Curtis Chronicles

Nov 30, 2021

Hello from Curtis Principal, Sonya Pitcock

Cougar parents,

We hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving Break with family and friends. We feel blessed to have such a supportive community partnership with you as we work to support the growth of our students. We will have three weeks until our winter break and the end of the semester! We encourage our students to keep working hard to finish this semester strong!

Our semester exam schedule is below. Students will not be able to take exams early and if exams are missed, they will need to be made up the week we return from break, starting January 4.

  • Tuesday - Dec 14 – PE/Athletics, ELA 7, History 7/8 and Algebra 8
  • Wednesday - Dec 15 – Fine arts, Math 7/8 and Algebra 8, Foreign Language
  • Thursday - Dec 16 – CTE, Science 7/8, ELA 8, Foreign Language
  • Friday - Dec 17 – makeups, corrections, part 2

Parents, please be sure to send a note with your child after an absence so we can excuse the absence. We are working on reducing our unexcused absences. You have three days from the absence to turn in the note. Students can drop those off in the office before school or you can enter the absence in skyward.

AISD Middle School Vaping Letter:

Student devices are being consistently monitored by a program called GoGuardian. We can see everything students search for and try to access from their district device no matter where they are located and in real time. Unfortunately, we are seeing a large amount of inappropriate searches from our students. We encourage parents to have discussions with your children and remind them of the acceptable use policies and expectations for device use. We are monitoring GoGuardian and having conversations with students who are using devices inappropriately. Also, please remind your children to lock their computer when/if they leave it unattended and be sure not to share their password with anyone. Lastly, the devices should be treated with respect and care. Students carrying their devices in their backpacks need to think about it being in the backpack before dropping or throwing backpacks down. We know accidents happen, but are just asking that you remind your students about taking care of the device.

Responsible Use and Digital Citizenship Policies:


Sonya Pitcock

Principal, Curtis Middle School

Upcoming Events

December 7: Jersey Mike's Spirit Night

December 17: Early Release

December 20 - December 31: Winter Break

January 3: Staff Development Day / Student Holiday

Attn: Class of 2026 Students and Parents - A message from your Curtis Counselors

We hope that 8th grade is off to an excellent start.

We are quickly approaching that exciting time of year where we look forward to charting a course toward high school graduation. It's a time to take our dreams and make them into our plans! This will be a flexible plan with opportunities to adjust along the pathway to graduation in 2026. We want to share with you the process ahead. Together we will work to develop an individualized plan for your student.

  • Naviance lessons - students have already begun exploring their college and careers interests and their strengths and talents through various tasks in the Naviance system.

  • Endorsements/ Pathways /Classes - students have been learning/reviewing about the 5 Endorsements. Each endorsement has numerous clusters and pathways to connect students to classes that match their interests and strengths.

  • Four Year Plan - students will start to develop a Four Year Plan to help them see the “big picture” for the years ahead. Remember - this is a flexible plan that will be reviewed every year to ensure that they reach their goals. Ask them to pull up the document so you can discuss it together at home. In the spring, each student will input their finalized Four Year Plan into Naviance where it will be kept throughout high school. Their plan in Naviance will be reviewed and edited yearly with their counselors and/or college/career advisor.

  • Course Selection - Lowery Freshman Center (LFC) will share with students about classes available for 9th grade on January 11th, 2022. More details will be coming soon by email directly from Jill Stafford, LFC Principal.

We know there will be questions along the way and we are here to answer all of them. Here is a link to additional information and videos: Creating a 4 Year Plan

Thank you for your partnership as we empower each student with a flexible, individualized plan to ensure they reach their full potential.

Together we can do more!

Curtis Counselors!

Loren Clanton (Last names A-G)

Roxanne LeCroy (Last names H-O)

Trebreh Benjamin (Last names P-Z)

Cookie Exchange for our Teachers

We hope you'll consider baking or buying a few dozen of your favorite cookies, bars, or candies. Our goal is 130 dozen cookies!! All offers of help are sincerely appreciated!

