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Next Facilities Steering Committee Meeting Changed to 2/27/17, 6 pm

Please be aware that the Athens City School District Facilities Steering Committee meeting previously scheduled for Wednesday,  March 1, 2017 at 4 p.m. has been changed.  The new, correct date is Monday, February 27, 2017 at 6 p.m.  It is the intention of the Committee Members to meet for one hour.

ACSD Parent Information Night for Early Entrance

There will be a Parent Information Night for Early Entrance on Wednesday, March 1, 2017, from 6:30 - 7:30 pm at Morrison Gordon Elementary School, 793 W. Union St., Athens, OH 45701.

 

  • Get important information about the application process

  • Learn about kindergarten expectations

  • Talk with principals and kindergarten teachers

  • Evaluate questions to determine school readiness

  • Receive resources to help your family make the best decision for your child

 

 

Anyone who is interested is welcome to attend!  

DRAFT 17-18 School Calendar Released Photo of Pins in a Calendar

At last night's Board Meeting, the Board of Education officially released the DRAFT of the 2017-2018 School Calendar (see attached.)  The DRAFT Calendar is open for public comment between now and the March 16th Regular Board Meeting.  If you would like to suggest changes or modifications to the calendar, please do so by contacting the Superintendent's Office prior to the March 16th Board Meeting date.

Athens City School District Press Release: February 17, 2017

The Athens City School District Board of Education met in Regular Session on Thursday, February 16th at Athens High School. During the course of the meeting, the District shared the following information and made plans for additional Special Board Meetings as listed below:

ACSD Early Learning Center Preschool Registration Preschool Registration Graphic

Date:           Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Time:           9:00 a.m.— 3:00 p.m.

Location: Athens City Early Learning Center

(former Chauncey Elementary School)

* Please bring your child with you.

* Your child must be 4 ON OR BEFORE 8/1/2017

 

 

 

Kindergarten Registration & Health Screening Dates Announced Kindergarten Registration Clip Art

Dates for registration for students entering kindergarten in the 17-18 school year have been announced.  NOTE: Your child MUST BE 5 YEARS OLD ON OR BEFORE August 1, 2017 to be eligible for registration.

Monday, April 10th- East 8:00 am- 11:00 am

Tuesday, April 11th- TP 9:00 am- 12:00 pm, 1:00 pm- 2:00 pm 

Wednesday, April 12th- MoGo 8:30 am- 10:30 am,  1:30 pm- 3:30 pm

Thursday, April 13th- West 12:30 pm- 3:30 pm

Athens Summer Camp Calendar Clip Art of Kids Canoeing

A calendar of local summer camps has been created.  If you know of any other local camps to be added please send the info to lindsey.swank.meili@gmail.com.  Click on the Read More . . . link to view the calendar.

Bobcat-Bulldog Indoor Field Day Bobcat Bulldog Indoor Field Day Flyer

What: Bobcat Bulldog Indoor Field Day




When:  Sunday, February 12, 2017 from 1:00-3:00 p.m.




Where:  Ohio University Convocation Center (enter through the main front entrance, look for signs)




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!

Facilities Steering Committee Press Release 1/20/2017

On January 10th and 11th, 2017, the Athens City School District Facilities Steering Committee hosted two public meetings at Athens High School.  Approximately 220 members of the community attended and participated in conversation and provided feedback to members of the committee regarding three options for reconfiguring the building/grade level structure of the District.  Additionally, individual committee members have been hosting meetings at each building through the parent-teacher organizations and associations, as well as with school faculty and staff.  These conversations are an important part of the process, as the information provided to the committee will help committee members to continue a more informed and enriched discussion regarding the many important factors surrounding any decision related to school facilities.

Facilities Steering Committee to Hold Community Input Meetings

The Facilities Master Planning Steering Committee will hold Community Input Meetings on the following dates:

  • January 10, 6:30 p.m, Athens High School
  • January 11, 6:30 p.m., Athens High School
  • January 23, 6:00 p.m., Ohio University Voinovich School of Leadership & Public Affairs, Building 21, The Ridges, Room 105 (The Leadership Room)
School is cancelled today, Thursday, January 5, 2017.  Faculty and staff are to report.  All teachers will meet at AHS at 10:00 a.m.

