Thursday, April 27, 2017

Strip District Field Trip - Choose a buddy and a restaurant


Strip District restaurant choices to be made starting 4/27/17! Ends 4/28/17!

Each student pair must sign up for a restaurant while attending the Strip District field trip. Please note that you are not guaranteed your first, second or third choices!  Also, you must choose a travel buddy before selecting your restaurant choices! Only pairs will be grouped together! 

Students will get their first choice unless there are more than 12 students (six pairs) requesting that restaurant. If more than 12 students (six pairs) are wanting the same first choice, a lottery will be conducted to fill the twelve slots. Students who do not get their first choice will then be placed in their second choice as long as that restaurant is not also filled. 


Deluca's (American/Diner)
Peppis (Hoagies)
Chicken Latino (Peruvian)
Primanti Bros (Sandwiches)
Bella Notte (Pizza)
Sunseris (Pizza/Italian)
Kelly O's (American/Diner)
Sushi Kim (Sushi/Korean)
Wholey's (Sandwiches)
Pamela's (Breakfast)
Casa Reyna (Mexican)

Form will be available starting Thursday morning!

Student Volunteers Needed! Chase the Antelopes - April 29




We have seen a big increase in registration for the Chase the Antelopes 5k on April 29!  With so many participants, it is important to have enough volunteers on hand to make sure the event runs smoothly.  

Please read the attached informational letter that was sent home with students about making a commitment to volunteer at the event (Commitment to Volunteer (pdf)).  Contact Jason Smith (jsmith@avonworth.k12.pa.us) with any questions. 






Science PSSA Test Monday & Tuesday

Students in the 8th grade will be taking state PSSA tests this school year.      See the 2017 PSSA Class Schedule   

PSSA TESTING:
 May 1 & 2 9:45-11:30 AM SCIENCE


ELECTRONIC DEVICE NOTICE:
Testing regulations prohibit the use of all electronic devices, including Kindles, Nooks, iPads or other electronic readers during testing times. If you are currently reading a book on an electronic reader, please make the necessary arrangements to find your novel at the library in the old fashioned book form.All cell phones, pagers, portable listening or recording devices, or any device with photographic capability must remain at home or in your locker.


Students should read and review the Code of Conduct for Test Takers prior to starting the PSSA tests.

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Free Online Learning Class Available for Students through Stanford University starting June 17th

How to Learn Math is a free self-paced class for learners of all levels of mathematics. It combines really important information on the brain and learning with new evidence on the best ways to approach and learn math effectively. Many people have had negative experiences with math, and end up disliking math or failing. This class will give learners of math the information they need to become powerful math learners, it will correct any misconceptions they have about what math is, and it will teach them about their own potential to succeed and the strategies needed to approach math effectively. If you have had past negative experiences with math this will help change your relationship to one that is positive and powerful.
The course will feature Jo and a team of undergraduates, as well as videos of math in action - in dance, juggling, snowflakes, soccer and many other applications. It is designed with a pedagogy of active engagement. The course will open in mid June and stay open indefinitely

Monday, April 24, 2017

Mr. and Mrs. Bielski speak to Avonworth 8th Grade students

Aron & Henryka Bielski speak to Avonworth 8th Grade students about their experiences during the Holocaust. 
Aron & Henryka Bielski speak at Avonworth today about the Bielski partisans who saved over 1,200 Jews from the Nazis.

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Spring Break Math PSSA Prep

There is a PSSA Math Preparation Test available on the google classroom for all students interested in preparing for the Math PSSAs.  For every 5 questions the student answers correctly, the student will earn 5/5 points.  Students should write down their answers on a piece of paper and submit to Ms. Costantino by April 24 for points.  

Freshman Scheduling Form


 April 21, 2017:  Online scheduling window will close. A student log-in is required.

FROM THE OFFICE: 
TRANSITION TO HIGH SCHOOL SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
May 23, 2017:    (NEW DATE) “Bump Up Night” will be held for all 8th grade students and their families at 6 pm-7pm  in the auditorium.   Mr. Hall will lead an information sharing session, and students will receive a tentative schedule reflecting their online choices. 

PSSA Testing continues Monday

Students in the 8th grade will be taking state PSSA tests this school year.        

PSSA TESTING:

 April 24-26  8:00-10:30 AM MATH
 May 1 & 2 8:00-10:30 AM SCIENCE


ELECTRONIC DEVICE NOTICE:
Testing regulations prohibit the use of all electronic devices, including Kindles, Nooks, iPads or other electronic readers during testing times. If you are currently reading a book on an electronic reader, please make the necessary arrangements to find your novel at the library in the old fashioned book form.All cell phones, pagers, portable listening or recording devices, or any device with photographic capability must remain at home or in your locker.


Students should read and review the Code of Conduct for Test Takers prior to starting the PSSA tests.

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Specials Rotation on Tuesday, 4/18



Students will be changing rotations on Tuesday, April 18. The next course can be found on the student schedule as "4" for periods B and H. 

Red Cross Earth Day Project

To celebrate Earth Day, the Red Cross Club will sponsor a campus clean up on Thursday, April 20 after school from 3:00 - 4:00.  Students interested in helping are encouraged to sign up outside of Ms. Costantino's room so that enough materials for the clean up day are purchased.



Thursday, April 6, 2017

Spring Vacation starts Monday



Monday, April 10 to Monday, April 17
Spring Vacation - No School

Tuesday, April 18

Students visit Holocaust Center of Pittsburgh via virtual connection




On April 4, Avonworth 8th Grade students participated in a virtual seminar with the Holocaust Center of Pittsburgh.  The program entitled, Holocaust Testimony and How it Relates to You featured two segments. 

 In the first segment, 93 year-old Sam Gottesman, a Holocaust Survivor from Czechoslovakia, shared his personal story about his horrific experiences in Auschwitz, Bergen-Belsen, and several labor camps in Europe. 




Holocaust Survivor and Speaker Sam Mr. Gottesman presenting at the Pittsburgh Holocaust Center


The second part of the program included a presentation by Andrea Joseph from the Anti-Defamation League and included anti-bullying messages that promoted tolerance and acceptance of others beliefs.  The virtual seminar was broadcast live from Greenfield and viewed by hundreds of students who were invited to submit live questions through a chat feature to Mr. Gottesman and Ms. Joseph.  8th Grade students will continue to study the Holocaust in the coming weeks and participate in a Teen Screen event organized by the Jewish Film Forum of Pittsburgh on May 19 to view the film, Nicky's Family.

8th grade students listening and watching the Holocaust Center Seminar in Mr. Haskins's room. 



Did you see AMS Grade 8 in the newspaper?



Did you see AMS Grade 8 in the newspaper?

 
http://www.post-gazette.com/life/lifestyle/2017/04/04/Hannah-Milbert-memorial-fund-Antelope-5K-race-Avonworth/stories/201703280003



Photo posted to the Post Gazette's website. Lake Fong/Post-Gazette


Since the publishing of the article, we have seen a big increase in registration for the Chase the Antelopes 5k on April 29.  With so many participants, it is important to have enough volunteers on hand to make sure the event runs smoothly.  Please read the attached informational letter that was sent home with students about making a commitment to volunteer at the event.  Contact Jason Smith (jsmith@avonworth.k12.pa.us) with any questions. 





Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Bridges to STEM Careers Project Planned

The 8th grade team is looking for bridge engineering experts to assist with the bridge building project this spring!
More information can be found on the science website:
https://sites.google.com/a/avonworth.k12.pa.us/sci8/bridges/bridge-design-day