Curtis Chronicles

January 9, 2023

Principal's Corner; Ms. Sonya Pitcock

Happy New Year, Curtis Families!


We hope you all had a wonderful holiday season and new year! We have picked right back up where we left off and are so happy to see kids back with us at school! Here are a few reminders for this semester:

    • Students’ phones are to be kept in their backpacks during the day. Students using their phones without permission will have their phones collected and after the first time, parents will have to come pick them up. More times than not, students getting messages are from their parents. We know plans for afternoon pick up change and other information needs to be shared with kids, but please make sure you send those messages at or after 3:30.
    • If you arrive to school after 8:15, it is highly likely that your child will not make it all the way to their classroom before the tardy bell at 8:20. If you are dropping off after 8:15 please drop students at the front door so they can get in and get a late pass for class.
    • If you are allowing your students to come to after school events such as basketball games, we ask that students are picked up in a timely manner. We always ask students to call or text parents at the half time of the last game so you have time to get to the school to pick them up when the games end. Also, if students leave campus to go to Celebration Park, with your permission, they are not allowed back into games or back on campus and need to be picked up from the park. We cannot monitor students coming and going and if you allow them to go to the park, they are no longer under our supervision at school. We are reviewing these expectations with students as well, but wanted parents to know.


In other news, we have MAP testing this week on Tuesday, Jan 10 and Wednesday, Jan 11 so please make sure your child brings their charged Chromebook to school both days for testing. MAP testing gives us an indication of the growth your child has made so far in the year and what work we need to continue to do with them to make sure they reach their goals. We expect students to try their best, but it is not something to stress about or study for. Students will have alternate lunch times on these two testing days, so lunch drop offs will not be accepted.


Class of 2027 received information about the Lowery incoming freshman meetings this week. We encourage everyone to attend either the Curtis MS night, or one of the other nights to get the important information about courses for next year. Those meetings are from 6-8 PM on Jan 10, 11 or 12. You can attend any night. Lowery will be going over information with students here at school as well to help them get started on choosing classes for next year. Tracks teachers have already been talking with students and brainstorming what they might be interested in as well. Courses selection will be due on January 30 for incoming freshman for the 23-24 school year.


Jan 16 is a student and staff holiday.


Love Week – It is the 42nd annual Love Week from 2/13- 2/17. Please take a look at the events scheduled for these weeks and plan to participate in any way you can!

Love Week Intro Video: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1YMogqym__0gcf5HI8Myrue_zOf1Gp0H3/view?usp=sharing

Love Week T-shirt Orders (close on January 20th, pre-orders ONLY) https://drive.google.com/file/d/1LuXDpqsFSIsmUXVjB06LnbDxcbSIh70E/view?usp=sharing


We look forward to continuing to work with you and your students this semester. Please reach out to us with any questions or concerns anytime.


Sincerely,

Sonya Pitcock

Principal, Curtis Middle School

Allen ISD

Sonya.Pitcock@allenisd.org

972-727-0340

COUNSELORS CORNER!

With 4 year plans and course selection upon us, make sure to attend the College and Career Readiness Parent University on January 10th!


University of North Texas will provide a panel of professionals in enrollment, academic support and career services. The panel will be available to chat and answer your college and career questions.


Click here for more information https://www.allenisd.org/Page/62417

Upcoming Events

January 10: Allen ISD Parent University: College and Career Readiness

January 16: Student & Staff Holiday

January 20: PTA Membership Meeting

January 31: Allen ISD Parent University: Parenting and Restorative Practices

February 7: Raising Cane's night!

February 20-21: Student & Staff Holiday

February 25: Allen Eagle Run

March 3: Early Release

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January's Staff Meeting is right around the corner!

Can you help with a snack donation for our staff?


Amazon Wish List: https://www.amazon.com/hz/wishlist/ls/BSSGFUKGDYXC...

Shop in the Store: https://curtisptsa.membershiptoolkit.com/volunteer/103535


Thank you to all our fabulous parents that donated for our December snack donation & your continued generosity!

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Volunteers Needed - Copy Room Helpers!

January, February & March Copy Room helpers - https://curtisptsa.membershiptoolkit.com/volunteer/98199


Please be sure you have completed your annual Allen ISD volunteer application and background check in order to volunteer. CLICK HERE for application.

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Allen Eagle Run

Mark your calendars for the 15th Annual Allen Eagle Run on Saturday, February 25, 2023.

The Allen ISD Eagle Run, hosted by the Foundation For Allen Schools, has become a true community tradition. The race benefits the Foundation For Allen Schools and the Allen ISD PTA Council. All proceeds directly fund educational classroom grants, teacher support and student scholarships, along with Allen PTA programs and campus projects!


The 2023 Eagle Run involves your choice of a

(1) a Fun Run/Walk (1 mile)

(2) 5K Run/Walk on a USATF Certified Course

(3) A Sleep in Entry (for those who simply want the shirt

(4) A Virtual Race- perfect for anyone who wants to run but cannot be with us in person on race day. Virtual Racers can complete their race from wherever they live!


Early Bird Registration is open for $25 so act fast. Prices will increase on February 3, 2023.

For more information, visit https://runsignup.com/Race/TX/Allen/AllenEagleRun2021

Be sure to select Curtis Middle School when registering!

CALLING ALL DAD'S!

Curtis MS has started a “DAD'S CLUB” for any male figure who would like to help out on campus.


Please see sign up for available times and description of duties. All volunteers must have their annual AISD background check completed, visit: https://www.allenisd.org/site/default.aspx?PageID=214


Here is a link to the sign up: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c094ca5aa23a2f4c52-dads#/


Any specific questions, please contact Anthony Arnold: Anthony.arnold@allenisd.org

Thank you for your willingness to help!

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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 2022-23 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 CurtisCougarPTA.org from now through June 30, 2023.
  • Be included in the end-of-year thank you email.


Black Level, $250

  • Your logo and link to your website on CurtisCougarPTA.org from now through June 30, 2023.
  • 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 Ways & Means

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: https://smile.amazon.com/gp/chpf/about/

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

  3. Bookmark smile.amazon.com

  4. Start using smile.amazon.com 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.

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Join the Curtis PTA- Become a Member now!

We are so close to hitting our 2022-2023 goal for PTA membership & be eligible for the Early Bird Achievement award. Take a moment & join our fabulous Curtis Middle school PTA.


Join the many families of Curtis and support the students and staff by being a member at https://curtisptsa.membershiptoolkit.com/form/m/195134

Curtis PTA Volunteers - Get Involved!

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.

https://curtisptsa.membershiptoolkit.com/volunteer/92334

Calling all Parents - we need your help!

Parents - we are seeking your support! If you attend a Curtis Middle School football or volleyball game, we would love to leverage the great photos that are captured to showcase in our CMS 2022-2023 yearbook.


Please email your pictures directly to stacy.trotter@allenisd.org

Donate to the No Fuss Fundraising Campaign

Your donation brings programs and opportunities to all students and staff of Curtis throughout the year! Donate here: https://curtisptsa.membershiptoolkit.com/form/m/195135

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: https://www.allenisd.org/Page/214

Know an amazing volunteer?

Allen ISD Council of PTAs Citizenship Awards are given out to volunteers who give their time and effort to support our schools. These individuals are nominated because they go above and beyond what is expected and make a difference for our children.

Please use the following link to nominate one of the many people who help the Curtis Middle School community. You may nominate as many people as you would like and as often as you would like.


The Google Form will stay active all school year.
https://forms.gle/ZwyfvFEM6yVbjD4A8