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2017-18 Cheyenne Middle School Newsletter - December

From Our Principal

Happy Holidays Mustang Families!

December is here with warm and balmy weather. I look forward to our first cold snap as we move into the winter season. My family is ready to make hot chocolate and sit by the fire. This time of year goes by so quickly. As we enter the holiday season take the time to experience the sights, sounds, and joys of the season.

This month holds many concerts, performances, and athletic events. We don’t want you to miss out on any events that we have planned. It is important to check our school calendar on the website for updated information. There are only 13 days left until the first semester comes to a close. This is the time to keep an eye on parent portal as all December work, projects and tests will be finalized by December 20th. If your family will be leaving early for the holiday please contact their teacher and grade level administrator to make plans for making-up work before the break.

I want to thank all of the staff, students, and families for a great first semester! It is really a joy to work with all of you. Our Mustang family is truly the best! I wish your families a very happy holiday season and a wonderful new year!

We Are Cheyenne!

We Are Mustangs!

Michelle Grinsteiner


From the PTO

"It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year!" Happy Holidays Mustang Families! Here we are at the start of December with lots of fun activities ahead at Cheyenne. The 6th grade Social is December 7 from 3-5pm. This is going to be a fantastic Winter Carnival themed Social with tons of games and treats. Volunteers are needed. Be sure to check for the SignUp Genius on the Cheyenne PTO website to help at this fun event.

Grab your ice skates to support Cheyenne for Spirit Night at the Outdoor Ice Rink. This has been booked for December 15 from 6-8pm. The cost will be $10 and there will be food for purchase. More details to be announced soon. This is the perfect way to start the Winter Holiday Season. Also, when you are shopping for your Holiday gifts, don't forget to use Amazon Smile and select Cheyenne Middle School as your designated charity. Our students directly benefit from this and it's an easy, free way to support our students. Last year Amazon Smile gave back $141 to Cheyenne and with your help I am positive that we can make that amount even bigger!

Our Fall Fundraiser sheets and pillows will be here soon! An email notification will be sent out regarding pick up times. This was our first year doing this fundraiser and it was a success!

Thank you for all that you do for our students, our staff and our school!!!

Rebecca Yacabucci

PTO President Elect

On the Calendar

  • Dec. 5 Spirit Night at Pie Five
  • Dec. 6 Pizza Day
  • Dec. 7 6th Grade Winter Carnival 3-5 pm
  • Dec. 12 6th Grade Vocal Concert 7:00 pm
  • Dec. 14 School Spelling Bee
  • Dec. 14 Winter Band Concert at North 6:30 pm
  • Dec. 15 Ice Skating at Mitch Park 6:00-8:00 pm
  • Dec. 15 Orchestra Winter Concert at North 6:30 pm
  • Dec. 15 8th Grade Tribute Deadline
  • Dec. 18 Vocal Concert at Cheyenne 7:00 pm
  • Dec. 21 - Jan. 3 Winter Break (No School)

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”.)

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Blast from the Band

Congratulations to the Cheyenne band students selected to participate in the Central Oklahoma Band Director’s Association Honor Band clinic/concert, (CODA). These students competed with literally hundreds of students from over 50 schools participating in the audition process. We are very proud to announce that the following students were selected for the honor band: Sarah Bird, Jack Li, Olivia Pierce, Parker Mason, Reagan Giordano, Charity Bernard, John Wilson, Trenton Paris, Will Ford, Pierce NeeDels. These students will rehearse with the honor band in Norman, OK on January 5, 2018, followed by a concert held on January 6, 2017. All of the students who auditioned worked very hard and are to be commended for their efforts.

The 6th, 7th, and 8th grade winter concert is Thursday, December 14, 2017, at 6:30 pm at Edmond North High School auditorium. We encourage you to stay and listen the the Edmond North HS bands winter concert immediately following Cheyenne’s.

The 7th grade will be traveling on a “caroling” trip to local senior venues and an elementary school on Wednesday, December 20. This is always a fun time for the students to share their musical talents with others.

The instrumental music program at Cheyenne Middle School is currently holding a fundraiser with 100% money profit for our program. Please see a band student to purchase your LOMA tickets. The fundrasier ends 12/20/17.

As the holiday season quickly approaches there are many possible music gifts you could offer your child. Here are a few suggestions. A metronome, tuner, (metronome/tuner combinations are also available), recordings of professional musicians performing on their particular instrument, instrument stand, silk swabs (clarinets, oboes, saxophones), D’Addario reeds, D’Addario mouthpiece, H ligatures, padded neck strap, music stand, pop music books with CD’s, straight mute, new cases, egg shakers for percussion, private lessons and even a step-up instrument. Please contact us if you need help with brands or locating any of the items listed.

Musically yours,

JoeLee Mills 726-5729

Greg Mangus 726-7204

Caitlin Harouff 726-5828

In a 2000 survey, 73 percent of respondents agree that teens who play an instrument are less likely to have discipline problems.
- Americans Love Making Music – And Value Music Education More Highly Than Ever, American Music Conference, 2000.

From the Orchestra Podium

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 Orchestras. Cheyenne Orchestra members, out of courtesy to the North Orchestras, are expected to stay for the entire concert! It will give our orchestra members a chance to hear what they will be playing in a few years. Also on this concert is the annual silent basket auction sponsored by the Edmond North Orchestra Parent Boosters. Please come early to join the fun and support the future of the Cheyenne Orchestra!

The 8th grade orchestra will be caroling at local elementary schools and a retirement center on December 20th. More information will be given out as the date gets closer.

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.


We are fundraising through Rada Mfg. Co selling their 100% USA Made kitchen products to raise money from our group. Every purchase you make, our group earns 40%.

Our goal is to provide the community an easier way to support our group and so will make you - the community - much more comfortable doing so. This easier way is through Internet Fundraising.

We are provided a link by Rada Mfg. Co; it will be posted below. By clicking this link, you will be moved to Rada’s Internet Fundraising website and all purchases made will automatically be attributed to the Cheyenne FCCLA to support our programs, competitions, community service projects and leadership development. Orders online are automatically filled and shipped in a very efficient time. Ready for Christmas giving.

Please click on this link: to start shopping.

Would you be willing to help us out?


Edmond Cheyenne Middle School FCCLA

Lori Goodbary, 405-726-5741

2017 State Test Results Will Go Home Before the Holiday

The State Department has been working diligently to get the 2017 OSTP state test scores released to schools. Scores have been delivered to schools and we are currently preparing them for release to families. We plan to send scores home with students on Tuesday, December 19th. The scores are also being uploaded into parent portal and will be available digitally soon.

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.

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.

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 your child for transportation or other such issues in the morning.

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!"


Current Basketball and Wrestling 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

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.

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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