Armada Middle School
November/December 2021 Newsletter
From the desk of Principal, Todd Schafer
It seems like just yesterday we were planning Tiger Days and working on student schedules for the school year. And in the blink of the eye, here we are flipping the calendar to November and planning for the winter months ahead. Due to the shortened school month in December, this newsletter will contain information pertaining to both the months of November and December. The next edition of the newsletter will be in January, 2022. With that being said, I’d like to take this early opportunity to wish our Armada Middle School families a safe and enjoyable holiday season!
- Congratulations to our students and staff on a very successful round of state testing to close out the 2020-2021 school year last spring! Below you will find our testing results and how we measure up to state averages and also to other districts in the county.
- First trimester classes end on Friday, November 19th. Report cards will be sent home with students during the week of November 29th. Second trimester classes begin on Monday, November 29th.
- Congratulations to the AMS football, volleyball, sideline cheer, and cross-country teams on their great fall seasons. All the teams worked incredibly hard and represented the school with pride!
- Students are expected to exit the building in a timely manner after dismissal at the end of the day. If students are in the building after school hours for tutoring, athletic events, or meetings they must be directly supervised by a staff member. A supervised study hall is available until 3:30 p.m. in room 140 for students awaiting rides, practices, etc.
- November 5 - Half day all students - Exams (Hours 1-3)
- November 19 - Half day all students - Exams (Hours 4-6)
- November 22 - No School - Thanksgiving Recess Begins
- November 29 - School Resumes
- December 14 - Half Day all students - Teacher In-Service
- December 23 - No School - Winter Recess Begins
- January 4 - School Resumes
OCTOBER STUDENTS OF THE MONTH
Tessa Long, 7th Grade
Tessa is very inquisitive and always tries to further her understanding of a subject. She is always sweet and kind to everyone.
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Luke Kanniainen, 7th Grade
Luke is a very positive student who is very cooperative and thoughtful when working with others.
Amvets Essay Contest
It’s that time of year again for the annual Amvets National Americanism Essay Contest! All students are welcome to participate! This year’s theme is Why Should we Honor and Respect our Veterans? Essays will be judged on originality, adherence to the theme, and literary composition. Prizes will be given to 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners from each grade level.
Interested students can pick up an entry form from their Language Arts teachers. Essays are due in the main office by November 5, 2021. We look forward to reading all of your essays!
Communication is KEY
Adolescent Outreach Counseling
Six Word Memoir Project
Ms. Aiello is excited to announce that her classes have been accepted into a pilot program by Six Word Memoir Project!
Six Word Memoir Project revolves around the question - Could you tell your life story in just six words? It started with a legend that Ernest Hemingway was once challenged to write a story in only six words. His response? “For sale: baby shoes, never worn.” In November 2006, a magazine founder gave the six word novel a personal twist by asking his community to describe their lives in exactly six words. His community responded immediately with short stories that ranged from sad to inspirational to funny - “Cursed with cancer, blessed with friends”, “From migrant worker to NASA astronaut”, “Life is better in soft pajamas”, and my personal favorite - “Cold Pop-Tart; messy hair; running late.”
Since 2006, Six Word Memoir Project has been featured in hundreds of magazines and newspapers, thousands of blogs, and can be found inside 1 million Honest Tea bottle caps.
Recently, Six Word Memoir Project started a classroom pilot program called Six in School. Once accepted into the program, the teacher receives all the materials and lessons necessary for students to get creative and write their own Six Word Memoirs. When all of the students have created their memoirs, the teacher sends everything back to Six Word Memoir and the company publishes and prints a poetry style book with all of the students memoirs included - free of charge!!
Ms. Aiello received all of the materials in mid-October and is hoping to send everything back to the company by Thanksgiving. She will keep parents updated on the completion of the poetry book as there is an option for parents to purchase a book as well.