Asheville Middle School PTO

Asheville Middle School PTO

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Asheville City Schools families, do you feel like you have way too little info about “Return to Learn”? You’re not alone!
Join Asheville City Schools District Wide Parent Group —we’re sharing info with each other, and it’s been very helpful. We’re also trying to figure out what questions we need to ask to get the info and support we need to help our kids. Pleae invite other parents you may know as well!
Attention PTO members! We are having a LaZoom Bus Fundraiser on March 19th. We will depart from AMS between 5-5:30 and return there after a 3 hour tour. We will visit 3 breweries and have live music by the Lefties (AMS teachers and Band and Beer Tour favorites). On board refreshments provided by French Broad River Brewing and Bottle Riot. Cost is $60 and benefits the 8th Grade Trip to DC. Link to PayPal is below. Hope to see you on the bus!!!
Dear families,

BRAVO!

In the past 24 hours, hundreds of families answered our CALL TO ACTION! Our families sent thousands of emails and text messages to friends & family around the world, but we still need more! In fact, we are looking for 100% participation.

We know how hectic parenting can be, so we have decided to extend the deadline another 24 hours! Please click the link below and join our REVOLUTION of FUN! It only takes TEN MINUTES OR LESS!

www.stepitupkids.com/Asheville28801

If you complete this tonight, your student can still return their GOLDEN TICKET tomorrow to earn rewards + we will be randomly drawing GOLDEN TICKETS and giving away some amazing bonus rewards to our students. Don't miss out! Register + send emails/texts tonight and your child can still be part of the GOLDEN TICKET fun!

It’s never too late to make a difference! Thank you!

AMS PTO!
Thank you to our amazing parents who donated items for the concession stand at the Snow Ball dance this past Friday. All money raised went directly to the 8th grade trip fund. I appreciate your thoughtfulness and willingness to give.
The Haunted Trail will donate $1 of every ticket to the PTO. Check in at the "Ghouls for Schools" table and tell them you're with the AMS PTO.
Please fill out the application for free and reduced lunch if you have not already done so. Even if your children do not eat school lunch or you think you may not qualify. The National School Lunch Program eligibility data directly impacts title 1 funds that come to our schools.
Are there any school supply lists available? The list on the AMS site is 2 years old.
Thanks!
I.S.O trombone for my daughter who will be playing in 6th grade band! Please message me if you have one you’re looking to part with!
Thoughts on having AMS open our sports programs to Northstar?
Hi All, my son Edward is a rising AMS 6th grader. I am the Go Local Coordinator, Box Tops 4 Education Coordinator & the Grocery Card Coordinator for Ira B. Jones Elementary PTO (my daughter is a rising 5th grader). I look forward to getting involved with the AMS PTO this year!

In case you did not know, Ingles and Harris Teeter donate money to our schools when a person links their grocery savings card to the school of their choice via these links:

Harris Teeter: https://www.harristeeter.com/together-in-education

Ingles: https://www.ingles-markets.com/toolsforschools-link

This needs to be done EACH year. The programs run from the beginning of August to the end of July.

I look forward to meeting you all - Linda
Hello Middle School Families! Hope your summer is going well. Are you thinking about sports? This year our focus is teamwork and integrity! Signup for #IRL at www.acsf.org.
Dear Class of 2022 parents - let's make this formal happen. Today a few of us are getting together at 3:30 in the Cougar Den. I know it isn't a great time but please join us if you can. Please let us know where you can plug in with a comment below-
I can decorate
I can chaperone
I have another idea about how I can help...
We will be posting on the ACS Class of 2022 page so please join us there if you aren't already connected.

We are here to support staff, students and families of Asheville Middle School Some of the roles of the Asheville Middle School PTO include:

• Source of communication and information regarding school activities and events
• Promotion of parental involvement
• Elimination of barriers to involvement by coordinated event scheduling etc.
• Promotion of commitment to student readiness
• Fostering relationships between parents, guardians, teachers, specialists etc.
• Promotion of family events
• Support of community involvement
• Promotion of school spirit and pride

Operating as usual

2021-2022 ACS School Calendar Survey 06/02/2021

2021-2022 ACS School Calendar Survey

2021-2022 ACS School Calendar Survey State legislation allowing school districts calendar flexibility may be passed in the coming months. Currently, North Carolina calendar law requires a start date of no earlier than August 23, 2021. This survey is to determine family and staff preference for the start date of the 2021-2022 Asheville....

