Auburn Middle School Monthly

December 2019

The Principal's Perspective, by Mr. Desto

This past month, I couldn’t have been prouder to be a part of the Auburn Middle School community. It was truly humbling to see the charitable spirit that has lifted our school during the holiday season. In addition to the usual happenings at a school, like classes, tests, homework, meetings, athletics, musical events, etc., our staff and students spent countless hours trying to bring some holiday joy to those in need.

As many of you are aware, we had a very successful food drive to benefit local families through Auburn Youth and Family Services. AMS students and staff were able to donate enough food to feed over 60 families. Right now, we are in the midst of a holiday toy drive to once again benefit children through AYFS. As I sit here writing this, we have well over 300 toys and counting. All the while, our staff donates $1 per person per week with the proceeds going to a variety of worthy causes.

Honestly, I was and remain exceedingly proud of the thoughtfulness and self-sacrifice exhibited in this school on a daily basis. I see great things in the people, both young and (not so) old, who walk through these doors each day. My job isn’t easy, but what a blessing it is to see such good in people at a time in history where much of what you hear is so negative.

Here at AMS, the word of the month is “empathy,” which I define simply to the students as the ability to put oneself in another’s shoes. This time of year, empathy is demonstrated perhaps more strongly than at any other time throughout the year. Each day, on morning announcements, I tell the students the true story of something that happened on that day in history, usually with a lesson that slants toward the word of the month. Last week, I shared the story of former multimillionaire movie mogul Scott Neeson who, as president of 20th Century Fox and Sony Pictures, oversaw such blockbusters as Independence Day, Titanic, Braveheart and X-Men.

We capped the week by viewing the video linked below – please take 7 minutes to check it out – you are sure to be inspired by it.

Finally, on behalf of the 70 dedicated staff members here at AMS, please accept my best wishes for a joyous holiday season. Whether you celebrate Christmas or Hannukah, another holiday or no holiday at all, we are grateful for your support throughout the year and wish you peace, safety and enjoyment as we transition from 2019 into 2020.

The Incredible True Story of Scott Neeson

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In an incredible show of empathy and kindness, our cafeteria staff decided that, instead of buying gifts for each other, they would purchase gifts for our AYFS toy drive. Thank you to these wonderful ladies!

Thank You!

Thank you to our staff and students for their support of the AYFS Toy Drive.

Respectful Request from the AMS Staff

Technology has brought so many good things to our lives, and one of the best is the ability we now have to communicate with our children. While my father and I were barely able to say good morning and good night, I can text my son at any time to make sure he's doing okay.

With that stated, this capability can be a distraction to our students during the school day. More and more, I am hearing about students not getting as much out of their education as possible because they are communicating electronically (usually through email) with their parents during the school day.

While we understand the comfort that can come from being in constant touch with the children we love, we respectfully request that you refrain from contacting your children between 7:30-2:15. If there is an emergency or very serious reason for which you need to contact your child, please contact the front office, and we will be sure he/she gets the message or, if necessary, can get in touch with you.

Thank you so much for your help.

AMS Musical 2020

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Join us for a night of spectacular music and dancing as students from AMS take to the stage for their production of Aladdin Jr. Tickets for the show will go on sale soon. Please check our website and Facebook for the link. The show takes place at Auburn High School and is sure to be a hit for people of all ages!

8th Grade Calendar Raffle

The 8th grade is still selling calendars through January. The cost of each calendar is $10 and a prize will be drawn for each day in February. For every calendar that an 8th grader sells, $10 will be deducted from the overall cost of their trip to Washington, D.C. in May. There are some GREAT prizes that have been donated from wonderful businesses in the area. This is an

amazing opportunity to support our students and also possibly win a nice prize. If you're interested in buying a calendar, but do not have a student in mind to buy one from, please contact the main office.

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Winter Sports Schedules

For the most up to date basketball, cheerleading, and hockey schedules, please check the calendar of events found on our school website. Any changes will be reflected on this calendar.

Attention Hockey Players and Parents

There will be an informational meeting for all parents on January 2nd at 5pm in the AMS cafeteria. All players MUST have a signed blue card by January 2nd in order to play. The blue card must be signed by the nurse, stating that the player has had a physical within the last 13 months. Students with an expired physical will not be allowed to play.

Ski Club Information

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The first meeting of the Auburn Middle School Ski Club will be on January 2nd. Registration is closed, but those who have signed up should be bringing in their payment for the weekly bus. The price this year is $112.00 per student. Checks can be made out to Auburn Middle School.
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Winter Break

Auburn Middle School will be closed from December 23-January 1st. We will reopen on January 2nd. We hope you enjoy this time with family and friends and wish you all a very happy New Year.
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AMS Wins Best Middle School for 2019...

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The staff celebrates their victory.

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