• AMS Pirate Nation 8-16-19

    Posted by JIMMY DAWSON on 8/16/2019 6:00:00 AM

    AMS Pirate Nation,


    It has been a fantastic first week of school here at AMS.   Special “Thank You” to all our parents for helping make your child’s first week of school a success.   Students are finding their classes in a timely manner, learning our school procedures, reuniting with old friends, and building new relationships.    We are off and running!



    Next Thursday, August 22nd we will have our annual “Parent Connection Night” here at AMS.   This is an opportunity for parents to come to AMS to meet your child’s teachers and receive specific information about each class and program.    The Parent Connection Night begins at 5:30pm with three 25 minute sessions.    Parents can choose which sessions to attend.   

    At 7:00pm, we will have our First 6th Grade Parent Academy in the cafeteria.   Teachers will share more details about how parents can use Skyward Family Access for tracking progress, viewing assignments, and learn more tricks to Skyward.     



    The first week of school is always the most busy time of year with the traffic flow here at AMS.   Continue to be very patient during the student pickup time in the afternoon.    Once our boys and girls begin football and volleyball practice after school next week, you will experience fewer vehicles in the parking lot with traffic flowing smoothly.     Please continue to give our school buses the right of way as they are carrying about 50 or more students home each day.   It has been extremely smooth dismissing 940 students with the parking lot completely cleared out in 15 minutes.    While many may think it is craziness, I have been extremely pleased with the efficiency of our dismissal.   Great job and Thank you!        



    Students have been through the process of setting up their binders.    There is a specific system our teachers are using to help keep students fully organized.   We will be handing out the planners on Tuesday for students to insert into their binders.  We ask that all parents take time each week to check your child’s planner that is in the binder, and view their “week at a glance” in their planner.   All teachers have a “week at a glance” posted in their room for students to know what to expect, what/when assignments are due, and important information to be aware of in each class.   We feel strongly that organization is a lifelong skill that can benefit all of our students.   Thank you for helping encourage your child to stay organized this school year. 



    AMS PTO and our school is partnering together for our first fundraiser of the year.  All funds raised this year will go directly toward Student Incentives and Teacher Appreciation.   Each year our AMS PTO gives out special incentives for students each six weeks for A & A-B Honor Roll.   In addition, AMS PTO funds teacher special luncheons and funds special requests for our campus.    This year, we are partnering with APEX Leadership Company for a fun interactive “Color Battle”.     The fun event is scheduled for the afternoon of August 29th.      Students will receive a “pledge page” with  their own unique code to send to family and friends to receive donations.    Students must earn $30 in donations to be able to participate in the “Color Battle” event on August 29th.    Students will get out of class for the afternoon for this fun field day event out on the football field.    This entire event is optional for students, but we certainly do not want them to miss out on the fun.  


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



    Jimmy Dawson


    Acton Middle School

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    Posted by JIMMY DAWSON on 8/10/2019 6:00:00 AM





    AMS Believes In:  Positive Contributions | Relationship Building | Safe and Caring Environment | Quality Education for All Students




    AMS Pirate Nation,

    I am sending you today's Pirate Camp Parent Presentation for any families that would like to see the presentation again for clarification or for families that may have missed the meeting today.   

    Also, the link at the bottom of this email is for the Fitness and Wellness Uniforms you can order if you wish for your child.   This is not required, it is simply an option for students.  ​​​​​​​

    The Pirate Camp Presentation is in two separate links.   The first half of the presentation is in this first link below:

    Pirate Camp Parent Presentation #1

    Below is the remainder of the parent presentation.  

    Pirate Camp Parent Presentation #2


    Click Below to access the Fitness & Wellness Uniform Link.    Students are not required to have these specific clothes, and may bring their own shorts and t-shirt for the class.   This is just an option for students.

    Fitness and Wellness Uniform LInk:


    We look forward to seeing you all soon!


    Jimmy Dawson

    Principal - AMS



    Acton Middle School

    1300 James Road | Granbury, Texas 76049 | (817) 408-4800 | www.granburyisd.org/ams

    Facebook: www.facebook.com/actonms 

    Twitter: www.twitter.com/amspirates 

    Remind: text @amspi to 81010

    Skyward Family Access: www.granburyisd.org/familyaccess


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    Posted by JIMMY DAWSON on 7/23/2019 7:00:00 AM

    AMS Pirate Nation,


    We are getting closer and closer to another exciting school year.    Periodically, I will be sending out an email with important information such as school events, activities, announcements, and celebrations.   The main sources of our school to home communication will be email and remind 101.    If you would like to get AMS School Information text messages directly to your smart phones, you can connect to our AMS Pirate Remind 101 account by texting  @amspi  to 81010.       If you already have the Remind 101 App, you can join by using the code @amspi. 

