CMS Cougar Courier

4th Quarter 2021-22 School Year May 20, 2022

Important Dates:

  • May 25th - Last day of school & 8th Grade Celebration at Falcon Park & Rec Center
  • Aug. 8th- 1st day of school - 7th Grade
  • Aug. 9th -1st day of school - 8th Grade (All Students)

Team Horizon

Dear Horizon Parents, Guardians, and students...

The Horizon Teachers wish you all the best this coming summer and into the next year as high schoolers! It has been a wild ride and we've loved every minute of it. You all have wonderful children who are going to do great things in life and we have been happy and honored to have been a part of their development and growth.

As Whitman writes, in part, in his poem 'O me! O Life!":

"'O me! O' life!... of the questions of these recurring,

of the endless trains of the faithless, of the cities fill'd with the foolish;

The question, O me! so sad, recurring—What good amid these, O me, O life?


That you are here- that life exists and identity,

That the powerful play goes on and you may contribute a verse.

We are excited to see the verse that your students, your thinking, and being and feeling children, contribute to their world, to their powerful play. Time flies and before we all know it this group of 8th graders will graduate, and we hope that their next four years will be extraordinary, challenging, and wonderful. As I said earlier, it's been an honor and a privilege. And with that, as the sun sets slowly in the west, we bid you a fine farewell!

Much love,

Team Horizon

Linda Jardinico

Becky Lechuga

Andy Levine

Karen Petersen

Team Trekkers

Hello Trekker families! What a wonderful year we had together. We want to thank you all for the support all year long. It has been a pleasure teaching your student/s this year. Enjoy your summer!

In Wellness, students finished up their nutrition unit with a “Healthy Snack” presentation. Students did AWESOME and had a lot of fun with this project. Next week, we will end the year together in the gym and outside with some fun activities and games! Thank you everyone for such a great year!

In Science, students will be wrapping up the year with a brief introduction to relationships in ecosystems. It's been a great year and a pleasure getting to know these kiddos.

In Language Arts, Students have been working hard all week on their "This I Believe" essays in order to prepare for their very important presentations beginning on Friday, May 20th. These presentations will continue on Monday and Tuesday. Trekkers students should be very proud of their hard work on this last essay. These are personal narratives and many of them wrote heartfelt stories about lessons they have learned throughout their lives. It's been a pleasure to watch all of our students grow so much this year. I've loved every moment of being their ELA teacher and we've had so much fun together! Have a wonderful summer and I will see you all next year. I may even have some of your

students as I am moving up to teach 8th grade in the fall.

In Social Studies, Trekkers took the final test on India and are now enjoying a Bollywood movie called “Lagaan”. The movie is about a small village in colonial India where people stake their future in a game of cricket against their ruthless British rulers.

Team Summit

Here is to a wonderful year with your students! Team Summit wishes you all a safe and relaxing summer! Thanks for sending us such great kids every day!

Team Legend

May 25th is the last day of school and the 8th grade celebration at Falcon Park! An email with the schedule and what the kids should bring was sent out last week. Let Ms. Griffiths know if you have any questions.

Science (Beal)

Last week for presentations. Students were given the entire week to work on their PowerPoints and we started presenting as well. I am so proud of how well Legend did this year! Fantastic job on final labs and the presentations. This week we will be finishing up presentations. Once we finish, we will start the movie called Apollo 13. I will hand out questions about the movie and stop the movie often to discuss the ‘thinking like a scientist’ parts throughout this fantastic film.

Social Studies (Griffiths)

Last full week of school! We are doing a final mini research project about a specific topic of the student’s choice about the Civil War.

LA (Kelly)

Gen Ed: All systems go as we head to the finish line. What a ride it has been. This week we will complete and submit both our Graphic Novel stories, and finished illustrated novel. There is a final Vocabulary Quiz at the end of the week. We shall finish our novel and write a timed CERERC paragraph.

ADV: Engines full ahead for our final week. What a wonderful class this has been! This week we will complete and submit both our Graphic Novel stories, and finished illustrated novel. There is a final Vocabulary Quiz at the end of the week. Further to this, the students are working on a research project on the Elizabethan/Jacobean era, on a subject of their interest. The teams will submit their notes for this and present their findings this week.

Wellness (Wiidakas)

And here we go…our final FULL week of the year. Insanity, People. Insanity. This week we are diving into our final push of the essence of “Self-Management” and the underlying motivation of pursuing personal achievements. We will be finalizing our Personal Records based on our fitness components along with preparing students for our academic final on Monday, May 23. The review sheet for prep will be out by mid-week, all day in-class review on Friday, and then assessment on Monday. **On a side note please be on the lookout for word from admin about permission slips for our 8th grade celebration day on May 25. No permission slip = No field trip.

