August 12, 2019
Welcome Back!
Counselor's Corner
Dear Parents,
Each month, the "Life in the Middle" Counseling Newsletter focuses on tips for middle school parents.  Please check next week and the counselors website for the August issue.
We hope you can take some time to enjoy the last week of school, and had a wonderful summer.

Enrollment Verification 
Parents of all Carroll ISD students (including new enrollees) are required to complete verification for each of their students annually prior the first day of school.  For your convenience, verification will be available online from  August 7 - August 18 within  Skyward Family Access.  Once in Skyward Family Access, please select the "Annual Student Verification" button.  The first day of classes is Monday, August 19.

NOTE:  If you have a student who has never attended Carroll ISD, please click  HERE to enroll them using our New Student Online Enrollment Module. 

Summer Assignments
Please click Summer Assignments to access assignments that should be completed before school begins.

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

How can my child meet with their counselor?
There are several ways students can see us:
1. Teacher Referral
2. Parent Referral
3. Self-Referral

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, Intervention counselor

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Parents of Incoming 7th / 8th Grade Athletes, Welcome to Carroll Middle School!

Included in this letter you will find information regarding forms required for CMS Athletics, information regarding CMS Athletic Apparel to be worn daily, as well as some other FAQs that might be helpful. Every CISD student-athlete must have a cleared medical exam prior to try-outs and participation. You may obtain a physical exam from your doctor but they need to be dated after  April 17, 2019  and submitted to CMS before your student may participate in the athletic program.


 - UIL Athletic Participation Release(submit to Rank One)
 - CISD Athletic Participation Packet (submit to Rank One)
 - UIL Safety Training Acknowledgement (submit to Rank One)
 - Physical Form (emailed)

These forms, along with a physical form, can be found online here.
Please Note: Physical forms MUST BE DATED AFTER APRIL 17, 2019. All physicals must be submitted electronically to 
No paper copies or physicals dated prior to April 17, 2019 will be accepted.

This year, CISD is under contract with Adidas. We have an online portal where Adidas Dragon Gear can be purchased for your athlete. Go online,   the link can be found here Enter sale code: 43SDQ to access the portal for CMS Boys Athletics.

Football: (Recommendation)
We recommend that you purchase at least one if not two pairs of the black football pants with the integrated pads. These are machine washable as is, so there is no hassle for you having to take the pads out each time you wash them at home. EVERYONE will wear black pants for practices and games. If your son wants to wear the long tights under his pants please be sure they are WHITE.

If you do not wish to purchase Dragon Gear through our Adidas ordering portal, we ask the shirts/shorts be within our school's 4 color scheme (green, grey, black, and white). Shorts must be black, must shirts may be green, grey, black, or white. If you have questions on this, please let us know.

How will information be communicated to us parents?
We take pride in having open communication between coaches and parents. We will relay any information to you via email. With that being said, in order to ensure you receive that information please have all recipients' emails listed in Skyward because we pull our email list directly from there.

What if my son plays other sports outside of school?
We love our athletes to be multi-sport! However, if you are a part of the CMS Athletic Program, our expectation is that your son is able to attend every practice and every game. Failure to do so is addressed in the Middle School Handbook.

What is the difference between Athletics and PE?
Athletics is much more demanding. It is focused on building our team sports that will continue on up to the high school. All students enrolled in Athletics are required to compete in at least 1 sport.

What sports are cut sports?
Basketball is a cut sport. Football, Cross Country, and Track are non-cut sports. Track has time/distance qualifiers each week.

Is my son allowed to bring his own equipment?
Yes, we do allow athletes to bring their own equipment as long as it has been inspected by one of our coaches and is up to date on inspections. We do have top of the line equipment available to you if you do not want to purchase your own.

Important Dates:
August 21st ---- Athletic Parent Information Meeting from 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

If you have questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Anthony Van Buskirk
Carroll Middle School Boys Athletics

Parents of incoming 7th and 8th grade athletes,

Welcome to Carroll Middle School. We are so excited to have you as a part of our athletic program. In this letter, you will find information regarding forms that are required for CMS Athletics, information regarding apparel to be worn daily and a few other pieces of information about the program.

Every CISD student-athlete must have a cleared medical exam prior to tryouts and any participation. You may obtain a physical exam from your doctor but they need to be dated after April 17, 2019 and submitted to the CMS Coordinator before your student may participate in our athletic program.  Also required is the CISD-Athletic Participation Release, CISD-Athletic Participation Packet and UIL Safety Training Acknowledgement that is done through Rank One.

These forms, along with a physical form, can be found online on our Carroll Website under the Athletics Tab.
Here is the link as well for Rank One.

Please note that physical forms must be emailed to the girls coordinator at
We will not be accepting hard copies, please keep those for your records.

