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Main Office
Michael Wood

Family Life Parent Informational Meeting
On Wednesday, March 2nd at 7:00 pm in the AMS Theater
there will be a district family life presentation regarding our
4th, 5th, and 6th grade programs. Parents are encouraged to
attend who have questions regarding this curriculum. All 4th,
5th, and 6th students are bringing home letters regarding this
meeting. Please contact your child's advisory teacher if you
have not received a letter regarding this meeting.

Jennifer Whitney
Vice Principal
Albert Strong
Vice Principal

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AMS Yearbook
Adams Yearbook Staff is winding down the Online Yearbook
Sales! Please visit the Adams Website www.ams-brentwoodca.schoolloop.com and click the Yearbook button on the main
page to order and pay for your yearbook online! Last day to
order is March 11, 2016.

14th Annual BUSD Student Art Show
The 14th Annual BUSD Student Art Show is coming up! ALL
students are encouraged to submit a piece of art work for
consideration. 15 pieces will be selected to be shown at the
Brentwood Community Center from April 11th -May 5th. All
entries are due to Mrs. Thornhill by Thursday, March 4th.
Entries must have a submission form attached, available from

District Website
Report Water Waste

advisory teachers or the student office or click here. If you
have questions, please email Mrs. Thornhill


AMS Baseball Fundraiser

Non Profit Flyers

All AMS families and friends are invited to attend an evening of
baseball fun! Saturday, April 2nd, at 1:05 PM 2016, SF Giants vs.
Oakland A's at the Oakland Coliseum Click here for more

Aquaknights Sign ups

BUSD Food Service website.
Link it to:

Attendance Information
See our website under
information tab for the following

Attendance Education Code

Every School Day Counts

Attendance Poster

Please read this message carefully, as you may want to take
action regarding your student's education records.
A recent lawsuit against the California Department of Education
(CDE) is impacting all school districts across the state, including
ours. The case has received significant attention from the
media, so we want to provide you with more information on how
it might affect families in our district.
In April 2012, two organizations, the Morgan Hill Concerned
Parents Association and the Concerned Parent Association, filed
a lawsuit against the CDE alleging widespread, systemic noncompliance by local education agencies with special education
laws. The suit also alleges the CDE fails to monitor, investigate
and correct such non-compliance in accordance with the law. The
CDE denies these allegations and is actively defending the


Our district was not involved in the lawsuit and is not the
subject of any of the suit's allegations. Nonetheless, as a part
of this lawsuit, CDE has been ordered by the court to release all
data it has collected on general and special education students
statewide since Jan. 1, 2008.

Important Dates!

NOTE: The CDE will produce documents in the context of the
litigation and subject to a protective order (according to CDE,
documents won't become part of the Court's public records and
they will likely be returned or destroyed at the end of

March 2
*California Young Reader

Luncheon 10:37 - 11:43 in the
AMS Library
*Girls Soccer try-outs 2:45-4:00
*Girls Volleyball try-outs 1:003:00

March 3
*District Wide Science Fair
*The Rockin' Tale of Snow
White Spring Play in the AMS
7:00 pm-9:00 pm

For more information regarding the release of this data, visit
this CDE website. You may also contact the California
Department of Education at 916-319-0800.
Parents/Guardians may complete and mail in an Opt-Out Form to
prevent the release of student data:
This must be done by April 1, 2016.
F3 has published a NewsFlash with more information on this
lawsuit: http://www.f3law.com/newsflash.php?nf=491
Superintendent Torlakson's messages regarding this matter:

*Girls Soccer try-outs

6th Graders,
March 4
*Diploma name change form due
*Promotion Activity Order form
*The Rockin' Tale of Snow
White Spring Play in the AMS
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
*6th graders Family Life
permission form due

The 6th grade ASB/Leadership Class is collecting gently used or
new clothing, canned fruit and vegetables, diapers and wipes to
donate to Shepherd's Gate, a local women's shelter.

Student donations will be collected from February 8th-March
4th. Please drop off your donation to your 6th grade Advisory
teacher or to room 10 or 11 before school or after school.
Thank you for supporting this worthy cause!

6th Grade Leadership
March 5
*The Rockin' Tale of Snow
White Spring Play in the AMS
Two showings 1:00-3:00 and

March 10
*School Site Council Meeting at

March 11
*Last day to purchase a

Attention 6th Grade Parents!
TDAP Vaccine Required before entering 7th
Under a new California law, vaccines required for school are no
longer excused due to personal reasons. For the 2016-17 school
year, 7th grade students are NOT allowed to begin school until
proof of TDAP vaccination is provided to the office. NO

Please help us keep all of our students and
community members safe:

*Pi Day, Pennies for Patients

March 14-March 25
*Spring Break

March 28

We are receiving complaints from parents and Heritage High
staff regarding careless and unsafe behavior from some of our
students while exiting down American Avenue after school.
Please remind your student to not walk in the middle of the
street, throw rocks, or skate board through the Heritage High
parking lot. Any students caught exhibiting such behaviors will
face school discipline as well as a possible police citation.

