Colts Chronicle

Cimarron Middle School Newsletter - February 02, 2019

Colts Chronicle provides information to parents, students, staff, and community.

Principal Notes:

Dear Cimarron Families,

The students and staff have had a great start to this semester. Our students have had a lot of energy coming back to school and are excited to be with their friends and teachers.

We often talk about the rapid growth of middle school students. The iceberg illusion is a perfect example of the failures, hard work, dedication, persistence and sacrifice students and parents go through. It takes perseverance to be a middle school student.

As parents, teachers and community members we embrace the struggles to be able to get to the tip of the iceberg. Middle school students need constant reminders of the values that create successful human beings such as hard work, dedication, working through failure and persevering through disappointment.

This February, take time as a family to talk through some of the values that will lead to success and happiness.

Thank you for allowing us to teach your children and as always reach out to us if you need any support.


Chris Zimmerman, Principal

Online School Climate Survey

All Cimarron students are invited to participate in an online school climate survey. Please use the link below as soon as possible regarding consent for the Safe Schools Survey.

Once you connect, you will need to set up an account in MySchoolBucks if you do not already have one. (Be sure to select Douglas County School District when prompted, and then add student by name and birthdate.)

CiMS Safe Schools Survey Submission

Note ~ This link takes you to the MySchoolBucks sign-in, then it should go directly to the form. Select student name, read the form, select your response, enter your signature on the form, click Purchase (eventhough there is no cost), click Continue, click Place Order.

You will receive email confirmation when your submission is complete.

Return to the above link and repeat only if you have more than one student at Cimarron.

Feel free to contact if you have questions or need assistance. To reset your MySchoolBucks password, go to and click on Forgot your username or password, located just below the Login button.

Legend Feeder Wish Week

Here is the big picture for planning purposes:


If you will have t-shirts sold at your school, we'd ask that you sell them for $20. A t-shirt will gains entrance to the following Wish Week Events:

1. Feeder School Festival on Feb 9th at Cimarron MS from 4:30-6:30. If you wear your Wish Week shirt, you will get 5 free tickets for the carnival games!

2. Who Done it? Photo Scavenger Hunt at Legend on Monday Feb 11 at 6:00pm. Wear your t-shirt and form a team of 4. Get in for free! Great prizes will be given to the winners!

3. Legend Teacher Talent Show on Tuesday, Feb 12th at 7pm. Come see teachers showcase their talents!

We also have spirit days in case you'd like to participate!

Monday: Cow Day (our Wish kid loves Chick-Fil-A)

Tuesday: 80's Day! ( our Wish kid loves the show Stranger Things)

Wednesday: Outback Day! (our Wish kid wants to go to Australia and loves all the ocean and outdoors)

Thursday: Wish Week Shirt Day! and Celebration Assembly

2/14: Wish Week Celebration Assembly! We'd love for Principals to come to this assembly with a few kids from your school and present a check to our Wish Week to represent the amount of money that your school helped us raise during this week! Please let me know if you'll be coming! We have a special place in our assembly to recognize each school!

Cimarron's Third Annual Celebration of Learning

Dear Cimarron Parents:

Collaboration and communication with our parents is a vital component of student success at Cimarron Middle School. In lieu of Parent-Teacher conferences this spring, Cimarron Middle School will once again host a “Celebration of Learning.” As a result of hosting this event, individual conferences with teachers and teams about your student’s progress will not occur. Please have a conversation with your student and visit Infinite Campus for current grade status.

What is a Celebration of Learning? Celebrations of Learning are more than a display of student work and more than a party at the end of the year. The events compel students to reflect on and articulate what they have learned, how they learned, questions they answered, research they conducted, and areas of strength and struggles. They are powerful opportunities to make learning public. A Celebration of Learning includes: high quality work, an authentic audience, communicating learning, and student reflection.

3:30-4:40 Last Names A-I
4:40-5:50 Last Names J-R
5:50-7:00 Last Names S-Z

Link to Letter

Legend Begins

Legend Begins will be held on Wednesday, February 6th beginning at 6:30pm in the Legend Coliseum. This evening allows parents and students to understand the course registration process, meet with department members, coaches, or activity sponsors, learn more about AVID, EDGE, Concurrent Enrollment and get their questions answered regarding Legend! You will want to attend. We look forward to this night every year as we welcome our newest class of this case, the Legend High School Class of 2023. Please direct any questions about this evening to Legend at 303-387-4500.


