McCormick Middle School News

January 18th-January 22nd

Office Hours are Monday-Friday 7:30am-4:15pm

McCormick Middle School

James Cruz - Principal

Cynthia Zapata - Assistant Principal

Pete Medellin - Assistant Principal

Mission Statement

"McCormick Middle School is a team of dedicated educators that will create a safe environment where students are motivated to achieve academic success. We will empower our students to be respectful and engaged learners resulting in a culture that inspires excellence not only in their school, but also in their community."

Monday, January 18th - No School in observance of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

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Upcoming Events

Hays CISD School Calendar

McCormick Middle School Events

January 18th - MLK Day (No School)

January 21st - Picture Retake Day

January 28th and January 29 - Johnson High School Counselors visit 8th graders

January 29th - End of 2nd 9 weeks

Feburary 12 - Asynchronous Day

Feburary 15th- (Bad Weather Makeup Day) Asynchronous Day

Technology Device Request Form

Please do not fill this out if your child has their own device. Also, if you have already fill this out, you do not need to fill it out again. Thank you.

Technology Replacement Cost

The following link is for the technology replacement.

How Can I Check My Child's Grades?

This is a friendly reminder to check your child’s grades regularly at our Hays CISD Parent Portal. You can even personalize your settings to set reminders or notifications that will notify you if/when your child has missing or incomplete assignments, and/or low grades!

Directions to access the Parent Portal are below. Thank you, again, for your support!

1. Go to

2. Hover over the red "Parents & Students" tab and scroll down to "Parent self-serve portal"
3. Click on Parent Self-Serve Portal (PPS)
4. "Sign in" with the same log in you used for registration!!
(If you don't remember your log-in information, please contact Adri Turrubiartes at and she can give you your log-in and password.)

Dreambox Challenge

We have started a Dreambox challenge at MMS. This challenge will take place each month.

For the month of December. There is a short video below that explains this challenge.

*Every in person student that completes at least 10 Dreambox lessons will receive a dreamcycle treat at lunch in January.

* Students can work on dreambox on their chromebook/laptop/phone

* Students can work on dreambox when they arrive to school.

* We will provide time in class 7:45-8:05 for students to work on dreambox

Also, we will be taking the Top 10 students from each grade level who complete the most dreambox lessons from December 1st-December 31st and will enter their name for a chance to win a chromebook. We will be giving out one chromebook per grade level. Students need to challenge themselves to be in the top 10. This is for virtual/in person students.


Message from Mr. Cruz

Teacher Communication

Teachers are expected to contact parents via phone/email on student academic/behavior concerns. My expectation is for my teachers to respond in 48 business hours. I do not require my teachers to use their cell phone to communicate with parents. Also, I do not expect my teacher to communicate after their contract hours.

I understand this school year is like no other. I see and hear frustrations from students, parents, and teachers. I have said the three things we will need to have this year is:

Communication, Compassion, and Flexibility.

Many of you have reached out to me about communication of my teachers. I do expect my teachers to communicate with you via email/call. Email is the easiest and quickest way. I have told my teachers to CC me on all emails and I ask all parents to CC me on emails to my teachers.

Please take the following items in consideration when communicating with my teachers:

  • Please allow 48 business school hours for response.

- Two days out of the week teachers do not have a conference period. On those days it will be difficult for teachers to respond to your emails

- Two days out of the week teachers have 180 minute conference period. Those are the days you can expect from them to respond to your emails.

  • Contact the teacher first prior to administration.

- Teachers have first-hand knowledge about your child’s academic performance so it will be best to contact the teacher first before going straight to administration

- Please contact administration if you do not hear back from your child’s teacher

  • Please be open to teacher’s suggestions/comments about your child.

- Teachers may offer tutoring (virtual/in-person) opportunities for your child

- If submitting assignments is an issue with Schoology, teachers may ask students to email the teacher the assignments.

  • Please maintain a professional/academic tone when talking to teachers.

- All communication needs to be focus on the student’s needs.

- The use of profanity in emails to teachers, threats to teachers, and questioning teachers teaching credentials is not appreciated or needed.

- Parents have every right to advocate for their child but it can be done in a respectful positive and encouraging way.

- Please let me know IMMEDIATELY if any of my teachers use profanity to you, make threats to you, or questions your parenting skills.

I know everyone is doing the best they can to make the best of the situation we are in. I know it can be frustrating at times. Teachers have the best interest for your child to be successful. We all need to remember we are all on the same team. We will get through these tough times together.

