District News
Amherst's Comet College Campus
Amherst is participating in Ohio's College Credit Plus program with its very own Comet College Campus! Marion L. Steele High School students can earn college credit while earning high school credit for the same courses! Students can earn a few college credits to more than a year's worth while still in high school. If you or your high school student is interested in Comet College Campus, please contact your child's high school guidance counselor. You can also check out the College Credit Plus FAQ webpage for information about earning college credit in high school and Steele's 2015-2016 Program of Studies Guide for course options.
 
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!
 
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. 
Preschool Peer Model Applications for 2015-16
ABC Preschool is seeking four year-old peer models for the 2015-16 school year.  The ABC Preschool is an integrated preschool program that provides services for children with special needs ages three through five alongside typically developing peers.  For more information and to see if your child might qualify to be a peer model in our program, please check out our Preschool Peer Model Application.  For additional questions, please contact Sarah Walker, Director of Special Education at 440-988-1990. 
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.
 
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.  

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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