November 16, 2020
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Stuff the Bus Canned Food Drive
Food bank supplies are running lower than ever. Let's show how Dragons give to those in need. Bring your non-perishable goods to school.

Thursday, Nov. 12 - Wednesday, Nov. 18
Students can drop off cans for their DD class in the SAC
from 8-8:30 a.m.
DVA students can drop off cans in the front of the building
from 4-5 p.m. on Nov. 17-18
The Dragon Den with the most cans will win a prize—TBD!
Office News
Method of Instruction
We are approaching time for you to decide if you'd like to change your student from DVA to F2F or vice versa for the third grading period that begins on Jan. 4.
You can certainly keep your student where they are currently - DVA or F2F. If the current method your child is using is working well, you are absolutely welcome to continue with that same learning platform. 😊 If you would like to make a change, you must submit that request on the form we have provided in this email. (The request form can be accessed by clicking the link at bottom of this email)  
*****IMPORTANT: The DEADLINE for parents to make a change will be Monday, Dec. 7.  Parents, that will give you about three weeks to decide if you would like to make a change and submit that to us.  We will then make necessary adjustments on campus to accommodate the number of students who will be coming in person after the holiday break. This deadline of Dec. 7  is CRITICAL in order for us to have time to prepare for the changes. 
If your student is currently utilizing F2F and you are considering DVA, please understand that they will be DVA for ALL classes. They can not come up to school for elective classes during the day. The only class they will come to school for is Athletics, and that will be ONLY for students who are on a competitive team as those practices will be held before or after school. Team practices do not take place during the athletic period during the school day; they do strength and conditioning during the class period and DVA students participate through DVA for that.  So, please understand if you are going to move your child from F2F to DVA, they will not come to campus for band, choir, art, outdoor ed, etc. All classes for DVA students will be done virtually (except for students on a competitive athletic team, and those practices will take place before or after school hours). Just wanted to be sure you were aware of that as you decide what you'd like for your student to do moving into the third grading period.

Our teachers and staff will continue to provide the safest environment for our students we possibly can! Of course, we can't guarantee that no one will get the virus, but we are committed to doing the very best we can to keep everyone safe and healthy!  
Please give careful consideration to how you would like for your student to proceed with learning for the third grading period. 
**Remember that if you would like to switch from DVA to F2F or F2F to DVA for your child, you will need to click the link below and complete the form.  The DEADLINE for these requests to be submitted is Monday, Dec.

Lost & Found Lost & Found
We are quickly approaching Thanksgiving break and our Lost & Found is overflowing. Please have your student check it for any clothing items, shoes, books, notebooks, lunch boxes and water bottles. Clothing items will be donated on Thursday, Nov. 19 and lunch boxes and water bottles will be disposed of at that time.
There is a separate Lost & Found at the Front Desk for more valuable items (jewelry, laptop chargers) so please have your student check with Mrs. Gulliver for those types of items. 

Building Hours
Just a reminder that the building does not open until 8:00 a.m. Students who are dropped off prior to that time will be waiting outside until the door unlocks. With winter approaching and the weather getting cooler, please make sure that your child has the appropriate attire for the elements.

Student ID Badges
ID badges are mandatory when purchasing items in the cafeteria to meet the required contactless food purchases. Due to the increasing number of students forgetting/losing their ID badges, students will now be required to go to the office during that lunch period to have a replacement badge made. The cost for the replacement ID badge is $5. This fee is posted in Skyward Fee Management. Please encourage your student to wear their badges at all times.  

Class Fees
Parents, if you have not had the opportunity to pay the fees for the courses that have fees, please go to Skyward to the Fee link. They are all conveniently located in one place and you can pay all of them at once. Payments are not accepted at school. Your attention to this matter is greatly appreciated.

CMS Attendance Sign In/Out Procedures
 1-Parent/Guardian will push the intercom button and let the CMS Employee know your reason for visiting the school. Please have your Driver’s License ready to show to the camera for verification. Upon verification, our receptionist will buzz you into our lobby.

2-On the table to the left inside the lobby you will see a QR Scan code and an iPad. You may use either method to sign your student in or out. 

3-Fill out the Google Document and submit.

For Sign Outs:
1-The Attendance clerk will receive the notification and retrieve your student for sign out. The student will meet you in the lobby entrance.

For Sign In:
1-If your student has a doctor note, they can sign in on the QR Scan code or iPad then proceed to the Attendance window to drop off the note and receive an admit slip back to class.

