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2017-18 Cheyenne Middle School Newsletter - November

From Our Principal

Dear Cheyenne Families,

The fall weather has definitely arrived in Oklahoma. As a family, we are preparing those hearty warm meals and breaking out the crockpot. There is nothing like arriving home to the smell of a home-cooked meal. We desperately try to sit down as a family to enjoy dinner. It just seems as the boys get older there is less time for us to sit down and visit about their daily lives.

As a parent of a middle school student, I see my son becoming more practiced at his teacher's expectations and classroom practices. With lots of encouragement from his parents and his teachers, he checks his own grades on his portal account and lets us know when he needs to retake or get extra help. As a previous teacher and now an administrator, I know it is important to continue these practices for the rest of his schooling. Students always need us to engage them in discussion about their grades and school activities. This communicates our expectation for doing well in school and that we care about their education. The end of the semester will creep up on us as the holidays approach. It is important to continue to ask about their grades and encourage them to visit with their teachers about grades and assignments. After School Advantage is available to students that are needing to makeup or work or complete any missing assignments to improve grades. Teachers can assign students for ASA which is on Tuesdays from 2:50-4:30.

The November sports season has kicked off quickly with basketball and wrestling. Our band and orchestra students are focused on CODA tryouts. The chess team has had several really great competitions and matches. TSA and VEX are off to a big start with several beginning competitions. Our 8th graders will soon participate in our Oklahoma National Memorial unit and field trip.

We look forward to continuing to work together to provide your child with the best educational experience. On behalf of our staff, we hope you have a great Thanksgiving holiday. I am very thankful for the opportunity to work with supportive families, incredibly talented children, and the dedicated and creative staff at Cheyenne Middle School.

We Are Cheyenne!

We Are Mustangs!

Michelle Grinsteiner


From the PTO

Hello Mustang Families!

The temps are dropping, Bedlam is upon us, and the Houston Astros have won the World Series! It is definitely November! Doesn’t it just feel like yesterday that we were at SPUD and helping our kids get their lockers organized? Unfortunately, instead of slowing down, time seems to fly this time of year. The PTO wants to help make your life a little bit easier! Hopefully you took advantage of our Fall Fundraiser and bought some sheets and pillows as gifts for those you love. If you’re shopping on Amazon, don’t forget to use Amazon Smile and select Cheyenne Middle PTO as your designated charity. You can skip the hustle and bustle of the shops and give back to our school. That’s a win-win! Instructions on how to set up your charitable giving can be found on the PTO website.

While you’re on the PTO website, please make sure you check the “How to get involved” tab. There are a few upcoming volunteer opportunities. If you have a sixth grader, mark your calendar for the upcoming Sixth Grade Social on Thursday, December 7 from 3:00-5:00! Stay tuned for more details, but know that this will be a fun time for the sixth grade class.

Finally, I’d like to take an opportunity to introduce Rebecca Yacabucci, your PTO President-Elect. Rebecca and her family moved here a year ago from California. She has two boys, a 4th grader at Cross Timbers and a 7th grader at Cheyenne. As President-Elect, she will “learn the ropes” while serving as an active member of our Executive Board before she assumes the role of PTO President next year. If you see her, please congratulate her!

It takes an amazing group of volunteers to have a PTO like the one we have at Cheyenne. To say I am grateful would be an understatement. Thanks to all of you who help us support the Cheyenne Middle School administrators, teachers, staff, and students.



Amy Stoker, PTO President

Going on at Cheyenne this month

  • Nov. 14
Kona Ice
  • Nov. 16-17
8th Grade OKC Memorial Field Trip
  • Nov. 16
Vocal Girls Night Out
  • Nov. 22-24
Thanksgiving Break (No School)
  • Nov. 27
Spirit Night at Sonic
  • Nov. 30 - Dec. 2
7th Grade Basketball Tournament

Order your Yearbook Today!

Don’t forget to order a 2017-2018 Cheyenne Middle School Yearbook online at

8th Grade Tribute

Don’t forget to recognize your 8th grader with a tribute in this year’s yearbook! It is only $25.00 and is a great way for you to recognize them and their hard work at Cheyenne! The deadline for 8th Grade Tributes is December 15th, 2017. Forms can be found in the office or on the Cheyenne web-site. Tributes can be paid for with cash or check.

(Please make checks payable to “Cheyenne Middle School”.)

