Colt Corner

Celebrating 40 Years of Excellence

January 27, 2017

Dear Colt Parents,

What a fun way to wrap up the week with a pep rally! Our students worked hard all week and had a chance to come together as Colts to ring in the weekend & Chinese New Year. Thanks to our PTA for the neat Chinese New Year displays in the cafeteria to accompany the music being played during passing periods. The theme accompanies the focus of being global citizens within our Portrait of a Graduate (P.O.G.).

I would also like to give a special shout out to 8th grader, Madelyn Kientz, for her 1st place finish yesterday in the Regional Spelling Bee. Not only will she represent CMS, but also GCISD, as she advances to the Area Spelling Bee at TCU on March 3rd.

I hope you all have a great and restful weekend!


David Arencibia, Ed.D.

CMS Principal

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Order your 2017 CMS Yearbook

The deadline to order a 2017 CMS Yearbook is February 24th. Yearbooks are currently on sale for $50 until January 31. On February 1st, prices will rise to $55. You may order your copy of the 2017 yearbook at ‘” Please feel free to email Morgan DuLaney with any yearbook questions at

8th grade parents- This year there will be an 8th grade baby picture page in the yearbook! Please send a .jpg picture of your 8th grader to by February 10th for them to be included on that yearbook page

Attn: Families of 8th graders currently taking Algebra 1 and Biology

  • Are you taking Algebra 1 and Biology in 8th grade? You can join the GCISD STEM Academy at GHS as a freshman in 2017-2018.
  • Informational meetings are being held this month and next month - no need to attend all. Choose the date(s) that work best for you. (2/6 - Mustang Nation at GHS), or (2/13 - 5-7:30 PM at GCISD EXPO @ CTMS).
  • If a student is zoned to CHHS, then a transfer to GHS would be needed to attend the high school STEM Academy. All transfer rules apply.
  • The high school STEM Academy is much more than just the STEM endorsement that is available to all high school students. Attend one of the events in the flyer to find out more information!
  • If interested, online applications will be accepted beginning Tuesday, February 14!
  • If more students apply than there are seats available, students who have not been in the STEM Academy at GMS will be selected via lottery.

For more detailed information about STEM click here.

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Counselors Corner

Week of January 30 – February 3, 2017


Please make sure your child has returned their TECC field trip permission slip no later than Monday to their English teacher. They cannot go if the permission slip is not returned. If you need another copy click here. Students will be gone only 2nd, 3rd, and 4th period. Please let counseling know if you have any questions.

2017-18 Course Selection Process for Current 8th graders

Step 1-Course Requests: 1/23 - 2/15--Students will be able input course requests through the students’ Skyward account for the 2017-2018 school year beginning January 23rd through February 15th. This process is for requesting courses, not scheduling courses. Students and parents can access the Program of Studies ( to read course descriptions and prerequisites. More course information will be available at -

Grapevine High School's Mustang Nation Night, Feb. 9th at 6:00 p.m.

Colleyville Heritage High School’s Parent University, Feb. 27th at 6:00 p.m.

Step 2- Master Schedule constructed: Administration will build a master schedule based on students’ course requests. Master Schedule constructed: 2/21 - 3/21

Step 3- Online Arena Scheduling:

8th Grade: Window opens at 7:00 a.m. on 5/4; closes at midnight 5/7 *dates recently updated

Online Arena Scheduling:

Arena Scheduling is a registration system through Skyward that allows students to create their own schedules similar to the scheduling systems used in college. Arena allows students greater control to build their schedules, and students will know their unofficial schedules by the end of the current school year so they can start their classes on the first day of school in the fall. Below is the timeline for the process.

Adjustment Windows- Students with schedule errors or concerns may submit one change request form online during each adjustment window.

Window #1: May 22 – 24 Window #2: July 24 - 26

You can find the Online Arena Scheduling timeline and additional resources on the district's Counseling Services page.


The power point from the January 17 PTA Program for High School is up on both high schools counseling webpages and on the CMS counseling web page. Please let us know if you have questions.

IN THE MIDDLE – 6th and 7th Grade Parents

Please join the CMS counselors on Tuesday, February 7 for a presentation called In the Middle. This program is geared toward the current 6th and 7th graders. 5th grade parents are also welcome. The topics covered will be social emotional issues, organization issues, and an overview of courses in middle school that link to the high school credit classes.


Grapevine-Colleyville ISD is accepting referrals February 22 - March 8 for current secondary students who may be eligible for Gifted/Talented Services for the upcoming school year. This program is designed for students who exhibit intellectual giftedness at an extraordinary level. Services are provided only upon identification of educational needs of the student. Anyone wishing to refer a student attending Grapevine-Colleyville ISD in sixth through eleventh grade this school year may secure a referral form from campus-counseling department. A copy of this form is also located on the District’s Advanced Academics webpage.


February 17 – 7th Grade – Abuse of Power

March 10 – 6th Grade – Survivors of Abuse


February 7 – High School Counselors come to meet with 8th graders

February 7 – In the Middle – PTA Program – Presented by CMS Counselors

February 9 – CMS 7th Grade visits TECC at Grapevine High School

February 9 – Parent Night at GHS

February 16 – Kindness Day – wear Mint Green

February 21 – CMS Counselors go to OCT to meet with 5th graders

February 21 – CMS Showcase for 5th graders/Open House

February 22 – CMS Counselors go to CES to meet with 5th graders

February 23 – CMS Counselors go to HES to meet with 5th graders

February 24 – CMS Counselors go to BES to meet with 5th graders

February 27 – Parent Night at CHHS

February 28 – CMS Counselors meet with 6th graders for 7th grade course selection

March 1 – CMS Counselors meet with 7th graders for 8th grade course selection


Please take a moment to review the math and science trajectory attachment as we are moving to course selection second semester. This information will be discussed with students during course selection. If you have questions, please contact the counseling department. Here is a link to the district website as well.


For more information, click here: Parents may directly enroll their child online at or via paper applications at any time during the enrollment period, October 1-March 31. Fees are paid only once, and need-based financial aid is available. Students must have attained a qualifying test score at or above the 95th percentile on at least one accepted subtest area of a grade-level standardized achievement test (Stanford or Iowa Test of Basic Skills), or achieved a score of a 125 or above on an aptitude test (OLSAT, CoGAT, NNAT) or mental ability test (IQ test such as WISC), or met the Duke approved score on a state criterion-referenced test (STAAR). A school code will be provided on the Duke Tip website during the enrollment process.

Krystal McCure – Counselor A-K – 817-305-4916

Leslie Walden – Counselor L-Z – 817-305-4917

Shari Vanderwork – Registrar – 817-305-4955

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Play it Safe Parent Letter

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Nurse Martin's Tip Newsletter

Click on Newsletter for the nurses tips.

Top CMS TWEETS from the WEEK

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This Weeks Upcoming Events

Monday, January 30

Boys Basketball (click here for schedule details)

7th Grade Boys Basketball vs Dawson Middle School at Dawson

8th Grade Boys Basketball vs Dawon Middle School at CMS

Thursday, February 2

Girls Basketball (click here for schedule details)

7th Grade Girls Basketball vs Carroll Middle School at CMS

8th Grade Girls Basketball vs Carroll Middle School at Carroll

Friday, February 3

Cotillion Finale - Colleyville Heritage High School Gym 3- 6:30 - 9:00 pm

GHS Belles Dance Team Tryouts

Click here for the Spring audition information flyer.
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