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Welcome to Astoria Middle School

Astoria School District 1C was established in 1854 and has been meeting the needs of Astoria’s students for 160 years.  One of the oldest establishments west of the Rockies, we take pride in our rich history and value our future - our nations future - our students.  

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Astoria Middle School building is open.
Due to construction we ask that you call ahead so that staff may direct you where to go.
Please call 503-325-4331
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For up to date communication regarding school resources and information on the 2020-21 school year please visit our
district website at:

   http://www.astoria.k12.or.us/
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Welcome Week
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click for the Covid Waiver here ---> Waiver.pdf

A Message From Your Principal 

   

During this time of quarantine, the mental health and safety of the school community is our number one priority. With the unique challenges of COVID-19 is a natural response to feel mentally taxed and overwhelmed by the stress of the situation. It’s normal to go through feelings of grief and loss (shock, denial, anger, bargaining, depression, testing, and acceptance). These emotions and the expression of these emotions are healthy and expected. It is also important to recognize warning signs of mental health distress and suicide risk. Along with information on warning signs, we are also including resources for help and TIPS to manage during the quarantine. 

National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) recommendations: https://www.nimh.nih.gov/index.shtml

Warning Signs If behavioral signs and symptoms last weeks or months, and if these issues interfere with the child’s daily life at home and at school, or with friends, you should contact a health professional.

Young Children

  • Often talk about fears or worries

  • Complain about frequent stomach aches or headaches with no known medical cause

  • Are in constant motion and cannot sit quietly (except when they are watching videos or playing video games)

  • Sleep too much or too little, have frequent nightmares, or seem sleepy during the day

  • Are not interested in playing with other children or have difficulty making friends

  • Struggle academically or have experienced a recent decline in grades

  • Repeat actions or check things many times out of fear that something bad may happen.

Older children and adolescents

  • Have lost interest in things that they used to enjoy

  • Have low energy

  • Sleep too much or too little, or seem sleepy throughout the day

  • Are spending more and more time alone, and avoid social activities with friends or family

  • Fear gaining weight, or diet or exercise excessively

  • Engage in self-harm behaviors (e.g., cutting or burning their skin)

  • Smoke, drink alcohol, or use drugs

  • Engage in risky or destructive behavior alone or with friends

  • Have thoughts of suicide

  • Have periods of highly elevated energy and activity, and require much less sleep than usual

  • Say that they think someone is trying to control their mind or that they hear things that other people cannot hear.

Resources 

  • The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-TALK (8255).

  • Lines for life: https://oregonyouthline.org/ 1-877-968-8491 or text teen2teen to 839863

  • It may be helpful for students to have a trusted friend, relative, or mentor’s phone number saved in their cell to call in times of need.

  • Clatsop Behavioral Healthcare: Provides mental health and drug and alcohol assessment, counseling, and crisis response services for adults, children, and families.  503-325-5722,  CRISIS: 503-325-5724

  • *Know that research tells us, asking someone if they are contemplating suicide, does not increase the likelihood of suicide

  • https://www.calm.com/ check out the calm app

ADS School Counselors Email

Astor Elementary:  Meche Brownlow mbrownlow@astoria.k12.or.us 

Lewis and Clark Elementary:  Korie Blacker kblacker@astoria.k12.or.us 

Astoria Middle School:  Rachel Rollins rrollins@astoria.k12.or.us https://sites.google.com/astoriak12.org/ams-counseling/home

Astoria High School: Andrew Fick: afick@astoria.k12.or.us, Amber McCanna: amcanna@astoria.k12.or.us, Sheena Evans: sevans@astoria.k12.or.us, Beth Frausto: bfrausto@astoria.k12.or.us

TIPS

https://childmind.org/about-us/ 

“Supporting Kids During the Coronavirus Crisis, Tips for nurturing and protecting children at home”       By Rae Jacobson *Abbreviated

Here are tips from the Child Mind Institute’s clinicians to help calm fears, manage stress and keep the peace. Click here to see all resources related to the coronavirus crisis.

 

  • Keep routines in place, allow transition time

  • Be creative about new activities-and exercise

  • Manage your own anxiety, watch out for “catastrophic thinking”

  • Limit consumption of news, take a social media hiatus

  • Stay in Touch Virtually, keep social connection

  • Make plans, have something to look forward to, outdoor activity, cooking, etc…

  • Keep it positive

  • Keep kids in the loop-but keep it simple, age appropriate

  • Check in with the little kids

  • Sometimes the path of least resistance is the right path, let go of the image of perfection

  • Ask for help. For the full article go to:  https://childmind.org/article/supporting-kids-during-the-covid-19-crisis/

Take care and be well,

Linda Brech and Rachel Rollins

Info to Know

Remind app

New to AMS: the Remind App!
 
Text messages will be sent out to remind families of important events and dates. Please ensure your information is accurate with the office so you don't miss out!

( If you decide you don't want to receive messages there is an option to opt out )

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Save Your Box Tops!
AMS is collecting Box Tops for Education. The school receives ten cents per box top. For more information go to www.boxtops4education.com or just send them to school with your student. They are being collected in the AMS office.
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AMS Office Hours 7:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.

***New Bell Schedule***
1st period now begins at 7:55 a.m.
Dismissal is now at 3:06 p.m. (2:06 p.m. Thursday)


Math Lab-Mondays & Wednesdays
after school to 5 p.m.
Homework Club-Tuesdays after school to 5 p.m.    
(after school activities bus is available for students)  

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