Curtis Chronicles

October 10, 2022

Principal's Corner; Ms. Sonya Pitcock

Cougar families,

We have finished the first quarter of the year and are excited to report the great things going on at Curtis MS! We have lots of kids involved in clubs and activities, our sports teams are doing well, our fine arts have had choir and band concerts that were amazing and theater students are working on the upcoming musical – just to name a few!

We would like to share that we have started a teacher of the month and staff member of the month process to celebrate our great staff members! So far this year, we have honored teachers of the month: Mona Abdelkarim, Ryan Silch and Eleni Dimoulakis. Congratulations to these great teachers! Our staff members of the year have been Sommer Molina and Michael Anderson and we are so thankful for each of them! Feel free to send those teachers and staff a congratulations note if you’d like!

Fall Break is October 17-21 for students. Our parent conference day is scheduled for October 21. In middle school, we do not have the ability to conference with every parent. Our counselors will reach out to set up parent conferences for students who have some specific concerns and may need additional supports from us. If you would like to talk to a specific teacher about the progress of your child, feel free to reach out to that teacher to set up a time to meet or conference via phone. We hope everyone enjoys this nice fall break!

Right after Fall Break, we will have our Red Ribbon Week for drug and alcohol awareness. Thanks for PTA for bringing in the Mavs program to talk with our students about making good choices. PALs have created themes for each day:

  • Monday - Don’t Sweat the Phone (Focus on healthy technology use) – Sweats Theme
  • Tuesday - Say Aloha to a goodnight sleep - (Physical Health) Hawaiian shirts
  • Wednesday - Strong Friends - Twin Day
  • Thursday – Tune out Drugs – (Mental Health) - Music Genre or concert shirt
  • Friday - Show your True Colors – (Best Version of You) - Jersey or all one color

New opportunity: We have a great opportunity for Dads to become involved here at Curtis Middle school. We are asking dads to help volunteer and assist our students. Here are a few ways dads can help us out:

  • Assist with the assigned staff member at the cross walk in the morning.
  • Monitor the entrance at the café with the administrator on duty.
  • Monitor the café or gym with the administrator on duty.
  • Monitor the main entrance, bus riders, with Curtis staff on duty.
  • Lunch Monitor. Assist with lunch procedure.
  • Other events such as dances, end of year 8th grade trip, check doors, Etc.

Students would love to see dads here on campus, please come to our first Dad’s Club meeting where we will go over the details for each duty, how to sign up and answer any questions you may have. Our first meeting will be on October 12 at 5:30 PM in the Curtis MS Cafeteria. All dads must have the volunteer application complete in order to come help. Here is the link to get that completed.

Sonya Pitcock

Principal, Curtis Middle School

Allen ISD


Counselors Corner: Counseling Groups to Empower your student with essential life skills

Valued Parents,

Allen ISD offers counseling groups for students throughout the school year. These groups are designed to empower students with essential life skills to productively address challenges and problems that they will invariably face in life. Groups will be held during your child’s TRACKS class. If you would like your child to participate in a CMS counseling group, please email Derrick Sledge for further information.

Kind Regards,

Derrick Sledge, MS, LCDC, LPC-S

Allen ISD Middle School Support Counselor

(469) 479-3170

TRACKS MONTHLY UPDATE; Upcoming & Highlights!

Please see some great content that CMS students are taking away in their TRACKS class.

As well, we are talking to 7th graders in Tracks 10/11 and 10/12 about bullying and being an upstander. With Fall Break coming up consider drawing some boundaries around technology: 5 Steps for How to Do a Digital Detox

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THANK YOU to Express Family Clinic for their BLACK level sponsorship of the CMS PTA!!

We want to thank Express Family Clinic for their generous donation to our Curtis Middle School PTA Business sponsorship program.

Upcoming Events

October 12: Dad's Club meeting

October 17 through 21: Fall Break/Student Holiday

October 21: Keep Allen Beautiful; Recycle Art contest submissions due

October 24-28: Red Ribbon Week

October 27: Reflections submissions due

October 29: STEAM center Fall Festival

October 31-November 5: Moon Beam Bakery Spirit Week

November 4: Curtis Middle School dance

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October's Staff Meeting is right around the corner!

Can you help with a snack donation for our staff?

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Shop in the Store:

Thank you to all our fabulous parents that donated for our September snack donation & your continued generosity!

VFW Post 2195 Book Presentation to Curtis Middle School!

