We celebrated our first ever CMS Summer Book Club yesterday with a very special event. All 80 students who participated in the book club were invited to Skype with Dusti Bowling, author of our Summer Book Club book, Insignificant Events in the Life of a Cactus.
Students had the opportunity to hear Mrs. Bowling talk about her life, books, inspirations, and much, much more! Students were also able to ask her questions; and boy, did they have some good ones!
At the end of the celebration, two student names were drawn to win a signed copy of Momentous Events in the Life of a Cactus, which comes out next Tuesday, September 17th.
Our 1st Quarter CMS Book Club is now open for registration. Forms can be picked up in the Learning Commons/Library and are due on Friday, September 20th. We will be reading Escape from Mr. Lemoncello's Library by Chris Grabenstein and meeting at least two times to discuss our reading.
Thank you to all our students, parents, and staff who participated and helped make the Summer Book Club and celebration a roaring success! Here are some pictures from our celebration!
Welcome back, Cowboys and Cowgirls!
We are so excited to see all our returning CMS students and meet all of our new CMS students over the next few weeks!
Beginning Monday, August 19th Mrs. Scott will be meeting with individual ELAR classes for learning commons orientations. Please remember to turn in any books you checked out for the summer, and if you participated in the CMS Summer Book Club, be on the lookout for information about our Summer Reading Celebration.
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Have a great weekend, Cowboys!
Last night five of our CMS students competed against ten other middle schoolers from across the district in the MISD Middle School District Poetry Slam. Although CMS did not come out as the top team, two of our amazing poets won 2nd and 3rd place. Congratulations to all our winners! Mrs. Scott is incredibly proud of all the poets for expressing themselves and having the bravery to stand up and perform their poems in front of a live audience! Great job, Cowboys!
Last night we hosted our annual CMS Poetry Slam. Mr. Michael Guinn, who is a Poetry Slam Master, hosted workshops the past few weeks for our 6th and 7th graders to introduce them to the art of Slam Poetry. Our 8th graders worked with Mike extensively this past fall. We are so lucky to have such a wonderful Slam Master, who cares so deeply about the art and form of slam poetry.
We had seventeen students compete last night. These students and their families showed up despite the rain and cold temperatures, and packed the library with an amazing amount of energy. Even with the issue of our microphone system being out of order, each student performed an amazing original piece of poetry.
The top five poets (plus two alternates) will move on to compete next week at the McKinney ISD Middle School Poetry Slam on Monday, February 26th at 6:30 PM in the CMS Library.
From left to right, the winners are: Delaney Gullickson (Alternate), Ashlyn Bryson (4th Place), Sophia Ross (5th Place), Emma Dillon (2nd Place), Ciara Sutherland (3rd Place), Leilani Benitez (1st Place), and Jeremiah Heyman (alternate).
We are so proud of all of our Cowboy Poets! Great job guys!
Happy New Year!
I can’t believe it’s already 2018! Last year just flew right by, and boy, was it full of great books. In honor of the new year, I have chosen my Top 10 Reads from 2017. Most of these books were published in 2017, although a few were published in previous years (2015 and 2016).
Here they are in no particular order:
The 1st CMS Reading Challenge was a roaring success. For the past five weeks, students and teachers have recorded their reading through a Google Form for a chance to win some great prizes donated by our local Chick-fil-a, Nom Nom's Mexican Grill and Chill, and Harvest Seasonal Kitchen. The CMS library also donated books for the winning students to choose from each week. Here's a recap of our weekly winners (Weeks 2-5).
On Monday, December 11, we drew one student and one teacher from all of the entries to be the grand prize winner. The winning student received a Kindle Fire from your CMS library and the winning teacher received a $50 gift card to Harvest Seasonal Kitchen in downtown McKinney donated by Rick's Chophouse. The student and teacher winner are pictured below.
Congratulations to all of our winners and to all of the wonderful readers at CMS who entered our 1st Annual Reading Challenge! Keep up the great reading!
To view the video book reviews created by many of our teachers and students, click the following link: https://flipgrid.com/7639c8
The first annual CMS Reading Challenge is off to a great start! There were over 35 entries for the first week's drawing.
The winners for Week 1 are:
Congratulation Cameryn Lynch and Mrs. Dahl! Cameryn won a Chick-fil-a prize pack with a gift card and a new book. Ms. Dahl won a Chick-fil-a prize pack and Nom Noms gift card.
