The CMS Scoop
The Best Middle School in the Universe!
Volume 14, Number 5 - September 9, 2019
We are now in full swing and our kids are doing GREAT! We are continuing with our attendance challenge and are above our 97% school-wide goal. We need to keep going strong these next 5 days!
Please do not forget about Open House TONIGHT!! We hope to see you!
We received a phone call from one of our bus drivers regarding the traffic in the back of the school during morning and after school drop off. Please remember to take caution when in the back of CMS. The back entrance is for bus drop off only. It is also an entrance for teachers/staff who which to park in the back. If you are going to drop off your students in the back, we ask that you drop them off at the crosswalk on Amberwood loop. This way they can cross and use the sidewalk to walk to the building. Any other drop off is unsafe. The alternative is the front parent drop off area. We appreciate your help with this concern.
We will have our first Cougartime on Friday, September 27th. This will be a hour of free time for any student EXCEPT those who not received a referral from 9/3-9/26 OR for those that have NOT completed their summer reading. Concessions will be open for students to purchase food and drinks. We love rewarding our students who follow the Cougar Way!
On September 26th, students carry over lunch application status from the 2018-19 year will expire. At that time student will be charged full PAID status for all meals. In order to avoid this circumstance, please follow the link below and fill out a 2019-2020 application. If you have any questions regarding your child's lunch application, please contact the Child Nutrition Office at 512-268-1336
Below is a link to our school supply list we published in the beginning of the year. We barely received any tissue or hand sanitizer. We didn't even collect enough to give one to each teacher. We would greatly appreciate you sending tissue and hand sanitizer. Please have your child drop them off in the front office.
Please take a look at the information below. Most of it is repetitive but it's always good to take a look at what is coming up.
Thank you for your support and please let us know how we can help you.
3rd WEEK ATTENDANCE PERCENTAGES
We are off to a great START CMS Community!! Keep bringing those doctor notes if you child goes to the doctor during the day. Come to school EVERY DAY because attendance matters! EVERY student. EVERY day!
- Last year's attendance at this time: 96.95%
- This year's attendance at this time: 97.67%
- This is a .72% increase over last year! This puts is in 1st place for MOST IMPROVED attendance for middle schools and 2nd place for highest attendance in middle schools!
We only have 5 more days left of this 20 Day Attendance Challenge! Let's FINISH STRONG! I would LOVE for us to be at 98%!!!
20 Day Attendance Challenge
Our attendance challenge runs from Monday, August 19th - Friday, September 13th. Our school-wide goal is 97%. If our school reaches 97%, we will have one hour of fun time on Friday, September 13th at the end of the day. Any student that personally has 97% attendance will be placed in a drawing for Evo gift cards. For any student that personally has 100% attendance will be in the VIP section with free snacks and a drawing for some airpods and beats. Please help your child make the commitment to showing up. Attendance Matters. Every Student. Every Day. To sum it up:
- 20 day challenge = Monday, August 19th - Friday, September 13th
- School goal of 97% = fun hour of free time on September 13th
- ABOVE school goal of 98% = TWO hours of FUN time on September 13th
- Individual 97% = in the raffle for Evo gift cards
- Individual 100% = in the raffle for Airpods and Beats and VIP section with snacks
Upcoming September Events
Open House - Monday, September 9, 2019; 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. We will start the night off with a PTA and a Title I meeting. We will have some opening remarks, then run bell schedule so students and their parents can visit with each teacher.
School Pictures - Tuesday, September 17, 2019; All day through Science classes. A flyer will be sent home regarding packages. Every student will take their picture for the yearbook.
Coffee with the Counselors - Friday, September 20, 2019; 7:30 a.m. - 8:30 a.m. – This is a great opportunity for parents to get in touch with our counselors and find out what being a middle school child is all about. Mrs. Flores and Mrs. Dinderman will focus on different grade levels at each session. Come for coffee and a chance to meet our counselors as well as get connected with other parents. All CwC will be in the CMS Library Meeting Room.
Cougartime After Party! Friday, September 20, 2019; 3:30 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. - CMS Cougars are invited to go CRAZY and spend a few hours of dancing, playing in open gym and eating delicious food from our concessions. Student must also NOT be on the “No Fun List.” Students must be picked up by 6:30 p.m. or they will not be allowed to participate in the next event. There is a $5 fee for this event.
Guys’ Night Out - Wednesday, September 25, 2019, 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. CMS boys are invited to bring an adult male in their life to spend an evening of dinner, basketball tournament, games, flag football, door prizes and more. This event is just for the guys. Cash donation/non-perishable food item donation
Words with Walls (aka Coffee with the Principal) – Thursday, September 26, 2019; 7:30 a.m. This is a great opportunity for parents to get in touch with the principal and find out what’s going on at CMS. Mrs. Walls provides an update and discusses important issues that matter most to parents, students, and the community. Come for coffee and a chance to get to know Mrs. Walls, as well as other CMS parents. Shake off those memories of getting “sent to the Principal’s office” and join her for coffee instead! All WwW will be in the CMS Library Meeting Room.
CMS 19-20 Bell Schedules
We will have House Meetings/Advisory the day after weekends/holidays and CAT the remaining of the week. If our schedule changes due to programs/assemblies or testing, we will send an update.
District-Wide Cell Phone Policy
The following document can be use by your children to help them know how to log in to student self serve. Student Self Serve is a website that will help students check their grades and attendance.
Every Friday we have Chapa Chatter Live. We preview the week in advance on Facebook Live. Please make sure you like us on FB as we post many of our upcoming events and you can also see our Chapa Chatter Live on Fridays!
Family Recipe for Success
We continue to have our Family Recipe for Success and encourage you to come to as many family events you are able to attend. They are a ton of fun and most of them are free! Besides our family events, you are always welcome on our campus and we enjoy seeing parents, grandparents, and all extended family members during lunch. Stay tuned for an UPDATED CORRECT copy.
We are in our third year of implementation of the 7 Mindsets. This year we are trying to make sure we talk about our 7 Mindsets daily and educate our CMS Community about what we are studying.
First Mindset - Everything is Possible
CMS PTA Meeting, Open House and Title 1 Meeting
Monday, Sep. 9th, 6-8pm
3311 Dacy Lane
We will start the night off with a PTA and a Title I meeting. We will have some opening remarks, then run bell schedule so students and their parents can visit with each teacher.
Coffee with the Counselors
Friday, Sep. 20th, 7:30-8:30am
3311 Dacy Lane
Cougartime After Party!
Friday, Sep. 20th, 3:30-6pm
3311 Dacy Lane
Cougartime After Party! - CMS Cougars are invited to go CRAZY and spend a few hours of dancing, playing in open gym and eating delicious food from our concessions. Student must also NOT be on the “No Fun List.” Students must be picked up by 6:20 p.m. or they will not be allowed to participate in the next event. There is a $5 fee for this event.