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  • On Saturday 10/10 The CTMS Playbill class and some select 7th grade Theatre Students competed at the Grand Prairie Fine Arts Academy Speech Tournament and we had a great time! 


    For the second year in a row our team won first place overall!


    There were 10 schools competing, and several hundred students. Most of the events the kids competed in had anywhere from 35-70 entries.


    They award best actor and best actress to the kids who have the most points overall out of the whole tournament and Jackson Schubert won Best Actor!!


    Here are our results from each event.

    Modern Oratory- students research a topic, write, rehearse and memorize a speech supporting their chosen topic

    1st place - Meredith Christian


    Humorous Interp- a long memorized solo performance that is humorous in nature where the student plays many different characters

    1st place - Elise Turner

    2nd place - Meredith Christian

    3rd place - Jack Goad

    4th place - KJ Marino


    Dramatic Interp - a long memorized solo performance that is serious in nature

    5th place- Patty Wozniak


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

    2nd place: Ethan Bratton, Jackson Schubert, Jack Goad, Camden Quinn

    5th place: Matt Corbett, Katie Corbett, Cole Stevens

    6th place: Liz Reed, Rainey Jackson, Kennedy Mathis

    7th place: Zohayr Kahn, Rina Zureikat, Sofia Valverde


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

    1st place: Ethan Bratton, Patty Wozniak, Jackson Schubert

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

    3rd place: Camden Quinn, Rainey Jackson, Cole Stevens, Quinn Oltman


    Lip Sync

    4th place: Patty Wozniak, Kennedy Mathis, Elise Turner


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

    1st place: Ethan Bratton

    3rd place: Jack Goad


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

    3rd place: KJ Marino, Ethan Bratton, Matt Corbett, Quin Oltman


    Oral Interp - a rehearsed reading of either a prose or poetry piece

    1st place: Zohayr Kahn

    2nd place: Kennedy Mathis

    3rd place: Sofia Valverde

    4th place: Liam Hamway

    5th place: Rina Zureikat


    Storytelling – memorized performance of a children’s story

    1st place: Zohayr Kahn

    3rd place: Elise Turner

    5th place: Camden Quinn

    7th place: Ethan Oswald

    8th place: Cole Stevens


    Prose Interp - an advanced section of oral interp, rehearsed reading of a prose selection

    1st place: Jackson Schubert

    2nd place: Rainey Jackson

    3rd place: Liz Reed


    Poetry Interp - an advanced section of oral interp, rehearsed reading of a poetry selection

    3rd place: Jackson Schubert


    Pantomime - student creates a story that can be told through mime, accompanied with music and/ or sound effects

    6th place: Matt Corbett

    9th place: Trinity Miles


    Duet Acting - a 7-10 minute memorized scene

    1st place: Phoebe Haron & Trinity Miles

    2nd place: Katie Corbett & Liam Hamway

    4th place: Ethan Bratton & Quinn Oltman

    5th place: Rina Zureikat & Sofia Valverde


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

    1st place: Jackson Schubert & KJ Marino

    2nd place: Rainey Jackson & Liz Reed


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  • What is NJHS???


    The Cross Timbers National Junior Honor Society is an organization established to recognize outstanding middle school students. NJHS serves to honor students who have demonstrated excellence in the areas of scholarship, leadership, service, citizenship, and character.  NJHS challenges students to become actively involved in school activities and community service through volunteering.  Students are required to complete 10 service hours by the end of 8th grade and help with a school wide service project.

    7th and 8th grade students are eligible to apply for NJHS in the spring.  In order to be considered for the Cross Timbers National Junior Honor Society students must have a 90 average for all classes and be in good standing in citizenship and conduct.  Applications are available the Monday after Spring Break and are due one week later.  Information about applying will be sent before Spring Break.  If accepted, students will attend the Induction Ceremony in April, where they will be formally inducted into the National Junior Honor Society.  In order to remain in NJHS students must not be assigned to In School Suspension, or ISS, and they are to maintain a 90 grade average for all classes.  See Ms. Smith for any questions regarding the Cross Timbers National Junior Honor Society.

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  • From the Principal’s Pen


    Week of October 11, 2015


    It was a great week at CTMS – fine arts, athletics, extra-curricular activities – all experienced wonderful experiences and successes this week as part of the Wolf Pack.  We want to thank all the Wolves and parents for helping make our Pink Out! events a success this year.We were able to donate $2,564 to the Kay Yow Cancer fund with all of the money raised from the donated items that we sold at lunch; outside lunches; refreshments that were sold at the Student vs. Faculty Volleyball game; and admission to the Student vs. Faculty game. That is the Wolf Way!

    Remember that the students have a holiday tomorrow, Monday, October 12 for Columbus Day.  The staff will be having an excellent day of professional learning to be even more equipped to design and facilitate rigorous lessons for our Wolves. Classes will resume as usual on Tuesday, October 13.


