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The First AHS Matrix Podcast: Around Town The Matrix Podcast Graphic

The AHS Podcasting class is proud to publish its first episode: Around Town. This episode features an interview with Athletic Director John Rodgers about ACSD's concentration on the importance of character development for student athletes. Visit the school website for weekly podcast episodes! Special thanks to OU's SCRIPPS College of Communication for collaborating with us! 

Important Information about Athens City Schools and the November 6th Election ACSD Bond Vote Information Graphic

One of the biggest threats to our district’s financial stability is the condition of our schools.

  • On the November 6th election, voters will see an issue to provide funding to build or renovate our schools.
  • The plan calls for new school buildings at: East Elementary, Morrison-Gordon Elementary and Athens High School. The ballot issue also includes renovations to Athens Middle School and a renovation/addition at The Plains Elementary.
  • All of the district’s buildings have serious mechanical and structural issues that must be addressed. In some instances, buildings require extensive repairs or need to be completely replaced.


There is no zero-cost option.

  • If we are not able to find a way to address the district’s facilities soon there will be a day-to-day impact on students’ education because we will have to begin to divert funds from our daily operating budget to maintain our buildings.
  • Our custodial and maintenance crews do an excellent job but they simply cannot outwork the antiquated and serious infrastructure issues facing our schools.
Opting In for District Text Messages: Messages Being Sent Out Friday 10/5/18 text message icon

The district has used the SchoolMessenger notification service to send important information to families through phone calls and emails for a while now (i.e. messages regarding school closings or delays due to weather, emergency situations, etc.). We now also have the ability to send text messages through this same program.

Keep in Touch with Athens City School District: Mobile App & Social Media ACSD Mobile App Icon

For those students and families that are new to our district or have not yet taken advantage of these resources, we want to make sure you are keeping in touch with what is happening in the Athens City School district through the various means we have available.  All of the information below is attached in a PDF file as well.


ACSD Mobile App

  • Our district's mobile app is available for download to your mobile device (for free) in iTunes or the Google Play store!  
  • Once you have downloaded the app, you can click on the Settings option to turn on push notifications, which will enable you to automatically receive push notifications sent from the district on your mobile device.  You can also sign up for push notifications from the individual buildings you select.
  • Type "Athens City School District" in the search field or go to athenscsd.org in your browser and the app will appear in a banner across the top of the browser window to download.
College Credit Plus Meeting December 11, 6 pm, AHS Auditorium College Credit Plus Logo

Are you interested in earning college credit next academic year while still enrolled in high school? If so, Athens High School will be hosting a College Credit Plus meeting for parents and students on Tuesday, December 11 at 6:00 pm in the Athens High School Auditorium.


Representatives from Hocking College, Ohio University and Rio Grande will be present to explain the admission process to their respective schools and AHS school counselors will identify how credits can be applied to student graduation and progress through high school.   Please mark your calendars!

Publication in State Journal by ACSD Speech Language Pathologist Kellie Pauley eHearsay Journal Spring 2018 cover

Kellie Pauley, one of our Speech Language Pathologists, had an article that she and Janice Wright co-authored featured in the recent online journal (eHearsay). The title is The Impact of Trauma and How it Effects Language Development in Children and Adolescents and it begins on page 51 of the journal.  eHearsay is a peer reviewed journal published by OSHLA (Ohio Speech Hearing Language Hearing Association). OSHLA also submits articles to ASHA (American Speech Hearing Association) the national association for speech language pathologists and audiologists. OSHLA submits the peer reviewed article for approval to be used as a CEU course by ASHA and OSHLA. This article was approved and now can be used as a CEU course. 


Please click here to access the eHearsay journal online.

School "Yard" Sale - Former Chauncey Elementary Building 9/29/18 and 10/6/18, 9 am - 2 pm School Yard Sale

At last week's Board Meeting, the ACSD Board of Education approved a measure directing me to sell of unused/excess furnishings and materials that have been stored at the Chauncey Building for several years.  Items for sale include:

  • ​Student desks/chairs  $5 each
  • File cabinets  $10/each
  • Metal teacher desks $20/each
  • Drafting desks $35/each
  • Wooden teacher desks $50/each
  • Other random items, shelves, etc. $10/each
  • Wall maps/etc. $20/each
NEW Infinite Campus Apps - Campus Parent & Campus Student Campus Parent App Logo

We are excited to inform you Infinite Campus has two new and improved mobile apps: Campus Student (for students) and Campus Parent (for parents). Download your free app for real-time access to grades, assignments, attendance, schedules, announcements and more.

