  • Bring your car to a complete stop before your child enters or exits the car.

  • Have your student ready to get out of the car with their belongings in hand.

  • Drive slowly and watch carefully for all pedestrians.

  • There is no “thru” traffic lane. You must wait until the car in front of you pulls forward to proceed to exit.

  • If you need to get out of the car, get items out of the trunk of your car, or have large items to carry in, please pull into a parking spot to allow for continued traffic flow.

  • If you need to walk across the crosswalk, please wait for the staff member on duty to signal for you to cross.

Why do I need to pull all the way forward when in the drop-off/pick-up zone? We have worked diligently to design the safest and most expedient traffic flow plan. When a car stops in the middle to pick-up or drop-off nobody else can pick-up or drop-off. When you pull all the way forward, more children can load/unload simultaneously.

Remember - Dayton-Xenia tends to get backed up around 7:20 with cars entering and exiting the school parking lot. Students can enter the building as early as 7:00 am. Please plan accordingly!

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In September, students took the first of 3 MAP assessments. MAP tests are a great tool that tell us how students are performing academically and inform us how to better reach our students. Last Friday, MAP Family reports came home with your students. These reports are a great summary of your student's progress on the Fall MAP test.

During the week of December 9th, students will be taking the 2nd MAP assessment of the school year. We look forward to seeing all of the gains students have made this Fall!

Ways to get Coy News

Make sure you are receiving the latest school news which is sent home via The Education Connection. If you are not already subscribed, please make sure your information is current in One View or send an e-mail to josh.baker@gocreek.org. We send out messages on a regular basis to keep you informed of what is happening at Coy. We also post things on the Coy Middle School Website, Facebook, and Twitter Page @COYPrincipal. The Coy PTO also has a Facebook book page that we encourage you to join. There are many ways to stay informed, so choose what works best for you!

Our daily announcements are also posted on our school website at https://gocreek-coy.edlioschool.com/apps/news/article/905863

This is a great way to see what is being talked about in the building every day!

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CMS Clubs and Extra-Curricular Programs

Muse Machine

  • All 6th graders are automatically members.
  • 7th/8th graders pay a $20 fee
  • Attend performances and have the opportunity to perform too
  • Hilda Shirley hilda.shirley@gocreek.org

National Junior Honor Society

  • Students who have a 3.7 GPA.
  • Leadership roles and regular community service

WEB (Where Everyone Belongs)

Kiwanis Student Council

Math Counts

  • Grades 6-8
  • Compete against other schools doing math at the local regional, and state level.
  • Allison Wolf allison.wolf@gocreek.org

Battle of the Books

Coy Robotics Team

  • 7th and 8th Grade
  • Students compete in Vex Robotics Competitions
  • Students build and program a competition robot to compete in the Vex “Tall Tower Challenge”
  • Applications will be accepted in November for 7th grade students interested in joining the team
  • Brian Stevenson brian.stevenson@gocreek.org

Technology Student Association

BUDS (Bridging Unique Difference in Schools)

  • All grades can join
  • BUDS was formed by students with special abilities and their typically developing peers along with a creative and motivated staff who designed opportunities for students to experience the quality of life they deserve. Our goals are to increase social skills through character development, recreation, art and everyday life experiences, while building awareness of others special learning and life needs.
  • Michelle Shannon michelle.shannon@gocreek.org, Nicole Bonza nicole.bonza@gocreek.org, Deidre Crockett deidre.crockett@gocreek.org

Yearbook Club


  • Grades 6-8
  • No experience necessary
  • Participate in a wide variety of games and activities
  • Tuesdays and Thursdays 2:20-3:20 (Except for the 3rd Tuesday of each month) & pick up promptly in the back of the building at 3:20

Choir Groups

Band Groups

  • Jazz Band will be Monday/Thursday from 2:30-4:00. It is open to all 7th and 8th graders involved in our band or choir program, although students must audition. Auditions will be the week of October 7th. Mariah.strickland@gocreek.org
  • Percussion Ensemble is open to all 7th and 8th grade percussionists and double reed players involved in the band program. They will rehearse from 2:45-4:00 Monday/Wednesday. Laura.conrad@gocreek.org
  • Jazz Lab will be Monday evenings from 6:00-7:30. It is open to all 7th and 8th grade band students and in February will open to 6th grade band students. Mariah.strickland@gocreek.org

How Students Can Exhibit Coy PRIDE while at school?

