From the Principal's Pen

  • There will not be a principal's pen next week. 
    Wolf Families,
    One more week until Thanksgiving break! We had an exceptional week last week with the Veterans Day program, club day, and couple students being honored at the American Airlines Sky Ball and more! Let's have a peek at our most recent and upcoming events, shall we?
    2017-18 Veterans Day Program 
    What an amazing Veterans Day program we had on Thursday!! Our students were so respectful, band, choir, and playbill performed exceptionally, and our speaker, Staff Sergeant Johnnie Yellock II, gave a dynamic speech that involved all of our honored guests. Special thanks to Ms. Lisa Smith, for chairing this program. Thank you to all our Veterans serving all across America and abroad. A very special thank you to our very own Wolves, Dave Arena (Air Force) and Eric Huski (Air Force).
    Congratulations Ellie LaCroix & Isabella Castillo
    We are so proud of our Wolves- Ellie LaCroix & Isabella Castillo for being selected as winners of the Challenge Coin competition. They were two of seven GCISD students chosen to design a challenge coin for the 2017 American Airlines Sky Ball, a premier military fundraising event that raised over 2.6 million dollars last year for the military. They were invited with their families to attend the 2017 American Airlines Sky Ball in Las Colinas, TX, last night, where they were recognized for their talents in front of a sold out audience of over 5,000 people.  To learn more about this honor, check out this link.
    Coffee w the Principal- November 17, 2017
    I'm conducting a "Coffee with the Principal" on Friday, November 17th @ 8:10 am until 9:15 am in the library. Topics of discussion will be as follows:
    • 4 year high school plans
    • Safety & security @ CTMS
    • Bullying (Avenues to report)
    • Student Personalized Learning Plans
    • Google Classroom
    • Tutorials
    • Volunteer information /opportunities
    Thank you for giving me feedback on the topics you wanted to discuss. Look forward to seeing you on Friday morning.
    Volunteers- Background Check Required
    Parents, if you want to volunteer to be a chaperone on a field trip, school event, or in the classroom, it is very important that you submit a background check before you come to do your volunteer work. Here is the online link below.
    Cotillion Planning- November 16, 2017 @ 3:00 (CTMS Library)
    "The 6th Grade PTA Cotillion Planning Interest Meeting will be next Thursday the 16th, 3-3:25ish in the CTMS Library. This meeting is for those who would like to volunteer to chair one of the 4 dances or just volunteer to be on a committee. No worries if you cannot make it we will send out a Sign Up Genius as well. If you have interest in volunteering on a committee but cannot attend please email Ashley Lovely Beall at to be added to the list."
    Volunteer Hours- Please Report
    Please report all October volunteer hours through this Google Form.
    Let's be loud and proud about how awesome our volunteers are! It is important for our district and our state to see what awesome support our school has!
    Any hours you have worked in any capacity for CTMS count! PTA, Booster, Working Dances, Cooking, Library, Concession Stands.....emailing or setting up schedules for anything CTMS related! Please submit by November 17th. Thank you so much!

    The Grapevine Chamber of Commerce Women’s Division is proud to present the Elves on the Run 5k on Saturday, December 2, 2017. This family -friendly community event is in the heart of Grapevine- the Christmas Capital of Texas! Meet Santa at the finish line, food trucks and beverages available for spectators. Show off your holiday spirit: Prizes for the best elf costume, and best registered group in costume. For every student and family member that registers, $2 will be donated directly back to our PTA. Please enter “Cross Timbers Middle School” in the participant question.
    STUCO (Student Council)
    Thank you for all the donations for the Veterans Day reception. Your help was greatly appreciated. StuCo members did a great job greeting our veterans, setting up for the reception, leading the pledge, reading a Veterans poem, and recognizing our branches of military during the Veterans Day Assembly.
    NJHS- National Junior Honor Society
    • Extra Halloween candy that you do not want or need?? Donate it for our homeless Care Cans! Students are continuing to collect donations for our Care Cans through next week.
    • Our next meeting will be November 9th after school from 3:30-4pm.
