Carpenter Middle School


Friday, May 6, 2016


Many Thanks from Many Hearts!

The teachers and staff at Carpenter Middle School truly appreciate the sweet notes, yummy treats, and thoughtful gifts from our students and parents in honor of Teacher Appreciation Week.

End of Year Library Book Roundup!

Time to start rounding them up! All library books are due back Friday, May 13th. The last day to check out books is Friday, May 6th.

District Poetry Slam

Carpenter was well represented at the Plano ISD District Poetry Slam competition that took place Tuesday night, May 3 at Bowman.

Masai Gonzalez, Rebecca Haynes, Amiya Callicut and Jenna Smith did a beautiful job presenting their poetry. In the tweeted words of Mrs. Brawdy, "I've laughed, I've cried, I've felt the feels. Our students are incredible! We are proud of you!"

Carpenter's own Rebecca Haynes placed 3rd!

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STAAR Assessments May 9 - May 12

Dear Parents,

Texas students in the sixth, seventh, and eighth grades will participate in the state-required State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR) this spring. STAAR is a state assessment program designed to measure the full range of the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) in mathematics, reading, writing, science and social studies. STAAR was developed to identify students' academic achievements in writing at grade 7, in reading and mathematics in grades 6, 7, and 8, and in social studies and science at grade 8. We hope that students will regard the test as important, but that they will not approach the test with undue anxiety. In accordance with state guidelines, your son or daughter will be tested on the following dates:

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For any student who is absent on a testing day, a make-up test will be completed during the testing window. Results of the 8th grade mathematics test, and of the 8th grade reading test will arrive at the school approximately 2 –3 weeks after the date of the test, and they will be distributed to parents as soon as possible. Students who do not meet the passing standard will have additional opportunities to retake the 8th grade reading and mathematics tests. Results of all other tests will be sent to parents at the end of this school year. The scores will provide teachers and other educators with information needed to help students improve achievement in mathematics, reading, writing, and science.

As always, we wish to keep parents involved and informed about student programs. Please contact your grade level counselor if you have any questions.


7th Grade Parents

7th grade is a special year, the introduction of school sports programs, band and orchestra competitions, honors courses, new locker combinations and more! This year we’ve asked for parents, guardians and friends to write a letter of encouragement to their student. This letter could be a few sentences, a few paragraphs, written in a card or on a post it! We will take anything! We simply want to honor your student. These letters can be dropped off at the front office or your child can turn them in to their fourth period teacher.

We will host a small ceremony on May 18th during plus period. At that time we will pass out the letters to your student, give them an opportunity to read each letter and view a slide show. It is not your traditional award ceremony as students will not walk across the stage and receive honors but rather sit in their seat and read each note. The goal is to have a least two notes in each envelope, and we need your support!

We are asking for these letters to be turned in by this Monday, May 9th. A big thank you to parents and guardians who have sent their letters over!!

We are excited to serve and honor your kiddo!!

Ashley Ogal

English Teacher|Team Leader l NJHS Sponsor

Carpenter Middle School

Phone 469.752.5034 l Email |

“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.”

Nelson Mandela

8th Grade Board:

    • Credit by Examination Applications are available in the counseling office if you are interested in testing out of Spanish, French or German. You must be fluent in reading, writing and speaking these languages to be successful. Have these forms in by Thursday, May 12th, to Mrs. Jordan.
    • 8th graders looking to get ahead by taking summer classes online or in a classroom, please see Mrs. Jordan for a summer school or e-school application, also let her know if you are signing up so she can pre-approve you to take your summer class.
    • If you need to make adjustments to your 9th grade class selections, please make corrections on the form that was mailed to you from Clark, and turn it in to Mrs. Jordan with a parent signature.

    Janet Jordan

    8th Grade Counselor

    Carpenter Middle School


    Are You Moving???

    Please help us make sure your student has a smooth start to the next school year. If your student will not be returning to PISD in August, please complete the Next School Year Notification Form and return it to the counseling office or save it and send via e-mail to

    Please let me know if you have any questions.

