MMS Parent Newsletter

November 14th - November 18th

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Save The Date (Reminders)

11/17 Fall Pictures

11/21-11/25 Thanksgiving Break

Thanksgiving Luncheon

Friday, Nov. 18th, 10:30am

5700 Dacy Lane

Buda, TX

More information

Please join us on Friday, November 18th for our Parent/Student Thanksgiving Luncheon. We have a space set up in the small gym for parents/students. Parents are invited to come and eat with their child.

Lunch Times:

6th grade: 10:55-11:25

7th grade: 11:50-12:20

8th grade: 12:45-1:15

* Please arrive 15 minutes early

* There are no tickets to purchase and you there is not a revtrack link.

* Cost is $5 a plate

* All payments (Cash/Check) will be accepted at the cafeteria.

* You will need to check in at the front office and ID's are required

* Please RSVP so we can know how much food to prepare

RSVPs are enabled for this event.

Mission Statement

"McCormick Middle School is a team of dedicated educators that will create a safe environment where students are motivated to achieve academic success. We will empower our students to be respectful and engaged learners resulting in a culture that inspires excellence not only in their school, but also in their community."

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Happy Thanksgiving To You and Your Family!

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MMS Parents

We had a wonderful Veteran's Day Program on Friday. It was great seeing our Veterans and families joining us for the program. A special thanks to our MMS PTSA for hosting our morning was awesome!

Our school picture day is this Thursday, November 17th. Your child should have brought home an order form for pictures. You can also order online at Pictures will be done during your child's Math class.

Please RSVP if you will be joining us on Friday, November 18th for our Thanksgiving luncheon. The cost is $5 (Cash/Check) only. You will pay at the school (there is no online option).

Friday will be pajama day for all students...students will be allowed to wear school appropriate pajamas on this day.

This Friday we will be on a Tiger Time Bell Schedule. Lunch times will be the following:

6th Grade: 10:55-11:25

7th Grade: 11:50-12:20

8th Grade: 12:45-1:15

I hope everyone has a safe and enjoyable Thanksgiving Holiday!

Mr. Cruz

Principal McCormick Middle School

Hays Hope Line (Report things here)

Pleae click on the link below and report any bullying, harrassment, or any issues students are having on campus.

Hays Hope Line

MMS Teacher Tutoring Schedule

Please click on the link to see what days your child teacher tutors after school.

Teacher Tutoring Schedule

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Join McCormick Middle School PTSA!

We would like to welcome you to join the McCormick PTSA group. Our PTSA plays a viable part in our campus. PTSA supports our students and faculty throughout the school year! Cost is $9.50 for the school year.

We will have meetings throughout the year and you will have opportunities to help volunteer working the concession stands and helping with a variety of school activities.

Sign Up Here.

Thank you!

Click Below And Check Out Our MMS PTSA Newsletter

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Counselors Corner

Hello MMS Family!

Greetings MMS Families! This Monday our students will be participating in a community building circle. As a class, they wil sit in a circle and spin the Wheel of Questions to take turns learning more about each other. It's a great way to practice listening, thinking, sharing, and acceptance. After the Thanksgiving Break, we will return to SchooLinks for more college and career exploration. Thanks and take care!

If your student would like to visit with a counselor, please click on the link below and fill out the Google form. A counselor will call in the student as soon as possible.


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PE/Boys Pre-Athletics/Boys Athletics

Boys Athletics (Rich)

Basketball has first game Thursday, at home, vs Ojeda. Purchase meals ASAP. Off season is working speed and strength, specifically focused on proper sprint mechanics. Bring a lock!!!!!

Boys PE (Watson)

PE students will be learning to progressively add repetitions when exercises. They will be participating in station activities that will help them build muscular strength and endurance. The team sport games they will be playing this week is "Capture the Flag." Students were assigned a homework that will help them on their overall health when they are at home on their own time.

Boys Pre-Athletics (Rich)

We are working on speed, strength, and competitive spirit. Emphasis on the whole chain being strong andall working to not let anyone be a weak link. We are all in this together!

PE/Girls Pre-Athletics/Girls Athletics

Girls Athletics (Wylie)

Our fundraiser will start on Monday 11-4. The fundraiser will end on 11-28. Please encourage your athlete to reach out and try to get as much donations as possible!

Girls PE (Wylie)

Our fundraiser will start on Monday 11-4. The fundraiser will end on 11-28. Please encourage your athlete to reach out and try to get as much donations as possible!

Girls Pre-Athletics (Wylie)

Our fundraiser will start on Monday 11-4. The fundraiser will end on 11-28. Please encourage your athlete to reach out and try to get as much donations as possible!

