CMS Cougar Courier

3rd Quarter 2022-23 School Year -- March 10, 2023

Important Dates:

  • March 10th - End of Quarter 3
  • March 12th - Daylight Savings Time
  • March 13th - 17th - Spring Break
  • March 31st & April 1st - Annie Jr. at CMS

Cresthill Middle School

9195 Cresthill Lane, Highlands Ranch, CO 80130

Main Line: 303.387.2800

Attendance: 303.387.2802

FAX: 303.387.2801

Directions to CMS

Team Juniper

Team Piñon

Team Aspen

Team Blue Spruce

Team Evergreen


Highlands Ranch HS Football will have an informational meeting on Thursday, March 23 at 6:30 pm in the Commons of HRHS for any current 8th graders interested in playing football at HRHS next year, hosted by Head Football Coach Jason Shumaker. Come meet the coach and receive information on our program requirements, conditioning program, summer camp plans, and our schedule this fall. If there are any questions, please contact Jason Shumaker at Go Falcons!
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Annie Jr. the Musical

Please join us for performances of Annie Jr. the Musical.

Cresthill Middle School

March 31st - 6:30

April 1st

Matinee at 2 pm

Evening performance at 6:30

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Book Fair Update

Awesome job Cougars! We had 17 parent volunteers make this event possible and lots of classes visit to enter contests and suggest new books. We will be continuing to expand the graphic novel and manga collection with these funds!

If you missed out on the fair, you can shop online through March 16th at the following website. These purchases also support the CMS Library!

Shop online (3/3-3/16)

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QR code to donate for the end-of-year celebrations

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Stone Canyon Summer Camp

Register your student for a summer to remember today! Energetic and attentive staff, a wide variety of activities, and the potential for lifelong friendships await you when you arrive at our beautiful 99-acre location in the Rampart Range.

More information can be found at

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State-Mandated Testing Updates

Dear Cresthill Families,

We are in the process of preparing for our state-mandated testing. To find information regarding our planned schedule for CMAS & CoALT/DLM testing, the DCSD Assessment Policy and district schedule, and information regarding testing excusals, please find your way to the "State Mandated Testing" tab on the Cresthill website. (Note: The excusals "portal" is open at this point should you choose to excuse your child from testing. We will ask that, on days of testing and if your child is excused that he or she stay home (an excused absence). If you intend to excuse your child, please do so as early as possible.) Thank you!

Note: The final building testing schedule has not been finalized but do know that we are planning to conduct testing during the first three weeks of April. A more detailed schedule regarding the testing window will be posted during the week of December 12th.

If you have any questions or concerns, please reach out to our school assessment coordinator, Mr. Wakefield, at

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Orthodontic Services

Parents! Is your student in need of orthodontic care that you can't afford? Total Orthodontics might be able to help through the TOgether Project! Watch their video to learn more about what they do and to hear from past recipients about this life-changing program. The general criteria for being considered for the free braces and the application may be found at Any child who qualifies for free or reduced lunch should meet the financial requirements to apply. To date, they have provided free braces to approximately 120 financially disadvantaged children. Unique to their program is the fact that recipients of the free braces Pay it Forward by doing a 40 hour community service project of their own design. This creates a ripple effect of goodwill in our community. Our recipients have already collectively donated over 4,000 hours of community service; that is two years of full time work! See the attached flyers for more information!
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CMS Parent Boosters

Our Parent Booster organization now has an official email address.

Please reach out to them if you'd like to volunteer or if you have any questions.

Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day (IAGE)

Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day is an event for girls from 6th-8th grade to explore different types of engineering through participating in engaging engineering activities. Meet and learn from collegiate and professional engineers and see how engineers can positively impact the world!

Parents are welcome too! Ask engineering students and professionals questions during the Parent Education Panel, take a tour of Colorado State University's labs, and engage in our confidence-building workshop for insight on encouraging their young women in STEM.

We are so excited to announce this year's Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day will happen on April 15, 2023! Here is the tentative schedule for students and parents attending. Event registration opens on January 1, 2023. Register Here!

Denver Debate League

Free. Grade 6-12

Enrollment: Open

Registration required?: Yes

Programs based out of multiple metro area schools. Contact the school coach to fill out a short registration form, media release, and medical release form. Coaches will register students in competitions. To connect with your school Coach contact Jessica Clark at 303-871-6575.

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Support for families in need of internet connectivity.

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Donations Needed - 3rd Quarter

Hi Cresthill Families, you have been asking us about how you can help us out. We have attached a Sign Up 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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In compliance with Titles VI & VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act of 2008, and Colorado law, the Douglas County School District RE-1 does not unlawfully discriminate against otherwise qualified students, employees, applicants for employment, or members of the public on the basis of disability, race, creed, color, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, national origin, religion, ancestry, or need for special education services. Discrimination against employees and applicants for employment based on age, genetic information, and conditions related to pregnancy or childbirth is also prohibited in accordance with state and/or federal law. Complaint procedures have been established for students, parents, employees, and members of the public. The School District’s Compliance Officer and Title IX Coordinator to address complaints alleging sexual harassment under Title IX is Aaron Henderson, 620 Wilcox Street, Castle Rock, Colorado,, 720-433-1083.

Outside Agencies

Complaints regarding violations of Title VI, (race, national origin), Title IX (sex, gender), Section 504/ADA (handicap or disability), may be filed directly with the Office for Civil Rights, U.S. Department of Education, 1244 North Speer Blvd., Suite 310, Denver, CO 80204. Complaints regarding violations of Title VII (employment) and the ADEA (prohibiting age discrimination in employment) may be filed directly with the Federal Office of Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, 303 E. 17th Ave., Suite 510, Denver, CO 80202, or the Colorado Civil Rights Commission, 1560 Broadway, Suite 1050, Denver, CO 80202.