Curtis Chronicles

January 25, 2022

Hello from Curtis Principal, Sonya Pitcock

Cougar families,

We hope everyone is doing well and staying healthy! The season of course selection is upon us and we are working with Lowery and all our feeder schools to get everyone ready for classes for next year already! So exciting! It will be very important to continue to check our Counselor’s Page for information about deadlines and meetings throughout the next few months.

For our current 8th graders:

January 25 – Skyward closes for course selection

January 25 – LFC Coffee with the Counselors

February 4 – All applications due

For our current 7th graders:

January 31 – Students will get information through Tracks on course selection AND parent video will be live on the Counselor’s Page with the same information

February 2-3 – Counselors will be visiting Tracks classes to answer questions and talk with students about courses

February 8 – Informal parent meeting at Curtis from 6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. in the cafeteria for parents to talk with teachers, counselors, and administrators about course selection and/or ask questions. There will not be a formal presentation so this is a come and go event.

February 14 – Coffee with the Counselors 8:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. in Curtis Lounge (open to 6th and 7th grade parents)

February 18 – Skyward closes for course selection

February 25 – All applications due

For our current 6th graders:

The elementary counselors will be walking students through the course registration process on campus and communicating information to parents. Our Curtis counselors will be visiting the elementary campuses the week of February 7-11 to talk to students. Coffee with the counselors is open for 6th and 7th grade parents.

Our new Cougar Paw system has been going well with SO many students keeping their paws and enjoying Cougar Time on Fridays! We are proud of the adjustments they have made to keep up with their card and make sure they are following the campus expectations in the halls and classes. We know they will keep working hard!

Students are also doing a pretty good job having their chromebooks on campus and charged, however, we still need to work on the charged part! Remind them to charge their chromebook when they charge their phones each night! Thanks!

Lastly, please remember that we need your cooperation in the pick up line to keep the line moving. If your child is not coming out of the building until 3:40 p.m. or later, you can park in the parking area instead of the in curbside line so we can keep the cars moving. We appreciate your help with this.

Thank you so much for the snacks and goodies for our after school meetings. Our staff truly feels the support from our parents as we work to improve for our students!


Sonya Pitcock

Principal, Curtis Middle School

Upcoming Events

January 25 - 8th Grade Course Selection Closes

January 25 - LFC Coffee with Counselors, for students entering 9th grade

February 8 - Come and Go event in Cafeteria for 7th Graders' Course Selections (6.30 p.m. - 7.30 p.m.)

February 14 - Coffee with Curtis Counselors (8.30 a.m. - 10.00 a.m.)

February 21 - Staff Development / Student Holiday

February 28: MOD Pizza Spirit Night

February Snack Sign Up

Join us by donating a Valentines themed snack for the February staff meeting. Place a quick order through Amazon or shop on your own. Please place all Amazon orders by February 11th to ensure that the items arrive in time. Sign Up here:

It's College & Career Week at CMS

This week we're celebrating College and Career Week .

Students have started exploring colleges and careers in Tracks this year and will continue with activities this week. To promote this week, we have some special dress up/theme days listed below:

Monday: My future will be incredible! – Wear your favorite superhero shirt.

Tuesday: Dress for success – Dress professional for a future career

Wednesday: Hats off to the future – Wear your favorite college/military hat

Thursday: Big dreams for the future – Wear your PJs

Friday: College is no Sweat – Wear sweats and your favorite college/military t-shirt

Middle School Advanced Academics Parent Webinar

The Gifted & Talented/Advanced Academics Department will host an informational webinar outlining middle school advanced academics opportunities. This webinar will take place February 8th at 6:00pm.

Registration is not required. Join via Zoom, using passcode 698806.

The webinar will be recorded and a copy of the session and slides will be available on the Advanced Academics portion of the AISD website. For more information, contact

Volunteers Needed to Sell and Distribute Val-o-Grams

Volunteers are needed to help sell Val-O-Grams to students during lunch the week before Valentine's Day. There is one morning shift on February 11th. Each Val-O-Gram will cost $1.00 and will include a handwritten message and a piece of candy.

