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2018-19 Cheyenne Middle School Newsletter - December

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PTO News

Happy Holidays Mustang Families! We appreciate all of your donations and support to help make our school an amazing place. While you are shopping this season, please remember to use AmazonSmile with Cheyenne PTO as your selected charitable organization. AmazonSmile is a simple, automatic way that you can support Cheyenne Middle School PTO. AmazonSmile donates money to our PTO each time that you shop, at no cost to you.

How do I shop at AmazonSmile?

To shop at AmazonSmile simply go to from the web browser on your computer or mobile device. You may also want to add a bookmark to to make it even easier to return and start your shopping at AmazonSmile.

Which products on AmazonSmile are eligible for charitable donations?

Tens of millions of products on AmazonSmile are eligible for donations. You will see eligible products marked “Eligible for AmazonSmile donation” on their product detail pages. Recurring Subscribe-and-Save purchases and subscription renewals are not currently eligible.

Can I use my existing account on AmazonSmile?

Yes, you use the same account on and AmazonSmile. Your shopping cart, Wish List, wedding or baby registry, and other account settings are also the same.

How do I select a charitable organization to support when shopping on AmazonSmile?

On your first visit to AmazonSmile, you need to select a charitable organization to receive donations from eligible purchases before you begin shopping. We will remember your selection, and then every eligible purchase you make at will result in a donation.

Can I change my charity?

Yes, you can change your charity any time. Your AmazonSmile purchases after the change count towards your newly selected charity. To change your charity, sign in to on your desktop or mobile phone browser and simply select “Change your Charity” in “Your Account.”

On behalf of the PTO, I wish you and yours a very merry and bright holiday season!!

Rebecca Yacabucci

PTO President

Upcoming Events

December 5-Pizza Day at school $1/slice or $10/box

December 6-6th Grade Social 3pm-4:30pm

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November Students of the Month

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New Bell and Lunch Schedule

We currently have a new bell schedule for all grade levels. The new schedule evenly distributes class time to all classes. Previously we had uneven instructional time in classes, and all three grade levels had one team with a class that was split for lunch. These changes now allow for a full class period and lunch. The new schedule is linked here.

Everyone is working to learn the new lunch procedures and schedule so that it will work seamlessly.

TSA News

The Technology Student Association or TSA is an after school club that is open to sixth, seventh and eighth graders. We are a student lead STEM organization that has something for everyone. Check us out our meetings and activities on Tuesdays from 2:45-3:30.

We look forward to sharing our love of TSA with new members!

Our amazing parents and students helped to host a teamwork robotics challenge at Cheyenne in November with 25 robots in attendance. Four of our robots made it in the top ten. Congratulations!!!!

Upcoming important details:

12/4 - Big Hero 6 Movie Matinee until 4:30

- Permission Slips for Robotics Competition DUE

12/8 - Official VEX IQ Robotics Tournament in Blackwell

12/18 - Winter Celebration until 4:15

  1. Bring a food item to share.

  2. Bring a $10 wrapped/bagged gift to participate in the Dirty Santa or White Elephant exchange.

1/12/19 & 1/26/19 - TSA Mini Competitions

Please check out our website:

Band Blast

Congratulations to the Cheyenne band students selected to participate in the Central Oklahoma Band Director’s Association Honor Band clinic/concert, (CODA). These students competed with literally hundreds of students from over 50 schools participating in the audition process. We are very proud to announce that the following students were selected for the honor band: Liesel Kehoe, Luke Roberson, Kat Toahty, Mia Lewallen, Elora Johnson, Maya Lindstrom, Jack Henry MacNaughton, Sarah Bird, Jack Li, Parker Mason, and Charity Bernard. These students will rehearse with the honor band in Norman, OK on January 11, 2019, followed by a concert held on January 12, 2019. All of the students who auditioned worked very hard and are to be commended for their efforts.

The 6th, 7th, and 8th grade winter concert is Tuesday, December 11, 2018, at 6:30 pm in the Edmond North High School auditorium. We encourage you to stay and listen the the Edmond North HS bands winter concert immediately following Cheyenne’s.

