Carpenter Middle School


Friday, May 13, 2016

A Note from Principal Washington

Carpenter Parents,

There have been several reports of loitering, vandalism and other inappropriate behaviors in the neighborhood at the end of the school day by our Cowboys. The expectation once students leave school is for them to go directly home or proceed to a location as directed by you. Please communicate with your student about appropriate behaviors and positive community relations. Additionally, please be advised that community members have been encouraged to contact the Plano police department if these behaviors of concern continue.

We will make announcements to students at the end of the day to remind them of the expectation and to encourage them to do the right thing.

Yours in service,

Courtney J. Washington, Principal


End of Year Library Book Roundup!

Time to round up ALL books! ALL library books are due back Friday, May 13th. Students are responsible for all lost books. If a book cannot be found, the student must provide a replacement copy of the book or pay the replacement cost. All questions and concerns can be forwarded to the Carpenter Librarian, Lindsay Beattie.

Lindsay Beattie, Librarian


STAAR Results & Retests - June 2016

esults of the 8th grade mathematics test, and of the 8th grade reading test will arrive at the school approximately 2 –3 weeks after the date of the test, and they will be distributed to parents as soon as possible. Students who do not meet the passing standard will have additional opportunities to retake the 8th grade reading and mathematics tests. Results of all other tests will be sent to parents at the end of this school year. The scores will provide teachers and other educators with information needed to help students improve achievement in mathematics, reading, writing, and science.

As always, we wish to keep parents involved and informed about student programs. Please contact your grade level counselor if you have any questions.

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8th Grade Board:

    • 8th graders looking to get ahead by taking summer classes online or in a classroom, please see Mrs. Jordan for a summer school or e-school application, also let her know if you are signing up so she can pre-approve you to take your summer class.
    • If you need to make adjustments to your 9th grade class selections, please make corrections on the form that was mailed to you from Clark, and turn it in to Mrs. Jordan with a parent signature.

    Janet Jordan

    8th Grade Counselor

    Carpenter Middle School


    Are You Moving???

    Please help us make sure your student has a smooth start to the next school year. If your student will not be returning to PISD in August, please complete the Next School Year Notification Form and return it to the counseling office or save it and send via e-mail to

    Please let me know if you have any questions.

    Patricia Hoyt

    Carpenter Middle School

    Plano, TX


    469-752-5101 (Fax)


    All students entering the 7th Grade this fall semester must have the following:

    • DTP booster within the past 5 years
    • MCV vaccine
    • 2 Varicella

    Please note that your child will not be allowed to receive a schedule or to attend classes in August until proof of all required immunizations is provided to the school. Many doctors and clinics may be unable to accommodate the rush of last minute request for immunizations, so it is best to get them early. You can avoid delays during registration or on the first day of school by providing proof of updated immunizations prior to the end of this year.

    We encourage you to submit your immunization records prior to May 31st of this school year so your student's record will be clear heading into next school year. Thank you in advance for your cooperation and attention to this matter.

    Nurse Swepston
    (469) 752-5009

    Food and Nutritional Services - End of Year Procedures

    As the school year comes to a close, Food and Nutritional Services wants to share the following important information regarding your child's meal accounts:

    Read more... English or Spanish

    MealViewer App

    PISD Food and Nutritional Services now has MealViewer, an online communication tool for menus and nutritional information. It comes in a web and app version. Parents now have the ability to retrieve menus and dietary information anywhere, anytime.

    Follow the pisd website link listed below for assistance on how to retrieve menus/allergen/nutritional information.

    3rd Annual Carpenter Culture Fair

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    Coming Up at Carpenter

    This Week:

    Friday, May 13th - 7th Grade Field Day

    Next Week:

    Monday, May 16th - PTA General Assembly Meeting in the CMS Library

    Thursday, May 19th - PTA Volunteer Luncheon 11:30 am - 1:00 pm - CMS Library

    Thursday, May 19th - CMS 3rd Annual Culture Fair - 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

    Coming Soon:

    Thursday, May 26th - 8th Grade Crossover Ceremony (Followed by 8th Grade Social)

    Friday, May 27th & Monday, May 30th - Student Holidays (No School!)

    Friday, June 3rd - Last Day of School for Students (Early Release)

    Check out the CMS PTA Event Calendar for future events.


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    PTA Open Positions

    • 1st VP Programs -vPlan, schedule, and oversee all PTA Programs.
    • 3rd VP Ways & Means -Think of creative ways to make money for our school.
    • School Store/Concessions chair -Keep the school store stocked and be available for school store hours and other events as needed
    • Social Chair -Plan awesome Socials for our kids within our budget -3 times a year
    • Teacher Treats -Get parental involvement to supply treats for teachers once a month

    The MORE people involved, the LESS work for all!

