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                                                                 ALISO VIEJO MIDDLE SCHOOL

                                                                  AVMS Weekly News  4-11-19

 

                                          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

ASSISTANT PRINCIPAL:  Jennifer Jacobson

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

Follow us @alisoviejofalcons

FROM ALISO VIEJO MIDDLE SCHOOL STAFF

 

MIDDLE SCHOOL SEXUAL HEALTH PARENT NIGHT

The Middle School Sexual Health Lessons have been made available for parent review. They can be reviewed at the District Office during business hours.  A copy of the lessons is also available in our school office during office hours. Please note that priority for lesson review will be provided to parents of current seventh and eighth grade students. If you are unable to review the lessons during school hours, you may attend the parent night we are hosting tonight at 5:30pm in the MPR or any other parent night being hosted at another middle school. For a list of these events, please click on the following link which will take you to our District Comprehensive Sexual Health Education webpage: Link to Sexual Health Webpage.

The purpose of the lesson review is to enable you, as a parent,  to make an informed decision regarding your student’s participation in comprehensive sexual health and HIV prevention education in seventh or eighth grade. 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 jjhill@capousd.org or 949-234-9261.

 

SEE’S CANDIES PTSA FUNDRAISER

If you ordered See’s Candies, filled orders are to be picked up by students/parents in the MPR AFTER SCHOOL ON FRIDAY, APRIL 12TH.

 

AVMS PTSA AND SALE OF SEE’S CANDY AFTER SCHOOL NEXT WEEK!

PTSA will be selling See’s Milk Chocolate Candy Bars and See’s Lollipops all next week, April 15-19 after school.  The cost for the bars are $2.00 and lollipops are $1.00.  Please support our AVMS PTSA which helps fund programs for our school!  Thank you in advance!

 

OPEN HOUSE IS THURSDAY, APRIL 18TH!

AVMS will be hosting their annual Open House next Thursday, April 18th, from 4:00 – 7:00 p.m.  Parents and students are cordially invited to attend an exciting evening filled with activities, concerts, food trucks and open classroom visits.  Please see the attached flyer for more information.  We hope to see you there!

 

EARTH WEEK AT AVMS IS:  April 22nd-26th.

Below is a schedule for the week including lunchtime activities put on by PAL. Click here for a downloadable version of the weekly events.

Monday

Happy Earth Day!

Tuesday

The Earth is in Your Hands Lunchtime Activity

Wednesday

Don't to come to the guessing jar at lunch all week to try & win a Hydro Flask

Thursday

Let the Earth Grow - Flower Pot decoration at lunch

Friday

Happy Earth Week

 

SBA TESTING

Dear AVMS Falcon Families,

Every spring, students in grades three through eight and grade eleven take the Smarter Balanced Summative Assessments (SBA) for English Language Arts (ELA) and mathematics. Results from these assessments are just one piece of information to help teachers, parents/guardians, and students understand how well a student is meeting the grade-level standards.

The testing dates for AVMS this school year will be from Monday, April 29th through Friday, May 10thStudents will be testing in their English and Math classes, and will be on a 4-day testing block schedule (listed below). It is important that your child(ren) have the time necessary to perform at their best on the tests, so please make sure to be on time daily and avoid scheduling any unnecessary appointments that would require your students to miss any part of the school day during the testing dates.  Since testing will occur at different times of the school day, maintaining a regular sleep schedule and making sure your students have healthy snacks on-hand will help your student perform at his/her best.  In addition 8th graders will take the California Science Test (CAST) in their science class.

 

4 Day Testing Block Schedule 2 Weeks  - M, T, W, Fri (April 29th – May 10th)

Alternating Block Days M, W Periods 2,4,6  T, Fri Periods 1,3,5 – All block periods are approximately 105 minutes. Thursday will remain late-start with standard class schedule (some make-up testing will occur on Thursdays). 8th graders will take the CAST test April 29th – May 3rd.

 

Period 1/2

8:45

10:32

BREAK

10:32

10:46

Period 3/4

10:50

12:34

LUNCH

12:34

1:09

Tutorial

1:13

1:37

Period 5/6

1:41

3:25

 

 

 

If you have questions regarding the SBAC test, the following link provides detailed information. 

https://avms-capousd-ca.schoolloop.com/pf4/cms2/news_themed_display?id=1552472768420

Thank you for helping us provide your student with the best educational environment possible.  Please feel free to contact the AVMS office if you are in need of assistance at (949) 831-2622.

CURRENT STUDENTS AT AVMS

If you are not attending AVMS next year, please contact our Guidance Secretary, Mary White. mcwhite@capousd.org to let her know.  Thank you!

HEALTH ONLINE OVER THE SUMMER FOR 8TH GRADERS

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 sasaladow@capousd.org

CITY OF ALISO VIEJO PRESENTS JAM FEST & SUMMER CAMP EXPO!

The countdown is underway to our JamFest & Summer Camp Expo, Friday, April 26 from 5:30-8:30 pm at Aliso Viejo Middle School, 111 Park Avenue. Bring your friends, family and neighbors to enjoy a free concert by the popular Tricia Freeman Band, with opening performances by the AVMS Jazz Band, along with rock wall climbing; face painting; aerial silk acrobatics; airbrush tattoos; and more! Gourmet food trucks will provide delicious food for purchase, and families can win free Aliso Viejo swag and learn about our exciting Summer Camps!  Bring blankets and chairs to this FREE event! Questions? Email recreation@avcity.org or call 949-425-2550.

