2012-2013 Dancing Dolls Selected

The following students will represent the Dancing Dolls for the 2012-2013 school year: Zoe Boxley - Colonel, Keri Dickerson - Lieutenant Colonel, Melody Hall and Jauren McGaskey - Lieutenants, Claudisha Edwards and Ny’Kedra Lartigue - Social Officers.

New members are Kiara Shinette, Kayla Murray, Jalyn Mansfield, and Justin Lewis.

Seventh Graders Excel and are Recognized


Seventh grader Kayla Murray has hit a home run. After submitting her essay into a national writing contest entitled "Breaking Barriers," Kayla was selected as a  Major League Baseball and Scholastic, Inc. winner.  Kayla is the recipient of the MLB Club Prize Package, and on May 18, 2012, she will travel to Minute Maid Park with 50 friends and classmates to enjoy the Houston Astros versus the Texas Rangers.  Kayla will also provide each of her companions with a Jackie Robinson, Breaking the Barriers t-shirt and finally, she will be given a framed winner's certificate. 

Kolbie BanksKolbie Banks, also a Central Bearcat seventh grader, will attend the Lone Star Leadership Camp this summer in Austin, Texas. This camp is held around the state of Texas and helps students with their leadership, analytical, and communication skills. Kolbie will be able to share with other young Texans from around the state.  Some of the highlights of the camp are visiting landmark sites around Austin, visiting his state representatives, and doing a little water rafting.
 Kayla Murray and Chris BrownBearcat seventh graders, Christopher Brown and Kayla Murray, will attend the Bernard Harris Summer Science Camp for two weeks in June. Both students wrote inspiring essays as to how science and engineering will affect their lives in the future. The camp will be held at the University of Houston where they will meet role models in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) professions, as well as experience college life.


Central Middle School Selects End of Year Representatives

Administrator of the YearAnnette Dailey
of the Year 
  Donnie Brown
of the Year
Teacher of the Year
 Paraprofessional of the YearBarbara Woods
of the Year
   Dee Shelton
Support Staff
of theYear
 Support Staff of the Year














Chuck Norris to Visit CMS Kickstart Karate Program on May 10

One of the most famous figures in modern martial arts will visit Central Middle School Media Arts Academy  on Thursday, May 10, 2012, as part of the belt ceremony for the award-winning Kickstart Karate program. Chuck Norris plans to visit the school which is home to one of the first Kickstart programs he helped found in 1992. The ceremony starts at 6 p.m. in the Central Middle School gymnasium. Read entire story at this link.

Fifth Six Weeks Honors Revealed 

The following honors were announced for the fifth six weeks - eighth grade All-As:  Gabriela Estrada, Trulisha Hamilton, Brian Martinez, Alexa Solis, Hezekiah Jones, Catelin Sanders, and Ashley Squiers.

Eighth grade A-B honor roll:  Alexa Solis, Hezekiah Jones, Yulissa Chavez, Robert Dixon, Gabrielle Reyna, Heriberto Hernandez Estrada, Sandy Reynolds, Everett Lee, David Signo, William Rivers, Kimberly Moreira, Matthew Owens, Steven Fields, Taralynn Alcorn, Clifton Holmes, Edward Grogan, Adrion Smith, Robert Beverly, Jasmine Scott, Laurryel Goodman, Jeffery Douglas, Carl Jacob, Terrel Day, Ryan Khim, Sanjuana Ortiz, Alexis Espiricueta, Walter Henderson, Larissa Zuniga, Kierra Thompson, Kasandra Barbalena, and Gabriela Serna.

Seventh grade A-B honor roll:  Austin Willard, Taylor Deluna, Natalie Morgan, Christopher Brown, Liteanna White, Lesley Juarez, Dakota Martinez, Anniqua Wiley, Frances Dixon, Claudisha Edwards, Paola Betancourt, Mikayla Saltkill, Hevan Miller, Zoe Boxley-Weaver, Alanis Briseno-Cabrera, Ronald Henriquez-Mancia, Abril Mendiola, Kyle Buzan, and Kiara Shinette.

Perfect Attendance:  Mikayla Saltkill and Catelin Sanders.