2-If your student does not have a doctor note, the parent needs to sign them back in on the QR Scan code and the student will proceed to the Attendance Window to receive an admit slip back to class.
Dress Code
Please remember that there is length requirement for shirts being worn over leggings. Shirts must be long enough to reach past the first knuckle on one’s hand when one’s arm is resting at one’s side. Shorts, dresses and skirts must also meet this length requirement.
The shorter shirts are in style now but dress code states that no skin may be exposed at the midriff. In other words, shirts must be long enough.
CMS Spelling Bee is Tuesday, Nov. 17 at 8:30 a.m. in the CMS Library. Participating students and parents have been notified. Good luck students! Parents of participating students can watch live via Zoom. An email was sent from Ms. Kosev with Zoom instructions.

Please contact her with any additional questions at
Yearbook Information
Last Chance Retakes, Winter Sports (basketball), Club/Organization Picture Day
Dec. 2
We want everyone to be featured in the yearbook, so please make plans to get your child's picture taken on this day, if you haven't. At this time, I do not have a schedule. Check next issue for DVA & retake times.

8th Grade Recognition Ads
It's not too late to give your student something special this year. Order a Recognition Ad today.

CMS Yearbooks on Sale
until Nov. 13

Click here to order online.
or call Jostens 1-877-767-5217

Pictures Needed - Link Fixed
Any sporting event
Giving back during the pandemic
Off-campus PE participants
Summer vacations/Staycations
Submit your pictures to ReplayIt. Please include information about the picture: identify the student(s), the activity, when it took place, where it was, who took the picture. Just click on the link below.
Animal Science News
We are looking for any donations of vegetables (lettuce, collard greens, peppers, carrots, cucumbers) that might be expiring soon and you know that you won't be using them. We used to get our supply from the cafeteria but they do not have as much any more so our supply runs low quickly. If you are able to bring up any that you know you won't be using, instead of throwing it away, it would be much appreciated if you could donate it for our animals in class.  

You can reach me at for more information or drop off arrangements.

Lori Cashon
Nurse Bonczyk Notes
Dear Parents,
This year will certainly look and feel different. I wanted to let you know about a few health clinic changes.

We will have a Well clinic and a Sick clinic, which is called the waiting room. The waiting room is where kids who have any of the symptoms listed below will wait for their parent or emergency contact to pick them up. These two rooms are completely separate to limit cross contamination.  Per the TEA and Tarrant County Public Health Guidelines, your child must be sent home for additional monitoring and observation. It is strongly recommended that you 1. Isolate your child at home, 2. Avoid unnecessary contact with others and 3. Contact your child’s physician for further guidance.

Covid-19 like Symptoms include:
Sore Throat
New uncontrolled cough that causes difficulty breathing or in a diagnosed asthmatic or chronic allergic student, a change in baseline
Abdominal pain
Abnormal taste or smell
New onset of severe headache

Additional relevant symptoms include:
Congestion or runny nose
Significant muscle pain or ache

Please have a plan in place every morning for how you will pick up your child should you get a call. If neighbors or friends are your emergency contact, please make sure they will be available if you are not. We are expecting your student to be picked up ASAP and within 30 mins.
We are asking parents to be extra vigilant this year and not send your child to school with any of the above symptoms. Remember to screen (including temperature) every morning and fill out your Sunday evening screening survey.

We are discouraging the use of as needed meds as it could mask symptoms. It will depend on the circumstances surrounding the clinic visit. Please call to discuss this further if you have concerns.
If your child has seasonal allergies, please start medicating with a daily allergy medication now and consider a daily nasal spray. Developing a good routine now will help cut down on their symptoms later and will avoid me from having to send your child home unnecessarily. 

Per CDC, AAP and TEA, nebulizer treatments for Asthmatics are not recommended. We are only accepting inhalers this year.

Please try to anticipate your child’s needs and send water bottles, lip balm, snacks and hygiene products. We are trying to keep the amount of students who visit the clinic to sick and urgent matters.

It is important to have a clean mask every day. Consider having multiple masks to be worn during the week to be laundered over the weekend. Paper masks can air dry in a brown paper bag over 2-3 days.
Please make sure your primary number is the one you want us to call first, should your child need to come home. Consider saving CMS number 817-949-5400 in your phone as a recognizable contact.
Parents if you still need to drop off emergency meds to the clinic like Epi pens and inhalers, there is a medication bin in the mantrap.

Thank you for your understanding and for your cooperation during these unprecedented times.