The 7th grade will have an after school rehearsal on Thursday, December 6, 2:45-4:00 pm. This is an opportunity for the full 7th grade band to rehearse together prior to our winter concert. School transportation is not provided, if you need help making arrangements for transportation following rehearsal please contact us asap.

The 7th grade will be traveling on a “caroling” trip to local elementary schools on Friday, December 14. This is always a fun time for the students to share their musical talents with others.

As the holiday season quickly approaches there are many possible music gifts you could offer your child. Here are a few suggestions. A metronome, tuner, (metronome/tuner combinations are also available), recordings of professional musicians performing on their particular instrument, instrument stand, silk swabs (clarinets, oboes, saxophones), reeds/reed guards, H ligatures, black padded neck strap, music stand, pop music books with CD’s, straight mute, new cases, egg/fruit shakers for percussion, private lessons and even a step-up instrument. Please contact us if you need help with brands or locating any of the items listed.

Musically yours,

JoeLee Mills

Meagan Stevens

Greg Mangus

In a 2000 survey, 73 percent of respondents agree that teens who play an instrument are less likely to have discipline problems.
- Americans Love Making Music – And Value Music Education More Highly Than Ever, American Music Conference, 2000.

From the Orchestra Podium

Just around the corner, the Cheyenne Middle School orchestra will present its Winter Concert on Friday, December 14th at 6:30 p.m. in the Edmond North High School auditorium. The concert will feature our three orchestras and the award winning Edmond North High School Orchestra. Also at this concert is the annual silent basket auction sponsored by the Edmond North Orchestra Parent Boosters. Please come early to join the fun and support the future of the Cheyenne Orchestra!

The 8th grade orchestra will be caroling at local elementary schools and a retirement center on December 21st. More information will be given out as the date gets closer.

Finally, as we approach the gift-giving season, please consider a gift that will better your child’s musical experience. A new set of “Dominant”, “Zyex”, or “Helicore” brand strings or other accessory makes an excellent stocking stuffer. These strings along with many other orchestra ideas can be found at any of our metro music vendors or online at

Thank you friends and family for your support of our orchestra and all of the arts.


Every parent has their own way of guiding their child. What works for one parent may not work for another. However, new research suggests that a particular parenting style may hinder the development of skills that children need to manage their emotions.

It’s completely natural to want the best for your child, but is there too much of a good thing? Researchers at the University of Minnesota and the University of North Carolina, Greensboro followed 422 kids over the span of eight years. They assessed them at ages two, five, and ten. The researchers observed parent-child interactions; they asked the kids questions about school problems; and they asked teachers about students’ academic productivity. They found that kids whose parents were controlling had a difficult time managing their own emotions and behavior.

This study suggests that parents should give their young kids some independence. It will help them develop the social and coping skills they need to deal with challenging situations. So, parents, take the training wheels off the bike, let your kids do their own homework, and don’t call the teacher if your child fails a test. Letting your kids fail now and then, will help them learn what they can do better next time.

Researchers also found that children who experienced over-controlling parenting at 18 and 30 months of age were less likely to have the ability to shift attention, regulate behavior, plan, and detect errors a year later.

Contributors to this news report include: Cyndy McGrath, Supervising Producer; Milvionne Chery, News Producer; Roque Correa, Editor.

Produced by Child Trends News Service in partnership with Ivanhoe Broadcast News and funded by a grant from the National Science Foundation.

Research cited from:

Prevention Prospective

The days of Joe Camel have come and gone. Today's young people face a vastly different nicotine challenge than previous generations. It is difficult to argue against the science that tobacco products, smokeless and smoke-able, are dangerous to our health and well-being. So, like many things in life, technology will help complicate the struggles of youth--enter the era of the vape! Vaping is the hottest and latest way to consume nicotine products. Often marketed as a safer alternative to tobacco products, vapes have become the primary mode of nicotine us for people under the age of 25. It is important for parents to be able to separate the fact from fiction and find ways to engage our children in discussion about the still dangerous and risky use of nicotine, including vapes. Below is helpful resources that arm you with the knowledge and skills to keep your kids healthy:

How To Talk With Your Kids About Vaping

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Cheyenne Calendar

Cheyenne MS Calendar of Events

Be a Library Volunteer

We are looking for adult volunteers to assist in the Media Center. Please contact Dana Whitmarsh, the Library Assistant, at if you would be interested in signing up for special projects (once or twice a year) or to be a regular volunteer (weekly).