​Downloading & Using the New Apps

  • Download the new apps from the Apple App Store or Google Play Store.
  • If you are using the old Infinite Campus app, please download the new app.  The old app will no longer be supported. 
  • You will use the same username and password as you used with the portal.
ACSD Informational Meetings about the Bond Levy ACSD Bond Vote Q&A Graphic

The Athens City School District Board of Education Members will be participating in several informational meetings regarding the Bond Levy that is on the November 6th ballot at the following dates/times/locations:


  • October 3rd @ 5:30 p.m. for The Plains ES PTO Mtg. @ The Plains ES
    • Kim Goldsberry & Paul Grippa
  • October 6th @ 10:00 a.m. @ The Athens Public Library
    • Paul Grippa & Rusty Rittenhouse
  • October 6th @ 10:00 a.m. @ The Chauncey Public Library
    • Kim Goldsberry & Roger Brown
  • October 11th @ 6:30 p.m. for the Athens High School Academic Boosters @ AHS
    • Sean Parsons & Kim Goldsberry
  • October 13th @ 9:30 a.m. @ The Plains Public Library
    • Kim Goldsberry & Sean Parsons
  • October 15th @ 6:00 p.m. for the East ES PTO Mtg.@ East ES
    • Kim Goldsberry & Paul Grippa
  • October 22th @ 6:00 p.m. for the Morrison-Gordon ES PTO Mtg. @ Morrison-Gordon ES
    • Sean Parsons & Rusty Rittenhouse
  • October 23rd @ 6:00 p.m. for the West ES PTO Mtg. @ West ES
    • Kim Goldsberry & Sean Parsons
2018 Homecoming Events 2018 Homecoming Court
  • Athens Bulldogs Athletics in partnership with Athens Athletic Boosters and @varsityaclub would like to invite you all to the annual homecoming parade. This is open to all group and teams. 
  • The Crowning Ceremony for Homecoming Court is at 7 pm today.  
  • The Football Game between Athens and Vinton County starts at 7:30 pm today. 
  • The AHS Homecoming Dance is from 8pm-11pm on Saturday night (9/22).  All AHS students are welcome to attend.  Tickets are $5 and can be purchased at the door.  
  • View the 2018 AHS Spirit Week flier for more information
Pep Assembly Schedule for Friday

Pep Assembly Schedule for Friday

Yearbooks are in!

2018 Yearbooks In

AHS Picture Day is September 11 camera

Tuesday, September 11th is picture day.  This year, we are proud to announce our new partnership with Trisha Smathers and TS Photos!  Trisha is a local business owner and AHS graduate.  She has been supporting the Athens High School yearbook and athletic programs for years.

ACSD Bias & Discrimination Workgroup Focus Groups - Meeting September 12, 2018, 6:30 pm (RSVP to Attend)

Earlier this summer a small group of employees and community partners started the process of  discussing issues related to bias and discrimination in our school district and broader community.  As a first step, an initial survey was emailed out in June.  Survey respondents were asked to provide contact information if they wanted to be included in face-to-face conversations about bias and discrimination at a later time.  Those who included contact information on the survey have been invited to a focus group meeting on September 12th at 6:30 p.m. at Athens High School.

Significant Changes to Select ACSD Bus Routes for the 18-19 School Year School Bus Image

We have had to make some significant changes to bus routes that will effect pick up times, drop off times and bus routes for many of our students.  We have attempted to contact families on these routes, but must have incorrect phone numbers for some as we have not been able to reach all families affected by this change.

ONLY IF YOU LIVE IN THE FOLLOWING AREAS AND HAVE NOT ALREADY BEEN CONTACTED by the Transportation office, please contact us at 740-797-4128 or email servin@athenscsd.org to find out changes for your child(ren). 

ACSD Board of Education Meeting Location Change - ACS Early Learning Center (Former Chauncey Elementary)

Please be reminded that the Athens City School District Board of Education will meet in Regular Session on Thursday, August 23rd at 6:30 pm.  

Due to a conflict at Athens High School with the Hall of Fame Induction Banquet and Ceremony, the location of the meeting is being changed to the ACSD Early Learning Center (former Chauncey Elementary, 91 Birge Dr., Chauncey, OH 45719).  The meeting room will be the old cafeteria just inside the main entrance.

AHS Senior Jade Pettey Accepted Onto YouthMOVE Ohio Council Angela Lariviere, YouthMove Ohio State Support Coordinator, welcomes Jade Pettey onto the council. 

Jade Pettey, a senior at Athens High School, was accepted onto the 15-member YouthMOVE Ohio council.  YouthMOVE Ohio is a state chapter of YouthMOVE National.  YouthMOVE is a national youth led organization devoted to improving services and systems that support positive growth and development by uniting the voices of individuals who have lived experience in various systems including mental health, juvenile justice, education, foster care, homelessness, alcohol or drugs, developmental disabilities and co-occurring disorders. Although the state council consists of older youth, local chapters of YouthMove may include youth ranging in age from 11-26. Jade is currently working on gathering support to start a local chapter. 

Athens High School Athletic Hall of Fame

Amy Sloan Brandenstein '93, Steve Jones '70, Kurt Roberts '06, Joe Sparhawk '97

AHS Auditorium - Thursday, August 23, 2018 at 7:00 pm

AHS Senior Olivia Bean Attends Semper Fi Leadership Academy Photo of O. Bean and Ms. Hinkle

Olivia Bean, rising senior at Athens High School, attended the Semper Fi Battles Won Academy in Washington D.C. this July, where she participated in a variety of physical, mental, and team-building exercises designed to strengthen leadership skills through the spirit of the Marine Corps. About 100 students, selected from 6,000 applicants nationwide, participated along with an adult mentor from their school or community. Olivia represented a region comprising most of Ohio, West Virginia, and Virginia. She chose West Elementary sixth-grade teacher Jennifer Hinkle as her mentor.


