January 13, 2020
School Board Appreciation Month

Carroll ISD School Board 2019-2020
(L to R):  Matt BryantTodd Carlton, Danny Gilpin - Secretary, Sheri Mills -President, Michelle Moore - Vice President, Bradley Taylor, Dave Almand.

A special thank you to the men and women who help make the Carroll ISD an exceptional district by their hard work and dedication in the best interest of the students and employees.
National School Resource Officer Appreciation Day
Counselor's Corner
Dear Parents,
We hope this email finds you rested from a wonderful break, and encouraged by the New Year.  We sincerely hope that you and your family have a wonderful 2020.  
This month, our "Life in the Middle" Counseling Newsletter focuses on Growth Mindset.  Please click here to learn more:   Life In The Middle - January.
****The Newsletter includes a link to Important Dates for 2020 - 21 Course Selections.
We are looking forward to another great semester with your student!
Please let us know if we can help in any way.

Career Day
We would like to ask for your help.  On Feb. 11 CMS will hold Career Day, 2020.  This is a half-day program where students are exposed to three (3) different careers of their choice.  In order for this program to be successful, we need many parent and community volunteers.  We want to have as many careers as possible represented for our students.  If you or someone you know would be interested in being a speaker please use this link for more information.     CMS Career Day 2020
Thank you for a great 1st semester! Please let us know if we can help in any way.
Upcoming Important Dates
CURRENT 6th to 7th Grade
Week of February 18 - 21 (Day TBD by teacher) 
  • Electives video presented to students during Homeroom 
Wednesday, February 19, 2020
Parent Informational Meeting for current DIS 6th graders
CMS Cafeteria 5:30 - 6:30 p.m.

Monday/Tuesday, February 24 - 25, 2020
Large group presentations with 6th grade students
DIS Cafeteria 3 p.m.

Wednesday, February 26, 2020 (8 a.m.) through Wednesday, March 4, 2020 (8 a.m.)
Online course requests submission open

Friday, February 28, 2020
Parent Q&A Sesstion with the CMS Counselors
CMS - 9 a.m.

Thursday, March 5, 2020
Course Selection forms DUE to 6th grade social studies teachers
**Online Course Requests must be submitted prior to returning the form

CURRENT 7th to 8th Grade Course Selection 

Monday February 24, 2020
Students receive Course Selection Information in Dragon Den

Wednesday, February 26, 2020 (8 a.m.) through Wednesday, March 4, 2020 (8 a.m.)
Online course requests submission open

Friday, February 28, 2020
Parent Q&A Session with the CMS Counselors CMS - 9 a.m.

Wednesday, March 5, 2020  
Online course requests MUST be submitted prior to 10 p.m. 

CURRENT 8th to 9th Grade Dates/Information
  • 8th to 9th Grade Presentations:


Thursday, January 30
  • Students will attend a presentation during 1st or 2nd period elective
Monday, February 3
  • Small group presentations during math class
Wednesday, February 5
  • 8th Grade parent meeting, 6:00 p.m. in CHS Cafeteria
Friday, February 7
  • 8th Grade parent Q&A, 9:00 a.m. in CHS Lecture Hall
Monday, February 10
  • Small group presentations during math class
CISD utilizes a scheduling system for students called Arena Scheduling.  This system, accessible from Skyward's  Student Access, allows our high school and senior high students to create their own schedule, similar to systems used in college.  To participate in Arena Scheduling, students enter course requests. After the requests have been reviewed by the counselors, a time is set up where students create their own schedule (within Student Access) from their requested courses.  This allows students to have more control over their schedule, and they will know their unofficial schedule by the end of the current school year.  Official schedules will be available sometime in August prior to the beginning of the next school year.

Current 8th Grade Students Arena Scheduling will be open - dates to be determined.

Please click here for more information on  Arena Scheduling

If you have any questions regarding HS Scheduling, 
please contact the High School Counseling Department. 

