Carpenter Middle School

Here's What's Happening at the Ranch!

Special Early Edition

Monday, November 16, 2015


Rave Reviews for "My Son Pinocchio, Jr."

"Wow, this was such a great play. I was amazed at how good the cast did. Great job Ms. Pierce directing the kids and great job Mr. Valentin choral directing. And by the way the stage and sound has been revamped and had a facelift so the sound is fantastic!"

-Sara Stevens-Slater

"I was blown away!! I could not stop smiling the entire time. The kids did a FANTASTIC job!! Abi and Guillermo, you did an amazing job. Thank you for all you do!"

-Lindsay Beattie

"I brought my grand-niece and she was so enthralled that she kept her mouth open the entire time with excitement…;-D. This is a MUST SEE!! The sound system and lights were amazing and really puts us into “star status” with our plays now. The students were so gracious to the little kids and often told them that they were also just kids themselves.

Great job Abi & Guillermo!! You really brought out the best in our kids!!"

-Carmen Wilson

"I agree – I almost cried at the end... :0)"

-Alicia Alexander

"I agree completely! Awesome show, awesome directors, awesome kids!"

-Courtney Washington

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Plano Santas Food Drive

Bring in your grade level's designated, non-perishable food item and your class could win a Pizza Party!

Turn in all food items to your first period class by Friday, November 20th.

6th grade- canned goods (peas, corn, beans etc.)

7th grade -cereals (box or bag is fine)

8th grade -boxed dinners (mac n cheese, hamburger helper) or bagged rice.

Again, the highest collecting class from each grade level will win a pizza party. One 6th, 7th and 8th grade class will get a party.

CMS Barnes and Noble Book Fair Going On This Week - November 13th through 19th

Get a little holiday shopping done and support Carpenter Middle School while you're doing it!

Special Performances:

  • Orchestra - Performed Saturday, November 14th at 11:30
  • Band - Monday, November 16th at 6:30
  • Theater - Thursday, November 19th at 6:30

(More entertainers to be announced as they sign up!)

*Raffle and Teacher Requested Books for Purchase*

Present Bookfair ID: 11707064 at checkout.

Barnes and Noble Creekwalk

801 W 15th St

Plano, TX 75075

Make purchases online Nov 13th-19th


Enter Bookfair ID: 11707064 at checkout.

Below are CMS Orchestra students entertaining B&N customers during the CMS Bookfair Saturday, November 14th.

Coming Up!

Orchestra Fall Concert Tuesday, November 17th

Please Join the Carpenter Orchestras at their Fall Concert on Tuesday, November 17. The Beginning and Chamber orchestras will perform starting at 6:30. The Recital, Concert, Concertino, and Chamber will perform their pieces starting at 7:30. Both performances will be in the Carpenter Cafeteria. It is FREE and all are welcome.

7th Grade Writing Workshop - Wednesday, November 18th

By teacher invitation only selected 7th graders will have an opportunity to engage in a fantastic writers workshop. This workshop will focus on equipping students with tools to produce remarkable expository essays. It's an exciting day and it's aim is to unleash the author living within all students with a desire to improve their writing skills.

Since this workshop will take place 1st thru 5th period, students are required to get parental permission. Lunch will be provided. Students will be responsible for any missing work in their missed classes for that day.

Parents - Please be sure to have your student return their signed permission form to their English teacher by Tuesday, November 17th.

Red Wheel Pie Fundraiser - Pie Pickup

Pies orders have been placed and mandatory pie pick-up will be Wednesday, November 18th @ 4:45pm. Pies are frozen so please be prompt!

PTA Teacher Treat Day - Thursday, November 19th

Parents are needed to drop off treats for the teachers in the morning. Please email or sign up here:

Perot Museum 6th Grade Field Trip - Friday, November 20th.


The 6th grade class will participate in a class trip to the Perot Museum of Nature and Science in Dallas, Texas on Friday, November 20, 2015. If you are interested in being a chaperone, please contact the 6th grade counselor, Carolyn Mauldin at 469-752-5018 or Permission forms went home on October 13th. If you have not returned the permission form and $5.00, please do so as soon as possible. If your student has lost the form, he or she can get another one from their 4th period teacher or in the counseling office.