Nurse Bonczyk is going paperless this year with immunizations, so please email her a copy of your students updated immunization records at your earliest convenience. 
Susan Bonczyk, RN, BSN
Extended Day
Need to make up a test or quiz? Want a quiet place to study? Need help on homework? Join us in Extended Day! We are open:
Tuesdays, Wednesdays, & Thursdays
3:55-4:50 p.m. 
CMS Library
General guidelines:
Students who join for studying or homework must arrive in the library by 3:55 with all materials needed for their time in Extended Day, such as laptops. These students stay until 4:50 to provide a concentrated and distraction-free study hour. 
Students who need to make up tests or quizzes will come to Extended Day, where a teacher will have left a paper test or instructions to log on to computers to take the assessment. Students who come to take tests or quizzes may leave as soon as they're finished or they may choose to stay and study until 4:50.
Extended Day staff is made up of CMS teachers who can help your students with homework or concepts if they ask for it.
Attention DVA Students and Parents
You can reserve a library book and pick it up curbside. Please see the information on the CMS Library Canvas page or contact Ms. Kosev at

Brittney Kosev
CMS Librarian
The families of Carroll Middle School are offering an opportunity for parents to contribute to a Target GiftCard™ for Teachers, Administration and Staff

Donations are completely voluntary. Designate a dollar amount to an individual teacher/group. At the bottom of the form, there is an option to add $5 to your donation to ensure all staff at CMS will receive a gift card. Gift Card will passed out to teacher/staff before the holiday break.

Your child(ren)'s names will be listed in the card that is given to each of these teachers and staff.
Please make checks payable to Target. Return payment to CMS front office in a sealed envelope addressed to Kristen Nelson/Target.

All checks are due to the CMS Front Office by 3:45 p.m.
on Monday, Nov. 30. Any checks received after this date will be returned.

Contact Kristen Nelson at or 214-529-2607
School Directory
Thank you to Tolleson Orthodontics for being our PTSO Directory Spot Sponsor for 2020-2021!

CISD has taken all school directories online only using a secure app named Directory Spot. The CMS directory is now live but only available to parents that joined the PTSO. Email invitations were automatically sent to eligible email addresses earlier this week and we wanted to make sure members knew this was available.

As directory chair, I was given the following information from Jill Webb from the district:

Carroll Middle School is excited to announce that the CMS DirectorySpot App is now available! If you joined the PTO, you have been set up as a user for DirectorySpot and can now download it for free from the App Store (iPhone users) or Google Play (Android users). You can also access the data from the web with the same login and password - Thank you to Tolleson Orthodontics for their support of the PTO and this directory!
For Smartphone Users:
1. Download the DirectorySpot app by going to your app store and searching "DirectorySpot" or by clicking on the appropriate link here: iPhone - or Android - http://go’
2. Launch DirectorySpot, enter your email address as your Username, and click on "Reset Password."
3. Click on the link in your email to set your password, relaunch the DirectorySpot app, and login with your username and password.
For Tablet, Mac, or PC Users: 1. Go to and click on "Login" in the upper right- hand corner.
2. Enter your email address as your Username and click on "Reset Password." An email will be sent to you with a link to set your password.
3. Click on the link in your email to set your password and login.
Note – if downloading to an iPad, just search for “iPhone apps” and you will find DirectorySpot

Make sure to check out all the features, such as the auto dial when you click on a phone number, or the auto launching of maps when you click on an address. If you hold down the cell phone number, you will get an option to send a text or call the number (iPhone only). DirectorySpot will even create an email if you click on someone's email address.

If you have any questions or need to edit any of your information, please contact Dani Schug (CMS Directory Chair) at

Spirit Shop
Get your preorders in for the Dragon holiday shirts! It ends on 11/17....❤️💚💫

Pre order link closes on Nov. 17, and your shirts will be available by Dec. 1. 

We will not have any extras, so get your orders in for these new items! Please choose “pick up at coveys” during checkout. Your order will be delivered to CMS for in person students or porch pick up for DVA students. 💚🖤

Social Media
Please sign up for the Carroll Middle School Spirit Shop Facebook page and follow CMS on Twitter to receive information regarding the Spirit Shop. We will have previews & pre-sales of upcoming merchandise.
Basketball Pictures Dec. 2
Please check next issue for information to order team photos. Individual picture information will be emailed to parents with how to order individual pictures.

