CMS Cougar Courier

3rd Quarter 2022-23 School Year -- January 13, 2023

Important Dates:

  • January 10th - 1st Day of 3rd Quarter
  • January 16th - Martin Luther King Day - No School
  • January 19th - Spelling Bee
  • January 19th - 6th Grade Parent Information Night
  • January 25th - 7th Grade Honor Roll Assembly (7th & 8th Aspen)
  • January 26th - February 2nd - Wish Week
  • February 1st - 8th Grade Honor Roll Assembly

Cresthill Middle School

9195 Cresthill Lane, Highlands Ranch, CO 80130

Main Line: 303.387.2800

Attendance: 303.387.2802

FAX: 303.387.2801

Directions to CMS

Team Juniper

Team Piñon

Team Aspen

Team Blue Spruce

Team Evergreen

Spelling Bee

Please join us in the Library on January 19th at 3 pm for our annual Spelling Bee!

8th Grade Boys Basketball


It's time to get your sons signed up for some sweet CMS 8th grade boys basketball!!!!! Our season starts on Jan. 23 and we are gonna be ROCKIN'. Traditionally we get our highest numbers for basketball with our 8th grade boys. Let's not make this year any different. The great news? Zero experience is required!!! Every single student-athlete will make a team. All registration information can be found on our CMS Athletics page. Please remember that NO PHYSICAL = NO PLAY. A quick reminder to send all paperwork to Stephanie Young at

Thanks again and GO COOGS!!!!!!!!!!!!

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7th Grade Honor Roll Assembly

Wednesday - January 25th

Team Aspen 7th & 8th Grade - 7:30 AM - 8:15 AM

Team Piñon & Juniper - 8:15 AM - 9:00 AM

8th Grade Honor Roll Assembly

Wednesday - February 1st

Team Blue Spruce & Evergreen - 8:15 AM - 9:00 AM

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Hey Cresthill Community! Our annual WISH WEEK is January 26 - February 2. We will be participating in WISH WEEK along with all the schools in our Highlands Ranch feeder area in order to raise funds to provide a wish for a child with a serious illness. Look for fun fund-raisers and themed-dress days here at Cresthill and several restaurant nights in Highlands Ranch! We will also provide a way for parents to donate directly to support Wish Week using a credit card through! So students, save those coins and bills and bring them to school starting January 26! Specific details to follow next week! Help us make a big difference for a child who needs it!


We are in need of more student Ads from 8th graders. If you would like to purchase an AD in the yearbook for your child, please do so by going to this website:
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State-Mandated Testing Updates

Dear Cresthill Families,

We are in the process of preparing for our state-mandated testing. To find information regarding our planned schedule for CMAS & CoALT/DLM testing, the DCSD Assessment Policy and district schedule, and information regarding testing excusals, please find your way to the "State Mandated Testing" tab on the Cresthill website. (Note: The excusals "portal" is open at this point should you choose to excuse your child from testing. We will ask that, on days of testing and if your child is excused that he or she stay home (an excused absence). If you intend to excuse your child, please do so as early as possible.) Thank you!

Note: The final building testing schedule has not been finalized but do know that we are planning to conduct testing during the first three weeks of April. A more detailed schedule regarding the testing window will be posted during the week of December 12th.

If you have any questions or concerns, please reach out to our school assessment coordinator, Mr. Wakefield, at

Ed Zaccaro Parent Night - Virtual!

  • We had so much interest last year for the parent night that we have scheduled him for a second time. This presentation is designed for parents of gifted/high potential students in Douglas County School District

See the FLYER for additional details

Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day (IAGE)

Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day is an event for girls from 6th-8th grade to explore different types of engineering through participating in engaging engineering activities. Meet and learn from collegiate and professional engineers and see how engineers can positively impact the world!

Parents are welcome too! Ask engineering students and professionals questions during the Parent Education Panel, take a tour of Colorado State University's labs, and engage in our confidence-building workshop for insight on encouraging their young women in STEM.

