Thursday, April 9, 2015

Calculators may be Used on the Math PSSA

PSSA Math Test:
Students will be responsible for bringing their own calculator to the testing sessions.  Available calculators are limited!  Please speak to your student about what they will use during our 3 days of math testing.  Students are not permitted to use the calculator feature of their phones. Calculators will be collected by PSSA proctors for their use on April 21-23.  

PSSA Testing to Begin on Monday

Students in the 8th grade will begin PSSA testing on Monday, April 13. Here is some important information:
- Students should read and review the Code of Conduct for Test Takers  prior to starting the PSSA tests.
- Parents should read  the notification posted to the AMS website. 
April 13 - 16   -  ELA (Mon., Tues., Wed., Thurs.)
April  21  -23   - Math (Tues., Wed. ,Thurs.)
April  27 & 28  - Science (8th grade) (Mon., Tues.)
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.

The school will not assume any responsibility for electronics stored in lockers, so it best for students to leave them at home. 

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Bridge Design Day & Exposition

Engineers needed for the
May 6 and May 29

As students in the 8th grade proceed through our bridge design and building project, we are seeking help from experts in the fields of engineering and design of bridges. This is the fourth year for the bridge building and design exposition at Avonworth Middle School! Interested experts can RSVP for our events by emailing
 Doug Haskins, Grade 8 science teacher.

Layered Curriculum Continues in Science

Students continue to work on the science layered curriculum. The next checkpoint (48 pts) will be on Friday, 4/10. The final assignment turn-in date is April 17.

 Assignments Click on a level below to explore the different assignments.

LEVEL C - Basic Knowledge - MAX 25 points
LEVEL B - Advanced Practice - MAX 35 pointsLEVEL A - Assessment - MAX 40 points (all students must take the unit test!)

Reusable Water Bottles for PSSA Testing

During PSSA testing, students may bring a water bottle to the testing room. The 8th grade team is suggesting that students come to school with a reusable water bottle. 

Students will have very limited hallway use during testing sessions periods A through D). PSSA protocols require that students be escorted while traveling the hallways if classrooms are conducting testing. 

Monday, April 6, 2015

Calendar Update

Friday, April 10

[Reading] Study Island Mood and Tone due Fri, 4/10
[SCI LC] Checkpoint 48 points
 [SCI LC] Quiz: Elements & their properties {A6}

Monday, April 13
 Periods A-C-D only

Tuesday, April 14
 [Event] Video Conference
Period F & G

Wednesday, April 15
[Event] Video Conference
 Periods A-C-D only

Thursday, April 16
 [SCI LC] Structure of the Atom due {A1}
 [SCI LC] Video Podcast Structure of the Atom due {A3}
[EVENT] Advisory
 Periods F-G only

Friday, April 17
 [SCI LC] Critical Thinking Question Week 3 due {B15}
 [SCI LC] Last day to turn in LC - all assignments due
 [SCI LC] Unit Test (ALL STUDENTS) {A7}
 [Normal Schedule]

Monday, April 20
 [Event] Pancake Breakfast
 [Normal Schedule]

Tuesday, April 21
 [Event] Video Conference
 Period A-C-D only
 Period F & G only

Wednesday, April 22
 [Event] Video Conference
 Periods F & G only

Thursday, April 23
 Periods A-C-D only

Friday, April 24
 [Normal Schedule]

Monday, April 27
 Period A-F-G only

Tuesday, April 28
 [Event] Advisory
Periods C & D

Wednesday, April 29
 [Normal Schedule]
 [Event] Advisory

Thursday, April 30
 [Normal Schedule]

Friday, May 1
 [Normal Schedule]

Wednesday, May 6
2 Hr Delay Teacher In-Service
12:00pm [Event] Engineers Visit AMS 8

Friday, May 8
 [Event] Heinz History Center
 [Event] Schools to Watch celebration
[Lunch] Lunch to be eaten at school

Tuesday, May 12
[Event] Nicky's Family Field Trip & Strip District Tour
 [Lunch] Lunch to be eaten in the Strip District

Tuesday, May 19
 [Event] Kennywood Field Trip
 [Lunch] Lunch to be eaten at Kennywood Park

Wednesday, May 20

Thursday, May 21
 [MATH KEYSTONES] IM1 students
Monday, May 25
 No School - Memorial Day

Friday, May 29
9:45am [EVENT] Bridge Exposition / Engineer's Visit

Friday, June 5

 Last Day of School