Cowboy Parent Courier

December 3, 2021

Message from Dr. Epperson

We have enjoyed having our Cowboys back at school this week. They came back ready to work hard and finish this semester positively. Basketball season and holiday concert season have kicked off, which is always a fun time of the year!

Please remember that any student attending a middle school evening event as a spectator must have a parent or responsible adult present the entire time. This adult should also be the person providing the ride home after the event. Students can attend in groups with an adult who will be responsible for the entire group during the event and provide transportation at the end of the event.

Remember to wear those fun holiday hats on Monday, December 6th!

Keep reading for events and updates.

Thank you!

No Third Party Lunch Deliveries

We are happy to welcome parent lunch deliveries. We can not accept third party deliveries. Please do not use delivery services to have lunch delivered. Also, please make sure your student knows that they can't order lunch for delivery while at school. Thank you!!

No Glass Water Bottles

We have had a few glass water bottles shatter in our hallways when dropped. It's shocking to see how far glass travels when this happens. :) Please make sure students are bringing water bottles that won't shatter when dropped.

Second Semester Tutoring

Our students have worked really hard this first semester and demonstrated considerable academic growth. In order to serve all students most effectively, we will modify our Tuesday/Thursday tutoring beginning in January. It is time for teachers to begin skills-based tutoring that will occur by invitation only. Teachers will use first semester classroom and assessment data to plan targeted tutoring groups. Students will stay for tutoring only on days they are invited by the teacher. Some students will attend regularly and others will be invited for particular sessions. Teachers will be in communication with parents and students when these schedules are developed. Students will need to have a tutoring pass from the teacher to stay for tutoring or access the tutoring bus in the afternoons. Tutoring sessions will continue to be scheduled for summative retake opportunities as necessary. Teachers will have a plan in place to coordinate their invitations so kids aren’t double-booked for an afternoon. If students aren’t on the tutoring list for the day, they will need to leave campus at 3:52 p.m. when school is dismissed.

It's Book Fair Time!

Our Scholastic Book Fair is coming next week and will turn the CMS Library into our very own bookstore. Find hundreds of books from new and favorite authors, popular series, and much, much more! The Scholastic Book Fair will be here from December 6th to December 10th and everyone is invited! All major forms of payment are accepted, as well as the new Student eWallet option. For more information on eWallet or to shop the fair online, please visit Thank you for supporting your CMS Winter Book Fair!
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Holiday Spirit Days

December 6-Holiday Hats

December 10-Holiday PJ's

December 16-Ugly Sweater Day

PTO Note

Attached is the link for gift cards we are collecting for a staff appreciation gift to be given out before Winter Break. Please consider signing up and thank you in advance for helping to show our appreciation to the wonderful Cockrill Staff.

Sharline Martin

PTO-Staff Appreciation

Holiday Drive for Samaritan Inn

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2022-2023 Cheer Tryouts

Read this newsletter to learn about cheerleader tryouts for next school year.

AVID Information

Attention current 7th & 8th Grade parents. We will be hosting a meeting on December 14th from 6:00-7:00 PM in the CMS Cafeteria. This meeting will showcase the benefits of AVID beyond middle school.
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Cockrill Basketball Spirit Wear now available!

Support your Cockrill Basketball Athlete by sporting this season's spirit wear!

Check out our latest design and purchase your own spirit wear today!

GIRLS BASKETBALL!/Girls-Basketball-Gear/c/65109538

BOYS BASKETBALL!/Cockrill-Middle-School/c/35347251/offset=0&sort=normal

*Orders can be picked up in store or delivered to Cockrill*

Thank you MEF

The MEF prize patrol was busy this morning! Congratulations to Mrs. Ramirez!! She won a grant to expand the coffee cart program at CMS. The students were thrilled! Thank you to our friends at MEF!
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Snack Shack Sign-Up

We would love your help! Snack Shack will be open Monday, Wednesday, Friday beginning this week. Please consider signing up to help.

Laptop Fees

Need to pay your laptop fee online? Follow these steps:

Log in to HAC

Click on Home tab

Click on School Links tab

Click on first link (Pay HAC Fees Online)

You will need to create an account to pay the fee

You will be asked for your student’s ID number (without the “S”).

We can also take cash or check payments in the front office.

MISD Covid Testing

McKinney ISD has partnered with GeneIQ to provide COVID testing for MISD staff, students, and families of MISD staff and students. Gene IQ is an approved vaccinator in the state of Texas and provides vaccination services in accordance of state and CDC guidelines, and

GeneIQ is also a molecular diagnostics laboratory that provides PCR COVID-19 testing and collection of these. Testing will be available Monday thru Thursday beginning October 25th from 10:00 AM to 7:00PM. This is subject to change dependent on the number of people using the service. Testing is by appointment only. Testing will be on the North Side of the stadium parking lot outside of the building.

If you have been exposed to Covid-19 or if you are symptomatic, use the following link to schedule an appointment:

Carpool students exit front of building

All carpool students must exit through the front of the building. We can't have pedestrian traffic crossing the bus lane in the back of the school. There is no carpool line behind the school and there should never be pedestrian traffic crossing the bus lane. Students exiting our back doors or crossing bus traffic will be redirected to the front of the building.

Students who live in the neighborhood behind the school and need to cross are being identified and given instructions to get home safely.

Want to Substitute Teach?

We have open substitute teaching positions. We are currently looking for a "permanent substitute". This individual works at CMS every day in the capacity needed for that day. Contact the CMS substitute coordinator, Sandra Carter, at or 469-302-7918 for details.

McKinney ISD is hiring substitute teachers for the 2021-2022 school year. Every year we replenish our pool of subs who received full-time positions, moved away or retired. The pay range for a substitute in McKinney ISD is $90 - $110 a day.

This is the link to the application:

If you apply and want to substitute at CMS, let Mrs. Carter know so we can follow up on your application.

CMS House Office Information

6th Grade House

House Secretary, Susie Teel 469-302-7960

Assistant Principal- Heather Wainscott 469-302-7963

Counselor Christal Helm 469-302-7961

7th Grade House

House Secretary, Rosa Jou 469-302-7986

Assistant Principal, Jennifer Zornes 469-302-7988

Counselor, Courtney Starnes 469-302-7874

8th Grade House

House Secretary, Anne Chlebos 469-302-7878

Assistant Principal Stewart Herrington 469-302-7876

Counselor Tana Hoover 469-302-7877

Dress Code

Please refer to the Student Dress Code for detailed information. Here are a few

basic reminders for you as you begin your back-to-school shopping. Dress code will be checked each day by the end of 2nd period.

  • No pajamas
  • Leggings or spandex must be worn with a shirt or tunic that covers the entire front and back sides.
  • Students may not wear hoodies up. Hoods must be down during the day. Leave them at home if this is too difficult to manage.
  • Shorts must be fingertip length.
  • Holes in jeans must be located below fingertip length
  • No spaghetti straps and any tank top straps must be 3 finger width
  • No see-through clothing
  • No sagging pants or undergarments showing
  • Midsections may not be visible. (no crop tops)
  • Earrings and nose studs are permissible; All other visible body-piercing jewelry or ornaments are not permitted unless the piercing is for cultural or religious reasons.
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