Weekly Update

Below is a transcript of each weekly update message for the 2019-20 school year.

CIMS Weekly Update, 11/17/19

posted Nov 17, 2019, 10:15 AM by Ryan Masciotra

CIMS Weekly Update, 11/17/19

Good evening, Corwin International families.  This is Mrs. Masciotra with the weekly update.

On Monday, there is a boys basketball game at Roncalli at 4:30pm.

On Tuesday, there is an informational meeting for all PYP students interested in participating in this year’s PYP STEM Fair.  The meeting will take place at 7:30am in Mr. Murray’s room and we encourage all interested students to attend.  This meeting will help you with the process and requirements to participate in the STEM fair and give you important dates, times, and other details.  If you are unable to attend, please contact Mr. Murray.  Also on Tuesday, there is an NAL match at Central at 4:45pm.  

On Wednesday, there is a boys basketball game at PAA at 4:30pm.  7th grade will perform this week during 4th hour.  The 7th grade Tuesday/Thursday Performance of Bottom of the Lake is Wednesday evening at 5:30.  Donations for the performance will go towards helping students attending Nationals this summer.

On Thursday, there is a boys basketball game against Pleasantview at 4:30pm.  Also on Thursday, the annual All City Middle School Choir performance will take place at 7:00pm in East High School’s auditorium.  Congratulations to the 2019 All-City Middle School Choir Participants from CIMS:  Xavier Farias, Jade Anspach, Trinity Chavez, AJ Richards, and Gabrielle Powell.  These students have been rehearsing with 80 other students from Pueblo's D60 & D70, for the upcoming performance.  Come support your fellow cyclones!

As we head into the holiday break, we’d like to get a few things on your calendar:
  • We are in need of clear lights for the Parade of Lights festival by November 21st. Please see Parent Booker for specifics and get parent volunteer hours. Also, we need volunteers to assist in decorating on Saturday, November 30, 1:00 at Corwin Parking Lot. Please Sign up in parent booker for Volunteer Hours. 
  • Corwin Students will be gift wrapping at Barnes and Noble on Black Friday from 9am to 9pm for a donation. Come by and save yourself some work.
  • Friday, December 6th is the Annual Corwin Travel Club Bookfair and Gift Wrapping at Barnes and Noble from 9am to 9pm. 4th and 5th grade students received a performance schedule on Thursday with the Cheesecake order forms. Mark your calendars for fun and festivities including cookie decorating and make and take crafts. Get some Holiday shopping completed and have our students wrap them for a donation while you enjoy performances by all grades. A percentage of all purchases in the store that day using our special code will go to the Travel Club students. 
  • Cheesecake Factory Cheesecake order forms went home with all students on Thursday. Place your order by Thursday the 21st and pick up your cheesecake at Barnes and Noble on December 6th during the Corwin Travel Club Book Fair. Payment is made at the Book Fair. 

That concludes our announcements.  Have a great evening.

CIMS Weekly Update, 11/10/19

posted Nov 10, 2019, 10:36 AM by Ryan Masciotra

CIMS Weekly Update, 11/10/19

Good evening, Corwin International families.  This is Mrs. Masciotra with the weekly update.

On Monday, all final orders for the PTO catalog sale are due.  All paper orders and money must be turned in to the main office.  Also on Monday, we are kicking off our annual food drive in support of Tom and Louie’s Cupboard.  The elementary and middle school classes who bring in the most items will win a jeans pass!  The second place classes will earn a donut party.  All items are due by Thursday morning.

On Tuesday, there is a boys basketball game at CIMS at 4:30pm and an NAL match at Central High School at 4:45pm.  Also on Tuesday, the spirit store will be open and will have a special sale on new long sleeve spirits shirts.

On Wednesday, InterACT meets at 4pm and boys basketball plays at Vineland at 4:30 pm.  Also on Wednesday, we will celebrate World Kindness Day.  How can you help us in choosing intentionally kind acts?

