AMCHS Tiger Tales

January 2015

From the Principal's Desk...

Dear Parents,

Happy New Year! As we embark on a new year, we are extremely blessed at A&M Consolidated High School. Reflecting back on the fall semester, our students competed and surpassed their peers in many academic and extracurricular endeavors. Moreover, AMCHS was selected as one of America’s Best High Schools in 2014 by US News and World Report. This recognition is based upon our college ready graduates whom we help nurture. Also, A&M Consolidated High School ranks 69th among the Best High Schools in Texas according to Niche, which ranks K-12 schools and colleges based on dozens of statistics and opinions from students and parents.

Our athletic programs competed successfully and earned titles beyond the district level, including Lady Tiger Volleyball and Tennis teams who each had extraordinary seasons and competed at the state level—as well as some of our student athletes on the cross-country team. Undoubtedly, several of our students earned All-State honors in tennis, volleyball, and twelve of our student athletes were named to the Academic All-State Football Team.

Our fine arts programs have so many talented individuals who continue to flourish and perform at levels unimaginable. Two orchestra students were selected to participate in the All-State Orchestra and will perform in San Antonio in February as part of the Texas Music Education Association (TMEA) Convention. Two of our choir students were selected to the All-State Choir and will also perform at the TMEA Convention. Twenty-seven students in Tiger Band qualified as All-Region participants—eighteen of whom qualified for All-Area Band.

One of our students advanced to the state contest for Congressional Debate. Additionally, five students who are involved in Future Farmers of America (FFA) competed at the State Leadership Development event and earned fifth place. Tiger Yearbook has been selected to be overrun as a national sample. Furthermore, we will recognize approximately 900 students for earning A/B or all A Honor Roll during the first semester in our first Breakfast of Champions event.

The accomplishments our students have earned are a direct correlation of strong teachers and parental involvement and an attitude of excellence that your child exhibits. This is a testament to the exceptional students at AMCHS who exemplify dedication, hard work, and excellence.

Sustaining a supportive environment is essential. Our students feel safe, supported, and cared for daily. Establishing positive relationships that are genuine and students know that we care are some of our top priorities. Several students have been commended for exhibiting positive behaviors through character education which is taught during Success Time. Our aim is to recognize students for being responsible, honest, fair, and doing what is right. These values promote a positive atmosphere and aid in the development of successful young adults.

Let me encourage you to stay involved. There is research that shows direct parental involvement impacts academic success. Educating your son or daughter, establishing positive relationships, sustaining a supportive environment, and using data to guide our decision making have been areas of focus. Our teachers and support staff are available to help your son or daughter. Our goal is for ALL students to be successful in their own way. We will continue to evaluate what we do to ensure ALL students learn at high levels.

If at any time you have any concerns, please do not hesitate to share those issues with us. The Journey to Success Continues at AMCHS.

Have a Tigerrific day!

Gwen Elder, Principal

A Reflection from A&M Consolidated High School’s Big Give

Prior to the Christmas break, A&M Consolidated High School teachers and staff were honored to attend the third annual Big Give at A&M Consolidated High School. Businesses, restaurants, PTO, and parents donated numerous gifts and assisted a hand during the event. These entities donated their time, energy, and financial contributions to make this day special. The faculty, staff, cafeteria workers, custodians, and administration were astounded by the love and support they received and honored by the kindness that was shown. None of this would have been possible without the following contributions:

The faculty and staff personally thank these entities from the bottom of our hearts-- we are truly grateful for the generosity they showed us during our Big Give.

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From the Counselor's Office:

Fall of 2014 has been extremely busy for students and spring of 2015 will be no different, with students selecting their courses for 2015-16 and state and national testing.

In January, 9th-11th grade students will receive a course request form, course cheat sheet, a 5-year plan sheet, a credit summary worksheet and a Course Description guide. Students will select courses using the Course Description Guide, consulting with parents and Academic Success teachers, and visiting with current teachers to get required signatures. Parents, please take this time to visit with your student about courses, credits and registration. January 20th-23rd counselors will be available during all lunches in the cafeteria to answer questions. A course request form and 5-year plan sheet should be turned in to their Academic Success teacher by January 23rd. Your signature is required on both sides of this form. Be sure to notice that some courses in the course descriptions book and cheat sheet are only offered at CSHS. You will need to fill out and turn in a transfer request to take these courses.

All students will receive a free updated transcript. 9th grade transcripts will not have a rank since they have not completed a full year of High School. Through this process, students and parents can view the courses taken, semester grades, credits, ranking and current GPA. The ownership of grades and courses is of utmost importance to students. This is a very important process that will affect your student next year and will help to determine staffing and scheduling at AMCHS and CSHS. Please take time with your student to carefully consider all course options. Feel free to call or email the Counseling Office if you have questions.

