The AMS Counseling page is for parents and students to be able to connect with activities and resources in the Abilene Middle School counseling office.
The AMS Counseling page is for parents, students, and community members to stay informed and be able to connect with activities, resources, and information from the Abilene Middle School counseling office. On this page, you will be able to learn more about what we have going on at school for our students as well as developmental tips and resources to help us maximize the success of our AMS Longhorns!
Here is some information about our upcoming 8th Grade Parent Information Night at 7pm on February 20th at the AHS Auditorium. This will be your chance to learn about the enrollment process and to have any questions answered that you need to in order to help your 8th grader feel ready to start at AHS in the fall! :)
So proud of our Kind Students of the Week, who were selected by the Kindness Leadership Team! :) They are:
6th Grade: R. Jamison, who was selected because he is never rude to anyone, is always positive, and is kind towards others.
7th Grade: A. Pedroza, who was selected because he is always nice in the hallways and talks to everyone to make sure they are happy.
8th Grade: C. Dannefer, who was selected because she is always kind and will always help others whenever needed.
Congratulations to these kind students--keep up the great work! :)
Way to go, Mrs. Leckron!! Very well deserved, we’re so thankful for you!! 😃🧡💙
Congratulations to Mrs. Barb Leckron, the Bank VI “Amazing Teacher” of the month!!! Some of her FACS students joined in the celebration this afternoon! #amsconnect #abilene5starschools
Congratulations to our Kind Students of the Week, selected by our Kindness Leadership Team for their outstanding kindness and positive attitude! These students are:
6th grade—S. Collie, picked because she is kind and respectful towards others.
7th grade—S. Crouse, selected because he is always respectful in the hallways around other students and is very kind towards others.
8th grade—C. Powell, who was chosen because she is respectful and helpful towards everyone and is never mean to anyone.
Keep up the great work, Longhorns!! 😃🧡💙
Today through Thursday, our students can enter our Christmas Raffle to win some AMAZING prizes, courtesy of our awesome teachers!! Tickets are $.25/each or 5/$1 and all proceeds go towards providing some of our AMS families with extra support this holiday season! We will draw for winners at our assembly on Friday!! The kids were some great shoppers today!! 😃🧡💙
Next week during lunch, our Holiday Longhorn Store will be open for the kids to shop with their Longhorn Bucks for items generously donated by our amazing teachers! One of our Leadership Teams will also be running a gift wrapping station so students purchasing gifts can bring them home already wrapped and ready for the holidays! Just wanted to give all of our parents a head’s up about this in case you wonder next week where your students are getting these items they’re bringing home! 😆👍🎁
At our last Leadership Team meeting, the Kindness Leaders decided they want to begin recognizing students who come to school every day and choose to be kind to others--this week, our AMS Kind Students of the Week are:
6th grade: O. Tichenor, who was selected by the Kindness Leaders because he is kind to others in and out of the classroom.
7th grade: A. Watson, who was selected by the Kindness Leaders because she is always helpful towards others.
8th grade: L. Belt, who was selected by the Kindness Leaders because of her positive attitude towards others.
Way to go, this week's Kind Students of the Week! Keep it up!! 😀👍
SO proud of our kids—together, they brought in almost 1,200 POUNDS of food to donate to the Abilene Food Bank!!! Sixth grade won the Turkey Teacher contest by bringing in the most and now get to pick a teacher to dress up like a turkey next week!! 😆🦃 Thanks to all of our parents for your support and for the donations you sent in for our food drive!!
I was so proud of our kiddos, they did a great job spreading kindness through this project!! 🤗
Some Abilene Middle School students donated some paintings to us for 'Kindness Week.'
Thank you to the following students for your paintings and showing them to the residents!
Rylee Miller-6th grade
Reese Bathurst-6th grade
Carter Hasenbank-6th grade
Lilly Taylor-6th grade
Eden Bathurst-8th grade
Please help if you can!! 😃👍
AMS students are hosting a canned food drive this week to support our Abilene Food Pantry. The grade levels are competing to see who can donate the most items. We would be thrilled to accept any donations you feel inclined to send. Thank you on behalf of our student body 😁 #amsconnect #abilene5starschools
[11/15/19] Next week, we will begin our annual Turkey Teacher Food Drive to benefit the Abilene Food Bank! Students may bring canned goods and other non-perishable items to the Commons each morning next week to contribute them to their grade level's total. The Kindness Leadership Team will weigh the food each day and on Friday the grade level who brought in the most pounds of food will get to vote on which teacher they'd like to see dress up like a turkey the day before Thanksgiving Break! Last year, we brought in over 1,800 POUNDS of food for the Food Bank, so please help support this great cause if you can! 😀🧡💙🦃
See below for information about the Salvation Army Angel Tree resource for families:
The H.O.P.E. Center in Abilene is sponsoring the Salvation Army Angel Tree Christmas Assistance Program. This program provides Christmas gifts for Dickinson County children from birth to age 18 (any child 16 to 18 years of age must be a full-time high school student).
