AMS Cougar News
Sunday, October 16, 2022
Dear AMS Cougar Families,
This week we are welcoming several new faces to the AMS family. First, we have two new folks at the front desk: Karen Miller and Barbara Byrd. Second, we welcome Kaitlin Winters as our new Family and Consumer Sciences teacher. Finally, Glenn Grizzard will be joining us as our second AIG Specialist. Keep an eye out on our social media to learn more about our latest Cougar additions.
Just a reminder that any time you need to come into the building, please come prepared with a photo ID. We do need to see a photo ID if a student is being picked up so that we can confirm that the person picking up is on the approved pickup list. Please let everyone who is approved to pick up your student know to come prepared with an ID. An ID is also needed if you are going to come into the building for a visit so that you can be entered into the Identakid computer and receive your visitor's pass. While I know that this can seem like a hassle, keeping our students safe is our number one priority.
This week we will celebrate Unity Day on Wednesday, October 19. Students are encouraged to wear orange to show unity for kindness, acceptance, and inclusion and to send a visible message that no child should ever experience bullying. If a student does not own any orange, worry not, we will also have orange ribbons available. I am embedding a video made in 2020 that details the importance of Unity Day and why orange was chosen for this occasion. Please check it out.
Ms. Miller, our cafeteria manager, asked me to remind folks to keep up with when their National School Lunch Program status expires. She stated that several folks applied last October, and now their benefits are ending.To apply or reapply, go to https://www.lunchapplication.com/.
The PTO fed the staff on Friday. The food was well-received. It made it easy for staff to be able to grab a quick bite between conferences without having to leave campus. Thank you for your support!
Finally, here are a few additional ways that you can support AMS:
- The PTO still has mums for sale outside the gym. Stop by and grab some. You can pay by PayPal, credit card, or Venmo.
- Sign up to be a substitute teacher. We are always in need of subs for when our staff members are ill or need to attend professional development.
- Consider helping to sponsor a student as a part of our Holiday Joy program (see below).
- Many of our programs are currently running fundraisers (e.g., football, volleyball, chorus, and band). Information is available on our social media accounts. Please consider participating in one or more of these.
Here is to another great week at Asheville Middle School!
Asheville Middle School
AMS "Holiday Joy" Project
Season’s Greetings to AMS Families,
Let’s share the Holiday Joy! This is the time of year when we can come together to support our families and students! As we are aware, the holidays have been a challenge to a growing percentage of our students experiencing poverty.
I am reaching out to you in an effort to help support in providing students' holiday assistance for Christmas. Thanks to your support last year, The Holiday Joy Project provided 70 students with meaningful gifts. Once again, this year, we are appealing to your sense of community to ensure our families have a wonderful holiday season with gifts.
The “Holiday Joy” Project: You can help make a difference by:
sponsor a student’s wish list
make a financial donation (online or by check)
Please fill out this Holiday Joy Project Interest Form if you are interested in contributing. Each interested sponsor will receive a Student Wishlist in early November. All sponsored student wishlists and donations should be turned in at AMS by Tuesday, December 6th. Gift distribution will be Friday, December 16th.
You may contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org or via phone at 828-747-8049.
We truly appreciate your continued support of our students and community!
Financial contributions are as follows:
Checks should be made out to: Asheville Middle School
(Memo: “AMS Holiday Joy Project”)
Mail to: Fredericka Pasley 211 South French Broad Ave. Asheville, NC 28801
Online: Here is the direct link to ACSF donation Paypal page. Once there, donors can select the "Use this donation for" dropdown and choose (“AHS/AMS Hands Up! Program”).
Thank you so very much for your kind generosity!
Fredericka Pasley, BSW
School Social Worker AMS
ACS Volunteer Training Schedule
ACS Volunteer Training Schedule for 2022-2023
All level II volunteer training will be held virtually for the 2022-2023 school year. There are 20 slots available for each session. The sessions last 30 minutes. Please register at the Sign-up Genius link below
You will need to attend the entire session in order to receive credit for the training. Once the training session starts, you will not be allowed into the Zoom session. Attendance will be taken at the end of each session.
Wednesday, October 21, at 12:00 PM (Virtual)
Wednesday, November 2, at 12:00 PM (Virtual)
Wednesday, November 9, at 12:00 PM (Virtual)
Wednesday, December 14, at 12:00 PM (Virtual)
Additional Sessions will be added for 2023
Link to the Background Check form: https://bib.com/secure-volunteer/ASHEVILLE-CITY-SCHOOLS/home
Just a reminder from the AMS Family and Student Handbook:
Requests for educational leave should be completed and submitted to the principal at least two weeks in advance of the planned travel. No more than five days will be approved, and families must submit this form and students must submit the assigned work to have the absence coded as educational leave.
Academic Competition Opportunity for Students
Asheville Middle School supports our students' passions. Here are two ways to engage your student. We participate in Academic competitions as well as Sports competitions. Coming up in the next few weeks are The Quill and Twelve where we'll compete against other middle schools across North Carolina..
The Quill is a writing competition in four categories: Argumentation, Problem/Solution, Narrative, and Informative/Explanatory.
Twelve is: "Teams of twelve students tackle twelve topics with twelve questions each."
