Colt Corner

Celebrating 40 Years of Excellence

April 21, 2017

Dear Colt Parents,


This week we received some great news! CMS was named to the 2016 Texas Honor Roll presented by Educational Results Partnership and the Institute for Productivity in Education! Honors such as this are a direct result of our great Colt community. I often say that it takes a village to help raise our students. It is because of our strong partnership and our students' daily determination that CMS continues to receive these great awards. Thank you for your continued support of CMS and our students. Have a great weekend!


BEST,

David Arencibia, Ed.D.

CMS Principal


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STAAR Math and Reading

STAAR Math and Reading scores for 5th and 8th Grade (March 2017 Administration)

The 5th and 8th grade STAAR reading and mathematics results from the March 2017 administration have been released. Districts are not receiving confidential student reports (CSRs) until late summer due to the redesign of the reports by TEA. As a result, we have made student results available to parents through Skyward Family Access. Learn more...

Summer Enrichment 2017

Registration for returning students

As we look ahead to the 2017-2018 school year, we wanted to share some information with you regarding registering for the upcoming year. Registration for returning students will open in early August 2017. When the date has been finalized, information will be available on the district website, social media channels, back to school tools website and in The LEADer.
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House Bill 5 Survey

Dear Colleyville Middle School 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 7-28, 2017. 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 HB 5 survey: http://www.k12insight.com/GCISD/parents


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


David Arencibia,

Principal

Lottery Applications

GCISD transfer lottery applications are currently being accepted. The window for applications is March 20 - April 21. The lottery will be held on April 28 at 10 am. The lottery may be viewed live on the district's website. If you have any questions, please visit the district transfer page.

GCISD announces change to transfer process


On Monday, January 23, Trustees approved changes to local board policies that impact the GCISD student transfer process for residents and nonresidents. In previous years, families interested in applying for a transfer were admitted based on the order in which the application was received and if they met specific board criteria for the transfer.


Beginning with the 2017-2018 school year, families that reside within GCISD boundaries or live in the cities of Colleyville and Grapevine but are zoned for another school district, may apply for the transfer lottery.


"By moving to a lottery system, we are making the process more equitable for families that wish to have their student transfer to another campus," said Deputy Superintendent Dr. Rick Westfall. "Our goal with this adjustment to the transfer process is to create a system that simplifies the process for our families and removes the ambiguity from the transfer process."


From March 20 - April 21, families may submit their transfer application for the lottery. While the district will accept all transfer applications, students will only be granted transfers to campuses and grade-levels that can accept more students without going over capacity. Decisions about capacity will be made later in the semester and throughout summer depending on student registration and enrollment projections. In order to apply for the lottery, the student requesting the transfer must meet the following criteria:

  • 90% rule regarding attendance
  • Behavior deemed to be in good standing
  • Grades in good standing
  • Transfer request not for athletic purposes

During the week of April 24, GCISD will livestream the lottery on the district website. There will be a delay in an official notification, but families can check their lottery number to see if it was pulled for a more efficient notification. Once a specific date and time for the lottery has been determined, that information will be shared on the district website and in the district's e-newsletter, The LEADer. It is important to note this lottery is separate from the special programs lottery for one of the district's special programs located at a designated campus.


Another benefit to the newly revised policies is that nonresident transfers no longer have to reapply every school year. Instead, both residents and nonresidents will only need to reapply when they are changing a level (i.e. from elementary to middle school or middle school to high school).


For more information about the GCISD transfer lottery, please visit the district website.

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Telescoping

Want to learn more about options for students to accelerate in math in GCISD? Watch this informative video! https://youtu.be/tV6IcBs_OlM

Counselors Corner

Week of April 24 – 28, 2017

8th graders

Online Arena Scheduling:

8th Grade: Window opens at 7:00 a.m. on 5/4; closes at midnight 5/7

Adjustment Windows- Students with schedule errors or concerns may submit one change request form online during each adjustment window.

Window #1: May 22 – 24 Window #2: July 24 - 26

You can find the Online Arena Scheduling timeline and additional resources on the district's Counseling Services page. http://www.gcisd-k12.org/arena

Please click on the link and watch the arena scheduling video

http://www.gcisd-k12.org/arena

GHS Course Conflict Form http://www.gcisd-k12.org/Page/42539

CHHS Course Conflict Form http://www.gcisd-k12.org/Page/38025

Please contact the counseling department if you have any questions.

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

Leslie Walden – Counselor L-Z – 817-305-4917

Shari Vanderw
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Green Your Closets: Earth Day Clothing Drive

This Earth Day, the Colts are putting the focus on reuse!

It’s getting warmer and some of your neighbors could use new or gently used shoes, swimwear, and towels. Please bring items from April 17- April 28 to the marked box outside the library.

Your support will reduce environmental impact and costs by donating items locally and encouraging health and wellness of children at play.

Questions? Contact PTA Science and Environment Coordinator Kathleen Thompson: Kathleen@KTnote.com

Nurse Martin's Tip Newsletter

Click on Newsletter for the nurses tips.
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CMS TWEETS from the WEEK

Follow us at @CmsColts #cmscelebrates

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Upcoming Week Events

Monday, April 24

Tennis (click here for schedule details)

CMS vs Coppell North at Colleyville Heritage High School - 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm


Wednesday, April 26

Athletic Booster Club Meeting - 5:30 pm - 8:00 pm - CMS Library - CANCELLED


Thursday, April 27

Soccer (Girls B-Team) CMS vs HMS at HMS - 5:00 pm - 7:15 pm

Soccer (Boys B-Team) CMS vs HMS at CMS - 5:00 pm - 7:15 pm


Friday, April 28

PTA Spring Social - 6:30 - 9:00 - CMS Football Field


Saturday, April 29

7th & 8th Grade Choir - Hurricane Harbor Festival - Six Flags Hurricane Harbor

Future Dates

Tuesday, May 2 - STAAR - Algebra 1

Booster Club/Rising 7th Grade Athletic Information Meeting - 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm - CMS Cafeteria


Wednesday, May 3 - STAAR - Biology


Thursday, May 4 - Band - Sandy Lake Festival - 6th Grade

Soccer Girls B-Team CMS vs GMS at CMS - 5:00 pm - 7:15 pm

Soccer Boys B-Team CMS vs GMS at GMS- 5:00 pm - 7:15 pm


Friday, May 5 - PTA 8th Grade Celebration - Compass Center


Monday, May 8 - STAAR 6th/7th Math, 8th Math Retest (closed campus)


Tuesday, May 9 - STAAR 6th/7th Reading, 8th Reading Retest (closed campus)


Wednesday, May 10 - STAAR 8th Science


Thursday, May 11 - STAAR 8th Social Studies


Friday, May 12 - STAAR Make-up sessions


Friday, May 24 - 8th Grade Awards Ceremony & Main Event Field Trip


Thursday, May 25 - 6th & 7th Grade Awards Ceremony

Yearbook Pep Rally

We Are CMS
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