Team Navigators

In language arts this week, students concluded the school year by reflecting on their learning by writing and giving an oral presentation of a Statement of Belief.

In social studies we are wrapping up our China unit with our final test on Wed/Thurs (May 18/19) which is also the last day to turn in missing work for the quarter. Thank you all for an amazing, enriching, and memorable final year and I wish your families the very best in the future. I am grateful for the time we shared this year.

It has been a great pleasure to have been the Navigators wellness teacher this school year. I'll miss teaching, building relationships and helping to prepare your kids to become sturdy human beings. I'm thrilled to have been a part of your child's journey. Have a fantastic summer and keep moving!

In science this week we are concluding with all of the body systems. We have also touched on learning about some genetics. This is always a high interest subject and students are captivated till the end. It has been a pleasure to teach all these wonderful 7th grade Navigator students this year.

Team Explorers

Language Arts - Outsiders Day was a success and I am so proud of all of them. I hope they had as much fun as I had creating it. This week we wrote our final essay and started presentations. The students reflected on something that they personally believe.

In Science, we completed our frog books, dissected frogs, reviewed for and took our final Science unit test, and had time for retakes. It's been a busy week!

In Social Studies we created our Asia slideshows and presented them! These covered everything from female samurai to why orangutans are endangered to modern-day pirates in Southeast Asia. It is always interesting to see the diversity of the students' presentations.

This week in Wellness we continued our exploration of our nutrition unit. We discussed the importance of reading food labels and identifying various “food rules” to follow when making choices regarding food. Their unit test will be Monday, May 23. For the PE part of class, we did some cardio workouts and played ultimate football and kickball.

Defend the Den


We know that many of you are wanting to keep your son/daughter active and involved over the summer. There could be no better way to do so than to get them involved in our summer camps for our athletics programs at HRHS. We have everything ranging from strength and speed training to tennis to football to field hockey. This latest link - HRHS SUMMER CAMPS - is the perfect way to see everything that is being offered in one, convenient place. You can always check things out as well on our CMS Athletics page. THANKS AGAIN FOR SUPPORTING CMS & HRHS SPORTS!!!!!!!!


Cresthill Community...

Would you like to have any Cresthill hallway lockers?

If YES, please contact Gina Chambers at by 5/23

We are asking that you make a cash or check donation in the amount of your choice to go towards Cresthill building improvements.

Please make sure that you are able to load and fit the lockers into your vehicle.

The lockers come in set sizes. The measurements are:

10 Lockers (2 rows of 5): 72” long, 60” wide, 15” depth
8 Lockers (2 rows of 4): 72” long, 48” wide, 15” depth
6 Lockers (2 rows of 3): 72” long, 36” wide, 15” depth (smallest)
You will be given a QR code when you pick up your lockers to access the locker combinations.

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8th GRADE CELEBRATION on Wednesday, 5-25-22

All 8th graders going to the 8th-grade celebration must have a parent/guardian click on THIS LINK to fill out a permission slip ASAP.

If you are choosing not to attend the 8th-grade celebration- please email Stephanie Young at

We are encouraging your student(s) to bring:

  • Full WATER bottle- MUST have

  • Blanket/lawn chairs

  • Sports balls (Football, Basketball)

  • Spikeball

  • Sunscreen

  • Extra food - if wanted

  • Extra drink - if wanted

  • Bathing suit and towel (OPTIONAL)

  • Gym Shoes (OPTIONAL)

  • Cell Phones/Airpods are OK

  • Pen (For Yearbook signing back at CMS)

Items Cresthill will bring:

Thank you to the parents who have signed up to donate. SIGN UP GENIUS LINK

  • Hot dogs, chips, cookies, chips, Gatorade, water, Capri sun, plates, napkins, condiments, coolers, ice

  • Squish balls in 5-gallon buckets of water

  • Kickball equipment

  • Wiffle Ball equipment

  • Music

Schedule for the Day

7:30 AM - 8:30 AM - PAWS

8:30 AM Horizon walk to Falcon Park

8:38 AM Summit walk to Falcon Park
8:45 AM Legend walks to Falcon Park

Once at the park, students can participate in just hanging out with friends, kickball, volleyball, Wiffle ball, spike ball, or other sports on the field.
10:30 AM - 12:30 PM Lunch will be available
1:15 PM Start packing up to return to CMS
1:30 PM- 1:45 PM Walk back to CMS
1:45 PM- 2:15 PM - PAWS
Pass out yearbooks.
2:15 PM - Dismissal - 8th-grade Yearbook signing
Football field w/ Music, 8th-grade yearbook signing, and Otter pops

Please email Gina Chambers at if you have any questions.

