Colt Corner

Celebrating 40 Years of Excellence

March 3, 2017

Dear Colt Parents,

Can you believe that spring break is just a week away for our students?! For many of us, this school year continues to fly by with the many events that our students participate in, both in, and outside of school. A great place to get a glimpse into the school day besides our Twitter feed @cmscolts , is at our campus website. If you haven't been to our campus website lately I encourage you to browse it here when you have a few minutes to see all of the great things going on at CMS. Also, take a quick look at our new We Are CMS movie trailer while you are at it below or click here to watch the 1 min. video. We look forward to another great week next week, and wish you all a relaxing and fun-filled weekend!


David Arencibia, Ed.D.

CMS Principal

Facebook: Colleyville Middle School

Twitter: @CmsColts

#cmscolts - #cmscelebrates

We Are CMS
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Parents we need your help

There is a recent trend that has reached CMS. Students are making "slime" at home and bringing it to school. Slime is made of Elmer's glue, borax, food coloring etc. The slime has become a concern on campus recently because of the mess it is leaving behind. We have had cases of the slime getting into computers when it gets loose in students backpacks, and has also made its way into the carpet of classrooms and the hallways. Please talk with your child to assist us in stopping the "slime" from coming to CMS. Thank you for your help!

UIL Academic Volunteers Needed

The UIL Academics is an annual event where many of our middle school students compete and earn medals in several academic categories against 10+ other schools. Parent volunteer participation is always a big part of the events success, with parent volunteers helping run and judge the events. The signup for volunteering is located here.

This year the event is being held on Friday/Saturday, March 24/25, 2017 at Coppell Middle School North, 120 Natches Trace, Coppell, TX 75019.

If you are able to volunteer, you will need to complete the volunteer background check and information if you have not already done so this school year. Volunteer background sign up information can be found here.

If you have questions or need any additional information please contact Amy Norris at or 817-305-2242.

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Want to learn more about options for students to accelerate in math in GCISD? Watch this informative video!

Dry Erase Marker and Ear Bud Drive

FOR Club is sponsoring a dry erase marker and ear bud drive to help gather school supplies for CONNECT. These items will be used for the Back to School Fair in August. There will be a box located outside the library beginning March 1st-April 28th to collect the items. This is a great way to help students in need in our community. If you have questions please contact Leslie Walden or Krystal McCure in the counseling office.

Current GCISD 8th Graders and Parents

Collegiate Academy is still accepting applications for the 2017/2018 school year! If you are interested, go to our website, and click on the blue button to fill out an application online or pick up a paper application from your middle school counselor. If you would like more information please email Bobbe Knutz at bobbe.knutz@gcisd.netor call Collegiate Academy at 817 515-6775.

Counselors Corner

Parents – This week’s Counseling Corner has a lot of information. Please make sure to click on the attachments to see the handouts and course sheets as well as detailed information as to what was discussed with your child during this time.


March 8 – Due date for all course sheets back to the teacher (see below)

6th grade to their PE Teacher

7th grade to their Social Studies/History Teacher

March 8 – Course entries in Skyward must be completed

March 10 – 6th Grade – Survivors of Abuse presentation

Please contact the counseling department if you have any questions.

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

Leslie Walden – Counselor L-Z (817-305-4917)

Shari Vanderwork – Registrar (817-305-4955)



Keeping up with the latest apps and websites and teaching kids how to stay safe online is a daunting task. Unfortunately, the most dangerous environment for our kids is the one at their fingertips, the one right there on their computers and phones.

The National Center for Missing & Exploited Children Texas Regional Office (NCMECTX) is here to help!

You are invited to attend this important discussion about which apps and websites kids are using, how to identify warning signs of kids engaged in risky behavior online, and how to discuss appropriate online behavior with kids.

Where: GCISD Administration Building, Board Room

3051 Ira E. Woods Ave., Grapevine TX 76051

When: Tuesday, March 7, 6:30 pm

Please click here to signup.

Important: Due to the sensitive nature of this presentation, children of any age are not permitted to attend.

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GCISD announces change to transfer process

On Monday, January 23, Trustees approved changes to local board policies that impact the GCISD student transfer process for residents and nonresidents. In previous years, families interested in applying for a transfer were admitted based on the order in which the application was received and if they met specific board criteria for the transfer.

Beginning with the 2017-2018 school year, families that reside within GCISD boundaries or live in the cities of Colleyville and Grapevine but are zoned for another school district, may apply for the transfer lottery.

