Carpenter Middle School


Thursday, January 14, 2016


Congratulations 6th Grade Tributes!

236,674 pages read. Way to go!

Thank you to everyone for supporting the Carpenter Reading Games! The Phase 1 Reading Rally was a success!

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Calling All Cats Tonight!

A special evening is coming up for all 8th and 10th graders, parents, and current students at Plano Senior High School.....CALLING ALL CATS, Thursday, Jan. 14th, from 6 - 8pm! Please plan to attend this informational evening and learn all about the wonderful opportunities at Plano Senior High School. You’ll be able to purchase spirit wear and visit with incredible senior high teachers regarding course study, learn about all of our award-winning performance art and visual arts programs, and become familiar with all the fabulous coaches for all Wildcat sports. The entire campus will be open for you to visit.

Classroom Designations/Agenda


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Group Picture Day - Friday, January 15th

Be sure to dress accordingly. Your teachers may have asked you to wear group t-shirts (i.e. band, orchestra, choir, etc...) so don't forget!

Monday, January 18th - Martin Luther King, Jr. Birthday Observance

NO SCHOOL (Student/Teacher holiday).

Attention Parents of Current 6th & 7th Graders - Time to Plan for Next School Year!

January 20, 2016 from 6:00 - 7:00 P.M. in the Carpenter Cafeteria with Carpenter's Counselors.

  • Overview of elective courses for 7th and 8th graders (in other words, parents of current 6th and 7th graders)

  • How to fill out the 7th and 8th grade registration cards

**Students should have their registration card on the 13th. In order for the session to be beneficial, please bring this with you. You can access the middle school course catalog at

**Registration cards must be returned to the social studies or Texas history teacher by Friday, January 22.

Clark High School - Cougar Call!

What: Cougar Call

When: Thursday, January 28, 6:00 – 8:30 pm

Where: Clark High School

Who: All 8th grade students and their parents

Clark High School would like to invite all of the 8th grade students and their parents to our Cougar Call. The evening will begin in the cafeteria with introductions and general information. From there you will be able to attend up to 6 sessions for an opportunity to find out more of what high school will be like from academics, elective courses, athletics, clubs, and organizations to name just a few. Booster clubs will also have spirit wear available for you to purchase. Parents, be on the lookout for the Red Book that will be given to your student to bring home. It will give you all of the information you need to plan your evening of January 28!

PACE Referral Packets Due Friday, January 29th

The Plano PACE program is for gifted children who require a unique set of challenges in the classroom. PACE is through the history class, so it replaces history at the middle school level. PACE is a challenging class that requires strong analytical skills, dedication and the ability to have fun!

PACE Referral packets need to be turned in by the end of January. Testing will occur in February. 6th and 7th graders will be placed in the Fall. 8th graders will take humanities at their high school.

Click here for referral packet.

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Robotics Club

A Robotics Club will be forming at Carpenter this semester. Members will learn about robotics engineering by doing what engineers do… design, build and problem solve. We will build robots using VEX Robotics and learn the coding involved in programming them. Meetings will be either before or after school in K212 with dates to be determined. Space is limited so pick up an application form from Ms. Alouf in K212 and return soon to reserve your spot!


A Note from Food and Nutritional Services


My name is Mary Hynes-Taylor and I am the Food and Nutritional Services Manager at Carpenter Middle School. I noticed that many of our students do not eat breakfast with us and wanted to let you know that we serve breakfast daily from 7:45 A M – 8:15 AM and would love to see your child in the mornings. If you would like to see a breakfast menu you may go to our department page located on the Plano ISD website. Please feel free to call me with any questions you may have regarding our breakfast program at 469-752-5008. Have a nice day!

Mary Hynes-Taylor

Carpenter Middle School Manager

PISD Food and Nutritional Services


Calorie Fact Sheet


Click here for game schedules!

For 8th Graders Only - Mark Your Calendars

1/8- Notice of placement for The IB World School, Health Sciences Academy and Academy High School

1/13- Meet your Clark Counselor- On campus at CMS during 2nd period for students

1/14- Plano Sr High Clinical Rotations Presentation during PE classes for students

1/14- Calling All Cats at Plano Sr. High (Student and Parent Night) at 6:00-8:00 p.m.

1/15- Commitment of attending The IB World School, Health Sciences Academy and Academy High School DUE

1/28- Cougar Call at Clark HS (Student and Parent Night)- 6:00 to 8:30 p.m.

2/2- 2/25- Four year plan meetings with student/parents and registering for 9th grade- TIME BY INVITATION. THOSE WILL BE SENT IN JANUARY.

Box Tops New Rewards

Students, keep turning in your Box Tops in sets of 25 to the school store! You can exchange them for your choice of treat! Candy, soda... so many choices!


Parent Workshops Available in January

Family Education and Guidance Services Offering Free Parent Workshops

Click English or Spanish for printable flyer.