Carroll Athletic Booster Club
As you hopefully know, CABC continues to provide funding for much needed equipment, uniforms, etc. for all our Dragon sports teams including our middle schools. One critical way they are able to fund those needs is through CABC parent membership. 
SO..... they are going to do a three week membership drive! The contest will be between CMS and DMS. It will run Monday Nov. 2 through Friday Nov. 20. The winning school will receive a trophy and recognition on our sports radio shows as well as social media.
The process is super simple, sign up for CABC! The money from middle school membership is used to support the needs at Carroll Middle School. The more membership dollars that come in from parents, the more money available for purchases for our program. They have provided over $20,000 in funding for middle school wish list items in the past two years. 
The link to sign up for membership is

Purchase Tickets
Tickets for games in the district can be found by visiting this website. All tickets are to be purchased online this year due to Covid Restrictions.
Please see the spectator guidelines for fans for ALL CISD athletic facilities:
  • Spectators must self-screen for COVID-19 symptoms as outlined by TEA and UIL. Spectators must also be symptom-free before arriving at the athletic facility.
  • Masks or face coverings are required as you enter, exit and move around the athletic facility as outlined by the Governor’s order and/or CISD Safety Plan.
  • Spectators will practice social distancing and sit at least six (6) feet away from other groups.
  • Spectators will not sit on any seat marked with tape.
  • No passes are accepted at the gate.
  • No one is allowed on the field or court of play.

Interested in middle school wrestling?
Contact Coach Ian Semelroth
District Information
Carroll Education Foundation
Will You Help Fund Your Teachers By Donating To CEF?

The 3rd Annual CEF Teacher Telethon is on #GivingTuesday, December 1, to raise money for teachers on your campus!

Join CEF’s campaign for #GivingTuesday to fund one vital teacher at your Carroll ISD school. The CEF Teacher Fund was created to lessen the impact of Robin Hood on the District, and unlike your property tax dollar, ensure every dollar you donate stays local!

Donate Today by clicking the link below or by
texting "Telethon" to 44321!
Attention Dragon Fans & Community Members - Homecoming 2020 Info
CISD Student Council presents the Dragon Drive-Thru on Wednesday, November 18 at Dragon Stadium from 5:00-6:30 p.m., featuring your favorite senior high and high school spirit groups and of course, your HOCO royalty and varsity Dragon football team! As we approach the holiday season, we would love for you and your families to help us Turn Back Time through the decades for Homecoming 2020 by supporting our students and local food pantries. For drive-thru car entry, help us to Pack the Pantry by bringing/donating five of the listed items benefiting our local Grace food pantry. Your car can also participate in the fun by entering our first ever car decorating contest – entry forms need to be completed by Friday, November 13. We look forward to celebrating with you! Go Dragons!

Special Programs Fall Parent Virtual Training Schedule
The CISD Special Programs Department is happy to support our Dragon community by providing educational opportunities for our families. Carroll ISD Special Programs Department is excited to host a Fall 2020 Parent Virtual Training Series.  Please click here for more information. 
Registration is not required. Hyperlinks will connect you to Zoom, our virtual learning platform. Emails to parents of students served in our department were sent through Skyward on August 14, 2020. 

Odyssey of the Mind Information
Odyssey of the Mind is an international creative and educational problem solving program. Carroll ISD has a rich history in OM. If your dragon is looking for an extra-curricular challenge which is both fun and enriching look no further .
OoTM is starting the registration process for new and returning teams. Here is how you can do this:
  1. Parents who are interested in their dragon joining a team, click here to leave your information, and check with like- minded folks to form a team – bear in mind that a team is comprised of seven team members and a coach.
  2. If your Dragon is already has seven team members and a coach – please add your information to this sheet Team Formation and send it to

Join CISD Booster for Special Programs Today!
The CISD Booster for Special Programs is a district wide organization that supports Special programs at all 11 campuses. We are a federal funded recognized non profit 501(c) 3 and your donations are appreciated! Programs we support: Special Education, Dyslexia, Speech, Occupational, Physical therapy, Section 504, ADHD/ADD, English as a Second Language, Blended Preschool, Resource Programs. Click here to join today!

Join Dragon AP Boosters Today!
The AP Booster Club Membership Drive is on now! The AP Booster club supports advanced learning for students and teachers grades 5-12. We provide grants for teachers to help supplement their classroom and virtual learning. Last year we funded grants for CMS 7th and 8th grade PAP Science departments. AP Booster club also funds seniors with college scholarships and delivers informative programs for both students and parents. Seniors must be a member by Dec. 15, to be eligible for scholarships. Only Members may attend our informative programs so Join Now!