AMMS Lions Roar

"Recognize the Roar"

Monday, October 28, 2019

Mr. Trey Martin, Principal

Ms. Anita Erickson, 8th Grade Assistant Principal

Dr. Mimi Gamel, 7th Grade Assistant Principal

Ms. Laurie Chans, 6th Grade Assistant Principal

Ms. Marissa Jonas, Assistant Administrator

Calendar of Events

Oct. 30th 5:30 p.m. AMMS Volleyball vs Sandy Springs MS (Home)

Oct. 31st Happy Halloween

Nov. 1st 5:30 p.m. AMMS Volleyball vs. River Trail MS (Away)

Nov. 3rd Daylight Savings Time Ends

Nov. 5th Teacher Workday (no school for students)

Nov. 7th & Nov. 8th 8th Grade Savannah Trip

No Homework Day/ Family Time, October 31st at AMMS

Front Office Tidbit!

Did you know that AMMS never gives tests or quizzes on Mondays to allow time time with family over the weekend.

AMMS Rocks on the CCRPI Scoring 95.2 and a Rating of 5 Stars!

Last Friday, the Georgia Department of Education released the 2019 College and Career Readiness Performance Index (CCRPI). The CCRPI is the way the Georgia Department of Education measures schools and school districts and gives them a rating on a 100-point scale based primarily on Georgia Milestones Test Scores. Our 2019 score is 95.2! This is an increase of over seven points. Also, our school climate rating remained five stars, which is the highest possible. I am so proud of our students, staff, and community. Thank you for your support! Please use the link below to access our school report.

Executive Summaries and FCS data for both CCRPI and Climate Star rating can be found here.

Fulton County Schools CCRPI and Climate Star Results

The annual College and Career Ready Performance Index (CCRPI) is compiled by the Georgia Department of Education (GADOE) using scores on a 0 to 100 scale from multiple indicators within five main components: Content Mastery, Progress, Closing Gaps, Readiness and Graduation Rates (high school only). According to data released by the state today, Fulton County Schools’ overall score in 2019 increased to 83.8, which is 7.9 points above the state average. Fulton County Schools ranked above the state average in all grade levels.

“This is a dramatic achievement with gains in all levels and across the district. Our CCRPI and Climate Star rankings reflect great work by our professional teachers, principals and staff,” said Cliff Jones, Chief Academic Officer.

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Driving the growth was an overall improvement across the district with a total of 67 schools showing increases; 19 schools posting double-digit gains. The biggest gains were accomplished by Cliftondale Elementary School, which increased 23.3 points, and Woodland Middle School with an increase of 21.2 points.

“The results speak to the hard work of the Fulton County Schools community. I am proud to be associated with this Board and an exceedingly focused, talented and caring team and look forward to continuing this kind of progress,” said Dr. Mike Looney, Superintendent.

The number of schools with scores below 60 also improved with a total in 2019 down to only six (6) schools from a high of 25 in 2015 and 15 last year. Significantly, eight (8) of nine (9) Fulton County Schools on the Turnaround Eligible List for 2018 made gains in their 2019 CCRPI scores.

While not a scored component within CCRPI, the GADOE 2019 Climate Star ratings also released today showed significant improvements. The Climate Star rating reflects the school’s climate using data from various surveys, student disciple data and attendance records. This year’s data show 42 Fulton County Schools earned a 5 out of 5-star rating. Eighty-five (85) schools, or 80 percent of FCS schools, earned either a 4- or 5-star rating.

“I am excited to see the 5-star climate rankings across our district. The Board believes that a great school culture is foundational to increasing student achievement,” said Linda Bryant, School Board President.

8th Grade Savannah Trip - Important Information

Dear Eighth Grade Parents/Guardians,

The Savannah trip is almost upon us! In order to better prepare your son or daughter for the trip, listed below are the documents that we will be presenting to the students in the next few weeks.

  • The Parent Information Page provides important information including departure and arrival times; emergency contact information; basic information on what students will be seeing/doing while in Savannah.
  • The Packing List gives general information on what students should bring (and not bring) on the trip.
  • The Rules of the Road provides basic rules for the trip.

Students who will need medication (even over the counter medication) on the trip, MUST complete and bring medications to the clinic by Wednesday, October 30. If students need prescription medications, the medicine MUST be in its original bottle. Forms for medication can be found on the AMMS website under the "Students & Families" then "Clinic" tabs. Completed forms must accompany the medication.

If a student becomes ill on the trip, parents will be required to drive to Savannah to pick their child up. We are unable to provide care for sick students while on the trip.

For students not going on the Savannah trip, we are busy putting together fun and educational activities for their time here at Autrey Mill. If your student will not be attending, a pre-approved absence must be requested prior to Friday, November 1.

Thank you all for your support. We've had a great start to our year and look forward to making your student's eighth grade year memorable!

Anita Erickson
Assistant Principal
Autrey Mill Middle School
470-254-7622 ext. 48241

Red Ribbon Week at AMMS!

Red Ribbon Week, October 28- November 1, 2019

It is up to each of us to send a message to ourselves, our peers and our communities about the importance of taking care of ourselves and making healthy choices. Healthy choices can be anything from what we eat or drink, how much exercise we get, how we spend our free time, and how we treat others.

