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

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!


If you would like to join us, please print and sign the attached release, and bring to event (if you download the form, it is a fillable PDF file format).  Do not have a printer? Don't worry!  We will have forms at the event. Pre-registration is not required. 


Be on the lookout for more details to come!  We are looking forward to seeing you there!

If you have any questions about the event, please contact Heidi Shaw: hshaw@athenscsd.org OR or Sarah Webb:  sarahalida@gmail.com


Sincerely,


The Athens City Schools Farm to School Committee

AHS Poetry Out Loud Competition Results

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:

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

 

Sylvie will go on to compete at the regionals held at Stuart's Opera House in Nelsonville, Ohio on Feb. 17th. 

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.  Please click here to view the agenda.

East Winter Game Night - Friday, February 2, 6:30 - 8:00 pm Winter Family Game Night

Join us for a Winter Game Night!

  • a night for family fun with parents and students
  • board games provided
  • you can bring one to share and teach others!
  • free popcorn
  • student council bake sale
  • leave those electronics at home - this is OLD SCHOOL gaming
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.

8th Grade Parent Meeting for 18-19 9th Grade AHS Registration

Below is the timeline/process that will occur for the AMS 8th grade students to register for classes for 9th grade at AHS next year:

  • Tuesday, February 13: AHS Counselors to provide information to students during the school day (during social studies classes)
  • Thursday, February 15: 8th Grade Parent Meeting in the Athens High School Auditorium 5:00pm (if counselors get to AMS on February 13)
  • Tuesday, February 20: Counselors back to AMS to pick up signed and completed registration forms OR to present info if snow day on Tuesday, February 13. 
  • Wednesday, February 21: Back-up 8th grade Parent Meeting in Athens High School Auditorium at 5:00pm if snow day on February 13  or February 15
  • Friday, February 23: Counselors back to AMS for pick up if snow day on 2/13 or 2/20
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

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

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 6th-8th Grade Students Participate in Model United Nations Model UN Graphic

On December 8th, fourteen teams of ACSD 6th, 7th and 8th graders participated in the 2017 Southeast Ohio Model United Nations held at Baker Center on the Ohio University campus.  General Assembly was presided over by AHS student, Emmy Elliot, while Delanyo Mensah, Cirus Stowe and Mary Myers served as staff members in council sessions facilitated by Emily Pauwels and Julia Weber.  

AMS Science Fair a Great Success! Science Fair Logo

Congratulations to the 153 students who participated in the Athens Middle School Science Fair held on November 29.  Judges from Ohio University rated projects in 10 different categories.  All of these students may enter the District Science Fair held at Ohio University on March 24, 2018.

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.

Live Healthy Kids (LHK) with Americorps Members at West Live Healthy Kids (Photo Credit: Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine)

Check out Live Healthy Kids with Americorps members in action at West Elementary!  Learn more about the Live Healthy Kids program!  (Photo Credit: Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine)

Athens SWCD Educators of the Year Athens SWCD Conservation Educators of the Year

Morrison-Gordon Teachers win Educators of the Year Award.

2017 Soil and Water Conservation District Essay Winner 2017 Athens SWCD Essay Winner

Morrison-Gordon Student wins award.

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.

AMS Veteran's Day Celebration - 11/10/17, 7:45 am AMS Veteran's Day Celebration - 11/10/17, 7:45 am

​The AMS Veteran's Day Celebration will be held on November 10, 2017 at 7:45 am at Athens Middle School, 55-55 W. State St., Athens, OH, in the AMS Auditorium

Please RSVP to Mrs. Hall at ahall@athenscsd.org to RSVP or send a note in to AMS with your student.  Include the Veteran's name, service information (branch, medals, etc) and your AMS student's name, please.  A picture for our bulletin board will also be appreciated.  

AHS Senior Yearbook Information 17-18

Here is important information regarding seniors and the AHS yearbook for the 17-18 school year.

ALL 7-12 Winter Student Athletes MUST Be Registered Into Final Forms AHS Volleyball

Please be reminded as we move into the winter season that ALL 7-12 student athletes MUST be registered into Final Forms. If you had a student who competed in a Fall sport and you have not yet added them to a winter roster, please do so as soon as possible. Also, be reminded that ALL FORMS must be signed and that a separate signed physical must be submitted. If you have already completed all of this, then all you need to do it add your student to the sport in which they plan to participate in the winter (and/or spring). 

