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                                                             ALISO VIEJO MIDDLE SCHOOL

                                                                AVMS Weekly News  5-16-19


                                         AVMS GENERAL INFORMATION

                                                       111 Park Ave.

                                                Aliso Viejo, CA  92656


                                                                 Phone:  (949) 831-2622

                                                                 FAX:   (949) 643-2784

                                                                 Sick Line:  (949) 716-8145


Office Hours:  Monday - Friday 7:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

PRINCIPAL:  Cynthia Steinert



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Our AVMS Orchestra Concert will be held this evening at 7:00 p.m. in the MPR.  Come and enjoy an evening of beautiful music by our talented students!  We hope to see you all there!



8th graders attending our semi-formal dance tomorrow evening must have their school I.D.  Students have been reminded of this over the last 2 weeks and had an opportunity to have an I.D. printed for them on Tuesday of this week.



Students will be on a Minimum Day this Monday, May 20th and will be dismissed at 12:52 p.m.  Click here for the Minimum Day Schedule.



If you are not attending AVMS next year, please contact our Guidance Secretary, Mary White. to let her know.



“From food, photo booth, to raffle prices…the AVMS Staff would like to thank all of our donors who helped to make the PTSA sponsored Staff Appreciation Luncheon a huge success”


Photo booth: Sponsored by Succulents & More (AVMS: Cole Family)

Desserts: Nothing Bundt Cakes

                 Paradise Bakery

     Bundt Cakes (Alvandi Family)

Drinks: Natalie's Organization (the vaping organization - sorry don't know the name)

Food: Outback Steakhouse in Laguna Hills

Fruit Tray: Whole Foods (we bought one and they donated one)

​Raffle Prizes: Brainy Actz Escape Room

                       Pinot's Palette - Aliso Viejo Location

                       Performance Auto Detail

                       AVMS Families for majority of the gift cards raffled off



The AVMS Choral Music Department presents LIVE MUSIC next Thursday, May 23rd at 7:00 p.m. in the MPR.  Admission is $5.00 and kids are free. Click here for the flyer.  We hope to see your there!



Support our school for Teacher Appreciation month.  If you dine at “Fish District” in Aliso Viejo anytime during the month of May (6th to 31st) they will donate 15% of your bill back to AVMS for Teacher Appreciation Month.

So please show the attached flyer or mention AVMS when you dine at Fish District anytime this entire month.

Thank You,

Janice Graves

AVMS PTSA President.



The window for IPE applications is now open and will close on May 27th.  This year you will NOT be applying online.  IPE forms are attached and will be due to the Guidance office by May 30th.  IPE applications will also be available from August 1st – 15th on the AVMS Website under Guidance.  Late applications will not be accepted

IPE is intended for the Pre-Olympic, Elite or Nationally ranked athletes competing in an Individual sport at the highest level.  Competing in and ranking in a lower level does not qualify for IPE.

Team sport participation does not qualify for IPE.  

Please be advised that you must qualify for IPE each school year.

See attached for guidelines.  See attached for qualifications.  See attached for verification application.


4TH QUARTER PROGRESS REPORTS – Available on the Parent Portal

Progress reports are issued to any student receiving a "D" or "F" or NM academic grade or an Unsatisfactory" in Citizenship or Work Habits.  

Teachers may send a "C" progress report for a student for whom this indicates a problem (at risk of dropping to a "D", or normally an "A" or "B" student who has dropped to a "C").

Progress Report information is maintained on the school data base but is NOT included on the student's transcript.  If you have a question about a grade please contact the teacher either by School Loop or calling AVMS.

After signing in to your portal account at: click on the GRADES tab at the top.   Click on REPORT CARD HISTORY or GRADES to view.



The nonprofit organization, Heartfelt, is having a cardiac screening event at Aliso Niguel HS on Tuesday, May 21st, from 3:00 PM to 7:00 PM.  This screening is also open to Aliso Niguel Middle School families. Heartfelt screens for the general risks associated with Sudden Cardiac Arrest, by providing low-cost, comprehensive cardiac screening (ECHO- cardiac ultrasound, and EKG- electrocardiogram) valued at over $1,500.00, and generally not covered by health insurance. We screen kids, ages 5 & up, and adults for a donation of $85.00, per person.  Heartfelt’s mission is to save lives from sudden cardiac death through early detection, education, and increased public awareness. Please see attached flyer for more information.



