District News
2015-2016 Supply List Online Orders
Amherst is participating with SchoolKidz, a Staples company, to provide parents with the option of purchasing the back-to-school supply lists online. Why fight long lines to find every single item on your child's supply list?  Let Staples do the shopping for you! Below are the cover letters and order forms for each building (and don't forget the Preschool is at Nord!). The supply kits will be delivered to your child's school before the first day of school! 

Powers Elementary School Cover Letter and Order Form
Harris Elementary School Cover Letter and Order Form
Nord Middle School Cover Letter and Order Form
End of School Year Schedule
Grades K-8 will have a two hour early dismissal on the last day of school on Tuesday, June 2nd.  The last day for PM Kindergarten will be on Monday, June 1st.  Grades 9-12 will follow the exam schedule as developed by Marion L. Steele High School for Monday, June 1st and Tuesday, June 2nd.  The high school will have a one hour early dismissal on Wednesday, May 20th and Wednesday, May 27th. 
Amherst Summer Recreation
It's that time of year again and Amherst Summer Recreation is back! There are ton of fun activities like arts and crafts, games, and exciting field trips including the Akron Zoo, Great Lakes Science Center, Kalahari, and Amherst Cinema! Registration is FREE to all Amherst students who have completed Kindergarten through the age of 12! You only pay for the crafts and field trips in which your child participates. The Summer Recreation Staff will be available for FREE registration at the back door of Harris Elementary on Friday, June 12th from 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. and 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.  Please check out the Summer Recreation flyer for more information! 
FREE Online Summer Math Program
We're delighted to inform our parents about a FREE program offered by TenMarks, and Amazon company, that will provide your child with access to a powerful, personalized summer math program designed to help them revers summer learning loss.  Please review the TenMarks Summer Math Program flyer and, if interested, register for the program at the TenMarks website! 
VOTE for Amherst!
The Community Foundation of Lorain County is celebrating their 35th anniversary by holding a contest to give away $35,000 to three nonprofit organizations and three school districts with endowed funds held at the Community Foundation.  Amherst Schools has entered the contest and we ask for your vote!  Simply visit the Community Foundation's Facebook Album for school district entires and "LIKE" the Amherst photo!  Each "LIKE" equals one vote.  Please share this with neighbors, family, and friends and help Amherst Schools win the top prize of $10,000!!
First Annual Comet A's Awards
On Sunday, May 17th, the Comet Athletic Boosters, in conjunction with the Steele High School Athletic Department, held the 1st Annual Comet A's Awards Night. This night is our version of the ESPYs.  The ESPYs is a sports awards show put on by ESPN each year to recognize the "Best of the Best" in the world of sports. Athletes were nominated by the head coaches in the Athletic Department and the ballots were sent to over 500 student athletes to determine the winners in categories such as "Varsity Male Athlete of the Year" and "Individual Performance of the Year".  Click on Read More... to view all of the categories and winners! 
Steele Wins Scholastic Games Radio Quiz Championship
Amherst Marion L. Steele High School has defeated Olmsted Falls High School to win the 25th annual county academic championship of the weekly radio quiz program, the High School Scholastic Games of Lorain County (on WEOL, AM 930). It was the second straight year academic teams from the two schools faced off in the show's final program. Last year it ended with a fourth consecutive championship win for a seemingly unbeatable team from Olmsted Falls High School. This year it was Amherst's turn for the sweet taste of victory.

Pictured left to right: The Amherst academic team of Jared Hubach, Chad Johnson, and Matthew Cecil.

NEW PayForIt App
PayForIt has a new mobile app that is available for all IOS (Apple) and Android devices.  The PayForIt Mobile App provides the ability to make payments to replenish lunch accounts and view purchase history.  The PayForIt Mobile App is a free download in both app stores! 
Amherst Summer Fun Run
There will be a 5K Fun Run on Sunday, June 7th starting at 9:00 a.m. at Amherst Steele High School. Proceeds will benefit the Amherst Special Olympics & Wellness Committee. Please see this PDF for more information and registration. 
Camp Invention
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!
Sandstone Summer Theatre
Sandstone Summer Theatre is holding registration for their children's summer theatre camps. Registration will be held on Saturday, May 9th from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and Thursday, May 21st from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the Marion L. Steele High School lobby and Thursday, June 4th from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. in the Marion L. Steele High School cafetorium. Children must be present at registration. Sunshine Company is performing Blue Suede Paws and that is for students who have completed grades two through five. Sandstone Apprentices are performing Seussical, Jr. and that is for students who have completed grades six through eight. More information can be found at the Sandstone Summer Theatre website or you can email sandstonesummertheatre@gmail.com. 
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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