CIMARRON MIDDLE SCHOOL NOV/DEC 2018
Dear Cimarron Families,
It’s mid-November already? It must be because the leaves are turning; the chill of fall is in the air; we gained an hour, and we even saw a little snow this week. Hopefully, the fall semester has settled into a productive and positive routine for your family.
We completed our family conferences in October and thank each family who was able to attend. Your young scholars see the importance you place on their education through your support and communication regarding their learning at Cimarron. Your continued effort shows that you understand how important their education is, and your time spent also helps them view learning as a priority as they become increasingly more responsible for their education. Our young scholars are maturing into young men and young women.
As this will be our final newsletter for 2018, we will be closed from November 19 - 23 for Thanksgiving break (yes, we will be closed for the entire week of Thanksgiving!) and will close for Winter Break December 24 - January 4 and have a Professional in-service Day January 7. School resumes January 8, 2019. We look forward to continuing to work with you to provide the best educational experience at Cimarron Middle School.
On behalf of our educators, we hope you have a great Thanksgiving and happy holiday season with your family and friends. I am very thankful for the opportunity to lead a student-centered staff, to work with supportive families, and with your incredibly talented young scholars within our strong community.
Thankful to be a Panther,
END OF SEMESTER DETAILS
The end of the fall semester is fast approaching and now is the time to check your Portal and prepare. In order to avoid having five or more tests, projects, presentations, or other types of final task for the semester on any one day, we will follow the schedule of events below for the last week of the semester.
If you are new to Cimarron, one of the great experiences is our annual Dodgeball Extravaganza. I am certain this is something your student and a group of friends will want to participate in the last week of the semester as well. We will begin sharing details of sign-up after Thanksgiving.
12/14 - Last Day to Submit Missing Work
12/17 - Elective Final Day
12/18 - Elective Final Day
12/19 - Final - English, Literacy, and Spanish or French, 8th Grade Locker Cleanout
Dodgeball Tournament during Electives
12/20 - Final - Math and Social Studies, 7th Grade Locker Cleanout
Dodgeball Tournament during Electives
12/21 - Final - Science, 6th Grade Locker Cleanout
End of the Day - all-school assembly and Dodgeball Champions v. Teachers &/or Staff
IMPORTANT ATTENDANCE REMINDERS
Absences should be reported on the day a student is out, including how many days absence is anticipated, by contacting the Cimarron office at 405-340-2935. Students may then submit documentation upon return, or ask the provider to fax notes directly to the Cimarron office at 405-330-3398.
Original documentation is required for all medical, judicial, bereavement and religious absences. Per district policy, please make parent notifications to excuse absences within 5 days of the event. Attendance policy information may be found in the Student Handbook @ the following link:
A MESSAGE FROM THE NURSE
Cold and flu season has arrived early! The Oklahoma County Health Department has provided some helpful information regarding common illnesses and how they may impact your student's attendance. Please do not hesitate to contact mel if you have further questions - Julie.Drumm@edmondschools.net
Follow this link for the OCHD information flyer on distinguishing between colds & flu: OCHD Cold & Flu Differences Flyer 2018
Follow this link for our nurse's letter on district health policies you should know : EPS Health Policies and Guidelines.2018
Remember, flu shots are a great defense for your family's health and will help with your student's school attendance! Visit your healthcare provider if needed and do what you can to prevent the spread of illness.
Julie Drumm, RN
Winter sports season is underway and our athletes are working hard and growing together as a team. We would love to have huge crowds at our basketball and wrestling events.
(Due to issues in our Main gym, some of our home games may be played at away sites. We will update you accordingly.)
Scheduled basketball times are:
7th grade girls-- 4:30
7th grade boys-- 5:30
8th grade girls- 6:30
8th grade boys- 7:30
Please check our Panther website or Rank One for dates and further details.
Our Junior High Wrestling program wrestles at Edmond Memorial and times will vary:
Dec 4, 7, 11, 13
Jan 8 and 21st
Again, please come cheer on our athletes!! Reminder you can still buy a season pass for $60 and this will get you 20 tickets to an Edmond Middle school event-- a savings of $40.
Winter Sports Coaches:
8th grade Boys Basketball firstname.lastname@example.org
8th grade Girls Basketball email@example.com
7th grade Boys Basketball firstname.lastname@example.org
7th grade Girls Basketball email@example.com
Eligibility is run every Wednesday evening and if a student is on probation, they have that week to make it up and will still be able to compete the following week (Monday-Saturday). If they are ineligible they will not be able to compete the following week and must get their grade up before the next eligibility is ran or the student will not be able to compete the following week (Monday-Saturday).
