Staff Newsletter

Week of September 28, 2015

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Students truly may feel this way!!

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Don't forget to our goal to make positive communication home for each of our students!

Colt Champions


Julian Cisneros for helping Mrs. Lamb carry boxes without being asked


CMS Football

7th Grade:

A Team vs CTMS won 26-22

B Team lost 20-13

C Team lost 20-12

8th Grade:

A Team vs CTMS lost 16-6

B Team lost 14-7

CMS Volleyball

7th Grade:

A team vs Coppell North won in 2 (25-9, 25-23)

B team lost in 3 (25-17, 13-25, 11-15)

C team won in 2 (25-19, 25-16)

8th Grade:

A team vs Coppell North loss in 3 (24-26, 25-17, 13-15)

B team win in 2 (25-9, 25-21)

C team win in 3 (15-25, 25-23, 15-10)

Girl's Athletic Newsletter

Boy's Athletic Newsletter

Teacher Update and To Do List:

To Do:

1. Call parents of failing students. Personal contact is a must and is the first thing you

need to do. Once initial contact is established, talk to the parents about how they prefer to be contacted. Email will be fine after initial contact.

2. Double-check your paperwork on all of your students. Do you have everything you need? How do you know if someone is 504, Special Education, or has a health impairment? Do the following:

In Skyward>Teacher Access>My Classes>Class Options

This will print a roster of your students with alert information. Crosscheck it with the information you have in your folders. If you are missing something, then notify the appropriate people: Sophia Martin – Health; Jeannie Guajardo – Special Education; Angela Stock – 504s.

3. Complete your FLEX classes.

4. Complete and share your PLP with your appraiser.

5. Sign up for Flu shots. CMS will be on: Thursday, October 1, from 7 am - 11 am.

6. October 9: Have you done TELPAS training at any time in the past? The Texas Training Center website is going down forever after October 16. In order to prove you have taken classes in the past, you must retrieve records and certificates before the Training Center goes down.

Do you need information on DMAC and iStation? Login to School Wires and go to the link below that will lead you to the Assessment and Accountability page. There are a lot of good “how to’s” here.

Attendance Notes

Next week is Roster Verification. On Monday, you will receive a copy of instructions along with rosters in your box. Please make sure they are turned in by Tuesday!

Also, please ensure that you art taking attendance every period, every day. Remember, our funding is dependent on our attendance.

This Week During Advisory

Gmail Blendspace

We have created another Blendspace for you to share with your students on how to set up Gmail on their phones and how to check it on computers. We are hearing from many teachers that students aren't checking their email for notifications. Please ensure that your advisory students spend time in this Blendspace and encourage them to stop and set up email on their phones. Please post this link on your Advisory Google Classroom. We will also post on the student group page as well.

PLC Schedule

Monday- SS

Tuesday- Math

Wednesday- Science

Thursday- ELA

Friday- Special Education

Advisory Note

When requesting students on the Advisory list, remember to add your name in lower case letters. This is a signal not to override. If a teacher's name is written in all capitals, the student can be pulled. We used the same system last year, but for those new or those that may have forgotten.

Remember to take attendance daily during Advisory.

This is key to making sure all students go to the correct room. If you need help figuring out how best to do this, Travis can give you a few suggestions.

AVID Update

Please don't forget to use the AVID strategy of the month. You can upload evidence to the CMS AVID folder (which is also linked in Classroom). Every piece of evidence teachers provide helps make AVID documentation for Sean Clary easier and improves our AVID ratings. CMS is taking AVID campus wide!

September WICOR Strategy of the Month

Math- Levels of Questioning

ELA- Critical Reading

Science- 2-Minute Preview

SS- Cornell Way

Electives- Graphic Organizer

Note from the Nurse

For Teens and their parents!

Breakfast cereals advertise that they're packed with vitamins and minerals. Sports drinks claim they can rev up your flagging energy with a jolt of vitamins or minerals (sorry, but even powerful vitamins and minerals can't act that fast!). You know vitamins and minerals are good for you. But which ones does your body really need? And is it possible to get too much of a good thing?

