District News
Techie Camp
With support from the Nordson Corporation, TECH CORPS, will implement its Free Techie Camp program with 200 students throughout Lorain County, Youngstown, and New Castle, PA during the summer of 2015.  Techie Camp is a week-long, full-day technology experience designed for elementary and middle school students.  The goal of Techie Camp is to engage students in activities that can stimulate a deeper interest in technology.  The Techie Camp Application Packet needs to be submitted by Friday, May 1st.  If you have any questions, please call 614-583-9211. 
Summer Practice
For parents who are interested in summer practice for students in reading, math, etc., please check out the flyers below for each school. We encourage parents to have their children continue learning over the summer to prevent summer slide. If you are interested in some of the Summer Solutions products, please check out the flyers and visit their website.  Summer Solutions flyers for Powers Elementary, Harris Elementary, Nord Middle School, and Amherst Junior High. 
60th Annual Comet Relays
The 60th Annual Comet Relays will be held on April 25th from 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. in memory of Richard S. Cooley. All of the special event, activity, and giveaway details can be found on the 60th Annual Comet Relays Flyer. Comet Relays Shirts for sale at the meet or order online (with delivery) at Parmer Sportswear. 
Amherst Food Pantry
The Leo Club at Marion L. Steele High School is working with the Amherst Food Pantry to collect food items of boxed cereals, non-cream based soups, canned meats, fruit bars, granola bars, pop tarts, microwave mac and cheese, peanut butter and jelly, canned fruit or vegetables, ravioli, spaghetti, and tuna.  If you are interested, please stop by the Steele Guidance Office by Friday to get your backpack. 
Amherst Historical Society
Years ago, when Central School closed, the Amherst Historical Society was able to receive the two plaster relief murals that were hanging in the large study hall - Spirit of '76' and The Landing of the Mayflower. The murals have been tucked away in a barn on the Society's property. Last summer the murals were removed from storage and a plan was devised to showcase the murals within an Amherst School display. Mr. Terry Traster of the Historical Society drew sketches of the display. The two murals, the original school bell from the Union School, an aluminum replica of the bell, and pictures and descriptions of Amherst's one-room school houses will all be incorporated into the wonderful new display on the grounds of The Sandstone Village on Milan Avenue.

If so desired, the Amherst Historical Society would truly appreciate any donation to help cover the costs associated with this project. Individuals, alumni groups, or graduating classes are more than welcome to donate. Those helping to defray the costs will have their class years posted on the display. Please make your check out to "Amherst Historical Society" and on the donation line write "Amherst Schools Project". Mail your donation to the Amherst Historical Society at 113 South Lake Street, Amherst, Ohio 44001. If you have any questions, please email Charlie Marty, President of the Amherst Historical Society, at charliemarty1@gmail.com. Thank you!
Camp Invention - Early Discount
Camp Invention is returning to Amherst this summer for the third consecutive year! Camp Invention will run from June 15th - 19th for students entering 1st-6th grade. Please check out this Camp Invention Early Bird flyer for more information!
Amherst Color Run
Steele PTO is hosting a fundraising Color Run on Saturday, May 2nd. The Color Run will begin at Marion L. Steele Highs School and participants will complete in a 5K walking or running course. Throughout the course there will be color splash zones where participants will be showered with color...be prepared to get wet! For more information or if you would like to participate, please download the Color Run registration and permission form. Return completed registration form and race fees to Steele. attention Steele PTO. Volunteers are also needed to man water and color stations and to assist with registration. Contact Norma Jackson at 440-289-8152 or nejack05@yahoo.com if you have any questions or would like to help. 
Keeping Our Children Safe
The Lorain County Board of Mental Health is hosting a forum on Thursday, May 14th, at Lorain County Community College entitled Keeping Our Children Safe. Mark Braden, who lost a son at Sandy Hook, will speak about youth who die prematurely and the promise of interventions that keep children safe. The forum is free to all parents and caregivers but is for adults only due to the content of the presentation. To register, view this flyer and please email Vinaida Reyna at vreyna@lcmhb.org or call 440-233-2020. 
Gallery of Success Nominations
The Marion L. Steele High School Student Council is now accepting nominations for the 2015 MLS Gallery of Success. The Gallery of Success recognizes selected Amherst alumni whose exceptional achievements have added to the esteemed reputation of the Amherst Exempted Village School District.

The only requirement for nomination and induction into the Gallery of Success is to have been a graduate of the Amherst School District. Appointments will be made based solely on merit. Names, along with the information listed in the application, should be submitted to the Student Council selection committee.

Applications must be received by Friday, May 15th. No late applications will be accepted. You may download and print the application in PDF format here.  If you have any questions, please contact Mr. Russ Marty, student council advisor, at 440-988-1346 or via email at russ_marty@amherstk12.org.
PowerSchool Parent Account
If you would like to create a PowerSchool Parent account to access your child's grades and information, please use the attached PowerSchool Parent Account document and the PowerSchool Parent iPad document. You may also find these downloadable documents on our website under Parent Resources or Forms and More. (If you are new to the district or are a Kindergarten parent, you will be receiving a letter with this information specifically for you and your children within the next few days.) 
E-mail Update
The Amherst Schools will be sending two or three updates a month via e-mail to parents beginning in mid-September. Updates will highlight student achievements, innovative classrooms, district operations, and plans. Videos may be included as well. If you are interested in receiving these updates, simply email our EMIS Secretary, Patti Killen, and include your name, names of your children, and your e-mail address. Thank you and Go Comets!! 
Amherst Schools Foundation
Since 1986, the Amherst Schools Educational Foundation has awarded more than $366,000 in teacher grants and almost $200,000 in student scholarships within the Amherst community. To make a contribution to the Amherst Schools Educational Foundation, simply go to the Community Foundation of Greater Lorain County's "Make A Gift Now" webpage and type "Amherst" in the Keyword section of the donation tool bar. Select the Amherst Schools Endowment Fund or the Amherst Schools Fine Arts Endowment Fund to make a donation. Remember, your donation is a gift that gives forever.
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