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2018-19 Cheyenne Middle School Newsletter - October

Kids & Tech: Tips for Parents

We are a family of the technology generation. I am not going to lie, smartphones and technology are an everyday struggle in the Grinsteiner Household. I have two boys 13 and 10 that love their devices, Xbox, and computer time. We invest a lot of time locking down wifi, internet, managing software and apps, scheduling apps to turn on and off, and fishing through their devices for what we have missed. There is so much to keep up with because we want our kids to learn how to use technology responsibly but that takes time and effort. Just like we taught our kids to watch both ways before crossing the street, and about stranger danger we must take time to teach them responsible digital citizenship and device use.

Here are some lessons I have learned as a parent. I hope that they may help you as you are on this journey, also. I included many web resources to help anyone that is looking for that support in your family.

American Academy of Pediatrics- this a great article about raising kids in the digital age, and there are more links to other articles too


No School Wednesday, October 17 through Friday, October 19 (Fall Break)

PTO News

Fall has arrived and brings with it many exciting things happening at Cheyenne! We just wrapped up our Stampede of Giving last week and through your donations we hit our goal of $15,000!! Way to go Mustangs!!!!! The money raised will be used towards our teachers’ Professional Development that is a state requirement that is often not covered. Being able to support our teachers, through your generous donations, is a blessing.

We also will be using your donations for the students’ recreational area at the back of the school. Our students use this area daily. We are wanting to revamp this area so that it will be a place where the students want to gather to connect with friends and unwind. A BIG thank you to our families for being so greathearted during our Stampede of Giving.

Starting October 2, we will be offering our Fall Spirit Wear!!! The link is provided below so you can see all of the cool new styles. We will be selling these only through October 16th. Don’t miss out on these shirts and sweatshirts!! We will be offering a variety of styles to choose from and are sure to be a favorite! We will have samples on hand at Teacher Conferences that will be held October 11th and 15th. Be sure to stop by our PTO table to check them out!

At the end of October, we are looking forward to starting our Fall Fundraiser. This year we are thrilled to be offering holiday wreaths and other decorations. These will be delivered fresh from Washington state in time for the Holidays. I can smell the pine now! More info will be given closer to the sale date.

We have the best families at Cheyenne and we thank you for all of your support! If you are interested in helping with PTO, please check out our website or our Facebook page. There is something for everyone. We are able to help our school only through each and every one of you!

We are Cheyenne!!

We are Mustangs!!

Rebecca Yacabucci

PTO President

Spirit Wear Link

Upcoming Spirit Nights

Oct 8: Papa Murphy's

Oct 9: Chick-Fil-A

Oct 10: Kona Ice (during all lunches)

Oct 16: Alfredo's

TSA News

October 2018

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. There are more than 30 different TSA events students can compete in at the local, regional, state and national levels. These events range from career prep to website design, digital photography to robotics, and STEM animation to promotional marketing. Check us out our meetings and activities on Tuesdays from 2:45-3:30. We are looking forward to sharing our love of TSA with new members!

Updated calendar:

10/1 - 10/5 TSA Week - listen for announcements each afternoon

10/2 - TSA Celebration 2:45-3:30

10/4 - Robotics 3:00-5:00

10/5 - Attend Francis Tuttle’s Engineering Challenge

10/9 - TSA Meeting 2:45-3:30 - hand out Blue and Gold information

10/11 - NO Robotics - Parent/Teacher Conferences

10/16 - NO TSA meeting - Fall Break begins

10/18 - NO Robotics - Fall Break

10/23 - TSA Meeting 2:45-3:30

10/24 - Fall Leadership Conference

10/25 - Robotics 3:00-5:00

10/30 - TSA Scavenger Hunt

Band Blast

All band parents please make sure you have logged on and completed information as this is a wonderful/easy tool for communication.

  • Click on the top right screen and select parents/students/members
  • In the school code type CheyenneMSband
  • In the password box (1st time log on) enter your child's normal school id#.
  • Please make sure all contact information is updated and includes adult contact information.

CODA auditions for 7th and 8th grade students will be on Saturday, November 3, 2018, at Santa Fe High School. Students will be given their audition block of time the week prior. Students who are selected will attend the honor band clinic and concert on January 11 and 12, 2019, at Norman North High School in Norman, OK.

Thank you for your generous support of our annual magazine/cookie dough fundraiser. Your support allowed us to raise funds towards the student growth in band. Delivery for cookie dough will be Wednesday, October 3, 2018. Students will take the cookie dough home with them that afternoon, if they have sold more items then they can carry please make arrangements to pick them up from school. Cookie dough MUST go home the day they are delivered to guarantee freshness. I will be here until 4:00 pm on that day for cookie dough pick up.

6th grade will have an instrument demonstration concert on Monday, October 29 at Cheyenne Middle School. The concert will begin at 6:30 pm - students will wear their band t-shirt and long black pants.

7th grade will have a “spooky” concert on Thursday, November 1, at Cheyenne Middle School. The concert will begin at 6:30 pm - students will wear their band t-shirt and long black pants.

The 6th grade band will travel to hear the Oklahoma City Philharmonic perform on Wednesday, November 7. This is a free event for our band students. Students will need to bring a disposable sack lunch to school for the field trip. This is always a wonderful experience for the students.

Students should be practicing on their instrument daily. I encourage you to ask your child to perform something for you, it is fun to hear their progress.

Our winter concert (6th, 7th and 8th grade bands) will be Tuesday, December 11, 2018 at Edmond North High School Auditorium. The concert will begin at 6:30 pm. The high school will perform their concert immediately following Cheyenne bands.

Musically yours,

JoeLee Mills 726-5729

Meagan Stevens 726-5727

Greg Mangus 726-7204

Be a Library Volunteer

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).

We are still needing weekly help on…

  • Mondays from 12:00 P.M.- 2:40 P.M.

  • Thursdays from 8:00 A.M.- 11:00 A.M.

  • Fridays from 8:00 A.M - 11:00 A.M.

We are also still looking for volunteers for the upcoming Scholastic Book Fair, held October 29 - November 2nd.

Special projects may include Book Fair set-up and clean up, working the Book Fair, assisting with author visits, and much more.

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.

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Scholastic Book Fair

Reading is vital to every child’s success and it’s the door opener to the 21st century for all children. Since there will never be a substitute for a parent’s direct involvement in his/her child’s education, please make plans to visit our Book Fair. Hope to see you there!

In-Library Book Fair Dates: Oct. 29 - Nov. 2

Shopping Hours: 7:50 AM – 2:40 PM Monday - Thursday & 7:50 AM - noon on Friday

If you’re all booked up during Book Fair week (or just want to keep shopping), be sure to visit the Book Fair online at The online Book Fair is available for an extended time from Oct. 22nd - Nov. 9th.

  • Find an expanded selection of books for the whole family—preschool to adults

  • Share your Book Fair with family and friends by sending wish lists or eCards

  • All orders ship to school for FREE and each purchase benefits our school

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Health, Wellness and Prevention for Families by Edmond Public Schools Wellness Counselors

Youth are among the most vulnerable in our population, vulnerable because they are at much higher risk for developing a substance use disorder later in life and because other adverse consequences are likely to affect them more significantly. Research has shown that substance use by adolescents can often be prevented through interventions that respond to risk and protective factors that function at different stages of development. Individual, family, peer, school, community, and societal levels all matter. Can parents influence their children’s choices enough to make a difference?

Read here for more information from Rivermend Health

Cheyenne Calendar

Cheyenne MS Calendar of Events

School Information


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.

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School & District Reminders/Alerts

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