AMMS Lions Roar
"Recognize the Roar"
Monday, September 30, 2019
Mr. Trey Martin, Principal
Dr. Mimi Gamel, 7th Grade Assistant Principal
Ms. Laurie Chans, 6th Grade Assistant Principal
Ms. Marissa Jonas, Assistant Administrator
PTA Needs Your Help
The PTA needs your help! We are currently over $9,000 SHORT on our budgeted PTA Membership income! The PTA board will be forced to cut some of our planned activities/expenditures if we cannot make up the deficit soon! We know things like the 6th Grade Social, the 7th and 8th grade end of the year events, Field Day, the No Red Ink software and the Scientific Olympiad programs are so important to our teachers, students and our families. Please, if you have not already joined or if you have not joined at the highest level that is comfortable for your family, please take a moment to go to https://www.myschoolanywhere.com/join.a5w and enter the code ammspta (all lowercase) and do so today.
We truly appreciate all of you who have/will make this important investment today!
AMMS Book Fair September 30th through October 4th
Find a magical read at the Book Fair!
Our Scholastic Book Fair will be held from September 30th through October 4th. For more information about the activities we have planned, please click here: https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1YuV2yBHGqTdxAzhQ9QPBsDvzToauc_CeyvXfeqo7DLE/edit?usp=sharing
Anyone can shop our Book Fair online with access to even more books from September 22nd through October 5th, so click here to shop: https://bookfairs.scholastic.com/bookfairs/cptoolkit/homepage.do?method=homepage&url=autreymillmiddleschool1
Finally, we hope you will utilize our e-wallet! Give your student a secure, cash-free way to shop the fair. Simply create a free account, preauthorize a spending limit, and have funds immediately available. For more information, click here: https://bookfairs.scholastic.com/bookfairs/parent-how-it-works.html
If you would like to volunteer for Book Fair, please sign-up here: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/70A0D4EA8AE29A2F58-amms
We’re excited to announce that Autrey Mill Middle School will participate in the NAEP assessments in reading and math on October 16, 2019. Known as The Nation’s Report Card, NAEP is the largest nationally representative and continuing assessment of what students in the United States know and can do in a variety of subjects. A group of randomly selected thirteen-year-olds will represent thousands of others across the country in taking one of these assessments. Learn more at https://go.usa.gov/xycJE.
It is not necessary for you to email the teacher for the absence.
Student 5 Day Weekend - Coming Up!
Thursday, October 10th AMMS Professional Day
Friday, October 11th Teacher Workday
Monday, October 14th Columbus Day Holiday
IOWA Assessments in 8th Grade
During the week of Oct. 21-25, 2019, the 8th grade students will take the IOWA Assessments, which are standardized, norm-referenced tests. The results from these assessments will be used to show parents and teachers how the students are performing nationally in comparison to other students at the same grade level. Scores on nationally-normed tests are also one criterion used to determine placement for the Talented and Gifted program.
Testing will begin each morning at 8:55 a.m. to about 10:30 a.m. and students will follow an adjusted schedule for the remainder of the day. Students must be on time each day or they will not be able to take the test. They will be required to take the test during the make-up sessions in the afternoons.
The following tests will be given:
Monday, Oct. 21 – Reading
Tuesday, Oct. 22 – Vocabulary and Written Expression
Wednesday, Oct. 23 – Math Concepts
Thursday, Oct. 24 – Science and Social Studies
Friday, Oct. 25 – Spelling, Capitalization, Punctuation, Computation
The IOWA Assessments are taken on school-based iPads or desktop computers.
In preparation for the test, students should:
· Get a good night’s sleep
· Charge iPads fully every night
· Arrive to school on time
· Eat breakfast
· Bring a novel to read if they finish early
· Leave cell phones and/or iWatches in their lockers
If you have any questions, please contact Anita Erickson, 8th Grade Assistant Principal at email@example.com .
Positive Behavior Interventions and Support (PBIS)
Autrey Mill is excited to launch an important district initiative this year: Positive Behavior Interventions and Support (PBIS). While many of our parents and students may be familiar with PBIS, as all of our elementary feeder schools have already implemented this program, AMMS wants to make sure we keep our parents informed as we roll out this important new system.
What is Positive Behavior Interventions and Support (PBIS)?
PBIS is a process for creating safer and more effective schools. It is a systems approach to enhancing the capacity of schools to educate all children by developing research-based, school-wide and classroom behavior support systems. The process focuses on improving a school’s ability to teach and support positive behavior for all students. Rather than a prescribed program, PBIS provides systems for schools to design, implement, and evaluate effective school-wide, classroom, non-classroom, and student specific plans. PBIS includes school-wide procedures and processes intended for all students and all staff in all school settings. PBIS is not a program or a curriculum. It is a team-based process for systemic problem solving, planning, and evaluation. It is an approach to creating a safe and productive learning environment where teachers can teach and all students can learn.
