Staff Newsletter

Week of September 14, 2015

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Don't forget to our goal to make positive communication home for each of our students!

Colt Champions


CMS Volleyball Results vs Coppell East

7th Grade:

A team Colleyville won 27-25, 25-22

B team Colleyville won 23-25, 25-17, 15-8

C team Colleyville Won 25-8, 25-14

8th Grade:

A team Colleyville won 25-12, 30-29

B team Colleyville won 25-13, 25-8

C team Colleyville won 25-19, 25-16


Mandy Alexander for being selected to be part of the launch team for New York Times Bestselling book For The Love by Jennifer Hatmaker.

Teacher Update

Want to get a flu shot! Flu shots for CMS will be on:

Thursday, October 1, from 7 am - 11 am

Information below.

CMS Family Directory

If you haven't taken the opportunity to update the CMS Family Directory with your personal information! Have someone you want to show a little thanks to on Thankful Thursday? Take a look at the directory and see what might make someone's day!


If a student needs Skyward information:

  • Shari Vanderwork

If a student needs their google account password:

  • teachers can reset their password through ARMS on the teacher resource page on the district website.
  • account numbers and passwords can be retrieved by Shari Vanderwork or Salena Smith

If you need a google classroom code for the grade level groups:

  • 6th tcctkm
  • 7th pt00h59
  • 8th6ktz1ym

Learning From Your Liaison

Want to see who did what in a Google Doc?

This new update is revision history on steroids! Check it out! It is a great way to see which students did which parts of the assignment.

Google Classroom Launches Chrome Extension So Teachers Can Instantly Share Links With The Entire Class

This Week During Advisory

PLC Schedule

Tuesday- Math

Wednesday- Science

Thursday- ELA

Friday- Social Studies

Advisory Learning

If you haven't already, please remember to have your students work through the Blendspace Suzanne shared last week. This was developed to help students become more comfortable with Google applications, Google Drive, and Gmail. This learning will hopefully make it easier when using technology in your classroom. This can be done anytime during this week during Advisory and will require no direct instruction from our teachers.

Remember to take attendance daily during Advisory. This is key to making sure all students go to the correct room. If you need help figuring out how best to do this, Travis can give you a few suggestions.

DMAC Resources

Need help with DMAC? There are resources available on the district website! The path is Departments and Programs--Assessment and Accountability--Assessment--Assessment for Teachers--DMAC Resources

AVID Update

This year, there will be a WICOR focus of the month for each department. We are asking that at some point during the month, each teacher will use the assigned WICOR strategy at least once and collect a sample of student work (a picture is fine) to help support our AVID documentation. If you need support to know how to use your strategy, please let the AVID site team member on your team or Suzanne Barker know. Thank you all for supporting AVID!

September WICOR Strategy of the Month

Math- Levels of Questioning

ELA- Critical Reading

Science- 2-Minute Preview

SS- Cornell Way

Electives- Graphic Organizer

Note from the Nurse

How Much Sodium Are You Supposed to Have Per Day?

Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommend an upper limit for sodium consumption of 2,300 milligrams of sodium per day for adults. If you are African American, age 51 or older or have high blood pressure, diabetes or chronic disease, that recommendation is lowered to 1,500 milligrams per day. Average American consumption of sodium is close to 3,400 milligrams of sodium per day. Just 1 teaspoon of table salt has 2,325 milligrams of sodium.

Just 10 types of food account for 44 percent of the sodium consumed, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. These include bread, cold cuts, pizza, poultry, soup, sandwiches, cheese, pasta dishes, meat dishes and snacks. To help preserve and extend the shelf life of foods salt is added, making preserved and processed foods a big culprit for high sodium content. Certain dairy products including cheeses and cottage cheese can be high in sodium. Seafood, including crab, shrimp, smoked salmon and oysters are all high in sodium. Fruits and vegetables are naturally low in sodium, but a food that is pickled or canned will have sodium added. Check food labels when shopping to help decrease sodium intake.

Here are some easy ways to lower your sodium consumption:

 Eat less processed food.