    • We will be discussing Angel Tree information and checking volunteer hours.
    Students Standing Strong (Student Group)
    Students Standing Strong will being their meetings on Friday November 3rd thru December 15th. Below are the specific meeting dates. Meetings will begin at 7:25 am and last until 8:05 am in Ms. Popp's room A3.
    Meeting Dates
    November  17th
    December  1st , 8th , 15th
    *Please note we will NOT be meeting Nov 24th or Dec 22nd
    Students Standing Strong meeting on Friday morning in A3 had about 30 students in attendance. Their next meeting will take place on Friday, November 17th.
    Counselor’s Corner
    Tips to Help Your Student be Successful this year
    1. Talk to your student about their needs in the classroom. Ask questions such as:
    • What do you struggle with in Math/Science/Language Arts/Social Studies?
    • Have you attended tutorials?
    • Do you know how to look up your grades in Skyward?
    • Have you talked to your Teacher about what you’re struggling with?
    • If yes, and they are still struggling, reach out to the Teacher via email about your concerns
    1. Help your student with organization and encourage them to utilize a planner.
    • Your student can download an online homework planner
    • Work with your student regularly on filing papers and cleaning out backpacks
    • Ensure that there are no loose papers in their backpacks but placed in their binder behind the appropriate tab/accordion folder/plastic folders
    1. Reach out to the specific teacher with concerns. Contact the Teacher if:
    • You have a question or concern about a specific class, email/call the Teacher of record
    • You have a concern about how your student is doing in a specific class
    • You and your student still have questions about an assignment
    Bobby Bragan Youth Foundation Scholarship Application is due Wednesday!
    The Bobby Bragan Scholarship Program is a competition open to 8th grade students from a total of 145 middle and junior high schools. Two applicants are selected from each school to represent the school in the BBYF scholarship competition. The "finalists" will make up the pool from which 33 scholarship winners will be selected. Each scholarship will be distributed after the recipient graduates from high school, gets accepted and enrolls into a college, university or technical school, and submits a verification of enrollment to BBYF.
    • $2,500 scholarship
    • 2 Finalists will be selected from CTMS
    • Pick up an application in the counseling office  
    • Due Wednesday, November 15, 2017
    Collegiate Academy
    Collegiate Academy will provide rigorous and advanced educational opportunities so that ALL students will graduate within a four year period with a high school diploma and Associate Degree (FOR FREE) meanwhile enhancing their desire for further post-secondary education.
    Collegiate Tours available starting November 6 (Check the website on how to schedule appointments.)
    November 15 - 6:30 Parent Meeting at PDEC (Panther Den / Mustang Corral-Spanish Version)
    November 17 - Students interested are welcome to an informational session during Wolf Time (Please see your school counselor about this opportunity.)
    December 8 - Collegiate Field Trip
    January 11 - 6:30 Collegiate Open House
    Applications can also be found in the counseling office.
    Career & Technology Education
    Yearbook is working hard to make this year special. Order your’s today by clicking on the following link!  PURCHASE A 2018 CTMS Yearbook
    What’s New?
    Right Now? Students are currently preparing for their winter concert, learning key signatures, sight reading and other musical fundamentals. You’ve got this, Choir Kids!
    Upcoming Choir Events:
    All Region Concert: Students have an all day clinic and rehearsal concluding in a wonderful concert at 5 PM at R.L. Turner High School. Come support us!
    Colleyville Christmas Tree Lighting: Con Brio will perform at the Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony on December 1st. They will perform half of their program and then Santa comes. Then the other half to celebrate his return!
    Barnes and Noble Bookfair: Con Brio will perform at the Barnes and Noble Bookfair on Saturday, December 2nd. This is a great cause that will raise money for our CTMS Library. Come join us!
    Winter Concert: Our Winter Concert is December 15th from 6:30-8:00 PM at Grapevine High School with all 6th, 7th, and 8th graders! Come support us as we share a winter wonderland performance!
    Thank you Dance and Cheer for being such great hosts last Thursday for our Veterans Day program. 
