• AMS Pirate Nation 1-24-20

    Posted by JIMMY DAWSON on 1/24/2020 5:00:00 AM


    AMS Pirate Nation,                    


    Congratulations to all AMS Students & Staff for receiving our Re-designation as a Texas School To Watch.    The National Forum to Accelerate Middle-Grades Reform and the Texas Association of Secondary School Principals (TASSP), as part of a national recognition program, have re-designated Acton Middle School as a Texas School to Watch!   AMS joins approximately 45 other Texas campuses with this distinction and honor.   This designation allows us to network with other high performing schools across the state and nation.   As in any organization and business, it’s imperative that we continually research areas to improve.   Through this process, we have been able to implement innovative strategies for student success.   The representatives from our recent site visit said, “AMS is truly a model campus with passionate and dedicated teachers.”.     

    Special “Thanks” to the following staff members for taking the time last summer to work together to complete the required application to continue our designation as a Texas School To Watch.    

    Autumn Lane  /  Jennifer Pullano  /  Scott Carpenter  /  Jeremy Scott  /  Landry Mullins  /  Jennifer Pennington



    Next Friday, January 31st, both GISD middle schools will have an EARLY RELEASE DAY at 12:45pm.    The middle schools attend 9 additional minutes per day, which equates to 3 ½ more days than other campuses.   Therefore, the middle schools have been given the afternoon of January 31st for Teacher Professional Development.    The time will be spent with teachers working together in departments to organize, plan, and create engaging instructional lessons for students.    In addition, this will be time for teachers to review our current data and identify students in need of additional instructional support.    Thank you for preparing now for next Friday’s early release day at 12:45pm. 



    Students seeking the position of cheerleader at Acton Middle School should have uppermost in their minds to promote and uphold school spirit, to develop a sense of good sportsmanship among the students, and to build better relationships among schools during all phases of athletic events for the entire yearAMS Cheer Tryouts are open to upcoming 8th grade students only.   If a student wishes to try out for the AMS Cheer Squad for the 2020-2021 academic school year they must have completed and turned in a Cheer Tryout Packet by end of the school day January 31, 2020.



    Our UIL Academic Meet is set for February 4th & 6th at Baxter Jr. High in Everman.   Students who have qualified for an event must turn in the required permission slip by Tuesday, January 28th.    Thank you for making sure this proper permission slip is returned to AMS. 



    Don't miss your chance to get your 8th Grader a dedication for their last middle school yearbook!

    Honor your 8th grader by adding a dedication in our 2019-2020 yearbook. The deadline for 8th grade dedications is February 1, 2020.  Be sure to make your purchase online at www.balfour.com.  Email the picture(s) and dedication to mindy.badgett@granburyisd.org.   



    A special additional edition of the AMS Pirate Nation will follow this with details for a new and updated school district policy regarding student promotion and retention.    This NEW change will be taking effect this summer.    Be watching for the next email with details of summer school and student intervention plans for identified students.     


    Thank you for allowing us to educate your child.  It’s an honor!



    AMS Pirate Nation,


    This additional version of our AMS Pirate Nation is Mr. Dawson’s alert and warning to families and students who may be in danger of failing and/or at risk of not receiving credit for the year due to attendance.    For the past several years, GISD has been very soft and forgiving with our decisions for students who are struggling academically and/or with attendance.   We now have firm plans in place for students who are not successful with grades, attendance, and even state assessments (STAAR).    I can honestly say that we are now holding a firm line not to allow students simply to “move on” to the next grade.  


    The plans we have in place are very intentional for students to have multiple opportunities for additional support, intervention, and strategies that will help now and in the future.    Our school district has recognized a problem that some students are not reading on grade level which prolongs their frustration into high school and beyond.   Therefore, we have plans in place to support students we have identified.


    1. We will be requiring additional tutoring for students that are in danger of failing for the school year.  This will begin soon with students receiving individual notices for after school tutoring time. 
    2. Students that are failing at the end of the year will be required to attend Summer School or be at risk of being retained in the same grade.    Summer School will be for students in Grades 3-8, and will be held from June 3rd – July 2nd.    Students that are assigned Summer School must successfully complete the requirements or be at risk of being retained.    More details to come with our full summer school plan.


