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Aliso Viejo Middle School 

 

 

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

ASSISTANT PRINCIPAL:  Jennifer Adams

 

Website:  http://avms-capousd-ca.schoolloop.com

Follow us @alisoviejofalcons

 


 

 FROM ALISO VIEJO MIDDLE SCHOOL STAFF   

 

PRESIDENTS HOLIDAYS, NO SCHOOL FRIDAY OR MONDAY

In honor of Lincoln Day, Friday, February 14th and Washington Day, Monday, February 17th there will be no school, as these are both legal holidays. School will resume on Tuesday, February 18th.

 

SHOW YOUR LOVE PAPER DRIVE IS A HUGE SUCCESS!

Thank you to all of our AVMS Families who donated to our “Show Your Love” Paper Drive! We were able to collect 321 reams of copy paper which will help AVMS tremendously! We appreciate all of your generous donations! Thank you again!!!

 

AVMS DINNER FUNDRAISER AT CHIPOTLE, FEBRUARY 19TH!

MARK YOUR CALENDAR: Visit Chipotle Feb.19 & Raise $$ for AVMS

Feb. 19, 4-8 PM, please dine at Chipotle at 26661 Aliso Creek Road (near movie theatre)

Either bring the attached flyer, show it on your phone or just tell them you're there for the AVMS fundraiser

33% of your spending goes back to the AVMS PTSA to help fund important school programs!

Share this with your friends and family!  We need about 50 participants from AVMS to qualify to get this donation

Note:  Please DO NOT order online as it will not qualify toward the fundraiser.  To go orders are fine.

Contact Anne Glass with questions at 240.426.4626

 

AVMS PTSA NOMINATING COMMITTEE

Our Nominating Committee will be looking for interested candidates for the AVMS PTSA Board for the 2020-2021 School Year. If you are interested in getting involved, please contact:

avmsptsa@gmail.com

We post the list of candidates at our February meeting and have elections in March. The new Board will start July 1, 2020.

Here are the Open Board Positions:

PRESIDENT

TREASURER

AUDITOR

PROGRESS REPORT GRADES

Progress Report Grades can be viewed on Parent Portal beginning Thursday, February 13, 2020  in several places. Go to the GRADES tab, then GRADES again or the GRADES tab, then Report Card History (click on the blue English or Spanish to open up a PDF).

Progress reports are issued to any student receiving a "D" or "F" 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.

8TH GRADE PARENTS! VERY IMPORTANT!!  PLEASE READ!!!

On Friday, February 21st, Aliso Niguel High School Assistant Principal and members of the Guidance team will be on our campus to meet with students through their Science Classes. They will share information about high school life including academics, I-Pad Academy, clubs, sports, cheer, visual and performing arts and foreign language.  Please click here for an important message from the Assistant Principal of Guidance and for instructions on how to set up a Student Portal Account. Make sure that your student has created a “Student Portal Account” prior to the high school visit on February 21st.  Students WILL NOT be able to sign up for classes until February 25th after the Parent/Student night at ANHS. 

 

8TH GRADE PARENT PRESENTATION AT ALISO NIGUEL HIGH SCHOOL

On Monday, February 24th, Aliso Niguel will be opening its doors to welcome our incoming 9th graders, the Class of 2024 at our annual 8th Grade Curriculum Expo! The evening will begin with a formal presentation to all 8th grade parents by Dr. Elble in Wolverine Gym at 5:30 p.m. Parents can walk the campus and meet Aliso Niguel faculty from 6:15 - 7:15 p.m. and then learn about our athletic and extracurricular programs at our Information Fair from 7:00 - 8:00 p.m. All  are invited. If you would like to pre-order your child's Wolverine Spirit Pack, which includes an ANHS hoodie, premium black and teal Aliso socks, a water bottle, cell phone wallet, and sticker, click here.

 

SPRING PICTURES AT AVMS

Spring Pictures will be taken on Monday, February 24th in the MPR during student’s P.E. classes. Click here for the flyer.

FALCON SERVICE AWARDS PROGRAM PARTICIPANTS

We will have our next meeting on Wednesday, March 4th at lunch in the MPR to discuss how to fill out the application and service time logs.

