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7th and 8th Grade Orientation & Supplies List

ALBANY MIDDLE SCHOOL
1259 Brighton Ave. Albany, CA. 94706
(510) 558-3600 - ams.ausdk12.org

Dear 7th and 8th Grade Families,

I hope you all have a wonderful summer! For planning purposes, here is what you’ll need to know for the 17-18 school year:

Orientation for 7th/8th Graders & Families - Wednesday, August 23 9:00 - 4:00 pm
7th grade → 9:00 - 12:00
9:00-10:00 (last name A-H)
10:00-11:00 (last name I-P)
11:00-12:00 ( last name Q-Z)

8th grade → 1:00 - 4:00
1:00-2:00 (last name A-H)
2:00-3:00 ( last name I-P)
3:00-4:00 (last name Q-Z)

PE uniforms, Planners, and IDs will be available for purchase or you can pay for them AHEAD OF TIME using the MySchoolBucks website which will accept online purchases beginning August 7th. For details, please see the AMS website or www.myschoolbucks.com. If you purchase online, you can pick up the PE clothing at the orientation and adjust sizing if needed.

If you choose not to purchase online, exact cash or checks made payable to AUSD will be accepted:
PE Shirts = $10, Shorts = $12, set of both = $20, PE Sweatshirts/Sweatpants = $20 each
Planners & IDs = $10

Schedules will also be available for pick up in the courtyard. Families must update their emergency information via AERIES prior to students receiving schedules. Families are required to print acknowledgement forms and emergency cards and bring them to the Orientation. No exceptions. Visit https://albanyusd.asp.aeries.net/air/Default.aspx for more information.

*Please note that all students will be given a planner and ID regardless of a family’s ability or choice to pay. If parents choose not to get PE uniforms, please provide your child with solid black bottoms and a solid yellow top, used for PE class only.

7/8th Grade Materials and Supplies (suggested list only)*
Binder paper – 81/2 x 11 in., 3 hole punched, wide ruled
Three ring binder with dividers/accordion file system
Pencils #2
Colored pencils and fine tipped colored markers
Eraser and hand held pencil sharpener
Black fine line pen and/or dark blue pens – not gel
Ruler – cm and inch/compass/protractor
Packet of graph paper – standard size

Glue stick
Calculator
Book covers – non-adhesive
Zipper pouch to hold supplies
Three-hole punch
Highlighter
Small scissors
Colored ballpoint pens
NO SHARPIES OR OTHER PERMANENT PENS!
*Please note that all students will be provided with the needed supplies regardless of a family’s ability or choice to pay.

In Partnership,


Deborah Brill, Principal

Many Thanks

Wow, all I can say is wow! Cobrachella is still on my mind – the music, the food, the activities, the MUSIC! Thank you! Thank you to everyone who attended this inspired event and a special thank you to everyone who worked to make it happen, including Adrianne Cabanatuan, Andrew Sullivan, Christina Godfrey, Christine Adams, Dorothe Piluso, Elena Cole, Erika Ferguson, Jen Gripman, Julianne Sterling, Julie Brady, Kat Gilpatrick, Mike LaFranco, Neo Serafimidis, Phil Horton Ruta LaFranco, Sarah Serafimidis, Shannon Hicks, Shari Fredrickson, Shelley Bryant, Susan Marcus, Tim Ferdun and Victoria Kaye-Berger. Your energy and ideas transformed into something very special for our AMS community - I can’t wait for next year!
 
With gratitude, Deborah Brill

CAASPP Scores

SMARTER BALANCED ASSESSMENT CONSORTIUM (SBAC) REPORTING OF SCORES

Individual score reports for English and Math for students in grades 3-8 and Grade 11 will be mailed home to parents sometime in late summer or early fall. For more details about these assessments, visit this website: http://www.cde.ca.gov/ta/tg/sa/sbacsummative.asp

There will be no individual score reports for Science for students in grades 5, 8, and Grade 10. The CA Department of Education administered these new tests as a pilot program and no scores will be provided. For more information about the new Next Generation Science assessments, visit this website: http://www.cde.ca.gov/ta/tg/ca/caasppscience.asp.

Freshman Orientation

To 8th grade families: Please save the date! Freshman Orientation at Albany High School is scheduled for Wednesday, August 23rd from 2:30-4:30. Students will take a tour of the school, meet staff members and leadership students, purchase PE clothes, and receive their schedules. Albany High is looking forward to welcoming the class of 2021!

LAST WEEK PLANS

6/7th Grade:
Monday = Regular Day
Tuesday= Regular Schedule
Lake Anza for: Fryer, Bryndza, Backowski, Penney/Cox, Pace
Wednesday= Wednesday Schedule
Lake Anza for Clark, Anderson, Mann, Morris, Loftus
Thursday/Friday = End of Quarter Schedule

8th Grade:
Monday/Tuesday = regular days
Wednesday, June 14th (8am-2:10pm)
We will be practicing for promotion that day and anticipate releasing students at 2:10pm. However, if we are not done by 2:10pm, we may need to keep the students a little longer and ask that all students stay so that they are properly prepared for the promotion ceremony.

