Carpenter Middle School


Thursday, January 28, 2016


Progress Reports

Parents - Check your child's backpack. Progress reports were distributed to students Wednesday, January 27 during their Plus period.

Beginner Band Concert Tonight @ 6:30 in the CMS Cafeteria!

Thursday, January 28 is Carpenter's Beginner Band Concert!

Clark High School - Cougar Call is Tonight!

What: Cougar Call

When: Thursday, January 28, 6:00 – 8:30 pm

Where: Clark High School

Who: All 8th grade students and their parents

Clark High School would like to invite all of the 8th grade students and their parents to our Cougar Call. The evening will begin in the cafeteria with introductions and general information. From there you will be able to attend up to 6 sessions for an opportunity to find out more of what high school will be like from academics, elective courses, athletics, clubs, and organizations to name just a few. Booster clubs will also have spirit wear available for you to purchase. Parents, be on the lookout for the Red Book that will be given to your student to bring home. It will give you all of the information you need to plan your evening of January 28!

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PACE Referral Packets Due Friday, January 29th

The Plano PACE program is for gifted children who require a unique set of challenges in the classroom. PACE is through the history class, so it replaces history at the middle school level. PACE is a challenging class that requires strong analytical skills, dedication and the ability to have fun!

PACE Referral packets need to be turned in by the end of January. Testing will occur in February. 6th and 7th graders will be placed in the Fall. 8th graders will take humanities at their high school.

Click here for referral packet.

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Valentine's Day Carnations for Sale!

Valentine's Day will be here before we know it! The ESL Department will be selling red carnations for $1 each beginning Monday, January 25th through Friday, February 5th. Students may buy during their lunch period in the cafeteria. Parents and teachers, there will be a Valentine's box available in the front office for your ordering convenience. Flowers will be delivered to students during 7th period on February 12th. Only cash accepted. Proceeds will go toward field trip and Culture Day expenses. For questions about ordering flowers, contact Sarah Brawdy at 469-752-5153. Happy Valentine's Season!


What's on Deck

Thursday, Jan 28th

- Beginner Band Concert at 6:30 on the stage

- 7th Boys BBall AWAY @ Wilson - 6:00

- 7th Girls BBall vs Wilson @ CMS - 6:00

(Good night to come up to Carpenter and catch two events!)

Friday, Jan 29th -

- Last day to order a Yearbook!

- Plano Wildcat Spirit Wear day

- 8th grade Orchestra party at Clark

Monday, Feb 1st

- 8th Boys BBall vs Haggard @ CMS - 6:00

- 8th Girls BBall AWAY @ Haggard - 6:00

Wednesday, Feb 3rd

- 5th Grade Parent Night

  • 5th grade parent meeting from 6:00 – 7:00
  • Speaker from Family Guidance 7:00 – 7:45

5th Grade Visitors

Friday, January 29th the 5th graders from Christie, Thomas and Harrington will be visiting their future school! CMS Band, Orchestra and Choir will present special performances just for them.

NJHS Student Reminder...

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Click here for game schedules!

For 8th Graders Only - Mark Your Calendars

1/8- Notice of placement for The IB World School, Health Sciences Academy and Academy High School

1/13- Meet your Clark Counselor- On campus at CMS during 2nd period for students

1/14- Plano Sr High Clinical Rotations Presentation during PE classes for students

1/14- Calling All Cats at Plano Sr. High (Student and Parent Night) at 6:00-8:00 p.m.

1/15- Commitment of attending The IB World School, Health Sciences Academy and Academy High School DUE

1/28- Cougar Call at Clark HS (Student and Parent Night)- 6:00 to 8:30 p.m.

2/2- 2/25- Four year plan meetings with student/parents and registering for 9th grade- TIME BY INVITATION. THOSE WILL BE SENT IN JANUARY.

Box Tops New Rewards

Students, keep turning in your Box Tops in sets of 25 to the school store! You can exchange them for your choice of treat! Candy, soda... so many choices!


Can Slogan Conest

Want to win a customized Don’t mess with Texas® trashcan for your school? Don’t mess with Texas invites all Texas students in grades six through eight to submit their most original, catchy, and creative litter prevention slogans for the Don't mess with Texas Can Slogan Contest. The 10 winning slogans will be decaled onto iconic red, white, and blue Don’t mess with Texas trashcans. Each winner’s school will receive its customized can for display and use.

Students, what will your slogan say? How will your slogan stand out? Start brainstorming your best slogans! The 2016 contest ends April 8, 2016.