Please sign up to donate 1-3 dozen treats. We've even made it easy to purchase from select local businesses and a member of our PTA Hospitality Team will pick up and deliver your purchased items for you. Feel free to donate from a vendor of your choosing, as well.

Check this link to get details on baking your favorite treats or ordering them for our CMS teachers and staff to enjoy!!

Allen ISD Associate Degree Pathway Info!

Hello Current 8th and 9th Grade Students and Parents,

Allen High School hosted an informational meeting for the Allen ISD Associate Degree Pathway last week.

A copy of the meeting presentation, FAQs, etc., may be found on the Associate Degree Pathway website under Additional Resources.

The ADP website is located on the AHS College & Career Center website under Dual Credit.

The application and timeline are also located on the website. The deadline to apply is Sunday, December 12, 2021, at 11:59pm.

If you have additional questions about this program, please contact Dual Credit Advisor, Bianca Charles, at

Thank You,

AHS Dual Credit

Not a PTA Member? You can still join!

Click here to Join CMS PTA!

A HUGE thanks to the more than 500 who have already joined Curtis PTA! Students can join too.

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PTA Business Sponsorship Program

CMS PTA is pleased to once again offer our business sponsorship program. Curtis PTA would like to invite community businesses to show support for our staff, students and community by making a financial contribution to our PTA for the 2021-22 school year. PTA strives to make every child’s potential a reality.

There are two contribution levels for you to consider.

Red Level, $100

  • Your logo and link to your website on from now through June 30, 2022.
  • Be included in the end-of-year thank you email.

Black Level, $250

  • Your logo and link to your website on from now through June 30, 2022.
  • Be included in the end-of-year thank you email.
  • 1 Thank you in our campus-wide newsletter that goes out to all families.
  • 1 Thank you and shout out with a link to your website on our Curtis PTA Facebook page.

CLICK HERE for more details or email Alison

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Congratulations to our Volunteers awarded the Allen ISD Council of PTAs Citizenship Award

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Take Care of Texas Video Contest!!

The Take Care of Texas Video Contest is a fun way for young people to learn about protecting the environment and come up with creative ways to share this knowledge with others! Students film a 30-second video that shows positive ways to Take Care of Texas.

Get Involved - Volunteer!

When adults volunteer, all students benefit! There are many opportunities for parents and community members to get involved! Your help is needed! Complete the Volunteer Opportunities interest form and we will be in touch with you.

Use Amazon Smile to Support Curtis PTA

Do you shop on Amazon? Use Amazon's Smile and support Curtis PTA!

AmazonSmile will donate 0.5% of your purchase to Curtis PTA when shopping Amazon.

  1. Go here:

  2. Select your charity: PTA Texas Congress 201 Curtis Middle School

  3. Bookmark

  4. Start using whenever you want to shop at Amazon!

Be sure to shop through AmazonSmile the next time you shop online. You’re still shopping with Amazon — you’re just doing good while buying what you need!

Please encourage grandparents, neighbors, and friends to support Curtis PTA by shopping through AmazonSmile too.

Do you shop at Kroger?

Log onto the Kroger website or stop by the customer service desk at any Kroger. Link your Kroger rewards card to Curtis Middle School.

Kroger Community Rewards

Our school code is XX655.

Peachjar Flyers

Allen ISD has been using an electronic flyer service, Peachjar, for flyer dissemination. In order to receive an email with flyers relevant to Curtis Middle School, you will need to login to and add a student to Curtis Middle School.

Allen ISD Volunteer Application

Volunteers who work with AISD student groups and organizations will need to complete a volunteer application. These groups include, but are not limited to, PTA organizations, booster clubs, cheerleading squads, dance squads (athletic and fine arts) and any other AISD student organizations where adults will be working with students other than their own children at AISD sponsored events.

Click on this link to fill out the volunteer application:

CMS Announcements Posted to CMS Website

If you are interested in CMS Announcements, you can access them directly on the CMS website.

Be sure to check back often! CLICK HERE