Carpenter Middle School


Friday, September 16, 2016


Snapshot of What's Coming Up!


  • Book Club Meeting

When: Tue, September 20, 3:45pm-4:30pm

Where: Carpenter Library

  • 8th-Volleyball vs Schim (@Carpenter)

When: Wed, September 21, 6pm – 8pm

Where: Carpenter Middle School, 3905 Rainier Rd, Plano, TX 75023, USA (map)

  • 7th Volleyball AWAY (@Schim)

When: Thu, September 22, 6pm – 8pm

Where: Schimelpfenig Middle School, 2400 Maumelle Dr, Plano, TX 75023, USA (map)


  • Speech Tournament

When: Sat, September 24

Where: TBD

  • 6th Grade Cyber Safety and Digital Citizenship Presentation

When: Tue, September 27 - during 4th period

  • Annual Carpenter Dad's Chili Cook Off

When: Fri, September 30th

For future events checkout the CMS PTA Events Calendar


Congratulations CMS PTA!

Our very own Carpenter PTA has earned the prestigious Head Start Award! By recruiting 75% of last year’s total membership, Carpenter is well on its way to having one voice for every child on our campus -- and the school year has just begun!

If you haven't already, sign up today and become part of our award winning PTA!

Click here to join.


There's nothing else like our CMS school yearbook! Get your hands on the limited edition collection of our stories from 2016-2017. Share it with your friends and hang on to it for years to come!

Pre-order for the special price of $30.

Limited time offer: 4 free icons when you purchase Personalization.

Order online now!

Career Day - November 3, 2016

We are planning our annual CAREER DAY for all of our students. Parents and volunteers from the community are invited to participate. YOUR career is important to our students. We will need adults who are interested in stimulating and enriching the students’ knowledge and in giving the students an opportunity to learn about exciting career choices. You are an invaluable resource to offer our students. Together, let us expand our students’ career visions.

We welcome your volunteer involvement from one class period to the entire day if you choose. There will be one career presentation per class period. The presentation will last 20 minutes with a ten-minute question and answer session. The goal is for each student to arrive at each of his/her four core subject class periods and hear a presenter speak about his/her career. By the end of the day, every student will have heard four different presenters.

If you are interested in presenting, please complete this form and return the bottom part to me AS SOON AS POSSIBLE. If you have friends or colleagues who are interested, please copy this flyer and pass it on to them. More information may be obtained by calling me or sending me an e-mail.

Kim Gregorash

Carpenter #469-752-5017


fax 469-752-5101

Football/Volleyball Schedules

Football and Volleyball Season is upon us. Come on out and support your Carpenter Cowboys!


$4.00 Adults

$2.00 Students

PISD Teachers/Staff - Free with badge

Click here for game schedules and field locations.

Free and Reduced Lunch

First 30 day Continuation of Benefits:

Students who received free or reduced price meals at the end of the previous school year will receive a continuation of those same benefits for the first 30 operating days of a new school year or until a new application is submitted. This year, that date is October 3rd, 2016.

To fill out an application for the new 2016-2017 school year go to

PTA Message Board

Save the Date! Carpenter Dad's 3rd Annual Chili Cook-off!!!

Dad's --- dust off those chili pots, find that secret recipe and get ready for the Third Annual CMS Dad's Chili Cook-off to be held Friday, September 30th from 6:15 to 7:45pm in the CMS cafeteria.

Don’t hold back! Bring on your best chili because your Carpenter Family will be judging your skills.

Admission is FREE so bring the whole family along with your best chili so YOU can have Bragging Rights at Carpenter!

PTA will be selling drinks (in case that chili is spicy), hotdogs, chips, and candy, in addition to raffling off lots of Prizes!

Sign up to enter your Chili through the PTA website

It promises to be a fun night of family fun and games, not to mention great chili, so mark your calendars and we will see you there!

This Year's Reflections Theme - "What Is Your Story?"

Express your artistic talent and tell us your story through Reflections!

