Colt Courier

Week of September 28, 2015

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Julian Cisneros for helping Mrs. Lamb carry boxes without being asked


CMS Football

7th Grade:

A Team vs CTMS won 26-22

B Team lost 20-13

C Team lost 20-12

8th Grade:

A Team vs CTMS lost 16-6

B Team lost 14-7

CMS Volleyball

7th Grade:

A team vs Coppell North won in 2 (25-9, 25-23)

B team lost in 3 (25-17, 13-25, 11-15)

C team won in 2 (25-19, 25-16)

8th Grade:

A team vs Coppell North loss in 3 (24-26, 25-17, 13-15)

B team win in 2 (25-9, 25-21)

C team win in 3 (15-25, 25-23, 15-10)

Girl's Athletic Newsletter

Boy's Athletic Newsletter

CMS Math Club!!

Does your child enjoy numbers and manipulating them or competing against others? Do you want them to be more successful on the SAT or ACT? Then Math Club is for them!

CMS has a five year tradition of championships at both the regional and state level with both MathCounts and the state Texas Math and Science Coaches Association. Math Club meets every Friday after school from 3:30 until 5:00 p.m. in Mr. Morgan's room, room 205. Weekly topics include number sense, general math, and calculator.

The first meeting is this Friday, September 25. Membership dues, which includes snacks and drinks at each meeting plus the club t-shirt, are $50 and should be made payable to CMS.

GCISD ThoughtExchange

GCISD Thought Exchange: We invite and ask that you please take some time to respond to a few important, open-ended questions that will help guide the future of our school and our district. This process will help us understand shared concerns and positive things about our organization. We're listening and every voice matters! Take part now by clicking on the following link:

Skyward School Directory

PTA is collaborating with GCISD Administration to implement a brand new feature in Skyward Family Access called Skyward School Directory. This feature allows parents to see the child/parent information that is already loaded in Skyward by using the School Directory in Skyward. You must check the School Directory option in your account to be included.

Selections on this screen will apply to all children in this family regardless of what campus they attend. To be a part of the Skyward School Directory, please follow these instructions:

 Login in to Skyward Family Access

 Click on “My Account”

 Under School Directory, check the box to add your family

 Make your selections as to what information you want to display for your family

 To view school directory, click on School Directory link

PLEASE ensure all your information is UPDATED and ACCURATE

How can I do this? Information on the easy way to make this happen below:
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Learn How to Support Your Child with Membean

Membean provides guided, engaging, multimodal vocabulary instruction while using an Adaptive Reinforcement Engine helping students retain what they learn. Please help to build your students vocabulary by just 30 minutes a week on Membean!!

For even more answers, please view the Colt Chat from September 2nd that covered Membean! Link to CMS Membean blog:


Have you ever wondered what Colt PRIDE is all about? Check out our blog post

CMS Parent Google Drive/Classroom Class

Want to know more about Google Drive and Google Classroom? Join us for a CMS Parent Google Drive/Classroom Class on September 29 at either 7:30 AM or 6:30 PM. Sign up is required and is located at Each session is limited to 25 participants, so don't delay. If you would like to bring a guest with you to look over your shoulder at the computer, they are welcome. Classes will be held upstairs in Lab 207.

Upcoming Events

Monday, September 28

7th Grade Football vs Coppell North at CMS

B Team 5:30 pm

A Team 7 pm

Tuesday, September 29

7:30 AM or 6:30 PM CMS Parent Google Drive/Classroom Class (sign up required)

8th Grade Football vs Coppell North at Coppell North

B Team 5:30 pm

A Team 6:45 pm

*Literacy Symposium, 6:00pm, See flyer below for more information!

Wednesday, September 30

Thursday, October 1

Volleyball vs Heritage Middle School at Heritage Middle School

7th Grade B Team 5 pm

8th Grade C Team 5 pm

7th Grade C Team 6 pm

8th Grade A Team 6 pm

7th Grade A Team 7 pm

8th Grade B Team 7 pm

Friday, October 2

5:30 - 6:00 pm ~ Volunteer Training

CHHS 20th Annual Homecoming Parade

Colleyville Heritage High School 20th annual Homecoming parade will take place on Thursday, October 15th beginning at 6:30 pm.

The parade will feature floats creatively decorated by the various clubs and organizations in CHHS and the Grapevine/Colleyville community. The parade will begin moving from Gateway Road behind CHHS and continue down Heritage Avenue in front of CHHS. It will be lots of fun and a great way to pump up the Homecoming spirit at Colleyville Heritage High School.

Any club or organization interested in being in the parade may contact Terri Kitzmiller at CHHS at (817) 305-4700 ext 2010. Parade line-up time will begin at 5:30 pm.

Spring Testing

Please note the following 2016 dates for Spring STAAR Testing:

March 29, Writing, Day 1 Grade 7

March 29, Math, Grade 8

March 30, Writing, Day 2 , Grade 7

March 30, Reading, Grade 8

May 2-6, Algebra I, Grade 8

May 9, Math, Grades 6,7

May 10, Reading, Grades 6,7

May 11, Science, Grade 8

May 12, Social Studies, Grade 8

Upcoming Volunteer Training

Please remember to be a volunteer on any GCISD campus you must complete two steps.

1. Click here to complete the on-line background check.

2. Volunteers must attend a campus orientation to have an overview of campus expectations. This must be completed once during your three years at CMS. If you have not have completed the campus training we will be providing trainings on the following days.

Friday, October 2nd

5:30 - 6:00 pm ~ Volunteer Training

Grapevine Christmas Parade will be on Thursday, December 3rd!!


