Carpenter Middle School

Here's What's Happening at the Ranch!

Monday, January 4, 2016

Principal's Pen

Howdy Cowboy Family,

On behalf of your Cowboy Staff, I would like to take a moment to express how excited we are about the second semester and to welcome back our students. Hopefully, everyone enjoyed their break and are ready for a positive start to the spring semester!

As we continue striving for excellence, please be reminded of important events during this semester, particularly the STAAR tests. Every day at CMS is another opportunity to prepare and reach personal goals. We are here to help, but it is equally important for each student to take ownership of his/her learning and behavior. By taking ownership, the student is more invested. What will be your mark? How will you be remembered?

See you all bright and early Tuesday, January 5th.

Courtney J. Washington


Carpenter Middle School




Robotics Club

A Robotics Club will be forming at Carpenter this semester. Members will learn about robotics engineering by doing what engineers do… design, build and problem solve. We will build robots using VEX Robotics and learn the coding involved in programming them. Meetings will be either before or after school in K212 with dates to be determined. Space is limited so pick up an application form from Ms. Alouf in K212 and return soon to reserve your spot!


January 20, 2016

Registration Information for Parents

Carpenter Cafeteria

With Carpenter Counselors

6:00 – 7:00 P.M.

  • Overview of elective courses for 7th and 8th graders (in other words, parents of current 6th and 7th graders)

  • How to fill out the 7th and 8th grade registration cards

**Students should have their registration card on the 13th. In order for the session to be beneficial, please bring this with you.

**Registration cards must be returned to the social studies or Texas history teacher by Friday, January 22.

Around the Ranch

What's On Deck

Wednesday, January 6th - 6:30 8th gr girls BBall here and 8th gr boys BBall @ Armstrong

Thursday, January 7th - 6:30 7th gr girls BBall here and 7th gr boys BBall @ Armstrong

For 8th Graders Only - Mark Your Calendars

1/8- Notice of placement for The IB World School, Health Sciences Academy and Academy High School

1/13- Meet your Clark Counselor- On campus at CMS during 2nd period for students

1/14- Plano Sr High Clinical Rotations Presentation during PE classes for students

1/14- Calling All Cats at Plano Sr. High (Student and Parent Night) at 6:00-8:00 p.m.

1/15- Commitment of attending The IB World School, Health Sciences Academy and Academy High School DUE

1/28- Cougar Call at Clark HS (Student and Parent Night)- TIME TBA

2/2- 2/25- Four year plan meetings with student/parents and registering for 9th grade- TIME BY INVITATION. THOSE WILL BE SENT IN JANUARY.

Box Tops New Rewards

Students, keep turning in your Box Tops in sets of 25 to the school store! You can exchange them for your choice of treat! Candy, soda... so many choices!

News From CMS PTA

Alex Trejo Scholarship Opportunity for Graduating Seniors Who Also Attended Carpenter Middle School

The Alex Trejo Scholarship is a $500 scholarship opportunity available for a 2016 graduating senior that also attended Carpenter Middle School. The scholarship is in memory of Alex Trejo, who performed every task, great or small, with utmost integrity. He served as a positive role model to staff and students at Carpenter for 24 years.

Scholarship Requirements/Application

KidStuff Coupon Books Fundraiser

Our school is selling valuable, family-friendly KidStuff Coupon Books filled with hundreds of national, regional and local coupons for all ages! The KidStuff Book is conveniently organized, offers incredible savings and is sold exclusively through schools! Our school earns 50% or more profit for every book we sell! Use just a few coupons and easily save more than the $25 cost of the book…Remember to keep KidStuff in your car! Most coupons are long-term and valid for 16 months! You will enjoy fabulous savings.

Check your child's backpack for information!

Don't mess with Texas Scholarship Contest

The Don’t mess with Texas® Scholarship recognizes the achievements of high school seniors who take a leadership role in preventing litter in their schools and communities.

Any Texas high school senior currently attending public, private, or home school and planning to attend an accredited Texas college or university next year may apply. Student essays should describe creative and/or sustainable solutions to prevent litter and build awareness of the Don’t mess with Texas initiative.

Applications accepted through MARCH 26, 2016.

Click here for flyer

Community Connections

Free Sign Language Classes

Our Plano Regional Day School Program for the Deaf will once again be offering FREE sign language classes this Spring for our Plano ISD teachers, parents, and community. All the details are on the attached flyer, and RSVPs can be sent to

About Carpenter Middle School

“Make Your Mark” is the Plano Independent School District’s motto. At Carpenter Middle School, everything we do for our students, families and community is executed with compassion and determination. We are making our mark at The Ranch.