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2018-19 Cheyenne Middle School Newsletter - November

No School Monday, November 19 through Friday, November 23 for Thanksgiving Break


Don't forget to vote! We have notaries on campus. Please feel free to stop by and visit Cylie DeBray or Jill Schmidt, who are notaries. They can take care of your absentee ballot needs!

PTO News

Our Fall Fundraiser is now happening!! We are offering Holiday wreaths and decor from Sherwood Forest Farms in Washington State! All items will be delivered fresh and with perfect timing for the Holiday Season. There are two delivery options available to you for your convenience. Local delivery will be delivered free of charge to Cheyenne between November 26 and December 3. The other option is direct delivery, fee included in cost, that will be delivered to your specified address anywhere in the US! This option is perfect for out of town family and friends! Orders will be taken through November 5. We hope that you will get a jump start on your Holiday shopping and help us to support our school. With the money raised, we want to give our teachers financial support for their Professional Development and to re-do the students recess area. This area is in desperate need of updating and to make it a place where students enjoy going and getting to socialize with their classmates during their busy school days.

As many of you already know, our school will observe Veteran’s Day on Friday, November 9th. Each year, Cheyenne’s 8th grade students honor this day with an assembly. The PTO will provide a luncheon at 12:30 pm in the library for the veterans to enjoy while they wait for the assembly. Last year was an overwhelming success, pointing out the true meaning of Veteran’s Day to our students.

We need your help to provide this luncheon. Last year we served around 140 veterans and their guests. Donations are required to make this wonderful luncheon possible. Please click on the link below to help.

Veterans Day Sign Up

We are Cheyenne!!

We are Mustangs!!

Rebecca Yacabucci

PTO President

Upcoming Events

Now-11/5…..Holiday wreath and decor Fundraiser

11/7…….Pizza Day

11/9…….Veterans' Luncheon and assembly

11/12…..Spirit night at Scholtzskys 4:00P.M.-8:00P.M.

11/15…..Spirit night at Chick Fil A 5:30P.M.-7:30P.M.

Red Ribbon Week Resources

We are recognizing Red Ribbon Week at Cheyenne this week. We had a guest speaker last week that all three grade levels got to hear about making good choices early.

Here are a few resources we thought would be helpful to discuss with your child this week.

There is also a special session on "The More You Know- An Open Dialogue About Drinking, Drugs, and Vaping Trends" at 7:45 on Thursday at the district Parent University Night.

Parent University

Thursday, Nov. 1st, 6pm

1001 West Danforth Road

Edmond, OK




November 1, 2018 6pm - 9pm


EPS District Board Rooms 1001 W. Danforth, Edmond, OK


SESSION TIMES 6:00 PM, 6:50 PM, & 7:40 PM

SPEAKERS Twelve local speakers and topics to chose from.

Select one, two or three presentations to attend.

October Students of the Month

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Suicide Prevention Program-SOS

Cheyenne will be presenting the suicide prevention program entitled “Signs of Suicide” to seventh grade on November 7 and 8. The SOS Signs of Suicide Prevention Program is the only youth suicide prevention program that has demonstrated an improvement in students’ knowledge and adaptive attitudes about suicide risk and depression, as well as a reduction in actual suicide attempts. Listed on SAMHSA’s National Registry of Evidence-based Programs and Practices, the SOS Program has shown a reduction in self-reported suicide attempts by 40-64% in randomized control studies (Aseltine et al., 2007 & Schilling et al., 2016).

The SOS Programs use a simple and easy-to-remember acronym, ACT® (Acknowledge, Care, Tell), to teach students action steps to take if they encounter a situation that requires help from a trusted adult. The primary goal of the program is for students to learn some simple steps to get help if they see warning signs in a friend or are concerned about themselves.

Suicide is the second leading cause of death in young people ages 10 – 24 in Oklahoma. The past ten years has seen an increase in the suicide rates among this age group. Approximately 90% of those who commit suicide have a treatable mental disorder (most often depression), but only about 30% see a mental health professional or get treatment for their depression. Edmond Public Schools recognizes its role in increasing awareness among our student population and preventing suicidal behavior.

For more information about Oklahoma statistics, please see the following link:

TSA News

The Technology Student Association or TSA is an after school club that is open to sixth, seventh and eighth graders. We are a student lead STEM organization that has something for everyone. Check us out our meetings and activities on Tuesdays from 2:45-3:30.

We look forward to sharing our love of TSA with new members!

Blue & Gold sausage and chicken strips are being sold until 11/8/18. Please contact Ms. Sullins for more information.

