School News

What's new for 2014-15; Middle Schools

Middle Schools

  • Improve teaming at grades 6, 7, and 8
  • Students will have 43 more hours of instructional timem throughout the year
    • New Times: Middle Schools – 7:00 AM - 2:15 PM 
  • New 21st Century Courses in partnership with Great Oaks
    • Design and Modeling
    • Automation and Robotics
    • Energy and the Environment
    • The Magic of Electrons
    • The Science of Technology
    • Flight and Space

 


Thank You AMS PTSO:

Amelia Middle School students and staff LOVES our WONDERFUL PTSO. We are a lucky building to have such supportive parents. We appreciate you!


AMS Student Council Activities:

The AMS Student Council has been busy during the past few weeks. Last week they held a bake sale for a wounded soldier fund. On Saturday, the AMS student council volunteered at an Easter Egg Hunt at The New England Retirement Club in Anderson Township. 

Also, AMS now has an engraved brick at the Ronald McDonald House from the generous donations from our wonderful AMS family during the coin war. 

We are so proud of our Amelia Middle students!


Baron Bits for the week of April 21st:

Click on the following link for this week's edition of Baron Bits.  The following topics are discussed:

  • Piggy Raffle
  • OAA Spirit Week Activities
  • Calendar of Events

As always, feel free to contact me with questions or concerns.  

Mrs. Walker


BARON GAMES SPIRIT WEEK:

As you know, OAA testing is right around the corner.  The Amelia Middle School staff planned an EXCITING spirit week full of fun in order to celebrate being prepared for the upcoming assessments.  This year’s Spirit Week is based upon the highly popular Hunger Games series. 

During the upcoming week, students will have the opportunity to “dress up” based upon our “Baron Games” theme.  See the themes assigned for each day.  On Friday, each grade level will participate in the Baron Games Challenge Assembly on Friday.  “May the odds be ever in your favor…”

CLICK BELOW FOR BARON GAMES SPIRIT WEEK ACTIVITIES:

 


Amelia Middle School Academic Honors:

Congratulations to Amelia Middle School’s WONDERFUL students who earned academic honors during the third quarter. Your high academic achievement makes you an inspiration to all students. We are incredibly proud of you. Keep up the good work!

Just a reminder, first honors is 3.5-4.0 and second honors is 3.0-3.499.

GO BARONS!

~Amelia Middle School Staff and Administration


Adopt a PIG in the PIGGEST Raffle Ever .....
We are SO EXCITED about an easy way to help support Amelia Middle School. Access the following website: http://www.piggestraffle.com/
Click on Amelia Middle PTSO and purchase a PIG.

Adopt a PIG in the PIGGEST Raffle Ever for a chance to ...win on Flying Pig Marathon Weekend. If your adopted PIG is the first selected when thousands of PIGS are dropped in Downtown Cincinnati, YOU win a 2 year lease on a 2014 Toyota Prius! Plus, every purchase helps a charity!

1st Place: 2 year lease on a 2014 Toyota Prius!
2nd Place: $10,000 Cash ($5,000 to winning ticket holder and $5,000 to the charity who sold the ticket)
3rd Place: Cincinnati Experience (valued at $1,500)

AMS Up-to Date Track Schedule:


5th Grade Transition to AMS Activities:

Amelia Middle School is focusing efforts on a successful 5th grade transition to middle school.  Mrs. Walker and Mrs. Stultz began transition activities by visiting 5th grade classrooms at Merwin Elementary on Monday.  During this time, students watched a video about the middle school, discussed scheduling options and had a brief question and answer period.  Mrs. Walker and Mrs. Stultz will visit Holly Hill on Tuesday, Withamsville on Wednesday and Amelia Elementary on Thursday.   During the month of May, 5th graders from each elementary will visit the middle school for an orientation and tour.  It is our goal to eliminate anxiety and build excitement!