    Patricia Hoyt

    Carpenter Middle School

    Plano, TX


    469-752-5101 (Fax)

    Food and Nutritional Services - End of Year Procedures

    As the school year comes to a close, Food and Nutritional Services wants to share the following important information regarding your child's meal accounts:

    Read more... English or Spanish


    All students entering the 7th Grade this fall semester must have the following:

    DTP booster within the past 5 years, and MCV vaccine. Please note that your child will not be allowed to receive a schedule or to attend classes in August until proof of all required immunizations is provided to the school. Many doctors and clinics may be unable to accommodate the rush of last minute request for immunizations, so it is best to get them early. You can avoid delays during registration or on the first day of school by providing proof of updated immunizations prior to the end of this year.

    New MealViewer App

    PISD Food and Nutritional Services is pleased to announce MealViewer, a new on-line communication tool for menus and nutritional information. It comes in a web and APP version. Parents will now have the ability to retrieve menus and dietary information anywhere anytime.

    Follow the pisd website link listed below for assistance on how to retrieve menus/allergen/nutritional information.

    Coming Up at Carpenter

    Next week:

    Monday, May 9th - Thursday, May 12th STAAR Testing week!

    Friday, May 13th - 7th Grade Field Day

    Coming soon:

    Thursday, May 19th - CMS Culture Fair

    Check out the CMS PTA Event Calendar for future events.


    Pre-Order School Supplies for 2016-2017

    Avoid shipping costs by placing your order online by June 3rd. Any orders placed after June 3rd will add shipping charges.

    • Save Time & Money
    • Teacher Approved
    • Avoid Shopping Hassles
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    The number of available packs for sale will be limited during Cowboy Corral in August so pre-order now! Click Here to Pre-order School Supplies for the 2016-2017 School Year

    Back the Future!


    Cowboy Character

    We hear a lot today about the decline of morals in our society. Have you ever thought about what it means to be a moral person? According to Webster’s dictionary, a moral human being is one who is able to tell the difference between right and wrong.

    Most of us know what is right and what is wrong. We know it is wrong to steal. We know it is wrong to deliberately bring harm to ourselves or others.

    Robert Schuller, pastor, motivational speaker, and author, says this about morality:

    “Morality is doing what is right…even when you don’t like it.”

    It isn’t always easy to do the right thing. Sometimes it requires great courage. Today, let’s strive to be moral human beings and do what’s right for ourselves and others.

    RODEO Tip of the Week

    Is your teenager grouchy? Does your little one have a cold? Research shows that kindness is a sure route to greater happiness and, in some cases, improved health.

    Here are five ways to raise kinder kids:

    1.Model kindness yourself. Kindness can be contagious: when we see someone else perform an act of kindness, we are more likely to feel an impulse to help out, too. Research suggests that altruistic children have at least one parent who deliberately communicates altruistic values to their kids.

    2.Make kids personally responsible in some way. Four to 13 year olds who were asked to donate their Halloween candy to hospitalized children donated more (and were more likely to make a donation) when they felt personally responsible. Researchers made kids feel responsible when they said things like: "I will be counting on you and you and you…I will put each of your names on the bag of candy I give tomorrow to the hospitalized children" rather than "please give them as many as you want by putting the candies in the box on the table."

    3.Don't reward helping behavior. Very young children who receive material rewards for helping others become less likely to help in the future compared with toddlers who only receive verbal praise or receive no reward at all.

    What parents model conditions kids in ways that affect their behavior later . Although rewarding kids has been shown to backfire eventually, praising kids for helping others is a good idea if we use growth-mindset praise.

    4.Be positive. Parents who express positive feelings and use positive, non-coercive discipline raise children who are kinder and more compassionate toward others.

    5.Expose them to need. Too often we protect our kids from pain and suffering, and in so doing we shelter them from others' needs. Consider the counterintuitive notion that compassion is a positive emotion strongly correlated with happiness, and provide them with opportunities to feel compassion. Teach kids that this compassion is a gift—it is a way to give their time, attention, and energy to another. Added bonus: When we expose kids to others' suffering, they often feel both compassion and gratitude.