Remember, each week you can enter up to 5 books, but if you do a video review you can earn an extra entry per book. That doubles your chances to win from 5 to 10! Follow this link to watch reviews or create your own book review: https://flipgrid.com/7639c8
Every book you read accumulates for the grand prize drawing, so keep those entries coming! Here is the link to enter the contest: gg.gg/cms-fall
This year has just been flying by and the learning commons is busier than ever! There are a few important events coming up, which I have listed here. Please read below to find out more about our 1st Annual CMS Reading Challenge, Read-In Day, and Book Fair.
1st Annual CMS Reading Challenge
This year, CMS will be hosting it's first reading challenge! Each week, for five weeks leading up to the Book Fair, students and teachers can enter to win prizes for every chapter book they read (up to 5 books per week). Each week's contest will begin on Monday morning and last through the next Sunday night. Weekly prizes for students include gift cards to Nom Noms and Chick-fil-a, as well as new books. Weekly teacher prizes include gift cards to Nom Noms and Starbucks, and new books, too. At the end of the challenge, on December 11, 2017, a grand prize winner will be drawn from all of the student and teacher entries. The grand prize for students is a Kindle Fire and the grand prize for teachers is a gift card to Rick's Chophouse and an Amazon Echo Dot!
To enter, all you have to do is scan the QR code on the poster (or use the link) to review the books you read. It's really that simple! For an extra entry for each book you read, you can record a review on the learning commons' book review FlipGrid (found HERE).
There will be one student and teacher winner weekly, plus one ultimate grand prize student and teacher winner at the very end! Let Mrs. Scott or your ELAR teacher know if you have any questions!
Read-In Day Fall 2017
Read-In Day is a McKinney ISD tradition that happens twice a year, once in the fall and once in the spring. This fall's Read-In Day is Friday, November 17. Students can wear school appropriate pajamas and are encouraged to read a book in their classes. Help us promote the joy of reading by wearing your PJ's and participating in Read-In Day!
Teachers will also be competing against each other in a door decorating contest for Read-In Day! Teachers will pick their favorite book and decorate their door to match for a chance to win some awesome prizes!
Book Fair will take place December 4-8. More information will be coming as the time gets closer.
Wow! The first week of school flew by in a flash! It was a very busy week in the Cockrill Middle School Learning Commons. Monday began with helping students register, print their schedules, and find their way around the building. The rest of the week was spent working with our 6th and 8th grade ELAR teachers, introducing new Cockrill Cowboys to the learning commons, and book talks!
Along with Mrs. Chlebos, we selected numerous books we thought would interest our 6th graders, and boy, did they! Some of the most popular titles were The Face on the Milk Carton by Caroline B. Cooney, The Boy at the Top of the Mountain by John Boyne, The War That Saved My Life by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley, and Wonder by R.J. Palacio. We pulled books from a variety of genres that included classics like A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle and Hatchet by Gary Paulsen.
Mrs. Chlebos also selected some fantastic titles for our 8th grade ELAR classes to use for book “speed dating” in their classrooms. They came to the library at the end of the week and checked out many of those titles which included, Anything But Typical by Nora Raleigh Baskin, Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher, and Zeroes by Scott Westerfeld.
Here are our circulation statistics for the week:
Total Circulation: 1,629 copies (books and equipment for staff and students)
Holds: 25 (including titles through inter-library loan)
As you can tell, it was a busy, but fun week! Check out our Twitter feed on the right hand side of the blog for pictures of what we did throughout the week.
Welcome to Cockrill Middle School! The learning commons is a place where all of our school community members are welcome to come to learn, read, collaborate, explore, and communicate. As we enter our tenth year, we want our school community to see the learning commons as the heart and hub of the school!
You might ask yourself, "What does 'learning commons' mean?" Everyone is welcome to form their own ideas and opinions of its meaning, but to me, what it means is a space for every school community member to feel welcome. It is a place to spend time quietly reading and working on assignments, it is a place to come and explore in our new makerspace, and it is a place to collaborate and work with your friends and teachers to grow as a learner and leader.
This year, I hope you will join us as we make some exciting new changes in the CMS learning commons. Some things you may notice in the next few weeks are that we will be completing reorganizing the floor plan of this space. This will include a new organizational system for our book collection.
You may also notice:
Mrs. Scott and Mrs. Chlebos are so excited to see you all in a few weeks! Have a great rest of your summer!