Purchase Online at:

(Online Sales End April 17th)

$30 Until Jan 30th / $35 Feb – April / $40 May 1st – Sold Out

TO PAY IN PERSON: Students May Bring Cash/Check to Coach Clewell in Room 214

Please Make Checks Payable to MMS Yearbook

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Bus Information

Bus Safety

It has been brought to my attention that there have been some inappropriate behaviors taken place on the bus. Profanity, racial slurs, verbal threats, and other unsafe behaviors. This is unacceptable and will not be tolerated. I shared with students that I need their help. If they see any of these above mention behaviors please say something. I don’t need to know students’ names, I just need the following information:

· Bus number

· Date

· AM or PM Route

Students can fill out a Hays Hope Line report, parents can email me, they can come to the front office to make a report, or they can tell any administrator.

We will review the video from the bus and proper consequences will be applied. Students who exhibited unwanted behaviors may lose bus riding privileges. Our bus drivers have a huge responsibility driving our kids home and they need to be respected and appreciated for the job they do. I greatly appreciate your help with this.

MMS Spelling Bee

MMS Classroom Spelling Bees

ELAR teachers will be holding classroom spelling bees the last week before winter break! All students that are interested will need to sign up with their ELAR teacher, then will be provided a word list to begin studying with. Students can also find the word list and other information in their ELAR teacher's Schoology page. The top 2 students from each ELAR teacher's classroom spelling bee will be invited to compete in our campus bee on January 10th. Please feel free to reach out to your child's ELAR teacher with any questions you might have.

Student ID Badge

All students have been given their ID badge. Starting Monday, November 7th, we will begin checking all students making sure their ID badge is being worn. ID badges are required to be worn every day at all times. Students may use a lanyard of their choosing. Students who do not have their ID badge will need to get a temporary badge.

Consequences for not wearing your ID badge are the following:

1st and 2nd time: Warning

3rd time: Lunch Detention

4th and 5th time: Warning

6th time: Lunch Detention

7th and 8th time: Warning

9th time: After School Detention

10th or more: ISS/Parent Phone Call

I can use parent support with this policy. ID badges is one of our safety protocols to ensure everyone on our campus is safe and supposed to be on our campus. This is something we take seriously and will be consistent with. I greatly appreciate your help making sure your child is wearing their ID badge. Thank you.

UIL Spelling

UIL Spelling Team will meet on Mondays after school, from 4:05 to 5:05. We will have our first meeting on November 14. Come by Ms MIdkiff's classroom (219) on Friday, November 10 to pick up a practice list, or get one at our first meeting. The late bus will be available to ride home. Sign up for a snack by adding your name to the UIL Spelling Roster on my window Rm 219.

Late Bus Information

Any student that needs to stay after school will be provided a late bus. This bus will pick students up at MMS and will take them home. Your child will be dropped off at a certain area. The times will differ depending on traffic. Please have your child check their advisory course in schoology for the exact location where your child will be dropped off. Please email transportation at

Universal Screener

All students are required to be screen at the beginning of the school year in Reading and Math. This information will give us a baseline on level your child is at in their Reading and Math. The information used from this screener will help us develop tutoring groups.

Students attending sporting events

We are going to allow students to attend the sporting events at MMS without a parent. Students are expected to watch the game and to show school spirit.

Students that are exhibiting inappropriate behavior, using inappropriate language, and not remaining in a gym will be ask to leave and will not be allowed to attend any sporting events at McCormick.

Also, due to the lack of space in the small gym, parents/visitors will be seated first. Students may be asked to stay in the big gym only to watch the sporting event.

Gifted & Talented News

My name is April Venzor and I am the Gifted and Talented Liaison for McCormick Middle School. If you have any questions about G/T services at our campus, please let me know at Click here to access our MMS GT Fall Newsletter! I look forward to a great year!

Please read and watch

Dear Hays CISD Family,

We have published part 2 of episode 1 (Fighting Fentanyl: Help is Here) of our Fighting Fentanyl video series.

The link to it online in English and Spanish is:

As we continue our conversation about the dangers of fentanyl, we will continue to produce additional videos and resource materials.

The main fentanyl webpage is

McCormick scored a B rating

I am very proud to announce that McCormick Middle School received a "B" rating in the latest school accountability. This is a HUGE accomplishment. MMS went from a "D" rating to a "B" rating. This is a result of dedication and hard work from students, teachers, and parents. I greatly appreciate everyone’s hard work!

I am also pleased to announce that MMS has received 2 state distinctions in the area of:

Student Growth and Closing the Gaps

Click On This Link for more information

Way to go Tigers!

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Want To Be A Mentor?

Be a Mentor - Change a Life!