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Coy Middle School Guidance Office

Did you know the counselors do a weekly drawing for fun prizes??? As part of Coy’s PBIS (Positive Behavior Intervention Strategies) initiative students earn Coy PRIDE (Be a Problem Solver, Be Responsible, Have Integrity, Be Dependable, Have Empathy) tickets by showing teachers and staff Coy PRIDE throughout the building. The students can use the cards in a variety of ways as a reward for their amazing behavior.

Each Friday at lunch, students can place their tickets into a raffle, where two students from each grade level are drawn to win great prizes. Typically students can win a large bag of candy or a gift card to a local restaurant.

Another option students have is to trade their cards for items at the PTO kiosk available once a week in the Coy Commons. Some of the items available are: moldable erasers, pens, pencils, small notebooks, etc.

Make sure you ask your student about their Coy PRIDE tickets they’ve earned and how they plan to use them!! It is a fun way for us to reward them as they go out to Inspire, Empower and Lead with Coy PRIDE.

School Counseling Office Staff:

Beth Becker elizabeth.becker2@gocreek.org

Lindsay Mann lindsay.mann@gocreek.org

Rachel Trumbull rachel.trumbull@gocreek.org

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College Credit Plus (CCP) Information for the 2020-2021 School year

Believe it or not, it is that time of year again that we start having our annual CCP meetings for students to participate in CCP during the 20-21 school year. This year, we will only be having 3 meetings. If your student is interested in taking CCP classes next school year, it is MANDATORY for you to attend one of the meetings in order to participate in CCP the following school year. If your student is currently in CCP, you must still attend a meeting. It is STRONGLY recommended that both parent and student attend the meeting together so they have the opportunity to hear the information.

Students will be able to pick up their registration packet only after they have attended a meeting. They will be available the evening of each event (after the presentation) or in the guidance office at BHS.

The dates for CCP Meetings are as follows:




In the event that one of those days end up being a snow day, that particular meeting will be rescheduled to a later date but that would be the only reason we wouldn't hold a meeting on a given night.


Please contact Kristi Massey at kristi.massey@gocreek.org if you have any questions.

A couple tips for A+ Attendance Below!

Jackie Stubbs


Building Office Assistant

We love seeing our Coy students at school! We understand there are circumstances when your student will have to miss school, but please follow our Attendance Procedures to ensure that you are complying with House Bill 410 to have your student properly excused. Please account for your student every day by emailing or calling the office to notify us of any absences, late arrivals, or early dismissals.

  • There is an Attendance Tab on our website coy.gocreek.org under the Parent tab with everything you need to know for great Attendance! There is also a section in your students handbook that clearly defines our Attendance polices and House Bill 410 clarification. Always feel free to call or email with specific questions you might have about your child’s attendance.

  • Students should be reported absent any time they are out of school!

    • Even though FLEX is at the end of the day, the minutes still count as the school day when taking a student out early.

    • You can call in a student to the Attendance Line 429-7577 Option 1, or you can email to coyattendance@gocreek.org.

    • If you call a student in or email an absence you no longer have to send a parent note the following day with the student! This counts as your parent note!

  • Our start time has changed, but our Tardy policy is still the same and clearly outlined in the Student Handbook. The front doors lock at 7:30 and students must come through the office at this time for a tardy slip. A student is granted a Free Tardy each quarter (because we know life happens), but after that, consequences will ensue per our student handbook.

  • Remember…overleeping, missing the bus, traffic, inclement weather, parent running late, etc. are not considered an Excused Tardy.

