CMS Cougar Courier

3rd Quarter 2021-22 School Year January 14, 2022

Important Dates:

  • January 17 - School closed MLK Day
  • January 20 - 6th Grade Virtual Parent Night

6th Grade Parent Information Night Update

Thursday, January 20th

Cresthill Middle School was planning to have our 6th Grade Parent Night on January 20th. Unfortunately due to Covid, we are unable to have parents in the building in large groups at this time. Instead of doing this online, we would like to postpone the event until February when we can invite you into the building for a school visit and to meet your CMS staff.

The week of January 24th, the CMS Counselors will be sharing a course selection video with your students via their 6th grade teacher, and will do a live virtual Q&A with the students. Once that Q&A has completed, we will share all of the course selection information with you so you know exactly what to do to select electives for next year. Be looking forward to that email, and we'll keep you posted about rescheduling our parent night! If you have any questions, you can reach out to one of our counselors with any questions you may have: Mrs. Hope Ebel, Mr. Mike Risdon, and Mrs. Heather Wiidakas. We are so excited to welcome your soon-to-be 7th graders to Cresthill Middle School!

Sources of Strength Community Night - Postponed

The Community Sources of Strength night scheduled for January 24th is postponed to a later date due to the impact that COVID is having on our school district and community. We are dedicated to providing the highest quality event for our Sources of Strengths supporters and look forward to another date. Further communication will be released about our rescheduled event.

Thank you for your support,

Laurie LaComb & The Health, Prevention, and Social-Emotional Team

7th Grade P.E. Boulder Ballet Program

This year, we are lucky enough to have the Boulder Ballet come into our 7th grade P.E. classes for a week to teach some dance techniques, movements, and to discuss rhythm with your students. The Boulder Ballet will be at Cresthill the week of January 24th. Throughout that week, your students will be taught 3 different lessons about dance. At the end of the week, your students will take part in a culminating dance performance. This experience is tied to our academic standard of “Movement Competence and Understanding” that is listed in the Colorado Academic Standards. You should have seen a $1 charge on your student’s school account. If there is a financial concern that prohibits your family from paying the $1 fee, please do not hesitate to reach out to your child’s P.E. teacher. We are looking forward to this experience for your students!

State-Mandated Testing Updates

During the first few months of the new year, we will, once again, participate in state-mandated testing. To find information regarding our planned schedule for CMAS & CoALT/DLM testing, the DCSD Assessment Policy and district schedule, and information regarding testing excusals, please find your way to the "State Mandated Testing" tab on the Cresthill website. (Note: The excusals "portal" is open at this point should you choose to excuse your child from testing. We will ask that, on days of testing, if your child is excused that he or she stay home (an excused absence)). Please open and read the informational letter concerning state testing from Douglas County School District by following this link.Thank you!

If you have any questions or concerns, please reach out to our school assessment coordinator, Mr. Wakefield, at

Team Summit

We have really hit the ground running for 3rd Quarter and are off to a great start. Here is the latest and greatest from Team Summit.

In Wellness this week we will finish our Influence Tree assignment, we will begin learning about the Skeletal, Muscular, and Cardiovascular Systems, and we will play floor hockey for the last time this year.

In Language Arts we are knee deep into Act 3 of “A Midsummer Night's Dream” and students completed their first CER of the semester this week. In Advanced Language Arts students are wrapping up the written portion of their final projects with presentations due to begin on Tuesday.

In science next week we will start punnett squares for Mendelian genetics and we will have a quiz on Friday.

In social studies classes we will begin learning about the Philadelphia Convention in which the US Constitution was written. We also work on more vocabulary later in the week.

As a friendly reminder, please make sure your student registers for high school (on their own and at home) by Thursday, Jan 20. Social studies classes have gone over the steps and the ins and outs of high school registration in classes last week.

Team Horizon

Horizon is firing on all cylinders! We're excited about what we are doing and how the year is going so far... Keep on keepin' on!

In Wellness the students have just finished up their hockey unit and their influence trees (ask your child about that one if you're unsure) and they are moving towards the body systems. Things are moving along nicely!

In Science, the classes are using chromosomes from a "mother" and a "father" geenoid to create their "child" geenoid, then determining the babies' phenotypes to see what they look like. They are also practicing Punnett square problems to determine the probability of traits in offspring. There is a Punnett square test on Friday, January 21st. The student will be extracting DNA from cheek cells as well, so good times await!

Social Studies are just getting into the world of American and the Constitution. How we got to where we are now is the main goal of the class and there is deep and mindful conversations going on about that topic. The kids are enjoying their examination of America and the law of the land!

In both English Language Arts classes (Advanced and General) the students have finished up creating and presenting their utopian societies. Many original ideas came from that exercise and led us right into our discussion about existentialism, free will, and determinism and how that plays in society and each student individually. This will then guide us through our Dystopian novels (The Knife of Never Letting Go and The Giver). Exciting reading and conversations are forthcoming!

As always, we appreciate y'all and your kids and look forward to the coming lessons for Team Horizon!