Blast from the Band

CODA auditions for 7th and 8th grade students will be held Saturday, November 4, 2017, at Santa Fe High School. Students have received their audition block of time, as well as information about the procedures for the day. If you have any questions please contact me asap. Those who are selected will attend the honor band clinic and concert on January 5, and 6, 2018, in Norman, OK.

The 6th grade band will be traveling on November 2, 2017 to hear the Oklahoma City Philharmonic. This is a wonderful opportunity for our newest instrumentalists to hear professional musicians perform on their instruments as well as in a full ensemble. Students will need to bring a sack lunch to school with them for this field trip.

Our next band fundraiser will be 100% profit. We will be selling $10.00 raffle tickets for a chance to win a Steinway grand piano (or $40,000 cash), guitar or a trumpet. More details available soon! This fundraiser will begin 11/20 and end on 12/20 for Cheyenne Middle Schools.

The next band movie matinee will be Monday, November 13, 2017. 2:45pm - 4:30 pm. School transportation is not provided. All band students are encouraged to attend this optional fun activity.

The 7th grade band will have an after school rehearsal on Monday, December 11, 2017 from 2:45 – 4:15 pm. This practice will give the students the opportunity to rehearse as a full band in preparation for the winter concert.

The 6th, 7th and 8th grade winter concert is scheduled for Thursday, December 14, 2017, at 6:30 pm at North High School in the auditorium. This is a graded performance as well as an opportunity for everyone to hear how hard your children have been working on their instruments. Please invite everyone you know! Immediately following our portion of the concert the Edmond North High School bands will hold their winter concert. Everyone is invited to attend!

The 7th grade band will be traveling to share holiday carols on our band instruments on December 20, 2017. We will be visiting Touchmark Retirement Community, Edmond Senior Center, and John Ross Elementary for our performances. More stops may be added as the schedule allows.

A reminder for the 8th grade parents, the concert/contest clothing for the 8th grade band students is: solid black shirt (sweater) Cannot be sleeveless, black ankle length slacks (no jeans), black dress shoes, and solid black socks.

Musically yours,

JoeLee Mills 726-5729

* Music majors are the most likely group of college grads to be admitted to medical school.

~Lewis Thomas, Case for Music in the Schools, Phi Delta Kappa, 1994

From the Orchestra Podium

Congratulations to several of our Cheyenne orchestra members. On Saturday October 7rd, the North Central Honor Orchestra auditions were held at Santa Fe High School. Accepted into the 7th grade orchestra were Vivian Li, Kathy Tran, Drew Medina, Bella Spaulding, Sam Hedger, and Jacob Robinson. Accepted into the 8th and 9th grade orchestra were Eon Lim, Josh Yoon, Lauren Nguyen, Christopher Lee, Ava Gideon and Mia Ray. Congratulations to everyone who auditioned. You make Cheyenne proud!

On Thursday, November 2nd the 6th grade orchestra will be attending the Oklahoma City Youth Philharmonic Concert. We will load buses at 10:00 a.m. to travel to the Civic Center. The concert will begin at 11:45 a.m. We will have a sack lunch just east of the Civic Center and we will return to Cheyenne by 1:00 p.m.

Just around the corner, the Cheyenne Middle School orchestra will present its Winter Concert on Friday, December 15th at 6:30 p.m. in the Edmond North High School auditorium. The concert will feature our three orchestras and the award winning Edmond North High School Orchestra. Also on this concert is the annual silent basket auction sponsored by the Edmond North Orchestra Parent Boosters. All students are expected to stay for the entire concert. Please come early to join the fun and support the future of the Cheyenne Orchestra!

Finally, as we approach the gift-giving season, please consider a gift that will better your child’s musical experience. A new set of “Dominant”, “Zyex”, or “Helicore” brand strings or other accessory makes an excellent stocking stuffer. These strings along with many other orchestra ideas can be found at any of our metro music vendors or online at

Thank you friends and family for your support of our orchestra and all of the arts.

TSA News

Our club packed as much fun as we could into October! Congratulations to the following members with their outstanding performance at the Francis Tuttle Pre-Engineering Academy’s Competition:

Float Your Boat - 2nd place - Allie Lewis

3rd place - Ethan Jenkins

Math Test - 2nd place - Jacob Meng

Ping Pong Ball Launcher - 3rd place - Lauren Patton

We also hosted a mini VEX IQ Robotics Competition after school. Congratulations to our A,B and D teams for making it into the top 3 pairs. Please remember that Friday, November 3rd the following are due:

  • Blue and Gold Order Form and money

  • Student and Parent Intent Forms

for the Edmond Early Bird Conference hosted by Edmond TSA Clubs on 11/18/17.

