AMCHS Tiger Tales

February 2016

From the Principal's Desk

Dear Parents,



I hope your new year has gotten off to a positive start. As we embark on a new year, we are extremely blessed at A&M Consolidated High School. Reflecting back on the fall semester, our students competed and surpassed their peers in many academic and extracurricular endeavors.



Our athletic programs competed successfully and earned titles beyond the district level, including Tiger Football and Tennis teams who each had extraordinary seasons – Tiger Tennis competed at the state level—as well as some of our student athletes on the cross-country team. Several of our students earned All-State honors in tennis and in volleyball. Academically, two student athletes were selected on the Academic All-State Volleyball Team, and thirteen of our student athletes were named to the Academic All-State Football Team.



Our fine arts programs have so many talented individuals who continue to flourish and perform at levels unimaginable. One of our orchestra students was selected to participate in the All-State Orchestra and will perform in San Antonio in February as part of the Texas Music Education Association (TMEA) Convention. Nineteen students in Tiger Band qualified as All-Region participants—fourteen of whom qualified for All-Area Band and one earned All-State Band.



AMCHS Tiger Forensics CX Debate teams competed in their UIL District competition where took the top 3 spots at the event. The team will be competing at the UIL State meet for CX in Austin, TX over spring break. Twenty-six Business Professionals of America students qualified to compete at the State Conference in Corpus Christi, TX, in March. Furthermore, we will recognize approximately 829 students for earning A/B or all A Honor Roll during the first semester in our annual Breakfast of Champions event.



The accomplishments our students have earned are a direct correlation of strong teachers and parental involvement and an attitude of excellence that your child exhibits. This is a testament to the exceptional students at AMCHS who exemplify dedication, hard work, and excellence.



Sustaining a supportive environment is essential. Our students feel safe, supported, and cared for daily. We strive to establish positive relationships that are genuine and let students know that we care in all we do. Several students have been commended for their academic achievement, exemplary attendance, leadership, consideration to others, upbeat attitude/disposition, and community involvement/service. Our aim is to recognize students for being responsible, honest, fair, and doing what is right. These values promote a positive atmosphere and aid in the development of successful young adults.



Let me encourage you to stay involved. Research shows that direct parental involvement impacts academic success. Educating your son or daughter, establishing positive relationships, sustaining a supportive environment, and using data to guide our decision making have been areas of focus. Our teachers and support staff are available to help your son or daughter. Our goal is for ALL students to be successful in their own way. We will continue to evaluate what we do to ensure ALL students learn at high levels.



If at any time you have any concerns, please do not hesitate to share those issues with us.


You Matter at AMCHS.



Have a Tigerrific day!



Gwen Elder, Principal

From the Counselor's Office

It’s the beginning of February and we are in full swing with registration, testing, graduation planning and so much more. On January 25th our PTO sponsored Jeffery Hill with her College Applications workshop. This is the 5th year for Mrs. Hill to present to our 10th and 11th grade parents. If you missed it, we hope to see you next year at this extremely informative presentation.


9th-11th grade students have filled out and turned in their orange course request form with their completed 5-year plan on the back. If you haven’t seen this form then you may need to ask your child and visit with them about courses, credits and registration. Students selected courses using the Course Description Guide, consulting with advocate teachers, and visiting with current teachers to get required signatures. Your signature is required on these forms.


On February 24th, along with report cards, course request verification sheets and Career and Technology (CTE) course applications will be given to students in their academic success class. This will give parents and students an opportunity to review, correct or change their requests. It will also give parents the opportunity to attend a waiver meeting if they want their child in an upper level course for which they were not recommended. Waiver meetings will be held in the AMCHS lecture hall Wednesday, March 23rd at noon and 5:30, and Tuesday, March 29th at 5:30. Parents must attend one of these if you plan for your student to be in a higher level course than was recommended by the teacher. This is a very important process that will affect your student next year and will help to determine staffing and scheduling at AMCHS. Please take time with your student to carefully consider all course options. Feel free to call or email the Counseling Office if you have questions.


CTE applications must be filled out and returned by March 11th (before spring break). They will have decisions by mid-April. This will allow time for students to turn in their high school transfer requests to central office by the end of April. Students will be notified about their transfer status.


Deadline for change in course request – Friday, June 10th. Please mark this on your calendar! The only changes made for the 2014-2015 school year after June 10th will be those regarding summer school course completion and coach/director lists for teams and other programs.


Fall Semester report cards were sent home Wednesday, January 7th. Please look at your child’s fall grades to see if they need to take summer school or a Credit by Exam for a course that was not passed during the fall. Parents should start discussing summer school needs with their student. Summer School information will be available in late April.