School is cancelled today, Thursday, January 5, 2017.  Faculty and staff are to report.  All teachers will meet at AHS at 10:00 a.m.

Facilities Steering Committee Press Release

The Athens City School District Facilities Steering Committee has as its charge from the Athens City School District Board of Education to review the current makeup of our school buildings, taking into consideration the locations, grades served, and the needs of our students.

Farm to School Apple Crunch Day Apple

Our district recently participated in a nationally recognized Farm to School activity called Apple Crunch Day. All children in the district were offered a locally grown apple from Wagner Farm on Friday, October 28. (East will be Wednesday, November 2.) Some of the funds raised at the recent Farm to School event were used to purchase the 2600 apples. Rural Action managed the bid, and Hocking College Culinary Arts students washed the apples. Parent volunteers brought the apples to students in each school and helped distribute them. 

Athens City School District ODE Report Card Release Information

On Thursday, September 15th the Ohio Department of Education officially  released school district local report cards. The Athens City School District is one of many across the state with very low ratings in multiple areas.  Neighboring districts and similar districts across the state received similar ratings (please click here for a comparison spreadsheet.comparison spreadsheet.)  While it is important that we take the time to closely review the student scores and determine how best to use the information to drive school improvement, it is also important to view the overall grades within the context of (a) a system of state testing that has changed whereby many of our students have now taken three different tests over three years’ time, (b) the newest iteration of tests are based on a significant increase in academic expectations for our students, and (c) this was the first year when most students in Ohio, and nearly every student in the Athens City School District, tested using a computing device (Chromebooks in our case).

Facilities Master Planning Steering Committee Meeting Information

Below is information regarding dates/times/location of the Athens City School District Facilities Steering Committee Meetings for September-December 2016.

 

Location:  The Ohio University Voinovich School of Leadership & Public Affairs, Building 21, The Ridges, Room 105 (The Leadership Room)

 

Dates/Times:

  • September 12  6-8 p.m.
  • September 28  4-6 p.m.
  • October 10  6-8 p.m.
  • October 26  4-6 p.m.
  • November 7  6-8 p.m.
  • November 30  4-6 p.m.
  • December 12  6-8 p.m.
Special Board of Education Meeting 9/1/16, 7 pm, AHS Auditorium

A Special Board Meeting will be held on September 1, 2016 at 7 p.m. at the Athens HS Auditorium to approve the members of the Athens City School District Facilities Steering Committee and other business that may come before the Board.

Board of Education Meeting 8/18/16 @ 7 pm Held at AHS Auditorium

Please be aware that the ACSD Board of Education meeting will be held at the Athens High School Auditorium at 7 pm on Thursday, August 18 instead of at Central Office as previously published.

AHS Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony August 25, 2016 at AHS

The Athens High School Athletic Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony which will be held on Thursday, August 25, 2016. Light refreshments will be served in the AHS Atrium from 5:30 pm with the induction ceremony beginning in the Carol Patterson Auditorium at 7:00 pm. This year's inductees include:

 

 

Bela Kastely - Chauncey-Dover Class of 1961

Philip Rose - Athens Class of 1964

Robert Finder - Chauncey-Dover Class of 1964

Eric Gustavson - Athens Class of 1965

Debra Childress West - Athens Class of 1970

Liz Howerth - Athens Class of 2003

 

 

The inductees will also be recognized before the home Athens football game v. Warren on August 26, 2016.

