The Cougar Chronicles

Principal-Parent Newsletter: November-December, 2013

The 3rd Six Weeks is Upon Us!

Greetings Cougar Nation,

I hope all is well. We have had a fantastic start to our school year. Our students have exceeded our expectations, and they are only getting started. Here is what's going on for the month of November & December.

Sincerely,

M. Beaird, Ed.D.

Principal, KMS

Cougar Pride!!!

Cougar Athletes = Awesomeness!!!!

Cougar Nation, it has been a successful fall sports season. Our cross country teams, volleyball teams, and football teams rocked the Quad County District. Both the girls and boys cross country teams won district. The 8th grade A Football team won district with a district record of 4-1. 8th grade B Football team came in second, and the 8th grade C Football team came in first place with a district record of 5-0. The Lady Cougars were dominant in volleyball with a combined record of 22-8 in district. 8th grade A Volleyball team came in second with only one loss in district. 8th grade B Volleyball team came in first place with a district record of 5-0. The 8th grade C Volleyball team came in second with a record of 4-1 in district. The 7th grade Lady Cougars did very well during their first season together. Both the 7th grade A & B Volleyball teams came in 3rd place. The 7th grade C Volleyball team came in 2nd place in district. Finally, the 7th grade football teams made a huge splash during their first season together. All three 7th grade football teams finished in 2nd place with only one loss each. Cougar Pride! Way to Go! We are proud of you.

National Junior Honor Society Meeting

Friday, Nov. 15th, 8am

Nick Kerr Library

Please be sure to be on time.

Kerr Middle School PTO Fundraiser w/ World's Finest Chocolate

We are excited to offer the $2.00 World's Finest Chocolate Variety Pack, 30 count which features 5 items including delicious Chocolate with Almonds Bar, Crisp Bar, Mint Meltaways, Caramel Whirls, and Continental Almonds. Each variety pack of bars contains 30 items. Each item (bar) sells for $2.00. The best PTO in the world is helping to raise money so that we may purchase additional Google ChromeBooks. Google Chromebooks are affordable laptops that can be used in the classroom. Our goal is to become a 1:1 school and have a computer for each student.


Students will participate in a kick-off assembly on November 11, 2013. They will bring home a flyer explaining the fundraiser. At the bottom of the flyer will be a place for parents to give their permission to bring home a variety pack (30 count) to sell. We strongly discourage selling these door to door. You might have your child hit me up, I love these chocolate bars. Students without permission slips will not be permitted to take home a variety pack. Students may get a new variety pack once they have sold all of their candy bars. However, the PTO will require a new permission slip each time. Students will be able to win some really cool prizes for selling a certain number. Thank you in advance for helping support the Kerr Cougars! Cougar Pride!!!

Region Band Auditions

Saturday, Nov. 16th, 8:30am

TBD

Mrs. Klein & Mr. Sharp have gotten our Band students ready to rock-it at the Regional Band Auditions. Good Luck! We know you will do awesome! 8th graders required & 7th graders strongly encouraged. The Regional Band Concert will be on December 7, 2013 from 2-3 pm. The Holiday Band Concert will be on December 19, 2013 @ 6:30 pm in the Pit. You have got to come out and hear how awesome our Band students are!!!

Kerr Middle School is a Closed Campus

Once families have dropped off their children at Kerr Middle School, students will be required to stay until the end of the day unless they are signed out by a parent or an approved adult. We have had a few students run across Johnson St. before catching their bus home. Additionally, we have had other students walk down the street in the AM after being dropped off to get doughnuts. We ask all parents to briefly discuss this with their children. Thank you.

Students vs. Teachers Basketball Game (Social Studies Fundraiser)

Friday, Nov. 22nd, 3:15pm

Nick Kerr Middle School Pit

Students that wish to attend the game will be charged a $2.00 entry fee. Students wishing to play in the game and dominant their teachers will need to bring $10.00. All money collected will go towards Google ChromeBooks & SMART Boards.

Our cheerleaders R-O-C-K!!!

One of the reasons our athletes have been so dominant this school has been the terrific job of the KMS Cheerleaders and their coaches Mrs. Baldwin & Mrs. Lyle. Through rain, sleet, or snow these dedicated ladies cheer our athletes onto victory. Thank you and keep up the good work!!!

Looking for a Few Good Cougars & Lady Cougars!!!

KMS UIL Academics Coordinators Mrs. Rose & Mrs. Taylor will have sign-ups for students interested in participating in UIL Academics . Students interested in particpating need to attend try-outs the week of November 11-15, 2013. Competitions include: Number Sense, Mathematics, Science, Calculator, Dictionary, Listening, Spelling, Maps/Charts, Social Studies, and Impromptu Speaking.


UIL Math Tryouts = Tuesday, November 12, 2013 (4:15-5:15) in rm. 121 /bring pencil

UIL Impromptu Speech = Mon, Nov. 11 & Fri., November 15 @ 7:45 am in rm. 203

UIL Social Studies = Mon., November 11 @ 8:00 am in rm. 106

UIL Ready Writing = Wed., November 13 @ 7:30 am & 4:00 pm in rm. 108

UIL Number Sense = Thur., November 14 @ 7:45 am & 4:45 pm in rm. 113


Participating in academic UIL is a good way to enhance school skills. It is also a good thing to put on a resume for college or National Honor Society. Middle School competition only goes through the district level. But when students get to high school, they can advance to state. College scholarships are available for those who place in UIL Academic Contests at the high school level.


