AMCHS TIGER TALES

Sep 2013

From the Principal's Desk...

Dear AMCHS School Family:


The 2013-2014 school year has begun, and we are excited about the opportunities this new school year will bring. Administrators, teachers, and support staff have worked endlessly to prepare for the school year. Many have examined curriculum, hung posters, created bulletin boards, organized desks, and/or developed classroom management procedures to develop a welcoming learning environment. We know that a supportive classroom environment thwarts behavior issues and positively impacts student achievement. We are devoted to ensuring your child is engaged in a high quality environment that is conducive to learning. As a result, our administrators, teachers, and support staff are anticipating another successful year at AMCHS.


AMCHS has remodeled and created new classrooms, developed a canopy at the parent drop off/pick up entrance, created several open areas, added a stairwell, and remodeled the library. The atmosphere is refreshing and exuberant, and it is joyous to witness students who are excited about the changes and appreciate the make over our campus received. We will move ahead to continue the traditions and spirit of excellence that has been established at AMCHS.


Our theme this year is “Strong Relationships are Built to Last.” Building positive relationships is imperative –“students do not care how much you know until they know how much you care.” We are committed to developing nurturing relationships that will impact student achievement. Furthermore, we will maintain a disciplined environment where our students feel safe, supported, and cared for on a daily basis. We will never ignore any issues of concern--they do not go away unless they are addressed.


Another initiative is to develop and recognize character education. Character, integrity, and accountability are qualities that are important to the success of our students and are critical in molding a well-rounded student. Hence, we will recognize our students for exhibiting respectful qualities and promoting an environment that will empower students to make good choices. We encourage you to continue your partnership with us to cultivate productive young men and women.


We welcome your continued involvement at AMCHS. We know that parents are our students’ first teachers and research shows direct parental involvement positively impacts student success. We encourage you to be involved, and we are so grateful that you chose AMCHS to educate your son or daughter.


Our mission is to “Educate the Hearts and Minds of Students for Life” and to help prepare our students for the 21st century.


Sincerely,


Gwen Elder, Principal

A&M Consolidated High School


Principals & Counselors

From the PTO President's Desk...


Welcome to the start of another exciting school year at A&M Consolidated High School. Our PTO, which is comprised of dedicated parent volunteers, provides support to our outstanding faculty and staff as they work to ensure that all students have a successful school year. If you are interested in becoming a part of the PTO, volunteering at the school, or would like more information, please contact me.


Annette Browne

2013-2014 PTO President

annettebrowne93@gmail.com


2013-14 AMCHS PTO Board

AMCHS Open House

Monday, Sep. 23rd, 6-8pm

1801 Harvey Mitchell Parkway South

College Station, TX

The Open House will begin with a meet and greet fellowship at 6:00 pm in the cafeteria. You will have an opportunity to meet and visit with your child’s administrator and counselor. Then promptly at 6:15 p.m., you will attend your child’s first period class and you will follow his or her schedule for the evening. We will spend approximately ten minutes in each class and allow five minutes for each passing period. Please be sure to communicate with your son or daughter and know his or her class schedule. You are encouraged to bring this letter with the schedule filled out below to Open House. Additionally, building maps will be available in the cafeteria. If you have individual concerns which cannot be addressed during this time, please schedule a meeting during the teacher’s conference period.


Meet and greet Administrators and Counselors-- information on SAT and ACT, college application process, and Home Access Center will be available.


