AMS Cougar News
Monday, September 5, 2022
Dear AMS Cougar Families,
I hope that everyone has had a restful three-day weekend. We had a terrific first week, but getting back into school routines for students, teachers, and their families is always a bit exhausting. I have a lot of pieces of information to share in this newsletter. I am only going to address a few of them in my message and the rest will be in other parts of the newsletter. Please read it carefully.
Car Drop-off Line: If you are dropping off students early between 7:45 and 8:00, please do so only from the right hand lane. Also, please look both ways at the cross walks before dropping off students. Folks in the crosswalk have the right of way. Once official dropoff begins, please pay careful attention to the staff member on duty as they are in control of the traffic flow.
Car Pick-up Line: By Wednesday of last week we were finishing by 3:50, which is about as efficient as we usually are after several weeks. Thank you for your cooperation. I just want to remind everyone that students load between the two crosswalks. This is not only a safety measure, but it also makes the overall carline run more efficiently. Continue to remind your student(s) to be watching for your car.
Buses in the PM: Our ACS Transporation Department is working hard to pick up students on all campuses in a timely fashion. This does require some bus riders to wait awhile each afternoon. Most students seem to enjoy this extra time to socialize, however, when students struggle to fill this time appropriately, we have set aside a space with our Cougar Change staff person, Mr. Kenny McDaniels, for students who need additional structure while they wait.
Dress Code, Beverages, Cell Phones, and Other Tidbits: Please review the Family and Student Handbook as a family. While it is important to read all of it, here are a few priority areas:
- The same dress code that was in the Family and Student Handbook last year is in this year's handbook. Please review the guidelines as a family and preview what steps staff will take if a student is not in compliance.(p.12)
- Cell phones must be put away in a student’s locker, from 8:30-3:30. Parents are asked not to attempt to contact students via phone during this time. Call the main office to get messages to students during the day. (p. 13)
- Backpacks must be kept in a student’s lockers from 8:30-3:30. (p.12) (Note: Small purses that are shaped like backpacks are not required to be in a student's locker.)
- Students may bring water bottles with water to school, but no other beverages are allowed. Students should not be coming to school with other drinks. (p.15)
- Bus Passes will not be issued to students who are not assigned to a bus. Bus passes will only be used to get new students onto the bus until their official assignment is made.
Visitor Parking: While parking at the school is often limited, please do not park in fire zones.
Microwaves: Our insurance carrier does not allow for student use of microwave ovens. Please do not send meals that need microwaving to school with students.
Medical Forms: Please continue to send in Health History forms and documentation of vaccines (as needed).
Students have done tremendously well practicing walking in quiet lines, utilizing hall passes, and learning classroom routines. Our goal is to have all of the structures of learning established over the course of the first two weeks, so that you can expect to see more and more of a focus on academic content in the coming days. During the week of September 12, students will participate in Star Assessments, which will give us some baseline data concerning where students are academically after a summer off from school. We will also be transitioning into Cougar Climb Time, which is a regrouping of students each day for 35 minutes focused on acceleration in reading. What does this mean? It means that each Climb Time group will be focused on pushing those students forward in their reading skills with targeted instruction. Through the course of the year, these groups will change as new data is available. For the first round of sessions, students in all groups will focus on a shared grade level text, with questions and activities specifically designed for each group of students.
- 6th grade- Hidden Figures: The American Dream and the Untold Story of the Black Women Mathematicans Who Helped Win the Space Race by Margot Lee Shetterly (non-fiction)
- 7th grade- The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton (realistic fiction)
- 8th grade- Whirligig by Paul Fleischman (realistic fiction)
This reading will be completed in Cougar Climb Time and will be additional reading instruction beyond what is completed in English language arts and the other academic courses. Students will also have the opportunity to check out books from the media center every two weeks. All of these efforts are a part of our plan to support every student in becoming a stronger reader.
Thank you for sharing your students with us! I look forward to another great week!
Asheville Middle School
Safety Drills and Real Situations
Fall 2023 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.
ACS Volunteer Training Schedule
ACS Volunteer Training Schedule for 2022-2023
All level II volunteer training will be held virtually for the 2022-2023 school year. There are 20 slots available for each session. The sessions last 30 minutes. Please register at the Sign-up Genius link below
You will need to attend the entire session in order to receive credit for the training. Once the training session starts, you will not be allowed into the Zoom session. Attendance will be taken at the end of each session.
Wednesday, September 7, at 12:00 PM (Virtual)
Wednesday, September 7, at 5:00 PM (Virtual)
Wednesday, September 28, at 12:00 PM (Virtual)
Wednesday, October 5, at 12:00 PM (Virtual)
Wednesday, October 12, at 12:00 PM (Virtual)
Wednesday, November 2, at 12:00 PM (Virtual)
Wednesday, November 9, at 12:00 PM (Virtual)
Wednesday, December 14, at 12:00 PM (Virtual)
Additional Sessions will be added for 2023
Link to the Background Check form: https://bib.com/secure-volunteer/ASHEVILLE-CITY-SCHOOLS/home
ACS 2022-2025 AIG Plan Information Sessions for Families
Morning Session (Virtual Meeting)
Friday, September 9th
Join us by following this link: meet.google.com/nvh-tdup-zsu
Join us by phone:
(US) +1 317-978-0027 PIN: 660 454 267#
Wednesday, September 14th
12:15pm at ACS Central Office
85 Mountain Street, Asheville, NC 28801
Monday, September 19th
6:00pm at Asheville Middle School
211 S French Broad Ave, Asheville, NC 28801
PLEASE FEEL FREE TO JOIN US TO LEARN MORE ABOUT OUR 2022-2025 AIG PLAN!
We look forward to seeing you!
Two Weeks at a Glance
Tuesday, September 6- School Improvement Team meeting 3:45 PM
Thursday, September 8 - Football at Macon Middle 4:30 PM
Week of September 12- Beginning of Year (BOY) Star Assessments
Monday, September 12- Deadline for all Fall Elective changes
Monday, September 12- Fall Picture Day
Monday, September 12- Soccer and Volleyball at Valley Springs 4:30 PM
Monday, September 12- Tennis at home vs. Valley Springs (Aston Park) 4:30 PM
Tuesday, September 13- AMS PTO Leadership Team Meeting 4:00 PM
Wednesday, September 14- Soccer and Volleyball at Cane Creek 4:30 PM
Thursday, September 15- Cross Country at Cane Creek 4:30 PM
Thursday, September 15- Football at home vs. Cane Creek 5:00 PM