Monday, February 10, 2020 Daily Announcements

What's Happening at ABMS?

Monday, February 10:

-DI Team Meeting 2:45-4:30
-PTO Meeting 5-6 PM

Tuesday, February 11:
-ELL Achievement Program 2:45-4:15
-Pep Band Practice 2;45-3:45
-Volleyball @Johnson Williams 5PM

Wednesday, February 12:

-Art Club 2:45-4:30
-Forensics Club 2:45-4
-Rising 6th Grade Parent Night 6-8PM

Thursday, February 13:
-Volleyball @DMMS 5PM

Friday, February 14:
-NO SCHOOL-Professional Development Day

Monday, February 17:
-NO SCHOOL-President's Day

Like us on Facebook!
ABMS now has a Facebook page!  Keep up with exciting things happening at school, important announcements,  and learn more about our amazing students and staff!  On the Facebook home page, search @admiralbyrdmiddleschool.

Upcoming Parent Information Sessions:
Parent night for rising 6th graders is on February 12 at 6pm.  Parent night for rising 7th and 8th graders is on February 19 at 6pm.  Parents, please plan to attend these information sessions to hear a lot of valuable information for your student!

Track and Field Tryouts:
Tryouts for Track & Field will be held on March 23, 24, and 25, from 2:45 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. for 7th and 8th grade students.  All athletes must have an approved VHSL Sports Physical on file at the School Board Office before the first day of tryouts.

Volleyball Open Gyms:

For girls in grades 6-8 on Sundays starting October 27 from 5-7 pm.

Math Counts Club:

This club meets every Wednesday from 2:45-4:00.  Students must see Ms. Alderman in room 620 for a permission form which must be signed by a parent and returned.

Rapid Communication System and Text Messages:
The Frederick County Public Schools’ Rapid Communication System includes an SMS text message function. In order to receive text messages sent through the FCPS Rapid Communication System, parents must have the phone number of the device on which they want to receive text alerts included on their child’s student record. In addition, they must opt-in to receiving the text messages if they have not done so previously. To opt-in, text “Y” or “Yes” to 67587 from the device on which you want to receive text messages. Once the opt-in process has been completed, you will receive a confirmation text message

Order your yearbook!
Yearbooks are on sale now.  Cost is $35.  Download and print the order form from our website to pay with cash, or go to and enter our school name to pay with a debit or credit card or PayPal.  Please bring cash payments and order forms to the main office. 

Want to play a sport?
All athletes must have an approved VHSL Sports Physical dated May 1, 2019 or after on file at the Frederick County Public School Board Office prior to the first day of tryouts.  No exceptions will be made. Forms can be found on the FCPS web page under the Health Services tab or can be picked up in the school's main office

Clinic Info:
Students that become ill during the school day are to report to the nurse.  The nurse will determine if the student needs to be sent home.  Students are not permitted to call or text their parents to come pick them up if they are not feeling well and have not seen the school nurse. 

Frederick County Public Schools requires that if a medication (including over-the-count medications) is to be taken by a student while he/she is in school, the medication has to be kept in the clinic and the school MUST have the following information on file:
1. A signed consent form from the parent or legal guardian.

2. The medication is to be in the original pharmacy labeled container, not in a ziploc bag.

3. If the medication is going to be taken for longer than one month, in addition to the above, the prescribing physician needs to fill out our medication form and sign it.

All forms are available on FCPS and ABMS’s web sites.If you have any questions or concerns please don’t hesitate to call or drop by the clinic

MySchoolBucks is the online payment portal where parents are able to pay class or club fees, purchase yearbooks, pay for field trips, etc. and view current lunch account balances, review recent purchases, receive low-balance alerts, and setup recurring payments on a weekly or monthly basis if desired. VISA and MasterCard are accepted 24 hours a day. If you are a new student to Fred. Co. Public Schools, you will need register with a user name and password . In order to register, you will need your student’s ID number which can be found on their student schedule, report cards or progress reports. The 9-digit student ID number is the 5-digit PIN number used in the cafeteria with the number 7000 at the beginning. All existing account balances will remain on account. 

All fees for 1st and 2nd semesters must be paid at the beginning of the school year.

Agriculture 7-8 (semester) - $7.00
Art 7-8 (semester) - $7.00
Band - $10.00
Chorus - $5.00
Exploratory Materials - $6.00
Family and Consumer Science (semester) - $7.00
FBLA Membership Dues (membership optional) - $10.00
FCCLA Membership Dues (membership optional) - $12.00
FFA Membership 7-8 Dues (membership optional) - $15.00
Physical Education
Replacement Fee for Lost Lock - $10.00
Technology 7-8 (semester) - $7.00
TSA Membership Dues (membership optional) - $12.00
Yearbook - $28.00

Tyler 360:
In an effort to save time, paper and money, Frederick County Public Schools is asking parents/guardians to  use Parent/Student 360 (Tyler) to review and update  contact/emergency information for each of their child(ren) and also review your child's grades that are posted daily.
Parents can download the Tyler 360 app through the app store. Information regarding parent login will be emailed to the primary contact on the child's record in August.

Bus/Pickup Info:
Students that will need to ride the bus home for a one day period with another student or will be picked up at dismissal by another student’s parent, BOTH students must have a signed permission note from their parent/guardian stating their name, with whom they are to go home and the bus number that they will ride.  Permission notes must be delivered to the main office before 8:00 a.m. Students will not be allowed to call or text their parents during the school day or after school to make these arrangements.  Please have these arrangements made prior to the school day.
If you are picking your student up early, please send a note to the office with the time they will be picked up, the reason, and the name of the person picking them up.  Parents must come to the main office and sign your student out.  You must present a valid driver’s license or another form of picture ID before your child will be released.  Students returning to school from a doctor, dental, or court appointment must have a note from that providers office when the return to school. If you are picking your student up after school, you do not need to send a note.

Student Absences:
When students will be absent from school, we request that the parent or guardian either telephone or email our school to notify us.  Parents can click on “Report an Absence” on our web page to report their child’s absence.  For those circumstances when you cannot notify us in advance, a written explanation for the student’s absence is due in the school attendance office no later than two (2) school days following the absence.  The note is to be signed by the parent/guardian.  It will no longer be necessary to notify the school both in advance of and following the absence. 
Homework requests can be made for students that miss two or more consecutive days. Requests need to be made by 8:30 a.m. on the second consecutive day of absence and will be available for pick-up after 2:30 p.m.

Tardy Policy:
Classes at Adm. Byrd Middle School begin at 7:55 a.m. 
Students should not be dropped off prior to 7:40 a.m.

Students who are tardy to school must report to the main office in order to be admitted to class and receive credit for attendance.  Tardiness will usually be considered as excused for reasons of school bus delayed arrival or verified physician’s or court appointments.

Each nine-week grading period, students at Adm. Byrd Middle School with unexcused tardies shall receive the following disciplinary action:

-2nd unexcused tardy– written warning from the office

-3rd unexcused tardy—one lunch detention

-4th unexcused tardy—two lunch detentions

-5th unexcused tardy—after-school detention and intervention meeting

6 or more unexcused tardies—school based discipline per administrator
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