Mustang News

November 19, 2021

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AVONDALE MIDDLE SCHOOL!

What's New in the Stable

*Weekly Principal Letter

*School Quarantine Guidance

*$2 for Tunes

*Stem 8 Med Detectives

*Boys & Girls Club Hours

*Gift of Giving/Spirit Week/After School Celebration!

*AMS Geography Bee

*Ski & Snowboard Club Meeting

*Next PTO Meeting

*AMS Spelling Bee

*Winter Sports Season 1 Info

*Tech Team Deadline-TODAY!

*Mania Shout Outs!

*Birthdays Next Week

*International Academy Enrollment Nights

*Students leaving early

*Drop Off/Pick Up Update

Happy Friday Mustangs!

It was a great week @AMS! We had our first Positive Behavior Incentive and Supports (PBIS) after school event this past Wednesday. It was a huge success! Students with one or less tardys and no discipline referrals for the previous week were invited to attend this event. We will be hosting more PBIS events throughout the year to celebrate and recognize students making good choices in school.


The AMS PTO met this week and celebrated the success of our Halloween fundraiser! The success of the Halloween event will help the PTO with supporting students and building culture. Our next meeting will be Dec. 8th @ 7pm in the Media Center.


Don’t forget about the ½ day on Tuesday! Dismissal is at 11:07 am and there is no school Wednesday through Friday next week. Please enjoy the Holiday and stay safe! If your student is not feeling well upon returning to school on November 29th, please keep them home to keep everyone safe in school.


Card marking is coming soon! Parents, please make sure your student is making up any missing assignments. If your student has missing work due to a quarantine or excused medical absence; please know that the AMS teachers will work with your student(s).


We will offer extensions to allow students the opportunity to complete any work missed from quarantine so they can improve their grade if they choose to do so. In some cases, a student may receive an “I” on their report card indicating an Incomplete Grade. This means we are allowing your student up until Dec. 10th to make up any assignments or assessments to boost their grade. This will only apply to absences due to quarantine or medically excused absences. After Dec. 10th, the grade will be entered into MiStar to finalize the report card.


One last reminder…The annual tradition of Gift of Giving is under way! Please see below for more information! This is a great cause that benefits AVONDALE Families!

Have a great Holiday!


With AMS Pride!

Jason Ohrt

Proud Principal of Avondale Middle School

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Please remind students of the importance of proper mask wearing at school. Symptomatic students should not come to school. Please keep students who are experiencing Covid symptoms home.


https://www.michigan.gov/coronavirus/0,9753,7-406-98178_104699---,00.html

$2 FOR TUNES

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 23-sponsored by LINKS

The LINKS program is a peer support program where students receive training that will allow them to facilitate positive outcomes in the school experience of a peer with specific learning and/or social needs. Fundraising opportunities allow for the peer program to host social gatherings where students can work together to practice skills and build relationships with each other. It also allows the program to obtain resources for training opportunities.


**********STUDENTS NEED TO BRING THEIR OWN EARBUDS**********


EARBUDS ARE FOR SALE IN THE MEDIA CENTER FOR $2

STEM 8 Med Detectives Crack the Case

A crime scene was investigated and explored by STEM 8 Medical Detectives this week. A mock scene was created for students to show their detective skills learned throughout the trimester. Students were challenged to piece together the “who stole the technology” mystery using trace fingerprint, footprint, and DNA evidence analysis and problem solving strategies learned as we discussed mysteries of human diseases and the human body. Students sorted through witness statements, looked for physical evidence and pieced together the mystery with the help of Mrs. Byrne. The crime was cracked and the “guilty” teacher was caught. We would like to thank the Auburn Hills Police Department for their donations to help us create this crime scene using real evidence gathering techniques at school!



First to crack case: 3rd hour found Mrs. Richard guilty, Bella Quinn and Lauren Peterson

6th hour found Mrs. Roth guilty: Addie Quinn and Christine Nguyen

Boys and Girls Club Times for Early Release and Half Days

Yes, kids can go to the Boys and Girls Club on Early Release Days and Half Days.


Early Release Hours

1pm-6:30pm


Half Day Hours

11am-6:30pm


See below for information on how to become a Boys and Girls Club Member

BOYS & GIRLS CLUB

In cooperation with the Boys & Girls club, AMS students will have the opportunity to go to the Boys & Girls club in Auburn Hills after school, Monday-Friday.


An AMS bus#10 will be designated for transport. Parents will have to pick up their students at the Boys & Girls Club. The hours are 2pm-6:30pm.


Here is the Process:

(1) In order to participate you must first, have a Boys & Girls Club membership. A year membership is $50. New members will need to fill out a registration form online at bgcsm.org


(2) Once a membership is confirmed, Mrs. Zaremba, in the main office will issue a bus pass.


