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  • Congratulations to CTMS teacher Pat Brolan who was recently named the Daughters of the American Revolution Outstanding Teacher of American History for the State of Texas! She was chosen out of more than 200 teachers in Texas and will now advance to the national competition in Washington D.C. We are honored to have such a wonderful educator working at Cross Timbers and impacting the lives of our students every day. This award is well-deserved! Congratulations Pat and best of luck in Washington! 

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    Rachel’s Challenge Rally and 5K:  Together We Can!

     

     

    Rachel's Challenge

     

    Every year GCISD comes together to celebrate kindness and respect with our Rachel’s Challenge Rally.  We will be hosting a 5k run, guest speakers and a community expo with vendors!  The rally will be at Colleyville Heritage High School on April 16, 2016.  The schedule will be as follows:

    Packet Pick Up will be at Luke's Locker April 14th and 15th from 4:00-7:00 pm.

     

    April 16, 2016: Colleyville Heritage High School

    7:00- 7:45am Walk up registration

    8:00am 5K Begins

    8:45am -12:00 Community Fair and Student Performances

    9:30 Keynote Speaker

     

    If you’d like to run or walk the 5k, you can sign up here:  http://goo.gl/forms/2hRc32NZw1

    To get more information on the Rally, you can visit the following website: http://www.gcisd-k12.org/Page/32352


     

     

     

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    and learn how YOU can help prevent the flu!

     

     


     

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  • Keith Washington won Donuts for his PE class for designing an awesome anti-bullying t-shirt as part of the All Stars program!

    Congratulations Keith!

     

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  • From the Principal’s Pen

     

    Week of February 1, 2016

     

     

    It’s already February!  The weeks and months are flying by in this school year.  Our thoughts and preparations are turning toward Spring testing! We were proud to host the GCISD Ensemble competition on Friday afternoon and evening, where over 800 middle school band students performed in various ensembles. We are proud of our fine arts program here in GCISD and at Cross Timbers.

     

    We are also proud of our amazing teachers here at CTMS. Recently the local Daughters of the American Revolution chapter named Pat Brolan as their Outstanding Teacher of American History.  Her dossier went to state competition, and we were recently notified that Mrs. Brolan has been named Outstanding Teacher of American History in the state of Texas by the state DAR chapter.  She competed against the nominees from over 200 other DAR chapters to win this honor for the entire state.  Her application now goes to national competition. We are proud of Mrs. Brolan and the passion that she has for US history and teaching!  We are lucky to have her as part of our Pack!

     

    Spread a little love! On Monday, February 8, the Cross Timbers PTA will begin selling Candy Grams for $1.00 each. Candy Grams are a fun way for students and parents to spread a little love to fellow Wolf students and staff members. Candy Grams include a message and a candy bar to brighten someone’s day. They will be delivered on Friday, February 12.    Students will have the opportunity to purchase Candy Grams during their lunch period on February 8, 9, and 10. Additionally, students and parents may also purchase Candy Grams in the front office throughout the day.  The sale will end on February 10 at 3:25 pm

     

    We will be giving benchmark STAAR tests in February to pinpoint student strengths and weaknesses prior to the actual STAAR tests. On Tuesday, February 9, we will be administering a full length STAAR math benchmark, and on Thursday, February 11, we will be giving a full length STAAR reading benchmark.  Please try to make every arrangement for your Wolf to be present and on time that day.  We will run an altered schedule so that students have the full four hours for each test. Students in zero hour will go to zero hour classes and then begin exams when they arrive at CTMS.

     

    January and February are full of student/parent information sessions regarding course options for next year. Here is the list of dates – please note that I have added an evening 6th/7th grade parent meeting option on 2/4. Meetings for parents of 8th graders are in pink; meeting for parents of 6th and 7th graders are in green.  ASPIRE meetings are in gray. Meetings pertinent to all are in yellow.

     

    1/29 – Skyward window opens for rising 9th graders’ course requests (NOT arena scheduling)

    2/4 – GHS rising ninth grade (current 8th grade) parent information night at CTMS – information about House Bill 5 and graduation requirements – 6:30 p.m. - SAC

    2/4 - Parent information meeting for current 6th and 7th grade parents – information about course offerings for next year – 6:30 p.m. library (this meeting is repeated 2/16 at 8:00 a.m. and 2/18 at 4:00 p.m.)

