Cowboy Parent Courier

January 31, 2020

Happy Friday from CMS! It has been a great week and we are ready to tackle February.

We will celebrate our counselors during the week of February 3-7 in honor of National School Counselors Week. I know our counselors have been such an incredible support to many of our students and families. They make a tremendous impact on our school. I encourage you to take an opportunity to drop them a note of appreciation during their special week.

I also want to invite you to the CMS Honor Band send-off concert on Sunday, February 9th at 7:00pm at the MHS Performing Arts Center. Our students will perform on stage in San Antonio before hundreds of music educators from across the country. We are excited to see their final practice performance prior to their big trip.

There is no school on Monday, February 17th.

Thank you!

Dr. E

Support Special Olympics

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PTO News and Updates

Hello Parents!

Valentine's Day is coming up and we have something SWEET going on. Buttermilk Sky Pie Shop in Allen is helping us raise funds for PTO. All you have to do is stop in their pie shop and pick up a delicious pie or call in an order. 30% of the proceeds will go back to Cockrill PTO. Just pick up the pie and put in your receipt in the box provided at their shop.

Fundraiser is February 3rd-8th, Monday through Saturday. Delicious!!!

We have a few things coming up that we could use help with! We have an immediate need for a parent to help organize volunteers for the COPY ROOM and help us sell tickets for the 7th/8th grade winter dance at the end of February. Please email Serena Ashcroft at

Thanks for your help and support as always!

Cockrill PTO

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Theatre Show at CMS

Come see CMS Theatre’s production of “Anne Frank & Me” before it heads to UIL One-Act Play Competition! February 7th and 8th at 7pm at CMS, tickets $5 at the door. Alternate (understudy) show February 8th at 4pm – tickets by donation. The show is approx. 40 minutes long.

Show synopsis: This multiple national award-winning American classic, which was a hit in New York, is about the awakening of a modern teen Holocaust denier. Nicole Burns doubts the truth and cares even less, but ultimately comes face to face with the hell of the Holocaust, and—in an extraordinary sequence—meets Anne Frank on a cattle car to Auschwitz. We start out with Nicole in today's teen world. Unfinished homework assignments and young love are all transported with her to Nazi-occupied Paris, 1942 to 1944, and then are brought forward again to the light and hope of the present.

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Open House and Course Selection Meetings-February 20th

Mark your calendar for February 20th.

CMS Open House will be from 5:30-6:45pm.

If you wish to attend the course selection informational meeting for parents of current 6th and 7th graders, join us in the cafeteria at 6:00pm. We will also provide a video with the content if you can't make the meeting or prefer to watch it at home.

We will meet with parents of incoming 6th graders that same evening at 7:15pm in the cafeteria.

Incoming (20/21) 6th Grade Parents Invited to CMS!

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Yearbook News

Parents, it’s the last chance to order a yearbook and guarantee a copy for your student. We cannot promise that there will be extras in May when they arrive. Order your students yearbook right now at Don’t let your student be the one without a copy in May. Order by Friday, January 31st to make sure they’re not missing out on memories of this year.


As you plan appointments in the upcoming weeks, please keep these dates in mind. The STAAR schedule looks a bit different than it has in past years so we wanted to get this out now.

Tuesday, April 7th-7th Writing/8th Math

Wednesday, April 8th-8th Reading

Thursday, April 9th-Make Up tests

Friday, April 10th-Bad Weather Day

Tuesday, May 5th-Algebra

Thursday, May 7th-8th Science

Friday, May 8th-Social Studies

Tuesday, 12th-6th/7th Math test, 8th grade math retest

Wednesday, May 13th-6th/7th Reading test, 8th grade reading retest

Course Acceleration Information

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High School Course Applications for 8th Graders

Access applications for high school courses HERE.

New to Dual Credit Courses?-Action Required

Access additional information HERE.

Snack Shack

Students LOVE the snack shack, and I love that our PTO is committed to opening it each week. Our SNACK SHACK is always in need of volunteers. It is a fast and fun way to be involved. Thanks for all the support.

Lunch for Students

Due to a variety of safety concerns related to food allergies and campus safety and security, McKinney ISD does not allow students to utilize food delivery services at school. This includes services such as Uber Eats, Doordash and direct restaurant delivery. However, parents/guardians will still be permitted to drop food off for their children.

This rule does not apply to deliveries organized by McKinney ISD faculty or a teacher serving as a sponsor of a student organization. We appreciate your cooperation in our efforts to create a safe and secure environment for students.

Parents may only deliver food for your own child. We can't accept group deliveries.

Want to Volunteer?

If you would like to volunteer at CMS, please complete the Volunteer Background Check. If you have been approved in the past, you have until September to update your application for the new school year. You must complete a new form each year. Please note that if you do not complete the proper paperwork, you cannot help chaperone field trips or help with the school in any way. We need and want your help, so please fill out the forms now.

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