Apache eNews

March 21st, 2016

This Week at Armstrong Middle School

Bond Overview Video for Plano ISD 2016 Bond Election

7/8 BOYS/GIRLS (#2) 2016 Middle School Track and Field Meets

Tuesday, March 22nd, 4:15pm

700 North Murphy Road

Murphy, TX

***MS Track Meet #1 - Kimbrough Stadium. Field Events Start @ 4:15 & Running Events Start @ 4:30 (SCHIMELPFENIG)

Armstrong PTA Nominating Committee

Wednesday, March 23rd, 5pm

3805 Timberline Drive

Plano, TX

Armstrong PTA is looking for a few good parents! The nominating committee is accepting nominations for the following positions for the 2016-2017 school year:




VP Ways and Means

VP Volunteers

VP Membership

VP Programs

Please contact Heidi Wenaas at hwenaas@aol.com with any nominations or questions about serving on the AMS PTA board. Please send all nominations by March 23, 2016.

Why should you get involved? Serving on the PTA board is the best way to know what's going on with your child at school. You will have a say in events, programs, and will be able to offer the principal and staff valuable input.

Upcoming AMS Events

Plano ISD Alumni Association Golf Tournament Benefiting the Education Foundation

Monday, March 28th, 9pm

5401 West Park Boulevard

Plano, TX

We are excited to announce the Plano ISD Alumni Association Third Annual Golf Tournament on Monday, March 28, 2016 at the Gleneagles Country Club on the Queens Course.

The tournament is a four person scramble, so golfers may sign up in groups or four or choose to sign up individually and be placed into a foursome. The cost for an individual golfer is just $175.00 or $700.00 for a foursome.

***The day of the tournament, registration begins at 11:30 am with a shotgun start at 1:00 pm. Dinner and awards ceremony will follow at 6:00 pm.

***For additional information, please visit the Alumni Association website at http://www.pisd.edu/about.us/foundation/alumni.events.shtml, email the Foundation at foundation@pisd.edu or call extension 8272.

Thank you for supporting the Plano ISD Alumni Association.

AMS Spirit Night at DQ E. Plano

Tuesday, April 19th, 3pm

Dairy Queen Store, Plano, TX, United States

Plano, TX

Address: 2425 AVE K, Plano, TX 75074

Time: 3PM-Close

Come out and Support!

AMS PTA Vendor Garage Sale & Bazaar registration is now open!!

Saturday, April 23rd, 8:30am to Sunday, April 24th, 5pm

811 North Central Expressway

Plano, TX

*****We are only including only one of each ‘type’ of product/service, so be sure to turn in your information (pages 2 & 3), deposit fee, and registration fee soon to secure your spot! You can drop off the form & deposit check in the PTA Wooden box at the front office but you must register online at http://amsptabazaargaragesale.eventbrite.com/?s=5345743. ********

The Bazaar will be held on Saturday, April 23- Sunday, April 24 at Collin Creek Mall and the Garage Sale will be on Saturday, April 30 at Bowman Middle School in Plano.

***For more information and to register please go to: http://amsptabazaargaragesale.eventbrite.com/?s=5345743. For any questions, please email Katrina at simplysublime@live.com.

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8th Grade Celebration Fundraiser - Yard Sale

Saturday, April 30th, 8am-1pm

2501 Jupiter Road

Plano, TX

Are you spring cleaning? Do you need a place for all your unwanted treasures?

AMS PTA will be hosting a Garage Sale/Vendor Fair on Saturday, April 30th in front of Bowman Middle School. We are now accepting donations!

You can donate your stuff to AMS PTA or you can buy a space for $25 and sell your own stuff. We do all the advertising and permitting!

If you are a vendor and would like a booth, we do that too!

Please see the attachment for more details.

If you are donating your items, please contact Carla Nelson at Carlarnelson@yahoo.com or Heidi Wenaas at hwenaas@aol.com for storage drop off information.

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Community Immunization Resources

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2016 AMS AVID Club Schedule

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Visioneering 2016 by Charlene Nance-Mannon

Saturday, February 20th, 38 seventh and eighth grade students (4 teams) from Armstrong Middle School went to SMU to compete in the annual Visioneering (Engineering) Competition. The students were given a real world challenge and 90 minutes to solve and present their solutions to a series of judges with a diorama! Each student had to be a part of the presentation; for many this was the first time they spoke in public or competitively, so they were exposed to a real world career scenario.

This year was more architecture based in that students were asked to design a classroom for 2026. The thinking was that learning is evolving as is technology but that buildings tend to remain the same. The challenge was to go far enough with their imaginations to create real solutions without going to an imagery type world like the Jetsons. The engineering aspect came into the problem solving with how the students integrated technology, acoustics, energy sources, research data (like natural lighting increasing student output), regular classroom features like bookshelves, desks, or something else used in new innovative ways.