    2/8 – GHS counselors meet individually with 8th grade students to finalize course selections for next year – during English classes

    2/8 – Mustang Nation at GHS for rising ninth graders – 6:00 p.m.

    2/16 – Parent information meeting for current 6th and 7th grade parents – information about course offerings for next year – 8:00 a.m. library (repeat of 2/4 meeting)

    2/16 – 7th grade students meet with counselors to discuss next year’s courses – during science classes

    2/17 – 6th grade students meet with counselors to discuss next year’s courses – during science classes

    2/18 - Parent information meeting for current 6th and 7th grade parents – information about course offerings for next year – 4:00 p.m. library (repeat of 2/4 and 2/16 meeting)

    2/18 – ASPIRE Parent information meeting for current 6th grade ASPIRE parents and potential ASPIRE parents for next year’s 6thgrade – information about 6th and 7th gr. ASPIRE for next year –6:30 p.m. library

    2/19 – Fifth grade Fine Arts tour at CTMS – 9:00 – 11:00 a.m.

    2/19 – Skyward window closes for High School course requests for rising ninth graders (NOT arena scheduling)

    2/22 – 2/24 – CTMS counselors visit elementary campus (Glenhope, OC Taylor, Colleyville Elem, Heritage Elem, and Timberline Elem)

    2/23 – CTMS SHOWCASE – 5th grade parent information session – 6:00 – 7:00 followed by whole school SHOWCASE from 7:00 – 8:00 p.m.

    2/25 – Follow up fifth grade parent Q & A information session – 8:00 a.m. library and 3:30 p.m. library (two identical sessions)

    3/11 – rising 7th and 8th graders (current 6th and 7th graders) course selection sheets are due to counselor’s office

     

    8th grade parents: here is a handy resource for you and your rising ninth graders: http://www.gcisd-k12.org/Page/42252. This resource contains all the high school information in one spot, including video presentations.

     

    Is your 6th or 7th grade daughter interested in trying out for CTMS cheerleader? If so, please plan on attending a cheerleader parent meeting on February 9 at 6:30 in the Lecture Hall. If you have questions prior to that meeting, please send them toJennifer.hall@gcisd.net.

     

    Attention 8th graders!  Mustang Nation is coming up! Monday, February 8, from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m., all incoming Mustangs will learn about course offerings, extracurricular activities, and how they can get involved in GHS. Please see attached flyer for more information:  Mustang Nation Flyer 

     

    A new look for an old Open House!  We are reinventing Open House to be more inclusive and more informative for parents. Introducing:  THE CTMS SHOWCASE! On February 23, we will host a showcase for both prospective and current parents. From 6:00 to 6:55 p.m., we will be talking to our prospective Wolf 5th grade parents about all the great things happening at CTMS, and explaining about the courses, etc.  Then, at 7:00 – 8:00 p.m., our school is open for all parents to tour the building and visit with departments. Each department will have information about the courses they offer, and what those courses lead to in high school.  We hope that you will enjoy this new format and find it informative both as you visit current teachers, but as you explore what is available for your Wolf for next year. 

    There will be NO Open House in March.

     

    For all events that involve several grades of parents, please park on all sides of the building.  We will have the front door, the SAC doors, the gym door, and C hall doors unlocked for your convenience.  We have plenty of parking in all those areas.

     

    Parents of students with inhalers:  we have many students who carry inhalers for asthma, etc.  Please make sure that the inhalers themselves are labeled with the students’ name, not just the boxes.  Frequently inhalers fall out of the boxes, and we don’t know to whom these medications belong.  It is dangerous to our students to have unmarked medications lost in the building. Remember that you need to have filed paperwork with Nurse Flowers if your child has asthma and carries an inhaler. Thank you for helping us keep the medications where needed.

     

    Are you in off-campus PE?  The yearbook sponsor would like some photos of Wolves in off campus PE practicing or competing in their sports. Please submit a photo and a brief description to Mrs. Burkhart @ Kathryn.burkhart@gcisd.net. for possible inclusion in the yearbook.  Thanks!

