Armada Middle School

2020-2021 May/June Newsletter

From the Desk of Principal, Todd Schafer:

It is hard to believe that the 2020-2021 school year is in the home stretch and the summer months are upon us. I would like to take this opportunity to thank staff, students, parents, and community members for their hard work and support throughout the school year. I know this year has not been easy on anyone, but everyone’s efforts helped in making this year a successful endeavor for our kids and our community! Although this will be our last newsletter for the year, I will continue to provide additional information and updates via email throughout the coming weeks. On behalf of the Armada Middle School staff, I’d like to wish all of our families a safe and relaxing summer!


2021-2022 Scheduling


All students will receive their 2021-2022 class schedules at Tiger Days which are scheduled for August 23rd and 24th. More details, times, etc. will be provided as the date nears.


M-STEP & PSAT


The 8th graders have recently completed their PSAT and M-Step state assessments. The students did a great job and we’re looking forward to the same effort from our 7th and 6th grade students over the coming weeks!


May/June Reminders

05/06…Trash Bag Fundraiser Pickup 1-4 pm

05/07…Half Day – Teacher In-Service

05/21…Half Day – Exams (Hours 1-3)

05/31…No School – Memorial Day

06/04...Half Day - Exams (Hours 4-6) & Last Day of School!

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Counseling Corner

Sexting - Think Before you Send

Texting is one of the many ways that cell phones and the internet have made it easier for people to stay in touch and share news and ideas. Sexting means using a cell phone or internet to share sexually explicit text messages or sexual photos or videos of yourself or others. Sharing includes sending, receiving or forwarding inappropriate content. Not only is this unsafe, it is illegal! Privacy is not guaranteed, and it may be shared by others. A sext can cause embarrassment and humiliation by accident or on purpose. The images or texts can stay online forever and can cause bullying, harassment, attract sexual predators, and lead to legal prosecution by the police. If it happens at school, your child may face consequences such as suspension or expulsion. If you or your child is sent such messages or images please advise them: don’t respond, don’t pass it on and do tell a trusted adult! Please discuss this important issue with your child.

Please check your child's phone

You are not invading your child’s privacy by doing so. You are protecting them and the rights of others!


AMS Dress Code

Good grooming and appropriate dress are an important part of our students’ lives. Our students are encouraged to take pride in their appearance. Here are some of the highlights of our dress code. The complete dress code is found on page 4 of the student handbook on the AMS website.

1. Summer wear, such as tank tops and sleeveless tops, are not permitted.

2. Skirts and shorts are to extend longer than the fingertips of the student wearing them.

3. Torn or ripped jeans are acceptable as long as there are no tears above the student’s fingertips.

4. Girls wearing tights must have a top that is fingertip long.

5. Pants must be worn at the waist.

6. Clothing shall not advertise alcohol, tobacco, other drugs or any other offensive messages.


Bridging the Communication Gap

For some AMS students, facing responsibility is a daily challenge. If your child struggles academically and routinely states that they have no homework or that they did it all in class, please contact the teachers by phone or online through e-mail. Monitor their grades, assignments and projects on PowerSchool, or Empower. If you need passwords and usernames for these programs please call the office and speak to one of the secretaries to help you get set-up. Communication between the instructors, the students and the parents makes a can’t miss team for academic success.

April Students of the Month

Paige Romano - 8th Grade

Paige always has a positive and sunny attitude. She is a hard worker and pays attention to detail. Paige is very caring and always willing to help others.

Trevor King - 7th Grade

Trevor is a self-driven and kind young man. He sets a positive example and others in class follow his lead. Trevor is always prepared and very polite. He is a hard worker and helps anyone who needs it.

May Students of the Month

ANNALIESE BALTIERRA - 8th Grade

Annaliese is a hardworking and talented musician who is dedicated to her instrument. She has also shown perseverance and a determination to succeed. Her grit and kindness to her classmates should be applauded.

Samuel McIntyre - 7th Grade

Sam is always setting a good example for other students and takes the time and effort to help whenever he can. He is a hardworking, self-motivated, and intelligent young man. Sam is always smiling under his mask and brings a positive vibe to the classroom.

Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)

Dear Parents/Guardians,


Under the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) a school district is required to identify the categories of personally identifiable information that has been designated as directory information by the school board. This information may be released without securing the prior written consent of the parent or 18 year old student if the school formulated and adopted a policy and gave the parent/student the required annual notice regarding directory information. This required annual notice should be designed to inform the parent/student of the types of information the school district has designated as directory information, and should inform the parent or eligible student of any operative policy of the school district regarding recipients of directory information. The annual notice provides the parent/student with an opportunity to object to the directory information designation, in which case information regarding the student cannot be released without the prior written consent of the parent or the 18-year old student.


The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) was put into federal law to protect the privacy of a student’s personal school records. The law, however, does allow public schools to release certain “directory” information which may be found in school publications such as yearbooks, programs, newsletters or catalogs. Directory information is personally identifiable information that would not generally be considered harmful or an invasion of privacy. Directory information may include, but is not limited to, the following:


· Student’s name, address, grade level, and phone number

· Electronic mail address

· Date and place of birth

· Major field of study

· Dates of attendance and grade level

· Participation in school activities or sports

· Height and weight of athletes

· Honors and awards (including honor roll)

· Other similar information, e.g., alumni, associations, height and weight of athletes, honor roll members, information generally found in yearbook—student’s photograph


If you object to the release of such information, please notify the principal of your child’s school in writing within 10 days of this publication. Be sure to include your child’s name and grade.

E-Mail Communication with Parents

In addition to the instant alert system, the middle school will continue to utilize email to keep parents informed of news, events, and updates. Emails from the middle school will come to your inbox from the sender “Armada Middle School.” Please do not send emails to this account directly or respond to any emails from the Armada Middle School account. This account will not be monitored for incoming messages. If you need to contact any staff member via email, please continue to do so directly to their individual accounts. If you would like to ensure that we have your email address or update the one we have on file, please email Mrs. Cooper at scooper@armadaschools.org.

Drugs are Trash Bag Fundraiser

Thank you to everyone that participated in our “Drugs Are Trash” Bag fundraiser. It was a huge success and the following students are the winners of the gift cards for their sales efforts:


Anastasia Patchak

Landon Zawadzki

Cristina Semian

Maci Lorincz

Monica Bartley

Woody Farah


Reminder that the pick-up date is Thursday, May 6th from 1 - 4 p.m. in the community room.

Tool for Schools - Vinckier's Receipt Program

Thank you so much for all of the Vinckier’s receipts that were placed into our school box. We had enough points to get physical education/gym equipment! Thank you for your help in getting us enough points to purchase such a huge beneficial gift!

LAST ZOOM Meeting Dates for the year:


Friday, May 14th , 9:00am

or

Tuesday, May 18th , 7:00pm


Please RSVP thru the following link:

Google Form - Meeting RSVP


If you have previously RSVP’d for a meeting,

you do not have to do so a 2nd time.


Watch for 2021/2022 meetings to be posted on our website.


Visit our website at any time to see what's new!

amsparentgroup.com

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The AMS Parent Group is proud to welcome

Nicole Savalle as our new President!


A heartfelt THANK YOU to Nicole and the new board members for volunteering to keep our group going so we can continue to serve the students and staff of this great school.

Armada Area Schools Transportation

Substitute Bus Drivers Needed

No Experience Necessary

Will train. Excellent wages.

Armada Area Schools Transportation Department

Please call 596-784-2585 for more information.