This spring, Capistrano Unified School District will be providing comprehensive sexual health and HIV prevention education instruction aligned to the California Healthy Youth Act in middle school 7th and 8th grade Science classes and high school Health classes. The purpose of this instruction is to increase students’ knowledge about sexual health and their decision-making capacity, increase skills to help students communicate with peers, partners, and parent/guardians about sexual issues and behaviors, and build skills to help them navigate complex personal decision making as they mature. The instruction will be provided by trained District middle school Science and high school Health teachers who will adhere to the lesson format and content approved by the Board of Trustees.


The lessons are available for review at each middle school and at the District Office at 33122 Valle Road, San Juan Capistrano. A limited number of copies are available for check out from the District Office. Parents can also find information about the lessons, the California Healthy Youth Act, and other resources related to sexual health education at the District website under the “Sexual Health Education” tab or at the following link: Comprehensive Sexual Health Education.


The law allows parents or guardians to remove their child from comprehensive sexual health and HIV prevention education, using a passive consent or “opt-out” process. Schools must not require active consent (“opt-in”) for participation in comprehensive sexual health and HIV prevention education in any grade. In order to remove a child from the instruction, a parent/guardian must state their request in writing to the school. If the parent/guardian does not request in writing that the child not participate, the child will attend the instruction. Schools must not require parents/guardians to return a signed acknowledgment that they have received the notice in order for their child to participate in the instruction.

Students who are removed from comprehensive sexual health and HIV prevention education will participate in an alternative activity at their school site that is not related to comprehensive sexual health and HIV prevention education.

If you determine that you do not want your student to participate in this instruction and decide to opt them out of the lessons, you need to state your intent in writing. You can do so by clicking on the link on the Comprehensive Sexual Health Education webpage or the following link: Opt-out Form.  

The form needs to be returned to your student’s teacher. If you have any questions about the opt-out process, including information about opting out of part of the instruction, please contact Josh Hill, Assistant Superintendent, Curriculum and Instruction, at or 949-234-9261.



We are so excited to celebrate our year with the distribution of the yearbook on May 31st. We know that you will be looking forward to signing each other’s books at the end of the year. Please take a moment to review the attached signing expectations for our yearbooks.



Parents and students, AVMS cannot accommodate food deliveries from outside companies such as Grubhub, Postmates, Ubereats, etc.  Please refrain from ordering food and having it delivered.



Flavorshookkids is a national campaign regarding the dangers of vaping.  Due to the rising epidemic they have greatly expanded their campaign.  Their newly revised site has wonderful resources. It also includes this fantastic downloadable PDF.



Parents of 8th grade students interested in Health On-line over the summer:  Attached is information regarding CUSD Summer Health On-line. Health Online over the summer is designed for students that will have an impacted schedule as a high school freshman.   If you have additional questions please email Mrs. Saladow at



Future Wolverines!

We were EXTREMELY excited at the amount of interest shown in lacrosse on the 8th Grade Night! The Boys' Program will be putting on 3 separate "Try It Days" for incoming Freshman and anyone of high school age who wishes to come out and try lacrosse. IT IS COMPLETELY FREE!

ALL TIMES WILL BE 5:30PM -- 7:00PM at ANHS Stadium


1st Try-It Day: Tuesday, May 28th

2nd Try-It Day: Wednesday, May 29th

3rd Try-It Day: Thursday, May 30th

Lastly, we our presenting OUR Summer Program for the 2018 Summer. This will be a 6-week program consisting of weight room and field work designed to enhance and elevate the level of play for each athlete. For more details, cost, dates/times, please click the attachment below. You must be athletically cleared to participate in the 2019 ANHS Lacrosse Summer Program

We CANNOT wait to get started on the next chapter of our program! This year, we accomplished something that hasn't been done since 2014. But, we are looking to continue pushing forward and become a consistent force and powerful program for many years to come!

