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

AJH News
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 pays tribute to the Amherst students who make each of our Comet Conversation videos possible - the Steele News Live TV Production class.  Superintendent Sayers sits down with senior anchor Mallory Golski and program instructor Mark Lowrie.
 
AJH Softbal Parent Meeting
On Wednesday,  March 4, 2015,  there will be a parent meeting at 6:00 p.m. in the AJH Library. 
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. 
AJH Boys Basketball
The AJH Boys Basketball home game against North Olmsted M.S. has been rescheduled to Wednesday,  Feb. 25, 2015 at 4:30. 
AJH Softball Tryouts
AJH softball tryouts are this week!  All girls intending on trying out must have a current physical on file in the AJH office, and pay to participate fees are due the day after the team is announced. The 8th grade girls will tryout on Monday from 6:30-8:30 p.m. and on Tuesday from 2:40-4:30 p.m. The 7th grade girls will then tryout on Wednesday from 7:15-8:45 p.m. and Thursday from 2:40-4:00 p.m. Once the team is announced, the first team practice will be Friday from 4:30-6:15 p.m. 
February 2015 AJH Digital News
Please enjoy the latest edition of the AJH Digital News. The students have done another wonderful job of highlighting the top stories from our school.  2015 February AJH Digital News  
Parent PARCC Letter
Amherst Junior High will begin PARCC testing the week of February 23. This is a slight change to the original beginning dates of February 18 & 19. We are confident that the students are ready to do their best! Please see the attached letter for more information and testing dates.
Parent PARCC Letter
 
ACT Practice Test
Any student interested in the ACT Practice Testing that is sponsored by the Educational Service Center of Lorain County should see Ms. Wohlever in room 136 to pick up registration materials. This year's practice test is Saturday, March 14, from 8:30 A.M. until 12:00 P.M. at the ESC in Elyria. There is a fee of $30 (payable to the ESCLC) for this activity. Checks and registration forms must be returned to Ms. Wohlever, Mr. Novotny, or Mrs. Obbey by Friday, February 27, in order for the ESC to have enough time to order testing materials for the March 14 session. Parents, if you would like more information, please encourage your child to bring home the registration materials, as they contain more details, including the benefits of taking the practice test at this age level.  
Free Training: Understanding Addiction
Dr. Brad Lander, Clinical Director of the Addiction Medicine Department at The Ohio State University, is presenting at a free training called "Understanding Addiction: Squirrel Logic".  The talk will look at current patterns and trends of alcohol and drug abuse among adolescents, the long term consequences, prevention, and treatment.  The presentation is on Wednesday, February 25th from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. at Greater Victory Christian Ministries.  Please see the Understanding Addiction flier for more details. 
AJH Nominated National Blue Ribbon School
Amherst Junior High School is one of only 14 schools across Ohio that has been nominated for National Blue Ribbon School recognition from the U.S. Department of Education.  The National Blue Ribbon Program has recognized only 7,000 "Great American Schools" since it began in 1982.  As a nominee, AJH will have the opportunity to apply for the award and share their best practices with other schools from coast to coast.  Congratulations to everyone at AJH!
 
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 here for the link 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.  

Shop Amazon and Support the PTO
Now you can support the AJH PTO simply by shopping as you always have on Amazon.com. When you use Amazon Smile when you shop online, Amazon will automatically donate a portion of the price of your eligible purchases to the AJH PTO. Simply start each shopping session at the URL http://smile.amazon.com. On your first visit you will need to log in to your account and then select “Amherst Junior High PTO” as your charity of choice. Continue to shop as you would on the regular Amazon site but now you can get the same items, same prices AND warm fuzzies for having helped your school! Thank you, and happy shopping!!  
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"!
 
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