Free, Walk-in Vaccine Clinic at Asheville Middle THIS SATURDAY! 05/21/2021

Free, Walk-in Vaccine Clinic at Asheville Middle THIS SATURDAY!

Free, Walk-in Vaccine Clinic at Asheville Middle THIS SATURDAY! vaccine clinic at asheville middle may 22

Asheville City School Summer Programming Student Registration 05/14/2021

Asheville City School Summer Programming Student Registration

Are you concerned your child didn't make the progress they needed for middle school this year? Don't worry! ACS has an awesome summer school option for rising 6th graders. The program will be high energy and focused on engagement. Teachers from both MNSA and AMS will be leading programs - a great introduction to either campus. If you are worried about fighting your child to go to summer school - then your kid is EXACTLY who this program is designed for! No Cost. Food and Transportation are provided!

Sign up is simple - www.tinyurl.com/acssummer21

Program highlights:
Students choose their own courses!
House System with competitions, games, and incentives!
Rigorous academics with the soul of a summer camp

Asheville City School Summer Programming Student Registration Please complete this form to request a placement for ACS Summer Programming. Priority placement will be given to students who are still working toward grade-level proficiency goals as set by the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction. 𝗗𝗲𝗮𝗱𝗹𝗶𝗻𝗲: May 14, 2021 𝗣𝗿....

AMS Parent Teacher Organization 05/12/2021

AMS Parent Teacher Organization

Thank you to all who have already donated to the 2020-21 Stay at Home fundraiser. As of today we have raised $2,125! Our goal is to raise $6,500 by the end of the month.

100% of the funds raised come back to our school community to support AMS students, staff and families. Can you donate $10 today?

AMS Parent Teacher Organization Help me spread the word about AMS Parent Teacher Organization. Together we can make a difference.

[05/10/21]   As we are winding down the school year we want to thank all of the wonderful 8th grade families who have helped with the PTO for the last 3 years and will now be moving on to High School!

With that being said, we have some roles to fill within the PTO. If you are able to help out in the coming school year please send us a DM, comment in this post or email [email protected]. Also, please plan to attend the last PTO meeting of this school year on 5/20. We will be meeting in person in the AMS gym but will also have a virtual option for those who cannot attend in person.


05/09/2021

Here is an option for AMS and MNSA students and families this summer. www.tinyurl.com/acssummer21 to sign up.

05/04/2021

Congrats!

Congratulations most certainly go to Mrs. Qualls and our Asheville Middle Schoolers!

Last week, our students won FIRST, SECOND & THIRD in the Western Carolina University World Languages speaking competition for Levels 1 and 2.

AMS also won third place in the Poetry competition for Native Spanish speakers.

The winners are:
1st place - Liam Milner (pictured below)
2nd place -Siena Gentry
3rd place - McKenzie Alexander.

Estrella Moreno Maldonado won third place in the Poetry category.

Since this year's competition was virtual, Asheville Middle went up against high school Spanish 1 classes from all over the state and still came out on top!

#TheACSWay #CougarPride

[05/03/21]   SO grateful for all of the wonderful staff at Asheville Middle School, Happy teacher appreciation week!

AMS Parent Teacher Organization 04/29/2021

AMS Parent Teacher Organization

As an organization the AMS PTO has continued to support the students and staff this year by purchasing coffee for staff, providing a $50 gift card for all staff members to help make sure they had what they needed as students returned to the building, and purchasing supplies for students. As we are coming to a close of this school year we wanted to extend an opportunity for families, friends and community members to contribute to make a financial contribution if they would like to. This allows us to continue our support students, staff and families of AMS!
https://www.paypal.com/us/fundraiser/charity/1797559

AMS Parent Teacher Organization Help me spread the word about AMS Parent Teacher Organization. Together we can make a difference.