Please click here for Try It Day Flyer.

Please click here for Summer Program.

Please click here for Athletic Clearance Form.


--Wolverine Coaching Staff



This summer your child can receive hands-on learning experiences in Engineering or Robotics by participating in the College and Career Advantage Academy which will be held from July 1 - July 26, 2019 at Capistrano Valley High School.  Please click here for more information.


BUS PASS RENEWAL FOR 2019-2020        

The Renewal window, for returning students who qualify, will be open from  March 11 through May 29, 2019 by 1:00pm.

The online Renewal feature will be published on the Transportation website the morning of March 11, 2019.



Please share the following information with your staff + families. Links are included below to Purchase

Tickets, Share the Flyer, and Graphic:

Join us for a night of family fun with CUSD families and staff! We’ve partnered with Angels baseball to bring

you a special ticket offer!

Discounted Angels Baseball Tickets for CUSD Families and Staff

Tickets include Post-game Eli Young Band Concert Admission!!

May 18, 2019

7:07 p.m.

Royals vs Angels

Your $17 ticket includes:

● Field Reserve Ticket

● Patriotic MLB Tote

● Post-game Fireworks Spectacular

● Post-game Eli Young Band Concert Admission

All CUSD families, friends and staff are welcome to attend!

Click Here to Purchase Tickets!

Click Here to Print and Save the Flyer!

Click Here to Print and Save the Concert Graphic!



Imagination Celebration, presented by Arts Orange County and Orange County Department of Education, is an annual county-wide arts festival that celebrates children's creativity through visual arts exhibits and family-friendly events featuring, hands-on workshops and live performances.

For more information about events or submitting artwork please see the links below:




As you're making plans, please remember to check CUSD 2018-19 calendar.  We also have the major dates incorporated in our calendar list far below.


Additional Minimum Days for AVMS only-

May 20, June 6 (Last Day of School)

These days are used for staff development and training for our teachers, so all of our classes can continue to give the best instruction possible, focusing on the needs of each student.



Did you get your Ring? In an effort to enhance our residents' home security efforts, the city of Aliso Viejo was the first Orange County city to team up with Ring to provide $100 off on select Ring products.  

If you couldn't make the program launch event the city held last month, you can still apply at this link. This offer is only valid for Aliso Viejo residents who did not purchase products at the event and is limited to one voucher per household while supplies last on select products.

Click below in the box for more Special Events:

See our Special Events!



AlertOC and Nixle are the City of Aliso Viejo’s official alert and warning systems in an emergency. Registering for these systems means you will receive timely, accurate, and potentially life saving information from local authorities in a disaster. AlertOC sends targeted alerts when there is an imminent threat to your life safety via emails, texts, and phone calls based on the address you register in the system. Nixle will send text alerts to everyone registered regardless of your location in relation to the disaster. It’s important that you register for BOTH systems! If you have any questions or want more information, please email the City of Aliso Viejo’s Emergency Manager at or click here for flyer.        





Positions open for next year’s committee chairs.  We are looking for a Reflections Chair for next year, as well as Parent Night Education Chair, Membership Committee Chair, Recycling Co-Chair, Popsicle Friday Chair, AVMS Picture Display Chair, Tile Wall Chair, Dine-Out Chair, Silent Auction Chair.  Many of these Chairs require minimal time, so don’t let the title scare you off. We need YOU!!, if you are interested please email



AVMS PTSA will be selling popsicles, lollipops and candy bars every Friday after school.  The cost is $1.00 for popsicles and lollipops and $2 for Candy Bars. All proceeds raised will go towards school supplies, technology and classrooms. Thank you for your support! Volunteers needed to sell popsicles (Adult and Student). Please sign-up here  Students will receive volunteer hours.


Do you shop at Ralphs? Or buy On-line with Amazon??

Please log into your Ralphs ( or Amazon Smile ( accounts and select Aliso Viejo Middle School as your Charitable Organization of Choice.  These companies will give us money for money you are already spending. Please take the extra moment and sign up, every penny counts and we need more pennies….



