Curtis Chronicles

January 27, 2020

A Message from Curtis Principal, Sonya Pitcock

College and Career was fun getting to explore Naviance for colleges and discussing lifestyles and how income might influence those! The kids were shocked at the cost of daycare! We encourage you to continue conversations at home with your kids about their interests, their passions, how they want to contribute to our world, where they want to focus, etc. There are jobs that don’t even exist that your kids might have one day! We talk with them about being problem solvers and good communicators and how to be able to adapt to our quickly changing work force.


We have our one-day simulation test tomorrow, January 28, for all students. 8th grade will take the reading test and 7th grade the writing test. We ask that no visitors come on Tuesday and that no lunches are dropped off as students’ lunch schedules will be altered.


We are looking forward to Love Week the week of February 10 to show support for the Kirby family and EXPOW. Students will be able to donate $1 on Tuesday the 11th to wear pajama bottoms and donate $1 on Wednesday the 12th to wear a hat. We are encouraging students to wear red on Thursday, February 13th to show support. Students can also donate any time during the week any amount they choose. We will have a collection box in the main office. Our goal is $1 for each CMS student, which would allow us to donate over $1,000. Thanks for your support of Love Week!


Course registration parent meetings are as follows:


  • Feb 4 – incoming 7th graders – 6:00 CMS café
  • Feb 5 – incoming 8th graders – 6:00 CMS café
  • Feb 6 – Advanced Academics – all students – 6:30 – Service Center
  • Feb 10 – Coffee with the Counselors – 8:30 - CMS front office



We have finished the first three weeks of the new semester and we will continue to support students through their academic and personal needs this semester. Please reach out to our teachers with questions or concerns or to our counselors and administrators for help if you need it. We want to partner with you to make sure our students are successful.

Thank you for your support!


Sonya Pitcock, Principal

Upcoming Events

Jan. 27: 7th grade basketball v. Ford; girls away/boys home

Jan. 28: STAAR Simulation, Closed Campus

Jan. 30: 8th grade basketball v. Ford; girls home/boys away

Feb. 3: 7th grade basketball v. Ereckson; girls home/boys away

Feb. 4: Parent University presentation

Feb. 5: Current 7th graders, 8th grade course info night

Feb. 6: 8th grade basketball v. Ereckson; girls away/boys home

Feb. 6: District Advanced Academics info meeting, 6:30 pm

Feb. 10: Coffee with the Counselors

Feb. 10 -14: Spirit Week, Nothing Bundt Cakes

PTA Business Sponsorship Program

CMS PTA is pleased to announce our business sponsorship program. We offer businesses an opportunity to support CMS students and staff with donation levels.


Red Level, $100

  • 1 PTA Community membership
  • Logo/website listed on PTA website for one year


Black Level, $250

  • 1 PTA Community membership
  • Logo/website listed on PTA website for one year
  • 1 shout out in both our campus newsletter (1,400+ student families) and 1 shout out on the PTA FB page


CLICK HERE for a flyer with more details or email Jennifer.

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Volunteers Needed to Sell Val-O-Grams

Curtis PTA has several opportunities to help!For complete details or to sign up, visit www.CurtisCougarPTA.org

You will need to sign in to your account, select My Account in order to see the Volunteer opportunities. Thank you for your help!

February Staff Appreciation Donations Needed

The February teacher and staff meeting is on Wednesday, February 12th and this month's theme is "Trail Mix". That's right... we will be providing big bowls of snack items for the teachers and staff to create their own trail mix.


If you are able to donate it would be appreciated. Items can be dropped off at Curtis on February 12th between 8am and 1pm. Items can also be dropped off ahead of time at 1988 Verde Ct, Allen beginning the weekend of February 8th.


CLICK HERE to sign up! Thank you for spoiling our CMS Staff!

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LAST CHANCE TO BUY YOUR YEARBOOK

Yearbook sales end on January 31. No yearbooks will be available for purchase after this date.


Order online HERE. Don’t miss out!

