AMS Cougar News
Sunday, January 15, 2023
Dear AMS Cougar Families,
While tomorrow the nation honors Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr, today is actually his birthday. Yesterday, I had the opportunity to gather with community members at the Dr. Martin King, Jr. Prayer Breakfast. Former Asheville Middle School student and Asheville High School graduate, The Honorable Preston Blakely, mayor of Fletcher, was one of the keynote speakers. At 28 years old, Mr. Blakely is the youngest mayor in North Carolina. As I listened to him speak to us, I was reminded of the power of our youth to make a positive change in this world. It is not too early for middle school-aged students to also make a contribution to their community. Please encourage your student to think about where their leadership potential can be put to good use. If you are looking for a family-friendly activity to celebrate MLK Day, consider participating in the Peace March and Rally that starts at 11:30 AM at St. James AME Church and then moves to Pack Square at 12:30 PM. Don't forget that Monday is a holiday for all staff and students.
I hope to see everyone tonight from 4-10 at The Grey Eagle for Coverfest II, a benefit for Asheville Middle School. This is a family-friendly event that includes ten local bands. The funds from ticket sales will go toward scholarships for the AMS Capstone Trip to Washington, DC.
Here is the link to the online auction that will also raise money for trip scholarships. New items will be uploaded all day. Bidding starts at 4 PM, but you can check in now to get a preview.
Our next Community Engagement Market will be this Tuesday, January 17 at 5:00 PM at AMS. These markets happen every third Tuesday at AMS in partnership with MANNA, United Way, and Buncombe County. Come drive through the carline to access free fresh produce and other grocery items!
If your student is going to be traveling and you would like to request that the days be excused as educational leave, please start by reading the section about this that is in the weekly newsletter. It gives you step-by-step guidelines about the steps you need to take. Please be prepared to submit the request at least two weeks in advance and make sure that you complete the form in its entirety, including the grade level standards that the trip will be meeting. Up to five days may be approved once the assigned work has been completed and the travel journal has been turned in.
The Elementary Magnet School Forum that was scheduled for this past Thursday was postponed to this Thursday, January 19 at 5:30 in the AMS Media Center. If you are coming for a basketball game that evening, please anticipate that parking attendants may be supervising parking and may ask you to park on the track.
Finally, plan now for the Early Release at 1 PM on Tuesday, January 24 and the Required Teacher Workday on Wednesday, January 25. These days are needed for teachers to turn in their grades for report cards and prepare for the second semester.
Here's to another great week at Asheville Middle School!
Asheville Middle School
Student Grief Support Groups
Grief counseling provided by Four Seasons is time-limited for the purpose of addressing grief that is related to the loss of a person by death. Professionally trained counseling staff utilize well-established, proven techniques. Students and their grief counselor will devise a plan to address their specific needs.
If you think this is a great fit for your student, please complete this form.
If you are interested in learning more, please let the AMS Counseling staff know!
Optional Girls' Soccer Workouts are on Wednesdays from 4-5 through February 8. Soccer Tryouts are on February 13 & 14 from 4-5:30 PM. Both days are mandatory.
Coverfest II: A Benefit for Asheville Middle School
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.
Monday, January 23, at 12:00 PM (Virtual)
Monday, January 30, at 12:00 PM (Virtual)
Tuesday, February 21, at 12:00 PM (@Boardroom at 85 Mountain St.)
Tuesday, March 14, at 12:00 PM (@Boardroom at 85 Mountain St.)
Thursday, April 13, at 12:00 PM (@Boardroom at 85 Mountain St.)
Link to the Background Check form: https://bib.com/secure-volunteer/ASHEVILLE-CITY-SCHOOLS/home
Applying for Educational Leave
Just a reminder from the AMS Family and Student Handbook:
Requests for educational leave should be completed and submitted to the principal at least two weeks in advance of the planned travel. No more than five days will be approved, and families must submit this form and students must submit the assigned work to have the absence coded as educational leave.
In order for an absence to be considered educational, the student must meet educational goals and standards as outlined in the Standard Course of Study. All standards are available here on the NC Department of Public Instruction website. These standards must be listed out on the form.
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.
Two Weeks at a Glance
Sunday, January 15: Coverfest II: Fundraiser for AMS @ Grey Eagle (5-10 PM; Doors open @4))
Monday, January 16: MLK Holiday (No school for students or staff)
Tuesday, January 17: Wrestling v. Reynolds @ home (4:30 PM)
Wednesday, January 18: Women's Soccer Workouts @ AMS (4-5:00 PM)
Wednesday, January 18: Basketball @ Enka (4:30 PM)
Wednesday, January 18: Wrestling v. Enka @ home (4:30 PM)
Thursday, January 19: Basketball v. Cane Creek @ home (4:30 PM)
Thursday, January 19: Kindergarten Magnet Schools Night @ AMS (5:30 PM)
Friday, January 20: Deadline to submit digital school selection form for rising 5th & 9th graders
Saturday, January 21: Optional baseball Workouts begin for 7th/8th-grade students 4-6:30 PM)
Monday, January 23: Wrestling @ Owen (4:30 PM)
Tuesday, January 24: Early Release at 1:00 PM
Tuesday, January 24: Basketball v. Owen @ home (4:30 PM)
Wednesday, January 25: Required Teacher Workday
Thursday, January 26: Basketball @ AC Reynolds (4:30 PM)
Saturday, January 28: Optional baseball Workouts begin for 7th/8th-grade students 4-6:30 PM)
Beyond two weeks, but worth looking ahead at:
Monday, January 30: Star Middle of the Year (MOY) Reading Testing
Tuesday, January 31: Star Middle of the Year (MOY) Math Testing