Colt Courier

Week of October 5, 2015

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CMS Football vs Coppell North

7th Grade:

A Team win 24-19

B Team loss 7-6

C Team vs Carroll Middle win 14-13

8th Grade:

A Team win 18 - 0

B Team loss 30 - 19

CMS Volleyball vs Heritage Middle School

7th Grade:

A team - won in 2 (25-15, 25-11)

B team - loss in 3 (25-19, 14-25, 6-15)

C team - won in 2 (25-19, 25-16)

8th Grade:

A team - win in 2 (25-18, 25-14)

B team - win in 2 (25-9, 25-13)

C team - win in 2 (25-5, 27-25)

Girl's Athletic Newsletter

Boy's Athletic Newsletter

Dropping off items

Parents, the office staff will no longer be responsible for notifying and/or reminding students of dropped off items needed during or after school such as lunches, homework, clothes, and binders.

Please understand that we are trying to limit interruptions to the educational environment. Please tell your student that if they forgot an item or called you to bring something, they need to check the bookcase outside the office during passing periods. Thank you for your help in securing and limiting interruptions to classrooms.

Volunteer Hours Available

Colleyville Elementary School PTA is in need of youth volunteers on Saturday, October 17, 2015 at the annual Fall Festival at Colleyville Elementary. The Fall Festival is the PTA's largest fundraiser, providing funds for all that we do including teacher and student scholarships, grants, new equipment for the school, class parties, and school events among many other things.

They need help this year staffing the festival. Opportunities include setting up, taking down and staffing booths. Looking for volunteers from 1:30p until 6:30p. Ask that these individuals commit to at least a 1 hour shift. We are very happy to sign off on service hours earned. Interested volunteers can contact me directly at or 619-972-5183. Volunteers will be sent reminders prior to the event.

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CMS Math Club!!

Does your child enjoy numbers and manipulating them or competing against others? Do you want them to be more successful on the SAT or ACT? Then Math Club is for them!

CMS has a five year tradition of championships at both the regional and state level with both MathCounts and the state Texas Math and Science Coaches Association. Math Club meets every Friday after school from 3:30 until 5:00 p.m. in Mr. Morgan's room, room 205. Weekly topics include number sense, general math, and calculator.

The first meeting is this Friday, September 25. Membership dues, which includes snacks and drinks at each meeting plus the club t-shirt, are $50 and should be made payable to CMS.

Skyward School Directory

PTA is collaborating with GCISD Administration to implement a brand new feature in Skyward Family Access called Skyward School Directory. This feature allows parents to see the child/parent information that is already loaded in Skyward by using the School Directory in Skyward. You must check the School Directory option in your account to be included.

Selections on this screen will apply to all children in this family regardless of what campus they attend. To be a part of the Skyward School Directory, please follow these instructions:

 Login in to Skyward Family Access

 Click on “My Account”

 Under School Directory, check the box to add your family

 Make your selections as to what information you want to display for your family

 To view school directory, click on School Directory link

PLEASE ensure all your information is UPDATED and ACCURATE

How can I do this? Information on the easy way to make this happen below:
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Learn How to Support Your Child with Membean

Membean provides guided, engaging, multimodal vocabulary instruction while using an Adaptive Reinforcement Engine helping students retain what they learn. Please help to build your students vocabulary by just 30 minutes a week on Membean!!

For even more answers, please view the Colt Chat from September 2nd that covered Membean! Link to CMS Membean blog:


Have you ever wondered what Colt PRIDE is all about? Check out our blog post

Upcoming Events

Monday, October 5th

7th Grade Football vs Heritage Middle School at Colleyville Middle School

C Team 4:30 pm

B Team 5:30 pm

A Team 7 pm

Tuesday, October 6th

8th Grade Football vs Heritage Middle School at Heritage Middle School

B Team 5:30 pm

A Team 6:45 pm

Wednesday, October 7th

Thursday, October 8th

Volleyball vs Coppell West Middle School at Colleyville Middle School

7th Grade B Team 5 pm

8th Grade C Team 5 pm

7th Grade C Team 6 pm

8th Grade A Team 6 pm

7th Grade A Team 7 pm

8th Grade B Team 7 pm

Friday, October 9th

CHHS 20th Annual Homecoming Parade

Colleyville Heritage High School 20th annual Homecoming parade will take place on Thursday, October 15th beginning at 6:30 pm.

