Weekly News

January 8, 2021

Calendar Items

Friday, January 15 - No School

Monday, January 18 - No School - MLK Day

Tuesday, January 19 - Hybrid learning resumes


With the start of the boys’ basketball season, we will have cheerleaders at our games. Any 7th or 8th grader is eligible to cheer. Please see the details below.

  1. Coaches are Alicia Parker and Kim Lambrecht. They can be reached at the following emails: aparker@bluevalleyk12.org and kmlambrecht@bluevalleyk12.org.
  2. Any student who is interested in participating will need to fill out the following forms and turn them into the office. If a student participated in cheer in the fall and already turned in the forms, they do not need to complete them again unless their health has changed since the fall season. See below for the documents needed.
  3. Students will cheer at home games. A schedule will be provided for those interested once it is available.
  4. Students are responsible for their own transportation to practices and home games for which they are cheering.
  5. Practice will begin Monday January 11th from 3:00 – 4:00 in the 6th grade Pod and continue through January 14th during that same time.

Please contact the coaches with any questions.

Spelling Bee Winner

We would like to congratulate Dane Weninger!!! He is our 2020-2021 Spelling Bee Champion. Dane will be representing ABMS at the Regional Competition later this month.


The Math Counts team will meet on Monday, January 11th from 3:00-3:30 pm via Zoom.


Meeting ID: 980 9023 5797


School Play Information

  • If you would like to audition for the School Play, please fill out the Audition Sign-Up Form available at this link: https://forms.gle/UzhwWN5qZqeD6prN9
  • The forms are open until Wednesday, January 13th at 3:00 PM
  • Emails will be collected from that form and used to invite students to a Canvas course called “ABMS Play 2021” where they can audition and get more information about the play!
  • Auditions are open to ALL STUDENTS, no matter what learning mode they are currently in. Students are responsible for their own transportation to rehearsals even on days they do not have in-person school, and rehearsals will take place at school.
  • Rehearsals will be held at ABMS after school hours in small student groups per scene. Proper COVID precautions, including masking and social distancing, will be followed at all times.
  • Auditions will be on Thursday and Friday, January 14th and 15th. These will be completed as a Canvas Video Assignment and submitted on the Canvas course. Videos must be submitted by midnight on Friday, January 15th to be considered for casting.
  • For auditions, students should introduce themselves using their full name and grade level, and then present a student chosen monologue lasting no longer than one minute. A great resource for selecting monologues can be found here: https://www.dramanotebook.com/monologues-kids-teenagers/

School Pictures

School pictures have been re-scheduled for February 1 & 2. This applies to all Aubry Bend students, in-person and virtual.
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· Invest in ABMS/PTO membership - Make your tax-deductible donation! Any and all support is very much appreciated!! Log into ParentVue to donate.

· AMAZON SMILE - Did you know you can support ABMS by shopping through Amazon Smile? It's an easy way to help, but you must shop through our link.

· "BE IN THE KNOW WITH ABMS PTO"- Be sure to follow us on FB (@AubryBendMSPTO) and twitter (@AbmsPto).

· COMMUNITY SPIRIT - Our PTO friends over at BVSW have put together a couple of fun activities and are looking to include our entire "Five Schools One Family" community. Check out the flyers below or their FB page @bluevalleysouthwestpto to get more info. You can sign up to support a senior HERE.

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We have many new titles and plenty of old favorites. Curbside Checkout continues and will continue during Hybrid for our Virtual students. Our library web page provides information and a short video on how to place a hold for Curbside checkout. Axis 360 eBooks are also available to all ABMS students. Axis 360 eBooks

Book Returns-Help Needed!

Many students utilized the library before going Virtual in November. When we return for the 3rd Quarter in Hybrid mode this will provide an opportunity for students to return those books. Please help your student remember to put those books in their backpacks and get them turned in. If any other books were found over the break from last school year we’d LOVE for those to be returned as well! Thanks in advance for your help!

This is just a reminder that our Library Webpage contains a wealth of information and resources for all ABMS students. It’s updated regularly with new resources, book recommendations via First Chapter Fridays and/or Book Trailers, and monthly Choice Boards. There are links to our social media pages. Pay attention to the TABS that lead to our online databases and other educational resources. If you haven’t been on lately, take a look! ABMS Library Webpage


ELA students watched a variety of Ted Talk videos to analyze author’s perspective, word choice, and tone. We also studied text structure by reading information text and filling out graphic organizers to better comprehend main ideas and key details.