    Please know I am hoping to communicate this out to all families in an effort to partner together to support all students now.    Our goal is to have every student successful at AMS and be fully prepared for high school. 

    As always, please do not hesitate to call AMS to set an appointment with one of our administrative team members if you have further questions.   (Counselors, Instructional Specialist, Special Programs Coordinator, Assistant Principal, or Principal) 


    Thank you for allowing us to educate your child.  It’s an honor!


    Jimmy Dawson


    Acton Middle School

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  • AMS Pirate Nation 1-17-20

    Posted by JIMMY DAWSON on 1/17/2020 6:00:00 AM

    AMS Pirate Nation,


    Monday, January 20th is a student holiday.   We will not have school next Monday, but will resume normal classes on Tuesday, January 21st.  



    Congratulations to Mann Vaghashia for winning the GISD Area 18 Spelling Bee.   Mann will proceed to the Scripps Regional Spelling Bee at TCU in March. Let's cheer him on to victory!



    I would like to extent a huge “Thanks” to our AMS staff, students, and parents who committed this week to the Schools to Watch site visit from the TASSP (Texas Association of Secondary School Principals) representatives.    Wednesday, we had representatives from TASSP come to AMS to visit our campus.   Schools to Watch is a program for “High Performing” schools who are open to sharing their best practices with other schools around the state and nation.   In 2016, AMS was designated as a Texas School To Watch and this past week it was our 3 year re-designation site visit.    There were over 50 schools across the state of Texas who applied for the program this year, and only about 25 schools made the cut to receive a site visit.    We hope to hear next week the results.    



    8th grade students and parents are encouraged to attend the CTE Open House this coming Tuesday, January 21st at Granbury High School.   The open house is from 5:00pm – 6:30pm for all 8th grade students and families who wish to go learn more about the various programs at GHS.   All AMS 8th grade students had a tour this week, and now it’s time for parents to come see the wonderful things at the Career and Technical Education Center.  We hope you can attend this open house on Tuesday night.



    It’s time to purchase your 2019-2020 AMS YEARBOOK!  This year’s edition is $30 and you can order online at www.balfour.com.  Order before January 24, 2020 to guarantee your copy.   Don’t put this off, you will regret it when we are out of yearbooks. 


    Thank you for allowing us to educate your child, it’s an honor!



    Jimmy Dawson


    Acton Middle School

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  • AMS Pirate Nation 1-10-20

    Posted by JIMMY DAWSON on 1/10/2020 6:00:00 AM

    AMS Pirate Nation,


    Happy New Year!  Welcome to 2020!   Mark your calendars for AMS Early Release Day on January 31st at 12:45pm.



    On Friday, January 31st AMS students will be dismissed at 12:45pm.   This additional early release was approved by the GISD Board on December 16th, and is not on your normal school calendars.  

    Our teachers and staff at the middle schools will have a Professional Development time in the afternoon.   The GISD Middle Schools go to school 9 minutes longer than all other GISD campuses.   The additional 9 minutes per day equals 3 ½ days more than other GISD campuses.   Therefore, the GISD Board has approved for our staff to have some time to devote to planning, organizing, and collaborating together to build effective instruction for your students. 



    Please join me in congratulating our AMS Staff and Student Body for being recognized by the AVID Chief Executive Officer for becoming an “AVID Emerging Schoolwide Site” for 2019-2020.   We have put in 3 years of hard work and dedication for student success with our schoolwide AVID program, and are now being recognized for our work!   Congratulations to all of AMS for this accomplishment!



    1.  Next Thursday, all 8th grade students will travel to Granbury High School to tour the CTE (Career & Technical Education) Department.    GHS students presented the various programs this week to all 8th grade students.   Now, students will have an opportunity to go and see the programs of interest to them.   Parents, mark your calendars now for 8th grade registration at GHS on February 6th from 6pm-8pm. 
    2.  Also, next Thursday, 7th Grade AMS AVID Students will be going to University of Texas at Arlington for a campus tour and basketball game.  



    Our AMS Campus Leadership Team meeting will be held on Monday, January 13th.   ALL Parents and community members are invited to attend this open meeting.   We meet about 4-5 times per year with open conversations about campus initiatives, future events, reflection on current programs and procedures, and creation / review of our AMS Campus Improvement Plan.   No invitation is needed, so please come and be a part of our Campus Team. 

