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The Best Middle School in the Universe!

Volume 14, Number 1 - August 13, 2019

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Welcome back!

Here we are with another summer come and and this year summer was over sooner than normal. We have been looking forward to you all coming back for another amazing school year. I hope you all had time for some fun, as well as relaxation with your friends and family this summer. We have spent our summer preparing for another great year. We are ready for you to walk through those doors!


Our teachers will continue to email you all every two weeks regarding upcoming content and any other important information. Grades will be entered by Monday at midnight weekly so that you may check every Tuesday morning for grade updates. One of our goals this year to to provide our students with timely feedback so look for student trackers in all core classes. We want our students to take ownership of their grades and set goals for every assessment. It is an important life skill and we expect all our students to make progress every year.


The first day of school, students will report straight to their first period class. Teachers will be teaching school-wide expectations throughout the day the first few days. This is different than in the past and our team felt this might be a more productive way to teach school-wide expectations.


This year their advisory teacher is their 2nd period teacher. The first day back from a weekend/holiday, we will be on "House Meeting/Advisory" Bell Schedule. We will have a 7 Mindsets lesson each week as well as a House Meeting. House meetings were new last year and we felt they were successful. They help build our campus culture and student voice.


As we embark on our 14th year, your child continues to be our priority, and we work hard to ensure they are engaged, successful, and safe. Please let us know how we can help you throughout the year. You are more than welcome to email me directly or call my secretary, Laura Torres, to schedule a meeting with me if you have any concerns or questions. It is my privilege and honor to serve as your child's Principal. Thank you for your support and we look forward to another great year!


Go Cougars!

Welcome New to CMS Faculty/Staff!

We are experiencing some growth in our community so we were able to hire additional staff as well as fill vacancies that came about due to attrition. Our process for hiring the best is tough, so we are proud to introduce to you our newest Team Chapa members, all of whom exhibit the traits that we consider important and which exemplify what it takes to be a Chapa Cougar!

  • Juan Hernandez - 8th ELA
  • Anthony Fernandez - 7th SS and Boy's Coach
  • Jessica Urrutia - 8th Sped SS Teacher and Girl's Coach
  • Jeremy Thoman - 6th Math Teacher
  • Jennifer Gallardo-Payne - 7th Math Teacher
  • Elizabeth Richmann - 7th Math Teacher
  • Denise Riendeau - 6th Math Teacher
  • Thomas Burnette - Assistant Band Director
  • Libby Hollinger - Theater Teacher
  • Eleazar Hernandez - Health/Teen Leadership/PE and Boy's Coach
  • Jo Serrano - Dyslexia Teacher
  • Kim Coombs - CIS Program Manager
  • Debbie Giossi - Nurse
  • Melissa Romero - Sped. Instructional Aide
  • Emily Fule - Sped. Instructional Aide
  • Jeric Fule - Sped. Instructional Aide
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20 Day Attendance Challenge

#First20days

Be on the lookout for our First 20 Days Attendance Challenge! We begin Monday, August 19th and it will run through Friday, September 13th. We will be sending information home by Friday, August 16th. Stay tuned for this AWESOME CHALLENGE!

CMS 19-20 Bell Schedules

We will be starting the year with a 7 period day bell schedule so that we can teach school-wide expectations in all our classes. We will also continue to implement our House Meetings/Advisory lessons the day after a weekend or holiday. Beginning the week of September 3rd, we will begin our Clubs and Tutoring (CAT) schedule and we will begin implementing CAT the week of September 9th. More information on CAT as we get closer to the start date. I do know it's important for you to know what schedule we are on, so see below since we do follow a different schedule the first two weeks of school.

August 15/16 - 7 period day

August 19 - House Meeting/Advisory

August 20-23 - 7 period day

August 26 - House Meeting/Advisory

August 27-30 - 7 period day

Sept. 3 - House Meeting/Advisory

Sept. 4-6 - CAT

**From here on out, we will have House Meetings/Advisory the day after weekends/holidays and CAT the remaining of the week. If our schedule changes due to programs/assemblies or testing, we will send an update.

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District-Wide Cell Phone Policy

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Grace Period

We will have a ONE week grace period for:


  • cell phones
  • dress code


We will be teaching these expectations through advisory as well as announcing them every day during lunch. We will begin assigning consequences Monday, August 26, 2019.