 


AMS Band News:

Amelia Middle School Band students participated in the Ohio Music Education Association Solo and Ensemble Festival this weekend. The students spent the past month preparing solos and/or small ensembles to perform for an adjudicator, and receive ratings and comments on their performances. This large event, held at Madeira Middle School, lasts all day and consists of performances by students from schools throughout Hamilton and Clermont Counties. Our students all had very good performances and represented Amelia well!

Congratulations to all of the following students for their performances this weekend:
Savanna Hauke, Madeleine Walker, Amanda Beavers, Max Kearney, Shelby Johnson, Diana Hufford, Johnna Simmons, Skylar Ferguson, MacKenzie Matthews, Sydney Gailey, Gracee Peyton, Samantha Cain, Rachel Wheeler, Josh Alexander, Natalie Tripp, Isaiah Richardson, Ryan Shilling, Haley Manis, Caitlyn Caskey


Civic Duty Project:

Students in Team 7.2 (7th Grade) learned about Cincinnatus third quarter (a Roman general/farmer who Cincinnati is named for) in World Studies.  He is famous for carrying out his civic duty when his country called.  In the spirit of Cincinnatus, 40 students completed a “civic duty” project for various members of our community.  The theme for this project was “helping others,” and students chose tasks to perform.   Click on the link for more information:


Baron Bits for the week of April 14th:

Please click on the following link for this week's edition of Baron Bits.

The following is adressed:

  • 3rd Quarter Report Cards
  • Box Tops
  • Kroger Community Rewards Program
  • Volleyball Open Gym  
  • Amelia Middle School Cheerleading Tryouts  
  • Marco’s Pizza Home Room Challenge  
  • Calendar of Events

If you have any questions, feel free to contact me at walker_s2@westcler.org.

Have a great week,

Mrs. Walker


Student of the Month:

Amelia Middle School Staff LOVES our WONDERFUL students!


Box Tops Winners at AMS:

Congratulations to Mr. Spangler, Miss Dietrich, Mrs. Hart, Mr. Fogelson, Mr. Mathis, Mrs. Calico and Mrs. Capps whose first bell class brought in the most Box Tops during October or February. PTSO is combining all of the winners for a special “thank-you breakfast” on Thursday, April 10 during first bell. With the fall and spring Box Tops collections, our families have helped raise more than $1,000 for Amelia Middle. Many thanks to Meijer Eastgate for sponsoring this event.


Well Wishes for Mrs. Hart:

Dear Parents,

I am writing to inform our Amelia Middle School family that Mrs. Hart will not be able to finish this school year.  Mrs. Hart suffered an injury over the break which required surgery.

Ms. Amy Rodgers will be the long-term substitute teacher for the remainder of the 2013-2014 school.  Mrs. Rodgers has worked in the building during this school year and is familiar with the school, team and classroom.  I am confident in Ms. Rodger’s ability to provide a nurturing and academically challenging classroom environment in Mrs. Hart’s absence.

I would like to thank you for your compassion and understanding during this transition.  If your child is interested, they may drop cards off at the office and we will be sure to deliver them to Mrs. Hart.  I am sure that she would love to receive a few “get well” thoughts.

Sincerely,

Stephanie Walker


Kroger Community Rewards UPDATE

 As a reminder, supporters of THE KROGER COMMUNITY REWARDS PROGRAM must re-enroll their Kroger Plus Cards ONLINE at Kroger.com/community during the month of April to participate in the program for 2014-2015.

Go to “My Account”, scroll to the bottom of the page and you’ll see Community Rewards.  It will tell you your enrollment has expired.  Hit the Re-Enroll button and follow the prompts.  Remember to re-select Amelia Middle School PTSO, organization number 82340.  If you don’t have an account set up, go to the above address and hit enroll now and select Cincinnati.  Follow the prompts.

Kroger gives Amelia Middle School PTSO a percentage of all of your sales!  Last quarter, we received  $940.39 from Kroger!  Thank you!   

