Colt Corner

Celebrating 40 Years of Excellence

January 13, 2017

Dear Colt Parents,

I hope this newsletter finds each of you well. I am personally looking forward to enjoying my first CMS Cotillion tonight with our awesome 6th graders. I know that events like Cotillion create memories for our students that will last a lifetime. I want to thank our wonderful PTA for all of the help, support and organization in creating such a fun experience like these for our students. If you haven't joined our PTA I hope that you consider joining our fantastic group! We hope our Colts enjoy the three day weekend!


David Arencibia, Ed.D.

CMS Principal

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Twitter: @CmsColts

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2017-2018 School Calendar

Many have asked about the 2017-2018 school calendar so I wanted to provide you a brief update on its status. On Thursday, January 12, the district included in The LEADer, the district's e-newsletter, a link to a brief survey that asks four questions regarding the student-teacher calendar. In case you missed it, I have included a link to the survey in this email. These questions will help us determine what is most important for our parents, teachers, students and community members. The survey will be open until 4 p.m. on Friday, January 20. Once the district has collected the information, a proposed calendar will be recommended to the District Excellence Committee prior to the Board of Trustees vote on Monday, February 27. We are working diligently to finalize the 2017-2018 school calendar and we appreciate your patience as we work to create the best calendar to cultivate student success. Click here for the survey.


How do you know if your student is on the right path? Come spend an evening focused on ensuring that advanced students get on the correct pathway to reach their goals.

Brought to you by SAGE — Supporting and Advocating for Gifted Education

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

At the Professional Development & Education Center, 5800 Colleyville Blvd.

5:30 p.m. Family Social & Brown Bag Dinner

Bring dinner for your family and eat and socialize with other SAGE members. Get to know your GT community!

6:00 p.m. General Session
Counseling Services for GT Families
Emberly Hill, GCISD Director of Counseling
Top Tier Universities
Secondary School Counselors, GCISD
6:30 p.m. Breakout Sessions, 30 minutes each
Student & Parent Insights
A panel of Juniors, Seniors and parents will share about their college search. Q&A.
College Admissions Process
Karen Dillard, College Prep, will talk about navigating admissions and the SAT/ACT.
High School Counselor Q&A
Ask a question of Emberly Hill, GCISD Director of Counseling, and the secondary counselors.

This event is FREE for SAGE members or $5 at the door for non-members.

Sweta Reddy & Carol Stertzer, CMS SAGE Reps

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Join your fellow GCISD PTA members

WE WANT AND NEED YOUR VOICE! Please join your fellow GCISD PTA members on January 26th for a Legislative Advocacy Roundtable Discussion hosted by the Grapevine-Colleyville ISD Council of PTAs.

MEET and TALK with YOUR area legislators and staff and pick up advocacy tips to use throughout the current 85th Texas Legislative Session.

· Thursday, January 26, 2017

· 6:30-8:00pm (childcare not provided)

· Light refreshments provided

· PDEC (Professional Development and Education Center): 5800 Colleyville Blvd., Colleyville, TX 76034

We will give a brief overview of our district PTA's top 5 issues for our legislators to address: 1) Reduce STAAR emphasis, 2) Oppose vouchers and ESA programs, 3) Adequate school funding, 4) Pursue a new accountability system that is valid, reliable and balanced and 5) Clarify the role of school districts on cyber-bullying. (Handouts with more information on each issue will be available at the event.)

Pre-registration is not required, but is highly recommended so we can get a headcount and plan appropriately. To register, scroll down to find your school and RSVP at the following site:

For questions, please contact your local PTA Legislative Advocacy Chair or President or Doug Noell, GCISD Council of PTAs Legislative Chair (

Counselors Corner

Week of January 17 – January 20, 2016

January 17 6:30 – PTA Program – Beyond Middle School

CHHS and GHS High School counselors and the Director of Counseling, Emberly Hill will be at CMS to talk with 8th grade parents about helping their student have a successful transition to high school. Topics will include: tips for course selection, A/B Day, high school transcripts and GPA and how your student can get involved at their high school campus. We look forward to seeing you there!


On February 9 we will be taking all 7th graders to Grapevine High School to visit the TECC center. While at the TECC center, students will get to see the various career and technology electives that GCISD has to offer when students are in high school. Several of the 8th grade courses that are offered at CMS lead into these great courses offered at the high school level. Permission slips will be sent home on Tuesday, January 17th through your 7th grade student’s Language Arts class. Permission slips are due back on Friday, January 27. Students will be gone only 2nd, 3rd, and 4th period. Please let counseling know if you have any questions.


Grapevine-Colleyville ISD is accepting referrals February 22 - March 8 for current secondary students who may be eligible for Gifted/Talented Services for the upcoming school year. This program is designed for students who exhibit intellectual giftedness at an extraordinary level. Services are provided only upon identification of educational needs of the student. Anyone wishing to refer a student attending Grapevine-Colleyville ISD in sixth through eleventh grade this school year may secure a referral form from campus-counseling department. A copy of this form is also located on the District’s Advanced Academics webpage.


February 17 – 7th Grade – Abuse of Power

March 10 – 6th Grade – Survivors of Abuse


January 17 – PTA Program – Beyond Middle School – presented by high school counselors

January 18 – High School Counselors meet with 8th grade– Career Cruising Part 2

End of January 8th graders enter high school courses in Skyward

February 7 – High School Counselors come to visit and go over courses with 8th graders

February 7 – In the Middle – PTA Program – Presented by CMS Counselors

February 9 – CMS 7th Grade visits TECC at Grapevine High School

February 16 – Kindness Day

February 21 – CMS Counselors go to OCT to meet with 5th graders

February 21 – CMS Showcase for 5th graders/Open House

Play it Safe Parent Letter

Rachel's Challenge

If you'd like to purchase the Rachel's Challange shirt, please bring the order form and payment to Leslie Walden in the Counseling Department. Orders must be placed by January 20th.
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Nurse Martin's Tip Newsletter

Click on Newsletter for the nurses tips.

Top CMS TWEETS from the WEEK

Follow us at @CmsColts #cmscelebrates

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This Weeks Upcoming Events

Monday, January 16 - MLK Day - No School

Tuesday, January 17

Boys Basketball (click here for schedule details)

7th Grade Boys Basketball vs CTMS @ CTMS

8th Grade Boys Basketball vs CTMS at CMS

Beyond Middle School-PTA Program - CMS Cafeteria 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Friday, January 20

Boys Basketball (click here for schedule details)

7th & 8th Grade Boys Basketball Tournament

6th Grade Cotillion - 6:30 - 9:00 pm - CMS Cafeteria

Saturday, January 21

Boys Basketball (click here for schedule details)

7th & 8th Grade Boys Basketball Tournament

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