Colt Corner

Celebrating 40 Years of Excellence

October 7, 2016

Dear Colt Parents,


Today CMS hosted a powerful professional development for district leaders in our Learning Commons (Library). The presenter who flew in from Florida to provide the training went out of her way to tell a quick story of the immediate impact that CMS made on her. The presenter told the following story: as she was struggling to get out of her car with her hands full of materials in the pouring down rain this morning, one of our students went out of their way to go up to her and ask, "Ma'am, is there anything that I can do or anything I can help you with?", and proceeded to assist her. She told the group that this act had a major impact on her and that she was truly impressed; and that in over 30 years in the profession, she had never had a student go out of their way like our CMS student did for her this morning!


This past week our staff heard an impassioned message from me during our faculty meeting, reminding them that we are not just focusing on academics, but also building global citizens. I want you to know that we appreciate your partnership, and understand the fact that in today's day and age it truly takes us all working together to raise productive citizens for the 21st-century. Thank you for partnering with us at CMS in helping build up our future leaders.


BEST,

David Arencibia, Ed.D.

CMS Principal


Facebook: Colleyville Middle School

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GCISD Spotlights CMS's Kris Lilley!

GCISD Staff Spotlight: Kris Lilley

Colleyville Middle Pink Out Shirts

Due to popular demand, the deadline for purchasing a pink out shirt has been extended until Tuesday. Oct. 11th. Click here to get the order form for your Colleyville Middle School Pink Out Shirt

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SAGE Speaker Series & Family Social


October 12: SAGE Speaker Series & Family Social


A Physician's Perspective of
Gifted & Talented Children


Justin Smith, M.D., also known as The Doc Smitty, will kick off our SAGE Speaker Series & Family Social on Wednesday evening, October 12. Click here for details

Dr. Smith will cover issues encountered by gifted students of all ages. The Speaker Series is FREE for SAGE members, or $5 at the door for non-members. To join SAGE, register online at gc-sage.org.
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8th Grade PSAT, Wed. 10/19

PSAT STUDENT GUIDE

* No Makeup day

* No Mechanical Pencils

* Students may bring calculators (no cell phones)

Click on the following link for:Official PSAT Student Guide

Back to Sports Meeting

Join the Colleyville Heritage Athletic Training Staff at the upcoming Back to Sports meeting on October 19 at 6:30 p.m. in the CHHS library. Back to Sports is educating parents and guardians about youth wellness and basic sports safety to help keep kids safe, healthy and having fun while playing the sports they love. Topics will include:

  • Concussion awareness
  • Heat and hydration
  • Prevention of pediatric overuse injuries
  • Cardiac arrest and proper response

If you have any questions, please contact CHHS trainer Meredith Swayne.

meredith.swayne@gcisd.net

Counselors Corner

Week of October 10 – October 14, 2016

NATIONAL BULLYING PREVENTION

October is National Bullying Prevention month. This month students are encouraged to wear blue on October 3 for Stomp out Bullying and to wear orange on October 19 for Unity Day. If your child or a friend of your child’s wants to reach out and report bullying or concerns anonymously, they can utilize the Friends for Life hotline. Students can call 817-469-8477 and can text to 274637 with the message starting with TIP117 plus their message. All reports go to your school counselor. Please look at our website for information about bullying and Friends for Life.

Bullying Information

http://www.gcisd-k12.org/Page/939

Friends for Life Information

http://www.gcisd-k12.org/Page/940

UPCOMING DATES from FOR CLUB (Friends of Rachel – Rachel’s Challenge)

October 14 – FOR Club Meeting

October 19 – Unity Day – wear Orange

October 25 – Mix It Up Lunch

PROGRESS REPORTS

Progress reports are available via Skyward Family Access. The 1st 9 week grading period ends on October 14. You can download the Skyward app for your phone or for your child’s phone so you can monitor grades.

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. For more information, click here: http://tip.duke.edu/node/244

Parents may directly enroll their child online at http://tip.duke.edu/node/1275 or via paper applications at any time during the enrollment period, October 1-March 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.

COLLEGE AND CAREER

GCISD will be hosting a College, Career and Financial Aid Night at Grapevine High School on Tuesday, November 1 from 6-8. Please see flyer.

PLAY IT SAFE DATES

November 11 - 7th Grade – Can’t Take It Back

February 17 – 7th Grade – Abuse of Power

November 18 - 6th Grade It’s Harassment

March 10 – 6th Grade – Survivors of Abuse

MONKEY SURVEY

Please take a moment to complete the Monkey Survey to give feedback about last year’s program and what you would like to see this year. Thank you

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/GFPRYGF

REMIND 101

We would love for you to join us on Remind if you haven’t done this yet. If you did this last year, we have rolled you over. Students have been encouraged to join this remind. We

1) Enter number 81010 in your phone

2) Text This Message

8th Grade - @couns8

7th Grade - @couns7

6th Grade - @couns6

Krystal McCure – Counselor A-K – 817-305-4916

Leslie Walden – Counselor L-Z – 817-305-4917

Shari Vanderwork – Registrar – 817-305-4955

Play it Safe Parent Letter

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A Conversation about Anxiety

Nurse Martin's Tip

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This Weeks Upcoming Events

Monday, October 10 - Columbus Day - Student Holiday


Tuesday, October 11

Picture Retakes/Clubs & Elective Pictures

Football (click here for schedule details)

7th Grade A & B Games vs Coppell West at CMS


Wednesday, October 12

Football (click here for schedule details)

8th Grade A,B & C Games at Coppell West


Friday, October 14

8th Grade- Band & Choir - Future Panther Night at CHHS & GHS Football Game

Panther-Mustang Stadium

Wear Pink for Breast Cancer Awareness

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