*District Holiday
No School

March 29
*First day back to school from
spring break


SARC - School Accountability Report Cards
SARC are available to view. Parents can obtain a copy of our
SARC at the website page below or a copy may be obtained from
the school upon request.


In accordance with California
Vehicle Code 21212 (A) All
students under the age of 18

8th Grade Promotion Activities and

riding scooters, long boards,
bicycles, roller blades to school
must wear a certified helmet

If you have a child in 8th grade, your student received an 8th
grade promotion activity packet.

with chin strap. Please help keep

A list of activities and items associated with promotion.

our students safe by insisting

These activities are optional and participation is dependent

your child wear a helmet and

upon meeting behavioral and academic requirements. Please

obey traffic laws as they come

go to AMS website, student life tab, promotion information

to and from school. Violators

to view 8th grade promotion activity flyer information.

may be cited.
Also,students are not allowed to
ride skateboards/scooters/bikes
on campus. Any student caught
riding on campus may have their
equipment taken away and
released to parents. Students
store their skateboard/scooter

Students are required to meet the following
expectations in order to participate in the 8th
grade promotion dance, the Great American
Field Trip and the promotion ceremony.
* No more than 10 tardies during the 3rd and 4th quarters
* No suspensions during the 3rd and 4th quarters
* No more than 2 F's on the 3rd quarter report card

in their 1st period class. Bikes

and/or 4th quarter progress report.

should be locked in the bike rack.

* The administration reserves the right to withhold
student participation in promotion activities based on overall

AMS Sports on Twitter!
Want to know what is going on
with AMS Sports after school?
Check the scores, see pictures
of the action during the games.
Just follow us on

behavior and or poor academic performance. We are actively
looking to support positive involvement, responsible behavior,
and academic success!
*Ineligible students may be invited to participate in a
personal planning conference to develop a contract for success

Homework Help
AMS Dress Code

Free homework help at the Brentwood Library. Please click here
to see homework flyer.

Please remember to send your
child to school ready for
the learning environment and
dressed appropriately. Slippers,
pajamas, blankets, loose fitting
shirts exposing midsection, back-side or
undergarments, are not
appropriate school clothing. The
AMS administration reserves
the right to determine the
appropriateness of the student

* Monday, Wednesday and Thursday 4:00-6:00

Students wearing inappropriate
clothing will be required to
change. Please refer to the
student handbook or AMS
website for picture samples of
examples of dress code

Parent Connect

* Math K-Algebra 2
* Reading/English
* Science
* History

First come first served!

Did you know that you can check your child's attendance and
grades online? It's a great way to monitor progress and keep
your child on the right track. If you don't know the pin or
password, call the office. "At the end of the day, the most
overwhelming key to a child's success is the positive involvement
of parents." Jane D. Hull

Safety First
Please help make student dropoff and pick-up safe! We realize
traffic is a concern, please help
us by not leaving your car
unattended, never park in a red

Calling all Box Top Clippers!
Please keep clipping Box Tops for Education for AMS. We will
have another drive for Box Tops soon.

zone, and never allow your
student to walk thru moving
traffic. Please be courteous. We
understand traffic jams occur,
your patience is very much
appreciated. Please drive safely
and be aware of where students
are walking at all times.

Open Enrollment Period
January 11, 2016
Through March 1, 2016
Students who reside within
district boundaries may apply for
enrollment in any school in the
district. Applications for
Intradistrict Transfer will be
accepted during the period of
January 11, 2015 through March
1, 2016 for the next school year,
or for students entering the
district after March 1st, with 5
days of enrollment. If you wish
to return to the school from
which you were displaced, or if
you wish to attend another
school for any reason, your must
submit an Intradistrict Transfer

Applicants who submit an
Transfer request no later than
4:00 p.m., March 1, 2016 will
be notified on April 1, 2016.
Forms are available at all school
sites, and at the District Office
beginning on January 11, 2016.
Intradistrict Transfer Forms
MUST be returned to any school
office, or the District Office, no
later than 4:00 p.m. , March
1, 2016 to be considered by
the April 1st notification

Go to http://www.boxtops4education.com/ and join to get
coupons for products with Box Tops. Thank you for your
continued support.

Student Lunch Drop-Off Reminder!
It is critical that we minimize the disruptions to the learning
environment when class is in session. Therefore, no longer
deliver lunches to classrooms, as it poses a regular disruption to
the learning environment. Parents may still drop lunches off at
the Student Center and students may come to retrieve that
delivery on their way to the lunch area, but we will not interrupt
classes to make those deliveries. Please make sure your child
knows ahead of time to check the Student Center on a day you
have arranged to bring them a lunch delivery.

Student release during school day
If anyone besides the parent picks a student up during school,
the office needs prior authorization. Even if an aunt, uncle or
friend is on the emergency list, we cannot release a student to
them. The emergency form is for us to call if there is an
emergency at school. It is not setup to be used for pickup during
the school day. So if you are sending someone to pick up your
child, call the office and let them know who is picking up and
that it is approved by you.

