AMCHS Tiger Tales

September 2015

From the Principal's Desk

Dear AMCHS Family:



The 2015-2016 school year has begun, and we are excited about the opportunities this new school year will bring. Administrators, teachers, and support staff have worked endlessly to prepare for the school year. Many have examined curriculum, hung posters, created bulletin boards, organized desks, and developed classroom management procedures to develop a welcoming learning environment. We know that a supportive classroom environment prevents behavior issues and positively impacts student achievement. We are devoted to ensuring your child is engaged in a high quality environment that is conducive to learning. As a result, we are anticipating another remarkable year at AMCHS.


Our theme this year is “You Matter at AMCHS.” We know that students do not care how much we know until they know how much we care. At AMCHS, we will help ALL students understand that they play a pivotal role on our campus. Our goal is for all students to know they matter. We anticipate opportunities for us to establish positive relationships, integrate effective instructional strategies, and promote success at levels unimaginable. Lady Bird Johnson once expressed, “Children are likely to live up to what you believe in them.” We will empower each other, address issues that prevent us from elevating to the next level, and inspire our school family to soar! At AMCHS, we will be persistent in igniting the passion for learning and sustain a level of excellence for ALL students.


We will continue several initiatives to strengthen character education. During Success Time, weekly lessons are shared with our students to help strengthen their character, integrity, and accountability. Furthermore, students are recognized for exhibiting respectful qualities and promoting an environment that will empower students to make good choices. We are exploring new practices; this year we introduced standing desks in a couple of classrooms, developed a 10th grade interdisciplinary team, and we expanded our non-traditional course offerings.


We welcome your continued involvement at AMCHS. We know that parents are our students’ first teachers, and research shows direct parental involvement positively impacts student success. Stay involved with your students. You matter, you are important, and together we can make a difference!


Gwen Elder, Principal

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Save the Date for Open House at AMCHS: Monday, October 5, 2015

You are invited to attend our Open House from 5:00 p.m.-7:40 p.m. on Monday, October 5th. Hot dogs, chips, and cookies will be available to you from 5:00 p.m.-5:45 p.m. Just afterwards at 6:00 p.m., you will have an opportunity to visit classes and meet your child’s teachers. Then at 7:45 p.m., you will have an opportunity to engage in a seminar and receive information on how to prepare your child for life after high school. You will have an opportunity to meet campus administrators and counselors. Our teachers are so excited about the opportunity to meet you. As a school family, we are committed to maintaining a safe and disciplined campus, using data to guide our decision making, implementing proven research-based strategies, and building positive relationships with ALL students.


Open House will provide you with insight about our expectations in the classroom and an overview of the areas that we are concentrating on as a school family. You will attend your child’s first period class at 6:00 p.m. and you will follow his or her schedule for the evening. We will spend ten minutes in each class and allow five minutes for each passing period. Please be sure to communicate with your son or daughter and know his or her class schedule. Parents typically bring this letter with the schedule filled out below to Open House. Additionally, building maps will be available near the front office or cafeteria. If you have individual concerns that cannot be addressed during this time, please schedule a meeting during the teacher’s conference period during the school day.


We look forward to seeing each of you at Open House so you can experience “a day in the life” of your A&M Consolidated student! You matter, you are important, and we need you to attend Open House!


Sincerely,

Gwen Elder, Principal

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Please support our Tigers by making a donation to AMCHS PTO. Please fill out the bottom portion of the form received at registration, or just leave your check payable to AMCHS PTO in the AMCHS Front Office. Thank You!!

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From the Counselor's Office

Fall is a busy time for students as they adjust back to the rigorous academic schedule at AMC. The Counseling office is striving to assist students in numerous ways. During September, counselors will meet with all English classes to prepare them for this year and the upcoming years. Seniors will receive valuable information about future choices, completing college applications and resumes and upcoming SAT/ACT dates. Please talk to the attendance office about procedures for College Day visits.


