Panther PRIDE Weekly Update

Cimarron MS - April 27, 2023


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From Behind The Desk

Hello Panther Nation!

  • Thursday, TONIGHT, 4/27 Fall Sports Meeting @ 6 pm for Football, Cross Country, Volleyball, and Softball - this meeting is set for families of current 6th & 7th graders. Follow the signs upon your arrival (OLD GYM CLOSED - for floor refinishing).
  • *Postponed - CMS Birthday Bash to 2023-24 School Year! With the rain forecast and the wet field, the CMS Birthday Bash is cancelled this spring.
    *On this momentous day, dress for the Birthday Bash in your Cimarron Gear!

Looking Ahead
  • May 1-5, Next Week is Cimarron's Oklahoma State Testing Program (OSTP) Week. You can appreciate your teachers by charging your Chromebook, eating well, and sleeping well at home. This week is your time to apply what you have learned during the school year.

  • May 1-5, Teacher Appreciation Week
    Let your teachers know how much you appreciate them. Our CPTO has options join them - Sign-Up Genius, Teacher Appreciation Donation, and/or do something on your own like a handwritten note or two. Here is our CPTO's schedule to appreciate our teachers:
    - Monday: Breakfast Bar
    - Tuesday: Ice Cream Bar
    - Wednesday: Lunch for All Staff
    - Thursday: Popcorn Bar + Gift
    - Friday: Nacho Bar for Cinco De Mayo

  • May 2nd @ 9 am - Volunteer Appreciation Breakfast
    On Tuesday morning in the Media Center we will host a breakfast for all of our volunteers this last year. Thank you for contributing to Cimarron MS! Your efforts are what help make our community hopeful for an even better tomorrow!

  • Congratulations to Robbi Kinnaird! She was honored as the EPS Support Employee of the Year! Robbi is more than just a secretary; she is an integral part of our team. Her welcoming nature, adaptability, and problem-solving skills make her an invaluable asset to Cimarron Middle School and Edmond Public Schools. She is very special and worth noting 2 weeks in a row! ;)

  • June 5th-8th - Cimarron's STEM Camp is returning for Middle School students. This is a great opportunity to have fun with friends, while learning how Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math connect with our lives everyday.

Panthers, know this, you are loved!

Gabe Schmidt

Positivity - Respect - Integrity - Diligence - Empathy

"Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn." – Benjamin Franklin

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The annual update is open and ready for input. If you have an existing student in the district, please use your Infinite Campus Parent Portal account on a computer, (not the app ) to confirm your student's enrollment for 2023-2024.

REMINDER: Please do not upload your Utility bill at this time. Your July or August bill should be emailed to A June utility bill will not be accepted.

Parent Portal:

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  • April 28 - Fun Food Friday!
  • April 28 - Cimarron Birthday Bash 6 - 8 pm
  • May 1 - 5 - Teacher Appreciation Week!
  • May 1 - 5 - State Testing
  • May 1 - 6th Grade Orchestra Festival
  • May 2 - CPTO Meeting & Kona Ice Day!
  • May 2 - Welcome: 5th Grade Family Night 6 pm
  • May 3 - CPTO Pizza Day
  • May 3 - 7th Grade Orchestra Festival
  • May 4 - 8th Grade Orchestra Festival
  • May 8 - Spring Vocal Music Concert 6p @ EMHS
  • May 9 - 8th Grade Career Fair & Incentive
  • May 12 - Last Day for Late Work
  • May 12 - Fun Food Friday!
  • May 15 - Spring Orchestra Concert @ 6:30a EMHS
  • May 16 - Band Spring Concert @ 6:30a CMS
  • May 19 - LAST DAY OF SCHOOL!
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6th and 7th Grade Families

Your CPTO is happy to once again be offering prepackaged school supplies ready for you to pick up at schedule walk through day in August for the 2023-24 school year.

What does this mean for you? No lines. No hassles. The EduKit program is a convenient option for busy families to order school supplies for the upcoming school year which include the supplies approved by Cimarron and exactly as requested by CMS teachers and staff.

EduKit honors a 100% money back guarantee with no restocking fees and no return shipping charges. No fine print contracts. No dates or deadlines for discount qualifications. Just a school supply program you can trust to get you what you need, when you need it, at the price you want.

You can also donate a kit to a Cimarron student in need using “DONATED KIT” as the student name.

BONUS! Your Cimarron PTO will receive a percentage back from each kit to assist with student and staff activities.

Have friends with incoming Cimarron 6th Graders? Feel free to pass along this info!

