Colts Chronicle

Cimarron Middle School Newsletter- October 4, 2019

Colts Chronicle provides information to parents, students, staff, and community.

Principal Notes

Dear Cimarron Family,

It is hard to believe that we are entering into autumn with fall break just around the corner. As a community, we already have so much to celebrate from our 8th grade girls volleyball team winning the District Championship to our yearbook team being honored at CSU’s Journalism Day earning the highest rating and winning 1st place in Best of Show in Yearbook and Video! These are just a few of our many accomplishments in what has been a very busy start to the school year!

While we have a lot to celebrate, we still have areas where we, as a community, can grow and learn. One of our greatest challenges today at both school and home is supporting our students on learning how to become safe and responsible digital citizens.

Being a digital citizen is multifaceted, and our kids need direct instruction, discussion, and role modeling in order to learn how to safely navigate social media and their personal devices.

While we know that technology will always be a part of our future, research also tells us that taking time away from technology can produce a variety of benefits from decreasing depression and anxiety to promoting better sleep habits. With this in mind, we will be engaging in a Cimarron Digital Detox from October 25-27th.

Cimarron would like to support families in their dialogue with kids on this topic and our Digital Detox, so we will be hosting, “Setting Safe Boundaries for Kids Online,” on October 22nd at 6:30pm. If you are unable to attend this session, please consider the following resources below.

As always, please know that our staff is here to partner with you. Let us know if you need support, resources or ideas.

Here are some tips from Common Sense Media about how you can support your child:

  • Discuss safe and responsible online behavior. Talk about who it’s okay to chat with and what it’s okay to talk about. Children shouldn’t answer questions online that make them feel uncomfortable. They also shouldn’t talk about adult topics with strangers.

  • Make sure your child feels safe telling a trusted adult. If something creepy or inappropriate happens online, kids need to know they won’t get in trouble if they tell an adult they trust.

  • Monitor your child’s social media and cell phone usage. There are many apps and settings already available to support you and your child in this endeavor. Turning on your phone’s screen time tracking is a great place to start.

  • Block, ignore, or leave. Most kids know to brush off unwanted contact. Encourage this behavior.

If you have access to the Internet at home or at work, you can visit the Common Sense Media website at and take a look at the parent resources on kids and media.

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CiMS Fall Dance and Spirit Week

The CiMS fall dance will be on Friday, October 11, from 6:00 to 8:00 PM in the commons.

The theme is “Hollywood Formal” so wear your dresses and nice clothes! There will be our usual super cool DJ, face painting and lots more fun. This year we even have a special VIP room for 8th graders only. Tickets will be sold at lunch, from Monday, October 7th - Friday, October 11. Regular tickets cost $3.00 if purchased ahead of time and $4.00 at the door. VIP tickets cost $4.00 ahead of time and $5.00 if purchased at the door. VIP ticket includes: entrance, slice of pizza, drink and a bag of chips.

Don’t Forget! Spirit Days are:

  • Monday - Sports Day

  • Tuesday - Mismatch Day

  • Wednesday - Twin Day

  • Thursday - Bling Day

  • Friday - Cimarron School Spirit Day

2019-2020 Yearbook on Sale Now!

Now is the time to put in your orders for our All American with Five Marks of Distinction yearbook! Follow the link below to purchase one now!

Cimarron Yearbook

Veterans Day

If you are interested in joining the CiMS Community for Veterans Day, please fill out the linked form. This form is for those planning to attend the Cimarron Middle School Veterans Day event. Please fill out all the following questions as best you can, and we look forward to seeing you this Veterans' Day on Friday, November 8, 2019! Information for the event can be found on our website!

Veterans Day Online RSVP 2019

Wellness Rolls out IHT Spirit System

We are thrilled to announce that we will be implementing a new physical educational technology and curriculum system called the IHT Spirit System. This new technology will engage your child in the latest heart rate monitor and assessment technology available today.

Read more about IHT here.

Fall Sports Update

7th grade Flag Football - 6th Grade Home Games October 2 and 9th being played on CIMS Football Fields - 7th Grade will have 3 home and 3 away games, please check out the CIMS Calendar for dates Games start at 4pm, home games are played on 2 fields at CIMS Football Fields.

7th Girls Volleyball - 7th Grade will have 3 home and 3 away games, please check out the CIMS Calendar for dates Games start at 4pm.

