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February 10, 2020
Geography Bee Top 5

Congratulations to the top 5 finishers in the Geography Bee held Jan. 30.  (L to R):  4th place: Armen Kajoian (7), 3rd place: Leo Reyes (8), 1st place: John Fahoum (7), 2nd place: Sumyak Raj (8), 5th place: Hari Vasudevan (8).

Nineteen students competed for the Geo Bee title.  Seventh grader John Fahoum outsmarted his fellow classmates by answering correctly United Kingdom to the following:   A National Geographic Pristine Seas expedition helped gather scientific data to support the creation of a marine protected area surrounding Ascension [uh-SEN-shun] Island. Ascension Island is located in the South Atlantic and is part of an overseas territory of what country?

Fahoum  has taken the state test and will find out March 2 if he qualifies for the state competition.
NJHS Members take Polar Bear Plunge
National Junior Honor Society students and faculty members participated in the annual North Texas Special Olympics Polar Plunge on Feb. 1.  Those participating in the event included:  Yash Baruah, William Hadwin, Coleman Hayes, Abby Hinckley, Wyatt Hinckley, Max Kersen, Catalina Lanuza, Caroline Massey, Olivia Ramos, Clayton Smart, Kyle Smythe, and Nathan Stone as well as teachers Rebekah Beard, Jordan Evans, Caroline Lorence, and Paige Lubianski.

Students raised $1005 to benefit the North Texas Special Olympics, but they also earned service hours for attending.  They created a team (Carroll Middle School NJHS) and most students sponsored themselves, with the help of parents. Other NJHS members, who were not able to attend, donated.  

The team won the Silver Plunger Award as a first time team, and they were the 3rd place team in regards to raising donations.  

District SRO Petrie was the emcee of the event and took pictures with our students (pictured above). 
  
January Students of the Month
Congratulations the to students who were nominated by their teachers for student of the month.

8th Grade
Front:  Sindhu Guntur, Riley Patterson, Carys Henry, Daniela Sanchez, Aiden Schneider;  Back:  Bates Pulliam, Ansh Babaria, Coleman O'Brian, Sophia Greenberg, Dylan Lampley.

7th Grade
Front:  Alexis Mattiace, Ethan Baek, Andrew Boeck, Preston Hayes,  Kaelyn Lesczynski;  Back:  Abigail Merritt, Sagar Patel, Nikki Battini, Caiden Marburg, Ivanna Aleman.
Pom Squad



Counselor's Corner
Dear Parents,
This month, our "Life in the Middle" Counseling Newsletter focuses on some very important activities we have coming up at CMS and on Cultural Awareness. 

One of the most important is our upcoming Day of Service. T he permission slip link for the Day of Service is included in the newsletter and must be completed for participation.  Please click here to learn more:   Life In The Middle - February.
 
We are looking forward to another great semester with your student, and encourage you to partner with us in keeping all of our students Mentally Well.
 
Please let us know if we can help in any way.
 
****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.
 
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 Session 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
Carroll High School
2020/2021 School Year
Course Selection Dates

Monday, February 10
CHS Counselors' Small Group Student Presentations to discuss 2019-2020 Course Selections
(Math Classes)
February 17 -27:   Online Course Selections for current 8th graders 
(This process does not register students for classes. This course selection will be used to create the master schedule so that students can choose their classes in April with Arena Scheduling).
April 23 -27: Arena Scheduling for rising freshman.

**All Course Selection instructions, forms and the Academic Planning Guide will be available to view and download from the Counseling Tab on the CHS website.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR 8TH TO 9TH GRADE COURSE SELECTIONS
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. 

Counselors...
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
jane.kea@southlakecarroll.edu
817.949.5406

Allison Adams, 8th grade counselor
allison.adams@southlakecarroll.edu
817.949.5404

Paula Lynn, 7th & 8th grade counselor
paula.lynn@southlakecarroll.edu
817.949.5405

CMS Counseling Page:
 
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Baseball Palooza
Dragon Baseball is hosting a Community Event called Dragon Palooza on Feb. 22 to "show off" the completed renovations at the Dragon Baseball Complex.  All students who play the wonderful game of baseball and any Dragon Youth Baseball players (ages 4u-16u) are invited to participate in this free Community Event. 

Dragon Palooza includes several events for your students including a parade at the Baseball Field as well as free baseball clinics for students in the 4U to 16U age groups.  The clinics will be hosted by current Dragon Baseball Program Players (many of whom may have attended your school!) and some volunteer Dragon Baseball dads.  These clinics are free.

