Carpenter Middle School

Here's What's Happening at the Ranch!

Thursday, November 12, 2015


Report Cards

Thursday, Nov 12th: 2nd 6-wks Grades and Attendance will be available for parents to view on the Parent Portal.

Friday, Nov 13th: Report cards will go home with students.

CMS Visited by the Prize Patrol

Congratulations to Ms. Lye and Ms. Alouf for winning Plano Education Foundation Award Grants! We’re super proud of them and can’t wait until they can put their award money to good use for our students! Be sure to tell them congratulations today!

Come out tonight or tomorrow night (November 12th & 13th) to see the musical production of "My Son Pinocchio."

The show starts at 7:00 p.m. and it is approximately an hour long. The cast and crew is made up of 6th, 7th and 8th graders. This is a great show to bring young kids to. There will be an area marked off on the floor at the front where elementary aged children can sit to get a better view.

Admission is $5. Children five and under are fee. Teachers also are free when they show their badge! So come on out! You won't want to miss this magical mix of heartwarming fairy tale and action-packed adventure.

“When You Wish Upon A Star” and “I’ve Got No Strings” performed by Leigh Harline and Ned Washington.

7:00 p.m. - Carpenter Cafetorium
Admission $5

Music and Lyrics by Stephen Schwartz
Book by David I. Stern

Click here for theater playbill.

Plano Academy Presentation

Attention 8th grade parents:

The three Plano academies will be at Carpenter on Friday, November 13th to talk to all 8th grade students about their schools.

Printable Brochure

Link to Websites

All Region Band Results

Carpenter Cowboys - Please congratulate these outstanding band students for their participation in the All-Region contest!

Anthony Marino - French horn Wind Ensemble

Riley Chimwala - Trumpet Symphonic Band

Adream Kusters - Tenor Saxophone alternate 2

Ariel Alexander - Flute alternate 5

CMS Band Fall Concert & Clark Pasta Concerto - Saturday, November 14th

Invite your family and friends to an evening of great music performed by Carpenter MS, Hendrick MS and Schimelpfenig MS Bands along with the Clark HS Band.

Click here for detailed flyer and to reserve your Italian dinner.

The CMS Garage Sale is This Saturday, November 14th!

Carpenter PTA is hosting a huge community garage sale, Saturday, November 14th from 8 am to 12 pm in the Carpenter Middle School parking lot.

Welcome to anyone and everyone who wants to sell their junk or find some treasure! Interested in selling your past treasure?? Ready to clear out your garage or attic? Eliminate clutter in your home... Spaces are limited so reserve one today!!!!

  • $20 per car lot
  • You can bring your own table or rent one for $5

We = Provide signs and advertising
You = Keep all the profits you earn

In addition to a huge garage sale, we will be selling food and drinks.
We will also accept any donations of goods you no longer want that we can sell to benefit Carpenter.

To reserve a space call 469-964-5740 or email your request to or

Disclaimer: If bad weather, an alternative date will be determined, NO REFUNDS.

CMS Barnes and Noble Book Fair - November 13th through 19th

Get a little holiday shopping done and support Carpenter Middle School while you're doing it!

Special Performances:

  • Orchestra - Saturday, November 14th at 11:30
  • Band - Monday, November 16th at 6:30
  • Theater - Thursday, November 19th at 6:30

(More entertainers to be announced as they sign up!)

*Raffle and Teacher Requested Books for Purchase*

Present purchase voucher or Bookfair ID: 10274868 at checkout.

Barnes and Noble Creekwalk

801 W 15th St

Plano, TX 75075

Make purchases online Nov 13th-19th


Enter Bookfair ID: 10274868 at checkout.

Coming Up!

Orchestra Fall Concert Tuesday, November 17th

Please Join the Carpenter Orchestras at their Fall Concert on Tuesday, November 17. The Beginning and Chamber orchestras will perform starting at 6:30. The Recital, Concert, Concertino, and Chamber will perform their pieces starting at 7:30. Both performances will be in the Carpenter Cafeteria. It is FREE and all are welcomed.

7th Grade Writing Workshop - Wednesday, November 18th

By teacher invitation only selected 7th graders will have an opportunity to engage in a fantastic writers workshop. This workshop will focus on equipping students with tools to produce remarkable expository essays. It's an exciting day and it's aim is to unleash the author living within all students with a desire to improve their writing skills.

Since this workshop will take place 1st thru 5th period, students are required to get parental permission. Lunch will be provided. Students will be responsible for any missing work in their missed classes for that day.

Parents - Please be sure to have your student return their signed permission form to their English teacher by Tuesday, November 17th.

Red Wheel Pie Fundraiser - Pie Pickup

Pies orders have been placed and mandatory pie pick-up will be Wednesday, November 18th @ 4:45pm. Pies are frozen so please be prompt!

PTA Teacher Treat Day - Thursday, November 19th

Parents are needed to drop off treats for the teachers in the morning. Please email or sign up here:

Perot Museum 6th Grade Field Trip - Friday, November 20th.


The 6th grade class will participate in a class trip to the Perot Museum of Nature and Science in Dallas, Texas on Friday, November 20, 2015. If you are interested in being a chaperone, please contact the 6th grade counselor, Carolyn Mauldin at 469-752-5018 or Permission forms went home on October 13th. If you have not returned the permission form and $5.00, please do so as soon as possible. If your student has lost the form, he or she can get another one from their 4th period teacher or in the counseling office.