  • You MUST include a reason for the absence.

    • If a reason is not included, it is Unexcused.

    • If a child has an appointment, a specific appointment reason must be given (i.e. dentist, orthodontist, Dr., etc.) Just writing “appointment” is unexcused.

Parent/Guardian may submit 10 parent notes (or phone calls) documenting an Excused Absence reason. After the 10 notes are exhausted, medical notes will be required for absences to be excused.

Reasons for Excused absences include illness, death in the family, pre-approved family vacations (up to 5 days), observation of a holiday, etc. (other reasons may be included). Medical appointments are always Excused with a medical note. Medical notes must be provided within 3 days of absence. After 3 days they will be marked Unexcused.

An absence is Unexcused if your student overslept, missed the bus, running late, car trouble, family vacation without approval (or over 5 days), or student refusal to go to school (other reasons may be included).

A Note from the Cafeteria

Make sure to check your student’s lunch accounts to ensure they have sufficient funds. You can access your student’s lunch account and deposit funds via https://www.spsezpay.com/BCmeals/login.aspx.

Please call Cindy Steeley at 458-2531 if you have any questions.

Coy Middle School PTO News Flash

PTO Meetings are held on the 3rd Thursday of the month at CMS in the IMC (Library). We discuss upcoming events and Mrs. Ferguson and Mr. Baker shares updates concerning our school and students.

Stay connected with the CMS PTO!

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/CoyMiddleSchoolPTO/

Remind: Text @COYPTO to 81010

Questions? Contact us at CoyPTO@gmail.com

CMS PTO Meeting in the IMC

Thursday, Nov. 21st, 7-8pm

1786 Dayton Xenia Road

Xenia, OH

We will be meeting in the Coy IMC. All parents are invited!

Coy PTO News Flash

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Beavercreek Strong: Strength of Mind, Heart, Character, and Community

We are excited to announce this year's Character Education Service Project named "Beavercreek Strong: Strength of Mind, Heart, Community, and Character". Coy is excited to be involved in varying service projects throughout the community this year to help make Beavercreek Strong! Be on the lookout for upcoming information about volunteer opportunities throughout the year. So far our 8th graders have led the way in community service hours in our building.

CMS Students have volunteered close to 900 HOURS in our community so far this year!!!

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Great Things are Happening at Coy Middle School!

  • Mrs. Oxner and Mrs. Lindeman invited the Unmanned Aerial Systems program from Sinclair Community College for our students to experience what it is like to fly drones remotely. Beavercreek alum, Joe Hickey (son of Janine. Hickey) was one of the presenters!
  • Mr. McAllister created some awesome stations in the IMC for his students to experiment with force and motion in 8th grade science.
  • Our Scholastic Bookfair was a huge success! Thanks to Mrs. Bush and our PTO volunteers for putting on such a great Bookfair for our students and staff!
  • Our Hope Squad Advisors presented to our PTO in October. Our parents are excited about this new group that we are putting in place to help our students!
  • Our third annual Monster Mash was on Friday, October 18th. We are thankful to our PTO and Staff who made this a great event for our students as we celebrated the end of the 1st Quarter!
  • Students in Ms. Deis Coe's art class created "Cranes for a Cause" in the style of Senbazuru which is the Japanese tradition of folding 1,000 paper origami cranes to wish good fortune, good health, or peace for someone. This crane chain was created to wish good health, good fortune, and peace to those people in Beavercreek and Dayton who have been affected by the recent tornadoes and violence.
  • The Una Voce Choir came in on Saturday, October 26th, for a voluntary rehearsal from 8 am - 3 pm. This event also featured 6 choral professionals, from around the area, working with our students. The retreat also was able to host 43 alumni who came back and sang with our current members. It was one AWESOME event!
  • Mr. Hammonds' classes completed an activity using the Van de Graaff generator where they learned about voltage and electrostatics.
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Our staff "Can't Hide Coy Pride"

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