Cowboy Parent Courier

January 8, 2021

Message from Dr. Epperson

Happy New Year! Our students returned this week ready to make this semester great. We love having their energy back in the building.

Just before the winter break, one of our Assistant Principals, Melanie Machost, was promoted to a Principal position at another school. I have asked Mr. Harvey Oaxaca to serve as an interim Assistant Principal until I can fill the position more permanently. Mr. Oaxaca is a veteran teacher and administrator who is retired from MISD. He has served as a substitute teacher and interim administrator during his retirement. He is awesome with the students and will be a great addition to our team and help us end this year strong.

Quart 2 report cards are posted in HAC.

January 18th is Martin Luther King Jr. Day and a school holiday.

Good luck to our basketball teams playing this weekend! Go Cowboys!

Thank you!

Dr. E

1:The World Laptop Fees-Due January 22nd

We want to remind you of the annual “Assurance Fees” that will be collected as part of the 1:The World Laptop initiative. Each student has a fee associated with their HAC account according to their lunch status (30.00 or 15.00 for free/reduced lunch). Parents can pay these fees through HAC using a credit/debit card or they can pay in person at CMS with check/cash/money order. This document includes detailed directions on how to pay the fee in HAC. You may need to turn off your pop-up blocker on your device to pay the fee. This annual fee will cover the first incident of damage to the laptop 100% with all other incidents of damage being covered at 125.00 each. All of this information is detailed in the 1:The World Handbook and includes a sample price list of the cost to replace frequently damaged parts should the fee not be paid.

Fees or an established payment plan should be handled by January 22nd. After this date any student with an outstanding Assurance Fee will have their laptop restricted to a whitelist of academic resources only. These students will not have access to anything other than the applications necessary to participate in school. This restriction will be in place until the fee is paid.

You can see your fee balance by logging into HAC. Credit card payments may take 24 hours to post.

8th Grade Parents

You will receive a separate email this afternoon regarding course selection for 9th grade. Please be sure to read that email.

Nurse News


In compliance with Health and Safety Code, Chapter 37, all children shall undergo screening for abnormal spinal curvature. If you have had this done at your child’s physician office, please provide documentation that it has been done to Nurse Jessica and they will not need to participate in the school screening. Students that require a spinal screening must be a certain age to be screened. Please see below for the age requirements for both boys and girls to see if they fall in the range that need a spinal screening this year:

  • Girls who have a birthday between 5/1/08 and 4/30/2009.

  • Boys who have a birthday between 5/1/2007 and 4/30/2008.

The purpose of spinal screenings is to detect the signs of abnormal curves of the spine at their earliest stages so that the need for treatment can be determined. Scoliosis, a common spinal abnormality found in adolescents, is a sideways twisting of the spine. It is usually detected in children between the ages of 10 and 14. Kyphosis, sometimes called round back, is an exaggerated rounding of the upper back and is often confused with poor posture. Many cases of curvature of the spine are mild and only require observation by a physician when they are first diagnosed. Others can worsen with time, as the child grows, and require active treatment such as bracing and surgery. Early treatment can prevent the development of a severe deformity, which can affect a person’s appearance and health.

**The procedure for screening is simple. Screenings will be conducted during the school day by Nurse Jessica and Ms. Carla the week of January 11th. Your child’s back will be observed while he/she stands and then leans forward from the front, back and side. For this examination, boys and girls will be screened separately. Boys will wear their pants or gym shorts and only remove their shirts. Girls will need to wear a halter-top, sports bra or a two-piece swimsuit with pants, shorts, or skirt. Parents will be notified of the results of the screening, only if professional follow-up is necessary. This screening procedure does not replace your child’s need for regular health care and check ups. According to Texas law, these screenings must be conducted. In order for your child to be exempt from screening, you must present documentation of an exam from a physician or notarized religious conflict affidavit prior to the screening date.

Cockrill’s Spinal Screenings will take place the week of January 11th-January 15th. Please have your child plan accordingly with how they dress that week or have them have the appropriate clothes in their backpacks. Contact Nurse Jessica with any questions. Thanks so much.

Jessica Green, BSN, RN

Cockrill Middle School Nurse

Clinic: 469.302.7906

Front Office: 469.302.7900

Fax: 469.302.7901

2021-2022 Cheer Information

Here is our CMS CHEER INFO with all links included, including information about upcoming tryouts.

PTO General Meeting

We will conduct our next general PTO meeting on Thursday, January 14th at 10:00am. You are welcome to join via Zoom.

PTO is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

Topic: CMS General PTO Meeting

Time: Jan 14, 2021 10:00 AM Central Time (US and Canada)

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 821 3323 2485

Passcode: 442933

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Community Resources

One Heart McKinney is a great site to access community resources if you are in need of assistance and the site is updated regularly.

MISD Notice: 2020-2021 Calendar Amendment

Dear McKinney ISD Parents/Guardians,

Historically, during finals week, we have only required high school students to attend a half-day on the day prior to the Winter Break. However, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we will not be holding first semester final exams this December.

This year, we will not observe a half-day or early release day for high school students on Friday, December 18. Instead, we have designated Tuesday, February 16, as a Student Holiday/Teacher Work Day for all McKinney ISD students. Monday, February 15, is already designated as a Student Holiday/Teacher Work Day for all McKinney ISD students.

All McKinney ISD Students

Friday, December 18 (Regular School Day/No Early Release)

Monday, February 15 (Student Holiday/Teacher Work Day)

Tuesday, February 16 (Student Holiday/Teacher Work Day)

Please make note in your schedules and calendars that we will not observe early release on December 18, and Tuesday, February 16, has been designated as a Student Holiday/Teacher Work Day for all McKinney ISD students.

Thanks for your ongoing support.

You can donate to our PTO

If you would like to support our PTO with a monetary contribution, you can visit this LINK at any time and make a donation. Our school appreciates you!!

Snack Shack Open Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday

Students will be able to shop in the "Snack Shack" after school on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays. Items are $1. Students have time to grab a snack before tutoring if they want. Thanks to our PTO for getting this started for our students!

If you can give a few minutes to volunteer, sign up here.

Quarter 3 Copy Room Support

If you are available to work in our copy room, sign up here.
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Want to Substitute Teach?

Join the McKinney ISD team by becoming one of our valued substitutes. Apply online today:

Contact Sandra Carter at or 469-302-7918 of you apply and want to be plugged in at CMS.

Technology Support

*New* MISD Laptop Help Desk Site Available Online...

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