Opening Dates for Infinite Campus Portal Access

Portal access for Infinite Campus Parent & Student portal accounts will be re-opening over the next week.

  • AHS: Friday, August 10, 2018, 3:30 pm
  • AMS: Thursday, August 16, 6:00 pm
  • Elementary: Friday, August 17, 3:30 pm
Chromebook One to One Program

Athens High School will issue Chromebooks to students this year!

AHS New Student Orientation August 16, 10 am

AHS New Student Orientation will take place on Thursday, August 16, 2018 at 10:00 am at Athens High School.

ACSD Update on Bias/Discrimination Review & Survey Request

You may be aware that the District has been taking several steps to better understand issues in our district around bias and discrimination and to identify specific action steps we can take to improve the culture and climate within our schools and our community.  As one initial step in this process, I've worked with volunteers at the Ohio University College of Health Sciences and Professions Social Work Program to create a "needs assessment" in the form of a survey.  I am writing to you today to ask that you take a few moments to follow this link: SURVEY LINK, and provide to us some information about your perspectives related to bias in our schools.  Please know that individual responses will be kept private and that only aggregated data will be reported externally.  The survey will remain open until Monday, July 9th at Noon.

AHS Graduated Senior Martin Benencia Receives Southeast Ohio District Athletic Board Scholarship 2017 SEODAB Banquet Attendees

AHS graduated senior Martin Benencia was selected for a Southeast Ohio District Athletic Board scholarship.


See more detailed information below taken from the Southeast Ohio District Athletic Board website.

Bread/Bakery and Milk/Dairy Product Bids for the 2018-2019 School Year Milk and Bread photo

The Athens City Board of Education is accepting bids for Bread/Bakery and Milk/Dairy products for the 2018-2019 school year.  Bid specifications may be obtained from the Treasurer’s Office at 25 South Plains Road, The Plains, OH 45780.  Deadline for bids will be 12:00 noon on Tuesday, June 26, 2018 at which time bids will be opened.  Athens City Board of Education reserves the right to reject any and all bids and the submitting of any bid shall impose no liability or obligation upon said Board. 



Meeting to form Academic Boosters/Parent Teacher Organization for AHS

There will be an organizational meeting to form an Academic Boosters/Parent Teacher Organization for the school on Wednesday June 20th at 6:00 pm in the High School library. As we face changes in facilities and curriculum, the primary intention of the organization is to provide parents and guardians a recognized voice in the district. Though fund raising and traditional booster activities are options, it is hoped this group will have a diverse active role boosting our students academically.  

AHS Rising 9th-12th Grade Students Interested in Cross Country Cross Country Runners

Rising 9th - 12th Grade AHS Students and Their Parents/Guardians:  If you are planning on running Cross Country in the fall or are interested in joining for the first time please click on the link below to add your name and email to the weekly email list. 

Coach Moody (amoody@athenscsd.org) and will send out information via the weekly email.  He looks forward to another great season! Thank you.


Special Board Meeting June 11 at 8:00 am (Board Office - 25 S. Plains Road, The Plains) Meeting graphic

A Special Board Meeting will be on Monday, June 11th at 8 a.m. at the Board Office for the purpose of considering the purchase of property and other business that may come before the Board.

Campus Portal Accounts: Important End-of-Year Information: Access to 17-18 Data Ends June 30, 2018 Infinite Campus Portal Logo

ACCESS TO ALL 2017-2018 DATA on the Infinite Campus parent/student portal ENDS JUNE 30, 2018.

You will only have access to 17-18 data for your child(ren) until JUNE 30, 2018.  Your account remains open all year, but you will not see data for this year after June 30.

Please download, save and/or print any data/reports you want from your portal account prior to this date.

CANCELLED - Special Board Meeting (Board Office - 25 S. Plains Road, The Plains) Cancelled graphic

The Athens City School District Special Board Meeting for Wednesday, May 30th at 8 a.m. at the Board Office, 25 S. Plains Road, The Plains has been CANCELLED. 

AHS Senior Cierra Ellis Signs to Wrestle at Adrian College AHS Senior Cierra Ellis Signs to Wrestle at Adrian College

Congratulations to AHS senior wrestler Cierra Ellis signed her letter of intent to wrestle at Adrian College in Adrian, Michigan on May 23, 2018. 

Athens High School Athletic Boosters hold their annual Athletic Awards Banquet  Outstanding Senior Athletes of the Year

Athens High School Athletic Boosters hosted their annual award ceremony at Elks Lodge in Athens on Sunday May 20, 2018, where they celebrated the success of the class of 2018.


As part of the event, keynote speaker Emily Deering from Ohio University’s cross country and track team shared an impactful and insightful  speech.


As Athens Athletic Boosters President April Stewart read off the names of all the senior athletes in attendance, they walked across the stage to get their senior athlete recognition award and pose for a picture with Athens High School principal David Hanning and Athens’ Athletic Director John Rogers.


