Jacob Coy Middle School

Inspire, Lead, Empower

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Mrs. Andrea Ferguson, Principal

It’s hard to believe that first quarter comes to an end next Friday, October 18th! Remember, that students are dismissed one hour early that day. Be sure to check your students' progress on Gradebook.


Our students and staff have been doing an amazing job this quarter! Our students have completed their first round of MAP testing. These tests give us valuable data to help guide instruction.


Your students' teachers will be reaching out with information regarding Fall Conferences. Teachers will have available hours to meet with parents during the week of October 21st.


Thank you for all of your support in making Coy a great place to learn and grow!

Mr. Josh Baker, Assistant Principal

It is hard to believe we are nearing the end of the first quarter of the school year! We have had a great start and we are looking forward to many great events this fall. I have enjoyed seeing our students get settled in at this wonderful middle school as they begin their journey through the year. As we settle into fall, I want to encourage your children to get involved in a club, activity, or sport at CMS. There are so many great clubs and extra-curricular programs at CMS that our students can take advantage of. This is a great way for students to get involved in their school, work closely with one of our staff members, and make great friends! Continue to check our announcement page for more information or reach the Coy Office for more information.


Please see the list below to find our clubs and advisors at CMS. I hope you will have a conversation with your child about how to get involved and take advantage of these great opportunities at Coy Middle School!

Ways to get Coy News

Make sure you are receiving the latest school news which is sent home via The Education Connection. If you are not already subscribed, please make sure your information is current in One View or send an e-mail to josh.baker@gocreek.org. We send out messages on a regular basis to keep you informed of what is happening at Coy. We also post things on the Coy Middle School Website, Facebook, and Twitter Page @COYPrincipal. The Coy PTO also has a Facebook book page that we encourage you to join. There are many ways to stay informed, so choose what works best for you!


Our daily announcements are also posted on our school website at https://gocreek-coy.edlioschool.com/apps/news/article/905863

This is a great way to see what is being talked about in the building every day!

October 18th, Early Dismissal at 1:15pm - End of 1st Quarter

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CMS Clubs and Extra-Curricular Programs

Muse Machine

  • All 6th graders are automatically members.
  • 7th/8th graders pay a $20 fee
  • Attend performances and have the opportunity to perform too
  • Hilda Shirley hilda.shirley@gocreek.org


National Junior Honor Society

  • Students who have a 3.7 GPA.
  • Leadership roles and regular community service


WEB (Where Everyone Belongs)


Kiwanis Student Council


Math Counts

  • Grades 6-8
  • Compete against other schools doing math at the local regional, and state level.
  • Allison Wolf allison.wolf@gocreek.org


Battle of the Books


Coy Robotics Team

  • 7th and 8th Grade
  • Students compete in Vex Robotics Competitions
  • Students build and program a competition robot to compete in the Vex “Tall Tower Challenge”
  • Applications will be accepted in November for 7th grade students interested in joining the team
  • Brian Stevenson brian.stevenson@gocreek.org


Technology Student Association


BUDS (Bridging Unique Difference in Schools)

  • All grades can join
  • BUDS was formed by students with special abilities and their typically developing peers along with a creative and motivated staff who designed opportunities for students to experience the quality of life they deserve. Our goals are to increase social skills through character development, recreation, art and everyday life experiences, while building awareness of others special learning and life needs.
  • Michelle Shannon michelle.shannon@gocreek.org, Nicole Bonza nicole.bonza@gocreek.org, Deidre Crockett deidre.crockett@gocreek.org


Yearbook Club


Intramurals

  • Grades 6-8
  • No experience necessary
  • Participate in a wide variety of games and activities
  • Tuesdays and Thursdays 2:20-3:20 (Except for the 3rd Tuesday of each month) & pick up promptly in the back of the building at 3:20


Choir Groups


Band Groups

  • Jazz Band will be Monday/Thursday from 2:30-4:00. It is open to all 7th and 8th graders involved in our band or choir program, although students must audition. Auditions will be the week of October 7th. Mariah.strickland@gocreek.org
  • Percussion Ensemble is open to all 7th and 8th grade percussionists and double reed players involved in the band program. They will rehearse from 2:45-4:00 Monday/Wednesday. Laura.conrad@gocreek.org
  • Jazz Lab will be Monday evenings from 6:00-7:30. It is open to all 7th and 8th grade band students and in February will open to 6th grade band students. Mariah.strickland@gocreek.org

How Students Can Exhibit Coy PRIDE while at school?