       

 

                        

            


AMS Dress Code:

Spring is in the air!!  Just a reminder that students are to follow the dress code.  Students will be instructed to call home for a change of clothes if not dressed appropriately.  Students are not permitted to wear short shorts.  Please look at your child as they walk out of the door each morning to ensure that they are dressed appropriately.

Please keep in mind that Amelia Middle School has a board-adopted dress code that must be followed.  Please refer to the attached image for help in understanding the basic dress code expectations for all students attending AMS.  You may also click on the "Middle School Handbook" tab on the left bar of the AMS website in order to review the dress code on page 22.

 


Baron Bits for the Week of April 7th:

This edition of Baron Bits focuses on the following topics:

  • Seussical Drama
  • Report Cards
  • Dress Code
  • Track
  • OAA Dates
  • Calendar of Events

If you have questions or concerns, feel free to contact me at walker_s2@westcler.org or at 947-7500.    ~Mrs. Walker


A Visit to the Ronald McDonald House:

Amelia Middle School students visited the Ronald McDonald House in order to present a donation in the amount of $541 as a result of the "Coin War." Very proud of our students for sharing their passion for helping others during their time of need. Very proud to be a part of this great school community!

~Mrs. Walker

 


Are you interesting in Amelia Middle School Cheerleading?

Are you interesting in Amelia Middle School Cheerleading? Tryouts for the 2014-15 SCHOOL year will be held from April 21, 2014 – April 25, 2014. Try-outs will be held in the high school MPR from 2:15-4:00 pm.


Upcoming AMS Dates of Importance:

Mark your calendars for a few important upcoming dates...   Just 5 school days until Spring Break  smiley

  • March 28th: End of the 3rd Quarter
  • March 29th through April 6th: Spring Break
  • April 7th: Back to School
  • April 8th: PTSO Skating Party 6-8:00 pm
  • April 11th: 3rd Quarter Report Cards Released on Progress Book

Mrs. Ford's Inspiration Board Activity:

As a culmination to reading A Whole New Mind by Daniel Pink, students in Mrs. Ford’s language arts class created an inspiration board incorporating all the six senses discuss in the text. They are: Design, Story, Symphony, Empathy, Play and Meaning.

An inspiration board is a collage of images, pictures and affirmations of dreams and desires. It can also be called a dream board, treasure map or vision map. Inspirational boards are a great way to make students feel positive, and are helpful in allowing students to envision goals and dreams.

 

 


Baron Bits for the Week of March 17th:

Click below to read this week's edition of Baron Bits.   The following information is provided:  Hoops for Heart, AMS/GEMS Coin War, 2014-15 Pay to Participate Fees, Calamity Day Update, and Calendar of Events.

As always, feel free to contact me with questions or concerns at walker_s2@westcler.org.

Mrs. Walker


Bystander to Upstander: Youth Leadership Summit:

On Wednesday, Feb. 26th, Trinity Stowell and Alyssa Carter, two 7th grade students along with  teacher Mr. Baughman attended the "Bystander to Upstander: Youth Leadership Summit" at The Center for Holocaust and Humanity Education in Kenwood. The day was filled with activities that centered around giving the students, all 7th and 8th graders, opportunities to learn about leadership, understanding, and finding their voice. Students participated in three activities that focused on educating them about standing up and challenged them to speak out. They also heard from keynote speaker Carl Wilkens, who was the only American to stay in Rwanda during the 1994 civil uprising and subsequent genocide. He spoke about helping others and standing in the face of adversity. Finally, Alyssa and Trinity came together with two students from GEMS to discuss and plan a course of action that they felt could be a positive way of instituting necessary change in our district. The day was extremely educational and eye-opening. Everyone involved had nothing but positive feedback at the end of the summit!


Baron Bits for the Week of February 24th:

In  this edition of Baron Bits, the following will be discussed:

  • Interim Reports Released, Box Tops for Education, Track and Field, 8th Grade Scheduling, 8th Grade Girls interested in HS Soccer Meeting and Calendar of Events

 

 

Strawberry DNA:

Mrs. Ackerman's 8th grade science class were proud of their science experiment today... strawberry DNA. How Cool!


