Thursday, May 4, 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!

Thursday, April 27, 2017

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. 






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:





Yearbooks







Thursday, March 16, 2017

Pitt SWE Girls Engineering in Middle School

Students and their families are invited to University of Pittsburgh Society of Women Engineer's “Girls Engineering in Middle School (GEMS)”. 

Click here for more information.

The event is Saturday, April 1 from 9:00 am to 1:30 pm and the event is free! Please forward this onto anybody else who may be interested. 

Avonworth School District does not sponsor or sanction this activity. 

Welcome Mr. Casey, Math Student Teacher!

March 9, 2017

Hello parents.
My name is Matthew Casey and I have the pleasure of student teaching your child at Avonworth Middle School for the next six weeks! I plan to grow professionally throughout this placement and to allow your child to reach their maximum potential in the classroom. In the short time I have been here, I have felt like a regular member of the classroom, thanks to the children and Mrs. Costantino.
Some things about myself: I am currently in my final semester at La Roche College. I am involved in Student Government Association as the Director of Student Activities, which pertains to the club that I am president of: La Roche Activities Forum.  The club is responsible for planning a bulk of the events that happen on La Roche’s campus.  I have also been an orientation leader for the previous three years, allowing me to help people transition into their college career.
To end, I just want to let you know that this experience at Avonworth will hopefully better your child and I hope to grow along with them. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me and I will respond as soon as I possibly can. Thank you and here is to a blessed next six weeks!

Matthew Casey

You can contact Mr. Casey by emailing Mrs. Costantino (mcostantino-poruben@avonworth.k12.pa.us). 

Monday, March 13, 2017

Reminder! Courthouse Field Trip Expectations


Students will be attending a courthouse field trip on March 21-23. The following are the expectations for students while being at the courthouse:  

  • Dress appropriately - proper attire might include khakis and a nice shirt.  Some judges will not permit visitors to their courtroom if they are wearing jeans, shorts, and flip-flops, 
  • No gum
    courthouse
  • No talking inside of the courtroom
  • No cameras
  • No cell phones, iPods, or tablets
  • Be prepared for metal detectors. The courthouse requires that students pass through metal detectors.  Students will be asked to remove everything from their pockets, their jewelry, and belts while passing through the metal detectors.
  • For lunch, students should pack a lunch to be eaten at school.

Thursday, March 9, 2017

No School Tomorrow

No School for students & staff
Friday, 03/10/17
due to previously held
parent-teacher conferences.
  

Grading Period to End Soon

3rd nine-weeks ends
3/14/17

Science Layered Curriculum started Wednesday


A layered curriculum is a way to allow choice and differentiation in the classroom.  Students can choose activities from a menu of assignments. Assignments can be modified to increase rigor or help a student struggling with the content. The daily “mini-lessons” teach specific topics and skills. The lessons range from ten to fifteen minutes which offers students ample time in class to conduct lab activities, complete worksheet activities, or plan a project. Students should choose assignments that interest them. They should also turn in activities on a regular basis.

Many resources for the layered curriculum are available on the internet.  Students will have a choice of assignments from a menu of activities. Students are to start with “Layer C – Basic Knowledge” assignments and move to “Layer B – Advanced Practice” and then on to “Layer A – Assessment” assignments. Each class period starts with a mini-lesson and concludes with time to work on layered activities.

Scores for the layered curriculum will be tracked by the students in their layered curriculum activity guides (folder created in class). Copies are available from the internet.

Some assignments have specific due dates. There is a special layered curriculum calendar on the menu of assignments.  The online tutorials and assignments require a computer with internet access. All Unit G layered curriculum assignments are due by Friday, 3/31/17.





Daylight Saving Time starts this Weekend!


Remember to turn your clocks ahead on Sunday, 3/12/17! Daylight Saving Time starts!

Thursday, March 2, 2017

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

PSSA Testing in April & May

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

PSSA TESTING:

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


Read more on the 8th grade blog!

Monday, February 20, 2017

Needs-Based Parent Conferences


Needs-Based March Parent Conferences

The March parent-teacher conferences are needs-based. 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, dhaskins@avonworth.k12.pa.us.


Thursday, February 16, 2017

No School Monday / Presidents' Day / Act 80 Day


Act 80 Day / Teacher In-Service
No school for students
Monday, February 20, 2017

AMS 8 Specials Rotation Next Week



Students will be changing rotations on Tuesday, February 21. The next course can be found on the student schedule as "34" for periods B and H. 

Friday, February 10, 2017

8th Grade Conferences



Student-Led Conferences

Eighth graders are in the process of preparing for parent-student-teacher conferences that they will lead this May.  Our 8th grade advisory program guides students to reflect on student work, progress, and goal setting throughout the school year. Students will lead a conference with their parents/guardians as well as their advisor in May before or after school. Therefore, parents or guardians 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 will contact you at the end of April. Please be on the lookout for that message.

Needs-Based March Parent Conferences

The March parent-teacher conferences are needs-based. 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, dhaskins@avonworth.k12.pa.us.



Thursday, February 9, 2017

AMS Red Out Day

Tuesday, 2/14/17 

Pancake Breakfast

Parent Network will be sponsoring a Pancake Breakfast Tuesday, 2/14/17, that includes great toppings and a drink for $3.




The Great Plankton Race & Properties of Matter Unit







A new unit has started in science class with The Great Plankton Race as our opening activity. Competition brackets, pictures and information can be found on the science class website


The new unit is on the  properties of matter and begins our study of chemistry. This unit is also exploring the "gamification" of the science classroom. Students will have opportunities for enrichment or review as needed. Students can earn digital badges for completing certain activities. Also, extra credit is earned by getting stars and leveling up. Each new level increases the amount of extra credit to be applied to the final unit grade. Read more on the science website.  Students are always encouraged to check the classroom timeline when they are absent to review missed science class content.  

On Edline, starting Monday, 2/13/17, a new report called "Unit G Progress" will appear with the results of quizzes. At the end of the unit, the accumulated star points will be added to the report.