September 8, 2017
What a fast week it has been here at CMS. Time has flown by considering we will be starting the fourth week of school. One of our focuses here the past few weeks and one we will continue pursuing is student voice. Our students are given voice in various facets of their school day by staff members to find ways to help our students maximize their engagement at CMS in addition to our pursuit of continuous improvement. Below my welcome, you will find a link to one of our 8th graders, Elise Nackley, who gives us some brief insight into what student voice means to her here at CMS. I hope that each of you has a great weekend!
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Week of September 11 – September 15
SIGNS OF SUICIDE (SOS)
During the month of September the CMS Counselors will be leading guidance lessons from the SOS (Signs of Suicide) curriculum. This program will be shared with all GCISD middle and high school students and staff. Students will learn how to respond to a friend who may need extra support. One tool they will gain is the acronym ACT.
A: Acknowledge the problem;
C: Care. Let the person know you care; and
T: Tell a responsible adult.
Counselors will also discuss the difference between sadness and depression.
7th Graders will have their lesson Tuesday, September 25.
8th Graders will have their lesson Tuesday, September 21.
6th Graders will have their lesson Tuesday, September 27.
Please see attached OPT out form. Also, here is the link to the district website that also has the video in case you cannot attend the parent preview. http://www.gcisd-k12.org/Page/38638
PLAY IT SAFE VIDEOS for 6th and 7th – The parent preview is Thursday, September 28 at 10:00 AM and 6:00 PM at the administrative offices. Opt Out Forms will be coming soon.
October 5 – 7th Grade – Play It Safe – Healthy Relationships
November 10 – 7th Grade – Play It Safe – Can’t Take It Back
November 17 – 6th Grade – Play It Safe – It’s Harassment
February 16 – 7th Grade – Play It Safe – Abuse of Power
March 2 – 6th Grade – Play It Safe – Survivors of Abuse
This is the schedule of CMS counselor guidance lessons for September:
September 12 – 8th grade Guidance – Bullying and Social Media
September 13 – 6th Grade Boys PE – Bullying and Social Media
September 14 – 7th Grade Guidance – Bullying and Social Media
September 20 – 6th Grade Girls PE – Self Image and Self-Improvement
September 21 – 8th Grade SOS – Signs of Suicide
September 25 – 7th Grade SOS – Signs of Suicide
September 27 – 6th Grade SOS – Signs of Suicide
October 4 – 6th Grade Boys PE – Self Image and Self-Improvement
REMINDER – PROGRESS REPORT 1
****CHANGE OF DATE by DISTRICT****
September 8th will be then end of the grading period for Progress Report 1. CMS will mail out this initial report card. Logging into your Skyward Family Access Account can access all future progress reports and nine-week report cards. If you need password assistance logging into your account, please email CMS Registrar Shari Vanderwork.
SEVENTH GRADE – DUKE TIP
The Duke University Talent Identification Program (Duke Tip) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to serving academically gifted and talented youth. Duke Tip’s talent searches serve as the entry point to academic benefits and programs for gifted and talented students in grades 4-12. Fro more information, click here:
Parents may directly enroll their child online at https://tip.duke.edu/programs/7th-grade-talent-search/enroll-now or via paper applications at any time during the enrollment period, September 15 – January 31. Fees are paid only once, and need-based financial aid is available. Students must have attained a qualifying test score at or above the 95th percentile on at least one accepted subtest area of a grade-level standardized achievement test (Stanford or Iowa Test of Basic Skills), or achieved a score of a 125 or above on an aptitude test (OLSAT, CoGAT, NNAT) or mental ability test (IQ test such as WISC), or met the Duke approved score on a state criterion-referenced test (STAAR). A school code will be provided on the Duke Tip website during the enrollment process.
AIM FOR SUCCESS
This program is run through the PE/Athletics Department. The dates that students will be participating in this program are Wednesday, November 15 for 8th Grade and Thursday, March 8 for 6th grade. Coach Kim Haley will have OPT out forms coming closer to those dates.
Parent Preview dates:
Wednesday, September 13
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM 6th Grade
11:15 AM - 12:15 PM 8th Grade
LOCATION - Administration Building Board Room
Thursday, September 14
6:00 PM- 7:00 PM 6th Grade
7:15 PM - 8:15 PM
LOCATION - Administration Building Board Room
Krystal McCure – Counselor A-K – 817-305-4916
Leslie Walden – Counselor L-Z – 817-305-4917
Shari Vanderwork – Registrar – 817-305-4955
September 12 - PTA General Meeting CMS Cafeteria - 6:30 -7:00
September 12 - Parent Meeting info here- DC/New York Trip - Learning Commons 6:00-7:00
September 13 - 7th Grade Football - schedule here
September 13 - Progress Report Day
September 14 - 7th & 8th Grade Volleyball, 8th Grade Football schedule here
September 16 - 7th & 8th Grade Volleyball Tournament - schedule here
September 22 - Fall Social - 6:00 - 8:30 pm