Back to School! Woo!

It’s crazy, but the 2019-20 school year is upon us! Where did the summer go?! We have a well-planned and fun week in store for your students. We’re excited to see them come through the Cullen doors, and we’ll do all we can to make them feel comfortable and informed. Below is what is happening this week. Woo!

Monday the 5th: We’ll have the Cullen Open House from 4 to 6 PM. Come get your schedules, walk around the school, and meet your super cool teachers!

Tuesday the 6th: The make-up Parent Tech Night is at Epworth starting at 6 PM. If you didn’t attend one of the Parent Tech Nights last week, a parent must attend this session in order for your student to receive their Chromebook on Thursday.

Wednesday the 7th: Once again, MC Wicky T and B-boy Bradley will be welcoming the students. Teachers will be introduced, homeroom teambuilding will take place, procedures will be discussed, and questions will be answered. We’ll end the day with homeroom competitions. Can we say fun?

Thursday the 8th: The students will go to their first-period class and later more school procedures will be discussed. We want to make sure everyone understands how things operate so we can have a fantastic school year! Chromebooks will be distributed in the afternoon, but only if the students have turned in their acceptable use policy form. This will be given on Wednesday.

Friday the 9th: We’ll have our first regular school day. Eventually, we’ll have Snack Shack selling goodies. Funds from the sales will go to improve the Cullen Campus in numerous ways!

So there you have it – our first week of school. Got questions? Just ask! Concerns? Let us know! I know some students (and parents) might be a little nervous. Don’t worry. God’s got this. You have a principal and teachers who care about young people (especially middle schoolers) and will do what they can to point them to Jesus. Woo!

For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. John 3:16

Class Trip


Cullen Events in May 2019

Can it be true? Is it May already? We have only three weeks of school left until the summer break. That be cray cray!

May 1st-2nd: The students will take the ELA Performance Tasks and complete the ILEARN tests.

Thursday the 2nd: We have a special National Day of Prayer assembly during 8th period.

Wednesday the 8th: Mr. Bradley will take his 6th-grade engineering and technology students to Epworth so they can shoot some rockets. Mrs. Smith will take her Bible class to Binding Thread at Epworth United Methodist Church. Both noteworthy activities will take place in the morning.

Friday the 10th: The student leadership team will go to Crossroads in the morning and serve the little ones there.

Tuesday the 14th: This year’s spring band concert (5th-11th grade) is at 6:30 PM at One Life East.

Thursday the 16th: Parents of 5th graders are invited to the 6th Grade Parent Night. The informative talk begins at 6:30 PM and will include what the Cullen culture is like and how to make a successful transition into middle school. 

Wednesday the 15th/16th-17th: The 7th graders hop on a bus to St. Louis on Wednesday morning, and the 6th graders visit the Creation Museum on Thursday morning. Both classes return from their class trips super tired on Friday afternoon.

Tuesday the 21st: Students who meet their AR goals will enjoy some Kona Ice!

Wednesday the 22nd: It’s the last day of school! We’ll have a chapel service at 8:15 AM, an awards assembly at 10:30 AM, and a student team and club recognition at 2 PM. Woo!


Cullen Events in April 2019

There are less than two months left in the school year. Below are the major events taking place in April.

Monday the 1st and Tuesday the 2nd: Several Epworth students will come over during 1st (6th grade) & 2nd periods (7th grade) for the PEERS Project.

Tuesday the 2nd: There is a DC Fall Trip meeting from 6 to 7 PM @ Epworth for 7th graders & their parents/guardians. 

Thursday the 11th: Pastor Ben Russell will be teaching us how Jesus is the True Vine (John 15) at chapel during 1st period. We’ll have the Q3 Academic/Spring Sports Assembly during 2nd period. All are invited!

April 15th-17th (Passion Week): We’ll take the ILEARN Practice Tests.

April 22nd- May 1st: We’ll take the ILEARN Operational Tests.

Friday the 26th: It’s Volunteer Appreciation Day! Come enjoy some coffee and donuts from 7:30 to 8:30 AM in the commons.

Tuesday the 30th: There are 6th & 7th-grade class trip meetings for all parents at 6:30 PM @ Cullen.



Cullen Events in March 2019

February is almost over so that means we have just one week left in the quarter. Check out all of the activities that Cullen students are doing in March!

Monday the 4th: The 7th graders will tour Epworth, hear from Principal McClary and a couple of student leaders, meet some super cool teachers, and get a free lunch from Subway. Nice! The students will leave Cullen around 11:40 AM and come back around 1:30 PM.

Tuesday the 5th to Thursday the 14th: NWEA testing will take place so be sure your laptops are charged and chargers are brought to school.

