Cowboy Parent Courier
May 6, 2022
Message from Dr. Epperson
We have 10 action-packed days of school left this year! Our 8th graders worked really hard this week on their first two STAAR tests and we had some incredible end of year concerts in fine arts. Looking forward to the theater shows this weekend!
Our STAAR testing dates are listed below. The exams are given in a 4-hour block of time each day. Students may bring a snack and water bottle. Please be on time to school. We want to start as quickly as possible each morning.
May 10th and 11th will be sack lunch day for all students. If your child wants a sack lunch from the cafeteria, they have already submitted that information to their teacher. Make sure they pack a lunch otherwise. All students will have an alternative schedule on these days.
Please avoid appointments during testing. If a student has to pause a test and log out, they are unable to view items again that they have already seen.
Note that check-out on alternate schedule days is more challenging. Allow extra time for this process.
Every student should bring a fully charged laptop and charger to school on testing days.
We will administer make-up testing through May 20th.
Thank you and have a wonderful weekend!
Have a Happy Mother's Day Weekend
STAAR Testing Dates
May 10: 6th, 7th, and 8th Math STAAR
May 11: 6th, 7th, 8th Reading STAAR
We will provide make-up testing through May 20th.
Laptops and chargers for STAAR
STAAR is administered online. This means every student will need to arrive to school with a fully charged laptop on each day of testing. We have many students who have lost chargers and are borrowing chargers throughout the day from friends to get through the day. This will not work on STAAR days. Unfortunately, the school does not have chargers to loan to students. If your student needs to replace their charger so they arrive at school ready to test, now is the time to make that order. You can order from any vendor of your choice, but we have tried to help by setting up some direct links to make this easier for you.
Options from Amazon:
Options from Target:
Click HERE if you need a CORD ONLY (Apple branded)
Click HERE if you need a PLUG ONLY (Apple branded)
Options from Walmart:
8th Grade Celebration Trip
From the Nurse
Summer Laptop Procedures
If your child has a fee assigned in HAC due to a damaged computer or has a loaner computer, the laptop will be collected the last week of school.
If a damage fee is owed in HAC and is not paid prior to May 15th, we will collect the laptop for the summer.
If you are moving over the summer and will not return to MISD, please notify our school registrar at email@example.com so we can collect the laptop and charger the last week of school.
If your child is in 6th or 7th grade, we will be happy to store your child's laptop over the summer. We can not store laptops for 8th graders going to high school. Please complete this form to request summer storage by Sunday, May 15th. https://forms.gle/gZT8eLNt6aQUP99L8
Note that outstanding fees owed may prevent current 8th graders from receiving a schedule at schedule pick-up events at high schools.
You can see any fees owed in Home Access Center .
Yearbooks have arrived! We will be distributing these for 8th graders during science classes and 6th and 7th graders during history classes on Monday, May 16th. If you have pre-ordered a yearbook, your student will pick theirs up on this day. Each history and science teacher will have a list of students who pre-ordered a book.
There are about 50-60 yearbooks remaining that will be for sale starting on Tuesday, May 17th. If you did not pre-order a yearbook and would like to purchase one of these extras you can sign up on the waitlist here. Those requests will be filled in the order you sign up. Yearbooks will be $45 cash only. Your student(s) can bring the payment to the Yearbook classroom, E123, located in the electives hallway on the other side of the library.
Make sure your student brings their yearbook back to school for our signing parties! This is the chance for students to sign each other’s books adding to their memories. Signing parties will take place on the following days:
8th grade: Wednesday, May 18
6th and 7th grade: Thursday, May 19
If you have any questions, please contact our Yearbook advisor, Ms. Jasmine Haynes at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Lost and Found
22-23 School Supply Orders
If you like to order school supplies and have them delivered directly to your home, now is the time! Click the image below.
**ATTENTION 6th Grade Parents**
Your child might need updated immunizations for their upcoming 7th grade year.
**All 7th grade students need a Tdap and Meningococcal Vaccine in addition to all immunizations required through elementary school up to 6th grade.**
**If you have already sent these updates to Nurse Jessica, please disregard this message**
If you have not turned in updated immunizations to Nurse Jessica, please do so ASAP. If you are planning to get these done over the summer, they MUST be turned in BEFORE school starts on August 10, 2022. Your student will not be able to begin 7th grade classes without these updates per MISD and state requirements. Please see below for more specific information.
If you have questions, contact Nurse Jessica at email@example.com.
____________________________________________________________________________________________ McKinney Independent School District
School Health Services
6th Grade to 7th Grade Immunizations Transition-Letter to Parent
Your student will need proof of the following new immunizations to pick up a grade schedule for the 2022-2023 school year.
We're informing you well in advance to help you avoid possible vaccine shortages and long lines at immunization clinics in August. Your child's classroom assignment and/or schedule will be withheld next fall until his/her school immunization records are up-to-date.
**Please bring your child's complete immunization records and this letter with you to the doctor's office or immunization clinic and return the record to your campus nurse prior to August 10, 2022.
Please note: In the past, these immunization clinics would not turn anyone away, even if they had private insurance. Due to recent changes at the state level, these clinics can no longer provide immunizations to those with private insurance. If you have private insurance, it's important that you make an appointment with your doctor as soon as possible to get your child's immunizations updated.
Tetanus/Diphtheria/pertussis-containing vaccine (unless a booster dose received within the past five years for 7th grade, last 10 years for 8th )
Meningococcal vaccine (one dose after age 11 and every 5 years after last dose)
Varicella vaccine (two doses received on or after 1st birthday)
MMR vaccine (two doses received on or after 1st birthday)
Hepatitis A vaccine (two doses received on or after 1st birthday)
The vaccines listed above are required in addition to those required by earlier laws. A signed statement of varicella disease will count towards the varicella requirement.
It is necessary for your child to be in compliance before the start of school 2022-2023.
Collin County Health Care Clinic offers low-cost or free immunizations for Medicaid, CHIPs, American Indian or Alaskan native, uninsured or underinsured (no vaccine, capped coverage or select vaccine insurance coverage).
Collin County Health Care
825 North McDonald Street
7:30am-11:00am and 1:00 pm-4:00pm
Passport Health will be available to vaccinate children ages 6 months to 18 years with Cigna, AETNA, BCBS or United Healthcare insurances and The Care Van will offer FREE IMMUNIZATIONS for Medicaid, uninsured or no vaccine insurance coverage. INFANTS TO 18 YEARS OF AGE at these times and locations:
Care Van and Passport Health
May 12, 2022 from 5pm - 7pm
Lawson Early Childhood School
500 Dowell St.
McKinney, TX 75071
If you have already provided a copy of these records to the clinic, please disregard this email. If you have a copy of these records in your possession, please provide a copy to the clinic. Let us know if you have any questions or contact your campus nurse, Jessica Green, RN, at the information below.
MISD Health Services
Contact information for Nurse Jessica:
Jessica Green, BSN, RN
Cockrill Middle School Nurse
Front Office: 469.302.7900
No Third Party Lunch Deliveries Please
Log in to HAC
Click on Home tab
Click on School Links tab
Click on first link (Pay HAC Fees Online)
You will need to create an account to pay the fee
You will be asked for your student’s ID number (without the “S”).
We can also take cash or check payments in the front office.
Carpool students exit front of building
Students who live in the neighborhood behind the school and need to cross are being identified and given instructions to get home safely.
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
Please refer to the Student Dress Code 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.
- No house shoes or slippers
- Leggings or spandex may not be worn with crop tops or short shirts
- 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.
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