For more information on AMCHS faculty and staff, please visit http://amchs.csisd.org/apps/pages/index.jsp?uREC_ID=166558&type=d



Schedule for Open House

PSAT Day for Sophomores & Juniors

Wednesday, Oct. 16th, 8:30am

1801 Harvey Mitchell Parkway South

College Station, TX

SAT & ACT Testing Dates & Sign-up Deadlines

SAT- www.collegeboard.org


Testing Dates and Sign-up Deadlines

*October 5, 2013—late registration is available

November 2, 2013- Deadline October 3, 2013

December 7, 2013- Deadline Nov 8, 2013

January 25, 2014- Deadline- December 27, 2013

March 8, 2014- Deadline February 7, 2014

May 3, 2014- Deadline April 4, 2014


ACT- http://www.actstudent.org/


Testing dates and Sign-up Deadlines

October 26, 2013- Deadline September 27, 2013

December 14, 2013- Deadline November 8, 2013

February 8, 2014- Deadline January 10, 2014

April 12, 2014- Deadline March 7, 2014

June 4, 2014- Deadline May 9, 2014


*check to see if your college or university requires the writing section of the ACT before you sign up


All tests are held on Saturday mornings. Please see both websites for valuable information. Registering for each test takes about 10-12 minutes online. Please ask your Tiger to sign-up today and get on the road to a bright future!



Early Release Day for Staff Development

Wednesday, Sep. 25th, 1:30pm

1801 Harvey Mitchell Parkway South

College Station, TX

EARLY-RELEASE TIMES:

Center for Alternative Learning: Noon
Elementary Schools: 12:45 p.m.
Intermediate, Middle and High Schools: 1:30 p.m.


A hilarious spoof of Duck Dynasty to welcome back the seasoned and introduce the new teachers at the start of the year.

AMCHS Teacher Dynasty

Welcome to the AMCHS Library!


Currently, over 19,000 books line the shelves at the newly renovated AMCHS library. Students can also download e-books to their digital devices. Thirty desktop computers, twenty-eight dedicated laptops, two reading rooms, a periodical resource room are among the items currently enhancing our library space. Online sources that include subscription databases with journal articles and primary source documents can be accessed as well. Students can also access research guides for specific assignments.


As we prepare our students to enter college, they must remember to properly cite their sources and use only well-known, quality sites. Information on the internet may be easily accessible, but it is not easily as easily verified or evaluated. The best way to find accurate information is to use databases to find articles from sources deemed credible. Most of our students have come to the library with their English teachers and have been taught how to access the subscription databases with AMCHS ids and passwords; which are available in the library or from the library webpage. The library webpage can be accessed from the school website under Academics.


Your students are our priority. Please encourage them to use our services often. Contact Mrs. Denise Gary in the library if you have questions or contact her at dgary@csisd.org.


Library Hours:

Monday, Wednesday, & Thursday 7:30AM to 5:15PM

Tuesday and Friday 7:30AM to 4:30PM


Library Resources

Student Success Learning Lab..

The Student Success Learning Lab is here to help! The Lab is open daily from 7:15-8:15am, during all advocates (remember to get a pass!) and after school until 4:30pm. We offer computer access, color printing and free tutoring in most subjects. Stop by our new location in room 1169, behind the library. We look forward to meeting you!


Tiger Theatre

This year in Tiger Theatre we have a new full time teacher, Mrs. Kim Caldwell, and we have a new Techincal Director, Richard Bardford. Mrs. Caldwell is in charge of the Musical Theatre section of our Theatre department, and Mr. Bradford runs the Technical aspects of Tiger Theatre and Manages the auditorium. Both will be co-directors of the UIL One-Act play.


Our first production this year is Alice Goes Down the Rabbit Hole, a retelling of Alice in Wonderland, with a dark twist to it. Then in Fall, the Musical Theatre class will put on a mini-musical as well as our Wit vs. Fit shows. We end our Fall semester with our Children's Theater Workshop. In the Spring, we will be working on our One-act, Trojan Women, and the Musical theatre class will present a musical variety show, student directed productions along with Wit vs Fit shows.


As you can tell, we have a lot going on in Tiger Theatre this year!!



Tigerland Yearbook

Congratulations to Tigerland Yearbook for receiving the highest possible design award at the Balfour Yearbook Convention at TAMU this summer. It was creatively titled, "Outstanding Theme Development"!


https://www.facebook.com/TigerlandYearbook



Order your 2013-14 Yearbooks now!!