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.

Cards from AHS Students Traveling to Hurricane Victims in Puerto Rico Cards for Hurricane Victims in Puerto Rico

Cards and gifts from AHS students are headed to Puerto Rico on a mission with Ana Fryman, a paraprofessional at Athens High School.  She was in the Air Force and a group of veterans are in Puerto Rico helping the victims of the hurricanes.  She is flying down to Puerto Rico for a week beginning this Monday, October 23.  In addition to taking these cards, she is taking supplies as well. She will travel with fellow veterans into the most remote areas in the mountains of Anasco, spreading the love and good wishes from our students at AHS. She will also serve as an interpreter for the group as well as do mental health assessments. 

AMS Parent-Teacher Math Book Group

We invite you to take part in a book study with the book Math: Facing an American Phobia by Marilyn Burns. While it has a serious-sounding name, the book is an entertaining discussion of why many people in the U.S. don’t like math… and why it doesn’t have to be that way.

AHS Bulldogs of the Week

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

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.

16-17 AHS Yearbook, JOURNEY, Has Arrived!

The 2016-2017 high school yearbook, JOURNEY, has arrived! If you graduated last year and you purchased a yearbook, you can pick it up from Mrs. Roach any day after school (2:35) or you can arrange for your yearbook to be left in the main office by emailing Mrs. Roach at mroach@athenscsd.org.  If you did not order a yearbook and would like one, books can still be purchased for $60.  Please make your check out to "AHS Yearbook."  

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 Middle School Receives Governor's Thomas Edison Award for Excellence in STEM Education Ohio Academy of Science Seal

For the sixth consecutive year, Athens Middle School has received the Governor's Thomas Edison Award for Excellence in STEM Education.  Teachers at Athens Middle School who received the award include Mary Ann Hopple, Ellen Kroutel, Stephanie List, Susan Matters, Kimberly Shuster, April Stewart, and Nathan White.

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

AHS Senior Dylan O’Donnell Selected for OMEA All-State Band

Athens High School Senior Dylan O’Donnell has been selected by audition to perform with the Ohio Music Education Association All-State Band. Dylan is a trombone player in the Athens High School Marching Green and Gold, Symphonic Band, and Jazz Band. He has also been a member of the Athens All-County Jazz Band, OMEA District 17 Honor Band, and studied trombone with Joe Brown at Ohio University. Dylan will perform with the All-State Band at the annual OMEA State Conference at the Columbus Convention Center February 8-10, 2018 under guest conductor Alfred Watkins.

Athens High School ACT Scores Increase to Highest Levels in Five Years

The class of 2017 at Athens High School has one more thing to be proud of; they earned the highest ACT scores in the district for the past five years and showed progress in every subject area.

AMS Helps Those Affected by Hurricane Harvey Mr. Kostival and Mr. Ricketts help students load the truck

Mrs. Hall's husband traveled to Houston on September 8, 2017 to deliver much needed water, food items and diapers.  He and his friends used a dump truck in making deliveries. The dump truck will then be used to help with clean-up.


AMS students and families brought in the much needed supplies. Students from Mr. Kostival's class helped load all of the donations and fill the truck. As of  September 8, all of your donations are on the way to Texas!

Thank you AMS students and families for helping in this effort.

Way to Be the Best Bulldog you can Be, and Be Kind. You are awesome!

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.

Congratulations to Jordan Phillips!

AMS Student Jordan Phillips has been featured on NBC4 for her creation of Cozys for the Cure. He product has now been picked up by WalMart. Click on the link to watch the interview.

 

Cozys for the Cure

AMS Beginning of Year Event Info

​The beginning of a new school year is exciting for everyone. We are look forward to seeing all of our middle school students and families.  School begins on August 28th, but I wanted to remind you of a few things happening prior to the beginning of school.  