This year there are income guidelines – the family must be eligible for free/reduced school lunches OR have income not exceeding 150% of the Federal Poverty Level. Proof of income (recent pay stub or 2018 tax return) or free/reduced lunch letter must be provided at the time of application.
Sign-up will be at The H.O.P.E. Center, 409 NW 3rd Street, Suite G, Abilene on the following days:
Wednesday, November 16 – 10 am to 2 pm
Thursday, November 17 – 10 am to 2 pm, and 4 pm to 6 pm
Friday, November 18 – 10 am to 2 pm
[Please note the change from previous years – proof of income or free/reduced lunch is required AND all applications must be completed at the H.O.P.E. Center]
We wrapped up Kindness Week today with our Kindness in the Community projects! This is a chance for our kids to not only celebrate kindness, but to see that when they are kind towards others, they truly can make a BIG impact on those around us! I was incredibly proud of what our kids were able to do today—their projects included raking leaves for others, making playdoh to deliver to daycares, working with our VFW to restore headstones of fallen soldiers, baking cookies for first responders, making cards for hospital patients, packaging get well treat bags for pets at our animal hospital, creating paintings to brighten rooms of nursing home residents, and so much more. Love that our kids get to feel like our little part of the world is better today because of their kindness! 🤗🧡💙#abilene5starschools #amsconnect
I have had SO much fun with our kids this past week talking about leadership and goal-setting and working on creating our personal mission statements for the year!! I love seeing all that our kids hope to accomplish this year and talking with them about how to actually get there! Here are a couple of ways you can help with this from home:
—Ask your child what their mission for the year is and what they’re planning to do to make sure it happens. We talked about how they are in charge of their success and that they can always adapt what they’re doing if what they’re currently doing isn’t getting them to where they want to go! The kids know that if they use their mission statements to keep themselves on track all year they can reach their goals!! 😃👍
—The application is open for our fall Leadership Teams until Friday at 3:30. Your child has received the link to the application through Canvas, so please encourage them to fill it out if they would like to be on one of our fall teams! 😊
Here are just a few of the mission statements from our kiddos that are all posted on their lockers so they can see them and live them every day—love seeing our school full of these!! Go Longhorns! 😃🧡💙
Love it whenever I see some of our AMS kiddos out doing great things for Abilene!! Great job!! 😃👍
Wow! Thank you all so much for your hard work today! The Abilene Ball Club helped and 4 more people not pictured. Abilene looks amazing! #abileneforward #togetherwearemore see you all Monday night at 6pm for the Abilene Forward meeting! Wow!
The Longhorn Leaders spent some time today checking in with our 6th graders to see how their first couple of weeks as Longhorns have been!! Love seeing the bond they’re all building with each other!! 🧡💙
We are having a great time with our 6th graders this morning!! We are so excited they’re here!! 🤗🧡💙
These last two days have been SO MUCH FUN with our Longhorn Leaders getting ready for 6th Grade Orientation!! We are ready and can’t wait to welcome our new Longhorns to AMS!! 🤗🧡💙
6th Grade Orientation will be next Wednesday, August 14th from 8:30-11:30am. Please drop your student off at the front doors of AMS and pick up will happen at this same location. Please do not send school supplies with your child that day, since we will be doing a lot of moving around and I want them to be able to enjoy their morning without trying to keep track of their supplies (but they can sure bring them to AMS between now and the first day of school between 8am-3pm if they would like 😊). If your child will be doing band this year but hasn’t tried out instruments yet, you and your child may come in and meet with Mr. Weishaar immediately following Orientation. If you have any questions, please let me know—we are so excited to meet our awesome 6th graders!! 😃
AMS Gear—show that Longhorn Pride! 😃🧡💙
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It’s enrollment time!! Can’t wait to see our Longhorn students again soon!! Online enrollment is now available and in-person enrollment will be on August 6th! 😊🧡💙
Online Enrollment is open July 15 - Aug 6. On-site K-12 Enrollment is Aug. 6, 8am-8pm, at Abilene High School. New K-12 Student Enrollment will be at Abilene High School on Aug 6th. Please visit abileneschools.org for more enrollment information.
NEW!! Apply for free and reduced meals online by going to abileneschools.org and look for the Lunch Application Icon.
AMS students invited to NOTS received an information letter to share with parents on April 17, but just in case you missed it, here are some basic details for tonight: students can arrive at the car pick up location (behind Burger King) starting at 4:45. Dinner starts at 5:30, with the faculty performances and dance to follow. As long as it is dry between 4:45 and 5:30, we will hold the walk-in in front of school as usual. If it is raining, we will bring the viewing party inside to the 6th and 7th grade halls. The evening will finish up at 9:00. If you have any additional questions, please feel free to call school at 263-1471. See you tonight!