Freshmen, sophomores and juniors are gearing up to take the PSAT on Wednesday, October 14th. The fee is paid by the school and testing will occur in the morning. For juniors, this is the testing for National Merit Semi-Finalist Qualifiers. For sophomores, this is an opportunity to practice for the junior year. You should receive a postcard with the exact time and schedule. On this same day, the freshman will take the new PSAT 8/9. To coincide with the redesigned SAT, students who take the October PSAT will be able to access free, personalized SAT prep from Khan Academy. Please see the AMCHS counseling web page for more information.


In mid-October, 10th-12th graders will receive a free unofficial transcript which can help the students make decisions about their future courses at AMCHS. Students will receive a second updated transcript in late January after fall semester grades have been added and computed. Through this process, students and parents can view the courses taken, semester grades, credits, ranking and current GPA. The ownership of grades and courses is of utmost importance to students. Freshmen will get their first transcript in January, but these will not include class rank because so few credits have been attempted. Their first ranking will be calculated at the beginning of their sophomore year.


Upcoming events to watch for include October 5th Open House followed by a short presentation from the counselors about life after high school. This presentation is directed to Juniors and Seniors although Freshmen and Sophomores may attend. This will be a seminar on options after high school and how to make your destination happen.


On September 28th, along with CSHS, Bryan HS and Rudder HS, AMCHS will host our annual College Night at the Brazos Center, 6-8 p.m. Primarily for Juniors and Seniors, there will be a variety of universities from around the state that will have representatives available to talk with students about what their university has to offer. There will also be a financial aid presentation for interested parents.


Please visit or call the Counseling and Guidance office (764-5510), or check the counseling website http://amchscounseling.weebly.com/

or, AMCHS facebook page https://www.facebook.com/AM-Consolidated-High-School-124370520929310/timeline/

for more information.

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AMCHS Tiger Club

A & M Consolidated Tiger Club supports student athletes in 7th - 12th grades through financial support from its members and the community.


WE NEED YOUR SUPPORT!!

Please Take a Minute & Join Today!

Use our Easy Online Registration Form

OR

Click HERE to print form and mail in or drop off

Tickets for home games will be sold during all 3 lunches in the cafeteria. Adults $5, Students $3. Student IDs required at the games.

Welcome to AMCHS Library

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From the Nurse's Corner

Now that the students have found their classes, been assigned homework and have begun extra-curricular practices, we are seeing quite a few students in the office. We have seen symptoms ranging from the common cold/allergies, fatigue and flu like illness. Please remember to keep your student home for the following symptoms:

Fever (>100.0), persistent vomiting/diarrhea or uncontrollable coughing


Also, please check the student handbook regarding MD appointments-if the student leaves class and returns to school on the same day(and brings the note from the MD office) the absences will not count toward exemptions.


The nurse needs parental permission to give medications to the students during the school day. Remember, Texas State law prohibits students carrying any medication except those which are life-saving (Inhalers, Epi-Pens, Insulin) If your student needs to have medication during the school day, please check those medicines in through the nurses office.


If we can assist you with any health concerns throughout the year, Nurse Dianne Dusold (A-K) and Nurse Krista Weller(L-Z) will be happy to assist you with your student. Thank you for all you do to keep your students healthy!


Dianne Dusold, RN,BSN

AMCHS School Nurse

1801 Harvey Mitchell Pkwy S

College Station, TX 77840

(979) 764-5509

(979) 694-5675 fax

Tigerland Yearbook

Order your 2015-16 Tigerland Yearbook now! Go to http://www.smart-pay.com and search for your school by state and city. Follow the easy instructions to purchase your yearbook. You can personalize your yearbook as you order. Order before December 31st to get the lowest price. Please save your receipt!