Hello Future Titans

Thank you all for attending the Legend Academic Programming Night in December 2018. Legend is truly a unique school that offers specific programs to ensure we reach our vision of "the relentless pursuit to challenge, communicate, create and connect learning," for every student.

Our specific programming of AVID, EDGE, Concurrent Enrollment and Career to Technical Education has created incredible and unique opportunities for our students to be fully prepared beyond high school. We would like to follow up to ensure your family is able to take advantage of our programming opportunities.


The EDGE program is an interdisciplinary, project-based learning model that seeks to personalize learning for students while engaging in memorable learning experiences such as internships, job shadowing, field experiences connected to projects and passion workshops utilizing the expertise of our community.

EDGE students will be empowered to discover their passions through interdisciplinary learning in order to critically solve real-world problems, engage in professional networks, and communicate effectively while designing a personalized educational experience.

The EDGE student is an independent and passionate learner motivated to pursue his or her unique interests in preparation for goals extending beyond the high school experience. EDGE students will be motivated to explore the world around them while working to develop and apply real-world success skills.

The early application deadline for EDGE is January 18th. The regular application for EDGE is February 1st. The EDGE application can be found at under Academics.


AVID is a College Readiness System that gives structured support in rigorous coursework, organizational and study skills, and development of critical thinking.

The AVID student at Legend is a student with a 2.2-3.0 GPA. It is for students who truly need some help navigating high school in preparation for college. The AVID student will...

  • Achieve At Higher Levels
  • Build Greater Self-Advocacy
  • Increase Study Capacity
  • Develop Consistency With Organization
  • Enhance Efficacy

The AVID application can be found on the Legend website under Academic Programs. The application is due February 1st.


Legend offers multiple Concurrent Enrollment classes that students can sign up for as a general Legend student, or as part of their pathway in AVID or EDGE. When registering for classes in February, any class with a CE prior to the class title is offered for Concurrent Enrollment. Ex: CE MGD 101 Intro to Graphic Design. These classes partner with Arapahoe Community College for guaranteed transferable credit.


Career and Technical Education (CTE) are programs offered for juniors and seniors in the district. They range from Fire Science to Automotive, Culinary to Early Childhood Education. For more information on these programs, please click here.

We know that students will find a pathway that is best for them as they begin their Titan journey in the Fall of 2019.

Free Parenting Class - "When Because I Said So Doesn't Work"

'When Because I Said So Doesn't Work' - Parenting Beyond Consequences is an evidence-based curriculum that offers a trauma-informed approach to help even the most difficult children find the stability they need to thrive. Based on neuro-scientific research on emotions and behavior, the Beyond Consequences Model provides a simple yet powerful way to help children with severe behavior issues—both at home and in the classroom. This model has been shown over and over to provide families the solution they’ve been looking for after years of "trying everything and nothing worked." This class is targeted for parents of truant elementary and middle school who's students but could benefit any parent/family who are seeking new approaches to difficult parenting situations.

Click for more information

Candy Grams

Valentine’s day is coming up soon and we will be selling Candy Grams during lunch from Monday February 4th through Wednesday February 13th. We will have Lip Lollipops and Heart Lollipops for $3.00 each as well as Chocolate Roses for $4.50 each. When you purchase a Candy Gram, you get to write a personal note to the recipient. Candy Grams will be delivered on Valentine’s Day during advisement. Make sure you know the first and last name, team name, and advisement teacher of those to whom you are sending a Candy Gram. Parents may purchase through MySchoolsBucks and your message will be attached to the sucker.

Box Tops for Education

During the entire month of February bring in as many Box Tops as possible, for your chance to win a prize!

  • Brings in Box Tops during Feb. to get an entry into our prize drawing

  • Every 25 Box Tops = another entry

  • The person that brings in the most Box Tops will earn a bonus entry

  • To Qualify for prizes:

    • Put Box Tops into a sealed sandwich bag

    • Write your full name, grade and Team on the bag or on a paper in the bag

    • Box Tops must be received by the end of the school day, Feb. 28th

    • Contest starts Feb. 1st

Please contact Terry Saunders regarding this contest.

