Order your Yearbook now. Prices go up after October 5!

posted Sep 27, 2018, 11:01 AM by Alvin Lacar

buy yearbook

Getting a yearbook is even better when you save. Prices increase soon, so 
order by Friday, October 5, 2018 and you'll get it for $27.00.

Yearbook Picture Taking

posted Sep 27, 2018, 10:58 AM by Alvin Lacar


    We will be taking pictures in S2 on Wednesday, October 24 – Friday, October 26.  Students need to check with their Social Studies teacher to find out when they will be getting their pictures taken.  If there are students are absent or planning to be absent on the day their class is scheduled to take their pictures, the student should request a pass from Mrs. Beth Young or their Social Studies teacher to get their picture taken on one of the two other picture taking days.

    If you are planning to order a picture package, your child may take their pictures out of uniform and in school appropriate clothing for that picture (not their yearbook picture) before school.  They must change into their school uniform immediately after taking their pictures.

Early Release at 1:15pm on Thursday, October 4 and Friday, October 5

posted Sep 27, 2018, 10:52 AM by Alvin Lacar   [ updated Sep 27, 2018, 10:52 AM ]

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On Thursday, October 4 and Friday, October 5, students will be released early from school. 
School will end at 1:15 p.m

Update on Hurricane Olivia

posted Sep 11, 2018, 2:52 PM by Alvin Lacar   [ updated Sep 11, 2018, 2:54 PM ]

Coffee Hour with Principal Hetrick - September

posted Sep 10, 2018, 2:52 PM by Alvin Lacar   [ updated Sep 10, 2018, 2:54 PM ]

coffee hour with principal
Join us for Principal Hetrick's Coffee Hour
Tuesday, September 11th at 9am
AMS Library
Featured presentation:  Help!  My Teenager was Abducted by Aliens!
NO RSVP required.

Spirit Week! Sept. 10 - Sept 14.

posted Sep 7, 2018, 4:21 PM by Alvin Lacar   [ updated Sep 7, 2018, 4:22 PM ]

Federal Survey Cards 2018

posted Sep 6, 2018, 2:26 PM by Alvin Lacar   [ updated Sep 6, 2018, 2:27 PM ]

The federal government provides Impact Aid to partially reimburse school districts that have (a) lost tax revenues (income, sales, property tax) due to a federal presence, and (b) have incurred the cost of providing educational services to federally connected students. Impact Aid goes to local school districts, just like local property taxes, to hire teachers, purchase textbooks and computers, pay for utilities and more.

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Common questions about Impact Aid

What is Impact Aid?

  • The federal Impact Aid Program is authorized by Title VIII of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA). It has existed since 1950.
  • The program provides funding aid to partially reimburse school districts that lose revenue (income, sales or property taxes) due to the presence of tax-free federal properties (i.e. low-income housing, military installations/housing, native American lands, national parks).
  • The reimbursement helps make up for some of the cost of educating so-called federally connected students, those whose parents live or work in federal properties. 

Are Impact Aid funds used to benefit my child’s public education?

Yes. Schools with federally connected students are funded in the same manner as schools without federally connected students. The receipt of Impact Aid funds allows the school system to provide a higher level of service for all students than would otherwise be possible.

How does the Department use Impact Aid funds?

These federal reimbursements for a portion of the cost of serving federally connected students are critical in supporting all Hawaii public schools and students.
Historically, funding has offset costs for Hawaii Common Core-aligned curriculum resources, student transportation, school utilities (electricity), teacher substitutes, the Military Liaison program, school portables, and other services.
Note: Substitute teachers required for schools due to employees being out sick or on leave are centrally paid for all schools, as are expenses such as utilities, student transportation, and others.

If not for the receipt of these federal funds, the Hawaii school system would have $40 million to $50 million less a year to operate with, and would need to reduce support for all schools to pay all its expenses. The video above explains the Department's use of Impact Aid in greater detail.

Why do I have to fill it out when I'm not federally connected?  

