Curtis Chronicles

January 23, 2023

Principal's Corner; Ms. Sonya Pitcock

Cougar parents,

I just want to brag on your kids to start this message. They have really done a great job coming back from break and getting back into routines at school. They are consistently having their ID badges, are getting to class on time, getting their work done, following the expectations at lunch and in the halls and just overall doing great! I’m so proud of them for rising to our high expectations and continuing to grow. Thank you for your support at home to encourage them and work with us to continue to help them be successful!


Upcoming events include:


Band students popcorn fundraiser: Help out our band students and get some tasty popcorn too! Here’s the link if you are interested in buying some Mom and Popcorn. They will ship anywhere you’d like to send it or you can pick it up from our students. https://fundraisingstore.momandpopcorn.com/


Club and Group Photo day is January 25th. Students will need to bring or wear their club/groups shirts if they have one that day. Students in multiple clubs/groups will bring all their shirts and change for the different pictures.


February 7 will be our Parent Expo Night for Course Registration for next year. It will be a short meeting for parents with opportunities for parents to ask questions of our staff after the presentation. The expo will start at 6:00 in the CMS cafeteria. All information will be on our website as well. This meeting is for incoming 7th and 8th grade students.


Please mark your calendars for our STAAR testing dates for this semester. We know you are scheduling appointments and making plans now for April and May so please try to avoid scheduling anything on these dates:

April 25 – STAAR Reading grades 7 and 8

April 27 – STAAR Social Studies – grade 8

May 2 – STAAR Science – grade 8

May 9 – STAAR Math grades 7 and 8; Algebra EOC – grade 8


Sincerely,

Sonya Pitcock

Principal, Curtis Middle School

Allen ISD

Sonya.Pitcock@allenisd.org

972-727-0340

COUNSELORS CORNER!

In our busy and fast paced world, it is sometimes difficult to focus on what great things our kids do every day. This session will explore strategies to connect with our kids in meaningful ways by asking thought provoking questions and reinforcing positive behaviors.


Click here for more information https://www.allenisd.org/Page/64330

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Learning About the Dangers Facing our Students

The Allen High School/Lowery Freshman Center PTSA will host a special program followed by a Question and Answer session featuring School Resource Officer Christian Centeno.

February 16 at 6:30pm on Zoom

Please RSVP so a Zoom link can be provided to you prior to the program.

Upcoming Events

January 25: Club and Group photo

January 31: Allen ISD Parent University: Parenting and Restorative Practices

February 7: Raising Cane's night!

February 7: Parent Expo

February 16: Parent Informative Session; Learning about the Dangers facing our students

February 20-21: Student & Staff Holiday

February 25: Allen Eagle Run

March 3: Early Release & end of 3rd grading period

March 6-March 10: Spring Break!

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January's Staff Meeting is right around the corner!

Can you help with a snack donation for our staff?


Amazon Wish List: https://www.amazon.com/hz/wishlist/ls/BSSGFUKGDYXC...

Shop in the Store: https://curtisptsa.membershiptoolkit.com/volunteer/103535


Thank you to all our fabulous parents that donated for our December snack donation & your continued generosity!

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FINAL CHANCE: GET YOUR CURTIS MIDDLE SCHOOL YEARBOOK!

Our final sale for the yearbook will start on Tuesday, January 17th and end January 27th. This means no more yearbooks will be sold after the deadline 1/27. We will NOT order extras.

Here’s the direct order link - https://jostensyearbooks.com/?REF=A01019894

Final Call for Curtis Spirit Wear!

Keep warm this winter with a Curtis hoodie sweatshirt and get ready for the warm weather with a Curtis t-shirt!


Limited quantities and sizes are available so make sure to order your Spirit Wear on the Curtis PTA website soon before they run out! Orders will be open until February 17th.


Spirit Wear will be delivered to your students tracks teachers shortly after placing your order.


https://curtisptsa.membershiptoolkit.com/

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Volunteers Needed - Copy Room Helpers!

February, March & April Copy Room helpers - https://curtisptsa.membershiptoolkit.com/volunteer/98199


Please be sure you have completed your annual Allen ISD volunteer application and background check in order to volunteer. CLICK HERE for application.

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CALLING ALL DAD'S!

Curtis MS has started a “DAD'S CLUB” for any male figure who would like to help out on campus.


Please see sign up for available times and description of duties. All volunteers must have their annual AISD background check completed, visit: https://www.allenisd.org/site/default.aspx?PageID=214


Here is a link to the sign up: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c094ca5aa23a2f4c52-dads#/


Any specific questions, please contact Anthony Arnold: Anthony.arnold@allenisd.org

Thank you for your willingness to help!

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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 2022-23 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 CurtisCougarPTA.org from now through June 30, 2023.
  • Be included in the end-of-year thank you email.


Black Level, $250

  • Your logo and link to your website on CurtisCougarPTA.org from now through June 30, 2023.
  • 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 Ways & Means

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: https://smile.amazon.com/gp/chpf/about/

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

  3. Bookmark smile.amazon.com

  4. Start using smile.amazon.com 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.

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Join the Curtis PTA- Become a Member now!

We are so close to hitting our 2022-2023 goal for PTA membership & be eligible for the Early Bird Achievement award. Take a moment & join our fabulous Curtis Middle school PTA.


Join the many families of Curtis and support the students and staff by being a member at https://curtisptsa.membershiptoolkit.com/form/m/195134

Curtis PTA Volunteers - Get Involved!

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.

https://curtisptsa.membershiptoolkit.com/volunteer/92334

Calling all Parents - we need your help!

Parents - we are seeking your support! If you attend a Curtis Middle School football or volleyball game, we would love to leverage the great photos that are captured to showcase in our CMS 2022-2023 yearbook.


Please email your pictures directly to stacy.trotter@allenisd.org

Donate to the No Fuss Fundraising Campaign

Your donation brings programs and opportunities to all students and staff of Curtis throughout the year! Donate here: https://curtisptsa.membershiptoolkit.com/form/m/195135

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: https://www.allenisd.org/Page/214

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.
https://forms.gle/ZwyfvFEM6yVbjD4A8