Cowboy Parent Courier

January 18, 2019

Message from Dr. Epperson

Hello from CMS! Our PTO met this week and I want to share some notes from the work happening in that organization.

The Cockrill Snack Shack desperately needs regular volunteers to help after school on an ongoing basis. Please help us keep the window open to serve our students and raise funds for our school.

View the schedule and sign up here. For questions, contact Stacy Powell -

The support of our families has allowed the PTO to make some significant contributions to CMS this year! These include:

Library furniture, Flocabulary Software, Guest Speaker for students and parents, author visit, school dance, Andrew Dutton Scholarship fund and school plaque, Club CREED curriculum, staff appreciation, Cowboy Ticket incentives, 8th grade celebration, and 6th grade Round-Up. This list is not exhaustive, but I want you to see some of the many ways your contributions serve our school. Thank you!!

Notice there is no school Monday, January 21st.

Happy Weekend!

Dr. E

7th and 8th Grade Winter Dance

Mark your calendars for February 8th. Our Student Council with support from PTO will host a winter dance for 7th and 8th grade students. 6:00-8:00pm. More details coming next week regarding ticket sales!

CMS Open House Coming Soon

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Meeting for In-Coming 6th Graders

If you have a child entering 6th grade next year, plan to attend a meeting on Feb. 21st at 7:00pm. We will discuss transition to middle school and course selection.
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Yearbook order deadline coming soon!!

The last day to order a 2019 CMS yearbook is Friday February 1st! We will not be ordering extra copies for sale in May upon delivery! So you must order now! Last Chance! Order online at


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Young Scholars Program

Young Scholars Program
Our application for high-achieving 7th grade students is now open!

video overview on YouTube

Young Scholars Program flyer (also available in other languages on the website).

Contact your child's counselor for questions.

Notice to Verizon Customers

Remind users with Verizon will no longer receive text message updates. Have users download the app to get around the issue.

More information here:

Mark Your Calendars!

Plan to join us on March 18th at 6:30pm. With generous support from PTO, we will host a parent workshop featuring guest speaker, Katie Greer. Ms. Greer established KL Geer Consulting and has become a leading expert and trainer on social media awareness and cyber safety for students and parents. She will lead workshops with students during the school day and the parent event that evening. We are very excited to have her and we want a packed house for the parent workshop.

Nurse Note

We will communicate the dates for these spinal screenings when they are determined.
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PTO News and Info

We need a couple more copy room volunteers! If interested, contact Rosa Mena at

We need additional volunteers in the snack shack! This is a quick, fun way to volunteer and support the school. Sign up using the link. View the Snack Shack calendar and sign up here.

For questions, contact Stacy Powell ( or Regina Paley (

The PTO is always looking for businesses interested in partnering with CMS PTO. If you would like to be included please contact Anel Bangs at

2019-2020 MISD Calendar Approved

Food Delivery Guidelines

We can not accept student lunch deliveries from restaurants or third-party food delivery services. Parents are welcome to drop off lunch, but only for your own child. Parents may not bring lunch for friends. Thank you!

Want to Volunteer?

If you would like to volunteer at CMS, please complete the Volunteer Background Check. If you have been approved in the past, you have until September to update your application for the new school year. You must complete a new form each year. Please note that if you do not complete the proper paperwork, you cannot help chaperone field trips or help with the school in any way. We need and want your help, so please fill out the forms now.

Andrew Dutton Memorial Scholarship

Please consider making a donation to the Andrew Dutton Memorial Scholarship Endowment.

You can make a tax-deductible donation to the endowment fund on the MEF website HERE.

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