Congratulations to the following members who brought

home a medal from the Francis Tuttle Engineering Challenge:

Mousetrap Powered Vehicle - 3rd place - Sherman Tan

Float Your Boat - Allie Lewis - 36

Eon Lim - 34

Sarah Fu - 34

Ping Pong Ball Launcher - 1st place - Jacob Meng

2nd place - Anthony Pontious

Popsicle Bridge - 1st place - Eon Lim - 428 lbs.

2nd place - Ellie Robertson - 370 lbs.

3rd place - Eric Boglarski - 345 lbs.

Math & Science Testing - 2nd place - Jacob Meng

Water Bottle Rockets - 3rd place - J.T. Bucknor, Caden

Grinsteiner, Jacob Meng, and Sharsh Shubham

Band Blast

CODA auditions for 7th and 8th grade students will be held Saturday, November 3, 2018, at Santa Fe High School. Students have received their audition block of time, as well as information about the procedures for the day. If you have any questions please contact me asap. Those who are selected will attend the honor band clinic and concert on January 11, and 12, 2019, in Norman, OK.

The 6th grade band will be traveling on November 7, 2018 to hear the Oklahoma City Philharmonic. This is a wonderful opportunity for our newest instrumentalists to hear professional musicians perform on their instruments as well as in a full ensemble. Students will need to bring a sack lunch to school with them for this field trip.

The first band movie matinee (6th,7th, and 8th grade band students) will be Monday, November 5, 2018. 2:45pm - 4:30 pm. School transportation is not provided. All band students are encouraged to attend this optional fun activity. TSA will be selling snacks for $1.00 each.

The 7th grade band will have an after school rehearsal on Thursday, December 6, 2018 from 2:45 – 4:00 pm. This practice will give the students the opportunity to rehearse as a full band in preparation for the winter concert.

The 6th, 7th and 8th grade winter concert is scheduled for Tuesday, December 11, 2018, at 6:30 pm at North High School in the auditorium. This is a graded performance as well as an opportunity for everyone to hear how hard your children have been working on their instruments. Please invite everyone you know! Immediately following our portion of the concert the Edmond North High School bands will hold their winter concert. Everyone is invited to attend!

The 7th grade band will be traveling to share holiday carols on our band instruments on December 14, 2018. We will be visiting Ida Freeman, John Ross, and Cross Timbers Elementary Schools for our performances.

A reminder for the 8th grade parents, the concert/contest clothing for the 8th grade band students is: solid black shirt (sweater) cannot be sleeveless, black ankle length slacks (no jeans), black dress shoes, black socks, and solid black socks.

Musically yours,

JoeLee Mills 726-5729

* Music majors are the most likely group of college grads to be admitted to medical school.

~Lewis Thomas, Case for Music in the Schools, Phi Delta Kappa, 1994

From the Orchestra Podium

Congratulations to several of our Cheyenne orchestra members. On Saturday October 6th the North Central Honor Orchestra auditions were held at Santa Fe High School. Accepted into the 7th grade orchestra were Isabella Feng, Sarah Fu, Alice Hsu, Jacob Meng, Laura Patton, Natalie Prodan, Reese Qualls, Margot Schroeder, Bella Tai, Andrew Zheng, and Adam Zhieme. Accepted into the 8th and 9th grade orchestra were Sam Hedger, Vivian Li, Eon Lim, Jacob Robinson, Isabella Spaulding, and Joshua Yoon. Congratulations to everyone who auditioned. You make Cheyenne proud!

On Monday, November 5th at 2:45 - 4:00 we will have our first orchestra movie matinee. This is a time of fun and fellowship among all orchestra students at Cheyenne. We will start by learning to play a short melody from the movie we will watch (yet to be determined). Everyone is asked to bring a snack to share during the movie. Chips, cookies, etc. This is not a required event, but will be a lot of fun!

On Wednesday, November 7th the 6th grade orchestra will be attending the Oklahoma City Youth Philharmonic Concert. We will load buses at 10:00 a.m. to travel to the Civic Center. The concert will begin at 11:45 a.m. , we will have a sack lunch just east of the Civic Center and we will return to Cheyenne by 1:10 p.m. This is a very exciting opportunity for our young musicians!

Just around the corner, the Cheyenne Middle School orchestra will present its Winter Concert on Friday, December 14th at 6:30 p.m. in the Edmond North High School auditorium. The concert will feature our three orchestras and the award winning Edmond North High School Orchestra. Please come early to join the fun and support the future of the Cheyenne Orchestra!