    AMS Campus Leadership Team Meeting:

    Monday, January 13th

    8:00am and 4:20pm  - Both meetings will deliver the same information, just two opportunities to attend.   




    Just a few quick reminders from our parent orientation this past August to help our AMS traffic flow smooth and efficiently in the afternoons. 

    • All students should be picked up in the front or east side of AMS.
    • No student pick up in the back of AMS which is designated for buses only.
    • Students should NOT walk across James Road to get into vehicles.
    • Students may exit out the 6th & 7th grade hallways to walk to the bus or ride.   No exit out the 8th grade hallway for any reason. 
    • Please do not block traffic waiting on your child.   Find a parking space in order for other vehicles to move through the parking lot. 

    Our traffic flow has been good, and for dismissing 950 students at one time, it takes time.   By 4:25pm, our campus is normally free and clear of congestion.   Thank you so much for your help and support.

    AMS Parent Pickup Map

    AMS Parent Pickup Map #2


    Thank you for allowing us to educate your child, it’s an honor.


    Jimmy Dawson


    Acton Middle School

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  • AMS Pirate Nation 12-19-19

    Posted by JIMMY DAWSON on 12/19/2019 6:00:00 AM

    AMS Pirate Nation,


    Beginning January 6th, we will have 4 new teachers joining our team here at AMS.   I would like to introduce you to our new staff members and their new roles.


    6th Grade Social Studies

    Jackie Gist:               Ms. Gist is joining us as a former 2nd & 3rd grade teacher in Sherman, Texas and The Woodlands.   Ms. Gist has her Master’s Degree in Counseling and is very excited to join our 6th grade team.

    **Mrs. Acevedo and her family are moving to El Paso for her husband’s new job.    Special Thanks to Mrs. Acevedo for her time here at AMS.   We will miss you!


    6th Grade Technology In Action

    Stephanie Shinnerer:         Mrs. Shinnerer is a former AVID Coordinator at Bowman Middle School in Plano ISD.    She has experience teaching 3rd, 5th, 6th, & 7th grade students, has been the BMS Teacher of the Year in 2010, and is a 3 year recipient of the Plano Education Foundation Award from 2012-2015.  We are excited for Mrs. Shinnerer to join our staff and bring her experience into the classroom to support our students.

    **Mrs. Cutlip served as teacher and sponsor here at AMS from 2007-2019.    We value and appreciate the wonderful dedication and commitment Mrs. Cutlip brought to AMS over the years.   We wish Mrs. Cutlip all the best in her new endeavor as she enjoys family and grand-babies.


    Special Education Inclusion

    Debbie Hiler:            Mrs. Hiler is a former parent of AMS as her daughters attended here in previous years.   Mrs. Hiler currently teaches at Oakwoods here in GISD.   She has a heart and passion for students and will be joining our AMS Special Education department supporting students who are served under special education.   We are excited for Mrs. Hiler to join our team and support students and teachers across our campus.


    Leveled Literacy Intervention Aide

    Teresa Wood:          Mrs. Wood is a graduate of Baylor University and currently serves as a tutor here at AMS part time.   Mrs. Wood has 10 years teaching experience at Boles Junior High in Arlington ISD.   She taught 7th & 8th grade history and also served the English department as a Reading Teacher.    Mrs. Wood is excited to work with students who need additional support in reading through our LLI program for this spring semester.   


    One additional hire we made in early December was Allen Clark.   Mr. Clark is joining our AMS Behavior Support to Inclusion program.   Thank you to Mr. Clark for jumping in and supporting our students!


    Please help me welcome our new teachers and staff to AMS.    We are excited to have these new faces to our AMS Family!




