AMS Cougar News
Sunday, September 11, 2022
Dear AMS Cougar Families,
It is hard to believe that we will begin our third week of school tomorrow. This upcoming week we will have our first round of Star Assessments in reading and math, our sports teams will begin their conference play, and we will take school pictures on Monday.
This month North Carolina officially released the results of the 2021-2022 End-of-Grade Tests, and I wanted to share this information with you. The state gives a grade to schools based on a formula of 80% achievement and 20% growth. We scored above the state average in reading, slightly below the state average in math, and well above the state average in science, and received an overall letter grade of C. The school overall met expected growth, which means that students grew at the rate that the N.C. Department of Public Instruction forecasted for us to grow. Our goal, of course, is for students to both grow and to achieve. If you want to see more details, look at how the district did overall, or look at how other schools across the state scored, here is a link to the NC School Report Card Site.
The new date for the AMS Open House is Tuesday, October 11 from 5:30-7:00. The event will start in the gym with a brief PTO meeting and general announcements from AMS. Then families will rotate through their student's schedule visiting each class briefly for a five minute overview about what students are learning in that class and an overview of expectations. If you have more than one student, there will be a brief time at the end to circle back and meet a second set of teachers, but not to go through the entire schedule.
This week I had the opportunity to drive one of our buses for two days. It was a joy to get to support our transportation needs this way. Normally after school I am either in the carline or bus waiting area, so this allowed me to see what was happening around the periphery of AMS. I learned that there are a couple of areas that need attention; these were items we had proactively tried to address in our video about dropoff/pickup before school started, but I realize that some folks may not have watched it. If you are picking up your student in the afternoon, please do so in carline. I watched a car suddenly stop in the middle of South French Broad, a student run across traffic, and a door fly open for a student to hop in. A car going in the opposite direction had to slam on its breaks to avoid an accident. Luckily no one was hurt. I also saw that the parking lot of Asheville Bethel Seventh-Day Adventist Church was completely full of AMS parents waiting for their students. In fact, South French Broad was clogged up with folks waiting to go into their parking lot, in the area that our buses need to be able to pull out into the road. Unless you have expressly received permission from them to park in their parking lot, please do not do so. In summary, please do not ask your student to leave campus pretending to be a walker if you are going to be picking them up by car. Carline is the safest place for students to be picked up. I appreciate your support with keeping students safe.
Thank you for sharing your students with us! I look forward to another great week!
Asheville Middle School
Fall 2023 School Exclusion Criteria
School Health Program
A Division of the MAHEC Family Health Center
When to Keep Your Student Home from School
There are times when your student should not attend school. Keeping your student home at these times will prevent the spread of illness to other students at school. If you have questions, please contact your School Nurse, Lina Lam at 828-708-5328.
ILLNESS WHAT TO DO?
Difficulty breathing or other signs of serious illness - Keep student home. See Healthcare Provider.
Keep student home until they have no new sores for 24 hours AND all sores are dried and crusted.
**During an outbreak of chickenpox, students who are NOT vaccinated for chickenpox (Varicella) and have been in close contact with someone sick with the infection will not be allowed at school for 21 days after they were last exposed to chickenpox, even if not sick.
COVID-19 (positive antigen or PCR/molecular test)
Keep student home until:
• It has been at least 5 days after the first day of symptoms (or specimen collection date if asymptomatic); AND
• It has been at least 24 hours since the student had a fever (without using fever reducing medicine); AND
• Other symptoms of COVID-19 are improving
**Student should wear a well-fitting mask for 10 days after the first day of symptoms to minimize the risk of infecting others, unless an exemption to mask use applies. The student may remove their mask sooner following 2 sequential negative tests 48 hours apart.
COVID-19 symptoms, including: • Fever or chills • Cough • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing • Fatigue • Muscle or body aches • Headache • New loss of taste or smell • Sore throat • Congestion or runny nose • Nausea or vomiting • Diarrhea
Keep student home until:
- Student has received a negative PCR/molecular test for COVID 19 OR an alternate diagnosis from a healthcare provider AND: o It has been at least 24 hours since the student had a fever (without using fever reducing medicine); AND
- They have felt well for at least 24 hours
- It has been at least 5 days after the first day of symptoms AND It has been at least 24 hours since the student had a fever (without using fever reducing medicine); AND Other symptoms of COVID-19 are improving
**Unless student has received a negative PCR/molecular test or alternate diagnosis, they should wear a well-fitting mask for 10 days after the first day of symptoms to minimize the risk of infecting others, unless an exemption to mask use applies. The student may remove their mask sooner following 2 sequential negative tests 48 hours apart.
