Mustang Round-Up

2017-18 Cheyenne Middle School Newsletter - October

From Our Principal

Dear Cheyenne Families,

It is hard to believe it is October already. The daylight hours are slowly shrinking and the rainy weather has arrived with cooler nights. The first 7 weeks of school have moved so quickly. Our students are continuing to work hard academically and practicing those expectations within our Mustang Motto.

Our school has experienced many great things over the past few weeks. Here are the highlights:

  • The softball and volleyball teams just wrapped up their seasons. The cross country team and football teams have a few more match-ups left. We are so proud of our students and families who have come out and supported our athletes.

  • Our families donated 2,500 hundred school supplies and uniforms, and $1,315 in cash and gift cards to Hope From The Heartland. Cunningham Middle School graciously received the combined donations from Heartland MS, Central MS and Cheyenne MS the weekend of September 23. We were able to help so many families and staff members.

  • The Cheyenne PTO and staff had a great week of fundraising for the Stampede of Giving last week. It all kicked off at Family Fun Night with a food truck dinner and fantastic performances by our chorus, band, and orchestra. Thanks to our families and homeroom teacher competitions were raised over $10,000 for our school.

  • During, this same week we were recognized as an Exemplary High Performing 2017 National Blue Ribbon School. We look forward to continuing our National Blue Ribbon celebration throughout the school year. We are so proud of our students, staff, families, and administration for all their hard work and dedication to educating our students at the highest level.

We are quickly approaching the end of the first nine weeks of school. In middle school, the end of the nine weeks is just a snapshot in their semester grade. Students will not receive a report card because their averages are not final until the end of the semester. It is important to check in on their grades using parent portal. Teachers have been working diligently to provide opportunities for students to improve their grades. Please take the time to discuss your child’s academics with them each week.

We would like to invite you to join us for Parent/Teacher Conferences. Thursday, October 12 or Monday, October 16th, you may come and go from 4:30-8:00 pm to visit with teachers. Due to the volume of families that will be visiting, please try to keep your time with each teacher to a minimum of 5-8 minutes. 6th grade teachers will be in the gym, 7th grade teachers in the cafeteria, 8th grade teachers in the commons area, and elective teachers will be among the teachers in each area. We do have additional events occurring on these nights. If our staff is absent you should be receiving an email to let you know which evening they will be available. In case you miss a teacher on either night, please feel free to contact them to set up a conference.

Thank you for your continued engagement in the success of our school and your child’s education. With our continued commitment, we can make a difference in our student’s lives.

We Are Cheyenne!
We Are Mustangs!

Michelle Grinsteiner

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From the PTO

Happy Fall Y’all!

The temperatures are changing, but one thing remains constant: We have the very best community of parents and supporters. Because of your generosity, we raised over $10,000 during our Stampede of Giving. This will enable us to assist our administration as they implement STEM goals at Cheyenne through teacher grants and technology purchases. We truly are blessed! Many thanks to Wendi Weaver, Kylee Rice, and their committee for helping make this week of giving a fun one for the students and staff.

Tis the Season to start thinking about holiday shopping! When you shop online using Amazon Prime, make sure you select Cheyenne Middle School as your charity of choice. It’s an easy way to give back to Cheyenne while shopping from the comfort of home. Also, if you know someone who loves luxurious sheet and fabulous memory foam pillows, we have you covered! (Pun intended) We will be selling 1800 thread count sheets in a rainbow of colors and memory foam pillows as our Fall Fundraiser. We will have the sheets and pillows available for you to see at Parent Teacher Conferences on October 12 and 16.

We hope you’ll join us for our next General PTO Meeting on Tuesday, October 10 at 1:15 in the Media Center. If you have to miss the meetings, please make sure you bookmark and visit it often for updated news and volunteer opportunities. We couldn’t do what we do without you!

We are Cheyenne!

We are Mustangs!

Amy Stoker, PTO President

Going on at Cheyenne this month

  • Oct. 5
Spirit Night at Papa Murphy
  • Oct. 8
Fire Prevention Week
  • Oct. 10
Kona Ice
  • Oct. 12 or 16
Parent/Teacher Conferences 4:30-8:00 (No appointment necessary)
  • Oct. 19-23
Fall Break
  • Oct. 25-31
Red Ribbon Week
  • Oct. 30 - Nov. 3
Book Fair

Cheyenne Teacher of the Year Mrs. Chelsea Blackburn!

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Don’t forget to order a 2017-2018 Cheyenne Middle School Yearbook online at
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Come to our Book Fair! Oct. 30 - Nov. 3

Dear Parents and Families:

Reading is the most important skill you can teach a child. Of all the skills kids learn, it is the one you can influence the most.

We invite you to visit our Scholastic Book Fair and experience a celebration of reading that provides families the opportunity to get involved in a universal mission: encouraging kids to read every day so they can lead better lives.