 

SKATEBOARDS AND SCOOTERS INFORMATION

For students who ride their skateboards and scooters to school, it is a law that you must wear a helmet. You will not be allowed to have your skateboard or scooter at school unless you bring a helmet. It is for your own safety.Parents and students, please see the attached flyer for the California Helmet Law.

 

CAL PREP ACADEMY PARENT/STUDENT INFORMATION MEETING

Parents and students, please join us for a parent and student information meeting to learn more about Cal Prep Academy, an on-line blended high school for 9th-12th grade students. Please see flyer for meeting dates and times.
 

SBA TESTING - DATE CHANGE!

AVMS will be administering the Smarter Balanced Assessment May 4th - May 15th.  Please make every attempt not to schedule appointments during the testing window.  More information will follow as we get closer to the testing dates.  

 

FREE YOUTH LACROSSE CLINIC AT ANHS

Interested in Joining the Fastest-Growing Sport in the USA?!

FREE Youth Lacrosse Clinic at ANHS!

Ages K-8th Grade

Ran by Boys’ Coaching Staff

Saturday, March 7th 10:00AM – 12:00PM

Sign up here: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1T2ZZnLkzyb9FpGrVZtfKK0YsJyO4QZVl6V969y9CKNs

 

YMCA ANNUAL CAMPAIGN 

Our annual campaign begins soon and you will be able to impact a family’s life in a big way! This year, the AVMS YMCA Teen Club has a goal of raising $2,500. The best part is that 100% of the money raised here goes toward scholarships to help families in need! How can you help? If you are interested in making a donation, please visit the AVMS YMCA Campaign Page or let me know and I will provide you with an envelope with a pledge card and a letter about campaign. We encourage families to choose a level of giving that will help us reach our personal AVMS YMCA goal of $2,500. Each donation is tax deductible!  Please feel free to contact me via e-mail at dwebb@ymcaoc.org or at (949) 233-0209. We appreciate your support! 

PARENT PICK-UP DURING THE SCHOOL DAY

Parents, please be aware if you need to pick up your student during the school day, to call the office ahead of time or send in a note with your student in the morning and we will do our best to have your student up at the Front Office. Be aware of break, RISE and lunch times where it will be more challenging to locate your student, so please notice the time that you need your student, and plan accordingly. Thank you!

 

CAC (Community Advisory Committee) Special Ed Mission

To foster positive connections and awareness of special education among students, parents and CUSD and to provide guidance in special education so all students become successful life-long learners. 

CAC meeting schedule is at 9:30am on the following dates: 

March 11, 2020 / April 22, 2020

AVMS CAC reps for 2019/2020 school year:

Meredith Chillemi 949-533-4678

Jessie Grafals jessiegrafals@gmail.com

Stephanie Tarzia stephsilva@cox.net

CUSD Special Education website: www.sped-capousd-ca.schoolloop.com

 

2020 WATER AWARENESS POSTER CONTEST

The Municipal Water District of Orange County (MWDOC) is pleased to announce the 2020 Water Awareness Poster Contest!  The Contest provides a wonderful opportunity for children and young adults to learn about the importance of water while using art to express their ideas. We hope you will encourage your members to participate! 

Through the Poster Contest, Orange County students in grades Kindergarten through 12 are encouraged to submit hand-drawn posters. All artwork should reflect this year’s contest theme: Water Is Life. This theme was chosen to get students thinking about our most valuable natural resource – water – and how vital it is for our way of life.  Entries are due April 3, 2020. Free paper is available upon request.

A total of 40 winners will be selected in the Poster Contest. One grand prize winner in grades K - 2nd, 3rd – 5th, 6th – 8th, and 9th – 12th, will receive an iPad Mini! Additionally, teachers who submit their students’ artwork as a batch will be entered in a drawing for a class pizza party with Ricky Raindrop!  All 40 winners – and their parents and teachers – will be invited to attend a special Awards Ceremony with Ricky Raindrop at the Discovery Science Center.

Please see flyer for more information.  

 

ANHS PTSA NOMINATING COMMITTEE

The Nominating Committee of Aliso Niguel High School will be looking for interested candidates for the ANHS PTSA Board for the 2020-2021 School Year. If you are interested in getting involved, please contact Luci Bees at anhsptsa@gmail.com

We will post the list of candidates at our February Meeting and have elections in March. The new board will start on July 1, 2020. 

