Colts Chronicle

Cimarron Middle School Newsletter- August 2019

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

Principal Notes

Principal Notes

Dear Cimarron Parents,

Thank you for a great start to the school year. Transitioning from summer to the early mornings and structures of school is always challenging for students and parents. Despite this transition, we are so impressed with all of the students’ excitement to come into school the last couple of weeks.

Cimarron’s theme for 2019-20 school year is “Make Your Mark”. At Cimarron we celebrate each student as an individual who has unlimited potential. We want every student to thrive at Cimarron as we celebrate our differences and our goal to “champion the individual”!

Each student’s family impacts his/her ability to become successful. It is our responsibility as parents to model and speak to our children about our values. Here is a quote for you to keep in mind as students start school. “Family support is a stress buffer. Teens whose families provide companionship, problem-solving and emotional support are less likely to become depressed after exposure to severe stress” --Journal of Family Psychology

As we kick off a new school year, please know that our staff is here to partner with you. Let us know if you need support, resources or ideas Thank you again for a great start to the school year.

Grade Level Assistant Principal Letters

6th Grade: Allison Huck

7th Grade: Tanner Fitch

8th Grade: Brett Michel

STEP Parent Letter

We would like to share a unique and exciting opportunity with your child. As our core, Cimarron Middle School is committed to our students and providing an exceptional experience that supports and enhances their personal growth. To help achieve this goal, we have the opportunity to participate in an exciting and innovative experience that will enhance student’s awareness of self and ownership of their learning.

STEP Parent Letter Fall 2019

I-Ready Testing

The I-Ready diagnostic tests will be given during your students math and language arts classes during the August 19, 2019- August 30, 2019 testing window.

What is the I-Ready Diagnostic?

The i-Ready Diagnostic is an adaptive assessment that adjusts its questions to suit your child’s needs. Each item a student sees is individualized based on their answer to the previous question. For example, a series of correct answers will result in slightly harder questions, while a series of incorrect answers will yield slightly easier questions. The purpose of this is not to give your child a score or grade, but instead to determine how best to support your child’s learning.

Meet our new SRO Officer Essman!

Thank you all so much for welcoming me to the Cimarron family. I already love being here and am so excited and ready to get to know everyone. While I am new to the SRO position here at Cimarron I already know many of you and your students. Last year I was Parker School's Y.E.S.S. Instructor and see many familiar faces in the halls.

For those of you that don't know me or are not familiar with SRO's in schools some of my duties here include, school safety, Y.E.S.S. instruction, criminal investigations (when needed) and building relationships between students, staff and law enforcement.

Your administration and I are already working hard to keep Cimarron safe, with prevention, training and relationship building.

I look forward to a great first year and hope that you contact me with any questions you have.

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.

SRP video 720p

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.

Athletic Registration is Open!

Register for Fall Sports Here

Fall Sports Parent meeting Wednesday, August 14th at 5pm in the large gym. Sports specific breakout sessions will follow the main meeting.

This meeting is for all fall sports- All Girls Volleyball, Cross Country, and All Football.

August 8th (daily practice from 3 p.m. to 4:45 p.m.)

  • 8th Grade Girls Volleyball
  • Cross Country
  • 8th Grade Tackle Football

September 16th (daily practice from 3 p.m. to 4:45 p.m.)

  • 7th Grade Girls Volleyball
  • 7th Grade Flag football
  • 6th Grade Flag football

Wrestling, Basketball, and Track registration will open at a later date.

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Cimarron Night at Chipotle on Mainstreet

Join us on Tuesday, August 27th from 4:00-8:00pm at Chipotle on Main Street. Mention Cimarron when paying to support our school!

Picture Make Up Day: August 28th

If you missed pictures on check in day, make up day is August 28th!

8th Grade DC Trip Parent Meeting 9/4/2019 @ 6:00pm

Attention 8th grade parents: A meeting for the the CiMS annual trip to Washington DC will be the evening of September 4th at 6:00pm in the commons. This year students will travel to DC, Philadelphia, and New York City. Space is limited so make sure to come to the meeting to get sign up information. If you have any questions please email Mr. Barnes at

PTO Update

The Cimarron Middle School Parent Teacher Organization is dedicated

  • to developing a closer connection between the school, home, and community by encouraging parent involvement.
  • to enhancing the educational experience by supporting academic and enrichment activities.
  • to improving the environment at our school by providing volunteer and financial support.’

Next Meeting is September 14, 2019 at 1:00 pm

PTO Link