Team Horizon

Linda Jardinico

Becky Lechuga

Andy Levine

Karen Petersen

Team Trekkers

Trekkers have hit the ground running in the 3rd quarter and have completed another great week!

This week in Wellness, students finished up their Prevention/Risk unit and took their end of the unit assessment over Responsible Decision Making & Refusal Skills. Next week we will be starting our safety/1st aid unit.

In Language Arts this week, we began to read Jack London's epic novel The Call of the Wild. Students took an assessment on Chapter 1 earlier in the week and we continued to read Chapter 2 and part of Chapter 3, while completing reading comprehension, critical thinking and vocabulary work.

Please continue to check Google Classroom if you are home sick - all work will be posted and updated daily.

In science we are working on the forces and motion with an emphasis on gravity and how it influences our paper airplanes. We will write a reflection over the lab and take a quiz next week as well.

In Social Studies this week, Trekkers explored and discovered that human rights belong to everybody and they are important for human beings to live and grow. We also briefly discussed the examples of a human rights violation. And now we are diving into the topic of monotheistic religions.

Team Legend


Great week in science this week

  1. Genetics/Heredity - We started to work on DNA and how genes are passed on to offspring. Ask you kiddo about making a “DAN”.

  2. Due to the high numbers of students/families contracting COVID, I have decided to create science google classrooms for each class. I gave the codes to all students. Here are the codes:

Per. 1 = nasbx32

Per. 2 = twv72yq

Per.3 = i7wrenr

Per. 4 = 2qpawdm

Per. 7 = rafugrk



Gen Ed: This week we have made inroads in our creative engagement with the Journey of the Hero and completed Part One of our Nighthawks story. We our building on our analysis of non-fiction by examining Martin Luther King’s famous speech, ‘I Have a Dream’. We have also looked at the figure of the traditional hero in the moving poem ‘High Flight’ by John Gillespie Magee Jr.

ADV: This week we have progressed through Act 1 of the Scottish Play and seen some footage of a performance. We have analyzed Lady Macbeth’s soliloquy and the attendant aspects of feminine representation, in Shakespeare’s time and our own. We have also examined Martin Luther King’s famous speech, ‘I Have a Dream’.


This week in social studies, we are preparing to start learning about the Declaration of Independence as well as the Constitution! We have been doing vocab and finishing up our case study of who fired the shot heard around the world. We also did a side dive into Dr. Martin Luther King as I think it is important for kids to know why we get certain days off. Have a great weekend!


If last week was about “reflecting on where we’ve been to know where we’re going” then this week was all about “GETTING GOING” :0) Your son/daughter looked at the nearly 20+ fitness fanatic movements we’ve done so far and added 4 new ones. From there we began our RES ‘22 PROJECT with the hope of using resolutions to create habits. Look for your son/daughter to be tracking their nutritional habits over our 3 day break.

Team Navigators

In social studies we are wrapping up the impact of the big three monothestic religions in Southwest Asia (a.k.a. the Middle East). Congratulations to Kate E, Carter B, William R, and Declan S for making it to the final competition of the Cresthill Geography Bee. As a reminder when students are absent, they should check my Google Classroom to see what they missed. In most cases, students can complete the work while at home using those resources.

In Science this week we are studying the topic of electric and magnetic forces, electromagnetism!In language arts this week, students continued their examination of the relation between the individual and society by reading, writing, and communicating about Chapters II-IV of The Call of the Wild.Wellness classes are finishing our basketball unit in the gym and in the classroom, students are working on researching and analyzing legal and illegal drugs.

Team Explorers

Language Arts: In Period 3, we discussed the chapters we read last week from the Hunger Games, while also reading chapters 4 - 7. There was a vocabulary test on Friday. In Periods 4 - 7, we read about the purpose of sled dogs and started reading chapters 1 - 3 of Call of the Wild. There was a vocabulary test on Friday.

Science: This week we studied Newton’s Laws of Motion. We did a few investigations like the penny, playing card and cup to investigate inertia.

Social Studies: This week we learned about the ancient Middle East, including Mesopotamia, Sumer, and Hammurabi's Code. We also learned about the similarities and differences between the 3 monotheistic religions that developed in this region, Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. We finished the week with a test on physical features, countries, and a few important capital cities of the Middle East.

Congratulations to Luke J and Jackson B on becoming the representatives for the Explorers team to CMS Geography Bee Finals on 1/19!

Wellness: This week in Health we continued our drug unit. We discussed the health effects associated with using marijuana on Tuesday. The rest of the week, students worked on their group drug project to find information about their assigned drug (i.e. heroin, inhalants, anabolic steroids, methamphetamine, cocaine, etc.). Next week, they will be presenting this information to their classmates. In P.E., we finished our basketball unit and played games this week.