    Below is some very important information that may help as you plan for this school year.  



    One  of the biggest changes this year for parents will be our “Residency Verification Requirement” for all families.     To read more about this district initiative, you can click on this link provided below.   



    All families will be required to show proof of residency with many various documents to choose from .  You can use any of the following documents to verify address and residency in GISD.      Feel free to email one of these documents to our AMS Registrar to fulfill this requirement.    Susan Byerly, AMS Registrar email:   susan.byerly@granburyisd.org

      • current deed, mortgage, monthly mortgage statement, mortgage payment booklet or a residential rental/lease agreement
      • valid, unexpired Texas voter registration card
      • valid, unexpired Texas driver’s license
      • utility statement (including electric, water, natural gas, satellite TV, cable TV, internet bill, or phone bill) dated within 90 days of the date of application
      • current homeowner’s or renter’s insurance policy or billing statement
      • current automobile insurance card
      • preprinted paycheck or payment stub dated within 90 days of the date of application
      • Texas concealed handgun license

    The district may collect address and residency documentation annually.




    If you would like to see the full School Supply List, you can simply click this link below.    I hope this will help you as you purchase supplies for this school year.




    The online registration through skyward will be open soon.   All parents will need to login to skyward to complete the registration process for each child in the household.    This process helps each family update all student and family information in skyward.   If you do not have access to online, you may come to AMS during 6th grade Pirate Camp or 7th & 8th grade Schedule Pickup to use a computer to login.   Be watching your email to be notified when the registration process is open to update information. 



    August 8th from 9am-11am will be our annual 6th Grade Pirate Camp here at AMS. 

    • Students come to tour the school, receive their schedule, meet their teachers, and complete an orientation for being prepared for middle school.
    • Parents will have a separate orientation in the main gym by our Instructional Specialist and myself.  Plan on about one hour and remember to bring any of the documents to verify current residency. 
    • Students will be available after 11am to give their parents a tour of their schedule.



    August 8th from 3pm-6pm any 7th and 8th grade student may come to AMS to pick up their schedule.    Parents may come to gather information about AMS, verify residence, complete registration process, and walk the building with your child.    



    Students who will be in Fitness & Wellness class may order their gym clothes online.   Use the link below to view the clothes options available.    If you have any questions feel free to email Sherri Nichols or Michael Pickett.




    We look forward to serving you and your family this upcoming school year.  



    Jimmy Dawson


    Acton Middle School

    1300 James Road

    Granbury, Texas  76049

    (817) 408-4800

    (817) 408-4849 Fax




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  • Parent Calculator Notification

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


    You are receiving this communication, because your child is possibly scheduled to be in either 7th grade accelerated math, 8th grade math,  or 8th grade Algebra 1 during the upcoming year.  One valuable tool that students will have available to them is the graphing calculator, and this year our district has chosen to move from the TI-84 Plus to a new calculator - the "TI-Nspire CX II".    Each student will have access to this calculator in the classroom for instruction.   It will be the calculator that will be used on the STAAR test at the end of the year. 

    We realize that some of you prefer to purchase a calculator for your child to have as his/her own, so we are including information on the new calculator.  Please note that there are two models of the TI-Nspire CX II - you need to purchase the model that is NOT the CAS version.  The CAS version will NOT be allowed for testing.

    We hope this information is helpful as you plan for next year.  If you have specific questions, please simply email our AMS Math Department Head, Natalia Argueta or our GISD District Math Coordinator, Rebecca Strain.  

    Thank you so much!


    Jimmy Dawson

    Principal - AMS


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  • AMS Pirate Nation 5-17-19

    Posted by JIMMY DAWSON on 5/17/2019 1:00:00 AM

    AMS Pirate Nation,



    AMS Student Council received the highest honor possible from the Texas Association of Student Councils, “Sweepstakes Council”, for achieving awards in five categories.   The five categories are Pride and Patriotism, Energy  and Environment, Drugs Alcohol Safety Health (DASH), Community Service, and Outstanding Student Council.  High points in each of these categories combine to make the Sweepstakes Award.   Fewer than 20% of TASC member schools are recognized in one or more areas, so this is quite an accomplishment.   This award includes a blue ribbon, a plaque, and five certificates of merit.   We are very proud to receive this award two years running.   Thanks for always supporting Student Council, and congratulations to our AMS Sponsors, Mrs. Carrie Jones & Mrs. Atyka Ditto.



