Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Digital Literacy - SNAPCHAT

Today in AGP we talked about Snapchat, the current number one social media platform among our students (via random sampling).

As adults, we must navigate the slippery slope of technology development while keeping our young people informed and safe. The Snapchat Safety Center is a good place to review their policies and find other resources in helping teach kids social etiquette, personal security and the responsibility and accountability that comes with this tool.

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Essay Contest - Deadline March 14

This essay contest, hosted by Scholastic Books and Major League Baseball (MLB) invites diverse students in grades 4-9 to write about overcoming diversity. 

Per the website: "Write an essay about a barrier that you have faced. Explain how you used one or more of Jackie Robinson's nine values—citizenship, commitment, courage, determination, excellence, integrity, justice, persistence, and teamwork—to face this barrier."

For more details, speak to Ms. Linahan. 

Final entries must be typed and saved as a pdf and will be uploaded by Ms. Linahan. 

Student Essay Requirements
1. Write an essay about a barrier that you have faced. Explain how you faced this
barrier by using one or more of Jackie Robinson’s Nine Values:
  • Citizenship
  • Commitment
  • Courage
  • Determination
  • Excellence
  • Integrity
  • Justice
  • Persistence
  • Teamwork
2. On each entry, include the following information:
  • student’s name
  • student’s grade
  • teacher's name
  • school name
  • school city/state
3. Limit one entry per student. All essays must be factual and based on the 
student's real-life experience. Fictional stories will be disqualified.

4.  Word Count Requirements:
  • Grades 4–6: 200 to 750 words
  • Grades 7–9: 500 to 1,400 words

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

2017 Spelling Bee

In January, ANCS will host a spelling bee at the middle campus for students in 4th-8th grade. This is the starting level of the Scripps National Spelling Bee and a great opportunity to hone spelling and vocabulary knowledge. Preparation can be done on one’s own or make it a family affair! The winner of the ANCS bee will move on to compete in the APS system bee in Feb

 It will be held Thursday, Jan 19, 4:15 pm @ ANCS Middle Campus Library.

Two optional practice sessions will be held Jan 5 & 12 from 3:45-4:30 at the MC Library.

Students/parents should contact Ms. Linahan to sign up and obtain a study sheet. 


Monday, December 5, 2016

Author/Illustrator Bryan Collier is Coming!

Author/Illustrator Bryan Collier is coming to ANCS Middle on Wednesday, January 4.

We are very fortunate to have this nationally acclaimed, award-winning artist visit us!

Read Ms. Hanson's blog for more details and see an interview with him here.

While he works predominantly with children's books, they are valuable works of art which can be appreciated by all ages. Stop by the media center to see a display of his work.

Books may be ordered and signed by Mr. Collier with this form. Return to Ms. Linahan with payment by Dec. 16 for your personalized copy.


Friday, November 11, 2016

7th Grade Research Tips

These links are to be used in your research worksheet. 

Use them as directed. Search engines are over to the side. -->


Web Search Strategies



Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Book Fair Oct 17-21

In conjunction with Little Shop of Stories, the middle campus will host a book fair in the media center Oct 17-21. Hours are 8-4 (Mon, Tue, Thu, Fri) and 8-2:30 (Wed). Any parents who would like to volunteer before school, at recess or on Grandparents and Special Friends Day (Fri) should contact Terri Linahan.

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Reading Bowl Practice Begins in September

The Helen Ruffin Reading Bowl is a state-wide event that combines reading and trivia. Students read from the list of nominees for the 2017 Georgia Children’s Book Award Nominees. We will begin meeting in September to review books and begin our trivia research and practice. Our first meet is at the end of January against other APS schools. The top two teams then move on to Regionals at Clayton State University. This is our fifth year participating. 

Team members are required to read at least 5 of the 20 books and compose trivia questions for practice.

Meetings begin in September on Mondays from 3:45-4:30. 

Interested students should sign up in the library with Ms. Linahan.