AMMS Lion's Roar

"Recognize the Roar"

Tuesday, September 6, 2022

2022 - 2023 School Year

Mr. Trey Martin, Principal

Ms. Anita Erickson, 8th grade Assistant Principal

Dr. Mimi Gamel, 7th grade Assistant Principal

Ms. Laurie Chans, 6th grade Assistant Principal

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Friday, September 9th wear red, white and blue in observance of September 11th.

Calendar of Events

September 8th - 8th Grade Curriculum Night 6:00 p.m.-7:30 PM (Independent Assignment)

September 9th - Wear red, white and blue in observance of September 11th

September 10th - Tennis Tryouts

September 11th - Patriots Day

September 14th - Soccer Game - AMMS vs. F.A.S.T (home)

September 16th - Soccer Game - AMMS vs. Webb Bridge (away)

September 21st- Picture Day

October 3rd - Deadline for Reflections Submissions

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September is Suicide Prevention and Awareness Month – a time to raise awareness of this stigmatized, and often taboo, topic. We use this month to shift perception, spread hope, and share vital information to our students and community.

Our counselors are a great resource.

6th Grade Counselor - Denise Santos

7th Grade Counselor - Emily D'Antoni

8th Grade Counselor - Andrea Turner

Our Lost and Found is in the front rotunda near the cafeteria doors.


Back to School

Our school day begins at 8:55 a.m. and students should be in their classrooms by 8:50 a.m. The earliest time that we have supervision in place for students is 8:00 a.m.

Please do not drop off your student prior to that time.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q. What is the procedure for picking my student up early?

A. If a student needs to be picked up early, a note should be sent with the student to the front office in the morning, stating the time the parent would like him/her at the front office. The student will get it stamped by the office and this is the pass to come up front to be checked out. We do this so as not to interrupt the class and instructional time. Please do not call the front office requesting your child be sent to the front office. Once you are in the building, we call them up.

Q. What if my student forgets something and I need to bring it to school?

A. While we hope that students come prepared each day, we have 3 light blue carts in front of the front office windows labeled by grade level. We have a table next to the carts stocked with tape, markers and paper for labeling items dropped off. Place the item on the cart of your students’ grade level. Unfortunately, we do not call students for forgotten items. The student may pick up items between classes or at lunch time from the cart.

Q. What if my student forgets his/her device?

A. Parents can drop the device at the front desk where we keep them until the student comes to get them. It is the students' responsibility to pick them up between classes or at lunch time. Unfortunately, we are unable to call into classrooms for forgotten items.

Q. What if my child gets sick at school?

A. If your student feels sick during the school day, he/she should always go to the clinic. The clinic needs to keep a record of students who are ill. Students SHOULD NOT call or text on their cell phones or smart watches for parents to pick them up.

Q. Is my child allowed to use their cell phone to call home?

A. Cell phones are not allowed to be used during school time. There is a phone in the front office if the student needs to call home. We encourage students to come prepared to school each day, thus the phone is for emergencies only.

Q. Where do I turn in student attendance notes?

A. If your student is out of school, there needs to be a parent or doctors note sent into the front office within 5 days of being absent.

You may email Jackie Dejo at

Attendance Policy / Attendance Matters (

Q. Do I need my ID when checking out my student?

A. Please be prepared to show your ID when checking out your student. This is for the safety of our students, faculty and staff.

Q. What if my students needs medication at school?

A. Students are not allowed to carry medications with them at school unless they have a permission form (SHS-2) signed and on file in the clinic. This includes prescription and over the counter medications of any kind. Questions please contact Clinic Assistant,

Stephanie Sorina

Q. What time is the school store open?

A. The school store is open from 8:15 a.m. to 8:45 a.m. Monday, Wednesday and Thursday.

Q. What time are students allowed into the school in the morning?

A. The school opens at 8:00 a.m.

Q. Do I need to call the front office if my student is sick for the day?

A. You DO NOT need to call the front office if a student is out sick. Upon returning to school, send a note to the front office and the attendance will be adjusted.

Q. What if my child comes to school late?

A. Parents DO NOT need to bring children in if they are late. Students DO have to report to the office to get a pass to their classroom.

