News & Announcements
April 6, 2020
Here is a little message from you Electives & Fine Arts Team to start your 2nd week of E-Learning!
April 2, 2020
The Texas Education Agency is asking Texans to do their part to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. By staying apart now, we can all be together faster!
March 31, 2020
School Closure to Extend Through May 1 - In light of Governor Abbott’s March 31 executive order extending closure of Texas schools, I want to inform you that MISD schools will remain closed through Friday, May 1. Learn more
McKinney ISD Digital Teaching and Learning Starts Monday, March 30! Please click the following link for important components of our digital teaching and learning plan. Learn more
For digital learning, students will access the Seesaw and Canvas platforms through the McKinney ISD SSO link https://sso.mckinneyisd.net/
A parent support site, MISD Parent e-Learning Resources, has been created to assist families during digital learning with helpful information related to Seesaw, Canvas and other resources. https://sites.google.com/mckinneyisd.net/misde-learning/home
Click here to view information from the Special Populations department about the school closure.
March 27, 2020
Our yearbook last year, "What's Your Story" was selected to be featured in the Jostens 2020 Look Book!!! This is a national recognition in the 2020 Jostens Look Book and is an example of excellence, creativity and innovation.
“Congratulations on being featured in the 2020 Look Book! It is a significant achievement to be featured in our annual “best of the best” publication. A team of experts selected 225 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!”
The 2020 Jostens Look Book is published on ISSUU, we're on page 118.
March 22, 2020
Below is a link to the MISD Enrichment@Home website now available online. The site provides opportunities for student enrichment at home during the week of March 23-27 and will remain available throughout the school closure. As a reminder, beginning March 30, MISD will move into district-wide digital learning using the Seesaw platform for K-2nd grade and Canvas for 3rd-12th grade. The district will send additional details this week with instructions related to digital learning.
Students in McKinney ISD have extensive opportunities for continuing their studies during school closure. The Enrichment@home website provides grade-appropriate opportunities to review, continue, and extend learning while we are away from the classroom. This site will serve students in all grade levels and will be in conjunction with a district-wide online learning management system. If you have any questions please contact your campus administration or your child’s teacher(s).
March 16, 2020
Here are some digital learning resources for your students.
UPDATE: Malvern elementary has been added to the locations offering “grab and go” breakfast and lunch.
March 13, 2020
3/13/20 Update - At this time, McKinney ISD is canceling classes for the week of March 16-20, 2020. This includes all district after school and extracurricular programs. Due to this extended District closing, MISD will be using our two bad weather days which were scheduled for April 10th and April 27th. We will be attending school on these days.
MISD will be providing Grab & Go meals Monday-Friday, March 16-20, 2020, for any student at the following campuses: Webb, Finch, McNeil, and Slaughter. Meals will be handed out in the parking lots. Breakfast will be available from 7:30 a.m. - 8:30 a.m. and lunch will be served 11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Click here to learn more.
March 4, 2020
This Friday is our annual Spring Read-In Day!
A good book can make your imagination bloom. Make sure you have a book (or two or three) checked out for Friday and for your spring break reading. If you need some recommendations, check out your @cowboylibrary!
#cmscowboys #cmsliveskind #cmsreads
March 1, 2020
Here are results from our UIl academics team this past weekend. Congratulations to all our competitors! All students who participated in UIL Academics are invited to our end of year celebration wrap up event on Tuesday, March 24th after school in the library till 4:25 pm. During this time you will be able to get your medals and ribbons and hang with your friends for a little social.
February 25, 2020
UIL Schedule & Results
February 20, 2020
National Junior Honor Society invitations are open. If you received an invitation, please submit the candidate's information by March 3rd. Completed submissions can be turned in to Mr. Moore in room D203, the library, or the front office. All materials must be submitted together. If you have any questions please email David Moore at email@example.com
Invitation and FAQs
February 13, 2020
Good Luck to the Honors Band as they head off to San Antonio for TMEA. We know they will do great as they represent Cockrill. We are all so proud of your hard work!
