Saturday, April 26, 2014

The AMS Volunteer Symposium was a successful afternoon!

Thanks to all of the organizations and individuals that made the Avonworth Middle School's Volunteer Symposium a success!

Friday, April 25, 2014

Nicky Winton to be on CBS 60 Minutes, Sunday night

Watch Sir Nicholas Winton
on CBS 60 Minutes KDKA 2

Sunday @ 7 PM
Extra credit in English: 

List 4 facts & what was his message?

Thursday, April 24, 2014

8th Grade "Green Up Avonworth" Service Project

Green Up Avonworth Service Project Thu May 1 12:00- 1:30 PM

Thursday, May 1 from 12:00 P.M - 1:30 P.M. eighth graders will take part in the third annual “Green Up Avonworth” initiative by planting and caring for trees on our school property.  Through the Pennsylvania Game Commission’s “Seedlings for Habitats” program, we will plant a variety of trees to the left of our walkway that leads to the Cobblestone development.  Students will also weed and mulch the trees that were planted by previous years’ eighth graders.

The “Green Up Avonworth” project provides a terrific opportunity for the kids to extend learning about environmentalism from the classroom to their own school community.   Students will read selections from Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring and research Pittsburgh’s “green efforts” in reading class. The tree-planting event will allow our students to build habitats and start their own “green” initiative at school.  

Parents and guardians are welcome to join us!  If you like being outside and enjoy planting, we would love your help supervising the kids. We hope you can join us for our tree planting event and appreciate any help you can offer!  Please note that all parents working with children at our school must have the proper clearances in place.  If you have your clearances and plan on attending, you must let us know by emailing Kathy Galecki at .  On the day of the event, please report to the middle school office to receive your pre-made visitor pass. Thank you!


Science PSSA Test Monday & Tuesday

Students in Grade 8 will be taking the Science PSSA on Monday and Tuesday next week. Please note the following:

Important Notice to Students:
CELL PHONES and OTHER ELECTRONIC DEVICES, especially those that can take pictures, are NOT permitted in the testing room. The Pennsylvania Department of Education has recommended that proctors (teachers conducting the tests) collect these devices as students enter the testing room.

Take your AR book to each testing period.

Do your best to get a good night's rest prior to testing days and eat a nutritious breakfast.

Invest your best effort in these tests.  Show what you know.

Heinz Pittsburgh Regional History Center and Strip District Field Trip

We will leave the middle school at 8:15 AM on May 9 to visit the History Center located in the Strip District. After their visit to the History Center, students will separate into small groups led by one of the teachers to experience lunchtime in the historical Strip District. Student will also complete a  scavenger hunt. Please remind your child to take money to school for their lunch purchases on May 9.
Students will return to Avonworth Middle School by2:00 PM and will take their regular buses

If you would like to attend the field trip as a chaperone, please contact Jason Smith, Per Avonworth policy, you must have the appropriate criminal clearances to attend the field trip.

Volunteer Symposium Tomorrow!

 Volunteer Symposium   

Tomorrow, April 25 12:00 – 1:30 PM



Open to our community!  


Remember to bring a non-perishable food item tomorrow for the Food Bank or peanut butter for the Do Something Club!
You can bring up to five items for five extra credit points for English class!


Building Bridges to STEM careers

Bridges to STEM
Students have begun their next unit in science which focuses on integrating engineering, physics, and mathematics through bridge design and construction. Students will be asked to think about how bridges are planned and built. The scenario given to the students is to think about the need to replace the Center Avenue bridge in Emsworth which was deem deficient by the Port Authority and closed to large vehicles.

To assist the students, guest experts in the field of bridge engineering will visit Avonworth’s 8th grade Thursday, 5/8/14. The experts will look at the ideas students have drawn and they will make suggestions about how basic design concepts can improve their plans.

Bridges will be built based on the students’ ideas and will be tested for strength and durability. Students will reflect on the performance of the bridges by making inferences about the data collected. The bridges will be tested on May 29 during the exposition with local engineers assisting the students.

Parents and students can follow the progress of the project on the science website
and on twitter, #Bridges2STEM.