District News
Comet Conversation
Please check out this week's Comet Conversation with Superintendent Steve Sayers and don't forget to subscribe to The Official YouTube Channel of Amherst EVSD! This week, Superintendent Sayers discusses the beginning of a community engagement process to gather input on how to operate buildings more efficiently, exploring the feasibility of further consolidation due to declining enrollment.
 
AJH Nominated National Blue Ribbon School
Amherst Junior High School is one of only 14 schools across Ohio that has been nominated for National Blue Ribbon School recognition from the U.S. Department of Education.  The National Blue Ribbon Program has recognized only 7,000 "Great American Schools" since it began in 1982.  As a nominee, AJH will have the opportunity to apply for the award and share their best practices with other schools from coast to coast.  Congratulations to everyone at AJH!
 
Emergency Text Messaging - Next Steps
Several weeks ago we began collecting guardian cell phone numbers as the first step in the process to offer emergency SMS text messages. We are now ready to begin step 2, which is having guardians opt in to receive these messages.

1. If you have not already filled out the form to have your cell phone on file, please click “Read More…” for links to do so.
If the school did not have your cell phone number on file and added it, wait at least 24 hours before proceeding to the next step.

2. From your cell phone, text the word "JOIN" to the number 56360.

If our messaging system finds a match for your number in its database, you will receive a confirmation message thanking you for joining school alerts.

At anytime you can unsubscribe by texting Stop to 56360.


3. Create a contact on your phone for the district with the phone number 56360. Then, when you receive a text from this number you know will who is sending it.  

Fourth Annual Sharing Clothes Drive
We're kicking off the fourth annual Sharing Clothes clothing drive for the needy. In addition to clothes, we are looking for sports wear and sports gear. Some items will be taken down to El Salvador, and remaining items will go to 10 local organizations including the shelters for battered women, the homeless, and children. Items can be dropped off at any of the Amherst schools. The drive ends March 20th.  
School Board Approves All-Day Kindergarten
At Monday's Board Meeting, the Amherst School Board voted to move forward with implementing tuition-free, all-day, every day Kindergarten for the 2015-2016 school year. Amherst Schools are currently on track to be financially stable through at least the 2018-2019 school year. Recent cost-saving measures and the restructuring of staff in other areas will support the move to all-day Kindergarten. 
Amherst Police Honored at Board Meeting
The Amherst School Board honored the Amherst Police Department at Monday's Board Meeting for all of the help and support they provide to the Amherst Schools. As a community, we thank our police department for all that they do to ensure our safety and security!  
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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