February 12, 2020
The Cockrill Theatre Department took their production of “Anne Frank & Me” to the UIL one-act play competition on Tuesday and WON 1st place!! They competed against the 4 other McKinney middle schools and 3 Wylie middle schools. Peter Stuckmann and Hadyn Powell both won an Honorable Mention All Star Cast award and Madelyn Larcom won an All Star Cast award. There are only 12 each of these awards handed out for all 8 competing schools. It is a huge accomplishment. Katie Blackwood won the Tech award for CMS. Carly Geary won the Best Performer award for the entire competition! There are only 2 Best Performer awards for all 8 schools. Carly worked incredibly hard on this show and Mrs. Fox is so proud of her achievement! This also marks the second year in a row that CMS has taken home one of the Best Performer awards. We are blessed with some incredibly talented young actors. Mrs. Fox is so proud of the entire cast and crew for their hard work, grit, and commitment to excellence.
February 7, 2020
We just determined that we have over 250 students that appear MORE THAN THREE TIMES in our yearbook that have NOT purchased the book. Make sure your student has their yearbook in May.
We’ve been given a new opportunity to show the yearbook some love, but you do have to act now.
The LAST DAY to purchase your student’s 2020 Cockrill yearbook is Friday, Valentine’s Day 2-14 at MIDNIGHT.
We are not ordering extras for May Delivery. If you want one, you must purchase now.
You can purchase in minutes by clicking on the below link:
Thank you for your support of the Cockrill Middle School yearbook!
January 31, 2020
January 30, 2020
7th and 8th graders it is time for the winter dance. Bring your friends and dance, take pictures in the photo booth, eat pizza and concessions, get glitter tattoos, and have fun. The dance is Friday, February 28, from 6:00 to 8:00 pm. Tickets will go on sale Monday, February 24 during lunch.
January 26, 2020
Last Chance to order your students yearbook! Order by midnight Friday, January 31st! Order here!
January 25, 2020
Come see CMS Theatre’s production of “Anne Frank & Me” before it heads to UIL One-Act Play Competition! February 7th and 8th at 7pm at CMS, tickets $5 at the door. Alternate (understudy) show February 8th at 4pm – tickets by donation. The show is approx. 40 minutes long.
Show synopsis: This multiple national award-winning American classic, which was a hit in New York, is about the awakening of a modern teen Holocaust denier. Nicole Burns doubts the truth and cares even less, but ultimately comes face to face with the hell of the Holocaust, and—in an extraordinary sequence—meets Anne Frank on a cattle car to Auschwitz. We start out with Nicole in today's teen world. Unfinished homework assignments and young love are all transported with her to Nazi-occupied Paris, 1942 to 1944, and then are brought forward again to the light and hope of the present.
January 14, 2020
Our MISD Board members have a tough job and many important responsibilities. They are responsible for providing the best education opportunities for students in McKinney ISD. This group of seven men and women are responsible for making all of the final decisions regarding school district priorities and policies, the hiring of teachers and staff members, textbooks adoptions and decisions, considering district and school expenses, and growth management of McKinney ISD. They work with the budget to make sure our schools are properly maintained and operated, so that each campus is fully functional for every student.
This month we are taking a moment to introduce you to one of our McKinney ISD board members, Amy Dankel. Mrs. Dankel was elected to Place 4 on the McKinney ISD board in 2011. She moved to McKinney in 1997 and was an educator for 22 years, the last 10 years here in McKinney at Finch and Eddins elementary schools.
She and her husband Roger have been married for 29 years and are active members of Stonebridge United Methodist Church. Roger works for Simpson Strong-Tie. Their two children were educated in McKinney ISD. Their son, Nick, graduated from McKinney North High School in 2008 and graduated from the University of Colorado, majoring in Astrophysics. Their daughter, Stephanie, graduated from McKinney Boyd in 2010 and graduated from Clemson University, majoring in International Health and Spanish.
Mrs. Dankel earned a Master of Education degree, majoring in Curriculum and Instruction from Virginia Tech and a Bachelor of Science in Education degree from Millsaps College in Mississippi.
Mrs. Dankel cites a deep feeling of responsibility to give back to a school system and community that has given so much to her and to her family. This is what motivates her to serve on the McKinney ISD Board of Trustees.
