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