    Thank you, Honors Band for your wonderful performance during the Veterans Day program.
    8th Grade AVID students conducting a Philosophical Chairs answering “Should the government tax junk food and sodas?”.
    8th Grade AVID students conducting bi-weekly tutorials.
    Math-Science Team
    If your student is interested in joining the CTMS Math Science Team, please complete the short google form below. Also please have your student  join the Math Science Google classroom using code j3xx2i.
    Girls: Basketball tryouts took place and the teams have been selected. Practice will begin next week.
    Boys: Basketball tryouts took place and the teams have been selected. Practice will begin next week.
    Ms. Carter’s 6th grade Math Class:  Newsletter Week #13
    Students are using to explore graphing using slope-intercept form.
    7th ASPIRE students observing levels of organization within our outdoor learning center!
    GCISD FOCUS Night Learning to Work- November 14, 2017 (6:30- 8:00 pm)
    From Chores to Employment This workshop will address the development of an individual's work ethic from a young age to adulthood. Speakers will address when young children should be assigned chores at home and the development of those chores as the child grows. The role of a job coach and what assistance is available outside of school for employment assistance will also be discussed. Tuesday, Nov. 14 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm 5800 Colleyville Blvd. Colleyville, TX 76034. Please RSVP so we can ensure plenty of staff is on hand. or 817-488-9588.
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    This week in biology, we explored the structure of DNA using a “hands-on” activity!  
    BOX TOPS for Education (Science)
    The Science Department is collecting Box Tops for Education.  Please cut out BOX TOPS labels from any General Mills products and turn them into your science teacher.  The science department will use the proceeds for lab equipment.  Thank you in advance!
    Social Studies
    All Grades:
    This past Friday all students took the geography bee pretest. The top 30 students in the school will be notified this week if they qualified. The school wide geography bee will be in late January.
    8th grade students are studying the Constitutional Convention this week to understand how our Constitution was created.
    Our Social Studies classes hosted the Veterans Museum. Students enjoyed learning about the types of foods, clothing, and routines that were a part of our soldiers’ lives during World War I & World War II.  
    Language Arts
    Socratic discussion on the true meaning of sacrifice#thankyouveterans
    Creative Writing students seem pretty excited about their stories.
    Come out and support the Cross Timbers Learning Commons! On December 2nd, we will have a Book Fair at the Barnes & Noble in Southlake. For ANY items bought (cookbooks, calendars, picture books, etc.), Barnes & Noble will donate a percentage back to the CTMS Learning Commons when you mention CTMS at checkout.  If you cannot go on December 2, you can order online from December 2-7 at and use the Bookfair ID 12236022 at checkout.  In addition, anything bought from the cafe will count towards our total when you mention Cross Timbers. But that's not all... They will have cheesecakes from The Cheesecake Factory for sale, and we'll get a percentage of those sales, too! So, start your holiday shopping and bring the kids for some fun on December 2.
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    Bookfair ID: 12236022
    Nurse’s Corner
    Attention Parents of 7th Grade Students
    If you are registering a student in the 7th grade, please be sure that they are current on their required vaccinations. In order to enter 7th grade they will be required to have Tdap and MCV immunizations. These immunizations are usually given at the 11-year-old child check up. Please contact Nurse Flowers if have any questions at 817-251-5337 or . If you would like to know the specific statute that pertains to this requirement, please see the following link. Texas Administrative Code, Title 25, Part I, Chapter 97, Subchapter B, Section 97.66 and 97.69).  
    Upcoming Events
    11/10- Progress Reports are visible via Skyward
    11/13- AVID Site Team Meeting (3:30 pm); Board Meeting
    11/14- PTA Board Meeting 8:30- 9:30; Cross Country @ Wagon Wheel (Coppell East)
    11/15- Band GCISD All-District Clinic Concert @ GHS
    11/17- PTA Staff Appreciation Lunch
    11/20- 11/24 - Thanksgiving Break! (No School)
    Keeeeeep Howling
    Alex Fingers- Principal


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