Support Cooley and receive up to a $400 AZ Tax Credit. Your tax dollar donations fund extra-curricular activities and opportunities for students. If you wish to make a donation, please see our Tax Credit page for more information.
Cooley Is An "A" Rated School
Cooley Parents and Community Members,
The State of Arizona recently released school rankings. These rankings, or letter grades, have been calculated differently than years past. Middle school calculations were based on how well students scored on statewide assessments (AzMerit/AIMS) as well as overall improvement of individual student scores on AzMerit from previous years. Cooley Middle School continues to show proficiency in all Arizona state assessments: percentage above the state average in Math, percentage above the state average in English Language Arts, and percentage above charter schools in both Math and English Language Arts. Growth was also displayed, showing the percentage of students that went from partially proficient to proficient and to proficient to highly proficient.
I am proud to let you know that Cooley Middle School received an “A” rating. I cannot express enough how proud I am of the Cooley students, teachers, staff, and community members. This is something that we should all take great pride in, as this is a tremendous accomplishment.
I believe one of the most basic principles of a successful education is promoting student achievement. My personal goal is to be the best middle school in the state and to oversee a campus which develops young people into ambitious, highly successful, happy, and resilient young adults. In addition to this, I want to provide your son or daughter with a challenging academic curriculum coupled with an unwavering supportive foundation that values the strength and talent of each individual. We also want to make learning enjoyable, both socially and emotionally, as we prepare students for their high school journey. Personally speaking, I believe this can all be witnessed daily in walking our campus hallways.
Even with our “A” rating, in continuing with our Growth Mindset philosophy, Mr. Keith and I have reviewed the data provided, and adjustments have been made where we feel will most be beneficial to students. Our focus will remain on our teachers working together in professional learning communities, making data driven decisions, and incorporating student-centered learning activities into daily instruction. This will help maximize student learning and growth, and more importantly, your student’s readiness for high school and beyond.
Striving to be the top middle school in the state of Arizona will continue to be our goal. We greatly value and appreciate your partnership.
Principal, Cooley Middle School
CMS Final Exams
Final exams will be on Tuesday, December 19th and Wednesday, December 20th. We will follow the block bell schedule those two days. Thursday, December 21st is an early release day, and there is no school on Friday, December 22nd. There will be no early final exams given. Students that miss final exams will need to make them up during the week of January 8th – 12th. January 12th is the last day for students to make-up final exams. Thank you.
Attendance Policy Changes
This is to inform you that we have a new board policy on attendance. A student will be considered absent from class if they enter the classroom more than ten minutes after the designated start time. If the student has a valid reason to be late to class it will be an excused absence. The absence will be considered unexcused if the student is late without being excused by the school administration or the parent signing in the child late. If you would like to receive attendance updates throughout the day, you have the option to sign up in ParentVUE. Thank you.
Emergency Contact Information
As a reminder, emergency contacts are designated adults that are able to pick up your student when they need to leave school due to a medical emergency. The school cannot release a student to an emergency contact for other reasons such as to go to lunch, appointments, etc. To release a student during the school day to someone other than a parent/guardian, the school needs parent permission ahead of time. Thank you!
CMS Front Office Procedure Change
In order to minimize the disruptions to instruction, we are restricting deliveries to students to items that are essential to the educational process. Therefore, classes will not be interrupted for delivery of items.
If it is absolutely necessary to drop off an item for your student, it will be stored in the front office storage area. Your student can come and get their item between classes or during lunch. Please note that we are not responsible for dropped off items.
Flowers, birthday items, pizza, etc. will not be accepted from businesses for delivery. Restaurant deliveries are also not allowed.
The front office will NOT be responsible for delivering items to students.
Please also note that we do our best to deliver phone messages. Messages are delivered the last 5 minutes of a class period in order to not interrupt instructional time.
Thank you for your understanding!
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Support Cooley and Receive Up To $400 AZ Tax Credit
The state of Arizona allows you to receive a tax credit of up to $200 ($400 if married and filing jointly) when you make an ECA tax credit donation to our school. We will use your tax dollar donation to help fund extra curricular activities and opportunities for our students to extend their learning beyond the regular school day and you will get a dollar-for-dollar credit towards your tax return. Before and after school tutoring, school clubs and field trip experiences are just a few of the enrichment programs that are made possible when ECA funds are donated to our school. Please name Cooley Middle School as the recipient of your donation so that we may provide quality enrichment programs like these for our learners. We appreciate your support and are dedicated to spending your tax dollars responsibly.
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October 30, 2017
4:00 PM - 6:00 PM Girls Softball Games vs. Queen Creek @ CMS
4:30 PM - 6:30 PM Boys Basketball Games vs. Queen Creek @ CMS
November 1, 2017
4:00 PM - 6:00 PM Girls Softball Games vs. Bogle JH @ CMS
4:30 PM - 6:30 PM Boys Basketball Games vs. Bogle JH @ CMS
4:30 PM - 7:00 PM Cross Country vs. Casteel @ Casteel