Wednesday, August 23rd  

  • New Student Orientation, 10:00 am
  • Open House, 6:00 - 7:30 pm

 

Friday, August 25th 

  •    Back to School Dance  7:00 - 8:30 pm ($2 Admission)

 

Saturday, August 26th

  •    Back to School Bash sponsored by PTO 10:00 am - 2:00 pm

 

Monday, August 28th

 

Please keep informed of dates and events via our AMS website or download the Athens City School District mobile app.

 

Kara Bolin, Principal
Athens Middle School

 

 

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.

East Sensory Garden Needs

 

A sensory garden is being created on the north side of the building by the bell. An Eagle Scout is contributing to the project along with East PTO and Staff. We are looking for the following items/donations:
 

  • Athens Block bricks
  • Flagstone
  • Labor with experience in brick patio laying

If you can contribute any of these items, please email us at eastelementarypto@gmail.com

East Elementary International Food Fair September 8, 2017, 4:30 pm

Each year East Elementary celebrates its diverse international community by hosting the East International Food Fair.  The food fair is an excellent way to welcome, and welcome back for parents and students as well as an opportunity to meet new friends and learn about different cultures.  Students and/or their parents contribute to the food fair by performing music and/or dance in the Multicultural Entertainment segment.  This year, the Food Fair will be on Friday, September 8, 2017.  We will begin serving food at 4:30 pm with entertainment starting at 5:00.   East Elementary hosts the International Food Fair to help raise money for the school’s ELL Program.  We are asking parents to help in this fundraiser by donating their family’s favorite food dish.  If you wish to donate a food dish or perform, please click here to fill add your contribution.  

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.

AHS New Student Orientation 8/9/17, 10 am, AHS Auditorium

Athens High School New Student Orientation will be held Wednesday, August 9, 2017 at 10:00 am in the Auditorium. Parents and students are encouraged to attend together. Orientation tours will be provided by Student Council following the presentation in the Auditorium.

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

AHS Student Derek Demel Participates in Intel International Science Fair Derek Demel at International Science Fair

Derek Demel, senior Athens High School, presented "Effectiveness of Negative Stiffness Devices at Resisting Seismic Force in Buildings" at the Intel International Science Fair in Los Angeles CA this past May 14-19, 2017. The Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (Intel ISEF), a program of Society for Science & the Public (SSP), is the world's largest international pre-college science competition with over USD 5 million in awards. 1700 students from roughly 70 countries and territories competed in the fair for scholarships, tuition grants, internships, scientific field trips and the grand prizes.

AHS Students Win Big at the Ohio State Science Day Fair Students Earning 6-Year Awards

Athens High school had a strong presence this year at the Ohio State Science Day Fair held at Ohio State, May 13, 2017.


The Athens High School had 6 students participating: Derek Demel, Edward Drabold, Samuel Dispenza, Adeel Koshal, Nora Sullivan, and Zoe Williams. Demel, Drabold, and Koshal, earned superior ratings.

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.

Athens High School Earns Continuing NCA CASI Accreditation Accreditation Seal

Principal David Hanning announced today that Athens High School earned continuing accreditation from the North Central Association Commission on Accreditation and School Improvement (NCA CASI), an accreditation division of AdvancED.  This action was taken at the AdvancED Accreditation Commission meeting held on March 31, 2017.

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.

AMS Students Winners in Athens Uptown Flag Contest AMS Winners of Athens Uptown Flag Contest

Two AMS students were among the winners selected from Athens, Alexander and Federal Hocking schools for the Athens Uptown Flag Contest. 

 

8th grader Nicole Bean, daughter of Anne L'Heureux and Todd Bean and 7th grader Mae Reese, daughter of Heather and Danny Reese will have their art turned into 4'X2' banners that will be displayed on  uptown flag poles after Memorial Day. All winners were honored May first at the Athens City Council meeting by the Mayor and Council members.

East Students Participate in Special Olympics

On Friday, April 21 st, we had three students from East Elementary compete in the Special Olympics at Alexander High School. Our third grader, Gianna Averion, competed in the 50 meter dash (3 rd place) and softball throw (3rd place). Our fifth grader, Bobby Fouty, competed in the 50 meter dash (5 th place) and softball throw (4th place). Our fourth grader, Maddy Bolin, competed in the 50 meter dash (1 st place) and the softball throw (2 nd place). Everyone did their best and had fun! If you see these athletes in the hall or around the school, please congratulate them. Also, special thanks to Mrs. Campitelli’s fourth grade class, Mr. Lonas’ third grade class and Mrs. Douglas’ fifth grade class for making banners and coming to support our athletes!