Many thanks to our CMS PTA for funding most of the trip!!!

Texas Legends Fundraiser

Start off the Thanksgiving holiday with a family friendly event! Join all of Plano ISD as the Texas Legends (minor league for the Dallas Mavericks) play the Oklahoma City Blue!

Saturday, Nov. 21 at 7:00pm @ the Dr Pepper Arena in Frisco, purchase tickets online for only $10 by clicking here.

Half of each ticket price goes to the Carpenter PTA for things like school socials, STAAR snacks, field trips, and classroom supplies. Wear your Carpenter shirt and see you at the game!

What the fans are saying:

“Let's Go Legends!
I've attended many Legends games over the last few years, and I'm never disappointed. The team is good, and every seat is a good one. The experience is priceless”.

“If you have not spent time at a Texas Legends event, you are missing a wonderful whole family experience. Do yourself a favor and go see them. Kids of all ages will love the kid zones and parents will be delighted that it is cheaper on their pocketbook than the Mavericks. Enjoy it”.

Thanksgiving Break - Monday thru Friday, November 23rd to November 27th

Have a wonderful, safe, happy Thanksgiving! See you back in class Monday morning, November 30th.

Around the Ranch

A Special Kind of Art Project

Student's from the RANCH enjoying a special art project created especially for them. Working at the art tables in Mrs. Slater's Art Room made it an extra special creative experience.

Athletics This Week

Monday, November 16 -

6:00 8th gr girls basketball at Robinson

6:00 8th gr boys basketball at Carpenter

Thursday, November 19 -

6:00 7th gr girls basketball at Robinson

6:00 7th gr boys basketball at Carpenter

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!

From the Desk of Principal Washington

Howdy Carpenter Community,

As another six weeks comes to a close, on behalf of the staff at The Ranch, I’d like to say “thank you” for your support.

Please allow me a few friendly reminders:

Students must walk their bike or pick up their skateboard once on campus.

Students must leave campus immediately if they are not in tutorials or participating in an extracurricular event.

Students must be picked up within thirty minutes of the end of a school sponsored event.

Students are expected to follow the dress code policy at all times.

Students have been challenged to “make their mark” at The Ranch; one way to make a positive mark is by working hard academically and exhibiting appropriate behaviors at all times. #StriveForExcellence

Parents are encouraged to get “plugged in” at The Ranch through Twitter, Facebook, Parent Portal and/or the website.

Parents are encouraged to volunteer at The Ranch and join PTA. We need you!

Open lines of communication are valued at The Ranch, so please feel free to reach out to teachers, counselors or administrators as needed.

Thank you for your time and continued support.

~ Courtney

About Carpenter Middle School

“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.

Community Connections

Planoettes Raising Cane's Fundraiser - Wednesday, November 18th

Mention the Fundraiser at the register and Cane's will donate 15% to Planoettes. Click for


  • 15th and Alma location only.

PSHS Cheer Poinsettia Fundraiser

Foreman Elementary Holiday Bazaar

The Forman Elementary School PTA will be having their first Holiday Bazaar on December 3, 2015. If you would like to make some extra money for the holidays and you have some crafts that you would like to sell, please consider renting a booth for this event. We will be renting booths for a $25 donation to the Forman Elementary School PTA. The Holiday Bazaar will be held inside the school in the gym from 5–8 p.m.

There will be many people shopping for that unique gift for that special someone. So if you have the talent and can make Jewelry, Décor, Crocheted Crafts, Knitten Crafts, Wood crafts, Art, etc...this would be the perfect opportunity and place to sell your unique gifts just in time for the holidays.

If you would like to rent a booth for this event, please contact Norma Jones at 469-752-1274 to reserve a booth.

PSHS Spiritwear Sale

The Plano Football QB Club is having a spirit wear sale. Everything is marked down! Go to to start shopping!