Thursday, February 26, 2015

Spring Conferences

Student-Led Conferences

In order to close our 8th grade advisory program and to have time to reflect on middle school academically, each 8th grade student will be preparing to lead a parent-student-teacher conference. Our 8th grade advisory program has been reflecting on student work, progress, and goal setting while meeting bi-monthly throughout the school year. Each parent and student will have a student-led conference in May before or after school. Each parent or guardian will be offered an opportunity to meet with a faculty member before the end of the school year.  The students are doing a great job of preparing for their conferences and we can't wait to meet with everyone later this spring!  Your student's advisor should contact you at the end of April, so please be on the lookout for that message.

Needs-Based March Parent Conferences

Since we've planned to meet with each parent and their student during the student-led conferences in May, our March conferences have a very limited number of spots. 

If you need to speak with the 8th grade team as a whole group before the May conference dates, we can send you a conference invitation.  If you do not have any pressing concerns, we are looking forward to seeing you at student-led conferences in May!   To receive a conference invitation, please email Doug Haskins,

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Baseball Try Outs

Try-outs for the Middle School Baseball team will take place on:

Tuesday, March 3
Wednesday, March 4
Thursday, March 5

All try-outs will be from 4:30 to 6:00 in the Gym.

In order to try out, you must have turned in a completed Physical form or Re-certification form to the school.  Both forms are available on

If you have any questions, please email the coaches:  Duke Johncour ( or Jason Smith (  

Math 8 quiz Friday

There is a quiz in Math 8 on Friday. 

Civics test Friday

There will be a test in civics on Friday, 2/27/15 on chapter 7.        

AMS Semi-Formal

Science quiz Monday

There will be a science quiz on Monday, 3/2/15. A study guide is available on the science website.

Monday, February 23, 2015

Field Trips in March & May

Students should have brought home information and permission forms for several field trips to be held in March and May. Click here to read more information from the AMS 8 blog. 

March 17, 18 or 19 - Allegheny County Courthouse
May 8 - Heinz Pittsburgh Regional History Center
May 12 - Nicky’s Family – JFilms Presentation & Strip District
May 19 - 8th Grade Celebration – Kennywood Education Day

Please send the permission form and payment to school in an envelope labeled with your child’s name by Thursday, March 5: 

  •         Enclose signed, original permission slip (no hand-written notes please).
  •         Total field trip money of $32.  Students may pay the $32 total with exact cash or by check payable to Avonworth Middle School Student Council.  

Download a copy of the permission form by clicking here.

Calendar Events and Dates

Friday, February 27
 [sci] F3 HW: Classification of Matter due Friday
 [sci] HW: watch properties of matter video ( YouTube) & take notes
 [Math 8] Quiz
 [Social Studies] Chapter 7 TEST

Monday, March 2
 [sci] Quiz: Properties of Matter

Thursday, March 5

Friday, March 6
 [Event] Semi-formal

Tuesday, March 10
 [Reading] AR POINTS DUE

Wednesday, March 11
  2 Hr Delay Teacher In-Service

Monday, March 16 through Thursday, March 26

Tuesday, March 17
 [Lunch] If on field trip, lunch to be eaten at Ross Park Mall
 [End of the 3rd Nine-weeks]

Wednesday, March 18
[Lunch] If on field trip, lunch to be eaten at Ross Park Mall

Thursday, March 19
 [Lunch] If on field trip, lunch to be eaten at Ross Park Mall

Friday, March 27
 No School for Students - Schools closed due to previously schedule parent conferences
 No School for Teachers

Monday, March 30  - Friday, April 3
 Spring Vacation - No School

Monday, April 6
 School in Session (Inclement weather make up day)

Tuesday, April 7
 School in session

Monday, April 13 - Thursday, April 16

Tuesday, April 21- Thursday, April 23

Monday, April 27 & Tuesday, April 28