Cowboy Parent Courier

April 12, 2019

Message from Dr. Epperson

Happy Friday! We have much to celebrate this week! Our students are awesome! Check out the notes below for student and program highlights.

Our students did a great job this week with testing and alternate schedules! The first round of STAAR is done and the upcoming dates are below.

May 7th: Algebra I

May 13: 6th and 7th Math (8th Math Retest/Make-Up)

May 14: 6th and 7th Reading (8th Reading Retest/Make-Up)

May 15: 8th Science

May 16: 8th History

Our students LOVE the snack shack, but we can only open after school when we have volunteers. This is the easiest and quickest volunteer job around! Please help us

keep the window open to serve our students and raise funds for our school.
View the schedule and sign up here. For questions, contact Stacy Powell -

Have a wonderful weekend!

Dr. E

Jr. VASE Art Show and Competition

JR VASE results are in! MISD had 185 students participate. 152 students received a Superior Rating and Medaled, 8 students received Platinum awards, which is the highest medal received at Jr. VASE.

You can see that CMS students earned 54 medals and 5 of the Platinum awards! We are so proud of these students, Mr. D, Mrs. Nixon, and our entire art program!


64 Students Competed

54 Medals Earned

5 Platinum Awards

Platinum Award winners included Jordan Bowie, Sara Foster, Parker Laube, Sarah Foster, and Amaya Dixon (x2).

Congrats Orchestra Students!

This past weekend, orchestra students from CMS performed in the MISD middle school solo & ensemble festival. All of the performers earned ratings of Superior and Excellent, earning them shiny new medals for their collections! In addition to earning a medal, several students earned special “exemplary” medals from the judges. These exemplary ratings were limited, and each judge was only allowed to give a handful of these ratings.

We had numerous students earn an exemplary solo award:

Isaiah Alvarez, violin

Labeeb Kibria, violin

Ujjwala Morum, violin

Iman Shoaib, violin

Leo Yamauchi, violin

Serena Oh, viola

Nashmia Kibria, viola

Sammie Pickford, viola

Ben Ritterbusch, viola

Sasha Harber, cello

Carter Jones, cello

Hanna Chewning, bass

Jackson Reeder, bass

There were also two beginner ensembles who earned an exemplary award:

Lower String Ensemble: Preston Quintero, Abby Thornell, Jake Thornell, Kevin Sales, Samantha Pertee

Upper String Ensemble: Jack Flannery, Cole Harris, Tegan Painter, Kyrstin Hamaker, Meranda Sombrerero, Alex Nosrati

NJHS Applications Available

The final window for NJHS applications is April 15-22. Any student may pick up an application from Mr. Moore (D203), the library, or the front office.

Talent Show

​Do you have a talent that you want to show off…then you need to audition for Cockrill’s Got Talent?!?! Auditions for the CMS Talent Show will be held on Tuesday, April 23rd and Wednesday, April 24th after school in the choir room. The talent show will be Monday, May 6th! We need more than just singers. CMS has to have some dancers, tumblers, jugglers, actors, instrumentalists, bands, comedians, etc.!!! Please stop by the choir room to pick up an application or print this form for Cockrill’s Got Talent and sign up for an audition slot!!!

You can also access this information on our school website.

Please note that all proceeds for this talent show will go towards the Andrew Dutton Scholarship Fund through MEF.

Student Council Donation Drive

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PTO General Meeting and Guest Speaker

Join us on May 2nd at 10:00am in the CMS Library. Our PTO has invited Ashley Sine, from MEF, to talk about programs that support our students! The PTO will also vote to fill board positions for next year and present the interim budget.

A message from PTO!

We are already planning and thinking about next year for our PTO Board and we have open positions that need some great volunteers.

This year we had a wonderful, dedicated group of volunteers and we hope to continue that into next year. Through the PTO, we have been able to raise funds for the school through our donation drive and weekly snack shack. Those funds supported the school in many ways. We ARE LOOKING FOR any parents who are willing to volunteer to be a chair or co-chair of a committee, or just serve on a committee. We always WELCOME volunteers to work in the copy room and in the snack shack in the afternoons from 3:15-4:00 pm. Any time given, will be greatly appreciated and we always have fun working together.

These are the OPEN POSITIONS:

  1. Snack Shack - Purchasing and organizing snacks and items to sell in the school store. We need another co-chair for this.

  2. Staff Appreciation - Chair or 2 Co-Chairs needed. Planning and organizing different events throughout the year to celebrate our teachers and staff.

  3. Spirit Wear - We are looking for a co-chair to help design and sell spirit wear at various events throughout the year.

  4. Fundraising - Need a co-chair to work with the our current co-chair. Last year we did a donation drive and it was successful. Someone who is good with technology, videos, posting on social media, etc would be helpful.

If you are interested in any of these positions, or just want to volunteer some time to help on any of these committees, please send an email to

Also, if you have a business in town that would be interested in working with our PTO to sponsor a luncheon, teacher event or school activity, we would LOVE to know about it and help advertise your business.

We appreciate any and all support!!

The 1:The World website with the information being shared in our parent meetings is below.

There is still one more meeting available for parents.

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ATTN 8th Grade Parents-High School Summer School Info

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McKinney Council PTA Program

ALL are welcome to join us for an informational event as City Manager Paul Grimes discusses the upcoming bond election & MISD CFO Jason Mr. Bird will discuss the decline of state funding and the increase of money owed to the state as we continue to grow.
BONUS: Credit Union of Texas (CUTX) will be providing lunch. Please be sure to RSVP!

McKinney Council PTA meeting & McKinney Bond\Finance Discussion

CMS Athletics Spirit Wear

CMS Athletics Booster Club is having a HUGE Spirit Wear Sale online HERE. Prices have dropped drastically! Grab your favorites while they are still available.

2019-2020 Immunizations Updates

6th graders need to prove current immunization to meet 7th grade immunization requirements.
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2019-2020 MISD Calendar Approved

Food Delivery Guidelines

We can not accept student lunch deliveries from restaurants or third-party food delivery services. Parents are welcome to drop off lunch, but only for your own child. Parents may not bring lunch for friends. Thank you!

Want to Volunteer?

If you would like to volunteer at CMS, please complete the Volunteer Background Check. If you have been approved in the past, you have until September to update your application for the new school year. You must complete a new form each year. Please note that if you do not complete the proper paperwork, you cannot help chaperone field trips or help with the school in any way. We need and want your help, so please fill out the forms now.

Andrew Dutton Memorial Scholarship

Please consider making a donation to the Andrew Dutton Memorial Scholarship Endowment.

You can make a tax-deductible donation to the endowment fund on the MEF website HERE.

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