    All Library Materials are DUE today to the library.   If you know of any books, equipment, or supplies that may need returned, please have your child return those as soon as possible.   



    5-20-19         6th Grade Field Day / Last Normal Bell Schedule Day

    5-21-19         Pep Rally Bell Schedule / Volunteer Breakfast at 8am / Yearbook Signing Party last 45 minutes of the day

    5-22-19         AMS Rachel’s Challenge Day / EARLY DISMISSAL AT 12:45PM

    **** On Wednesday, students will not need to bring Bags, Binders, or Backpacks to school.   It will be a fun day for our students and staff.   We will have a “bag / backpack check” at each door to ensure students do not bring unnecessary items for the last day of school.   

    **** On Wednesday Rachel’s Challenge Day, Normal Dress Code will be enforced.   Thank you for helping ensure your child is dressed appropriately for this fun filled day on our last day of school.   Thank you for helping us in this endeavor to provide a safe environment for all on our last day of school. 

    Students may bring a sack lunch on our Early Release day, just no bags or backpacks.

    NOTE:   Students will be in groups scattered all over the campus on Wednesday, so please do not check out your child from school unless absolutely necessary.   If you do come to AMS to pick up your child during Rachel’s Challenge Day, it will take time to locate them and get them to the front.    We highly advise to let them complete the day in order to minimize confusion in having to track students down.    We will be able to help in cases of emergency if needed. 


    AMS Volunteer Appreciation Breakfast - May 21st

    We want to extend our thanks and gratitude to every parent or family member who volunteered for our various activities throughout this 2018-2019 school year.  Your support and time given is integral to AMS and we appreciate everything you do for the teachers and students.  Please don't forget to attend the AMS Volunteer Appreciation Breakfast at 8:00 AM on Tuesday May 21st  in the Library.  It is not a formal event but just a way to say THANK YOU for your service to the school.  If you supported the students, teachers or school in any way please come and have coffee, juice and a breakfast snack so the students and staff can say thanks and show their appreciation!



    Please make sure you pick up any medication from the nurses office before the last day of school.    ALL unclaimed medications and medical supplies will be properly disposed of this summer. 


    It has been a pleasure serving you & your family this school year.   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 5-10-19

    Posted by JIMMY DAWSON on 5/10/2019 6:00:00 AM

    AMS Pirate Nation,



    Next week is our BIG WEEK of STAAR Testing.   Monday is 6th & 7th Math, Tuesday is 6th & 7th Reading, Wednesday is 8th Science, & Thursday is 8th Social Studies.   Each day next week will also be make up exams for previous STAAR exams and those missed during the week. 



    Please make sure your child has a good night’s rest each evening, a solid breakfast, and is mentally / emotionally prepared for a long morning of testing each day.     FREE breakfast for students testing will be provided each morning in the cafeteria for any students who would like to eat here at AMS. 

    **Please do not allow your child to wear pajamas, bring pillows or blankets, or bring outside food/drink into the testing room.   Normal dress code will be enforced with our AMS PTO providing plenty of snacks for each testing day. 



    You should have already received an email from Granbury ISD about our Address and Residency Verification.    ACTION IS REQUIRED for all of us as parents, so please take time to read the information.   All families to GISD are required to submit the proper documentation as we prepare for a full demographic study next fall.   This will be helpful as our school district plans for future changes that must be taken as we continue to grow.   Please call our registrar here at AMS if you have specific questions that we can help resolve.



    This is my 25th year in education, 19th year as a principal, and 15th year as a middle school principal.   I have had many school days that have been special, but this Thursday will possibly go down as one of the more special days.   Yesterday, I turned 50 years old (I know, I don’t look like I’m 50!  J ).      I knew our staff would probably dress in black with some fun activities, which they executed very well, even with my office covered in black.    But, what got me was when I walked out to the morning waiting areas of students all dressed in “black” took me by complete surprise.    My heart was full with so many wonderful birthday wishes from so many awesome students.    Too often we walk (or run) through life without slowing down to embrace the wonderful moments life brings to us.   Thursday was that day for me.   My computer was wrapped with black construction paper, and my office was filled with items that kept me from being “productive administratively”.   But, what I did accomplish was visiting with many students who brought gifts, gave me high fives or hugs, and just went out of their way to say, “Happy Birthday Mr. Dawson”.    I want to encourage each of you to wrap up your cell phone, put it to the side, and go do something special with your kids.    They are too valuable to let life pass us by, so make a point to be intentional to embrace the moments like I got to do this week.    Thanks to all for helping make my 50th be one I will never forget.    Now, ….. back to work and remind your child to do well on this STAAR Exam coming up next week!    


