Steele News
Amherst's Comet College Campus
Amherst is participating in Ohio's College Credit Plus program with its very own Comet College Campus! Marion L. Steele High School students can earn college credit while earning high school credit for the same courses! Students can earn a few college credits to more than a year's worth while still in high school. If you or your high school student is interested in Comet College Campus, please contact your child's high school guidance counselor. You can also check out the College Credit Plus FAQ webpage for information about earning college credit in high school and Steele's 2015-2016 Program of Studies Guide for course options.
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. 
2015 Lorain County Solo and Ensemble Contest
Amherst Band students came home from the Lorain County Solo and Ensemble contest with many SUPERIOR ratings. In a total of 26 events, students earned 23 Superior ratings and 3 Excellent ratings Congratulations to all the students who participated and represented our school so well. We are very proud of these students and their accomplishments. Please share our great news with others and thank you for your continued support!

Superior Rating: (I)
Eric Johnson (3), Mackenzie Dolacki (2), Abbey Hershner (2), Karyn Bellush, Bridgette Wadge (2), Kayla Sekerak, Chad Johnson (2), Noah Kawaguchi (3), Selina Williams (2), Abdullah Nooh (2), Christina Nickum, Becca Hubach, Stephen Huynh, Jonathan Marcaly, Dalton Rich, Robert Holly, Carlie Johnson (2), Matt Reyes, Katie Harcula, Meghan Arnold, Sarah Loder-Nickeson, Chad Cecil (2), Richard Olin (3), Jared Hubach, Gretchen Lasso, Devin Price, Ryan Hannah, Brandon Baldwin, Drew Basske (Some received more than one SUPERIOR rating.)

Excellent Rating: (II)
Selena Lyeva, Selina Williams, Brandon Maxwell, Tim Defranco
Marion L. Steele High School State Testing Calendar
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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.
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
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.  

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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