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    7th Grade Field Day

    What: Field Day (Activity Day)
    Where: CMS Athletic Field
    When: Friday, May 13th during Plus, 6th, and 7th Periods

    We need help with water stations, awards, and running games!

    Contact Sarah Albers if you are able to help:

    Pre-Order School Supplies for 2016-2017

    Avoid shipping costs by placing your order online by June 3rd. Any orders placed after June 3rd will add shipping charges.

    • Save Time & Money
    • Teacher Approved
    • Avoid Shopping Hassles
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    The number of available packs for sale will be limited during Cowboy Corral in August so pre-order now! Click Here to Pre-order School Supplies for the 2016-2017 School Year

    Back the Future!


    Cowboy Character

    When we are having difficulties with someone in our lives and we want to heal the problem, it’s a good idea to talk with someone we trust, like a parent, counselor, or teacher. There’s a difference between talking privately about hurt feelings and gossiping about someone else.

    Gossip damages people and relationships. When we say ugly things about others behind their backs, we are judging them or pointing a finger. We think we are making ourselves look better by making others look bad. WRONG!

    The Greeks have a saying:

    “When one is not good oneself,

    one likes to talk of what is wrong with others.”

    Next time you catch yourself gossiping, remember this: You and your time are too precious for idle gossip. Spend your time focusing on what’s good about yourself and others.

    RODEO Tip of the Week

    7 Practical Tips for Raising Money Smart Kids

    1. Run your own family bank. It’s a great way to teach kids about accounts, balances, interest, paychecks, automatic saving, matching contributions, and more. You can run your bank with pen and paper, a spreadsheet, or using an online solution.

    2. Make a budget-based allowance. Instead of giving your kids an allowance amount that’s arbitrary (e.g., a dollar per year of age). In other words, make a list of the typical things you would expect your kids to buy for themselves over a period of time (plus how much you would expect them to save and give), and calculate an allowance amount to match those clear expectations. As your kids mature, extend the budget to cover more and more areas of spending like clothing. This approach helps insure that an allowance is a personal finance teaching tool rather than an entitlement.

    3. Bill share with your kids. Teach your kids about regular bills and how to pay them on time. Set up a simple family billing system to charge your kids for their monthly share of a cell phone plan, online entertainment, gaming subscriptions, or any other recurring family expense.

    4. Mandate a teen emergency fund. Stuff happens. When it does, you invariably have to cough up some unexpected dough to deal with it. That’s what emergency funds are all about. The sooner your kids learn to maintain that cushion, the better equipped they’ll be for managing life’s inevitable financial bumps. Require your teen to maintain a separate emergency account and set aside savings. When that first parking ticket hits, your teen will be ready to deal with it responsibly rather than relying on you to pick up the tab.

    5. Cover the bargain price, not the premium price. Tell your kids you’ll cover the cost of the bargain or used version of an item. If they want the premium or new version, they’ll have to pick up the additional cost from their own savings. If your kid finds an item cheaper than your target price, let her pocket the difference. It’s a great arrangement for building comparison shopping skills and keeping entitlement at bay.

    6. Make a parent loan for a big ticket item. Teach your kids how to manage loan payments by arranging parent financed loans for big ticket items like laptops or smartphones. Direct a portion of their allowance, chore or job payments to paying off the loans each period. By making regular payments over an extended period of time, not only will your kids appreciate the cost of expensive items more, but they’ll take better care of them too. Win. Win.

    7. Start a “Family 401k” program. Individuals are more on the hook for their own retirement savings than ever before. Your teen has copious amounts of that one commodity that makes saving easy: time. As soon as your teen earns that first paycheck, open up a Roth IRA for her, offer to match some or all of her earnings, and invest in something smart like index funds.


    Meet Author, Polly Holyoke!

    Polly will be signing copies of the newly released paperback version of her second children’s book, The Neptune Challenge, sequel to her award-winning novel The Neptune Project. She will also be giving out lots of prizes for her readers, bookmarks, and information on her school visits for teachers and librarians. Come meet one of Plano’s most popular authors!

    Barnes & Noble Creekwalk
    801 West 15th Street
    Plano, TX 75075

    Saturday, May 14th
    2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

    Gateway Academy Engineering Summer Camp

    Registration is open until May 31st!

    • Each session is four days long (Mon. – Thurs.) Students can only attend one session.

    • Camp program time is from 7:45 am–11:45 am.

    • Tuition is $95.