Defend the Den

8th Grade Boys Basketball Starting!!!!!!!! A massive reminder to our 8th grade families that 8th grade boys basketball starts on Monday, Jan. 24. This is an outstanding opportunity to get your son active here at school and develop a deeper sense of pride and work ethic. The great news??? ZERO EXPERIENCE IS REQUIRED. Our program is for any and all who want to compete this year. Please go to the CMS Athletics Page and follow the steps to get registered and to finalize your physical. Remember that NO PHYSICAL = NO PLAY. Physicals are only good for one calendar year. If you have any questions please contact our MVP Athletics Administrative Assistant, Stephanie Young, at 303-387-2816 or

FREE 7th/8th Grade Pre-Season Track Conditioning. As a part of our mission and vision for our athletics program, we want to continue to build a strong partnership with HRHS. With that said, we are inviting any and all 7th/8th graders to be a part of a pre-season track conditioning program at the high school. The camp is 100% Free and will run from Jan. 18-Feb. 18. Participants will meet in the HRHS commons at 3:05 p.m. If you have any questions please contact the head HRHS Track and Field Coach, Dominic Douglass, at


Registration is now open for any and all middle school students who want to be part of a Cheer Clinic on Feb. 12. The clinic is only $50 and will go from 12 – 3 p.m. followed by a halftime performance at the HRHS basketball game. The clinic is open to ANYONE (no experience is necessary) who wants to try and be a part of the HRHS Cheer experience. For more information see either the fliers around school or contact the head coach, Coach Hicks, up at HRHS.

From the Counseling Office

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Highlands Ranch HS Football will have an informational meeting on Wednesday, January 26th at 6 pm in the Commons of HRHS for any current 8th graders interested in playing football at HRHS next year, hosted by Head Football Coach Jason Shumaker. Come meet the coach and receive information for the football offseason strength and conditioning program for 8th graders at HRHS beginning on January 31st. There will also be information on program requirements, the football schedule, our core principles, and how we are building a path to success.

If there are any questions, please contact Jason Shumaker at Go Falcons!

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A Very Special Thanks

Cresthill would like to give a very special thanks to the "Hindu Temple of the Rockies." and Indira Walia. Indira was kind enough to orchestrate a charitable donation from the temple to fund lights for our Cresthill school sign that will be installed above our main entrance doors. The “Hindu Temple of the Rockies” generosity is truly appreciated and we are so excited that our Cresthill sign will now be able to be lit up at night!

DCSD Middle School Honor Ensemble Concert

I hope you are well! I wanted to personally invite everyone to the 6th Annual Douglas County School District Middle School Honor Ensemble Concerts on Saturday February 12, 2022, at 1pm at Castle View HS! This is an outstanding event that showcases some of the best young musical talent from all across our district. We would absolutely love it if you could attend. The invitation is inserted AND attached below!

For more information about this awesome district sponsored, teacher run, and student inspired organization, please go to our website

DCSD Middle School Honor Ensembles Website, or check out this PHENOMENAL video the district media department did for us about the Honor Ensemble a few years ago:

DCSD Middle School Honor Ensembles Video.

Thank you and we hope to see you all there!

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Travel Abroad to London, Paris and Italy July 2022

We are excited to offer a custom travel abroad experience for students to visit London, Paris, Florence, Venice & Rome, July 7-17, 2022. We will explore these cities through food, language, culture, art, museums, historical landmarks and so much more.

Want to find out all the details? We will be hosting a zoom information session on Monday, January 24 at 6pm. RSVP to to receive the zoom link.

Can’t attend the meeting, contact to receive more information.

Yearbook Orders

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Donations Needed

Hi Cresthill Families, you have been asking us about how you can help us out. We have attached a Signup genius of items that will help us make it through the day. If you are able to donate an item we would really appreciate it. Donations can be brought into the office. Thank you for showing your support.

Cougar Mart School Pride Items

We are still offering Cresthill branded items in our school store. Order online here and pick up at the school office the next day.

Supporting Cresthill

We appreciate the support of our community. Cresthill does not have a PTO program and we limit fundraisers. We do rely on your generosity and support with these programs:
Do you shop at King Soopers? Did you know that King Soopers offers community rewards? WE have approximately 110 families who have designated Cresthill to receive funds. We would love to increase that number. The quarterly checks we receive from King Soopers really make a difference to our school budget.

Once logged into your King Soopers or City Market account go to:

Savings and Rewards > King Soopers Community Rewards then you can search for Cresthill Middle School either by name or YJ180 and then click Enroll.

New users will need to create an account which requires some basic information, a valid email address and a loyalty card.

Thank you!

Box Tops for Education

No need to cut out box tops anymore. It’s digital!

Download the Box Tops Mobile App

Set up your Username and Password

Find your school: Type in Cresthill and click on Cresthill Middle School when it appears Click on the right arrow

Complete your Profile and you are done!

Now when you shop simply scan your store receipt and watch the donations that are made to our school!

American Furniture Warehouse

If you are making a purchase at AFW please mention Cresthill at checkout. They will make a generous donation to our school.
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orientation, gender identity/expression, religion, national origin, ancestry, creed, age, marital status, genetic information, or physical characteristics, disability or need for special education services in admissions, access to, treatment of, or employment in educational programs or activities. The School District’s Compliance Officer is Ted Knight, Assistant Superintendent, 620 Wilcox Street, Castle Rock, Colorado,, 303-387-0067. Complaint procedures have been established for students, parents, employees, and members of the public.