Mr. Cruz

McCormick Middle School Principal

512-698-7007 (please leave a message if I don't answer)

“Every day may not be a good day, but there is some good in every day”.

Email all attendance questions to:

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Do you want your child to go on a trip to Washington DC and New York?

Want to go to Washington DC and New York City?

We are excited to tell you more about the trip our Art teacher, Ms. Martinez, is planning with Education First in the summer of 2022! They will be exploring Washington DC and New York City!

Seeing the world allows for incredible growth and the excitement of exploring someplace new will give your child something to anticipate for months to come!

CLICK HERE to learn more about the trip!

  • Where and when we’re going
  • What we’ll see and do
  • Safety on tour
  • Travel logistics
  • How your child can earn academic credit
  • Flexible payment options that keep this tour affordable

For anyone not yet enrolled, we are offering $500 off the cost of the tour. Additionally, all travelers automatically qualify for Risk Free Enrollment which allows individuals to cancel their spot on tour for any reason before April 30, 2021 and receive a 100% refund, but MUST enroll before December 15th to optimize on these incentives. If you decide after December 15th, you are still able to sign up, but won’t receive these great incentives!

For more information about Education First and this trip, visit:

Questions? Contact Ms. Martinez at

Additionally, if you’re interested in going to THIS summer’s tour in 2021, you still can! Just email Ms. Martinez for more details!

Classlink password change...6th grade ONLY

All 6th grade students passwords have changed. Click on the picture for more information.

A message from Mrs. Murphy-Cunningham

The video below will explain the notebook assignment. I answer how to access the notebook, what to write about, and when we expect them to write for the assignment. Keep in mind that in person students will be writing in a paper notebook for this assignment. Thank you.

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Web Design

This week we will be working on our new CSS section in CODEHS. The assignments that will be for a grade this week are CSS 3.1, 3.2 and 3.3. The sandbox project can still be turned in late.

Counselor's Corner

Hello Everyone,

Counselor Website (Click Here)

Counselor Contact Information

Dr. Veronica Cervantes

6th Grade with last name N-Z

7th Grade


Mrs. Rosario Rodriguez

6th Grade with last name A-M

8th Grade


During distance learning, the best way to reach us is via email! We look forward to hearing from you!

The best way to contact us is through our HAYS email.

Sign up your child for the after school late bus!

Please fill out the following form if your child needs to stay after school for practices, tutoring, detention, or anything else. The late bus comes at 5:25 to take students home. Students MUST be signed up by 10:00pm the day before in order to ride the bus. If a student is not on the bus list the bus driver WILL NOT let them get on the bus. It is important that students do the following:

  • Write their whole ID number correctly
  • Write the date of WHEN they need the bus not the actual date they are filling out the form. (This is the most common mistake students make).
  • Write their Hays CISD gmail correctly.

Library Information

Here is some information on how to check out books from the library

Curbside “How To” presentation

Link to our catalog/website

Follow us on Twitter @MMS Library

Mrs. Naiser


Sports News

Sports Physicals

Students required to get physicals for the 2020-2021 school year:

* Any incoming 7th grade student that will participating in boys/girls sports

* Any incoming 8th grade student that did not participate in sports last year

Students Not Required to get a physical for the 2020-2021 school year:

* Any incoming 8th grade student that participated in sports last year

Required Forms To Fill Out (Click Here)

Physical Form To Print Out (Click Here)

If you have any questions please contact:

For girls:

For boys:

Message From Boys Coaches

Athletics/Pre Athletics

Basketball has regular practices 8th grade in the morning and 7th grade in the afternoon. Games are on Thursdays. Off season and pre-Athletics will cotinue with speed and strength training. Make sure you bring your clothes every day and bring warm clothing for being outside.

Important Links

McCormick Athletics Page (pre-game meals, uniform purchase, and schedules:

Rank One Athletics/Online forms:

Late Bus Sign up Form:

Hays CISD Alternative Travel Form:

Message From Girls Coaches

Athletics/Pre Athletics

We will continue with basketball, speed & strength training, and conditioning. Check the weather and come dressed and prepared.

New Block Bell Schedule

Monday/Wednesday will be "A" days

Tuesday/Thursday will be "B" days

Fridays will be a regular 7 period school day

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Are you interested in trying out for the JHS Rosettes Dance Team?