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School Fees: Due October 31st

School Fees have been added to all student's accounts. You can pay fees at EZPay on the District Home page, Parents Tab, Pay Fees, EZPay - All Other Fees including School & Athletic Fees.


This link will take you directly to the webpage: https://www.gocreek.org/apps/pages/index.jsp?uREC_ID=1210290&type=d&pREC_ID=1446372.


Fees are due by October 31st. If you have questions about fees, please contact Jenni Mann at 458-2538 or Jennifer.mann@gocreek.org

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Parent/Teacher Conferences: October 21st-25th

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Coy Middle School Guidance Office

Many of us, children and adults, experience anxiety at some time during our lives. Understanding it and knowing how to cope with it is important! With knowledge and skill, we are able to better help our kids and ourselves cope.


What is Anxiety?

The Child Mind Institute has great information about anxiety and can be found at https://childmind.org. The following excerpt is from their website:


While feeling anxious is a natural reaction to stressful situations, an anxiety disorder can be diagnosed when a child’s anxiety interferes with her ability to handle everyday situations, or prompts her to avoid things that most people her age enjoy. Anxiety has many symptoms and can look very different from child to child. Here are some common signs that might indicate an anxiety disorder:

— Trouble sleeping

— Complaining about stomach aches or other physical problems

— Avoiding situations

— Exhibiting clingy behavior around parents or caregivers

— Trouble focusing in class or being very fidgety

— Disruptive behavior and explosive outbursts

— Overly self-conscious behavior


Anxiety Coping Skills

Understanding what anxiety is and the signs of anxiety is just the beginning. It is important to have coping strategies to deal with it. Some of the strategies that can be helpful are:

— Practicing Relaxation and Mindfulness

— Journaling or Writing it Out

— Talking About It


https://www.psycom.net/kids-coping-skills-anxiety is a website that gives examples of how these 3 coping strategies can be utilized to help with anxiety.


It is always a good idea to keep your doctors aware of physical and mental health concerns. If you are concerned that your child is struggling with anxiety, please let them know so they can help you. If there is anything that we can do to support you, please don’t hesitate to contact us.


School Counseling Office Staff:

Beth Becker elizabeth.becker2@gocreek.org

Lindsay Mann lindsay.mann@gocreek.org

Rachel Trumbull rachel.trumbull@gocreek.org

A couple tips for A+ Attendance Below!

Jackie Stubbs

Jaclyn.stubbs@beavercreek.k12.oh.us

Building Office Assistant


We love seeing our Coy students at school! We understand there are circumstances when your student will have to miss school, but please follow our Attendance Procedures to ensure that you are complying with House Bill 410 to have your student properly excused. Please account for your student every day by emailing or calling the office to notify us of any absences, late arrivals, or early dismissals.


  • There is an Attendance Tab on our website coy.gocreek.org under the Parent tab with everything you need to know for great Attendance! There is also a section in your students handbook that clearly defines our Attendance polices and House Bill 410 clarification. Always feel free to call or email with specific questions you might have about your child’s attendance.

  • Students should be reported absent any time they are out of school!

    • Even though FLEX is at the end of the day, the minutes still count as the school day when taking a student out early.

    • You can call in a student to the Attendance Line 429-7577 Option 1, or you can email to coyattendance@gocreek.org.

    • If you call a student in or email an absence you no longer have to send a parent note the following day with the student! This counts as your parent note!

  • Our start time has changed, but our Tardy policy is still the same and clearly outlined in the Student Handbook. The front doors lock at 7:30 and students must come through the office at this time for a tardy slip. A student is granted a Free Tardy each quarter (because we know life happens), but after that consequences begin with each additional tardy. Remember…overleeping, missing the bus, traffic, inclement weather, parent running late, etc. are not considered an Excused Tardy.


  • You MUST include a reason for the absence.

