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Winner, winner, turkey dinner
We had some strong winners during the fun Turkey Trot event. The 1.7-mile run around campus was hosted by the PE department. Top runners received a bag of dry and canned Thanksgiving food to take home to their families. Way to go!
AMS students recently showed their knowledge of the preamble. Last week during Constitution Day, students were encouraged to memorize the preamble. If they could recite it to teacher Ms. Hubbard, they were rewarded with a popsicle.
Antioch High's Music Masters and Show Choir treated Antioch Middle students to the holiday songs. Thanks to the talented performers and music director Sarah Phelan for this special treat.
A successful ELAC
We're happy and encouraged by the number of parents who attended our recent ELAC meeting. Together, we'll be helping to support our English Language Learners. Go, Eagles.
Spring conference week
AMS will hold its spring conferences on March 29, 30 and 31. Everyone will be released at 12:45 p.m. on those days. We look forward to seeing you all!
Your opinion matters
The California School Parent Survey is an opportunity for you to help this school by sharing your opinions about it. Your opinions are important, and the school is interested in hearing them. We are interested in your thoughts on this school’s efforts to promote academic success and well-being for every student, regardless of race, ethnicity, disability, or other circumstances. If you have more than one child at this school, please think about the oldest of these children as you answer the questions. For the link to survey click here.
Readying for high school
On Monday, some 200 8th-graders made the walk to Antioch High for a freshmen orientation. The students were greeted with applause by the AHS Link Crew students and drum line. After the welcome from vice prinicipals, the incoming 9th-graders broke off into academy groups: EDGE, Environmental, LEAD and Media, where they heard from counselors, teachers and high school seniors. It was a great morning!
Girl Power Road Show debuts! A team of 8 Antioch High GP members shared informative and inspiring videos, led break-out sessions and a Q&A with the 120 8th-grade girls at Antioch Middle. The Panther leadership girls will make the trek to the other three middle schools over the next few weeks. Big thanks to Principal Wisely for hosting and Ms. Newton for her support. #EaglesSoar
Connecting with the real world
Nearly 20 AMS students visited Antioch High for a special event partnering with young ladies (the Jewels of EDGE) from the engineering academy. The 8th-graders did a small project, had lunch and talked with AHS students and female engineers from the community. It was a great day for these Eagles, who will soon be flying over Panther Country. Thanks to AHS teacher Samantha Wilson and her Jewels for the invite.
A scholarship is being offered to qualifying Antioch Middle School 8th-graders. For full details, pick up an ELAC application from your counselor. Deadline to turn in the application is April 7. For more information, speak with Ms. Padilla in the office.
Students would you like to use cell phones at lunch? AMS is planning a school-wide reward called Phone Fridays. The only way you can earn this reward is by listening to staff members throughout the week, following all directions and, of course, no physical fighting at all. When you accomplish this positive behavior, we will allow phones at lunch on Fridays. Good luck! We know you all can do this.
Eagle Country is a PBIS school focused on being kind, safe and responsible. It is important that we all band together around a peaceful nonviolent movement so all students can be successful. Please remember to treat others with kindness and respect. Always follow the directions of supervising adults and, remember, if a conflict or concern arises, please report to the administrative office for help.
The Positive Behavior Interventions and Support program started at AMS two years ago, and its impact has been strong. PBIS has many benefits for students, teachers and staff.
PBIS allows teachers to have a voice in the development of the behavior intervention and support process. Teachers and staff created a consistent referral form and discipline handbook to use around our three school rules: Be Kind, Be Safe, Be Responsible. Teachers use the same language when redirecting students’ behavior and positive or negative consequences are given depending upon the students’ behavior choices.
The positive behavior support of the Eagle Tickets program is a major benefit. Tickets are given to students for following the rules and making good behavior choices. Students may use the tickets to purchase rewards at the Eagle Ticket Store. Students are recognized monthly for their academic success. PBIS daily, quarterly and semester incentives include dances, free dress, coupons and more. Students are also honored at the end of each semester during a PBIS assembly.