The following Board Positions are listed below: 

PRESIDENT

EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT

EXECUTIVE VICE PRE

SECRETARY

HISTORIAN

AUDITOR

MEMBERSHIP

TREASURER


 

AVMS PTSA NEWS

AVMS PTSA NOMINATING COMMITTEE

Our Nominating Committee will be looking for interested candidates for the AVMS PTSA Board for the 2020-2021 School Year. If you are interested in getting involved, please contact:

avmsptsa@gmail.com

We post the list of candidates at our February meeting and have elections in March. The new Board will start July 1, 2020.

Here are the Open Board Positions:

PRESIDENT

TREASURER

AUDITOR

AVMS/PTSA PARENT EDUCATION NIGHT

Please join us for our AVMS/PTSA Parent Education Night held on Thursday, March 19th from 6:00 - 7:30 p.m. in the MPR. The focus will be on Cyber Safety and Social Media with teens which could have a negative impact on our student’s mental health. This workshop is provided by the Wellness and Prevention Center which promotes healthiness during the teen years. Please see flyer for more information and we hope to see you all there

 

POPSICLE, LOLLIPOP AND CANDY BAR SALES ARE BACK!!  EVERY FRIDAY AFTER SCHOOL!!

AVMS PTSA will be selling Popsicles and See’s Candy Lollipops for $1 plus See’s Candy Chocolate bars for $2 while supplies last, every Friday after school.  All proceeds raised will go towards school supplies, technology and classrooms. Thank you for your support! Volunteers are needed to sell popsicles (Adult and Student).  Please sign-up here:https://signup.com/go/ErETyYz and students will receive volunteer hours. There will be 2 stations for popsicle sales. The first station is in the main pick up area in front of the school and the second location is in front of the school bus stop.  PTSA would like 2 parents and 2 students to volunteer. There must be at least 1 parent per student. The adult will handle the money. Click here for flyer and info.

 

PAST BUT IMPORTANT NEWS

FOOD AND NUTRITION NEWS - SECOND MEALS

In the past, students have been able to purchase second meals. The California Department of Education, Nutrition Services Division has recently placed restrictions on what can be sold as a second meal. The new restrictions are too strict for Food & Nutrition Services to continue this practice. Students will no longer be able to purchase second meals at breakfast or lunch.  Students are still able to purchase one meal and various a la carte items (i.e. chips, water, cookies, juice, etc.). If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Food & Nutrition Services at 949-234-9509. 

 

AVMS RISE (TUTORIAL) CLASS

Reminder: Students that do not have their agenda, are not in their stamped class if they have a stamp on their agenda for that day, or are not in an open tutorial class, will receive a lunch detention on that same day.  Please make sure all students bring their agenda to school each day.  

LIBRARY NEWS

This is a friendly reminder to check your hard bound textbooks for damage. Any damaged textbooks (that have NOT already been noted) must be brought to the library to be signed off. Students assume all financial responsibility for any damage found in books at the end of the year. 

 

CUSD DISTRICT NEWS

CUSD Hosts Eighth Grade Expositions

Information Meetings Prepare Students and Families for the High School Experience

SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO, CA – During the month of February, CUSD high schools host 8th Grade Expositions informing students and families about the various programs, clubs, and activities offered at each site. Attendees also have the opportunity to meet staff, ask questions, and prepare for their high school experience. Expositions are held prior to the opening of the School of Choice window to provide parents with the information necessary to make decisions regarding placement for the upcoming school year.

Eighth Grade Expos are being held at the following dates and times. Please consider attending one or more of these events to learn more about the programs offered at the various sites:

 Aliso Niguel High School - February 24, 2020 - 5:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

All Capistrano Unified high schools provide a broad course of study and include elective offerings providing students the opportunity to specialize in areas of their choice. In addition, each high school provides unique opportunities that enable students to study topics that are of interest to them.

Some of the electives/CTE courses offered at each site are highlighted below: 

Aliso Niguel High School - Culinary Arts, Auto Technology, Forensics/Public Services  

Capistrano Valley High School - Engineering, Academy of Technology Math and Science, Language Immersion, International Baccalaureate (IB), Auto Technology

Dana Hills High School - South Orange County School of the Arts, Health Medical Occupations, Culinary Arts, Biotechnology, Forensics/Public Services  

San Clemente High School - Auto Technology, Culinary Arts, Dual Immersion, International Baccalaureate (IB), Information/Communications

San Juan Hills High School - Language Immersion, Law/Public Services

Tesoro High School - Advanced Placement (AP) Capstone, Business/Accounting, Chinese, Natural Science

For more information, you are invited to visit each high school's website (links attached to the Expo Event table) or review the school-specific flyers/links attached to this news item.

