AMS Eagle Report

Newsletter for Parents, Students, Teachers & the Community

ER Volume 32

April 25, 2016

AMS Administration Team

Principal: Melanie J. Barkley

Asst. Principal: Chris Pennington

Admin. Asst: Darius Gilbert

Counselor: LouAnn O'Rear

Learning Support Counselor AIS/AMS: Shana Winter

What's Happening This Week

Sign ups for AHS/AMS Fall 2016 Cross Country Track Going on NOW

Sign ups are available in the Front office for 2016 Cross Country in the front office with Mrs. Miller for students interested in running Cross Country in the Fall of 2016. Incoming freshmen (Current 8th Graders) sign the "high school" list and 7th graders to sign the "middle school" list.

Interested in Limestone County Swim Team

Registration for the Rec League Swim Team will be Tuesday, May 10 at 6pm at the Rec Center.


AHS Color Guard Clinic and Tryouts are the week of April 25-29 from 3:30 till 5:39pm daily, in the Old Gym at Athens High School.

Anyone interested in trying out for Guard needs to see Mr. Nix or Mr. Adams to get a packet of information for parent to read and complete.


Spring practice Dates: April 25, 27, May 2, 4, 9, 11, 16, 17, 18

Practice Times will be from 3:40-5:40 (Wed Practice ends at 5:10)

Equipment will be issued for upcoming 8th Grader the Week of April 11 during school.

Equipment will be issued for upcoming 7th Graders on Monday, April 25 at 5pm.

***All paperwork must be completed and turned in before any student may participate in Spring Workouts, which includes up to date physical and insurance info.***

Monday, April 25

  • AHS Boys Soccer - JV/V vs Hazel Green HS at Home 5pm/6:30pm (Senior Recognition Night)
  • AHS Softball - Varsity at East Limestone HS at 5:00
  • AHS Boys Golf - Sectionals at Burningtree Country Club
  • AHS Girls Golf - Sectionals at Canebrake Golf Club

Tuesday, April 26

  • AMS FCA Meeting at 7:30am in the small auditorium
  • AMS 7th Gr Washington DC Trip
  • AHS Girls Soccer - JV/V at Grissom HS 4:30/6:30pm

Wednesday, April 27

  • AMS 7th Gr Washington DC Trip
  • Progress Reports Home with Students

Thursday, April 28

  • AMS 7th Gr Washington DC Trip
  • AHS Softball - Varsity at James Clemens HS at 4:30pm

Friday, April 29

  • AMS 7th Gr Washington DC Trip
  • AHS Track - Sectionals TBA

Saturday, April 30

  • AMS 7th Gr Washington DC Trip
  • AHS Soccer - First Round of State Playoffs - VB @ Decatur TBA and VG vs Hartselle at Home 6:30pm

AMS Earth Day Art Show

The ACS visual arts classes are having an Earth Day show at the Athens Public Library. The artworks will be on display now until May2. There was an art reception on April 21 and our students were recognized.

Congratulations to the AMS 8th Gr Baseball Team

Last week our AMS 8th Grade Baseball Team won the North Alabama Middle School End of the Year Tournament with a win over Madison Academy.
Way to Go!! Congratulations for a great season!!

Sign Up for One Call Now Text Message Alerts

ACS uses One Call Now to send emergency and informational notifications to keep you informed of important events, activities, and last minute changes. Athens Middle currently calls you with voice notification messages and would like to be able to send important alerts to your cell phone as text messages as well as voice messages. If you have a text message plan, these messages will be included in that plan; otherwise, standard text message charges apply. If you would like to receive text message notifications, text the word, alert, to 22300 or visit us at Again, to receive text message notifications, text the word, alert, that's, A, L, E, R, T, to 22300 or visit us at If you are located in Canada or a U. S. Territory, please text the word RESUME to (937)240-0720. If you are located in a different country, please text the word RESUME to country code +44 793-794-7401.

Dr. Henry Griggs - Orthodontics

Thank you for your continued partnership and support of Athens Middle School.

Athens Orthodontics

102 S. Malone St., Suite B
Athens, AL 35611
Phone: 256-216-1717


AMS Registration Information for 2016-17

The ACS Board approved the 2016-17 AMS Curriculum Catalog last Thursday night. We are excited to be offering more elective choices next year and the catalog will answer some general questions about all that AMS has to offer. The catalog and registration forms will be posted next week on the AMS Website.

Registration Timeline will be as follows:

Current AIS 6th Graders:

Thursday, April 28 - Mrs. Barkley will meet with all 6th grade students to explain the registration process and highlight the great things they have to look forward to at AMS.

Tuesday, May 3 - All 6th Grade students will receive a registration packet to take home and complete

Tuesday, May 3 - Mrs. Barkley will be hosting a registration Informational Meeting for ALL Athens Intermediate 6th Grade parents at 6pm in the cafeteria at AIS.

Tuesday, May 10 - All 6th Grade Registration forms are DUE to their AIS Homeroom Teacher

Current AMS 7th Graders

Tuesday, May 3 - 7th graders will have an assembly to explain the registration process and registration packets will go home via their English Teachers

Tuesday, May 10 - 7th grade registration forms are DUE to their English Teacher

AMS Counselors will be available, after the students and parent informational meetings are held if parents feel they have questions that can not be answered via email, for appointments on Thursday, May 5. Mrs. Winter will be at AIS that day for 6th Gr. Parents and Mrs. O'Rear will be at AMS for 7th Gr. Parents. Please email and

Athens Middle School

  • Mrs. Barkley will be hosting a registration Informational Meeting for ALL Athens Intermediate 6th Grade parents on Tuesday, May 3 at 6pm in the cafeteria.

  • AMS Performance Series Test will be given Tuesday and Wednesday, May 2-3 in LA and Math Classes

  • AMS Spring Choir Concert will be Tuesday, May 3 at 6:30pm in the Auditorium

  • AMS Field Day will be Friday, May 6 - More information soon.

  • AMS/AIS Spring Band Concert will be May 10 at AMS Auditorium 7pm

  • AMS School Awards Day will be May 17 at 8:30am -10am - Doors will open after the first bell rings at 8:05am

AMS Final Semester Exam Schedule

Wednesday, 5/18 - 5th and 6th Period Exams

Thursday, 5/19 - 3rd and 4th Period Exams

Friday, 5/20 - 1st and 2nd Period Exams (Half Day of School Students Dismissed at 11:45)

Athens High School

  • 5/2 AHS Girls Golf - Sub state at Highland Park
  • 5/2 AHS Softball - Varsity at Sparkman 5:30
  • 5/2 AHS Boys Golf - Sub state at Terri Pines Country Golf

ACS Parents of Special Need Students Informational Meeting with Katherine Barr

What: Join us for an informational session on special needs estate planning with

well-renowned attorney, Katherine Barr

When: Friday, May 6th @ 12:00

Where: Athens City Schools Board room (central office)

Why: As a parent, knowing how to plan for the future of your special needs child,

early on, will ensure your child has access to the resources he or she needs as

an adult, providing you peace of mind.

RSVP: Jessica Lynn ( by Monday, May 2nd.

Please see attached Bio for Katherine Barr


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