AMS Cougar News
Sunday, January 8, 2023
Dear AMS Cougar Families,
We had a terrific first week back to school. It was great seeing the students back in the classroom learning. It is hard to believe that we are just a few weeks away from the end of the second quarter. Please check in with your student about their current grades and encourage them to complete any assignments that are outstanding.
This week is a busy week for families with students who are transitioning to a new grade span. On Monday, January 9, Asheville High School (AHS) and the School of Inquiry and Life Sciences Asheville (SILSA) will be hosting rising ninth-grade families and other prospective students with an informational session and open house. This starts at 5:30. On Tuesday, Asheville Middle School is hosting an open house with family tours from 5:30-7:00. We have invited any family with a third, fourth, or fifth-grade student to come out and see what AMS has to offer. Please share this information with prospective families that you know. Finally, if you or someone you know has a rising kindergartner, Magnet School Open Enrollment Information Night will be hosted at AMS this Thursday from 5:30-8:00. Later in the newsletter I have included flyers with more details about these events. Also, check out our new enrollment video that is above this message.
There are several days later this month on the school calendar that I want to mention. Next Monday, January 16 school will be closed for staff and students in commemoration of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s birthday. The Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Association of Asheville and Buncombe County has planned several events that weekend to honor his memory and for service to others. Here is more information. Tuesday, January 24 is the last day of the quarter. Asheville Middle School will dismiss early at 1 PM to allow time for teachers to enter grades. The following day, Wednesday, January 25 is a required workday for teachers and a no-school day for students. This has been set aside for teachers to prepare for the new semester and to participate in professional development. Please put these dates on your calendar as they may impact your family's schedule.
Here's to another great week at Asheville Middle School!
Asheville Middle School
MATHCOUNTS practice is now on Wednesdays!
A Message from the Asheville City Schools Transportation Department
School transportation services in school districts across our state and nation have been challenged due to a lack of drivers. Asheville City Schools is currently experiencing those same challenges within our fleet.
Beginning Monday, January 9, 2023, Bus 632 PM, Buses 633 and 634 am and pm will have limited or no service. All updates impacting your service will be on the Here Comes The Bus App "HCTB." Please check the app for updates.
To optimize the transportation system under the current conditions and look ahead to successful operations, the ACS Transportation department will explore alternative service modes to increase efficiency and improve our student's riding experience. These possible changes take time to implement, and we recognize the impact and challenges these disruptions may present.
Transportation is a vital service for our district that connects students to learning opportunities. We anticipate more information about possible changes in your student's bus service beginning Monday, January 23, 2022. Not all student buses will be affected immediately.
Our promise to the students and families is that we will continue to be solution-oriented to provide safe and efficient transportation services. We want you to know that we aim to update you as frequently as possible. Again, we would like to encourage you to use the HCTB app.
Asheville City Schools
Looking for Items for a Silent Auction
The AMS Capstone Trip Fundraising Committee is looking for items from local businesses that they can use in a silent auction to support our eighth-grade students on the Washington, DC Trip. If you are able to provide any items of value that could be used to raffle off/auction at Coverfest II in January, please contact Joe Hooten, at firstname.lastname@example.org
Coverfest II: A Benefit for Asheville Middle School
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.
Friday, January 13, at 12:00 PM (Virtual)
Monday, January 23, at 12:00 PM (Virtual)
Monday, January 30, at 12:00 PM (Virtual)
Link to the Background Check form: https://bib.com/secure-volunteer/ASHEVILLE-CITY-SCHOOLS/home
Applying for Educational Leave
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.
In order for an absence to be considered educational, the student must meet educational goals and standards as outlined in the Standard Course of Study. All standards are available here on the NC Department of Public Instruction website. These standards must be listed out on the form.
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, January 9: Baseketball @ Valley Springs (4:30 PM Girls followed by Boys)
Monday, January 9: Wrestling v. Valley Springs @ home
Monday, January 9: Open House at AHS & Silsa (5:30 PM)
Tuesday, January 10: AMS PTO Meeting in Room 219
Tuesday, January 10: AMS tours for prospective families (5:30-7:00 PM)
Wednesday, January 11: Wrestling @ Cane Creek (4:30 PM)
Thursday, January 12: Kindergarten Magnet School Night @ AMS (5-7:30 PM)
Saturday, January 14: Optional baseball Workouts begin for 7th/8th grade students 4-6:30 PM)
Saturday, January 14: Western Region Jazz/Orchestra Auditions
Sunday, January 15: Coverfest II: Fundraiser for AMS @ Grey Eagle (5-10 PM; Doors open @4))
Monday, January 16: MLK Holiday (No school for students or staff)
Tuesday, January 17: Wrestling v. Reynolds @ home (4:30 PM)
Wednesday, January 18: Basketball @ Enka (4:30 PM)
Wednesday, January 18: Wrestling v. Enka @ home (4:30 PM)
Thursday, January 19: Basketball v. Cane Creek @ home (4:30 PM)
Friday, January 20: Deadline to submit digital school selection form for rising 9th graders
Saturday, January 21: Optional baseball Workouts begin for 7th/8th grade students 4-6:30 PM)
Beyond two weeks, but worth looking ahead at:
Tuesday, January 24: Early Release at 1:00 PM
Wednesday, January 25: Required Teacher Workday
January 30-February 10: Star Testing Middle of the Year window