District News
Amherst Board of Education Passes Resolution

In response to a countywide survey, the Amherst Board of Education passed a resolution to return local control to our public schools. After many years of unfunded federal and state mandates, declining state revenue, and an increase in for-profit and charter schools, the Amherst Board of Education urges Ohio legislators to allow our community to review and discuss changes in education policy before they become mandates.

The survey showed that residents support local public schools and do not believe that state testing has helped improve student or teacher performance. Further, the research shows that residents do not support tax dollars intended for public schools being used for profit, online and other charter schools. Education is our community’s and our state’s future and it is imperative that policies reflect the input of educators and families. Click on the link to see the Board's resolution.  

Prevent Summer Slide
For parents who want to keep their children academically engaged over the summer, please consider Summer Solutions.  Summer Solutions provides 30 lessons in reading, math, grammar, writing, and/or study skills to help children retain important skills necessary for success.  If you choose to try Summer Solutions, please use your child's school code on the flyers below.  The Summer Solutions materials will be shipped FREE to each school building before the school year is over and will be sent home with students before the last day of school.
Powers Flyer      Harris Flyer      Nord Flyer      AJH Flyer
 
Medication Drop-Off
Community Reminder:  Please drop off your unwanted medications at the Amherst Police Department on North Lake Street.                                         
HopeLine Cell Phone Drive
Amherst Exempted Village School District will be hosting a used cellular phone drive from Monday, April 14th through Friday, April 25th. Please bring in any cellular phones and chargers that are no longer in use. The collected phones will be donated to Verizon Wireless's HopeLine program. HopeLine will wipe all user data and refurbish any phones that can be used again and will properly recycle any phones that cannot be used. The refurbished phones are provided to shelters and other organizations benefiting victims of domestic abuse. An example of a local beneficiary is the Genesis House in Elyria.

There will be a collection box for donated phones in the main office of each school, as well as, a poster advertising the donation drive and a small number of bilingual pamphlets explaining the HopeLine program. Additional information about the HopeLine program can be found at Verizon Wireless - HopeLine. If you have any questions about the phone drive, please feel free to contact Jon Heyd.
 
Camp Invention Discount
Camp Invention will be at Nord from June 16th - 20th!  Register at campinvention.org and save $15 by using the promo code SPRING by May 16th. Check out the new flyer! 
Calamity Day Make-up Plan
Amherst Schools will be making up four calamity days on April 21, June 2, June 3, and June 4. Ohio legislation exempts the senior class from make-up days that occur AFTER their graduation date. Commencement will occur as scheduled. Seniors must report on April 21. Please select the link for the revised 2013-2014 school calendar as approved by the Board of Education. Thank you for your flexibility!  
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. It's that easy! And remember, your donation is "A gift that gives forever"!
 
Exciting Changes at Steele for 2014-2015
Steele High School is implementing a new schedule for the 2014-2015 school year. The changes allow more flexibility for scheduling and more course offerings for students. Check out the exciting changes by watching the Steele News Live Scheduling Video on the Steele webpage! 
Substitute Bus Drivers
The Amherst Exempted Village School District is looking for qualified substitute bus drivers. Please visit our Transportation page or contact our Transportation Supervisor Cyndi Kramer for information and details.  
2014-2015 School Calendar
The Board approved the 2014-2015 school year calendar.  The calendar can be found under the Students & Parents tab on the Calendars page. 
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