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Sports Physicals

The DCSD AT group will be holding a sports physical event for ANY AND ALL athletes from DCSD (all seasons). The cost is $40
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Cougar Mart Clearance Sale

All items are 50% off!
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Click on the link below to see all the summer camps at Highlands Ranch High School

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From the Counseling Office

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New Beginnings

Cresthill Community!

If you have a new 8th grader coming to Cresthill, we will have a group for 8th grade as well.

It’s that time of year again!! FOR ALL INCOMING 7th GRADERS AND/OR NEW 8TH GRADERS…. MARK YOUR CALENDARS NOW!! NEW BEGINNINGS for the 2022-23 school year will be on Monday, August 1st and Tuesday, August 2nd! You will have the opportunity to select either a morning or afternoon session. The morning session will be from 8:00am - 10:45am. The afternoon session will be from 12:00pm - 2:45pm. To receive the ‘Early Bird’ special rate of $65.00, please register on MySchoolBucks by Friday, April 15th. After 4/15, the registration for NEW BEGINNINGS will increase to $75.00.

We will also have an opportunity for parents to attend our Parent Connections session that will coincide with the morning and afternoon sessions on Tuesday, August 2nd. There will be no cost associated with the Parent Connection session.

To acquire additional information related to NEW BEGINNINGS, please go to our school website. We are very excited to have you join our Cresthill Family!!


CMS Counseling Staff

High School Mountain Bike League Info Meeting Tuesday, May 24 @ 7PM

Learn all about the 2022 Highlands Ranch Junior Cycling (HRJC) High School Mountain Bike League at the in-person informational meeting for parents and riders on Tuesday, May 24 at 7PM at BikeSource Highlands Ranch. Topics covered will include registration, practice, racing, equipment and clothing, Q&A and more.

Our HRJC Summer Program registration is now open. Spots are filling up! We will ride Mondays and Wednesdays from 8:30-11:30am from June 6th through July 27th. One day per week option available.

Visit for more information.

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Educational Assistant IV positions open at Cresthill Middle School

Cresthill Middle School has openings for two Affective Needs aids.

Do you love working with children?

Please see our posting linked below.

"This position is Responsible for providing assistance to special education teachers. Assists in the instruction, medical, and health needs of special education students. Provides some clerical support to teachers. May provide assistance with a variety of daily functions such as toileting, feeding, and life skills instruction. Collaborates and consults with special needs team and other specialists. Develops and promotes good community relations among various community members and school clientele."

Donations Needed - 4th Quarter

Hi Cresthill Families, you have been asking us about how you can help us out. We have attached a Signup genius of items that will help us make it through the day. If you are able to donate an item we would really appreciate it. Donations can be brought into the office. Thank you for showing your support.

Supporting Cresthill

We appreciate the support of our community. Cresthill does not have a PTO program and we limit fundraisers. We do rely on your generosity and support with these programs:
Do you shop at King Soopers? Did you know that King Soopers offers community rewards? WE have approximately 110 families who have designated Cresthill to receive funds. We would love to increase that number. The quarterly checks we receive from King Soopers really make a difference to our school budget.

Once logged into your King Soopers or City Market account go to:

Savings and Rewards > King Soopers Community Rewards then you can search for Cresthill Middle School either by name or YJ180 and then click Enroll.

New users will need to create an account which requires some basic information, a valid email address and a loyalty card.

Thank you!

Box Tops for Education

No need to cut out box tops anymore. It’s digital!

Download the Box Tops Mobile App

Set up your Username and Password

Find your school: Type in Cresthill and click on Cresthill Middle School when it appears Click on the right arrow

Complete your Profile and you are done!

Now when you shop simply scan your store receipt and watch the donations that are made to our school!

American Furniture Warehouse

If you are making a purchase at AFW please mention Cresthill at checkout. They will make a generous donation to our school.
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The Douglas County School District does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual

orientation, gender identity/expression, religion, national origin, ancestry, creed, age, marital status, genetic information, or physical characteristics, disability or need for special education services in admissions, access to, treatment of, or employment in educational programs or activities. The School District’s Compliance Officer is Ted Knight, Assistant Superintendent, 620 Wilcox Street, Castle Rock, Colorado,, 303-387-0067. Complaint procedures have been established for students, parents, employees, and members of the public.