District News
Free 2B Me Health Fair
The 2nd Annual Mental Health Screening for students and staff will take place May 14th and 15th during lunch periods in the North Gym at Steele High School.

For more information, please see this flyer. Students 17 years old and younger will need to return this parent permission form to your counselor by May 13. The permission forms are also located in the office at Steele and on posters around the school.

All students who participate in mental health screening will be entered in a gift card raffle sponsored by the Lorain County Board of Mental Health.
 
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! 
Summer Practice
For parents who are interested in summer practice for students in reading, math, etc., please check out the flyers below for each school. We encourage parents to have their children continue learning over the summer to prevent summer slide. If you are interested in some of the Summer Solutions products, please check out the flyers and visit their website.  Summer Solutions flyers for Powers Elementary, Harris Elementary, Nord Middle School, and Amherst Junior High. 
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. 
Staff Members of the Month
Congratulations to Leah Renner and Chuck Boesel for being the Amherst Staff Members of the Month! Leah is the art teacher at Harris Elementary School, and Chuck is the Head Custodian at Powers Elementary School. Leah and Chuck were nominated by their peers and we're so glad that they are a part of the Amherst family! Leah and Chuck will receive an appreciation gift card donated by the Freshwind Church in Amherst.
    
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 talks to Harris teacher Julie Hammond about Camp Invention this summer. Camp Invention is a STEM science camp for students entering grades 1-6 and will be held at Nord Middle School from June 15th-19th.  Check it out!
 
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 2 -5. Sandstone Apprentices are performing Seussical, Jr. and that is for students who have completed grades 6 -8. More information can be found at the Sandstone Summer Theatre website or you can email sandstonesummertheatre@gmail.com. 
Amherst Food Pantry
The Leo Club at Marion L. Steele High School is working with the Amherst Food Pantry to pilot a Weekend Backpack program that reaches out to our high school students who qualify for free or reduced breakfast and lunch. We collect food items of boxed cereals, non-cream based soups, canned meats, fruit bars, granola bars, pop tarts, microwave mac and cheese, peanut butter and jelly, canned fruit or vegetables, ravioli, spaghetti, and tuna.  If you are interested in this new program, please stop by the Steele Guidance Office each Friday to get your backpack. 
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.
 
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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