 
Calendar
Weekly Events
Monday, Feb. 10
CHS Counselors' Small Group Student Presentations to discuss 2019-2020 Course Selections
(Math Classes)
Pom Squad Parent Meeting 9:00 a.m. @ Sanara Yoga & Wellness
BB vs. Dawson - G (7th @ Home/8th @ CSHS)/B (7th @ Dawson/8th @ CSHS)

Tuesday, Feb. 11
Career Day Presentations in the a.m.
AP Boosters presents Curriculum Workshop with Gina Peddy 11:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m. @ CISD Admin. Bldg.

Wednesday, Feb. 12
SASO membership meeting 7:00 p.m. @ The Marq

Thursday, Feb. 13
BB vs. District (A Teams only)- G(7th @ Cross Timbers/8th @ Dawson)/B(7th @ Colleyville/8th @ Coppell North))
Mock Tryout Cheer Clinic 4:00-7:00 p.m. @ CSHS Auxiliary Gym

Friday, February 14
Bad weather day - No school
Parent Meeting for Rising 9th grade parents: Counselor Q/A @ CHS Lecture Hall from 9:00 - 10:30 a.m.

Mark Your Calendar
PTSO General Meeting Dates
Feb. 25 (Canceled) April 21*
All meetings start at 10:00 a.m. in the CMS library
*date change

Monday, Feb. 17
Staff Professional Development - Student Holiday
Pom Squad Workshop 1:00-4:00 p.m. @ Sanara Yoga & Wellness

Monday-Thursday, Feb. 17-27
Online Course Selections for current 8th graders 
(This process does not register students for classes. This course selection will be used to create the master schedule so that students can choose their classes in April with Arena Scheduling).

Tuesday-Friday, Feb. 18-21
Hope Week
Day TBD by teacher
  • Electives video presented to students during Homeroom 
Wednesday, Feb. 19
Faculty Meeting - No Tutorials
Parent Informational Meeting for current DIS 6th graders  CMS Cafeteria 5:30 - 6:30 p.m.
STEM informational meeting 6:00 p.m. @ CHS

Friday, Feb. 22
Parent University 8:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. @ CHS
Self-Care & Mental Wellness, Health & Nutrition, Conflict Resolution & Coping Skills, Bully Prevention & Kindness, Self Defense & Personal Safety, Drug & Alcohol Education and Suicide Prevention

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

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

Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2020 (8 a.m.)
Online course requests submission open

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


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SASO Annual Membership Drive
 
Mothers of New and Returning  members are invited to attend an informational membership meeting on Wednesday, February 12 at 7:00 p.m. at the Marq in Bicentennial Park.  SASO (Scholars and Athletes Serving Others) is an inclusive organization providing opportunities for mothers to volunteer with their sons (SASO Boys) and/or daughters (SASO Girls).   We work with Community Partners such as Miracle League of Southlake, GRACE, Youth World, Kids Matter International and many more.  To apply for membership, students must be in 9th - 12th grade for 2020-2021 and live in Southlake and/or attend CHS/CSHS.   Please direct any questions to any board member or visit www.sasonow.com for more info.  Access SASO Girls by clicking in the upper right corner of the home page. 
Day of Service Information
In support of the district's core value of Compassionate Service, CMS will be participating in its second annual Day of Community Service on March 6. 

All students and staff will go out into the community to volunteer time and talents at more than 20 different organizations. A committee of teachers began contacting agencies to ask if we might bring a team of students to volunteer.  To date we have more than 20 different agencies that have agreed to having groups of between 10 and 100 students perform tasks such as sorting food and stocking shelves at food pantries, working behind the scenes at resale shops that benefit the homeless, reading to elementary students, working outside and band performances at assisted-living centers just to name a few. 

On Feb. 3 students will watch an informational presentation that showcases each volunteer opportunity after which they will be asked to choose approximately five places.  Teachers will be asked to choose five locations they would be willing to chaperone.  

Once students are placed in a trip location they will meet two times with all those going to the same place.  At these meetings, they will learn about the organization and the work done there.  If the organization receives donations of supplies, students will have an opportunity to gather things they wish to donate (food items, toiletries, etc.).  

On March 6, all students and staff will board buses to spread out across the neighboring communities leaving at approximately 9:15 a.m. and returning to campus by 2:30 p.m.  

