The Squawk!
Your Weekly Community Brief from AMMS
Monday, August 24, 2020

Thank you to all our families for helping us make the first day back to the building a success.  As with any new adventure, we did have our hiccups and snags in the process, but we are working hard to smooth it out for next week. Our guidance counselors are working hard to get schedules redone for our face to face students and also get our LaunchEd students moved into new virtual classrooms.  Please continue to be patient with us as we work through the changes.

Our technology coordinator, Mr. Walton, is available to you if you are having technology issues. Just call the main phone line 407.884.2208 and when the automatic attendant answers, hit "0" to get a live person. Let them know you need help with your laptop and you will get transferred to our tech for assistance.  

This week we will be giving our first school-wide diagnostic test in Mathematics on Thursday.  This diagnostic test will be given on iReady and all students will be taking it on Thursday morning through their 1st period class. Students will be testing for 1st, 2nd and 3rd period on Thursday and then they will continue with classes at the start of 4th period. It is important your child take the diagnostic seriously and do their very best on the assessment. If your child is a LaunchEd student, he/she should work independently on the assessment as it is a diagnostic test to give his/her math teacher important information about your child's skills in mathematics. See below for more information on how this testing will work and for the details on a parent information session this week before the test.  

Every day brings new challenges and with your help, we will work through them together! 

Dr. Pelletier 
Pictured very top: Get to know your teachers at AMMS! Meet all of our wonderful English teachers.
From left to right: 6th grade teachers (Ms. Boggs, Ms. Collier, Ms. Colón), 7th grade teachers (Mr. Axon, Ms. Conyers, Ms. Pascarella), 6-8 Reading Teachers (Ms. Alequin, Ms. Carson, Ms. Nguyen), 8th grade teachers (Ms. Adams, Mr. Leighvard, Ms. Wallace), and Reading Specialist/Coach (Ms. Drayton).

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Dates to Remember 

Monday, August 24th: Monday Curbside Meal Pickup Day for our LaunchEd students (30 minutes after the final bell rings - breakfasts & lunches for the week ahead).
Wednesday, August 26th: From 5-8 pm AMMS PTSA Spirit Night at Tijuana Flats
Thursday, August 27th: Mathematics iReady Diagnostic testing during periods 1st to 3rd. Schedule for the testing will be posted on Canvas for LaunchEd students.  

Monday, September 7th: Labor Day Holiday

Tuesday, September 8th: Virtual Club Fair Day. Students will have the opportunity to learn about our clubs and sign up to join.

Thursday, September 10th: School Advisory Council meeting at 5:30 and PTSA at 6:30 in the Media Center. We will wear masks and spread out in the space for the meetings. There will be a zoom option if you would like to join but not attend in person.  
Below are some fun holidays that you can celebrate with your families at home. Maybe post a picture or video and add a hashtag so all Seahawks can see them!
  • #AMMS20-21 #Nationalholidays #Socialdistancing #bettertogether
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Fun August holidays!
8/24 - National Kobe Bryant Day
8/24 - National Waffle Day *
8/25 - National Banana Split Day
8/26 - National Dog Day
8/26 - National Women's Equality Day
8/27 - National Just Because Day
8/28 - Ashura (Jewish Holiday)
8/28 - Rainbow Bridge Remembrance Day
8/30 - National Beach Day
* Monday is National Waffle Day in the USA!
Source: Statista; Read full article 
iReady Diagnostic Testing Begins! 

We will begin our iReady diagnostic assessments this week. Please see our schedules for each of our two testing days below:

Please view the following resource, available in English and Spanish, for information on how you can prepare your students at home:

As additional support for our parents, we are offering an iReady Parent Information Webinar on Tuesday, August 25th, at 5:30 p.m. Join our Principal, Dr. Kelly Pelletier, and our Curriculum Resource Teacher, Parniece Crawford, for information and an opportunity to ask questions at 

We look forward to seeing you online!
Student Corner- Digital Tips and Tricks   

** Students make sure to change your Canvas picture to showcase yourself. In this new digital world, being able to see your face to connect it to the name is very important.

Face-to-Face Instruction Students Return! 
Highlights for our community . . .  
AMMS Science teachers: Ms. Witkus, Ms. Wood, and Ms. Jolly ready to tackle face-to-face teaching! # smize
AMMS Chorus teacher, Mr. Ross, ready to teach face-to-face students! #smize
Our newest Seahawks having lunch on the first day back to the building. The cafeteria has been redone for social distancing and students were able to take a break from wearing their masks while they ate lunch.

Please consider joining our PTSA this year. They do so much for both the students and teachers. Thank you

Apopka Middle PTSA works tirelessly to support students and teachers at our school.  We can't do it without YOU!  Please join the PTSA by filling out the membership form - please click here.

For $10 a member, you can support our programs and mini grants to teachers. If you have questions or want to know about volunteer opportunities you can contact:

Virtual Parent Academy #1 

The office of Parent and Family Engagement in partnership with Character Lab is excited to announce the first Virtual Parent Academy of the school year on August 27 at 6:00pm. The Virtual Parent Academy will be led by renowned scientist, professor, author, and Founder & CEO of Character Lab, Dr. Angela Duckworth. The theme for this Virtual Parent Academy event is "What Builds Character?"    

During this 60-minute virtual session, Dr. Duckworth will share how parents can foster the mindsets, skills, and environments that support the social emotional well-being of all students. We encourage you to invite your parent communities as well as your staff to attend this important event.

If you have any questions about Virtual Parent Academy, please reach out to Erin Davis in the Office of Parent and Family Engagement. If you have any questions about Character Lab, please reach out to Danny Shapiro, Character Lab Senior School Partnerships Manager, at

Please click on image for more information and registration.
Title I  
Apopka Memorial Middle School goes Title I!   

Title I is a Federal program that serves children in elementary and secondary schools, as well as parochial and private schools. Through this program, the Federal government provides additional funding to schools that are distributed by their State education agencies. Schools then set goals for improving student skills and develop programs to support and supplement regular classroom instruction through the School Improvement Plan (SIP) and the Parent and Family Engagement Plan (PFEP) and outline the use of those funds to meet those goals.

Title I funds will provide extra educational assistance in many ways.  Areas of support include additional teachers and aides, professional development for staff, and additional parent and family engagement opportunities.  Parent engagement opportunities include our PTSA, SAC, and other monthly engagement activities as they are announced during the school year.

To exhibit our commitment to partnering with you, please see the links just below for our Right to Know Letter.
Please contact the school with regards to any questions you may have. We look forward to a fantastic school year!

Right to Know Letters:
Haitian Creole

Looking for more resources to help your child at home?
Community Resources 

Community footnote: We encourage our families to take advantage of the above programs as they apply to your household. As the nearby chart from the Federal Reserve Bank of New York illustrates, recent months have been especially challenging for many families with children.
Source: NY Fed Liberty Street Economics; read full article

Leadership Team

Dr. Kelly Pelletier
Assistant Principal for Instruction: Theresa Hearn
Assistant Principal: Jeffrey Bartfield
8th Grade Administrative Dean: Carl Kolling
7th Grade Administrative Dean: Kristen Kushner
6th Grade Administrative Dean: Dr. Adrienne Sears
ESOL Dean: Lissette Gentile:

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