 Eat more fresh and frozen vegetables.

 Compare labels to choose low-sodium foods (and don't be fooled by deceptive labels).

 When using canned vegetables or beans, rinse the food well with water to remove as much sodium as possible.

And whatever you do, don’t eat these!

Topping the chart, at an eye-watering, mouth-drying 7,795 mg of sodium – well over three times the recommended daily amount – is Jersey Mike’s Buffalo Chicken Cheese Steak (with white giant bread), which also contains a whopping 1,740 calories. Also high is Applebee’s 4 Cheese Mac & Cheese with Honey Pepper Chicken Tenders meal, which has 4,290 mg of sodium, while Dairy Queen’s 4-Piece Chicken Strip Basket has 2,530 mg.

Nurse Martin

Want to get CPR or First Aid Certified?

Amy Howard, Director of Health Services and our own GCISD Nurse Guru, is training any staff that is interested in becoming CPR and First Aid Certified. This certification is a bonus for your students and coworkers and for your own personal activities and needs(coaches, scout leaders, church group leaders)! These classes are being offered for FREE!

Here are the following dates:


September 28th

5pm to 8pm

Bronco Bowl (PDEC)


October 19th

5pm to 8pm

Bronco Bowl (PDEC)


September 29

5pm to 8pm

Bronco Bowl (PDEC)


October 20

5pm to 8pm

Bronco Bowl (PDEC)


Pep Rally Monday MEANS Jeans and Spirit Wear!!

Upcoming Events of the Week

Monday, September 14

PDAS Observations window opens

Pep Rally

5:30 pm 7th Grade B Football at Coppell East Middle School

7 pm 7th Grade A Football at Coppell East Middle School

Tuesday, September 15

3:45 pm Mirroring 360 Training for teachers in the pilot group

5 pm 8th Grade B Football at CMS

6:45 pm 8th Grade A Football at CMS

Wednesday, September 16

3:45 pm - 5 pm CEC Meeting in the Library

Thursday, September 17

5 pm 7th Grade C Volleyball at CTMS

5 pm 8th Grade B Volleyball at CTMS

6 pm 7th Grade A Volleyball at CTMS

6 pm 8th Grade C Volleyball at CTMS

7 pm 7th Grade B Volleyball at CTMS

7 pm 8th Grade A Volleyball at CTMS

Friday, September 18

TBA 7th Grade A Volleyball at GMS

TBA 8th Grade A Volleyball at GMS

Saturday, September 19

TBA 7th Grade A Volleyball at GMS

TBA 8th Grade A Volleyball at GMS

Meeting Dates

Please see the dates for upcoming meetings at

FAC- faculty meetings that all teachers and staff attend

CEC- Campus Excellence Committee. If you are on this committee you will be notified. We are looking for a para professional willing to serve! See Ryan if you would like this opportunity.

CLMT- Campus Learning Management Team. This is comprised of all Departmental Learning Leaders, Grade Level Coordinators, AVID coordinator, nurse, counselors, librarian, and administrative team.

CMS Testing Calendar

Please note! Grade 8, PSAT test will be administered on October 14.

This is a link for general testing, such as benchmarks, iStation, DMAC.

This is a link for STAAR testing in the Spring.

Please note that all testing calendars and information can be found on the district's website. This includes helpful information for teachers regarding DMAC and iStation. You must log in to school wires.

Don't forget your $10 Sunshine dues to Valerie Kraeg!

Grapevine Christmas Parade will be on Thursday, December 3rd!!

Registration for the Parade is at the following link:

Three Cheers!