NIGUEL HILLS MIDDLE SCHOOL HOSTS EVENING WITH DR. JERRY WEICHMAN

Niguel Hills Middle School is pleased to host an evening with popular adolescent psychologist and author, Dr.Jerry Weichman. Jerry will lead a discussion with parents about establishing better communication, fostering resiliency and boosting self-esteem in our children. He will talk openly about suicide and suicide prevention as well as how we as

parents can help our children to process what has happened. Jerry will provide tips and advice for talking to your kids about tragic events and how to help them combat and prevent stress, anxiety and sadness.  Click here for the flyer.

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.

CUSD ANGELS FAMILY FUN NIGHT

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!

 

ART NEWS/IMAGINATION CELEBRATION

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:

https://www.artsoc.org/imagination-celebration.htm

https://www.icvisualarts.org/1000-pieces-guidelines

 

2018-19 CUSD CALENDAR

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-

April 19 (Day after Open House), 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.

APPLY FOR RING REBATE PROGRAM

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!

ALERT OC AND NIXLE

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 AlertOC@cityofalisoviejo.com or click here for flyer.  

                                   

AVMS PTSA NEWS

POPSICLE SALE EVERY FRIDAY AFTER SCHOOL!

AVMS PTSA will be selling popsicles every Friday after school.  The cost is $1.00. 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 http://signup.com/go/rsNftpa.  Students will receive volunteer hours.

PTSA MEMBERS

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

 

PAST BUT IMPORTANT NEWS

CAASP ACADEMIC TESTING PROGRAM

Each year, students in grades three through eight and high school participate in the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP). CAASPP is the State’s academic testing program and includes the computer-adaptive Smarter Balanced Assessment (SBA), the California Science Test (CAST), and the California Alternate Assessment (CAA). The CAA is designed for students with significant cognitive disabilities while ensuring they still attain increasingly higher achievement levels and leave high school ready for academic or career options. Results from these assessments help identify gaps in knowledge or skills early on so your child can get the support needed to be successful in school.  Please click here for the informational letter in English and here for Spanish.

3RD QUARTER REPORT CARDS

3rd quarter report cards are now on the Parent Portal.   To view your students grades sign into your portal account at: https://portal.capousd.org/ParentPortal/LoginParent.aspx click on the GRADES tab at the top.   Click on REPORT CARD HISTORY or GRADES to view.

ANHS IPAD ACADEMY

The Survey for iPad Academy is now closed.  Any questions can be directed to the Aliso Niguel High School Website:  https://avms-capousd-ca.schoolloop.com/iPad

WHO YOU GONNA CALL?

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 AVMSsickline@capousd.org 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.

DRESS CODE

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

VAPING EPIDEMIC

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 DISTRICT NEWS

CUSD JOB OPENINGS

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

https://www.edjoin.org/Home/JobPosting/1103857 . Please note that this link only works in Google Chrome. If you have any questions, please call Human Resource Services at (949) 234-9380.

SCHOOL LUNCH HERO VIDEO CONTEST

CUSD is having a “I Love My School Lunch Hero” video contest which students or classrooms can enter stating why they love their School Lunch Hero.  Deadline for entries is April 19, 2019 and winners will be announced May 3rd. Click here for information on how to enter!

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

https://sped-capousd-ca.schoolloop.com/pf4/cms2/view_page?d=x&group_id=1535527121766&vdid=i5ug1sydcj20 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.

FAMILY RESOURCE CENTER PROVIDING WORKSHOPS

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.

Digital Access for Students and Families

Too many of our students and families lack affordable internet access.  There are affordable reduced- costs internet services available from various internet service providers.  Please see the attached letter below:

Back to School Letter 2018

CAC Parent Representatives for 18/19 School Year

CAC parent representatives are needed for every school! CAC reps meet once per month at the District Office for important updates and presentations regarding special education programs and services. Your rep in turn meets regularly with site administration and shares information with your PTA. Below is a "job description" for the special education parent community.  We encourage parents to apply!

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1-BaPXem4OHFdBJ1d2I5YcAIxlGW-Bgr8PcGB3Ft945E/di

t?usp=sharing

 

IMPORTANT UPCOMING DATES

APRIL

April 11                     Sexual Health Parent Night  - 5:30 - 7:00 P.M. - MPR

April 12                     See’s Candies Orders to be picked up in MPR after school

April 18                       Open House - 5:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m., festivities start at 4pm!

April 19                       PTSA Meeting - 9:00 - 11:00 a.m.

April 19                     Minimum Day -  Students out at 12:52 P.M.

April 22-26                  Earth Week

April 24, 25                 Drama Performances - MPR - 6:00 p.m.

April 26                       Aliso Niguel H.S. Color Guards Here at Lunch

April 26                     Aliso Viejo City Spring Event at AVMS - 4:00 - 10:00 P.M.

April 29                       SBA Testing Starts

April 30                       Aliso Niguel H.S. Color Guards Tryouts at AVMS - 3:30 - 4:30 p.m.         

MAY

May 6-10                  Staff Appreciation Week

May 13   Band Concert - 7:00 p.m. - MPR

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 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 & 29             Math Finals

May 29                     Last Day for Falcon Nest

May 30                     Yearbook Distribution - 6th Grade Stage Area

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 After School - 3:30 - 5:00 p.m.

JUNE

June 3                      Math Retakes

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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