Auburn Middle School

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September 18, 2020

Good afternoon AMS Families,

As we wrap up our first week of school I am incredibly proud of our students! They had to learn many new routines, had to wear masks, had to socially distance, and they did great! Our new end of day parent pick up has gone very smoothly. We feel we can condense the dismissal waves beginning on Monday. Here are the condensed afternoon pick up waves for both cohorts:

Wave 1: 1:45 Student Last names: A-D

Wave 2: 1:55 Student Last names: E-K

Wave 3: 2:00 Student Last names: L-R

Wave 4: 2:05 Student Last names: S-Z

Our middle school athletic conference, the SMMSAC, voted earlier this week to not sponsor interscholastic competition during the Fall of 2020. In light of this development, AMS will be offering cohort-separated intramurals with MPA recommended safety protocols in Cross Country, Boys and Girls Soccer, and Field Hockey. These intramurals will be run by our Fall coaches. Families will no longer need to use FamilyID to sign up. Here is the link to use if students are interested in participating in our intramural program. https://forms.gle/WFMtETRuDJMGtEEG6

Finally, thank you again for all of your support and understanding. We are still making adjustments as we figure out what our new reality looks like, and will continue to keep families informed.

Thanks and have a great weekend.

Bob Griffin

Principal

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WELCOME BACK TO AMS!

Welcome back for the 2020-2021 school year! Our student services team is excited to support students as they return to Auburn Middle School. We have a few new members and would love to introduce ourselves:

Hello! My name is Katherine Kaufmann, Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW). I am the new School Social Worker at Auburn Middle School. I support 7th & 8th grade students who are struggling with issues that negatively impact their life at school and home. Some of the supports I can provide are individual and group counseling, conflict mediation, crisis intervention, and support with navigating community resources.

As the school social worker, my goal is to make the transition back to school easier for all students. Please don’t hesitate to reach out! I will be at the school Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday; on Wednesdays I will be working remotely. My office is in room 121, you can reach me at kkaufmann@auburnschl.edu or by calling the school directly, 333-6655.

Thank you, Katherine Kaufmann, LCSW

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Hello. My name is Nicole Knights and for the past 5 years I've been teaching French here at AMS. I'm very excited to be transitioning into a new role as the Social and Emotional Interventionist this year. I am here to help and teach students how to navigate the social, emotional, and behavioral intricacies of middle school. I am available to all students to provide social, emotional, and behavioral support when needed.

Students are my number one priority so please do not hesitate to contact me with questions/comments/concerns.

Email me at nknights@auburnschl.edu or text through Remind (an online texting service). Just send me your preferred number through email or send it with your student.

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Greetings middle schoolers and your families,

My name is Morey Hallett and I am the academic interventionist here at AMS. This will be my second year at AMS in this role, but my 10th year as an educator. I supervise the Falcon Lab and work with all students to teach our 7th and 8th graders skills that help them learn and get their work done. My goal is to help students turn their unique strengths and situations into academic success and work toward a future where they reach their full potential.

I grew up in Freedom, Maine and attended Mount View High School in Thorndike, Maine. I love to play soccer, cook, and play video games. My favorite genre is science fiction/fantasy. I earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Geology from Bates College in Lewiston, Maine. I help my parents grow lots of garlic on their organic farm. My favorite book is "The Little Prince" by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry. This is a bizarre, unsettling time we are going through right now but I am comforted that we are facing this challenge together as a community here at AMS. My email is mhallett@auburnschl.edu

We look forward to working with you! Be kind to yourself and others :)


Auburn Middle School Parent-Student Drop Off and Pick Up MAP

Dear Parents,

We have been working feverishly since step up day to alleviate the issues that we discovered with the afternoon pick up procedure. We appreciate your continued support and patience as we adjust to the redesign. Our plan is included below.

Drop Off Instructions:

Drive up Falcon Drive toward the school. Take a left as you face the school. Travel along the left side of the building. In the back, drop off your student in the designated area. Follow the road up and loop around. Drive back down the same road to Falcon Drive.

Pick Up Instructions:

Parents should enter the campus during their assigned pick-up time, bear left, and the first car in the line will be stopped just past the turn around at the back of the school. We will have staff there to facilitate this. Students from each wave will leave the back entrance and socially distance themselves along the turnaround loop. Parents will follow the line of cars around the loop and stop to pick up their child. Parents should carefully proceed around the loop and exit back down the way they entered.

