AMS Weekly News

October 1, 2021

AMS Eagle Challenge!

AMS Eagle Challenge
The AMS Eagle Challenge is off to an incredible start! Several Launchpads have even had 100% participation and received a bonus "Pay it Forward" challenge. Community building is truly hundreds of small acts each day that build on one another to create an incredible, positive, safe, and collaborative environment. Ask your students what they are doing to help build community at AMS!

Calendar

October 8: No School, Teacher In Service Day

October 11: No School, Columbus Day

October 12: LATE START, School begins at 10:30AM

October 15: Outsider Day, Grade 7

October 15: Picture Re-Take Day

October 18-22: Team 8-1 Ecology School

October 25-29: Team 8-2 Ecology School

Picture Re-Take Day, October 15

Students who would like a "re-take" or who did not have their picture taken on our original picture day at the beginning of September will have their photo taken on Friday, October 15 during re-take day. Those who are having a re-take should bring their original photo package with them for exchange.

Wellness Wednesdays

During Wellness Wednesdays, we take the time in Launchpad and Morning Meetings, to engage students and staff in conversations about the Social Emotional Learning (SEL) competencies of awareness, self management, responsible decision making, and relationship skills. Our Social Emotional Learning (SEL) Team has created questions that engage participants and help students better understand themselves and others. Our goal is to have SEL simply be part of who we are rather than something we do.

Clubs & Activities

AMS is about to re-launch our after school clubs and activities. Clubs and activities are a great way for students to explore new interests or share something they are already passionate about! We felt that with over half the student population being new to participating in after school events at AMS and the opportunity to inject new ideas from our students, it was time for change. We have challenged staff with new student ideas for clubs and activities and are looking for staff submissions. Currently we have two activities that have already started. Mountain Biking Club and Student Leadership & Service began the week of September 17. Each club welcomed students across all grade levels to the exciting adventures they each offered. We plan to add Jazz Band to the mix in the near future along with other options for students looking for their next adventure. All clubs and activities will be posted on our school calendar with meeting dates and locations. Stay tuned!

Let's Get Outside!

Teachers continue to leverage our outdoor areas for classes throughout the school day. There are 6 distinct areas that teachers can sign-out up to a month in advance to conduct lessons and outdoor learning. In addition, many teachers are taking advantage of open areas for movement and mask breaks throughout the school day. The beautiful weather has supported outdoor PE nearly every day. Our science classes have been exploring the various habitats across the AMS/SHS campus including an 8th grade trip to the Souhegan River to begin discussing watersheds, water quality, and how humans impact the environment. As the weather cools down, please remind your students to dress in layers as we will continue to spend time outdoors throughout the changing seasons.

Amherst PTA Newsletter

See the October 2021 Amherst PTA Newsletter here

Lunch Orders in PS No Longer Required

Thank you for your help with placing student lunch orders through the parent portal as we began our school year. As our lunch staff has become familiar with student eating habits, we no longer require this process. We are currently serving over 300 meals a day! Nice work AMS cafe!

Eyeglass Donation Drop Box

Sept. 8-Oct. 5: SHS student Dima W. is collecting used eyeglasses as part of his Eagle Scout Project. The used eyeglasses will be given to those in need via the Lion's Club national program. The box is located in the front entrance here at AMS!
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