The following awards were handed out:

Updates to College Credit Plus: Changes Implemented Summer 2018 College Credit Plus Logo

The Ohio Department of Education will be implementing changes to the College Credit Plus program beginning Summer 2018. 


Please click here to view the course eligibility rule change information with these updates.

It is important to note that students just starting the program must take classes at Ohio University and Hocking College that have been approved as Level I classes. The Level I lists currently appear on Ohio University’s (Athens) website and Hocking College’s website (see links below). We have been told by college representatives that these lists will be evolving and changing so please check the websites for updates for the specific colleges:

Ohio University Level 1 List
Hocking College Level 1 List


The Academic Advisors on the college campuses will be available to assist and counsel students when they choose their college classes. Students should provide their high school counselors with an email copy of their college classes when they are finalized.

AHS Senior Follies May 18 & 19, 7 pm, Tickets $5 2018 AHS Senior Follies

AHS Senior Follies will be on Friday, May 18th and Saturday, May 19th at 7:00 pm.


Tickets are on sale now for $5.00 each night.


Anyone can stop by the Athens High School office to purchase tickets from 8:00 am to 3:30 pm each day, until the tickets are sold out.


Continuing the tradition . . . going on for 54 years! 

AHS 39th Annual Academic Awards Night AHS Awards Night Recipients 2018

Athens High School hosted their 39th Annual Academic Awards Night on Thursday, May 10, 2018.  We are very impressed with the amount of awards and scholarships our student body received.  The complete list of awards are listed below.

AHS Girls' Tennis Informational Meeting - May 21, 2018 , 5:00 pm, AHS Cafeteria Tennis Racket and Balls

Do you love tennis? Do you want to play tennis? Do you have no idea what tennis is, but think it sounds interesting? Then please join us at the Athens High School Cafeteria at 5pm on Monday, May 21st. 

During the meeting, I will go over the paperwork needed to be on the team, expectations of team members, varsity qualifications, as well as exciting opportunities to play this Summer. I encourage parents/guardians to attend as I will be passing out paperwork which will need their signature. If they cannot attend, that is fine. 

I truly encourage anyone with interest in tennis to come to this meeting! I can't wait to meet you!

All the best,
Adrienne Johnson
Head Coach, Athens High School Girl's Tennis
ajohnson@athenscsd.org | 419.310.1242

AHS Freshman Hannah Bernstein Recognized as Borlaug Scholar H. Bertstein Borlaug Scholar

On April 16, 2018, Athens High School freshman Hannah Bernstein participated in the Ohio Youth Institute at The Ohio State University. After submitting a research paper on a global challenge in early March, making a presentation, going through a debate and an interview, Hannah was recognized a Borlaug Scholar and selected to be one of the 5 students on the state delegate team to attend the World Food Prize in Des Moines, Iowa on a 3-day all-expenses paid trip in October.


At the World Food Prize’s Global Youth Institute in Des Moines, about 200 high school students from across the US and other counties will have the opportunities to interact with Nobel and World Food Prize laureates, tour industry and research facilities, and connect with other student leaders. For more information please visit the World Food Prize Global Youth Institute website.

Summer Meals 2018 for Kids & Teens: Athens Area Locations USDA Summer Food Service Program

School will be out soon.  Summer meals for kids and teens will be served in our community this year.  

  • ​Open to all children 18 and younger
  • NO enrollment
  • NO cost



  • ​10 Hope Drive, Athens, OH, 45701, 740.385.36813
  • 45 E. 4th St., The Plains, OH, 45780, 740.797.4287
  • 29 Converse St., Chauncey, OH, 45719, 740.797.2512


Learn more about the USDA Summer Food Service Program on this website.

Olivia Bean Semper Fidelis All-American Award recipient Semper Fidelis All-American Award Recipient

Athens High School Junior, Olivia Bean, and her mentor, ASCD West Elementary 6th grade teacher Jennifer Hinkle , were honored on Tuesday, May 8, at the home track and field meet at AHS.

The Marines came in full dress to present the Semper Fidelis All-American Award. She and Jennifer will represent our community at the exclusive Battles Won Academy in Washington, DC this July. She is one of 96 students selected from across the nation because of her determination and conviction to succeed both academically and athletically. Olivia will represent Ohio and West Virginia while participating in events at Quantico and meeting national leaders in D.C.


ACSD All Band Concert on Sunday, April 29 at 3:00 pm in the AHS Auditorium Music Notes graphic

Please join us for the Athens City Schools All Band Concert on Sunday, April 29 at 3:00 pm in the Athens High School Auditorium. 


There will be performances by the combined Athens City Schools 5th Grade Band, combined 6th Grade Band, Athens Middle School 7th and 8th grade Bands and the Athens High School Symphonic Band and Jazz Band. 


Admission to the concert is $5. 


The Athens Band Boosters will host a complimentary dessert buffet as well as a spring auction of exciting items!

2018 AHS Regional Scholar Leadership Conference Photo of AHS Regional Scholars 2018

Athens City Schools celebrates our 2018 regional scholars: Alexandra Collins, Abigail Tadlock, Sylvie Wilson, Katelyn Broy, Shifra Narasimhan, Lauren Abdella and Audrey Crowl.  Congratulations for your outstanding leadership with 72 juniors at Camp Akita in Logan, Ohio!


