AMBOY MIDDLE SCHOOL NEWSLETTER

November 2019

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COMMITTED TO CREATING AN ENGAGING ENVIRONMENT TO INSPIRE LIFELONG LEARNING FOR ALL

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SAFE, RESPONSIBLE, RESPECTFUL

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AMBOY MIDDLE SCHOOL FALL SOCIAL FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 15

Our ASB is hosting an all-school social on Friday, November 15, from 2:20 to 3:20. The following fun activities will be provided in separate rooms, with supervision - open gym, social area, crafts, games, movies, and music. Snacks will be provided by ASB. This should be a fun event for any and all Amboy Eagles!


All students who plan on attending the social will need to return a permission slip and have their own transportation home. Also, any students participating in a sports activity must have a completed 2019 concussion form on file.


To volunteer to help, pleases contact Karen Steward or Nikki Blahnik (ASB advisors) at 360-885-6050.

5TH GRADE FOCUS

READING


We just finished opinion papers. Moving on to inferences. Focus weekly on vocab, comprehension, and reading strategies. Each month is a new theme. November will be thankful "Thankful".


SOCIAL STUDIES


Early American civilizations and the Spanish Expeditions.


MATH


Adding and subtracting fractions through relationships with time and money.


Thanks for a great start to the 2019-20 school year! Check for missing assignment sheets (or Congratulations! No missing assignment sheets) that go home with students every Friday. These need to be returned to the homeroom teacher with a parent/guardian signature.

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6TH GRADE SUMMARY

Conferences - Thank you for a successful conference week. It was a bit of a challenge this year with such large classes, but we appreciate your patience as we tried to fit everyone in.


Chromebooks - Just a friendly reminder that Chromebooks are considered to be a school supply, so we need ALL students to come prepared each day with it charged and ready to go. We are still frequently seeing many students with Chromebooks not charged. Our curriculum in all subject areas typically requires daily use on the Chromebook. Please remind your student that Chromebooks are only to be used for educational purposes.


40 Book Challenge - Keep up the great reading! Remember, in order to read 40 books by the end of the year, you need to read about one book per week. Don't forget to read from a variety of genres.


Math - If your child misses math class or is struggling with concepts, we encourage them to access the resources that we've provided in Google Classroom. There are links to Khan Academy videos and even some links to a recording of a teacher doing the actual lesson. Study Island is another great resource to help with current content or skills taught in previous grades that students may need some more practice with.


Grade sheets are sent home at least every other week. You can also check Family Access at any time.


Assignment Calendars - filled out daily by students and signed by the teacher. Please check those if you are wondering what your child needs to do each afternoon/evening. Also, students are expected to get them signed by a parent over the weekend and returned on Monday.

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7TH GRADE SCOOP

Please help your students and remind them to charge their Chromebooks every evening at home.


HISTORY


Students will be working in groups for a book study on the African Continent's many cultures and civilizations. Students will be researching and presenting their findings to the class.


LANGUAGE ARTS


Students are furthering their skills at writing, research, and reading informational texts on a variety of subjects.


SCIENCE


The chemists just tested over Chapter 1! In Chapter 2 we have started our quick review of the states of matter. Next will be the gas laws - noteworthy ideas such as why does the low pressure light in my car go on every fall when temperatures drop - which law is that? Please remember to check your child's grade on Skyward, and encourage your children to be checking their grades and asking us questions as needed. Thank you for your continued support, and have a Happy Thanksgiving!

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8TH GRADE UPDATE

We are really getting into the swing of things. Conferences are over, and we want to thank all the parents who were able to make it. A common concern that parents have is a child having a low grade or failing class. We recommend to set some time (maybe that long bus ride home?) to do little but fundamental learning. An example would be Vocabulary Word Review - you can have your child make flashcards and study those words for 15 minutes on the ride home. Another is Homework Help; every grade offers time during After-School Activities. If you have any questions, please feel free to call or email us.


Another concern that we are seeing is not being prepared for classes, especially when it comes to their Chromebooks. How? Not charging them nightly or bringing them to class. We have lots of great ideas for your child using the Chromebook, but the ideas work better with the use of this technology. So, have your child find a routine that works, and please have them come to class prepared.


SCIENCE


We are starting Natural Resources and Human Impact. We are on-going with watershed/macro studies. Students will be heading down to the creek to take measurements on stream qualities - both physical and chemical. Other students will have the opportunity to investigate the macroinvertebrate life in our creek. They are gathering data to support a conclusion as to the overall quality of Chelatchie Creek. This is a great opportunity for our students to take part in real world field science. See your student for volunteer opportunities.


SOAR


This year we were assigned a SOAR (Student Opportunities and Resources) Class. Every six weeks we will be grouping your child into a class for ELA or Math from the results of the iReady Benchmark test. Each 8th-grade teacher will focus on an area. We are currently working in Reading and focusing on Fiction Comprehension. We will start a new class on December 9 and will focus on Math.

PTO PRESS

Come and join us at our next PTO meeting on Tuesday, November 5, at 4:00. This month we will be meeting at Yacolt Primary.

