AMMS Lions Roar

"Recognize the Roar"

Monday, October 21, 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. 21st 7:00 p.m. Chorus Concert @JCUMC

Oct. 23rd 5:30 p.m AMMS Volleyball vs. Webb Bridge (Home)

Oct. 24th 6:30 p.m. 7th/8th Grade Orchestra Concert

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)

No Homework Day/ Family Time, October 31st at Autrey Mill Middle School

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

IOWA Assessments in 8th Grade

During the week of Oct. 21-25, 2019, the 8th grade students will take the IOWA Assessments, which are standardized, norm-referenced tests. The results from these assessments will be used to show parents and teachers how the students are performing nationally in comparison to other students at the same grade level. Scores on nationally-normed tests are also one criterion used to determine placement for the Talented and Gifted program.

Testing will begin each morning at 8:55 a.m. to about 10:30 a.m. and students will follow an adjusted schedule for the remainder of the day. Students must be on time each day or they will not be able to take the test. They will be required to take the test during the make-up sessions in the afternoons.

The following tests will be given:

Monday, Oct. 21 – Reading

Tuesday, Oct. 22 – Vocabulary and Written Expression

Wednesday, Oct. 23 – Math Concepts

Thursday, Oct. 24 – Science and Social Studies

Friday, Oct. 25 – Spelling, Capitalization, Punctuation, Computation

The IOWA Assessments are taken on school-based iPads or desktop computers.

In preparation for the test, students should:

· Get a good night’s sleep

· Charge iPads fully every night

· Arrive to school on time

· Eat breakfast

· Bring a novel to read if they finish early

· Leave cell phones and/or iWatches in their lockers

If you have any questions, please contact Anita Erickson, 8th Grade Assistant Principal at .

(PBIS) Positive Interventions and Support

Our school wide matrix, featured below, highlights the expectations we have taught to the students of Autrey Mill for each area of the school. Every expectation falls under one of our two core values: Respect and Responsibility. This week, we’d like to take a moment to shine a spotlight on these two core values, their definitions, and what they mean to us as Autrey Mill Lions.

We believe that respect and responsibility are essential in creating a safe and productive learning environment where teachers can teach and all students can learn. Therefore, every expectation is tied to one of these two core values.

Being respectful is an act of humility. This act honors our school as a place to gather, learn, and build a foundation for future successes. We have taught our students that being respectful means keeping our school clean, using kind, school appropriate language, and cooperating with adult directions. These are just a few of the expectations found under the core value respectful on our matrix. We ask our students to be respectful in all areas of our school in order to provide them with a safe learning environment.

Being responsible is an act of accountability. This act honors our school as a place of integrity where people choose to do the right thing every day. We ask our students to be responsible in all areas of our school so that they can build strong habits of consistent accountability. We have taught our students that being responsible means being in class with all required materials by the bell, checking work for accuracy and completion before submitting it, and charging their iPads to 80% each day before school. These are just a few examples of expectations found under our core value responsible on our matrix. We ask our students to be responsible in all areas of our school in order to provide them with a productive learning environment.

.Ultimately, respect and responsibility are both essential in creating safe and effective schools. We need both in place in order to educate all children. We encourage you to talk to your students about respect, responsibility and what it means at home, school, and our community.

Big picture

Red Ribbon Week Coming Soon 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 a 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 – 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!

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 family 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!

September Students of the Month

We are excited to announce our September Students of the Month. These students were nominated by our science teachers for demonstrating the qualities of the "We are Connected" Mindset". These students explore relationships with others, embrace diversity, and relish competition. They allow us to maximize our potential with and through others, not only in school, but in our community as well.

These students will be recognized with a special celebration during their grade level lunches on November 1st.

Congratulations to these students:

6th Grade

Henry L.

Brock R.

Shane B.

Derek L.

Bram F.

Nora M.

Ray-Lan F.

Tyler H.

7th Grade

Krithika M.

Alex P.

Ginny G.

Tommy L.

Jimmy C.

Anneliese K.

Peyton R.

May W.

8th Grade

Lia S.

Jordan L.

Madeline H.

Sam H.

Jorge S.

Shobitha V.

Justin, C.

Gavin R.

Simone G.

Will K.

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!

Big picture
Big picture

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 Chic-Fil-A on the way back where students can purchase lunch. Your student is responsible for making up any work or assessments that they may miss.

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 and are held 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

Community News

JCHS Monster Dash and 5K Fun Run

Mark your calendar for the JCHS Monster Dash and 5K Fun Run benefiting Johns Creek Soccer!

Date: Saturday, October 26, 2019

Time: 7:30 a.m. check in and walk up registration

8:00 a.m. race begins

Place: Johns Creek High School Coliseum (stadium)

Grab the family and your costume and head to JCHS for their third annual 5K run and first Monster Dash! Fun for all with a 5K fun run, Jr. dash for children 10 and under, costume* contests, prizes and more!

Go to to register online.

*Costumes optional, but encouraged

Questions contact Karla Lazzari