AMS Principal Newsletter

September 3rd

Welcome Back Aspen Middle School Students and Families

We feel lucky to be part of Aspen Middle School and have been learning lots about the students, staff and community in the last two weeks. Amazing opportunities are in store for our students across the district.


Many exciting curriculum changes are in place for the 2021-2022 school year. Our curriculum adoptions have impacted our schedule and we are grateful for our staff and students’ flexibility and support as we’ve worked out some kinks over the last week. Along with our curriculum and schedule changes, we are entering our first year of the International Baccalaureate Program.


Curriculum Updates Include:

  • Math 5th - 8th Grade: Illustrative Math, 60 minutes of daily instruction
  • Language Arts 5th Grade: Wit and Wisdom, 90 minutes of daily instruction
  • Language Arts 6th-8th Grade: American Reading Company, 90 minutes of daily instruction


SKIER Traits: Self, Kindness, Integrity, Effort, and Respect


As we embark on a new school year, our staff and students are engaging in AMS school-wide behavior expectations, reviewing cafeteria behavioral norms, safe recess play, hallway and classroom routines. Students are expected to to walk in the halls, keeping their hands to themselves, and safely use the stairways and entranceways when entering or exiting the building.


Healthy student interactions and creating a sense of community, one in which students look out for each other and take pride in their school and their classmates, is of TOP priority at AMS. This is super important for a healthy school environment, and we hope you will join us in this effort.


Upcoming Events:

  • Sept. 8 - Sept. 15: 8th Grade Outdoor Education Trip Aspen to Marble
  • Sept. 16th: Parent Coffee in AMS Library 8:05 - 8:40
  • Sept. 21st: Virtual Open House from 5:30-6:30 (more details to come)


AVSC Update:

We are eager to work together with our AVSC students and families. Amy and Julie met with Audrey Sherry this week. AVSC AMS family communication coming soon from Audrey.


Ascent Programming:

Please direct all your Ascent Programming questions to Julie (jramey@aspenk12.net).


High School Football Games:

We encourage parents to accompany their children to AHS Football Games. Come and share in our community pride and cheer along AHS Skiers. All middle school students must have an adult chaperon at high school sporting events.


Looking Ahead:

  • Next Monthly Newsletter Oct 8, 2021

  • Parent/Teacher Conferences Oct. 19 & Oct. 20

  • Fall Break Oct. 21 & Oct. 22


Next Week’s Sporting Events:

  • Tuesday Sept. 7th: 7th Grade Volleyball at AMS Gym at 4:30pm

  • Tuesday, Sept. 7th: 8th Grade Volleyball in Basalt Middle School at 4:30pm

  • Tuesday, Sept. 7th: 7th Grade Football at ASD Football Field at 4:00pm

  • Tuesday, Sept. 7th: 8th Grade Football at ASD Football Field at 5:00pm


High School Football Games:

We encourage parents to accompany their children to AHS Football Games. Come and share in our community pride and cheer along AHS Skiers. All middle school students must have an adult chaperon at high school sporting even


Have a wonderful Labor Day Weekend!



Amy Kendziorski and Julie Ramey

Student Picture Day

MJ Thomas Photography will be in the building Friday, September 10th for Picture Day for grades 5th - 7th. 8th Grade will be on ODE and will have their picture day when MJ is back in the building for retake day. Picture flyers have been sent to teachers to hand out to students.


You can access the online ordering portal by going to www.mymjthomas.com and entering our schools event password C440. You may also print this order form and attach a check or cash and bring it in on picture day! The picture flyer is also located on the AMS Website.




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Para español: haga clic en cualquier lugar de esta letra para abrirla y luego haga clic en el círculo blanco y negro en la esquina inferior derecha con la personita dentro. A continuación, puede elegir Traducir y elegir el idioma que desee.