Social Studies

We have begun our simulation of traveling on the ancient Silk Road. Ask your student what has happened to them along the way. There are many elements of chance, so every student's journey is unique. Also ask what they have traded at different stops on the path.


Students in all math classes started a new unit this week, Rates and Ratios. They learned vocabulary relating to ratios and will continue to use that vocabulary to compare ratios and unit rates next week.


Science classes are working through the rest of inside Earth with discussions about plate tectonics, continental drift, and sea floor spreading.

Social Studies

Social Studies classes have been introduced to just how BIG 7.8 billion really is (the population of the world) and are beginning to narrow down to how that population is arranged geographically and culturally, and how different families in those different populations live, eat, and play. We can’t wait to see our students’ introspections in comparing to our lives here!


Students are wrapping up the quarter with an informational writing. They are journalists in England during the 1800's and are reporting on one topic from that time period. Third quarter will bring a study of Where the Red Fern Grows, by Wilson Rawls.


Students are working on a project which requires them to understand and demonstrate how body systems interact with one another. Students chose from 4 project options to include 1. medical rounds, 2. digital platform, 3. game board, and 4. design your own. Projects are due January 14th (Bergerhofer/Canas) and January 22nd (Fairburn).


Distance Learners are working through two-step equations to wrap up the semester! Expect a practice quiz next week!

VirtualED Integrated 7th Grade Math

Students are working through two-step equations to wrap up the semester! There will be a practice quiz on Wednesday. Students that show mastery can keep their grade as their actual quiz grade!

VirtualED Advanced 7th Grade Math

Students just finished working on 2-step inequalities and will focus on proportional relationships to finish out the semester!


We will be continuing to work on our literary analysis essays.


Algebra 1: Wrapping up our solving equations unit with absolute value and square root equations. All teachers will be having quizzes early in the week over this final section of material for the quarter.

Math 8 (Moss): Functions in the Real World. Canvas second quarter test on Wednesday and Thursday!

Social Studies

We are starting a unit that centers on the lead up to the American Civil War. We look at various situations that caused this divide to occur; including, but not limited to the realities of slavery in the United States. We will also explore the book Uncle Tom’s Cabin to debate the question: Can words lead to war?

Farris Science

Working on Create a Chemistry Gameboard. This is the final product for the quarter and due on Jan. 14.

Moss Science

Identifying Chemical Reactions and The Law of Conservation of Mass


SAVE the DATE: January 13th

New Timberwolf Night: Athletics and Activities Involvement 2021-2022

Please join us virtually on Wednesday, January 13th for an informational night for all incoming freshmen for the 2021-2022 school year. This night will be an opportunity for all incoming freshmen to learn how to get involved at Southwest! Coaches and sponsors from our athletic teams and activities programs will be available to answer questions and present information to students and families regarding their programs.

This night is dedicated for athletic and activity involvement only. More information regarding high school enrollment will be provided at a later time.

Happy New Year! I hope you all had an excellent winter break and a happy new year. This New Year’s Eve was one of my favorites EVER…laid around in my sweats all day and in bed by 10:15…glorious! It has been pretty great, however, being back at work and having a routine again.

Our semester will end on Friday, January 15. There is no school on that day so that our teachers can engage in professional learning in the morning and have grade prep time in the afternoon. The last day of classes for this semester is Thursday, January 14.

Second semester begins on Tuesday, January 19 in the hybrid mode of learning. Students with last names A-L will be in-person learners on Tuesday and Wednesday, and students with last names M-Z will be in-person learners on Thursday and Friday. I’ve included a copy of the schedule for the remainder of January from the district below. As soon as we have confirmation of the next month, we’ll share that information with you.

Next week, I will share the details of hybrid related to mitigation strategies, bell schedules and drop-off/pick-up procedures. We are not making sweeping changes, but we want to be sure that we provide you another copy of the procedures since it’s been a while since we’ve been in hybrid. Look for the information in the Weekly News next week.

Thanks for a wonderful start to 2021! We love our community and want you to know that you can count on us.


Diana Tate, Principal