Finally, we would like to remind all families that there are a variety of ways to help CIMS in the form of volunteering.  Be sure to continue collecting box tops, turning them into the office, and to download the Shoparoo app.  We have already raised over $50 in just the first quarter.  Additionally, be sure to check Parent Booker regularly to find opportunities to volunteer.

That concludes our announcements.  Have a great evening.

CIMS Weekly Update, 11/3/19

posted Nov 2, 2019, 8:37 PM by Ryan Masciotra   [ updated Nov 2, 2019, 8:38 PM ]

Good evening, Corwin International families. This is Mrs. Masciotra with the weekly update.

We have a busy week this week.

On Monday, we will have picture re-takes in the morning. On Monday after school, boys basketball plays at Skyview at 4:30pm.

6th grade Drama informances will be held on Tues and Wed at noon both days this week.
Volleyball uniforms need to be turned in this week by Wednesday to Mrs. Hutchins. Fines will be applied on Thursday. The 5th grade Fairytales performance is Wednesday, Nov 6th at 3:00.
On Wednesday evening, we will hold a School Accountability meeting at 5pm and a PTO meeting at 6pm.

On Thursday, we will hold our monthly student of the month breakfast at 7:30am in the media center. Thursday is also our monthly jeans day for $1. All proceeds support student initiatives through the CIMS PTO.

The Corwin International Science Fair is Saturday, November 9th. Students should report at the assigned time in their formal school uniform. All students are required to attend. Students will need to have their Science Fair Board which can be picked up that morning in their science classroom.
  • --6th grade will report between 8:00 and 9:00 am.
  • --7th grade will report between 9:00 and 10:00 am.
  • --8th grade will report between 10:00 and 11:00 am.
We have several other announcements
  • --Due to cold temperatures, students are not permitted to wear shorts or skirts/dresses without tights until after spring break.
  • --The Volleyball end of season party has been moved to Nov 14th at 6pm.
  • --7th and 8th grade Drama students MUST turn in their Field trip forms and payments by Tuesday, Nov. 5th to be eligible to participate.
  • --We are joining with East High School to support Tom + Louie’s Cupboard and the annual food drive through November 14th. Please bring non-perishable items to be donated.
  • --Are you looking for a great gift idea? InterACT Club is selling calendars to raise money for the Nicaragua Well Project. The calendars have amazing photographs of animals and places from all over the world; and the photos were taken by local Rotarians. The cost is only $15, AND- that money is doubled with a grant, so your purchase adds $30 towards making a difference in a global way. To order your calendar, contact any InterACT club member or Mrs. Richards.
  • --CIMS Student Council and InterACT Club would like to invite all staff, families and students to join them for the 21st annual Rake Up Pueblo event on Saturday, November 23. We will rake 4 yards for the elderly and/or disabled persons in our community and we hope you'll join us. For more information, contact Mrs. Richards or Mr. Wermers.

That concludes our announcements. Have a great evening.

CIMS Weekly Update, 10/27/19

posted Oct 27, 2019, 10:46 AM by Ryan Masciotra

Good evening, Corwin International families.  This is Mrs. Masciotra with the weekly update.

Thank you to all of the families supporting our school through our fall book fair.  It has been extremely successful and continues through this week.  

On Monday, boys basketball practice begins for all players that made the team.  At the end of practice, there is a mandatory parent meeting.  At least one parent/guardian must attend for each player.

On Wednesday, the 5th graders will be presenting their fairy tale plays in an informance and InterACT meets after school at 4pm.  

Last Thursday, we welcomed several exciting guests and we kicked off our PTO catalog fundraiser.  Each student brought home a catalog packet over the weekend that includes awesome products.  CIMS earns 40% of all of the sales and students are eligible for exciting prizes.  As students sell items, they are eligible for daily prizes using the coupon page in the packet.  Our goal is for each student to sell two items.  Thank you for your continued support of CIMS!

Finally, we are still collecting socks for the Pueblo Charter Lions Club and coats for the winter coat drive.  Please drop them in the collection bins outside of the main office.

That concludes our announcements.  Have a great evening.