AB 5th 6 weeks 

Students of the Month Announced for April 
The following students were selected as April's Student of the Month: Hope Hall, Aldo Lucena, Jonathan Hernandez, Catelin Sanders, Aryanna Leach, Jasmine Pizano, Maurice Rivas Conley, William Rivers, and Jefferlon Smith. Students of the Month for April

Theater Students Perform Antigone for UIL One-Act Play Contest

Central Middle School theater students took their one-act play, Antigone, to Ball High School over the weekend for the UIL One-Act Play contest. Four of five cast members earned the following awards: Yulissa Chavez - All-Star Cast; Karen Ortiz - All-Star Cast; Destiny Kinlaw - Honorable Mention; and Carolyn Puckett - Honorable Mention. In addition, the crew received the Technical Achievement Award - Hope Hall for sound.

A big thank you goes out to Ryan Khim for taking on a major role just a few days before contest, and to Noah Johnson for doing a fantastic job on lights. The UIL cast party will be Wednesday, May 2, after school. Ms. McKay Talley is the theater arts instructor.

No Place for Hate
Central Middle School has been officially designated as a 2011-2012 No Place for Hate® school. The Anti-Defamation League received over 320 No Place for Hate® applications of which CMS met the requirements for the designation. Central's counselor, Ms. Matthews, coordinated the efforts in order to meet the requirements. Congratulations to the students, faculty, and staff. 

Holmes Presentation Given to Central Students 

 Bob Holmes

As part of April's Alcohol Awareness month activities, Bob Holmes presented to the Central student body on April 30. Mr. Holmes presented a thrilling volleyball exhibition while delivering a powerful motivational message. His program impacts the lives of those who hear it, and he helps students "Beat the Odds" against the issues of their day. Because it takes more than words to beat the odds, Mr. Holmes brings the action with his presentation. His personal troubles transformed him into "The One-Man Volleyball Team."

Visit his web site to learn more about him and his message - link.

Cheerleaders Selected for 2012-2013
Tryouts for the 2012-2013 cheerleading squad were held on Thursday, April 19, 2012. The following young ladies will represent Central Middle School:  Jaiya Fields (Captain), Liteanna White (Co-Captain), Kristen Heagney, Serena Enriquez, Reginell Joseph, Karcyn Hamrick, Rachel Gonzales, and Julia Hurst.

Video Technology Students Win

Recently students in the Video Technology class participated in a video contest hosted by YourTownTV. Congratulations to the following students whose videos were chosen: William Rivers (1st place), Sedrick Brown (2nd place), Jose Alcocer (3rd place). Left to right Sedrick, Jose, William. Ms. Stephanie Wilcox is their teacher.

 Video Contest Winners


Fourth Six Weeks Honor Rolls and Perfect Attendance Announced 
The following students were recognized for all A's for the fourth six weeks:  Gabriela Estrada, Trulisha Hamilton, Brian Martinez, Catelin Sanders, Alexa Solis, and Ashley Squiers. 
 All A Honor Roll for Fourth Six Weeks 
In addition, the following students were recognized for the A-B honor roll for the fourth six weeks:  Hezekiah Jones, Yulissa Chavez, Robert Dixon, Gabrielle Reyna, Heriberto Hernandez Estrada, Sandy Reynolds, Everett Lee, David Signo, William Rivers, Ebony Spiller, Kimberly Moreira, Steven Fields, Clifton Holmes, Edward Grogan, Adrion Smith, Robert Beverly, Jasmine Scott, Abel Martinez, Gabriela Serna, Rosa Villanueva, Douglas Zeigler, Austin Willard, Taylor Deluna, Natalie Morgan, Liteanna White, Lesley Juarez, Anniqua Wiley, Frances Dixon, Sydney Bates, Hevan Miller, and Jeffery Douglas. 
 AB Honor Roll Fourth Six Weeks
Also, Catelin Sanders was recognized for having perfect attendance.
 Perfect Attendance 4th Six Weeks


Dancing Dolls Win Super Sweepstakes and More
The Central Middle School Dancing Dolls traveled to Dallas, Texas, on Saturday, February 25, 2012, to compete in the "Crowd Pleaser" Dance/Drill Team Competition. The Dancing Dolls experienced great success in the competition being named the Super Sweepstakes Team by scoring 90 and above on all routines.