AMS has seen a tremendous positive effect. We look forward to continuing the growth and development of PBIS on our campus and in our community. For more info on PBIS and its implementation district wide, visit the AUSD PBIS page http://www.antioch.k12.ca.us/cms/page_view?d=x&piid=&vpid=1454747401464
Team work = dream work
Antioch Police Chief Allan Cantando led a team Lego with the Law challenge with our students of the month. It was a fun and great learning activity. Thank you to the Chief for providing the Legos, taking time out of his busy day and showing our students the importance of team work.
AMS in the spotlight
Antioch Middle School was recently highlighted for all its wonderful new programs in the Antioch News (the Friday edition of the CC Times). Read all about it. http://www.eastbaytimes.com/2016/10/31/antioch-middle-school-adds-back-music-and-more/
Dancing the night away
Antioch Middle transformed its cafeteria into a winter wonderland for its recent student dance, where many students enjoyed hanging out with friends for music, snacks and photos. Principal Lindsey Wisley said the event was fantastic and give big credit to organizers, including Leadership who did a fabulous job decorating.
A joyful remembrance
A Dia de los Muertos fest was held during lunch on Nov. 2. Organized by counselor Eva Padilla, with the help of the AMS ELAC group, the multi-cultural holiday is a tradition that joyfully honors and remembers those who have passed away. The fest included Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) displays, music, food, drinks, and arts and crafts for sale. Everyone had a great time.
Going for the cycle
Los Medanos College professor and photographer Curtis Corlew happens to be married to his favorite model - Antioch Middle School teacher, Tricia Campbell. Ms. Campbell and her husband are avid bicyclists. He often photographs her on their various rides around Antioch and beyond. He shares some of those photos with Adventure Cycling, a bicycle advocate organization, which recently used a photo of Ms. Campbell as a wrap on their van. The van was recently traveling through NorCal, and Campbell and Corlew caught up with it - via bike, of course. Cheers to our fabulous teacher for this fun honor and for showing a healthy way to travel!
They've got the power!
It was a fabulous day! Antioch Rotary and Antioch High's Girl Power hosted a special assembly for 300 8th-grade girls from Antioch Middle and Park Middle schools. They watched the inspiring "Empowerment Project" documentary followed by a Q&A with a strong panel of women who encouraged them to honor themselves and raise each other up. The day ended with the AHS girls leading break-out sessions with the middle-schoolers to discuss relevant topics and how they can make their campuses stronger together. The Eagles then returned to school to have more dialog and worked on posters and more.
Eagles visit Panther Country
The Panthers are bridging the gap with their neighborhood Eagles! Antioch High recently hosted a mini tour of its school and academies to nearly 20 AVID Antioch Middle students. Accompanied by teacher Mr. Woolridge, the students met with Panther Link Crew leaders, who lead them around the campus with stops at Eells Stadium and a classroom in each academy. The group stopped in on Ms. Armstrong's Career in Education class, Mr. James' intro to engineering design, Mr. Barton's AP environmental science; and Ms. Lewis' video production. Each teacher gave an overview of their academy and classes offered. AMS students asked questions and also heard perspective from several AHS students. The tour gave the students a sneak peek of what will be available to them next fall.
Teacher Frank Zrinski Jr. recently introduced his 7th-grade classes to life science microscope observations and drawings. His enthusiastic students observed colored threads, Ranunculus stems, onion root tips, mixed species of protozoa, and spider spinnerets. The goal of the lesson was to look at things under 40x, 100x and 400x and "see how powerful the light microscopes really are to check out some of the organelles and cells that Robert Hooke and Anton van Leeuwenhoek perhaps saw in the 17th century," Mr. Zrinki said.
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For the birds
Students in Mr. Zrinski's class recently had the chance for some hands-on learning about the advantages and disadvantages of variations by simulating birds with different beaks competing for various foods. They heard how Darwin was amazed by the variation in the characteristics of plants and animals he encountered on his journey. In any habitat, food is limited and the types of foods available may vary. Animals that have variations that enable them to take advantage of available foods will be more likely to survive. Students worked to see how those with the most helpful adaptations will be most likely to live long enough to pass on their genes to the next generation.