Steele News
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 56360Then, when you receive a text from this number you know will who is sending it.  

Comet Corner's Valentine Balloon Sale
Comet Corner is selling balloons for Valentine’s Day! Balloons cost $1 each or a 5-balloon bouquet is $5. Come to Comet Corner from 11-2 on Thursday January 29, or Thursday, February 5, to place your order. Order forms are available at Mrs. Stack’s desk or in Comet Corner. Payment is due at the time of order. Balloons will need to be picked up in Comet Corner on Thursday, February 12, at the end of the school day. Either the purchaser or the recipient of the balloons can pick up the balloons.  
Marion L. Steele Students Art Chosen For Scholastic Art Show
The following Marion L. Steele High School students have had their artwork chosen for display at the Scholastic Art Show through February 22. Their art will be on display at the Beth K. Stocker Art Gallery in The Stocker Arts Center at LCCC. The gallery is open during work hours and Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 5-7pm.

Cole Roberts
Ashley Hamrick
Hannah McDonald
Miranda Mlincek
Taylor Moore
Jay Netzel
Nathan Nunez
Aleiyah Santiago-Delgado
Gabrielle Sherrill
Sarah Lacey
Zoe Papay
Alexandrea Vargo
Madison Reynolds
Makayla Trentadue
Chloee Griffith
Marion L. Steele NCT Students Earn Trip To State Competition
The Marion L. Steele High School Network Communication Technology (NCT) program has ten (10) students attending State Business Professionals of America competitions in the areas of Parliamentary Procedures, Networking using Microsoft, Human Resource Management, and Presentation Management Individual. The contests are March 12 and 13th.

Paige Failing
Alec Dziak
Jacob Majoras
Wyatt Peterson
Isabeu Rockymore-Bateman
Blake Pavlich
Megan Romancak
Michael Sandor
Jordan Soloman
Olivida Kendrick
Marion L. Steele High School State Testing Calendar
Please click "Read More..." for the full schedule 
Ryan Rua's Jersey Retired
On Friday night, January 16th, 2015 at the halftime of the boy's basketball game with Olmsted Falls at Marion L. Steele High School, we had the opportunity to honor one of our own - Ryan Rua.  On behalf of the city of Amherst, Steve Sayers (Superintendent), Matt Rositano (Head Baseball Coach), Al McConihe (Former Head Baseball Coach), Brian McGee (Lake Erie College Baseball Coach), and the entire Amherst Steele Baseball family, we are extremely excited, proud, and honored to retire Ryan's #2 jersey.  Ryan is the first Amherst athlete to play a professional sport and the first Amherst Steele High School athlete to have his number retired.  Ryan was presented with the jersey he wore while playing here at Amherst, and with a banner, that will be displayed at the Amherst baseball field.  To read more about Ryan's story from Steele to the majors, click on "Read More..."!  
Social Media Information
Please click "Read More..." for an informational statement from Principal May regarding social media 
Emergency Alerts via Text Message
In an effort to keep everyone informed as quickly as possible during a potential emergency situation, we are in the process of introducing SMS (text) messaging for emergency alerts. Parents, please click "Read More" to learn more and to update your cell phone number. 
School Board Approves All-Day Kindergarten
At Monday's Board Meeting, the Amherst School Board voted to move forward with implementing tuition-free, all-day, every day Kindergarten for the 2015-2016 school year. Amherst Schools are currently on track to be financially stable through at least the 2018-2019 school year. Recent cost-saving measures and the restructuring of staff in other areas will support the move to all-day Kindergarten. 
Amherst Police Honored at Board Meeting
The Amherst School Board honored the Amherst Police Department at Monday's Board Meeting for all of the help and support they provide to the Amherst Schools. As a community, we thank our police department for all that they do to ensure our safety and security!  
After Prom Help Needed
The After Prom committee needs help in the following areas: Donations, fundraising, decorating, phone calls, creative ideas, chaperones, preparing food, and gift wrapping. If you would like to help in any of the above ways or you would like to donate an item to be used as a gift or provide financial support, please contact Pamela at 216-990-2538. All are welcome to help, you do not have to be a senior student to help out.

Our next meeting is on Thursday, January 29th at 6:00 PM in the Steele library. The meeting should last about an hour.
Steele Student/Staff Member of the Month
Help us recognize our outstanding students and staff members at Amherst Steele High School by nominating someone for the Student/Faculty of the Month award. Nominations can be made by students, staff members, or parents using the form linked below. The form also includes all of the instructions for submitting a nomination, as well as the nomination criteria and process for determining the monthly winner. Recipients of the Student/Faculty of the Month award will receive a $5 gift card from Amherst Steele principal Mike May.

Nomination Form (PDF format)
Random Drug Testing Policy
The Amherst Board of Education adopted a Random Drug Testing Policy at the regular June Board meeting earlier this week. The policy will be implemented beginning with the upcoming fall sports season. The district plans to pick up the cost of the random drug tests. Please see the links below for more information.

Random Drug Testing Policy

Facts Regarding Drug Testing Policy

Frequently Asked Questions About The Drug Testing Policy
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!! 
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