Thursday, December 22, 2016

Happy Holidays

Happy Holidays
and have a fun, safe
winter vacation. 

School resumes on Tuesday January 3, 2017! 

Thursday, December 15, 2016

Second issue of The Herd

The AMS newspaper club printed the second issue of The Herd. Check it out online:

The newspaper club meets after school on Tuesdays.
The next meeting is December 20. Join us! Take the activity bus home!

Spirit Week December 19-22

AMS Student Council has announced that next week, December 19-22, is “Spirit Week.” See the list of events below: 

AMS Children's Hospital Auction

The 29th annual Children's Hospital Auction is coming up quickly! Avonworth School District is proud to raise money each year for the Free Care Fund, which provides funding to children in need for medical care they may not be able to otherwise afford. This is only possible with the support of the community, so please consider donating to our auction. Suggested donations include:

Food: Donuts, drinks, cheese ball barrels, pizza, Subway sandwiches, baked goods
Toys: Games, small electronics, giant stuffed animals
Gifts: Baskets, athletic gear or memorabilia, tickets to movies etc, gift cards (if grouped with other related items of interest).

If you would like to make a donation (or have any questions), please feel free to contact Emily Hickman ( Thank you in advance for your support - we are sure this will be an awesome year to raise money for the children at Children's Hospital!

Food Drive Ends Tomorrow

The annual Red Cross Food Drive is happening until Friday, December 16.  Proceeds benefit the North Boroughs Food Bank. 

Carson Scholars Fund

Each year the Carson Scholars Fund offers a chance to win a $1000 scholarship investment towards attendance at a four-year college or university. Unfortunately, Avonworth Middle School can only offer one name to be recognized each year.  The application requirements and deadlines are linked below.

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Important Updates for the week of December 19

~ Next Week ~
   Math Layered Curriculum due

   Science Test

   Civics Test
   Essay due

   Children’s Hospital Auction
   English Passive/Active Study Island

   Winter Break Starts
Winter Break
Friday, 12/23/16 through
Monday, 1/2/17

Tuesday, 1/3/17 school's in session

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

AHS Video PSA Contest --- Help them win!

From the office:

Two groups of Avonworth High School students have entered into a video PSA contest with the FBI.  Both video links can be found on the webpage below (right at the top of the list):

We are asking for YOUR help with increasing the total VOTE COUNT!  The students of these videos have been asking their HS peers to go online and vote, but many of the students choose not to do it even thought it takes just a second.  One of the Avonworth videos is currently in 2nd place in popular vote - but unfortunately that is still 200 votes behind the first place video.  So we wanted to ask for your help at the MS level to increase the vote count for these Avonworth videos (given your success with making that possible).

Here is what each MS student needs to do:
  • Login to their student google account
  • Bring up each video link and LIKE the video in YouTube by clicking on the thumbs up below the video

Each person is only allowed to vote ONCE since each google account gets only ONE vote… that is why we need as many people (with a  google account) to vote as possible to close this gap of 200 votes between the Avonworth video and the other one in the contest.  VOTING ENDS NEXT WEEK!

AMS 8 In the News...

Students participating in the Panther Specialty Pharmacy project are mentioned in the Consortium for Public Education newsletter. See the information here.

Monday, December 12, 2016

Science Class YouTube Video Reply Project

Click on the link below to view the videos made for the DC Motor YouTube Video

Student DC motor model working in the science lab. Students built the models and explained how they worked. Their videos were uploaded to YouTube. 

YouTube Screen Shot

Yearbooks make Great Holiday Gifts!

With the holidays now here, buy a yearbook  (December 1st through December 21st) and receive a certificate as a holiday gift purchase. Printed gift certificates with a personalized message will be sent to a home or business address via USPS. 

Available for orders made December 1 through December 21!

Thursday, December 8, 2016

Students in Grade 8 to take PSSA / Keystone Tests

Students in Grade 8 will take PSSA tests in April & May and Keystone Algebra Exams in May. The 8th Grade Team will post more information to the AMS 8 Blog in early 2017.

Below are the testing windows published by the PA Dept of Education. During these time periods, students will be completing each of the required 8th grade PSSA subject tests.  


Avoid scheduling doctor appointments, vacations or other out-of-school activities during testing times. Participation in PSSA/Keystone exams is a state requirement.

Making up tests pulls students from their regular classes. As a result, they will miss valuable class time. It will be students' responsibility to make up any classwork you miss.

Of course, if students are genuinely ill, please stay at home and take the necessary time off to get well. Students will perform better on a test if they are healthy.

