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UPCOMING EVENTS
May 25 - June 8, End of Year Testing

June 7, 8th Grade Awards Ceremony (6:00pm, MPHS Auditorium; a flyer serving as 2 tickets per family was sent home)
June 8, Last Day of School


URGENT REQUEST -- Proctors Still Needed!!
End of Year make up testing continues this week through June 8th. EOG, EOC, and NCFE courses will be tested during that window. Proctors must be over 18 and may not test in the same class/grade as their child. Parents, grandparents, family friends, are all welcome to sign up! Please **click here** to proctor. We truly appreciate your help!


All of those who will be serving as proctors will need to attend proctor training before proctoring End-of-Grade tests or NC Final Exams. We will hold proctor trainings before each day of testing at 8:15am in the Media Center. In order to proctor, you must attend training. If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to Courtney Armstrong atcourtney.armstrong@cms.k12.nc.us


8th Grade Awards Ceremony
We will celebrate the 8th graders on Thursday, June 7 at 6:00pm in the Myers Park High School Auditorium. On Tuesday, May 29 we sent a flyer home with your student. The flyer will serve as 2 tickets per family. The doors will open at 5:30pm and we will have a small reception on the green after the ceremony. MPHS parking is challenging, so please plan accordingly. The students will be recognized by advisory and will receive a completion of 8th grade certificate. If you have any questions please email michelle.richards@cms.k12.nc.us.



Attention Rising 9th Graders Interested in Sports Tryouts
Myers Park HS would like for kids interested in trying out for sports to fill out this Google form!

https://goo.gl/forms/ocBN6wnHdjQWjYXh1


Attention Rising 6th Grade Parents and Students
IF YOUR CHILD IS INTERESTED IN BAND OR ORCHESTRA at Alexander Graham Middle School, we still have a few positions available! In order to accommodate more musicians, we will host an additional instrument selection drop-in.

  • On Monday, June 11, students may drop in from 10am until noon. This event is for 5th grade students INTERESTED IN CHOOSING BAND OR ORCHESTRA AS AN ELECTIVE if they have not previously done so and would like to try out instruments.
  • During your visit, your child will be fitted or sized for an instrument. (We look at their physical characteristics and let them try different mouthpieces or instruments to determine which they will most likely be successful playing). If your child cannot attend this event but they would still like to participate in an instrumental music class, please contact Windy Fullagar, Band, at **windyb.fullagar@cms.k12.nc.us** or Sarah Lancaster, Orchestra, at **sarahw.lancaster@cms.k12.nc.us** and schedule a time to meet to select an instrument.
  • Want to know more about String Instruments? Click here.
  • Want to know more about the Wind Instruments? Click here.


Bulldog Club Fundraiser
Spring Fundraiser for Main Field

FIELD FUNDRAISER UPDATE
The recently completed Main Field Restoration Fundraiser was a resounding success. All total, we raised $41,417.00. Special thanks goes out to our Neighborhood Captains (Stacy Beard, Sallie Beason, Penelope Aluise, Heather Price, Heather Simmons, David Simas and Suzanne Jones) for getting the word out to their neighborhoods. Also, a special thanks goes out to The Hardison Family and the Dowd Foundation for their generous donation. Lastly, a HUGE thanks to the local F3 members and their foundation for coordinating their own giving and matching campaign. We could not have reached our goals without the help from these generous donors.

Now for the really good news. We have engaged the contractor and will be performing the Phase 1 Main field renovation project THIS summer. The work will begin on Monday, June 11th and will involve stripping, grading and sodding the center third of the field. The outer thirds will be sprayed for weeds, aerated, top dressed and fertilized. Please note that the main field will be closed for the entire summer for our project and we will install signage to that effect on 6/10. The track is still available for use, but the main field will be closed until shortly after Labor Day. Also, the small parking lot to the right as you enter the school from Runnymede will be closed for the month of June as a staging area for the contractor.

Even More Good News! The PTO has approved the engagement of our architect to do the design/development drawings and renderings for a new field house building and bleacher area on the home side of the main field. Stay tuned for more information on that as we get the design process going. Thanks to everyone who supported our campaign. Your generosity is greatly appreciated.

This project is the first step of a long term plan to renovate the entire main field area, including a track resurfacing and field house. Please see the FAQs at this LINKfor much more information.


Summer Reading
AG Summer Reading Requirement
The 2018 Summer Learning and Reading Project Information is now available. Visit AG's School Website and use the Menu List on the left-hand-side of the webpage or click here.


