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ACS Weekly Newsletter 9/17/23


Dear ACS Families and Staff,

It's hard to believe we are already six weeks into the 2023-2024 school year! Students have settled into routines and it's been wonderful to see teacher and student engagement in full swing. We are confident that the momentum will continue throughout the year and our students will continue to learn and grow as we strive to maintain a positive learning environment.

We have been busy collecting and analyzing baseline data from the beginning of the year assessments. This information helps us determine areas of strength and areas of need. It also guides us as we set academic goals for the year. You can help by ensuring your student is at school on time daily and comes to school ready to learn. Teach them the importance of education and help them set personal goals as they envision their future.

You should have received the first-trimester progress report and the opportunity to sign up for a fall conference. If you have not yet received this information, please reach out to your child's teacher.

We look forward to seeing everyone at school this week! As always, thank you for entrusting us with your child's education.


Jamie Miller



  • Monday, September 18: Cross Country Meet at Discovery Charter School

  • October 9-13: Fall Break - No School for Staff or Students

  • Thursday, October 19: NC Check-In - Reading for Grades 3 & 4

  • Friday, October 20: NC Check-In - Math for Grades 3 & 4

  • Monday, October 23: NC Check-In - Reading for Grades 5 & 6

  • Tuesday, October 24: NC Check-In - Math for Grades 5 & 6

  • Wednesday, October 25: Fall RtA

  • Thursday, October 26: NC Check-In - Science for Grade 5


Say Something Anonymous Reporting System (SS-ARS) We are happy to announce the district-wide launch of the Say Something Anonymous Reporting System (SS-ARS). This program teaches students, teachers, and administrators how to recognize warning signals and threats, on social media, in school, or in their community, of individuals who may be a threat to themselves or others, and to Say Something to a trusted adult OR use its anonymous reporting system. All fifth and sixth-grade students will be trained on the reporting system on Monday, September 18th. Please see the documents below for additional information. If you have questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to reach out to our school social worker, Cindy Gittens ( and/or our school counselor, Scott Tribotte ( ACS Parent Letter.docx.pdf Say Something Brochure.pdf


Our XC team was in action Monday at Discovery Charter School in Durham, NC. After an almost two-week layoff without a meet due to heat conditions, the pack was on attack!

Ava Herman secured 1st place, and Harper Kennedy finished 4th in the girls' open run. Jaxon ___ finished 10th in the boys' open run. All ACS runners finished the course, which was a much more challenging course than the previous meet.

Coaches Corner:

" They pushed themselves running on our longest course yet. Ava, Harper, and Jaxon all finished in the top 10. The course was the hardest middle school course I've ever seen. With so many hills, grass, and soft dirt trails! The course was over 2 miles. I’m proud of our runners."

Coach Jennifer, ACS Head X-Country Coach

Athletics Ahead:

9/18 X-Country @ Discovery Charter

Location: 501 Orange Factory Rd, Bahama, NC 27503

Walk Thru: 4:00 pm

Girls Race:4:30 pm

Boys Race:5:00 pm

Athletics Fundraiser:

Our Athletics Fundraiser has concluded! If students have additional books unsold, please submit them to Coach Long. Ordered books will go home over the next two weeks as final forms arrive and books are checked in.


Huge thanks for your continued support of our dinner fundraisers. Our recent Texas Roadhouse night earned us $152, and our latest Zaxby's night raised $318! Speaking of Zaxby's... Congratulations to Ms. Mayle's class for clinching the Sixth Grade Competition win and earning themselves a catered lunch! Next month, it will be the Fifth Grade's turn to compete on October 17th. We hope to see you there!


This week, the PTO is hosting a drive benefiting our own ACS Food Pantry! The ACS Food Pantry provides individually wrapped, single-serving fruit cups, granola bars, muffins, crackers, pasta cups, nuts, and more for teachers to pass out to students who may need breakfast or a snack during the school day. They also identify ACS families in need of assistance and send home complete meals, canned goods, pantry essentials, breakfasts, lunch items, and toiletries each week.

To participate in the Coyotes Care Drive, send your children to school any day this week (September 18-22) with bagged items to turn in to their teacher in the morning. Any donations of shelf-stable foods or hygiene products are greatly appreciated! Thank you for helping us stock the pantry!


  • Enrichment programs are off to a great start! We have postponed the start of volleyball until the end of September. We are still looking for 5-10 more students for the program. We would love to have you.

  • All pick-ups for 4-H, Enrichment, and After School should be at the back of the building. Please do not go to the front of the building or use the side door.

  • Gardening club will be starting a compost and looking for a few donations- Keep an eye out for our list.

  • Fall Break is right around the corner- we have 2 camp options for the week. Camp at the Farm and Camp on Campus. Registration will close a week prior to the program start.


If you or someone you know would be a good fit for ACS, please apply through our website under the ‘Employment’ tab (see link below) and email a resume to Jamie Miller at






SEL (Social/Emotional Learning)


Click HERE for previously included newsletter content about the following topics:

  • Carline (Procedures, Tardies, Early Dismissals

  • Lunch

  • Student Health Action Plans and Medication Authorizations

  • ACS Student Wellness Reminders

  • Student Services

  • School Calendar

  • "Coyote Pack" Facebook Group

  • Clothes Bin

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