If so, there is a mandatory tryout ZOOM meeting for PARENTSand CANDIDATES on February 1st or February 4th at 6:00 PM. Parents and candidates only attend one meeting date. You must attend one meeting to tryout for the 2021-2022 team. Mandatory tryout clinic will be held March 8th through March10th, and tryouts will be Thursday, March 11th. This GOOGLE FORM must be filled out in order to receive Zoom links. Zoom links will be sent out on Friday January 29th by 4:30pm. If you have any questions please ask your campus dance teacher or email

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No Early Student Checkouts after 2:51pm

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Instructional Commitment Form

Deadline to change your commitment is October 30th. Please review the chart below.
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McCormick Middle School Dress Code

Please review our dress code for the upcoming school year. Some of our most common dress code issues are the following.

* Slides are not allowed. All feet coverings must have a strap around the heel

* All pants that have rips must have a covering underneath.

* Natural hair color only for all students

* Wind shorts/Runner shorts are prohibited

* Lenghts of shorts must go pass half of the students thigh.

Please review the rest of our dress code rules and let me know if you have any questions.

Communties In School

Welcome Mrs. Pouncy to MMS! She is our new CIS Program Manager.

CIS Parent/Student Information (English)

CIS Parent/Student Information (Spanish)

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Hays Hope Line

Hays HopeLine is a convenient and confidential way for students and parents to report bullying, harassment, school safety concerns, or any other personal crisis.

You can leave a tip 24-hours-a-day, any day of the year. However, the HopeLine is currently only monitored during regular school business hours. During the summer break, the HopeLine will not be regularly monitored by district staff. In the event of an emergency or immediate need, please call 9-1-1 or the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255).

Hays Response Plan (NEW UPDATED 9.5)

Click Here Hays CISD Response Plan for more information

Message From Nurse Jessie

Please call/email me if you have any questions or concerns. (Email)


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PBIS Shirt For Sale! $12

Please help support our PBIS team at MMS.


Do you want to be a guest teacher at MMS?

Are you interested in guest teaching? Please watch this video the district has provided

Go To Place For Important Links

As you know you will start getting bombarded with multiple links of a variety of platforms. We wanted to put all links in one spot and hopefully this will help you find what you are looking for. We will updated throughout the year. Please click on the attachment below. Thank you.

Purchase your student a 2020-2021 McCormick Tiger Hoodie!

McCormick PTSA

Birthday Shout-Out For Your Child

Wish your child Happy Birthday on our school marquee!

Please click the link below to put a birthday message on the school marquee!

Marquee Shout Out!

Hays Technology Help Desk

Staff, students, and parents, we are here to help you!

If you need assistance, please do not hesitate to contact the Helpdesk via email at or you can give us a call at 512.268.7676

Click Here For Help

Important Message From District

Dear Hays CISD Parents –

In an effort to make your SCHOOLOGY parent account login information more secure, your unique login information is shown below. Please allow 24 hours for the system to update your account information to the username & password below.

*IMPORTANT: For security reasons, after logging in, please change your password to one of your own choosing.

Here is your SCHOOLOGY login information:

If you have difficulty logging in after allowing 24 hours for the system to update, please contact Technology Help Desk: (512) 268-7676

Thank you for your patience as we work through this new system.

Use this link for additional instructions: SCHOOLOGY Instructions (English)


Estimados padres de Hays CISD -

En un esfuerzo por hacer que la información de inicio de sesión de su cuenta de padres de SCHOOLOGY sea más segura, su información de inicio de sesión única se muestra a continuación. Por favor espere 24 horas para que el sistema actualice la información de su cuenta con el nombre de usuario y la contraseña a continuación.

Parent Account PSA
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Hays Clothes Closet

The Hays CISD Clothes Closet has opened back up to serve families. Due to COVID-19, we are now requesting families fill out this Google form and we will do the shopping to fulfill the request. The form includes designated dates/times that families can select for contactless pick up. They will receive a call/email confirming with additional details. If they need clothes and food and are able to pickup, this is the form to fill out.

If a family is currently on our HaysHope2Go list, we can drop off the clothing with their food delivery.

Hays Hope2Go!

Our HaysHope2Go program has been fully operational and serving families weekly since March. We also have a limited amount of personal hygiene items, cleaning supplies, formula and diapers. Since March, we have served 678 families, 3,563 people with 45,855 meals. If you know of a family who does not have transportation and can benefit from delivery, please fill out this form:

Curbside Pickup Meals

Wright this Minute - Jan. 14