November 2015

Dear Families,

    We have completed our first quarter of the 2015-2016 school year. We are off to a great start and have lots of things coming up through the end of the year.

    In the interest of saving paper, we sent our last paper copy of the newsletter that will be sent home. Please make sure that you are receiving the newsletter via e-mail or are reading it on our school website. I will have printed out copies for you in the front office if you are not able to access the newsletter online. As you can imagine, there is a significant cost to mailing out 1,450 copies. Keeping you informed is a priority but I would also like to be cost effective. You can send me an e-mail directly to make sure I have your correct e-mail address on file.

    I want to thank you for your patience with Sink Hole 2015. It doesn't look like the road closures will ease up anytime soon, so please continue with the current drop off and pick up locations for the time being. As I get information from the city of Union City, I will continue to share that information with you. I have to say, the students have been great through this whole process. Please continue to remind your student of safety practices when crossing the parking lot.

    Many parents have asked us for homework support for our students and we have heard this request. We will begin holding after school homework support clubs. I will send home and post the homework club days and room locations in the next week or so. Students can report to one of two rooms each day, Monday to Thursday, to get help on their homework or assignments by teachers and paraprofessionals. Homework club will be from 3:00 PM to 4:00 PM. The schedule will be posted on this website.

    Our ELAC committee, that serves our English Language Learning families will have their first meeting of the year on November 18th from 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM in the Media Center. Child care can be provided.

A few other important dates:

  • November 11- SCHOOL HOLIDAY, Veteran's Day
  • November 18- ELAC Meeting
  • November 19-20: Parent-Teacher Conferences, Minimum Day Schedule
  • November 19: School Site Council, 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM in the Media Center
  • November 23-27: Thanksgiving Holiday

    AMS is partnering with the NFL to collect old sports equipment for those in need this holiday season. More information will be coming home this month as well.

As always, please feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns. Have a wonderful month as we begin the holiday season. 


Heather Thorner

Join our pizza fundraisers EVERY WEDNESDAY for the 2015-16 school year from 11 AM to 9PM at:

Mountain Mike's Pizza
32170 Dyer Street
Union Landing

Present the flyer in the following link: AMS FUNDRAISER and 20% of your order will be donated to AMS!

We are having our first Challenge Day this year on November 17th. One hundred 7th graders will be recommended to participate in this all-day event aimed at building empathy within our students. 

Please see the counseling center website for their November update:

We will be holding parent-teacher conferences on November 19th and November 20th. We will have minimum days both days to allow our teachers time to meet with parents. Please note that students with D's and F's will get first priority for conference times. Keep an eye out for a conference request or you can e-mail you child's teachers for more information.

The planning committee is hard at work on the events surrounding the dedication ceremony for Itliong-Vera Cruz Middle School. The dedication ceremony will be held on December 18th. I will be sending home more information as the date gets closer. Please note that we will have a minimum day schedule, releasing the students at 11:42 A.M. The ceremony will begin at approximately 1:00 P.M. 

Students and parents are more than welcome to attend the dedication ceremony. Our band, choir, dance groups and more will be participating in the event.

New Itliong-Vera Cruz Gear
We are in the process of securing a company to create and sell new Itliong-Vera Cruz clothing and gear. Keep an eye out for an email and website update with links to new t-shirts, sweatshirts, string backpacks and more.

Tech Corner: Chromebooks and Insurance
There have been quite a few questions around Chromebook insurance and the process and procedures with making a claim. If your students damages their Chromebook, the first step should be for them to fill out the online repair form through our school website. Once the repair has been made a bill will be generated and sent home with the student and a copy will be mailed home. Parents should then pay the bill to the school. Once you have a copy of the bill, you can use this to open a claim with the insurance company and you will be reimbursed from them. AMS does not deal directly with the insurance company and does not accept payments from the insurance company.
    Please note that students who receive bills will be placed on the exclusion list. This practice has been put in place district wide to help recover the costs of replacing materials or repairing Chromebooks. Our hope is that by placing the student on the exclusion list, it will generate parent communication with the school.
    This year, we have set up a way for parents to set up a payment plan for whatever amount works for the family. Students and Parents can also volunteer at the school to take care of a bill. Once a payment plan has been set-up or volunteer schedule is set up, the student is immediately removed from the exclusion list. As long as the payment schedule is met, then the student is not on the exclusion list.
    We are looking for ways we can improve this system, but for now, please remind your student to check the exclusion list whenever it is posted to ensure that their name is not on it. We post the list weeks before any major event and we do e-mail the students and parents as a reminder to check the list.