Colt Corner

Celebrating 40 Years of Excellence

January 20, 2017

Dear Colt Parents,

There is always a wealth of great learning and activities at CMS weekly. This week has been especially exciting for our boys' basketball program. The 7th and 8th grade teams took 5 of 6 wins this week. The success in the scores was apparent, but in the behind the scenes came a lot more wins. The student-athletes gave themselves a chance for success when no one was watching in their daily process to improve. GRIT is the theme of that program, which is evident in the hard work that is put in daily in the weight room, practices, locker room and classes. It is that kind of dedication and commitment by our staff and students that continues to remind us of the great things happening at CMS! You can check out one of our student-athletes below on Twitter, Sean Fanning, as he tells us a little more about the program. Have a great weekend!


David Arencibia, Ed.D.

CMS Principal

Facebook: Colleyville Middle School

Twitter: @CmsColts

#cmscolts - #cmscelebrates

Order your 2017 CMS Yearbook

The deadline to order a 2017 CMS Yearbook is February 24th. Yearbooks are currently on sale for $50 until January 31. On February 1st, prices will rise to $55. You may order your copy of the 2017 yearbook at ‘” Please feel free to email Morgan DuLaney with any yearbook questions at

8th grade parents- This year there will be an 8th grade baby picture page in the yearbook! Please send a .jpg picture of your 8th grader to by February 10th for them to be included on that yearbook page
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Attn: 8th graders currently taking Algebra 1 & Biology

  • Are you taking Algebra 1 and Biology in 8th grade? You can join the GCISD STEM Academy at GHS as a freshman in 2017-2018!
  • Informational meetings are being held this month and next month - no need to attend all. Choose the date(s) that work best for you. (1/25 - 6-7 PM at GHS Library), (2/6 - Mustang Nation at GHS), or (2/13 - 5-7:30 PM at GCISD EXPO @ CTMS).
  • If a student is zoned to CHHS, then a transfer to GHS would be needed to attend the high school STEM Academy. All transfer rules apply.
  • The high school STEM Academy is much more than just the STEM endorsement that is available to all high school students. Attend one of the events in the flyer to find out more information!
  • If interested, online applications will be accepted beginning Tuesday, February 14!
  • If more students apply than there are seats available, students who have not been in the STEM Academy at GMS will be selected via lottery.

For more detailed information about STEM click here.

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Counselors Corner

Week of January 23 – January 27, 2017


Progress Report 5 grading period ends on Friday, January 27th.


On February 9 we will be taking all 7th graders to Grapevine High School to visit the TECC center. While at the TECC center, students will get to see the various career and technology electives that GCISD has to offer when students are in high school. Several of the 8th grade courses that are offered at CMS lead into these great courses offered at the high school level. Permission slips will be sent home on Tuesday, January 17th through your 7th grade student’s Language Arts class. Permission slips are due back on Friday, January 27. Students will be gone only 2nd, 3rd, and 4th period. Please let counseling know if you have any questions.


Grapevine-Colleyville ISD is accepting referrals February 22 - March 8 for current secondary students who may be eligible for Gifted/Talented Services for the upcoming school year. This program is designed for students who exhibit intellectual giftedness at an extraordinary level. Services are provided only upon identification of educational needs of the student. Anyone wishing to refer a student attending Grapevine-Colleyville ISD in sixth through eleventh grade this school year may secure a referral form from campus-counseling department. A copy of this form is also located on the District’s Advanced Academics webpage.


February 17 – 7th Grade – Abuse of Power

March 10 – 6th Grade – Survivors of Abuse


January 23 – 8th graders enter courses through English with CMS counselors

February 7 – High School Counselors come to meet with 8th graders

February 7 – In the Middle – PTA Program – Presented by CMS Counselors

February 9 – CMS 7th Grade visits TECC at Grapevine High School

February 9 – Parent Night at GHS

February 16 – Kindness Day – wear Mint Green

February 21 – CMS Counselors go to OCT to meet with 5th graders

February 21 – CMS Showcase for 5th graders/Open House

February 22 – CMS Counselors go to CES to meet with 5th graders

February 23 – CMS Counselors go to HES to meet with 5th graders

February 24 – CMS Counselors go to BES to meet with 5th graders

February 27 – Parent Night at CHHS

February 28 – CMS Counselors meet with 6th graders for 7th grade course selection

March 1 – CMS Counselors meet with 7th graders for 8th grade course selection


Please take a moment to review the math and science trajectory attachment as we are moving to course selection second semester. This information will be discussed with students during course selection. If you have questions, please contact the counseling department. Here is a link to the district website as well.


For more information, click here: Parents may directly enroll their child online at or via paper applications at any time during the enrollment period, October 1-March 31. Fees are paid only once, and need-based financial aid is available. Students must have attained a qualifying test score at or above the 95th percentile on at least one accepted subtest area of a grade-level standardized achievement test (Stanford or Iowa Test of Basic Skills), or achieved a score of a 125 or above on an aptitude test (OLSAT, CoGAT, NNAT) or mental ability test (IQ test such as WISC), or met the Duke approved score on a state criterion-referenced test (STAAR). A school code will be provided on the Duke Tip website during the enrollment process.

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

Leslie Walden – Counselor L-Z – 817-305-4917

Shari Vanderwork – Registrar – 817-305-4955

Play it Safe Parent Letter

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Nurse Martin's Tip Newsletter

Click on Newsletter for the nurses tips.

Top CMS TWEETS from the WEEK

Follow us at @CmsColts #cmscelebrates

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This Weeks Upcoming Events

Monday, January 23

Boys Basketball (click here for schedule details)

7th Grade Boys Basketball vs Dawson Middle School at Dawson

Thursday, January 26

Girls Basketball (click here for schedule details)

7th Grade Girls Basketball vs Dawson Middle School at Dawson

8th Grade Girls Basketball vs Dawson Middle School at CMS

Friday, January 27

Pep Rally - 2:50 - North Gym

Cotillion - 6:30 - 9:00 pm

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