Regional Scholars is a Leadership Conference designed for high school juniors. The gifted coordinators of southeast Ohio collaborate to organize this event that is held every spring. Students learn group dynamics, personality types and differences in communication styles through the two day event. Each year the event is held in a lodge in southeastern Ohio supportive of outdoor activities including archery, ground initiatives, climbing tower and nature hike.  Students will be encouraged to participate in activities outside their comfort zone. A college fair and financial aid session allow the students to become familiar with applying to a wide variety of colleges and universities in Ohio.  At the conclusion of the event, students leave with new discoveries about themselves and lasting friendships.


Visit the Regional Scholars website to learn more.

AHS Drama Club Presents Grease Friday, April 20 - Sunday, April 22! AHS Grease Poster

The AHS drama club presents Grease!  Join us for a performance: in the AHS Auditorium:

  • Friday, April 20 at 7:30 pm
  • Saturday, April 21 at 7:30 pm 
  • Sunday, April 22 at 2:00 pm

Tickets are $5 for students and $8 for adults.  You can purchase tickets online at brownpapertickets.com

Earth Day Clean-Up

Volunteer Opportunity for Students

Pancake Breakfast Fundraiser, Saturday 4/7/18, 9 am - 12 pm, Athens Masonic Lodge stack of pancakes

There will be a Pancake Breakfast to raise money for Ms. Waugh's Sensory Room at Athens High School.  The Ohio University Student Council for Exceptional Children is hosting this event.

Dimes Against Domestic Violence

Student Council is hosting a change drive for My Sister's Place of Athens. Dimes against Domestic Violence started on March 19th and will last until April 6th. The past few years Student Council has been able to raise more than $1,200. However, the past week the drive has been going on hasn't been going too well. Our goal is to raise at least $1,600! If every student brings at least $2, our school will be able to reach the goal and donate $1,600! The top 2 winning Academic Coaching classes will be welcomed to a Breakfast party during AC. There will be donuts, bagels and more!


For those of you who don't know what My Sister's Place is, it is an agency dedicated to helping victims of domestic violence in Athens, Ohio. The organization was founded in 1977 and has been running in a confidential location ever since. Accepting women and children, My Sister's Place stands to fight against the unequal economic, social, and political status between men and women. MSP believes that "all persons have a right to a violence-free life."


For those of you who are in need of help, or know somebody who might be in trouble, My Sister's Place has a 24 hour hotline dedicated to talking to those who need advice or helping those who seek refuge. 


You are not alone. 


If you could spare a dollar or two, or even spare pocket change, please consider donating it to our cause. 

Every dollar, every dime, every penny counts.

Athens City Schools Closed Today, Wednesday, March 21, 2018 School Closed

Athens City Schools are closed today, Wednesday, March 21, 2018, due to inclement weather. This is the 9th snow day for the district. The last day for students will now be Friday, May 25, 2018.

Students Compete at State Archery IBO 3D Tournament High School Archery Team

Students from HS, MS, and Elem competed March 3rd at the NASP State IBO 3D

State Tournament held in conjunction with the Arnold Sports Festival at the Ohio State Fairgrounds in Columbus, Ohio.

Two Athens Bulldogs Qualified for the State D1 Indoor Track and Field Meet State Track Meet

Congrats to Lindsay Zatta (Girls Pole Vault) and Nicole Bean (Girls High Jump) for qualifying to the OATCCC Division 1 State Indoor Track & Field Meet at the Spire Institute in Geneva, Ohio  Saturday Mar.3rd, 2018. Both are members of the Athens Bulldog Track and Field Team,  Headed by  Coach Adam Gonczy, a Physical Education teacher at East Elementary.


Senior, Lindsay Zatta, cleared 11’ 3”, 11’ 6”, and 11’ 9” vaults at the OATCCC State Indoor Meet. Placing 3rd in the Girls Pole Vault. The 11’ 9” vault is a new PR!  https://t.co/qN7tj8dOhA  Zatta takes 3rd at State Meet.


Freshman, Nicole Bean, cleared 4’ 8”  in the Girls High Jump at the D1 OATCCC State Indoor Meet placing 26th in the state. https://t.co/uAMPHC6Qcm

AHS Seniors: Cap & Gown Info and Reminder of Upcoming Dates Graduation Cap

There is still time to order your cap and gown for Graduation, on May 26, 2018. Many students have already ordered their cap and gown back in October. If you do not remember if you already ordered your cap and gown, Please contact Ms. Jamie Waugh (room E125), your Senior Class Advisor. If you need to order your Cap and Gown, please order before March 6, 2018 to avoid shipping and handling charges.

Athens City Schools Safety Measures School Icon

As you can expect, the events in Parkland, Florida have troubled us deeply at the Athens City Schools. The safety of our students is our number one priority and it us up to all of us to be vigilant in this regard.  As such, some of you have inquired about the safety procedures and protocols in our schools.  