"By moving to a lottery system, we are making the process more equitable for families that wish to have their student transfer to another campus," said Deputy Superintendent Dr. Rick Westfall. "Our goal with this adjustment to the transfer process is to create a system that simplifies the process for our families and removes the ambiguity from the transfer process."

From March 20 - April 21, families may submit their transfer application for the lottery. While the district will accept all transfer applications, students will only be granted transfers to campuses and grade-levels that can accept more students without going over capacity. Decisions about capacity will be made later in the semester and throughout summer depending on student registration and enrollment projections. In order to apply for the lottery, the student requesting the transfer must meet the following criteria:

  • 90% rule regarding attendance
  • Behavior deemed to be in good standing
  • Grades in good standing
  • Transfer request not for athletic purposes

During the week of April 24, GCISD will livestream the lottery on the district website. There will be a delay in an official notification, but families can check their lottery number to see if it was pulled for a more efficient notification. Once a specific date and time for the lottery has been determined, that information will be shared on the district website and in the district's e-newsletter, The LEADer. It is important to note this lottery is separate from the special programs lottery for one of the district's special programs located at a designated campus.

Another benefit to the newly revised policies is that nonresident transfers no longer have to reapply every school year. Instead, both residents and nonresidents will only need to reapply when they are changing a level (i.e. from elementary to middle school or middle school to high school).

For more information about the GCISD transfer lottery, please visit the district website.

Special Programs Lottery Deadline

Special Programs Lottery Deadline: Friday, March 10, 2017

Online applications to GCISD special programs are due Friday, March 10, 2017. All students who desire to newly enroll in Tuition-Based Pre-K, Dual Language, or STEM programs must complete a lottery application. Current 5th and 8th grade STEM students who desire to continue in the STEM program in the 2017-18 school year must complete a lottery application.

Submit an online lottery application here:

If more applications are submitted than the maximum number of students each campus may accept, then a lottery will be conducted on Friday, March 31, and streamed live on the district’s website.

Interested students must be residents of GCISD, or residents of the cities of Grapevine or Colleyville who are zoned to other districts. Every student who desires to be part of a special program must complete a lottery application.

For more information, please visit our website.

Play it Safe Parent Letter

Nurse Martin's Tip Newsletter

Click on Newsletter for the nurses tips.

School Health Advisory Council (SHAC)

School Health Advisory Council (SHAC) is the perfect place for parents to make contributions and recommendations on health initiatives that influence your child. Find out how you can join SHAC.


Follow us at @CmsColts #cmscelebrates

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Upcoming Events

Monday, March 6

Fitness Gram Assessment Make-up - Off campus students and 8th graders not in athletics

Tennis - (click here for schedule details)

CMS vs Coppell West at CHHS - 5:00 - 7:00 pm

Choir - Spring Fine Arts Concert (CHHS Auditorium) 7:00 - 8:00 pm

CMS Cheerleading Clinic - CMS North Gym - 3:30 - 5:15 pm

CMS Dance Audition Clinic - CMS South Gym - 4:00 - 5:30 pm

Tuesday , March 7

Fitness Gram Assessment Make-up - Off campus students and 8th graders not in athletics

CMS Cheerleading Clinic - CMS North Gym - 3:30 - 5:15 pm

CMS Dance Audition Clinic - CMS South Gym - 4:00 - 5:30 pm

Wednesday, March 8

CMS Cheerleading Clinic - CMS North Gym - 3:30 - 5:15 pm

CMS Dance Audition Clinic - CMS South Gym - 4:00 - 5:30 pm

Thursday - March 9

Track - (click here for schedule details)

Coppell West at Coppell High School- 4:00 - 6:00 pm

CMS Cheerleading Clinic - CMS North Gym - 3:30 - 5:15 pm

CMS Dance Audition Clinic - CMS South Gym - 4:00 - 5:30 pm

Friday, March 10

Pep Rally - CMS North Gym - 2:45 pm

CMS Cheerleading Tryouts - Starting at 3:30 pm

CMS Dance Audition - CMS North Gym - 4:00 pm

Monday - Friday, March 13 - 17

Spring Break

GHS Belles Dance Team Tryouts

Click here for the Spring audition information flyer.

Human Resources

Join the GCISD Team!

Many opportunities are available in our auxiliary departments:

  • Nutrition Specialists -PT w/ benefits – work while your students are in school!
  • Kidzu Site Aides – PT w/benefits – this schedule works well for local college students!
  • Night Custodians
  • Bus Drivers & Monitors
  • Maintenance Engineers

Apply online at:

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