A Call to Mentor

The Hays CISD mentoring program pairs adults with student mentees in a proven, effective practice of making a difference in the lives of students. In our ongoing commitment to build student self-efficacy Hays CISD is proud to announce a renewed call for mentors to strengthen student connectedness and develop strong relationships.

Length and Time of Commitment

We ask for a 1 year commitment to meet with a student once a week for 30 minutes, during the school day (during the student’s lunch period will be the preferred time).

What do mentors do? Mentors provide constant encouragement and emotional support for their students. Mentors help students to:

  • Accept responsibility
  • Use good study habits
  • Make positive choices
  • Learn problem solving skills
  • Have better peer relationships

Good mentoring relationships require a secure mentor training process. Prior to being assigned to a campus and matched with a mentee, all mentors must register with our VIP’s volunteer system, receive a Hays CISD volunteer ID badge and complete all levels of the onboarding process.

Requirements - How to become a mentor: There are only four (4) requirements to become a mentor:

  1. Consent to a Hays CISD Criminal Background Check by registering through our VIP’s volunteer portal. (Level 1)

· If you have previously volunteered within Hays CISD, click Established Volunteers. If you are registered as an established volunteer, please go into your account and designate an interest in “Mentoring” to update your account.

· If you are NEW to Hays CISD or have not completed the VIPS process, click this link: New Volunteers

2. Once you are approved, the VIP’s system will notify you to complete an online self-paced training module.(Level 2)

  1. Once your level 2 responses are recorded, the VIP’s system will auto-generate a link to register for one of our 1.5 hr. in-person Onboarding/Training sessions at the PAC happening Sept.13th – 20th. (Level 3)
  2. Upon completion of in-person training, a Mentor Training Certificate will be issued and approved mentors will connect with the campus School Counselor/Campus Mentor Liaison for matching with a mentee and review check-in procedures. (Level 4)

Why mentoring?

Research repeatedly shows that having a mentor helps a child to be more successful in school. Children are not the only ones whose lives can be changed by mentoring. For many mentors, the rewards of reaching out to another and building a close, trusting relationship are great, including an increase in personal enrichment, happiness and self-knowledge. In fact, mentoring benefits all of society: healthy, educated and nurtured children tend to grow up to be productive adults and responsible parents. They may even grow up to be mentors themselves.

Thank you for saying “yes” to mentoring!


Please contact ESSER SEL Specialist Tracy Mayhue,

Cell Phone Policy

Student use guidelines during the school day (8:10 AM-3:35 PM)

· Students may use their personal electronics on campus before 8:10 AM and after 3:35 PM.

· Cell phones must be out of sight and on airplane mode in the classroom.

· Students will not have their cell phones out during class or passing periods.

· Cell Phone use is prohibited in bathroom, locker rooms, changing areas or any area considered private, and while riding on a bus.

· Principals may allow students to use their cell phones during lunch time.

Violation of electronics procedure

Students who violate the procedure will have the following consequences.

  • 1st Offense – Confiscation of the device and returned to student at the end of the day
  • 2nd Offense – Confiscation of the device and returned to student at the end of the day
  • 3rd Offense – Confiscation of the device, may charge a $10 fee and returned to student at the end of the day

Assigned In-School Suspension

  • Multiple Offenses – Confiscation of the device, may charge a $10 fee, picked up by a parent or guardian listed on the student contact information and disciplinary consequences

Students who fail to surrender devices will elevate consequences immediately. Confiscated phone must be picked up by the parent or guardian listed on the student contact information.

Parent expectations

Parents can help their child support this policy, the learning environment, and our school’s mission by:

  • Discussing the school expectation with your child
  • Picking up confiscated devices in a timely manner between 7:30 AM – 4:00 PM

Lunch Deliveries From Parents

Hays CISD Meal Delivery Services

As part of enhanced safety at campuses, beginning in the 2022-2023 school year, all Hays CISD campuses will no longer accept deliveries from meal delivery services or restaurants for student lunches. And, campuses will no longer have drop-off tables for meals. Parents may still bring outside food for their children if they plan to deliver the meals directly to their child’s designated lunch period. All guests are required to follow existing safety protocols and check in with ID at the front office.

Please watch the video below on how to fill out the the lunch application form!

Cafeteria Forms

Lunch Application Forms

We are needing all parents to fill out a lunch application for the upcoming school year. This is needed for all students (even if you know you won't qualify). Here is some information about lunch applications.

Child Nutrition

Lunch Application

Only needs to be done 1 per household

Or also adding money to child’s lunch account

Please review our parent drop off and parent pick up procedures.

