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