AHS Students Win Voice of Democracy Writing Contest Voice of Democracy Winners

Every year the VFW's across the country have a Voice of Democracy writing contest that also brings a scholarship. This year The Plains VFW Post 7174 is honoring Grace Pratt (senior at AHS) and Lauren Chase (sophomore at AHS) of Athens City School District. Grace finished 1st out of this post and 6th in the state. Lauren finished 2nd out of this post. Way to go ladies, we couldn't be more proud!

Voice of Democracy Winners

Special Board of Education Meeting - March 8, 2018, 6:30 pm, AHS Auditorium

The Athens City School District Board of Education will have a Special Meeting on March 8, 2018 at Athens High School for the purpose of discussing the Master Facilities Plan and any other business that may come before the Board.

#OhioLovesTeachers — Share Stories about the Great Educators in Your Life Ohio Loves Tecahers Logo

Wow creator. Inspiration producer. Difference maker. Miracle worker. ​Teacher.


Ohio’s teachers make a deep and profound impact on the lives of their students. The countless ways in which teachers make a difference form the foundation for a lifetime of learning and exploring.


It’s time to celebrate the individuals and teams who create, motivate and inspire.


Join us in delivering a standing ovation to a remarkable educator in your life…Introducing the #OhioLovesTeachers campaign on Twitter and Instagram​!

ACSD Facebook Update Facebook - Social Media

We love celebrating the great things happening in our schools on social media. We are writing to you to let you know that some recent changes on Facebook are making it a little tougher for our posts, videos, announcements and more to show up in your news feed.

You can help ensure you don’t miss a post by following a few basic steps:


  1. Visit our Facebook page, Athens City School District, on either your computer or mobile device.
  2. Click on the “Following” tab under the cover image.
  3. Under the "IN YOUR NEWS FEED" section, select "See First." 
Today's Snow Day Poetry Snow Day

The snow is falling,

The ice, the wind, are not safe,

No school, I'm calling.

Submitted by Navah Young, 5th Grade, East Elementary


The second poem is a snow-day rap. (Click the Read More link to the next page to open the link)

Submitted by Jordan Phillips of Athens Middle School and Charlie Phillips of Morrison-Gordon Elementary


Have a safe day!

Special Board Meeting February 6, 2018

The ACSD Board of Education will hold a special meeting on Tuesday, February 6, 2018 at 6:30 pm in the AHS Auditorium.  You can view the agenda for the special board meeting on the Board of Education website.

Girls' and Boys' Teams are SEOSL Champions! Swimmer

Boys and Girls swimming teams competed in the SEOSL league championship. Both the boys and the girls are SEOSL champions!! Our girls also set two school records today!! Congratulations Bulldogs!

AHS Winter Formal Saturday! AHS Winter Formal Court

The AHS Winter Formal Dance is Saturday, February 3, 2018 from 8-11 pm! All Athens High students are welcome to attend. The $5 admission will support a scholarship fund for graduating Athens Seniors. Let's also give a big hand to the students on the Winter Formal Court!

Pep Assembly Schedule for Friday

We will operate on a Pep Assembly schedule Friday.  We will not have Academic Coaching.

1st              7:45-8:30

2nd             8:33-9:16

3rd              9:19-10:02

5th              10:05 - 10:48

9th              10:51-11:34

6th              11:34-12:04

7th              12:04-12:34

8th              12:34-1:04

10th             1:07-1:50

Assby/Pep   1:53-2:35


Keep the Flu Out of School Influenza clipart

Given that this year's flu strain is aggressive and widespread, we wanted to remind you of the following:

  • Please keep your child home if they show symptoms of the flu: fever, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, body aches, headaches, chills, fatigue, and sometimes vomiting and diarrhea.  People with the flu may infect others from one day before getting sick to 5-7 days after.
  • If your child has a fever (100 degrees F or higher), they may not return to school until they are fever-free for 24 hours - without the use of fever-reducing medications.  Any child sent to school prematurely will be sent home, even if they are fever-free at that time.
  • Please review the following with your child: hand washing, covering coughs/sneezes, and avoiding touching their eyes, nose or mouth.
  • If you haven't already, consider contacting your physician or the Health Department about a flu vaccine.
ACSD Early Entrance Parent Information Night

Athens City Schools wishes to announce a roundup for parents seeking early admission to kindergarten for their children.  Regular admission to kindergarten requires that a child be 5 years of age on or before August 1 of the upcoming school year.  However, under some circumstances of students with cognitive advancement, early admission may be granted after a screening process.  


A Parent Information Night will be held at Morrison-Gordon Elementary on March 8th from 6:30 - 7:30 pm (793 W. Union St., Athens, OH 45701).  Important information and resources will be provided.  In the event you cannot attend, or for more details, call 740-797-4516 by March 23, 2018.


Please click here to download the flier for the meeting.

ACSD Kindergarten Registration & Health Screening 2018-2019 Kindergarten

Note: Your child MUST BE 5 YEARS OLD ON OR BEFORE August 1, 2018 to be eligible for registration.