Thank you, Mrs. Dankel and the Board of Trustees, for all that you do for our McKinney ISD community.
January 13, 2020
Parents of 8th graders, Accelerate your students future with online classes. See attached for more information on this great opportunity for your student.
January 9, 2020
Today is National School Resource Officer Appreciation Day. We want to take a moment to say how lucky we are here at Cockrill to have the best one of all. Officer Roddy, we are so thankful for everything you do for the students and staff every day!
January 6, 2020
OPEN HOUSE AND COURSE SELECTION MEETINGS-FEBRUARY 20TH
Mark your calendar for February 20th.CMS Open House will be from 5:30-6:45pm.
If you wish to attend the course selection informational meeting for parents of current 6th and 7th graders, join us in the cafeteria at 6:00pm.
We will meet with parents of incoming 6th graders that same evening at 7:15pm in the cafeteria.
December 18, 2019
December 17, 2019
Attention 6th and 7th graders: Are you interested in being a Cockrill cheerleader next year? We will have an informational parent/cheerleader meeting on Tuesday, January 14 at 5:30 pm in the library! Bring your parents! We will go over all expectations, answer questions about the tryout process, and review all handbook information. We hope to see you there!!
December 9, 2019
Drop by and cross some holiday shopping off your list! The CMS Book Fair is a great place to stock up on gifts for everyone in the family. Email Mrs. Scott (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you have any questions.
December 8, 2019
December 7, 2019
We ran away with 2nd place overall and in both grade levels!!!!
December 4, 2019
Current 7th and 8th graders: if you are in AVID or are interested in being in AVID next year please attend the meeting in the library on December 11 from 6:00-6:45. This meeting will show how AVID works going in to high school. 8th graders: this will happen BEFORE your high school meeting at 7.
December 3, 2019
December 2, 2019
Help us help families in need. We are collecting items for special dinners for families in our community. Please help donate items by December 13.
November 14, 2019
Congratulations to Mrs. Scott, our CMS Media Resource Specialist!! She has been selected as a member of the Texas Library Association’s Spirit of Texas (SPOT) Award Committee. This committee chooses award winning titles for middle school and high school students written by or about Texas and Texans. Mrs. Scott is a leader in her field and we are so proud of her!
November 14, 2019
Cockrill Staff Appreciation
It's the most wonderful time of the year! Would you like an easy way to show your appreciation to the amazing staff at Cockrill Middle School?
The PTO is collecting $10 gift cards to present to the staff members at their holiday luncheon.Sign Up here to pick a gift card.
Participation is completely voluntary but your help would be greatly appreciated.
Please send your donation in an envelope to the front office by Wednesday, 12/11.
If you have any questions contact Lisa Davis at 843-323-0789 or email@example.com
November 13, 2019
Next week the Lost and Found will be emptied. Anything left in it will be donated. If your students are missing any clothing items, jackets, lunch boxes, or back packs please check the lost and found located in the foyer in the front of the building to claim your items.
November 12, 2019
Last night concluded a two-part audition for a spot in the coveted Region 25 All-Region Band. This year over 1100 of the best middle school musicians from Allen, Denison, Lovejoy, McKinney, Princeton, Sherman, and Wylie competed for a very limited number of spots in this elusive group.
We are proud to announce that Cockrill Middle School had 31 students earn placement into the 2019 All-Region Band!
Congratulations to these awesome students!
November 8, 2019
PTO IS TAKING PRE-ORDERS FOR CMS HOODIESSweatshirts are now available for pre-order! Deadline is Nov 15th! Order HERE today.
November 7, 2019
Hey everyone, Cap for Kids day is coming up. Help kids with cancer and wear a hat for $1 - all proceeds go to kids with cancer. Bring a dollar, wear a hat, Wednesday, November 13, 2019
November 1, 2019
VETERAN'S DAY PARADE NOV. 8TH
Our Cockrill Middle School Veteran's Day Parade will be Friday, November 8. We are inviting all former and current U.S. military members to join us for this event. Our CMS staff and students wish to honor all of the brave men and women who have served our country. Parade line up will be in the CMS cafeteria at 9:15 am, so please be sure to check in by 9:00 am. This event will conclude by 10:00 am.
