Curtis Chronicles

August 31, 2020

A Message from Curtis Principal, Sonya Pitcock

Cougar Families,

Thank you all so much for the support you have shown us as we have started this unique school year. We feel your partnership and truly appreciate you! We are looking forward to getting some students on campus to start in person learning. This big building is feeling very empty! We are so proud of how our students are asking questions and reaching out to their teachers when they need help. We know there is much to navigate for our students and they are doing great! The Tracks teachers are an additional resource for kids as they navigate everything this year and we know many students are reaching out to them for help as well.

The district will be sending out a new commitment letter on September 23 for anyone who wants to change from virtual to in person or in person to virtual. The deadline for the completion of that request will be September 29. We are not changing any selections at this time.

Students who have received devices from the school and are returning to campus next week need to be sure and bring those devices with them to campus each day. Those devices will remain checked out to students throughout the year so they will be responsible for bringing it back and forth to use while at school.

In-Person Learners - Everything You Need To Know


Thank you for your support,

Sonya Pitcock

Upcoming Events

August 31, Sept 1, Sept 3: PTA Bond Presentations - please see info below

September 2: Return to school for campus learners

September 3: Final ordering for CMS Spirit Wear

September 7: Labor Day, Student Holiday

September 11: PTA Membership meeting, virtually

September 15: Spirit Night, Raising Cane's

AISD Bond Presentations for PTA Members

AISD is holding a bond election on November 3, 2020. Informational sessions will be hosted for PTA members to learn about the proposed bond and to ask questions. Please RSVP for one of the three sessions listed below by clicking here.

Curtis PTA will be voting to support the bond at our membership meeting held virtually on Friday, September 11. If you wish to participate in the Membership meeting you will need to:

  1. Be a PTA member, you can join Curtis PTA at You will need to join by 6 pm Thursday, September 10 if you wish to attend the September 11 meeting.
  2. RSVP to the September 11 Curtis PTA Membership Meeting by 6 pm Thursday, September 10 by clicking here

PTA MEMBERSHIP MEETING: 10 am Friday, September 11 Virtually

All current PTA Members are invited to attend the first Curtis PTA Membership meeting of the year. The meeting will be held virtually.

10 am Friday, September 11

CLICK HERE to join PTA - Must be a member by 6 pm Thursday, September 10 to attend the meeting

CLICK HERE to RSVP for the meeting by 6 pm Thursday, September 10

NOTE: All members must RSVP for the meeting in order to receive the Zoom dial-in details.

Agenda items include:

  • Budget amendments
  • CMS PTA support of the proposed bond
  • Financial Reconciliation Committee report

Grades 3-8 MAP Testing

In the next few weeks, your child will be taking a Language MAP Growth assessment, a Math MAP Growth assessment, a Reading MAP Growth assessment and a Science MAP Growth assessment. MAP Growth is a computer adaptive test created by NWEA that your child will take three times per school year. The results provide teachers with information to help them deliver the appropriate content for each student and determine each student’s academic growth over time.

For more information related to MAP growth go to

Purchase Spirit Wear by September 3 - DEADLINE EXTENDED

CMS Spirit Wear is on sale through September 3. To purchase, CLICK HERE.

Orders placed by September 3 will be delivered late September to your student's TRACKS teacher. Arrangements will be made for at-home learners to receive their orders as well.

Questions? Please email Theresa.

PTA Business Sponsorship Program

CMS PTA is pleased to once again offer our business sponsorship program. Curtis PTA would like to invite community businesses to show support for our staff, students and community by making a financial contribution to our PTA for the 2020-21 school year. PTA strives to make every child’s potential a reality.

There are two contributions levels for you to consider.

Red Level, $100

  • Your logo and link to your website on from now through June 30, 2021.
  • Included in end-of-year thank you email.

Black Level, $250

  • Your logo and link to your website on from now through June 30, 2021.
  • Included in end-of-year thank you email.
  • 1 Thank you in our campus-wide newsletter that goes out to all families.
  • 1 thank you and shout out with link to your website on our Curtis PTA Facebook page.

CLICK HERE for more details or email Jennifer.