Carpenter students may create and submit works of art in six categories: dance choreography, film production, literature, musical composition, photography, and visual arts.

  • Due date: October 28th
  • Turn in entries to Ms.Torres - Art Room E108


Cowboy Character

American athlete Mohammed Ali once said:

“A man who has no imagination has no wings.”

He was saying that our imagination allows us to soar to greater heights. Think about it. If we can’t imagine ourselves as successful human beings, we may never spread our wings and fly toward our dreams.

Before you go to sleep tonight, take the time to turn off the TV, the phone, the video games, and the computer. Sit quietly. Be still. Then spread your wings and fly into your imagination. Imagine your goals and your dreams. Remember: You are a unique human being with unique dreams, and one of those dreams might someday make a huge difference in our world.

RODEO Tip of the Week

A Few Mind Shifting Tips for Cultivating a Growth Mindset at Home

  1. Help children reconnect with a time when they learned something new that was a stretch or a challenge. Point out the developmental nature of “getting good” – we all go through the process of making a lot of mistakes, practicing, and then getting better.
  2. Help children get curious about mistakes. Help them reframe a mistake as new information or as a step in the process of learning. In addition, help them incorporate self-correction in their own learning process.
  3. Help children learn to hear their own fixed mindset “voice.” Capture and in a gentle and appropriate way, share their own statements with them. Most children are unaware of this self-talk because it has gone on so long and is subliminal.
    • That guy is smart; he never tries and he gets it.
    • I got it wrong again, and I’ll never get this.
  4. Help children talk back to negative self-talk with a growth mindset voice (i.e. give them language).
    • I am willing to learn new skills to improve, and I know it will be hard at times.
    • I get better and better with practice. This is hard, but it will get easier.
    • Practice makes permanent.


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Clark Cougarette Drill Team Presents: Kitty Clinic 2016

When: Saturday, October 15th, 2016 9:00am - 2:00pm

Where: Clark High School Gym

Who: Ages K- 9th grade (will be divided by grades for dances)

Cost: $40 Pre-Register by October 6th

$45 Register at the door

*Checks payable to PISD. Student name & ID in Memo Line

Application Form

Thinking about the PSAT?

Don’t Practice on the Real Thing… Williams High School is offering the full-length redesigned, NEW Practice PSAT Test and Strategy Session.

Practice Test:

Saturday, September 24, 2016

Practice PSAT 9:00am-12:00 pm

Where: Williams High School

Register by: Friday, September 16, 2016 @ 9am

Click here for more information and registration form.

PISD Parent Workshops

Family Education and Guidance Services is offering free parent workshops.

Click here for September Parent Workshops.

PTA Parent Program: Safety in the Digital World

Please Join us for the Katie Greer Parent Program on September 26 or 27.

It’s often overwhelming being a parent today in our technology-driven society. Keeping up with the latest trends and dangers can often seem like an impossible task. Katie Greer is a recognized national expert in Internet/digital safety and technology. This program is a must for every parent concerned about keeping their kids safe.

Two free sessions are available:

September 26th @ 7:00 pm in the Murphy Middle School cafeteria


September 27th @ 6:30 pm in the Rice Middle School cafeteria.

Katie will help you navigate the digital waters and let you know what’s new, what’s now, and what’s next when it comes to your children and technology, and provides parents with proactive initiatives to keep kids safe. She’ll answer questions such as: What apps should I be worried about? Is social networking safe? Is my child being cyberbullied? What’s texting? Sexting? What’s next?

Katie has presented to hundreds of thousands of students, parents, educators and administrators across the country. Don’t miss this incredible opportunity to be informed.

Note: Attendees must be 18 years of age or older.

Limited seating! First come, first served!

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Carpenter Strong…Strong Cowboys

“Strong Schools. Strong Students.” is the Plano Independent School District’s 2016-2017 motto. At Carpenter Middle School, everything we do for our students, families and community is executed with compassion and determination.

We are strong. We are Cowboys.




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