    Thank you for allowing us to educate your child, it truly is an honor!



    Jimmy Dawson


    Acton Middle School

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  • AMS Pirate Nation 4-26-19

    Posted by JIMMY DAWSON on 4/25/2019 6:00:00 AM

    AMS Pirate Nation,


    UIL One Act Play took First Place:

    Huge Shout Out to our AMS One Act Play cast & crew who took FIRST place last Thursday at UIL competition.    Honorable Mention for Liz Heil, All Star Cast for Sykora Hatten & Lou Whiting, Best Actor to William Power, and Best Technician to Bleu Slater!    Excellent job to all for an outstanding performance!   They cleaned house at UIL OAP Competition. 



    Tickets have been on sale this week for our AMS PTO Spring Dance this Friday afternoon from 4:15pm-6:15pm.   Students may purchase tickets during lunches if they want to be released from class early on Friday.   Tickets will be on sale Friday during lunch if students are interested in purchasing their ticket.

    **Parents who want to come to the dance to pick up your child must go through the front office as normal to check in, and be released to the dance area.   We look forward to a big turnout this Friday afternoon for our end of year spring dance and fun at AMS. 


    IMMUNIZATION CLINIC AT AMS MAY 2ND, 1PM-5PM (same time as Athletic Physicals)

    Don’t wait to Vaccinate!    On May 2nd, AMS will have an immunization clinic for any student who needs to update their shots for next year.  Please complete the required form from the link below and return it to the school nurse.  The nurse will attach a copy of your student’s immunization record to the required form.  




    Please mark your calendars for May 13-16 that AMS Students will be testing that week.   It will be important that students are present at school (pending unforeseen circumstances) during those days to ensure they complete their required exams.  This year marks the first year of our new state accountability system for each campus which will receive a letter grade based on student performance.   Therefore, we want our students to perform well during that week.   Thanks for helping and supporting our students during testing week. 



    Be sure to mark your calendars for May 2nd to go to “Taste & See” off the square.   A portion of the sales that evening will be donated to our AMS PTO.   Hope to see you there!


    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 4-17-19

    Posted by JIMMY DAWSON on 4/17/2019 6:00:00 AM

    AMS Pirate Nation,



    The Boys Coaching Staff would like to invite all incoming 7th grade parents to their first parent meeting on Thursday, April 25th at 6:00pm in the AMS Cafeteria.   Your child is not required to attend.    We hope to see you at this meeting in order to provide everyone with important details for next school year.



    The course selection sheets for next year’s course offerings have been given to all 6th & 7th grade students.   Students MUST return the course selection sheets with parent’s signature.   Many students have not been able to input their courses for next year.   If the course selection sheets are not returned, counselors will be selecting classes for students.  



    All new students to AMS for this year are invited to the Library on Friday, April 26th for our monthly new student breakfast.   Please encourage your child if they are new this year to come have a free breakfast from our Student Council members.



    We will have our last big event of the year for PTO on Friday, April 26th from 4:15pm – 6:15pm.     Tickets will go on sale starting Wednesday during lunch in the cafeteria for $10.00 per student.   We hope that you all will make plans to come for this fun filled after school party in the cafeteria and gyms.    Everyone who pre-purchases a ticket will get out of class early to go to the dance.   Don’t miss out on this big event as we get closer to the end of school.



    May 2nd we will host the GISD Physicals and Immunization clinic here at AMS from 1pm – 5pm.     All students participating in extra-curricular activities must have a physical on file AND all incoming 7th grade students next year must have their TDAP and MCV immunizations updated.    ATTENTION 6thGRADE PARENTS!    You will need to check your child’s immunization records to ensure your child is updated on their shots.    If they are not, they will not receive a schedule in August for school, and that is not fun for the family!   So, hopefully this reminder will serve you and your family well to ensure 7thgrade schedules are in hand at the time of distribution next August.  


    I hope everyone has a very restful 5 day weekend.    We will be on the downhill slide upon our return next Tuesday.   

