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    Week of 1/12 - 1/16

    8:05 a.m. ARK Club – room 237

    3:50 p.m. STEM/Robotics Club
    4:00 p.m. We the People Club – room 239
    5:00 – 7:00 p.m. Open House for Future CMS Cougars
    Looking ahead….
    VEX IQ Robotics Challenge – Saturday January 17th @ Sossaman MS
    No School – MLK Day Monday, January 19th
    Carnival Planning Meeting - Thursday, Jnuary 22nd in room 417, 6:00 p.m.
    HUSD Expo – Saturday January 24th 10 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. @ SanTan Village Mall
    Early Release – Professional Development Wednesday, January 28th
    Cooley Spring Carnival - Saturday March 21st 
    Carnival Planning Committee Meeting –  MEETING SCHEDULE CHANGE Please consider volunteering your time and talent as the Cooley PTO gets started with the planning of our second school carnival. The carnival is scheduled for Saturday, March 21st and we will need assistance from parents, grandparents and business partners for this undertaking to happen.  Our first meeting will be held on Thursday, January 22nd at 6:00 p.m. in room 417. Please save these dates and plan to join in the fun!
    HUSD Expo – Join us at the Higley Education Expo on January 24th from 10:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m.
    at San Tan Village in the courtyard area in front of Harkins Movie Theaters. Schools will be featured with demonstrations from schools groups, including robotics, television production, musicians, engineering, art displays and more. This will be a great opportunity to talk to an engineering student, watch our Rubik’s Cube team in action and visit with principals and school staff. Parents of preschool age children may also pick up registration packets for next school year. We welcome all of our Higley families and the Gilbert community to discover what we have to offer at the #1 Large Public School District in Arizona. We hope you will join us!
    Second Late Bus – There is now a second late bus for afternoon programs that will be splitting the evening route so that students participating in after school clubs and tutoring programs will have a shorter bus trip home. One bus will drop off to the Gateway and HTA neighborhoods, while the other route will be through the Coronado and Chaparral neighborhoods. These two busses will leave our campus following the 4:45 late bus bell.
    Employment Opportunity – Do you know anyone that is looking for a part-time job? We are looking for a custodian that is available to work a 29-hour work week. Both day and night shifts are available. Previous experience is preferred but is not required. Applicants must have good communication skills and be able to work well with others. For more information about this position, view the current job openings. (Classified Hourly Salary Schedule Row 6: $8.72 - $10.21 DOE).
    Library Donations – We are opening a Preschool section in our library and would appreciate any donations of gently used children’s books that Cooley families are able to give. Thank you for your support!
    NEW CMS Fan Gear!! – The new Cooley fan gear has arrived! A clear, 24-oz water bottle, hand-held Cooley fan and CMS vinyl window/binder decals are available for you to show your true Cooley Cougar spirit! Take a look at the Fan Gear order form and don't forget that school t-shirts, fleece hoodies and a lightweight zippered jackets are still in our collection as well, and can be ordered using the Spirit WearSpirit Wear order form. Submit payment and completed order forms to the front office.
    2015-16 Calendar Reminder - Beginning next school year, the district is moving to a modified year-round school calendar. Classes begin July 27, 2015, with a two-week fall break, two-week winter break and two-week spring break. The last day of classes is May 26, 2016, and the last day for teachers is May 27, 2016. For information, go online to: https://www.husd.org/newcalendars
    Free and Reduced Lunch Applications – Family applications for Free or Reduced Meals must be renewed each school year. New applications and renewals are accepted at any time during the year. One application per family will cover all students enrolled in HUSD schools. For more information about this program and for answers to the FAQ's about Free and Reduced Meal plans, please visit Mr. Terry Peper's information page. Applications can be picked up in the front office or from his information site.
    ARK Club - ARK is a club to promote a friendly and kind atmosphere at CMS. Students will practice doing Acts of Random Kindness weekly, as well as a larger project each quarter. We will meet each Tuesday morning at 8:05 in room 237.
    Robotics Club – ROBOTICS VEX IQ CHALLENGE at Sossaman Middle School- Saturday, Jan. 17th. from 9:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.  Our Robotics team will work together scoring points in Teamwork Matches, and also get to show off their robot’s skills individually in driver controlled and autonomous Skills Challenges. In addition to building robots, the STEM Challenge component of the VEX IQ Challenge encourages students to actively learn about science, technology, engineering and math.  This event is open to all students and their families.  For more information contact Ms. Jacobson at Heidi.Jacobson@husd.org
    Book Club – The student-led club has chosen the book for this month’s selection. Our next meeting is Thursday, January at 8:00 a.m. in room 226. Read the book and come join us; you'll enjoy the conversation and likely meet some new friends!
    We the People – Our afterschool club explores the United States Constitution, American government, and citizenship. Activities include mock trials, speech writing, and debates. We the People meets after school on Tuesdays from 4:00 - 4:45 p.m. in room 239.
    Library Fundraiser - Please donate your empty printer cartridges, old (but working) cell phones, tablets, laptops, digital cameras, mp3 players, GPS systems, and headphones to the Cooley Media Center.  We will recycle these items and receive cash to help purchase books for our library.  We would also like to partner with businesses to recycle their printer cartridges to help support our school.  If you work for a company who would be willing to donate, you can send those items to the Media Center as well.  Thanks for your support!
    Attendance - To excuse your student’s absence please call our attendance clerk, Ms. Kelly Bruncak at 480.279.8312
    E-Alerts – Make sure your friends from our community are receiving the CMS news and announcements. Please encourage them to register to receive the CMS e-alerts on the husd.org website in the Parents tab.
    If you would like to modify your selected list, or opt-out from the HUSD E-Alerts system, please email your request to websitesupport@husd.org
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