Amherst Middle School in Amherst, VA is pictured. Amherst Middle School in Amherst, VA is pictured.

8th Grade Writing Assessment

Thanks to a waiver from the state, 8th grade students in a semester 1 English course will not be required to take the upcoming Standard of Learning writing test. As a replacement, a division assessment will be downloaded from Canvas onto students’ Chrome-books on November 30th/December 1st (depending on A/B day schedule). Students will sign off on download completion and will have until December 7th to complete the writing assessment at home, which will then be scored by teachers in the division.

ACPS Health Clinics

All students are invited to attend one of our health clinics! ACPS will be providing free hearing screenings and Amherst County Lion's Club will be providing free vision screenings to any student. School Nurses will be available for consultation about any health questions you may have. Also, Central Virginia Health District will be providing flu shots to students and parents who want one. If you are interested in getting a flu shot, please bring identification and insurance information. We hope to see you at one of these events:

Parent Teacher Conferences 10/19/2020 - 10/30/2020

Parent/teacher conferences will look different this year.  We will hold our conferences during a two week period during which a parent/guardian can call the school at 434-946-0691 to schedule a conference with the teacher(s) of your choosing.  Our teachers will have time slots during the regular work week as well as a few time slots after our normal work hours to hold the conferences.  Interim reports went home with students on 10/14/2020 and 10/15/2020.  We hope to see you here during P/T conferences!

FFA Fruit Sale

It is that time of year again!! CITRUS FRUIT SALE!!! Amherst Middle School is selling Navels, Juice Oranges, Pink Grapefruit and Mandarins. $20 for the small box, $25 for the large box. Mandarins only come in a 10lb. box for $20. There is also the option to buy half Navels and half Grapefruits for $25. Please contact Ms. Parr if you would like to order! Proceeds will fund the AgScience department at Amherst Middle School. Ordering closes Oct. 30.  

Sweet Briar College/ACPS Student Assistance Opportunity

Sweet Briar College has worked to provide additional assistance to students and families when completing school work remotely utilizing their pre-service teachers through daily google meets that are supervised by professors at Sweet Briar College.  Please note that this is not traditional tutoring of content, but rather a guidance through a problem solving process.  The flyer, which includes the google meet link and QR code is attached.  Also attached, is a sample of the questions SBC students will utilize to help students navigate homework and/or technical issues.

Sports Conditioning

We will begin sports conditioning rotation the week of 10/12/2020.  On Monday, girls basketball will begin, Tuesday will be boys basketball, Wednesday will be volleyball, and Thursday will be basketball cheer.  We will also begin Archery at a date still to be determined.  If you are interested in participating you will need to have a valid VHSL physical filled out and on file at AMS.  There will be no activity buses running, so all students will need to be picked up at the end of conditioning.  Conditioning will go from 4-5:30 each day.  If you are an ARA student and would like to participa

AMS Fancloth Fundraiser

Our Fancloth Fundraiser has begun and the store will be open for 15 days!  This is a great way to get some awesome Cougar merchandise and support our school.  All ordering will need to be completed online and all items will be shipped directly to you!  This is also a great time to buy presents for your students!  Please consider helping us out by going to the link below:


AMS Fancloth Fall 2020

Discipline Assembly Google Meet

If you were absent over the past two days of school, or are a parent that would like to know more information in regards to the school and discipline, please watch the link below.  We hit the highlights of the student handbook that has been downloaded on all student chromebooks and can be found on teacher Canvas and Google Classroom pages.  Please let us know if you have any questions.


Discipline Assembly

How to Download Content to your Chromebook

Here is a great tool to help download content to your chromebook.  Please use the link below and let us know if you need assistance.


Slideshow guide for downloading content to your chromebook

MAP Testing Information

During the week of 9/21, AMS will conduct MAP (Measure of Academic Progress) testing in Language Arts and Math classes.  Language Arts classes will conduct the test on 9/21 and 9/22, while the math classes will conduct the test on 9/23 and 9/24.  If students need additional time, there will be time provided during the school day the following week to finish their assessment(s). Please view the attached document for more information and tips about MAP testing.  If you have any questions or concerns please do not hesitate to reach out to us at 434-946-0691.




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