What Are Vitamins and Minerals?

Vitamins and minerals make people's bodies work properly. Although you get vitamins and minerals from the foods you eat every day, some foods have more vitamins and minerals than others.

Vitamins fall into two categories: fat soluble and water soluble. The fat-soluble vitamins — A, D, E, and K — dissolve in fat and can be stored in your body. The water-soluble vitamins — C and the B-complex vitamins (such as vitamins B6, B12, niacin, riboflavin, and folate) — need to dissolve in water before your body can absorb them. Because of this, your body can't store these vitamins. Any vitamin C or B that your body doesn't use as it passes through your system is lost (mostly when you pee). So you need a fresh supply of these vitamins every day.

Whereas vitamins are organic substances (made by plants or animals), minerals are inorganic elements that come from the soil and water and are absorbed by plants or eaten by animals. Your body needs larger amounts of some minerals, such as calcium, to grow and stay healthy. Other minerals like chromium, copper, iodine, iron, selenium, and zinc are called trace minerals because you only need very small amounts of them each day.

Eating a variety of foods is the best way to get all the vitamins and minerals you need each day, as well as the right balance of carbohydrates, proteins, fats, and calories. Whole or unprocessed foods — like fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grains, low-fat dairy products, lean meats, fish, and poultry — are the best choices for providing the

nutrients your body needs to stay healthy and grow properly.

For the next few weeks I will cover some of the vitamins and minerals important in our diets. Next week look for information about Calcium!

Nurse Martin

Want to get CPR or First Aid Certified?

Amy Howard, Director of Health Services and our own GCISD Nurse Guru, is training any staff that is interested in becoming CPR and First Aid Certified. This certification is a bonus for your students and coworkers and for your own personal activities and needs(coaches, scout leaders, church group leaders)! These classes are being offered for FREE!

Here are the following dates:


September 28th

5pm to 8pm

Bronco Bowl (PDEC)


October 19th

5pm to 8pm

Bronco Bowl (PDEC)


September 29

5pm to 8pm

Bronco Bowl (PDEC)


October 20

5pm to 8pm

Bronco Bowl (PDEC)


Education Foundation Employee Drive

First off, a great big THANKS for those that have already contributed to the Education Foundation! We are on our way to reaching our goal of 75%. If you haven't contributed yet, never fear. The deadline to return your Employee Donor Form is October 8. Remember, all that give will receive jeans passes and an entry into a drawing for an incredible (though undetermined) prize!

CHHS 20th Annual Homecoming Parade

Colleyville Heritage High School 20th annual Homecoming parade will take place on Thursday, October 15th beginning at 6:30 pm.

The parade will feature floats creatively decorated by the various clubs and organizations in CHHS and the Grapevine/Colleyville community. The parade will begin moving from Gateway Road behind CHHS and continue down Heritage Avenue in front of CHHS. It will be lots of fun and a great way to pump up the Homecoming spirit at Colleyville Heritage High School.

Any club or organization interested in being in the parade may contact Terri Kitzmiller at CHHS at (817) 305-4700 ext 2010. Parade line-up time will begin at 5:30 pm.

Upcoming Events of the Week

Monday, September 28

7th Grade Football vs Coppell North at CMS

B Team 5:30 pm

A Team 7 pm

Tuesday, September 29

7:30 AM or 6:30 PM CMS Parent Google Drive/Classroom Class (sign up required)

8th Grade Football vs Coppell North at Coppell North

B Team 5:30 pm

A Team 6:45 pm

Wednesday, September 30

Thursday, October 1

Volleyball vs Heritage Middle School at Heritage Middle School

7th Grade B Team 5 pm

8th Grade C Team 5 pm

7th Grade C Team 6 pm

8th Grade A Team 6 pm

7th Grade A Team 7 pm

8th Grade B Team 7 pm

Friday, October 2

5:30 - 6:00 pm ~ Volunteer Training

Looking Forward

Sept 29- CMS Parent Google Drive/Classroom training 7:30 AM and 6:30 PM. Sign up required.

