The Squawk!
Apopka Memorial Middle School Community Brief
Monday, December 14, 2020
AMMS Community Member,

This time of year is usually filled with concerts here at Apopka Middle. We have band, orchestra and also the chorus performing our holiday favorites. This year has been a challenging year in many ways and many of our traditional events have just not been possible. This past week some of our band students performed in the courtyard and video taped a few holiday tunes. I had the pleasure of listening to them and it just made me smile. If you are lucky enough to have a student who plays an instrument or sings in the chorus, have them share a song or two with the family. Maybe you can have a Zoom meeting with other family members and have them listen in with you and make it an event for everyone. Music has a way of bringing people together and making us smile!  

Are you looking for some holiday song recommendations for the mood you are currently experiencing? Check out this holiday music list: https://christmasallthetime.com/top-10-benefits-of-holiday-music/ 

According to Scripps Affiliated Medical Group (read the entire article here) listening to holiday music can:

  • improve your mood
  • help your memory
  • decrease stress levels
  • reduce pain levels

As we go into the holiday break, remember this week is the last week of the quarter and ALL your make-up work needs to be turned in by FRIDAY! It is still not too late to get your grades up before the end of the quarter. Also, if you haven’t completed your iReady diagnostic assessment, PLEASE get that done on Monday. Your teachers need the score from this assessment to plan instruction in January and be focused to get you ready for the state tests coming in May. 
 
Let’s finish the semester strong Seahawks!

Dr. Pelletier

Pictured very top: AMMS AVID teacher, Patricia Green, created a room transformation of Surrealism for her students. See more details in her teacher feature.
Dates to Watch For
Upcoming Assessments on Block Schedule Days:
December 14th and 15th, Semester Exams (CFEs) for all semester courses

PTSA Upcoming Spirit Nights:

Tuesday, December 15th: Craft and Chat with Dr. Pelletier at 6:30 pm. Parent University this month is a holiday craft and time to chat with the Principal.

Daily Holiday Themes:
  • Monday, December 14 - Wear your favorite holiday socks 
  • Tuesday, December 15 - Ugly sweater day 
  • Wednesday, December 16 - House colors with a twist
  • Thursday, December 17- Festive holiday hat day
  • Friday, December 18 - Candy Cane day

Year-end and 2021:
  • Winter break: December 21-January 1- No School
  • Monday, January 4, 2021- No School, Teacher Workday 
  • Tuesday, January 5, 2021- First Day of 3rd Quarter 

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
  • Follow us on Facebook AMMSPTSA & on Twitter @ApopkaMS_OCPS

12/14-National Energy Conservation Day
12/15- International Tea Day
12/16- Day of Reconciliation
12/18- National Ugly Sweater Day
12/21- Winter Solstice
12/23- Festivus
12/24- Christmas Eve
12/25- Christmas Day
12/26- Kwanzaa
12/28- National Call a Friend Day
12/31- New Year’s Eve
1/1/21- New Year’s Day
Useful Links

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Teacher Feature
Ms. Patricia Green, AMMS AVID teacher 
Ms. Green with her AVID students (Dec. 2020)
AVID students working in their Surrealism room transformation. Students were tasked with the writing process in a variety of strategies. Ms. Green’s goal is to get students to think outside the box. By transforming her room students had to take the same surrealistic approach to the dream essay.
Students completed a close read analyzing the characteristics of surrealism. These characteristics will serve as a guideline for their dream writing. They will work through the steps of the writing process while exploring the details and feeling within their dream, working to draw their audience in. 
AMMS House News
Current House Count totals as of Friday, December 11, 2020.
12 Days of Literacy continues this week . . .
Semester Final Exams on Monday and Tuesday
We are at the end of the first semester. If your student is registered in a semester-length course, they will be taking a Common Final Exam (CFE). CFEs are for subjects without state-created assessments like the state FSA. First semester CFE testing will be on Monday, Dec. 14th and Tuesday, Dec. 15th. Because CFEs are worth 20% of a student’s semester grade, they are considered high-stakes assessments.

