Colt Courier

Week of November 16, 2015

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Principal Points

What an amazing week!! Wednesday, CMS hosted the first Veterans' Day program for the campus. It was amazing!! Staff Sgt. Achilles Kozakis was amazing. At 92 years young, his stories and talk were amazing. I am very proud of our students in how they acted and responded to him and the entire program. Thank you to each of you as parents for all that you do to raise such great kids.

One more week, then Thanksgiving Break will be happening. I do hope that everyone has safe travels and a relaxing yet fun time during this break. Prior to the fun and travel, we have a very busy week. The next Colt Courier will be regarding the week after the break.


Ryan Martin

CMS Principal

Quote of the Week

Learning how to learn is life's most important skill.

Tony Buzan

Inventor of Mind Mapping

Upcoming Events

Monday, November 16th

TCC Mobile Go Center

- Parking by Band Hall will be available

Tuesday, November 17th

Wednesday, November 18th

Thursday, November 19th

Friday, November 20th

Teacher of the Month for December

Please click the link below if you would like to nominate a teacher for teacher of the month. Would love for your input on nominations starting with our December Teacher of the Month.

Grace Food Drive

NJHS is officially kicking off our annual canned food drive for GRACE (Grapevine Relief and Community Exchange) from now until Thursday, November 19th. The cans we raise will help go towards the Thanksgiving and Christmas food baskets GRACE puts together for families in need in our local area. All students and staff are encouraged to participate!

Each grade level needs to bring the following:

6th- canned cranberry sauce

7th- canned fruit

8th- canned green beans

The grade level that brings the most cans wins a prize!

Cans need to be placed in the appropriate grade level boxes which are located in front of the Library.

Thank you for helping make the holidays a little brighter for those that need it!

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Nurse Martin Tips

Newsletter from the Nurse.

Nurse Martin

UIL Academics

Any students interested see the flyer below:
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The Colt Crew is made up of CMS dads whose mission is to meet and greet as many students as possible on Friday mornings so the kids can start their day off in a positive way with a handshake, smile, pat on the back and "have a great day" greeting! That's it….very simple.

This program provides a way for CMS dads to 'give a hand' with the kids at school. At the same time, they get to meet key CMS staff members and interact with other CMS dads.

The program is modeled off the successful Grateful Dads program at Grapevine High School that has already spread to Heritage Middle, Colleyville Heritage High, Timberline Elementary, Cross Timbers Middle, and Grapevine Elementary.

If you are interested in being part of the Colt Crew, please email Mindy McClure, CMS VP of Volunteers, at

Counselor Corner


SKYWARD APP - Please make sure that you are checking Skyward. You can download the Skyward app for your phone or for your student’s phone so you can monitor grades. Students can use their Skyward login to create the account, and that way students con see their grades constantly. The end of the 9 weeks is October 16. Report cards and update STAAR results will be sent home Thursday, October 22.



Bobby Bragan applications are due to their English teacher or counseling department by Friday, November 13. Please check the counseling website for the Bobby Bragan link or call the counseling department if you have questions.


Tuesday, November 10

– 8th graders during stretch are invited to go to North Gym to meet with Collegiate Academy – now accepting applications – see attached

Wednesday, November 11

– 8th Grade Guidance Lessons

Thursday, November 12

– 6th grade All Stars

Monday, November 16

– 8th graders TCC Mobile Go Center – Reality Check

– – 7th grade Play It Safe presented by Women’s Shelter – Can’t Take it Back – see attached for opt out forms due to counseling department

Tuesday, November 17

– 8th grade Aim For Success – see attached for Opt forms due to Coach Haley

Thursday, November 19

– 6th grade All Stars

Friday, November 20

– 6th grade Play It Safe presented by Women’s Shelter – Harassment – see attached for opt out forms due to Coach Haley

Friday, December 4

– End of Progress Report 4 for 2nd Nine weeks to determine UIL eligibility

Krystal McCure – Counselor A-K – 817-305-4916

Stefanie Chapman – Counselor L-Z – 817-305-4917

Shari Vanderwork – Registrar – 817-305-4955

Please see counseling office for the full application!!


Students and staff at CMS are stacking the books that each reads for the 25 book challenge. Students are recording the books that they have read through their ELA classes on a specific form. If you want to join us, email me at and I will send you a form. The 25 Book Challenge will end in May.

Recommended Genre Categories:

Realistic fiction - 4

Historical fiction - 2

Fantasy - 3

Science fiction - 1

Mystery - 1

Informational - 4

Poetry anthologies - 2

Biography, autobiography, and/or memoir - 2

Free choice - 6

This is only a recommendation for each genre, but we do want to encourage students to read from all genres.

Spring Testing

Please note the following 2016 dates for Spring STAAR Testing:

March 29, Writing, Grade 7

March 29, Math, Grade 8

March 30, Reading, Grade 8

May 2-6, Algebra I, Grade 8

May 9, Math, Grades 6,7

May 10, Reading, Grades 6,7

May 11, Science, Grade 8

May 12, Social Studies, Grade 8

Grapevine Christmas Parade will be on Thursday, December 3rd!!