    Jimmy Dawson


    Acton Middle School

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  • AMS Pirate Nation 12-13-19

    Posted by JIMMY DAWSON on 12/13/2019 6:00:00 AM

    AMS Pirate Nation,


    The last week is upon us, and this will be the last newsletter from my desk to AMS Pirate Nation in 2019.  What a great year it has been for many of us.   We’ve accomplished so much here at AMS, and look forward to what this new year will bring.  In fact, it’s been an incredible decade here at AMS.    I’ve watched my own personal children come through AMS, we have become a Texas School To Watch, we reached the “Exemplary” level with our state accountability, we’ve seen the creation of an incredible Outdoor Learning Center, and we have continued our AMS Belief Statement as the foundation of our campus.    My hope and dream will be that our vision and pursuit of student excellence continues this next decade with 2020 as the start of another huge decade for our students, staff, families, and community.   Stay tuned because some big things are to come.    You don’t want to miss out, I guarantee you!    J



    On Monday & Tuesday of this next week, we will have an alternate bell schedule in order for us to shut down classroom instruction for our first semester benchmark testing.   Students will take exams this week in order for us as teachers to return from Christmas Break to analyze and reflect on areas of strength and areas of improvement needed.   Please treat these days as “testing days” for your child.    A good night’s rest and healthy breakfast is recommended.    Students will be graded on these exams as well as referred for additional interventions if needed.   In fact, these semester exams will be used as additional data for students who may be referred to summer school.  Our goal is for ALL students to be successful, although knowing some students will need additional support.     See the schedule below:

    Monday:                   Morning Exam – Math

                                        Afternoon Exam – Science

    Tuesday:                    Morning Exam – Reading

                                        Afternoon Exam – Social Studies (7th Grade Writing, Not SS)

    Click below to see the printable version of our Semester Exam Schedule for next week:





    This coming Thursday will be an early release day at 12:45pm.    This will launch us into our Christmas Holiday vacation.    Students will return to school on Tuesday, January 7th.   Teachers will return to school the day before for a staff development day.    Click below to see the schedule for Thursday’s Early Release Day:




    From our Spelling Bee Coordinator, Mrs. Gilmer:

    I’m proud to announce that 8th grader Mann Vaghashia is the AMS 2019-20 Spelling Bee Champion!

    8th grader Lucas Hyde took second place and will serve as Mann’s alternate to the GISD & Area 18 Spelling Bee on January 16. Mann defeated a field of 28 competitors. The winning word was “diaphoresis”.

    I’d also like to say a special thank you to our judges, JeriAnn Dewberry, Stacy Bishop, and Rene Jackson, and to our pronouncer, Michelle Jackson.

    Congratulations Mann and Lucas!   Great job!


    It’s time to purchase your 2019-2020 AMS YEARBOOK!  This year’s edition is $30 and you can order online at www.balfour.com.  Order before January 24, 2020 to guarantee your copy.   Don’t put this off, you will regret it when we are out of yearbooks. 

    Thank you for allowing us to educate your child, it’s an honor!



    Jimmy Dawson


    Acton Middle School

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  • AMS Pirate Nation 11-22-19

    Posted by JIMMY DAWSON on 11/21/2019 6:00:00 AM

    AMS Pirate Nation,



    Tomorrow is our AMS Day of Service.   All 945 AMS Students are assigned a service opportunity somewhere throughout our community.   Please do not try to pick up your child in the morning time unless it is an emergency.   If you need your child, please come by AMS, check out your child from our front office, then know you may have to drive to their assigned service location in Granbury to pick them up.   We will be fully prepared to help, but if you can wait until after 1:00pm, that is when students will be back on campus for lunch and afternoon stations.  

    Tomorrow is a special day for our students and staff!    We want it to be a day where students are not selfish, but understand the importance of putting others first in life.   Thank you for allowing us to teach these life lessons, and partner with you as parents in raising our next generation of leaders.   


    8:36 – 9:00

    Students meet in Service Groups for attendance

    9:00 – 9:30

    Students load buses and go to service locations

    9:30 – 11:45

    Students work, serve, and help at the various service sites

    12:00 – 1:00

    Students return to campus for lunch

    1:05 – 3:30

    Students rotate through 4 stations for games and activities

    3:30 – 4:15

    Pep Rally to end the day


    AMS PTO Holidaze Ugly Sweater Soiree – Friday, December 6th:

    On Friday, December 6th, from 4:15pm-6:15pm all students are invited to the AMS PTO school dance event in the cafeteria and gyms.    Tickets will go on sale starting Wednesday December 4th in the cafeteria during lunch time for $10.   There will be concessions, novelty items and AMS t-shirts for sale.   There will be a photo booth, live DJ, snowball fight, and dance.   Students may wear their ugliest Christmas Sweater on Friday, December 6th to possibly win a prize.   Judging will be Friday during lunches with the winner announced at the Holidaze Soiree dance.   Remember, the ugliest sweater wins, so the uglier the better!