    Bond Election This Saturday, May 7

    Bond Election 2016: Election Day is this Saturday, May 7. If approved, the bond initiative will provide funding toward eight major project areas with no increase to the tax rate and will impact all Plano ISD campuses through district-wide security updates, renovations and facility upgrades, as well as technology improvements. For more information, including specific project allocations and voting locations, visit

    Bond Overview Video - Plano ISD 2016 Bond Election

    Gateway Academy Engineering Summer Camp

    Registration is open until May 31st!

    • Each session is four days long (Mon. – Thurs.) Students can only attend one session.

    • Camp program time is from 7:45 am–11:45 am.

    • Tuition is $95.

    • Each session is limited to 25 students. It is intended for incoming 7th and 8th grade students only.

    • Camp locations are Robinson, Otto and Wilson.

    • The main projects will revolve around robotics.

    • T-Shirts will be provided for all participants.

    • Each camper will be given a Certificate of Completion on the last day.

    • Campers will take home the projects they complete during the camp (if applicable).

    The last hour or so of each session will be a student showcase/show and tell for parents to come in and see what the campers did during the week.

    For more information please go to:

    PSHS Conditioning Camps


    For sessions I, II, III, and IV

    June 13th-30th (M-T-W-TH) (Three Weeks)

    July 11th-July 28th (M-T-W-TH) (Three Weeks) (No workouts the week of July 4th) 6 Weeks Total

    LOCATION: Plano Sr. High Indoor Workout Facility


    I. 6:00 a.m. to 8:00 a.m. High School (best for Junior Varsity and Varsity)

    II. 8:00 am to 10:00 am High School & Middle School

    III. 10:00 am to 12:00 pm High School & Middle School (best session for middle school weight training and more individual attention)

    IV. 1:30-3:30 pm High School & Middle School

    COST: $210.00 per person.

    Plano ISD offers online payments through

    Planoettes Kendra Scott Fundraiser, Tuesday May 17th

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    FCA Leadership Run

    FCA Leadership Run

    Saturday, May 21st Clark Stadium

    8:30 AM

    Event details...

    Come on out and join us for the 12th Annual Plano FCA John Clark Leadership Run on Saturday, May 21st. Runners, Walkers, Families, Volunteers, Sponsors and Spectators are all invited to this exciting event. Proceeds from 1 Mile Fun Run and 5K entries and our awesome sponsors support the Plano ISD Fellowship of Christian Athletes.

    2016 Plano Wildcat Soccer Clinics

    Develop the Winner in You!

    Where: Plano Senior High School, 2200 Independence Parkway

    Soccer fields are located east of the baseball field on Independence.

    Indoor facility accessed from Westside Drive will also be used.

    Who: Boys and Girls entering 1st – 9th grades in the Fall 2016. Teams and incoming freshmen are encouraged to attend, but players must register individually. Groupings will be according to age

    Led By: Tex McCullough, Boys Varsity Soccer Coach

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    Cost: Non-Plano residents must add $4.00 to the clinic fee.

    Bring: Hat, age-appropriate (size 3, 4, or 5) ball, cleats, shin guards, running shoes, sunscreen, water bottle, and positive attitude

    How to Register: Registration is available on-line through the City of Plano beginning March 28 for Plano residents and March 30 for non-Plano residents. No registration is possible until those dates. On-line viewing only of all Youth Sports Clinics will be available on March 24. To register online, you will need a Family Account PIN and an Individual ID Number, both of which can be obtained by calling any Plano recreation center (Liberty 972-769-4234, Muehlenbeck 972-769-4404, Oak Point 972-941-7540, or Carpenter 972-208-8087). Once you have obtained these account numbers, go to and click on Register Here.

    If you do not have internet access, you may obtain a 2016 Summer Leisure catalog from any Plano recreation center or library beginning April 20. Registration instructions are provided in the catalog.

    Shirts: Shirts will be available at the end of the clinic. You may indicate size

    required when you register. Sizes are YS, YM, YL, S, M, L, and XL.

    Questions: Contact Tex McCullough by e-mail at or City of Plano Adult Sports staff at 972-941-5275.

    Family Education and Guidance Services - May 2016 Parent Workshops

    The mission of Family Education and Guidance Services is to strengthen all families in the community by providing education, resources and services which support rearing responsible, self-confident, emotionally healthy children in today’s complex society.

    May 2016 workshop series - English or Spanish


    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!




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