Apache eNews

December 7th, 2015

This Week at Armstrong Middle School

AMS PTA is so excited to announce our Life Membership Recipients for 2015-2016!

Congratulations to: Lynne Shafer, Kristina Tafur, and Kellie Roney Santos!

We are so grateful for these wonderful ladies' big hearts and for their amazing dedication to our children, staff, school- community! Cheers!

8th Grade Girls Basketball Game: Armstrong vs Otto

Monday, Dec. 7th, 9pm

3801 Timberline Drive

Plano, TX

Game Location: Armstrong Middle School

8th Grade Boys Basketball Game: Armstrong vs Otto

Monday, Dec. 7th, 6pm

504 North Star Road

Plano, TX

Game Location: Otto Middle School

Tamales for the Holidays!

Tuesday, Dec. 8th, 3pm

3801 Timberline Drive

Plano, TX

Tamales for the Holidays!

***Fundraiser for Armstrong Middle School 8th grade Celebration!

Tell your family and friends to help us make this a great success!

Pork, chicken, beef, and bean tamales (spicy available!). Only $12/dozen (no partial batches), cash or check (payable to AMS PTA).

***Orders are due on December 8th. Please return order forms to AMS Front Office by December 8th.

***Delivery of frozen tamales will be Wednesday, December 16th, in front of AMS after school, from 3:30-4:30.

***Orders can also be placed online with credit card/PayPal payment at: www.apachepta.org.

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7th Grade Boys Basketball Game: Armstrong vs Otto

Thursday, Dec. 10th, 6pm

504 North Star Road

Plano, TX

Game Location: Otto Middle School

7th Grade Girls Basketball Game: Armstrong vs Otto

Thursday, Dec. 10th, 6pm

3801 Timberline Drive

Plano, TX

Game Location: Armstrong Middle School

Armstrong Band Winter Concert @ McMillen High School

Thursday, Dec. 10th, 9pm

750 North Murphy Road

Murphy, TX

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Upcoming AMS Events

Facilities and Technology Study Task Force Public Hearing

Thursday, Dec. 17th, 6pm

2200 Independence Pkwy, Plano, TX 75075

The Facilities and Technology Study Task Force, assembled by the Plano ISD Board of Trustees in August, is hosting a public hearing to gather community input as they evaluate district needs with regard to a possible bond initiative. We encourage our parent community to attend this public forum, as this will be your opportunity to provide feedback or ask questions related to the committee’s work of reviewing enrollment trends and projections, as well as establishing construction, renovation and technology needs.

***The hearing will be hosted as follows:

Facilities and Technology Study Task Force Public Hearing
Thursday, December 17, 2015, 6:00 p.m.
Plano Senior High School Doyle Dean Performing Arts Center
2200 Independence Pkwy, Plano, TX 75075

Speaker cards will be required from all who wish to speak at the hearing and will be available beginning at 5:30 p.m. through the end of the meeting.

Additional opportunities for input are available at the regular school board meetings scheduled for January 12 and February 2, 2016, and via district e-mail at askpisd@pisd.edu.

For more information on the work of the Facilities and Technology Study Task Force, please visit the Plano ISD website at:http://www.pisd.edu/news/2016bond/index.shtml.

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December Parent Workshops for Plano ISD

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Basketball Car Decal Now Available!

Show your school pride! Order online now at www.apachepta.org, under "Spirit Items" . Last day to order is on Monday, November 30, 2015.
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SAGE of Plano ISD Council of PTAs

Saturday, Feb. 13th 2016 at 12:30-2:30pm

313 North Center Street

Arlington, TX

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Deadline for entries: Designs must be submitted by 9:00am, Friday, February 12, 2016.

Designs must be dropped in the PTA box in the front office. Approval of designs: All entry designs will be screened and those that comply with these rules and have met the guidelines will be entered into the competition.

The winning design will be revealed to the public at the schedule pick up day on August 2016

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Think Through Math

Think Through Math is now available to PISD students in grades 3-8.

Think Through Math personalizes student learning with unprecedented levels of differentiation, explicit instruction, meaningful practice, unparalleled motivational tools, and unlimited access to LIVE, state-credentialed teachers.

Because Think Through Math is web-based, your child can access the program from any computer that is connected to the Internet, whether at school, home, or the library. The program is proven to increase math proficiency when implemented 2 to 3 times each week or about 90 minutes each week.

***See email for attachements which includes login instructions.

Key Communicators Meeting

The first Key Communicators meeting of the 2015-2016 year was October 8th. Karla Oliver, PISD Assistant Superintendent for Government, Community and Planning Initiatives, opened the meeting with a welcome, then Jeanine Alpert, the Executive Director for the Plano ISD Education Foundation, gave an overview of the Education Foundation, including the impact on and financial commitment to Plano schools and students.

For the remainder of the meeting, Dr. Brian Binggeli, the new PISD Superintendent, spoke, addressing the 2015-2016 PISD Operational Expectations. He then concluded with a Question and Answer.

