Jacob Coy Middle School

Inspire, Lead, Empower

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Mrs. Andrea Ferguson, Principal

CONGRATULATIONS to Mrs. Ferguson on the birth of her daughter, Blakely!!! We are so excited for Mrs. Ferguson and her family!

Mrs. Ferguson is currently out of the building on maternity leave. If you would like to send her and her family well wishes, you may send her an email or drop off a card to the main office.

Mr. Josh Baker, Assistant Principal

Hello Coy Families!

We have had a great start to 2020! January was filled with unique learning opportunities and activities for our students.

Our students and staff have been working hard and it shows! Robotics Club, Power of the Pen, Entourage Show choir, and our extracurricular groups have been very successful in all of their winter competitions! Additionally, students from all grade levels participated in the Barn Hill Preserve visit last week where they got to learn more about animals from the preserve up close! Students have also been competing in our Spelling Bee and Geography Bee this past month. Congratulations to our student winners!

Be sure to check out all of the highlights from January listed below. We are so proud of our students and look forward to a great February!

Welcome Mr. Ron Flohre!

We are happy to announce that we have secured an administrator to serve in the Assistant Principal role during the time period when Mrs. Ferguson will be out for maternity leave. Mr. Baker will assume the role of Lead Principal during that time.

Mr. Ron Flohre comes to us with a wealth of experience! Prior to retiring in 2013, he was the Head Principal at Stebbins High School for 6 years, where he served as the Assistant Principal for 9 years prior. As a teacher, Ron was an Intervention Specialist at the secondary level. He most recently served as a Substitute Principal at Stevenson Elementary School in Mad River.

Please introduce yourself and give Mr. Flohre a warm welcome if you see him out and about at school or in the community!

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Parent-Teacher Conferences: February 24th-28th

Be on the lookout for more information coming soon about scheduling parent-teacher conferences for second semester starting the week of February 24th!
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Did You Know??? - The Education Connection

As a school, our staff uses many tools to keep parents informed such as e-mail, websites, ProgressBook, etc. Another resource the office and district staff uses is the Education Connection (which replaced Sangha this school year). Whenever we need to inform parents about upcoming school events, changes in schedule such as delays or cancellations, or even to notify parents of an absences that has not been called into the office, we utilize the text and/or e-mail feature of the Education Connection. It is important that you keep your information current with the office to ensure you are receiving our messages as we send out monthly newsletters this way as well as periodic updates. Contact our Office Staff with questions or to update records.

Ways to get Coy News

Make sure you are receiving the latest school news which is sent home via The Education Connection. If you are not already subscribed, please make sure your information is current in One View or send an e-mail to josh.baker@gocreek.org. We send out messages on a regular basis to keep you informed of what is happening at Coy. We also post things on the Coy Middle School Website, Facebook, and Twitter Page @COYPrincipal. The Coy PTO also has a Facebook book page that we encourage you to join. There are many ways to stay informed, so choose what works best for you!

Our daily announcements are also posted on our school website at https://gocreek-coy.edlioschool.com/apps/news/article/905863

This is a great way to see what is being talked about in the building every day!

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School Supplies

Now that we have passed the halfway mark of the school year, please check your student's school supplies to see if they are running low on common supplies such as pencils, erasers, paper, etc.

Outdoor Recess

With cold weather here, please make sure your child is prepared to go outside at lunch recess. Our general guideline is that students will go outside when the real-feel temperature is 32 degrees or warmer. Please make sure that your child is dressed appropriately with coats, hats, gloves, etc.
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CMS Clubs and Extra-Curricular Programs

Muse Machine

  • All 6th graders are automatically members.
  • 7th/8th graders pay a $20 fee
  • Attend performances and have the opportunity to perform too
  • Hilda Shirley hilda.shirley@gocreek.org

National Junior Honor Society

  • Students who have a 3.7 GPA.
  • Leadership roles and regular community service

WEB (Where Everyone Belongs)

Kiwanis Student Council

Math Counts

  • Grades 6-8
  • Compete against other schools doing math at the local regional, and state level.
  • Allison Wolf allison.wolf@gocreek.org

Battle of the Books

Coy Robotics Team

  • 7th and 8th Grade
  • Students compete in Vex Robotics Competitions
  • Students build and program a competition robot to compete in the Vex “Tall Tower Challenge”
  • Applications will be accepted in November for 7th grade students interested in joining the team
  • Brian Stevenson brian.stevenson@gocreek.org

Technology Student Association

BUDS (Bridging Unique Difference in Schools)

