AMS Cougar News
Sunday, September 18, 2022
Dear AMS Cougar Families,
The weather this weekend has been amazing. I hope your family has been able to do something to enjoy it. This past week was the beginning of National Hispanic Heritage Month, which is from September 15-October 15 each year. The Library of Congress hosts a webpage of resources for families and teachers. Check it out! As we look at the week ahead, there are several specific items to which I want to draw your attention.
First, for the 2022-23 school year, we have nine late start days scheduled for our district. On these days, students can be dropped off starting at 9:45 AM, which is when outdoor supervision begins; students may enter the building and get breakfast at 10:00 AM; and school starts at 10:30 AM. The ACS transportation services will also operate on a late start schedule during these late start days. Bus pickup times are 2 hours later than usual. The first late start is this upcoming Wednesday, September 21. Please check the Asheville City Schools 2022-2023 calendar for the other late start dates to help you plan accordingly.
Second, this Thursday we are looking for some folks to help with a few outdoor projects. The specific needs are with help digging, moving mulch, and attaching some Cougar Paw signs to poles. All supplies will be provided. Please RSVP to Kelsea English at 350-6201 so we know how many folks to plan for. The time is from 4-6 on Thursday, September 22. The meeting place will be under the covered entranceway to the school. This could be a great volunteer opportunity while your student is involved in after school programming, or bring your student and volunteer together.
Third, also on Thursday, September 22, we will be hosting an informational session with the Non-Profit group Our Voice. Each year Asheville Middle School partners with this organization to bring programs to our students focused on how to build safe and supportive interpersonal relationships. Look for a letter in your student's bookbag discussing the specifics of the program and the opt out feature. If you want to learn more about the programming and/or have the chance to ask questions, please come to the informational sessions in the media center:
6th grade 5:00-5:30
7th grade 5:30-6:00
8th grade 6:00-6:30
While the programming is tailored specifically for each grade level, if you can not make it to your student's grade level, you are welcome to join another session.
Don't forget to mark your calendar for the new date for the AMS PTO Open House - Tuesday, October 11 from 5:30-7:00. (Details are in the 9/11/22 newsletter.)
Finally, last week I mentioned the importance of using the carline in the afternoon. This is also true for the morning. Please do not drop off your student along South French Broad or in the front parking lot. The carline, where we have adults supervising the movement of individuals and vehicles is the safest location.
Thank you for sharing your students with us! I look forward to another great week!
Asheville Middle School
Twenty Day Rule for Yearlong EOC classes
If your student is completing a yearlong high school course, such as High School Math I, with an End of Course Exam, it is important to know that the student can not drop from that class after the 20th day. Monday, September 26 is the 20th day of this school year. Families would need to let the school know by Friday, September 23 if the student wants to drop out of the course. Here is the official wording from the state:
"Students who are enrolled for credit after [10 days for semester courses or 20 days for yearlong courses], regardless of course delivery (e.g., traditional classroom, NC Virtual Public School, vendor-based online) shall not drop a course with a required EOC assessment and shall participate in the appropriate EOC assessment at the completion of the course."
Academic Competition Opportunity for Students
Asheville Middle School supports our students' passions. Here are two ways to engage your student. We participate in Academic competitions as well as Sports competitions. Coming up in the next few weeks are The Quill and Twelve where we'll compete against other middle schools across North Carolina..
The Quill is a writing competition in four categories: Argumentation, Problem/Solution, Narrative, and Informative/Explanatory.
Twelve is: "Teams of twelve students tackle twelve topics with twelve questions each."
We are looking for students who want to participate for their enjoyment. Our teams are open to all of our students, although in some cases there are participation limits and we have to determine who will go on to represent Asheville Middle School in the competitions. It does not cost anything to participate at the school level. If you win at Regionals, then you can compete statewide at the state site.
Just a reminder from the AMS Family and Student Handbook:
Requests for educational leave should be completed and submitted to the principal at least two weeks in advance of the planned travel. No more than five days will be approved, and families must submit this form and students must submit the assigned work to have the absence coded as educational leave.
ACS 2022-2025 AIG Plan Information Session for Families
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!
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 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
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.
Two Weeks at a Glance
Monday, September 19- Soccer and Volleyball at Enka 4:30 PM
Monday, September 19- Tennis at home vs. Enka (Aston Park) 4:30 PM
Monday, September 19- Districtwide AIG Info Session 6:00 PM (AMS Media Center)
Tuesday, September 20- School Improvement Team Meeting 3:45 PM (AMS Media Center)
Wednesday, September 21- Two Hour Delay for K-12 students. School starts at 10:30 AM
Wednesday, September 21- Soccer, Tennis, and Volleyball at Owen 4:30 PM
Thursday, September 22- Outdoor Project Volunteers needed 4:00-6:00 PM
Thursday, September 22- Cross Country at Home 4:30 PM
Thursday, September 22- Our Voice Parent/Guardian Informational Mtg (AMS Media Center)
6th grade 5:00 PM
7th grade 5:30 PM
8th grade 6:00 PM
Monday, September 26- Soccer and Volleyball at Reynolds 4:30 PM
Monday, September 26-Tennis at Home vs. Reynolds (Aston Park) 4:30 PM
Tuesday, September 27- Cross Country at Valley Springs 4:30 PM
Wednesday, September 28- Soccer and Volleyball at Home 4:30 PM
Wednesday, September 28- Tennis at North Buncombe 4:30 PM
Thursday, September 29- Football at Home vs. Erwin 5:00 PM