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McCormick Middle School Information

  • School starts at 8:10am and ends at 3:35pm
  • Students will have 7 class periods
  • Students will have 5 minutes to get from class to class. We do count tardies. Tardies will begin the second week of school
  • We have 3 lunch periods separated by grade levels. 6th grade will eat first, followed by 7th grade, and 8th grade will eat last
  • If time permits, students will be allowed to purchase snacks after everyone has been given the opportunity to get a lunch. Snacks can be purchased with cash or charged to student's lunch account.
  • We do not have academic lockers at MMS.
  • Every student will be given a school device (unless students choose to use their own)
  • Students will need a Hays CISD device during STAAR testing

Student Dress Code

Please click on the link for a visual of our dress code do's/dont's andour dress code descriptions.

Dress Code Descriptions

Dress Code Do's/Dont's

School Supply List

Student Drop Off/Pick Up

Our doors open at 7:30am each day. I will not have any supervision outside until 7:30am. You can drop off your child earlier but there will not be any supervision. We will release car riders at 3:32pm each day.

In the morning, please drive all the way up the hill as far as you can. Please do not drop off in the "Red Zone" where it says no parking. Also, do not drop off students in the front of the school. We need to keep this area clear for buses.

We are locking the back doors at 8:00. If your child arrives to school after 8:00, please drop off in the front of the building.

In the afternoon we want to fit as many cars in as possible. I will stop traffic to let the buses go ahead of everyone. We are trying to get the buses loaded as soon as possible so they can get on their routes.

Please DO NOT tell your child to walk to your vehicle while you are waiting in line.

PLEASE DO NOT do any Uturns when you are in line. This is a safety concern.

I appreciate your understanding with this.

As you know the line at parent pick up is extremely long. We are doing the best we can and I appreciate everyone’s patience. The line will get faster. The following items are some things your child can do to make the line go faster:

- Make sure your child is looking for you

- Try not to get out of your car for your child to put things in trunk

- Drive all the way up the loop until you cannot drive up anymore

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Visitors On Campus


We are so excited to open our doors to visitors again! As always, safety will remain our number one priority. Please review the District Safety Procedures prior to visiting our campus by clicking here.

A few reminders:

  • All visitors will continue to check in at the front office
  • All visitors will need to show official state identification (Texas Driver’s license or state issued ID card)
  • Visitation may be denied due to lack of appropriate identification required for criminal background screening
  • All students must wear their ID tag while on campus. Please make sure your student wears their ID daily.

We are excited to offer volunteering opportunities again! Interested in volunteering? Learn more: Hays CISD Volunteers In Public Schools (VIP)

Please click here for additional information and safety reminders: Campus Safety Protocols

We look forward to seeing you soon!


¡Nos da mucho gusto volver abrir nuestras puertas a visitantes de nuevo! Como siempre, la seguridad siempre será nuestra primera prioridad. Por favor revise los Procedimientos de Seguridad del Distrito antes de visitar alguno de nuestros campus al hacer CLIC AQUÍ.

Unos cuantos recordatorios:

  • Todos los visitantes deberán registrarse en la oficina de la entrada principal.
  • Todos los visitantes necesitan mostrar su identificación oficial del estado (Licencia de Conductor o Identificación del Estado de Texas)
  • Se podrá negar la visita en caso de falta identificación apropiada para la verificación de antecedentes.
  • Todos los estudiantes deberán usar su Credencial de Identificación mientras estén en el campus. Favor de asegurarse que su hijo(a) porte su ID diariante.

¡Nos emociona poder volver a ofrecer oportunidades de participación voluntaria nuevamente! ¿Le interesa participar como voluntario? Infórmese más en: Voluntarios en Escuelas Públicas de Hays CISD (VIP)

Haga CLIC AQUÍ: Protocolos de Seguridad en el Campus para mayor información y leer los recordatorios de seguridad.

¡Esperamos verlos muy pronto!

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Happy Birthday Shout Out!

Wish your child Happy Birthday on our school marquee! Please click the link below to put a birthday message on the school marquee!


North Side - Facing child nutrition

South Side- Facing entrance

CNN Student News

We will show all students CNN 10 Student News every morning before 1st period. This is an excellent, non biased, news source that reviews current news events for students. It is targeted towards students.

I have provided the link for you for review. Please let me know if you have any questions.


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Need assistance?

Hi all – HaysCo has an emergency rental assistance program for those impacted by COVID. The program aims to prevent people from being evicted by paying back rent, though it also helps with back due (and I think currently owed) utilities. I invite you to learn more about the ERA program on our website:

Click on the title below for resources in the community. Please check this out...great information!

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Do you want to be a guest teacher?

Please apply below to be a guest teacher for the district.

Apply Here

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Mixed Martial Arts

Career Up Expressway Working Opportunties

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Wright this Minute - Nov. 10