1. My child would like a schedule change for the 2019-2020 school year. How do we take care of that?
We make every effort to accommodate the student's requests however due to class sizes we may not be able to make a schedule change. Faculty is based on the number of student requests that are received in the Spring and we may not be able to make any changes due to teaching positions.
Before school starts you may contact your child's counselor via email or phone.
Once school begins in August your child may pick up a schedule change request form (outside the counseling office). The form needs to be completed (with all signatures) and then returned to the counselors. At that time the counselor will review the request and determine if a schedule change will be granted.
2. Why am I only selecting 6 courses when there are 7 periods at CMS?
Explanation about 7 Periods but only 6 Classes
Are you confused on why you are selecting only (2) electives courses in addition to your (4) core courses? Especially since all Crosby Middle School students have (7) class periods!?! English/Language Arts and Math are blocked together for 3 periods. Students take 1 1/2 periods of ELA and 1 1/2 periods of Math. Below you will find a sample schedule to better illustrate:
1st period- ELA
2nd period- ELA (1/2) Math (1/2)
3rd period- Math
4th period- Science
5th period- Social Studies
6th period- Elective #1
7th period- Elective #2
*Your individual schedule will include all these classes but not necessarily in this order*
3.What if my child did not receive the elective he/she requested?
There are various reasons why your child may not have received the elective choice that was selected:
* Due to TAKS scores students may be placed in blocked classes which would result in only one elective choice
* The elective choice may only be offered during one class period and conflicts with other required courses
* The number of requests for a particular elective may outweigh the number of class periods that are offered
4. Where can I find an explanation of the courses offered for 2016-2017?
You will find the Academic Planning Guide under the Registration tab.
5. What is PLC/Late Arrival Wednesday?
What Is a "Professional Learning Community or PLC"?
Teachers create a professional learning community, by focusing on learning while working collaboratively. Every Wednesday the teachers meet in teams/departments from 7:00 AM until 9:00 AM. This time is spent working towards building student success by creating collaborative lessons.
The students arrive at school by 9:00 AM. On Wednesdays, the students will attend their 2nd, 4th and 6th-period classes. Each class will be for approximately 90 minutes. Then on Thursdays, the students arrive at their normal time and attend their 1st, 3rd, 5th & 7th-period, classes. Each class will be for approximately 90 minutes as well.
A typical weekly schedule will be as follows:
Monday- attend 1st -7th period
Tuesday- attend 1st -7th period
Wednesday- LATE ARRIVAL attend 2nd, 4th, & 6th
Thursday- attend 1st, 3rd, 5th & 7th
Friday- attend 1st-7th period
There are a few Wednesdays that students will NOT have late arrival and those dates will be sent home with your child. Mrs. Grey, CMS Principal, also sends out a ConnectEd message to remind students of the few Wednesdays that will NOT have late arrival PLC. Crosby High School also shares the same schedule.
6. What are the Advanced Placement/Gifted and Talented Programs?
These programs challenge and stimulate students to the highest level of their abilities. CMS serves gifted and talented students through Advanced Placement classes. A committee of District Coordinators, Counselors and Administrators meet to review student data to determine students to place in the PAP program.
7. When are semester exams?
The dates can be found under the Testing Information tab.
8. My son/daughter received a letter about the Duke TIP. What is this?
The Duke TIP is a 7th-grade talent search. 7th graders that scored high on either their 5th or 6th-grade state academic test were eligible for this honor. Students are eligible to take either the ACT or SAT. For more information or to register log onto www.tip.duke.edu/7calendar
9. How do I know if y child needs to attend summer school for academics?
Parents/Guardians will be notified via mail prior to the end of the school year if a child is in jeopardy. Once all grades for the year have been posted, counselors will call to notify those students that must attend summer school.
CISD Promotion/Retention Criteria 2013
• In grades 1-8, promotion is based on an overall average of 70 on a scale on 100.
• Students MUST pass Math and Language Arts classes with a minimum of a 70. If they fail either of these classes they will be candidates for retention.
• Students’ overall average in the four core subjects of Math, Language Arts, Science and Social Studies must be a minimum of 70. (If they pass Math and Language Arts but fail Science or Social Studies with a grade to bring the average of the four core classes to less than 70, they are candidates for retention.)
Any questions, please contact us.
10. My child has missing assignments but I know they completed their homework. What do I need to do?
Please contact your child's teacher to verify grades and assignments. If your child has been absent, please call the Attendance Office to set up a time to pick up make-up work. 281-328-9264 ext. 1708
If there is one thing your child will learn in middle school, it is that homework completion is extremely important and that it also has a major impact on their grades. If your son or daughter’s progress report wasn’t quite what you had hoped for, the first step to take is to find out if they have been turning in their homework assignments. A simple phone call or e-mail to the teacher will give you this information. You can also log into Skyward Family Access to check for missing assignments. If this seems to be the problem, keep reading.
Middle school aged kids often want more freedom from their parents and say that they don’t need or want your supervision over their school work. Our response to this is that this freedom must be earned. Until your child shows that they will complete and turn in their homework on a regular basis, they need a parent’s supervision. Here are a few steps to take to help your child learn responsible homework habits:
• Check their CMS AGENDA daily. Remember that you can check Skyward Family Access to make sure they have all of their assignments.
• Make sure your child has a quiet place to study without distractions. Contrary to what they may tell you, they really don’t learn best in front of the television, computer or with their headphones on full blast.
• Provide encouragement and assistance if needed, but don’t do the assignment for them. Your student needs practice using problem-solving skills. It’s okay to give hints, but they need to figure the answers out for themselves.
• Look over their assignments and ask questions about what they are studying. Show an interest in what they are learning.
• Take a look at their binder each night and make sure they have organized their papers by subject. Their binder should have a separate section for each class. Make sure that they also put their homework assignments in the proper section. You would be surprised how many students complete their assignment, but can’t find it by the time they are supposed to turn it in.
• Encourage students to study a little each night for upcoming tests. They will be much more likely to remember the information than if they wait until the night before the test.
• Praise your child for working hard and completing assignments. Try to stay positive and give constructive advice rather than criticizing.
• Keep in touch with your child’s teachers and contact their counselor if you need more help.
This information and more is available in the U.S. Department of Education publication, Helping Your Child With Homework (7/18/02), available online at http://www.ed.gov/parents/academic/help/hyc.html
Also, check out the U.S. Department of Education website. They have excellent information geared toward parents on a wide range of education/child development topics.
11. How can I access my child's grades online?
Contact your school for login information.
12. How do I know if my child needs to attend summer school for STAAR?
8th-grade students that did not meet standards for the Reading and/or Math must attend summer school. Families will be notified by the campus principal. Any 8th-grade student that did not meet standards on the Science and/or Social Studies may need to attend summer school as well. Speak with your child's counselor for summer school criteria.