A Proud History of Acton Middle School
by Jane Ann Blasingame
Acton Middle School was opened in 2001 as a 7th-8th-9th grade campus. It was a period of trial, moving 9th grade from the high school to the middle school setting. In 2006 after five years, 9th grade was moved to a campus by itself, Crossland Ninth Grade Center. Sixth grade was added to the middle school, making it a 6th-7th-8th grade campus.
In our first year as a 6th-7th-8th grade campus, Acton Middle School was a TEA Recognized Campus. Our goal is to continue on this path, moving up to an Exemplary Campus.
Acton Middle School was built to hold a capacity of 1000 students. There are three wings for core classes, one wing for each grade level. The highest enrollment at AMS occurred in 2006-07, 858 students. The highest enrollment this year has been 778 students.
AMS boasts two gyms under roof (one with theater seating), a football field and 6-lane track, softball field, baseball field, and tennis courts. We have large band and choir rooms with practice rooms between them, theater arts classroom, and two art rooms. The cafeteria has a full-size stage with dressing rooms, sound, and lighting. The campus opened with two computer labs. Two have already been added, and we are currently working on a fifth computer lab. We want to offer top-of-the-line technology for our students.
Over the past six years students have achieved high honors in art, athletics, band, choir, literary events, and theatre arts. We have a well-rounded student body, composed of many talented students.
We have been fortunate each year to have very supportive and active parents. Our PTO has earned and donated large sums of money to the campus for the purchase of “extra” items to include technology items, library books, and everything in between. The volunteers have also provided many services to help our teachers and students.
A number of personnel have retired from Acton Middle School. They include Ronnie Nations, Polly Whelchel, Janie Green, Glenda Collins, Margaret Sawyer, Cynthia Pigg, and Cathey Sims Hartmann. Three assistant principals, one counselor, and three teachers have moved on to be principals/administrators: Kyle Hayden, Edwin Young, Marc Malloy, Diane Fullerton, Victor Sauceda, Leslie Tewell, and Patricia Yelverton.
One of our young teachers, Amy Kirkpatrick, passed away June 6, 2005, following a long battle with cancer. In November of 2006 we dedicated our library in her honor because of the great pleasure Amy had in teaching her special needs students how to read. It is now the Amy Kirkpatrick Memorial Library. Our goal is to continue to add reading materials and equipment to make it a Recognized or Exemplary Level Library.