Assist Students with
  • Understanding self and feelings.
  • Making difficult choices.
  • Setting goals.
  • Developing their individuality vs. peer pressure.
  • Learning self-discipline and responsibility to self, family, and society.
  • Developing coping skills.
  • Resolving conflicts effectively.
  • Learning how school performance relates to future opportunities.
  • Learning to recognize and make the best of their abilities.
 Offer students
  • Classroom guidance lessons.
  • Individual counseling and crisis intervention support.
  • A safe place to talk.
  • Conflict intervention.
  • Anger Management skills.
  • Study skills assistance.
  • Group support for specific issues.
  • Character education.
  • A safe and caring environment.
How Do Students Contact the School Counselor? 
  • Self-Referral
  • Request of a counselor
  • Parent referral
  • Teacher/staff referral
  • Referral by friend(s)
  • Administrative referral
  Why Do Parents Contact the School Counselor?
  • Self-Referral
  • Request of a counselor
  • Parent referral
  • Teacher/staff referral
  • Referral by friend(s)
  • Administrative referral
  • Concerns over student achievement
  • Family health problems
  • Test interpretation
  • Discussing special needs of their child
  • Early discussion of potential crises
  • Family difficulties or concerns
  • New school registration/orientation
Classroom guidance is conducted periodically by the school counselors who are trained to work with students in groups as well as individuals. Examples of topics covered are:
  • Test Taking Skills
  • Bully Prevention
  • Sexual Harassment
  • Making Choices
  • Setting Goals
  • Multi-Cultural Awareness
If you have a concern and you would like for a counselor to meet with your child, please contact your child's grade level counselor via email or phone.

Jane Kea, 7th grade counselor

Allison Adams, 8th grade counselor

Paula Lynn, 7th & 8th grade counselor

CMS Counseling Page:
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Weekly Events
Monday, Jan. 13
No scheduled activities

Tuesday, Jan. 14
No scheduled activities

Wednesday, Jan. 15
No scheduled activities

Thursday, Jan. 16
Super Hero Day - Dress Up as your favorite Super Hero for National SRO Day
BB vs Grapevine - G(A)/B(H)

Friday, Jan. 17
No Scheduled Activities

Saturday, Jan. 18
Choir All-Region Clinic & Concert

Mark Your Calendar
PTSO General Meeting Dates
Feb. 25 (Canceled) April 25
All meetings start at 10:00 a.m. in the CMS library

Monday, Jan. 20
School Holiday - No School

Wednesday, Jan. 22
Faculty Meeting - No Tutorials

Saturday, Jan. 25
Choir Dynamic Field Trip

Monday-Friday, Feb. 3-7
Counselor Week

Wednesday, Feb. 5
Faculty Meeting - No Tutorials
Evacuation Drill

Saturday, Feb. 8
Theatre - One Act Play
Band Solo Ensemble Contest
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Yearbooks on Sale
Last Day - Feb. 1

No orders taken on campus

Questions? email Darcy Adams

Pictures Needed
Off-Campus PE Credit Participants
If you have a recent, high-resolution action picture of your child playing the sport he/she is getting PE credit for, please submit your photo to:
Password: CMSDragons
Welcome to the 2019-2020 school year! We encourage everyone to join our CMS PTSO!
Help support the staff and students by becoming a PTSO member. Your membership includes a directory.

You can use this link to join or at our CMS PTSO website.

General Meeting Dates
Below are the dates for our general meetings.  They are at 10:00 a.m. in the library-we hope you can join us!
February 25 - meeting is canceled 
April 25

Thank you!
CMS PTSO executive committee

Volunteers Needed
HELP!  VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR THE FRONT OFFICE!  Looking for volunteers to help direct traffic and monitor halls during staff meeting days throughout the year.  Great way to contribute to your school!  Please sign up via the following link:  Volunteer Sign-Up Sheet

Box Tops
Keep collecting BoxTops.  Turn the ones you have from summer in a baggie with your students' name on it to the front office.

 Social Media
Please sign up for the Carroll Middle School Facebook page and follow CMS on Twitter to receive information regarding the Spirit Shop.  We will have previews & pre-sales of upcoming merchandise.
Recommended Class Resources
Language Arts and 7th grade Social Studies items can be purchased through the following link or by going to the Carroll Middle School Library website.

As an Amazon Associate, the CMS Library earns from qualifying purchases.  Thank you for your support.
Q = quarter 
Q1 would mean the students need the title for quarter 1. Q2 would be quarter 2, etc.
Robotics Club 

4:00-5:00 p.m. 

Join us in D209 every Wednesday to build and program a Vex robot.
Basketball vs. Coppell North
A:  25-29
B:  43-10
C:  19-26
A:  40-12
B:  11-18
C:  14-22

A:  31-45
B:  28-36
C:  29-26

A:  50-29
B:  27-33
C:  23-34

Anthony Van Buskirk
Boys Athletics Coordinator

Leslie Berens  
Girls Athletics Coordinator
Carroll Middle School

Interested in golf?
Contact Paige Martin or Matt Glenn

For information on UIL Carroll ISD Middle School (7th & 8th grade) wrestling, please contact Coach Ian Semelroth
For more information, forms, calendars, teacher websites and more, please visit the CMS website at http://www.southlakecarroll.edu/carrollmiddle_default.aspx