AMS Cougar News
Sunday, May 21 2023
Dear AMS Cougar Families,
We are down to three weeks of school, and they are jammed packed with activities. Please read through the newsletter carefully to make sure that you have the most up-to-date information.
I took this photo in the cafeteria this past week because I wanted to share three important things that relate to eating meals at school:
- Please check your student's meal account. Currently students owe over $6000 in meals. Whatever debt is not paid by families, I will have to figure out how to pay using other funds that have been given to the school for things such as instructional supplies, student activities, etc.
- If you are interested in helping to donate money to pay this bill, you can go to Online Payments on our website and give using AMS Donation. Then write in the blank that it is to pay off student lunch debt. Any amount is appreciated.
- On Friday, May 26; Wednesday, May 31; Thursday, June 1; and Monday, June 5, which are our EOG/EOC test days, all staff and students will be allowed to eat breakfast for free at school. Students will just need to go to the breakfast cart for their meal.
Speaking of test days, please limit student's activities the night before testing, make sure that they have the opportunity to get a good night's sleep, and make sure that they are on time to school on the assigned days. After testing is completed, students will continue instruction in their classes, although it will be a modified schedule with them attending two core and one elective classes each day. Students who are absent on test days will test on the next day that they are present at school. This could mean that students will have to miss other activtiies with their team in order to complete makeup testing if they are absent on the original test days. Here is the testing schedule:
- Friday, May 26 6-8 EOG Reading (Free breakfast)
- Tuesday, May 30 Spanish I Final Exam
- Wednesday, May 31 6-8 Math EOG (Free breakfast)
- Thursday, June 1 8 Science EOG (Free breakfast)
- Monday, June 5 Math I EOC (Free breakfast)
This will be the last week of Afternoon Academy. It will take place on Monday and Wednesday only. There will be no Afternoon Academy on Thursday. Sign your student up for Afternoon Academy on Monday and/or Wednesday here.
This Tuesday our Chorus and Strings students will present their spring concert at 7 PM in the gym. Please join us!
The ACS 2023 Districtwide Student Art Show is Wednesday, May 24, 2023 from 4:30-6:30 PM at the Mission/AB-Tech Conference Center @ 16 Fernhurst Drive, Asheville, NC 28801. Please come out to celebrate the creativity of our students while enjoying refreshments and fellowship. Hope to see you there!
All library books or payment for lost books are due this Friday, May 26.
Read below about Free Sports Physicals on Friday. In order to tryout for any sport, a student must have a valid (within one year) physical. This will get students set for the 2023-2024 school year.
Monday, May 29 is Memorial Day. School will be closed for staff and students.
If your student needs to start riding the bus due to a change in afternoon plans, please complete the transportation request form that is in this newsletter.
For eighth grade families, we have shifted the 8th grade promotion ceremony to a 9:30 start time on Friday, June 9. Families will need to sign in at tables outside of the gym before entering to sit on the bleachers. We will open the gym for guests at 9:00 AM. Please carpool as parking will be limited. After the ceremony there will be a short period of time outside of the gym to visit with your student. Afterward, students will resume their school day with a celebration that will include their 8th grade picnic and activities on the field day. While you may check out your student after the ceremony, please consider letting them stay for the rest of the celebration.
The Asheville City Schools Board of Education voted this past Monday to make the last day of school, Friday, June 9 an early release day. Elementary schools will dismiss at 12 PM. Middle and High schools will dismiss at 1 PM.
Looking toward next year, I would like to ask you to thoughtfully consider supporting the PTO in a leadership role. One of the big needs for next year will be folks who will represent their student's grade level. Current PTO leadership is working on a description of the responsibiliteis, but I wanted to go ahead and put the idea in your head. If a handfull of folks were dedicated to support each grade level, it would make for a light load. Please let me know if you are interested, and I can connect you to the PTO.
Here's to another great week at Asheville Middle School!
Asheville Middle School
Free Sports Physicals!
It is free athletic physical day this Friday for all interested student athletes. All interested students need to pick up paperwork in the Cougar Den and bring it back filled out and signed by a parent. The paperwork must be completed before a physical can be administered. On Friday, an activity bus will leave AMS right after school and drive to AHS/SILSA. When the physical is complete, students can be picked up on the back side of AHS/SILSA just a short distance off of Victoria Road between 4:30 - 5:00PM. Students must have a ride that can pick them up promptly to attend.
Please contact TJ Wright ( tj.Wright@acsgmail.net) if you have questions.
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
Tuesday, May 23: Chorus & Strings Concert (7 PM)
Wednesday, May 24: ACS Art Show @ AB Tech (4:30-6:30 PM)
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) (FREE BREAKFAST)
Friday, May 26: Library Books/Payment for Lost Books Due
Friday, May 26: Free Sports Physical Day @ AHS/SILSA
Monday, May 29: Memorial Day Holiday (No School for Staff or Students)
Tuesday, May 30: Spanish I Final Exam
Wednesday, May 31: NC Math End of Grade (EOG) (FREE BREAKFAST)
Thursday, June 1: NC Science End of Grade (EOG) Test (8th grade only) (FREE BREAKFAST)
Beyond two weeks, but worth looking ahead at:
Monday, June 5: NC Math I End of Course (EOC) Test (students enrolled in Math I) (FREE BREAKFAST)
Friday, June 9: 8th Grade Promotion Ceremony (9:30 AM)