    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 4-5-19

    Posted by JIMMY DAWSON on 4/5/2019 6:00:00 AM

    AMS Pirate Nation,



    Next Tuesday and Wednesday, we will be administering STAAR Testing here at AMS.   It is vitally important that our 7th & 8th grade students have a good night’s rest, a healthy breakfast, and are mentally prepared for their exams.    Please do not plan to check out your child during these days for any appointments or events.   We are required to create a secure testing environment free from distractions.   Special “Thanks” to our AMS PTO for providing student snacks for each day of testing.   Students will receive a bottle of water, one steak jerky stick, and one granola bar.   For this round of testing, our AMS PTO funded about $1500 in snacks for these two days.  

    ** ITEMS we do NOT want students to bring for testing:  snacks, pillows, blankets, pajama’s, etc.   (yes, students have come to testing like they are about to go to bed at night)  Thank you for your help on prohibiting these items. 



    Special “Thank You” to our AMS Librarian, Kristen Callihan, for creating an engaging and innovative Learning Commons for students here at AMS.  Thank you for all you do for all students, staff, and our learning community.  



    We had 85 students perform solos last Saturday for a judge.  Of those students that performed we had 70 First Division Ratings! Wow! So proud of how well all of the students performed and the level of preparation. (Luck favors the prepared – Great Job!)



    Congratulations to our Advanced Bands for scoring “Excellent” and “Superior” ratings at this week’s UIL Contest.   Our AMS Bands represented AMS and GISD with pride.   Great job to all of our band members and directors!  Not only are you all building musicians, you are building life in our kids.   Keep it up!



    Congratulations to our Boys & Girls Athletes for a successful track season.   We had many of our athletes qualify for the overall Quad County District Track Meet.   Great job by our coaches preparing them for the meets.   Now it is time for off-season to work hard on building strength and conditioning as our student athletes prepare for next year.



    This is our last six weeks before dismiss for the summer.   We have a very busy next month in a half.   Here are just a few of the highlights of upcoming events:


    STAAR TESTING                  April 9-10

    Student Holiday’s               April 18-22

    AMS Spring Dance             April 26 4:15pm – 6:15pm

    GISD Spring Physicals        May 2

    Algebra I EOC                      May 6

    NJHS Induction                   May 8 7:30am

    STAAR Testing                     May 13-16

    Last Day of School             May 22    Early Release at 12:45pm


    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 3-29-19

    Posted by JIMMY DAWSON on 3/29/2019 6:00:00 AM

    AMS Pirate Nation,



    Thank you to all parents who were able to make our 6th & 7th grade parent meeting last night.   If you were not able to make it, I have attached the link to our presentation.   Click the link below to review the presentation for next year’s courses.  

    **NOTE one change for the Mandatory AMS Boys Athletic Meeting will be held on Thursday, April 25th at 5:30pm here at AMS.   

    **Also, for 6th grade boys going into 7th grade Athletics, you can sign up for your specific Remind 101 account by texting @7boysath19 to 81010. 




    May 2nd we will host the GISD Physicals and Immunization clinic here at AMS from 1pm – 5pm.     All students participating in extra-curricular activities must have a physical on file AND all incoming 7th grade students next year must have their TDAP and MCV immunizations updated.    ATTENTION 6th GRADE PARENTS!    You will need to check your child’s immunization records to ensure your child is updated on their shots.    If they are not, they will not receive a schedule in August for school, and that is not fun for the family!   So, hopefully this reminder will serve you and your family well to ensure 7th grade schedules are in hand at the time of distribution next August.  



    Each year, we invite parents to participate in a school wide survey to help us as a staff and a school reflect on areas we can always improve.   If you did not have a chance to complete this survey at the parent meeting last night, please click the link below.    This one page, 24 question survey will take about 2-3 minutes to complete.    We value your opinion as a parent and partner for our school.  




    Next Friday is the end of our 5th six weeks.   We will release school at 12:45pm on Friday, April 5th.   We will have “Pirate Party” for all students who are passing all their classes as of Wednesday, April 3rd.   The end of year is right around the corner, so buckle up for a fast and furious last six weeks.     



    This is important information for all parents to review from our GISD Handbook.   Unfortunately, we may not allow parents to bring lunch for friends, but only for your own child.   I never want to be the “food police”, yet guidelines prevent us from allowing parents to bring food for friends.    Thank you for your help on this situation. 

    Please have the student bring his/her lunch or buy it at school every day. It is disruptive for parents to bring lunches to students after class has started. A parent may eat lunch with their student only. Parents cannot provide outside food to anyone but their own student. The parent must report to the front office to sign-in and receive a temporary ID.


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



    Jimmy Dawson


    Acton Middle School

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