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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.

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.

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