Colt Courier

Week of August 31, 2015

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Mrs. Alexander, Mrs. Jackson, Mrs. Boyse, Mrs. Smith and Mrs. Barker for being will to implement the Student Voice Initiative at CMS.

Mrs. David, Mrs. Jackson, Mrs. Moy, Mrs. Smith, Mrs. Morgan, Mr. Woolley, and Mr. Morgan for implementing Grading for Mastery in each of their classes.

Mrs. Irick​ led two​ sessions​ at the GCISD Humanities ​College Readiness Institute; one was entitled Go To Technology and the other Blendspace and Beyond.

Mrs. Smith led two session at the GCISD Humanities College Readiness Institute; one was entitled Go To Technology and the other was Using Claim Evidence Response in the ELA Classroom with Varied Prompts.

Mr. Morgan led two sessions at the GCISD Mathematics College Readiness Institute on Flipped Classroom in a Mathematics Class. Many participants said the information Mr. Morgan provided was some of the most valuable.

Mrs. Barker led a session at the GCISD Mathematics College Readiness Institute on Engaging the Mathematics Class with Technology.​

Mrs. Morgan and Mrs. Barker both have had proposals accepted to present at the Texas Computer Education Association state convention in Austin in February. Both will be sharing how technology has impacted the classroom and culture at CMS.

In May, Ms. Dollar graduated with her masters in Special Education from Tarleton State University. Congratulations, Ms. Dollar. ​

Drop Off and Pick Up Safety

To ensure the safety of anyone arriving to CMS, please ensure that you use the crosswalk when walking from the parking lot into the building.

PLEASE ensure all your information is UPDATED and ACCURATE

How can I do this? Information on the easy way to make this happen below:
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Our Curriculum Night is this Tuesday, September 1st!!

Upcoming Events

Tuesday, September 1st

8:00 - 8:30 am ~ Meet the Principal Coffee in the Library

6:00 - 6:30 pm ~ Meet the Principal in the Cafeteria

6:30 - 6:55 pm ~ PTA Meeting in the Cafeteria

7:00 - 8:20 pm ~ Curriculum Night

8:30 - 9:00 pm ~ Volunteer Training

Thursday, September 3rd

3:45 - 5:30 pm ~ Stars Dance Officer Practice

7:00 - 8:00 pm ~ Choir Parent Meeting

Friday, September 4th

Mass Band Night during half-time at the CHHS vs GHS football game

Kick-off is at 7:30pm

Saturday, September 5th

6:00 - 9:00 pm ~ Choir Kick-Off Party

Upcoming Volunteer Training

Please remember to be a volunteer on any GCISD campus you must complete two steps.

1. Click here to complete the on-line background check.

2. Volunteers must attend a campus orientation to have an overview of campus expectations. This must be completed once during your three years at CMS. If you have not have completed the campus training we will be providing trainings on the following days.

Tuesday, September 1st

8:30 - 9:00 pm ~ Volunteer Training

Friday, September 11th

9:00 - 9:30 am ~ Volunteer Training

Friday, October 2nd

5:30 - 6:00 pm ~ Volunteer Training

Grapevine Christmas Parade will be on Thursday, December 3rd!!


The Colt Crew is made up of CMS dads whose mission is to meet and greet as many students as possible on Friday mornings so the kids can start their day off in a positive way with a handshake, smile, pat on the back and "have a great day" greeting! That's it….very simple.

This program provides a way for CMS dads to 'give a hand' with the kids at school. At the same time, they get to meet key CMS staff members and interact with other CMS dads.

The program is modeled off the successful Grateful Dads program at Grapevine High School that has already spread to Heritage Middle, Colleyville Heritage High, Timberline Elementary, Cross Timbers Middle, and Grapevine Elementary.

If you are interested in be part of the Colt Crew, please email Mindy McClure, CMS VP of Volunteers, at

Google Classroom

Thank you for your patience as we switch from Edmodo to Google Classroom as our campus based platform for teacher/student collaboration and communication. Our expectations are that all teachers will post their classroom assignments by the end of the day in which it was assigned.

One change from Edmodo to Google Classroom is that there is not a separate parent log in. Many of our parents found the parent portal for Edmodo to an issue. If you want to see what your child is doing in class, we encourage you to sit down with your student and ask them to log in and you look at their Classrooms together. This switch to Google Classroom will allow us to streamline many of our initiatives with Google Apps for Education. We will be offering a parent class during the month of September. More information will be forthcoming.

