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Why I teach:

Every person is able to learn. Developing opportunities for someone to learn and grow is my favorite part of teaching. I love watching students grow both academically and behaviorally. Recognizing where a student is and where they want to be is the first step. After that the gaps need to be filled in one at a time. Students need to know that we have faith in them and we believe in them. They need to know that you are going to do what you said you would do. They need to know that you are unconditional. 

 Weekly What Nots:

November 13 - 17

Thought of the week: Will it matter in ten years? This is a question I ask myself all the time when I am looking at behaviors of students in my classroom. Often the behaviors that students engage in seem harmless, silly or possibly even cute when they first start. This is especially true of behaviors that start when the child is young. However, one of the things that I try to be very intentional about is looking at how a behavior or skill will impact a child 10 years from now. A 12 year old touching someone’s stomach may not be a huge deal in our classroom but it may become a huge deal when it is a 22 year old in the work place or at Publix. It is very important that we look at behaviors and skills not just in the moment but in the context of how it could impact a student’s future independence, social functioning and even safety in some cases. When you are trying to decide if something “matters” try looking at it from the perspective of “will it matter in 10 years?” Will this impede his/her ability to be a member of the community as an adult, if this behavior continues? If you have any questions, thoughts or concerns please feel free to contact me.

 What’s the Buzz:

New Team Member: Please join me in welcoming our new team member, Christy Remierez. She will begin in our classroom on Monday, November 13. I am very excited to have Mrs. Remierez join Mr. Williams and I in the classroom.

Thanksgiving Holiday: Please remember that we are out of school November 20 – 24 for the Thanksgiving Break. I hope that everyone has a safe and happy holiday.

Blood Drive: Aaron Cohn Middle School and the American Red Cross are hosting an upcoming blood drive.

Please join our lifesaving mission and schedule an appointment today!

Drive Details:
Site: Aaron Cohn Middle School
Address: 7352 Garrett Road, Midland, GA, 31820
Room Name: Multi Purpose Room
Date: Fri Dec 15, 2017
Time: 02:00 PM - 07:00 PM
Coordinator Name: Karissa Branch
Coordinator Phone Number: 7065693801
Click here to make an appointmentLinks to an external site.

Spirit Night: Enjoy some good food, support our PTO and someone else will do the dishes for you! Come on out to Moe’s in Midland on Tuesday, November 14 5:00 – 8:00 for Spirit Night.

 Help Wanted:

  • Shareable snacks
  • Bucket filler items

 Dates to Remember:

Monday, November 13: Christy Remierez joins our team

Tuesday, November 14: Spirit Night at Moe’s in Midland 5:00 – 8:00 PM

Monday, November 20 – Friday, November 24: Thanksgiving Break

Friday, December 15: Blood Drive


November 6 - 10

Thought of the week: It is easy to look at the students in our classroom and make note of the things that are challenging for them. There are plenty of things that do not come easily. However, recently I have been reminded of the number of things that our students are able to do now that were challenges in the past. Students in our classroom are trying foods they would not have touched a year ago. Others are participating in activities they refused to participate in at one point. Our whole group activities are becoming more and more engaging. We are successfully making our snacks once a week and adjusting to unexpected changes. I am sharing these successes because I sometimes need to remind myself of the amazing growth that our students are making. Too often I find myself looking at where I want to go with our students and I need to step back and remind myself of the steps we have made. Our students have worked so hard and I love getting to be a part of it. Thank you for allowing me to join you and your families on this amazing journey.


What’s the Buzz:

Veteran’s Day Observed: We will have no school on Friday, November 10 in observation of Veteran’s Day.

CCRPI: Today the Georgia Department of Education (GADOE) published the College and Career Ready Performance Index (CCRPI) scores for each school in Georgia.  These scores represent the GADOE's overall grade of each school for the previous year.  Just as with most assessments, schools are graded on a 0-100 scale and can gain some bonus points.  Our overall score is an 86 which continues to keep us the number one middle school in Muscogee County.  Furthermore, you would have to drive north to Fayette County or south to Albany to find a middle school that outranks us.  We are very blessed to have outstanding students and teachers that work together to produce the success we have earned and displayed.  Please send a kind word to a teacher today and thank them for making us the best middle school over a large span of Georgia earth!  For more information on CCRPI you can go to 

Blood Drive: Aaron Cohn Middle School and the American Red Cross are hosting an upcoming blood drive.