The Colt Crew is made up of CMS dads whose mission is to meet and greet as many students as possible on Friday mornings so the kids can start their day off in a positive way with a handshake, smile, pat on the back and "have a great day" greeting! That's it….very simple.

This program provides a way for CMS dads to 'give a hand' with the kids at school. At the same time, they get to meet key CMS staff members and interact with other CMS dads.

The program is modeled off the successful Grateful Dads program at Grapevine High School that has already spread to Heritage Middle, Colleyville Heritage High, Timberline Elementary, Cross Timbers Middle, and Grapevine Elementary.

If you are interested in be part of the Colt Crew, please email Mindy McClure, CMS VP of Volunteers, at

Literacy Symposium Flyer below:

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AIM for SUCCESS Preview is:

The 6th Grade AIM for SUCCESS Preview is:

Location: GCISD Board Room; 3051 Ira E. Woods Ave.

Date: Thursday, October 1st

Time: 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Followed by the 8th grade one from 7:15-8:15.


Location to be announced.

Date: Thursday, October 8th

Time: 10:30 am and 6 pm

Presented by the Women's Center

Nurse Martin Tips

For Teens and their parents!

Breakfast cereals advertise that they're packed with vitamins and minerals. Sports drinks claim they can rev up your flagging energy with a jolt of vitamins or minerals (sorry, but even powerful vitamins and minerals can't act that fast!). You know vitamins and minerals are good for you. But which ones does your body really need? And is it possible to get too much of a good thing?

What Are Vitamins and Minerals?

Vitamins and minerals make people's bodies work properly. Although you get vitamins and minerals from the foods you eat every day, some foods have more vitamins and minerals than others.

Vitamins fall into two categories: fat soluble and water soluble. The fat-soluble vitamins — A, D, E, and K — dissolve in fat and can be stored in your body. The water-soluble vitamins — C and the B-complex vitamins (such as vitamins B6, B12, niacin, riboflavin, and folate) — need to dissolve in water before your body can absorb them. Because of this, your body can't store these vitamins. Any vitamin C or B that your body doesn't use as it passes through your system is lost (mostly when you pee). So you need a fresh supply of these vitamins every day.

Whereas vitamins are organic substances (made by plants or animals), minerals are inorganic elements that come from the soil and water and are absorbed by plants or eaten by animals. Your body needs larger amounts of some minerals, such as calcium, to grow and stay healthy. Other minerals like chromium, copper, iodine, iron, selenium, and zinc are called trace minerals because you only need very small amounts of them each day.

Eating a variety of foods is the best way to get all the vitamins and minerals you need each day, as well as the right balance of carbohydrates, proteins, fats, and calories. Whole or unprocessed foods — like fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grains, low-fat dairy products, lean meats, fish, and poultry — are the best choices for providing the nutrients your body needs to stay healthy and grow properly.

For the next few weeks I will cover some of the vitamins and minerals important in our diets. Next week look for information about Calcium!

Nurse Martin

Counselor Corner



We have met with all CMS students and shown S.O.S. (Signs of Suicide) “Time to Act” and discussed the video. Students have learned how to respond to a friend who may need extra support by using ACT:

A: Acknowledge the problem

C: Care. Let the person know you care.

T: Tell a responsible adult.

Please use this link to view video if you haven’t.

SKYWARD APP - Please make sure that you are checking Skyward. You can download the Skyward app for your phone or for your student’s phone so you can monitor grades. Students can use their Skyward login to create the account, and that way students con see their grades constantly.


DUKE TIP letters were handed out to students on Thursday, September 17. Qualifiers for DUKE Tip are the 5th grade and 6th grade STAAR test scores. DUKE Tip in 7th grader is where 7th graders take the same ACT or SAT test that Juniors and Seniors take



Bobby Bragan applications are due to their English teacher or counseling department by Friday, November 13. Please check the counseling website for the Bobby Bragan link or call the counseling department if you have questions.


Thursday, October 8 at 10:30 and in the evening at 6:00 at the GCISD Board Room. Play It Safe is approved by the district Student Health Advisory Committee (SHAC). For information about SHAC, please click on the link

The Women’s Shelter will present the videos at CMS:

Seventh Grade – Through Social Studies

October 9th – Healthy Relationships

November 16 – Can’t Take It Back

February 19 – Abuse of Power

Sixth Grade – Through PE

November 20 – Sexual Harassment

March 11 – Survivors of Abuse


Monday, October 5 – Wear Blue for Stomp Out Bullying

Friday, October 9 – Play it Safe for 7th grade through Social Studies

Friday, October 16 – End of 1st 9 weeks

Wednesday, October 21 – Unity Day Wear Orange

Tuesday, October 27 – Mix It Up Lunch


Guidance Lessons with Counselors through Science:

October 7 – 7th grade

October 14 – 8th grade

October 21 – 7th grade

October 28 – 8th grade

All Stars with Santa Fe Youth Organization – 6th grade every Thursday through PE

Krystal McCure – Counselor A-K – 817-305-4916

Stefanie Chapman – Counselor L-Z – 817-305-4917

Shari Vanderwork – Registrar – 817-305-4955

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Please see counseling office for the full application!!

Student Newsletter

Here is the link for the Student Newsletter that is done entirely by CMS Students.

Thank you to Sherry David for overseeing and helping to make this happen!

Principal Points

Very busy week but a great one! Things are not slowing down this next week, but have an exciting week with the first Social next Friday! Hope to see everyone there! Parents if you are planning to volunteer, please remember to take care of the Background Check if you have not along with attend the Volunteer Training prior to the Social.


Ryan Martin

CMS Principal