CMS Cougar Courier

2nd Quarter 2021-22 School Year November 12, 2021

Important Dates:

  • November 22 - 26 - Thanksgiving Break
  • December 9 - Choir Concert - CMS Commons
  • December 17 - January 3 - Winter Break
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A Safety & Security Update from SRO Corbin

Hello Cresthill Family,

I would like to discuss traffic and parking. As you are aware, traffic is very hectic in the morning and afternoon. Here are a few things to think about:

  1. If you drive your child to school, you could have a determined drop off and pick up point near the school but not on campus so that you avoid dealing with many of the traffic issues.
  2. Please do not drop your child off at four way stops or mid-block along Cresthill Ln.
  3. If your child is in a bus boundary, please consider using the bus instead of driving your student each day. This will lower your stress level and help lessen the amount of traffic.
  4. Please be patient with other children and parents. I wish for everybody to be safe and we would much rather a child be tardy than injured because someone is in a hurry and makes a mistake.
  5. As the cold weather moves in, this adds more cars into the mix. Please try to leave earlier. Traffic is much better before 7:00 am.

Unfortunately, there is not much that can be done with the design limitations of the streets and parking area of Cresthill Middle School. As we all know, our population continues to grow, which adds to the volume of traffic we see here at Cresthill.

Thank you for your cooperation in helping us keep everyone safe at Cresthill!


Please make sure your child brings their reusable mask to school each day.

We hand out thousands of masks every day that end up littering the campus.

Thank you!

Team Summit

Greetings from Team Summit! We have a busy week ahead of the Thanksgiving break coming up, Here is just a small taste of what we have going on in classes next week.

In science class, students will be working on a project connected to the work they have been doing on waves. The wave project will take all week.

Social studies students will take a deeper look at the Declaration of Independence for what it REALLY is - a break up letter! They will get the opportunity to write and create their own "break-up" letter in the style of the Declaration. We will also begin our novel Fever 1793 towards the tail end of the week. Mrs. Superka has sent out information regarding the novel in her weekly communication with parents.

In L.A. students are reading (w/ the audiobook) Rebecca Stead's, When You Reach Me, and following the protagonist's "hero's journey" (Joseph Campbell). In Advanced .L.A. students are reading Patrick Ness's, The Knife of Never Letting Go, and following the protagonist's "hero's journey" (Joseph Campbell). This week students also wrote CER's related to their class novels and personal narratives regarding a time they experienced a "refusal of the call" in their lives (again, each related to Joseph Campbell's hero's journey/monolith model).

Lastly, in Wellness classes we are spending as much time being outside as possible until it gets too cold to handle (feel free to wear a jacket to class), also, our wonderful counselor Mrs. Ebel will be guest teaching a lesson on Depression and Signs of Suicide this week.

Team Horizon

Social Studies is continuing their exploration of the novel My Brother Sam is Dead and the Revolutionary War and its impact on the creation of the USA and its citizens who were involved and helped to make our country what it is today. They do have reading to complete over the weekend, so look for the book at home... huzzah!

Science is continuing its journey within the world of waves. With the waves that have been uncovered in the past week, the students are now creating wave art. They are taking the knowledge they have of waves and creating art that depicts these waves. Pretty groovy.

Wellness has just finished up their mental health disorder research papers and they will be presenting those in the next week. The students are excited to learn what each group found out about the minds of people.

ELA 8 is continuing Shakespeare with reading "A Midsummer Night's Dream". The students have completed their first CER and we will continue to explore Shakespeare's world with writing and visual examples of the play.

The ADV ELA Students have just finished up Billy Budd and are putting to bed their journey of 19th C. American Lit. We will now transition to Shakespeare and jump into "A Midsummer Night's Dream".

The ELA Strategies class is working on the history of the first Thanksgiving, exploring the origins of one of our most celebrated holidays. This research is taking in all aspects and voices of the people involved.

Math Strategies is finishing up and presenting a project on the math it would take to shop and then cook for a Thanksgiving meal (something Levine should probably do).

Applied Academic students are currently taking working memory tests and working on what gratitude means to them and looks like when passed from one person to another.

Horizon thanks you for sending us your amazing kids!

Team Trekkers

Week of 11/15-11/19

Trekkers are well under way in the 2nd quarter and have been working extremely hard in all classes! In Wellness, students finished up our addiction topic and will be moving into our Tobacco topic next week. We will be exploring the damaging effects of tobacco/nicotine use. Students will be working on a class magazine project over the next few weeks.

In Science, students have just completed the Earth unit and we will be moving into Physics beginning with a quick project on Sir Isaac Newton and his 3 Laws of Motion.