  • All grades can join
  • BUDS was formed by students with special abilities and their typically developing peers along with a creative and motivated staff who designed opportunities for students to experience the quality of life they deserve. Our goals are to increase social skills through character development, recreation, art and everyday life experiences, while building awareness of others special learning and life needs.
  • Michelle Shannon michelle.shannon@gocreek.org, Nicole Bonza nicole.bonza@gocreek.org, Deidre Crockett deidre.crockett@gocreek.org

Yearbook Club


  • Grades 6-8
  • No experience necessary
  • Participate in a wide variety of games and activities
  • Tuesdays and Thursdays 2:20-3:20 (Except for the 3rd Tuesday of each month) & pick up promptly in the back of the building at 3:20

Choir Groups

Band Groups

  • Jazz Band will be Monday/Thursday from 2:30-4:00. It is open to all 7th and 8th graders involved in our band or choir program, although students must audition. Auditions will be the week of October 7th. Mariah.strickland@gocreek.org
  • Percussion Ensemble is open to all 7th and 8th grade percussionists and double reed players involved in the band program. They will rehearse from 2:45-4:00 Monday/Wednesday. Laura.conrad@gocreek.org
  • Jazz Lab will be Monday evenings from 6:00-7:30. It is open to all 7th and 8th grade band students and in February will open to 6th grade band students. Mariah.strickland@gocreek.org

How Students Can Exhibit Coy PRIDE while at school?

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Coy Middle School Guidance Office

Believe it or not we are ready to start talking about schedules for the 2020-2021 school year!!! Here are some important dates to keep in mind. During the week of February 3rd, Principals and Counselors will meet with students to review registration during Flex. On Friday, February 7th, registration sheets will be passed out to students and teacher recommendations will be made on the sheets. You and your student will have the weekend to look over recommendations and make encore selections. The registration sheets will be due to Flex teachers on Monday, February 10th. Students will then sign up for recommended core classes and their encore choices online during flex on Wednesday, February 12th.

8th grade students, will also be planning out their Freshmen year schedules!! Ms. Danver, the Counselor at Ferguson Hall will be with us on Monday, February 3rd to go over all of their options. 8th grade will also sign up for recommended core classes and their elective choices online during Flex on Wednesday, February 12th.

8th grade parents are highly encouraged to attend the Parent Scheduling Night meeting for incoming freshmen who will be attending Ferguson Hall next year. The meeting is Wednesday, February 5th starting at 6:00pm at Main Elementary School.

Another important item coming our way is State Testing. This takes place in April. Our testing dates are as follows:

April 15 & 16: ELA Part 1 and 2

April 22 & 23: Science 8 Part 1 and 2

April 29 & 30: Math Part 1 and 2

School Counseling Office Staff:

Beth Becker elizabeth.becker2@gocreek.org

Lindsay Mann lindsay.mann@gocreek.org

Rachel Trumbull rachel.trumbull@gocreek.org

A couple tips for A+ Attendance Below!

Jackie Stubbs


Building Office Assistant

We love seeing our Coy students at school! We understand there are circumstances when your student will have to miss school, but please follow our Attendance Procedures to ensure that you are complying with House Bill 410 to have your student properly excused. Please account for your student every day by emailing or calling the office to notify us of any absences, late arrivals, or early dismissals.

  • There is an Attendance Tab on our website coy.gocreek.org under the Parent tab with everything you need to know for great Attendance! There is also a section in your students handbook that clearly defines our Attendance polices and House Bill 410 clarification. Always feel free to call or email with specific questions you might have about your child’s attendance.

  • Students should be reported absent any time they are out of school!

    • Even though FLEX is at the end of the day, the minutes still count as the school day when taking a student out early.

    • You can call in a student to the Attendance Line 429-7577 Option 1, or you can email to coyattendance@gocreek.org.

    • If you call a student in or email an absence you no longer have to send a parent note the following day with the student! This counts as your parent note!

  • Our start time has changed, but our Tardy policy is still the same and clearly outlined in the Student Handbook. The front doors lock at 7:30 and students must come through the office at this time for a tardy slip. A student is granted a Free Tardy each quarter (because we know life happens), but after that, consequences will ensue per our student handbook.

  • Remember…overleeping, missing the bus, traffic, inclement weather, parent running late, etc. are not considered an Excused Tardy.

  • You MUST include a reason for the absence.

    • If a reason is not included, it is Unexcused.

    • If a child has an appointment, a specific appointment reason must be given (i.e. dentist, orthodontist, Dr., etc.) Just writing “appointment” is unexcused.

