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!
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!
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!
Sexting - Think Before you Send
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
April Students of the Month
May Students of the Month
Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)
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 email@example.com.
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:
Reminder that the pick-up date is Thursday, May 6th from 1 - 4 p.m. in the community room.
LAST ZOOM Meeting Dates for the year:
Friday, May 14th , 9:00am
Tuesday, May 18th , 7:00pm
Please RSVP thru the following link:
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!
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.