    AMS 7th grade Art students took top honors in the Harvest Moon Art Contest.  Great job representing AMS and GISD.  

    1st Place

    Kortland Hamilton

    2nd Place

    Maggie Diamondson

    3rd Place

    Haley Garcia



    It’s time to purchase your 2019-2020 AMS YEARBOOK!  This year’s edition is $30 and you can order online at www.balfour.com.  Order before January 24, 2020 to guarantee your copy.   Don’t put this off, you will regret it when we are out of yearbooks. 


    During this Thanksgiving time, take time to reflect on what you are thankful for this year.    Plan a time to spend with your family that is not out of obligation, but for fun.    This quote was our staff launch today after our final planning time for the day of service.   A quality of gratefulness we should all live by:   “Am I a leader who models thanksgiving for everyone?   Are others drawn to my appreciation for them, or am I avoided for fear of my ungrateful attitude?   Thankfulness is infectious and encouraging.   Grateful leaders have the potential for greatness, while those stuck in an unappreciative mindset muddle through mediocrity.”       Show appreciation each day!     You’ll be glad you did! 


    Thank you for allowing us to educate your child, it’s an honor!


    Jimmy Dawson


    Acton Middle School​​​​​​​

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  • AMS Pirate Nation 11-15-19

    Posted by JIMMY DAWSON on 11/15/2019 6:00:00 AM

    AMS Pirate Nation,


    36 students from the AMS Band program competed last week for places in the TMEA Region 30 Middle School All-Region Band.  13 of the band members earned places in one of the bands.  This is our highest total since moving into Region 30 and we couldn’t be more proud of the students.   Congratulations to Mrs. Bosch, Mr. Morgan, and all students who participated and earned All-Region Honors.

    These students will rehearse and perform with the All-Region Bands at Granbury High School on Friday and Saturday, December 6 & 7.


    Abby Boyd


    Cadence Morisette


    Cameron Magat


    Abby Stone


    Ivan Perez


    Anna Sommerfeld


    Zachary Layland

    bass clarinet

    Kate Mauldin


    Ethan Mayes


    Joshua Roath


    Blake Dennis


    Jeff Lenard


    Maren Kesinger




    **Congratulations to Max McPherson for winning the Hood County Veterans Day Essay Contest.   Max received this honor on Monday at the Veterans Day Program at GHS and won a $100 gift certificate.   Congratulations to Max!



    Our Day of Service is set for next Friday, November 22nd.    Today, our students met in their “Day of Service” groups to make their plan of action for next Friday’s event.   Our students will NOT be available in the morning time for checkout from the main office next Friday.   If you have an appointment or plan to pick up your child before 1:00pm, they will be off campus.   Make plans now to adjust appointment times or let us know so we can help ensure where your child may be located.    As always, in an emergency situation, we will help locate and accommodate any parent request.       

    We are excited for our students to go out into the community and serve for the morning.   Below is the schedule for the day that all staff have received.    We hope that it is a valuable experience for all and an enjoyable day as we move into the holiday season. 

    Click here to see the full schedule for our day of service:




    • Did you know that all fall sports made the playoffs with one Cross Country runner making it to state. Building champions here at AMS is paying off for students future!   Congratulations to all former AMS students for representing Granbury ISD.    Keep up the hard work!
    • In 2012, GISD had 6500 students enrolled in our school district. This year, our total enrollment is 7440 students for a 7 year growth of almost 1000 students.  According to Templeton Demographer report last month, GISD is expected to have over 8500 students in 2024.    10 year projections is that GISD will exceed 10,000 students.   With growth comes change, so be ready to be flexible as change is coming.
    • Our school district currently has 3 major projects going on now. New classrooms at Brawner Intermediate to expand from 3rd-5th grades to Kindergarten-5th grade next year.    New gym at Baccus Elementary and Emma Robertson transitioning to an “Early Childhood Center”.  
    • I met last week with all secondary principals and district administrators to begin our scheduling process for 2020-2021. Immediately after the holidays, our 8th grade students will be hearing from GHS counselors, students, and CTE program directors.   Scheduling will begin soon for all, so be ready!