Our Scholastic Book Fair is part of a reading event that brings to school a wonderful selection of fun, engaging, and affordable books kids want to read. Giving kids access to good books and the opportunity to choose their own books will motivate them to read more. And like most acquired skills, the more kids practice reading, the better they’ll get.

Reading is vital to every child’s success, and it’s the door opener to the 21st century for all children. Since there will never be a substitute for a parent’s direct involvement in his/her child’s education, please make plans to visit our Book Fair. Hope to see you there!

In-Library Book Fair Dates: Oct. 30 – Nov. 3

Shopping Hours: 7:50 a.m. – 2:40 p.m. Monday – Thursday and 7:50 a.m. – NOON on Friday

If you’re all booked up during Book Fair week (or just want to keep shopping), be sure to visit the Book Fair online at The online Book Fair is available for an extended time from Oct. 30 – Nov. 17th.

· Find an expanded selection of books for the whole family—preschool to adults

· Share your Book Fair with family and friends by sending wish lists or eCards

· All orders ship to school for FREE and each purchase benefits our school


Julie Neff

Media Director

A Great Book Fair Can Never Have Too Many Volunteers!

Our school is conducting a Scholastic Book Fair to motivate students to read more. Join our volunteer group and help us plan and conduct our school’s best reading event ever!

Dates: October 30th - November 3rd

Join us if you …

  • · like to organize and put things in place
  • · bring creative flair to signs and decorations
  • · enjoy offering a helping hand, setting up, or packing up
  • · want to help shoppers of all ages find the perfect book

We appreciate your support in whatever form it takes.

Contact: Dana Whitmarsh, Media Assistant, at

Volunteer Opportunity in Media Center


Looking for a place to volunteer? The media center could really use your help. We are looking for volunteers to help check in and out library materials, shelve books, create bulletin boards and encourage the love of reading.

If you like books and enjoy being around kids, this could be the place for you!

If interested, please contact the Media Assistant, Dana Whitmarsh.

Blast from the Band

All band parents please make sure you have logged on and completed information as this is a wonderful/easy tool for communication.

Click on the top right screen and select parents/students/members

In the school code type CheyenneMSband

In the password box (1st time log on) enter your child's normal school id#.

Please make sure all contact information is updated and includes adult contact information.

CODA auditions for 7th and 8th grade students will be on Saturday, November 4, 2017, at Santa Fe High School. Students will be given their audition block of time the week prior. Students who are selected will attend the honor band clinic and concert on January 5 and 6, 2018, on the OU campus.

Thank you for your generous support of our annual magazine/cookie dough fundraiser. Your support allowed us to raise funds towards the studentgrowth in band. Delivery for cookie dough will be Wednesday, October 4, 2017. Students will take the cookie dough home with them that afternoon, if they have sold more items then they can carry please make arrangements to pick them up from school. Cookie dough MUST go home the day they are delivered to guarantee freshness.

The 6th grade band will travel to hear the Oklahoma City Philharmonic perform on Thursday, November 2. This is a free event for our band students. Students will need to bring a disposable sack lunch to school for the field trip. This is always a wonderful experience for the students.

Students should be practicing on their instrument daily. I encourage you to ask your child to perform something for you, it is fun to hear their progress.

Our winter concert (6th, 7th and 8th grade bands) will be Tuesday, December 14, 2017 at Edmond North High School Auditorium. The concert will begin at 6:30 pm.

College admissions officers continue to cite participation in music as an important factor in making admissions decisions. They claim that music participation demonstrates time management, creativity, expression, and open-mindedness.
- Carl Hartman, “Arts May Improve Students’ Grades,” The Associated Press, October, 1999.

Musically yours,

JoeLee Mills 726-5729

Brian Cook 726-7204

Sarah Neely 726-6049

Will Bishop 726-6902

From the Orchestra Podium

I am very excited to be the new director of the Cheyenne Middle School Orchestra! What an exciting and fantastic year we have ahead! Thank you in advance for all of your hard work and commitment to your art!

Here are some upcoming dates to remember:

♫ October 7: North Central Honors Orchestra auditions at Santa Fe High School. Audition times are TBA.

♫ October 3: 6th grade orchestra parent demonstration night at 6:30 in the Cheyenne gymnasium. Students report at 6:20.

♫ November 2: 6th grade orchestra field trip to hear the Oklahoma City Philharmonic, schedule TBA, and chaperones will be needed.

♫December 15: Combined Winter concert with the Edmond North Orchestra at 6:30, students to arrive at 6:00.

I will be sending out more information about each event as the dates get closer. For more information, feel free to contact me with any questions, 726-5739 or

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

TSA News

September flew by and was very successful for our Cheyenne TSA group. We now have a roster with over 70 members listed! We have been selling candy on Thursdays to help offset expenses and we are also selling L.E.D. light up bracelets. Our officer team has set a goal to raise $2000 for the American Cancer Society this year. So the proceeds from our bracelet sales will go towards that goal. We have two different style bracelets. One style says, “Cheyenne Mustangs” and the other says, “I supported ACS”. They come in 8 different colors and are $5.