PBIS SURVEY

Next week we will be emailing home a short Google survey regarding PBIS (Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports). We would appreciate it if you would take a moment to fill it out. This will allow us to see if the messages we are teaching our students regarding school expectations are making it home to our families.

MS. GATZ'S GALLERY

MR. BONG'S BAND BEATS

We have two 8th grade band members accepted into the North County Honor Band this year. Zoe Richins (clarinet) and Caitlin Stonecypher (trumpet) will be joining 70 other musicians from 13 other Clark County middle schools for a weekend of challenging music and a lot of fun on January 31st and February 1st. Congratulations!


November is a busy month for the Amboy Bands. Most notably is their participation in the Veterans Day Parade in Vancouver on November 9th. The Marching Band, made up of 6th, 7th, and 8th grade musicians will also be performing for the Veterans Day assembly on the 8th at the Middle School.


In addition, many of that same group will be performing on the 9th for the Mt. Valley Grange Veterans Recognition program.


We hope you can make it out to hear these young musicians perform.

HIV/STD PREVENTION AND HUMAN GROWTH AND DEVELOPMENT

Below you will find information regarding the HIV/STD Prevention and the Human Growth and Development curricula. Please note that starting this year parents need to opt their students out annually.

ANNUAL GRADES 5-8 HIV/STD PREVENTION CURRICULUM REVIEW

In accordance with Washington State law (RCW 28A.230.070), Battle Ground Public Schools offers instruction in HIV/STD prevention to students in grades 5-12. One requirement of this law is that parents who want to excuse their children from this instruction must preview the curriculum and materials that will be used. Battle Ground Public Schools offers three ways to review the middle school materials.


Option 1: Annual HIV/STD Prevention Curricula Review Night for grades 5-8. Drop in anytime during the event to review the materials in person. There is no formal presentation. The online opt out form will be available. The Review Night will be held:


  • Tuesday, November 5, from 4 to 7 p.m. at Maple Grove Primary School in the Media Center.


Option 2: Online preview. The opt out form is linked to this web page. You can review the materials online: www.battlegroundps.org/hivstd-prevention/.


Option 3: Visit your school office. Our middle schools have a copy of the curricula for grades 5-8 in the office for you to review, and staff can direct you to the online opt out form.


The HIV/STD instruction will not begin at your middle school until sometime after December 2, 2019. For more information, please call Carla Barrett at (360) 885-5389.

HUMAN GROWTH AND DEVELOPMENT CURRICULUM REVIEW FOR 5TH GRADE

As part of the Battle Ground Public School curriculum, we provide information to 5th grade students about how their body changes and develops as they grow and enter puberty. Teachers and/or school nurses present the information and supporting videos to students in Human Growth and Development lessons that are taught separately to boys and girls. The lessons will be taught during your student's health class sometime between December 2, 2019, and the end of the school year, depending on each middle school's schedule.


In these lessons your child will


  • be presented with accurate and age-appropriate knowledge about his/her growth and development.
  • learn how to develop a positive self-image and/or attitude toward the changes that he/she will experience.
  • hear about why it is important to communicate with parents about puberty.
  • be shown a video titled "Always Changing" (boys will see the boys video and girls will see the girls video). Parents can preview the videos online.


The videos will also be available to view during the middle school HIV/STD curriculum review night:


  • Tuesday, November 5, from 4 to 7 p.m. at Maple Grove Primary School in the Media Center


Parents can choose to exclude their children from participating in Human Growth and Development lessons by completing the online opt-out form. Please complete the form prior to November 30, 2019. If you have any questions, please contact your school nurse.

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HOLIDAY GIVING TREE

The Amboy/Yacolt Giving Tree is a local tradition that showcases the generosity of our community. If you are experiencing financial hardship and could use some support this holiday season, please contact Lori Homola at 360-247-5239, Diane Lund at 360-686-3711, or contact your school office. They will ask for gift ideas for all family members, including adults. All names will be kept confidential, and only numbers will be used on the ornaments to identify the families.


If you would like to donate, stop by Amboy or Yacolt school to select an ornament with gift ideas for a family in need. Ornaments will be available starting Monday, November 25.

HIGHLY CAPABLE/GIFTED STUDENT REFERRALS

December 6th is the due date for Battle Ground Public Schools highly capable/gifted student referrals for grades K-12.


The highly capable/gifted education program in Battle Ground Public Schools is called Aspire. Aspire is designed for students in grade K-12 who perform or show potential for performing at significantly advanced academic levels as demonstrated by one or more of the multiple criteria specified by the state (WAC 392-127-035).


Referrals for students to be tested are accepted October - December 6, 2019. Any student can be referred, but only students that receive parental consent are sent an invitation to test.


Testing takes place in January and February for grades 1-11 and March for kindergarteners. Identified students will receive service beginning next school year, 2020-2021. Parents who submit the student referral packet by December 6, 2019, will be notified by mail of the time and dates testing will occur at their school. Referral packets are available now at the child's school or on the school district's Web site (http://www.battlegroundps.org/aspireadvanced-placement). For more information about the Aspire program, please contact (360) 885-5426.

MONTHLY THEME: VALUES