Nina Sudnick Awarded Myrtle Miller/MarijaneWerner Award from Ohio Council of Teachers of Mathematics OCTM Logo

Ms. Nina Sudnick, 4th grade teacher at West Elementary was the sole recipient of the state level Myrtle Miller/MarijaneWerner Award from the Ohio Council of Teachers of Mathematics. Ms. Sudnick was recognized for this award because like Mrytle Miller and Marijane Werner, she is a leader in elementary mathematics. Her devotion to continuously improving her practice is evidenced by work in her own classroom and also in her collaboration with colleagues across the district. In room 118 at West Elementary, Ms. Sudnick's students develop identities as young mathematicians and the agency to act as such. Through the Math Leadership Team and other collaborative vehicles that she has created, Ms. Sudnick is continuously learning alongside her colleagues to help drive the district towards its ultimate math goal, the teacher created K-6 math vision.

Proposal for the Athens City School District’s Steering Committee

The Steering Committee will be an advisory committee to the Athens City School Board of Education, established for the purpose of researching and recommending a Master Plan for our facilities, which looks to the future and creates an atmosphere and structure that supports our recently adopted Vision and Mission Statements.

All Band Concert - Sunday, May 1 @ 3:00 p.m.

 

Please join us for the Athens City Schools All Band Concert on Sunday, May 1 at 3:00pm 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 Chinese Auction! 

Message from the Superintendent

After reading today’s newspaper article regarding the Athens City School District Board Meeting last week, I felt it necessary to provide some additional information.  The article to which I am referring discussed the current and future financial situation of the District and reported on the discussion that I had with Board Members at that open public meeting.  In short, we currently are spending significantly more money than we bring in.  This has been happening for a few years and is getting worse each year.  We currently have a positive cash balance and can cover the difference, however within three years this will not be the case.

Revised ACSD Mission and Vision Statements - Opportunity to Provide Feedback

We appreciate the comments and suggestions from the ACSD community regarding our proposed mission and vision statements for our school district.  Upon review of all of the feedback on the first proposed statements, we have revised our mission and vision statements and are now offering one more opportunity for public feedback.  Please click the title of the news article or the "Read More" link to access the entire article.

Revised Health Course of Study Open for Review

A committee of district teachers and nursing staff has recently completed a revision of the Athens City Schools Health Course of Study.  It is available for review by clicking here.  It will be online for review through May 13, 2016.  Responses and comments can be forwarded to acs.health.curriculum@athenscsd.org.  (Note: From the homepage, please click on the title of the news article, then on this second page, please click here to access the document).  

Community Food Initiatives Seed Giveaway: April 18 - 25 (Various Locations) Athens Community Food Initiative

Starting April 18th, Community Food Initiatives will be hosting its annual seed giveaway for people in need of seeds. Come and pick up a wide variety of fruit, vegetable and herb seeds.  Anyone can come and get some seeds to grow for yourself and your family. 

Proposed ACSD Vision & Mission Statements - Opportunity to Provide Feedback

Members of the ACS District Leadership team presented our proposed vision and mission statements to the Board of Education at the March 17, 2016 board meeting. 



Proposed Vision Statements for Athens City Schools 
The Athens City School District collaborates with students, parents and the community to create and provide an enriched and rigorous learning community where ALL students use multiple pathways to grow, problem solve and reach their potential as lifelong learners and productive citizens.



Proposed Mission Statements for Athens City Schools 
Every learner. Every day.

2016 Summer Camp Calendar for Athens
Please click here to access a comprehensive calendar of summer camps being offered in  Athens this summer.  This list was composed by Lindsey Meili and she will be adding to it as more camp dates are announced so it will always to be up-to-date.  You can click on each camp to find out more information and links to camp websites. (PLEASE CLICK ON THE TITLE OF THIS NEWS ITEM TO ACCESS AN ACTIVE LINK.)
Athens Archery Teams Qualify for National Tournament & Places 7th at State Tournament

Lead by 2015 NASP World outdoor IBO Champion Kennedy Cantrell, 2014 National NASP IBO Championship Olivia Bean, and 2015 Ohio NASP State runner-up Emily Mingus, the Athens HS Archery team set out to solidify their chance to qualify for the 2016 National Tournament later this year in Louisville KY.

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