District News
Staff Members of the Month
Congratulations to Erica Kaufmann and Rose Betchker for being the Amherst Staff Members of the Month!  Erica is an Intervention Specialist at Nord Middle School and Rose is the Media Aide at Harris Elementary School.  Erica and Rose were nominated by their peers and we're so glad that they are a part of the Amherst family!  Erica and Rose will receive an appreciation gift card donated by the Freshwind Church in Amherst.

Ryan Rua's Jersey Retired
On Friday night, January 16th, 2015 at the halftime of the boy's basketball game with Olmsted Falls at Marion L. Steele High School, we had the opportunity to honor one of our own - Ryan Rua.  On behalf of the city of Amherst, Steve Sayers (Superintendent), Matt Rositano (Head Baseball Coach), Al McConihe (Former Head Baseball Coach), Brian McGee (Lake Erie College Baseball Coach), and the entire Amherst Steele Baseball family, we are extremely excited, proud, and honored to retire Ryan's #2 jersey.  Ryan is the first Amherst athlete to play a professional sport and the first Amherst Steele High School athlete to have his number retired.  Ryan was presented with the jersey he wore while playing here at Amherst, and with a banner, that will be displayed at the Amherst baseball field.  To read more about Ryan's story from Steele to the majors, click on "Read More..."!  
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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