On February 25th, along with report cards, course request verification sheets and Career and Technology (CTE) course applications will be given to students in Academic Success. This will give parents and students an opportunity to review, correct or change their requests. It will also give parents the opportunity to attend a waiver meeting if they want their child in an upper level course for which they were not recommended. Waiver meetings will be held in the AMCHS lecture hall Wednesday, March 25th and Tuesday, March 31st at noon and 5:30. Parents must attend one of these if you plan for your student to be in a higher level course than was recommended by the teacher.

CTE applications must be filled out and returned before March 13th (before spring break). They will make decisions by mid-April. This will allow time for students to turn in their high school transfer requests to central office by the end of April. Students will be notified about their transfer status.

Deadline for change in course request – Friday, June 12th. Please mark this on your calendar! The only changes made for the 2015-2016 school year after June 12th will be those regarding summer school course completion and coach/director lists for teams and other programs.

Fall Semester report cards were sent home Wednesday, January 7th. Parents should review fall grades to see if their student needs to take summer school or a Credit by Exam for a course that was not passed during the fall. Parents should start discussing summer school needs with their student. Summer School information will be available in late April.

Seniors should have received letters about courses needed for graduation in May. It included courses from both fall and spring semesters. If you have any concerns or questions about your Senior please contact their counselor. Seniors should be checking our website and others for scholarships and should be logging in to the FAFSA website ( in January and working on financial aid for college.

Also, our wonderful PTO will be sponsoring Jeffrey Wright Hill to present her College Applications 101 information. This is a free and very informative explanation of the Who, What, When, Where & HOW of College Admissions. It is scheduled for Monday, January 26th, in the AMCHS auditorium from 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM. Watch our web page for more information coming soon.

The counseling office invites you to support the Arts Council and end hunger at the same time! Join us on Feb 28, 2015 from 11am – 2pm at the Crystal Park Plaza building for Empty Bowls, Jr. A portion of the proceeds benefit the AMCHS Food pantry. Come eat some great soup donated by local businesses, give a $10 donation and choose a bowl that’s been hand crafted by students from local schools.

Please visit or call (764-5510) the counseling and Guidance office for more information or check the web site ( for update on coming events.

Spring schedule for report cards & progress reports

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calendar of designated testing dates. (All dates are potentially subject to change according to state decisions.)

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College Night: Monday, January 26th from 6:30PM to 8:00 PM in AMCHS Auditorium

Jeffrey Hill ( will be presenting information about the college application process and what parents and students (Sophomores) need to do to be prepared. Although intended for Sophomores and their parents, the presentation will benefit all students and parents. Please stay tuned for more information.


Planning is underway for the Prom After Party which will be held at the Rec Center at Texas A&M University immediately following prom (Saturday, May 2,2015).

This event is only possible by your generous support. Please consider donating to this worthy cause to help keep our students safe.

Please make checks payable to the AFTER PROM BASH and mail to:
A&M Consolidated High School - APB 2015
1801 Harvey Mitchell Parkway South
College Station, TX 77840

All AMCHS Juniors and Seniors and their guests are welcome to attend the After Party even if they don’t attend the prom. The students pay a nominal fee and all other expenses are paid for by money that is raised throughout our community. This event is only made possible by the generous support of our parents, organizations and local businesses.

For more information or to volunteer please contact Linda Morgan at or Stephanie Gray at .

For details, please visit:!after-prom-bash/cjcs

To print a donation form, please click:

Tigerland Yearbook

The 2015 Tigerland Yearbook has been selected by Balfour as a national sample because it represents the best of what Balfour can offer its current and prospective clients! It's going to be excellent, so don't miss out on securing one for your student!

Yearbooks are still for sale online at The price is currently $75. You can order them online until mid-March, but the price will go up by $5 in February and again in March. Thanks for your orders!

If you receive a reminder to order from Smart-Pay but you have already ordered, please ignore the reminder. Unfortunately, Smart-Pay does not update it's mailing list to adjust for prior orders. You can use your customer number to check on the website if you are not sure whether you ordered yet or not.

Please keep your receipt for online orders!

For questions or concerns, please contact Freda Carraway at

Take a look at our staff gifts for January! Thank you Teachers!!

CSISD Education Foundation's, "50 Men Who Can Cook"

SAVE the DATE! - Friday, February 6, 2015

8th Annual 50 Men Who Can Cook

Brazos County Expo; 6:30pm

Click here for information on what 50 Men is all about:

Click here for information on sponsorships:

Empowering parents with education resources for their CSISD children

Check out AMCHS Counseling information on Freshman, Sophomore & Junior Checklists!!

Watch a video shown to our students on their first day back to school encouraging them to adopt a growth mindset and overcome struggles this year!

Growth Mindset ST video

Stay tuned for AMCHS Choir Performances of "The Addams Family" on February 5th, 6th 7th & 8th

Congrats Karna Venkatraj for winning State UIL 5A Congressional Debate!!