Children's Hospital Free Care Fund Auction

Please read the following letter sent home about the Children's Hospital Free Care Fund Auction.

Auction Letter

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Tweets from #lab110

Students in science have been working on their model DC motors in #lab110. See the progress that was made this week!

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Join the Newspaper Club

The next newspaper club meeting will be December 13 from 3-4 PM. Take the new activity bus home! Join The Herd! See Mr. Haskins or Mrs. Abate to learn more. 

Visit us online: 

The November/December edition to be printed next week! 

Math Tutoring After School


Starting next week, December 8, math tutoring will be moved to Thursdays after school from 3-4PM. 

Layered Curriculum in Math Class

We started our Layered Curriculum in Graphing Linear Equations today (12/1/16) in math. Students will work with their assigned groups through the layers. See the linked document for all assignments through Dec 19.

Math Layered Curriculum 

Thursday, December 1, 2016

December Yearbook Newsletter & Holiday Yearbook Gift Certificates

In the current issue: 

  - Holiday Gift Certificate Sales continue through 12/21
  - Students can Join Yearbook!
  - Special Features available through Online Sales

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

New Learning Unit in Science Class

Students in science have started a new learning unit called energy resources. We will be continuing our exploration of electricity through several activities.

First, students will be constructing a simple DC motor to better understand how electrons make motors spin. They will be creating YouTube replies to the DC model posted to the Science 8 YouTube Channel. 

Second, students will be examining energy resources in our community. We will be considering renewable and nonrenewable resources as well as the untapped potential in our river. The final activity of this unit has the students designing a turbine to be retrofitted to our existing locks and dams.

Here are some online resources for students and parents:

   - Graded Assignment List
   - Notes
   - Unit Study Guide

Friday, November 25, 2016

Clubs, Staying After School,and Activity Bus

From the office: 

The Avonworth School District is very pleased to report that an Activity Bus will be provided for middle school and high school students that need to stay after school for clubs and activities. This bus will run every Monday-Thursday and leave the school at 4:00 p.m. Students can board the bus outside the middle school entrance.
Keep in mind, the bus does not provide door to door service. It will stop at strategic locations throughout the district. The bus stop locations are listed below. The first day of operation will be Monday, December 5th.
  • Ben Avon Playground
  • Church Ave & Dickson Ave
  • Avalon Loop
  • Laundromat
  • Emsworth Boro Building
  • Roosevelt Road(house stops)
  • Roosevelt Road/North Ridge
  • Gary/Cheryl
  • Nicholson Road(house stops)
  • Deer Valley
  • Diamond Run
  • Ridge Rd/Linda Vista

Thursday, November 24, 2016

Happy Thanksgiving!

From our family to yours,
Happy Thanksgiving! 

No School for students  Wednesday, November 23 (previously held conferences) through Monday, November 28 (ACT 80 Day).
School is in session Tuesday, November 29.  

Photo Retakes 11/30/16

Photo retakes will be on November 30. Order forms are available in the offices.

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

2016 Advisory Games!

On Monday, 11/21/16, students in the 8th grade participated in the 3rd annual AMS 8 Advisory Games! Students used cooperation and teamwork skills to solve problems and earn points!

Thursday, November 17, 2016

AMS 8 Maker Students take on PANTHERx Project

On Wednesday, November 16, students from the 8th grade met with Jonathan Ogurchak of Panther Specialty Pharmacy to learn more about a project involving Avonworth and Blackhawk Middle Schools.

Students learned about the role of a specialty pharmacy and the requirement of a close relationship among patients, doctors and the pharmacists. The students were introduced to a specific drug, Strensiq, which requires strict monitoring due to temperature constraints and costs. Strensiq is used to combat a specific genetic, enzymatic deficiency in bone production. The students learned about the special “smart” refrigerators needed to store the expensive supply of medication.

The project has students looking at how technology could improve the relationship and communication between the patients and their caregivers. Students were asked if they could think of ways that the “smart” refrigerator could be modified to better aid PANTHERx in their mission to serve patients with chronic diseases. The product to be created by the students will explain the features that could be used in the next iteration of the "smart refrigerator."

Jonathan Ogurchak describes the condition perinatal/infantile and juvenile-onset hypophosphatasia to Avonworth students. This is the disorder that Strensiq, an enzyme replacement, is prescribed to patients to form and maintain bone. The cost of the medication is extreme, which requires the pharmacy to closely track and monitor dosages.

Students interact with the features currently used on the "smart" refrigerator 2.0. The students got a chance to review all of the features of this new technology. 