The parade will feature floats creatively decorated by the various clubs and organizations in CHHS and the Grapevine/Colleyville community. The parade will begin moving from Gateway Road behind CHHS and continue down Heritage Avenue in front of CHHS. It will be lots of fun and a great way to pump up the Homecoming spirit at Colleyville Heritage High School.

Any club or organization interested in being in the parade may contact Terri Kitzmiller at CHHS at (817) 305-4700 ext 2010. Parade line-up time will begin at 5:30 pm.

Spring Testing

Please note the following 2016 dates for Spring STAAR Testing:

March 29, Writing, Day 1 Grade 7

March 29, Math, Grade 8

March 30, Writing, Day 2 , Grade 7

March 30, Reading, Grade 8

May 2-6, Algebra I, 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

Grapevine Christmas Parade will be on Thursday, December 3rd!!


The Colt Crew is made up of CMS dads whose mission is to meet and greet as many students as possible on Friday mornings so the kids can start their day off in a positive way with a handshake, smile, pat on the back and "have a great day" greeting! That's it….very simple.

This program provides a way for CMS dads to 'give a hand' with the kids at school. At the same time, they get to meet key CMS staff members and interact with other CMS dads.

The program is modeled off the successful Grateful Dads program at Grapevine High School that has already spread to Heritage Middle, Colleyville Heritage High, Timberline Elementary, Cross Timbers Middle, and Grapevine Elementary.

If you are interested in be part of the Colt Crew, please email Mindy McClure, CMS VP of Volunteers, at


Students and staff at CMS are stacking the books that each reads for the 25 book challenge. Students are recording the books that they have read through their ELA classes on a specific form. If you want to join us, email me at and I will send you a form. The 25 Book Challenge will end in May.

Recommended Genre Categories:

Realistic fiction - 4

Historical fiction - 2

Fantasy - 3

Science fiction - 1

Mystery - 1

Informational - 4

Poetry anthologies - 2

Biography, autobiography, and/or memoir - 2

Free choice - 6

This is only a recommendation for each genre, but we do want to encourage students to read from all genres.

AIM for SUCCESS Preview is:

The 6th Grade AIM for SUCCESS Preview is:

Location: GCISD Board Room; 3051 Ira E. Woods Ave.

Date: Thursday, November 5th

Time: 10 am

Followed by the 8th grade one from 11 am.


GCISD Administration Building

Date: Thursday, October 8th

Time: 10:30 am and 6 pm

Presented by the Women's Center

Nurse Martin Tips


There is more calcium in the body than any other mineral, and it has several important functions.

Getting enough calcium and vitamin D is essential to building strong, dense bones when you're young and to keeping them strong and healthy as you age.

Calcium is a mineral that is necessary for life. In addition to building bones and keeping

them healthy, calcium helps our blood clot, nerves send messages and muscles contract.

About 99 percent of the calcium in our bodies is in our bones and teeth. Each day, we

lose calcium through our skin, nails, hair, sweat, urine and feces, but our bodies cannot

produce new calcium.

That’s why it’s important to try to get calcium from the food we eat. When we don’t get

enough calcium for our body’s needs, it is taken from our bones.

How Much Calcium Do You Need? The amount of calcium you need every day depends on your age and sex.

For calcium the daily recommendations vary by age and gender:

 Newborns to 6 months: 200 milligrams

 Babies 7-12 months: 260 milligrams

 Kids 1-3: 700 milligrams

 Kids 4-8: 1,000 milligrams

 Kids and teens 9-18: 1,300 milligrams

 Adults 19-50: 1,000 milligrams

 Adult men 51-70: 1,000 milligrams

 Adult women 51-70: 1,200 milligrams

 All adults 71 and older: 1,200 milligrams

 Pregnant/breastfeeding women: 1,000 milligrams

 Pregnant teens: 1,300 milligrams

Reading Food Labels - How Much Calcium am I Getting?