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Based on consultation with the city, the safest place for parent pick up is in the rear of the building. To shorten wait times, we will have 4 waves of student dismissals.

Every Parent/Guardian is assigned a pick-up wave for their child.

Note new times as of 9/21/20:

Wave 1: 1:45 Student Last names: A-D

Wave 2: 1:55 Student Last names: E-K

Wave 3: 2:00 Student Last names: L-R

Wave 4: 2:05 Student Last names: S-Z

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  • Student WALKERS - Walkers will be dismissed after busses at approximately 2pm. In the mornings, walkers should arrive between 7:15-7:30am.

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FAQ(s):

  1. What if I need to pick up my student early?

A: Please arrange pick up prior to 1:30PM to ensure that you will not be caught by busses and traffic.

  1. What if I am running late?

A: Please join the next wave. If it becomes a scheduling conflict, please call the office and we will adjust the wave assignment to ensure that your child is not waiting for extra time.

  1. What if it is raining or other inclimate weather?

A: Please have students dress for the weather, but in extreme conditions, we will have students wait in the gymnasium and be dismissed individually (this may cause a slower release. We ask for your patience and understanding.


AMS_ELHS Bus Runs 2020-2021 (Full List as of 9_9_20) - Sheet1.pdf

Letter from the AMS School Nurse -

September 4, 2020

Dear AMS Families,

I am looking forward to working with you and your family to ensure that this year is a healthy one! I would like to take this opportunity to review our basic health policies.


  • Please let me know as soon as possible: If your child has a life threatening health condition (Asthma requiring inhalers, Severe allergy requiring an Epi-Pen, seizure disorder, diabetes) Please be sure to have your doctor’s office fax your child’s yearly care plan or Road map.

  • Medications: We will need an order faxed to school from physician for any medication needed to be given at school. This needs to be done yearly. Most medications, other than those given four times a day, can be scheduled to be given at home. If you want your child to receive acetaminophen or ibuprofen at school, a doctor’s order needs to be provided for that also and parents will need to provide the medication.

  • Immunizations: Please ensure that your child’s immunizations are up to date. This is especially important during a pandemic to keep other infectious diseases out of school as much as possible. Maine immunization requirements for students to be allowed to attend school for the 2020-2021 year are as follows unless a yearly letter of exemption has been signed.

GRADE 7-8 REQUIREMENTS:

  • 5 DTaP (4 if 4th given on or after 4th birthday)

  • 4 Polio (3 Polio if 3rd is given on or after 4th birthday)

  • 2 MMR

  • 2 Varicella

  • 3 Hep B

  • 1 TDaP (tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis booster)

  • 1 Menactra/MCV4 (meningitis)


  • WHEN TO KEEP YOUR CHILD AT HOME:

IF YOUR CHILD IS EXHIBITING ANY OF THE SYMPTOMS BELOW ON THE MORNING BEFORE A SCHOOL DAY, PLEASE KEEP THEM HOME. PLEASE HAVE A PLAN IN THE EVENT YOUR CHILD BECOMES SICK AT SCHOOL. YOU MUST HAVE SOMEONE AVAILABLE TO PICK UP YOUR CHILD AS SOON AS POSSIBLE.

Low Risk (Less Common) Symptoms: High Risk (More Common) Symptoms:

New headache New, uncontrolled cough

Runny nose Fever (100.0 or higher)

Congestion Shortness of breath/difficulty breathing

Nausea/Vomiting/Diarrhea New loss of taste/smell


  • Please note that your child WILL be sent home w/ any of these Covid 19 related symptoms per guidance of the CDC and DOE.

  • If your child is sent home for one of the lower risk symptoms listed above, they may return to school 24 hours after symptoms improve.

  • If your child is sent home for 2 or more of lower risk or 1 of the higher risk symptoms listed above, they need to be seen by their doctor for recommendations for returning to school.

FAX ALL PHYSICIAN ORDERS TO (207-784-1359) - ATTN: SCHOOL NURSE. Please do not hesitate to contact me with any questions. I appreciate your understanding and cooperation in this matter.

Sincerely,

Kristi Boilard

AMS School Nurse

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