Curtis Chronicles

September 14, 2020

A Message from Curtis Principal, Sonya Pitcock

Cougar parents,

We have had a great two weeks and hope you have too! It’s been great having some of our students return to campus. The students are doing so well wearing masks and following safety protocols each day. They are really doing great!


We wanted to let you know that football and volleyball games will be starting the week of September 21. Due to UIL guidelines on stadium and gym seating, students will not be able to come to the games unless they come with the family of a student athlete or cheerleader and have a pre-purchased ticket. Parents of athletes and cheerleaders will get specific information about purchasing tickets as well as the number of tickets available for purchase directly from the coaches. We are disappointed to not be able to have students cheer on their peers at this time, but we hope this is temporary. Thank you for understanding and make sure not to drop your student off for the game as they will not be able to get into the gate.


This Friday is school picture day! Students have received information about school pictures from their Tracks teachers and our at home learners received information on Friday. If you have any questions about pictures, please give us a call. School dress code is still in effect for pictures, so please keep this in mind as you pick out your outfits!


Thank you for all the support you have shown the teachers as they work through their new normal!


Sonya Pitcock

Upcoming Events

September 15: Spirit Night, Raising Cane's

September 18: School Picture Day

September 22: 8th grade Football @Rockwall Williams

September 22: 7th grade Football v. Rockwall Williams

September 24: 8th grade Volleyball @Rockwall Williams

September 24: 7th grade Volleyball v. Rockwall Williams

September 29: 8th grade Football v. Ford

September 29: 7th grade Football @ Ford, note game will be played at Lowery

October 1: 8th grade Volleyball v. Ford

October 1: 7th grade Volleyball @Ford

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CMS Yearbook on Sale - Best Price through September 18

The 2021 yearbook is now on sale! If you order by Friday 9-18 you will not only receive the 2021 book for the lowest price of the year, but you can get 4 free cover icons as well! The free cover icon offer ends on Friday 9-18. NOTE: You do have to purchase personalization in order to receive the 4 free icons.

You can purchase the 2021 book online at jostensyearbooks.com or by clicking here: http://jostensyearbooks.com/?REF=A01019894

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 CurtisCougarPTA.org 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 CurtisCougarPTA.org 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.

Volunteers Needed for Concessions Stands

CMS PTA will be selling concessions at two upcoming Curtis football games! Can you help with a shift?


  • September 29, 2020 - three shift times available!
  • October 6, 2020 - three shift times available!


CLICK HERE for more details and to sign up!

Drink Donations Needed for Staff Appreciation

WOW! Thank you to everyone for donating food for the CMS teacher/staff meetings! We are stocked up on snacks for this semester but we are still in need of drinks. We are asking for donations of canned drinks and bottled waters for the September staff meeting by September 22.

CLICK HERE to sign up.

Reflections: PTA Art Competition

PTA Reflections is a nationally acclaimed student recognition program to encourage artistic creativity in the classroom and at home. Students of all grades and abilities may participate and explore the arts based on the 2020-2021 theme: I Matter Because...


Entries must be turned in to the CMS Library the week of October 26. All entries are due by Noon Friday, October 30, 2020. At-home learners may bring their submissions to the Curtis front office during this same time period.


Note: your student or parent/guardian must be a member of the Curtis PTA in order to participate. Please click here to join Curtis PTA.


Please see all details including categories, submission forms and deadlines by clicking here.

CMS Spirit Wear Update

Thank you everyone for ordering your spirit wear! We have been told by our vendor that there is a slight delay and items should be delivered early October. We are so sorry for this delay and PTA will deliver all spirit wear then.

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 https://www.nwea.org/parent-toolkit/.

Screenagers Community Education Program

You are invited to attend this FREE program hosted by Allen ISD Community Eduction on 6:30 pm Tuesday, Sept 29.


For details and how to register, please visit: https://www.allenisd.org/Page/55618

2020 Allen Candidate Forum Hosted by Allen ISD Council of PTAs

Hear from candidates for Mayor and Allen ISD Trustee Place 6 on Tuesday, 9/29 at 7 pm via Zoom. Please register by 9/28 to receive your Zoom link at https://forms.gle/pB87qCGyjiHVrfQE8. The forum will be moderated by the League of Women Voters of Collin County.

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:

Elementary: Getting Started with Google Meet

Getting started with Seesaw

Getting started with Google Classroom


Secondary:

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 stacy.trotter@allenisd.org


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

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

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

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: https://smile.amazon.com/gp/chpf/about/

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

  3. Bookmark smile.amazon.com

  4. Start using smile.amazon.com 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.