Thursday, June 15th
We will be having our (students only) Awards Ceremony from 10:15-11:30am and then will release the 8th graders after that so that they can have time to get ready for Promotion. If you do not want your child to be released at 11:30am, please let us know ahead of time.

5:00-6:30pm - Promotion Ceremony in the Albany High School gym.
8th Graders should arrive at 4:15pm behind the gym where they lined up for promotion practice.
Please remember that we do ask students to follow the dress code during the promotion ceremony and the promotion dance. It can be found in our student handbook in your child’s planner and on our webpage.

8-10pm Promotion Dance

Friday, June 16th
Six Flags- Students should arrive at school at 8:30am and will return at about 3:30pm.
They should report to the lunch shelter.

Finally, I would like to mention that if your family has extra promotion tickets, we ask that they be turned in to the school office as soon as possible so that we can give tickets to other families that have requested them. Thank you for your help with this.

8th Grade Families

Hello 8th Grade Families,
We want to let you know what is coming as your child's time at AMS comes to a close.

Wednesday, June 14th (8am-2:10pm)
We will be practicing for promotion that day and anticipate releasing students at 2:10pm. However, if we are not done by 2:10pm, we may need to keep the students a little longer and ask that all students stay so that they are properly prepared for the promotion ceremony.

Thursday, June 15th
We will be having our Awards Ceremony from 10:15-11:30am and then will release the 8th graders after that so that they can have time to get ready for Promotion. If you do not want your child to be released at 11:30am, please let us know ahead of time.

5:00-6:30pm - Promotion Ceremony in the Albany High School gym.
8th Graders should arrive at 4:15pm behind the gym where they lined up for promotion practice.
Please remember that we do ask students to follow the dress code during the promotion ceremony and the promotion dance. It can be found in our student handbook in your child’s planner and on our webpage.

8-10pm Promotion Dance

Friday, June 16th
Six Flags- Students should arrive at school at 8:30am and will return at about 3:30pm.
They should report to the lunch shelter.

Finally, I would like to mention that if your family has extra promotion tickets, we ask that they be turned in to the school office as soon as possible so that we can give tickets to other families that have requested them. Thank you for your help with this.
It is hard to believe that the school year is coming to a close and that these 8th graders are preparing to end their middle school careers and begin the next stage of their lives at Albany High School!
Please let me know if you have any questions.

Thank you,
Deborah Brill, Principal

Student Valuables

Recently there have been reports of money and other valuable items being stolen from students backpacks while at school. This is happening while backpacks are unattended either during lunch or PE. While our administrative team is working on investigating the thefts and holding students accountable for their actions, we'd also like to ask families to speak with students about not bringing valuable items to school. If this can't be avoided, please have your student keep their valuables on them or in their PE/school locker. Lastly, please encourage your student to report any stolen items to Mr. Haupert or another adult. Together, we can make our school a safer place.

Please consider donating to SchoolCARE

Dear Families,
Please consider giving generously to SchoolCARE what you can. All the proceeds directly benefit our Albany students! We are really hoping to bring back all of our counseling staff, our library tech and Writer's Coaches. Thank you!
http://www.albanyschoolcare.org/donate.html (clicking on the title above will take you to the SchoolCARE donation page)
Deborah Brill, Principal

For our 8th Grade Families RE: promotion planning

Dear AMS Families,

Your child will receive promotion tickets on Friday, May 19th. Each child will receive 4 tickets. If you don't need that many, please return what you don't need as soon as possible. If you'd like more than the four, you may request up to two additional tickets by emailing Minka Bakkenta <mbakkenta@ausdk12.org> with your name, your child's name, and the number of tickets you are requesting. You will have until Friday, May 26th to request extra tickets. You will be put on a list and tickets will be distributed on a first come first serve basis. If you need more than two additional tickets, you may let Minka know and once we have distributed two extra tickets to those who requested them, and if there are tickets remaining, we can offer them to you.

Thank you,
Deborah

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Events

7th and 8th Grade Orientation
Date: 8/23/2017, 9 AM 4 PM
Location: Gym and Courtyard
6th Grade and New Student Orientation
Date: 8/25/2017, 12 PM 3:30 PM
Location: Gym and Courtyard

Principal's Message

Hello AMS Families,

AMS is being spotlighted by the Board of Education this month.  At the board meeting, we presented our pride in all of the clubs we have to offer.  We recognize how important student engagement is to students' success in school.  We are grateful to have so many teachers who offer these opportunities to our students.  Check out our video!
 
Thank you,
Deborah