CMS Cougar Courier

4th Quarter 2021-22 School Year May 13, 2022

Important Dates:

  • May 16th - Computer Turn-in
  • May 17th - Choir Concert
  • May 25th - Last day of school & 8th Grade Celebration at Falcon Park & Rec Center

Team Horizon

Horizon! We’re closing down the year! Please check to see if there’s missing work, late work; etc. in all classes. We love and appreciate all your kids!


Linda Jardinico

Becky Lechuga

Andy Levine

Karen Petersen

Team Trekkers

Enjoy your weekend.

Team Summit

Well, here we are! The end of the year And what an awesome year it has been! Thank you to your wonderful children for providing such a great year! Here is what we have going on for this last full week of school.

In Social Studies classes we will continue to examine the Civil War.

In Science classes, we are focusing on plant biology and will have a flower dissection on Wednesday.

In Language Arts, we watched the poetry slam documentary, Louder Than A Bomb, and are now writing a prompt about the poets and themes featured in the movie.

In Advanced Language Arts, we have finished reading "The Diary of Anne Frank" play as a class. The performances were outstanding and the message of the play is still strong and resonant.

On May 13th we are starting our time capsule project in all classes. Students will write letters to themselves about various topics and, in turn, I will keep them safe and return them to the kids when they're seniors. Please make sure your student brings a manila envelope to school for this project. In our last week in Wellness we will have our final assessment on our Sexual Health Unit, and lots of time outside! Yeah, warm weather!

Please look for an email from Mrs. Superka detailing the last day of school. She will send this email out no later than Monday, May 23.

Team Legend

Have a great weekend!

Team Navigators

In language arts this week, students concluded their summative writing assessment by engaging in a comprehensive writer’s workshop for The Outsiders Essay.

In science this week we prepared for and completed the exciting, fun and educationaal frog dissection. Students were outstanding at this!

Wellness classes are learning about factors that influence their eating behaviors as well as learning about, and navigating the website. We continue to get outside for exercise and sunshine and are still battling the winds as we try to play some ultimate frisbee.

In social studies we are studying China by exploring some key events in China's history. As a reminder when students are absent, they should check my Google Classroom to see what they missed. In most cases, students can complete the work while at home using the linked resources.

Team Explorers

In Language Arts this week we took a step back and reviewed the year, including competing in the Schwartz Olympics. We also watched a film adaptation of The Outsiders. Outsiders Day was an awesome success - we had SO much fun! The school was decorated, we had 60s music in the halls, and in my class finished watching the film at the 'drive in' movie theater. All late work should be in by now.

In Science we wrapped up our Adaptations and Natural Selection activity about Finches by looking at the data collected and interpreting what it tells us. We predicted what future generations of finches would look like. We also began our preparation for the Frog Dissection. On Friday we celebrated Outsiders Day by going to see some cool cars from the 60s that some awesome volunteers brought in and worked on our final /study guide. Last day for late work is Wednesday, 5/18.

In Social Studies this week we researched for our Asia Inquiry Project. It is always fun to see kids researching something they are really curious about. On their block day, students also took their Asia Unit Test. On Friday, it was back to the 1960s with Outsiders Day! Students learned about Duck and Cover Drills and explored how the music of the 60s reflected some of the big changes and troubles of that decade. Last day for late work is Tuesday, 5/17.

In Wellness this week we continued our exploration of our nutrition unit. We discussed the importance of a balanced diet by looking at the MyPlate website and started our discussion on food labels. For the PE portion of class, we played some kickball - the wind keeps foiling our plans for ultimate frisbee! On Friday we had tons of fun at the Outsiders Day Sock Hop.

Choir Concert

Tuesday, May 17th at 6:30 pm.

Please join us for an evening of song.

Concert will be held outside in front of the school, weather permitting.

Please bring your lawn chairs and make yourselves comfortable!

(in case of inclement weather, it will be held in the cafeteria)

CMS Technology Updates

Starting on Monday, May 16th, we will begin the process of collecting Cresthill-owned devices (primarily Chromebooks) and charging blocks/cords from any student who has borrowed from the school. If students are not able to return any devices or supporting peripherals (e.g., charging cords) they have borrowed, a charge will be placed on the student's account. Please be sure to have your student have their device on 5/16 and return, in good shape, everything they borrowed from Cresthill.

Looking ahead to the 2022-23 school year: For our current 7th graders and future Cresthill students, please complete this Google Form regarding your technology plans (1:1 device) for your student for the upcoming year at Cresthill. This information will help us in our planning for our 1:1 Student Device Program here at cresthill. If you have any questions, please contact Mr. Wakefield ( Thank you!

