AMS Frequently Asked Questions

1. What is the schedule for the 2015-2016 school year?

MONDAY – FRIDAY

1st Period — 8:15 – 9:05
2nd Period — 9:08 – 9:58
3rd Period — 10:01 – 10:51
4th Period (lunch) — 10:54 – 12:51
5th Period — 12:54 – 1:44
6th Period — 1:47 – 2:37
7th Period — 2:40 – 3:45

2. Where do I go the first day of school?Eighth grade students will report to the “E” building.
Seventh grade students will report to the second floor hall in the “A” building.
Sixth grade students will report to the first floor hall in the “A” building.
*Students that are on the 6th grade team located in the “E” building will sit in the “E” building, 1st floor, outside of their team area. Students should remain seated in the halls until they are dismissed to go to their first period class.

3. How do I get my schedule changed?Schedule Change Request forms will be available on Monday, August 17, 2015 – Wednesday, August 19, 2015. These forms will be located in the front office or you can see one of the Counselors. Schedule Change Requests will not be accepted after Wednesday, August 19, 2015.4. Who are the administrators?

Timothy Bourne, Principal
Watress Harris, Assistant Principal, 6th Grade Erica Thomas, Assistant Principal, 7th Grade Wade Williams, Assistant Principal, 8th Grade

5. Who is my counselor?

Shamara Love, 6th grade counselor Susan Keith,7th grade counselor Karla Morgan, 8th grade counselor

6. What if I change addresses and phone numbers during the year?

Parents should complete a change of address card at the front office. Also, parents must submit two additional proofs of residency for the new address.

7. How do I get my locker?

Lockers will be assigned during Orientation. Starting August 10, 2015, lockers will be assigned by your child’s team teachers. Parents should purchase a combination lock for the student’s use. You can purchase a lock at Wal Mart or local hardware stores.

8. Who are the School Resource Officers?

Armstrong Middle School has 2 School Resource Officers. They are Officer Gains and Officer Yeates.

9. If I need to make a phone call from the office, what do I need to do?

You must have a pass from your teacher. Give the pass to the office secretary and you may use the phone. Remember, the phone is for emergency use.

10. What if I have a food allergy?

Bring documentation from your doctor and take it to Mrs. Melissa Smith or Mrs. Prudie Shumpert in the cafeteria. The school nurse, Nurse Fremin (E Building, Rm. 226) will also need a copy. If you need to carry an Epi Pen with you, please make sure the nurse is aware of this and has the necessary documentation.

11. How do I pay for my child’s lunch account?

The Starkville Oktibbeha School District Office of Child Nutrition has implemented mySchoolBucks to help parents keep track of their child’s school meal accounts. You can create an account today at www.myschoolbucks.com. You will need your child’s Student MSIS Number to register. For questions call 662-615-0027. This year you can fill out a Lunch Application online at www.starkvillesd.heartlandapps.com

12. What if my parents want to visit the school?

All visitors must sign in at the office and get a visitor’s badge. If parents want to meet with a teacher, they should make an appointment. Teachers cannot be interrupted during instructional time.

13. Do I have to wear the ID badge all the time?

Yes, your identification badge must be worn at all times. Each student is allowed 3 free temporary badges per semester. Students without ID badges will be sent to ISS (in-school suspension). A temporary badge is $1, a new ID badge is $3, and a new lanyard is $1.

14. Can I wear blue jeans?

Only black or khaki jeans are a part of the dress code.

15. What is the student dress code?

Refer to the student dress code policy found on page 62 of the student handbook. Please note that SOSD t-shirts may be worn any day.

16. How will my parents get my progress reports and report cards?

Progress reports and report cards will be sent home with the students. Progress Report dates: September 4, November 11, February 4, and April 19. Report card dates: October 22-23, January12, March 24, and May 27 (mailed). Parents can also keep track of grades through Power School.

17. When will I know what I did on the MCT3?

When the State officially releases the information, we can give out that information to parents.

18. How will I know if school has been closed for inclement weather?

The fastest way for SOCSD to share information regarding school delays and/or cancellations during inclimate weather situations is through our text notification service and social media channels. To receive text messages and/or urgent alerts from SOCSD, text stkokt to 95577. Be sure to connect with us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/StarkvilleSD and Twitter @StarkvilleSD. You can also follow AMS on Twitter @ArmstrongMiddle.

In addition, SOCSD has selected SchoolMessenger as our mass messaging system to share reminders of events, deadlines, field trips, etc. Notifications are normally made through email messages, but we also have the capability to send a voice message.

You may also subscribe to The Spark, our e-newsletter.

19. Do we have cameras at Armstrong?

Cameras have been installed in all of the hallways and stairwells.

20. What days is the nurse at Armstrong?

Armstrong Middle School has a full-time school nurse. Mrs. Fremin is located in the E building. You must have a pass to go see the nurse.

21. What is the discipline policy at Armstrong Middle School?

The discipline policy is established and approved by the Starkville Oktibbeha School Board and a copy is provided to you in the Student Handbook. You can also access a copy on the Starkville Oktibbeha School District website (www.starkville.k12.ms.us). This policy also addresses cell phones.

22. How do I sign my child up for sports?

All eligible students must have a sports physical prior to participating in a sport. Tryouts will be announced. Physical forms are available in the front office.

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