In addition the Dancing Dolls also garnered recognition as the Grand Champion Team, Best in Class Team Pom, Best in Class Team Hip Hop, Best in Class Team Jazz, Best in Class Officer Lyrical, Best in Class Officer Jazz, Best in Class Officer Hip Hop, Grand Champion Officer group with 95 and above on all 3 routines, Officer Sweepstakes with 95 and above on all 3 routines, Most Outstanding Duet-Baby Dolls-Pom, and Most Outstanding Duet-Baby Dolls-Hip Hop. Sponsors are Ms. Flo Laws and Ms. Ronisha Ward.
 Dancing Dolls Excel at Competition

February Students of the Month Recognized

February Students of the MonthThe following students were recognized as February's Students of the month:  Katie Pineda, Milagros Hinojosa, Kierra Thompson, Jaser Garza, Alize Vargas, Chris Brown, Erik Santiago, and Taylor Deluna.

CMS Represented at Laura Bush Library Grant Ceremony
 Laura Bush

Mrs. Annette Dailey, Principal, and Mrs. Kathy Tramonte, Librarian, attended the Laura Bush Foundation’s final school library grant award ceremony in New Orleans on March 1, 2012. All previous grant recipients were on hand at Chalmette High School in St. Bernard Parish to acknowledge Mrs. Bush and Former U.S. Ambassador Pam Willeford for their continuing support of school libraries through the Laura Bush Foundation for America’s Libraries.

The LBF Gulf Coast School Library Recovery Initiative grants were available to schools that were damaged by Hurricanes’ Katrina, Rita or Ike. The Gulf Coast Initiative’s sole purpose was to replace books that were lost in the destruction.

Over the last seven years,116 grants have been awarded in Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and Texas. Only two Texas schools received this grant with Central Middle School receiving $130,000 to purchase library books lost in Hurricane Ike.

At the conclusion of the reunion, Mrs. Bush announced to the surprise of the audience that all former grant recipients would receive additional funds one final time.

The students and staff of Central MS are eternally grateful for our former First Lady who stepped forward at our time of greatest need to provide comfort and restoration to our library. Our school continues to be inspired by the Foundation’s dedication to literacy.

Students Participate in Various Black History Month Activities
Central Middle School students have enjoyed participating in various activities and projects during Black History Month. Students have had the opportunity to view historical movies, listen to black speakers, create projects highlighting famous black inventors, musicians, and authors, as well as experience firsthand the "Underground Railroad."
 Black History Month

AVID Students Research Famous Black Inventors
Students in Ms. Janice Lewis' AVID classes researched various black inventors and created reports on their findings. The information was displayed so that all CMS students could learn more about these inventors' contributions.
 Famous Black Inventors

Creativity Apparent in Digital Imaging Students' Projects

Students in Ms. Stephanie Wilcox’s Digital Imaging class had the opportunity to design a custom pair of Nikes.  Students used various tools in PhotoShop to create their designs such as gradients, magic wands, and the paint bucket.


Students also celebrated Black History month by learning about famous African-American artists. The information they gathered through research was then used to create a vinyl record for that artist. In addition, students created postage stamps reflecting various time periods and individuals in black history. Their work will be entered in the Black History Extravaganza Competition.

 Nike Project Vinyl Project Postage Stamp Project

Students of the Month Selected for January
The following students were selected as Central's January Students of the Month: Devell Turner,  Ivan Montoya, Gabrielle Reyna,  Austin Willard,  Andrea Mack,  Sanjuana Ortiz, Melody Carreon,  Kolbie Banks,  Natlie Morgan,  Marcus Benavides,  Juanita Benavides, Timothy Hilton, and Paola Tapia.

Art Students Place in Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo Art Contest
Several of Ms. Casilda Rippard's art students participated in, as well as placed in, the Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo Art Contest. Pictured below are 1st place winners:  Kaitylyn Carma-Salazar, Jennifer Mercado, Katy Pineda, and Kierra Thompson; 2nd place winners:  Lourdes Escalante, Gabriela Estrada, Alicia Quintanilla, Kasandra Barbalena, and Larissa Zuniga; 3rd place winners: Steven Fields and Destiny Kinlaw. 
 Art Contest Winners


Students Recognized for All-A Honor Roll and Perfect Attendance

The following students were recognized for achieving all As during the third six weeks. They are: Gabriela Estrada, Trulisha Hamilton, Brian Martinez, Catelin Sanders, Alexa Solis, and Ashley Squiers. In addition, Catelin Sanders was also recognized for having perfect attendance throughout the first semester. Students are pictured below with CMS principal, Annette Dailey, after having received their certificates of recognition.