On Monday, February 14th, volunteers will be needed from 3-4pm to help distribute the Val-O-Gram candy to students. This is a crazy busy hour so the more volunteers the merrier.

If interested please sign up below for one of the shifts. If you have any questions about volunteering please reach out to Suzanne Reynolds at

CLICK HERE to sign up!

NOTE: You must be an AISD approved volunteer for the 2021-22 school year. See article below for details.

Not a PTA Member? You can still join!

Click here to Join CMS PTA!

A HUGE thanks to the more than 500 who have already joined Curtis PTA! Students can join too.

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Congratulations to our Reflections Contestants!

AISD Council of PTAs held its Reflections Reception at the PAC on January 6th, and four

entries from Curtis were honored at the Reception. Congratulations, Cara Kless, Aamir

Patwa, and Sahil Shah.

A special congratulations to Maria Ararao; her literature entry received the Award of

Excellence and advanced to the state

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PTA Business Sponsorship Program

CMS PTA is pleased to once again offer our business sponsorship program. Curtis PTA would like to invite community businesses to show support for our staff, students and community by making a financial contribution to our PTA for the 2021-22 school year. PTA strives to make every child’s potential a reality.

There are two contribution levels for you to consider.

Red Level, $100

  • Your logo and link to your website on from now through June 30, 2022.
  • Be included in the end-of-year thank you email.

Black Level, $250

  • Your logo and link to your website on from now through June 30, 2022.
  • Be included in the end-of-year thank you email.
  • 1 Thank you in our campus-wide newsletter that goes out to all families.
  • 1 Thank you and shout out with a link to your website on our Curtis PTA Facebook page.

CLICK HERE for more details or email Alison

Online screening of the movie, “The Upstanders: Finding Strategies for Cyberbullying” on Tuesday, January 25th at 6:30 pm. This is being offered by the Grant Halliburton Foundation.


Registration is NOW OPEN for the

Allen ISD Eagle Run 2022!

The 2022 Eagle Run Event involves your choice of:

1 mile fun run/walk

5K run/walk

A virtual run (complete it on your own time!)

A sleep in registration (for those who want to support and just get the shirt!)

Join us! Saturday, February 26, 2022!

It’s going to be an event the whole family will enjoy, and you can feel good knowing that your participation directly supports students and teachers at Curtis Middle School!

For more information visit:

Curtis PTA's Interest Form 2022-2023

It is time to consider your next role within PTA for 2022-2023 school year. The Curtis PTA is looking for leaders for next school year. Please consider donating your time and talents.

All positions are open for nominations. The following positions on the Executive Board will be slated:
1st VP - Membership
2nd VP - Programs
3rd VP - Ways and Means
Parliamentarian - will not be slated but will be appointed by the incoming President with approval of the newly elected Executive Board

Sign Up here:

Thank you for donating your time and supporting PTA.

Congratulations to our Allen ISD Council of PTAs Citizenship Awards Winners!!!

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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:

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

  3. Bookmark

  4. Start using 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.

Do you shop at Kroger?

Log onto the Kroger website or stop by the customer service desk at any Kroger. Link your Kroger rewards card to Curtis Middle School.

Kroger Community Rewards

Our school code is XX655.

Get Involved - Volunteer!

When adults volunteer, all students benefit! There are many opportunities for parents and community members to get involved! Your help is needed! Complete the Volunteer Opportunities interest form and we will be in touch with you.

Peachjar Flyers

Allen ISD has been using an electronic flyer service, Peachjar, for flyer dissemination. In order to receive an email with flyers relevant to Curtis Middle School, you will need to login to and add a student to Curtis Middle School.

Allen ISD Volunteer Application

Volunteers who work with AISD student groups and organizations will need to complete a volunteer application. These groups include, but are not limited to, PTA organizations, booster clubs, cheerleading squads, dance squads (athletic and fine arts) and any other AISD student organizations where adults will be working with students other than their own children at AISD sponsored events.

Click on this link to fill out the volunteer application:

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CMS Announcements Posted to CMS Website

If you are interested in CMS Announcements, you can access them directly on the CMS website.

Be sure to check back often! CLICK HERE