Thursday, May 25, 2017

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Cross Country Practice

Our final Pre-Season Cross Country practice of the school year will be on Tuesday, May 30 from 3:00 to 4:00 at the HS Track.  New runners are welcome to join us!  If you would like to sign up for the High School Cross Country Team, make sure that you register online to receive future emails about practices.  The registration website is:  https://goo.gl/forms/v2EcUDHhS6XRCEoB3


MS Olympics Tomorrow

Tomorrow (5/26) is the Middle School Olympics!


Some important reminders!   


  • Be sure to bring sunscreen and water! 
  • Wear clothes for athletic events! 
  • Be sure to wear athletic shoes! 
  • Bring a sweatshirt to school (cool in the AM) 
  • A hat for in the afternoon is suggested (sunny and high in the 70's)
  • The Parent Network will be giving out cups of water to the kids - as well as snow cones and popcorn.  

Memorial Day

Monday, May 29

The 8th Grade Team honors the sacrifices of the men and women of the Armed Forces of the United States of America. It's because of their bravery, dedication, and sacrifice we commemorate this day.


  Read more about Memorial Day: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Memorial_Day

Reminder - RSVP for 8th Grade Commencement



Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Get your copy! Literary Magazine!

The Impressions Literary Magazine has arrived!  The magazine showcases art, short stories, poetry, and photography from talented Avonworth Middle School students.  The deadline to order magazines has been extended!  Each professionally-printed magazine costs only $10.  Please return a check (payable to Avonworth Middle School) or cash to the office or to room 113.  Any questions regarding the magazine can be directed to Sarah Flower at sflower@avonworth.k12.pa.us.     

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Bump Up Night Tuesday, May 23

“Bump Up Night” will be held for all 8th grade students and their families at 6 pm-7pm May 23 in the auditorium.   Mr. Hall will lead an information sharing session, and students will receive a tentative schedule reflecting their online choices. 

Field Trip to Southside Works to see Nicky's Family Tomorrow

Menemsha Films


Tomorrow, May 19



Read the movie review here.


Students are to bring a bagged lunch to eat at the park near the theater. 

Reminder: RSVP for the 8th Grade Commencement



Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Cross Country Information Meeting

Any student currently in Grades 6-11 that is interested in joining the Avonworth Cross Country Middle or High School team next year, should attend an informational meeting for parents & athletes on Monday, May 22 at 4:00 in the Middle School Cafeteria.  

No previous running experience is necessary.  All ability and interest levels are welcome to give this sport a try.  Everyone makes the team.  There are no try-outs.  There are no cuts.  And, athletes are permitted to participate in another Fall Sport during the Cross Country season.  Both Middle and High School coaches and returning High School athletes will be on hand to help the new runners learn about proper stretching techniques, running form, safety precautions and answer any questions that you might have about the sport.

If you have any questions, email Coach Smith at jsmith@avonworth.k12.pa.us

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Boys & Girls High School Cross Country Team


Any 8th Grade student who is interested in joining the Boys & Girls High School Cross Country team next school year can attend pre-season conditioning after school on the following dates: 

Monday, May 15
Wednesday, May 17
Monday, May 22 (with Parent meeting to follow from 4:00 to 5:00)

No previous running experience is necessary.  All ability and interest levels are welcome to give this sport a try.  Everyone makes the high school team.  There are no try-outs.  There are no cuts.  And, athletes are permitted to participate in another Fall Sport such as soccer, football, cheerleading, or volleyball during the Cross Country season.  Members of last year's high school team will be on hand to help the new runners learn about proper stretching techniques, running form, safety precautions and answer any questions that you might have about the sport.

We will meet from 3:00 to 4:00 at the Ticket Booth near the Track.  Be sure to arrange for a ride home at 4:00.  Students should bring water & their running shoes.  If you have any questions, email Coach Smith at jsmith@avonworth.k12.pa.us



Keystone Exams to be taken May 16 & 17

The 8th graders who are enrolled in Integrated Math I (Algebra), will take the Keystone Exams.

On May 16 & 17 (Periods A through D) each of the 2 modules have 23 multiple choice questions and 4 constructive response questions. Students may use a graphing or scientific calculators on this test. For more information on the Keystone Exams, please go to www.pde.state.pa.us.


Field Trip to view "Nicky's Family"

Menemsha Films
The 8th grade will visit the South Side Works Cinema to see the documentary Nicky’s Family, a true story about a British man who helped organize the rescue of almost 700 Jewish children out of Czechoslovakia in the days leading up to World War II.  This powerful film tells the story of Sir Nicholas Winton, the children he rescued, and the generations that were impacted by his humble and heroic gesture.  Students will go to see Nicky’s Family next week, May 19.

Read the movie review here.

Students are to bring a bagged lunch to eat at the park near the theater. 

8th Grade Commencement


RSVP for the 8th grade commencement!
May 31, 2017
7:00 PM

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Thank You!

