Armada Middle School Newsletter
As we continue to battle through the winter months and begin to look forward to spring, I’d like to take an opportunity to provide you with some information on what lies ahead in the coming weeks.
Believe it or not it is time to start thinking about student scheduling for the 2024-2025 school year. Current 6th and 7th grade students will receive their course selection forms in mid-February. This form gives students the opportunity to select elective courses they are interested in taking next year. More details and information about the course offerings will be included on this form. Current 8th grade students will be meeting with high school staff and receive scheduling information in the coming weeks.
M-STEP & PSAT
The Michigan Student Test of Educational Progress (M-STEP) and PSAT is scheduled to be administered this spring. The M-STEP, which is entering its 7th year as the official state assessment, will include summative assessments designed to measure student growth in various subject areas. All students in grades 6-8 will be assessed in English-language arts and mathematics. 8th grade students will also be assessed in science and social studies. The PSAT replaces the M-STEP English-language arts and mathematics assessments in 8th grade and will be included in Michigan's accountability system for 2022. 8th grade students will continue to take the M-STEP science and social studies assessments, which have been and will continue to be included in Michigan’s accountability system. Spring testing is scheduled to begin in mid-April. More information and details will be provided as the testing window approaches.
Additional Notes and Reminders
Please double check that your child is bringing appropriate outerwear to school for the cold weather. We have noticed a number of students walking home without coats and even wearing shorts.
Students are expected to exit the building in a timely manner after dismissal at the end of the day. If students are in the building after school hours for tutoring, athletic events, or meetings they must be directly supervised by a staff member. A supervised study hall is available until 3:30 pm in Room 140 for students awaiting rides, practices, etc.
- February 9th - Half day all students
- February 12th - No School - Mid-Winter Break
- February 19th - Half day all students - Teacher Professional Development
- February 29th - Half day all students - Exams (Hours 1 - 3)
- March 1st - Half day all students - Exams (Hours 4 - 6)/End of Trimester 2
- March 4th - Half day all students - Teacher Professional Development
- March 4th - Start of Trimester 3
- March 25th - No School - Spring Break (March 25th-March 29th)
- April 1st - No School for Students and Staff - Easter Monday
- April 2nd - School Resumes
Board of Education Regular Meeting Notice
Regular meetings of the Armada Area Schools Board of Education for 2024 will be held the third Tuesday of each month at 7:00 p.m. Official minutes of the school board meetings are stored and available for inspection in the Superintendent’s office at the Administration Building. The schedule for meetings is as follows:
2024 Meeting Dates/Locations
- January 16 - Armada High School Auditorium (23655 Armada Center Road)
- February 20 - Krause Elementary Gymnasium (23900 Armada Center Road)
- March 19 - Armada Middle School Community Room (23550 Armada Center Road)
- April 16* - Special Education - Gallery
- May 21* - Safety/Academy - Gallery
- June 18*
- July 16*
- August 20* (Note: Armada Fair takes place the week prior August 12th - 18th)
- September 17*
- October 15*
- November 19* (Note: Thanksgiving is November 28th, the following week)
- December 17*
* All other meetings will be held in the Macomb Academy of Arts & Sciences Gallery, 23211 Prospect Street, Armada, Michigan 48005 unless specified in advance of each meeting.
Upon a 5-day advance request to the Superintendent's office, the district shall make reasonable accommodations for a person with disabilities to be able to participate in a meeting.
Celebrating Excellence: Student Recognition Program
Each month, our teachers and staff nominate students who have exhibited exceptional qualities in various aspects of their school life. These qualities include respect, responsibility, gratitude, empathy, perseverance, honesty, cooperation, courage, and creativity. For the month of January, we highlighted Perseverance.
Congratulations to our students who demonstrated the characteristics and qualities of Perseverance for the month of January! We are very proud of these students! Keep up the great work Tigers!!!
Mrs. Milner is offering after school math tutoring for all students (grades 6-8). Tutoring will be available on Mondays and Thursdays from 2:30-3:30 pm in Room 106. Any student who is planning on attending tutoring is expected to come with specific math related questions from their homework, a test review, or to prepare for an upcoming assessment. The number of students for each session is limited and students must sign up at the link below prior to the session. Walk-in tutoring is not available. If you have any questions, please contact Mrs. Milner at firstname.lastname@example.org. Click HERE to sign up!
8th Grade High School Open House
Armada High School is excited to welcome the class of 2028 and their families to the high school for an Open House on Tuesday, February 20th from 6-8 pm. 8th graders and their families will have the opportunity to explore the building, meet with representatives from extracurricular activities, and meet teachers before they select their classes for next year.
Attention all 8th grade parents, if you have any pictures of your child implementing their Global Impact Project and would like it documented in the yearbook please send pictures with the name of your child, and a small description of their project to Mrs. Bartels and it will be added to the yearbook page! email@example.com
Macomb Family Services Adolescent Outreach
Macomb Family Services continues to offer counseling to students who need outside counseling for personal and family issues. The program is called Adolescent Outreach. Certified counselor, Mrs. Dorothy Yope, can meet confidentially with your child for up to eight sessions at no charge during school hours. She will rotate her sessions with your child so as not to miss the same class twice in a row as they are required to make up any missed class work. Please email Mrs. Husken at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in participating or have any questions.
Armada Middle School Expectations
All AMS students are expected to step up and help make our school a safe and drug free environment. The theme that ties it all together is the AMS Expectation Code of Conduct which states, “Take care of yourself, take care of each other, and take care of this place.”
How to Block Cyberbullying
If you’re a victim of cyberbullying, here are some tips on how to put a stop to your tormentors:
If you get a threatening message, tell a trusted adult and don’t hesitate to call the police. There are laws in place to protect kids from cyberbullies.
Block ‘em. You can do this on Facebook through your settings and you can do this with text messages by calling your service provider.
If you recognize the name of a bully, delete and destroy incoming messages before reading them.
Bullies want you to fight back so they can continue to tear you down. Ignore them and give ‘em the “silent treatment.” Contact the police if the perpetrators continue their harassment!
Bridging the Communication Gap
For some AMS students, facing responsibility is a daily challenge. If your child struggles academically and routinely states that they have no homework, please check the POWERSCHOOL parent portal. You are able to view your child’s grade, e-mail staff members with any concerns or questions, or check teacher websites to view upcoming projects, assignments and tests. If you do not have online capability, please contact our staff members on the phone and leave a message. The end of this trimester is March 1st. If you have any questions about PowerSchool or teacher websites, please call the main office to get your password and username.
The AMS Parent Group will be hosting a Valentine's Day Balloon Sale! Students will be able to buy a balloon or two, or more to send to an Armada Middle School friend, staff member, or themselves!!
Balloons will be for sale during all lunches from Tuesday, February 6th to Wednesday, February 14th, or until supplies last. Balloons will cost $2 each!
Purchased balloons will be passed out to recipients on Wednesday, February 14 during 6th hour.
The AMS Parent Group will also host the second middle school dance of the school year on Friday, March 8th. There will be a planning meeting for the dance so please watch our Facebook page for the upcoming date! (It will be on a Friday at 6 pm).
Also, watch our Facebook page for the next general meeting. At this meeting, we will discuss any future plans for the group for this year as well as touch base about next year!! We are open to suggestions and ideas and always love new members and dedicated volunteers. Help us spread the word and involve more parents!
Lastly, True To You Designs has pridewear items! Perfect for gift giving ideas or simply to add to your Armada attire! A portion of the profits made from each purchase will come back to the Parent Group! Please follow this link to order today! Pick up for items can be arranged!