04/23/2021

Want to help make a difference while you shop in the Amazon app, at no extra cost to you? Simply follow the instructions below to select "Asheville Middle School Parent Teacher Organization" as your charity and activate AmazonSmile in the app. They'll donate a portion of your eligible mobile app purchases to us.

How it works:
1. Open the Amazon app on your phone
2. Select the main menu (=) & tap on "AmazonSmile" within Programs & Features
3. Select "Asheville Middle School Parent Teacher Organization" as your charity
4. Follow the on-screen instructions to activate AmazonSmile in the mobile app

Want to help make a difference while you shop in the Amazon app, at no extra cost to you? Simply follow the instructions below to select "Asheville Middle School Parent Teacher Organization" as your charity and activate AmazonSmile in the app. They'll donate a portion of your eligible mobile app purchases to us.

How it works:
1. Open the Amazon app on your phone
2. Select the main menu (=) & tap on "AmazonSmile" within Programs & Features
3. Select "Asheville Middle School Parent Teacher Organization" as your charity
4. Follow the on-screen instructions to activate AmazonSmile in the mobile app


04/22/2021
Meet 04/22/2021

Meet

Join us for the virtual PTO meeting today from 3:30-4:30!

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04/19/2021

Does your student ride the bus to school? Be sure to review this important updates from the Transportation Department!

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Middle & High Schoolers: Beginning Monday, April 19, 2021, we have adjusted our middle @ high school AM ONLY bus routes to get secondary students to campuses beginning at 8:15. This means all MNSA, AMS, AHS and SILSA students that are am bus riding students, will be picked up 15-30 minutes earlier from their previous times EX: old pickup time 7:55 new time would be between 7:25-7:40 This DOES NOT apply to EC bus times OR elementary.

We feel this adjustment in bus time schedules will be beneficial to your children and help ease the stress of getting students ready to start their day at 9:00, allowing them to be health screened, logged into their computers, and to give ample time for breakfast. Using the previous bus schedules this was not possible for all bus riders.

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Elementary bus stop times will not change on Monday, April 19th as previously communicated. We apologize for the confusion this had caused and will be in touch as we continue to streamline our bus schedules.

04/16/2021
Athletics / Athletics 04/02/2021

Athletics / Athletics

Final Sports Seasons of the Year - Spring 2021

~Track Season~

The tryouts will begin April 12. Mon- Thursday 3:15-5pm. Meet with masks and water bottles on the Baseball field bleachers nearest the building at AMS. Tryouts will be for 7th and 8th graders for the team and 6th graders for Manager. In order to attend tryouts, all athletes and managers will need a FamilyID account with a current sports physical uploaded to FamilyID. Information on FamilyID and physical forms can be found here: https://nc02214494.schoolwires.net/domain/274
Athletes need to start working out on their own.

~Baseball/Golf/Wrestling~

Baseball, golf, and wrestling will begin on April 12th. Please reach out to these coaches if you have any questions.

All Sports~ Adrian Clark- [email protected]

Baseball - Tommy Gassaway - [email protected]

Golf - Sawyer Johnson - [email protected]

Wrestling - Steve Hayleck - [email protected]

Athletics / Athletics The Asheville Middle School Athletic Department is committed to providing opportunities for students to be successful academically and athletically.  We intend to nurture our student-athletes in a means which will positively build their character through sportsmanship, teamwork, and effective train...

Meet 03/18/2021

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PTO meeting starting in a few minutes, hope you can join! http://www.tinyurl.com/AMSPTO21

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"Stay Safe" ("Faith" by George Michael Parody) 03/18/2021

"Stay Safe" ("Faith" by George Michael Parody)

Love our Teachers #staysafeAMS https://youtu.be/VKECGt35OQ0

"Stay Safe" ("Faith" by George Michael Parody) Asheville Middle School is prepared for our wonderful Cougars to return to school! We have 'faith' our procedures and commitments will help us all 'stay safe...

03/15/2021

We are so excited for students to start the #GreatCougarComeback on March 22nd. We are currently finalizing our AMS COVID Handbook, creating informative and entertaining videos, shooting a music video,. and preparing the building. Look for more information on all that in the coming days.

