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    Our Mission Statement


    Avery Middle School has created and maintained a caring, positive, and challenging environment where students can be successful.

    Students can learn in their own unique manners and acquire the skills necessary to become inspired and self-directed learners,

    productive individuals, responsible citizens, resourceful thinkers, and effective communicators.



    Dress Code

    CAASPP Testing schedule 2019:

    CAASPP Test Schedule


    A request for band instruments

    Do you have an instrument or musical supplies that you no longer use at home? Our local schools music department is growing and is in need of additional support. 

    "The good news is there has been much more interest with instrumental music this year and all the instruments Mr. Allured has access to are out in the hands of students.  The bad news is that AMS is need of a trombone and reeds for our wind instruments."  Scott Nicotero, Principal

    From Dave Allured, Band Director for VUSD and BHHS-

    I have a list of requests for instruments at the elementary, middle, and even high school level.  I might have access to some loaners, but some may need repairs.  I've told the students that they might not get their first choice of instruments, but that I would try to get what I can.  I am currently OUT of instruments, with no options left!  Yay!  That means no more instruments in the VUSD, CCB, or BH inventory that are not committed to students.  Also, I have no more clarinet reeds.  I gave out my last one on the very first day!  So, I'll be going to the music store tomorrow on my way up the hill.


    Michaelson Elementary - 3 Flutes 


    Hazel Fischer Elementary - 2 clarinet mouthpieces (I will look also - may have one or two around), 1 trumpet ,  2 working flutes in exchange for two that may never work, and one trombone, or another trumpet.


    Avery Middle School - 1 trombone, reeds.


    Bret Harte - 1 trumpet


    Not everything has to be what I ask, but if we can find 9 instruments someplace, that would be really something.  We are underway already, so if you have something, I'm willing to drive to get it.  


    Thank you all so much, and take care,


    Dave or

    If you are able to help out with a donation, please contact Mr. Allured. Thank you.

    Data system and Parent Portal

    To our Avery Middle School families –

    Welcome to the 2018-2019 school year!  I trust you are ready and wanting to get the new school year off to the best start possible for your AMS student(s).   

    As such, many families have been calling with concerns accessing student academic info through a parent portal.  Most of you were familiar with our former data system, Infinite Campus, and the parent portal which allowed parent access to student grades, missing work, etc.  Over the summer, our school district made a move to a new data system called Aeries.  The process of converting to a new data system is arduous to say the least and not without a learning curve.  While our school district staff attempt to learn the new electronic gradebook system in Aeries, parents/guardians will not have access to a parent portal.  We have targeted a “go live” date of 10/1/18, just before parent/teacher conferences and trimester one progress reports.  At that time, we expect that parents will have access to the Aeries “parent portal” to view student grades, missing work, etc. just as we had available previously.  We very much apologize for this inconvenience as we know how important keeping up on our students’ academics can be. 

    During this time before the Aeries “parent portal” goes live, please feel free to phone or email our teaching staff as needs arrive for your student(s).  We have every intention of keeping up the high level of communication our families have come to expect and appreciate here at AMS.  Student success remains our highest priority! 

    If you have further questions or concerns, feel free to contact me at 209-795-8520.  Your patience, understanding, and consistent support is very much appreciated.


    Scott Nicotero, Principal


    Yearbooks can be purchased in the office for $25. No forms to fill out. Just submit a check made out to AMS Yearbook for $25 or bring exact change. Yearbooks are handed out at the end of the year during our "Day on the Green" event.

    Snow Day and Late Start Procedures

    Snow Day and Late Start Procedures



    • Manager of Maintenance, Operations and Transportation (MOT) will issue an “all call” via messenger system to parents and staff by 5:30 a.m.


    • Snow day procedures will be announced on and FM radio stations KKBN 93.5 and KVML 102.7 and STAR 92.7


    • Snow Stops – snow bus stops are in effect when the conditions prevent our buses from safely entering the subdivisions.  An “all call” will not be broadcast for snow stops.  If in doubt, plan to take your child(ren) to a snow stop. 


    • A snow stop in the morning means a snow stop in the afternoon.
    • There could be a regular stop in the morning and a snow stop in the afternoon if conditions change during the school day.
    • Route and snow stop schedules can be found on the website: under the Parent Resources tab.


