AMS Cougar News
Sunday, May 7, 2023
Dear AMS Cougar Families,
This past week we had Asheville Middle School's first ever outdoor pep rally. Mr. Johnston got his hair shaved as part of the Do the Right Thing Challenge fundraiser a few months ago. Some students in our Micronesian community shared a beautiful dance from their cultural heritage. Spring academic and athletic teams were recognized. As the last pep rally of the year, it ushered in for us the many activities and rituals that signal the end of the year.
This week most of our spring sports will be heading into tournament play. We will be hosting the first round of the tournament for girls' soccer and baseball at AMS on Monday. Soccer starts at 4:30 and baseball starts at 5:00. Softball will be away on Monday.
This Tuesday we will have our last United Way Community Night of the year from 5-6:30 PM. It is a Block Party! Families are invited to attend for a free catered meal, snow cones, games, and open gym. Afterwards stick around for the AMS/AHS/SILSA strings Fiddle Jam in the AMS gym starting at 7 PM. (Please note this was originally advertised as happening at Montford Park Ampitheater but the venue has changed.)
This Friday night the AMS and MNSA PTOs are sponsoring a dance for all eighth grade students from the two schools. Tickets go on sale in the cafeteria this week. They are still looking for volunteers and donations. For more details read the information below and click on the link to their website.
Afternoon academy continues. Students can get homework support and tutoring in areas of need. Sign your student up for Afternoon Academy on Monday, Wednesday, and/or Thursday here.
Progress reports will go home this week.
Finally, upon behalf of the educators at AMS, I would like to extend a huge thank you to the PTO for all of the love you poured on everyone this week. Thank you!
Here's to another great week at Asheville Middle School!
Asheville Middle School
AMS PTO News
- The next PTO Meeting is scheduled for May 16th at 5 pm in the AMS Cafeteria (not May 2nd). The meeting will include PTO elections for the coming school year. If you are interested to join PTO’s leadership, please reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
- For 8th grade families, please visit Asheville Middle’s PTO Website for critical information and ticket sales for the upcoming dance (May 12th). We are still looking for volunteers for a variety of tasks.
Fiddle Jam! You are Invited. (New location: AMS)
Delta House L.E.A.A.P. for Success After School Program & Summer Enrichment
ACS Middle School Athletic Eligibility Guidelines -Spring 2023
To determine Middle School athletic eligibility for spring sports 2023, certain academic, attendance, and behavioral criteria must be met.
The 2nd Quarter report card will be used to determine initial eligibility in the spring sport.
The student must have passed (60% or greater) all 4 core courses (math, English, science, social studies) as evidenced by the 2nd Quarter report card.
If the student failed one or more core courses as evidenced by the 2nd Quarter report card, they will be on probation. They must attend Afternoon Academy at least two times per week. As long as they are attending Afternoon Academy, they may still play. For the 3rd Quarter Midterm on February 24, grades will be reviewed on this date to determine if probation continues. If students are passing all 4 core classes, they will be removed from probationary status. Coaches will monitor progress from week to week. If the student is not passing all 4 core classes, probation continues and students must attend two Afternoon Academies a week.
For the 3rd Quarter Midterm on February 24, grades will be reviewed on this date to determine if students are passing all 4 core courses. If not, the student will be placed on probation. They must attend Afternoon Academy at least two times per week. As long as they are attending Afternoon Academy, they may still play. At the 3rd Quarter Report Card on April 12, grades will be reviewed on this date to determine if probation continues. If students are passing all 4 core classes, they will be removed from probationary status. Coaches will monitor progress from week to week. If the student is not passing all 4 core classes, probation continues and students must attend two Afternoon Academies a week.
For the 3rd Quarter Report Card on April 12, grades will be reviewed on this date to determine if students are passing all 4 core courses. If not the student will be placed on probation for the rest of the season. They must attend Afternoon Academy at least two times per week. As long as they are attending Afternoon Academy, they may still play.
A student must be present more than ½ the school day (over 3.5 hours) in order to practice or participate in a game for that day.
Students must have been in attendance at least 85% of the previous semester.
If a student receives either an ISS or OSS on or for any given day, the student is not allowed to practice or participate in a game for that day(s). They may not dress out or sit with the team.
Coaches are expected to:
Share updated rosters with both AMS and MNSA principals and the Athletic Director upon formation of the team so that eligibility can be determined.
Monitor student athlete academic, attendance, and behavioral progress weekly.
Student Grief Support Groups
Grief counseling provided by Four Seasons is time-limited for the purpose of addressing grief that is related to the loss of a person by death. Professionally trained counseling staff utilize well-established, proven techniques. Students and their grief counselor will devise a plan to address their specific needs.
If you think this is a great fit for your student, please complete this form.
If you are interested in learning more, please let the AMS Counseling staff know!
Applying for Educational Leave
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.
In order for an absence to be considered educational, the student must meet educational goals and standards as outlined in the Standard Course of Study. All standards are available here on the NC Department of Public Instruction website. These standards must be listed out on the form.
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.
Clothing depicting offensive, violent, graphic images, or references to illegal activities are prohibited.
Outfits must not show stomach.
Tops must have fabric on the sides (under the arms) and front side (midriff) unless a student is wearing a tank top underneath.
Pajamas, slippers, blankets, onesies, and nighttime attire are prohibited unless for a special event (i.e. pajama day).
Specialized courses may require specialized attire, such as sports uniforms or safety gear.
Shorts and skirts must entirely cover the student’s bottom
Clothing must be opaque (not see-through) AND must cover undergarments and the torso. Waistbands and bra straps may be visible.
Students’ faces, including eyes must be visible; no full face coverings or sunglasses are allowed. Students with a medical or religious need to wear a face covering or sunglasses must turn in documentation to the principal’s office in order to be excluded from this policy. Students may wear medical masks for illness prevention without a doctor’s order.
Two Weeks at a Glance
Monday 8-12: Progress Reports sent home
Monday, May 8: Soccer Tournament @ home (4:30 PM)
Monday, May 8: Baseball Tournament @ home (5 PM)
Monday, May 8: Softball Tournament away (5 PM)
Monday, May 8: ACS Board of Education Work Session (5 PM @ 85 Mountain St.)
Tuesday, May 9: United Way Community Night Block Party (5-6:30 PM)
Tuesday, May 9: AMS/AHS/SILSA Strings Fiddle Jam @ AMS gym (7 PM)
Friday, May 12: 8th grade dance sponsored by AMS/MNSA PTOs (6-9 PM)
Monday, May 15: ACS Board of Education Regular Session (5 PM @ 85 Mountain St.)
Tuesday, May 16: AMS PTO Meeting (5 PM in cafeteria)
Thursday, May 18: Speech Pathologist Day
Thursday, May 18: Spring Band Concert @ AHS/SILSA Auditorium (7 PM)
Beyond two weeks, but worth looking ahead at:
May 26-June 9: End of Grade and End of Course Testing window
Friday, May 26: NC Reading End of Grade (EOG) Test (6-8)
Monday, May 29: Memorial Day Holiday (No School for Staff or Students)
Wednesday, May 31: NC Math End of Grade (EOG)
Thursday, June 1: NC Science End of Grade (EOG) Test (8th grade only)
Monday, June 5: NC Math I End of Course (EOC) Test (students enrolled in Math I)
Tuesday, June 6: Spanish I Final Exam
Friday, June 9: 8th Grade Celebration & Promotion Ceremony