    The AMS Musical is this weekend!   Come support our AMS theater students on Friday or Saturday night at 7pm and on Sunday at 3pm.    You will be so glad you made the effort to come watch this wonderful performance!    Tickets will be $7.00 at the door. 



    This coming Tuesday night at 5:30pm will be our annual AMS Powder Puff Football Game.   We will be on pep rally schedule #2 with a pep rally at 3:35pm-4:15pm.   This event is a fundraiser for our AMS Cheer Program.   Tickets will be sold at the gate for $5.00.   Come enjoy watching the boys cheer and the girls play a flag football game at the AMS Football Stadium.   Go Pirates!


    Thank you for allowing us to educate your child, it’s an honor!



    Jimmy Dawson


    Acton Middle School

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  • AMS Pirate Nation 11-8-19

    Posted by JIMMY DAWSON on 11/8/2019 6:00:00 AM

    AMS Pirate Nation,



    Next week is a busy week with some fun activities and events.    On Tuesday, we will host our annual “Powder Puff” game starting at 5:00pm at the AMS Football Stadium.   Our girls will compete in a flag football game while the boys are the “cheerleaders” for the night.   It’s always a fun event for all.   You can purchase your ticket for $5.00 at the game with ALL proceeds going to the AMS Cheerleaders.    This is their fundraiser for the year, so let’s all go out to support our AMS students and cheerleading program.     Go Pirates!



    Our AMS Theater Students have been working very hard for this year’s musical.   Be sure to mark your calendars for next week to attend one of the performances on Nov. 15-17.     Next Friday & Saturday performances are at 7:00pm while Sundays performance is at 3:00pm.   Tickets sold at the door for $7.00 with all proceeds going to the AMS Theater Department.   Make plans to attend one of the three performances next week!



    Our annual Day of Service is set for Friday, November 22nd.   We will sending all 950 students and 85 staff members to designated locations in and around Granbury to serve for the morning time.    Students will be meeting with their designated groups next week to make a plan of action for where and how they will be serving.   As I met with students last week, I reminded them that our “Day of Service” is not a day to be selfish.    Serving means giving of our time and energy to help someone else in need.    Being selfish is only thinking of ourselves.    So, we are in hopes that students come prepared to serve no matter where their service project is assigned.   


    If you would like to help in anyway on Friday, November 22nd, you are welcome to meet a group at their designated locations.   More information to come.



    Next Tuesday and Friday we will be on Pep Rally Schedule #2 for the day.    Tuesday will be the actual Powder Puff Pep Rally at 3:30pm.    On Friday, November 15th, our Day of Service groups will be meeting at 3:30pm to finalize details and plans for the November 22nd Day of Service.    Your child will know all about where they will be serving and what their service project will be next Friday.   


    Click Here for the Pep Rally Schedule #2:




    Thank you for allowing us to educate your child, it’s an honor!



    Jimmy Dawson


    Acton Middle School

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  • AMS Pirate Nation 11-1-19

    Posted by JIMMY DAWSON on 10/31/2019 6:00:00 AM

    AMS Pirate Nation,


    BIG NEWS:              

    This Saturday, we “fall back one hour” as we end daylight savings time.   One extra hour of sleep this weekend!!        

    Mark your calendars now for the AMS Fall Musical, “In The Woods” on November 15-17,   Shows are set for Friday & Saturday (Nov. 15-16) evening performances at 7:00pm and Sunday (Nov. 17) performance at 3:00pm. 


    Today is our Early Release Day.   Click below to see the schedule for today:



    REMINDER:  Today is our AMS Pirate Party.  Please do not come to AMS to check out your child after 11:20am.   Students will be scattered around the building at their various fun stations, and we do not want to have any parents wait extended amounts of time for us to locate a student.   Of course, if there is ever an emergency we will do all we can to accommodate you and your family.  



