AMS Counselor Connection

November 2019

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November Updates


» Honor Roll assemblies will take place Wednesday, November 6. Parent invitations were sent home with students on October 29. Students with a grade point average (gpa) of 3.0 or higher will be honored. The criteria are as follows:

  • Principal's Honor Roll ~ 4.0 gpa
  • A Honor Roll ~ 3.5-3.99
  • B Honor Roll ~ 3.0-3.49
  • Cannot have any "D" or "F" grades

» 1st Quarter Report Cards will go home Wednesday, November 13. Also, if you elected to receive a copy of your child's 2019 FSA score report, it will be sent home with report cards. The following week Tuesday, November 19, 2nd Quarter Interim Reports will be issued.

» Our school was randomly selected by the state to participate in the FSA Writing Field Test. This test will take place on November 20 for 7th grade students only. Results will not be reported, so the test will not count for students. The field test is simply to aid in the creation of future writing assessments. To familiarize them with the online testing platform, students will participate in a practice test during their ELA class on November 13 or 14. There will be no make-up testing conducted for this test.

» Pinnacle, Canvas, and other district apps are accessed through Clever. Remember, Pinnacle is your go-to resource for your child's schedule, grades, attendance, as well as for getting in touch with your child's teachers. If you're unsure of how to access Clever, view the "how-to" guide below.


» We have started pulling small groups of students, working on various topics during lunch or common elective periods. Example topics explored include positive peer interaction/relationships, self-esteem, study skills/organization, goal-setting, divorce/separation, and grief/loss. If you feel your child could benefit, please reach out to your child's school counselor.

» Anti-Bullying Week is November 11-15. We always encourage students to show kindness and respect toward peers and adults. During this week, however, we will place a strong emphasis on education of bullying awareness and prevention. Students have the opportunity to show their support for Anti-Bullying Week by participating in a week of modified dress down - students must wear uniform bottoms and ID badges. See the flyer below!

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Dates to Remember

  • November 6 -- Honor Roll Assemblies

  • November 13 -- 1st Quarter Report Cards & FSA Score Reports (if requested) Issued

  • November 19 -- 2nd Quarter Interim Reports Issued

  • November 20 -- 7th Gr Writing Field Test

  • November 27-29 -- No School - Thanksgiving/Fall Break

Community Events & Resources

Career Presenters Wanted!

If you or someone you know of would be interested in speaking with our students about their career, please contact Mrs. Rebholz for more details.

Character Education

Citizenship is the character trait for the month of November. Demonstrating good citizenship is being a person who's involved in trying to make the community, nation, or world a better place. Good citizens are people who are engaged, in big or small ways, in considering the needs of others in their community. This can involve a variety of activities, from volunteering with a community organization to working with a group that addresses national or international issues. People of character take steps to address needs that are present around them and so are good citizens. Showing good citizenship means being law-abiding and involved in service to school, community and country.

Tips for Parents

Language is Powerful

Consciously choosing what to say to your children when speaking with them can mean the difference between them shutting down or opening up to you.

Treat middle school like a dress rehearsal for life

"Middle school is a dress rehearsal. It’s almost always messy, and we worry that it foreshadows a disastrous future for our children. Meaning well, we jump in and initiate, fix and micromanage, telling ourselves we will stop when the child matures enough to take over..."

Read the full Washington Post article

Parent/Teacher Conferences

Need to schedule a Parent/Teacher Conference? Contact your child's School Counselor to schedule a date to discuss grades, behavior, and any other concerns you may have with each of your child's teachers. Parent/Teacher Conferences take place on Monday and Wednesday mornings from 8:05 am to 8:45 am.

*Note: If your child has an IEP, please contact the ESLS Program Specialist, Dr. Washington, at 754-323-3033 for parent/teacher conferences.

Mrs. Fernandez

Guidance Director

6th Grade School Counselor

Mrs. Rebholz

7th Grade School Counselor

Dr. Clark

8th Grade School Counselor

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