ARMS October Community Newsletter


ARMS Connects student, family and school to the belief of share understanding promote healthy school and community relations.

Principal Message

Greeting Ranger Families!

Your student attends a school that is focused on developing thinkers and learners, not only in the area of their academics, but in the decisions they make a young people. The decisions that are made during their middle school years shape who they are as life long learners and how they see connecting the the world around them. At ARMS we strive to have every experience be an opportunity to learn and grow into successful students and people.

It is my pleasure to begin our monthly Parent/Community online newsletter: ARMS Connect. The newsletter is designed to share:
  • Principal message
  • Cohort messages
  • Campus Information / Updates
  • Student and Staff Successes / Recognitions
  • Upcoming Events/Meetings

Our collective attention toward students academic success is paramount. Student's time in class is when the most difference is made. Therefore their focus and attention to their own success is an expectation. Parent Conferences are in October and this time is valuable. It will give family members the opportunity to ask questions and listen to the successes and opportunities for growth about your student.

Extra support is being provided for all students If additional time is needed beyond class time students are being invited to attend tutoring, during lunch or after school. Please support your students active participation.

I encourage all parents to diligently check grades weekly (Parent Portal)
and communicate with teachers via email or phone. We are partners in the success of our students and I thank you for all you do!

Excellence without Boundaries!

F. Taylor
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Come and join us for 5k Walk with friends and family!! Everyone welcome!!

October 17, 2015 Northpark Center 8AM

The Race

Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure® series is the world's largest and most successful education and fundraising event for breast cancer ever created. The first ever Race for the Cure was held in Dallas in 1982 and has since become the city's largest annual breast cancer fundraiser.

The event raises significant funds and awareness for breast cancer, celebrates breast cancer survivorship and honors those who have lost their battle with the disease.

This year parents, students, and staff of Ann Richards Middle School will be walking the 5K to support the survivors in our own lives. We would like for you to join our team. For more information contact Ms. A. Lewis or visit our site:

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Volunteers at ARMS & Join PTA!!

As Community Liaison, I want to encourage you to become a volunteer at ARMS. As a volunteer, you can make a difference in a child's life. There are many opportunities in which you can be of help. If you would like this opportunity, please register to be a volunteer. For more information stop by my office in the front office or call me at 972-892-5433. Email:

Parents come and join our PTA!!! Children learn more and have better lives when everyone in the school community works together to share thoughts and information and work on projects to benefit them. Join for only $10!! Stop by and see Ms. Rivera in the front office.

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Counselor's Corner

Greetings Parents,

At this time we would like to take this opportunity to inform perhaps some of you, and remind others that the Ann Richards Middle School Counseling Department is here to support both you and your child this school year and beyond. We would like to thank all the parents who came out to meet us on September 16, 2015 during the Coffee with the principal. During this time, you were able to learn about all the services we provide for your child and your family. Please know that as counselors we are always here to support the needs of your child both socially and academically. Please feel free to schedule an appointment to meet with us if ever you are in need of our services.

Mrs. Coley-6th Grade Counselor

Ms. Velazquez-7th Grade Counselor

Ms. Luckey-8th Grade Counselor

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Ms. Walker, Assistant Principal 8th Grade

Greetings Class of 2020 Parents!

The Class of 2020 is wired for excellence and we are experiencing great things here at Ann Richards Middle School! The start of the 2nd Six Weeks grading period is starting on October 3. I am looking forward to seeing each of you on Parent Conference Night on October 13, 2015. Your continued support of ARMS students at sports and extracurricular events is invaluable as well as needed.

8th graders are being prepared daily to continue to be on track for graduating from high school with the Class of 2020. They need to focus on three main areas to ensure they are moving towards this goal: Grades, Attendance, and STAAR mastery. Will your child have the G.A.S. to stay on track to being apart of the graduating Class of 202?

  • Continue to support your student's success by ensuring they are working towards mastery of content in every class. As the school year progresses, academically they will be challenged with more rigorous work. They can do all that is expected of them.
  • All 8th graders are fully uniformed daily when they are appropriately dressed, wearing their identification badge, and equipped with their binder of materials. The expectations have been set are strictly enforced. Partner with us by signing up for Parent Portal. This is good opportunity to take a proactive approach in monitoring your child’s academic performance and attendance.
  • Students have to be here to learn the knowledge and skills being taught every day all day. As a grade level, our average daily attendance rate is 97%. This means that potentially 3% or 13 of the 422 8th graders are not on track to moving to high school at the end of the school year. We need your help in ensuring students are on time, present, and ready to learn.

Thank you for allowing us to partner with your family to work towards your child's academic success.

Message from the Nurse - ACCIDENTS DO HAPPEN

Girls and boys soil their pants all the time. Here at Ann Richards, we do not provide replacement pants. Feel free to send an extra pair of pants with your child in case of these "accidents".

This will keep you form having to stop your already busy day and bring them a clean pair to school. This will aldo help in keeping your chil in class/school.

You may leave their clothes in the clinic, we will put their name on them and have them ready when they need a clean pair.

Clinic Staff

C. Boone RN

Upcoming Events

  • 10/6/2015 Tuesday- Parent Workshop on How to Create "Papel Picado" @ 4:30pm Library
  • 10/8/2015 Thursday - 7th Grade Free Dress Day
  • 10/8/2015 Thursday - 2nd "Bailamos, We Dance Concert" @ 6pm Auditorium FREE
  • 10/9/2015 Friday - $1 Jean Day for all students
  • 10/14/2015 Wednesday 8:15am - 9:00am - Coffee with the Principal
  • 10/14/2015 Wednesday 9:00am - 10:00am - Parent Workshop
  • 10/14/2015 Wednesday 4:00 - 8:00pm - Parent Teacher Conferences
  • 10/16/2015 Friday NO SCHOOL FAIR DAY
  • 10/21/2015 Wednesday 6:00pm - 7:00pm DISD Magnet School @ ARMS
  • 10/23/2015 Friday - $1 Jean Day for all students
  • 10/29/2015 Thursday 6:00 pm - 7:00pm PTA Meeting
  • 10/30/2015 Friday Fall Dance

Ann Richards Middle School

At Ann Richards MS, our vision is to be a flagship middle school at the hub of the community, nurturing diverse leaders, and empowering intelligent trailblazers.