Tigerland Yearbook Senior Information

Senior Ads

Now is the time to honor your senior with an ad in the 2015-16 Tigerland yearbook. SNAIL MAIL ALERT! Look for more information and an order form to arrive in the mail soon. The form is also attached below for your convenience.

https://d3jc3ahdjad7x7.cloudfront.net/Nb2bDRXAlYZTOa27QjvxEKxjIFUvb6CNuhf9gKcE0xWcoGYm.pdf


November 20: Deadline for Senior Ads (more info in the mail soon or see attachment)

Dec 31: Deadline to order yearbook at lowest price

March: (Specific date TBD) Final online ordering

Senior Pictures Class of 2016

To be included in the 2015-16 Tigerland yearbook, seniors must have their pictures taken at Specialties Photography by October 15th. Call Specialties at 979-696-9898 to schedule an appointment. There is no charge for the yearbook picture.


Snap Shot for Dates

Sept 29: Fall Pictures for underclassmen

Oct 15: Deadline for senior portraits

Welcome to Tiger Theater!! Get ready for an exciting Fall 2015 Season!!

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Student Progress Reports and Grades

he Home Access Center (HAC) allows guardians to access their children's grades, attendance, and other important information.


CSISD is very excited to announce that HAC login and passwords are now available online for new users. If you have an existing account your login and password will remain the same.


To access the HAC login page or to set up a new HAC account visit:

https://hac.csisd.org/HomeAccess/Account/LogOn?ReturnUrl=%2fhomeaccess


If you have any problems logging in or questions about your login information email grades@csisd.org or call 979-764-5476.

Homecoming

Homecoming Carnival is 5pm-7pm on Wed Oct 14


Spirit night is at 7:30pm on the football field


Homecoming King will be crowned at the pep rally Oct 16th


Homecoming queen will be crowned at half time at the game Oct 16th


Homecoming dance is from 8pm-Midnight at Consol Sat, Oct 17th


The theme is Enchanted Forest


2015 Homecoming Court is below..
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Staff Gifts for September - Thank You Teachers & Staff!!

Scented candles, peppermints, Werthers candies in bag with gift card to Kolache Rolf's make September gifts "scent"sational!!

CSISD Education Foundation

Established in 1999, the College Station ISD Education Foundation is a non-profit, tax-exempt 501 (c) (3) public corporation operating independently under its own board of directors. Tax-deductible gifts made to the foundation provide funds for opportunities above and beyond the normal operating budget of the school district which are not available through tax revenues. Our work is simple: To seek funds and to award those funds to students and teachers.

CSISD Education Foundation's 50 Men Who Can Cook Event

SAVE the DATE! - Friday, February 5, 2016

9th Annual 50 Men Who Can Cook

Brazos County Expo; 6:30pm

Click here for information on what 50 Men is all about:http://givetokids.csisd.org/50-men-cookoff/

Success 24/7

Does your student need help in Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Biology, Chemistry, Geometry, Spanish or US History? Please click on the link below to learn abut CSISD Education Foundation's "Success 24/7" Initiative..

Kroger Community Rewards Program

YOU can help by linking your Kroger Card. Here’s how:

DIRECTIONS:

1. Register online at www.krogercommunityrewards.comYou must have a Kroger Plus Card account to link to your organization. If you do not have a Kroger Plus Card, you can pick one up at the customer service desk at any Kroger store.

2. If you are a new online customer, click SIGN UP TODAY in the 'New Customer?' box.

3. Sign up for a Kroger Community Rewards Account by entering your zip code, clicking on favorite store enter your email address, create a password, and agree to the terms and conditions.

4. You will receive a message to check you email inbox. Click on the link with the body of the email.

5. Click on MY ACCOUNT and use your email address and password to proceed to the next step.

6. Click on EDIT KROGER COMMUNITY REWARDS information and input their Kroger Plus Card number.

7. Update your contact information.

8. Enter the NPO for A&M Consolidated High School PTO (NPO # 81346), or select our

organization from the list and click to confirm.

9. To verify enrollment, you can see our organization's name on the right side of your

information page.

10. A&M Consolidated PTO will begin accumulating money for purchases beginning August 1, 2014.

11. Swipe your card every time you check out at Kroger!

Last year AMCHS PTO received almost $2,000 in Kroger Rewards!

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Click on the videos below to learn more about Leadership CSISD and "You Matter" from CSISD