Go to http://www.smart-pay.com and search for your school by state and city. Follow the easy instructions and pay for your yearbook. You can personalize your yearbook as you order. Order before December to get the lowest prices. Please save your receipt in case of problems.




Tigerland Yearbook Senior Pictures

Senior Ads

Now is the time to honor your senior with an ad in the 2013-14 Tigerland yearbook. SNAIL MAIL ALERT! Look for more information and an order form to arrive in the mail soon.


Senior Pictures

To be included in the 2013-14 Tigerland yearbook, seniors must have their pictures taken at Specialties Photography by October. Call Specialties at 979-696-9898 to schedule an appointment. There is no charge for the yearbook picture.


Snap Shot

Sep 17: Fall Pictures

Nov 14: Deadline for senior portraits

Dec 31: Deadline to order yearbook at lowest price

March: Specific date tbd for final online ordering


For more information, please contact Freda Carraway at fcarraway@csisd.org



Visitor & Volunteer Parking Information

  • Visitor parking is available in the faculty lot on the church side of the building. 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.
  • Finally, 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.


Homecoming Week Activities

Wednesday, Oct 2


Homecoming Carnival: 5 PM to 7 PM, Tennis Parking Lot

Spirit Night: 7:30 PM, Tiger Field

Club parade, crowning of the Homecoming King, presentation of duchesses, Senior Torch lighting and cheerleader, band & Belle performances


Friday, October 4

Pep Rally: 3:15 PM, Old Gym

Football: 7:30 PM, Tiger Field

Consol vs. Woodlands, crowning of Homecoming Queen


Saturday, October 5

Homecoming Dance, Brazos Expo Center

Early picture taking @ 7 pm

Dance @ 8 PM to midnight



"GATSBY" Homecoming Dance Tickets

On Sale: StuCo will sell tickets during lunch the week before Homecoming Dance


Cost per Ticket: Pre-purchased tickets = $8 At the door night of dance = $10


All AMCHS students must have their ID. No student admitted to the Dance after 10:00 PM. Appropriate dress required or students will not be allowed to attend the Dance.

Check your student's progress on the Home Access Center

The Home Access Center (HAC) allows guardians to access their children's grades, attendance, and other important information.



CSISD is very excited to announce that HAC login and passwords are now available online for new users. If you have an existing account your login and password will remain the same.


To access the HAC login page or to set up a new HAC account visit:

https://hac.csisd.org/HomeAccess/Account/LogOn?ReturnUrl=%2fhomeaccess


If you have any problems logging in or questions about your login information email grades@csisd.org or call 979-764-5476.





From the Nurse's corner...

Band aids, hand sanitizer, saltine crackers, and peppermints-just a few of the items the nurses office has stocked up on over the summer in anticipation for the first day of school!


Our secretary, Brenda McKay began checking immunization requirements and testing new students hearing and vision at the end of July, and to date we have screened over 175 new students!


Now that the students have found their classes, been assigned homework and have begun extra-curricular practices, we are seeing quite a few students in the office. We have seen symptoms ranging from the common cold/allergies to the 24 hour stomach “flu”. Please remember to keep your student home for the following symptoms:

Fever (>100.0), persistent vomiting/diarrhea or uncontrollable coughing


Also, please check the student handbook regarding MD appointments-if the student leaves class and returns to school on the same day(and brings the note from the MD office) the absences will not count toward exemptions.


The nurse needs parental permission to give medications to the students during the school day. Remember, Texas State law prohibits students carrying any medication except those which are life-saving (Inhalers, Epi-Pens, Insulin) If your student needs to have medication during the school day, please check those medicines in through the nurses office.


If we can assist you with any health concerns throughout the year, Nurse Dianne Dusold (A-L) ddusold@csisd.org and Nurse Krista Weller (M-Z) kweller@csisd.org will be happy to assist you with your student. Thank you for all you do to keep your students healthy!