2016 SAGE Summer Expo

Saturday, February 6, 2016

10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Plano Senior High School Cafeteria

2200 Independence Pkwy., Plano, TX 75075

70+ local camps, camps throughout TEXAS… and beyond!

You’ll find programs of interest to ALL students

Preschool – Elementary – Middle School – High School

Especially those with special needs and gifted students

Click English or Spanish for printable flyer.

Alex Trejo Scholarship Opportunity for Graduating Seniors Who Also Attended Carpenter Middle School

The Alex Trejo Scholarship is a $500 scholarship opportunity available for a 2016 graduating senior that also attended Carpenter Middle School. The scholarship is in memory of Alex Trejo, who performed every task, great or small, with utmost integrity. He served as a positive role model to staff and students at Carpenter for 24 years.

Scholarship Requirements/Application

Don't mess with Texas Scholarship Contest

The Don’t mess with Texas® Scholarship recognizes the achievements of high school seniors who take a leadership role in preventing litter in their schools and communities.

Any Texas high school senior currently attending public, private, or home school and planning to attend an accredited Texas college or university next year may apply. Student essays should describe creative and/or sustainable solutions to prevent litter and build awareness of the Don’t mess with Texas initiative.

Applications accepted through MARCH 26, 2016.

Click here for flyer


Cowboy Character

Gandhi, a national hero of India, strove to practice non-violence and truth in all situations, and advocated that others do the same. Henry David Thoreau, an American author, greatly influenced Gandhi. Then Gandhi greatly influenced Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. One great mind influences another.

Today, remember these words of Dr. King:

“We must use time creatively, in the knowledge that the time is always ripe to do right.”

Let his words influence the decisions you make today, then do your best to be a positive influence on someone else.

RODEO Tip of the Week

Ways to Keep Your Middle Schooler Turning the Pages

Amidst the flurry of friends, homework, and hormones, your pre-teen may not feel like reading. Try these tips for keeping her interest and skills on track.

  1. Let your child choose what to read. While you may cringe at his preferences, he may never touch a title if it's force-fed.
  2. Talk about what she reads. Ask her what she thinks of a book and make connections with ideas or issues that are relevant to her life.
  3. If he's struggling or bored with a book, let him put it down. Forcing him to stick with a difficult or dull book that's intended for pleasure will reinforce the idea that reading is a chore.
  4. Subscribe to magazines that will interest her. Ask her to choose one or two titles and put the subscription in her name.
  5. Read the newspaper together. Whether it's for 15 minutes over breakfast or on weekends, establish a routine and discuss what you each read.
  6. Play games that utilize reading. Word- and vocabulary-building games like Scrabble or Boggle are great, but many board games provide reading opportunities (even if it's just the instructions). Crosswords provide opportunities for learning new words and spelling practice, too.
  7. Encourage your middle-schooler to read to a younger sibling. Letting him take over ritual reading at bedtime once a week will ensure he reads something, and he may find his sibling's enthusiasm for stories contagious.
  8. Visit the library together. Try to make it an event where you share some quality one-on-one time and both choose a few books.
  9. Listen to books on tape in the car. If you're heading on vacation, or even back-and-forth to school, try listening to a novel that will appeal to everyone.
  10. Model reading. Your pre-teen will still follow your reading habits (though she'll never let you know it!). Let her see you reading, make comments, and share interesting passages with her.


Swing Dance This Saturday at 7 PM

The PSHS Jazz Ensemble would like to invite you all to the PSHS Jazz Swing Dance THIS SATURDAY, JANUARY 16 AT 7PM AT CLUB CAT (aka PSHS Cafeteria).

The Plano Jazz Swing Dance is an awesome event for Plano students, alumni, family members, and the community. It will feature jazz music by BOTH PSHS Jazz Ensembles, the Vines Jazz Ensemble & the Wilson MS Jazz Ensemble.

Dress is semi-formal to formal

Advanced $8 tickets available at

Tickets are also available from any PSHS Jazz Ensemble member.

$10 tickets available at door

This is an annual event that is always a fun and memorable evening. You won’t want to miss this!!!! See you there!

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Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Tribute Thursday, January 21st

"Making Our Mark" is the theme for Plano ISD's annual tribute honoring the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. to be held the evening of Thursday, January 21 in the Williams High School Auditorium, 1717 17th Street in Plano. The community is invited to attend. Pre-program entertainment will begin at 6:30 p.m. followed by a 7:00 to 8:15 p.m. program showcasing student performances and awards presentations. Read more...

Free Sign Language Classes

Our Plano Regional Day School Program for the Deaf will once again be offering FREE sign language classes this Spring for our Plano ISD teachers, parents, and community. All the details are on the attached flyer, and RSVPs can be sent to

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Making Our Mark

“Make Your Mark” is the Plano Independent School District’s motto. At Carpenter Middle School, everything we do for our students, families and community is executed with compassion and determination. We are making our mark at The Ranch!