We are looking for students who want to participate for their enjoyment. Our teams are open to all of our students, although in some cases there are participation limits and we have to determine who will go on to represent Asheville Middle School in the competitions. It does not cost anything to participate at the school level. If you win at Regionals, then you can compete statewide at the state site.
Fall 2023 School Exclusion Criteria
School Health Program
A Division of the MAHEC Family Health Center
When to Keep Your Student Home from School
There are times when your student should not attend school. Keeping your student home at these times will prevent the spread of illness to other students at school. If you have questions, please contact your School Nurse, Lina Lam at 828-708-5328.
ILLNESS WHAT TO DO?
Difficulty breathing or other signs of serious illness - Keep student home. See Healthcare Provider.
Keep student home until they have no new sores for 24 hours AND all sores are dried and crusted.
**During an outbreak of chickenpox, students who are NOT vaccinated for chickenpox (Varicella) and have been in close contact with someone sick with the infection will not be allowed at school for 21 days after they were last exposed to chickenpox, even if not sick.
COVID-19 (positive antigen or PCR/molecular test)
Keep student home until:
• It has been at least 5 days after the first day of symptoms (or specimen collection date if asymptomatic); AND
• It has been at least 24 hours since the student had a fever (without using fever reducing medicine); AND
• Other symptoms of COVID-19 are improving
**Student should wear a well-fitting mask for 10 days after the first day of symptoms to minimize the risk of infecting others, unless an exemption to mask use applies. The student may remove their mask sooner following 2 sequential negative tests 48 hours apart.
COVID-19 symptoms, including: • Fever or chills • Cough • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing • Fatigue • Muscle or body aches • Headache • New loss of taste or smell • Sore throat • Congestion or runny nose • Nausea or vomiting • Diarrhea
Keep student home until:
- Student has received a negative PCR/molecular test for COVID 19 OR an alternate diagnosis from a healthcare provider AND: o It has been at least 24 hours since the student had a fever (without using fever reducing medicine); AND
- They have felt well for at least 24 hours
- It has been at least 5 days after the first day of symptoms AND It has been at least 24 hours since the student had a fever (without using fever reducing medicine); AND Other symptoms of COVID-19 are improving
**Unless student has received a negative PCR/molecular test or alternate diagnosis, they should wear a well-fitting mask for 10 days after the first day of symptoms to minimize the risk of infecting others, unless an exemption to mask use applies. The student may remove their mask sooner following 2 sequential negative tests 48 hours apart.
Diarrhea that cannot be controlled and/or has blood/mucus in it or with a fever
Keep student home. See Healthcare Provider.
Fever with oral temperature 100.4 F or higher and not feeling well enough to participate in class. Keep student home until fever-free for 24 hours without using fever- reducing medicine such as Motrin or Tylenol
If lice are first found at school, student may stay until end of the day but may not return until treatment has been started and all live lice are gone.
Illness that prevents the student from taking part in class activities easily - Student may return to school when able to take part in activities.
Keep student home until 24 hours after antibiotics have been started.
Keep student home if sore is draining and cannot be covered with a clean, dry bandage. Keep student home if they cannot keep from picking at sore.
Pink eye with white or yellow discharge or eye pain - Keep student home until seen by a healthcare provider and 24 hours after 1st dose of medicine, if prescribed.
Rash with fever or behavior change - Keep student home until seen by a healthcare provider and treated if needed.
If ringworm is first found at school, student may stay until end of the day if it can be covered. Student may not return until treatment has been started. Area must remain covered until completely healed.
Student must stay home until after treatment is complete.
Keep student home until 24 hours after antibiotics have been started.
Vomiting 2 or more times within 24 hours- Keep student home until able to tolerate regular diet.
Two Weeks at a Glance
Monday, October 17: Soccer, Tennis, & Volleyball @ home vs. Owen (4:30 PM)
Wednesday, October 19: Wear Orange for Unity Day
Wednesday, October 19: Two Hour Delay Late Start
Wednesday, October 19: Soccer and Volleyball @ home vs. Reynolds (4:30 PM)
Wednesday, October 19: Tennis @ Reynolds (4:30 PM)
Thursday, October 20: Football @ home vs. Enka (5:00 PM)
Friday, October 21: 8th Grade Fall Social (3:45-5:45 PM)
Monday, October 24: NC Check-in Science for 8th grade students
Monday, October 24: Soccer, Tennis, & Volleyball @ home vs. N. Buncombe (4:30 PM)
Thursday, October 27: Dine out at Five Guys (Merrimon) Volleyball Fundraiser (5:00-9:00 PM)
Saturday, October 29: Asheville Bands Mattress Sale Fundraiser @ AMS gym (11 AM- 6 PM)
PAST TWO WEEKS, BUT IMPORTANT TO PLAN FOR NOW:
Thursday, November 3: Fall Picture Makeups
Tuesday, November 8: Optional Teacher Workday; no school for students
Friday, November 11: Veterans Day holiday; no school for students
Wednesday, November 16: Two Hour Delay late start
Wednesday, November 23: Annual Leave Day; no school for students
Thursday, November 24: Holiday; no school for students
Friday, November 25: Holiday; no school for students
Saturday, December 10: Asheville Bands 5K @ AMS