Parent/Guardian may submit 10 parent notes (or phone calls) documenting an Excused Absence reason. After the 10 notes are exhausted, medical notes will be required for absences to be excused.

Reasons for Excused absences include illness, death in the family, pre-approved family vacations (up to 5 days), observation of a holiday, etc. (other reasons may be included). Medical appointments are always Excused with a medical note. Medical notes must be provided within 3 days of absence. After 3 days they will be marked Unexcused.

An absence is Unexcused if your student overslept, missed the bus, running late, car trouble, family vacation without approval (or over 5 days), or student refusal to go to school (other reasons may be included).

A Note from our School Nurse

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Medication at School

Please remember to provide our school nurse with any medication either prescribed or over the counter medication for your child to take at school. Students should only take medication in the clinic that is provided to the nurse while at school. Please contact our school nurse Lisa Cooper at lisa.cooper@gocreek.org or Latisha Newport at latisha.newport@gocreek.org if you have any questions.

A Note from the Cafeteria

Make sure to check your student’s lunch accounts to ensure they have sufficient funds. You can access your student’s lunch account and deposit funds via https://www.spsezpay.com/BCmeals/login.aspx.

Please call Cindy Steeley at 458-2531 if you have any questions.

Coy Middle School PTO News Flash

PTO Meetings are held on the 3rd Thursday of the month at CMS in the IMC (Library). We discuss upcoming events and Mrs. Ferguson and Mr. Baker shares updates concerning our school and students.

Stay connected with the CMS PTO!

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/CoyMiddleSchoolPTO/

Remind: Text @COYPTO to 81010

Questions? Contact us at CoyPTO@gmail.com

CMS PTO Meeting in the IMC

Thursday, Feb. 20th, 7-8pm

1786 Dayton Xenia Road

Xenia, OH

We will be meeting in the Coy IMC. All parents are invited!

Coy PTO News Flash

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Beavercreek Strong: Strength of Mind, Heart, Character, and Community

We are excited to announce this year's Character Education Service Project named "Beavercreek Strong: Strength of Mind, Heart, Community, and Character". Coy is excited to be involved in varying service projects throughout the community this year to help make Beavercreek Strong! Be on the lookout for upcoming information about volunteer opportunities throughout the year. So far our 8th graders have led the way in community service hours in our building.

Save the Date! Beavercreek Family Fun Day: May 3rd at BHS, Noon-4PM

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Great Things are Happening at Coy Middle School!

  • We are continuing to focus on our building theme this year of E + R = O (Event plus Response equals Outcome). We continue to discuss with our staff and students the importance of being in control of our response in order to get the outcome that we want. We continue to have great discussions with our students about two of the "R Factors" - "Pressing Pause" and "Getting Our Mind Right" before we respond to various situations.
  • 8th Grade students had to design a better chomper for their hippo using an index card and tape in Mr. McAllister's Science classes. Students competed in CHOMPERMANIA "Survival of the Fittest" 2020 this past month with their newly designed Hungry Hippos!
  • Congratulations to all students who participated in the school spelling bee. Everyone did a great job with quite a few difficult words. After two days and twelve total rounds, we have a winner! Third place belongs to Andrew Ketelsen, in Mrs. Scott's seventh grade ELA class. In second place, from Mrs. Duke's eighth grade ELA class, is Madeline Crum. And the new school champion, in Miss Osterfeld's eighth grade ELA class, is Benedict Le. Job well done to everyone!
  • MUSE Machine hosted members of the Dayton Contemporary Dance Company who presented a program called, "The Women Behind King" to all of our 6th graders and MUSE members at Coy and Ankeney Middle School.
  • Mr. Felipe Nazario-Romero presented in Mrs. Cox's science class on Friday, January 17. Mr. Nazario-Romero gave an engaging, informative presentation on electromagnetism which included real-life examples for the students. We appreciate the time and effort it took for this presentation to happen.
  • Congratulations to everyone who participated in our school Geography Bee! Congrats to the winners of the Geography Bee: 3rd: Stephen Wolf, 2nd: Pratisth Agarwal, 1st: Shaki Talley-Muhammad.
  • Our band and choir programs went on a tour of Shaw, Main, and Trebein Elementary for the Music Road Show this past month.
  • The cast of "Back to the 80's" is ready to begin putting together their upcoming production in March! Be sure to mark you calendars for their upcoming performances in school on March 6th and at BHS at 7:00pm on March 6th and 7th.
  • Our Science Department organized a visit from Barn Hill Preserve out of Delaware! Our students and staff got to see and learn about a great array of various animals up close and personal!

Our staff "Can't Hide Coy Pride"

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