Our students were praised for their innovative ideas using modern technology. Some ideas included having students “thumb” into a room. If a thumbprint can be used to access a telephone, why not use the same technology to ensure the students’ safety and monitor the people in a room at a given time? Additionally, the team took the technology one step further to automate the process for taking attendance. They felt this saved class time and would decrease the amount of errors that happen daily with attendance. Other ideas included putting a garden on the roof of the building so students could have hands on experience for growing cycles, biomes, and weather observation decks. The students included bulletin boards that could connect to phones giving school schedules, updates, and assignments just by having a teacher’s access code.

Our kids had a great time, while competing against other area schools. Even if they had not thought much about Engineering in the past, they went home excited and engaged. Parents said their students came home happy and talked all weekend about how to improve buildings and classrooms. All of the attendees said they could not wait to attend next year’s competition.

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Young Masters Program

Eligibility: Texas 8th to 11th grade students (or homeschooled students who have achieved a comparable status towards high school graduation) who are legal US and Texas residents

Intent: To advance the creative economy of Texas by investing in the future of the arts.

This program awards grants to talented young artists to further their studies in their chosen field. This grant is not a college scholarship. The most talented young artists will receive the title of Young Master and will be awarded grants of $5,000 per year to further their studies in their chosen arts disciplines. Students are to receive the grant for up to two years, but they must submit a plan for study annually. Students must be participating in a school-based arts program, summer institute, a specialized course of study, or receiving private lessons from a qualified instructor. Students must maintain passing grades in all academic areas. Applications will be from the student, his or her parent/guardian, and his or her arts instructor. This program is available every other year.

Deadline: November 15 , 2017 will be the next deadline for this program.

Follow this link to sign up for notifications about this program.

The 2015 materials will be updated prior to the next deadline:




Texas Young Masters is a joint program of the Texas Cultural Trust and the Texas Commission on the Arts. The Young Masters program was established with generous contributions from AT&T Foundation, Anheuser-Busch Companies, Applied Materials, Burlington Northern, The Honorable David Dewhurst, Emerson Electric, Mrs. Gene Jones, Mr. George Mitchell, Plum Foundation, Ray C. Fish Foundation, Raytheon, Texas Women for the Arts and Mrs. W. D. Noel.

For more questions, please contact:

Chuck Winkler

March Parent Workshops for Plano ISD‏

Parents: Attached you will find our listing of March Parent Workshops for the Plano Independent School District. Most workshops last approximately one hour.

If you have any questions, please call 469-752-2272.

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PISD Bond Information‏

On May 7, 2016, Plano ISD voters will decide on a $481 million bond proposal to fund initiatives recommended by the Plano ISD Facilities and Technology Task Force.

Appointed in August, 2015 by the Plano ISD Board of Trustees, the task force included citizens, business leaders, teachers, principals and parents. The task force reviewed enrollment trends and projections, established construction and renovation needs, validated costs and sought input from fellow community members.

After five months of study, debate and public input, the task force made final recommendations to school trustees which are included in this bond proposal. If approved, the bond initiative will provide funding toward eight major project areas with no increase to the tax rate and will impact all Plano ISD campuses through district-wide security updates, renovations and facility upgrades, as well as technology improvements.

Find out more, including specific project allocations, at www.pisd.edu/2016bond. You may send questions to askpisd@pisd.edu.

Online Resources:

· Bond Election (main page): www.pisd.edu/2016bond

· Bond Overview Flyer: http://www.pisd.edu/news/bond.programs/2016bond/documents/BondOverview.pdf

· Press Release: http://www.pisd.edu/news/bond.programs/2016bond/documents/PressRelease.pdf

· Press Release (Spanish): http://www.pisd.edu/news/bond.programs/2016bond/documents/PressReleaseSpanish.pdf

· Frequently Asked Questions (English): http://www.pisd.edu/news/bond.programs/2016bond/FAQ.shtml

· Frequently Asked Questions (Spanish): http://www.pisd.edu/news/bond.programs/2016bond/documents/FAQ_Spanish.pdf

· Project List (English): http://www.pisd.edu/news/bond.programs/2016bond/documents/Proposed_Project_List.pdf

· Project List (Spanish): http://www.pisd.edu/news/bond.programs/2016bond/documents/Project_Summary_Spanish.pdf

· 2016 Bond Election Graphic (Inside.PISD): http://inside.pisd/communications/logos.letterhead.shtml#bond

More resources are being developed, including a presentation and video.

Special Recognition & Announcements

PTA Reflections Arts in Education Awards Ceremony and Celebration

Congratulations to all campus winners!

