Colt Corner

Celebrating 40 Years of Excellence

September 23, 2016

Dear Colt Parents,

Yesterday I had the opportunity to experience a first. Our students (PALS & Cheerleaders) partnered with American Airlines and the Make-A-Wish Foundation to bring some joy to some very special new friends. For those that don't know, the Make-A-Wish Foundation helps dreams come true for kids with life-threatening medical conditions. Life can get busy and it can become easy to lose focus of the big picture if you let it. The kids facing life-threatening challenges quickly brought some perspective back to so many of us that experienced the event.

While at the DFW airport, our wonderful students cheered, laughed, high-fived, and celebrated their new friends as they boarded an American Airlines flight heading to Orlando Florida, Disney World. Our students epitomized what we refer to in GCISD as being effective Global Citizens, which is a reflection of a future GCISD Portrait of a Graduate. They were respectful, kind, empathetic, and gave back to a great cause and made some special memories for some special new friends. That is one of the many examples of the things that our CMS students take away from their experience here at Colleyville Middle School because we are fortunate enough to teach the whole student. Thank you for partnering with us during these important middle school years!


David Arencibia, Ed.D.

CMS Principal

Facebook: Colleyville Middle School

Twitter: @CmsColts

#cmscolts - #cmscelebrates

We need your help dad's for our Colt Crew!

As a father and Principal of some future Colts, I know that this is one great way to volunteer and stay connected at your child's school. I hope that all of the dads that are able to help out will consider joining our Colt Crew!

Some new faces will be welcoming our CMS Colts in the morning!

Big thanks to our Colt Crew!

What is a Colt Crew? Our Dad’s Club

How do they help out? They greet our students on Mondays by opening car doors or holding a door open as they enter the building. It is a great way for the students to begin their day. On occasion they may "man the grill" for students or staff. They also help with security at socials.

How can I join? Send an email to to be notified of opportunities.

Let’s Talk!

Let’s Talk! Is coming to our campuses. What is Let’s Talk? Let’s Talk! is a cloud-based communication system that helps school leaders and their teams engage their communities. GCISD has been using Let’s Talk! at the administration level for more than a year, and it has proven to be a useful tool in improving communications with the various stakeholders in our district. Let’s Talk! reduces the reliance on email and phone calls in responding to inquiries from the GCISD community, and instead offers a collaborative arena where we can work together to manage dialogues with our students, staff and community.

Learn more about Let’s Talk! by clicking here.

Feedback on STAAR Testing

Please help TEA and ETS re-design the new STAAR Confidential Student report (CSR) by taking their brief online survey at by September 30th. You will be able to preview the proposed redesign prior to taking the survey.
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SAGE Coffee Chat on 9/30

Friday, Sept. 30: SAGE Coffee Chat, CMS Library,

8:15-9:30 a.m.

CMS counselor Mrs. McCure will join us. As a mother of two high school students, she is in a unique position to provide guidance. Feel free to come with questions!

You do not need to be a SAGE member to participate in this event; however, if you would like to join SAGE and tap into some benefits, register online at

CMS SAGE reps: Carol Stertzer and Sweta Reddy.

See the game winning touchdown on Twitter below!

This past Tuesday our 8th grade team came back to win against CTMS with 23 seconds left! They iced the game with a drive ending interception to secure the win and cap off an exciting evening!

SAGE Speaker Series & Family Social

October 12: SAGE Speaker Series & Family Social

A Physician's Perspective of
Gifted & Talented Children

Justin Smith, M.D., also known as The Doc Smitty, will kick off our SAGE Speaker Series & Family Social on Wednesday evening, October 12. Stay tuned for details.

Dr. Smith will cover issues encountered by gifted students of all ages. The Speaker Series is FREE for SAGE members, or $5 at the door for non-members. To join SAGE, register online at
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Counselors Corner

Week of September 26 – September 30, 2016


Signs of Suicide (SOS):

The SOS program was started on Tuesday, September 13 with 7th grade. The program covers tips on helping friends/family with different scenarios and the difference between sadness and depression, and students learned the following acronym:

A: Acknowledge the problem;

C: Care. Let the person know you care;

T: Tell a responsible adult.

7th Graders had their lesson on Tuesday, September 13.

8th Graders had their lesson on Tuesday, September 20.

6th Graders will have their lesson Tuesday, September 27.

Here is the link to the video in case you have not seen what the students are watching.


October 7 – 7th Grade – Healthy Relationships

November 11 - 7th Grade – Can’t Take It Back

February 17 – 7th Grade – Abuse of Power

November 18 - 6th Grade It’s Harassment

March 10 – 6th Grade – Survivors of Abuse

Please see attached parent information letter about dates for 6th and 7th grade. Also, if you would like to opt out, please return the forms to the Counseling Office by September 30, 2016


All Stars is on their third session for 6th graders. There are 14 sessions total.


Please take a moment to complete the Monkey Survey to give feedback about last year’s program and what you would like to see this year. Thank you


We would love for you to join us on Remind if you haven’t done this yet. If you did this last year, we have rolled you over. Students have been encouraged to join this remind. We

1) Enter number 81010 in your phone

2) Text This Message

8th Grade - @couns8

7th Grade - @couns7

6th Grade - @couns6


You can download the Skyward app for your phone or for your child’s phone so you can monitor grades.


The Duke University Talent Identification Program (Duke TIP) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to serving academically gifted and talented youth. Duke TIP's talent searches serve as the entry point to academic benefits and programs for gifted and talented students in grades 4-12. For more information, click here:

Parents may directly enroll their child online at or via paper applications at any time during the enrollment period, October 1-March 31. Fees are paid only once, and need-based financial aid is available. Students must have attained a qualifying test score at or above the 95th percentile on at least one accepted subtest area of a grade-level standardized achievement test (Stanford or Iowa Test of Basic Skills), or achieved a score of a 125 or above on an aptitude test (OLSAT, CoGAT, NNAT) or mental ability test (IQ test such as WISC), or met the Duke approved score on a state criterion-referenced test (STAAR). A school code will be provided on the Duke Tip website during the enrollment process.

UPCOMING DATES from FOR CLUB (Friends of Rachel – Rachel’s Challenge)

September 30 – Rachel’s Challenge Meeting – during advisory – Have your child stop by the Counseling Office if your child would like to join and has not joined yet.

October 3 – Stomp Out Bullying – wear Blue

October 19 – Unity Day – wear Orange

October 25 – Mix It Up Lunch

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

Leslie Walden – Counselor L-Z – 817-305-4917

Shari Vanderwork – Registrar – 817-305-4955

Play it Safe Parent Letter

Nurse Martin's Tip

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This Weeks Upcoming Events

Monday, September 26

Football (click here for schedule details)

7th Grade A, B & C Games at Coppell North

Tuesday, September 27

Football (click here for schedule details)

8th Grade A & B Games vs Coppell North at CMS

Thursday, September 29

Volleyball (click here for schedule details)

7th Grade A, B & C Games vs HMS at CMS - South Gym

8th Grade A, B & C Games vs HMS at CMS - North Gym (Coltiseum)

8th Grade Band - Future Mustang Night GHS Football Game at Mustang-Panther Stadium

Friday, September 30

Progress Report 2 - (See Skyward)

SAGE Coffee Chat - 8:15-9:30- Learning Commons (Library)

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