Apache eNews

January 11th, 2016

This Week at Armstrong Middle School

AMS 8th Grade Girls Basketball Game: Armstrong vs Renner

Monday, Jan. 11th, 6pm

5701 West Parker Road

Plano, TX

Game Location: Renner Middle School

AMS 8th Grade Boyss Basketball Game: Armstrong vs Renner

Monday, Jan. 11th, 6pm

3805 Timberline Drive

Plano, TX

Game Location: Armstrong Middle School

AMS 7th Grade Girls' Basketball Game: Armstrong vs Renner

Thursday, Jan. 14th, 6pm

5701 West Parker Road

Plano, TX

Game Location: Renner Middle School

AMS 7th Grade Boys Basketball Game: Armstrong vs Renner

Thursday, Jan. 14th, 6pm

3805 Timberline Drive

Plano, TX

Game Location: Armstrong Middle School

It's College Week at AMS!

Monday, Jan. 11th, 8:30am to Friday, Jan. 15th, 3:30pm

3805 Timberline Drive

Plano, TX


Here's a pdf copy of the flyer: http://elist.pisd.edu/eNews/0045_78_COLLEGE_WEEK_AT_ARMSTRONG_MIDDLE_SCHOOL.pdf

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Picture Retake Day

Friday, Jan. 15th, 8:30am

3801 Timberline Drive

Plano, TX

Picture Retake Day is Friday, January 15th. Lifetouch will be here to take pictures of all students new to Armstrong since September, all students who were absent on picture day last September, and all students who would like to have their picture redone.

In order to get a picture retaken, students must have their picture packet from the fall. If you have any questions about picture retake day, contact Mrs. Archer (469)752-4627.

Volunteers Needed for Nominating Committee for Board Officers 2016-2017

Friday, Jan. 15th, 6pm

3801 Timberline Drive

Plano, TX

The PTA need volunteers to be in the Nominating Committee for Board Officers 2016-2017. Please email Katrina Tadeja by Friday, January 15, 2016 at simplysublime@live.com if interested.

Upcoming AMS Events

Yearbook Order Form *Final Deadline

Sunday, Jan. 31st, 3pm

3801 Timberline Drive

Plano, TX

We are closing in on the last chance to order the Armstrong Middle School Yearbook for 2016.

***The deadline for ALL orders is January 29th. Orders will not be accepted after that date. Don't delay - Order today!

Download and print the order form OR order online at jostensyearbooks.com

SAGE of Plano ISD Council of PTAs

Saturday, Feb. 13th, 12:30-2:30pm

313 North Center Street

Arlington, TX

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PTSA Sage Summer Expo

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8th Grade Celebration Fundraiser - Yard Sale

Saturday, April 30th, 8am

2501 Jupiter Road

Plano, TX


The 8th grade class will hold a yard sale fundraiser Saturday, April 30th, 8 a.m., at Bowman Middle School Parking Lot.

*We will have a storage unit for drop off donations at the beginning of March.

Stay tuned for more details.

Special Recognition & Announcements

THANK YOU For Your Holiday Tamales Orders!

A thank you for those that ordered and supported the 8th grade tamales for the holidays fundraiser.

Apaches of the Third Six Weeks

Give a big "SHOUT-OUT" to these exemplary students who were selected by their teachers to be Apaches of the Third Six Weeks! They were treated to a special recognition breakfast Friday morning during first period. Way to go, Apaches! We are "Learning Strong - Apache Strong - Armstrong!"
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Choice of Subject Dates

Registration for 2016-2017 classes will be during January. The following dates and events are on the calendar. If you have any questions, be sure to contact the counseling office.

Jan 13th: Counselors in 6th and 7th grade classes with guidance forms

Jan 14th: Fifth graders will visit AMS to observe music classes Eight Grade Parent Night at McMillen H.S. 6:30 pm.

Jan 15th: Counselors in 6th and 7th grade classes with guidance and forms

Jan 19th - Jan 21st: On-Line registration for 5th Grade

Jan 19th: AMS "Elective Showcase" 5:30 - 6:30 pm

Jan 20th - Jan 21st: On-Line Registration for 6th and 7th grade in computer labs

Jan 26th - Jan 27th: Counselors in 8th grade classes with guidance and forms

February 3rd: Counselors will begin 8th grade conferences

January Parent Workshops for Plano ISD‏

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Deadline for entries: Designs must be submitted by 9:00am, Friday, February 12, 2016.

Designs must be dropped in the PTA box in the front office. Approval of designs: All entry designs will be screened and those that comply with these rules and have met the guidelines will be entered into the competition.

The winning design will be revealed to the public at the schedule pick up day on August 2016

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Think Through Math

Think Through Math is now available to PISD students in grades 3-8.

Think Through Math personalizes student learning with unprecedented levels of differentiation, explicit instruction, meaningful practice, unparalleled motivational tools, and unlimited access to LIVE, state-credentialed teachers.

Because Think Through Math is web-based, your child can access the program from any computer that is connected to the Internet, whether at school, home, or the library. The program is proven to increase math proficiency when implemented 2 to 3 times each week or about 90 minutes each week.

***See email for attachements which includes login instructions.

Key Communicators Meeting

The first Key Communicators meeting of the 2015-2016 year was October 8th. Karla Oliver, PISD Assistant Superintendent for Government, Community and Planning Initiatives, opened the meeting with a welcome, then Jeanine Alpert, the Executive Director for the Plano ISD Education Foundation, gave an overview of the Education Foundation, including the impact on and financial commitment to Plano schools and students.

For the remainder of the meeting, Dr. Brian Binggeli, the new PISD Superintendent, spoke, addressing the 2015-2016 PISD Operational Expectations. He then concluded with a Question and Answer.

