Steele 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 and five students from Harris Elementary School share what they are thankful for this Thanksgiving!
State Assessment Information
On December 2 through December 4 students in block courses with Advanced Geometry, Advanced English 9, Honors English 9 will take the state required PARCC performance based assessments. Students will take these assessments in their class.

On December 15 and 16 students in the block course Advanced Geometry will be administered the state required PARCC end-af-year test. December 17 and 18 students in the block courses Advanced English 9, Honors English 9 will be administered the state required PARCC end-of-year test. The End of Course Exams replace the OGTs for the graduating class of 2018. In addition to course credits, students will earn points toward graduation on seven end-of-course exams. Courses which students (Class of 2018 and beyond) will take End of Course Exams are: Engiish I (Steele HS's English 9 courses), English II (Steele HS's English 10 courses), Algebra I, Geometry, Physical Science, American History (Steele HS's Social Studies II courses) and American Government. The Ohio Department of Education's website shares pertinent information. Guidance Counselors may also aid in the answering of questions.

Math Testing
Advanced Geometry
  • Mrs. Cogan Period 3-4
  • Mrs. Kremer Period 6-7
English Testing
Advanced English 9
  • Mrs. Brogan 1-2
  • Mrs. Farschman Period 3-4, Period 6-7
  • Mrs. Grissinger Period 6-7
Honors English 9
  • Miss Kocheff Period 3-4, Period 6-7
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. You don't have to have a senior to help - any parent is encouraged to help. 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 a parent is interested in helping, students can leave their parent's information in the comment box.

If interested in helping out in some form 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. 
Our next meeting will be on December 1st from 6-7pm in the library at Steele. Everyone is welcome to join.
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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