The Advanced Theatre class took their production of “McQuadle: A Dragon’s Tale” to McClure & Wilmeth Elementary yesterday and did a fantastic job! Don’t miss your chance to see this hilarious show this Thursday, April 18th, at 7:00pm. Tickets are by donation. See you there!
Auditions for Skits and Skittles are next week! Skits and Skittles is the annual theatre fundraiser and has happened every year since Cockrill opened! Kids in the Advanced Theatre class write and direct short skits and they need you to come audition! The evening of performances is a competition and the winning skit gets a HUGE bag of skittles! Come join in on the fun. Auditions are before and after school on Tuesday, April 23rd. Ask Mrs. Fox if you have questions and grab an audition application off the callboard by the theatre door.
Mark your calendars: Spring Read-In Day will be this Thursday, April 18th!
Read-in day is celebrated across McKinney ISD and is a day for students and teachers to enjoy reading for fun. All ELAR classes will be participating, but no matter what subject area you teach, you are invited to bring a book and take time out of your day to just read.
Students love to see what you are reading, so please feel free to share the attached poster and participate in this fun event.
The theme this spring is “What if you fly…” Students will be creating colorful feathers in their ELAR classes which will become a giant, colorful set of wings we can use as a read-in day picture backdrop.
We have updated NJHS information to share. As noted in the Courier last week, applications are available for NJHS in the library, front office, and Mr. Moore's classroom (D203). All applications are due April 26, 2019. The application is attached as well for your convenience as a parent, but we encourage parents to still have your child take the initiative to pick up an application. This instills a sense of ownership and responsibility in this process that is valuable to their academic development.
NEW Information: ALL (grades 6-8) middle students will be eligible to apply.
We are encouraging students to pick up applications prior to the 3 day weekend. The criteria below is included in the application as well.
The induction ceremony for those selected will be May 22, 2019 at 6:00pm
Any questions about the organization or process can be directed to Mr. Moore at firstname.lastname@example.org
NJHS Enrollment Criteria :
Talent Show Do you have a talent that you want to show off…then you need to audition for Cockrill’s Got Talent?!?! Auditions for the CMS Talent Show will be held on Tuesday, April 23rd and Wednesday, April 24th afterschool in the choir room. The talent show will be Monday, May 6th! We need more than just singers. CMS has to have some dancers, tumblers, jugglers, actors, instrumentalists, bands, comedians, etc.!!! Please stop by the choir room to pick up an application or print this form for Cockrill’s Got Talent and sign up for an audition slot!!!
Please note that all proceeds for this talent show will go towards the Dutton MEF grant.
Your student council is running a drive for the Samaritan Inn to help babies. Please bring diapers, wipes, pulls ups and diaper cream for the babies in their care. The drive runs from April 22nd through April 26
Congratulations, Miss. Jonker!!!
Congratulations, Miss. Jonker!!! She has been named the MISD Secondary Teacher of the Year!! We are so proud of you. Thank you for all you do to serve our students and our school each day🎉
Yearbook Nationally Recognized
Your Cockrill 2018-19 yearbook was selected to be featured and national recognized in the 2019 Jostens Look Book as an example of excellence, creativity and innovation.
Congratulations on being featured in the 2019 Look Book! It is a significant achievement to be featured in our annual “best of the best” publication. A team of experts selected 385 yearbooks from over 2,000 submitted for consideration. Everyone at Jostens yearbook is proud to have played a part in producing your yearbook and we salute your outstanding achievement!
Congratulations to Mrs. Jonker, Cockrill's 2018-2019 Teacher of the Year!!!
ANDREW DUTTON MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP
As many of you know, at the end of last year, we lost one of our CMS staff members, Andrew Dutton. CMS is family, and this loss was felt across our entire community. We continue to heal and have spent time considering how to thoughtfully honor Andrew Dutton with a legacy memorial from the CMS community. Three ideas have developed that we want to share with you.
1. Mr. Williams, the head CMS band director and dear friend of Mr. Dutton, has arranged for an original piece of music to be commissioned in Mr. Dutton's name. The piece will be inspired by the music Mr. Dutton loved. The piece will be played at a concert and dedicated to Mr. Dutton at that time. The concert will be, Thursday, May 23rd at McKinney North HS. The concert will start at 6:30 pm.
2. We are asking that a score of that piece be framed with a memorial plaque to hang in our building.
3. Our staff has coordinated with McKinney Education Foundation (MEF) to create an endowed scholarship to be awarded annually at the MEF scholarship awards banquet in Mr. Dutton's name. Once endowed, this fund will provide a $500 scholarship each year to a graduating senior who attended CMS and meets criteria designated by the Dutton family. You may support this endowment by making a contribution directly to MEF.