October 30, 2019
Congratulations to Cockrill Band Students who earned placement into the MISD All-District Band. We had 37 STUDENTS from Cockrill this year including TEN students who placed first overall. Names in bold indicated FIRST CHAIR OVERALL in the DISTRICT!! These students will participate in a the MISD District Clinic/Concert on Friday, November 22nd (more details to come later).
October 24, 2019
Cockrill Orchestra is proud to have 4 of our musicians represent us in the All-Region Orchestra this year. Congratulations to Leo Yamauchi, Neil Banerjee, Annalise Montgomery, and Preston Quintero. They worked hard and beat out hundreds of other students to earn spots in this prestigious group. CONGRATULATIONS!
October 17, 2019
October 11, 2019
Are you looking for a creative way to tell your student, “I love you and I’m proud of you”? Place a recognition ad in the yearbook!
This is a one-time opportunity for 8th grade students only. In the future, seeing your message will bring a smile as they remember your love and support during these important years. And, it’s easy to create a recognition ad. Go to this website, create an account, and design your ad for your student. You get to pick the photos and text you would like in your ad, format will be adjusted to match the theme and colors of the yearbook.
We can even keep the ad a secret until the yearbook is distributed (but only if your son or daughter isn’t on the yearbook staff).
Reserve a space for your ad today to say how proud you are. Like the yearbook, your message will be a permanent memory. Deadline is November 1st!
October 10, 2019
October 8, 2019
CMS students can join the Technology Club and learn how to program a robot and compete in different challenges. The Technology Club will begin with the Coder Z competition. It is open to every student and is for all levels of programmers, girls and boys, from beginners to advanced. Students will compete against other CMS students and possibly other McKinney middle schools and schools in Texas. Watch the Coder Z video to learn more. See the brochure for more information.
Parents can sign up students by completing this form. Engineering and Careers students will be competing during class. All other students can come to Room E122 beginning October 10 after school to begin CoderZ Bootcamp. Bootcamp ends on October 17. The Competition opens on October 28 and closes on November 7. Once students have been assigned a “class” in Coder Z, they can compete from home or any other computer at any time! Space will be limited to use computers at school and will be open to students who parents have completed the form first. Computers will be used in E122 on Thursday’s from 3:45 to 4:25. Please email Mrs. Buchmiller at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
October 4, 2019
Next week is College week!
Monday wear Orange or Blue to represent schools like Texas, Tennessee, Oklahoma State, Duke, Kansas, North Carolina, and many others.
Tuesday wear green or yellow and Wednesday wear purple or white to represent schools like Baylor, LSU, SMU, and many more!
Thursday wear red or black for schools like Texas Tech, Oklahoma, Alabama, and many more.
Friday be sure show your MISD pride and wear a CMS, elementary, or high school shirt!
October 2, 2019
The McKinney North Drama Dawg theatre is hosting their annual haunted house on October 10th, 11th and 12th. Come out for some scary fall fun and support the Drama Dawgs.
September 24, 2019
MISD Bag Policy for Events
Attached you will find the updated bag policy for all stadium events. This is for the following locations MISD Stadium, Ron Poe Stadium, MNHS, MHS and MBHS auxiliary football fields.
September 23, 2019
On Saturday, Oct. 12, 2019, the McKinney ISD Substance Use Prevention Committee will once again host “Bedrooms, Backpacks and Beyond,” a workshop the committee introduced two years ago as a resource to parents.
The interactive workshop offers the opportunity to connect with other parents as well as the chance to learn from experts in the field of substance use prevention. Topics discussed will include: social media, substance use trends, community resources and how to start conversations with your kids.
Saturday, October 12, 2019
McKinney High School Cafeteria
1400 Wilson Creek Pkwy
9 a.m. – 12 p.m.
The event is free, but childcare is not provided.
For more information, please contact the MISD Counseling office at 469-302-4036.
September 16, 2019
School Portrait Day is Coming!!
*Order Form Attached
SchoolPix Inc. will be taking individual school pictures at Cockrill Middle School on:
Wednesday, September 18, 2019
Two ways to order portraits….