The 8th Grade Team would like to thank the members of the Parent Network for the delicious breakfast on Wednesday morning during Teacher Appreciation Week! 

Thursday, May 4, 2017

2 Hour Delay - Wednesday




There will be a 2 hour delay on Wednesday, 5/10/17.

Bridges to STEM Careers Design Day

Today was the #Bridges2STEM careers design day! Students had their bridge designs reviewed by experts in the fields of bridge engineering and design. The model bridges will be made throughout the rest of the month. The Bridge Exposition will be held on May 31 when the engineers come back to Avonworth to see the students' models perform during the live load test.

 
 


Field Trip to Strip District Tomorrow

Tomorrow is the Strip District field trip. Students will be visiting the Heinz History Center and having lunch at restaurants in the Strip District. Students should bring a packed lunch or money for the field trip. School district policies including the dress code apply to students on the trip.

Monday, May 1, 2017

May Yearbook News!


Read the news online!
Highlights:


  • A few copies are remaining! Reserve yours today!
  • Delivery is May 30! 


Thursday, April 27, 2017

Strip District Field Trip - Choose a buddy and a restaurant


Strip District restaurant choices to be made starting 4/27/17! Ends 4/28/17!

Each student pair must sign up for a restaurant while attending the Strip District field trip. Please note that you are not guaranteed your first, second or third choices!  Also, you must choose a travel buddy before selecting your restaurant choices! Only pairs will be grouped together! 

Students will get their first choice unless there are more than 12 students (six pairs) requesting that restaurant. If more than 12 students (six pairs) are wanting the same first choice, a lottery will be conducted to fill the twelve slots. Students who do not get their first choice will then be placed in their second choice as long as that restaurant is not also filled. 


Deluca's (American/Diner)
Peppis (Hoagies)
Chicken Latino (Peruvian)
Primanti Bros (Sandwiches)
Bella Notte (Pizza)
Sunseris (Pizza/Italian)
Kelly O's (American/Diner)
Sushi Kim (Sushi/Korean)
Wholey's (Sandwiches)
Pamela's (Breakfast)
Casa Reyna (Mexican)

Form will be available starting Thursday morning!

Student Volunteers Needed! Chase the Antelopes - April 29




We have seen a big increase in registration for the Chase the Antelopes 5k on April 29!  With so many participants, it is important to have enough volunteers on hand to make sure the event runs smoothly.  

Please read the attached informational letter that was sent home with students about making a commitment to volunteer at the event (Commitment to Volunteer (pdf)).  Contact Jason Smith (jsmith@avonworth.k12.pa.us) with any questions. 






Science PSSA Test Monday & Tuesday

Students in the 8th grade will be taking state PSSA tests this school year.      See the 2017 PSSA Class Schedule   

PSSA TESTING:
 May 1 & 2 9:45-11:30 AM SCIENCE


ELECTRONIC DEVICE NOTICE:
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.


Students should read and review the Code of Conduct for Test Takers prior to starting the PSSA tests.

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Free Online Learning Class Available for Students through Stanford University starting June 17th

How to Learn Math is a free self-paced class for learners of all levels of mathematics. It combines really important information on the brain and learning with new evidence on the best ways to approach and learn math effectively. Many people have had negative experiences with math, and end up disliking math or failing. This class will give learners of math the information they need to become powerful math learners, it will correct any misconceptions they have about what math is, and it will teach them about their own potential to succeed and the strategies needed to approach math effectively. If you have had past negative experiences with math this will help change your relationship to one that is positive and powerful.
The course will feature Jo and a team of undergraduates, as well as videos of math in action - in dance, juggling, snowflakes, soccer and many other applications. It is designed with a pedagogy of active engagement. The course will open in mid June and stay open indefinitely

Monday, April 24, 2017

Mr. and Mrs. Bielski speak to Avonworth 8th Grade students

Aron & Henryka Bielski speak to Avonworth 8th Grade students about their experiences during the Holocaust. 
Aron & Henryka Bielski speak at Avonworth today about the Bielski partisans who saved over 1,200 Jews from the Nazis.

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Spring Break Math PSSA Prep

There is a PSSA Math Preparation Test available on the google classroom for all students interested in preparing for the Math PSSAs.  For every 5 questions the student answers correctly, the student will earn 5/5 points.  Students should write down their answers on a piece of paper and submit to Ms. Costantino by April 24 for points.  

Freshman Scheduling Form


 April 21, 2017:  Online scheduling window will close. A student log-in is required.

FROM THE OFFICE: 
TRANSITION TO HIGH SCHOOL SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
May 23, 2017:    (NEW DATE) “Bump Up Night” will be held for all 8th grade students and their families at 6 pm-7pm  in the auditorium.   Mr. Hall will lead an information sharing session, and students will receive a tentative schedule reflecting their online choices. 

PSSA Testing continues Monday

Students in the 8th grade will be taking state PSSA tests this school year.        