Open Enroll to West Clermont Schools

WEST CLERMONT LOCAL SCHOOLS ARE  ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS FOR OPEN ENROLLMENT FROM April 7 through June 13, 2014.


Baron Bits for the Week of February 10th:

In  this edition of Baron Bits, the following will be discussed:

  • HS Soccer Mandatory Meeting for 8th Grade Girls
  • Board Meeting
  • Parent Teacher Conferences
  • Twitter
  • Calendar of Events

Feel free to contact me if you have questions or concerns at walker_s2@westcler.org.  Have a great week!   ~Mrs. Walker

 

Amelia Ambassador Project

On Friday, January 31st, the Amelia Ambassador Project was rolled out at Amelia Middle School.  Amelia High School students met with current 8th grade students in order to begin transitioning activities.  The goal of Friday’s activities were to help incoming freshmen feel welcome and “at home” at AHS, answer questions, provide insight and guidance as well as help foster a culture of respect and pride for the Amelia Barons.  Many thanks to Ms. Gillman, 8th/9th Grade School Counselor, the AHS staff and students for a great event.


Baron Bits for the Week of February 3rd:

In this edition of Baron Bits, the following will be discussed:

  • The new AMS Twitter account... Follow us!
  • Spirit Activities
  • Parent Teacher Conferences
  • Calendar of Events

Feel free to contact me if you have questions or concerns at walker_s2@westcler.org.  Have a great week!   ~Mrs. Walker


Amelia Middle School 2nd Quarter Academic Honors:

Congratulations to Amelia Middle School’s WONDERFUL students who earned academic honors during the second quarter. Your high academic achievement makes you an inspiration to all students. We are incredibly proud of you. Keep up the good work! 

Just a reminder, first honors is 3.5-4.0 and second honors is 3.0-3.499. 

GO BARONS!

~Amelia Middle School Staff and Administration

Click on the link to see academic honor list...


AMS Band News:

Congratulations to the following 16 Amelia Middle and High School band students who were selected to participate in area Honor Groups over the past two weekends:

  • Savanna Hauke (AMS) - District 14 Honor Band and District 14 Honor Orchestra
  • Skylar Ferguson (AMS) - District 14 Honor Band
  • Johnna Simmons, Madalyn Sanker, Mackenzie Matthews, Amanda Beavers, Brianna Grandstaff, Max Kearney, Diana Hufford, Cassie Kelly, Isaiah Richardson (AMS) - The Land of Grant Honor Band
  • Jessica Baker, Maddie Baker, Chrissy Schulz, Sarah Kearney, T.J. Miller (AHS) - The Land of Grant Honor Band

Students audition to participate in the honor bands and are part of an elite group of musicians selected from schools all around the greater Cincinnati area. The students spend one weekend (approximately 12-14 hours rehearsing over the course of 2 days) working with professional musicians and college band directors putting together a number of pieces to perform for a concert at the end of the weekend. This is the first time in a number of years that Amelia has had students selected to participate in the District 14 Honor groups, and our school continues to be well represented at Land of Grant. Congratulations to all students who participated in these ensembles!

 


AMS Geo Bee:

Congrats to all of the AMS Geo Bee finalists. Tyler Reed and Jason Keith were the final two participants with Jason winning the 2014 Geo Bee Challenge. We are proud of all of you!


AMS December Students of the Month
I neglected to post this photo before the winter holiday...

Congrats to the wonderful Amelia Middle School students of the month for December 2013. These students display prompt, polite and productive behaviors each and every day. We are very lucky to have you as a part of our school community!
 

Baron Bits for the Week of 1-13-14

AMS Students and Families,

I hope that everyone had a wonderful weekend and are ready for the week ahead. 

I wanted to take a moment to let you know that Mr. Pitzer, Gateway to Technology Teacher, is unable to be at work due to medical issues.  At this time, it looks as though he will not be able to return this school year.  Without disclosing private information, he certainly could use your positive thoughts at this time.  For any student who might be interested in sending a “get well” card, I know that it would be greatly appreciated.  If you are interested, drop the card off in the office and we will make sure that it gets to Mr. Pitzer.   Let’s see if we can make Mr. Pitzer’s day!

