Curtis Chronicles

November 9, 2020

A Message from Curtis Principal, Sonya Pitcock

Cougar parents,

It’s crazy to think we are already at the holidays, but here we are almost half way through the year! While this year has been different and a little challenging, we are so proud of the resilience of our students and the hard work they are doing here at school and at home. We know they have had to adjust to new safety rules, online learning on A/B schedule and even learn what asynchronous and synchronous means! (Some of us had to learn those words as well!) We have also seen such great partnerships between parents and teachers to support our students through this time and are very thankful for our great community at Curtis MS!

Just a reminder, students who have district devices checked out to them need to be bringing those devices to campus daily to use in their classes. Due to the volume of devices checked out, we do not have the capacity to provide devices here at school for all students without students bringing those borrowed devices to use while here. Please be sure to bring the device fully charged for use on campus. Thanks for your support with this.

As a reminder, we will have an early release day on Friday, November 20. All students will be dismissed at 12:35. Normal buses will be running early that day for students who ride buses. We will provide lunch on campus for A and B lunch as normal, and C lunch will have a short period of lunch with the option to take a sack lunch home with them.

We wish all our Curtis families a safe and wonderful Thanksgiving. We are truly thankful for each of you and your dedication to your child’s education and for your support of our CMS staff!


Sonya Pitcock

Upcoming Events

November 9-14: Batch Bakery Spirit Week

November 10: Spirit Wear Orders Due

November 13: PTA Membership Meeting

November 13: Yearbook order deadline

November 20: Early dismissal

November 23-27: Thanksgiving Break


November 10: 8th grade Football @ Burnett

November 10: 7th grade Football v. Burnett

Corporate Sponsor: CORR Media Solutions

Thank you to CORR Media Solutions for their support of the Curtis PTA.

Learn more about CORR Media Solutions by visiting them here:

PTA Business Sponsorship Program

CMS PTA is pleased to once again offer our business sponsorship program. Curtis PTA would like to invite community businesses to show support for our staff, students and community by making a financial contribution to our PTA for the 2020-21 school year. PTA strives to make every child’s potential a reality.

There are two contributions levels for you to consider.

Red Level, $100

  • Your logo and link to your website on from now through June 30, 2021.
  • Included in end-of-year thank you email.

Black Level, $250

  • Your logo and link to your website on from now through June 30, 2021.
  • Included in end-of-year thank you email.
  • 1 Thank you in our campus-wide newsletter that goes out to all families.
  • 1 thank you and shout out with link to your website on our Curtis PTA Facebook page.

CLICK HERE for more details or email Jennifer.

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Instructional Delivery Model Selection Dates

Allen ISD understands that families may want to change their instructional delivery model selection during the school year. Due to the scheduling complexities inherent in both At-Home Learning and In-Person Learning, parents are asked to make a commitment for at least one full nine-weeks grading period.

The chart below outlines the timeframe for making a change in the selected instructional delivery model prior to the start of each new grading period. Parents wishing to change their child’s participation in either At-Home Learning or In-Person Learning for the next nine-weeks grading period will need to complete the Commitment Form. Information will be sent to all parents about the process to request a change.

Please note that adjustments in instructional delivery model selections across the district may impact teacher assignments and student schedules.

Staff may need to shift to align with new instructional model choices. Therefore, even students who do not change instructional models could experience a change to their teacher(s), course availability or class schedule as teachers are assigned based on the numbers of students and course requests in each environment.

Elementary students making changes to their instructional delivery model selection may not be guaranteed to be assigned to their home campus based on staffing and grade level seat availability.

All changes will be effective on the first day of each new nine weeks grading period as listed below:

CMS Yearbook - Last day to purchase for the best price is Friday Nov 13

The price will go up at midnight on 11-13.

You can purchase online at or by clicking on the below link:

Holiday Food Giveaway: Please Register

ALL Community Outreach and DREAMCENTER Dallas are holding a county-wide Holiday Food Giveaway. If you are in need of holiday food, join us from 10am- 12pm on Saturday, November 21st at Church Eleven32 (located at 700 Rivercrest Blvd. Allen, 75002). Please remain in your vehicles while items are being loaded. Please wear a mask when you reach the head of the line, and arrive with enough space in your trunk, hatchback or truck bed to accommodate the food.

To register and for more info, please CLICK HERE.

CMS Basketball Tryouts


December 1-3

7th grade: Before School

8th grade: After School

For more info, please click here


November 30-December 2

7th grade: Before School

8th grade: After School

For more info, please click here

NOTE: All athletes must have a current physical and Rank One profile before you are able to tryout. Please click here for more info.

PTA Committee Members Needed: Scholarship and Grants

Curtis PTA has an opportunity for PTA members to volunteer for the Scholarship and Grant Committees. If you are interested, please contact PTA President, Beth Bradley, at by Tuesday, November 10.

Committee work will all be done virtually via Zoom and email. In-person meetings will not be required.

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Use Amazon Smile to Support Curtis PTA

Do you shop on Amazon? Use Amazon's Smile and support Curtis PTA!

AmazonSmile will donate 0.5% of your purchase to Curtis PTA when shopping Amazon.

  1. Go here:

  2. Select your charity: PTA Texas Congress 201 Curtis Middle School

  3. Bookmark

  4. Start using whenever you want to shop at Amazon!

Be sure to shop through AmazonSmile the next time you shop online. You’re still shopping with Amazon — you’re just doing good while buying what you need!

Please encourage grandparents, neighbors, and friends to support Curtis PTA by shopping through AmazonSmile too.

STEAM Ambassadors Tutoring Services

General Overview:

Provide flexible online peer tutoring services to students K-12 with homework help and science and math concept comprehension.


  • Assist students with math and science concepts through virtual tutoring sessions.

  • Provide accessible student support that would typically be offered in a face to face setting but has become increasingly difficult as students learn away from campus.

  • Establish a virtual tutoring model that successfully addresses the diverse needs of learners across Allen ISD.

For complete details and sign up information, please click here.

CMS Announcements Posted to CMS Website

If you are interested in CMS Announcements, you can access them directly on the CMS website.

Be sure to check back often! CLICK HERE

Virtual Science Fair

The Allen ISD Science Fair is going virtual this year! Both Elementary and Secondary campus fairs will need to be virtual due to COVID19. Instructions and deadlines for the fair will be shared by campus science fair coordinators soon.

Due to the nature of COVID19, we are proceeding as though the regional and state fairs will be virtual as well, however this may change.

Middle School Parent Chats - Hosted by AISD Support Counselors

Dear Parents and Guardians,

During these uncertain times, we understand that you may be struggling to balance your child's at-home or in-person learning along with your own work and home commitments. We are here to support you! Join us at one of the times listed by clicking on the date/time links below. We are here to provide a space for you to discuss your challenges and identify healthy ways to cope & problem solve. It will be a great way to connect with other parents facing similar struggles. We hope you will join us! Facilitated by the Allen ISD Support Counselors.

Please note: Registration will open 2 weeks prior to each event.

Middle School Parent Chats

Wednesday, November 11 2-3 pm

Wednesday, December 2 2-3 pm

Wednesday, December 16 2-3 pm

Platica Para Los Padres de Familia del Distrito de Allen

11 de noviembre 10-11 am

16 de diciembre 10-11 am

Hope you can join us!

AISD Support Counselors

Volunteer Application Now Open for 2020-2021

Annually, volunteers are required to fill out the Allen ISD Volunteer Application form. While currently volunteers are not able to be on campus, we encourage those interested to fill out the application now. The application resets each year on July 1 and takes about 2 weeks to process. Please click this link below to fill out yours.