PSSA TESTING:

 April 24-26  8:00-10:30 AM MATH
 May 1 & 2 8:00-10:30 AM SCIENCE


ELECTRONIC DEVICE NOTICE:
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.


Students should read and review the Code of Conduct for Test Takers prior to starting the PSSA tests.

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Specials Rotation on Tuesday, 4/18



Students will be changing rotations on Tuesday, April 18. The next course can be found on the student schedule as "4" for periods B and H. 

Red Cross Earth Day Project

To celebrate Earth Day, the Red Cross Club will sponsor a campus clean up on Thursday, April 20 after school from 3:00 - 4:00.  Students interested in helping are encouraged to sign up outside of Ms. Costantino's room so that enough materials for the clean up day are purchased.



Thursday, April 6, 2017

Spring Vacation starts Monday



Monday, April 10 to Monday, April 17
Spring Vacation - No School

Tuesday, April 18

Students visit Holocaust Center of Pittsburgh via virtual connection




On April 4, Avonworth 8th Grade students participated in a virtual seminar with the Holocaust Center of Pittsburgh.  The program entitled, Holocaust Testimony and How it Relates to You featured two segments. 

 In the first segment, 93 year-old Sam Gottesman, a Holocaust Survivor from Czechoslovakia, shared his personal story about his horrific experiences in Auschwitz, Bergen-Belsen, and several labor camps in Europe. 




Holocaust Survivor and Speaker Sam Mr. Gottesman presenting at the Pittsburgh Holocaust Center


The second part of the program included a presentation by Andrea Joseph from the Anti-Defamation League and included anti-bullying messages that promoted tolerance and acceptance of others beliefs.  The virtual seminar was broadcast live from Greenfield and viewed by hundreds of students who were invited to submit live questions through a chat feature to Mr. Gottesman and Ms. Joseph.  8th Grade students will continue to study the Holocaust in the coming weeks and participate in a Teen Screen event organized by the Jewish Film Forum of Pittsburgh on May 19 to view the film, Nicky's Family.

8th grade students listening and watching the Holocaust Center Seminar in Mr. Haskins's room. 



Did you see AMS Grade 8 in the newspaper?



Did you see AMS Grade 8 in the newspaper?

 
http://www.post-gazette.com/life/lifestyle/2017/04/04/Hannah-Milbert-memorial-fund-Antelope-5K-race-Avonworth/stories/201703280003



Photo posted to the Post Gazette's website. Lake Fong/Post-Gazette


Since the publishing of the article, we have seen a big increase in registration for the Chase the Antelopes 5k on April 29.  With so many participants, it is important to have enough volunteers on hand to make sure the event runs smoothly.  Please read the attached informational letter that was sent home with students about making a commitment to volunteer at the event.  Contact Jason Smith (jsmith@avonworth.k12.pa.us) with any questions. 





Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Bridges to STEM Careers Project Planned

The 8th grade team is looking for bridge engineering experts to assist with the bridge building project this spring!
More information can be found on the science website:
https://sites.google.com/a/avonworth.k12.pa.us/sci8/bridges/bridge-design-day

Thursday, March 30, 2017

AMS 8 Students visit the Courthouse


Last week 8th grade students traveled to the Allegheny County Courthouse for a field trip.  In their Civics classes, students had previously been introduced to the criminal and civil court systems prior to their visit.  Upon their arrival at the courthouse, students were greeted by the Administrative Judge of Allegheny County, the Honorable Judge David Cashman.  Judge Cashman talked to students about his role in the judicial branch and warned them about the consequences of drug and alcohol related crimes.  Next, students visited real criminal court rooms to observe trials in action.





PSSA Testing starts Monday

Students in the 8th grade will be taking state PSSA tests this school year.        

PSSA TESTING:

April 3-6 8:00-10:30AM ELA  
 April 24-26  8:00-10:30AM MATH
 May 1 & 2 8:00-10:30AM SCIENCE


ABSENCES FROM SCHOOL ON TEST DAYS

Avoid scheduling doctor appointments, vacations or other out-of-school activities during testing times. Participation in PSSA 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 missed.

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


Students should read and review the Code of Conduct for Test Takers prior to starting the PSSA tests.

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Chase the Antelopes


     You are invited to attend Avonworth’s first annual Chase the Antelopes 5k Run and One Mile Walk on April 29 at 9:00 a.m. The 8th grade class at Avonworth Middle School has planned this race in order to bring the community together. The students have been responsible for every aspect of this race. From designing shirts and awards, to promoting the event, to creating registration posters, securing sponsorships from local companies, and keeping track of each group’s progress. Through this project the 8th grade is learning to develop teamwork, communication, marketing skills, and being an engaged citizen within their neighborhood and community.
      The students also have elected to send all proceeds from the event directly to the Hannah Milbert Memorial Fund. Hannah Milbert attended Avonworth High School, and tragically lost her life in a house fire in January. As a community, we hope this event will show the support we have for the Milbert Family.

MORE INFORMATION:





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