Want to see the lesson provided to your students on Google Classroom? Check out the resource at You can also find additional information at and

Google Chrome at Home

Some parents are reporting that their child cannot load documents from Google Classroom at home. We have found that Chrome is the best browser to use with Google Classroom. However, many parents are logged into Google Chrome with their personal gmail address. When a student simply opens a tab, it is sensing that they are the personal email associated with Chrome.

Did you know you can link multiple accounts to Chrome and easily have multiple accounts logged in at once? Check out this resource and add your student's gcisd student email account to Chrome!

If your child is having problems with a log in, please have them stop into the Learning Commons (library) for support from Mrs. Smith.

Nurse Martin Tips

Thank you for the warm welcome to CMS from all the parents and students that I

have had the pleasure of meeting! I am looking forward to meeting the rest of you in

the next few months. Although I am sad to see the lazy days of summer in the rear

view mirror, I am eager to get started on the 2015 – 2016 school year.

Sleep hygiene is an important part of being successful in middle school. Homework

tends to increase over that seen in elementary school and sports tend to go later.

Please read through the following suggestions on sleep amounts for your middle


7-12 Years Old: 10 - 11 hours per day

At these ages, with social, school, and family activities, bedtimes gradually become later and later, with most 12-years-olds going to bed at about 9 p.m. There is still a wide range of bedtimes, from 7:30 to 10 p.m., as well as total sleep times, from 9 to 12 hours, although the average is only about 9 hours.

12-18 Years Old: 8 - 9 hours per day

Sleep needs remain just as vital to health and well-being for teenagers as when they were younger. It turns out that many teenagers actually may need more sleep than in previous years. Now, however, for many teenagers social pressures conspire against getting the proper amount and quality of sleep. (Web MD)

Sleep is a vital need, essential to a child’s health and growth. Sleep promotes alertness, memory and performance. Children who get enough sleep are more likely to function better and are less prone to behavioral problems and moodiness. (

Nurse Martin

Counselor Corner



During the month of September the CMS counselors will be leading guidance lessons from the S.O.S (Signs of Suicide) curriculum. This program will be shared with GCISD middle and high school students and staff. Students will learn how to respond to a friend who may need extra support. One tool they will gain is the acronym ACT.

A: Acknowledge the problem

C: Care. Let the person know you care.

T: Tell a responsible adult.

Counselors will also discuss the difference between sadness and depression. You should have received an opt out form from your student this week. If not, you will find it on the CMS website. Opt out forms are due back to the counseling office by September 10, 2015.


Starting Thursday, September 3 we will be meeting with students during their 6th grade Pre-Athletics classes to discuss life skills using the All Star curriculum. This will continue until our December break.


We will be meeting every other Wednesday with 7th and 8th graders to talk about the 3 C’s of decision-making and how our brains are working during the age of 11-21. Guidance lessons on various topics will continue until our December break.

DUKE TIP letters for 7th graders will be sent out as soon as the state releases the 2015 6th grade STAAR scaled scores and passing minimums.

NINE WEEKS – This year middle school will be on a 9 week grading period. The first progress report date will be September 11 and the second progress report date is October 2. The end of the 1st 9 weeks is October 16. Please make sure that you are checking Skyward. You can download the Skyward app for your phone or for your child’s phone so you can monitor grades.

GOOGLE CLASSROOM – Make sure to ask your child for their log in so you can help them manage their homework in Google Classroom. Please remember to us Google Chrome to log into Google Classroom.


Parents please take a minute to complete a survey about the CMS Counseling Department.

Krystal McCure – Counselor A-K – 817-305-4916

Stefanie Chapman – Counselor L-Z – 817-305-4917

Shari Vanderwork – Registrar – 817-305-4955

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EBooks Update

The Ebook codes for the texts books should be in this week and given to students by their teachers. This will enable them to access text books from any device.

Purpose of Advisory

Advisory is designed to be a time of personal learning and growth for students. This can be done through structured activities, such as tutorials or extended learning; personal discovery, such as reading, writing, or collaborative activities; goal setting and reflection through PLP and ePortfolio; and academic lessons on topics such as mindset and study skills. In addition, Advisory is designed so that teachers and students have a period of unstructured time to foster relationships and have conversations that are sometimes difficult to fit into a typical class period.

We will begin full implementation of Advisory on Tuesday, September 8.

Principal Points

Great first week of school!!

Each grade level had the Colt Talk which covered the expectations of the Student Handbook. This means that Dress Code will begin to be enforced starting Monday, August 31st. Please help to ensure students are in Dress Code prior to leaving for school to help alleviate any issues.

I enjoyed meeting all of the parents that came to the Principal Meet and Greet Coffee on Thursday of last week. If you were unable to attend here are the future dates along with location that will give you an opportunity to meet me.

Until next week,

Ryan Martin


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