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October 2018
BOOK FAIR - October 19-26, 2018
 The Scholastic Book Fair is being held at Admiral Byrd Middle School October 19-26.  English classes have been scheduled to purchase on Friday(10-19), Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday during that time period. Thursday  and Friday (10-25 and 10-26) are “open” purchase days.  Hours for the book fair are 7:30-2:45 each day, except Friday, October 26th. We will close at 2:00 p.m. that day to allow us time to begin packing up the fair.

We accept cash and checks from students and adults or credit/debit cards from adults only.  Checks should be made payable to Admiral Byrd Middle School, but we cannot give change for checks, so the check must be made out for the exact amount of purchase.  Please make sure your address and phone number are on the check.  

We have a new method of payment this year.  Scholastic has set up an eWallet platform you can use.  You will need to create an account by going to our fair’s homepage:, add funds and your child will be able to shop at the book fair without cash or a check. Please be sure to let your child know how much they have to spend!

In addition to setting up your e-Wallet, you can also view our fair homepage to shop on-line and preview some of the books at the book fair.  The link to the homepage can also be found on the library catalog home page (, click on our school and look for the Book Fair icon on the Symbaloo that says Scholastic Book Fair!

    Our bands will perform their first concerts of the
    school year on October 3.  All concerts are open
    to the public and free of charge.  Come out for an 
    evening of music.
              6:30 p.m. - Jazz Band
              7:00 p.m. - Concert Band
                                                           7:30 p.m. - Symphonic Band  

 8th gr. Boys' Basketball Tryouts:
October 25, 26, and 29 from 3-5 p.m.                                                  

7th gr. Boys' Basketball Tryouts:
October 25, 26, and 29 from 5-7 p.m.
All athletes must have an approved VHSL Sports Physical on file at the School Board Office before they will be allowed to tryout. 

     Wrestling begins on October 25 from 3-5 p.m.
All athletes must have an approved VHSL Sports Physical on file before they will be allowed to participate. 
 Drama Club - Sponsor -Mrs. Wadsworth

Students will learn basic staging skills, inflection of the voice, facial expression, pantomime, and audition techniques.  Students in drama club will be sponsoring a Talent Show on Thursday, March 21st, 2019.  1st meeting Sept. 18th, 2nd meeting October 30th from 3-4 pm.  Students must turn in a signed permission slip to stay after-school to attend Drama Club. See Mrs. Wadsworth in the Chorus room for permission slips.

Writing Club - Sponsors:  Ms. Desser and Mrs. Belanger

If you are interested in creative writing or want to improve your writing skills, consider joining the Byrd Writing Club. The writing club will meet the third Wednesday of every month for 2:50-4:30 in room 719. 

Forensics - Sponsors: Mrs. Scott and Mrs. Belanger

If you are interested in public speaking and partner acting then consider joining the Forensics Club. We will meet beginning in October, keep lookout for more information. 


FCCLA – Family, Career and Community Leaders of America

Sponsor: Ann Dyer

FCCLA: The Ultimate Leadership Experience is unique among youth organizations because its programs are planned and run by members. It is the only career and technical in-school student organization with family as its central focus. Participation in national programs and chapter activities helps members become strong leaders in their families, careers and communities.

Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) is a dynamic and effective national student organization that helps young men and women become leaders and address important personal, family, work and societal issues through Family and Consumer Sciences Education as determined by the state department of education. FCCLA has over 160,000 members and more than 5,300 chapters from 49 state associations, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands. The organization has involved more than 10 million people since its founding in 1945.

Membership Dues: $1.00 for every student enrolled in a Family & Consumer Science class

Math Counts - 
Sponsors: Mandy Peterson and Laura Zygmunt

Students work individually and in teams to solve challenging math problems.  Practices are held Mondays after school from 3 to 4 p.m. in room 804 beginning September 17.  Students involved in Math Counts will have the opportunity to compete in 2 or 3 scrimmages with local middle schools and then a final competition in February.

World Languages & Culture Club - Sponsors: Miss Von Fange and Mrs. Monahan

The World Languages and Culture Club will meet one a month after school at ABMS, in order to learn new languages, explore cultures and create fun projects. Meetings will be held from 3-4 pm in Room 509 with Miss Von Fange and Mrs. Monahan. We are so excited to start this club at ABMS, and bring to life the magic of learning about different languages and cultures for students!  Students must have a signed permission slip to attend.  Permission slips are outside of room 509. Be sure to put your name on the sign-up sheet. Meeting dates so far are:  Sept 19, Oct 17, Nov 14, Future meetings TBD

FBLA- Sponsor: Mrs. Hicks

Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) is a student led organization that focuses on topics such as leadership and community service. Students will participate in various activities that will assist in enhancing their leadership skills by prepping them with real life scenarios. A couple of FBLA’s goals include strengthening the confidence of students and to provide a better understanding of American business enterprises. Meeting dates and times are TBD. Please listen to the morning announcements for more information.

Membership Dues: $12 which gives students official membership into the organization for the 2018-19 school year.