Sept 30-DMAC training during conference periods in back conference room.

Wednesday, October 14-PSAT Testing for 8th grade students

3 Cheers!

3 cheers to Jeanie, Deborah, and Lauren for helping in the CLC when I was out. (Salena Smith)

3 cheers to Jackie for all the help and support she gives when I am out. Who could ask for a better room mate in the CLC. (Salena Smith)

3 cheers to Amy Norris and Miranda Lamb for the tasty cupcakes! (Christina Moy)

3 cheers to Shannon Jackson and Laurie Thompson for their help with Math Resources. Thanks so much! (Christina Moy)

3 cheers to Jackie Baker for her help with syncing my iPad. (Christina Moy)

Three Cheers to Suzanne Barker for leading and keeping the PLC's on task to maximize our time and helping us make connections. (Kristy Lilley)

Three Cheers to my co - teachers Amy, Lisa, and Sue. I appreciate all they do to make my classroom run smoothly. (Kristy Lilley)

Three Cheers to Kelly Croak for helping me navigate the numbers and get my orders in correctly. (Kristy Lilley)

3 cheers to Suzanne Barker for providing Play-doh for our PLC's! (Kelly Richey)

3 cheers to Julie Moore for providing snacks for FARTOs PLC! (Kelly Richey)

3 cheers and a big THANK YOU to Mrs. Morgan, Mr. Morgan, Mrs. David, Mrs. Smith and Mrs. Boyse who volunteered to have Tino (my student teacher) observe classes this week. Our staff is the BEST! (Mandy Alexander)

3 cheers to Julie Moore for providing additional snacks for the FARTOS PLC. (Miranda Lamb)

3 cheers to Joe Morgan for making me feel appreciated and giving up a lunch to collaborate. (Miranda Lamb)

3 cheers to Jessica Talbott for helping the life skills class this week! (Katie Chapa)

3 Cheers to Jessica Gonzalez, Lauren Jones, Kelly Richey, Carol Ruckle, Sophia Martin, and Ryan Martin for helping me this past week. I greatly appreciate all of your help. (Lauren Smith)

Three Cheers to the science department - Matt, Karen, Leslie, Josh, Stephanie, and Jeannie for allowing us to use their classes for SOS. (Krystal and Stefanie)

3 cheers to Miranda and Amy for being the amazing hall-mates!! (Laurie Thompson)

3 cheers to Jessica for working so hard to find my missing box. (Laurie Thompson)

3 cheers to Becky Irick and Kris Lilley for taking on dance practice Friday...Thank you!! (Laurie Thompson)

3 cheers to Ryan for the tea every it! (Laurie Thompson)

3 cheers to the administration for all your support each day, even when it doesn't fit into your schedule. (Laurie Thompson)

3 cheers to Jackie for her willingness to continue to trouble shoot! (Suzanne Barker)

3 cheers to Karen and Lesley for kicking off a great PBL. (Suzanne Barker)

3 cheers to Carol for taking care of me every morning! (Suzanne Barker)

3 cheers to Deborah for serving on the DEC. (Suzanne Barker)

3 cheers to FARTOS for ending the week on such a positive fun note! (Suzanne Barker)

3 cheers to our all of our Colt View contributors and organizers! (Jessica Gonzalez)

3 cheers to all of the front office staff for handling each day being short handed each day and not missing a beat! (Ryan Martin)

3 cheers to the entire CMS staff! Each of you amaze me daily with all that you do for students!! (Ryan Martin)

3 cheers to Sherry David for the Student Newsletter. (Admin. Team)

Quote of the Week

“Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.”
Mahatma Gandhi

Principal Points

The germs are all around and knocking on everyone's door. Please take care of yourselves because flu season along with other illnesses has arrived!

Another great week! Hope everyone has a restful weekend and is prepared for week 6!



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