All A Honor Roll & Perfect AttendancePerfect Attendance

AB Honor Roll Recipients Recognized

The following students were recognized for achieving all As and Bs during the third six weeks. They are: Hezekiah Jones, Yulissa Chavez, Gabrielle Reyna, Robert Dixon,  Heriberto Hernandez Estrada, Everett Lee, David Signo, Sandy Reynolds, William Rivers, Kimberly Moreira, Steven Fields, Adrion Smith, Jasmine Scott, Gabriela Serna, Austin Willard,  Taylor Deluna, Natalie Morgan, Liteanna White, Lesley Juarez, Anniqua Wiley, Frances Dixon, and Sydney Bates. Students are pictured below with CMS principal, Annette Dailey, after having received their certificates of recognition and pin.

AB Honor Roll 3rd 6 Weeks

CMS Participates in No Name-Calling Week

Bringing awareness to the seriousness and severity of name-calling, teasing, bullying and cyber bullying is very important to Barnes & Noble. They have partnered with Simon & Schuster and GLSEN for "No Name-Calling Week" which is an annual week of educational and creative activities designed to end name-calling of all kinds, with lessons and activities for elementary, middle and high schools. 

CMS students made signs promoting respect as part of the kickoff for this event.

No Name-Calling Week

In addition, students created "Anti-Bullying Posters" in Digital Imaging; these posters were displayed around the campus.

Anti-Bullying Posters

Matthews Receives 2012 MLK Service Award
LaDora Matthews

Ms. La Dora Matthews, Counselor at Central Middle School, was recently honored and received recognition and an award at the MLK Memorial Service held at the Avenue L Church in Galveston on January 15, 2012.

Ms. Matthews was selected by the King Fest Committee for her unselfish service to the community of Galveston.

KickStart Kids

This year KickStart Kids held a fundraiser to help the program. All the students helped out by selling karate t-shirts. One of Central's CIS KickStart students won 3rd place in the KickStart fundraiser and had the opportunity to take a picture with Chuck Norris and his wife. Ebony Spiller was presented a check signed by Chuck Norris for the amount she raised which was $825.00. Mr. Gus Perez is the Karate instructor.
 Ebony Spiller with Chuck Norris

Honor Roll Students Recognized

AB Honor Roll

The following eighth grade students were recognized for attaining the All-A Honor Roll: Gabriela Estrada, Trulisha Hamilton, Brian Martinez, and Ashley Squiers. In addition, the following eighth grade students were recognized for attaining the A-B Honor Roll:  Catelin Sanders, Alexa Solis, Hezekiah Jones, William Rivers, Danyhel Epps, Sanjuana Ortiz, Laurryel Goodman, Gabrielle Reyna, T'Yuana Sanders, Kreshaun Foreman, Karen Ortiz-Pina, Yulissa Chavez, Ebony Spiller, Jeffery Douglas, Melissa Rodriguez, Clifton Holmes, Sylvan Burton, Jefferlon Smith, Anita Bloom, Larissa Zuniga, Everett Lee, Rodnick Artmore, Edward Grogan, Destini Tinsley, Jordan Murray, Jerry Blanks, Adrion Smith, Alexis Espiricueta, and Roland Perez.

The following seventh grade students attained the A-B Honor Roll:  Reginell Joseph, Christopher Brown, Kayla Murray, and Abril Mendiola.

Students of the Month - November

The following students were selected by their teachers as November's Students of the Month: Daniel Smith, Harvaniesha DeGrassa-Veissie, Jordan Murray, Jennifer Lopez, Anngelica Rios, Keri Dickerson, Jennifer Carreon, T'yuanna Sanders, Darrinton Walker, Allisson Cabezas Herrera, Bruce Mendoza, Trulisha Hamilton, Marquise Denton, Keelan Holmes, Destiny Brown, Marcus Perez, Jordan Grey, Berenice Benumea, Robert Beverly, Bessy Fernandez, Terome Reynolds, Jarrod Moultrie, Rosa Flores, Ebony Spiller, Michelle Hughes, and Erik Mungia.

