August 6, 2012
RE: Cruickshank Middle School Athletics for 2012-2013
Dear Tiger Parents and Students,
With the turbulent financial times we are in, there have been many justifiable questions
and concerns about the impact of budget cuts on our district’s middle school sports
program. This letter will clarify the structure of our sports program for the upcoming
2012-2013 school year. In short, our athletics program remains intact, but we will need
support from parent volunteers to provide transportation for sporting events and for fund-
In 2012-2013, we will continue to offer the same sports as in the past. The school year
starts right off with volleyball, cross country, boys soccer, and cheerleading. Later in the
fall semester, we offer girls soccer and boys basketball. Spring semester sports include
girls basketball, wrestling, softball, baseball, and track. Also as in the past, students
must have a current physical and parent permission form on file in the office and
maintain at least a 2.0 GPA to be eligible to try out for sports. More details about
student eligibility for extracurricular activities are available in the CMS student agenda.
The budget cuts did impact the athletics program in that the district will not provide
funding for bus transportation for athletics. To solve this problem, we will be seeking to
raise site funds to try to pay for one-way trips to events. Also, we will be asking parent
volunteers to drive our athletes to and/or from athletic competitions. The process to clear
volunteers is currently being developed and will be in place very soon. The process is
sure to require volunteer drivers to provide a copy of their auto insurance declarations
page to ensure they meet the minimum required coverage.
The leadership of CMS considers the challenge of maintaining the integrity of our sports
program as an opportunity to work together to make Tiger athletics better than ever!
Please feel free to contact me or Stephanie Dietz, our Athletics Boosters Club president,
if you have questions or want to get involved. Finally, please check the “Sports Corner”
of our website regularly for updates on the Boosters Club, schedules, coach’s lists, and
downloadable blank forms.
Assistant Principal/Athletic Director