CIMS Weekly Update, 10/20/19

posted Oct 20, 2019, 11:53 AM by Ryan Masciotra

CIMS Weekly Update, 10/20/19

Good evening, Corwin International families.  This is Mrs. Masciotra with the weekly update.

We have quite a few announcements this week - and my voice is not at 100% - so keep in mind that you can always reference the text of the message in your email, on our website, and on our Facebook page.

Congratulations goes out to JV Softball for taking 2nd place in the City/County Championship this past week.  And, a huge shout out to Varsity Softball for being the City/County champs for the 4th straight year!  CIMS 7th grader, Meah Tillman, was recognized as the season’s MVP.  

The CIMS fall Book Fair officially opens this week.  It will open each day for students until October 31st.  

On Wednesday, we welcome Three Pennies author, Melanie Crowder, to CIMS.  She will be greeting whole grades in assemblies and meeting with small groups of students for book signings and workshops.

On Thursday, Melanie Crowder will continue her visit and we will also welcome The Little Shop of Physics from CSU-Fort Collins.  Students in all grades will be participating in hands on physics activities.  To celebrate these inquiry activities and our guests, Thursday will be a tie dye shirt and jeans day.  While there is no cost to participate, we are asking each student who wears the spirit attire to donate a pair of new socks to the SOCKTOBER sock drive.

On Friday, we will hold fall conferences for all students.  Elementary conferences have been scheduled by teacher.  Middle school conferences will run from 8am to 2:30pm.  Please plan to come speak with teachers, receive report cards and other important information. 

Speaking of SOCKTOBER, CIMS is participating with the Pueblo Charter Lions Club in the 4th Annual SOCKTOBER! A donation box will be located outside the CIMS office until the end of October. 

You are also invited to participate in the Spread the Warmth Winter Coat Drive during the Month on October. Bring in a new or slightly used coat and be eligible for volunteer hours.

Just a reminder of the opportunity for your 8th grade student to take the SAT (Scholastic Aptitude Test) on December 7th. The deadline to register on line is October 25. For more information, please contact Mrs. Bratina at 719-549-7406.

That concludes our announcements.  Have a great evening.  

CIMS Weekly Update, 10/13/19

posted Oct 13, 2019, 10:05 AM by Ryan Masciotra

CIMS Weekly Update, 10/13/19

Good evening, Corwin International families.  This is Mrs. Masciotra with the weekly update.

We’d like to give a big shout out to all of the CIMS fall athletes for representing CIMS well through the first season of athletics.  Good luck to CIMS softball in playoffs this week.  As a reminder, clearing for winter sports takes place tomorrow, Monday.

This is the last week of the first quarter.  Grades for 1st quarter will be finalized on Friday.  

We hope to see you all on Friday evening for our annual CIMSTober Fest.  It is an evening of costumes, treats, haunted fun, games, and more!  Events will run from 5:30 to 8pm and families from FIMS and CIMS are welcomed.  We encourage you to bring cash for food, treats, games, etc.  

Just a reminder of the opportunity for your 8th grade student to take the SAT (Scholastic Aptitude Test) on December 7th. The deadline to register on line is October 25. For more information, please contact Mrs. Bratina at 719-549-7406.

You are invited to participate in the Spread the Warmth Winter Coat Drive during the Month on October. Bring in a new or slightly used coat and be eligible for volunteer hours.

CIMS is participating with the Pueblo Charter Lions Club in the 4th Annual SOCKTOBER! A donation box will be located outside the CIMS office until the end of October. Please donate new socks in original packaging, and the Pueblo Charter Lions Club will deliver to local agencies. Donating a pair of socks can make a difference in the lives of our neighbors who are struggling.

Finally, just a reminder that fall conferences will take place next Friday, October 25th.  Elementary conferences will be scheduled by teacher and middle school conferences will run all day from 8am to 2:30pm.

That concludes our announcements.  Have a great evening.

CIMS Weekly Update, 9/29/19

posted Sep 29, 2019, 10:00 AM by Ryan Masciotra

CIMS Weekly Update, 9/29/19

Good evening, Corwin International families.  This is Mrs. Masciotra with the weekly update.