Friday the 8th: Can you believe it? It’s the last day of quarter three!

Saturday the 9th: Drivers, start your engines! The Grand Prix is at Cullen from 8 AM to noon.

Monday the 11th: It’s the first day of quarter four. We’re on the home stretch!

Thursday the 14th: Pastor Beaver from CFC will be giving a chapel presentation during 1st period. All ECS families are welcome to hear how Jesus is the Way, the Truth, and the Life!

Friday the 15th: Report cards will be sent home. Be sure to take those report cards to area businesses for some special treats.

Saturday the 16th: The Cullen band will be performing at the ISSMA Organizational Festival. Band students should arrive at EVSC North Middle School by 10:15 AM.

Monday the 18th to Friday the 22nd (Semester 2 Homeroom Competitions & Spirit Week): The Cullen Games
  • Monday (Hawaiian Shirt Day): Beach Maze
  • Tuesday (Western Day): Sock Slalom Relay
  • Wednesday (Black, Gray &/or White Monochrome Day): Pool Noodle Hockey
  • Thursday (College Day): Spring Fever Dance Party
  • Friday (Blue & Gold Day): Basketball Biathlon

Thursday the 21st: We will attend the 9 AM showing of the Lion King Jr. musical at the East Campus. There will also be a 6:30 PM showing.

March 25-29 is spring break. Woo!


Cullen Events in February 2019

Life has been busy! Check out below what is happening at Cullen this month.

Thursday the 7th: The 5th graders will come over in the morning to get a tour of the building, talk with 6th-grade student leaders, meet some super cool teachers, and have a Q&A with yours truly.

Tuesday the 12th: It’s Blue & Gold Day, our Open House, and the ACSI Day of Prayer.

Wednesday the 13th: Yearbook pictures will be taken for all Cullen clubs, non-athletic teams, vocal ensemble, and band.

Thursday the 14th: Mr. Van Dyke, a student minister here at First Southern Baptist Church, will be presenting this month’s chapel message. All ECS families are welcome to hear how Jesus is the Resurrection and the Life!  Butter Braids will be delivered in the afternoon and need to be picked up before your student goes home.

Monday the 18th (Presidents’ Day): We have school!

Tuesday the 26th: 6D will take a field trip to Epworth United Methodist Church in the morning to learn what the Binding Thread ministry does. All 6th graders will do an NWEA browser check in the afternoon. The 7th graders will have their browser check during the 1st period the next day.


Team Snack Shack

I’m excited to announce that despite Mrs. Lever’s temporary departure, the Snack Shack will continue to make sales every Friday this semester. Thanks to Team Snack Shack (Morgan, Allie, & Adrienne), the Cullen Commons will be flowing with different flavors of gum, fruit snacks, granola bars, Sun Chips, and more!

Snack Shack sales have resulted in the purchase of a sweet foosball table as well as new PE equipment for the Cullen Campus. Additionally, Snack Shack sales have made our tummies happy and assisted with eliminating stanky breath. I highly recommend visiting the Snack Shack when you can. Perhaps Team Snack Shack will be selling their memorabilia soon and show off their Snack Shack cheer and dance!


Cullen Events in January 2019

There is much happening in January at Cullen! Check out the info below.

Thursday the 10th: We’ll head to the East Campus during 1st period to watch the geography bee.

Friday the 11th: Students will receive their report cards, NWEA winter scores, Butter Braid forms, and Azzip Give Back Night (Tuesday the 15th) flyers.

January 11th to 28th: The Butter Braid fundraiser will be happening so 5th-7th graders can raise $ for the 8th grade DC trip (October 14-17).

Tuesday the 15th: During the first period (8:10-9:02 AM), Pastor Godshall of Faith Bible Church will teach us how Jesus is the good shepherd (John 10:11). The academic/winter sports assembly will be during the second period (9:06-9:54 AM).

Wednesday the 16th: If your student has a sticker on their report card, you’re invited to the Cullen Honor Roll Breakfast at the FSBC cafeteria from 7:30 to 8 AM.

January 21st to 25th: It’s Spirit Week. Stay tuned for more details after the student leadership team meets this Friday morning (11th).

  • Monochromatic Monday (if we have school)
  • Topper Tuesday (Show off one of your hats.)
  • Wacky Wardrobe Wednesday (Wear some funky clothes, but follow the dress code.)
  • Team Sports Thursday (Let us know who is your favorite team or sport.)
  • Blue & Gold Friday (Eagle pride!)

Wednesday the 23rd: We’ll take the ILEARN Readiness Test (statewide test for AIR assessments).