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PTA Back To School: Membership, Donate, Volunteer, Spirit Wear

Curtis PTA offers the opportunity to Join, Donate, Volunteer and Purchase Spirit Wear from our online website. We invite you to fill out the following forms for the school year:

  • Membership: Membership is open to everyone for $10 each
  • Donate: Curtis PTA will be having an on-line "no fuss" fundraiser
  • Volunteer: Select Volunteer opportunities so we are ready to go when we are able to be back on campus.
  • Spirit Wear: Purchase your Curtis spirit wear. Orders placed by September 3 will arrive later September.

CLICK HERE to start!

Getting Started with Digital Learning Platforms - Resources for Parents and Students

The instructional technology team has created several resources to support the utilization of digital learning platforms by students and parents. The resources can be found on the Back To School > Academic Information for Families page on the Allen ISD website:

All levels:

Getting Started with Zoom


Elementary: Getting Started with Google Meet

Getting started with Seesaw

Getting started with Google Classroom


Secondary: Getting Started with Google Meet

Getting Started with Canvas

For the complete list of resources created to support Allen ISD students and parents click here.

Education Rights and Responsibilities During COVID-19​ (PDF)

Education Rights and Responsibilities During COVID-19​ (Spanish) (PDF)

Photos Needed for CMS Yearbook!

Attention Cougars, yearbook needs your help to make this year’s book extra special and more focused on all of the students. Please send in photos of your new virtual set up or selfies on the first day of school. Send all photos to Ms. Trotter at

Follow Yearbook on Instagram @curtismsyearbook

CMS Announcements Posted to CMS Website

If you are interested in CMS Announcements, you can access them directly on the CMS website.

Be sure to check back often! CLICK HERE

Virtual Science Fair

The Allen ISD Science Fair is going virtual this year! Both Elementary and Secondary campus fairs will need to be virtual due to COVID19. Instructions and deadlines for the fair will be shared by campus science fair coordinators soon.

Due to the nature of COVID19, we are proceeding as though the regional and state fairs will be virtual as well, however this may change.

Middle School Parent Chats - Hosted by AISD Support Counselors

Dear Parents and Guardians,

During these uncertain times, we understand that you may be struggling to balance your child's at-home or in-person learning along with your own work and home commitments. We are here to support you! Join us at one of the times listed by clicking on the date/time links below. We are here to provide a space for you to discuss your challenges and identify healthy ways to cope & problem solve. It will be a great way to connect with other parents facing similar struggles. We hope you will join us! Facilitated by the Allen ISD Support Counselors.

Please note: Registration will open 2 weeks prior to each event.

Middle School Parent Chats

Wednesday, September 2 2-3 pm

Friday, September 18 2-3 pm

Wednesday, September 30 2-3 pm

Wednesday, October 14 2-3 pm

Wednesday, October 28 2-3 pm

Wednesday, November 11 2-3 pm

Wednesday, December 2 2-3 pm

Wednesday, December 16 2-3 pm

Platica Para Los Padres de Familia del Distrito de Allen

16 de septiembre 10-11 am

14 de octubre 10-11 am

11 de noviembre 10-11 am

16 de diciembre 10-11 am

Hope you can join us!

AISD Support Counselors

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Update TRACKS Teacher

It is a huge help to PTA if you are able to update Membership Toolkit with your student’s TRACKS teacher.

To do this, go to Account > My Forms/Paperwork and then select Contact Information to update.

Thank you for your help!

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Volunteer Application Now Open for 2020-2021

Annually, volunteers are required to fill out the Allen ISD Volunteer Application form. While currently volunteers are not able to be on campus, we encourage those interested to fill out the application now. The application resets each year on July 1 and takes about 2 weeks to process. Please click this link below to fill out yours.

Use Amazon Smile to Support Curtis PTA

Do you shop on Amazon? Use Amazon's Smile and support Curtis PTA!

AmazonSmile will donate 0.5% of your purchase to Curtis PTA when shopping Amazon.

  1. Go here:

  2. Select your charity: PTA Texas Congress 201 Curtis Middle School

  3. Bookmark

  4. Start using whenever you want to shop at Amazon!

Be sure to shop through AmazonSmile the next time you shop online. You’re still shopping with Amazon — you’re just doing good while buying what you need!

Please encourage grandparents, neighbors, and friends to support Curtis PTA by shopping through AmazonSmile too.