*3 cheers to the volleyball coaches and girls. All 6 teams defeated Coppell East on Thursday. Nice job coaches! (K. Haley)

*3 cheers for Laurie Denny for always lending a helping hand to athletics, when she doesnt have to. (B. Fee)

*3 cheers to those who help me daily: Jeannie Guajardo, Tammy Hicks, Evah Goodwin, Amy Edgell, Lisa Mclaughlin, Sue Plorin, Angela Stock and Krystal Mccure. (K. Chapa)

*3 cheers to Paul for letting us use the band chairs for our 7th grade volleyball games. (K. Haley)

*3 cheers to Kelly for letting us use the blue table cloth to make the 7th grade volleyball score table look a little better. (K. Haley)

*3 cheers for Sherry, Kelly, Suzanne, and Tanya for keeping the books and gate for Volleyball this season. (K. Haley)

*3 cheers for the Coaches, Haley, Haseman, Fee and Officer Beregszaszy, for their support and flexibility with 6th grade life skills as the format has changed a bit this year. (S. Chapman and K. McCure)

*3 Cheers to Jessica Gonzalez for her kind words and my "Sonic Friday" drink!! Thank you for being so thoughtful!! (C. Ruckle)

*3 cheers to the fantastic CMS administration for an informative faculty meeting, very nuts and bolts, and it ended early!!! That is much appreciated!!! (J. Moore)

*3 cheers to our two new elective teachers, Kris Lilley and Max Miller, for being awesome additions to the FARTOS team (Fine Arts and Others, for those newbies)!!! Y'all are doing a wonderful job here at CMS!!! (J. Moore)

*3 cheers to our fabulous ELA Department for the wonderful discussion during our recent PLC to develop our 'bold ambition." (P. Huster)

*3 cheers to Jackie Baker for re-imaging 4 Macbooks in record time so students all have access to a computer during class. (P. Huster)

*Three Cheers for a great PLC week. Thank you staff! (Angela)

*Three Cheers to ELA for a smooth and (relatively) uneventful testing week. Thank you for your positive attitudes! (Angela)

*Three Cheers to Special Education. The fun has just begun!! (Angela)

*3 Cheers: To Sue Plorin for coming in to my 7th period class Friday to help out! It was GREATLY appreciated!!!!!! (K. Adams)

*3 Cheers: To Shari Vanderwork, for helping my 7th period learn how to log in to Skyward to check their grades on Friday :) (K. Adams)

*Three cheers to Sue Plorin for helping me look through the recycle bin for my missing box! (L. Thompson)

*3 Cheers to Miranda Lamb for sharing her Math Game with me. Thanks so much! (C. Moy)

*3 Cheers to Travis Niemeyer for getting the textbooks for my classes. (C. Moy)

*3 Cheers to Angela Stock for taking time out of lunch to do Oral Admin for my students. (C. Moy)

*3 Cheers to Ryan Martin for the iced tea again! (C. Moy)

*3 Cheers to Katie Adams and the Pals for the "Thank you" cards and the Sonic drinks. The card made my day! (C. Moy)

*3 cheers to Kelly Croak - for walking me through ordering from a vendor and even making an order form for me! (S. Martin)

*3 cheers to Jessica Talbott and Sue Plorin - for UDCA training! You both are a rock stars! (S. Martin)

*3 cheers to Laurie Thompson, Kim Mills, Shannon Jackson, and Suzanne Barker for your dedication to the RTI process and our kids. (T. Niemeyer)

*3 cheers to 7th and 8th grade girls' volleyball teams and coaches. Way to start the year! (T. Niemeyer)

*3 cheers to Jeanie Pavliska for helping me personally meet each 6th grade AVID student :) It's been fun. (T. Niemeyer)

Quote of the Week

The things I want to know are in books; my best friend is the man who'll get me a book I ain't read.

Abraham Lincoln

Principal Points

It was a shortened week but full of excitement!

Football scrimmages and Volleyball season has started!! Yes, school is in full swing now and it was awesome to see the our students competing. Rain and lightening could not even stop the Football teams from playing in the scrimmage on Wednesday. Our Volleyball teams played before a packed house on Thursday. It was truly a lot of fun to watch them compete!

I had the privilege of visiting several classrooms and answering AVID student questions throughout the week.

I was also very proud of our students on Friday. The students did an amazing job of remembering 9/11 which truly amazed me since the majority were not even born yet! Thank you PALS for putting that together for all of us!!

Thank you for keeping the traffic down in the hallways during class. Classes truly appreciate the uninterrupted instructional time!!



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