VFW Post 2195 Allen members Larry Nordgaard and Pete Hersom presented Curtis Middle School principal Sonya Pitcock and school librarian Dayna Young with a copy Carole Engle Avriett’s “Under the Cover of Light”. The Extraordinary Story of USAF COL Thomas “Jerry” Curtis’s 7 ½ year Captivity in North Vietnam.

The VFW offers great opportunities to submit for scholarships for our students, and recognize those teachers that make an impact to our children's lives. Click the links below for further information.

  1. Patriots Pen and Voice of Democracy scholarship
  2. Teacher of the Year

NJHS donation announcement for social media

Donate NEW Board Books for donation to the Dallas Children’s Hospital (the thick cardboard books that toddlers ‘read’) from Oct. 3 through Oct. 14. Earn 1 hour per NEW book, max of 3 hours.

Drop off books in A113 and Ms. D will sign your service form.

If you wait to drop off until Monday, 10/10, you can use the hours for the 2nd 9 weeks if you already have 12 or more for the 1st 9 weeks.

Volunteers Needed - Curtis Middle school dance

Volunteers are needed to make our Fall Dance a memory for our students.

Fall dance -

Please be sure you have completed your annual Allen ISD volunteer application and background check in order to volunteer. CLICK HERE for application.

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Cougars.. It is time to "Show Your Voice"!

Due to fall break we are extending the deadline to Oct 27th!!

Now, you got more time to work on your entries. These are the six categories this year:

Dance, Film, Literature, Music, Photography and Visual Arts.

More info can also be found at:

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PTA Business Sponsorship Program

CMS PTA is pleased to once again offer our business sponsorship program. Curtis PTA would like to invite community businesses to show support for our staff, students and community by making a financial contribution to our PTA for the 2022-23 school year. PTA strives to make every child’s potential a reality.

There are two contribution levels for you to consider.

Red Level, $100

  • Your logo and link to your website on from now through June 30, 2023.
  • Be included in the end-of-year thank you email.

Black Level, $250

  • Your logo and link to your website on from now through June 30, 2023.
  • Be included in the end-of-year thank you email.
  • 1 Thank you in our campus-wide newsletter that goes out to all families.
  • 1 Thank you and shout out with a link to your website on our Curtis PTA Facebook page.

CLICK HERE for more details or email Ways & Means

Use Amazon Smile to Support Curtis PTA

Do you shop on Amazon? Use Amazon's Smile and support Curtis PTA!

AmazonSmile will donate 0.5% of your purchase to Curtis PTA when shopping Amazon.

  1. Go here:

  2. Select your charity: PTA Texas Congress 201 Curtis Middle School

  3. Bookmark

  4. Start using whenever you want to shop at Amazon!

Be sure to shop through AmazonSmile the next time you shop online. You’re still shopping with Amazon — you’re just doing good while buying what you need!

Please encourage grandparents, neighbors, and friends to support Curtis PTA by shopping through AmazonSmile too.

Do you shop at Kroger?

Log onto the Kroger website or stop by the customer service desk at any Kroger. Link your Kroger rewards card to Curtis Middle School.

Kroger Community Rewards

Our school code is XX655.

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Join the Curtis PTA- Become a Member now!

We are so close to hitting our 2022-2023 goal for PTA membership & be eligible for the Early Bird Achievement award. Take a moment & join our fabulous Curtis Middle school PTA.

Join the many families of Curtis and support the students and staff by being a member at

Curtis PTA Volunteers - Get Involved!

When adults volunteer, all students benefit! There are many opportunities for parents and community members to get involved! Your help is needed! Complete the Volunteer Opportunities interest form and we will be in touch with you.

Calling all Parents - we need your help!

Parents - we are seeking your support! If you attend a Curtis Middle School football or volleyball game, we would love to leverage the great photos that are captured to showcase in our CMS 2022-2023 yearbook.

Please email your pictures directly to

Donate to the No Fuss Fundraising Campaign

Your donation brings programs and opportunities to all students and staff of Curtis throughout the year! Donate here:

Allen ISD Volunteer Application

Volunteers who work with AISD student groups and organizations will need to complete a volunteer application. These groups include, but are not limited to, PTA organizations, booster clubs, cheerleading squads, dance squads (athletic and fine arts) and any other AISD student organizations where adults will be working with students other than their own children at AISD sponsored events.

Click on this link to fill out the volunteer application:

Know an amazing volunteer?

Allen ISD Council of PTAs Citizenship Awards are given out to volunteers who give their time and effort to support our schools. These individuals are nominated because they go above and beyond what is expected and make a difference for our children.

Please use the following link to nominate one of the many people who help the Curtis Middle School community. You may nominate as many people as you would like and as often as you would like.

The Google Form will stay active all school year.