***Special thanks to Mrs. Dawn Thompson for all your hard work. Many thanks to Mrs. Sadowski, our AMS staff, and amazing parents for your endless support and for encouraging our students to express their thoughts through arts and music.

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Think Through Math

Think Through Math is now available to PISD students in grades 3-8.

Think Through Math personalizes student learning with unprecedented levels of differentiation, explicit instruction, meaningful practice, unparalleled motivational tools, and unlimited access to LIVE, state-credentialed teachers.

Because Think Through Math is web-based, your child can access the program from any computer that is connected to the Internet, whether at school, home, or the library. The program is proven to increase math proficiency when implemented 2 to 3 times each week or about 90 minutes each week.

***See email for attachements which includes login instructions.

Special eNews on Armstrong Tutorial Schedule

Apache Parents and Students:

Please open link below to see our new tutorial schedule and guidelines. Also, we are working on some new local testing guidelines that will be coming soon!


Box Tops for Education

Armstrong is collecting Box Tops for Education. They are found on many General Mills products and each six weeks they are collected during 6th period.

***The 6th period class that has the most box tops will be rewarded each six weeks!

Apache Dads

Calling all Armstrong Middle School Dads, Big Brothers, Uncles, Grandfathers, Nephews.... We need your help!!!

Interested in volunteering and being a part of the Apache Dads? Then please email Carlos Clabiorne at clabiorne@gmail.com and get on the list!

PTA News - Come Join AMS PTA

Make a difference today! Parents and family, show your student how much you support

him/her and this school! How can you do that? Here's three easy ways:

1. Join PTA--for as little as $10, you will help fund programs and events for the students, and make our voice bigger and louder for all students;

2. Volunteer--1 hour a year or 1 hour a day, whatever you have, you WILL make a difference; and,

3. Donate--$1, $50, or $100, EVERY cent goes to work for your student and this school! No amount is too small--and none is too big!

Whether you join PTA, volunteer your time, choose to donate money, or all three, make the commitment to your student and his/her success, and know that you made a difference!

Attention volunteers! Please remember that EVERY school year, you must complete your volunteer application with PISD. Please visit the PISD website here to complete that process. Don't be left out of school events and programs because you forgot!

Here's the link: http://www.pisd.edu/about.us/partners.volunteers/index.shtml.


Armstrong PTA has a committee dedicated to raising money to help continue our efforts to support the students and the school itself. Contact Katrina Tadeja at simplysublime@live.com to join our efforts or if you have any questions.

There are SO MANY painless, easy ways to help raise money for our school - here are a few:

Box Tops: Send your Box Tops in to school (Front Office or advisory teachers) and Armstrong earns money from each one.

Shoparoo: Is a mobile app (iPhone or Android) that turns pictures of your everyday grocery receipts into instant donations!

Amazon Smile: When shopping online at Amazon, please don't forget to go to www.smile.amazon.com and make sure you choose Armstrong Middle School, Plano TX as your charity!

Kroger Plus Card: link your Plus card to AMS (Our school code is 90264) on www.krogercommunityrewards.com, then start shopping!

Tom Thumb Rewards Card: Take your Rewards card to the Courtesy Booth and ask them to link it to AMS (Our School code is 5755).

Shop With Scrip: Exciting new PTA fundraiser! This online partner allows you to purchase gift cards from a long list of merchants (e.g., Gap, Kroger, Starbucks, Chevron, Marriott, Target) and AMS PTA earns a rebate on the dollar amount of each cards sold. Simply log on to www.shopwithscrip.com and create an account, make sure to use our enrollment code A9LD547437921.

World Wear Project: Donate your used textiles (clothing, shoes, belts, hats, backpacks, stuffed animals, etc). WWP recycles/reuses/resells the fabrics, and AMS PTA earns money on the donated items! Tell your neighbors too. Anyone can donate to the bin. Read more here: www.worldwearproject.com.

Breakfast and Lunch Menus

What's on the menu today?

Main home page for FANS:


Direct link to the menus:


Pre-pay for School Meals at www.paypams.com

Thank You To Our Amazing PTA Sponsors!

Important Information - Incoming Freshmen - 2015-2016

So, what's high school really like? Will there be more work? Do you have questions about your choice of subjects for high school? Do you wonder what you will be taking when you go to McMillen? Confused by all of the choices or just need a little more information? Then see if the attached powerpoint answers your questions!

If you want more information about high school, be sure to attend Parent Night at McMillen on January 14th at 6:30 pm. As always, if you have any questions, please contact the counseling office.

Matheletes Competition

Friday, March 18th, 8:30am

3805 Timberline Drive

Plano, TX