The information on the completed form helps determine if a parent/guardian resides or work on federal property. The survey is disseminated annually to 180,000 students statewide, across all islands, and schools have a 100% goal.  Your support in the completion of the card is appreciated by schools in an effort to meet their goal. 

Why do I have to fill it out when it doesn't help my child specifically?

Every Hawaii public school and each student benefits from the federal Impact Aid funding.  Please see: "How does the Department use Impact Aid funds?" above.

Why aren’t funds allocated to my child’s school, specifically for my child?

In Hawaii, a Weighted Student Formula (WSF​) allocates funds equitably to schools based on enrollment and the needs of individual students.
Impact Aid funds are general aid for statewide expenditures. School districts file for Impact Aid tax reimbursements after expenses have been incurred. The process is similar to an individual who annually files for federal taxes after the tax year has been completed.

Does the federal reimbursement cover the full cost of educating a federally connected student?

No. Impact Aid funds partially reimburse the Department for the cost of educating federally connected students.
The average cost to educate a student in Hawaii is approximately $12,000. The average reimbursement for a federally impacted student is about $2,000, or 15 percent of the total cost. Hawaii taxpayers and the state government fund the balance.
During the 2013-14 school year, the state accounted for more than 28,000 federally connected students and received more than $41 million. Since federal funds are received after the cost was incurred, every Impact Aid dollar reimbursed helps to provide a quality education for all children and support public schools throughout the state.

How do we know how many federally connected students there are?

Parents of Hawaii public school students are encouraged to complete and return to their school a federal census survey card that is sent to their homes around the beginning of the school year. They should be filled out and returned as soon as they are received, but schools will accept them throughout the school year. If you have not received a survey card, please contact your child's school.
​Also, the Department conducts an Impact Aid Survey to help remind parents about the importance of this federal assistance program.
I'm an active duty military member or civilian that works on a military installation or property, and I'm not sure what my workplace address is. How do I find it?

Suicide Awareness and Prevention Yellow T-shirt Day

posted Sep 4, 2018, 11:31 AM by Alvin Lacar   [ updated Sep 4, 2018, 11:33 AM by Alvin Lacar ]

Show your support of Suicide Awareness and Prevention by wearing a school appropriate YELLOW t-shirt or dress on Wednesday, September 5.

Yellow must be the primary color of the shirt or dress although other colors may also be part of the
design on the shirt. If a student, parent or teacher is not sure if the rules have been broken, the
Principal or Vice Principals will have the final say.
If you are not sure whether your choice of clothing meets the guidelines, please bring a spare
uniform t-shirt.

a. All tops shall not reveal any cleavage and must cover the midriff. Sleeveless tops must have straps two (2)
inches or wider and be tight fitting under the arms. Spaghetti straps, backless or shoulderless garments with or
without jackets are not permitted.
b. All clothing must be free of messages relating to drugs, gangs, sex or profanity.
c. The length of the skirts or shorts shall reach the open fingertips when arm is extended down student’s side.
d. All skirt or dress slits must not be shorter than open fingertips when the arm is extended down student’s side.
e. No layering of shirts is allowed.
f. Sagging or oversized pants are not allowed. Pants must be secured at the waist (no under garments showing).
g. Baseball caps, visors, stocking caps, or sweat band of any kind are not to be worn.
h. Jewelry representing drugs, gangs, inappropriate language, etc. is prohibited.
i. Any gang related fashion is prohibited.
j. Outerwear must fit the theme or follow AMS dress code.
k. Students MUST wear their AMS ID if they are out of school uniform

Street Safety Service Project

posted Sep 4, 2018, 11:12 AM by Alvin Lacar   [ updated Sep 4, 2018, 11:16 AM ]

The leadership students are working on creating service projects to help our surrounding community.  The students, families and staff are invited to encourage safe driving (and pedestrian) behavior by participating in a morning sign waving event on Wednesday, September 5. See attached flyer below.

SchoolMessenger - Office of the Superintendent

posted Aug 29, 2018, 12:30 AM by Alvin Lacar   [ updated Aug 29, 2018, 12:32 AM ]

Office of the Superintendent - Emergency Plan
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