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Allen Eagle Run: February 29

The 12th Annual Allen Eagle Run will be held on Saturday, February 29 at Eagle Stadium. Hosted by the Foundation For Allen Schools and the Allen Council of PTAs, the event will feature a one-mile Fun Run, a certified 5K Run and a sleep-in option.


Our campus goal is 100 registrants. The 7th and 8th grade homerooms with the highest percent of registrants will receive:


  • A front-of-the-line lunch pass for each student in the homeroom.
  • A restaurant gift card for the teacher of that class.


Every student who registers will be entered into a raffle for movie tickets.


Details about registration, fees and deadlines or information about becoming a sponsor are available here. Price is $25 per runner when you register by February 7.


Proceeds from the Allen Eagle Run directly benefit Allen teachers and students through scholarships, teacher tuition reimbursements and classroom grants. Many of our Curtis teachers have been beneficiaries of these grants.


Thank you for your support!

PTA Membership Incentive! WIN AIRPODS!

All who join Curtis PTA by May 6, 2020 will be entered into a drawing for Apple Airpods!


Frequently Asked Questions

Who can join PTA? Anyone can join PTA: Students, Parents, Neighbors, Extended Family. Everyone who is a member as of 5/6/2020 will be entered into the drawing, students included.

What is the cost for a membership? $10 each

How do I join? Visit CurtisCougarPTA.org. You can pay online with a credit card.

When will you draw the winner? The winner will be drawn on May 6, 2020. The winner will be announced on Curtis announcements on May 8, 2020.

What are some other benefits for student members?

  • Free slice of pizza at the spring dance
  • First bell tardy pass
  • One free service hour
  • Front of lunch line pass
  • Free Valogram

Questions? Email Jill, VP Membership, CurtisMS.Membership@gmail.com

This incentive is made possible by the Allen Council of PTAs.

Allen Council of PTAs is Looking for Leaders

Allen ISD Council of PTAs is looking for leaders to join the board for 2020-2021. Nominations will be accepted until February 14, 2020. We are also looking for people to fill chairs positions. Remember that you do not need to know everything about PTA, the board (and Texas PTA) are very supportive and helpful and they will help you grow.

CLICK HERE for more info.

Thank you for your consideration,

Allen ISD Council of PTAs Nominating Committee

Helene St-Pierre- treasurer@allenisdcouncilpta.org

Terri Piorkowski- programs@allenisdcouncilpta.org

Allison Almand- Allison.almand@yahoo.com

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: https://smile.amazon.com/gp/chpf/about/

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

  3. Bookmark smile.amazon.com

  4. Start using smile.amazon.com 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.

Helping AISD Students Thrive

With feedback from campus counselors and nurses, AISD Council PTA has compiled a list of items that are needed at many of our AISD campuses.


Please consider donating and supporting students throughout AISD. These donations will be distributed to the campuses in the district that are in need.


Save a trip to the store and donate by ordering the district approved items via the Amazon wish lists below:



Thank you for helping students in Allen!

Allen ISD Learn 'N Play Preschool Registration Info

Allen ISD Learn ‘N Playday Preschool will be having registration for the 2020-2021 school year in early February. For more information on how to register your child, please click here for more information.


Learn ‘N Playday is located at Anderson Elementary School (anyone in AISD may enroll) and has been providing a quality tuition-based preschool experience for 3 and 4 year old children since 1986. Classes run from 9 am until 2 pm and are offered 2, 3 or 5 days (5 day-4’s only) a week. If you have any questions please click here to send an email.

Daily Announcements on Curtis Website

Want to know what clubs and organizations are meeting? As well as other information that is shared with students? You can read about it by clicking here.

Curtis Spirit Wear

You can still order Curtis spirit wear! The t-shirt styles have limited quantities. Sizes and quantities available are updated online.


Orders will be delivered to your student's homeroom teacher approximately 4 weeks after purchase. Please be sure you enter your student's homeroom teacher for easy delivery.

To order, visit CurtisCougarPTA.org, login or set up an account to place your order.


Questions? Please email Jennifer