    • Each session is limited to 25 students. It is intended for incoming 7th and 8th grade students only.

    • Camp locations are Robinson, Otto and Wilson.

    • The main projects will revolve around robotics.

    • T-Shirts will be provided for all participants.

    • Each camper will be given a Certificate of Completion on the last day.

    • Campers will take home the projects they complete during the camp (if applicable).

    The last hour or so of each session will be a student showcase/show and tell for parents to come in and see what the campers did during the week.

    For more information please go to:

    Clark High School Color Guard Clinics

    Open to ALL current 8th and 9th Grade Students!

    What: Color Guard Clinics
    When: May, 23rd, 25th, 26th, and 27th from 4:45 pm - 6:30 pm
    Where: Clark High School Band Hall

    PSHS Swimming & Diving Informational Meeting

    If you are at all interested in entering into the world of Texas High School competitive swimming or diving, then please come join us:

    Wednesday, May 18th at 6:00 pm

    Plano Aquatic Center (2301 Westside Dr.).

    There will be discussion of team policies, training expectations, and the try out process. There will also be a time for open questions. We look forward to meeting you and answering any questions you may have about what the PSHS swim and dive team is all about. See you soon!

    Feel free to contact PSHS at the number listed below if you have any questions.

    Thank you and have a great day!

    J. Marie Young


    Plano Senior High School


    PSHS Conditioning Camps


    For sessions I, II, III, and IV

    June 13th-30th (M-T-W-TH) (Three Weeks)

    July 11th-July 28th (M-T-W-TH) (Three Weeks) (No workouts the week of July 4th) 6 Weeks Total

    LOCATION: Plano Sr. High Indoor Workout Facility


    I. 6:00 a.m. to 8:00 a.m. High School (best for Junior Varsity and Varsity)

    II. 8:00 am to 10:00 am High School & Middle School

    III. 10:00 am to 12:00 pm High School & Middle School (best session for middle school weight training and more individual attention)

    IV. 1:30-3:30 pm High School & Middle School

    COST: $210.00 per person.

    Plano ISD offers online payments through

    Planoettes Kendra Scott Fundraiser, Tuesday May 17th

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    FCA Leadership Run

    FCA Leadership Run

    Saturday, May 21st Clark Stadium

    8:30 AM

    Event details...

    Come on out and join us for the 12th Annual Plano FCA John Clark Leadership Run on Saturday, May 21st. Runners, Walkers, Families, Volunteers, Sponsors and Spectators are all invited to this exciting event. Proceeds from 1 Mile Fun Run and 5K entries and our awesome sponsors support the Plano ISD Fellowship of Christian Athletes.

    2016 Plano Wildcat Soccer Clinics

    Develop the Winner in You!

    Where: Plano Senior High School, 2200 Independence Parkway

    Soccer fields are located east of the baseball field on Independence.

    Indoor facility accessed from Westside Drive will also be used.

    Who: Boys and Girls entering 1st – 9th grades in the Fall 2016. Teams and incoming freshmen are encouraged to attend, but players must register individually. Groupings will be according to age

    Led By: Tex McCullough, Boys Varsity Soccer Coach

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    Cost: Non-Plano residents must add $4.00 to the clinic fee.

    Bring: Hat, age-appropriate (size 3, 4, or 5) ball, cleats, shin guards, running shoes, sunscreen, water bottle, and positive attitude

    How to Register: Registration is available on-line through the City of Plano beginning March 28 for Plano residents and March 30 for non-Plano residents. No registration is possible until those dates. On-line viewing only of all Youth Sports Clinics will be available on March 24. To register online, you will need a Family Account PIN and an Individual ID Number, both of which can be obtained by calling any Plano recreation center (Liberty 972-769-4234, Muehlenbeck 972-769-4404, Oak Point 972-941-7540, or Carpenter 972-208-8087). Once you have obtained these account numbers, go to and click on Register Here.

    If you do not have internet access, you may obtain a 2016 Summer Leisure catalog from any Plano recreation center or library beginning April 20. Registration instructions are provided in the catalog.

    Shirts: Shirts will be available at the end of the clinic. You may indicate size

    required when you register. Sizes are YS, YM, YL, S, M, L, and XL.

    Questions: Contact Tex McCullough by e-mail at or City of Plano Adult Sports staff at 972-941-5275.

    Family Education and Guidance Services - May 2016 Parent Workshops

    The mission of Family Education and Guidance Services is to strengthen all families in the community by providing education, resources and services which support rearing responsible, self-confident, emotionally healthy children in today’s complex society.

    May 2016 workshop series - English or Spanish


    Making Our Mark

    “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!




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