Steele News
Important Social Media Information for Parents-Guardians
To the community of Marion L. Steele High School:

Please be aware of a social media app called StreetChat that is increasing in popularity with students around the nation. StreetChat bills itself as a live, geographically specific photo board for high schools and colleges. Users are able to anonymously post and comment on pictures of any type of material, both appropriate and inappropriate.

Students at local high schools have been observed using this app for bullying and other derogatory purposes. It is our hope that by communicating to parents and guardians we can make you aware of the concerns StreetChat raises for our school and community.

We have a positive collaboration with the Amherst Police Department. We firmly address bullying when presented with proven information within our school and investigate all allegations we receive. In addition, we share information regarding bullying that occurs outside of school hours with the Amherst PD. With your assistance, we will continue our diligence in addressing questionable content originating from StreetChat or any other social media outlet. Please monitor your student(s)' social media use outside of school hours, and we will continue to do our part during school.

Things you should know about StreetChat:

  • Users can post ANY pictures anonymously
  • Content is NOT moderated by the app's administrators
  • Users can anonymously comment on posts made by other users

Below are links to additional information regarding StreetChat:
Psychology Today - Teaching kids "Cyber Civics"
Business Insider - StreetChat makes teens ask "What the heck is wrong with us?"
Tucson News - Teachers and parents join StreetChat to fight bullying
Raleigh NC News - Law enforcement warns about dangers of StreetChat
Tennessee - Man used StreetChat to threaten the life of a child
Virginia - Police warning parents about StreetChat
 
Winter Formal Dance Pictures
Students that attended the Winter Formal may use the below link to search for and download their pictures. 

View/download pictures
 
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.

Download form here (PDF format)
 
Comet Corner Holiday Hours
Stop in for all of your holiday shopping needs at the Comet Corner where there are great stocking stuffers and teacher gifts! The Comet Corner is located at Steele High School. Check out Comet Corner's December Hours! 
After Prom
The After Prom planning committee is looking for parents interested in helping with organizing After Prom. There are many tasks to make the event successful (e.g. fundraising, decorating, phone calls, creative ideas, etc.) so assistance will be greatly appreciated. There is an After Prom comment box on Mrs. Stack's desk in the lobby that students can leave ideas and suggestions of places to hold After Prom, activities to offer, and prizes to win. If you are interested in helping or providing financial support, please contact Ms. Pamela (substitute teacher and mother) either by depositing your name and information in the After Prom box or call (216) 990-2538.  
Senior Parents
We are looking for senior parents to help with Prom to Dawn this year. If you are interested, please contact Stacey Murry 440-984-9697. 
Student and Staff Member of the Month
Nominations are now being accepted for Amherst Steele Students and Staff Members of the Month. Students and staff should be nominated for promoting school spirit, serving the community, creating a positive school climate, and going above and beyond to help others. Student of the Month nominees should be in good academic standing. Nomination forms are can be found online or in the Steele office and are due on the fifteenth of each month. They can be turned in to the Student of the Month box in the office. Winners will be announced on Steele News Live each month and will receive a $5 gift certificate to Hot Dog Heaven or Olde Town Pizza, which can be picked up from Mr. May or Mrs. Provoznik. 
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!! 
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. Your donation is a gift that gives forever.
 
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