Daily Announcements

  • July 21, 2024

    School Mission:  The mission of the Athena Middle School community is to assure that all students experience success as they develop appropriate social skills and strive toward academic excellence.  At ATMS, we incorporate Leader in Me to nurture student leadership, foster a culture of academic success, and help students learn and apply communication, collaboration, critical thinking, creativity, and social-emotional skills.

    • Habit 1: Be Proactive You are in charge of YOU!

    • Habit 2: Begin with the End in Mind - Have a plan!

    • Habit 3: Put First Things First Work First, Then Play!

    • Habit 4: Think Win-Win Everyone can Win!

    • Habit 5: Seek First to Understand, Then to be Understood Listen before you talk!

    • Habit 6: Synergize Together is Better!

    • Habit 7: Sharpen the Saw Balance feels best!

    ATMS Important Phone Numbers: 

    • ATMS Main Office: 966-8854 or 966-8874

    • ATMS Attendance Office: 966-8880

    • Nurse: 966-4005

    • Security Desk: 966-4218

    Upcoming Dates: 

    • August 28 6th Grade Orientation (9:00-11:00 AM)

    • September 2 Labor Day

    • September 4 First Day of School Prek-12

    • September 5-27 iReady Benchmark Window Grades 6-8 (Reading and Math)

    • September 10 Grade Level Town Meetings: 8:30-9:30 (6), 9:30-10:00 (7), 2:15-2:45 (8)

    • September 16 - October 18 SEL Panorama Screener Grades 6-8

    • September 26 and 27 School Picture Days (with SS class)

    • October 4 Progress Report - 5 Weeks

    • October 10 Athena Campus Open House 6:00-7:30 PM

    • October 11 No School Prek-12 (Supt. Conf. Day)

    • October 14 Columbus/Indigenous People Day (No School Prek-12)

    • October 25 Fall Fun Night 6:00-8:00 PM

    • October 28 Parent-Teacher Conferences (3:30-7:00 PM)

    • October 29 Staff Meeting 3:00-3:50 PM

    • October 29 Picture Day Make-Ups (during grade level lunches)

    • October 30 Parent-Teacher Conferences (3:30-5:00 PM)

    • October 31 Parent-Teacher Conference Day (½ Day k-8) Conferences 12:00-3:00 PM


    6th grade orientation is August 28th from 9:00-11:00 AM here at ATMS.  Students will need to be dropped off in the back parking lot at 9:00 AM.  Pick-up is at 11:00 AM. Here is the agenda:

    • Welcome and Introductions

    • Locker Assignments/Student Schedules

    • Building Operations and Procedures

    • Light Lunch/Snacks Provided


    2024-2025 Letter Day Calendar: This letter day rotation will determine the child's schedule for that calendar day.  We are on a 10 day rotation (A-J). Click here.  

    Bell Schedule: Click here.


    Fall Athletic Information (Grades 7 and 8):  Click here.

    • PLEASE do not wait until the last minute. The recertification portal opens July 26th. Nurses do not work full time in the summer and have limited summer hours for recertifications. If the sport starts Monday 8/26 I would aim to have your child's recertification submitted to the nurse by 8/19.

    • If the nurse has a medical question that needs clarification this process can sometimes take up to 48 hours. Many doctors' offices require 72 hours to send paperwork.

    • Make sure to check your email (and spam) for the confirmation email that the recert. is completed or corrections are needed.

    • For all sports starting in August, your child will need to have a physical date no EARLIER than 8/1/2023.  


    Chromebooks: Incoming grade 6 students will receive new CBs in August/September. 


    Supply List: Click here for 24-25 supply list.


    Food Pantry (by appointment only) - Please email food.pantry@greececsd.org or call 585-966-2288 for an appointment. Emergency food delivery available upon request.


    Parent Helpline - Please call 966-2911 or email parent.helpline@greececsd.org with any 

    questions you may have regarding emergency food, summer supports, or Community Schools. Please allow up to two business days for a response. 


    Neighborhood Navigation Center - Please call 966-2211 or email nav.center@greececsd.org if you need assistance connecting with local resources and supports including employment, childcare, education, housing, medical/mental health, and more.

    ARC Core Program (ELA): We are proud to have ARC Core from American Reading Company as the core curriculum for English-language arts.

    What is ARC Core?

    ARC Core is an award-winning high-quality curriculum that supports student reading development with

    engaging texts, authentic research, and foundational skills instruction. It is a high-quality instructional material

    (HQIM) built on the Science of Reading and recognized as one of 8 curricula that builds knowledge according

    to the Knowledge Matters Campaign. The curriculum immerses students in a large literacy-rich ecosystem

    and provides educators with an intervention structure that has been proven to support the long-term reading

    success of students.

    What will our students and teachers experience with ARC Core?

    Organized around four topic-based units, students will learn about science, social studies, and literature

    through daily reading of books, conversation with peers, research, and writing. Teachers will use whole-group,

    small-group, and individualized instruction to offer opportunities for students to gain and practice reading,

    writing, speaking, and listening skills. Through extensive reading, skill-building, writing, research, and analysis,

    students will learn new information, develop vocabulary, and build expertise. We encourage you to watch this video to learn more.


    Honor Roll: (We do not round up)

    • 95-100 Higher High Honor Roll with Distinction

    • 90-94 High Honor Roll

    • 85-89 Honor Roll


    After School Late Bus: Bus arrives around 3:30 PM and leaves promptly at 3:45PM.  Only students that stayed after for an after school activity are allowed to ride the late bus.  Students receive a pass from their teacher/coach to ride the bus.  Students that stay after for non-school related activities are not allowed to ride the bus.  ATMS security and drivers will be checking passes.