Students on the bus must wear a mask per Avondale School District Policy.

Students at the Boys & Girls club must wear a mask per their masking policy.


Questions:

Denise Vallee

Program Coordinator this

Boys & Girls Club of Southeastern Michigan (Wilson Club)

(248) 852-1336

Denise.valle@bgcsm.org


Mrs. Zaremba:

AMS Secretary

248-537-6301

jackie.zaremba@avondaleschools.org

GIFT OF GIVING 2021

What is Gift of Giving?


WHAT IS GIFT OF GIVING HOLIDAY DRIVE?

The Holiday Drive supports Avondale students in the free and reduced lunch program by providing students with basic needs such as winter items and food for the 1 week of Holiday break.

GoG works closely with Avondale staff and families to ensure that students receive the needed items for school through an annual survey. The information helps ensure that the students receive the much needed item for winter.

HOW MUCH WAS PROVIDED TO STUDENTS IN 2014-2020?

3900+ winter items 4500+ clothing/shoes 37,000+ canned of food 40,000+ school supply items


Please watch the Celebration Video Below to See What Gift of Giving is All About

https://youtu.be/XZcYadoRGzM?list=TLGGj4Lu-O0oKowwODExMjAyMQ



TO DONATE!

Nov. 15- Dec 6th Paypal Drive in Roundup Classrooms

Students Make Donations Via the PayPal Link. All students who donate will get their name entered into the drawing for 2 Visa Gift Cards that will be drawn December 17th. Top Roundup will get to go to the Food Packing Field Trip on December 8th from 9-1:30.

https://www.paypal.com/donate?hosted_button_id=9E75M778WU482


Gift of Giving, a non-profit 501c3 organization, is partnering with Avondale School District and community members to provide holiday joy to Avondale School District students who participate in the free/reduced lunch program or to those families who are still recovering from the pandemic.


Important Dates

December 11, 2021 (9am - 3pm): Main Pick Up

December 13, 2021 (9am - noon): Last Pick Up


The Gift of Giving Holiday Drive is for Avondale students only

Spirit WEek

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Geography Bee

November 22nd and 23rd- Preliminaries

Geography/History/Social Studies classrooms


December 20th- Grade Level Finals-Media Center

1st Hour-6th Grade

2nd Hour-7th Grade

3rd Hour-8th Grade


5th Hour-School-Wide Finals

AMS Ski & Snowboard Club

Email Mrs. Haugh at lisa.haugh@avondaleschools.org


See below slide for info on an upcoming meeting...

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Next PTO Meeting

Wednesday, December 8, 2021

Media Center

Spelling Bee

December 15th- Grade Level Spelling Bee-Media Center

2nd Hour-6th Grade

3rd Hour-7th Grade

5th Hour-8th Grade


January 12th-School-Wide Spelling Bee-Media Center

2nd and 3rd hours

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Winter Sports-Season 1 Information

NO PRACTICE ON 1/2 DAYS AND EARLY RELEASE DAYS!

7th and 8th Grade Boys Basketball

Coaches

Kenny O'Shaughnessy-7th Grade

kenny.oshaughnessy@avondaleschools.org


Jakkell Davis-8th Grade

jakkell.davis@avondaleschools.org


Practices-see below calendar

Monday-Fridays

Main Gym

3pm-4:30pm


Parent Meeting

Tuesday, November 16, 2021

4:30-5pm

Auditeria


11/30 vs. Boulan Park MS

12/2 @ Larson MS

12/7 vs. Larson MS

12/8 @ Hart MS

12/13 @ Baker MS

12/15 vs. Van Hoosen MS

1/4 vs. Hart MS

1/6 @ Smith MS

1/10 @ West MS

1/11 vs. Reuther MS

1/18 vs Baker MS

1/19 @ Van Hoosen


Home Games in BOLD

All games start at 4pm

Sideline Cheer/Competitive Cheer

Coaches

Sarah Gilbert-Sideline Cheer

sarah.gilbert@avondaleschools.org


Amanda Mulka-Competitive Cheer

amanda.mulka@avondaleschools.org


Parent Meeting

Monday, November 15, 2021

4-5pm

Auditeria


Practices-see below calendar

Monday-Thursday

Aux Gym

3pm-5pm


Sideline Cheer

11/30 vs. Boulan Park MS

12/7 vs. Larson MS

12/15 vs. Van Hoosen MS

1/4 vs. Hart MS

1/11 vs. Reuther MS

11/18 vs. Baker MS

All games at AMS in the Main Gym

4pm start


Competitive Cheer

1/15 @ Troy Athens

1/22@ Avondale High School

1/28@Fraser

Times TBD

SPORTS PHYSICAL INFORMATION

For the 2021-22 school year, an MHSAA pre-participation sports physical is required for all students who participate in sports. A physical examination must be completed on or after April 15, 2021 to be considered a valid physical for 2021-22.