You can make a direct donation to the fund on the MEF website HERE. In the Order/Transaction section you can designate your gift to an endowment and include Andrew Dutton's name. The first $500 dollars collected by MEF will be captured for the scholarship this year. After that, all funds will go to the endowment fund for future years. Feel free to share this link and information in our community using social media to help us reach former students and others impacted by Mr. Dutton.
Today, our classroom spelling bee winners competed to become our Cockrill Spelling Champion. Here are the results.
Champion- Colin Pacheco
2nd Place - Allison Braaten
Colin will compete in the district Spelling Bee on January 17 at 6:00pm at Faubion.
Thanks go to our Spelling Bee Committee: Lynn Buchmiller, Lauren Scott, Anne Chelbos, Teri McCarthy, and Brad Watkins!
2019-2020 School Year Information:
Find information about next year's registration here.
Here is the information from the Freshman Laptop parent information meetings.
Information from your CMS Counselors
8th grade parents- It’s hard to believe that we will soon begin the registration process for high school. 8th graders have already had the opportunity this year to complete the Cluster Finder (interest inventory) in Naviance to get some ideas into career clusters and interests they may want to explore in high school.
McKinney ISD offers many wonderful programs that coincide with these clusters through our College and Career Readiness and Career and Technical Education Programs.
2018-2019 School Year Information:
Here is information on Lunch and Breakfast services provided here at CMS:
- Cafeteria information (English)
- Cafeteria information (Spanish)
- March Breakfast Menu
- March Lunch Menu
- April Breakfast Menu
- April Lunch Menu
We are excited to launch a new initiative at CMS this year! Club CREED will be a course on every child's schedule. When you access your child's schedule, the teacher name may say "staff", but every child will have an assigned teacher before the first day of school.This course will give our students and staff a unique opportunity to practice team building, develop positive relationships, learn helfpul social skills, and promote our school's pillars of character development. These include:
Courage, Respect, Empathy, Excellence, and Determination.
Club CREED will meet at 8:45 every Monday morning or the first day of instruction each week. Classes will be assigned by grade level, so grade levels will not be mixed. The class will meet for 20 minutes and then students will move to first period and the day will proceed as usual. We will have a revised bell schedule on Club CREED days so class times remain balanced.
Club CREED will meet every day for the first two weeks of school to allow the class members to build connections.
Our teachers have been studying and developing a rich curriculum for this course all summer, and we can't wait to get started!
A critical ingredient in the safe school recipe is the uniform classroom response to any incident. Weather events, fires, accidents, intruders and other threats to student safety are scenarios that are planned and trained for by all McKinney ISD schools and District Administration and staff. Historically, schools have taken this scenario-based approach to respond to hazards and threats. Each McKinney ISD classroom is furnished with the Standard Response Protocol poster that provides teachers with readily accessible response procedures and provides information during a crisis event. The attached handout explains Standard Response Protocol that is taught to students, faculty, and staff.
Standard Response Protocol Parent Handout
BUS TRANSPORTATION QUESTIONS
For questions regarding bus transportation, please contact Durham Transportation directly at 972-542-8316. Or visit this site Durham Transportation Services.
LUNCH DELIVERY FOR STUDENTS
Due to a variety of safety concerns related to food allergies and campus safety and security, McKinney ISD will no longer allow students to utilize food delivery services at school. This includes services such as Uber Eats, Doordash and direct restaurant delivery. However, parents/guardians will still be permitted to drop food off for their children. This rule does not apply to deliveries organized by McKinney ISD faculty or a teacher serving as a sponsor of a student organization. We appreciate your cooperation in our efforts to create a safe and secure environment for students.
Free and Reduced Meal Program
The online application system for the Free and Reduced Meal Program is now active. We would suggest this as the best option for anyone applying to the program, as it is usually much faster than the paper application (whereas the paper application can take up to 10 days). The online application is available at www.mckinneyisd.schoollunchapp.com.
Home Access Center or HAC is now available on your mobile device using the eSchoolPLUS Family app. McKinney ISD parents and students can use the app to view attendance, classwork, class and activity calendar events, student grade information, and alerts and notifications.
After you download the app from Google Play or the Apple App Store, simply choose your school district name and state and log in with the student’s Home Access Center credentials.
If you do not have a Home Access Center account and password, please contact your child's enrolled campus for more information.
Click here to download:
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The McKinney Vento Homeless Education Assistance Program protects the right for homeless children and youth to receive a free and appropriate public education.
Homelessness includes children and youth who are living with a friend, relative or someone else because they lost their home or can’t afford housing, children and youth who are staying in a motel or hotel due to lack of adequate alternative accommodations, children and youth who are living in an emergency or transitional shelter or a domestic violence shelter. It also includes children and youth who are living in cars, parks, public spaces, abandoned buildings, substandard housing, bus or train stations or many other similar settings.
Under the law, no student shall be stigmatized by school personnel due to homelessness.
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1351 N. Hardin Blvd.
McKinney, TX 75071
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