CMS Athletics Apparel
We have a wonderful opportunity to purchase Dragon Gear through Adidas. Information on the portal will be sent in an another email.

All workout attire for Carroll Girls Athletics needs to be black including sweats, shorts and shirts. If you do not wish to purchase Dragon Gear through the Adidas portal, we ask that the base of the shirts be black (if there is anything on the shirt it needs to be within our color scheme: green, black, white) and shorts need to be black base with same color scheme restrictions. If you have any questions on this please let us know.

I would recommend 2-3 sets of clothes for every day of the week. There will be consequences for not being properly dressed out each day.

What is the difference between Athletics and PE?
Athletics is much more demanding. It is focused on building our team sports that will continue on up to the high school. All students enrolled in athletics are required to compete in at least 1 sport during our Fall Semester to receive their credit for the year. This has changed from the previous year. The sports offered in the fall are volleyball, basketball, and cross country. If you try out for volleyball or basketball and do not make the team, you will be required to participate fully in cross country including all meets. Track is offered in the spring and is not included in fall semester.

What sports are cut sports?
Volleyball and basketball. Track has tryouts each week and only the top 3 athletes in each event are allowed to participate in meets. Cross country is a non-cut sport.

Important Dates
❖ Thursday, August 15th 4:00-6:00pm (come & go)
   ● Paperwork turn in/Volleyball Check-in/Locker Assignment
   ● If all paperwork is up to date and in possession, your daughter will receive their locker assignment.
❖ Volleyball Tryouts: Tuesday, August 20th-Friday, August 23rd
   ● 8th Grade will have tryouts BEFORE school from 7:00am-8:25am and during their athletic period.
   ● 7th Grade will have tryouts during their athletic period as well as AFTER school from 3:45pm-5:00pm.
   ● Once tryouts are complete, all volleyball practices will be held BEFORE school for both 7th and 8th grades from 7:00am-8:25am and during their athletic periods.
   ● Cut/Make letters will be sent home on Friday, August 23rd.
❖ Mandatory Girls Athletic Meeting: Tuesday, August 27th
   ● Athletics Parent Meeting 5:30pm
   ● Volleyball Parent Meeting 6:15pm

Leslie Berens  

Booster Club
Link to join the Booster Club found here.

Be sure you select CMS when joining!
You can also join through our app, just search Southlake Carroll Dragons.
Weekly Events
Monday, August 12
Faculty reports back to work

Tuesday, August 13
Faculty safety training
Football Equipment Checkout: 8th grade 4:30 - 5:30 p.m.
7th grade 5:30 - 6:30 p.m.

Wednesday, August 14
Dragon Camp for all 7th graders & new 8th graders 9:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m. Main Gym
*Parents drop off at arrival time and pick up at end time.  Students will receive schedules at this time.
*Returning 8th graders: Schedules available online 9:00 a.m.
All 7th Grade and New 8th Grade Parent Orientation 5:30 p.m. CMS Cafeteria

Thursday, August 15
Locker Set-Up
Upper Lockers (Odd #s) 2:00-3:00 p.m.
Lower Lockers (Even #s):  3:00-4:00 p.m.
Volleyball: paperwork/check-in/locker assignment 4:00 - 6:00 p.m.  (come & go)
      ● If all paperwork is up to date and in possession, your daughter will receive their locker assignment.

Friday, August 16
Teacher work day

Save the Date(s)
PTSO General Meeting Dates
Sept. 17,  Oct. 22,  Feb. 25,  April 25
All meetings start at 10:00 a.m. in the CMS library

Monday, August 19
First day of school

Tuesday, August 20-Friday, August 23
Volleyball Tryouts
8th:  before school 7:00-8:25 a.m. & during athletic period
7th:  during athletic period & after school 3:45-5:00 p.m.

Wednesday, August 21
Athletic Parent Informational Meeting 6:00-7:00 p.m. main gym

Monday, August 26 
7th grader laptop distribution

Tuesday, August 27
Mandatory Girls Athletic Meeting 5:30 p.m. main gym
Volleyball Parent Meeting 6:15 p.m. main gym

Wednesday, August 28
Curriculum Night 6:00 - 7:30 p.m.
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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.

Below are the dates for our general meetings.  They are at 10:00 a.m. in the library-we hope you can join us!
September 17
October 22
February 25
April 25

Thank you!
CMS PTSO executive committee

Spirit Shop
Spirit Shop will be open for business during Dragon Camp and locker set-up.  Get your new spirit wear, ladies and boys dry fit shirts, and sale items.  We take credit cards too.  See you soon and welcome back!

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.
For more information, forms, calendars, teacher websites and more, please visit the CMS website at http://www.southlakecarroll.edu/carrollmiddle_default.aspx