    Attention 8th grade parents!  On October 14, your 8th grade Wolf will have the opportunity to take the PSAT 8/9 test.
    The PSAT 8/9 is designed to be given to 8th and 9th graders. (Tenth graders take the PSAT 10 when they are in high school.) There willNO ZERO HOUR classes for our Wolves on that day – they will report to CTMS for first period. We will be starting the PSAT at8:10.  Parents can find a wealth of information regarding the new test at


    Crafters and carpenters – we have 10 wooden pallets (approximately 3x4) left from a delivery.  If you would like one or more for a project, please give us a call and come and pick them up!  Thanks!



    Let Your Imagination Fly........

    Reflect on the theme! Create original Artwork!! Be Recognized!!!

    All CTMS students are encouraged to participate in this year’s Reflections Contest.  Original art work in areas including Dance Choreography, Photography, Film Production, Musical Composition, Visual Arts, and Literature can be submitted.  Please pick up a submission packet from the office.  Completed applications and artwork is due by Monday November 2nd.

     If you have questions or need more information, please contact Kirti Rathie at



    On Saturday 10/10 The CTMS Playbill class and some select 7th grade Theatre Students competed at the Grand Prairie Fine Arts Academy Speech Tournament.  As usual, the Wolves represented us in a grand fashion, not only competitively but with their behavior and sportsmanship.

    There were 10 schools and several hundred students competing with most of the events having 35-70 entrants.

    For the second year in a row our Wolves won first place overall!

    The tournament awards Best Actor and Best Actress awards to the students who have the most points overall out of the whole tournament and our own Jackson Schubert won Best Actor!

    To see the complete results and photos from the competition, please go to Ms. Jones website  A huge thanks to Shannon Jones for giving her Saturday and her energy to prepare our students for this type of success!



    8th grade students: Every year we participate in the Bobby Bragen scholarship program, which offers a $2500 college scholarship.  All 8th grade students are eligible to apply.  This year, we are coordinating with all the 8th grade language arts teachers to help students apply.  Teachers will be assigning a hero essay as part of their normal curriculum and this essay will meet the requirements for applying for the scholarship.  All students should be in a great position to easily apply!  Students can request an application from their English teacher or in the counseling office.  Applications are due November 16th.  If you have any questions, please contact Mrs. Jones or Mrs. Mota for more information!


    Please mark your calendars for our annual Veteran’s Day program on Wednesday, November 11 at 8:30 a.m.  We would like to invite all veterans and their families to attend and be honored by our Wolves.  Program is at 8:30 in the black gym with a Veteran’s reception immediately following in the library. Please email Pat Brolan at with any questions.



    Please send in your Box Tops for Education!  The science department is collecting Box Tops and using the money to purchase additional science supplies and equipment.  Please have your students bring the box tops to their science teacher.


    We would like to invite all of our Wolf parents to the next session of our GCISD Parent Support Series.  You can sign up to attend at the following link:

    Empowering Your Child: Essential Keys to Parenting and Communicating

    Today’s kids face pressures from all directions - peers, parents, social media, and school. Bombarded with such high expectations and challenges, it’s no wonder so many struggle. This interactive workshop will discuss issues faced by today’s adolescents and how parents can help their kids navigate through these challenges, communicate more effectively, and have more realistic expectations. Don’t miss this opportunity to learn critical concepts and gain knowledge from local clinician and Licensed Professional Counselor, Dr. Brian Rees.

    This program will be videotaped and posted to the GCISD website.

    DATE: 10/13/2015 Tues. 6:30PM - 8:00PM 
    LOCATION: GCISD Board Room, 3051 Ira E. Wood Ave. Grapevine


    If you don’t follow me on Twitter, I hope that you will soon start.  Last week I tweeted a picture of the FPS competition; a pic of students in80’s wear; a picture of the band performing at the pep rally; and a picture of the science teachers.  I only tweet pics and videos about CTMS, so follow me at @LDunnCTMS to get a glimpse into our days!


    Mark Your Calendars:


    Monday, 10/12 – Staff Professional Learning Day – Student Holiday

    Tuesday, 10/13 – PTA Executive Board Meeting – 8:30 a.m. library

    7th grade football vs. GMS @ home 5:00

    Wednesday, 10/14 – PSAT test for all 8th grade students – a modified schedule for 8th graders to test all morning – NO ZERO HOUR classes

    W.O.L.V.E.S. Volleyball games – Silver Gym – 4:00

    8th grade football vs. GMS @ GMS 5:00

    Thursday, 10/15 - 7th/8th grade volleyball vs. Coppell East @home – 5:00 – both gyms

    Friday, 10/16 – Fall Choir Cluster Concert involving performances by CTMS, CMS, and GHS - White's Chapel United Methodist Church, 185 South White Chapel Boulevard, Southlake

    End of first nine weeks

    Monday, 10/19 – Second nine weeks begin

    7th grade football vs. Coppell East @ away 5:00

    Tuesday 10/20 - 8th grade football vs. Coppell East @ home 5:00

    Wednesday, 10/21 -GCISD Unity Day – wear Orange

    Thursday, 10/22 - College – Go Get It day – wear college t-shirt or college colors

    Report cards home – only if hard copy requested – otherwise posted to Skyward

    No volleyball games – bye week

    Friday, 10/23 – Pep rally


    Keep Howling!


    Lisa Dunn


    Cross Timbers Middle School



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