In addition, we want to welcome our families back "in-person." The closest we can come to that is a virtual open house which will take place next Tuesday, March 16th at 5:30.

Principal Collins will welcome everyone with a message, some basic procedures will be covered, and then you will have the opportunity to meet with some of your child's team teachers.

We hope to see you Tuesday evening. Join the meeting at www.tinyurl.com/AMSOpenHouse21


03/03/2021

AMS

Meet 02/25/2021

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PTO meeting today from 2:30-3:30! http://www.tinyurl.com/AMSPTO21

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Timeline Photos 02/22/2021

Timeline Photos

Have questions about who is eligible for the Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer (P-EBT) program and how to use the benefits? These questions and more are answered on our P-EBT webpage and FAQ.

Visit ncdhhs.gov/PEBT for more info.
#NCPEBT

[02/18/21]   AMS staff will be returning to the building on Monday 2/22. Lets help them feel welcome! There is a black bin located outside the main entrance of the school where you can drop off cards or welcome back notes for Teachers, cafeteria staff, custodial staff, instructional assistants and office staff! Cards and welcome back notes will be distributed to teacher mail boxes.

02/17/2021

Congrats Asheville City Schools Bands students!!

The time spent doing band lessons and the time many students have spent in their own private lessons have paid off one by one this year!

We are so thrilled that we had 110 auditions for All District Band this last weekend and 73 students made it from Asheville City Schools competing for spots against other students from all over Western NC. We are so proud of all of them! #TheACSWay #TheACSWay

02/16/2021

During the February 15, 2021 special called meeting, the Asheville City Board of Education voted to give students the option to return to in-person under Plan B. This comes after the strong recommendation of Governor Cooper and stakeholder input. Students will also have the option of remote learning for the remainder of the 2020-2021 year.

We are asking families to select in-person instruction or fully remote instruction on a survey. Please complete the survey by Noon on Friday, February 19th.

All families will have the option to remain fully remote for the remainder of the 2020-2021 school year. All students in both the in-person and fully remote options will be taught by an ACS employee. Based on student return numbers and staffing, teacher assignments may shift for both students who elect to return in-person and those who stay fully remote. While students are at-home (on off weeks or fully remote), they will participate in a combination of synchronous and asynchronous learning. Principals will be working with their staff to determine schedules that balance the requirements of Plan B while minimizing disruption for all students to the greatest extent possible.

Families who choose to stay in fully remote learning are committing to that option for the remainder of the 2020-2021 school year. If a family chooses to return to in-person learning but later decides that their circumstances require full remote learning, they should communicate with their school principal.

Students who need bus transportation should complete a new transportation request form using the ACS Transportation Request Form.

The ACS Return to In-Person Learning Overview and ACS COVID-19 Handbook includes detailed information and address questions and concerns shared in elementary, middle, and high school stakeholder meetings as well as staff surveys.

We understand that the transition to Plan B will be challenging. District and school administrators are committed to supporting all students, staff, and families in this transition.

Thank you all for your commitment and dedication to Asheville City Schools!

Asheville City Schools Return to In-Person K-12 Survey: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1iGYGl3MLQbCqp377zL3BYx5xyjjyjKCdWXS0GQGpsM4/edit

ACS Transportation Request Form: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfqgegcA8bG6RVwrqp4I0fi2fJcO76SnZURsB4Y1gE-TEwMPA/viewform?vc=0&c=0&w=1&flr=0&gxids=7628

ACS Return to In-Person Learning Overview: https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1qA9yIsuR9Tul9Va14mxEUekokG6kw5aWYStZaF8qTjg/edit#slide=id.gbbaf3d6b4c_0_5

ACS COVID-19 Handbook: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1NtTz4ifhfd9Qtp69wjxXkmUfPenri3I91hd8nU1BYGE/edit?ts=6024081d#

02/13/2021

There is NO substitute for a great substitute teacher in Asheville City Schools! You can become a substitute teacher and make a positive difference in the lives of so many children. #TheACSWay

Apply today: https://www.applitrack.com/asheville/onlineapp/default.aspx

There will be a Substitute Teacher Workshop for new substitutes in the Central Office Boardroom on Thursday, March 4, from 9AM until Noon. You will be able to complete paper applications and paperwork on site. Be sure to bring your current Driver's License and Social Security Card!

