ATASCADERO MIDDLE SCHOOL
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iNews for September 25th
CJSF APPLICATIONS HAVE OPENED - 8TH GRADE
8th graders interested in joining CJSF (California Junior Scholarship Federation) can access the online application beginning September 20th. 7th grade students must wait until spring to apply. All applicants must submit the online app by Monday, October 10th. The form is located on the AMS Counseling page.
Voting for the Student Choice Awards for Book Wars will be this Thursday during Homeroom. Book Winners (and those who nominated the winning books) will be announced on Monday, October 3. The date for Book Wars is June 2, 2017 - put it on you calendar and get reading!!!
Please enjoy the photos of the construction on our campus at: https://sites.google.com/a/atasusd.org/bond/ajhs/ajhsphotos.
Additionally, an aerial video of the new building can be seen at:
GIRLS VOLLEYBALL GAME
There will be a girl’s volleyball game vs. Templeton on September 27th at 4pm in the Gym.
AMS DRAMA UPDATE
Drama Club Meetings - Learn About the Fall Play and Fun Drama Activities Planned for this school year! Monday - Thursday, Sept. 12th -15th during 7th and 8th grade lunches on the stage. Students who are interested in auditioning for the school play should plan on stopping by the stage for information on how to audition for the play.
Audition Workshops - Learn how to Audition for Alice in Wonderland!
Sept. 14th and 15th, from 3:00 - 5:00 p.m. on the stage.
Auditions for Alice in Wonderland
Sept. 20th and 21st, from 3:00 - 5:00 p.m. on the stage
Our Engineering Elective classes had a lot of fun learning this week! We started out by completing our egg drop designs by finishing the manufacture and assembly of our contraptions. Then we tested our designs by having them dropped by an adult off the roof of the new building. That's two stories high! About half of our contraptions were successful in protecting the egg from meeting its demise (aka breaking). Later on in the week, we had a Cal Poly mechanical engineering student come visit us to talk about the engineering design process. He brought along R2D2 from Star Wars! This engineer made a fully functional, life-size R2 from scratch in the Cal Poly labs and machine shops. R2 was a big hit with our classes, and was a perfect example of the rewards that come from perseverance and hard work. See attached video.
MIXED BAG DESIGNS FUNDRAISER
PTO is extending the deadline for the fundraiser to next Thursday, SEPTEMBER 29th in order to increase participation and to accommodate those who forgot to turn orders in this week. Totals for prizes will be compiled after next Thursday, so if your student would like to submit additional orders they may do that as well! Catalogs and order forms are available in the front office. Orders can be turned in to the school office any day next week or to homeroom teachers on Thursday. Remember, catalog orders provide 50% to our school, but family and friends can shop online as well providing 40% return. www.mixedbagdesigns.com/?fundraiserid=312127. AMS PTO thanks you for your continued support!
BERNIE’S BASKET DRAWING
The Bernie’s Basket Drawing is coming soon! Join PTO by the 30th of September to be entered to win fantastic prizes! Individual membership starts at $10, family memberships are $50 and Business Packs are $200. Membership forms are found in the office or you can contact Kathy LaChaine for more information. firstname.lastname@example.org 805-703-0743
BOOK FAIR WAS A SUCCESS!
The PTO ran an amazing Book Fair and gave all the proceed Scholastic Dollars to the library of $470.00!
The first picture is what the library bought with that money:
The second picture is what was bought and then donated to the library from the library wish list!
THE ADOLESCENT BRAIN
Join other parents in exploring the mysteries of… The Adolescent Brain! Tuesday, September 27th and Wednesday, September 28th from 6-8pm in the AHS Wellness Center. Facilitated by Wellness Center Coordinator Kamela Proulx, MA, LMFT, BCBA.
YEARBOOK BABY DEDICATIONS
Baby dedications for the yearbook can be purchased for $20 at the office. Please include a baby picture of your child and a message (up to 25 words.) As they turn the pages of their yearbook, students love to be surprised by a loving message from their family. NEW DUE DATE for BABY DEDICATIONS is Friday, October 7th. Ordering yearbooks has begun. Please don't wait until June to try to buy a yearbook - you may be too late in June! Yearbooks are $45 and can be purchased at the office. Prices go up in January!
WATER POLO OPPORTUNITY
Coach Jon Conrad is offering Age Group water polo Monday and Wednesday nights, 6:30-7:30pm from Aug. 29th-Sept. 28th. Please see www.atownpolo.com for more info. Cost $100.
CENTRAL COAST ROBOTICS EXPO
Bring your kids to explore the 8th Annual Softec Student Robotics Expo! – Sept 26, 2016 from 6-8pm at the Madonna Inn Expo Center in San Luis Obispo. There is NO COST to attend this event and the registration is ONLY if you want to support the kids! This spectacular event features local High School, Elementary and College Robotics teams including the Robotics Team from AHS! Meet local and international robotics companies, universities and robotics enthusiasts to see their innovative technology up close! For more information, please visit: http://softec.org/events/092616-robotics-expo/.
TALENT SEARCH AT DUKE UNIVERSITY
The largest program of its kind, participants in the Duke TIP 7th Grade Talent Search identify academic strengths, develop abilities and interests, and celebrate their achievements at a crucial time when they are forming their identities and looking ahead to the future. TIP assists families in determining how advanced their students’ academic abilities are and what level of educational challenge is appropriate. As a seventh grade student with strong intellectual abilities, you are eligible to participate if you achieved a qualifying score at or above the 95th percentile on a recent grade-level test. See Mr. Wallace with questions or for a brochure.