We are so excited to announce this year's Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day will happen on April 15, 2023! Here is the tentative schedule for students and parents attending. Event registration opens on January 1, 2023. Register Here!

Denver Debate League

Free. Grade 6-12

Enrollment: Open

Registration required?: Yes

Programs based out of multiple metro area schools. Contact the school coach to fill out a short registration form, media release, and medical release form. Coaches will register students in competitions. To connect with your school Coach contact Jessica Clark at 303-871-6575.

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Kidztopros - After school STEM classes

KidzToPros, an educational enrichment provider, is offering exciting and educational STEM, arts and sports After-School Programs at Cresthill Middle School for grades 7 & 8 this year. We’d love for your children to join us!
Above is a digital flyer with more information, including dates, grades and more. To register, please follow this LINK. You’ll find numerous options to fit every child’s interests.

If you have any further questions, please email KidzToPros directly at
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Buy your ad for your child in the 2022-2023 yearbook. All details are in the link below.

Ads are for 8th graders only and the early deadline for the best pricing is 11/14/22

Order your Yearbooks now! Save money and get free icons!

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Support for families in need of internet connectivity.

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Donations Needed - 3rd Quarter

Hi Cresthill Families, you have been asking us about how you can help us out. We have attached a Sign Up of items that will help us make it through the day. If you are able to donate an item we would really appreciate it. Donations can be brought into the office. Thank you for showing your support.

Supporting Cresthill

We appreciate the support of our community. Cresthill does not have a PTO program and we limit fundraisers. We do rely on your generosity and support with these programs:
Do you shop at King Soopers? Did you know that King Soopers offers community rewards? WE have approximately 110 families who have designated Cresthill to receive funds. We would love to increase that number. The quarterly checks we receive from King Soopers really make a difference to our school budget.

Once logged into your King Soopers or City Market account go to:

Savings and Rewards > King Soopers Community Rewards then you can search for Cresthill Middle School either by name or YJ180 and then click Enroll.

New users will need to create an account which requires some basic information, a valid email address and a loyalty card.

Thank you!

Box Tops for Education

No need to cut out box tops anymore. It’s digital!

Download the Box Tops Mobile App

Set up your Username and Password

Find your school: Type in Cresthill and click on Cresthill Middle School when it appears Click on the right arrow

Complete your Profile and you are done!

Now when you shop simply scan your store receipt and watch the donations that are made to our school!

American Furniture Warehouse

If you are making a purchase at AFW please mention Cresthill at checkout. They will make a generous donation to our school.
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In compliance with Titles VI & VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act of 2008, and Colorado law, the Douglas County School District RE-1 does not unlawfully discriminate against otherwise qualified students, employees, applicants for employment, or members of the public on the basis of disability, race, creed, color, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, national origin, religion, ancestry, or need for special education services. Discrimination against employees and applicants for employment based on age, genetic information, and conditions related to pregnancy or childbirth is also prohibited in accordance with state and/or federal law. Complaint procedures have been established for students, parents, employees, and members of the public. The School District’s Compliance Officer and Title IX Coordinator to address complaints alleging sexual harassment under Title IX is Aaron Henderson, 620 Wilcox Street, Castle Rock, Colorado,, 720-433-1083.

Outside Agencies

Complaints regarding violations of Title VI, (race, national origin), Title IX (sex, gender), Section 504/ADA (handicap or disability), may be filed directly with the Office for Civil Rights, U.S. Department of Education, 1244 North Speer Blvd., Suite 310, Denver, CO 80204. Complaints regarding violations of Title VII (employment) and the ADEA (prohibiting age discrimination in employment) may be filed directly with the Federal Office of Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, 303 E. 17th Ave., Suite 510, Denver, CO 80202, or the Colorado Civil Rights Commission, 1560 Broadway, Suite 1050, Denver, CO 80202.