Panther PRIDE Weekly Update

Cimarron MS - March 30, 2023

From Behind The Desk

Hello Panthers!

Gabe Schmidt

Positivity - Respect - Integrity - Diligence - Empathy

"Education is not the filling of a pot but the lighting of a fire." - William Butler Yeats


  • March 31 - Track Chisholm Trail Invitational & Baseball Home vs. Summit
  • April 3 - 6th Vocal Festival/Concert & Girls Tennis @ Heritage Hall
  • April 4 - 7/8 Vocal Contest/ Boys Golf & Tennis/Baseball Away vs. Choctaw
  • April 4 - Kona Ice Day
  • April 4 - School Librarian Appreciation Day! Thank you, Mrs. Schreck & Mr. Edwards!
  • April 5 - CPTO Meeting & Pizza Day!
  • April 5 - CA Appreciation Day
  • April 5 - Edmond Doubles Tennis Tournament
  • April 6 - All Edmond Baseball Tournament/Girls Golf @ Choctaw/JV Tennis
  • April 7 - All Edmond Baseball Tournament
  • April 8 - 7/8 Orchestra Edmond Chamber Music Festival
  • April 9 - Happy Easter!
  • April 10 - Timothy Alexander on Campus
  • April 10 - Boys Tennis/Track Meet
  • April 11 - Girls Golf & Tennis/ Track Meet
  • April 12 - AOK Awards
  • April 13 - B/G Golf Championship
  • April 14 - Fun Food Friday!
  • April 14 & 15 - High School Musical, Jr.

How Successful Are You Becoming

We've created a rubric centered around 4 pillars of success at Cimarron. How many points are you achieving? How many do you want to achieve?

Category 1: Academic Performance

  • Consistently completes homework assignments on time (4 points)
  • Actively participates in class discussions and activities (4 points)
  • Maintains a GPA of 3.0 or higher (4 points)
  • Seeks help from teachers or tutors when needed (4 points)

Category 2: Organizational Skills

  • Keeps a planner or calendar to track assignments and due dates (4 points)
  • Arrives to class on time with necessary materials (4 points)
  • Maintains an organized backpack and workspace (4 points)
  • Submits assignments with correct formatting and labeling (4 points)

Category 3: Social and Emotional Skills

  • Respects teachers and peers (4 points)
  • Listens actively and communicates effectively with others (4 points)
  • Resolves conflicts in a positive and constructive manner (4 points)
  • Demonstrates empathy and kindness towards others (4 points)

Category 4: Extracurricular Activities and Involvement

  • Participates in at least one extracurricular activity or club (4 points)
  • Demonstrates leadership qualities within the chosen activity or club (4 points)
  • Voluntarily participates in community service or other service projects (4 points)
  • Maintains a healthy balance between academics and extracurricular activities (4 points)

Total Possible Points: 64

To achieve success as a middle school student, a young scholar should aim to score at least 48 out of 64 points. Consistently meeting the criteria in each category will set them up for academic success and personal growth.


If you would like to set up a Canvas account as an "Observer" of your student, follow these links or use the above QR Code for details.


Tickets are currently also live on Cimarron's website under athletics. EPS will now only be selling electronic tickets to events.


Please see slots for items and volunteers needed for the monthly Panther Grille.


  • Alerts/Announcements - In the event of a school emergency/situation, Mr. Schmidt will communicate quickly to families through text messaging through SMS text. If you have a smartphone, please text the words "opt in" to shortcode 67587. Make sure your phone number is on file with Infinite Campus.

  • Parent Portal - If you are having problems with your Parent Portal account, e-mail:

  • Panther Pals are parent volunteers helping on a weekly basis in the workroom. Contact the CPTO to sign up!

  • Pizza Day is a monthly event during lunch hosted by the CPTO. The money raised benefits Cimarron! The circle of…pizza! $5 for two slices and a drink.

  • Fun Food Friday is a twice-a-month sweet-treat fundraiser for students. Most things are $2

  • Panther Grille is a monthly luncheon for students who are nominated by their teachers for displaying a recognizable positive character trait.

  • The PantherPRIDE/AOK Award Assembly is a monthly grade-level assembly to recognize and commend students for exceptional qualities.

  • Please continue to collect Box Tops. They all add up to benefit Cimarron Panthers!

  • This Panther Prowl newsletter is produced weekly by Cimarron Middle School. If you have submissions, photos or suggestions, please contact Mr. Schmidt’s secretary, Robbi Kinnaird at We would love to hear from you.

Successful Remote Learning

Remote learning on short notice this week was a challenge. How can we do it better next time?

If you're like my family, we're happy to be back to school and in person. Now that we have experienced remote learning for one day, prepare now for a future remote day with these 3 guidelines:

  1. Establish a regular schedule and routine: One of the most important things to do when learning remotely is to establish a regular schedule and routine. This includes setting specific times for studying, completing assignments, and taking breaks. Having a set schedule can help to keep you on track, reduce distractions, and increase productivity.

  2. Stay organized: Remote learning can create a lot of digital materials, like online lectures, assignments, and notes. Staying organized and keeping track of all of these materials can be challenging. To overcome this, you can use tools like calendars, to-do lists, and note-taking apps to keep track of all the materials and schedule.

  3. Communicate effectively with your teachers and classmates: Successful remote learning also requires effective communication with your teachers and classmates. This includes asking questions, clarifying instructions, and discussing any concerns or issues that may arise. It's also important to stay connected with your classmates, as social interaction is key to maintaining motivation, and a sense of belonging.

Additionally, it's important to take care of yourself, it's important to take regular breaks and make sure you're getting enough sleep, eating well, and exercising. Also, it's important to have a designated workspace, a place where you can focus on your studies and minimize distractions.


Gabe Schmidt - Lead Principal, 8th Grade

Dr. Kacy Harsha - Principal, 7th Grade

Johanna Belt - Principal, 6th Grade

Jessica Cook - 8th Grade Counselor

Teresa Murray - 7th Grade Counselor

LaTasha Winther - 6th Grade Counselor

Cimarron’s School Resource Officers: Sgt. Littles & Sgt. Pearson