Attachments:

SCHS Triton 8th Grade Expo.pdf

CVHS 8th Grade Expo

DHHS 8th Grade Expo.pdf

SJHHS 8th Grade Expo

TSHS 8th Grade Expo

ANHS 8th Grade Expo.pdf

Media Advisory 8th Grade Curriculum Expo…

 

SUNSHINE AWARDS

The Special Education Community Advisory Committee (CAC) along with the Parent Teacher Student Association (PTSA) is planning the annual Exceptional Educator Event (Sunshine Awards) on March 26, 2020.  We are seeking nominations for District Personnel you would like to recognize for their contributions to children with special needs. Contact your CAC site rep if you have any questions.

Click HERE for English

Click HERE for Spanish
 

SIGNS OF SUSPICIOUS ACTIVITY

Attached is the Orange County Intelligence Assessment Center’s document, Recognize the Signs of Suspicious Activity. We encourage all of you to publicly share the indicators document with your school community. Stay safe. 

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1zwinWuw_834z_ABdgbwnbcZuW5uCtHYY/view?usp=sharing

Introducing Monthly Parent Education Nights on the Dangers of Nicotine Vaping

Capistrano Unified has partnered with the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependency of Orange County (NCADD-OC) to offer a FREE nicotine vaping presentation designed for middle and high school parents.

Presentations will be offered monthly at the District Office from 7 to 8 p.m.

Topics will Include:

How to recognize vape and E-Cig devices

The dangers of nicotine vaping

Current vape trends

Helpful tools and tips for parents

Presentation Dates:

Thursday, February 13, 2020

Thursday, March 19, 2020

Thursday, April 16, 2020

Thursday, May 21, 2020

Click here to RSVP!

Click here to view flyer.

SPECIAL EDUCATION PARAEDUCATOR OPENING 

Capistrano Unified School District has special education paraeducator (instructional assistant) openings. If you enjoy working with children and making a positive impact on the educational experience of our students, we could use your help. Positions are 5-days per week. Be sure to apply online at EdJoin.org.

Apertura de Asistente de Instrucción Bilingüe de Educación Especial

El Distrito Unificado de Capistrano tiene posiciónes de asistente de instrucción para  nuestro programa de educación especial. Si le gusta trabajar con niños y tener un impacto positivo en la experiencia educativa de nuestros estudiantes, podríamos usar su ayuda. El puesto es de 5 días por semana. Consulte y solicite en línea en EdJoin.org.


 

IMPORTANT UPCOMING DATES

FEBRUARY

February 14, 17      Lincoln and Washington Days - Legal Holidays - No School

February 19            School of Choice Tour - 2:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.

February 19            AVMS Dinner Fundraiser at Chipotle, Aliso Viejo, 4:00 - 8:00 p.m.

February 20            PTSA Board Meeting - 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. - Library

February 21            ANHS here at AVMS all day for Elective Registration (8th Graders)

February 24            Spring Picture Day through P.E. Classes - MPR

February 24            8th Grade Parent Night at ANHS Gym - 5:30 p.m. - 6:15 p.m.

February 26            Orchestra/Band Area Concert - 6:00 p.m. - Aliso Niguel H.S.

February 28            School of Choice Tour - 9:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.

February 28            Choral Concert - 7:30 p.m. - United Presbyterian Church

MARCH

March 2                  Dr. Seuss Read-In, National Read Across America Day

March 2-6               National School Breakfast Week

March 2-13             Pennies for Pasta Drive

March 4                  Falcon Service Awards Program Meeting at Lunch - MPR

March 9-13             Math Awareness Week

March 11                Block Minimum Day, Periods 0,2,4,6 - Students Out at 12:52 p.m.

March 13                End of 3rd Quarter

March 19                PTSA General Meeting - 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.- Library

March 23-27           Spring Spirit Week

March 30- April 3   College and Career Week

 

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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