8th Tackle Football has made the playoff, game starts at 4pm on October 7, location TBD

8th Girls Volleyball A Team won Back to Back Championships!! 1st time for Volleyball to go Back To Back in school history!!! Go Colts

6/7/8th Cross Country Finished 3rd overall at the District Championships, 6th/7th Girls 2nd in their Division!!

GO Colts!!!

May 2020 8th Grade Washington DC Trip!

Parents of 8th graders: the deadline to sign up for our May of 2020 Washington DC, Philadelphia, and New York City trip is October 15th. Email Mr. Barnes at with any questions.
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Legend Basketball Skills Lab

Legend High School Tuesday, October 8th and Friday, October 11th

4th- 6th Grade (Boys & Girls): 6:00pm –7:15pm 7th & 8th Grade (Boys & Girls):7:15pm-8:30pm

Coach Tommy Gilbert will be conducting two days of skills training focused on shooting and ball handling. Each session will be 75 minutes of high paced, detail oriented instruction designed to establish and increase fundamental shooting and ball handling skills set.

Beginning this year Coach Gilbert will be a member of Legend High School Boys Varsity Basketball Coaching Staff. He has over 20 years of coaching experience as a high school coach, club basketball coach and skills trainer.

Cost: $30 includes both sessions Oct 8th & 11th

$20 for a single session

Space is limited! To register, contact Coach Gilbert by phone or text, 720-456-9728. You can also email at

Free Keyboarding Resources

Keyboarding is an essential student skill. The Douglas County School District recommends these FREE linked resources below to support your student in overcoming the hunt and peck obstacle and learn to type with greater accuracy and speed!

Typing Club

PTO Update

Be sure and eat dinner at Tokyo Joes on Friday October 4th to support Cimarron!

And Noodles and Company October 24

PTO meeting 10/4 at 1pm

Follow us on Facebook for more information!

We are in need of a volunteer to take on the boxtops and other “free money” programs ASAP! Contact Lacey:

PTO Link

Dinner @ Noodles & Company to Support CiMS!

Thursday, Oct. 24th, 5pm

11153 South Parker Road

Parker, CO

Be sure and eat dinner at Noodles & Company on Friday October 4th to support Cimarron!
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An Afternoon with Raina Telgemeier

Raina Telgemeier is the #1 New York Times bestselling and multiple Eisner Award-winning author of Smile, Sisters, Drama, and Ghosts. She will discuss and sign Guts ($12.99 Graphix). Raina wakes up one night with a terrible upset stomach. Her mom has one, too, so it's probably just a bug. Raina eventually returns to school, where she's dealing with the usual highs and lows: friends, not-friends, and classmates who think the school year is just one long gross-out session. It soon becomes clear that Raina's tummy trouble isn't going away...and it coincides with her worries about food, school, and changing friendships. What's going on?

See more here: An Afternoon with Raina Telgemeier

Safety Update

Standard Response Protocol Information

School Safety

A critical ingredient in the safe school recipe is the uniform classroom response to any incident. Weather events, fires, accidents, intruders and other threats to student safety are scenarios that are planned and trained for by school and district administration and staff

SRP Is Action Based

The Standard Response Protocol (SRP) is based not on individual scenarios but on the response to any given situation. Like the Incident Command System (ICS), SRP demands a specific vocabulary but also allows for great flexibility. The premise is simple - there are four specific actions that can be performed during an incident. When communicating these, the action is labeled with a "Term of Art" and is then followed by a "Directive." Execution of the action is performed by active participants, including students, staff, teachers and first responders.

Cimarron Safety Letter

We are ready for a great start for the 2019-20 school year! As you know, safety is our number one priority at Cimarron Middle School and in the Douglas County School District. Please read the linked letter.

Cimarron Safety Letter

To find out more about Standard Response Protocol (SRP), please watch the video below and follow this link to the I Love You Guys Foundation.

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Safe2Tell Colorado

Safe2Tell Colorado provides students and adults in Colorado schools and communities an increased ability to both prevent and report violence, by making safe, ANONYMOUS reports. The 24-hour bystander tipline, staffed by professionals from the Colorado State Patrol, is available to students, parents, and communities to report any kind of concerns to their safety or the safety of others. The Safe2Tell Colorado tipline is completely anonymous and does not have caller ID. The focus of Safe2Tell is early intervention and prevention.