Carpenter Middle School

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Thursday, December 17, 2015

Principal's Pen

Seasons Greetings Carpenter Families,

As we rejoice in the true meaning of the holiday, I would like to stress the importance of loving and giving. We are deeply blessed to have such dedicated families that support us each day and trust us enough to share with us the ones you love…your children. On behalf of your CMS school family, I would like to wish everyone an enjoyable and restful holiday season. May the new year bring you peace and prosperity.

~ Courtney


Finals Week : Monday, December 14th -- Friday, December 18th

First exam is Tuesday, December 15th. Make sure you get a good night's sleep, eat a healthy breakfast, and remember to bring a No.2 pencil.

Click here for exam schedule

Early Release : Friday, December 18th @ 12:40

Please plan accordingly.

Winter Break : Monday, December 21st -- Monday, January 4th

Classes resume Tuesday, January 5th.

Have a happy holiday!!


January 20, 2016

Registration Information for Parents

Carpenter Cafeteria

With Carpenter Counselors

6:00 – 7:00 P.M.

  • Overview of elective courses for 7th and 8th graders (in other words, parents of current 6th and 7th graders)

  • How to fill out the 7th and 8th grade registration cards

**Students should have their registration card on the 13th. In order for the session to be beneficial, please bring this with you.

**Registration cards must be returned to the social studies or Texas history teacher by Friday, January 22.

Around the Ranch

For 8th Graders Only - Mark Your Calendars

12/11- Applications to The IB World School, Health Sciences Academy and Academy High School are DUE

1/8- Notice of placement for The IB World School, Health Sciences Academy and Academy High School

1/13- Meet your Clark Counselor- On campus at CMS during 2nd period for students

1/14- Plano Sr High Clinical Rotations Presentation during PE classes for students

1/14- Calling All Cats at Plano Sr. High (Student and Parent Night) at 6:00-8:00 p.m.

1/15- Commitment of attending The IB World School, Health Sciences Academy and Academy High School DUE

1/28- Cougar Call at Clark HS (Student and Parent Night)- TIME TBA

2/2- 2/25- Four year plan meetings with student/parents and registering for 9th grade- TIME BY INVITATION. THOSE WILL BE SENT IN JANUARY.

Box Tops New Rewards

Students, keep turning in your Box Tops in sets of 25 to the school store! You can exchange them for your choice of treat! Candy, soda... so many choices!

News From CMS PTA

Calling All Holiday Bakers! Teacher Treats Needed...

Santa needs you! Do you bake cookies, gingerbread or other treats for the holiday? If so, please make an extra dozen and send with your child on Friday morning Dec 18. Participation has been extremely low this year, but 'tis the season for giving and showing gratitude! Other ideas are fruit, nuts, popcorn, chips and dips. Let's show the teachers how much we appreciate them!

Alex Trejo Scholarship Opportunity for Graduating Seniors Who Also Attended Carpenter Middle School

The Alex Trejo Scholarship is a $500 scholarship opportunity available for a 2016 graduating senior that also attended Carpenter Middle School. The scholarship is in memory of Alex Trejo, who performed every task, great or small, with utmost integrity. He served as a positive role model to staff and students at Carpenter for 24 years.

Scholarship Requirements/Application

KidStuff Coupon Books Fundraiser

Our school is selling valuable, family-friendly KidStuff Coupon Books filled with hundreds of national, regional and local coupons for all ages! The KidStuff Book is conveniently organized, offers incredible savings and is sold exclusively through schools! Our school earns 50% or more profit for every book we sell! Use just a few coupons and easily save more than the $25 cost of the book…Remember to keep KidStuff in your car! Most coupons are long-term and valid for 16 months! You will enjoy fabulous savings.

Check your child's backpack for information!

Don't mess with Texas Scholarship Contest

The Don’t mess with Texas® Scholarship recognizes the achievements of high school seniors who take a leadership role in preventing litter in their schools and communities.

Any Texas high school senior currently attending public, private, or home school and planning to attend an accredited Texas college or university next year may apply. Student essays should describe creative and/or sustainable solutions to prevent litter and build awareness of the Don’t mess with Texas initiative.

Applications accepted through MARCH 26, 2016.

Click here for flyer

Counselor's Corner

Cowboy Character

Robert Browning was a great English poet who lived in the 19th century. Despite the fact that Browning’s early poems were not well-received by the public or critics, he kept writing and eventually he enjoyed great success.

Robert Browning didn’t let his failures stop him, but he kept aspiring and aiming for success. Read what he says about aspirations:

“Our aspirations are our possibilities.”

Mr. Browning was saying that if we aspire to do something great, the fact that we are aiming for a particular goal makes that goal a real possibility.

As we prepare to begin a new year, take the time to think about what your aspirations are. Determine short-term and long-term goals for yourself. Think about the words of Robert Browning and create some new possibilities for yourself.

RODEO Tip of the Week

Finding Your Child's Inner Athlete

Tech and TV temptations, no friends to play with, worries about fitting in -- in today's world, there are plenty of distractions and challenges that feed a couch-potato lifestyle. And if children don’t view themselves as athletic or physically active, it can be even more difficult to get them moving. How can you help? Get them in touch with their inner athlete. That’s the part of them that enjoys physical movement and challenge.

The way kids see themselves has a big impact on how they behave, says social psychologist Cheryl Anderson, PhD. In a recent study, Anderson evaluated elementary school and middle school students. The kids who participated in the most activities were the ones who felt encouraged to be active, felt highly skilled in the given activity, and enjoyed the activity.

"It's tough when you're young and you're the one who's picked last for a game. And it's hard when your buddies seem more athletic or mature sooner than you do," says exercise physiologist Randy Martin, MS, CSCS.

But that doesn't mean you and your child can't rise above it. Martin, who works at Sanford Health in Fargo, N.D., says parents can help their kids learn to cope with such feelings.

"Be supportive and reassuring," he says. "Remind kids that they're still growing. They may not have reached their athletic maturity the way their friends have. Plus, they might just need to try another sport." Let your child know many professional athletes had to try different sports to settle on the right one.

Challenge yourself to find out what parts of being active your child likes. Then try to find an activity that channels her passion. "Look for something they can succeed at and have fun doing," says Michael Bergeron, PhD, director of the National Institute for Athletic Health and Performance and Center for Youth Sports and Health in Sioux Falls, S.D.

If soccer doesn't work, try running, swimming, dance, or martial arts. "If they're not allowed to play during games and aren't feeling good about themselves, they are in the wrong sport or at the wrong level," Bergeron says.

With the right activity and a positive mindset, Martin says, kids often find that they're more athletic than they thought. That's why it's important to help children find the sport that pleases them -- not what they think pleases you -- and to support that interest.

Community Connections

Free Sign Language Classes

Our Plano Regional Day School Program for the Deaf will once again be offering FREE sign language classes this Spring for our Plano ISD teachers, parents, and community. All the details are on the attached flyer, and RSVPs can be sent to

About Carpenter Middle School

“Make Your Mark” is the Plano Independent School District’s motto. At Carpenter Middle School, everything we do for our students, families and community is executed with compassion and determination. We are making our mark at The Ranch.