How Successful Are You Becoming

We've created a rubric centered around 4 pillars of success at Cimarron. How many points are you achieving? How many do you want to achieve?

Category 1: Academic Performance

  • Consistently completes homework assignments on time (4 points)
  • Actively participates in class discussions and activities (4 points)
  • Maintains a GPA of 3.0 or higher (4 points)
  • Seeks help from teachers or tutors when needed (4 points)

Category 2: Organizational Skills

  • Keeps a planner or calendar to track assignments and due dates (4 points)
  • Arrives to class on time with necessary materials (4 points)
  • Maintains an organized backpack and workspace (4 points)
  • Submits assignments with correct formatting and labeling (4 points)

Category 3: Social and Emotional Skills

  • Respects teachers and peers (4 points)
  • Listens actively and communicates effectively with others (4 points)
  • Resolves conflicts in a positive and constructive manner (4 points)
  • Demonstrates empathy and kindness towards others (4 points)

Category 4: Extracurricular Activities and Involvement

  • Participates in at least one extracurricular activity or club (4 points)
  • Demonstrates leadership qualities within the chosen activity or club (4 points)
  • Voluntarily participates in community service or other service projects (4 points)
  • Maintains a healthy balance between academics and extracurricular activities (4 points)

Total Possible Points: 64

To achieve success as a middle school student, a young scholar should aim to score at least 48 out of 64 points. Consistently meeting the criteria in each category will set them up for academic success and personal growth.


If you would like to set up a Canvas account as an "Observer" of your student, follow these links or use the above QR Code for details.


Please see slots for items and volunteers needed for the monthly Panther Grille.


  • Alerts/Announcements - In the event of a school emergency/situation, Mr. Schmidt will communicate quickly to families through text messaging through SMS text. If you have a smartphone, please text the words "opt in" to shortcode 67587. Make sure your phone number is on file with Infinite Campus.

  • Parent Portal - If you are having problems with your Parent Portal account, e-mail:

  • Panther Pals are parent volunteers helping on a weekly basis in the workroom. Contact the CPTO to sign up!

  • Pizza Day is a monthly event during lunch hosted by the CPTO. The money raised benefits Cimarron! The circle of…pizza! $5 for two slices and a drink.

  • Fun Food Friday is a twice-a-month sweet-treat fundraiser for students. Most things are $2

  • Panther Grille is a monthly luncheon for students who are nominated by their teachers for displaying a recognizable positive character trait.

  • The PantherPRIDE/AOK Award Assembly is a monthly grade-level assembly to recognize and commend students for exceptional qualities.

  • Please continue to collect Box Tops. They all add up to benefit Cimarron Panthers!

  • This Panther Prowl newsletter is produced weekly by Cimarron Middle School. If you have submissions, photos or suggestions, please contact Mr. Schmidt’s secretary, Robbi Kinnaird at We would love to hear from you.

Successful Remote Learning

Remote learning on short notice this week was a challenge. How can we do it better next time?

If you're like my family, we're happy to be back to school and in person. Now that we have experienced remote learning for one day, prepare now for a future remote day with these 3 guidelines:

  1. Establish a regular schedule and routine: One of the most important things to do when learning remotely is to establish a regular schedule and routine. This includes setting specific times for studying, completing assignments, and taking breaks. Having a set schedule can help to keep you on track, reduce distractions, and increase productivity.

  2. Stay organized: Remote learning can create a lot of digital materials, like online lectures, assignments, and notes. Staying organized and keeping track of all of these materials can be challenging. To overcome this, you can use tools like calendars, to-do lists, and note-taking apps to keep track of all the materials and schedule.

  3. Communicate effectively with your teachers and classmates: Successful remote learning also requires effective communication with your teachers and classmates. This includes asking questions, clarifying instructions, and discussing any concerns or issues that may arise. It's also important to stay connected with your classmates, as social interaction is key to maintaining motivation, and a sense of belonging.

Additionally, it's important to take care of yourself, it's important to take regular breaks and make sure you're getting enough sleep, eating well, and exercising. Also, it's important to have a designated workspace, a place where you can focus on your studies and minimize distractions.


Gabe Schmidt - Lead Principal, 8th Grade

Dr. Kacy Harsha - Principal, 7th Grade

Johanna Belt - Principal, 6th Grade

Jessica Cook - 8th Grade Counselor

Teresa Murray - 7th Grade Counselor

LaTasha Winther - 6th Grade Counselor

Cimarron’s School Resource Officers: Sgt. Littles & Sgt. Pearson