Q. Are students allowed to leave the building without checking out?

A. A parent MUST always come to the front office to check students out of school. This is for the safety of the student.

Note: 1. If someone else is checking your student out they must be on the Infinite Campus Parent Portal Contact list and have their ID.

2. You may also send a note in with your student with the first and last name of the person picking your child up.

Remember to always send a note with your student to the front desk the morning of the check-out. Please be prepared to show your ID.

Do you have questions about attendance?


Fall Picture Day -Wednesday, September 21


Students are not allowed to ride on other students buses or get off at different stops.

This is to ensure the safety of your student.


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If you completed the Volunteer Registration before June 2022, you are REQUIRED to complete an application again using the link below. The good news is that this will cover multiple schools, so you only have to fill out the form once and make sure you cover all of the schools you have children attending.

This may be an inconvenience, but it's necessary to ensure the safety of all our students and is required by Safety & Security for Fulton County Schools. It is MANDATORY before you are permitted to volunteer in the building or in a capacity where students will be present.

Luckily the process takes less than 5 minutes! And will be active for two (2) years.

Please click the link below to complete the process immediately.

Lastly, when signing into the Raptor system at school, volunteers must click the VOLUNTEER option, only, NOT visitor.

Thank you for your understanding and cooperation in this matter.


School Safety Information

Our resource officer, Officer Willis, is scheduled to be at the traffic light until 8:50 a.m.

If a child crosses later please make other arrangements.




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And, a thank you to all the parents who have already made their donations to the Autrey Mill Middle School PTA. Your financial support will ensure this year is a ROAR-ing success for the students, teachers, and administration. We will be providing your membership benefits to your student's homeroom teacher in early October.

If you haven't donated yet, don't worry - there is still time! Click here to make your donation. And, check out the attached document with details on our membership levels.

Be sure to make your donation by October 1st. And, the homeroom class with the most donations will win donuts for breakfast!

And, now for the winners of our Sneak Preview raffle:

Mia Blaney [7th grade]: $25 Gift Card from Great Harvest Bread Company

Sophia Arendt [7th grade]: $25 Gift Card from Southern Baked Pie

Kendall Black [8th grade]: Mini Golf for 4 packages from Aurora

Chloe Chong [6th Grade]: $25 Gift Card from Cloudland Coffee

We will provide the prizes to your student's homeroom teacher in the coming weeks.

If you have any questions, please reach out to us at

AMMS PTA Membership Flyer vF.pdf

Information on AMMS Spiritwear

Spirit Wear Promo Aug2022 v1.pdf

Information for Tanner Photography still has some spaces left. This is a fantastic opportunity to get that 11x14 family portrait taken for a $35 donation to the PTA ($185.00 value).

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It's Extramural Time (7th and 8th Graders Only)


7th and 8th graders ONLY, who have not failed more than one class the previous semester, including connections, may try out for the AMMS tennis team.

ALL forms must be completed correctly and personally handed in to Coach Larson ONLY at school by 4:05 p.m. on WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 7th.

Do not wait until the last minute to turn in ALL forms – if a signature(s) and forms are missing the student will be not eligible to try out. Please see the links.

Required Forms Checklist



When: Tentatively set for Saturday, September 10th

Where: Autrey Mill Tennis Courts

Times: Boys 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and Girls 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Tryouts consist of “mini matches”.

Students will play as many “mini matches” as possible. A “mini match” is 3 games — no deuce, first to game point. While the “matches” are being played, the students up next will warm up and the others will be set up around the courts being tennis ball retrievers. Students will need to bring water, snacks, tennis racket and a can of unopened balls. If a student is trying out for tennis, please have them join the AMMS Tennis Microsoft Team by using the code: 4ns2v5d. Students should check this for tryout information and practices if they make the team. You must be available to play in the county tennis tournament (the date is being finalized). Each school can enter 2 singles and 2 doubles teams for boys and 2 singles and 2 doubles teams for girls. Matches will follow the 6-game pro set format until the semi-finals, where an 8-game pro set will be played, and the finals will play a 10-game pro set. Scoring will be no add, using 15, 30, 40 and game. At 40-all (deuce) the receiver gets to choose the side to receive serve. The team will be based solely on student performance during tryouts.

Email Coach Larson with any question –


7th and 8th graders ONLY, who have not failed more than one class the previous semester, including connections, may try out for the AMMS volleyball team.

