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Amherst Junior High
548 Milan Ave
Amherst, OH 44001
Phone: (440)988-0324
Hours: 7:30am-2:30pm

AJH News
Grafton Inmate Assembly
We would like to make you aware of an assembly we have scheduled for 8th grade students on Wednesday, November 5.  The Amherst Police Department has arranged for us to participate in an educational program with the Grafton Correctional Institute.  This includes a one-hour assembly where an inmate shares with the students about the possible repercussions their actions may have and encourages them to make good choices.  This assembly is an outreach program by the Grafton Jail to be proactive and motivate students in a positive way.  We had this assembly last year with the 8th graders and it was received very well.  Other surrounding school districts that have participated in this opportunity have been Firelands, Wellington, and Oberlin.   
If you prefer that your child do not attend this assembly, please call AJH at 988-0324 or email Mr. Coleman at ryan_coleman@amherstk12.org.  Please know that the Amherst Police Department will be at AJH during this program, as well as correctional officers from Grafton.    
 
Report Cards
All students will report to their home room class on Friday, October 31. Students will receive their 1st quarter report cards at this time. 
AJH Thanksgiving Food Drive
Please help those in need this holiday season by donating non-perishable food items for Second Harvest Food Bank. You can bring in your canned vegetables, peanut butter, canned meats, pasta, rice, etc November 10- November 13. AJH Food Drive 
October 2014 AJH Digital News
Please enjoy the first edition of the Amherst Junior High Digital News. October 2014 AJH Digital News. This is a school newspaper that is created by students for students, staff, parents and the community. If you would like to sign up for the digital news please email amanda_sears@amherstk12.org. You will receive a new edition each month in your email.  
Amherst Junior High Talent Show
It is that time of year again for The Annual AJH Talent Show. This is the time for students to shine outside of the academic classroom and show us what they have! Extra permission slips can be picked up in the office.
The Talent Show is not limited to just song and dance, but a chance to display that awesome talent of juggling, magic, stacking cups, a tumbling routine, comedy, solo on piano or even a jazz quartet.

Groups only need to turn in one audition form with all names listed. However, every child needs a signed permission slip, which they could attach to the group's audition slip. Try-outs will be held on Wednesday, November 19, from 2:35 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. and, if needed, Thursday, November 20, from 2:35 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Both try-outs will be held in the choir room.

If the student or group is accepted to perform, they must attend the dress rehearsal, which will be held on Monday, December 15, right after school.

Show Date: Friday, December 19. Any questions please contact Mrs. Volzer.
 
Boys' Basketball Information
Please see the AJH Athletics/Boys' Basketball webpage for information about upcoming open gyms and try outs. All boys trying out must have a current physical on file in the AJH office prior to trying out. Pay-to-participate fees are due the day after teams are announced. 
Nathan Gezzar Continues to be an Inspiration to All
Nathan has continued to defy the odds and warm our hearts with his inspirational story. Newsnet5 has completed a story on Nathan and the Amherst Junior High Cross Country Team. Please view this three minute video on such and amazing story on an amazing young man.  NewsNet5 Story  
Student Email Accounts

As a school district we are taking steps to enhance technology and learning in the classroom. As a result, the district has created an Amherst Google email account for all students in grades 7-12. These email accounts will allow students to safely communicate with their teachers, work collaboratively with other students, and share files without using a personal email account.

For many students, this may be their first personal email account. The good news is that these email accounts are monitored and owned by the Amherst City Schools. Therefore, unacceptable usage of the account may result in disciplinary action, loss of privileges, and access to district technology. It is our goal to help students learn to utilize email as a positive and productive tool in a school setting.

Parents: Please note that students will receive a letter with their email usernames and passwords. It is the same username and password they use with Pearson to check their grades on-line. (Activating your Amherst issued email account is optional.)

If you have any questions, please call or email Ryan Coleman or Rhonda Neuhoff. We are here to help.  

MLS Theatre Company Drama Camp
The Marion L. Steele High School Theatre Company is providing a drama camp for grades 2-8 on February 21, 2015.  This is a great opportunity for your students to learn both acting and the technical side of theatre! The students that attend the drama camp will have the opportunity to audition for the part of the munchkins in our Spring Show, The Wizard of Oz. Please complete the forms below if you are interested. Drama Camp Form Drama Camp Release Form. 
AJH Magazine Fundraiser
The students at AJH are participating in a school wide magazine fundraiser. The money that is earned with the fundraiser supports the ongoing efforts to keep our technology current and student accessible. We appreciate your support in our endeavor to obtain new technology. Please view the attached flier for additional information. AJH Magazine Fundraiser. 
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. It's that easy! And remember, your donation is "A gift that gives forever"!
 
Amherst Junior High Character Trait Representatives
September
The following students were chosen for the month of September for displaying the character trait, Respect. 

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