Please note: 

  • Please bring your child with you

  • Plan on being at the school for 45 minutes — 1.5 hours

  • You must arrive at least 45 minutes before the end of the session



Please bring the following items with you:

  • Your Child’s Birth Certificate (Copy of parent and child’s passport if you have no birth certificate)

  • Your Child’s Immunization Record

  • Proof of Residency(i.e. a Utility Bill showing "service at" a physical address, a Property Tax Bill, a Mortgage Bill, a Lease Agreement, etc.—proof must show a physical address,not a P.O. Box)

  • Custody Papers (if applicable)

2nd Annual Bulldog-Bobcat Indoor Field Day (Sunday 2/4/18, 1-3 pm) Bobcat Bulldog Field Day Graphic

Are the Winter Blahs getting you down?  Are your children climbing the walls?  Does the whole family just need a chance to get out of the house for some good old fashioned play time?  

Good News!   SAVE THIS DATE, FEBRUARY 4TH, 2018, for the SECOND ANNUAL BOBCAT BULLDOG INDOOR FIELD DAY presented to you by the Athens City Schools Farm to School Committee in partnership with Ohio University Athletics.

What: Bobcat Bulldog Indoor Field Day

When:  Sunday, February 4, 2018 from 1:00-3:00 p.m.

Where:  Ohio University's Walter Field House

Why:  A chance to exercise and play with Ohio University Student Athletes while enjoying delicious snacks from local restaurants! There will also be interactive nutrition activities for families. All activities will have modifications for all abilities.  Vegetarian and vegan snack options available!

Cost: FREE to all Athens City Schools Families!

AHS Poetry Out Loud Competition Results Poetry Out Loud Logo

Congratulations to all of the participants who competed last night in the 7th Annual AHS Poetry Out Loud competition. A big "thank you" to the teachers, staff, and students who gave their time and energy to make the competition possible.


The winners are:

  • Jennifer Chen--3rd place
  • Rebekah Shoup--2nd place
  • Sylvie Wilson--1st place


Sylvie will go on to compete at the regionals held at Stuart's Opera House on February 17th. 

18-19 ACSD Calendar Open for Public Input Calendar Icon

The draft 18-19 ACS district calendar was presented to the Board at last night's meeting.  It is posted to the district website and open for public comment now.  Anyone who would like to provide input can complete the public comments form by February 7, 2018. It is the intention of the Superintendent to ask the Board to approve the calendar at the February 15th Board Meeting.

ACSD Food Pantry Open Wednesday, January 17, 2018, 4-6 pm ACSD Food Pantry

If you need some help with food assistance, please stop over.  
This month’s date is: Wednesday, January 17, 2018, 4:00—6:00 pm

Monthly Food Pantry Information

When: 3rd Wednesday of every month, 4:00 - 6:00 pm
Where: Chauncey Preschool (ACS Early Learning Center), 
21 Birge Dr., Chauncey, OH 45719
**Please use the side door

Must bring an ID
Must be present to pick-up
First come, first serve

For more information or to arrange donations, please contact Nurse Heidi.
Call 740-797-4544 x1225 or e-mail her directly at hshaw@athenscsd.org

ACSD Board of Education Meeting Thursday, January 11, 2018, 6:30 pm, AHS Library

The Athens City School District ​Organizational/Regular Board meeting will be held tomorrow, Thursday, January 11, 2018, at 6:30 pm in the AHS Library. 

ACSD Family Military Service Questionnaire Military Photo

Military families provide an invaluable service to our country. In an effort to ensure the needs of military families are being met, the Ohio Department of Education is requiring all districts to collect information regarding the military families who have students within the district.

AHS Blood Drive Results

The FFA sponsored blood drive collected 36 units on December 19. Thanks to all staff, students, and community members who donated. Special thanks to Ms. Stalder and FFA students for working so hard to organize the event. The next blood drive will be sponsored by Key Club on May 2.

AHS Japanese Workshop

AHS will be offering the Japanese Language and Culture Workshop again second semester. The workshop will begin Wednesday, January 10 during Academic Coaching in the McClure Room. Interested students should sign up in the office ASAP.

Senior Banner Composite Picture - Friday, January 5 AHS Class of 2017

Last year, Lifetouch offered seniors a class composite photo for graduation. Students had their picture taken individually in graduation attire and the pictures were electronically put together in a group photo. This is being offered again this year. Individual pictures will be taken Friday, January 5. Students may have their picture taken in the McClure Conference Room (next to the cafeteria) before school, during study hall, academic coaching, or at lunch. Composite photos will be available for purchase. Graduation gowns for the photo will be provided at the school. Please contact the HS Office with any questions.

ACSD Food Pantry Holiday Food Giveaway Wednesday, December 20, 2017, 4-6 pm Fresh Produce


  • Must bring an ID
  • Must be present to pick-up
  • First come, first serve
  • One ham per household

Location: Chauncey Elementary (ACS Early Learning Center), 21 Birge Drive, Chauncey, Ohio
**please use the side door**


For more information, please contact Nurse Heidi @ (740) 797-4544 ext 1225 or hshaw@athenscsd.org

Turn it Gold Assembly Match Wednesday 12/13/17, 1 pm Turn it Gold

We are planning a very special annual event with our cross-town rivals, The Alexander Spartans. Once per year, these two schools will come together for a wrestling dual during the end of a school day in order to raise money for the Turn It Gold Foundation - a foundation committed to raising funds and awareness for childhood cancer. All students in the school building will be invited to the gymnasium for an assembly on December 13th (Wednesday) for this event. We are allowing all students to attend this event free of charge, but our goal is to earn donations for the Turn It Gold Foundation throughout following week.  

