Overview: The AMPS program primarily assists at-risk students who are not successful in their current educational setting and/or need an alternative learning environment. Students will receive their education in the core academic areas through a combination of direct and computer driven instruction. Additionally, students will receive individualized assistance, lifeskills instruction and a variety of advisory related activities. All students benefit from certified teachers, counselors and support staff while enrolled. The goal of this middle school program is to help students improve both their academics and their behavior, which often go hand-in-hand. Once a student’s goals have been met in their Individual Service Plan (ISP), they will be allowed to transition back into the regular school environment.
AMPS Staffing: AMPS staff is committed to providing quality instruction in an environment that promotes regular school attendance, accountability for one’s actions, and ownership of learning. The district will employ teachers and support staff who are committed to leading a success-driven alternative school.
The characteristics of high performing alternative schools include:
Low student-to-staff ratio
A safe and orderly learning environment
Effective, caring, and competent leadership
Highly trained and carefully selected staff
A vision and clearly defined objectives for the program that are shared by all staff and embedded in all facets of the instructional program
District wide support of the program
Positive working relations with all parts of the school system and with other collaborating agencies that provide critical services to youth
Realistic, relevant and meaningful connections between school and workplace
Intensive counseling, mentoring, and monitoring
Admission Process: Adrian Middle School administration will identify students who will benefit from the AMPS program. Once a student is identified, an intake meeting will be held between the AMPS staff, the student and parent/guardian and administration (principal or designee, counselor, or social worker). During this meeting, information will be shared about the student and their specific learning needs. Together, these teams will develop an ISP for the student which must contain the following information: Educational goals appropriate for the student.
Behavioral goals appropriate for the student.
Services required by the student and the student's immediate family to meet the educational goals and behavioral goals specified in the individual service plan.
Counseling: General counseling support services will be provided through Parkside Family Counseling LLC. Services will include group sessions and individual sessions when required by the student.
Discipline: In addition to following Adrian Middle School 7/8 Code of Conduct, the AMPS program will utilize a point system to maintain structure and order within the classroom setting. This discipline system will be progressive in nature. Each student will begin the school year with 1,000 points. Students will have the opportunity to gain points and/or lose points based on their attendance, behavior and work/study habits. The AMPS program point system will be explained in detail to students and parents at the initial intake meeting and they must sign a behavior contract prior to attending. In addition to a good academic standing, in order for a student to transition back to the regular school environment, they must maintain at least 1,500 points on a consistent basis.
As an additional incentive, the following privileges will be awarded to students when they reach certain levels:
1,000 points - early release Friday (see document attached at bottom of page)
1,500 - music privileges during on-line courses and during classwork with teacher's permission
2,000 - music privileges plus drinks other than water during on-line courses and during classwork with teacher's permission
2,500 - a. music, drink and food privileges during on-line courses and during classwork with teacher's permission, and the use of a table and a comfy chair throughout the day instead of a desk
Loss of Points: If a student earns a significant point deduction, parents/guardians will receive a phone call to explain the situation and a point decrease notification form will be sent home requiring a parent/guardian signature. Additionally, if a student falls to 300 points or below, AMPS staff will require a parent meeting and the student will be put on an individual behavior contract until they are back in good standing. Students under 300 points will also be required to serve a lunch detention daily until they are back in good standing. (see AMPS Lunch Detention Rules at the bottom of this page)
Progress Reports: In order to facilitate clear communication on each student's progress, weekly reports will be sent home which will note the student's grades, points level and any specific areas of concern or improvement. If for some reason we are unable to send progress reports home, AMPS staff will communicate that in written form. Parents/guardians should expect this every Wednesday without fail. Students who return these progress reports the next day with a parent/guardian signature will earn 50 points.
Classroom Organization: Each student will be given a crate to use in the classroom to store their textbooks, notebooks, papers, pencils, and other schools supplies so they are readily available throughout the school day. Each student will also be assigned a locker which will be located directly outside the classroom. Students will keep their coats, bags, lunches, cell phones and other personal items in their lockers. They will only be allowed to go to their locker before school, during lunch, and after school; not in-between classes. Students will remain in the AMPS classrooms throughout the day. The AMPS program has its own bathrooms and a water cooler in the classroom as well.
7:35 - 8:25 Encore: Success Maker computer-aided instruction / Art
8:29 - 9:19 Math
9:23 - 10:13 Social Studies
10:17 - 11:07 Physical Education
11:07 - 11:37 Lunch
11:41 - 12:36 English / Language Arts
12:40 - 1:30 Science via Plato on-line computer courseware
CONTACT INFORMATION: AMPS Program Adrian Middle School 7/8 Building 615 Springbrook Ave. Adrian, MI 49221 517-263-0543
Jodi Ford: AMPS Program Director, Language Arts, Science and Lifeskills email@example.com Alicia Fowler: Social Worker firstname.lastname@example.org Aaron Benard: Graduation Coach email@example.com Mike Brink: Encore / Art firstname.lastname@example.org Tracy Pickle: Math email@example.com Joseph Francis: Social Studies firstname.lastname@example.org Justin Krall: Physical Education email@example.com