CMS Cougar Courier

2nd Quarter 2022-23 School Year -- November 18, 2022

Important Dates:

  • November 21st - 25th Thanksgiving Break - No School
  • November 29th - Band/Orchestra Concert
  • November 29th - iReady Diagnostic Assessment's begin
  • December 1st - Thescon 0r Colorado Thespian Jr. Conference
  • December 7th - HRHS Elective Showcase - 8th Grade
  • December 8th - English Language Learners Coffee Chat
  • December 14th - Choir Concert
  • December 21st - End of 2nd Quarter
  • December 22nd - January 6th - Winter Break - No School

Team Juniper

Team Piñon

Team Aspen

Team Blue Spruce

Team Evergreen


"This week in Spanish 1B, we practiced describing our family members using adjectives (descriptions, characteristics, emotions and conditions) using the verbs Ser and Estar (two verbs that mean “to be” in Spanish, but are used under different circumstances). We completed a family tree mini-project and used that as the springboard for our Quarter 2 presentational speaking assessment (Standard 1: Communication). Also, we investigated, analyzed and compared and contrasted the cultural traditions of “Acción de gracias” in Puerto Rico. I hope you all have a restful Thanksgiving Break and if you think of it, please ask your student what they wrote on their hand cutout on our “Damos gracias por…” bulletin board in the World Language hallway.”

iReady Days at CMS

iReady Testing to be condensed to four mornings!

Historically, we have tended to our iReady testing for Math and Reading by having students take their iReady assessments during ELA and Math classes -- ostensibly, "eating up" numerous instructional days with testing. For our next round of iReady (the Middle of Year (MOY) diagnostic), we will be tending to the testing in a different, school-wide way (on the mornings of four different days). See the details by clicking this link. Please read the important reminders (particularly, that all students need to be sure to have earbuds/headphones handy) and note that our school day starts as normal at 7:30 on all of the iReady Days.

If you have any questions, please let us know (particularly by way of our School Assessment Coordinator, Mark Wakefield, at Happy Thanksgiving to our whole Cresthill Community!

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Band/Orchestra Concert

Please join us for our Band/Orchestra Concert on Tuesday, November 29th from 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM in the Commons.



Greetings CMS Fans & Fams!!!! We have a massive update for all 7th grade families with daughters!!!! Our 7th grade girls basketball season officially starts on Dec. 5. WHAT?!?!? just over 2 weeks your daughter gets the opportunity to be a part of our amazing girls basketball program. The great news? ZERO EXPERIENCE IS REQUIRED. Use our CMS Athletics page to find steps on how to get registered. Remember that NO PHYSICAL = NO PLAY. Please email all paperwork to Stephanie Young at We truly HOPE that you consider being a part of the magic with our athletics program here at THE Cresthill MS. Thanks again and GO COOGS!!!!!!!!!!!

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Thanksgiving Meals

The Rock Church in Castle Rock is offering free Thanksgiving meals in which families can come and eat at the church or come and pick up dinners to eat at home. Here is the link for details:

Additionally, here is another link with information including a map at the bottom of the page for food banks and meals throughout our metro: Food Bank of the Rockies

Jazz Band Club

Jazz Band meets in the Band Room Wednesdays from 3 to 4 pm.

Learn to play and perform in a Jazz Band with Director Zach Barker.

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2023 Apple Awards

If there is a DCSD teacher or staff member that has gone above and beyond to make your child’s learning experience positive and their future bright, please take a few moments to nominate them. All nominations will be posted to the Foundation’s website.

The nomination window closes on November 13. Winners will be announced at the 2023 Apple Awards Gala in April 2023. Learn more at

Important Thespian/Drama dates

December 1st- Colorado Thespian Jr Conference

Students will attend conference Downtown Denver. They will have the opportunity to attend different workshops and be adjudicated in one of the following performances:


Duet Acting

Solo Musical

Group Musical

In the afternoon they will attend a musical performed by a local high school.

Thescon Feedback


Auditions for Annie

12/19 and 12/20

Annie Performance and Rehearsal dates to come

Buy your ad for your child in the 2022-2023 yearbook. All details are in the link below.

Ads are for 8th graders only and the early deadline for the best pricing is 11/14/22

Order your Yearbooks now! Save money and get free icons!

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Support for families in need of internet connectivity.

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Donations Needed - 2nd Quarter

Hi Cresthill Families, you have been asking us about how you can help us out. We have attached a Signup genius of items that will help us make it through the day. If you are able to donate an item we would really appreciate it. Donations can be brought into the office. Thank you for showing your support.

Supporting Cresthill

We appreciate the support of our community. Cresthill does not have a PTO program and we limit fundraisers. We do rely on your generosity and support with these programs:
Do you shop at King Soopers? Did you know that King Soopers offers community rewards? WE have approximately 110 families who have designated Cresthill to receive funds. We would love to increase that number. The quarterly checks we receive from King Soopers really make a difference to our school budget.

Once logged into your King Soopers or City Market account go to:

Savings and Rewards > King Soopers Community Rewards then you can search for Cresthill Middle School either by name or YJ180 and then click Enroll.

New users will need to create an account which requires some basic information, a valid email address and a loyalty card.

Thank you!

Box Tops for Education

No need to cut out box tops anymore. It’s digital!

Download the Box Tops Mobile App

Set up your Username and Password

Find your school: Type in Cresthill and click on Cresthill Middle School when it appears Click on the right arrow

Complete your Profile and you are done!

Now when you shop simply scan your store receipt and watch the donations that are made to our school!

American Furniture Warehouse

If you are making a purchase at AFW please mention Cresthill at checkout. They will make a generous donation to our school.
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In compliance with Titles VI & VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act of 2008, and Colorado law, the Douglas County School District RE-1 does not unlawfully discriminate against otherwise qualified students, employees, applicants for employment, or members of the public on the basis of disability, race, creed, color, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, national origin, religion, ancestry, or need for special education services. Discrimination against employees and applicants for employment based on age, genetic information, and conditions related to pregnancy or childbirth is also prohibited in accordance with state and/or federal law. Complaint procedures have been established for students, parents, employees, and members of the public. The School District’s Compliance Officer and Title IX Coordinator to address complaints alleging sexual harassment under Title IX is Aaron Henderson, 620 Wilcox Street, Castle Rock, Colorado,, 720-433-1083.

Outside Agencies

Complaints regarding violations of Title VI, (race, national origin), Title IX (sex, gender), Section 504/ADA (handicap or disability), may be filed directly with the Office for Civil Rights, U.S. Department of Education, 1244 North Speer Blvd., Suite 310, Denver, CO 80204. Complaints regarding violations of Title VII (employment) and the ADEA (prohibiting age discrimination in employment) may be filed directly with the Federal Office of Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, 303 E. 17th Ave., Suite 510, Denver, CO 80202, or the Colorado Civil Rights Commission, 1560 Broadway, Suite 1050, Denver, CO 80202.