Cowboy Parent Courier

September 10, 2021

Message from Dr. Epperson

Hello! We focus every day on ensuring that our students are learning and growing, and we like to have lots of fun along the way. In order to create an environment conducive to learning, our first priority must be safety for everyone in our building. I want to give some reminders as we begin this new school year.

It is important that our students and parents know about our TIP411 program that allows anyone to make an anonymous tip to the McKinney Police Department about a safety concern on our campus. Anyone with a cell phone can send an anonymous tip to the McKinney Police Department by texting the key word CMSTIP and the information to 847411 (tip411). The CMS form is also at this link on the district website. We have this information posted in various locations in our school.

*I also encourage parents to tell your children about this text option. Social pressure in middle school can prevent students making reports in person, even to parents. They need this socially safe way to make a report.

We also conduct monthly fire drills and at least two lockdown drills. lockout drills, and shelter in place drills each year. We always tell students prior to a drill that we are conducting a drill and everyone is safe. In addition to these drills, our safety team conducts medical response drills.

We are having a great school year, and we always appreciate your partnership!

Have a wonderful weekend!

CMS Parent Event

Mark your calendars for September 13th at 6:15pm for a parent workshop. Check out this great VIDEO!

Register using this LINK or the QR code below.

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Patriot Day

We were honored to have the opportunity to recognize Patriot Day in our school. Thanks to our cheerleaders and PALS for their spirited leadership this morning! Students loved receiving stickers and our school is full of red, white, and blue. Our students participated in a special moment of silence this morning, and they are honoring heroes in CREED lessons. Thank you to our community first responders for your service and dedication.

Free/Reduced Lunch

Anyone who has not submitted an application for this school year will be dropped from the program September 29th. Although all students will receive free meals (one breakfast and one lunch combo meal per day) during this school year 2021-2022, we would like to encourage parents to submit an application because there are other benefits for being in the program (like the P-EBT and reduced fees) and to establish the school year 2022-2023 30-day carryover status.

Fall Picture Day September 29

Be on the lookout for a school picture flyer in the next newsletter.

After School Tutoring

Tutoring buses will begin September 14th. The buses run every Tuesday and Thursday at 4:30. Students must participate in tutoring to access these buses. They stop at each feeder elementary school to allow students to walk home from that location and apartment complexes.

Snack Shack is Open!

It is time to volunteer for the Snack Shack. This is a really fast and fun volunteer opportunity at CMS! Please sign up to help us out.

It's time to buy your yearbook

The 2021-2022 yearbook is now on sale! If you order by Friday 9-10 you will not only receive the 2021-2022 book for the lowest price of the year, but you can get 4 free cover icons as well! The free cover icon offer ends on Friday 9-10. NOTE: You do have to purchase personalization in order to receive the 4 free icons.

You can purchase the 2021-2022 book online at or by clicking on the below link:

Gifted and Talented Nominations

The nomination window for ALPHA Gifted and Talented program is open now through September 30th. The testing window for Secondary is October 20th-November 2nd. Parents may nominate students.

ALPHA Nomination Form

ALPHA Website

CMS Elementary Cheer Clinic

Register at this link or use the QR code below.
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Bring Laptop and Charger Daily

Students need to have a laptop and charger at school every day. Need to replace a lost charger or want to keep an extra in your backpack? HERE is a good charger to purchase.

Want to Substitute Teach?

We have open substitute teaching positions. We are currently looking for a "permanent substitute". This individual works at CMS every day in the capacity needed for that day. Contact the CMS substitute coordinator, Sandra Carter, at or 469-302-7918 for details.

McKinney ISD is hiring substitute teachers for the 2021-2022 school year. Every year we replenish our pool of subs who received full-time positions, moved away or retired. The pay range for a substitute in McKinney ISD is $90 - $110 a day.

This is the link to the application:

If you apply and want to substitute at CMS, let Mrs. Carter know so we can follow up on your application.

8th Graders: Fall Acceleration Courses

Mrs. Hoover will be sending an email to parents about these courses as well.
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Carpool Information

We need your help keeping students safe in morning and afternoon carpool. If you see incidents that are dangerous for our students on Hardin Rd. or at the Hardin Rd and White Ave. intersection, please report those directly to the McKinney Police Traffic Division using this link.