Kerr Middle School is blessed with many talented students who posses a variety of gifts and skills. This is a great opportunity for students to get involved who are talented at different academic endeavors. We hope to have a large number of students who are interested in participating.

Basketball gets under way in Cougar Nation!!!

Thursday, Nov. 14th, 5pm

Nick Kerr Middle School

The Lady Cougars will be taking on Brewer Middle School at home. The 7th grade will be in the 100 gym and the 8th grade will be in the Pit. C team games start @ 5:00 pm. Go Cougars!!! For the complete schedule go to: http://www.quickscores.com/Orgs/Schedules.php?OrgDir=qc

Foods of Minimal Nutritional Value Day = November 22, 2013

Each public school in the state of Texas is given 3 days per year where foods of minimal nutritional value (FMNV) can be provided/consumed during the school day. Various treats may be given out by the staff. The treats will not compete with the students' lunch.

The MAD Club Strikes Again

Mrs. McGee and the MAD club done it again. It seems like everytime they get involved our campus looks better. Mrs. McGee and her troops spent a Saturday, planting some beautiful flowers and inserting spirit cups in our fence to show our school pride. This same group will be up at Kerr on November 16, 2013 from 9-12 pm. These are some awesome young folks doing their best to make a difference! Cougar Pride!!!

Student Council Canned Food Drive

Monday, Nov. 4th, 8am to Wednesday, Nov. 13th, 4pm

Nick Kerr Middle School

The food drive benefits the community through the Harvest House's Holiday Program in which a holiday meal and a week of supply of groceries are distributed to hundreds of needy families in our community. Each advisory is challenged to bring as many canned food items as possible. The advisory classes in each grade level with be competing against one another. The winning advisory in each grade level wil receive a special treat.

Kerr Cougars are the complete package!!!!

Not only do we have the most athletic and talented students in the land we also have the smartest. Students in all grade levels competed in the Burleson Character Council Essay Writing Contest. The prompt was, "Why does Kindness Matter?" Brea De Sess (8th grade) took first place and Becca Halbert (7th grade) & Paige Tabor (7th grade) tied for 3rd place. These terrific writers and their families will be honored at the Character Luncheon on November 21st at the BRICK starting at 11:00 am. Cougar Pride

Winter Break = Begins after 4:00 pm on December 20, 2013

Monday, Dec. 23rd, 4pm to Tuesday, Jan. 7th 2014 at 8am

At Home

Students will be off of school starting on Dec. 23, 2013. Students will have their final exams the week prior to Winter Break. No early exams will be given. An exam schedule will be sent out to all students.

One Act Play to Perform = December 7, 2013

Mrs. DuBose and her thespians will be giving us lucky souls a sneak peak at their performance on December 7, 2013 from 6-8 pm. Actor's call will be from 5-6 pm. Both will take place at Centennial High School. Trust me, you don't want to miss out!

Thanksgiving Break = November 25- 29, 2013

Monday, Nov. 25th, 8:15am to Friday, Nov. 29th, 4pm

At Home

Students of the Month for September

The staff of KMS named their students of the month for September. One boy and one girl was chosen. The girl was Meadow Renfro, a sixth grader that displays kindness, leadership, and is a hard worker no matter the task. The boy was Caleb White, a eighth grader that treats others the way he wants to be treated with kindness and respect. He is a hard worker and eventually wants to be a Special Education teacher! Congratulations to both our September Students of the Month, their parents, and teachers. We realize their character and success is a direct reflection from all the people that help raise and influence them!!! Cougar Pride!

Sing a Joyful Song = Save the date . . . Choir Concert

The holiday season gets into full gear with the wonderfully talented Cougar Choir led by the awesome Mrs. Glenn. Choir Holiday Concert Auditions will be held on December 3, 2013 in the Choir room from 4-6 pm. The Holiday Choir Concert will be held on December 10, 2013 from 7-8:30 pm. I want to invite everyone out to hear the awesome voices of some talented folks. On October 19th the following students participated in the All Region Choir auditions and placed: 4th chair = Victoria Andrade, 2nd chair = Hannah McCommas, 3rd chair = Natalie Jalomo & Courtney Brothers, 2nd Chair = Savannah Singleton, Emily Tucker, Victoria Gomez, Autumn Hayes, Ana Rodriguez (Alternate), Brianna Stearns, Colton Gregg, Cole Porter, Bryan Vallejo, Hunter Ruffin, and 1st chair = Cody Winton. Cougar Pride

Kennedale A Basketball Team Tournament

Friday, Dec. 6th, 5pm to Saturday, Dec. 7th, 11pm

Kennedale, TX

Both 7th grade and 8th grade A teams will be competing in this tournament. Bring it home Lady Cougars!!!!

The 2nd Kerr Middle School Dance

Friday, Dec. 6th, 6-8pm

Nick Kerr Cafeteria & 100 gym

Admission is $5.00. Standardized dress is not required, however conservative clothes without any rips/tears are required. Administration reserves the right to refuse entrance into the dance if students are not dress appropriately. Students that do not attend Kerr are not permitted to attend the dance. Parents/rides need to pick students up promptly at 8:00 pm.