Diarrhea that cannot be controlled and/or has blood/mucus in it or with a fever
Keep student home. See Healthcare Provider.
Fever with oral temperature 100.4 F or higher and not feeling well enough to participate in class. Keep student home until fever-free for 24 hours without using fever- reducing medicine such as Motrin or Tylenol
If lice are first found at school, student may stay until end of the day but may not return until treatment has been started and all live lice are gone.
Illness that prevents the student from taking part in class activities easily - Student may return to school when able to take part in activities.
Keep student home until 24 hours after antibiotics have been started.
Keep student home if sore is draining and cannot be covered with a clean, dry bandage. Keep student home if they cannot keep from picking at sore.
Pink eye with white or yellow discharge or eye pain - Keep student home until seen by a healthcare provider and 24 hours after 1st dose of medicine, if prescribed.
Rash with fever or behavior change - Keep student home until seen by a healthcare provider and treated if needed.
If ringworm is first found at school, student may stay until end of the day if it can be covered. Student may not return until treatment has been started. Area must remain covered until completely healed.
Student must stay home until after treatment is complete.
Keep student home until 24 hours after antibiotics have been started.
Vomiting 2 or more times within 24 hours- Keep student home until able to tolerate regular diet.
ACS Volunteer Training Schedule
ACS Volunteer Training Schedule for 2022-2023
All level II volunteer training will be held virtually for the 2022-2023 school year. There are 20 slots available for each session. The sessions last 30 minutes. Please register at the Sign-up Genius link below
You will need to attend the entire session in order to receive credit for the training. Once the training session starts, you will not be allowed into the Zoom session. Attendance will be taken at the end of each session.
Wednesday, September 28, at 12:00 PM (Virtual)
Wednesday, October 5, at 12:00 PM (Virtual)
Wednesday, October 12, at 12:00 PM (Virtual)
Wednesday, November 2, at 12:00 PM (Virtual)
Wednesday, November 9, at 12:00 PM (Virtual)
Wednesday, December 14, at 12:00 PM (Virtual)
Additional Sessions will be added for 2023
Link to the Background Check form: https://bib.com/secure-volunteer/ASHEVILLE-CITY-SCHOOLS/home
ACS 2022-2025 AIG Plan Information Sessions for Families
Wednesday, September 14th
12:15pm at ACS Central Office
85 Mountain Street, Asheville, NC 28801
Monday, September 19th
6:00pm at Asheville Middle School
211 S French Broad Ave, Asheville, NC 28801
PLEASE FEEL FREE TO JOIN US TO LEARN MORE ABOUT OUR 2022-2025 AIG PLAN!
We look forward to seeing you!
Two Weeks at a Glance
Week of September 12- Beginning of Year (BOY) Star Assessments
Monday, September 12- Deadline for all Fall Elective changes
Monday, September 12- Fall Picture Day
Monday, September 12- Soccer and Volleyball at Valley Springs 4:30 PM
Monday, September 12- Tennis at home vs. Valley Springs (Aston Park) 4:30 PM
Monday, September 12- Asheville City Schools Board of Education Work Session 5:00 PM
(ACS Central Office @85 Mountain Street)
Tuesday, September 13- Beginning of Year Star Reading Assessment 8:30 AM
Wednesday, September 14- Beginning of Year Star Math Assessment 8:30 AM
Wednesday, September 14- Districtwide AIG Information Session for parents 12:15 PM
(ACS Central Office, 85 Mountain Street)
Wednesday, September 14- Soccer and Volleyball at Cane Creek 4:30 PM
Thursday, September 15- Star Assessment Makeups
Thursday, September 15- Cross Country at Cane Creek 4:30 PM
Thursday, September 15- Football at home vs. Cane Creek 5:00 PM
Friday, September 16- Star Assessment Makeups
Monday, September 19- Soccer and Volleyball at Enka 4:30 PM
Monday, September 19- Tennis at home vs. Enka (Aston Park) 4:30 PM
Monday, September 19- Districtwide AIG Information Session for parents 6:00 PM (@AMS)
Tuesday, September 20- School Improvement Team Meeting 3:45 PM (AMS Media Center)
Wednesday, September 21- Two Hour Delay for K-12 students. School starts at 10:30 AM
Wednesday, September 21- Soccer, Tennis, and Volleyball at Owen 4:30 PM
Thursday, September 22- Cross Country at Erwin 4:30 PM