    • If a reason is not included, it is Unexcused.

    • If a child has an appointment, a specific appointment reason must be given (i.e. dentist, orthodontist, Dr., etc.) Just writing “appointment” is unexcused.


Parent/Guardian may submit 10 parent notes (or phone calls) documenting an Excused Absence reason. After the 10 notes are exhausted, medical notes will be required for absences to be excused.


Reasons for Excused absences include illness, death in the family, pre-approved family vacations (up to 5 days), observation of a holiday, etc. (other reasons may be included). Medical appointments are always Excused with a medical note. Medical notes must be provided within 3 days of absence. After 3 days they will be marked Unexcused.


An absence is Unexcused if your student overslept, missed the bus, running late, car trouble, family vacation without approval (or over 5 days), or student refusal to go to school (other reasons may be included).

A Note from the Cafeteria

Make sure to check your student’s lunch accounts to ensure they have sufficient funds. You can access your student’s lunch account and deposit funds via https://www.spsezpay.com/BCmeals/login.aspx.


Please call Cindy Steeley at 458-2531 if you have any questions.

Coy Middle School PTO News Flash

PTO Meetings are held on the 3rd Thursday of the month at CMS in the IMC (Library). We discuss upcoming events and Mrs. Ferguson and Mr. Baker shares updates concerning our school and students.



Stay connected with the CMS PTO!


Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/CoyMiddleSchoolPTO/


Remind: Text @COYPTO to 81010


Questions? Contact us at CoyPTO@gmail.com

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Monster Mash Fall Dance: October 18th

Food, Dancing, Haunted Hallway, & Costumes


Hotdogs, Chick-fil-a sandwiches, chips and soda will be for sale. (cash only)


Popcorn, cookies and lemonade will be Free!!


To get tickets:

Advance Ticket Sales -- $5

Before School- see Mrs. Lindeman in Room 1712

During Lunch - see the PTO table in the commons

or

At the Door -- $8

If you do not get your ticket in advance, you can buy your ticket at the door for $8


Come Join the fun and have a Spook-tacular Time!!!

CMS PTO Meeting in the IMC

Thursday, Oct. 17th, 7-9pm

1786 Dayton Xenia Road

Xenia, OH

We will be meeting in the Coy IMC. All parents are invited!

2019-2020 Yearbook

Yearbook at CMS is gearing up for another fun year of making the 2018-2019 Yearbook for our students! We began a new tradition last year, and we want to keep it going, but we need your help! We loved seeing all the fun summer activities our students and their families enjoyed over the summer, and we want that to be included in the yearbook once again! Please send any summer photos of your child's adventures to the following email: kristina.minton@gocreek.org


When sending your photo, make sure it is in a jpeg format, and have the photo save with the student's first and last name, so they will be tagged in the yearbook! I need all pictures sent to me by September 20th!

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Muse Machine Performance at Coy Middle School

This year, our Muse Machine season kicked off with Feet Speak! - a tap dancing experience like no other. International tap dance performers Christopher Erk, Derick Grant, and Jabu Graybeal used interactive storytelling, dance, and music to inspire and teach Coy's Muse members about the art of tap dancing. The performance was full of energy as both staff and students were able to participate either on stage or at their seats! Earlier in the week, sixth grade ELA teachers presented a short lesson about the performers to get students ready for the performance. In addition to learning about tap dancing, students also watched three short videos about each of the performers. What students did not know was that these were the same performers participating in Feet Speak! It was fun to see the excitement on their faces when they realized that Chris, Derick, and Jabu were the performers. Our next Muse in-school performance will be Friday, November 22. We will be welcoming Dayton's Zoot Puppet Theatre who will be presenting The Puppet Poetry Slam.
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Beavercreek Strong: Strength of Mind, Heart, Character, and Community

We are excited to announce this year's Character Education Service Project named "Beavercreek Strong: Strength of Mind, Heart, Community, and Character". Coy is excited to be involved in varying service projects throughout the community this year to help make Beavercreek Strong! Be on the lookout for upcoming information about volunteer opportunities throughout the year. More information coming soon!

Our staff "Can't Hide Coy Pride"

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