October 6 - Thirty of our members will be attending the Francis Tuttle Engineering Competition

October 10 - Regular TSA meeting. We will be handing out information about our Blue and

Gold $ale.

October 12 - NO VEX IQ Robotics due to Parent/Teacher Conferences

October 19 - NO VEX IQ Robotics due to Fall Break

November 2 - Blue and Gold Order Form and money is DUE to Ms. Sullins

  • Student and Parent Intent Forms are also DUE to Ms. Sullins pertaining to the Edmond Early Bird Conference hosted by Edmond TSA Clubs on 11/18/17

Please contact Ms. Sullins if you have any questions.


FCCLA (Family, Career, Community Leaders of America) membership is open to all students interested in developing leadership skills, participating in service learning projects, and the opportunity be competitive through speech and projects events. Membership information is available by the FCCLA bulletin (room 405). This year we are through the year, CREATING ALL MEMBERS POTENTIAL. So come join the smore fun and opportunities that FCCLA can provide all students.

Upcoming Events:

  1. Every Wednesday is FCCLA work day 2:45-3:30
  2. Dues must be paid to be invited to Fall Leadership Conference on Oct 5th
  3. Family Fun Night Booth
  4. October 4th Chapter Meeting with Guest Speaker
  5. Fundraiser Oct-Nov RADA Cutlery and Pretzel Rods to help support chapter activities
  6. Service Project for October will be donated to the Oklahoma FCCLA to be delivered to Texas FCCLA chapters effected by Hurricane Harvey. More information at our monthly chapter meeting.

Contact Ms. Goodbary for more information 405-726-5741

Counselors Corner

Patty O'Grady, PhD, an expert in neuroscience, specializing in education reports: Kindness changes the brain. Kindness is best learned by feeling it so that children can reproduce it. In addition, a great number of benefits have been reported to support teaching kindness in schools, best summed up by the following:

· Happy, Caring Children. The good feelings that we experience when being kind are produced by endorphins. These feelings help us form connections with others which are reported to be a strong factor in increasing happiness.

· Increased Peer Acceptance. Being kind increases social acceptance and our ability to form meaningful connections with other people. Better-than-average mental health is reported.

· Improved Health and Less Stress Increased Feelings of Gratitude. Being thankful for what we have increases our joy and produces a positive outlook.

· Better Concentration and Improved Results. Children with a positive outlook have greater attention spans, more willingness to learn, and better creative thinking to improve results at school.

· Less Bullying. When students are taught how to change their thoughts and actions by learning about kindness and compassion, it fosters the positive behavior that's expected and naturally rewarded.

Most children learn from the habits of their parents or guardians. This can be, both, a good or a bad thing. Remember to keep in mind that your children are constantly watching you. Try to make sure that you model acts of kindness in front of them inside & outside of the hope. Yes, there will be times that you don’t feel like being kind. Kids & spouses know how to push our buttons. None of us are perfect. Just make sure that they see you behaving kindly, more often.

Important: attendance, lunches, & messages

Attendance: Please call your child in absent prior to 10:00am. Leave a message with child's name, grade, and reason for absence if call goes to voicemail.

Attendance phone - 726-5707

We have a new check out/check in system and you are required to have your driver license to check your child in and out. Plan enough time for checkout.

Calls to check out a student prior to arriving you getting to the school will no longer accepted.

Lunches: If delivering lunches please make sure you have conveyed it to your child in advance. We do not deliver lunches. Family members are not allowed 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 you child for transportation or other such issues in the morning.

2017 State Test Results Delayed

The State Department has been working diligently to get the 2017 OSTP state test scores released to schools. A series of events have led to the delay of reporting scores. Last year we had new tests based on new, more rigorous standards. Anytime there are new standards, there is a new test and the State Department of Education is then required to set new cut scores for the tests. The new cut scores for this year will be calibrated to create higher expectations for teaching and learning. Due to these factors, the test results from state testing that you are accustomed to receiving at the beginning of school will not be available until mid-October or possibly November in a paper form to families.

Uptown Grocery Receipts!

"Shop at Uptown Grocery, save your receipts & send them to school with your student to help us earn free classroom equipment, all donated by Uptown Grocery!"


Fall Sports Information

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

Canvas Parent Account

Use this link to get information on creating a parent account.

Meal Pay Plus

Please take advantage of the options to prepay your student's meal accounts online.

In-Touch Online Pay

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


Our bus routing website, Versa Trans is designed to help parents and students determine bus stop locations and stop times.

Cheyenne Calendar

Cheyenne MS Calendar of Events

Cheyenne Middle School

Michelle Grinsteiner, Principal, 8th grade administrator

Michael DeForest, Assistant Principal & Athletic Director, 7th grade administrator

Deby McWatters, Assistant Principal, 6th grade administrator

Kathy Parker, Counselor 6th

MIchele Kingdom, Counselor 7th

Melissa Krause, Counselor 8th