As plans progress it may become necessary to ask parents to help chaperone as some locations require more chaperones than others.  If this is the case, a form will be sent out for parents to sign up.  Many of the locations will require waivers to signed to allow students to participate.  Please be on the lookout for this information in the coming weeks.  We plan to use student emails to assist in getting forms completed and returned. Classes will not be held on March 6 and as all students and staff will be volunteering.  

Thank you in advance for helping your student embrace this Day of Community Service.

A General Permission slip is required for EVERY STUDENT.  Please complete this as soon as possible. 
CISD Winter Weather Procedure
With the temperatures dropping and the potential of inclement weather, we want to take a second to share the district's winter weather procedure.  

Carroll ISD monitors the National Weather Service and local meteorologist forecasts before making decisions to close or delay school.  Officials try to provide details about school closings to staff, students and parents before 6 a.m.  Keep in mind that district buses begin their routes very early, but conditions change so rapidly in Texas that sometimes conditions and temperatures improve by the time buses begin their routes.  So, the decision regarding the school schedule may not be made until the early morning hours before a school day.  When at all possible, we do consider compelling facts in order to make a decision the night before.
Yearbook
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:
ReplayIt
Password: CMSDragons
Membership
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 21 -  Mr. Giamanco from the HS talk to our parents about arena scheduling and q/a
*date change

Thank you!
CMS PTSO executive committee

Breakfast Treat
Thank you for our monthly treat, this time breakfast tacos from Torchy's Tacos.

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.
police_badge.jpgPolice & Fire Academy
Has your child shown interested in Police & Fire careers?

Save the dates for our 

FREE 
Southlake Police & Fire Youth Academy
June 8-11
9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
FREE

Eligible students:
Entering 7th-9th grade s
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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 

Meets:
Wednesday's 
4:00-5:00 p.m. 
D209

Join us in D209 every Wednesday to build and program a Vex robot.
Sports
Basketball vs. Colleyville
Girls
7th
A:  25-20
B:  29-26
C:  28-11

8th
A:  41-20
B:  13-22
C:  19-22

Boys
7th
A:  28-34
B:   20-18
C:  30-9

8th
A:  37-33
B:  31-40
C:  42-34

Coordinators
Anthony Van Buskirk
Boys Athletics Coordinator

Leslie Berens  
Girls Athletics Coordinator
Carroll Middle School

Golf
Interested in golf?
Contact Paige Martin or Matt Glenn
paige.martin@southlakecarroll.edu
matthew.glenn@southlakecarroll.edu

Wrestling
For information on UIL Carroll ISD Middle School (7th & 8th grade) wrestling, please contact Coach Ian Semelroth
District News
AP Boosters Presents
"Curriculum Workshop with Gina Peddy"
Join the AP Boosters on Feb. 11 from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. at the CISD Admin Building for a Brown Bag Lunch and Learn on Curriculum from Executive Director Gina Peddy.  Do you have questions about how to register for courses next year, or what pathways are available for your child?  This is the perfect event to ask questions.   Click here for more details.

STEM Academy Informational Meeting
There will be an informational meeting for parents/students interested in Carroll STEM Academy on Wednesday Feb. 19 from 6-7 p.m. @ Carroll High School (not the Sr High) in the Lecture Hall.   All STEM teachers will give a brief overview and Q&A session about their classes.   All pathways will be represented:  Computer Science, Engineering, and Robotics
 
Join Carroll ISD for Parent University on Feb. 22
Carroll ISD wants to empower students to face life's challenges by growing into braver, smarter and stronger individuals. In order to provide resources for parents, you are invited to join safety and mental health experts at Parent University as they share their knowledge on Self-Care & Mental Wellness, Health & Nutrition, Conflict Resolution & Coping Skills, Bully Prevention & Kindness, Self Defense & Personal Safety, Drug & Alcohol Education and Suicide Prevention. Save the date for Feb. 22, from 8 a.m. - 2 p.m. at Carroll High School.  Click here to register for Parent University.
 
Brown Bag Lunch and Learn  - Mental Health - Feb. 27
Mark your calendars for the CISD Special Programs and Booster Brown Bag Lunch & Learn on Thursday, February 27 from 11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.   The topic of discussion will be Mental Wellness: Support for Dragons, facilitated by CISD Licensed Specialists in School Psychology (LSSPs). Click here for more information. Please RSVP to Karen Donegan. 
For more information, forms, calendars, teacher websites and more, please visit the CMS website at http://www.southlakecarroll.edu/carrollmiddle_default.aspx