Stock Up on Summer Reading Titles at AG's Buy One, Get One - End of School Book Fair!
The AG Media Center is hosting a "Buy One, Get One" End of School Book Fair to support students and family summer reading and enrichment. This special "BOGO" Book Fair will run during the last week of school through Friday, June 8. The hours are from 8am to 4pm. The Book Fair accepts all major forms of payments. If you send a check with your student, please address to "Scholastic Book Fairs". We are also accepting book donations to help students and families who cannot afford to purchase summer reading book.


News ELA
Our school has a subscription with NewsELA, an electronic database of interesting current events' articles for students. NewsELA is having a free online summer reading club where students can read weekly articles based on their interest and take quizzes to ensure their comprehension. This is a great way to keep students academically engaged over the summer. If you would like your child to partake in this opportunity, please click the link below for further details.
https://go.newsela.com/rs/628-ZPE-510/images/COM-Summer-Reading-2018-Student-Instructions.pdf



Attention all Alexander Graham Parents, Volunteers, and Bibliophiles
Please help us finish the year strong by supporting the following literacy initiatives:

  • Please donate any gently used novels, comic books, and magazines to Language Arts teachers or drop them off at the front desk or media center. We are updating classroom libraries for every single classroom across campus and desperately need more middle school and young adult gently used books.
  • The updated Summer Learning Projects for rising 6th, 7th, and 8th grade are now posted on the AG website (and Myers Park posted their for rising 9th graders). Current Language Arts teachers can answer any questions you have.
  • Purchase Summer Learning Project novels and other great reads at the AG Scholastic BOGO Book Fair Monday, June 4th - Friday, June 8th
  • Purchase Summer Learning Project novels and other great reads at the Barnes and Noble AG Summer Book Fair which runs through Friday, June 15th (Morrison location on the corner of Sharon and Colony) Make sure to tell the cashier at Barnes and Noble that you are from AG so we receive the credit (or use code 12377636 on their website). Students will be bringing home a flyer for both book fairs this week. All proceeds will go toward more books in AG classrooms.
*Please note, it is not mandatory students purchase the novels and they are also available at the Charlotte Meck Public Library.
Thanks in advance for supporting summer literacy across our schools!
-Your Alexander Graham Middle School staff, administration, and students




You're Invited
Pro Skills Basketball Summer Camps at AG and MPHS
Join us for summer basketball camps in the Myers Park area. Our Charlotte youth basketball camps are dedicated to teaching the fundamentals of basketball to kids in a safe and enjoyable environment. All camp sessions include games, competitions, and drills designed for kids of all skill levels. AG will host three PSB Basketball Camps on June 18-21, July 16-19, and a camp with an appearance from Charlotte Pro Jeremy Lamb on July 30 - August 2nd. Camps will begin at 9am and conclude at 3pm. The Jeremy Lamb Basketball Camp Powered by Pro Skills Basketball will be July 30 - Aug 2nd! This camp offers a unique opportunity to meet Charlotte Pro Basketball Player, Jeremy Lamb. Campers will have a chance to get his autograph and take a picture with him all while learning the game of basketball from a professional player. A fourth PSB Basketball Camp will be held at Myers Park High School on June 25-28 from 9am to 3pm.


With a staff of experienced former and current college basketball players and professional players, camps provide a great opportunity for kids to learn from those who have had success both on and off the court. Register for Pro Skills Basketball summer camp at the links provided above. To receive 10% off of camp, use the code: REFER10

AG Lady Bulldogs LacrosseCalling all interested rising 6th-8th grade girls lacrosse players (no experience necessary). If you would like to join our mailing list, please have your parents email aglblax@gmail.com. We will be sending out information about next year’s programming, including Summer clinics. Returning players are already in the database.

End of Year Items
Lost and Found
Now that the weather has warmed up, let’s not forget about the jackets that your kids might have left at school. There are lots of jackets, PE bags, lunch boxes, and shoes that have accumulated over the year. The Lost and Found is located in the cafeteria. Please note that all remaining clothes/items will be donated to the Salvation Army on the last day of school


Pick up Medications
Please check with the school at the end of the school year for any medications your student may have left at school. Medications cannot be sent home with students of any age. Medications must be picked up by parent/guardian. All medications not picked up by the last day of school, June 8, 2018, will be discarded. Please contact the school nurse if you have questions.

Message from the Registrar
For students NOT returning to AGMS for 2018-19 school year
If your child has been assigned to AGMS for the ‘18-19 school year but will not attend, please notify the school in writing. Before June 8, you may stop by the office to fill out and sign a withdraw form. Or email the registrar mary1.keifer@cms.k12.nc.us the following information:
· Student name and date of birth
· Date of the student’s last day attending AG classes
· Why the student is leaving (e.g., moving, going to a charter or private school)
· Name & address of the next school the student will attend
· Your forwarding address and phone number