Colt Courier

Week of January 11, 2016

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Principal Points

I do hope everyone had a wonderful two week break, but it is great to have everyone back! Just hope everyone had a wonderful week!

The first night of Cotillion was this past Friday, and was a huge success! All due to the all the hard work of all the parents and staff who were involved! Thank you for making the Cotillion amazing for each of our students!


Ryan Martin

CMS Principal

Inclement Weather

It is that time of year when the weather is very unpredictable and can cause the roads to be hazardous. This is when Skyward information needs to be double checked to ensure Family and Emergency Contact information is accurate. Please ensure that the Family and Emergency Contact information is accurate otherwise your child will only be released to the individuals who are listed within Family and/or Emergency Contact within Skyward. If you have any questions please contact Laurie Denny at 817-305-4904. The link is below:

Quote of the Week

Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn.

Benjamin Franklin

Colt Champions

Mrs. Alexander along with Mr. Alexander for doing an awesome job with the Cotillion!

Girls Basketball

January 14 @ CMS

8th B - 5:00

8th C - 6:00

8th A - 7:00

7th C - 5:00

7th A - 6:00

7th B - 7:00

Boys Basketball

January 11 @ Heritage Middle School

8th C - 5:00

8th A - 6:00

8th B - 7:00

7th B - 5:00

7th C - 6:00

7th A - 7:00

Math Club

The results are in for CMS Math Club members that participated in the AMC-8 Competition. CMS student participants were Mardhi Santosa, Tari Santosa, John Slezak, Jennifer Yan, and Grant Ghormley. Mardhi Santosa placed in the top 1% nationally winning a gold medal, Tari Santosa placed in the top 5% nationally winning a silver medal, and John Slezak won a bronze medal. Special recognition goes to 7th grader Grant Ghormley and 6th grader Jennifer Yan for their excellent performance in this elite 8th grade competition. What an effort by our entire team.

TSMCA Math Competition

Volunteers Needed

On Saturday, January 23, our CMS math club is sponsoring a math competition for over 350 students from different districts across the metroplex. Volunteers are needed for proctoring test, grading (no math experience needed), collecting money, registering teams, organizing awards, and at the end of the day, returning the rooms used to normal setup. The money raised from this venture benefits the CMS math club and AVID classes. Lunch and breakfast will be provided.

Volunteer hours can be redeemed for high schoolers needing them. Also, a few volunteers are needed after school on Friday to set up the rooms for the testing the next day.

Please contact Joe Morgan at 817-305-4900 Ext 2237 or e-mail to

Upcoming Events

January 11 - CMS Boy's Basketball at Heritage Middle School 5 p.m. - 9 p.m.

January 12 - 1:1 Device Parent Meetings: 7:30 a.m. & 6:30 p.m.

January 15 - Cotillion Week 2 6:30 p.m. - 9 p.m.

GRADUATING SENIORS that attended Colleyville Middle School– scholarship forms are here!!!*****

UNTIL MARCH 24: Graduating seniors are invited to apply for PTA scholarships:

The PTAs of GCISD are proud to support our graduating Seniors by offering multiple scholarships through a Common Scholarship Application for 2016 graduates of GCISD.

Apply now:

All applications must be received no later than 11:59:59 PM on March 24, 2016 to be eligible for consideration.

Watch this page and the Council of PTAs web site for announcements and updates:

Teacher of the Month for January

Please click the link below if you would like to nominate a teacher for January Teacher of the Month.

Nurse Martin Tips

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Counselor Corner

Counselor Corner

Week of January 4-5, 2016


Sixth graders completed Career Cruising this week through their social studies teacher. Please ask them to log in and show you their Learning Style Inventory they completed.


TECC Field Trip for 7th graders is Thursday, January 28th.


Wednesday, December 9 we met with 8th graders to help them create a 4-year plan for high school. Students turned in a copy to their English teacher December 18, and students kept a copy. Students will have access to the turn in a copy on January 20th when high school counselors come to do a presentation and on February 9 when they come to verify the courses they entered.

January 27, 28, and 29 will have 8th grade students in computer labs entering in their courses for 9th grade. In April 8th graders will do Arena Scheduling. Here is a link to Arena Scheduling to help you understand what it is about.


January 12 – 7th grade Career Cruising

January 14 – 7th grade Career Cruising

January 19 – 8th grade Career Cruising

January 20 – 8th grade High School Counselors come to give overview

January 22 – 8th grade Career Cruising

January 27 – 8th graders enter courses in Skyward

January 28 – 8th graders enter courses in Skyward

January 28 – 7th graders visit TECC at GHS

January 29 – 8th graders enter courses in Skyward


Join Remind 101 to receive deadlines and updates for course selection.

Text to 8101

Text message based on grade level




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

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

Shari Vanderwork – Registrar – 817-305-4955


Students and staff at CMS are stacking the books that each reads for the 25 book challenge. Students are recording the books that they have read through their ELA classes on a specific form. If you want to join us, email me at and I will send you a form. The 25 Book Challenge will end in May.

Recommended Genre Categories:

Realistic fiction - 4

Historical fiction - 2

Fantasy - 3

Science fiction - 1

Mystery - 1

Informational - 4

Poetry anthologies - 2

Biography, autobiography, and/or memoir - 2

Free choice - 6

This is only a recommendation for each genre, but we do want to encourage students to read from all genres.

Spring Testing

Please note the following 2016 dates for Spring STAAR Testing:

March 29, Writing, Grade 7

March 29, Math, Grade 8

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