It’s a great day to be a Bulldog!

Quiz Bowl 2016

posted Mar 18, 2016, 9:04 AM by Julie Kunzman   [ updated Mar 21, 2016, 1:20 PM ]

After several weeks of daily practice the seventh and eighth grade Quiz Bowl teams recently competed in Chadron.  Both teams did a superb job and represented their school very well. Congratulations to the 7th grade team for placing third in their division. Their next competition will be in Gering in late April. Pictured below are the two teams on the day of their first meet as well as some candid shots from the day of the competition.

Classroom Competition Standings Update

posted Mar 3, 2016, 7:43 AM by Julie Kunzman

The classroom competition is heating up and the standings as of Thursday, March 3rd are as follows:
5th grade-250 points
6th grade-230 points
7th grade-257 points
8th grade 264 points

Points are awarded to each grade based on:
1) Fewest students in re-entry.
2) Fewest students in ISS.
3) Best attendance in school.
4) Fewest incompletes.
5) Most parents in attendance at Parent Teacher conferences.

A shout out to the 6th grade who had the highest percentage of parents attend conferences on February 25th and 26th.

Seventh grade basketball success !!!

posted Mar 2, 2016, 1:58 PM by Julie Kunzman   [ updated Mar 2, 2016, 1:59 PM ]

                  Pictured above is the 7th grade championship team from the Middle School Tournament held in Scottsbluff in February!

The 7th Grade Boys Basketball team completed one of the best seasons in Alliance Middle School history this year. The A team finished with an undefeated record, 11-0. No team finished within 10 points of this squad. The A team excelled at being unselfish with the basketball and finding the open man. They played a physical, fast-paced style of basketball that led to many shot opportunities underneath the basket. Opposing teams struggled to stop the inside attack from the Bulldogs.

The B team finished with a record of 4-4. The B team was superb at hustling on defense. They had numerous steals and fast-break opportunities. The B team shot well from beyond the arc, leading to the creation of a special 3-point play for the whole team.

The C team finished with a record of 2-2. The C team was amazing at offensive and defensive rebounding and yelling "SHOT" when the ball went up. Their communication skills led to many defensive stops. They usually held their opponents to single digits.

The A, B, and C team student-athletes worked hard together as one team in practice. Every single student-athlete improved. The coaches encouraged the student-athletes to improve their defensive skills and fundamentals this off-season so that they can be even stronger next season. The coaches received several positive comments from other towns about how well the team behaved on and off of the court. The team represented themselves and the town of Alliance well. It's a GREAT DAY to be a BULLDOG!

School Wide Incentive standings

posted Feb 17, 2016, 2:31 PM by Julie Kunzman

As of 11:00 a.m. on February 17th the standings for the school wide challenge are as follows:

1st -  7th Grade - 152
2nd - 5th Grade - 145
3rd - 8th Grade - 137
4th - 6th Grade - 112

The 8th grade has the fewest incompletes so they may have their phones out at lunch on Thursday and Friday this week.

School Wide Incentive

posted Feb 12, 2016, 2:36 PM by Julie Kunzman   [ updated Feb 12, 2016, 2:37 PM ]

Mr. Mach has issued a school wide incentive plan for grades 5-8.  Each grade level will receive points based on set criteria and scores will be released every two weeks. 

The grade with the fewest re-entries will receive 10 points, 2nd place will receive 7, 3rd will receive 5 and 4th place will receive 3 points. Fewest ISS days, incompletes for the year and best attendance receive 20, 15, 10, and 5 points respectively.

Best parent attendance at PT conferences  and most students scoring at grade level or above on MAPS will receive 100, 80, 60, and 40 points respectively.

Small rewards will be issued on a regular basis throughout the quarter such as having cell phones out at lunch etc. and the overall winner at the end of the period will be treated to a larger reward which has yet to be determined. 


posted Feb 12, 2016, 7:19 AM by Julie Kunzman   [ updated Feb 12, 2016, 2:25 PM ]

A friendly reminder that there will be no school on Monday, February 15th. The staff will be attending a training session in Scottsbluff on that day. Also don't forget that Parent Teacher conferences will be held on Thursday, February 25th from 4-8 p.m. and again on Friday, February 26th from 8 a.m. until noon. 

Door Decor

posted Dec 18, 2015, 1:25 PM by Julie Kunzman   [ updated Dec 18, 2015, 1:50 PM ]

The students at AMS have been busy decorating the doors of their Enrichment classroom for Christmas. Each group chose their own theme and created their masterpieces. Pictured below are some examples of their creations.
 Mrs. Folchert's rooms creation.
 Mr. Palomo's rooms

 Mrs. Reilly's rooms creation.
 Mr. Friesen's rooms creation.

Meet Mr. Palomo

posted Dec 17, 2015, 8:58 AM by Julie Kunzman   [ updated Dec 17, 2015, 9:27 AM by Joan Ibarra ]

Mr. Palomo is a Physical Education teacher at AMS and comes to Alliance from Gering, NE.  He is also the head softball coach for the Alliance Public Schools. He graduated from Gering High School in 2009 and started college at WNCC before transferring to the University of Nebraska-Kearney. His college major was Health and Physical Education K-12.

He played college baseball at WNCC and UNK and student taught at Grand Island Senior High and Stolley Park Elementary

His hobbies include working out, fishing and playing slow pitch softball.

Meet Mr. Banzhaf

posted Dec 11, 2015, 2:42 PM by Joan Ibarra   [ updated Dec 17, 2015, 9:27 AM ]

Mr. Banzhaf is a new 7th and 8th grade Boy's PE teacher and also teaches Sports Nutrition.  He hails from Elwood, NE and attended the University of Nebraska at Kearney where he earned a bachelors degree in PE and Health, K-12.  His hobbies include watching sports, bike riding and hiking.

Mr. Banzhaf is married to Brooke who is a dental hygienist in Bridgeport and they have a cat named Maverick.  

He is excited to start his teaching career at AMS and looks forward to a bright future here!


posted Aug 24, 2015, 9:05 AM by Julie Kunzman   [ updated Dec 11, 2015, 2:45 PM by Joan Ibarra ]

Mr. Mach will be the new principal at AMS and we want to welcome him to Alliance and the AMS staff.
He comes to Alliance from Clarkson, NE where he taught for the last 9 years. Prior to that he taught in Winnebago, NE and in Humphrey, NE.  Mr. Mach is originally from Albion, NE.

He earned his bachelor's degree from UNL and his master's degrees from Wayne State College (Curriculum and Instruction) and Concordia University (PK-12 Administration).

Outside of work he enjoys golf and hunting and spending time with his family which includes his wife of 21 years, Jaci, his son, Anthony, who attends Southeast Community College and his daughters, Sadie and Taylor, who are both in high school.  

Mr. Mach said he could not be more excited in joining the Alliance Middle School family. He looks forward to meeting the students and working with them everyday. 

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