Around the school you may notice our PBIS Behavior matrixes that outline our school wide expectations. We are focusing on values that align with Respect and Responsibility. Below is a visual of our matrix:
Throughout the year, our PBIS Team, along with the support from our admin team, teachers, and staff, will highlight the PBIS system and provide helpful information and tips for parents. Feel free to visit the AMMS website for more information.
We look forward to working together with parents and our community to lead a successful PBIS implementation.
Food on Campus - Important Information
As we approach the upcoming holidays, please be aware that candy, desserts, baked goods (store bought/homemade), or other edible items are not to be sold or distributed during school hours unless approved in advance by the administration. Students who do not adhere to this expectation are subject to disciplinary action for insubordination, and all food items will be confiscated. Please discuss this expectation and possible consequences with your student(s).
This measure will help us maintain a safe environment for all students. You can help us protect your student(s) by requesting that they not eat anything given to them by another person, anything that they have not brought from your home or anything not in its original sealed package. Thank you for your continued partnership in keeping all of our students safe at school!
J.E. Trey Martin, Principal
Autrey Mill MS
National PTA Reflections "LOOK WITHIN"
The Reflections Program provides an opportunity for students to use their creative talents by expressing themselves through their own original works.
This year’s theme is “LOOK WITHIN” and young artists may submit an entry in any of these six areas: Visual Arts, Photography, Literature, Music Composition, Dance Choreography, and Film Production. All entries are due by October 18th (note new date) and should be turned into the Media Center.
Parents who wish to volunteer for this year’s program may contact Maria Baron, Reflections Chair, at firstname.lastname@example.org
Starting Tuesday, October 1st REACH tutoring will be taking place after school in the cafeteria. JCHS students are available to support all AMMS students in ALL academic subjects.
Note: New Contact Person
If you would like more information, please contact Courtney Hagans at email@example.com.
Don’t miss out! Purchase your yearbook now at https://www.jostens.com/apps/store/productBrowse/1435805/Autrey-Mill-Middle-School/2020-Yearbook/20190709042607787144/CATALOG_SHOP/. The price will go up soon!
Parents of 8th graders-celebrate your student with a personalized yearbook ad. Space is limited!
PTA Inquiries to Yearbooks
We have received a few inquiries about yearbooks lately in response to the Jostens automated marketing emails. PLATINUM, DIAMOND, or a LIONS DEN donors to the 2019-2020 PTA should have received an email from the PTA last Wednesday indicating that a yearbook is included with that level of PTA donations will be purchased on their behalf by the PTA and delivered to the student along with all of the other yearbooks when they are distributed. If you received that email, there is nothing else need to do in order for your child to receive his/her 2019-2020 yearbook. All other inquiries regarding yearbooks should go to Marisa Wesker (firstname.lastname@example.org) or directly to Jostens.
The Lions Literacy Alliance October selection is Dread Nation by Justina Ireland. LLA is open to all students, parents, and staff members interested in participating on October 8th, 8:00 a.m. Read the book ahead of time on Sora or from the library. Bring your own k-cup for coffee/tea/hot chocolate to drink while we discuss the book. Light breakfast snacks will be served.
International Parents Question and Answer Meeting
Please RSVP to Katie Soh, AMMS Bilingual Community Liaison at email@example.com.
We look forward to seeing you all.
AMMS Sports Information
EXTRAMURALS (7th & 8th Graders ONLY)
7th and 8th graders ONLY, who have not failed more than one class the previous semester, including Connections, may try out for the AMMS tennis team.
Tryouts will be before school September 30th- October 4th, 7:30 a.m. - 8:30 a.m. on the school tennis courts. Students must bring a racket and a can of tennis balls. We will have practices in the mornings based on the schedules of the students who make the team. Your student must be able to participate in practices and in the tournament at South Fulton Tennis Center on Saturday, October 26th. Each school can enter 2 singles and 2 doubles teams for boys and 2 singles and 2 doubles teams for girls. Matches will follow the 6-game pro set format until the semi-finals, where an 8-game pro set will be played and the finals will play a 10-game pro set. Scoring will be no add, using 15, 30, 40 and game. At 40-all (deuce) the receiver gets to choose the side to receive serve. The team will be based solely on student performance during tryouts.
Email Coach Larson with any questions – firstname.lastname@example.org
7th and 8th graders ONLY, who have not failed more than one class the previous semester, including Connections, may try out for the AMMS volleyball team.
Tryouts will be after school Sept 30th -Oct. 4th, 4:05 p.m.-5:05 p.m. in the gym. The number of students trying out will determine the days of tryouts. We will have practices in the afternoons based on the schedules of the students who make the team. Your student must be able to participate in practices and games. The team will be based solely on student performance during tryouts.
*Please be here to pick up your athlete promptly at 5:05 p.m. It is the responsibility of the parent/guardian to pick up the students from after school activities and events. Autrey Mill Middle School is not responsible for supervision fifteen minutes after that time. If students are not picked up on time, the student could lose the privilege of participating in the program.
Email Coach Larson with any questions – email@example.com
Practices are held Tuesdays and Thursdays. Games are on Wednesdays and Fridays.
