AMS Black Bear News


Happy New Year Black Bear Family!

Oh how I missed my babies over the break! I am hopeful that each of you had the most wonderful holiday break. The smiles on many of their faces tells the story of the love and spirit of giving they experienced.

Now, we are back to business as "normal"... This semester will be fast and furious! The students will be reviewing previously taught information, learning new things, and assessing their mastery of what has been taught. Please encourage your child to take advantage of every opportunity provided.

Your children are amazing and the possibilities that await them are limitless! The faculty and staff at Austin Middle are extremely grateful that you have entrusted us with your children. Every day we are THANKFUL that we are able to EMPOWER your children to make an IMPACT on society.


Mrs. Clarke

DCS Revised "Anti-Vaping" Policy...

Parent please take a moment and review the revised Anti-Vaping Policy. Vaping has become a major concern across the nation, namely for our children. AMS held Class Meetings to discuss this revised policy January 7. Each student was given a letter to bring home for your viewing and discussion. The letter emphasizes the serious health risks of vaping and the consequences that will be enforced if your child has possession of or uses a vapor at school.

Revised "Anti-Vaping" New Policy reads as follows:

Decatur City Schools notified students and families at the beginning of the 2019-20 year that we considered "vaping" to be a serious health concern and stronger repercussions would be implemented for students found vaping. During the first semester, students found in possession of or using a vaping device were assigned to in-school suspension (ISS). However, that punishment did not seem to deter many of our students who elected to engage in this harmful practice. After a discussion with students, parents, and administrators, it was recommended that discipline for vaping offenses include an assignment to our Center of Alternatives to Suspension (CAS). Therefore, beginning in January of 2020, DCS Administration will be assigning CAS to those students found using or in possession of vaping devices.

Again, as being reported in the news, vaping is causing serious health issues around our nation. We do not wish to see any of students negatively impacted by either direct exposure or second hand exposure to these products. Please help us and discuss the dangers of vaping and the consequences of vaping at school with your student.

Thank you for your support!

Soliciting All Beauty Pageant Princesses...

If you would like for your daughter to participate in the Annual AMS Miss Sweetheart Pageant, please have her sign up with Coach Burks as soon as possible. We are looking forward to selecting AMS' " 2020 Miss Sweetheart."

AMS Miss Sweetheart Pageant

Sunday, February 9


Report Distribution.... Friday, January 10!

Big picture

Geography Bee - Tuesday, January 14!

Big picture

Upcoming Events...

January 9 - 2nd 9wks AR Celebration

January 10 - Report Card Distribution

January 10 - Student of the Month Assembly @ 8:45am

January 14 - Geography Bee @ 8:45am

January 16 - Million Word Reader Lunch

January 20 - No School


January 9 - AMS vs. Hartselle Middle @ 5pm @ AHS

Middle School Basketball Tournament

January 12 - 16