If you have concerns about your child's grades, Parent Teacher Conferences are scheduled for Monday, November 4th and Thursday, November 14th from 3:30 - 7:00 pm. Appointments are needed to speak with teachers on conference nights. You may schedule appointments by calling 740-593-7107, extension 1104 or 1103.
Athens Middle School ※ Kara Bolin, Principal
51-55 W. State St. ※ Athens, OH 45701
Phone: 740.593.7107 ※ Fax: 740.594.6506
Sign of Suicide (SOS)
The SOS program is coming to the Athens City School District this month. It is a suicide prevention program though Nationwide children's Hospital. the goal of the Signs of Suicide (SOS) Prevention Program is to reduce youth suicides by teaching students and staff to recognize the signs of symptoms of suicide and depression in themselves and others and to follow the ACT (Acknowledge, Care, Tell) message. The SOS Program encourages conversation around mental health issues, including depression and suicide among school staff, families, and students. There are two key strategies to the program; an educational curriculum for students and adults, and a brief screening for depression and suicidal behavior, followed by a risk assessment for those students who need immediate help. Program components include, training, peer-to-peer discussion, screenings, consultation, and caregiver/community education. This program is offered at no cost to the district.
If you or someone you know is thinking about suicide, contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (1-800-273-8255) or contact the Crisis Text Line by texting "START" to 741-741.
Visit the Suicide Prevention Resource Center website to learn more about this program.
AMS Bulldog Bark
Every Learner. Every Day.
When your child misses school, parents/guardians are required to report the absence. Please call 1-866-811-3171. Make up work can be requested when a student has been absent two (2) consecutive days. Homework must be requested by 8:30 am by calling the school at 740-593-7107 and choosing Option #2 so it can then be picked up in the Principal's Office between 2:30 and 3:30 pm. On the day of return, he/she must bring a note indicating the date(s) of absence(s) as well as the reason for the absence. Please do not call the school for an early release of your student unless it is absolutely necessary. Rather, send a note to school either the morning of the early release date or on the previous day. That way, your child will be accurately listed on the daily absence sheet as leaving early for an appointment. This notification allows his/her teachers to be informed of the early release and simplifies the process at school. Parent/Guardians must visit the Principal's Office to sign their children out.
Parent Teacher Conferences
November 2019 AMS Bulldog Bark
Parents and Guardians are invited to join the Athens Middle School Parent Teacher Organization. Online membership forms can be found on the AMS PTO link on the AMS website. Any questions can be sent to AMSPTO@athenscsd.org.
PTO sponsors some school dances, helps with the book fair, helps with Career Day, sponsors Advisory classes, provides meals for staff during Parent-Teacher Conferences, and helps with the celebration for Eighth Grade Graduation.
Our next meeting will be held at noon on November 8th. Please contact AMSPTO@athenscsd.org to add items to our agenda. Meeting minutes will be emailed to all members and are available on our website.
Families can support middle school initiatives by clipping and sending in Box Tops for Education. Students can place Box Tops in to the envelope in the cafeteria or give them to their advisory teacher.
At AMS fees are collected for Art, Design and Modeling and Band. This first semester Art and Design and Modeling fee is due no later than December 20. Band, a year long course, is due no later than May 15, 2020. Parents, please send any payment with your child to the appropriate staff member. Checks payable to Athens Middle School. Also, if your student was on a sports team they owe a $15 Travel fee which may be brought to the office. Travel fee checks are payable to Athens City Schools. If you have questions regarding your child's fees, please contact the school at 740-593-7107, Ext. 1103.
AMS PTO News
AMS Chorus News
AMS Band News
Coming soon! Our AMS "Fall Into Winter" concert will be held on Monday, November 25 at 7:00 pm in the AMS Auditorium. Singers will need to arrive by 6:30 in the chorus room. The seventh and eighth grade choruses are working hard and putting together some beautiful harmonies! The same students will be singing the National Anthem for our Veteran's Day remembrance, and will also have the opportunity to sing with the AHS Symphonic Choir when they come to perform in December. Parents of current members, please make sure you have received more detailed information about the concert.
If you have a student who will be in chorus for the full year or in second semester, please note that the Spring concert has been planned for Monday, May 11. They may also have the chance to sing with the high school choirs on Sunday, March 22.
