Colt Courier

Week of January 18, 2016

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Principal Points

It has been a great week and now we come up to another short break. Please remember that there is no school on Monday! I do hope that everyone enjoys the three day weekend!

This is a great time of year where many competitions are in need of volunteers. Several are listed below that one could assist to receive volunteer hours if you are able to take advantage of the opportunities.


Ryan Martin

CMS Principal

Inclement Weather

It is that time of year when the weather is very unpredictable and can cause the roads to be hazardous. This is when Skyward information needs to be double checked to ensure Family and Emergency Contact information is accurate. Please ensure that the Family and Emergency Contact information is accurate otherwise your child will only be released to the individuals who are listed within Family and/or Emergency Contact within Skyward. If you have any questions please contact Laurie Denny at 817-305-4904. The link is below:

Quote of the Week

Those that love reading have everything within their reach.

William Godwin

Colt Champions

Mrs. Alexander along with Mr. Alexander for doing an awesome job with the Cotillion!

Girls Basketball vs Coppell West

A team - 19-13 (Colleyville won)

B team - 15-13 (Colleyville Won)

C team - 16-4 (Colleyville won)

Players of the game

A team - Ava Alexander

B team Shae Scott

C team - Brielle Khupshandani

TSMCA Math Competition

Volunteers Needed

On Saturday, January 23, our CMS math club is sponsoring a math competition for over 350 students from different districts across the metroplex. Volunteers are needed for proctoring test, grading (no math experience needed), collecting money, registering teams, organizing awards, and at the end of the day, returning the rooms used to normal setup. The money raised from this venture benefits the CMS math club and AVID classes. Lunch and breakfast will be provided.

Volunteer hours can be redeemed for high schoolers needing them. Also, a few volunteers are needed after school on Friday to set up the rooms for the testing the next day.

Please contact Joe Morgan at 817-305-4900 Ext 2237 or e-mail to

UIL Academics Volunteer Opportunity

Parents, we need your help! Academic UIL is an annual event where many of our middle school students compete against 10+ other schools to earn medals in several academic categories. We rely on the parents of all the schools involved to help run and judge the events. Please help us by volunteering in the different categories. Link to signing up is below:

Upcoming Events

January 19 - 1:1 Device Payment/Agreements due,

General PTA Meeting 6:30

Boy's Basketball @ Coppell West

January 22 -Cotillion week 630 p.m. - 9 p.m.

GRADUATING SENIORS that attended Colleyville Middle School– scholarship forms are here!!!*****

UNTIL MARCH 24: Graduating seniors are invited to apply for PTA scholarships:

The PTAs of GCISD are proud to support our graduating Seniors by offering multiple scholarships through a Common Scholarship Application for 2016 graduates of GCISD.

Apply now:

All applications must be received no later than 11:59:59 PM on March 24, 2016 to be eligible for consideration.

Watch this page and the Council of PTAs web site for announcements and updates:

Teacher of the Month for January

Please click the link below if you would like to nominate a teacher for January Teacher of the Month.

Nurse Martin Tips

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Counselor Corner

Counselor Corner

Week of January 19-22


Seventh graders completed Career Cruising this week through their social studies teacher. Please ask them to log in and show you their Leaning Style Inventory they completed.

TECC Field Trip for 7th graders is Thursday, January 28th.


Lana Idris from Harvard University was here on Monday, January 11 to speak with the 8th graders about what it takes to get into college, what it looks like on the campus, the cost, etc. Ask you 8th grader about it.

Wednesday, December 9 we met with 8th graders to help them create a 4-year plan for high school. Students turned in a copy to their English teacher December 18, and students kept a copy. Students will have access to the turned in copy on January 20th when high school counselors come to do a presentation and on February 9 when they come to verify the courses they entered.

January 27, 28, and 29 will have 8th grade students in computer labs entering in their courses for 9th grade. In April 8th graders will do Arena Scheduling. Here is a link to Arena Scheduling to help you understand what it is about.


January 19 – 8th grade Career Cruising

January 20 – 8th grade High School Counselors come to give overview

January 22 – 8th grade Career Cruising

January 27 – 8th graders enter courses in Skyward

January 28 – 8th graders enter courses in Skyward

January 28 – 7th graders visit TECC at GHS

January 29 – 8th graders enter courses in Skyward


Join Remind 101 to receive deadlines and updates for course selection.

Text to 81010

Text message based on grade level




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

Stefanie Chapman – Counselor L-Z – 817-305-4917


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.

Spring Testing

Please note the following 2016 dates for Spring STAAR Testing:

March 29, Writing, Grade 7

March 29, Math, Grade 8

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