Weekly Tardy Sweeps
We know that being on-time is an important life skill in today's
world and we want to impress that upon our students. In addition
to the recognition we give students for positive attendance and
timeliness, we will be holding weekly tardy sweeps this semester.
We will be alerting students each week via morning
announcements about the tardy sweep. Students caught up in a
tardy sweep will be assigned a detention. We believe that the
positive recognition and the weekly accountability will help our
students embrace the importance of getting to class on-time.

Marquee for Birthday Announcements
Intradistrict Transfer requests
on behalf of students who have
been displaced from the closed
schools will be considered.

If space becomes available,
Intradistrict Transfers for
siblings of students enrolled at
these schools for the 20162017 school year will be

Snack Hut Thursdays:
The snack hut is open this every
Thursday! We have new items!
Everything is $2.00 except
lollipops, which are .50 cents.
Come by after school to room 3
and check it out!


E.C. §234.1 No student or group
of students shall,
through physical, written, verbal,
or other means,
harass, sexually harass,
threaten, intimidate, cyberbully,
cause bodily injury to, or commit
hate violence against any other
student or school personnel.
Cyberbullying includes the
transmission of harassing
communications, direct threats,
or other harmful texts, sounds,
or images on the Internet, social
media, or other technologies
using a telephone, computer, or
any wireless communication

AMS has an electronic marquee located by the bus loop. You now
have the opportunity to purchase a birthday message to be
displayed on the school's marquee on the day of your child's
birthday! For more details, please see the full document under
Parents and Resources tab on our AMS webpage.

Working Lunch Program
We all want our students to experience academic success each
and every reporting period. In an effort to add an additional
layer of academic support for students who struggle to regularly
complete classwork and homework, our Student Study Team will
be assigning a "working lunch" for select students. we started
holding a daily working lunch for assigned students, where they
can eat their lunch and finish class assignments at the same
time. When the students demonstrate they no longer need this
additional layer of support, they will be exited from the

Reminder Text

Sign up to receive text or email reminders about school events
and deadlines! Even if you signed up last year, you need to sign
up again to be a part of the 2015-2016 group. To sign up go to
this link on your phone or computer: remind.com/join
Enter this class code to join: @amsupdate

Traffic Relief
In an effort to increase student safety and relieve some of the
traffic before and after school which occurs at the stop sign by
the Heritage High School upper parking lot, we are proposing a
new walking route for our students who use the walking path
between the Deer Ridge development and American Avenue.
Please remind your student to use the crosswalk at the very end
of American Avenue to cross over to the campus. Using this
crosswalk will not impede traffic flow and, therefore, will both
increase student safety and provide some much needed traffic
relief at the top of the hill before and after school.

device. Cyberbullying also
includes breaking into another
person's electronic account and
assuming that person's identity
in order to damage that person's

AMS is hosting our First
Lipjam in April

SBAC Testing Window
The Testing Window for Adams Middle School is April 25, 2016
to May 13, 2016. Please make every attempt to be at
school during these dates. If at all possible, please do not
schedule appointments or family vacations

MARCH 2, 2016 THROUGH MAY 1, 2016

What is a lipjam? Lipjam is a
lip-sync and dance
competition. This is open to
all students, teachers, and
parents at AMS. There will
be an informational meeting
February 23rd in the drama
room from 2:45-3:00pm.

Do you love working with kids?
Do you have a bachelor's degree
and passed CBEST?
Apply to be a substitute teacher
in our district!

For more information, ask
for the substitute teacher
packet at the
BUSD District Service Center
255 Guthrie Lane
Brentwood, CA 94513

Brentwood Union School
District Announces

The second open enrollment period allows for Intradistrict
Transfer Applications from March 2 through May 1, 2016. The
second period allows consideration of Intradistrict Transfers
for families who have had a change in circumstances, or may
have forgotten to apply.

Applicants who submit an Intradistrict Transfer request no
later than 4:00 p.m. on May 1, 2016 will be notified on June
1, 2016. Forms are available at all school sites, and at the
District Office. Intradistrict Transfer Forms MUST be
returned to any school office, or the District Office, no later
than 4:00 p.m. on May 1, 2016 to be considered by the
June 1st notification date.


For 2016-2017, all schools will be open for intradistrict
transfer requests. All requests will be evaluated for
approval based on capacity.

In accordance with board policy, intradistrict transfer
requests on behalf of students who have been previously
displaced from a closed school site will be considered on a
priority basis.

Registration for 2016-2017

KINDERGARTEN - Eligible child
must be five years old on or
before September 1, 2016

KINDERGARTEN - Eligible child
must be 5 years old between
September 2 and December 2,

The Kindergarten Readiness Act
(SB 1381)

Please contact your resident
school site
beginning February 16, 2016 to
schedule your registration
Appointments will be held March
1, 2 and 3, 2016.

See BUSD website for further
information @