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Amity Middle School June 2020

Message from Mr. Reg McShane, Interim Principal

Let's finish strong

Wow here we are getting close to the finish line of the 2019-2020 school year. I couldn't have imagined in my wildest dreams that anything would have impacted schools, our communities, the State, and our country like Covid-19.

We have all been through a tremendous learning curve, experienced frustration, and tremendous emotional stress. Navigating through doing things so differently has been an experience I'll never forget. My heart goes out to everyone that has experienced life altering challenges. The challenges range from lost opportunities, financial difficulties, health issues, and much much more. What has been lost by our children cannot be overstated.

Here we are less than two weeks away from the end of the school year and I need to ask you to make one final push to finish strong. Amity Middle School will not be assigning any additional work. We do however, need you to push your children to complete assignments they have not completed. Partial work is better than no work. If they have questions, help them to ask for help.

We care about each and every one of our students. We are so proud of our students that have scratched and clawed their way through distance-learning and have been successful. I know many of our students will find a way to turn in enough required work prior to the June 10th deadline, to bring their grade to passing and finish the race. However, students that are below 60% will receive an incomplete grade.

Students receiving an incomplete grade in one or more of their classes will be receiving a summer packet. These packets will be either mailed or hand-delivered shortly after the students last day of school June the 11th. The work packets must be completed and returned (via drop box at the school) prior to the start of the 2020-21 school year in order to remove the incomplete grade. Students that do not return the work packets in the proper time and with satisfactory work will be added to the list of students required to attend Friday School in order to complete the work.

I am confident if we work together and focus on the next couple of weeks we can get our children across the finish line. Thanks for all you do and please don't hesitate to give us a call if we can help.

Reg McShane, Interim Principal

Getting Ready for Summer Break

Student Check Out Dates (please note that we are asking for all textbooks and chromebooks to be returned on the dates mentioned below). If you have any library books or fees owing, you can bring those in at any time.

8th Grade Check Out Days: On Thursday, June 4th (9am-4pm) and Monday, June 8th (9am-6pm) will be student check out days. Information was mailed home on May 21st informing you what your student has out from the school. Please note, if your 8th grader has any outstanding fees and/or textbooks/library books, your 8th grader will not be receiving their end of year field trip reward. Please call the office if you have any questions regarding outstanding school fees.

7th Grade Check Out Days: On Tuesday, June 9th (9am-4pm) and Thursday, June 11th (9am-4pm) will be student check out days. Information was mailed home on May 21st informing you what your student has out from the school.

6th Grade Check Out Days: On Wednesday, June 10th (9am-4pm) and Thursday, June 11th (9am-4pm) will be student check out days. Information was mailed home on May 21st informing you what your student has out from the school.

If you have multiple students, you can check them both in on one day.

No Detention Field Trip Update: If your student had no detentions prior to the school closure, we will still be recognizing them. However, if your student finishes the school with an incomplete in any of their classes, they will not be receiving the field trip reward. These will be mailed home with final grades.

Timeline for the End of the School Year

Moving forward, no new assignments will be assigned by May 29th.

June 4th- 8th grade check out (9am-4pm)

June 8th- 8th grade check out (9am-6pm)

June 9th- 7th grade check out (9am-4pm)

June 10th- 6th grade check out (9am-4pm)

June 10th- FINAL day for all students (6th, 7th & 8th grades) to turn in work

June 11th- Final check out day (9am-4pm)

June 11th- Official last day of school for students

Please note that textbooks and chromebooks are to be returned on the designated check out dates mentioned above. Any high school items (band instruments and textbooks), are to be returned to the middle school. If these time frames do not work out for you, please contact the office to arrange for a time that works.

Yearbooks- This year our yearbooks will not be available for pick up at the end of the school. We are working with a plan on how to get the yearbooks out to our students. In our final newsletter, we should have more information pertaining to it.

If your student has issues logging into their school email account, please contact Mrs. Galer at holly.galer@amity.k12.or.us.

Remember parents, you can check your child's grades and attendance on the parent internet viewer! If you do not have access to the parent internet viewer (PIV), please email Miss Brenda at brenda.whiteley@amity.k12.or.us.

Be sure to watch for information posted on our Facebook page!

8th Grade Information

8th Grade Promotion

Will be Monday, June 8th at 7pm, drive thru style. Information regarding promotion will be available for pick up during check out days. Programs for promotion will be in the packets, along with guidelines for how the promotion will take place. Here are some guidelines to know ahead of time: 1. Everyone is to stay in their vehicles at all times. 2. Only immediate family members are allowed (1 vehicle per family, 2 if split family). 3. Once your student crosses the stage, you will need to leave. 4. Unfortunately we can not have anyone on school grounds to watch the ceremony. We are hoping to Facebook live the ceremony.

8th Grade Cheer Information: It is time to begin preparing for next year's cheer season. We cannot hold traditional tryouts at this time because of social distancing requirements. However, Coach Angela needs to know who is interested in joining the team. If you are interested in joining or just want more information about our team, please contact Coach Angela (contact information below). Hopefully we will have more information soon about what we will be allowed to do, but until then we will communicate via email. Parents and students are welcome to email with any questions you have. If you are interested in being a part of next year's Warrior Cheer Team, please email Coach Angela at amity.cheercoach@gmail.com.

If your student is interested in playing any fall sports at the high school level, please fill out the proper google form below.

High school forecasting is happening now! Below is a video, please watch, as it has useful information and how to forecast for your freshmen year. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the office.

Grab & Go Lunches

During the time that we are out of school, Miss Chrissy Melton, our Food Services Manager, has been working hard preparing Grab and Go Lunch meals for our students. This will continue until the end of our academic school year, June 11th. Grab and Go lunches can be picked up at the Elementary School, Mondays- Thursdays from 10am-1pm. These lunches do not cost and are available to only Amity School District school aged students (K-12).

Thank you Chrissy Melton for your hard work and dedication to our students!

Red & White Eagle Sports Jerseys

Did you attend AMS when we were the Eagles? Did you play sports during that time? AMS is clearing out their old Eagle jerseys! Jersey's will be available for purchase during check out days. All money raised from the sales will go to our Athletic Fund.

Upcoming Washington, D.C./New York 2021

Shoe Fundraiser: If you have any shoes laying around your house that are no longer being used, Miss Jeanna and the DC/New York students can use them! This is a mini fundraiser for the students that have signed up for the Spring Break trip in 2021. Please note that if you donate any shoes, they can not have any holes in them. Donations can be dropped off on Wednesday's, during packet pick up times, or during student check out days.

There are still PLENTY of spots available! Please join us - Spring Break...2021.

Contact Miss Jeanna if you are interested at 503-835-0518 ext. 405 OR jeanna.bottenberg@amity.k12.or.us

Leadership News

If you submitted an application for Leadership, you will be notified, via your student school email, before school is out for summer.

If you have any questions, please contact Mr. Larson at jared.larson@amity.k12.or.us.

Warriors Serve

If you submitted an application for Warriors Serve, you will be notified, via your student school email, before school is out for summer.

If you have any questions, please contact Ms. Matocha at mary.matocha@amity.k12.or.us.

Credits:

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