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Cougar Blast - Week of 5.3.21


Dear Cougar Family,


Spring is most definitely in the air at AMS! We have had some lovely weather recently, time is going by quickly and we are noticing that our students are getting a bit of Spring Fever. We all know this has been a long, complicated, and sometimes difficult school year. There are 5 weeks left to this school year and your children have done an amazing job of adapting to all that has happened. Everyone at AMS is proud of their efforts and we want to see them shine and finish strong. 


Please partner with us in reminding them that school is still in session until June 10th.. The expectations that have been set from the beginning are still in full effect. We are not relaxing any of our safety protocols and procedures, nor any of the expectations about behavior or dress code. I know that with your support, our students will fly through these next few weeks with PRIDE!


Please take note of the following announcements for this week.


Virtual Academy Registration Window for 2021-2022

  • The registration window for the WCPSS Virtual Academy opened Thursday, April 22 at 12:01 a.m. and will close today, May 2 at 5 p.m.

 Thank A Teacher

  • This week is National Teacher Appreciation Week. While we always appreciate our teachers, this year is like none other. Our teachers have shown themselves to be nothing less than superheroes time and time again. Please take a moment to thank your child/s teachers for all that they do day in and day out. Even better, encourage your children to thank them personally - I guarantee that our teachers would love that personal touch.

 Save the Date

  • June 7, 2021 will be our 8th Grade Celebration. Details will be shared soon. Please note that families may be part of the celebration, but there will not be an in person ceremony. 

Items to be returned

  • As we near the end of the year, teachers will be communicating with students about when to return which materials need to be returned to the school and when.
  • Please note that students who have  WCPSS devices will keep that device until next school year if they are remaining in WCPSS public school. This includes our current 8th grade students - they will keep the WCPSS device to use in high school. Current 5th grade students in WCPSS schools will bring their device with them in the fall when they come in as 6th graders.
  • Please note that if your family moves out of the District, you must return the WCPSS device when you withdraw from the school. 


  • End of Grade testing will occur Monday, May 17th through Wednesday, June 2nd
  • Plan A students will test on the following days, specifically:
    • 8th Grade - May 17 (math), May 20 (reading), May 25 (science)
    • 6th & 7th grade will have normal school days 
    • 7th Grade - May 18 (math), May 21 (reading)
    • 6th & 8th grade will have normal school days 
    • 6th Grade - May 19 (math), May 24 (reading)
    • 7th & 8th grade will have normal school days
  • Virtual Academy students will test on the following days, specifically
    • May 26th (asynchronous day for all Plan A and VA students not testing)
      • 8th Grade - Math 8 & Math I
      • 7th Grade -Math
      • 6th Grade - Reading
  • May 27th (asynchronous day for all VA students not testing)
    • 8th Grade - Reading
    • 7th Grade - Reading
    • 6th Grade - Math
  • May 28th (asynchronous day for all VA students not testing)
    • 8th Grade - Science
    • 7th Grade - Math ( for 7th graders in Math I)
  • Make Up Testing for all students, Plan A & VA
    • June 1st & June 2nd ( normal school day for all students not testing, Plan A & VA)



  • We cannot stress the importance of keeping your child home if they are sick. Please keep in mind the following guidance when deciding whether or not to send your child to school. Please know that a sick child at school impacts everyone around them.
  • Students should not be in school if they are diagnosed with COVID-19, exposed to someone with COVID-19, instructed to quarantine, or if they are sick or experiencing any of these symptoms: 
    • 100.4° fever or higher
    • Sore throat
    • New cough
    • New shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
    • New loss of taste or smell
    • Diarrhea or vomiting
    • New severe headache
  • Once your child is well and returns to school, please be sure to send in a note that explains the absence. The note will go to our data manager inorder to properly code the absence.

Latest Information from WCPSS:  


What's Happening at the PEAK?

May 3-7, 2021

  • Full five day week for all students ( May 5th asynchronous day is now May 13th)
  • Teacher Appreciation Week

May 13, 2021

  • Asynchronous Day for all students - no live sessions, but students must still check each Google Classroom and complete all assignments

May 17 - June 2

  • Testing Days - see schedule above

May 31, 2021

  • Memorial Day Holiday - No School

June 7, 2021

  • 8th Grade Celebration - details coming soon

June 10, 2021

  • Last Day of School


Monica Yllanes, Principal