Please follow the below link for for meeting materials and video. (http://www.pisd.edu/about.us/key.communicators/2015-2016KeyCommunicatorsArchiveOctober.shtml)

A Call To Action From National PTA

Dear PTA advocate,

Congress is the closest it has been in seven years to reauthorizing the Elementary and Secondary Education Act/No Child Left Behind (ESEA/NCLB), and students, families and schools need your help to move the bill to the president’s desk this year!

The House and Senate both passed legislation this summer to reauthorize ESEA/NCLB. However, congressional leadership has yet to name a bipartisan group of representatives and senators to begin negotiations to resolve the differences between the two bills. Students can’t wait any longer for a revised law. Congress must act now to reauthorize ESEA this year!

Please send an email to your senators and representative to tell them to finish reauthorizing ESEA/NCLB before the end of the year and let them know that important family engagement provisions need to be preserved in the final ESEA/NCLB reauthorization bill. Your support is needed at this critical time to ensure every student receives a high quality education and for the bill to become law before the end of this year.

We ask that you Take Action by emailing your representative and Senator TODAY!

Take Action Today! Click on the link below.


A brief description of the Act from Wikipedia:

The No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 is a United States Act of Congress that is a reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, which included Title I, the government's flagship aid program for disadvantaged students.NCLB supports standards-based education reform based on the premise that setting high standards and establishing measurable goals can improve individual outcomes in education.

The Act requires states to develop assessments in basic skills. To receive federal school funding, states must give these assessments to all students at select grade levels. The Act does not assert a national achievement standard. Each individual state develops its own standards.NCLB expanded the federal role in public education through further emphasis on annual testing, annual academic progress, report cards, and teacher qualifications, as well as significant changes in funding.

The bill passed in the U.S. Congress with bipartisan support.

Special eNews on Armstrong Tutorial Schedule

Apache Parents and Students:

Please open link below to see our new tutorial schedule and guidelines. Also, we are working on some new local testing guidelines that will be coming soon!


Box Tops for Education

Armstrong is collecting Box Tops for Education. They are found on many General Mills products and each six weeks they are collected during 6th period.

***The 6th period class that has the most box tops will be rewarded each six weeks!

Apache Dads

Calling all Armstrong Middle School Dads, Big Brothers, Uncles, Grandfathers, Nephews.... We need your help!!!

Interested in volunteering and being a part of the Apache Dads? Then please email Carlos Clabiorne at clabiorne@gmail.com and get on the list!

PTA News - Come Join AMS PTA

Make a difference today! Parents and family, show your student how much you support

him/her and this school! How can you do that? Here's three easy ways:

1. Join PTA--for as little as $10, you will help fund programs and events for the students, and make our voice bigger and louder for all students;

2. Volunteer--1 hour a year or 1 hour a day, whatever you have, you WILL make a difference; and,

3. Donate--$1, $50, or $100, EVERY cent goes to work for your student and this school! No amount is too small--and none is too big!

Whether you join PTA, volunteer your time, choose to donate money, or all three, make the commitment to your student and his/her success, and know that you made a difference!

Attention volunteers! Please remember that EVERY school year, you must complete your volunteer application with PISD. Please visit the PISD website here to complete that process. Don't be left out of school events and programs because you forgot!

Here's the link: http://www.pisd.edu/about.us/partners.volunteers/index.shtml.


Armstrong PTA has a committee dedicated to raising money to help continue our efforts to support the students and the school itself. Contact Katrina Tadeja at simplysublime@live.com to join our efforts or if you have any questions.

There are SO MANY painless, easy ways to help raise money for our school - here are a few:

Box Tops: Send your Box Tops in to school (Front Office or advisory teachers) and Armstrong earns money from each one.

Shoparoo: Is a mobile app (iPhone or Android) that turns pictures of your everyday grocery receipts into instant donations!

Amazon Smile: When shopping online at Amazon, please don't forget to go to www.smile.amazon.com and make sure you choose Armstrong Middle School, Plano TX as your charity!

Kroger Plus Card: link your Plus card to AMS (Our school code is 90264) on www.krogercommunityrewards.com, then start shopping!

Tom Thumb Rewards Card: Take your Rewards card to the Courtesy Booth and ask them to link it to AMS (Our School code is 5755).

Shop With Scrip: Exciting new PTA fundraiser! This online partner allows you to purchase gift cards from a long list of merchants (e.g., Gap, Kroger, Starbucks, Chevron, Marriott, Target) and AMS PTA earns a rebate on the dollar amount of each cards sold. Simply log on to www.shopwithscrip.com and create an account, make sure to use our enrollment code A9LD547437921.

World Wear Project: Donate your used textiles (clothing, shoes, belts, hats, backpacks, stuffed animals, etc). WWP recycles/reuses/resells the fabrics, and AMS PTA earns money on the donated items! Tell your neighbors too. Anyone can donate to the bin. Read more here: www.worldwearproject.com.

Breakfast and Lunch Menus

What's on the menu today?

Main home page for FANS:


Direct link to the menus:


Pre-pay for School Meals at www.paypams.com

Thank You To Our Amazing PTA Sponsors!