We will have a TWO week grace period for:


  • tardies

This allows students time to learn the bell schedules. We will begin assigning tardies (consequences) beginning Tuesday, September 3rd. This includes arrival time to 1st period.



Thank you for your support!

How to Check your Grades and Attendance

The following document can be use by your children to help them know how to log in to student self serve. Student Self Serve is a website that will help students check their grades and attendance.

Upcoming September Events

Grandparents’ Day Lunch - Friday, September 6, 2019 - CMS grandparents are invited to purchase or bring lunch to eat with their grandchild. A special place on stage will be available for families to eat together.


Open House - Monday, September 9, 2019; 6:15 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. We will start the night off with a brief PTA Meeting and Title 1 meeting. We will then run a bell schedule so that the students and their parents can visit with each teacher.


School Pictures - Tuesday, September 17, 2019; All day through Science classes. A flyer will be sent home regarding packages. Every student will take their picture for the yearbook.


Coffee with the Counselors - Friday, September 20, 2019; 7:30 a.m. - 8:30 a.m. – This is a great opportunity for parents to get in touch with our counselors and find out what being a middle school child is all about. Mrs. Flores and Mrs. Dinderman will focus on different grade levels at each session. Come for coffee and a chance to meet our counselors as well as get connected with other parents. All CwC will be in the CMS Library Meeting Room.


Cougartime After Party! Friday, September 20, 2019; 3:30 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. - CMS Cougars are invited to go CRAZY and spend a few hours of dancing, playing in open gym and eating delicious food from our concessions. Student must also NOT be on the “No Fun List.” Students must be picked up by 6:30 p.m. or they will not be allowed to participate in the next event. There is a $5 fee for this event.


Guys’ Night Out - Wednesday, September 25, 2019, 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. CMS boys are invited to bring an adult male in their life to spend an evening of dinner, basketball tournament, games, flag football, door prizes and more. This event is just for the guys. Cash donation/non-perishable food item donation

Family Recipe for Success

We continue to have our Family Recipe for Success and encourage you to come to as many family events you are able to attend. They are a ton of fun and most of them are free! Besides our family events, you are always welcome on our campus and we enjoy seeing parents, grandparents, and all extended family members during lunch. Stay tuned for an UPDATED CORRECT copy.

7 Mindsets

We are in our third year of implementation of the 7 Mindsets. This year we are trying to make sure we talk about our 7 Mindsets daily and educate our CMS Community about what we are studying.

First Mindset - Everything is Possible

Every mindset has 4 lessons and we have one lesson a week. We will learn about Everything is Possible from September 9th - September 27th.
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Grandparent's Lunch

Friday, Sep. 6th, 10:45am

3311 Dacy Lane

Kyle, TX

CMS grandparents are invited to purchase or bring lunch to eat with their grandchild. A special place on stage will be available for families to eat together. We will be on a CAT Schedule this day.

CMS PTA Meeting, Open House and Title 1 Meeting

Monday, Sep. 9th, 6:15pm

3311 Dacy Lane

Kyle, TX

CMS PTA will start the night off with a PTA meeting, then we will have a brief Title I meeting. Afterwards, we will run a bell schedule so students and their parents can visit with each teacher.

School Pictures

Tuesday, Sep. 17th, 8am

3311 Dacy Lane

Kyle, TX

Coffee with the Counselors

Friday, Sep. 20th, 7:30-8:30am

3311 Dacy Lane

Kyle, TX

This is a great opportunity for parents to get in touch with our counselors and find out what being a middle school child is all about. Mrs. Flores and Mrs. Dinderman will focus on different grade levels at each session. Come for coffee and a chance to meet our counselors as well as get connected with other parents. All CwC will be in the CMS Library Meeting Room. The focus will be on 6th/7th graders.

Cougartime After Party!

Friday, Sep. 20th, 3:30-6pm

3311 Dacy Lane

Kyle, TX

Cougartime After Party! - CMS Cougars are invited to go CRAZY and spend a few hours of dancing, playing in open gym and eating delicious food from our concessions. Student must also NOT be on the “No Fun List.” Students must be picked up by 6:20 p.m. or they will not be allowed to participate in the next event. There is a $5 fee for this event.

Guy's Night Out

Wednesday, Sep. 25th, 6-8pm

3311 Dacy Lane

Kyle, TX

CMS boys are invited to bring an adult male in their life to spend an evening of dinner, basketball tournament, games, flag football, door prizes, and more. This event is just for the guys. Cash donation or a non-perishable item donation
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