LaunchED@Home students taking the test virtually are required to share their cameras to recreate the in-person proctoring students experience during state and national testing. A teacher will be monitoring them online while they are taking the test.

If parents or students opt not to share their camera during CFE testing, or if the camera is not operational, we will work with you and your student to schedule a time to test on campus with a live proctor. If a student opts not to share their camera during testing nor test on campus, they will receive a score of a 59 on the exam for now, but can make up the exam during Spring CFE testing sessions in May.

If you have questions or need your child to come to the school to test, please contact Parniece Crawford, Testing Coordinator, at parniece.crawford@ocps.net or call 407-884-2208 ext. 5002647.
Bell Schedule for Monday and Tuesday
Quarter 2 Course Final Exam for Specified Electives
Block Schedule – Periods 1, 3, 5, 7
Monday, December 14, 2020
Testing Time: Approximately 60 Minutes
*All Students Report to 3rd Period Block and Then Follow the Lunch Schedule of the Teacher
Quarter 2 Course Final Exam for Specified Electives
Tuesday, December 15, 2020
Block Schedule – Periods 2, 4, 6
Testing Time: Approximately 60 Minutes
*All Students Report to 4th Period Block and Then Follow the Lunch Schedule of the Teacher
Intramural Sports will Start in January with Volleyball
We will offer middle school athletics second semester but have had to make modifications due to the pandemic. We will be implementing an intramural model where students will be able to participate in the four traditional middle school sports throughout second semester.  Our students will only be playing against our own students. We will not be traveling to other schools or having other teams come to our school. We will have soccer, basketball, volleyball and track. Volleyball will be the first sport.
The intramural format will allow any student on the campus (Launch ED or Face to Face) or (FLVS/OCVS) to participate in a sport and will provide an opportunity for increased participation as cuts will not be necessary and allows our student-athletes to be coached by the coaches on their campus. While we may not be playing other schools we will be playing games with our own teams.

Any student-athlete who wishes to participate needs to make sure their physical is completed using the updated digital packet. These forms can be found online on the Apopka Middle School website, under the Athletics tab, or you can click here: Physical Packet. Please make sure all parts are completed, and if possible, scan it then email it to Coach Axon at brian.axon@ocps.net, or print out the completed packet, and drop it off at the front office, or face-to-face students can drop it off at Coach Axon's classroom, room 168. If you have any questions, please contact Coach Axon at brian.axon@ocps.net.
Seahawk Parent University
You’re invited to our Seahawk Parent University Winter Holiday Chat & Craft!

  • Where: Media Center & Online via Zoom
  • When: Tuesday, November 15th, 2020
  • Time: 6:30 p.m.

Join us with your child in person or online to complete a fun Holiday Craft with our Principal, Dr. Pelletier. While we’re crafting she will be available to answer any questions or listen to your feedback and suggestions. If you are joining us virtually, you can pick up your craft supplies from the front office starting Friday, December 11th.

Please submit your questions for Dr. Pelletier using this link: https://forms.gle/G1etD6aDC4bFLBMC7 
Vital Signs
After the holiday break in January we will have more students joining us here in the building. Here are the numbers for the Face to Face students starting in January 2021:
Student Corner
Orchestra 2 and 3 students on stage practicing. They are performance ready!
Just and above and immediately below:
Some of our band students stayed after school to record a few of our holiday favorites in the courtyard. They sounded wonderful and had fun playing together! 
Two very quick YouTube video clips of the band students:
Band clip #1 and Band clip #2 (both under 36 seconds)
SAFE Ambassador’s meeting on December 10th welcomed Ms. Tasha Thomas from Caron Treatment Center who gave a presentation about the dangers of drugs and how people become addicted. We also discussed how students can use decision making steps and refusal skills if they are ever in a situation where they are offered drugs.
Community Resources at the Holidays
Leadership Team
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