AMS Weekly Update 26

March 14, 2016

Mission Statement

Accompsett Middle School actively promotes achievement, manners, and spirit by providing a safe and supportive learning environment which nurtures each student’s academic, social, emotional, and physical development while challenging them to reach their full potential. Achievement – we will reach our academic goals; Manners – we will model polite behavior; Spirit – we will demonstrate commitment to our school. At Accompsett Middle School, the faculty, staff, administrators, and parents collaborate to provide a learning community which meets the needs of young adolescents.

Project Wisdom: Making a Difference

The students on Team 6B will read the daily Project Wisdom message during the month of March on the following topics:

  • Cheap or Charitable?

  • Each One Matters

  • Respecting the Land

  • Finding the Dream

Star Lab - grade 7

Students will enter the inflatable dome and be introduced to a "star filled" sky. The navigator, with the use of a digital planetarium projector and a laser pointer, will guide students through the stars of the Northern Hemisphere exactly as they appear on the day of the presentation.

Students will learn how to identify the planets in our solar system in dramatic "flights" towards each world. They will be introduced to Greek mythological characters and see how these heroes of the past can be found in the stars. Students will witness the night sky in different seasons and from different global perspectives.

Franklin Institute: The Weather Show

How to Build a Storm

Lightning, twisters, and hail—oh my! This dynamic show reveals the science of weather—to the extreme. Where does our weather come from, and what factors make it a sunny day or a blustery one? We’ll make a cloud, explore thunder and lightning, and even create snow. We promise a stormy ending to this show as we demonstrate the power of a tornado!

Science concepts: water cycle, thermodynamics, air masses, and fronts

NEW Grade 7 stem courses for 16-17

  • Pre-Algebra (requisite for Gr 8 Bio / Algebra)
  • Project Lead The Way (PLTW)
PLTW Gateway

Happy Birthday

Janice Law, 3/15

Mark Rivera, 3/19

Grade 8 group photo 3/29

This year, we are going to walk the students over to the HS West football field and take the 8th Grade Group Photo using a drone! If you have a prep period 1 or 2, please consider lending a hand. Thank you for your help.

Columbia Teachers College Reading & Writing Project Annual Reunion

Saturday, March 19th, 9pm

525 West 120th Street

New York, NY

The TCRWP will once again open our doors to thousands of educators from all over the country. As always, we will offer keynotes and closings by renowned authors and leaders in the field of education, senior Project staff, including Lucy Calkins and all TCRWP staff developers. On this day, over 125 workshops will be offered on topics such as: argument writing, writing about reading, reading interpretively and analytically, embedding historical fiction in nonfiction text sets, opinion writing for very young writers, managing workshop instruction, aligning instruction to the CCSS, using performance assessments and learning progressions to ratchet up the level of teaching, state-of-the-art test prep, phonics, guided reading and more.

Franklin Institute - grade 6

Tuesday, March 15th, 12:30pm

660 Meadow Road

Smithtown, NY

Night Star Lab - grade 7

Wednesday, March 16th, 7:45am

660 Meadow Road

Smithtown, NY

1 Lane, M.

2 Lane, M.

3 Lane, M.

5 Lane, M.

9 Lane, M.


Thursday, March 17th, 7:30am

660 Meadow Road

Smithtown, NY

1 Fitzpatrick, A.

1 Hilinski

3 McGuire

5 Fitzpatrick, A.

9 Fitzpatrick, A.

Say Cheese - Spirit Day Faculty Photo

Friday, March 18th, 12:15pm

Atrium / Cafeteria

Please meet in front of the AMS photo backdrop at 12:20

RSVPs are enabled for this event.


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