Thank you so much for joining our PTSA or donating to our Falcon Fundraiser! For every PTSA Membership the California PTA offers incentives.  Please see attached letter.  This year’s incentives are from Dave & Busters, Baskin Robbins and Aquarium of the Pacific.  These coupons can be picked up in the front office. Here is the list of all PTSA Members.  Please come by and get your incentives.






Flu and cold season is upon us!  Don’t forget if you are absent to call the attendance line at 949-716-8145 or email the SAME DAY or WITHIN 72 hours.  Absences can’t be cleared after 72 hours so don’t get caught up in the SARB process. AVMS is always available to support our families and regular communication is the KEY!  Please feel free to contact Mrs. Perez or Ms. Jacobson for any additional support.



To view the AVMS Dress Code Policy, please click here.



We have seen a huge increase in students vaping at AVMS and the Surgeon General has stated that it is a nationwide epidemic. More than 2 million middle school and high school students used e-cigarettes in 2017.  Here is a link for a Tip Sheet for Parents – How to talk to your teen about E-Cigarettes to help facilitate the conversation.





CUSD is currently looking for Substitute Instructional Assistants and Independence Facilitators in our Student Support Services department. Shifts vary from 3.5-8 hours per day. As a substitute Instructional Assistant/Independence Facilitator you would have the opportunity to choose the schools and shift hours in which you would like to work. If interested, apply at . Please note that this link only works in Google Chrome. If you have any questions, please call Human Resource Services at (949) 234-9380.


Online Family Resource Center is Now Available:

To provide your family with valuable resources and services, we are proud to announce that the

ONLINE CUSD Family Resource Center is now available on our website and also on the “front page” of every school’s website. To access the Family Resource Center, click here or find the “FRC Resource Tree” symbol on your school’s

website and on the front page of the District’s website.

“FRC Resource Tree” symbol on your school’s

website and on the front page of the District’s website.

For more articles, resources, and videos regarding our Multi-tiered System of Supports (MTSS),

Follow us on Twitter @capostudentsupp and search #CapoMTSS

Contact: Greg Merwin.



The Family Resource Center at the district office is providing workshops that are available each month for families.  Each workshop is directed connected to a Social-emotional Tier 1 support. Please see attached available workshops and additional supports can be found in the Online Family Resource Center in the MTSS section of the district website.






May 16           Orchestra Concert - 7:00 p.m. - MPR

May 17           8th Grade Dance

May 20           Minimum Day - Students Out at 12:52 p.m.

May 21 & 22   Textbook Returns Through P.E. Classes

May 21 & 22    Math 6, 7 Acc., & 8 Finals

May 23            Falcon Olympics

May 23            Choir Pops Broadway Concert - 7:00 - 8:30 p.m. - MPR

May 27            Memorial Day Holiday - No School

May 28            Math Retakes and Algebra Readiness

May 28 & 29    Math Finals - Algebra/Geometry Finals

May 29            Last Day for Falcon Nest

May 30            8th Grade Awards (Invitation Only) - MPR

May 31 Last Day for The Wheel

May 31            PTSA  General Board Meeting - 9:00 -11:00 a.m. - Library

May 31            Yearbook Distribution During Period 6




June 4            6th Grade Archaeological Dig

June 5            8th Grade Field Trip to Knott’s

June 5            6th & 7th Grade Falcon Service Awards - MPR

June 6            Last Day of School for Students - Minimum Day - Out at 12:52 p.m.

June 6            End of 4th Quarter

June 7            Last Day of School for Teachers

The Board of Trustees desires to provide a safe school environment that allows all students equal access and opportunities in the district’s academic and other educational support programs, services, and activities.  The Board prohibits, at any District school or school activity, unlawful discrimination, including discriminatory harassment, intimidation, and bullying of any student based on the student’s actual or perceived race, color, ancestry, national origin, nationality, ethnicity, ethnic group identification, age, religion, marital or parental status, pregnancy, physical or mental disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, or gender expression or association with a person or group with one or more of these actual or perceived characteristics.


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