10/23/19 5:30 p.m. Webb Bridge @Autrey Mill
10/30/19 5:30 p.m. Sandy Springs@Autrey Mill
11/1/19 5:30 p.m. River Trail@River Trail
11/6/19 5:30 p.m. Ridgeview@Ridgeview
11/8/19 5:30 p.m. Northwestern@Northwestern
11/13/19 5:30 p.m. Hopewell@Autrey Mill
11/15/19 5:30 p.m. Holcomb Bridge@Holcomb Bridge
Basketball - Boys & Girls
Both teams will be coached by Coach Dustin Owens firstname.lastname@example.org
Information Meetings are in D109, Mr. Owen's room and are held on the following days:
NOTE NEW TIMES
8:30 a.m. Wednesday, October 2nd
8:30 a.m. Wednesday, November 6th
8:30 a.m. Wednesday, December 4th
Students only need attend one meeting. Meetings will last approximately 10 minutes and will not affect student transportation home. No parents need attend.
Boys- Monday, December 9th & Wednesday, December 11th
Girls- Tuesday, December 10th (and maybe Thursday the 12th depending on numbers)
Fulton County policy dictates that only 7th and 8th graders may participate in extramurals. As a result, 6th graders will not be allowed to tryout. There is one boys' team and one girls' team for the school
AMMS 2019-2020 Professional Development Days
JCHS Pink Out Shirts
Johns Creek High School is selling Pink Out shirts and Pink Ribbons at Autrey Mill again this year. On Wednesday, October 15 and Thursday, October 16 in the morning before school. They will be set up in the lobby. Shirts are $15 each and ribbons are $1 each. If students buy a ribbon, they will be able to write the name of a person who has battled breast cancer on it. (More than one may be purchased) They can also write a positive message if they do not have a name to put on a ribbon. The ribbons will be displayed in the lobby at Johns Creek High school during the month of October. They will also be displayed at the Pink Out game October 18.
To purchase shirts and ribbons, please send money in with your student on either one of the days. If you want to send a check, make sure it is written out to GAA and all contact information is included on the check including phone numbers. Please put student’s name in the memo section.
We encourage you to attend the game this year and wear your Pink Out shirts! There will be a silent auction and a raffle full of wonderful items donated by generous people and businesses in our community. As JCHS has done every year, 100% of the funds raised will go to the Karen Wellington Foundation for LIVING with Breast Cancer. The KWF focuses on putting FUN on the calendars of women and families LIVING with breast cancer by sending them on special vacations, relaxing spa days, dinners out, concerts and other FUN-ONLY activities. Because of the generous donations from last year, JCHS was able to sponsor four women battling breast cancer IN OUR COMMUNITY! The funds stay right here in the Johns Creek/North Fulton area.
For any questions, please contact Kelley Curl email@example.com or 404-433-7045
Jr. Gladiator Volleyball
Jr. Gladiator Volleyball
Johns Creek, GA 30022
5th - 8th Grade Girls
Volleyball Clinics at Johns Creek High School
Saturday, October 19th and 26th 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
To register: Complete this form and return with payment:
$60 for 1 day or $100 for both Saturdays (includes t-shirt)
Player Age: ___________________________
Player Phone #:_______________________
T-shirt Size: YL S M L XL
Liability Waiver and Consent:
I am the parent or guardian of the player named on this registration form. I recognize that there are inherent risks involved in the named player’s participation in this volleyball program, including the risk of catastrophic injury, paralysis and even death. In consideration of participating in this volleyball program, I (for myself, the named player, and our heirs, executors and administrators) hereby waive, release and hold harmless Johns Creek High School, Fulton County Schools and Junior Gladiator Volleyball, Inc., and their respective administrators, staff, directors, officers, coaches, employees, agents, sponsors, volunteers, representatives and heirs, successors and assigns from any and all claims, actions, cause of actions, suits judgments, demands, liabilities, damages, injuries or losses to property or person, including those resulting in permanent disability or death, which may be sustained or occur during participating in this volleyball program, whether during tryouts, practices, scrimmages, games, clinics or otherwise, whether due to negligence or otherwise. I certify that the named player is in good health and is able to participate in all program activities. I give permission for the staff or volunteers of this volleyball program and their agents to seek appropriate medical attention and treatment for the named player in the event of accident, injury or illness. I will be responsible for any and all costs of medical attention and treatment. I consent to, and authorize the use and reproduction, in print and electronic format, by this volleyball program or anyone authorized by it of any and all photographs which are taken of the named player for any publicity purpose, without compensation. This volleyball program will own all images, electronic negatives and positives, together with the prints. The undersigned has read and understands the above liability waiver and consent and has provided accurate and truthful information on this registration form.
Signature of Parent/Guardian:_______________________Date:_________________
Please pack a light lunch and plenty of fluids for clinic
Send completed form and mail check to:
Jr. Gladiator Volleyball
10301 Papillon Trace
Johns Creek, GA 30022
Attn: Tammy Fragakis
Please contact Tammy Fragakis @ firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.