Please contact Ms. Sullins if you have any questions. or 726-5731.

Counselors Corner

Bedroom Media: One Risk Factor for Development

As parents, we all want to do whatever we can to help our children become successful learners and achieve to their potential as they go through school. Sometimes it’s hard to know how to make those difficult decisions related to technology, as it has become an important part of our everyday lives and is used daily in schools for educational purposes. Can too much technology have negative effects? What kinds of limits are appropriate for parents to put in place? Every family has to decide for themselves how to handle the technology dilemma, but having information can help guide us to make good decisions for our children.

A new study done by Iowa State University shows that when there was a TV or video games in the bedroom, children spent less time reading, sleeping or participating in other activities, which had a ripple effect on several outcomes. As a result, these children did not do as well in school and were at greater risk for obesity and video game addiction.

"When most children turn on the TV alone in their bedroom, they're probably not watching educational shows or playing educational games," Doug Gentile, the lead researcher said. "Putting a TV in the bedroom gives children 24-hour access and privatizes it in a sense, so as a parent you monitor less and control their use of it less."

Several studies have tracked changes in children's screen time. Gentile says that number continues to trend upward, nearing close to 60 hours a week that children spend in front of screens. National studies show that more than 40 percent of children, ages 4-6, have a TV in their bedroom, and a substantial majority of children 8 and older have a TV or video game console in their bedrooms.

While this study looked specifically at TVs and video games in the bedroom, Gentile expects the effects to be the same, if not stronger, given the access children now have to digital devices. He has talked with parents worried about their child's digital media use or how best to set limits. Their concerns range from children accessing questionable content to responding in the middle of the night to text messages or social media alerts, he said.

It is a challenge Gentile says he too has faced as a parent, but he encourages others to keep media out of their children's bedroom. It may cause a battle in the short term, but will benefit children in the long term.

"It's a lot easier for parents to never allow a TV in the bedroom than it is to take it out," he said. "It's a question every parent must face, but there is a simple two-letter answer. That two-letter answer is tough, but it is worth it."

It may be natural for parents to wonder why a TV in the bedroom is any different from any other room in the home. Gentile says it comes down to ease of access. There is no direct link between the physical presence of a TV and poor grades. Rather, bedroom media makes it easier for children to spend more time watching or playing, which displaces other beneficial and healthful activities.

Important: attendance, lunches, & messages

Attendance: Please call your child in absent prior to 10:00am. Leave a message with child's name, grade, and reason for absence if call goes to voicemail.

Attendance phone - 726-5707

We have a new check out/check in system and you are required to have your driver license to check your child in and out. Plan enough time for checkout.

Calls to check out a student prior to arriving you getting to the school will no longer accepted.

Lunches: If delivering lunches please make sure you have conveyed it to your child in advance. We do not deliver lunches. Family members are not allowed 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 you child for transportation or other such issues in the morning.

2017 State Test Results Delayed

The State Department has been working diligently to get the 2017 OSTP state test scores released to schools. A series of events have led to the delay of reporting scores. Last year we had new tests based on new, more rigorous standards. Anytime there are new standards, there is a new test and the State Department of Education is then required to set new cut scores for the tests. The new cut scores for this year will be calibrated to create higher expectations for teaching and learning. Due to these factors, the test results from state testing that you are accustomed to receiving at the beginning of school will not be available until mid-October or possibly November in a paper form to families.

Uptown Grocery Receipts!

"Shop at Uptown Grocery, save your receipts & send them to school with your student to help us earn free classroom equipment, all donated by Uptown Grocery!"


Fall Sports Information

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

Canvas Parent Account

Use this link to get information on creating a parent account.

Meal Pay Plus

Please take advantage of the options to prepay your student's meal accounts online.

In-Touch Online Pay

Payment system makes it easy to pay student activity fees, make donations and pay fines or fees online, view receipts.


Our bus routing website, Versa Trans is designed to help parents and students determine bus stop locations and stop times.

Cheyenne Calendar

Cheyenne MS Calendar of Events

Cheyenne Middle School

Michelle Grinsteiner, Principal, 8th grade administrator

Michael DeForest, Assistant Principal & Athletic Director, 7th grade administrator

Deby McWatters, Assistant Principal, 6th grade administrator

Kathy Parker, Counselor 6th

MIchele Kingdom, Counselor 7th

Melissa Krause, Counselor 8th