WHAT’S UP AT AMS?
This article is going to be a lot different from articles that you have read in the past. In the following text I will be addressing a very serious subject.
Recently, acts of bullying have occurred at Arthurs. This time, it is much worse because it is cyberbullying. Students are using social networks and other online instruments as a way of hiding. Cyberbullying has become a big problem in our community and everywhere, and it needs to stop.
This type of behavior puts so much more stress on our community, our students and our administration, especially our counselors. I, as a student, know we are better than this. We could take a stand and bring awareness to this problem and tear it down. Not just the students or those involved at the school but everyone in the community can work to stop this growing issue.
Officer Jake Davis, a Trenton police officer who regularly visits AMS, showed us a presentation about the effects that doing wrong things on social networks can have on people in the present and in the future.
Also, Ms. Stephanie O’Connor, the principal at our school, has been sending emails to the parents so they can be aware of the problem and keep an eye out for behaviors (bullying or being bullied). The emails also list ways in which you can protect yourself and others from being attacked and explains what makes up bullying from behind a screen.
Additionally, we have events being planned in the future to bring more awareness to bullying of all types. Last year we had a Black Out Bullying Week, and this year that will be the week of Jan. 15. It is not confirmed yet, but a presentation from the Okay 2 Say program is in the works. Okay 2 Say is a program that is meant to raise mental awareness about how to respond to one’s safety threats, and show people that it is okay to speak up for someone else and for yourself.
Bullying can be something as simple as a mean comment; it does not have to be continuously hurting someone. This behavior can seriously hurt someone mentally and emotionally and sometimes can cause them to do something much worse.
Now, as the city of Trenton, it is time for the citizens here to bring awareness and to try to help those who are struggling, and stop those who are causing it. Always remember to think before you post. Thinking is much more than just running over your idea.
Be sure to ask yourself these questions before you speak or post something on social media. Is what you’re saying true? Is it helpful? Can it be inspiring, give someone a smile? Is it really necessary? Finally, is what you’re saying kind to that person? One person can make a difference, and we can, too.
Student correspondent Nick Burke is an eighth grader at Arthurs Middle School.
WHAT’S UP AT AMS?
Arthur’s has had a great time throughout the month of October, mainly because of Homecoming week, which means it’s also spirit week at Arthur’s Middle School. (read more…)
Summer has ended, and school is back in session for the students at Arthurs Middle School.
The academic year has begun with new and returning students filling the halls. We welcome the class of 2024 to BAMS for their sixth-grade year. (read more…)
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It’s time to say goodbye to the school run and hello to the summer fun. It seems not too long ago I was writing about how we were all coming back to school. Now school is out. Time sure flies when you’re having fun.
In our last few days of school, specifically nearing the end of May, each grade will have participated in some type of reward to celebrate their end-of-the-year accomplishments. The sixth graders went to see a movie, the whole grade at one movie theater, sounds like a handful but it’s fun. (read more…)
During the month of April, students got time off of school to enjoy the much-appreciated spring break. During this break many families go out of town seeking warmer weather for the week, possibly even longer. Regardless of what you are doing for spring break, we are all glad to be off school. (read more…)
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…)
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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…)