ACSD Food Pantry November 15, 4-6 pm Food Pantry Open

If you need some help with food assistance, please stop over.  This month’s date is: November 15, 2017 from 4:00—6:00 pm at Chauncey Preschool, 21 Birge Dr., Chauncey, OH 45719.



Thank You ACSD Voters! Thank you!

Voters in the Athens City School District approved today the district’s renewal levy request. The request was for the renewal of the district’s 1% earned income tax levy. The renewal represents approximately 12% of the district’s daily operating budget.

Athens City School District Social Media - #AthensBulldogs Facebook Like Logo

Athens City School District is growing our Facebook, Twitter, Instagram & YouTube channels.      

Athens Marching Green & Gold Earns Superior Rating at State Finals! AHS Marching Green and Gold

Congratulations goes out to the Athens Marching Green and Gold on their Superior Rating at OMEA State Finals Contest on Sunday in Dayton. This is first time the band has gotten a superior rating since 2007. Congratulations on an awesome accomplishment!

2-Hour Delay for Athens City Schools Today

Athens City School District is on a 2-hour delay today, Monday, November 6, 2017.  Heavy rain overnight caused flooding in some areas, and this is the reason for the delay.

Big Weekend for the AHS Bulldogs! Upcoming Events

The Athens Bulldogs have a busy weekend ahead.  There are three major events occurring that I wanted to bring to everyone's attention:

AHS Boys Cross Country Headed to State Championship Saturday November 4 AHS Boys Cross Country

The AHS Boys Cross Country team is headed to the OHSAA State Championships for cross country, which take place Saturday, November 4th.   The photo shown was taken on Saturday, October 28th at the Regional Cross Country meet at Pickerington North High School. The runners shown are Peter Buckley and Tony Tonkovich. Both have broken school records this year and qualified to the State Meet.  Tony Tonkovich has a 5k (5,000 meter) time of 16:07 and Peter Buckley ran 16:08. The school record coming into this year was held by Sam Stevens-Jones, Class of 2014 who ran 16:24.  Photograph taken by Geoff Buckley.

AHS Veteran's Day Assembly, 11/10/17 at 10:00 am AHS Veteran's Day Assembly, 11/10/17 at 10:00 am

The AHS Veteran's Day Assembly will be held on November 10, 2017, from 10 - 10:45 am at Athens High School, 1 High School Rd., The Plains, OH, in the AHS Gymnasium.

AHS Bulldogs of the Week

Athens High School recognizes two students for the Bulldog of the Week program.

AHS Junior-Senior Prom is April 14, 8-11 pm Prom

The AHS Class of 2019 will be hosting the annual Junior-Senior Prom Saturday April 14 from 8 to 11 pm in the AHS gymnasium. Please join us for an Oscars-themed "Night in Hollywood".

Prom tickets are $20 per person and go on sale at lunch Monday, April 9. Upperclassmen are allowed to purchase one guest ticket with their own. Tickets will be delivered  Friday April 13 during Academic Coaching or can be picked up in Mrs. Barr's room. 

ACSD Food Pantry Open on Monday, April 9, 4-5 pm food pantry image

You are all probably aware of the recent flooding in Chauncey and the surrounding areas. In an effort to provide support to those families who may have been impacted by the flooding, our school food pantry that is housed at the Chauncey Early Learning Center, will be open this Monday, April 9th from 4-5 p.m. Please pass this information along to those who may benefit.  In addition to providing food, the pantry does have personal care items and cleaning supplies.

Athens Board of Education Approves Facilities Master Plan

Last evening, the Athens City School District Board of Education unanimously voted to move forward with the following Facilities Master Plan:

  • ​2 New PK-3 School Buildings on the current sites of East and MG ES Schools
  • 1 Grades 4-6 Building at the current TPES location that will include a complete renovation of the current building and a significant addition.
  • 1 Grades 7-8 MS with some renovations/updates of the current AMS Building
  • 1 New Grades 9-12 HS on the site of the current AHS
ACSD Preschool Registration & Screening April 25, 2018, 9 am - 3:15 pm 18-19 ACSD Preschool Registration

Preschool Registration will take place at the Former Chauncey Elementary Building, located at 21 Birge Drive, Chauncey Ohio 45719, on Wednesday, April 25, 2018 Time: 9:00 am - 3:15 pm.  To schedule an appointment, please call Linda Bennett at 740-797-4516 between 8:30 am - 2:00 pm. Please note that preschool classes will be all-day for the 18-19 school year (9:00 am - 3:15 pm).

2018-2019 Athens City School District Calendar Calendar Icon

The 18-19 Athens City School District Calendar has been approved by the Board of Education.  It has been posted to the Forms and Links page on the district website.

Athens High School  |  1 High School Rd.  |  The Plains, OH 45780
Phone:740.797.4521  |  Fax:740.797.1421