For details, visit

Alex Trejo Scholarship Opportunity for Graduating Seniors Who Also Attended Carpenter Middle School

The Alex Trejo Scholarship is a $500 scholarship opportunity available for a 2016 graduating senior that also attended Carpenter Middle School. The scholarship is in memory of Alex Trejo, who performed every task, great or small, with utmost integrity. He served as a positive role model to staff and students at Carpenter for 24 years.

Scholarship Requirements/Application


Cowboy Character

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We have all heard Aretha Franklin sing, “R-E-S-P-E-C-T. Find out what it means to me.” The question is, what does it mean to YOU? Does being treated with respect mean being treated with courtesy? with dignity? Does it mean having your feelings taken into consideration? Does it mean being listened to?

In New Zealand, the native people have a saying: “Never spend time with people who don’t respect you.”

That’s good advice. Remember this: if another person is treating you badly, respect yourself enough to walk away. You deserve better. In the end, they’ll respect you for respecting yourself.

On the other side of the coin, if you are treating others with disrespect, try being more respectful. You will discover that others will begin treating you with more respect. That’s the way it works!

RODEO Tip of the Week

Advice to help children develop a strong work ethic

Ø Model effort and a strong work ethic

Take a pledge, especially this month, to show your child how you don’t give up on a task even when things get difficult. Before starting a new task, make sure your child overhears you say: “I’m going to persevere until I am successful.” Modeling the trait is always the number one teaching method.

Ø Instill a “Growth Mindset”

Research shows that kids who persist and excel recognize that success comes from hard work and practice, not luck or money or genetics. In fact, if kids believe that performance is due to effort, they will be less likely to give up and will work harder when the going gets tough. A crucial parenting secret to give our kids an edge on success is to stretch their growth mindset. Here are three ways:

~ Use real examples — folks such as Jerry Rice, Pele, Vanessa and Serena Williams, Michael Jordan — who reached the top because of hours and hours of practice. Identify your child’s passion – music, sports, art, writing, or whatever-and then use an example of your child’s hero who emulates a growth mindset.

~ Teach your kid the 10,000-Hour Rule: Did you know that studies found that the best artists, musicians, swimmers and skaters practiced at least 10,000 hours, or ten years, to reach their success? Success is all a matter of how hard you work.

~ Stress practice: It will get easier…you just have to stick to it!


Substance Prevention Parent Information

Drug and Alcohol Prevention Information: Did you know that PISD has a Substance Abuse Prevention website? Here is the link, be sure to check out the videos linked on the home page and the excellent informational websites linked on the “Resources” page.

Computer Classes for Spanish Speaking Adults

Once again, Schimelpfenig Library (the City of Plano library, not the school) is hosting a series of 5 Computer Classes for adults in Spanish.

These are free and begin Saturday, February 6 at 9:00am. We ask that attendees register ahead of time, either online or by phone. Registration opens 2 weeks before each class date.

I’ve attached a simple flyer for you to share, so please feel free to forward this to anyone who may be interested.

If you need more information, please call me at 972-769-4200.

Eva González

Senior Public Services Librarian

L.E.R. Schimelpfenig Library

5024 Custer Road
Plano, Texas 75023

T 972.769.4200

F 972.769.4210

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Williams High School Open House

Williams’ Open House for incoming 9th graders is February 4th from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m.

Clark HS Cheer Clinic!

Clark High School is hosting its annual cheer clinic on Saturday, February 6th, from 10:00 am - 1:00 pm. Check In/Late Registration will begin at 9:00 a.m. and there will be a participant performance at 12:30 p.m. The registration fee is $25 by January 31st. After Jan. 31 until the day of the clinic, the fee is $30. Participants are encouraged to rock their best 80’s hair and accessories. Prizes will be awarded for best dressed for each feeder school. Three prizes total!

CLICK HERE for more info or look for the registration form in the distribution area of your school.

PSHS Golf Tryouts - Fall 2016

Tryouts for Plano Sr. golf team will be held the first week of school. The first day we will meet in the Lecture Hall at Plano Sr. High in Bldg. B, just off Independence, north side of campus. The second day we will begin tryouts at Twin Creeks, then Watters Creek the next two days. Make sure you have a current physical from your doctor and a medical history completed before you can tryout. All these forms can be found to on our website.

Boys should be able to shoot around 90 or better and girls shoot around 100 or better. This is a golf team, not a PE beginners class. You will need to find your own transportation to the golf course each day. You should also play in Jr. tournaments once a month during the school year and in at least 6 over the summer. Information is located on our website for these events. Please email Coach O’Kelley if you have more questions. Thank you and good luck!

Steve O'Kelley

Plano Sr. High School

Head Golf Coach


Making Our Mark

“Make Your Mark” is the Plano Independent School District’s motto. At Carpenter Middle School, everything we do for our students, families and community is executed with compassion and determination. We are making our mark at The Ranch!