ACMS Bulldog News

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Our Mission

We at Ashe County Middle School work hard to create a safe, effective learning environment that enables each individual to reach his or her greatest potential through ample opportunities to excel.

We are back to school on Plan B!!

Ashe County Schools students, K-12, returned to Plan B instruction on Monday, February 8, 2021. “A” day students attend school in person on Monday and Tuesday (remote Wed/Thurs/Fri) and “B” day students attend school in person on Thursday and Friday (remote Mon/Tues/Wed). Wednesday remains a remote learning day for all students.

On Monday, March 8th, K-5 students returned to 4 days per week for in-person instruction. Wednesday will remain a remote day to continue the deep cleaning routine. Ashe Online students will remain online.

Remember to stay safe, wear your mask properly, social distance (6 feet apart), and keep your hands washed!

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Grades 6-12 Return to School Four Days A Week on March 29th

Governor Cooper has signed a bill that will allow our students in grades 6-12 to return to school under Plan A. Our district and school board have been committed since August to have as many students as safely allowable in our buildings for in-person instruction. Our school board recently voted 5-0 to allow students in grades 6-12 who are currently attending school two days per week in Plan B to transition to 4 days per week in Plan A, starting on Monday, March 29th. Wednesdays will remain remote and we will continue to provide compensatory services for exceptional children, meet with small groups of students, and continue our deep cleaning measures. Students who have selected to take online classes through Ashe Online will continue their online classes. Our district is committed to following the safety measures outlined for Plan A in the State’s Lighting Our Way Forward document and the Strong Schools NC Toolkit. Students and adults will continue to wear masks, enhanced cleaning of high-touch surfaces will be maintained, and students and staff will follow 6’ social distance in all areas except the classroom and school bus. We are excited to finish the last quarter of this school year strong and with more students in our classrooms for in-person instruction.


Lighting Our Way Document is found here:

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1z5Mp2XzOOPkBYN4YvROz4YOyNIF2UoWq9EZfrjvN4x8/preview?pru=AAABeFt0ge8*rbjlI_ukuRDqrO9ne_nR7A

Career Week at ACMS starts March 22

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Gear Up to target current 7th graders

Gear Up is now launching a new cohort of students. We are opening our services to current 6th and 7th graders and will serve them through high school. This is a great resource for our students. Be sure to also check out the newsletter link above!

Both 7th and 8th families are asked to complete the survey below for Gear Up. https://appstate.az1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_3I4FkuWrwnw7Sjr

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After School Tutoring

Tutoring is now available after school with our very own ACMS teachers. Parents or students, please let a teacher or counselor know if any students would like to stay after on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, or Friday. Tutoring is free and is a great way to get extra help. We welcome you to take advantage of this service!

ANNOUNCEMENT: Tutor.com is Now Available for All ACMS Students

7th graders access tutor.com through a different link than the other grade levels at school. When students have questions or need assistance with their schoolwork, they can log online 24 hours a day, in school, during remote school time, or at home.

To access, 7th Grade students go to:

www.tutor.com/appstate

Username: powerschool ID

Password: gearup

[Other grade levels should access tutor.com through Clever)


8th Graders log into Tutor.com through Clever. Your student's username when prompted is the student # and password is the student's birthdate with leading zeros. For example, April 4, 2007 would be typed in as 04072007.

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Bulldog Student Success Tips

1) Participate in your Zooms with your teachers on your remote days, and be sure to communicate well with your teacher when you are here. If you are an Ashe Online student, be sure to do this every day. If you do not have internet access, let your teacher know right away.

2) Fill out your attendance form from your first block class daily!

3) Complete an assignment (or better yet, all of your assignments) in Canvas. Start somewhere if you haven't been keeping up. If you are doing well, keep it up and be very proud of yourself!

4) If you need help, email your teacher. They will be glad you're doing your work and will be happy to help you. If you need technology help, email Mr. Armentrout at Tim.Armentrout@ashe.k12.nc.us or Mrs. Lovell at mandy.lovell@ashe.12.nc.us.

3) If you need help with anything else, check in with Mrs. Aldridge (kristy.aldridge@ashe.k12.nc.us), Mrs. Stallings (lynnette.stallings@ashe.k12.nc.us) or Ms. Roark (fawn.roark@ashe.k12.nc.us). We are happy to help you and we are here for you!!

4) Check for messages from your teachers and follow their directions for assignments that are coming up. If you make your best efforts, then you will make your best grades. If you don't, then you won't. You have to give your teachers something to grade! :)

5) Again, reach out to any of your school personnel. We are here for you and we love you!!

Tolerance is the Character Trait for March!

Self-Discipline is defined by Webster's Dictionary as "sympathy or indulgence for beliefs or practices differing from or conflicting with your own." Check out the video below that discusses how tolerance and understanding can help.
Controlling Emotions: A Lesson from Angry Birds
Powerschool Information

Parents, please remember you can use Powerschool to check on your student's progress and attendance!

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Reminder: Our April 2 - 9 Spring Break will be here before we know it!

Tips for Parent Engagement

Learn more about overall parent engagement here

We encourage community and parent involvement

From PTO to community agencies and churches providing snacks for Snack Attack, we encourage your involvement throughout the year. Please email Ms. Roark at fawn.roark@ashe.k12.nc.us for more information and ways to be involved.
Want to learn more about helping your child?

visit US Dept of Education tips here