     

    Grapevine-Colleyville Independent School District and its Special Olympics parent group will be hosting the Third Annual Triple Threat Shootout.  The Shootout will include GCISD Special Olympics and Friends of Mustang-Panthers, a Special Olympics alumni group, competing against the Grapevine and Colleyville police officers.  Admission will be $2 and there will also be a raffle and silent auction featuring, a 2-night stay at Great Wolf Lodge, Dallas Stars tickets, sports memorabilia, golf course passes, over 30 various local restaurant gift certificates (Del Frisco’s, Dave and Busters, Outback), PS4, bicycle, gas grill and much, much more.  The Dove Dynamic Drummers will be the halftime show, as well as the Grapevine and Colleyville drum lines.  The concession stand will be fully stocked and there will be event t-shirts and spirit t-shirts on sale to show your support. 

     

    So come out and join the fun on February 22 from 6:30 p.m.to 8:30 p.m. at Grapevine High School.   GCISD serves hundreds of special needs kids ranging from ages 5 through 22.  If you cannot attend the event, but would like to donate, please go to their fundraising page at https://www.razoo.com/us/story/Parents-Supporting-Gcisd-Special-Olympians .

     

     

    If you don’t follow me on Twitter, I hope that you will soon start. I only tweet pics and videos about CTMS, so follow me at@LDunnCTMS to get a glimpse into our days!

     

    Mark Your Calendars:

     

    Monday, 2/1 – 7th/8th grade boys’ basketball – bye week

    Thursday, 2/4 - 7th/8th grade girls’ basketball vs Coppell North @ away

    GHS rising ninth grade (current 8th grade) parent information night at CTMS – information about House Bill 5 and graduation requirements – 6:30 p.m.

    Parent information meeting for current 6th and 7th grade parents – information about course offerings for next year – 6:30 p.m.library (this meeting is repeated 2/16 at 8:00 a.m. and 2/18 at 4:00 p.m.)

    Friday, 2/5 – Pep rally – 2:35 p.m.

    Cotillion #1 for registered 6th graders – 6:30 SAC

    Monday, 2/8 – Candy Gram sales begin – only $1.00

    GHS counselors meet individually with 8th grade students to finalize course selections for next year – during English classes

    7th/8th grade girls’ basketball vs HMS @ away

    Mustang Nation – 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. GHS Auditorium

    Tuesday, 2/9 – Camdy Gram sales - $1.00

    Math STAAR Benchmark 8:00 – noon

    7th/8th grade boys’ basketball vs Coppell North @ away

    Cheer parent meeting – 6:30 Lecture Hall

    Wednesday, 2/10 – Last day for Candy Gram sales!

    Playbill One Act play clinic – GHS

    Thursday, 2/11 – Reading STAAR benchmark 8:00 – noon

    Friday, 2/12 – Club day #1 – Wolf Time

    Cotillion #2 – 6th graders – 6:30 SAC

     

     

    Keep Howling!

     

    Lisa Dunn

    Principal

    Cross Timbers Middle School

     


     

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  • Every year, the CTMS PTA holds Cotillion for our 6th graders.  Held on every Friday night (in the CTMS SAC) during the month of February, students and their peers learn various dances and social graces, all with a focus on having fun and developing self-confidence.  Instruction is provided by professional dance instructors.  

    Students will learn dances related to the theme of the evening and light refreshments will be provided for the first 3 events.  The last event is considered the "Grande Finale".  It is the only one where dinner will be provided and parents are encouraged to attend.

    We can not make this happen without committed volunteers who dedicate their time and skills to make this a memorable event for our children.  We have set budgets for food, decorations (we already a fair amount of decorations from past years), dance instructors and a DJ (finale).

    Once we have positions filled, we will have a group meeting to discuss all planning details so that each nights committee is aware of expectations and division of responsibilities before moving forward.

    The dates, times and themes are as follows:

    Friday, Feb 5th, 6:30-8:30 - Sock Hop (50's Theme)

    Friday, Feb 12th, 6:30-8:30 - Western

    Friday, Feb 19th, 6:30-8:30 - Disco (70's Theme)

    Friday, Feb 26th, 6:30-9:00 - Mardi Gras (semi formal)

    More information and formal invitations will go out the first week of December.  