I have been working with the Oaks in order to find a consistent person to cover Mr. Pitzer’s schedule.  Mr. Kyle Seibert has been hired and will begin on Tuesday. 

Please click on the following link for the weekly calendar of events for Amelia Middle School......


Introducing the AMS Basketball Manager:

Introducing our new basketball manager, Zach, who will be making his managerial debut at tonight's boys basketball game. Good luck to Zach and the Amelia Middle Barons!


Baron Bits: Week of December 16th:

In this edition of Baron Bits, the following topics are discussed:

  • WC Board of Education Meeting
  • On-Line Attendance Reporting
  • Food Service Update
  • Calendar of Events

I hope that everyone has a wonderful week. If you have any questions or concerns, feel free to contact me at walker_s2@westcler.org.

 

 


Son of the Plot Assignment

Last fall, Ms. Thacker's 7th graders at Amelia Middle School were commissioned to design a brand new roller coaster for Kings Island! The CEO of Kings Island, Mr. Thrillseeker, has decided to base all of Kings Island's roller coasters on popular novels. The talented students worked tirelessly, reading a plethora of exciting novels, and creating a slew of extraordinary roller coaster designs. Some students chose to create a digital roller coaster simulation, while others created a 3-D model, or a 2-D design. Students presented their designs and were pelted with a variety of questions from the audience. Mr. Thrillseeker is already planning to turn several of the students' detailed designs into action packed rides that chronicle the 5 stages of the plot of each of the novels. Here are photographs of some of the designs.


West Clermont Employee Recognition:

At Monday's Board of Education Meeting, Amelia Middle School's secretarial staff was recognized for exceptional service. Superintendent Kline said that each of these employees go above and beyond the call of duty for our students, parents, and fellow staff members. We are very lucky to have Mrs. Ludtke, Mrs. Deatherage and Mrs. Horine as a part of the Amelia Middle School Staff.


AMS Finding a Cure for Juvenile Diabetes:

On November 22nd, Amelia Middle School students had the opportunity to pie their favorite teacher for a good cause. Amelia Middle School students collected over $400 to find a cure for Juvenile Diabetes. Many thanks to Mrs. Dora Daniels for organizing this wonderful event and to our teachers for being great sports! Another way that our students are making a difference in the world!


Baron Bits: Week of November 25th:

In this edition of Baron Bits, the following is discussed:

  • Staff Changes
  • Cure for Diabetes
  • Calendar of Events

I hope that everyone has a wonderful week. If you have any questions or concerns, feel free to contact me at walker_s2@westcler.org.


AMS First Annual GEO Fair

Amelia Middle School Eighth Grade students participated in the first annual GEO Fair Thursday, November 13, 2013. Students spent the past few weeks researching and creating projects that encompassed a variety of Geology topics as enrichment  to our class Earth Science unit. Students learned about volcanoes, earthquakes, rocks, minerals, caves, soil, aurora borealis, the earth's layers and other geology features. Families came to look at projects and participate in several student demonstrations.

Guest speakers, Judy Krebs, from the Clermont County Water and Soil Consortium and John Gillespie, retired Park District Naturalist, spoke about fossils and invasive species. This was a wonderful event that brought over two-hundred and fifty guests out to celebrate our students and their learning about our Earth.

Amelia Middle School's PTSO was on hand selling sweet treats and spirit wear. The night was a great success filled with positivity and pride. Another great example of Amelia Barons striving for excellence at West Clermont Schools.


Baron Bits- Week of November 18th:

In this edition of Baron Bits, the following is discussed:

  • Audition Workshop
  • AMS Book fair
  • Diabetes Awareness Month
  • Veterans Can Food Drive
  • Academic Honors Posted
  • New Payment System in Cafeterias
  • Calendar of Events

I hope that everyone has a wonderful week.  If you have any questions or concerns, feel free to contact me at walker_s2@westcler.org.