To determine how much calcium is in a particular food, check the nutrition facts panel of

the food label for the daily value (DV) of calcium. Food labels list calcium as a percentage of the DV. This amount is based on 1,000 mg of calcium per day. For example:

 30% DV of calcium equals 300 mg.

 20% DV of calcium equals 200 mg of calcium.

 15% DV of calcium equals 150 mg of calcium.

Food is the best source of calcium! Dairy products, such as low-fat and non-fat milk, yogurt and cheese are high in calcium. Certain green vegetables and other foods contain calcium in smaller amounts. Some juices, breakfast foods, soy milk, cereals, snacks, breads and bottled water have calcium that has been added. If you

drink soy milk or another liquid that is fortified with calcium, be sure to shake the container well as calcium can settle to the bottom.

Facts about Calcium:

 Do not take your iron supplement within 1 hour before or 2 hours after products containing calcium, manganese, tin, or zinc. Though calcium in the diet improves the absorption of the important vitamin B12, too much of it may interfere with the absorption of the competing minerals magnesium, zinc, iron, and manganese. Many dietary factors also reduce calcium absorption.

 Read the product label carefully to determine the amount of elemental calcium, which is the actual amount of calcium in the supplement, as well as how many doses or pills to take. When reading the label, pay close attention to the “amount per serving” and “serving size.”

 Calcium is absorbed best when taken in amounts of 500 – 600 mg or less.

This is the case when you eat calcium rich foods or take supplements. Try to get your calcium-rich foods and/or supplements in smaller amounts throughout the day, preferably with a meal. While it's not recommended, taking your calcium all at once is better than not taking it at all.

 Take most calcium supplements with food. Eating food produces stomach acid that helps your body absorb most calcium supplements. The one exception to the rule is calcium citrate, which can absorb well when taken with or without food.

Nurse Martin

Counselor Corner


SKYWARD APP - Please make sure that you are checking Skyward. You can download the Skyward app for your phone or for your student’s phone so you can monitor grades. Students can use their Skyward login to create the account, and that way students can see their grades constantly.


DUKE TIP letters were handed out to students on Thursday, September 17. Qualifiers for DUKE Tip are the 5th grade and 6th grade STAAR test scores. DUKE Tip in 7th grader is where 7th graders take the same ACT or SAT test that juniors and seniors take.



Bobby Bragan applications are due to their English Teacher or Counseling Department by Friday, November 13. Please check the counseling website for the Bobby Bragan link or call the counseling department if you have questions.


Thursday, October 8 at 10:30 am and in the evening at 6:00 at the GCISD Board Room. Play It Safe is approved by the district Student Health Advisory Committee (SHAC). For

information about SHAC, please click on the link

The Women’s Shelter will present these videos at CMS on the following dates.

Seventh Grade (during Social Studies class)

October 9th – Healthy Relationships

November 16 – Can’t Take It Back

February 19 – Abuse of Power

Sixth Grade (during PE class)

November 20 – Sexual Harassment

March 11 – Survivors of Abuse


Monday, October 5 – Wear Blue for Stomp Out Bullying

Friday, October 9 – Play it Safe for 7th grade through Social Studies

Friday, October 16 – End of 1st 9 weeks

Wednesday, October 21 – Unity Day Wear Orange

Tuesday, October 27 – Mix It Up Lunch


October 7 – 7th grade - Science

October 21 – 7th grade - Science

October 28 – 8th grade – English

All Stars with Santa Fe Youth Organization – 6th grade every Thursday through PE

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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Please see counseling office for the full application!!

Student Newsletter

Here is the link for the Student Newsletter that is done entirely by CMS Students.

Thank you to Sherry David for overseeing and helping to make this happen!

Quote of the Week

It's fine to celebrate success but it is more important to heed the lessons of failure.

Bill Gates

Principal Points

It is amazing that we just finished the first six weeks!! Wow, the time is flying by!!

Had a great Social this past Friday!! Thank you CMS PTA for putting together the successful Adventure Social that allowed for all of our kids to have a great time!! What a great turn out!

Look forward to the rest of the school year!


Ryan Martin

CMS Principal