Like previous weeks this quarter, we have another busy one coming up.

On Monday, select Advisory classes will be taking part in a mock reunification drill.  We will be practicing in case of a situation that requires us to reunite students and families.  Also on Monday, there is a cross country meet at Hollydot at 4pm, JV volleyball plays at Pleasantview and varsity plays at CIMS at 4:45pm, and softball plays at Runyon at 5pm.  A reminder that there will be no comic club on Monday, September 30. We will resume class the following Monday.

On Tuesday, annual vision and hearing screening will be taking place for all 5th and 7th graders.  The Pueblo Department of Public Health and Environment will be collecting height and weight data during vision and hearing screenings for grades 4th, 5th, and 7th in the school this year as well.  All heights and weights will be measured in a confidential setting and remain confidential.  Information will not be given to individual students or school staff.  Your child’s height and weight will be added to the measurements we collect for all students.  The name of your child will not be in any report or linked to the information that is collected.  The data will be used to drive public health education in Pueblo County.  If you do not want your child weighed and measured, please complete the opt out form available in the front office by Monday.  Also on Tuesday, all 6th graders will begin their new arts rotation for the next six weeks.  Schedules will be updated in Infinite Campus.

On Wednesday, InterACT club meets at 4pm, JV volleyball plays at Swallows and Varsity plays at CIMS at 4:45pm.  District Accountability is at 5:30pm at the Administration Building.

On Thursday, we will host our September Student of the Month breakfast at 7:30am in the Media Center, and it is our October $1 jeans day.  All proceeds will support the CIMS InterACT club and their support of Rotary’s water well project in Nicaragua.  Cross country runs at Risley at 5pm and softball plays at Runyon at 5pm.

We'd like to wish football good luck as they participate in the next round of playoffs this weekend.  Soccer plays at 1pm at Langoni Field.

There is a great opportunity for our 8th grade students to take the SAT (Scholastic Aptitude Test).  This is the college entrance exam given to all High School Juniors in our community.  Test date is Dec. 7th and application deadline is Oct. 25.  There is also a fee for this test.   If you are interested in learning more about this opportunity, please contact Mrs. Bratina at 549-7406.

Finally, a reminder to all middle school families.  Our new math curriculum includes a vital independent practice component in the online program, Mathia.  All middle school students can access Mathia through their district login at home and should be working on it regularly to maintain practice in skills that are being taught in class.

That completes out announcements.  Have a great evening.

CIMS Weekly Update, 9/22/19

posted Sep 22, 2019, 12:16 PM by Ryan Masciotra

CIMS Weekly Update, 9/22/19

Good evening, Corwin International families.  This is Mrs. Masciotra with the weekly update.

Thank you to all of the students and families who participated in the read-a-thon.  Students raised over $1000 and read several thousand minutes!  Prizes will be awarded to students this week.

On Monday, JV volleyball plays at Heaton at 4:30pm.  Varisty volleyball plays at CIMS at 4:30pm and Softball plays at Runyon at 5pm.

On Wednesday, JV Volleyball plays at CIMS at 4:30pm and Varsity plays at Skyview at 4pm.  InterACT club meets after school at 4pm as well.

On Thursday, the CIMS Cross Country team will host our annual meet at CIMS and Lake Minnequa.  

On Saturday, CIMS Football plays at 8am at Roncalli and CIMS Soccer plays at Langoni Field at 11am.


Shout out to our InterACT club who spent time last Wednesday afternoon picking up trash in our park.
They are planning for their October  service project to bake and read stories at the Ronald McDonald House on October 4th and need our help. Please send your aluminum pull tabs from beverages, and cans with aluminum pull tabs like cat food or soup. The tabs are being collected in the large pink tubs located in the hallway by the front office and Cyber Cafe.
Also: they are in need of donations for baking, and the request will be in Parent Booker this week.