Many thanks to our CMS PTA for funding most of the trip!!!

Texas Legends Fundraiser

Start off the Thanksgiving holiday with a family friendly event! Join all of Plano ISD as the Texas Legends (minor league for the Dallas Mavericks) play the Oklahoma City Blue!

Saturday, Nov. 21 at 7:00pm @ the Dr Pepper Arena in Frisco, purchase tickets online for only $10 by clicking here.

Half of each ticket price goes to the Carpenter PTA for things like school socials, STAAR snacks, field trips, and classroom supplies. Wear your Carpenter shirt and see you at the game!

What the fans are saying:

“Let's Go Legends!
I've attended many Legends games over the last few years, and I'm never disappointed. The team is good, and every seat is a good one. The experience is priceless”.

“If you have not spent time at a Texas Legends event, you are missing a wonderful whole family experience. Do yourself a favor and go see them. Kids of all ages will love the kid zones and parents will be delighted that it is cheaper on their pocketbook than the Mavericks. Enjoy it”.

Thanksgiving Break - Monday thru Friday, November 23rd to November 27th

Around the Ranch

CMS Reading Games Competition Update

6th Grade Tributes - 166,457 pages

7th Grade Peacekeepers - 86,336 pages

8th Grade Rebellion - 96,522 pages

Citizens (Teachers/Staff) - 26,644 pages

Remember: Power is in the pages... Keep reading! Every page counts!

Carpenter Basketball

Basketball season is underway!

Link to basketball game schedules

6th Grade Math Workshop

Explore Horizons came and had an enrichment workshop for these 6th graders for YMA (Young Mathematician’s Award).

8th Graders Only - Mark Your Calendars

  • 11/13- Counselor visits for Q and A from The IB World School, Health Sciences Academy and Academy High School.
  • 12/2 OR 12/3- Practice 4 year plans during English class with 8th grade counselor, Mrs. Jordan
  • 12/11- Applications to The IB World School, Health Sciences Academy and Academy High School are DUE
  • 1/8- Notice of placement for The IB World School, Health Sciences Academy and Academy High School
  • 1/13- Meet your Clark Counselor- On campus at CMS during 2nd period for students
  • 1/14- Plano Sr High Clinical Rotations Presentation during PE classes for students
  • 1/14- Calling All Cats at Plano Sr. High (Student and Parent Night) at 6:30 p.m.
  • 1/15- Commitment of attending The IB World School, Health Sciences Academy and Academy High School DUE
  • 1/28- Cougar Call at Clark HS (Student and Parent Night)- TIME TBA
  • 2/2- 2/25- Four year plan meetings with student/parents and registering for 9th grade- TIME BY INVITATION. THOSE WILL BE SENT IN JANUARY.

Box Tops New Rewards

Students, keep turning in your Box Tops in sets of 25 to the school store! You can exchange them for your choice of treat! Candy, soda... so many choices!

Community Connections

Plano Turkey Drive

Support the Plano School Community by donating a 10 – 15 lb. frozen turkey on Saturday, November 14 from 9:30am – 12:00pm!

Drop off at these locations:


7100 Independence Parkway

Plano, TX 75025

John Paul II High School

900 Coit Road

Plano, TX 75075

Planoettes Raising Cane's Fundraiser - Wednesday, November 18th

Mention the Fundraiser at the register and Cane's will donate 15% to Planoettes. Click for


  • 15th and Alma location only.

PSHS Spiritwear Sale

The Plano Football QB Club is having a spirit wear sale. Everything is marked down! Go to to start shopping!

Counselor's Corner

Cowboy Character

We live in a world where many young people are expressing their anger in dangerous and destructive ways. We all experience anger – young and old alike. Learning to channel our anger in a positive direction is the mark of a strong individual.

Mahatma Ghandi, Indian hero and spiritual leader said:

“…our anger can be transformed into a power which can move the world.”

Our anger can be changed into a powerful determination. For example, if we get angry enough about crime, our anger can motivate us to do something positive to help stop crime, like starting a crime prevention program.

If you are having a problem with anger, talk with someone who can help you – a parent, teacher, or counselor. Like Gandhi, you can choose to change your anger into a powerful force for good.

RODEO Tip of the Week

Jonathan Horton, an Olympic gymnast, was quite a squirrelly youngster. But “squirrelly” is definitely the right word — he climbed to the top of a store shelf as a young boy!

Can you imagine how most parents would react? “Get down from there RIGHT NOW!” “I can’t believe you!” “You’re GROUNDED!” Much scolding and punishment! And if the Hortons had reacted that way, we probably would not have heard of Jonathan Horton.

Instead of reacting with anger, they gave him gymnastics lessons. They found the gift hidden inside the misbehavior — the “gift gone awry.” If we can stay calm and focus on whatever is good, we can help our children to channel their gifts in a positive direction rather than a negative one.

A whining child might have the gift of persistence.

A sassy child may be able to paint pictures with their words.

A tantrumming child may have a dramatic bent.

A lying child is creative, and possibly wants to keep the peace.

A shelf-climbing child just might have a gymnast inside of him.

Try, when your kids misbehave in these ways, to not scold shamefully, but to include a compliment and an honoring expression of the gift as part of the consequence. Remember, you never know where your child’s gift could take them if they learn to channel it in a positive direction.

About Carpenter Middle School

“Make Your Mark” is the Plano Independent School District’s motto. At Carpenter Middle School, everything we do for our students, families and community is executed with compassion and determination. We are making our mark at The Ranch.