    • Ski Trips – If it is raining, snowing and/or forecast for snow during the day, trips will be cancelled.  Ski trips may be rescheduled, if possible.


    VUSD Interdistrict and/or Allen Bill letter

    Camp Sea Lab

    Camp Sea Lab pictures are available on Mrs. Doyle's website.

    Annual Registration Notifications

    Please print out the Annual Registration Notifications form, parent and student sign, and return to the office.



    #1 Welcome Hawks

    #2 Bell Schedule

    #3 Site Map

    #4 Parent/Student Handbook (print and sign last page if you do not want your student to have their picture published

    #5 Internet Agreement

    #6 Yard Rules

    #7 Parent information regarding iPads (it hasn't changed since 2017-2018 school year)

    #8 Annual Health Update (print, fill out, and return to office

    #9 Academic Assistance Program

    #10 To go or not to go to school

    #11 Eligibility Matrix

    #12 Dress Code

    #13 Discipline Matrix (it hasn't changed since 2017-2018 school year)

    #14 PE Clothes

    #15 Bus Rules

    #16 Graduation letter (if your student is an 8th grader)

    #17 Emergency Card review (provided at Hawk Roundup)

    #18 Instructions to Aeries Portal log in (Available after 10/1)

    Winter Weather Reminders

    Winter Weather Reminders

    All families of Vallecito Union School District will be notified by automated telephone message of "late start" days or school cancellation due to snow or icy conditions. Please make certain the school office has your current phone number on file to assure you will receive these messages. Once a decision is made to cancel school, the decision will not be changed at any time during that day. 

    When ice and/or snow conditions exist, the bus stop for Forest Meadows will be on Highway 4. A "Highway Stop" (buses will not go into the subdivisions) in the morning means there will also be a highway stop in the afternoon. In the afternoon, please be aware that there will be a "Highway Stop" if roads become snowy/icy during the school day.

    Sometimes weather conditions east of Michelson School on the Highway 4 corridor dictate late start/school cancellation even though below Murphys may not be experiencing hazardous weather. This is in part because school bus transportation may be hampered as our bus is required to travel between VUSD campuses. You may check for school closure/late start information at

    Avery Info


    Scott Nicotero,


    Jenna Mayo,

    Office Hours 8:00 am - 4:00 pm

    Avery Middle School

    Grades 6, 7, and 8

    P.O. Box 329, 4545 Moran Rd

    Avery, CA. 95224

    209.795.8520 office  209.795.8539 Fax

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    VUSD Calendars

    Cafeteria Program "Titan"

    To add money to your student's lunch account or check balances, please click on the link below.

    1. Click on the PARENT / STUDENT PORTAL button. You should see the Aeries screen
    2.  Click the Create New Account link
    3. Select Parent as the account type and click Next
    4. Enter your email and password to set up the account. You will receive an email with a link to
    verify your email address is valid. Click on the link to validate your Aeries account
    5. After verifying your email, you will be returned to the login screen above. Enter your email and
    click next, enter your password and click Sign In
    6. To attach your student to your account, you will need the following information.

    Student Permanent ID Number: 
    Student Home Telephone Number:
    Verification Code: 

    8. Once you enter the information, click Next, your student is now attached to your account. You can see Attendance, Grades, etc.

    If you have any questions, feel free to contact:

    Theo Edwards at 

    Oleta Retemeyer at

    Office Hours

    Avery Middle School



    Quick Link & Aesop


    Avery Middle School map through Google Maps

    Informational forms

    2018-2019 Bell Schedule

    School Map


    New Student Registration (click on blue to download the form)

    New Enrolling Student Information

    Registration Form

    Home Language Survey

    Ethnicity Survey

    Residency Declaration Form (Plus the following three items)

      1) Parent ID or Driver's License

      2) Utility bill, government letter, voter registration (must have physical address on it)

      3) Lease or property tax statement or mortgage statement (must have physical address on it)

    School Records Request Form

    Immunization Record (7th or incoming 8th grade must have had a tDap booster)

    Copy of Birth Certificate

    Copy of latest report card

    Annual Health update form

    Bus Application

    Lunch Program Application

    Annual Registration Notifications

    Aeries Instructions (Available after 10/1)


    6th grade

    6th grade supply list

    Coast Camp information


    7th/8th grade

    PE uniform information/form