This club which meets weekly to plan monthly projects, includes students from every grade level and targets projects in our school, community, state and internationally. In fact, the money from our October Jeans Day will be donated on our behalf to the Rotary Foundation of Pueblo West who we are partnering with to dig a well in a village of 200 people in Terrabona, Nicaragua.

We are thankful to the students and families who make ACTION in our world a regular part of their lives. What an i-B way to live!

 Many students participate in the projects but cannot attend meetings due to sports and other activities, so attendance at weekly meeting is optional.

If you want more information about this exciting club, check the contact Mrs. Richards to obtain the Google Classroom and Remind codes.

That concludes our announcements.  Have a great evening.  

CIMS Weekly Update, 9/15/19

posted Sep 15, 2019, 9:29 AM by Ryan Masciotra

CIMS Weekly Update, 9/15/19


Good evening, Corwin International families.  This is Mrs. Masciotra with the weekly update.  


We have quite a few announcements today.  Keep in mind that you can always read the text version of this message in your email, on our Facebook page, and on our website.  


On Monday, all read-a-thon reading logs, sponsor forms, and money are due.  Also on Monday, the CIMS spirit store will be open after school and will be selling CIMS water bottles for $5.  JV Volleyball plays at CIMS at 4:30pm, Varsity Volleyball plays at Liberty Point at 4:30pm, and Softball plays at Runyon at 5pm.


On Wednesday, JV Volleyball plays at CIMS at 4:45pm, Varsity Volleyball plays at Vineland at 4:30pm, and Softball plays at Runyon at 5pm.


On Friday, there will be an informational meeting for students interested in the New York City/Broadway trip.  The meeting will be at 5pm in room 113.  


On Saturday, Cross Country runs in the Central Invitational at 11:30am and Football plays at Roncalli at 2pm.  


In other announcements:

  • We will begin facilitating safety drills this week.  Please note that these are to practice preventative measures and we will always communicate with you through phone message and email if we have to facilitate a safety drill that is not for practice.  

  • We are accepting gently used uniforms as donations to our uniform room.  You may count the time to wash, fold and deliver the items to the school as parent volunteer time.  

  • Students will begin learning about Safe2Tell through digital citizenship units.  We’d like to remind families that Safe2Tell is an anonymous resource for reporting and we encourage use.  

  • InterACT Club is collecting aluminum pull tabs from pop cans, soups, cat food, and so forth; for the Ronald McDonald House. Requests for them went home in the summer packets, and now is the time to start sending them in so that students in InterACT can deliver them to show we care about families with children in the hospital.  Students should bring the pull tabs in baggies and place them in the PINK STORAGE TUBS which are located near the main office. For more information about InterACT Club or to find out how you and your family can participate, contact our club sponsor, Mrs. Richards.


That concludes our announcements.  Have a great evening!




CIMS Weekly Update, 9/8/19

posted Sep 7, 2019, 7:48 AM by Ryan Masciotra

CIMS Weekly Update, 9/8/19

Good evening, Corwin International families.  This is Mrs. Masciotra with the weekly update.

This week, we are continuing our read-a-thon.  Students and teachers will continue reading Three Pennies, our school-wide novel, and students can track minutes read and sponsorships to be eligible for prizes.  The read-a-thon will run through this Thursday, September 12th and we will host a visit from the author of Three Pennies at the end of October.  

Tomorrow, Monday, is picture day.  Students brought home paper order forms, or you can order online with online code provided on our website or Facebook page.  On Monday afternoon, Softball plays at Runyon at 5pm and Volleyball plays at Craver at 4:45pm.

On Tuesday, 5th graders in Nichols and Sims will be going on their first Beulah field trip.  And, we will hold our first Skate Night at 6pm at Skate City.

On Wednesday, 5th graders in Barger and Jackson-Medrano will be going on their Beulah field trip.  And, the Interact Club will meet after school at 4pm.

On Thursday, the cross country team will run in a meet at Heaton at 5pm.  

Finally, just a reminder that our after school enrichment has started and spots are still available.  Please refer to the form on our website or in the email version of this message to register your student.

That concludes our announcements.  Have a great evening.  

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