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Week of April 18, 2016

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Principal Points

This week was National Assistant Principal's Week. I truly appreciate all that Mrs. Stock and Mr. Niemeyer do for CMS. When you get a chance, let them know how much you appreciate all they do for CMS. They both truly do make CMS a great place!!

We finished the week with Lauren Cook, also known as The Sunny Girl, speaking to the entire student body. What an amazing message and what an amazing young lady!

Have a wonderful weekend!


Ryan Martin

CMS Principal

HB5 Survey

Dear CMS Parents,

In 2013, the Texas Legislature passed House Bill 5 (HB 5), which made significant changes to curriculum and graduation requirements, as well as, the assessment program and accountability system. In addition to the new graduation requirements, HB 5 also includes a requirement for school districts to conduct a community or parent engagement survey and report results to the Texas Education Agency (TEA). The information collected in this survey will help us highlight areas of excellence, as well as recognize areas of growth as we strive to Build Excellent Schools Together.

The survey link included in this message may be used multiple times in the instance that you have students on different campuses and will be active from April 11 through May 6, 2016. Once you click on the link, you may select if you would like to complete the survey in English or Spanish.

Click here to take the HB5 survey:

I want to thank you for your participation in this survey and your continued support of CMS and GCISD.


Ryan Martin

CMS Principal

Student Lunches

Due to Food of Minimal Nutritional Value (FMNV), students cannot share or bring in any food items to share with friends. Please be aware, food items brought for a student must be eaten by that student only. If any large amounts are delivered for a group, only the student who the delivery is for will be allowed to eat those food items. To ensure no items are shared, the student may be separated if needed.

8th Grade Field Trip to Main Event

It is nearing the end of our 8th grade year and we are preparing for our annual 8th grade field trip to Main Event in Grapevine. The field trip will be Friday, May 20, 2016 following our awards ceremony. This is not to be confused with the 8th Grade Celebration the PTA sponsors.

Parent Letter

Premission Form

Colt Champions


Lynn Jumper with the Northeast Tarrant Tennis Association (NETT) board for donating the Tennis nets to CMS. CMS truly appreciates the gift and helping make our community better.

Thank you to:

CMS PTA for bringing in Lauren Cook, The Sunny Girl, and to Lauren Cook for an amazing message to our students!

Upcoming Events

April 18th

  • Tennis @ GHS

April 19th

  • Soccer - @ Carroll

Thank YOU Thursday, April 28th

Thank you Thursday will be April 28th. If you would like to send a drink thanking a staff member please go to the form below to place your order!

Congratulations CMS March Teacher of the Month - Chris Laney

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Nominations for April Teacher of the Month

Please click the link below if you would like to nominate a teacher for Teacher of the Month. Voting will close Thursday April 28th.

Cast your vote here

Nurse Martin's Tips

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Counseling Update April 18 – April 22, 2016


Before a student can register for summer school, the student must meet with a counselor. There is a form that the student will need to turn into the counseling office. All forms are due by Thursday, May 26th. Students will then be able to register online the next day.

High School Credits that Middle School Students Can Take in Summer School - The only course offered in summer school for students going 6th to 7th and 7th to 8th is Touch Systems Data Entry. There is a fee to take a summer school course. Please keep in mind that summer school has a money commitment and a time commitment. You must make plans to attend class everyday. Students going from 8th to 9th have more summer school courses available.

Please look at the website for further detail.


A reminder to 7th graders going to 8th – Latin I, German I, French I, and Chinese I are taught on the high school campuses during zero hour. Your parent will have to take you to the high school by 7:30-7:40 every morning. A bus will bring you back to the campus in time for 2nd period at CMS. Please make sure that your parents are willing to take on this commitment before signing up for one of these courses.


Course verification letters were sent home Friday, April 1 through 6th period classes. This is not a schedule. This is a letter verifying the courses selected. Students do not need to return the letter unless there needs to be a change. Please follow instructions and verify the change. These are due back by April 15th, if there is a change.


Arena Scheduling is coming up on Monday, April 25th. Skyward opens at 7:00 am and will close on Wednesday, April 27th at midnight. We worked with Alexander’s classes on Thursday, March 31st to create 3 options for a schedule on Arena Scheduling. We will work with Clary’s classes on Wednesday, April 6th. Please view link for information

Krystal McCure – Counselor A-K – 817-305-4916

Stefanie Chapman – Counselor L-Z – 817-305-4917

Shari Vanderwork – Registrar – 817-305-4955

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Spring Testing

Please note the upcoming 2016 dates for Spring STAAR Testing:

May 3, Algebra I, Grade 8

May 4, Biology/U.S. History, Grade 8

May 9, Math, Grades 6,7

May 10, Reading, Grades 6,7

May 11, Science, Grade 8

May 12, Social Studies, Grade 8