Apache eNews

May 2nd, 2016

Upcoming AMS Events

***AMS PTA Community Garage Sale/Vendor Fair

Saturday, April 30th, 8am-1pm

2501 Jupiter Road

Plano, TX

DON'T FORGET! AMS PTA will be hosting a Community Garage Sale/Vendor Fair on Saturday, April 30th from 8:00am – 1:00pm in the front parking lot of Bowman Middle School.

Mark your calendars and come shopping on April 30th. We will have kitchen items, bicycles, a huge assortment of other items, as well as our famous "Fill a Bag for $5" clothing tables!

In addition, several independent vendors (Thirty One, Premier Jewelry, Tupperware) will be there selling their goods! So come shop new or used and help support the students at Armstrong Middle School!


Wednesday, May 4th, 5pm

901 East 15th Street

Plano, TX

***All MS Cross Country Meets are run at Haggard/Plano SH: 5:00/GIRLS, 5:30/BOYS

8th Grade Celebration – A Night on the Red Carpet

Friday, May 20th, 7-10pm

1700 Country Club Drive

Plano, TX

Get ready for a spectacular night of Food, Friends and Fun! The 8th Grade Celebration will be Friday, May 20th at Los Rios Country Club from 7pm-10pm.

There will be lots of food, a DJ and dancing, casino tables and a photo booth. So get dressed up for a night out and join in the fun!

***Tickets are $25 and can be purchased at www.apachepta.org. If you would like to pay by cash or check we will be selling tickets in the cafeteria during B & C lunches May 13 – May 17. May 17th will be the LAST day to purchase tickets.

***Tickets will NOT be available for purchase at the door.

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Gateway Academy Summer Camp Registration is now Open!

Monday, June 13th, 7:45am

3805 Timberline Drive

Plano, TX

Gateway Academy Summer Camp registration is now Open!

*Three camp sessions at Robinson MS, Wilson MS and Otto MS. Please help recruit students for our camp by sharing this info at your campus!

Website: http://k-12.pisd.edu/currinst/cte/pages/gtt-camp.html

  • Each session is four days long (Mon. – Thurs.) Students can only attend one session.
  • Camp program time is from 7:45 am–11:45 am.
  • ***Tuition is $95.
  • Each session is limited to 25 students. It is intended for incoming 7th and 8th grade students only.
  • ***Camp locations are Robinson, Otto and Wilson.
  • We will plan for new curriculum/projects from last year since we anticipate having returning students that attended last summer. The main projects will revolve around robotics.
  • T-Shirts will be provided for all participants.
  • Each camper will be given a Certificate of Completion on the last day.
  • Campers will take home the projects they complete during the camp (if applicable).

The last hour of each session will be a student showcase/show and tell for parents to come in and see what the campers did during the week.

Session #1 – Monday, June 13 – Thursday, June 16:

Otto MS | Wilson MS | Robinson MS

Session #2 Monday, June 20 – Thursday, June 23:

Otto MS | Wilson MS | Robinson MS

Session #3 Monday, June 27 – Thursday, June 30:

Otto MS | Wilson MS | Robinson MS

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Special eNews on Armstrong Tutorial Schedule

Apache Parents and Students:

Please open link below to see our new tutorial schedule and guidelines. Also, we are working on some new local testing guidelines that will be coming soon!


2016 AMS AVID Club Schedule

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Young Masters Program

Eligibility: Texas 8th to 11th grade students (or homeschooled students who have achieved a comparable status towards high school graduation) who are legal US and Texas residents

Intent: To advance the creative economy of Texas by investing in the future of the arts.

This program awards grants to talented young artists to further their studies in their chosen field. This grant is not a college scholarship. The most talented young artists will receive the title of Young Master and will be awarded grants of $5,000 per year to further their studies in their chosen arts disciplines. Students are to receive the grant for up to two years, but they must submit a plan for study annually. Students must be participating in a school-based arts program, summer institute, a specialized course of study, or receiving private lessons from a qualified instructor. Students must maintain passing grades in all academic areas. Applications will be from the student, his or her parent/guardian, and his or her arts instructor. This program is available every other year.

Deadline: November 15 , 2017 will be the next deadline for this program.