Amelia Middle School 1st Quarter Academic Honors:

Congratulations to the students who earned academic honors during the first quarter.  Your high academic achievement makes you an inspiration to all students.  Keep up the good work!

 

GO BARONS!

~Amelia Middle School Staff and Administration

/userfiles/233/Q%201%206th%20Grade%20First%20Honors.docx  (6th Grade First Honors)

/userfiles/233/Q%201%206th%20%20Second%20Honors.docx (6th Grade Second Honors)

/userfiles/233/Q%201%207th%20First%20Honors.docx  (7th Grade First Honors)

/userfiles/233/Q%201%207th%20Grade%20Second%20Honors.docx  (7th Grade Second Honors)

/userfiles/233/Q%201%208th%20Grade%20First%20Honors.docx (8th Grade First Honors)

/userfiles/233/Q%201%208nd%20Grade%20Second%20Honors.docx  (8th Grade Second Honors)

 

 


Veteran's Day Celebration:

On Friday, November 8th, Amelia Middle School had the honor of hosting over 50 Veterans in celebration of their contribution to our great counrty.  This was our small token of remembrance, a day to honor the men and women who have fought to preserve our freedom.

Many thanks to the AMS student council and staff in making this event a success!


National Mix It Up at Lunch Day

On Tuesday, October 29 students at Amelia Middle School participated in the National Mix It Up at Lunch Day. This day is sponsored by Teaching Tolerance, an organization who works to increase tolerance and break down barriers that separate ...individuals from one another. The day is described as, “A simple call to action; take a new seat in the cafeteria” (teachingtolerance.org) . The theme this school year was Superheroes, which was to encourage students to realize they all have the ability to work for the common good and make this world a better place. The goal of the day was for each student to meet someone new and learn something about them.

Our administrators, teachers, campus coordinators and other staff members were crucial in making this day a success. We had such a positive adult presence in the lunchroom it was contagious to the students. Music, candy, and great conversations helped Amelia Middle School to break down barriers and build a welcoming and inclusive school community. Today was a great day to be an Amelia Baron.
 

Volley for the Cure:

On October 11th, Amelia Middle School participated in Volley for the Cure activities. AMS students raised over $1,900 for the Susan G. Komen Foundation in support of finding a cure for breast cancer. Many thanks to Miss Dar Carroll for organizing, Mrs. Mobley for taking photos, our wonderful students and staff. Enjoy the slide show. I am very proud to be an Amelia Baron.

~Mrs. Walker

Click on the following link for a wonderful slide show created by Mrs. Mobley.

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Amelia "A" Team: Amelia Barons... Did you know???


If you receive a 3.5 GPA or higher for each of the first three quarters of school and receive no discipline referrals for serious behavior, you will be invited to be a member of the Amelia "A" Team!
 

Keep working hard and keep your grades up to be eligible for this great honor!  In May, you and your family will be invited to a ceremony to honor you and your accomplishments.

If you have any questions, please see you school counselor.

Kroger Community Rewards

 

To help Amelia Middle School PTSO earn rewards, you need to have a Kroger Plus Card and enroll that card online at Kroger’s secure website www.krogercommunityrewards.com.  If you are not already registered with Kroger on-line, you will need to set up an account with them first.  Once that process has been completed, it is very simple to register your Plus Card and name Amelia Middle School PTSO, Organization Code 82340, as the group you want to link to your card.  When you get to that part in the enrollment process, search for Amelia Middle School PTSO by name.  Select it and hit “save”. 

Once you are enrolled, every time you shop at Kroger, using your Kroger Plus Card, Amelia Middle School PTSO earns rewards.  There is nothing extra you have to do for the PTSO to benefit from you shopping at Kroger.  You still get the benefits you receive from Kroger, like the points you earn toward your gas purchases.

Thank you for supporting Amelia Middle School PTSO!


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