The MHSAA Health Questionnaire will not be in use for next school year.

AMS SPORTS INFORMATION


ALL ATHLETES MUST HAVE A CURRENT PHYSICAL ON FILE!

YOUR STUDENT CANNOT PARTICIPATE WITHOUT A CURRENT PHYSICAL ON FILE

https://www.mhsaa.com

6th, 7th AND 8th GRADERS CAN PARTICIPATE IN ALL SPORTS!


In order to participate there is a $100 participation fee,

unless you have been approved for free or reduced lunch


All students must go home and return for sporting events.

They must be accompanied by an adult.


SARA RUSS

ATHLETIC SECRETARY

248-537-6295

sara.russ@avondaleschools.org

Tech Team Information Deadline TODAY!


Apply for the Student Tech Team!

We are looking for responsible, trustworthy students to be on our Tech Team. These students run sound, lighting and video equipment for school and weekend events.


We are looking for students with integrity and a strong work ethic! You will be fully trained for this position. Students who are accepted on the Tech Team will be asked to commit to the team for the remainder of their middle school and high school years if possible. 6th/7th grade team members will work as unpaid “interns” working alongside an older student. After completing an internship, students will be paid for their time worked at rental events.


If you would like to be a part of this exciting team, please fill out an application by Nov. 19.

You can find it at http://bit.ly/techapp21

Questions? Email deanna.johnson@avondaleschools.org

Mustang Mania Shout Outs!

PBIS Nominations:

PBIS is a school wide initiative to promote positive behavior. Teachers, staff and parents can nominate students for doing a good job throughout the school day.


Congrats to all!


Mr. O PBIS Website (to nominate students and teachers/staff)

https://sites.google.com/avondaleschools.org/mrosroundup/home

Friday, November 19, 2021 Mania Winners!

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BIRTHDAYS The NEXT Two WEEKs

11/20- Raphael, Mar'Kayla, Kylah

11/21- Elsy

11/22- Jayden, JuLeah

11/23- Jonathon, Benjamin

11/24- Ian, Jacob, Logan

11/25- Emmalyn

11/26- Sonja, Kloee

11/27- Trinity, Sasha

11/28- Tre'mari

11/29- Donovan, Ivan

11/30- Nathan

12/1- JaNae, Nadine

12/2- Javontae, Anthony, Vance, Peighton

12/3- AmiLin, Elanie, Scotland, Harrison, Kelsey, Charles

International Academy Information

Families of the Class of 2026,


The International Academy has opened the application process for prospective students. Please find the application and website below.


Prospective Student Class of 2026


We will be hosting three Enrollment Information Nights at the IA Okma Campus following:


Wednesday, November 17th at 7:00pm

Tuesday, December 7, 2021 at 7:00pm

Monday, January 10, 2022 at 7:00pm.


If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me.


Thank you in advance!

Ann Curran

Enrollment Coordinator

Okma International Academy

1020 East Square Lake Road

Bloomfield Hills, MI 48304

248.341.5900
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Students Leaving Early

Recently, we have had students being called out a few minutes before the release bell. This increase in call volume and disruption in classes has become quite disruptive. We always want to respect parents requests to have their child released from school, however for the safety of students, and to minimize disruption, we will not be releasing students early after 2:15pm, they will be released at 2:46pm.


The procedure for calling your student out early is:

Call the attendance line (248-537-6310) before 11am and leave a message stating the following: name of your student, time of pickup, make/model/color of pick up vehicle

Safe Ed will walk students to the vehicle.


Or call the main office(248-537-6300) between 11am-2:10pm. Please leave a message if you cannot get through, the secretaries monitor their email and will get the message. This way we can give students a pass in advance and have them ready. We understand emergencies come up and will handle on a case by case basis.


We appreciate your cooperation with this policy.

Drop Off/Pick Up Update

Please pull up as far as possible in the parent loop to help traffic congestion.

Thank you!

AMS Administration

Substitute Teachers Needed!

The Avondale School District is looking for teacher substitutes. The State of Michigan requires candidates to have 60 College Credits. All substitute permits require that an individual has completed at least 60 semester hours of satisfactory credit (defined as a grade of 'C' or higher) combined from one or more regionally accredited colleges or universities. Please apply at EduStaff.org.


The daily pay rate is $120.00 and district substitutes earn a daily pay rate of $150.00.


Please reach out to AnnaMaria Wyman at

annamaria.wyman@avondaleschools.org if you have any questions.