TSA - Sponsor: Mr. Curry

Technology Student Association or TSA is a co-curricular organization of technology and engineering education and is open to those who are enrolled in or who have completed technology and engineering courses. Participation in TSA competitions allows TSA members to apply technology and engineering skills in challenging and innovative ways. Working individually or as a team, student members are motivated by the inspiration and enthusiasm gained from being recognized for the successful application of those skills. The ABMS chapter will hold its first meeting on Tuesday, October 16. Students wishing to attend should see Mr. Curry for a permission form.

Membership Dues: $12

FF– Future Farmers of America - Sponsor: Ms. Lineburg and Mrs. Harrison

You must be enrolled in an Agriculture class.


-Attend meetings, Help your community, Be recognized, Be a leader, Make friendships that last a lifetime

JOIN FFA TODAY! See Ms. Lineburg in room 104 for an application

Membership dues: $15

Online Student Information Updates

In an effort to save time, paper and money, Frederick County Public Schools is asking parents/guardians to use Parent/Student 360 (Tyler) ( between September 28 and October 26 to review and update the contact/emergency information for each of their students or to verify that there are no changes.

Parent/Student 360 usernames and passwords for 2018-19 are the same was they were last year. As a reminder, e-mails have been sent over the past several weeks to all parents/guardians providing Parent/Student 360 login information.
Instructions on how to review and update or verify student contact information are available through the FCPS website

Reviewing and updating the contact/emergency information is important so the school can contact you in the event of an emergency, you can receive messages sent via the FCPS Rapid Communication System, and items mailed to you by the school, including end-of-year report cards, can be delivered. 

 Parents/guardians are encouraged to use the online payment system, My School Bucks, to payMySchoolBucks school activity fees and place money on a student's cafeteria account. Parents are able to view current account balances, review recent purchases, receive low-balance alerts, and setup recurring payments on a weekly or monthly basis if desired. Once the payment is made, a receipt is automatically sent to the purchaser and teacher notifying them that a payment has been received. VISA and MasterCard are accepted 24 hours a day. The web site is user friendly and allows you to self-register. Register on the school’s website or on the FCPS homepage. Look for the My School Bucks Payment link. You will need your student's ID number when registering.


ABMS accepts personal checks. Your check must contain the following information:
Name and Address MUST be printed on checks – NO starter checks
Phone Number
Current date
Correct amount

Frederick County Public Schools Returned Check Policy
Frederick County Public Schools has an agreement with a third party administrator for the collection of all returned checks. If your check is returned by your bank, it will be automatically forwarded to a third party administrator after the first presentation. They will collect the face amount of the returned check plus the maximum collection fee allowable by law. Further action within the limits of law may be taken if you do not properly respond and Frederick County Public Schools may elect to cease accepting checks from you.


Keeping schools safe is everyone's responsibility. If you see suspicious activity, report it to school staff and the authorities. Suspicious activity may include: a vehicle or individual in an odd or concealed location; an unattended package or backpack; individuals seeking information about a school, its operations or security procedures beyond mere curiosity; or unusual, repeated or prolonged observation of school buildings, bus stops or students. Contact the Frederick County Sheriff's Office at 540-662-6168.


Back-to-School Campaign:  through 10/11/18 each book is $28.00
Fall Campaign:    10/12/18 - 2/21/19  each book is  $33.00
Winter/Spring Campaign:  2/22/19 - 5/31/19 each book is $35.00 


6th gr. Sapphire Team-Ava Mannarino

6th gr. Emerald Team-Griffin Rosati

6th gr. Ruby Team-Sydney Cox

7th gr. Arctic Fox Team-Jessica Le

7th gr. Yeti Team-Arizona Roland

7th gr. Seals Team-Garcia Kadiobo

8th gr. Navigator Team-Madison Murphy

8th gr. Polar Bear Team-Dani Silva

8th gr. Arctic Fox Team-Landon Baker

Byrd Learning Center-Niko Arnold

Business Education-Madalaine Ruscito

Band-Dylan Beam

Choir-Ainsley Deegan

Family & Consumer Science-Madison Haines

Agriculture-Sarah Blanton

Tech. Ed.-Nakayla Blowe

Art-Holly Blevins

6th gr. P.E.-Anthony Lucchiani

7th gr. P.E.-Cole Shingleton

8th gr. P.E.-Emma Ahrens

Foreign Language-Ashley McGuire

ESL-Elizabeth Arnulfo

The Gifted Education Information Series is a series of workshops developed and facilitated by the FCPS resource teachers for gifted education to be offered throughout the school year. These workshop sessions will provide parents, teachers, and interested persons an opportunity to attend informational sessions on various topics related to the programs and services available to students eligible for gifted services in Frederick County Public Schools. If you have questions, please contact Dr. Judi Greathouse at or 540.662.3888. Please click the link below for more information.

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Scouts and other designated youth groups.

Questions concerning the application of this non-discrimination policy may be made to: Title IX Coordinator (Adults), John Linaburg, Exec. Director of Human Resources; Title IX Coordinator (Students) and Section 504 Coordinator, Teresa Ritenour, Director of Student Support Services.

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