Thursday, June 4, 2015

Freshman Expectations

On Wednesday, June 3 ninth graders visited AMS 8 to discuss student expectations in the high school. Students were given the sheet linked below to help them transition to the high school. 

Click here to download a copy of the ninth grade expectations.

Remind Text Message Subscriber Info

Soon, all subscriber information will be deleted from the Remind text message service for @AMSGRADE8. We are preparing the account for next year’s students and parents.

Thanks for a great year!

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Return Your Borrowed Materials

Search under your beds and in your closets for overdue library books and textbooks.  Please return them to school!

Check out the AMS Grade 8 Blog to review the end of the school year information. This blog post will be updated regularly. 
  • Library materials return
  • Textbook return
  • Exams

Ohio Township 5k and Kids Fun Run

The Ohio Township 5k and Kids Fun Run that will take place at Ohio Township Park on Saturday, September 12.

What makes this race so unique is the involvement of the 8th Grade class.  During the month of April, the entire 8th grade class worked with the Ohio Twp. Director of Parks & Recreation, Andy Rubino to plan the race.  In each Civics class, students worked in small teams on a variety of tasks.  Some Students developed the t-shirt, the registration form, and course route.  They designed posters, fliers, commercials for announcements, and awards.  Students also called local businesses to secure monetary donations to sponsor the race.  The students selected Animal Friends to receive a donation from the proceeds of the race.  Other groups researched the history of the race and called previous race winners to invite them to come back and participate in this year's race.  Another group wrote letters to local businesses to ask permission to display fliers and posters to advertise the race.

All of the students work was shared with Mr. Rubino and the race is now open for registration.  You can register online at:  (the logo for the race on this website was designed by 8th grade student, Isabel Thompson)

A paper registration form (designed by students in my Period D Civics class) is attached to this email.

I think this is a great opportunity for students to showcase their work to the community.  Please let me know if you need any additional information about the event.


Jason Smith

Registration & Information (pdf)

Freshman Insect Collection

Next year students will be required to make an insect collection during the first-nine weeks. You can get started collecting specimens over the summer!

Read more here.

Cross Country

Any student that is planning to be a part of the Cross Country team in High School should be sure to ask Coach Smith for a copy of the Summer training information if they didn't receive one at the meeting on Tuesday.

Parents should also complete the contact form online at if they'd like to continue to receive Cross Country emails over the Summer.

Monday, June 1, 2015

The Results are In! Bridges to STEM Careers Project

8th grade students tested their bridges Friday, May 29 during the Bridge Exposition, part of the Bridges to STEM Careers project. Thirty bridges were tested by adding weight to each of the spans until collapse. Students and parents are welcome to check out the final ranking on the winning bridges webpage!

A special thanks to our guest experts, bridge engineers and architects from the Pittsburgh region. Representatives from HDR, Inc., Michael Baker Corp., and Penn Dot District 11 used their insight and expertise to help enrich this learning activity. Bridge designs can be seen on the classroom website through the  gallery page.

Cassie Lloyd from Penn Dot District 11 with Ryan Felter as his team's bridge has increasing amounts of weight added to the structure. 

Allen Peng from Penn Dot District 11 with Dennis Manko and Mr. Haskins testing a bridge. 

The bridge pictured above held the most weight. It is form team AB and held 120 N or 28 pounds of weight. 

Another bridge being tested! 

A leader board was on display in the library during the event so students could see how their bridge compared to others in the class. 

Storing thirty bridges in Lab 110 is no easy feat! Here are all of the models prior to the Exposition! 

Avonworth Middle School Awards Assembly

June 1, 2015

Calendar Update!

Thursday, June 4
 Return all textbooks & library books!

Friday, June 5
 Last Day of School

Check out the AMS Grade 8 Blog to review the end of the school year information. This blog post will be updated regularly. 
  • Library materials return
  • Textbook return
  • Exams