Seniors should have received letters about courses needed for graduation in May. It includes courses from both fall and spring semesters. If you have any concerns or questions about your Senior please contact their counselor. Seniors should be checking our website and others for scholarships and should be logging in to the FAFSA website (FAFSA.gov) now and working on financial aid for college.


March/April STAAR EOC English 1, English 2

(for students who still need to pass one or more exams and students finishing the course for the first time)

Tuesday, March 29, 2016 - English 1

Wednesday, March 30, 2016 - English 1 make up for absent students

Thursday, March 31, 2016- English 2

Friday, April 1, 2016 - English 1, 2 make up for absent students


May STAAR EOC Algebra 1, Biology, US History

(for students who still need to pass one or more exams and students finishing the course for the first time)

Tuesday, May 3, 2016 - Algebra 1, US History

Wednesay, May 4, 2016 - Biology (Make up Algebra 1, US History)

Thursday, May 5, 2016 - Make up all exams


Please visit or call (764-5510) the counseling and Guidance office for more information or check the web site for update on coming events. http://amchscounseling.weebly.com/

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Advanced Placement Registration

Spring is the time for many state and national tests. Below is a calendar of designated testing dates. (All dates are potentially subject to change according to state decisions.)

AP Registration is open! This year students are able to pay online or pay in person!! In order to register for exams and pay, students will need to go to www.paypams.com, click on "other", choose "AMCHS" and then choose their exams!


AP registration ends on March 24. All money must be paid by end of school on that day. Fees can be paid online when you register or in person. Money will be collected on March 23 and 24 during all lunches in the cafeteria.


For more information please visit the Advanced Placement page of the AMCHS Counseling website. http://amchscounseling.weebly.com/advanced-placement-ap.html

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A Refection from A&M Consolidated High School's Big Give

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Tiger Breakfast of Champions, February 12

On February 12th, AMCHS faculty and staff will recognize our students who earned A/B or all A Honor Roll during the first semester at our Breakfast of Champions event (sponsored by BB&T) and allow students to have open campus lunch. The lunch will be assigned from 12:25 A.M.-1:20 P.M. Students may eat lunch in the cafeteria or off campus for lunch. It is not required for our students to leave. All students must return back to campus and be ready to begin sixth period by 1:25 P.M.
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AMCHS Students shine on the PSAT

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Empty Bowls, Jr.

Saturday, Feb. 27th, 11am-1:30pm

2700 Earl Rudder Freeway South

College Station, TX

On Feb 27, Empty Bowls, Jr. will kick off its fourth year. The event, which raises funds for our local school food pantries, will be held at Bryan Broadcasting Crystal Building at the corner of Hwy 6 and Harvey Mitchell Pkwy South from 11:00 AM - 1:30 PM. We have a great line up of young musical talent performing. Weather permitting; there will be games for the younger attendees. For $10.00 guests will receive a cup of soup from one of several local restaurants, a piece of bread and a creative, handmade bowl from one of our student artists. Please come help support a great cause.

Tiger Theater Presents...

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After Party 2016

We are excited to announce that planning is underway for the Prom After Party 2016! This year’s event will be held at The Texas A&M Rec Center on Sunday morning, May 1st, immediately following the prom.


All AMCHS Juniors and Seniors and their guests are welcome - even if they don’t attend the prom. The students pay a nominal fee and all other expenses are paid for by money that is raised throughout our community. This event is only made possible by the generous support of our parents, organizations and local businesses.


Please consider donating to this worthy cause to help keep our students safe. Any size donation is appreciated.

Feedback from College 101 Night

The PTO hosted an information session with Jeffrey Hill regarding the college admissions process. Approximately 100 parents and students were in attendance to get the latest information regarding SAT/ACT testing and preparing for college. Jeffrey's presentation can be found at http://amchs.csisd.org/apps/news/article/534822.

Staff Gifts for December & January - Thank You Teachers & Staff!!

CSISD Education Foundation's 50 Men Who Can Cook Event

SAVE the DATE! - Friday, February 5, 2016

9th Annual 50 Men Who Can Cook

Brazos County Expo; 6:30pm

Click here for information on what 50 Men is all about:http://givetokids.csisd.org/50-men-cookoff/

Visitor & Volunteer Parking Information

  • Visitor parking spots are available along the bus drop off and in marked spots along the curve.
  • If no parking spots are available, volunteers can park along the one way street that runs parallel to Harvey Mitchell Parkway.
  • Our staff parking lots have numbered spaces that are assigned to our faculty and staff. Please do not park in these spaces.
  • Our one way street is a public roadway, not a private street. Tickets have been issued to drivers who made a left turn from the one way to Welsh.