Curtis Chronicles

January 10, 2022

Hello from Curtis Principal, Sonya Pitcock

Cougar families,


Happy New Year to everyone! We hope that everyone enjoyed the holidays and have started off the new year on a good note! We were certainly excited to see our students back last week and hear about their break! They have done a great job getting back into the swing of school, although the early mornings were tough I think!


We will be starting our Middle of Year testing to see the progress our students are making in language, reading, math and science this week so please be sure your students are bringing their charged devices to school each day to use for MAP testing. Students are aware of the testing days and we have reminded them to bring their devices too. This testing helps us know where we are making progress and what areas students still need to grow.


We have also implemented a new behavior system this semester. You received communication through your child’s Tracks teacher earlier this week regarding the plans. All students have a Cougar Paw Card and are working towards Fun Friday time in Tracks class each week. We are working on improving our students’ skills in the less structured time of their day such as passing period and this visual system helps them keep track of their progress as well.


Thank you all for your support as we move into the second half of this year!


Sincerely,

Sonya Pitcock

Principal, Curtis Middle School

Upcoming Events

January 11: Incoming Freshmen Parent Meeting @ Ereckson Middle School

January 12: Incoming Freshmen Parent Meeting @ Curtis Middle School

January 13: Incoming Freshmen Parent Meeting @ Ford Middle School

January 17: MLK Day Observance. Student Holiday

January 21: PTA Membership Meeting

January 23: CMS Spirit Night at Hat Creek Burger Company

Attn: Class of 2026 Students and Parents - A message from your Curtis Counselors

We hope that 8th grade is off to an excellent start.


We are quickly approaching that exciting time of year where we look forward to charting a course toward high school graduation. It's a time to take our dreams and make them into our plans! This will be a flexible plan with opportunities to adjust along the pathway to graduation in 2026. We want to share with you the process ahead. Together we will work to develop an individualized plan for your student.


  • Naviance lessons - students have already begun exploring their college and careers interests and their strengths and talents through various tasks in the Naviance system.


  • Endorsements/ Pathways /Classes - students have been learning/reviewing about the 5 Endorsements. Each endorsement has numerous clusters and pathways to connect students to classes that match their interests and strengths.


  • Four Year Plan - students will start to develop a Four Year Plan to help them see the “big picture” for the years ahead. Remember - this is a flexible plan that will be reviewed every year to ensure that they reach their goals. Ask them to pull up the document so you can discuss it together at home. In the spring, each student will input their finalized Four Year Plan into Naviance where it will be kept throughout high school. Their plan in Naviance will be reviewed and edited yearly with their counselors and/or college/career advisor.


  • Course Selection - Lowery Freshman Center (LFC) will share with students about classes available for 9th grade on January 11th, 2022. More details will be coming soon by email directly from Jill Stafford, LFC Principal.


We know there will be questions along the way and we are here to answer all of them. Here is a link to additional information and videos: Creating a 4 Year Plan


Thank you for your partnership as we empower each student with a flexible, individualized plan to ensure they reach their full potential.


Together we can do more!


Curtis Counselors!

Loren Clanton (Last names A-G)

loren.clanton@allenisd.org

Roxanne LeCroy (Last names H-O)

roxanne.lecroy@allenisd.org

Trebreh Benjamin (Last names P-Z)

trebreh.benjamin@allenisd.org

January Snack Sign Up

Let's usher in this New Year by supporting our Curtis Middle School staff! Join us by donating a resolution-friendly themed snack for the January staff meeting. Sign Up here:


https://curtisptsa.membershiptoolkit.com/volunteer/85129

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Not a PTA Member? You can still join!

Click here to Join CMS PTA!


A HUGE thanks to the more than 500 who have already joined Curtis PTA! Students can join too.

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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 2021-22 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, 2022.
  • 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, 2022.
  • 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 Alison

Registration is NOW OPEN for the

Allen ISD Eagle Run 2022!

We are excited to see this 14th Annual event and community tradition back on the road for 2022!

We are offering 3 options to participate:

(1) In Person Participant

(2) Virtual Participant

(3) Sleep In Participant


Register by February 4 to receive the BEST pricing of $25 per entry!

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Silver Stars Dance Team

2022-2023 Silver Stars Auditions Application are now available at www.allendrillteam.com.

Get Involved - Volunteer!

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/75126

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.

Peachjar Flyers

Allen ISD has been using an electronic flyer service, Peachjar, for flyer dissemination. In order to receive an email with flyers relevant to Curtis Middle School, you will need to login to Peachjar.com and add a student to Curtis Middle School.

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

CMS Announcements Posted to CMS Website

If you are interested in CMS Announcements, you can access them directly on the CMS website.

Be sure to check back often! CLICK HERE