Follow this link to sign up for notifications about this program.

The 2015 materials will be updated prior to the next deadline:




Texas Young Masters is a joint program of the Texas Cultural Trust and the Texas Commission on the Arts. The Young Masters program was established with generous contributions from AT&T Foundation, Anheuser-Busch Companies, Applied Materials, Burlington Northern, The Honorable David Dewhurst, Emerson Electric, Mrs. Gene Jones, Mr. George Mitchell, Plum Foundation, Ray C. Fish Foundation, Raytheon, Texas Women for the Arts and Mrs. W. D. Noel.

For more questions, please contact:

Chuck Winkler

Box Tops for Education

Armstrong is collecting Box Tops for Education. They are found on many General Mills products and each six weeks they are collected during 6th period.

***The 6th period class that has the most box tops will be rewarded each six weeks!

Apache Dads

Calling all Armstrong Middle School Dads, Big Brothers, Uncles, Grandfathers, Nephews.... We need your help!!!

Interested in volunteering and being a part of the Apache Dads? Then please email Carlos Clabiorne at clabiorne@gmail.com and get on the list!

PTA News - Come Join AMS PTA

Make a difference today! Parents and family, show your student how much you support

him/her and this school! How can you do that? Here's three easy ways:

1. Join PTA--for as little as $10, you will help fund programs and events for the students, and make our voice bigger and louder for all students;

2. Volunteer--1 hour a year or 1 hour a day, whatever you have, you WILL make a difference; and,

3. Donate--$1, $50, or $100, EVERY cent goes to work for your student and this school! No amount is too small--and none is too big!

Whether you join PTA, volunteer your time, choose to donate money, or all three, make the commitment to your student and his/her success, and know that you made a difference!

Attention volunteers! Please remember that EVERY school year, you must complete your volunteer application with PISD. Please visit the PISD website here to complete that process. Don't be left out of school events and programs because you forgot!

Here's the link: http://www.pisd.edu/about.us/partners.volunteers/index.shtml.


Armstrong PTA has a committee dedicated to raising money to help continue our efforts to support the students and the school itself. Contact Katrina Tadeja at simplysublime@live.com to join our efforts or if you have any questions.

There are SO MANY painless, easy ways to help raise money for our school - here are a few:

Box Tops: Send your Box Tops in to school (Front Office or advisory teachers) and Armstrong earns money from each one.

Shoparoo: Is a mobile app (iPhone or Android) that turns pictures of your everyday grocery receipts into instant donations!

Amazon Smile: When shopping online at Amazon, please don't forget to go to www.smile.amazon.com and make sure you choose Armstrong Middle School, Plano TX as your charity!

Kroger Plus Card: link your Plus card to AMS (Our school code is 90264) on www.krogercommunityrewards.com, then start shopping!

Tom Thumb Rewards Card: Take your Rewards card to the Courtesy Booth and ask them to link it to AMS (Our School code is 5755).

Shop With Scrip: Exciting new PTA fundraiser! This online partner allows you to purchase gift cards from a long list of merchants (e.g., Gap, Kroger, Starbucks, Chevron, Marriott, Target) and AMS PTA earns a rebate on the dollar amount of each cards sold. Simply log on to www.shopwithscrip.com and create an account, make sure to use our enrollment code A9LD547437921.

World Wear Project: Donate your used textiles (clothing, shoes, belts, hats, backpacks, stuffed animals, etc). WWP recycles/reuses/resells the fabrics, and AMS PTA earns money on the donated items! Tell your neighbors too. Anyone can donate to the bin. Read more here: www.worldwearproject.com.

Breakfast and Lunch Menus

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Pre-pay for School Meals at www.paypams.com

Thank You To Our Amazing PTA Sponsors!

Important Information - Incoming Freshmen - 2015-2016

So, what's high school really like? Will there be more work? Do you have questions about your choice of subjects for high school? Do you wonder what you will be taking when you go to McMillen? Confused by all of the choices or just need a little more information? Then see if the attached powerpoint answers your questions!

If you want more information about high school, be sure to attend Parent Night at McMillen on January 14th at 6:30 pm. As always, if you have any questions, please contact the counseling office.