In case your student did not bring home the information paper about our reward trip tomorrow, here are the basics. We are leaving at 1:45 from the AMS parking lot, and we will be home around 10:30. Students do not need to bring any money, because the package we purchased includes two pieces of pizza and a soda. We have faculty chaperones riding the buses, and several parent chaperones meeting us in Olathe. Students are encouraged to bring their cell phones in order to call rides when we are 30 minutes out of Abilene on our way home. Other than that, they don’t need to bring anything else. Please feel free to call the school office with any questions.
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We had so much fun with the 5th (soon to be 6th!! 🤗) graders at orientation these last couple of days! They checked out the classrooms, tried out the lockers, and asked any question they could think of to our Longhorn Leaders (...and, of course, learned the Longhorn Cheer!! 😆🧡💙)!!
$830 RAISED!! Way to go, Pennies for Pineapples Leadership Team and AMS students!! Awesome job coming together for a great cause!! 😃🧡💙
So proud of these kids!! This is our Pennies for Pineapples Leadership Team who works with Mrs. Casteel to raise funds to feed kids in an African orphanage. They are doing a penny war this week between the grades to raise funds and have been working so hard to raise support for kids in need—love seeing kids caring about kids!! 🤗🤗 If your child would like to help, please have them bring their money to lunch any day this week through Friday! 😃🧡💙
Lots happening these last few days before Spring Break in Longhorn Land! :) Here's a quick update:
--Tonight at 7pm is our 8th grade parent information night at the AHS Auditorium. If you have questions about the enrollment process, graduation requirements, etc., it would be great to attend so you can get answers to those questions and help your child with their course selections this week (hard to believe it's already time to do that! :))!
--Thursday is our next Middle School 101 presentation about recognizing the signs of teenage depression. This will take place at 7pm in the AMS Library.
--Next week, our Longhorn Leaders are planning a "Start with Hello Week" March 4th-6th. Start With Hello Week is a national movement created by parents of victims of the Sandy Hook School Shooting that aims to lessen violence and bullying through kindness and inclusion (with the idea that conversations and inclusion "start with hello" :)). They are planning a few dress up days to celebrate if your child would like to participate--they are: Monday (3/4) Pajama Day, Tuesday (3/5) Aloha ("hello" :)) Day--Hawaiian shirts, and Wednesday (3/6) Favorite Shirt Day (wear a shirt that represents something important to you so you can talk with others about it!). Hopefully this will be a fun week for all of our students! :)
Please let me know if you have any questions! Go Longhorns!! :)
Happy Friday! Just have a couple of updates for everyone about next week:
—The application for spring semester Leadership Teams opened today! The kids all received the link to the application this afternoon and have until next Friday to complete it if they would like to be on a team this semester. It’s open to all grades and there are over 20 teams for the kids to choose from! Please talk with your child about this opportunity and encourage them to get involved so they can continue to grow as a leader! 😊
—Next week, I will be talking with the kids in class about an important topic: suicide prevention. I will be teaching them the ACT program, which stands for Acknowledge, Care, and Tell. These are the three steps to take if they or a loved one is feeling suicidal and helps to give them a guideline for how to handle situations like this. All of our students will be involved in this discussion, unless you would prefer they not be. If that is the case, please send them with a note to the office on Monday stating that as your preference.
Thanks and have a great weekend!! 😊
So great!! Way to go, Longhorns!! 👏🧡💙
Members of several different AMS Leadership teams came together to plan this holiday dance, and they are making it happen in a big way! SO PROUD of these kiddos! #amazingams #abilene5starschools
Our Make Someone Smile Today Leadership Team decided to write letters to recovering soldiers--love this idea! If anyone would also like to do this, send your letters to the address on the envelope in this picture and help this team spread some smiles! :)
SO PROUD OF OUR LONGHORNS!! Working together, they were able to raise OVER 1,800 POUNDS of food for the Abilene Food Bank this week!! Our Social Leadership Team coordinated this project and it was our most successful food drive ever (this is a pic of a few of the team members with just one of the car loads of food they brought in to deliver to the Food Bank!)!! Way to go, Longhorns!! 🤗🧡💙
More pics from Kindness Week! Pajama Day, Sport Day, Character Day, Crazy Day, and Spirit/Kindness in the Community Day!! What a fun week with our kids! :D
More pics from Kindness Week! Pajama Day, Sport Day, Character Day, Crazy Day, and Spirit/Kindness in the Community Day!! What a fun week with our kids! :D
The Kindness Week fun continues!! 🤗🤗 Thanks Abilene Animal Hospital for helping to get these out to our furry friends!! 🐶🐱
These awesome middle school kids made us treat bags and cards for our canine and feline patients for Kindness Week. How cool are these!?!? AMS Counseling #AMSrocks #randomactsofkindness #aahpaks
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