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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.  

2018-2019 Athens City School District Calendar Calendar Icon

The 2018-2019 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.

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.

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!

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.  Please click here to view the agenda.

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.

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

HOLIDAY FOOD GIVE-AWAY: 2ND YEAR IN A ROW, WE WILL BE GIVING AWAY HAMS AND ALSO TONS OF 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

Introducing INFOhio's New Early Learning Portal! Early Learning Portal Logo

Ohio's parents and educators now have access to the INFOhio Early Learning Portal  to help little learners ages 3-5 prepare for school and their futures. The INFOhio Early Learning Portal contains links to over 50 websites and apps chosen and evaluated by educators and librarians with expertise in learning and literacy.

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.      

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:

November Board of Education Meeting Date Changed to November 15, 2017

Please be aware that the October Regular Board Meeting date is being changed from Thursday, November 16th to Wednesday November 15th at the Athens High School Auditorium at 6:30 p.m.

ACSD Renewal Levy on November Ballot

As election day nears, I want to remind you of an important issue for our schools in the upcoming November 7 election. The Athens Board of Education voted earlier this summer to place a renewal earned income tax on the ballot.

Feedback Regarding Technology Requested From ACSD Parents/Guardians

Our district technology team is currently working to develop a vision statement.  In order to ensure that this is a shared vision that accurately represents who we are and what we strive to do as a district, we encourage you to become a part of this process by freely responding to the questions that follow.  Only one submission per household is necessary.

 

Please click here to access the survey.

 

Thank you for your time.  Your feedback is important to us.

ACSD Final October Board Meeting Date Changed to 10/18/17, 6:30 pm, AHS Auditorium

​After communicating the change in Board Meeting date for October yesterday morning, I was made aware that the new date conflicted with several significant community activities that were already scheduled for that evening.  So as to assure that as many people could attend the board meeting as possible, the Board has selected a different date for the October meeting.


The October Regular Meeting of the Athens City School District Board of Education will be on Wednesday, October 18, 2017 at 6:30 p.m. in the Athens High School Auditorium.

Happy "There's no place like HOMEcoming" Week!

We invite you to follow the yellow brick road home to Athens High School for the annual Homecoming Parade Friday, September 29th at 5:00 p.m.

Athens City Schools Demonstrates Growth on State Report Card

District Performance Index Increases to Highest Level Ever​

 

The Ohio Department of Education (ODE) recently released the 2016-17 Local Report Card (LRC).  This state required report shows that district students continue to make progress in many areas.

ACSD Food Pantry Open Wednesday, 9/20/17, 4-6 pm

If you need some help with food assistance, please stop over.   
This month’s date is: Wednesday, September 20, 2017, 4:00—6:00 pm

Special Board Meeting September 5 Cancelled

Please be aware that the Special Board Meeting scheduled for Tuesday, September 5, 2017 has been cancelled.  Our architect and I will not be able to meet with Ohio University until September 6th.

The next Board Meeting will be the Regular Meeting on Thursday, September 21, 2017 at 6:30 p.m. in the Athens High School Auditorium.

Special Board Meeting September 5, 6:30 pm, AHS Auditorium

There will be a Special Board Meeting on Tuesday, September 5 at 6:30 pm in the AHS Auditorium.  The purpose of the meeting is to discuss the Facilities Master Plan and other business that may come before the Board.

Change in Board Meeting Date (8/3/17 Special Board Meeting Cancelled)

The Special Board Meeting on August 3rd has been cancelled.  The next board meeting will be a Special Board Meeting on August 10th at the Athens Middle School Auditorium.  Representatives from Schorr Architects and the Community Design Alliance will be presenting information about facilities planning for Athens Middle School.

Community Groups Make Presentations to the Board of Education

At the Regular Board Meeting on Thursday, July 27th three local groups of parents and community members made presentations to the Board of Education in relation to the Board's conversation about Facilities Master Planning for the District's elementary schools.  Please see the presentations by using the links below:

Bulldog Archery Team Competes in World Tournament Bulldog Archery Team at World Tournament

18 archers from the ACSD Bulldog Archery Team completed at the NASP World Tournament in Orlando, Florida.  The team consisted of Athens students from Grades 6-12 and competed in the HS Division. The team scored 3,282/3,600 in the Target Tournament and 1,581/1,800 in the 3D IBO Tournament.  Also, our team was the best team from the state of Ohio at the World Tournament

ACSD Facilities Master Planning Summer 2017 Board Meeting Schedule

In an effort to make progress towards the development of a long-term Facilities Master Plan for the Athens City School District, the Board of Education has approved the following schedule of special meetings throughout the summer:

Leadership

 

Leadership, much like religion, medicine, and most athletic pursuits is something that we practice.  In each of these instances, there is no concrete standard, no exact right way to do things.  We must constantly develop and then redevelop our skills.  We must come to understand that how things work in one situation may not be the same as another.  

 

A Message From the Superintendent

Having just wrapped up the 16-17 school year, this is a great time to take a look back at the accomplishments we’ve made as a district over the course of the past academic year and to communicate some of the things we are looking forward to implementing in the coming year.

ACSD Update Regarding Facilities Planning Map of Proposed Location for New K-5 Campus

From September 2016 through March 2017, the Athens City School District Facilities Steering Committee met at least twice monthly to discuss facilities needs and potential changes in the facilities organization of the Athens City School District. At the February 2017 Board Meeting, anticipating that one of the options forwarded to the Board of Education would be the concept of a single PreK-5 campus, the Athens City School District Board of Education directed the Superintendent to investigate the availability of a suitable parcel(s) of property necessary for the creation of a single-campus solution for grades PreK-5 for the District. The intent of the Board of Education in giving this directive to the Superintendent was to begin the process of determining the feasibility of implementing the options from the Steering Committee.

Athens City Schools All Band Concert Sunday April 23, 3pm, AHS

 

Please join us for the Athens City Schools All Band Concert on Sunday, April 23 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 Penny Auction! 

ACSD Students Participate in District Science Fair

Students from AHS, AMS and West Elementary participated in the District Science Fair on Saturday, March 18 at Ohio University.  For the third consecutive year, Athens High School received the trophy for the highest percentage of superior ratings at the district science fair hosted by Ohio University.  Athens Middle School regained their trophy for the same accomplishment.   West Elementary was the single ACSD elementary sending students to the fair this year.  All students earning a superior are eligible to go on to the state science fair held at Ohio State University, Saturday May 13th. The one student chosen to represent the entire district at the Intel International Science Fair was our own Derek Demel, AHS Senior. So many awards, cash prizes and scholarships were awarded overall, it was impossible to keep track. Please join the collective ACSD science department in honoring these young scientists.

Special Board Meeting 3/2/17 Cancelled, New Meeting Schedule

The Special Board Meeting previously scheduled for Thursday, March 2, 2017 has been cancelled.  As a result of this cancellation, the Board will discuss topics at future meetings as noted below:

 

  • ​March 16, 2017 Regular Board Meeting @ Athens High School:  Accept report from the Athens City School District Facilities Steering Committee.
  • March 30, 2017 Special Board Meeting at Athens High School: Discuss the AHS building as it pertains to the Facilities Master Plan.
  • April 20, 2017 Regular Board Meeting at Athens Middle School: Discuss the AMS building as it pertains to the Facilities Master Plan.


 

All Board Meetings begin at 6:30 p.m.

ACS Early Learning Center  |  21 Birge Dr.  |  Chauncey, OH 45719
Phone:740-797-4589