    Cost per student (covers all 4  nights) is $80.  CTMS PTA financial scholarships will be made available and those decisions will be made by school administration.

    If you have any questions about volunteer opportunities or specific jobs, feel free to contact this years co-chairs:

    Robin deMarrais, rdemarrais@gmail.com

    Lauri Reichert, lreichert@verizon.net


     

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  • Congratulations to the following CTMS Band members for auditioning and earning a spot in the 7th Grade Select Band:
     
    Flute
    Ben Wodrich - 1st Chair
    Brisa Padron - Alternate 
     
    Oboe
    Minna Chow - 2nd Chair 
     
    Bassoon
    Julie Longoria - 2nd Chair 
     
    Clarinet
    Emmaline Roschmann - 10th Chair
    Kenia Garcia - 14th Chair
    Ethan Bergan - 18th Chair 
     
    Alto Saxophone
    Thomas Dao - Alternate 
     
    Baritone Saxophone
    Esteban Urquidi - 2nd Chair 
     
    Trumpet
    Adam Lopez - 1st Chair
    Nolan Clements - 4th Chair
    Marlene Moreno - 9th Chair 
     
    French Horn
    Guinevere Rogers - 2nd Chair
    Palmer Riley - 10th Chair 
     
    Trombone
    Adriana Hernandez - 9th Chair
     
    Euphonium
    Jenyssa Obregon - 1st Chair
    Kendra Jackson - 2nd Chair
    Ashley Brown - 3rd Chair 
     
    Tuba
    Jack Rogers - 2nd Chair
    Robby Miller - 5th Chair 
     
    Percussion
    Isabelle Clark - 1st Chair
    Rhett Miller - 2nd Chair
    Jake Benzick - 3rd Chair 
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  • On Saturday 11/7 The Playbill class and some select 7th grade Theatre Students competed at the South Grand Prairie HS Speech Tournament and we had a great time! 

    There were 15 schools competing, and several hundred students. This was a very competitive tournament!

    This is the first time that our team has placed first in both of our Fall tournaments please congratulate these kids on their accomplishments!

    We will be performing some of these pieces at our Speech Tournament Showcase next Monday at 6:00 in the lecture hall. Please come if you can and see what we have been working so hard on! 

    Here are our results from each event.

     

    Prose Interp – a rehearsed reading of a prose selection

    1st place: Rainey Jackson

    2nd place: Jackson Schubert 

     

    Poetry Interp – a rehearsed reading of a poetry selection

    1st place: Zohayr Kahn

      

    Duet Acting - a 7-10 minute memorized scene

    1st place: Katie Corbett & Liam Hamway

    3rd place: Phoebe Haron & Trinity Miles

    8th place: Camden Quinn & Kennedy Mathis

     

    Duo Interp - a 7-10 minute memorized scene, similar to duet, with a different focus

    1st place: Jackson Schubert & KJ Marino

    4th place: Lindy Hagen & Phoebe Haron

    5th place: Jack Goad & Elise Turner

     

    Humorous Interp- a 7-10 minute solo performance that is humorous in nature where the student plays many different characters

    1st place - Elise Turner

     

    Group Improv - students draw a topic have 5 minutes to plan, then perform a scene

    4th place: Matt Corbett, Katie Corbett, Lindy Hagen, Trinity Miles

     

    Reader's Theater - a short play that is rehearsed, but not memorized

    2nd place: Lindy Hagen, Phoebe Haron, Liz Reed, Ethan Oswald, KJ Marino

    4th place: Camden Quinn, Rainey Jackson, Jack Goad, Nico Morin

    5th place: Ethan Bratton, Patty Wozniak, Jackson Schubert

     

    Impromptu Speaking - the student draws a topic then has 5 minutes to plan then present an organized speech

    7th place: Jack Goad

     

    Original Commercial - students create a product then write and rehearse a commercial advertising their product

    2nd place: Liam Hamway, Lina Grace Assad, Katie Corbett, Zohayr Kahn

    4th place: KJ Marino, Ethan Bratton, Matt Corbett, Quin Oltman

     

     

    Storytelling – memorized performance of a children’s story

    1st place: Elise Turner

    4th place: Patty Wozniak

    6th place: Camden Quinn


     

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