The "smart" refrigerator uses technology such as RFID tagging and wireless communication to connect the refrigerator in patient's homes to the pharmacy. 
Students consider options that could be added to the "smart" refrigerator 3.0 to improve the communication between patients, doctors, and PANTHERx. 

Thursday, November 10, 2016

Veterans Day Field Trip

On Tuesday, November 8, thirty-three 8th grade students spent the day with local veterans at the Heinz History Center.  The WWII, Korean, and Vietnam War veterans shared their personal stories, brought in artifacts, and answered students' questions.  The heroic actions of these men and women were an inspiration to students and teachers.  Thank you to all veterans for your service to our nation.

Veterans Day 11/11/16

Let us remember all the sacrifices made by the men and women of our armed forces so that we could have a safer life. 

Veterans Day

AMS 8 Specials Rotation Next Week

Students will be changing rotations on Tuesday, November 15. The next course can be found on the student schedule as "2" for periods B and H. 

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Rube Goldberg Machines

Students in science 8 created Rube Goldberg Machines to apply what they had learned about energy, work, and simple machines. Check out the YouTube videos below to see period D’s machine run.

Education Trip Form and Procedure

Reminder from the Office: 

If a student is going to be out of school more than 3 days (e.g. vacation), parents are required to complete and submit the linked form

Also, see this and other attendance procedures from the Parent Academy Edline page. 

Friday, November 4, 2016

AMS Enviromental Club

Do you want to improve our school community environment? Want to learn more about the living things and their place in the ecosystem? Join us! 

The first environmental club meeting a will be on Monday, November 14 after school until 5 PM. At the meeting, the environmental club will discuss the projects and activities including  field trips.  

To receive more information... text @amsenviron to phone number 81010 or see Mr. Haskins

Thursday, November 3, 2016

Daylight Saving Time Ends Sunday!

Remember to turn your clocks back on Sunday, 11/6/16! Daylight Saving Time Ends!

The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards Program - Deadline is soon!

Click here to read more about the program
and application process.

Deadline is November 8, 2016.

Election 2016 Project

Thanks to the over 150 guests that attended our 8th Grade Election Event on Tuesday night.  Those in attendance were able to view student-created videos, board games, artwork, websites, children's books, presentations, and even a live debate! 

If you were in attendance and did not get an opportunity to take the Exit Poll, please feel free to leave us your feedback here:

The Outsiders


Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Report Cards

First Nine Weeks Grading Period
Report Cards Posted to Edline November 2, 2016

Tweets from the Science Lab

November Yearbook News and Information

November 2016

Thursday, October 27, 2016

First Grading Period Ends October 27

First Grading Period Ends
October 27

Important Information
  • ENGLISH:All late work due by Monday, October 24
  • MATH: All late work due no later than Monday, October, 24
  • READING: All late work due by Wednesday, October 26 
  • SCIENCE: Last day to turn in work for science "C2- Chapter 5 Assessments" is Thursday, October 27
  • SOCIAL STUDIES:  All assignments due by Wednesday, October 26

A Novel Look at Film

A Novel Look at Film

Please ask your child for the following letter that was sent home yesterday.  

Dear Parents/Guardians:

Eighth grade students just finished reading and studying the award-winning novel The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton.  Since it was first published in 1967, it has remained a popular book among teenagers here at Avonworth.

We will conclude the novel unit by watching the PG-13 movie, The Outsiders: The Complete Novel on Monday, October 31.  The Francis Ford Coppola movie was rereleased in 2005 and captures the spirit of the young adult characters and themes prevalent in the novel.   The author S.E. Hinton helped direct the movie and even played a small part in it. 

Students will learn how to critically watch the film and reflect on key elements of the novel as they complete their “Movie to Film Analysis” online discussion in school.   After comparing and contrasting the movie’s character development, conflicts and themes to those within the novel, students will write and discuss their own reviews of the movie. 

If you do not want your student to watch the movie, please return the form below by Wednesday, October 26.  An alternative activity will be provided for students who will not watch the movie.  No action is needed if you approve of The Outsiders movie activity.

Thank you and stay gold!

Mrs. Galecki
8th Grade Reading Teacher

If you DO NOT want your student to watch the PG-13 movie, PLEASE COMPLETE, SIGN AND RETURN this form by Wednesday, October 26. You can also email your request to me at  Thank you!

  Student Name (please print)                                   

          My child does not have my permission to watch the rated PG-13 movie The Outsiders: The Complete Novel on Monday, October 31.  I would prefer that my child participate in an alternative activity.

X_______________________________                        ________________
Parent/Guardian Signature                                                Date