Regular volunteers (weekly) help check in and out library materials, shelve books, create bulletin board and/or display projects, and encourage the love of reading.

The mission of the Media Program is to encourage the reading habit and to foster skills that make our students good information seekers, judges, and thinkers.

School Information

Chromebook Care-Tech Code of Conduct

Please see the below presentation to remind yourself and your student about proper Chromebook Care.


Infinite Campus-App

Parent/Student Portal

Infinite Campus has a new Campus Student and a new Campus Parent app available to download.

Campus Student and Campus Parent are designed to provide real-time access to student information. The easy-to-use design displays what is currently happening in the classroom so you can understand, monitor, and participate in the educational process.

» Announcements

» Assignments

» Attendance

» Grades

» Schedules

Infinite Campus Mobile Apps can be downloaded through the Apple App Store or Google Play Store.

Learn more at

Transportation Information

EPS Transporation Dept 340-2962

In Touch Payment Online

Payment system makes it easy to pay student activity fees, make donations and pay fines or fees online, view receipts.

Canvas Login

Canvas is the learning management system. It provides a web-based learning opportunity where students receive instructional content, assessments, daily work, and access to online texts/resources.

Schoolway Mobile App

School & District Reminders/Alerts


Current Schedules are available online.


Athletic participation forms must be completed before attending any practices.

A recent doctor's physical must also be completed and returned to Mr. DeForest, athletic director. The forms can be completed online. You will need your child's student ID number to complete an account and forms. The doctor's physical form can also be downloaded from the link.

Rank One Instructions

Athletic Newsletter

Important: checking out students, lunches, & messages

You will be required to have your driver license to check your child out. Plan enough time for checkout. Calls to check out a student prior to arriving at the school are not accepted.

Lunches: If delivering lunches please make sure you have conveyed it to your child in advance. We do not deliver lunches to classrooms. Students will pick up in the office when dismissed from class. Family members are not allowed to have lunch with their child in the cafeteria. If you would like to eat with your child, you are welcome to join them in the office.

Messages: Please make arrangements with your child for transportation or other such issues in the morning before school begins. We will provide messages to students when provided before 2:00. We cannot guarantee messages will arrive to students if received after 2:00pm.

Demographic & Contact information on Parent Portal

Just a reminder....Any & All changes to your student's information need to made by the parent or guardian on the Parent Portal. This includes phone #'s, e-mail addresses, people that have permission to check your child out of school or call in case of an emergency, etc. The only change that cannot be made on the Parent Portal is a change in address. The new proof of residency must be brought to the school for an address change to be made.

Personal Devices

The implementation of school provided Chromebooks brings an end to the academic need for personal devices during the school day. With that, we will be expecting personal devices to be off and out of sight for the duration of the school day. In remaining consistent with our middle school practice, devices will be allowed before the first school bell at 7:40 and after the last bell at 2:40. We recognize that personal devices are part of the everyday world that we live in as well as our future, and know the incredible capability that today’s technology brings to our life. For young adolescents, it also presents many challenges. Recent research is now showing that middle school-aged students are spending an average of 4.5 hours a day on their personal devices. That number increases to 8 hours a day by the high school years. As educators and parents we see how many of our kids are immersed on social media platforms, gaming, mass

(sometimes hidden) communications and other varieties of content consumption. For a great many students this creates social-emotional and/or academic challenges during school, in addition to the challenges from an instructional point of view. We are seeking to increase classroom engagement and reduce outside distractions, and we appreciate your support in this transition. If you need to get an urgent message to your child, we will be happy to help in that communication from the office.

Cheyenne Middle School

Michelle Grinsteiner, Principal, 6th grade administrator

Michael DeForest, Assistant Principal & Athletic Director, 8th grade administrator

Deby McWatters, Assistant Principal, 7th grade administrator

Melissa Krause, Counselor 6th

Kathy Parker, Counselor 7th

Michele Kingdom, Counselor 8th