In Social Studies, students are exploring the precolonial African history and learning that Africa is much more than pyramids, slavery, and colonialism. This week we learned about politics, military, economy, and culture of the three major kingdoms of Ancient West Africa: Ghana, Mali, and Songhai. Finally, in Language Arts, Students will be presenting their final drafts of their first essays at the start of next week. They have worked hard over the past two-weeks and really understand that writing is, indeed, a process! We will be starting some pre-reading on the book Animal Farm next week, as well, and learning about the historical references within the book and why it is an allegory.

Team Legend

November 8-12 2021

Science: Weather Unit

We started up a big lab called Salt Lab. The purpose is to determine which type of sidewalk salt will melt ice the best/fastest/etc.

Students must design, conduct, and perform their own experiments this time. No lab partners.


Gen ED: As we head towards Thanksgiving, naturally, our focus turns to saving dogs! Our persuasive speeches to our peers, in which we attempt to save our poorly critters take place this week- I cannot wait. other than that the little troopers are working on the last preparatory points for their multi-paragraph essay on Stargirl. We are also examining Dahl's creepy classic story 'Lamb to the Slaughter' as exam preparation, and looking forward to our hero's Journey unit which will use poetry and cinema to trace a path of how we regard the 'heroic'

ADV: As we head towards Thanksgiving, naturally, our focus turns to saving dogs! Our persuasive speeches to our peers, in which we attempt to save our poorly critters take place this week- I cannot wait. other than that the little troopers are working on the last preparatory points for their multi-paragraph essay on We Were Liars. We are also examining Dahl's creepy classic story 'Lamb to the Slaughter' as exam preparation. we shall compare and contrast this with two other short stories - 'the Sniper' and 'Some of Us have Been Threatening Our Friend Colby'. Then...Macbeth! Yay!

Health & Wellness

Next week we are transitioning into our new Heartzones system for tracking HR Zones + tracking goal progress on our personal fitness records. In addition we will be continuing our excellent work on the SEL skills of self-awareness, self management, and relationship skills with Deputy Hathaway and our YESS program.

Social Studies

We wrote Freedom Essays this week and took notes on the causes of the American Revolution!

Team Navigators

In social studies we continue to explore issues in Africa.

Wellness classes are learning about the consequences of tobacco use, the effects of smoking on being active and tobacco and the environment.

In language arts this week, students continued their examination of moral ambiguity by reading, writing, and communicating about Chapters IX-X of Animal Farm.

In science we are wrapping up earth science standards and preparing for a big assessment on Friday.

Team Explorers

Language Arts: Reading Animal Farm by George Orwell

Science: Wrap up Earth's Changes

Social Studies: Researching NGOs in the Library, honoring our Veterans on the Block Day

Wellness: Dangers of tobacco products & flag football

Defend the Den


Welcome to the Early Bird Special. It is TIME for you to get your daughters signed up for 7th Grade Girls Basketball season. Registration is now open and ready to roll. The great news? ZERO EXPERIENCE IS REQUIRED. In the past our 7th grade girls program has regularly set record numbers for our school. Let's get our young gals active and involved here at school!!!!! Please visit our CMS Athletics page to see the registration process. Please note that an up-to-date physical is required for all of our student-athletes to participate (NO PHYSICAL = NO PLAY). If you have any questions please contact our CMS Bookkeeper and Athletics Administrative Assistant, Stephanie Young, at 303-387-2816 or


From the Counseling Office


This Thursday, we started our Annual Food Drive!

We are supporting two local organizations to provide non-perishable foods and hygiene items to help other students in need.

Our food drive will start Thursday, November 11, and run through 18th!

We are looking for canned foods, granola bars, beef jerky, spaghetti noodles/sauce, and rice for the food items; shampoo, conditioner, toothbrushes and toothpaste, lotion, and feminine hygiene products for the hygiene items.

Your students wathced a presentation in Advisement on Wednesday, and we started THURSDAY.

Thank you for thinking of us when you shop this weekend, and we can't wait to love on our community!

Hello Parents,

Please take a few minutes to watch the next anxiety segment by Dr. Scott Cypers. This segment covers the vicious cycle of anxiety and provides insight into what triggers anxiety and how to overcome it. After viewing the video, if you are interested, you can log into a free live zoom session with Dr. Cypers to receive additional support and get your specific questions answered.

Helping Kids to Understand & Overcome Anxiety: Segment 02

On November 22 at 6:00pm, Dr. Cypers will host a live zoom session for any parents or teachers that would like to get more information after watching this video. To access, please click this link

The previous video and future videos are available at

Helping Kids to Understand & Overcome Anxiety: Segment 02

Lost & Found

If your child has lost clothing or water bottles, please have them check the Lost & Found in the Cafeteria.

All items not claimed by Thanksgiving Break will be donated.

Thank you!

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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