Finally, as we approach the gift-giving season, please consider a gift that will better your child’s musical experience. A new set of “Dominant”, “Zyex”, or “Helicore” brand strings or other accessory makes an excellent stocking stuffer. These strings along with many other orchestra ideas can be found at any of our metro music vendors or online at

Thank you friends and family for your support of our orchestra and all of the arts!

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Be a Library Volunteer

We are looking for adult volunteers to assist in the Media Center. Please contact Dana Whitmarsh, the Library Assistant, at if you would be interested in signing up for special projects (once or twice a year) or to be a regular volunteer (weekly).

Regular volunteers (weekly) help check in and out library materials, shelve books, create bulletin board and/or display projects, and encourage the love of reading.

The mission of the Media Program is to encourage the reading habit and to foster skills that make our students good information seekers, judges, and thinkers.

Math: Why doesn’t yours look like mine?

Our students' math looks differently from what we learned when we were in school. The link below gives some great information on why it is so different.

Math:Why doesn't yours look like mine?

School Information

Infinite Campus-New App

Parent/Student Portal

Infinite Campus has a new Campus Student and a new Campus Parent app available to download.

Campus Student and Campus Parent are designed to provide real-time access to student information. The easy-to-use design displays what is currently happening in the classroom so you can understand, monitor, and participate in the educational process.

» Announcements

» Assignments

» Attendance

» Grades

» Schedules

Infinite Campus Mobile Apps can be downloaded through the Apple App Store or Google Play Store.

Learn more at

Transportation Information

EPS Transporation Dept 340-2962

In Touch Payment Online

Payment system makes it easy to pay student activity fees, make donations and pay fines or fees online, view receipts.

Canvas Login

Canvas is the learning management system. It provides a web-based learning opportunity where students receive instructional content, assessments, daily work, and access to online texts/resources.

Schoolway Mobile App

School & District Reminders/Alerts


Current Schedules are available online.


Athletic participation forms must be completed before attending any practices.

A recent doctor's physical must also be completed and returned to Mr. DeForest, athletic director. The forms can be completed online. You will need your child's student ID number to complete an account and forms. The doctor's physical form can also be downloaded from the link.

Rank One Instructions

Athletic Newsletter

Important: checking out students, lunches, & messages

You will be required to have your driver license to check your child out. Plan enough time for checkout. Calls to check out a student prior to arriving at the school are not accepted.

Lunches: If delivering lunches please make sure you have conveyed it to your child in advance. We do not deliver lunches to classrooms. Students will pick up in the office when dismissed from class. Family members are not allowed to have lunch with their child in the cafeteria. If you would like to eat with your child, you are welcome to join them in the office.

Messages: Please make arrangements with your child for transportation or other such issues in the morning before school begins. We will provide messages to students when provided before 2:00. We cannot guarantee messages will arrive to students if received after 2:00pm.

Demographic & Contact information on Parent Portal

Just a reminder....Any & All changes to your student's information need to made by the parent or guardian on the Parent Portal. This includes phone #'s, e-mail addresses, people that have permission to check your child out of school or call in case of an emergency, etc. The only change that cannot be made on the Parent Portal is a change in address. The new proof of residency must be brought to the school for an address change to be made.

Personal Devices

The implementation of school provided Chromebooks brings an end to the academic need for personal devices during the school day. With that, we will be expecting personal devices to be off and out of sight for the duration of the school day. In remaining consistent with our middle school practice, devices will be allowed before the first school bell at 7:40 and after the last bell at 2:40. We recognize that personal devices are part of the everyday world that we live in as well as our future, and know the incredible capability that today’s technology brings to our life. For young adolescents, it also presents many challenges. Recent research is now showing that middle school-aged students are spending an average of 4.5 hours a day on their personal devices. That number increases to 8 hours a day by the high school years. As educators and parents we see how many of our kids are immersed on social media platforms, gaming, mass

(sometimes hidden) communications and other varieties of content consumption. For a great many students this creates social-emotional and/or academic challenges during school, in addition to the challenges from an instructional point of view. We are seeking to increase classroom engagement and reduce outside distractions, and we appreciate your support in this transition. If you need to get an urgent message to your child, we will be happy to help in that communication from the office.

Cheyenne Middle School

Michelle Grinsteiner, Principal, 6th grade administrator

Michael DeForest, Assistant Principal & Athletic Director, 8th grade administrator

Deby McWatters, Assistant Principal, 7th grade administrator

Melissa Krause, Counselor 6th

Kathy Parker, Counselor 7th

Michele Kingdom, Counselor 8th