PARENT PORTAL FAQ
"How do I add a contact to pick up my student if I’m unavailable or can’t be reached?” or
“One of my student’s emergency contacts got a new phone. How do I get the number changed in your system?”
Both of these are easily addressed using your Parent Portal. On the left-hand side, choose the option for ‘Demographics,’ use the plus sign at the bottom, add or edit the information for the contact, and submit. This needs to be done for each student in your household, then our registrar will make the necessary adjustments. If possible, having at least two contacts is helpful in the event of illness or emergency, and keeping your contact information current throughout the year is very important.
In remaining consistent with our middle school practice, personal devices will be allowed prior to the first school bell at 7:40 and after the last bell at 2:40.
We recognize that personal devices are part of the everyday world we live in as well as our future, and know the amazing capability that today’s technology brings to our life. We are seeking to increase classroom engagement and reduce outside distractions, and we appreciate your support in this transition. Should a need arise for an urgent message to your child, we will be happy to help with that communication through our office at 405.340.2935.
CPTO DATES TO REMEMBER!
November 15 - CPTO Meeting, 8:30 am in the Cimarron Media Center
November 15 - Marco's Pizza, 3210 S. Blvd., 20% back ALL DAY!
December 4 - McAlister's Deli, 1021 E 2nd 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm 20% back
December 13 - CPTO Meeting, 8:30 am in the Cimarron Media Center
MARK YOUR CALENDARS
Here are a few dates to add to your calendar:
November 19 -23 Thanksgiving Break
November 26 - 7/8 B/G Basketball @ Summit
November 27 - Vocal Music Boy's Night Out
November 28 - Pizza Day!
November 29 - December 1 - 7th B/G Deer Creek Basketball Tournament
November 30 - Fun Food Friday!
December 1 - Vex Competition
December 3 - 7/8 B/G Basketball vs. Deer Creek
December 4 - Dinner Theatre 6:30 - Dinner, 7:00 Program
December 7 - Fun Food Friday!
December 8 - Vex Competition & JV Basketball
December 10 - 6th Grade Academic Team
December 10 - 7/8 B/G Basketball vs. Sequoyah
December 11 - 13 - Musical Auditions
December 13 - 7/8 B/G Basketball @ Mustang North
December 13 - 7/8 Band Winter Concert 7:00 pm
December 14 - Choir Winter Concert 7:00 pm @ EMHS
December 17 - 7/8 B/G Basketball @ Central
December 17 - 6th Grade Band Demonstration 7:00 pm @ EMHS
December 19 - Pizza Day!
December 20 - 7/8 B/G Basketball @ Choctaw
December 24 - January 4 - Winter Break
January 7 - NO SCHOOL - Professional Development Day
January 8 - Back to School!
GOOD TO KNOW
- In the event of a school emergency/situation, Mr. Schmidt will communicate quickly to parents through the SchoolWay app. If you have a smartphone, please download this app: www.myschoolway.com, select Cimarron and set up your device for push notifications.
- If you are having problems with your Parent Portal account, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Panther Pals are parent volunteers helping on a weekly basis in the workroom. Contact the CPTO to sign up!
- Pizza Day is a monthly event during lunch hosted by the CPTO. The money raised benefits Cimarron! The circle of…pizza! $1 per slice / $10 per box, $1 - Drinks
- Fun Food Friday is a twice a month sweet treat fundraiser for students. Everything is $1 and sold during the day by our awesome Panther Parents. Cash/check only!
- Panther Grill is a monthly luncheon for students who are nominated by their teachers for displaying a recognizable positive character trait.
- The Golden Paw/AOK Award Assembly is a monthly grade level assembly to recognize and commend students for exceptional qualities.
- Please continue to collect Box Tops. They all add up to benefit Cimarron Panthers!
- This Panther Prowl newsletter is produced monthly by Cimarron Middle School. If you have submissions, photos or suggestions, please contact Mr. Schmidt’s secretary, Robbi Kinnaird at email@example.com. We would love to hear from you.
CIMARRON MIDDLE SCHOOL
Principal Gabe Schmidt
Assistant Principal Carrie Higdon
Assistant Principal Link Lowe
School Hours - 7:50 AM - 2:40 PM
Office Hours - 7:15 AM - 3:15 PM.