Monday 10/28 – Wear Red Day

Message: Wear RED to show your support for Red Ribbon Week and your commitment to living a healthy life!

Tuesday 10/29 – Everyone has a Name: Wear Name Tags and Greet One Another By Name

Message: “A person’s name is to him or her the sweetest and most important sound in any language.” – Dale Carnegie. Why is it so important to use people’s names? A person’s name is the greatest connection to their own identity and individuality. Some might say it is the most important word in the world to that person.

Wednesday 10/30 – Wear Your Favorite T-Shirt

Message: Having hobbies, passions, and being involved in positive things keeps you healthy! It not only provides the opportunity to be unique and an individual, but can also connect you with others with similar passions!

Students/teachers can wear a t-shirt that expresses something positive they have a passion about or something they love. Example: favorite movie, favorite team, favorite band, favorite quote, favorite color. Notice peers/find friends with the same interest as you in each period and take a selfie!

Thursday 10/31 - Random Acts of Kindness All Day Long!

Message: Compassion and kindness reduce stress, boost our immune systems, and help reduce negative emotions such as anger, anxiety, and depression. Kindness strengthens our sense of community and belonging.

Friday 11/1 – Nobody Eats Alone: Eat with someone new at lunch and make sure no one is sitting alone.

Message: Making new friends prevents loneliness and gives you a chance to offer needed companionship, too. Friends can also increase your sense of belonging and purpose, boost your happiness and reduce your stress – which can ultimately lead to a healthy, drug-free life!!

Red Ribbon Week Poster Contest!

Create a poster using the theme:

Send A Message Stay Drug Free!

We will be collecting posters first thing in the morning on Monday, 10/28, Tuesday 10/29 & Wednesday 10/30 in the Rotunda. PRIZES will be awarded for the best posters on Friday 11/1!

November 5th Election Day - Teacher Workday - No School for Students

Coming Soon Fall Play, Aladdin Jr.

Don't miss this year's Fall Play, November 15th and 16th at Johns Creek High School! More information on ticket sales to come.

The Big Thank You

Dear AMMS Families,

We want to give our troops a “Big Thank You” with a little taste of home this Thanksgiving. Every single soldier deployed outside the United States deserves to receive a letter of gratitude on Thanksgiving Day. Each year, our school, with help from The Bert Show, sends out letters to the troops for Thanksgiving. Last year, we collected 1,090 letters! These letters are in celebration of our troops’ service and are wishes of warmth as they are away from their families over the holiday. Students will have time during our homeroom IMPACT time to create and write their letters. If you would like to write and send in your own letter, we can help you get it delivered!

Please send in your letters by October 24th at the latest.

You can also mail in or drop off your own letters to the locations listed here!

5th Annual Pink Out

F.I.G.H.T. Club (fighting, igniting, giving hope together) raises money for the American Cancer Society and is kicking off its first fundraiser of the year. The 5th Annual Pink Out is Wednesday, October 30th. We would love to have everyone participate!!! Wear pink and donate. Bring $1 to sign the poster (in the front rotunda) and additional donations for some tasty treats.

Don’t forget to stay and watch the girls' and boys' volleyball teams starting around 5:15 p.m. (girls play first). Hope to see you in your pink – fighting, igniting, giving, hope together.


Don’t miss out! Purchase your yearbook now at The price will go up soon!

Parents of 8th graders-celebrate your student with a personalized yearbook ad. Space is limited!

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AMMS Tumbling

7th and 8th graders ONLY, who have not failed more than one class the previous semester, including Connections, may participate in the Tumbling Exhibition. Students interested must sign-up on the form outside Coach Larson’s office B122.

ALL paperwork must be completed correctly and personally handed in to Coach Larson ONLY at school by 4:05 p.m. on FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 1st. Do not wait until the last minute to turn in ALL forms – if a signature(s) and forms are missing the student will be ineligible to participate.

Practices will be determined depending on the availability of those interested (mornings/afternoons). Your student must be able to participate in practices and in the Exhibition at Ridgeview Charter Middle School on Friday, December 6th. Participants will ride a bus to Ridgeview that leaves after homeroom and ride a bus back to Autrey Mill. Students will return around lunch time. The bus will stop at Chick-Fil-A on the way back, students can purchase lunch. Your student is responsible for making up any work or assessments that may be missed.

Email Coach Larson with any questions @


Basketball - Boys & Girls

Both teams will be coached by Coach Dustin Owens

Information Meetings are in D109, Mr. Owen's room on the following days:


8:30 a.m. Wednesday, November 6th

8:30 a.m. Wednesday, December 4th

Students only need attend one meeting. Meetings will last approximately 10 minutes. No parents need attend.


Boys- Monday, December 9th & Wednesday, December 11th

Girls- Tuesday, December 10th (and maybe Thursday the 12th depending on numbers)

Fulton County policy dictates that only 7th and 8th graders may participate in extramurals. As a result, 6th graders will not be allowed to tryout. There is one boys' team and one girls' team for the school