Colts Chronicle

Cimarron Middle School Newsletter- October 25, 2019

Colts Chronicle provides information to parents, students, staff, and community.

Principal Notes

Dear Cimarron Families,

We had an incredible week kicking off our 2nd quarter. We are looking forward to our CiMS Digital Detox this weekend! Students have heard about this digital detox all week through announcements and many have engaged in a Digital Detox lesson in their advisement class! We hope that turning off our devices this weekend will help us all connect with the people in our lives that matter most.

As always, please know that our staff is here to partner with you. Let us know if you need support, resources or ideas.

Here are some tips from Common Sense Media about how you can support your child this weekend during the Digital Detox and always:

  • Discuss safe and responsible online behavior. Talk about who it’s okay to chat with and what it’s okay to talk about. Children shouldn’t answer questions online that make them feel uncomfortable. They also shouldn’t talk about adult topics with strangers.

  • Make sure your child feels safe telling a trusted adult. If something creepy or inappropriate happens online, kids need to know they won’t get in trouble if they tell an adult they trust.

  • Monitor your child’s social media and cell phone usage. There are many apps and settings already available to support you and your child in this endeavor. Turning on your phone’s screen time tracking is a great place to start. Please monitor this weekly.

  • Block, ignore, or leave. Most kids know to brush off unwanted contact. Encourage this behavior.

If you have access to the Internet at home or at work, you can visit the Common Sense Media website at and take a look at the parent resources on kids and media.

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Cimarron Middle School will be celebrating our 10th annual Veterans Day Ceremony on Friday, November 8th. It is our privilege to honor our veterans and their families and thank them for their service to our country. The ceremony will begin at 8:00 AM and end around 8:45 AM. We would be honored if veterans of the community would attend this event. If you are a veteran, or have a family member, friend, or neighbor that is a veteran, please join us for the ceremony and RSVP using the Cimarron Middle School Veterans Day RSVP form provided here or on the Cimarron Middle School homepage.

This year, we are also raising money to give back to all of the veterans who give so much to us. Team Palomino has chosen to raise money for a charity, Freedom Service Dogs of America, as a way to offer assistance to the veterans who have sacrificed so much for us. One of Freedom Service Dogs of America's missions is to "serve veterans with post-traumatic stress (PTS)" by "transforming [dogs] into custom-trained, life-changing assistance dogs." Please consider donating to this noble charity via My School Bucks and help make a difference for veterans who need help right now. Thank you in advance for supporting this cause and for supporting our veterans!

Link to My School Bucks: Cimarron Veterans Day Fundraiser

Fall Sports Update

7th grade Flag Football - A Team only tournament Saturday October 26 on CIMS Football Fields 1st round start at 8AM

7th Girls Volleyball - 7th Grade A Team only tournament Saturday October 26 at Castle Rock MS, first round starts at 8AM

8th Girls Volleyball A Team won Back to Back Championships!! 1st time for Volleyball to go Back To Back in school history!!! Go Colts!

8th grade Girls Basketball Starts Monday October 28, meet in the large gym after school. Registration is now open.

6,7,8th grade Wrestling starts Monday October 28, registration is now open!

Winter Sports Parent Meeting (All Basketball & Wrestling) will be on Wednesday, October 30th from 5-7 pm in the gym. Please come to meet coaches and hear about the upcoming seasons.

GO Colts!!!

Lost and Found

Can’t find your hoodie or jacket? What about your lunch box or water bottle? Lost and found items will be set up by the main entrance doors October 21-November 1. Any unclaimed items will be donated Saturday, November 2nd

DC Trip Signup Extended to 12/1/2019

Parents of 8th graders: the deadline to sign up for our May of 2020 Washington DC, Philadelphia, and New York City trip has been extended to December 1st. Email Mr. Barnes at with any questions.

2019-2020 Yearbook on Sale Now!

Now is the time to put in your orders for our All American with Five Marks of Distinction yearbook! Follow the link below to purchase one now!

Cimarron Yearbook

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PTO Board and Brush Fundraiser

CIMS PTO is hosting a fundraiser at Board and Brush on Tuesday, January 28th from 6:30 pm - 9:30 pm. We will get 20% of any participants who signup using the link below.

Board & Brush

Now Accepting Candy Donations for Pumpkin Palooza!

Cimarron is participating in this years Pumpkin Palooza at Legend. SO much candy is needed to make the night fun for all the little trick or treaters. Please help out by sending in some bags of Halloween candy. There is a box to leave it in at the front office.

Happy Halloween!

Trunk or Treat Candy!

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Free Keyboarding Resources

Keyboarding is an essential student skill. The Douglas County School District recommends these FREE linked resources below to support your student in overcoming the hunt and peck obstacle and learn to type with greater accuracy and speed!

Typing Club

Safety Update

Standard Response Protocol Information

School Safety

A critical ingredient in the safe school recipe is the uniform classroom response to any incident. Weather events, fires, accidents, intruders and other threats to student safety are scenarios that are planned and trained for by school and district administration and staff

SRP Is Action Based

The Standard Response Protocol (SRP) is based not on individual scenarios but on the response to any given situation. Like the Incident Command System (ICS), SRP demands a specific vocabulary but also allows for great flexibility. The premise is simple - there are four specific actions that can be performed during an incident. When communicating these, the action is labeled with a "Term of Art" and is then followed by a "Directive." Execution of the action is performed by active participants, including students, staff, teachers and first responders.

Cimarron Safety Letter

We are ready for a great start for the 2019-20 school year! As you know, safety is our number one priority at Cimarron Middle School and in the Douglas County School District. Please read the linked letter.

Cimarron Safety Letter

To find out more about Standard Response Protocol (SRP), please watch the video below and follow this link to the I Love You Guys Foundation.

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Safe2Tell Colorado

Safe2Tell Colorado provides students and adults in Colorado schools and communities an increased ability to both prevent and report violence, by making safe, ANONYMOUS reports. The 24-hour bystander tipline, staffed by professionals from the Colorado State Patrol, is available to students, parents, and communities to report any kind of concerns to their safety or the safety of others. The Safe2Tell Colorado tipline is completely anonymous and does not have caller ID. The focus of Safe2Tell is early intervention and prevention.