ALL forms must be completed correctly and personally handed in to Coach Larson ONLY by Wednesday, September 7th by 4:05 p.m.

Do not wait until the last minute to turn in ALL forms – if a signature(s) and forms are missing the student will be ineligible to try out. Please see the links.

Required Forms Checklist



When: September 12th to September 15th.

Time: 4:05 p.m. to 5:05 p.m. after school

Where: Gymnasium

Deadline for Forms: WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 7th.

Depending on how many students tryout this will determine the days of tryouts. We will have practices in the afternoons based on the schedules of the students who make the team. Your student must be able to participate in practices and games. The team will be based solely on student performance during tryouts.

*Please be here to pick up your athlete promptly at 5:05 pm. It is the responsibility of the parent/guardian to pick up the students from after school activities and events. Autrey Mill Middle School is not responsible for supervision fifteen minutes after that time. If students are not picked up on time, the student could lose the privilege of participating in the program.

Email Coach Larson with any question –

Practices are Tuesdays and Thursdays

Games are Wednesdays and Fridays

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7th and 8th graders ONLY, who have not failed more than one class the previous semester, including connections, may participate on the AMMS tumbling team.

ALL forms must be completed correctly and personally handed in to Coach Larson ONLY at school by 4:05 p.m. Deadline for Forms: Friday, November 4th

Do not wait until the last minute to turn in ALL forms – if a signature(s) and forms are missing the student will not be allowed to participate.

Please see the links.

Required Forms Checklist


Practices: Mornings TBA

Culminating Event: MUST attend Tumbling Exhibition (Ridgeview Charter Middle School) Friday, December 2nd in the morning.

Email Coach Larson with any question –


Media Center Information

Tuesday, September 6, is Read a Book Day! Take a selfie reading a book and send it to Mrs. Ansley at with the subject “RABD.” I will print these pictures off and create a display in the Media Center! Love the book you read? Don’t forget to write a review in Beanstack (accessed through ClassLink)!

International Literacy Day is Thursday, September 8th. Access to reading materials is a key pillar in promoting literacy in our community. If you have any books seeking a home, we would love to put them to good use in our classroom libraries! The Media Center will host a book drive from 8:30-4:30 p.m. where students can drop off donations. If you have any spare picture books, chapter books, informational books, or graphic novels, please send them with your student on this day! We are excited to help our teachers provide quality reading materials to students and upcycle loved books.

Reading Bowl kicks off with our first meeting on September 8th! This will be an introductory session where members can meet each other, join our Teams page, and make a reading schedule for the year.

Students need to be in the cafeteria ready for pick up by Mrs. Ansley at 8:00 a.m.

For the month of September, please plan on discussing the following books at our meetings:

September 8th: No book, just a meet and greet 😊

September 15th: 96 Miles by J.L. Esplin

September 22nd: Maybe He Just Likes You by Barbara Dee

September 29th: Coop Knows the Scoop by Taryn Souders

On September 9th, we will remember the events of September 11, 2001. In the Media Center at 8:00 a.m. and 9:00 a.m., we will show the Anniversary in the Schools webinar produced by the National September 11th Memorial & Museum. Students and staff are invited to attend.

Throughout the day, participants will have an opportunity to respond to the following prompts on Flip: What do you memorialize? How do you memorialize? Why do you memorialize?

Calling all fantasy readers! Celebrate National Sewing Month by joining us on September 16th in the Makerspace at 8:00 a.m. to create and sew a fairy softie! Students can keep their creation or gift it to a loved one. To join, please fill out this form by September 14th! Then, be ready for pick up in the cafeteria at 8:00 a.m. the day of.

Roary Reads Book Club is a place for reading lovers to join together! Each month we will read a book and meet at the end of the month to discuss the book, enjoy fellowship, and participate in relevant activities. All students are invited to attend—just read the book beforehand! At our first meeting (September 23th, 8:00 a.m., in the Media Center), our focus will be Starfish by Lisa Fipps. Copies of the book are available in the Media Center, on SORA (eBook and audiobook), and at the public library. Reach out to Mrs. Ansley ( with any questions!