Please join our lifesaving mission and schedule an appointment today!

Drive Details:
Site: Aaron Cohn Middle School
Address: 7352 Garrett Road, Midland, GA, 31820
Room Name: Multi Purpose Room
Date: Fri Dec 15, 2017
Time: 02:00 PM - 07:00 PM
Coordinator Name: Karissa Branch
Coordinator Phone Number: 7065693801
Click here to make an appointment

 Activities attached: Please check out the attached pictures showing our monster hands we made (and ate) last week, our pumpkin dissection, and our making of ants on a log (celery, peanut butter and raisins) today. The kids really enjoyed all these activities.

 Bucket Items: As you know the students in this class earn signatures for doing “their job”. At the end of each day, the students have the opportunity to go to different buckets and “buy” things with the signatures they have earned. It would be wonderful if these buckets were filled with items that the kids picked out. If you are willing/able to donate any items that you know your child will work for, it would be a huge help. Thanks so much.

 Help Wanted:

  • Shareable Snacks
  • Bucket items


Dates to Remember:

Friday, November 10, 2017 – NO School in observation of Veteran’s Day


August 28 - September 1

Thought of the week: Playing a game with a child seems like a small and possibly even silly thing to do. However, when you play a game with a child such as Uno, Go Fish, checkers, etc., there are multiple skills that are being worked on at the same time. The environment is going to be a language rich environment due to the fact that people tend to talk while they play games. Students are working on turn taking, remaining in their own space, following the rules of a game, staying focused on the game, and being a good winners and good losers all in a natural environment. These are skills that students need to learn in order to be more active participants in society. For these reasons we regularly play a game in our classroom and I encourage you to regularly play games at home with your child. Please let me know if you have any questions or would like to talk more about ways to use play and games to help your child gain and sharpen skills.

What’s the Buzz:

Labor Day: Due to the Labor Day holiday there is no school on Monday, September 4. Please enjoy the 3 day weekend!

Prevocational Skills: We are continuing to add prevocational skills activities to our day. The students are working on sweeping their areas with a broom on a regular basis. It would be very helpful for students to do this at home as well.

Progress Reports: Please be watching for student progress reports to come home on Wednesday, September 6.

Volleyball: Volleyball will have their first meet on Friday, September 8 @ 5:00 PM. Please join us at Fort Middle School for this meet.

Help Wanted:

*single/twin bed sheets for bed making pracitce

 Dates to Remember:

Monday, September 4 – Labor Day NO SCHOOL!

Wednesday, September 6 – Progress Reports

Friday, September 8 – Volleyball @ Fort @ 5:00 PM

August 21 - 25

Thought of the week: I have always said that my ultimate goal as an educator is to teach kids to be as independent as possible. I joke that if I do my job well, I will work myself out of a job. While I say this semi-jokingly, in all seriousness I do want my kids (both the ones at home and the ones at school) to not need me someday. This goal means that I often find myself teaching students how to do things they need to know but do not necessarily want to know. As adults we all need to know how to clean up after ourselves and take care of our space. Often these are things we do for our children out love and convenience. We are working hard to integrate these skills into our school. It would be very beneficial for the students if these skills were also being integrated into their home life. The most effective way to do this is to have chores that your child is expected to complete on a regular basis. They do not have to be major chores. Things as simple as wiping off the table after dinner and helping to fold laundry are functional skills that all adults need to know. Let’s work together to prepare our kids to be adults so we can work ourselves out of a job.

 What’s the Buzz:            

Prevocational Skills: We have started doing prevocational skills every day during 5th period (1:50 – 2:50 ish). At this time the students are doing the following activities on a schedule basis:

  • Helping in the clinic by wiping off counters, folding blankets, wiping off beds and making ice packs
  • Cleaning, dusting, and sweeping in our classroom and the sensory room
  • General clean up, dusting, vacuuming and general assistance in the Media Center
  • Collecting and taking out the recycling on the 6th grade hall

 Activities that I am working towards are making beds, sorting mail and helping with laundry in PE. I will keep you posted of any other activities that I am able to arrange for our students to work on. Please let me know if you have any questions about these activities.