02/12/2021

On Tuesday, February 2nd, Governor Cooper strongly urged public schools to allow students back in the classroom. The Governor also stated that students should have the option of remote learning for the remainder of the year. After weighing multiple factors including the strong recommendation of Governor Cooper and stakeholder input, Asheville City Schools students will have the option to return to in-person under Plan B.

Gov. Cooper announced on Feb. 10th that teachers will have access to vaccines beginning on Feb. 24th. With that said, ACS is moving forward with plans to bring staff and students to campus, following CDC guidelines, and will continue to work with the local health department to coordinate vaccines for staff as soon as possible.

ACS Leadership’s goals for providing the in-person option is to help reorient students to learning in school buildings, to mitigate the negative social/emotional impacts of remote learning, and to establish a sense of normalcy for our staff, students and families before the end of the school year.

Under Plan B, students will be assigned to either the Blue Group or Green Group and attend in-person Monday through Thursday on alternating weeks with an asynchronous learning day on Friday for teacher planning and student check-ins. On in-person days, the instructional day for students in grades K-5 will run from 8:00 AM - 1:30 PM and the instructional day for students in grades 6-12 will run from 9:00 AM - 2:30 PM.

Students who elect to return in-person will return over several weeks beginning March 8 based on grade level:
Grades K-2nd: March 8 (Blue) or March 15 (Green)
Grades 3rd-5th, 6th, and 9th: March 22 (Blue) or March 29 (Green)
Grades 7th, 10th-12th: March 24 (Blue) or March 31 (Green)
Grade 8th: March 25 (Blue) or April 1 (Green)

Parents will indicate their preference for returning to in-person instruction or staying fully remote on a survey. Families who indicate that they are planning to stay in fully remote learning are committing to that option for the remainder of the 2020-2021 school year. The return survey will be shared following board approval on Monday, February 15th and will be due on Friday, February 19th.

Asheville City Schools is committed to following all CDC guidelines required for Plan B as outlined in the Strong Schools NC Public Health Toolkit (K-12). We have proper personal protective equipment (PPE), safety supplies, and cleaning supplies readily available to support schools in their transition back to in-person learning. Our school nurses are working with school administrators to provide up to date COVID information and training for each campus prior to students transitioning back to campus. In addition, each school will provide a safety training that is unique to their school community.

District leadership from the Curriculum & Instruction, Student Services, Safety, Food and Nutrition, & Transportation departments have been working with school administrators to finalize the DRAFT ACS Return to In-Person Learning Overview and DRAFT ACS COVID-19 Handbook. The plan and handbook include many answers to questions and concerns shared in elementary, middle, and high school stakeholder meetings and staff surveys.

Please know this plan is a DRAFT based on Board of Education approval. The full transition and safety plan will be presented to the Board of Education at their Monday, February 15th meeting beginning at 4pm. The public can view the virtual meeting on the Asheville City Schools page.

We understand that the transition to Plan B will be challenging. District and school administrators are committed to supporting all students, staff, and families in this transition. Thank you all for your commitment and dedication to Asheville City Schools!

Full calendar for In-Person return: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/16AnjJMYvis98MML4hhFRH9FOa5FqoFiz2MqOSbpTrMs/edit#gid=11

Strong Schools NC Public Health Toolkit (K-12):https://files.nc.gov/covid/documents/guidance/Strong-Schools-NC-Public-Health-Toolkit.pdf

DRAFT ACS Return to In-Person Learning Overview: https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1qA9yIsuR9Tul9Va14mxEUekokG6kw5aWYStZaF8qTjg/edit#slide=id.p

DRAFT ACS COVID-19 Handbook: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1NtTz4ifhfd9Qtp69wjxXkmUfPenri3I91hd8nU1BYGE/edit?ts=6024081d#

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