    Today, Mr. Dafoe and I have the opportunity to meet with each grade level as a student body.  We will discuss our campus goals for this year, look at last year’s STAAR performance, and look ahead at the semester exam schedule in December.   Did you know that Everman outscored AMS last year on the state accountability system with a high “B”?    Aledo and Stephenville each earned an “A” last year based on their STAAR Score performance.    AMS received a “C” last year, which has spurred us on to take drastic steps to show growth and improvement this next spring.  Therefore, we have started the discussions now for how each student can move forward to ensure they are prepared for the STAAR Exam, high school, and beyond.      Click here to see the student presentation from today’s discussion:




    Starting next school year, students will no longer be allowed to have “Open Enrollment” into Accelerated Math classes.    All students will be evaluated with multiple data points to determine which math course will serve them best.   The five data points will be STAAR Scores, MAP Screener scores, Class Grades, Common Assessments, and Benchmark Exams.     From all these areas of information, we will work with each student to appropriately place them into Algebra I, 7th or 8th Accelerated Math, and or 7th or 8th Math.    The presentation above gives a good visual for what will be presented to students today.    As always, please don’t hesitate to contact one of our counselors if they can help answer any questions about our new math track for 2020.   This information will be discussed in depth in our spring academic advising parent meeting before students register for classes for 2020-2021.  



    This coming Tuesday, November 5th is Election Day.    Election Day is the day set by law for the general elections of public officials. It is statutorily set as "the Tuesday next after the first Monday in the month of November" or "the first Tuesday after November 1".   We can celebrate our civic duty to go to the polls and cast our vote freely.     Take advantage of this wonderful right we have here in the United States of America.


    Thank you for allowing us to educate your child, it’s an honor!



    Jimmy Dawson


    Acton Middle School

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  • AMS Pirate Nation 10-25-19

    Posted by JIMMY DAWSON on 10/25/2019 4:30:00 PM

    AMS Pirate Nation,


    Next week is our last week of the second six weeks.    On Friday, November 1st we will dismiss school at 12:45pm in order to provide teachers time to complete their grades and have some well deserved planning time for the 3rd six weeks.   

    Next Thursday is Halloween.    We do not have dress up days at AMS for Halloween, yet we will be celebrating Red Ribbon Week with designated spirit days.   (See below for more information)



    AMS will be celebrating Red Ribbon Week all next week.    We want to encourage our students to “Say NO to Drugs”.     As educators, we always want to be provided with anonymously tips if you know of anyone who may have or be using drugs of any kind.    We do have rewards provided for tips that can lead to helping intervene with students who may be using any illegal substances.    Thanks for all who pledge to be Drug & Alcohol Free.    

    Dress Up Days for next week:












    AMS Counselors Video with a special guest to kick off Red Ribbon Week.




    AMS will host a Pirate Party next Friday, November 1st for all students who are passing all their core classes.   Each six weeks, we want to reward our students with a couple hours of fun to celebrate the hard work they have accomplished.    Other students who may need additional support will be provided small group interventions to complete any required work and assignments.   



    AMS will be hosting a Book Fair all next week in the library.  (Oct. 28-Nov. 1)  Feel free to come and make any purchases to support our AMS Library and provide your children with books of interest.   The items in our book fair make excellent stocking stuffers, so feel free to come and check it out.  



    Granbury ISD will be providing Flu Shots for students Nov. 5-8 sponsored by Health Heroes Texas.   They will be at AMS on Tuesday, November 5th from 2:00-3:30pm.  If you would like your child to have a Flu Shot, please complete a consent form that is available at www.granburyisd.org/nurses.

    Consent forms are also available in the front office at AMS.   There is No out of pocket expense to students covered by private insurance, Medicaid, or no insurance. 



    Our annual “Can Food Drive” has begun as we prepare for the Thanksgiving time.   The “Family Time” with the most cans brought will be awarded a Pizza Party before Thanksgiving break.   Bring cans and help provide for families in need, plus win a Pizza Party for your class.     Game On!   Tax free donations can also be made online to support this mission at www.livethankfully.org/donate/       Last year, with the community’s support, Live Thankfully donated over 19,000 items of food to Mission Granbury which supplied their food pantry for the entire year.    Way to Go!



    As a district, we are making some changes to our Math Program for next year.   I have met with all 7th grade accelerated math students and they have each been given a letter to bring home to parents.   I know not all items from school always make it home, so please double check your email for the letter that has been sent to all 7th accelerated math families.    A hard copy is provided for you also in the front office, and you can always email me directly if you would like me to send it home.    Please let us know if you have any questions and we will be happy to step through our changes for this year and next year.     Here’s a link to the letter:

    7th Grade Math Update Letter


    Thank you for allowing us to educate your child, it’s an honor! 


    Jimmy Dawson


    Acton Middle School

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