District News
Community Input Needed
To all community members and district residents: The Amherst Schools is in the process of examining our facilities and enrollment trends. Before we create a long term strategy for addressing these challenges, we want to hear from the community. Please take this short online survey and share your thoughts!  Amherst Online Community Survey 
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!
 
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.
 
Open Enrollment for 2015-2016
Amherst Schools are currently accepting open enrollment applications for the 2015-2016 school year. The Open Enrollment Application Form can be picked up and dropped off at the Amherst Board of Education Office at 185 Forest Street between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. If you have any questions, please contact Patti Killen at 988-4406. 
Amherst Summer Swim Club
The Amherst Summer Swim Club provides a positive atmosphere where swimmers of all ages can attain their goals through the guidance of our experienced coaching staff. Together with our families, we encourage team spirit, sportsmanship and personal empowerment. We teach proper stroke technique in an environment where kids are encouraged, engaged, and inspired. If you are interested in learning more, please visit the Amherst Summer Swim Club website and register online. Our team is a member of the North Coast Swim League and participate in swim meets with communities like North Ridgeville, Rocky River, Bay Village, Westlake, Avon Lake and North Olmsted. We practice on weekday mornings at the Maude Neiding pool and our meets are generally on Tuesday or Thursday evenings. If you have any questions, please visit our website.  
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. 
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!
 
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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