During the month of March, students had the opportunity to enjoy a fun activity day. It was not just another activity day; sadly, it was our last for this school year. This one included some new events to support the regular activity day: a free throw competition for all sixth-, seventh- and eighth-grade students. (read more…)
BY MATT McCLELLAND
After a successful regular season campaign for the Arthurs Middle School swim and dive team, the top athletes headed to the state meet. Hosted annually by Holt High School in late January, the MISCA (Michigan Interscholastic Swim Coaches Association) meet brings together the best middle school divers and swimmers for a two day competition. This year’s meet was held Jan. 27-28.
Friday night was all about the divers. In order to compete, the divers had to meet two qualifying criteria. First, they had to exceed an average of 150 points as calculated from their two best meets from the season. Second, from that list, only the top scoring 18 boys and 18 girls are permitted to participate.
Powering off a one meter springboard, the same apparatus used in high school, each diver performed six dives of their choice in front of seven judges. Samantha Plough and Jane McClelland, both seventh graders, had the opportunity to strut their stuff and they didn’t disappoint. Plough, after competing in club level gymnastics for several years, has just made the transition to diving, having been on a diving board for only a few months. Relying on strength and outstanding body control honed in the gym, she earned a 15th place medal at the state meet, a fabulous result for a brand new diver.
Plough’s teammate McClelland has been diving at the club level for several years, and that training was on full display. She executed each of her six dives cleanly, getting consistently good scores from the judges, resulting in a fourth-place medal. It was an exciting night for both girls.
Returning to the pool deck on Saturday was a very different scene. Rather than 36 total athletes competing one at a time, there were now hundreds of swimmers, competing in eight lanes strong. It was loud, crowded, hot, and exciting! All of the competitors had met or swam faster than the state qualifying time for each of their events. A swimmer may compete in up to four total events, with no more than two of them being individual. (read more…)
During the month of February, AMS focused on our PBIS rewards system. PBIS stands for Positive Behavioral Intervention and Supports, which is a way teachers and administrators show students the importance of behavior, as well as academics. For instance, our fourth-hour teachers spent time reviewing behaviors that are acceptable in school and therefore, rewarded.
There was also a strong focus on anti-bullying, both at school and online. If a student successfully follows the PBIS system, they will see their work pay off. This means if you have good attendance and behavior throughout the marking period you are rewarded on a specific Friday with various activities to choose from. (read more…)
Trenton students are finding ways to make this holiday one of the best to remember. Being in the holiday season means it is time to get festive. The first weeks leading to our break from school consisted of many merry events. We have worn our seasonal hats, pajamas and sweaters. Not only are students getting into the celebratory season, but teachers and administrators are also finding joy. Many educators at AMS are playing some upbeat and joyful holiday music during class. This makes class less stressful and more fun. (read more…)
What’s Up at AMS?
The fall season was one of the all-time top-scoring seasons for Arthurs Middle School Knights sports teams. The seventh grade volleyball team came out on top with a record of 16-0, including the league tournament, where they took first place. The eighth-grade volleyball team went 12-0 but could not take the win in its league tournament; still an outstanding performance by both teams. Great serving and defensive plays helped improve their record.
The seventh-grade football team had an outstanding record of 6-0. Working its hardest and blowing teams out, great plays were made on both the defensive and offensive ends of the ball, giving the seventh grade coaches their first undefeated season. Thanks coaches Emery, Temple and Woods!
Students at BAMS are showing their support of the blue and gold Knights, attending winter sports including basketball, swimming and competitive cheer. We look forward to another successful BAMS sports season. Keep up the hard work everyone!
Another sports theme in the halls of Arthurs is the book The Running Dream, based on the true story of a young girl whose dream of becoming a track star was cut short. (read more…)
The month of October is known for many things at Arthur’s Middle School: Halloween, breast cancer awareness, Homecoming and spirit week. We had five different days to show our school spirit: Monday was get up and go, Tuesday was costume, Wednesday was fake an injury, Thursday, my favorite, pink out, and finishing the week off was blue and gold on Friday.
Almost every student at Arthurs participated in this fun week to show our school spirit. Inspired by Homecoming at the high school, spirit week brings us closer together as a district by bonding each class through their love for Trenton. For the middle school students it’s a great way to show our pride for AMS. (read more…)
Arthurs Middle School was recently redesignated as a “School to Watch.” This designation was sponsored by the National Forum to Accelerate Middle-Grades Reform.
“AMS was designated as a ‘Schools to Watch’ in 2012,” said AMS Principal Stephanie O’Connor. “During the 2015-16 school year AMS once again applied to be re-designated as a ‘Schools to Watch’. In February 2016, a team of nine educators, including three middle level principals and other middle level teachers and Mary Alice Krajenta from the Institute for Excellence in Education, came to Arthurs to observe classroom practices and interview teachers, students, administrators, district personnel, board of education and community members.” (read more…)
What’s Up at AMS
The year has gone by fast, and kids are already preparing to end the school year on a good note. Many students are planning to go on vacation with their families, or just relax at home.
We wrap up the school year with Field Day. For many, Field Day is the highlight of the year. There’s ice cream, bouncy houses, and a student/staff softball game. Past field days have been awesome. I got to play in the softball game and then cooled off on the slip and slide. We will get our yearbooks and have everyone sign them on that day as well. (read more…)
Trip to Washington, D.C., and Gettysburg proves to be an eye-opening experience
Spring sports are in full swing this month at Arthurs Middle School. Softball, baseball and track are all doing great so far this year. The track team won its first track meet and barely squeezed past Wyandotte, 61-62.
Alexa Francis, an eighth-grade student, told me about her experience on the track team last year. “Track was a great experience for me because I got closer with new people and tried lots of new things!” The future looks great for this year’s team. Wish them luck this season! (read more…)
Band gets perfect ratings at festival
Last month our hard work really paid off at the MSBOA Band and Orchestra Festival. Both the seventh and eighth grade bands made Arthurs Middle School history by getting perfect ratings on all of their songs. The festival took place at Redford Thurston High School in Livonia. (read more…)