2017-18 Cheyenne Middle School Newsletter - January
From Our Principal
Happy 2018 Cheyenne Families,
The new year brings new beginnings. After a long holiday break, I always look forward to seeing the staff and students. My own family is eager to return to school and to begin the new semester. We look forward to seeing your children Thursday morning, January 4th. The gym doors open at 7:15 am, and students report to the gym or the cafeteria for breakfast. Thursday is the first day of the second semester. It has been a long and relaxing break for all.
We will be providing schedules for students to help them maneuver to their new electives. 8th-grade students will get their schedules before school in the gym. 6th and 7th-grade students will receive their schedules in their first our classroom at 7:50 am. We are not able to make schedule adjustments as all of our elective courses are at capacity. Students are likely to have received their elected requests, but additional electives were filled according to class openings.
The first semester grading period ended on December 20. All student work was completed and turned in on December 20. If a student was absent and needs to make up any work or final assessment from the first semester they must get that completed ASAP. First-semester final grades will be posted by Friday, January 12th at 3 pm. Please check your portal for final grades. The district has gone paperless with final grades for several years now. If you are having struggles with parent portal, there is an attachment link here to assist you.
The second semester is always busy and full of student activities. We want students to continue their focus on academic and extracurricular excellence. We encourage students to set a firm foundation this first nine weeks for their semester grades. This is crucial for students to be able to grow academically throughout the semester. For students to achieve academically, there should be a specific place and time for them to complete homework at home. Students usually have math assignments each evening, along with additional studying or reading each night for other courses. Homework is a continuation of daily classwork and should be completed in a short amount of time.
The winter weather is very unpredictable this time of year. Oklahoma can have a 65-degree day and then turn around and have ice and snow the next. As the weather changes, students must dress appropriately and in layers for comfort in school. When the weather turns, wintery school closings will be on our district website, district Facebook page, and through local news stations. I would encourage you to add the school way app to your phone and sign-up for messages from the district and our school. This is just another way you can receive reminders and updates regarding district/school events.
We look forward to a great start of the second semester!
We are Cheyenne!
We are Mustangs!
Thank you from Angels Foster Family Network.
Our DEEPEST gratitude for all the amazing kids at Cheyenne Middle School who donated gifts to Angels Foster Family Network this year. With your help, EVERY foster child received a Christmas gift! Thank you!
On the Calendar
- Jan. 5 & 6 CODA Honor Band Clinic
- Jan. 10 Pizza Day
- Jan. 11 StuCo Winter Retreat
- Jan. 11 Spirit Night @ Sonic
- Jan. 15 NO SCHOOL - MLK Day
- Jan. 18 FOR Club Meeting
- Jan. 22 Spirit Night @ Chick Fil A
Each year, Edmond Public Schools provides an opportunity for our students to be educated in signs of depression and suicide prevention. Teresa Knight, school psychologist, & Michele Kingdom, 7th grade counselor, will be presenting the research based program, called the SOS Suicide Prevention Program, to the 7th grade students on the week of January 22, 2018. The goals of the program are straightforward: to help students understand that depression is treatable, to understand and identify the signs of depression and suicide in a friend, and to help students understand the steps of how to get help: ACT (Act, Care, Tell). Students will view a factual video, will receive instruction, and will have a question/answer session. It is our hope that all students will participate in this program. If you have additional questions regarding the SOS program, please contact Teresa Knight or Michele Kingdom via email at Teresa.firstname.lastname@example.org or Michele.email@example.com
Blast from the Band
During the last couple of weeks before the end of the semester, our 7th grade band performed at Touchmark Retirement Community, Edmond Senior Center, John Ross and Cross Timbers Elementaries. Good job 7th grade band. The students and the seniors enjoyed the performances.
Here is a reminder of upcoming events on the band calendar.
Our last optional movie matinee will be Monday, February 5, 2:45 - 4:30 pm. All Cheyenne band students are invited to enjoy this time together.
We will have our 6th annual mattress fundraiser February 17, 2018 at Cheyenne Middle School. This is our final band fundraiser for the school year and it offers great deals on mattresses and helps the instrumental music program at Cheyenne. Once we receive the flyers and additional information students will be bringing it home. Pricing will be available at the actual sale.
8th grade will have their first OSSAA district full band contest on March 2, 2018 at Santa Fe High School. We will have an after school rehearsal on Thursday, February 15, 2:45 pm – 4:15 pm with a clinician. We will attend an Edmond Middle School Band Clinic in February to prepare for the district contest at Santa Fe HS.
The 7th and 8th grade band students will soon begin preparations for the Edmond Chamber Festival, which will be held on Saturday, April 7, 2018 (Required for all students). The students will perform in a small ensemble (2 or more performers in a group), a class ensemble and may choose to perform a solo with piano accompaniment. In preparation for the contest, there will be a solo pre-contest recital night on Tuesday, April 3, 2018 at 6:30 p.m. at Cheyenne Middle School (Not required).
The 7th and 8th grade percussion students will be performing at a percussion only concert on Tuesday, May 1, 2018 7:00 pm at Edmond North High School Auditorium.
In preparation for the spring concert the 7th grade will have after school rehearsal as a combined band on 5/10/18 2:45-4:15 pm.
The 6th, 7th and 8th grade bands will present their spring concert on Tuesday, May 15, 2018, 6:30 p.m. at Edmond North High School.
JoeLee Mills Joelee.Mills@edmondschools.net 726-5729
Greg Mangus Greg.firstname.lastname@example.org 726-7204
Caitlin Harouff Caitlin.email@example.com 726-5828
Spelling Bee Winners
Cheyenne Spelling Bee Winners!
1st Place – Trenton Paris
Runner-Up – Alice Hsu
Alternate – Mackenzie Armstrong
7th & 8th Grade Winter Choir Performance
Staff Holiday Scavenger Hunt Winners
2017 State Test Results Went Home Before the Holiday
Last year we had new tests based on new, more rigorous standards. Anytime there are new standards, there is a new test and the State Department of Education is then required to set new cut scores for the tests. The new cut scores for this year is calibrated to create higher expectations for teaching and learning.
Demographic & Contact information on Parent Portal
Important: attendance, lunches, & messages
Attendance: Please call your child in absent prior to 10:00am. Leave a message with child's name, grade, and reason for absence if call goes to voicemail.
Attendance phone - 726-5707
We have a new check out/check in system and you are required to have your driver license to check your child in and out. Plan enough time for checkout.
Calls to check out a student prior to arriving you getting to the school will no longer accepted.
Lunches: If delivering lunches please make sure you have conveyed it to your child in advance. We do not deliver lunches. Family members are not allowed in the cafeteria. If you would like to eat with your child, you are welcome to join them in the office.
Messages: Please make arrangements with your child for transportation or other such issues in the morning.
Uptown Grocery Receipts!
Current Basketball and Wrestling Schedules are available online.
Athletic participation forms must be completed before attending any practices. A recent doctor's physical must also be completed and returned to Mr. DeForest, athletic director. The forms can be completed online. You will need your child's student ID number to complete an account and forms. The doctor's physical form can also be downloaded from the link.
Payment system makes it easy to pay student activity fees, make donations and pay fines or fees online, view receipts.
Our bus routing website, Versa Trans is designed to help parents and students determine bus stop locations and stop times.
Cheyenne Middle School
Michael DeForest, Assistant Principal & Athletic Director, 7th grade administrator
Deby McWatters, Assistant Principal, 6th grade administrator
Kathy Parker, Counselor 6th
MIchele Kingdom, Counselor 7th
Melissa Krause, Counselor 8th