Calling All Middle School Girls - Shine Conference

This is a great opportunity for Middle School Girls for this coming June!

Shine Girl Summer Camp is here and is geared to Middle School Girls in order to build self esteem, self advocacy, confidence, trust, and good friendships! There will be girls from all over our region, and we look forward to empowering young women in a society that can be tricky for them at times.

Registration is open and ready and info on how to register is included on the flyer.

Looking for Parent Volunteers

Team Caspian at Cimarron Middle School is getting ready for their annual career/college readiness project. We are inviting parents and other members of the community to come in and speak with the students about their career: what it is, how they got to be involved in the career, what they do on a day to day, pros and cons, etc., do a Q&A session, and then conducted mock interviews with the students.

This event is currently planned for Friday, February 22nd from 1:00pm to 2:45pm. And we need your help! If you or someone that you know is able to share their career info with our students, please have them visit this Signup Genius Website and share their information.

Friendship Group

Hello CIMS families! A new exciting club is starting for Cimarron students in January called Friendship Group. In this club, we will play games, do arts and crafts and allow students to meet new people and friends, all while incorporating Positive Action Curriculum. It is a great opportunity for the kids and we would love for your child to join. Please press the link below to sign up!

Friendship Group Registration

Once you connect, you will need to set up an account in MySchoolBucks if you do not already have one. If you have ever put money on your students lunch account you will already have an account. Feel free to contact Jeannie McRae at if you have questions or need assistance with registration. To reset your MySchoolBucks password, go to and click on Forgot your username or password, located just below the Login button.

Note: This Friendship link takes you to the MySchoolBucks sign in and then directly to the Club form. Complete the form, add to basket, and then go to the orange shopping basket icon near the upper right corner to checkout (even though there is no payment). You will receive email confirmation when your registration is complete.

Colorado Avalanche Tickets

Thank you for supporting Douglas County Schools Community Games with the Colorado Avalanche. As a former supporter, you are the first to know that we are now on sale with discounted tickets for the 2018-2019 Douglas County Schools Community Games.

Colorado Avalanche vs. Buffalo Sabres

Saturday, March 9th • 1:00 PM • Pepsi Center


A portion of each ticket sold goes directly back to the Douglas County School of your choice! To select your school, click on "Find Tickets".


Can’t make this game? We are offering a back-up option!

Colorado Avalanche vs. Arizona Coyotes
Friday, March 29th• 7:00PM • Pepsi Center


Come join the Colorado Avalanche to support Douglas County for the 2018-2019 season!

Feel free to support DCSD by purchasing both games!

All tickets buyers will be entered to win on ice experiences pre and post - game!

On Ice Experience

Free Parenting Classes

Free programs for Douglas County families compliments of the Douglas County Parenting Coalition. The Late Winter Catalog of programs is attached. Please feel free to share!


Douglas Co. Community Night with the Colorado Mammoth

Saturday, February 16th at 7:00PM vs. Georgia Swarm

Indoor Beach Party

For tickets go to:

Lunch Account through My School Bucks

Parents as a reminder, My School Bucks is the site to add money to your students account. There has been an increase in the amount of students who have negative balances in their lunch accounts.

My School Bucks

Volunteer Opportunities

We love our Volunteers! This year we have added a page to our school website for all of our volunteer needs. Visit Hover over the tab at the top labeled "Family Resources", then click on "Volunteer" in the drop down selections. Check back often, as this is being updated frequently! Thank you for giving your time and resources to Cimarron!

Safe 2 Tell

Safe2Tell Colorado provides students and adults in Colorado schools and communities an increased ability to both prevent and report violence, by making safe, ANONYMOUS reports. The 24-hour bystander tipline, staffed by professionals from the Colorado State Patrol, is available to students, parents, and communities to report any kind of concerns to their safety or the safety of others. The Safe2Tell Colorado tipline is completely anonymous and does not have caller ID. The focus of Safe2Tell is early intervention and prevention.

Safe2Tell Flyer