The Makerspace in the Media Center is looking to grow our Lego supply! If you have spare Legos gathering dust, we would love to take them off your hands! You can drop them off in the Front Office or have your student bring them directly to the Media Center. We were inspired by this summer’s art exhibit at Zoo Atlanta and are hoping to work with students on our own creations! Thank you!!

Yearbook Information

Yearbooks are on sale NOW! Reserve your copy ASAP as last year we sold out earlier than ever. Click here to purchase your 22-23 AMMS Yearbook TODAY!

8th Grade Parents-Yearbook recognition ads are available at the lowest price of the year. Purchase your ad space until September 26th.

Click here to buy now.

Cafeteria Information

Free and Reduced Lunch

If you are interested in Free and Reduced Lunches for 2022-2023 school year please begin your online application NOW.

Visit to begin the online application.

How much does school lunch cost?


FCS COVID 19 Reporting Procedures

FCS COVID 19 Reporting

Due to the ever-changing nature of this pandemic, the district will continue to monitor COVID data and recommendations, consult with public health officials, and make additional adjustments as necessary. If your child is sick, please keep them home. Families are still required to report a confirmed positive case of COVID-19, a pending COVID-19 test result (regardless of the reason for testing), and a direct contact with a person who is COVID-19 positive. FCS student/parents must use the Parent Reporting Portal to make the COVID-19 report.

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After reporting a positive COVID case through the parent portal, please email Dr. Gamel at



Gladiator Cheer Spirit Day with Peace Love and Pizza

Mark your calendar for Jr Gladiators Cheer SPIRIT NIGHT


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Emotional Regulation and Healthy Relationships Information provided by Saprea,

Disappointment, loss, anticipation, excitement, or anger are difficult for mature minds to manage, so you can imagine (and maybe even remember) how overwhelming these emotions can be for a child or teen. Being able to cope with strong emotions, sometimes referred to as emotional regulation, is an important part of your child establishing and maintaining healthy and helpful relationships.

Not surprisingly, children who feel like they can manage their emotions are also more likely to feel confident and content. What may be surprising, however, is that emotional regulation may play a role in child sexual abuse. Loneliness, feelings of disconnect, or shame may all contribute to a child being vulnerable to sexual abuse, so helping a child work through those overwhelming feelings is important for their safety and well-being. (And it makes parenting them a lot easier, too!). Visit our Coping with Emotions Resources page for suggestions and activities.

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Regulación emocional y relaciones saludables Información proporcionada por Saprea,

La decepción, la pérdida, la anticipación, la emoción o la ira son difíciles de manejar para las mentes maduras, por lo que puede imaginar (y tal vez incluso recordar) lo abrumadoras que pueden ser estas emociones para un niño o adolescente. Ser capaz de hacer frente a las emociones fuertes, a veces conocidas como regulación emocional, es una parte importante de su hijo que establece y mantiene relaciones saludables y útiles.

No es sorprendente que los niños que sienten que pueden manejar sus emociones también sean más propensos a sentirse seguros y contentos. Lo que puede ser sorprendente, sin embargo, es que la regulación emocional puede desempeñar un papel en el abuso sexual infantil. La soledad, los sentimientos de desconexión o vergüenza pueden contribuir a que un niño sea vulnerable al abuso sexual, por lo que ayudar a un niño a superar esos sentimientos abrumadores es importante para su seguridad y bienestar. (¡Y también hace que criarlos sea mucho más fácil!). Visite nuestra página de Recursos para hacer frente a las emociones para obtener sugerencias y actividades.

Ivy Bridge Academy Debate Program

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Ivy Bridge Academy's After-School Public Speaking & Debate program offers a chance for students to learn techniques of public speaking and engage with current events through the activity of debate.

Students enhance their research skills, critical thinking, organizational skills, persuasion tactics, and information processing by learning about both sides of an issue and being able to persuasively argue for either side.

Students who participate in our program will leave with a sense of accomplishment and a skill set that will help them in academics and their future careers. Direct tangible benefits from our program include increased confidence speaking in front of others, improved writing skills, greater vocabulary, better information-processing, and more open-minded critical thinking about some complex topics.

Register for Debate on Tuesday's after school!

Ivy Bridge Academy Public Speaking & Debate 4:15-5:45

Christy Noll
Ivy Bridge Academy After-School Program Director