It is important that everyone is watching for pedestrian traffic and modeling kindness for our students.

Laptop Fees

We are now accepting $50 laptop fees for this school year. Fees are due October 1st. You should have received an email from MISD regarding this payment. The subject is "McKinney ISD Online Payments an HAC Update" and it was sent on August 9th. We also accept payment by cash or check in the CMS office. Checks should be made out to "CMS" and include your child's name/ID number.

Reduced fees are available for students qualifying for free and reduced lunch. You may apply at this website.

Lunch is free for all students, but you must formally qualify to receive reduced fees.

CMS House Office Information

6th Grade House

House Secretary, Susie Teel 469-302-7960

Assistant Principal- Heather Wainscott 469-302-7963

Counselor Christal Helm 469-302-7961

7th Grade House

House Secretary, Rosa Jou 469-302-7986

Assistant Principal, Jennifer Zornes 469-302-7988

Counselor, Courtney Starnes 469-302-7874

8th Grade House

House Secretary, Anne Chlebos 469-302-7878

Assistant Principal Stewart Herrington 469-302-7876

Counselor Tana Hoover 469-302-7877

Dress Code

Please refer to the Student Code of Contact for detailed information. Here are a few

basic reminders for you as you begin your back-to-school shopping. Dress code will be checked each day by the end of 2nd period.

  • Leggings or spandex must be worn with a shirt or tunic that covers the entire front and back sides.
  • Students may not wear hoodies up. Hoods must be down during the day. Leave them at home if this is too difficult to manage.
  • Shorts must be fingertip length.
  • Holes in jeans must be located below fingertip length
  • No spaghetti straps and any tank top straps must be 3 finger width
  • No see-through clothing
  • No sagging pants or undergarments showing
  • Midsections may not be visible. (no crop tops)
  • Earrings and nose studs are permissible; All other visible body-piercing jewelry or ornaments are not permitted unless the piercing is for cultural or religious reasons.

Need parent Access to Canvas?

Parents will have access to Canvas on the first day of school. Review this step by step guide for access instructions.

Click HERE to view a quick video to help you set up notifications in Canvas.

Renew your Volunteer Application Now!

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 in the school in any way. We need and want your help, so please fill out the forms now.

CMS Contacts

You can reference the contact information below for questions regarding specific programs or services.

Durham Bus Services 972-542-8316

Front Office Receptionist, Rebecca Zottneck, 469-302-7900

School Registrar/Attendance, Becky Lafferty 469-302-7914

Nurse, Jessica Green 469-302-7906

Principal's Secretary, Sandra Carter 469-302-7918

Attendance notes go to

6th Grade House

House Secretary, Susie Teel 469-302-7960

Assistant Principal- Heather Wainscott 469-302-7963

Counselor Christal Helm 469-302-7961

7th Grade House

House Secretary, Rosa Jou 469-302-7986

Assistant Principal, Jennifer Zornes 469-302-7988

Counselor, Courtney Starnes 469-302-7874

8th Grade House

House Secretary, Anne Chlebos 469-302-7878

Assistant Principal Stewart Herrington 469-302-7876

Counselor Tana Hoover 469-302-7877

504 Secretary, Rosa Jou 469-302-7986

504 and ESL Coordinator, Katelan Schmidt, 469-302-7989

Special Education Coordinator, Lori Bell 469-302-7975

Gifted and Talented Services, Please contact your designated counselor.

Boys Physical Education, Austin Kincaid, 469-302-7888

Girls Physical Education, Amanda De La Garza 469-302-7925

Boys Athletic Coordinator, Jack Holt 469-302-7926

Girls Athletic Coordinator, Amanda Nava 469-302-77925

Band, Kyle Wiechmann 469-302-7933

Choir, Dorrie Seamans 469-302-7924

Drama, Sarah Fox, 469-302-7932

Orchestra, John Powelson 469-302-7893

Cheerleading, Michelle Wandersee 469-302-7857

AVID, Michelle Rumley 469-302-7980

Cockrill Middle School Website

This site is under construction. We are excited to launch a new platform soon.

Student Technical Support

Use this button to submit a student help ticket.

School Menus

View monthly breakfast and lunch menus.

Cafeteria Payments-My School Bucks

Add money to your child's cafeteria account.

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