Curtis Chronicles

April 25, 2022

Hello from Curtis Principal, Sonya Pitcock

Cougar families,

We are getting close to the end of our school year which brings opportunities for lots of events! Please be sure to check our calendar for all the exciting end of year activities your students will be participating in. In addition to all the fun, we are at the end of the year for testing. STAAR testing will begin on May 4 for our 8th grade Algebra students and continue for 8th graders on May 5 and 6. May 10 and 11 will be STAAR testing for both grade levels. We ask that you do not schedule appointments for these days so students can finish testing on the assigned dates and not have to worry about makeups. We also ask on those days that there are no lunch drop offs or visitors. We will have alternative lunch schedules because of testing so please plan to pack students a good lunch or purchase from the cafeteria. Students are allowed to dress comfortably for STAAR testing, but we do not allow pajama pants or any other clothing outside of the dress code. We will be asking students to change if they are out of dress code, so please help us not start their day off that way. Students can bring water bottles and snacks for testing.

Our final exams will be the last week of school from May 16-19. Per district policy, we cannot give exams early. Students who miss their exams will be given 10 days to come to campus to make up their exams.

Student yearbooks will be distributed to students who purchased them on May 13 during the school day.

Also, please be looking for district communication about Chromebook use over summer. Students will be allowed to keep devices over summer if the insurance fee has been paid. If families do not wish to take home their device for summer, an opt-out form in skyward will need to be completed. We will also be inspecting devices before the end of the school year to ensure the devices checked out are in working order and to renew the checkout in our database. If students’ devices are not inspected and renewed, that device will be considered lost and invoices will be sent to the family. If the insurance fee was paid after May 1, 2022, that fee will cover summer and the 22-23 school year. There will be more details in the technology communication coming soon so please be on the lookout for that.

We are continuing to encourage students to work hard to finish the year strong. We appreciate your partnership to keep encouraging them on your end too! We are proud of their work this year and have seen great things in their learning and development.

Have a wonderful week,

Sonya Pitcock

Principal, Curtis Middle School

Upcoming Events

April 25: NJHS Induction

April 26: 8th grade Celebration Field Trip

May 2 - May 6: Staff Appreciation Week

May 4: Algebra EOC

May 5: STAAR – Science 8

May 6: STAAR – Social Studies 8

May 10: STAAR – Math – 7 and 8

May 11: STAAR – Reading – 7 and 8

May 12-13: STAAR Makeups

May 13: PTA Membership Meeting

May 16-19: Final Exams

May 20: Early release 12:35 p.m.

May the 4th be with you!

Join us by donating a Star Wars themed snack for the final staff meeting of the school year. Place a quick order through Amazon or shop on your own. Check details here.

Looking to get Involved? Join the Allen ISD School Health Council!

Are you interested in playing a vital role in our district-wide implementation of a coordinated school health program? Allen ISD is seeking parents who are interested in serving on the district’s School Health Advisory Council (SHAC). The SHAC plays an important role in strengthening the connection between health and learning while also assisting AISD in ensuring that local community values are reflected in health education instruction.

The Allen ISD SHAC is now accepting applications from parents, guardians, and community members. This is a one-year commitment beginning next school year with a total of four SHAC meetings.

Apply for the Allen ISD SHAC today! Click here for more details, criteria, and timelines.

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Nominations are open for Standing Chair positions on the 2022-2023 Curtis PTA Board.

Forms are due by Monday, April 25.

Thank you for your interest!

Check out the standing committee chair descriptions on the Standing Rules here:

Complete the nomination form here:

Bylaws & Standing Rules

On Friday, April 8, the PTA Executive Board voted to recommend 1 change to Article IX, Section 1A of the Bylaws. The Bylaws currently provide that the Nominating Committee is comprised of 3 members and 2 alternates. The proposed change would reduce the Nominating Committee to 3 members and 1 alternate. This change will be voted on by PTA membership during the May membership meeting on Friday, May 13, 2022. The Executive Board also recommends several changes to the Standing Rules. Click here for a summary of those changes.

The changes to the Standing Rules will also be voted on during the during the May membership meeting on Friday, May 13, 2022.

Please contact Beth Bradley, PTA Parliamentarian at if you have any questions about the Bylaws or Standing Rules.

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Not a PTA Member? You can still join!

Click here to Join CMS PTA!

A HUGE thanks to the more than 500 who have already joined Curtis PTA! Students can join too.

Know an amazing volunteer?

Allen ISD Council of PTAs Citizenship Awards are given out to volunteers who give their time and effort to support our schools. These individuals are nominated because they go above and beyond what is expected and make a difference for our children.

Please use the following link to nominate one of the many people who help the Curtis Middle School community. You may nominate as many people as you would like and as often as you would like. The Google Form will stay active all school year.

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PTA Business Sponsorship Program

CMS PTA is pleased to once again offer our business sponsorship program. Curtis PTA would like to invite community businesses to show support for our staff, students and community by making a financial contribution to our PTA for the 2021-22 school year. PTA strives to make every child’s potential a reality.

There are two contribution levels for you to consider.

Red Level, $100

  • Your logo and link to your website on from now through June 30, 2022.
  • Be included in the end-of-year thank you email.

Black Level, $250

  • Your logo and link to your website on from now through June 30, 2022.
  • Be included in the end-of-year thank you email.
  • 1 Thank you in our campus-wide newsletter that goes out to all families.
  • 1 Thank you and shout out with a link to your website on our Curtis PTA Facebook page.

CLICK HERE for more details or email Alison

Use Amazon Smile to Support Curtis PTA

Do you shop on Amazon? Use Amazon's Smile and support Curtis PTA!

AmazonSmile will donate 0.5% of your purchase to Curtis PTA when shopping Amazon.

  1. Go here:

  2. Select your charity: PTA Texas Congress 201 Curtis Middle School

  3. Bookmark

  4. Start using whenever you want to shop at Amazon!

Be sure to shop through AmazonSmile the next time you shop online. You’re still shopping with Amazon — you’re just doing good while buying what you need!

Please encourage grandparents, neighbors, and friends to support Curtis PTA by shopping through AmazonSmile too.

Do you shop at Kroger?

Log onto the Kroger website or stop by the customer service desk at any Kroger. Link your Kroger rewards card to Curtis Middle School.

Kroger Community Rewards

Our school code is XX655.

Get Involved - Volunteer!

When adults volunteer, all students benefit! There are many opportunities for parents and community members to get involved! Your help is needed! Complete the Volunteer Opportunities interest form and we will be in touch with you.

Peachjar Flyers

Allen ISD has been using an electronic flyer service, Peachjar, for flyer dissemination. In order to receive an email with flyers relevant to Curtis Middle School, you will need to login to and add a student to Curtis Middle School.

Allen ISD Volunteer Application

Volunteers who work with AISD student groups and organizations will need to complete a volunteer application. These groups include, but are not limited to, PTA organizations, booster clubs, cheerleading squads, dance squads (athletic and fine arts) and any other AISD student organizations where adults will be working with students other than their own children at AISD sponsored events.

Click on this link to fill out the volunteer application:

CMS Announcements Posted to CMS Website

If you are interested in CMS Announcements, you can access them directly on the CMS website.

Be sure to check back often! CLICK HERE