1. Attached you will find an order form, please print and fill out the order form and return with payment to the photographer on picture day.
2. To order online by credit card, please go to https://schoolpix.ephotohost.biz/ . When prompted, enter Cockrill Middle School's Code 1920-0034. A confirmation email will be sent confirming your order has been received. No further action is required.
If you have any questions or need assistance, please call SchoolPix Inc. customer service at 972-334-9140 or email us at email@example.com.
Please note: All orders are to be submitted to the photographer on picture day. All school portraits are 100% satisfaction guaranteed.
September 6, 2019
Buy your yearbook today for the lowest price all year! Plus you can get FOUR FREE icons when you personalize your yearbook by putting your name on the cover. Pick up an order form from E123 or the front office, $35 cash or check made out to CMS. You can also order online at www.jostensyearbooks.com. Deadline to get this awesome deal is Friday, September 13th at midnight.
Dedication Ads will be available for 8th grade students soon, keep a look out for them in the weekly courier.
September 3, 2019
August 22, 2019
Accelerate Your Future... with Online Classes.
MISD students have the option of accelerating their course work by taking an additional course online during the Fall of 2019. Courses are provided byApex Learning and taught by MISD teachers. There are no course meeting times,and classes can be accessed 24/7 for the duration of the term in a self paced format. Online classes are available to students in grades 8-12.
August 21, 2019
New way to submit absence notices. Please email your notes to firstname.lastname@example.org.
New STAAR Testing DatesApril 7, 2020 – 7th Writing, 8th Math
April 8, 2020 – 8th Reading
May 5, 2020 – EOC Algebra
May 7, 2020 – 8th Science
May 8, 2020 – 8th Social Studies(this is a Friday)
May 12, 2020 – 6th and 7th Math and 8th Retakes
May 13, 2020 – 6th and 7th Reading and 8th Retakes
August 16, 2019
Our CMS PALS would love to invite our new 7th and 8th grade students to our “New Student Breakfast” so we can get to know you and get you plugged in with some new friends. We’ll have an assortment of breakfast foods, snacks, and drinks!
See you Friday! :)
August 14, 2019
Cockrill Theatre is excited to announce the first play of the year. It is a comedy called "Attack of the Pom-Pom Zombies." This is a really funny play and will be a ton of fun to perform! All students can participate in the cast or crew of the play. All grades are welcome, and you do not have to be in a Theatre Class to participate. This play will have lots of funny characters to audition for, including zombie cheerleaders, football dudes, helpful nerds, mad scientists, and pirates! We will also need lots of help with our backstage tech crew. We'll need help in lots of areas like stage managers, props and set, sound, costumes, lights, and LOTS of help with hair & makeup for those quick zombie transformations! Auditions and tech crew interviews are September 10-13, before or after school. Go look at the callboard by the theatre door in the Fine Arts hall for more information and to sign up for a time slot for an audition or tech crew interview! Ask Mrs. Fox in C116 if you have any questions.
July 25, 2019
Cockrill Middle School Honors Band
Placed FIRST in the entire STATE OF TEXAS!!!
They will have the honor of performing in San Antonio in February for an incredible audience of music educators!! Wow!!
Congratulations to these students and directors!!
July 17, 2019
Library Summer Hours:
Mark your calendars! The CMS library will be open for returns, checkouts, and fun on June 25th from 10-12 in the morning and July 30th from 1-3 in the afternoon. The library doors will be open (to the right of the main doors under the patio), no need to ring the doorbell!
RETURNING Student Registration Information:
The 1st guardian listed on the student account will receive an e-mail from PowerSchool Registration (our registration system) the week of July 8th with the SNAP CODE needed to register returning MISD students. All students must be registered and a current proof of residency received before the start of school. If you have questions/issues with registering, please contact the campus beginning July 22nd.
School Supply List for 19-20
As we prepare for a new school year, please note that you will not see final report cards in HAC after June 26th. HAC will become available again in August when we are ready for you to print schedules for Meet the Teacher Night. We will let you know when they are ready!
May 24, 2019
April 4, 2019