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Defend the Den


With summer right around the corner, we have some amazing opportunities for your son/daughter to stay involved. We have put together a quick "cheat sheet" as a shortcut for you as parents to see all that's currently being offered to our middle students and incoming Freshmen. Things ranging from Speed Camps, Tennis, Field Hockey, Basketball, and beyond.....THIS IS THE TIME to get going with signing up, getting/staying involved, and making the summer as productive as possible. CLICK HERE for a shortcut to all that's being offered. **Please note that as things are added they will show up in real time on the document. If you have any questions please reach out to Tori Schramm at HRHS at

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Sports Physicals

The DCSD AT group will be holding a sports physical event for ANY AND ALL athletes from DCSD (all seasons). The cost is $40
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Cougar Mart Clearance Sale

All items are 50% off!

Yearbooks are SOLD OUT!

If you have questions please contact Deborah DeLong at
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From the Counseling Office

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New Beginnings

Cresthill Community!

It’s that time of year again!! FOR ALL INCOMING 7th GRADERS AND/OR NEW 8TH GRADERS…. MARK YOUR CALENDARS NOW!! NEW BEGINNINGS for the 2022-23 school year will be on Monday, August 1st and Tuesday, August 2nd! You will have the opportunity to select either a morning or afternoon session. The morning session will be from 8:00am - 10:45am. The afternoon session will be from 12:00pm - 2:45pm. To receive the ‘Early Bird’ special rate of $65.00, please register on MySchoolBucks by Friday, April 15th. After 4/15, the registration for NEW BEGINNINGS will increase to $75.00.

We will also have an opportunity for parents to attend our Parent Connections session that will coincide with the morning and afternoon sessions on Tuesday, August 2nd. There will be no cost associated with the Parent Connection session.

To acquire additional information related to NEW BEGINNINGS, please go to our school website. We are very excited to have you join our Cresthill Family!!


CMS Counseling Staff

High School Mountain Bike League Info Meeting Tuesday, May 24 @ 7PM

Learn all about the 2022 Highlands Ranch Junior Cycling (HRJC) High School Mountain Bike League at the in-person informational meeting for parents and riders on Tuesday, May 24 at 7PM at BikeSource Highlands Ranch. Topics covered will include registration, practice, racing, equipment and clothing, Q&A and more.

Our HRJC Summer Program registration is now open. Spots are filling up! We will ride Mondays and Wednesdays from 8:30-11:30am from June 6th through July 27th. One day per week option available.

Visit for more information.

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Educational Assistant IV positions open at Cresthill Middle School

Cresthill Middle School has openings for two Affective Needs aids.

Do you love working with children?

Please see our posting linked below.

"This position is Responsible for providing assistance to special education teachers. Assists in the instruction, medical, and health needs of special education students. Provides some clerical support to teachers. May provide assistance with a variety of daily functions such as toileting, feeding, and life skills instruction. Collaborates and consults with special needs team and other specialists. Develops and promotes good community relations among various community members and school clientele."
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HRHS Volleyball

8th Grade Incoming Freshman (Boys & Girls) – Are you interested in playing Volleyball for HRHS next school year? HRHS will be holding co-ed Open Gyms during the month of May. If your son/daughter is interested in participating, please provide contact information via one of the two links: Boys click here and Girls click here

Donations Needed - 4th Quarter

Hi Cresthill Families, you have been asking us about how you can help us out. We have attached a Signup genius of items that will help us make it through the day. If you are able to donate an item we would really appreciate it. Donations can be brought into the office. Thank you for showing your support.

Supporting Cresthill

We appreciate the support of our community. Cresthill does not have a PTO program and we limit fundraisers. We do rely on your generosity and support with these programs:
Do you shop at King Soopers? Did you know that King Soopers offers community rewards? WE have approximately 110 families who have designated Cresthill to receive funds. We would love to increase that number. The quarterly checks we receive from King Soopers really make a difference to our school budget.

Once logged into your King Soopers or City Market account go to:

Savings and Rewards > King Soopers Community Rewards then you can search for Cresthill Middle School either by name or YJ180 and then click Enroll.

New users will need to create an account which requires some basic information, a valid email address and a loyalty card.

Thank you!

Box Tops for Education

No need to cut out box tops anymore. It’s digital!

Download the Box Tops Mobile App

Set up your Username and Password

Find your school: Type in Cresthill and click on Cresthill Middle School when it appears Click on the right arrow

Complete your Profile and you are done!

Now when you shop simply scan your store receipt and watch the donations that are made to our school!

American Furniture Warehouse

If you are making a purchase at AFW please mention Cresthill at checkout. They will make a generous donation to our school.
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orientation, gender identity/expression, religion, national origin, ancestry, creed, age, marital status, genetic information, or physical characteristics, disability or need for special education services in admissions, access to, treatment of, or employment in educational programs or activities. The School District’s Compliance Officer is Ted Knight, Assistant Superintendent, 620 Wilcox Street, Castle Rock, Colorado,, 303-387-0067. Complaint procedures have been established for students, parents, employees, and members of the public.