    Order Athena apparel at AO Design - click MEMBERS at the top and you will see the Greece Athena Schools option. All supplied locally from Athletic Outlet in Brighton. As always, we truly appreciate your support.

    Making Open Communication a Priority: This linked Who to Call with Questions, Concerns and Compliments reference guide is a step-by-step guide families can use to ensure questions are answered quickly and effectively. Please refer to it whenever you need to speak to someone about your child’s progress. We are asking that you log into your child’s Infinite Campus account and review the phone numbers and email addresses listed. Follow these instructions to access your account and make the necessary changes as soon as possible. 


    PTSA Membership:  Follow us on Facebook http://www.facebook.com/GreeceAthenaPTSA

    Shop our online store https://greeceathena.memberhub.store/


    IC Backpack:  Attached is a resource on how to access the IC Backpack.  


    Parent Portal: Parent Portal Application (if you do not have an account already) please email gabrielle.magnanti@greececsd.org or susan.lodato@greececsd.org for assistance.  View your child’s schedule, grades, attendance, and more.  Please go to this site for support. 


    ATMS Clubs/Extracurricular Activities:

    Greece Athena's History Club: Explore the Roc! We will focus on learning about and traveling to local sites/ locations with historical and/ or educational connections. Past places include; we have explored have included the Susan B Anthony House, the George Eastman Museum, the Monroe County Courthouse, Mt. Hope Cemetery, the Charlotte Lighthouse, The Rochester Museum and Science Center, and more! We usually meet about twice a month. One meeting will be to learn about and plan for an upcoming trip, and the other meeting will be the trip. Announcements are made to let members know of meeting dates and times, so pay close attention as the dates vary depending on the schedule of our trips. We provide transportation to and from Athena, but we ask that families pick up students from Athena directly after our trips. Our goal has always been to run this club at no cost to students, so there will be a fundraiser or two to help fund our trips.   Please see Dan Novellin in Rm. 328 if you are interested or have any questions or email: Alan. Novellin@greececsd.org.

    Greece Athena's Yearbook Club:  Students meet once a month to help with the yearbook by picking the cover, creating pages, taking pictures and hanging up posters.  See Mrs. Leyendecker Rm. 328 with any questions. Please email Nancy.Leyendecker@greececsd.org

    Greece Athena's Spanish Club: Mrs. Diehl's Spanish Club will meet once per month in Room 334 until 3:30 to make cultural crafts, cook, and to complete fun and authentic activities.  There is a sign up sheet and students may choose to attend whichever events interest them.  Check with Mrs. Diehl for upcoming dates.  Email Mrs. Diehl at Lori.Diehl @greececsd.org.

    Ski and Snowboarding Club: All students at Greece Athena Middle School are encouraged to join our Ski & Snowboard Club.  The ski club travels to Swain Ski Resort on six weeknights during the months of January and February.  No experience?  No equipment?  No problem!  All transportation, lift tickets, equipment rentals, and lessons are included in the club's price.  This is an amazing opportunity to get outside, be active, meet new friends, and begin a lifetime hobby.  For more information, please contact Mr. Moore in room 339, 966-8904, Gabriel.Moore@greececsd.org. 

    Maker’s Club: Are you in 6th grade? Do you enjoy using your imagination to create new things?  Do you love to build things with your hands?  This club will enjoy using various fun materials to create unique crafts throughout the school year! Please see or email: Janene.Swanson@greececsd.org

    Cooking Club: The goal of the cooking club is to empower students to create food items themselves and express individual styles. Cooking Club gives individuals the opportunity to create community through food. Please see Christine.Epping-Plaisted@greececsd.org

    Crochet Club:  Learn to crochet household or clothing items! Crochet Club provides students a lifelong skill and hobby. Crochet Club is a place where students can relax and have a creative outlet after school. Please see Christine.Epping-Plaisted@greececsd.org

    Rainbow Alliance: Do you personally identify as LGBTQ+? Do you want to show support to your LGBTQ+ friends and be an ALLY? Would you like to help make our school a safer, more understanding place? If you answered “yes” to ANY of these questions, then the Rainbow Alliance needs YOU. For more information, please join our Google Classroom page with code qpvyxqh. See Mrs. Richardson in room 321 or email Vicki.Richardson@greececsd.org.

    Positive Vibes: This club is designed to help students reduce stress and develop healthy coping strategies.  If you are interested please see Sherrie Welch or email Sherrie.Welch@greececsd.org

    Game Club: Students will have the opportunity to meet with their peers and play games such as checkers and chess, Sorry , Apples to Apples and more !  See Maureen Hyde if you are interested.  Maureen.Hyde@greececsd.org 

    Italian Club: The Italian Club’s purpose is to share Italian culture and cuisine, language and heritage while fostering a sense of community with students.  Please see Tamara Bugliosi-Gagliardi or email Tamara.Bugliosi@greececsd.org

    Student Government: Athena Middle School's Student Government is made up of students from all three grade levels at Athena.  This group represents students' interests in the building by organizing school spirit events and activities, organizing community service projects, and identifying ways to make our school community better. 7th and 8th grade Student Government representatives are selected at the beginning of the year through an application process, and 6th grade students are given the opportunity to apply in October. Once selected, we meet on Thursday mornings to plan our events and activities. Please see Mike McGrain in room 329 or email mike.mcgrain@greececsd.org.