Amherst Middle School
Weekly Update - February 2, 2024
Message From the Leadership Team
Dear AMS Families,
As you may be aware, the Amherst School District Deliberative Session will take place on Monday, February 5th at 6:00 pm at Souhegan High School. This is a special night for the community. At the deliberative session, the voters of the town propose and vote for changes to the proposed school budget and warrant articles before they go on the ballot in March. This means that any registered voter of Amherst can make a motion to increase or decrease the proposed budget. Then, those voters in attendance can vote to support the increase or decrease to the budget impacting the budget before it goes for a vote in March. This event is democracy in action and we hope you will consider attending.
For more information please check out the district website at https://www.sau39.org/.
Principal, Amherst Middle School
Assistant Principal (Grades 7/8)
Assistant Principal (Grades 5/6)
January 29 - February 9: NWEA Testing
February 6 (Tues.): NAEP Testing 8th Grade (more info to come)
February 8 (Thurs): 8th Grade Parent Night @ Souhegan High School (more info to come)
February 16 (Fri): Semi-Formal Dance (7th/8th Grade) 7-9pm (note the change in time)
February 21 (Wed.): Early Release 12:50 PM
February 26 - March 1: February Vacation (NO SCHOOL)
Early Release Date Changes: March & April
We are changing the early release days dates to better accommodate the SAT date in March and the Eclipse that will occur in April.
SAT Day: To allow Souhegan High School to implement the SAT we are moving the early release day from March 20 to March 27.
Eclipse Day: The administration is developing the best approach to accommodate the eclipse. To have students home in the afternoon we are moving the early release day from April 17 to April 8.
As a reminder, all AMS students are dismissed at 12:50 on Early Release Days.
Internet Safety Update
As discussed earlier in the year, promoting and monitoring safe internet use has been a focus of our work. The school’s filtering process now includes a Wellness Module, which alerts the administration if student health-safety-related terms are discovered. In addition, the faculty were trained in restricting website access to content-related sites during instructional time. Thank you for your support of this effort as we continue to focus on high-quality instruction and student safety.
Congrats to our Spelling Bee Winners
This week we are congratulating three students at AMS for their strong performance in the school-level Spelling Bee competition.
Congratulations to Aum P. (Grade 8) who will represent AMS in the 2024 Scripps National Spelling Bee!
We also want to recognize and congratulate our 2nd place winner, Isla G. (Grade 6) and 3rd place winner Natalie B. (Grade 5).
Grocery Games with Ms. Vordenberg
Seventeen enthusiastic AMS students joined Mrs. Vordenberg at Market Basket on a rainy Saturday morning to play the famous Grocery Games. Five teams armed with a menu and grocery list politely raced through Market Basket pausing only to do random acts of kindness (for bonus points) to gather healthy food choices. The teams each had $100.00 to spend. “One hundred dollars doesn't go as far as you think it will,” remarked Graham M. from the Silly Geese Team.
Team parents met us at the grocery store to transport students and groceries to Share Outreach in Milford, NH. We were met by The director Chris Jansen who gave us a tour of the facility. Students unpacked their groceries and organized them in the pantry, refrigerators and freezers. The Sussy Sparkles (Mariska H., Alessia W., Grace M., Sophia S., and Keelin C.) won first place, and the Lil’ Jordans (Greyson H., Jaxson B., Christopher T.) took second place. SHARE was the real winner with $500.00 worth of food donated for people in need in our community. Thank you to our generous school community for making the grocery game a possibility!
Safe Sitter Training Course
Calling all kids ages 11-15 who wants to learn valuable knowledge and skills in the wild world of babysitting!
Amherst Lions Club Fire & Ice
Fire & Ice is set for Friday, Feb 9, 5-7 pm, at AMS Cafeteria. It's the 8th annual all-you-can-eat chili and make-your-own ice cream sundae. Officer Berry will be there! If the weather holds, Recreation Services will have the ice-skating rick open. Adults are $10, children ages 7-12 are $6 and children under 6 and under are free. Families of 4 or more at $30. New this year if a raffle for a Napolean Rogue grill with accessories valued at nearly $800. Each event ticket comes with one raffle ticket. Tickets are available online (Amherst Lions Club - Lions e-Clubhouse) or from a Lion or at the event.
Former Chief Justice of the NH Supreme Court John Broderick has been on a mission to educate youth and families on mental health awareness. He has been open about his own family’s struggles with mental health and the impact it has had on their family. Over the past seven years he has been traveling across New England to speak to middle school and high schools students about mental health awareness. Based on his conversations with youth through these events, he was inspired to write this open letter to parents. It’s worth a read.“An open letter to parents: Our kids are not OK.”
SHS/AMS Athletic Director, Kelli Braley, will be sending out weekly schedules directly to families and we will also share the weekly schedule in our Friday updates.
Did you now? Not only can you access the sportsYou on your smartphone, you can also login online! https://www.sportsyou.com/login
Full season schedules can be found here.
AMS to SHS 8th to 9th Grade Transition
AMS Grading & Reporting Focus Group Recording
We met over Zoom last week to discuss the current state of grading and reporting at Amherst Middle School. You can check out the recording below for more information.
7th & 8th Grade Semi-Formal Dance - February 16th
Mark your calendars! The AMS Semi-Formal is on February 16th. Doors open at 6:45, and the dance takes place from 7-9pm. Admission is $5.00 and concessions will be available for purchase.
*This dance is for 7th and 8th grade students only.*
Lost & Found - Are you my onwer?
Please remind your student to check the ample Amherst Middle School Lost & Found collection! We have coats, sweaters, sweatshirts, waters bottle and so much more! All unclaimed items will be donated the Friday prior to break, 2/23/2024!
Winter Clubs and Activities
We are excited to announce that the next round of clubs and activities begin on January 8th. Please see the graphic below for more information about dates and times.
A special note about the 5th Grade Stone Soup Club, which has become incredibly popular: This club will meet on Mondays and Thursdays 3:30 PM-4:30 PM for 5 weeks. Students who are interested, should talk to their families to get permission and then give their Morning Meeting teacher their name by Monday January 8th. There will then be a randomized lottery and families will be notified by Friday, January 12th.
A special note about Board Game Club, their meeting day will could change week to week. Please check the AMS Calendar here for updates and remind your student to listen to morning announcements for changes as well.
If your student will be late to school or absent, please call us directly at 603.673.8944 and leave a message on the attendance line or email email@example.com. While it is helpful for teachers to also know about tardies and absences, contacting the front office is the best way to ensure your student is accounted for in our daily attendance process. Automatic notification calls go to families at 11:00am for absent students that we have not received an absence notification for.