Students of the Month - November


CMS Cheerleaders Participate in Fall Festival
CMS Cheerleaders The Central Middle School Cheerleaders participated in the First Annual Fall Festival sponsored by Ambassadors Preparatory Academy on Saturday, October 29, 2011. The cheerleaders performed two cheers and represented the Bearcats well. Ms. Barbara Woods is their sponsor.

CMS Homecoming 2011
The Central Bearcats defeated the Austin Eagles on both the 7th and 8th grade levels at Courville Stadium on Tuesday, November 1, 2011. In addition, the 8th grade Bearcats secured the district championship with their victory. Fans witnessed some exciting football action, as well as the evening's homecoming festivities. The King and Queen were crowned during halftime, and they are Jose Alcocer and Jennifer Carreon.

Homecoming Court 2011 included eighth grade:  Rodrick Artmore, Sylvan Burton, SanJuana Ortiz, Alize Vargas, and Trulisha Hamilton. Seventh grade:  Chris Brown, Derrell Radin, Joshua Fields, Anniquia Wiley, Zoe Boxley, and Jaiya Fields.

 CMS 2011 Homecoming King & Queen

Students of the Month - October

The following students were selected by their teachers as October's Students of the Month:  Ria Baugh, Danyhel Epps, Sydney Bates, Noah Johnson, Joseph Kennedy, Ana Villasana, Sylvan Burton, Mariana Salinas, Keona Goodner, Catelin Sanders, Terrin Richardson, and Lauren Paul.

Also, Christopher Chavarria, Raivon Jones, Edgardo Pena, Michael King, Kyle Buzan, Alberto Rodriguez, Rashard Smith, Steven Fields, David Signo, Larissa Zungia, Alanis Briseno, Yulissa Chavez, Sienna Flores, and Jeffery Douglas.

October Students of the Month

AVID Students Interview Law Professor and Law Student

Professor Vaughn James

Ms. Janice Lewis's 8th grade students in her second period AVID class had the opportunity to interview Professor Vaughn James, a Texas Tech School of Law professor. In addition, students also interviewed third year TTU law student Lauren Valastro. Each student in the class had the opportunity to ask one or more questions of the two via Skype.

Both interviewees spoke of goal setting, the necessity for hard work and good grades, the ability to write well, as well as various other aspects of a law career and law school.

Ms. Valastro panned the courtroom, from which the two spoke, so that students could see the layout of the courtroom.

CMS Students Participate in Vintage Baseball Game

The Boerne White Sox and Tusculum Freethinkers had a great day at  George Ranch Historical Park playing 1860 vintage baseball. Jimmy Wynn nicknamed the "Toy Cannon," who is a former Major League Baseball center fielder, attended the game. During a 15-year baseball career, he played from 1963-1977 for five different teams: the Houston Colt 45s/Astros, Los Angeles Dodgers, Atlanta Braves, New York Yankees, and Milwaukee Brewers.

Two students from Galveston Central Middle School were recruited to play: Kolbie Banks and Joshua Fields.

CMS Students Participate in Vintage Baseball Game
"They were very polite and enjoyed their day playing a different form of baseball than they were used to in 1860 style. Brian Ball from Crosby also played with us today. Thanks to all who traveled to Richmond!" 

Students of the Month - September

Each month, CMS teachers select a "Student of the Month." These students are chosen based on a variety of reasons which range from student achievement to attendance. The students receive a certificate of recognition, a Bearcat Buck, a group picture, and recognition on Central's web site.

CMS Students of the Month - SeptemberMrs. Dailey, Principal at Central Middle School recognized the following students as September's Students of the Month: Maria Acosta, Dayana Aguero Garcia, Jose Alcocer, Sugey Bautista, Sedrick Brown, Placido Carreon, Lourdes Escalante, Gabriela Estrada, Joshua Fields, Demonta Florence, Edward Grogan, Brandon Hernandez, Evon Jones, Hezekiah Jones, Lesley Juarez, Duron King, Ny'Kedra Lartigue, Everett Lee, Marlen Lima-Hernandez, Brian Martinez, Kevin Mata, and Abril Mendiola.
Also, Jonathan Morales, Kristopher Nquyen, Carolyn Puckett, Alicia Quintanilla, Terrell Radin, Diamond Reed, Melissa Rodriguez, Abigail Salgado, Ashley Squires, Xavier Taylor, Gloria Tubbs, Markisha Turner, Kolby Urdy, Alondra Villarreal, and Keleen Wells.