Great job by all of our 7th and 8th grade students at All Band Night!! At this time, we are working as a band during class to prepare for our first concert. The concert will take place on Wednesday, December 4th at 7:00 pm in the AMS Auditorium. We are currently beginning the music in preparation for this concert as well as continuing to improve students' individual instrumental music skills. Please be encouraging your student to be practicing several days a week for a total of 80 minutes a week! I am very proud of the student's dedication, and can't wait to see how much they improve over the course of the year. I also want to extend special congratulations to the following 7th and 8th grade band members for their participation in the AHS Marching Green and Gold this season: Abby Allwine, John Bowie, Kevin Bowie, Sarah Eggers, Helaina Flynn, Adam Fox, Ava Frost, Luke Hansen, Alden Laipply, Suhaani Rao, and Oscar Uhalde. These students dedicated time to after school practices and performances with the high school students in addition to their work in the 7th and 8th grade Band. the AHS Marching Green and Gold qualified for OMEA State Finals this year and these students contributed greatly to these efforts. Thanks for your continued support of the Athens Middle School Band Program!
Our first grading period ended Thursday, October 17 and report cards were distributed Friday, October 25. Please see the attached Honor Roll for the first nine week grading period.
You're Awesome! You're Amazing! YOU Rock!
OCTOBER BE WEEK focused on getting everyone at AMS on the Positive Energy Bus by focusing on creating goals to help us BE the Best Bulldog we can BE now and in the future! Every student participated in creating a positive vision and setting goals to reach their best bulldog future. We finished the week by feeding the positive Bulldog inside of us by encouraging each other in multiple ways. In Advisory every student engaged in learning more about how to BE the Best Bulldog by focusing on the AMS Core Value of the day (PRESENT, PREPARED, POSITIVE, THOROUGH, KIND).
When an adult at AMS observes a student exhibiting a core value they will often give the student a green "BE" recognition slip. These slips can be used in the school store for a small reward. Make sure you ask your child if they have received a "BE" slip. Many students have already received BE Slips for Being the Best Bulldog they can BE! October's Bulldog of the Month recipients are Nico Benencia-Correges, Brielyn Bycofski, Mary Glascock, Owen Pancratz, Michael Shields, Jod Aldossari, Treycen Carr, Matthew Hamill, Robert Lewis, and Nathan Morris.
In addition to our monthly drawing, during BE WEEK drawings from BE slips occurred every day for students to receive even more encouragement and support for being on the Positive Energy Bus driving to BE the Best Bulldog they can BE!
We would like to thanks WENDY'S of Athens for donating free frosty certificates to our school store! Thank you for your support!
AMS Scholastic Book Fair
8th Grade Trip
November 2019 AMS Bulldog Bark
Making Middle Grades Work
Any student interested in participating in the science fair should express their interest to their science teacher.
Reading for pleasure inside and outside of school has real and long-lasting benefits. It unlocks the power of information and imagination and helps kids discover who they are. Our Scholastic Book Fair is a reading event that brings to school the books kids want to read. It's a wonderful selection of engaging and affordable books for every reading level. Please make plans to visit our Book Fair and be involved in shaping your child's reading habits.
Our Book Fair will be held November 4 - 8 during school hours and November 4 during Parent Conferences from 3:30 - 7:00 pm. Before you visit the Book Fair, be sure to download the Book Fair app to help you find the right books for your child. For more information, visit: scholastic.com/apps/bookfairs. If you are unable to attend the Fair in person, we invite you to visit our online Book Fair at scholastic.com/fair. Our online Fair is available from October 30 to November 12.
The annual 8th grade trip is May 20-22, 2020. Next scheduled payment is due December 1, 2019. https://tri.ps/IOIF6 (capitals for ioif6). Final payment is due February 15, 2020. Payments may also be mailed to: Martin School Travel 2040 Regency Road Suite F, Lexington, KY 40503. If you have questions, please contact Mrs. Matters at firstname.lastname@example.org, AMS DC Coordinator.
November 8 PTO Meeting, 12:00 pm
November 8 Last Day for Book Fair, Library
November 11 Veteran's Day Assembly 8:00 am
November 14 Parent Conferences, 3:30 - 7 pm
November 25 Winter Chorus Concert 7:00 pm
November 27-29 No School, Thanksgiving Break
December 2 No School, Thanksgiving Break
December 4 Band Concert, 7:00 pm, Aud.
November 4 Book Fair Begins, Library
November 4 Parent Conferences, 3:30 - 7 pm
November 5 No School: Teacher Inservice