Thank you,

Sharon Hyde Ed.S., CHRS

Executive Director of Human Resources

Avondale School District

YOUTH ACTION COMMITTEE

Looking to make a positive impact in your community??? The Rochester/Auburn Hills Community Coalition's Youth Action Committee is looking for youth volunteers (grades 6-12) from the Rochester and Avondale school districts. The YAC supports healthy lifestyles through programming that educates about mental wellness and substance misuse in schools and the community. Become a member of the YAC today!


Contact:
Ms. Mulka

amanda.mulka@avondaleschools.org

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lost and found

If your student has lost items at school, please have them check the lost & found that is located in our Auditeria.


We do have some pricier lost items located in the office, please call if your student may have lost something of greater value. 248-537-6300

8th Grade DC TRIP INFO

May 18-21, 2022

Questions, reach out to the teacher sponsor Sarah Gilbert: sarah.gilbert@avondaleschools.org


Itinerary.2182-2.pdf

Trip Registration.pdf


Date Due Amount Upon Registration $100.00

Fri. Oct 29th, 2021 $150.00

Fri. Dec 3rd, 2021 $150.00 Fri

Jan. 14th, 2022 $150.00

Fri. Mar 18th, 2022 $Balance

● Visit www.studentadventures.org or download the Student Adventures TripApp

● Click the LOGIN button

● Sign up for EasyTrack

● Create your Account or login to an existing account

● If creating your account, you will receive an email to continue your registration

● Online Registration ID: AMS2182

● Follow the online instructions to complete your registration

● You must make a deposit payment to complete your registration

● Cancellation Protection $109 Student $119 Adult Cost of your Trip:

● $709.00 Student (Quad Rm)

● $819.00 Adult (Double Rm)

● $1039.00 Adult (Single Rm)

Tour activities are subject to change based on availability or vendor restrictions. If this occurs, Student Adventures will arrange similar activities. Cancellation Super Protector (CSP) is available for purchase only during registration.


Full details available on our website: www.studentadventures.org or call 877-873-7550.

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ORDER YOUR YEARBOOK NOW!

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TEXT the word "YES" to 67587

If you are not receiving text messages from Avondale Middle School or Avondale School District and would like to, text the word "YES" to 67587.

IMPORTANT DATES

1/2 Day

Tuesday, November 23, 2021

End of Trimester 1

11:07am Dismissal


No School

Wednesday, November 24- Friday, November 26, 2021

Thanksgiving Break


PTO Meeting

Wednesday, December 8, 2021

Media Center


No School

Friday, December 10, 2021


Early Dismissal

Thursday, December 16, 2021

1pm Release


No School

Thursday, December 23- Friday, Dec 31, 2021

Winter Recess

BLESSING IN A BACKPACK

You can still sign your child(ren) up to receive Blessings in a Backpack each week that school is in session. This is a FREE program set up to provide our students with a nutritious meal over the weekend when they don't have access to school lunches.


The simple meals may include food like macaroni and cheese, beef ravioli, canned chicken, canned tuna, granola bars, peanut butter, soups, fruit, and other items dispensed in a discreet and caring manner.


Sign up here: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSd1dhTLcfn9cO0Kj0PDC6U0zCcZ8LgpGi4FwMXbJ7ZKwhFA8g/viewform

STUDENT MASK EXCLUSION FORM

See below PFD

Return this form with physician documentation to:

Avondale School District - Student Services Office

2940 Waukegan Street

Auburn Hills, MI 48326

FAX: 248-537-6070

EMAIL: cindy.orman@avondaleschools.org

VOLUNTEER FORM

PLEASE NOTE, a copy of your drivers license, front and back, need to be turned in with the form.

Turn in at the main office.


Thank you!

AMS 2021-2022 Bus Schedule

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MEDICATION FORM

If your child needs medication during school hours, (7:53am-2:46pm) please fill out the attached form and bring to the counseling office.


All prescription medications need a doctors signature on the form.


Over the counter medications just need a parents signature. You can store OTC meds in the clinic if your child has chronic allergies, headaches etc. and we can administer as needed.


All medications need to be brought in by guardian in their original bottles.

Questions, call 248-537-6300.

AMS FACEBOOK PAGE

BELL SCHEDULES

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2021-2022 DISTRICT CALENDAR

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DISTRICT INFO

GATE Information

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Empowered Parents Workshop

This is a Parent workshop hosted by Life Church, Spaulding for Children, and Avondale Youth Assistance that will focus on empowering parents who may feel overwhelmed during these times.


It's 3 quick sessions at Auburn Elementary with dinner and childcare provided.


Please add the attached flyer.

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RARA Bowl a Thon

RARA SCAMP Bowling Fundraiser

February 5, 2022

Avon North Hill Lanes


See attachment for more...

VIRTUAL COFFEE WITH THE SUPERINTENDENT

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