 Hygiene: We are now brushing our teeth every day after lunch. I have provided the students with toothbrushes and a travel size tooth paste. This is a skill that is important to have and practice regularly.

 Survey: In preparation for our upcoming AdvancED accreditation review this fall, the Muscogee County School District is seeking input from parents, students, teachers, and staff. A short survey (less than 5 minutes) is available for parents to take at .  

House System: ACMS is using a house system this year. (Think Harry Potter, but cooler.) Each of the students have been sorted into a house. Each of our students is in a house with one of the adults from our classroom. The students can earn points for their house by behaving appropriately. Please be on the look-out for more information related to the house system such as t-shirts and other events.

 Help Wanted:

  • twin bed sheets (if you have an extra set so we can learn to make a bed)

 Dates to Remember:

No dates to announce at this time.

August 14 - 18

Thought of the week: This is a time of year when we often see anxiety and stress related behaviors from students.  Stress and anxiety can present themselves in various ways, as we all probably already know. Often the behaviors that are presented are undesirable behaviors and there for we immediately look to extinguish the behaviors. However, often the attempts to extinguish the behaviors result increased negative behaviors because the student is frustrated. It has been my experience that finding an acceptable replacement behavior while teaching strategies for addressing the frustration works better in the long run. For example, if your child’s anxiety is expressed by ripping up materials, giving the child a box of papers that he/she is allowed to rip up while teaching other strategies to address the anxiety will give the child the chance to release the frustration while still eliminating the inappropriate behavior. Often finding the right replacement behavior is the hardest part. Brainstorming together will help us find the right replacement behavior for your child. If you are seeing behaviors from your child that you know are related to stress and anxiety (especially centered around the start of school and the changes involved with that) please feel free to contact me so we can begin brainstorming ideas.

 What’s the Buzz:

Eclipse Monday: Please be sure to check your child’s notebook today for information related to Eclipse Monday. I anticipate that this event will create some anxiety in many of our students. However, I will do my best to keep our schedule as normal as possible and help our students understand the experience.

 Fall Picture Day: We will be having pictures taken Wednesday, August 23.

 Help Wanted:

We are not currently in need of any supplies.

Dates to Remember:

Monday, August 21 – Eclipse Monday

Wednesday, August 23 – Picture Day


August 7- 11

Thought of the week: I am so excited for this year and to have all of our kids back again. I hope that you all had a great summer and are just as excited as I am for the new school year. We are going to do lots of cool stuff and work really hard but it’ll be an awesome year!

 What’s the Buzz:

The First School Dance of the Year!

“The Sock Hop”

Come in your socks, no shoes allowed!

The crazier socks the better!

Date: August 11, 2017

Time: 7:00 – 9:00 

Place – The ACMS Cafeteria

Cost is $7.00

 All Pro Dad:  Please join other dads and their students for 30 minutes of fellowship at Chick Fil A Midland beginning at 7:30 AM.

 Dates to remember:

Friday, August 11, 2017 – All Pro Dad @ 7:30 AM Midland Chick Fil A

Friday, August 11, 2017 – Sock Hop @ 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM

 Please let me know if there is anything that I can do for you or your child. This is going to be a great year!


Good afternoon!

I am writing to introduce our Physical Education teacher to all of you. Karissa Branch is awesome and has been with Aaron Cohn since we opened. This year it worked out that she is able to be the PE coach for our class. I am so excited to work with her and have her working with our kids. Coach Branch is starting with a dance unit. The students will learn common dances that they may encounter at a school dance, wedding or party they attend. The instruction in dance covers many skills our kids are working on including but not limited to:

 * Coordination

* Left versus right

* Following instructions

* Mimicking actions

* Spatial awareness

 It’s going to be a great year!





 My Extracurricular activities:

Drama Club  

Cross Country


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