Please follow the below link for for meeting materials and video. (http://www.pisd.edu/about.us/key.communicators/2015-2016KeyCommunicatorsArchiveOctober.shtml)

A Call To Action From National PTA

Dear PTA advocate,

Congress is the closest it has been in seven years to reauthorizing the Elementary and Secondary Education Act/No Child Left Behind (ESEA/NCLB), and students, families and schools need your help to move the bill to the president’s desk this year!

The House and Senate both passed legislation this summer to reauthorize ESEA/NCLB. However, congressional leadership has yet to name a bipartisan group of representatives and senators to begin negotiations to resolve the differences between the two bills. Students can’t wait any longer for a revised law. Congress must act now to reauthorize ESEA this year!

Please send an email to your senators and representative to tell them to finish reauthorizing ESEA/NCLB before the end of the year and let them know that important family engagement provisions need to be preserved in the final ESEA/NCLB reauthorization bill. Your support is needed at this critical time to ensure every student receives a high quality education and for the bill to become law before the end of this year.

We ask that you Take Action by emailing your representative and Senator TODAY!

Take Action Today! Click on the link below.


A brief description of the Act from Wikipedia:

The No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 is a United States Act of Congress that is a reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, which included Title I, the government's flagship aid program for disadvantaged students.NCLB supports standards-based education reform based on the premise that setting high standards and establishing measurable goals can improve individual outcomes in education.

The Act requires states to develop assessments in basic skills. To receive federal school funding, states must give these assessments to all students at select grade levels. The Act does not assert a national achievement standard. Each individual state develops its own standards.NCLB expanded the federal role in public education through further emphasis on annual testing, annual academic progress, report cards, and teacher qualifications, as well as significant changes in funding.

The bill passed in the U.S. Congress with bipartisan support.

Special eNews on Armstrong Tutorial Schedule

Apache Parents and Students:

Please open link below to see our new tutorial schedule and guidelines. Also, we are working on some new local testing guidelines that will be coming soon!


Box Tops for Education

Armstrong is collecting Box Tops for Education. They are found on many General Mills products and each six weeks they are collected during 6th period.

***The 6th period class that has the most box tops will be rewarded each six weeks!

Apache Dads

Calling all Armstrong Middle School Dads, Big Brothers, Uncles, Grandfathers, Nephews.... We need your help!!!

Interested in volunteering and being a part of the Apache Dads? Then please email Carlos Clabiorne at clabiorne@gmail.com and get on the list!

PTA News - Come Join AMS PTA

Make a difference today! Parents and family, show your student how much you support

him/her and this school! How can you do that? Here's three easy ways:

1. Join PTA--for as little as $10, you will help fund programs and events for the students, and make our voice bigger and louder for all students;

2. Volunteer--1 hour a year or 1 hour a day, whatever you have, you WILL make a difference; and,

3. Donate--$1, $50, or $100, EVERY cent goes to work for your student and this school! No amount is too small--and none is too big!

Whether you join PTA, volunteer your time, choose to donate money, or all three, make the commitment to your student and his/her success, and know that you made a difference!

Attention volunteers! Please remember that EVERY school year, you must complete your volunteer application with PISD. Please visit the PISD website here to complete that process. Don't be left out of school events and programs because you forgot!

Here's the link: http://www.pisd.edu/about.us/partners.volunteers/index.shtml.


Armstrong PTA has a committee dedicated to raising money to help continue our efforts to support the students and the school itself. Contact Katrina Tadeja at simplysublime@live.com to join our efforts or if you have any questions.

There are SO MANY painless, easy ways to help raise money for our school - here are a few:

Box Tops: Send your Box Tops in to school (Front Office or advisory teachers) and Armstrong earns money from each one.

Shoparoo: Is a mobile app (iPhone or Android) that turns pictures of your everyday grocery receipts into instant donations!

Amazon Smile: When shopping online at Amazon, please don't forget to go to www.smile.amazon.com and make sure you choose Armstrong Middle School, Plano TX as your charity!

Kroger Plus Card: link your Plus card to AMS (Our school code is 90264) on www.krogercommunityrewards.com, then start shopping!

Tom Thumb Rewards Card: Take your Rewards card to the Courtesy Booth and ask them to link it to AMS (Our School code is 5755).

Shop With Scrip: Exciting new PTA fundraiser! This online partner allows you to purchase gift cards from a long list of merchants (e.g., Gap, Kroger, Starbucks, Chevron, Marriott, Target) and AMS PTA earns a rebate on the dollar amount of each cards sold. Simply log on to www.shopwithscrip.com and create an account, make sure to use our enrollment code A9LD547437921.

World Wear Project: Donate your used textiles (clothing, shoes, belts, hats, backpacks, stuffed animals, etc). WWP recycles/reuses/resells the fabrics, and AMS PTA earns money on the donated items! Tell your neighbors too. Anyone can donate to the bin. Read more here: www.worldwearproject.com.

Breakfast and Lunch Menus

What's on the menu today?

Main home page for FANS:


Direct link to the menus:


Pre-pay for School Meals at www.paypams.com

Thank You To Our Amazing PTA Sponsors!

Important Information - Incoming Freshmen - 2015-2016

So, what's high school really like? Will there be more work? Do you have questions about your choice of subjects for high school? Do you wonder what you will be taking when you go to McMillen? Confused by all of the choices or just need a little more information? Then see if the attached powerpoint answers your questions!

If you want more information about high school, be sure to attend Parent Night at McMillen on January 14th at 6:30 pm. As always, if you have any questions, please contact the counseling office.