AHS Pops Concert Friday, May 5, 6 pm

AHS Mixed Chorus and Symphonic Choir are presenting their final concert of the school year. It is a Pops Concert, and will also feature our Senior class and Senior solos. Come out and enjoy at 6 pm on Friday, May 5 in the AHS auditorium! 

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! 

Class of 1997 20 Year Reunion

RSVP for the Athens HIgh School Class of '97 Reunion at Little Fish Brewing, owned by our fellow AHS Alums and classmates Sean White and Jimmy Stockwell.  There will be events both Friday and Saturday; schedule of events, contact information and the RSVP can be found at the following link:

 

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/athens-high-school-class-of-1997-20th-reunion-tickets-32569768053

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.

West Elementary Students Participate in District Science Fair

Eight students from West Elementary School competed at the District 12 Science Fair on March 18th: Emma Beasley, Julia Dick, Luca Gagliano, Mirage Giri, Greta Gunderson, Jasper Harter-Hughes and Emma Hartman, who are all in sixth grade, and Andrew Meek, a fifth-grader.

 

Luca Gagliano and Emma Beasley earned Superior ratings, making them eligible to represent District 12 at the State Science Day in May. Emma Beasley earned an individual award by the Ohio University Physics Department and the Broadcom Masters Fair award. Luca Gagliano was awarded a Gold Medal by the Behavioral Science Department at Ohio University, as well as the American Psychological Association Award, the Broadcom Masters Fair award, and the Ohio Tuition Trust Alternate Award (a $250 scholarship). Elementary, middle and high schools from seven counties competed at the District 12 science fair. The eight West students earned the right to compete by receiving a Superior rating at the school science fair in November. Students had a variety of experiments demonstrating the scientific process.

AMS Mathletes are Regional Champions and Headed to State Competition

We are the champions!  The AMS MathCounts Team finished in 1st place in the team competition at the Southeast Ohio Chapter Competition on Saturday, February 25th.  The team members are Eric Carpenter, Lisa Liu, Siyoung Kim, Ryan Feger, Isabella Tan, Komail Alali, Tina Zhang, Jennifer Chen, Emily Pauwels and Hannah Bernstein.  We also had several individuals place in the various rounds.  Sprint Round: 1st  Eric Carpenter, 2nd Siyoung Kim, 3rd Isabella Tan; Target Round: 1st Eric Carpenter, 2nd Siyoung Kim, 3rd Komail Alali; Countdown Round: 1st Eric Carpenter, 2nd Lisa Liu, 3rd Siyoung Kim.  Congratulations to these students.  You represented AMS very well!  The state competition will be held at Columbus State University on Saturday, March 11.  Good luck, Mathletes!

AMS Physical Fitness Awards

The Athens Middle School Physical Education program is proud to announce the first semester award winners for The Presidential and National Fitness Awards.  (*denotes multiple year winner)  

The Presidential Physical Fitness Award:  In order to qualify for this award, participants must achieve at least the 85th percentile in all 5 fitness areas; curl-ups, shuttle run, vertical sit, one mile run, and pull ups.  Emelia Adams, *Nicole Bean, Grace Corrigan, Charlotte Cutright, *Hayden Myers, *Emma O’Reilly

The National Physical Fitness Award:  In order to qualify for this award, participants must achieve at least the 50th percentile in all 5 fitness areas.  Wafa Aziz, Annika Benton, Kianna Benton, Olivia Blatt, Sarah Braun, Anna Chen, Aidan Cox, Ailis Hayden, *Greta Hibbard, Claire Ingram, *Mikaela Jarvis, *Gracie Justis, Molly Lee, *Sienna Lelux, Layken Mullins, *Cassie Nalazek, Grace Reed, Mae Reese, Kella Rice, *Sydney Sheffler, *Elle Steele, *Sophia Tenoglia, Makena Trentacoste, *Emma Wolfe, *Tina Zhang

AMS Advanced Art Students in Athens Messenger

Congratulations to the 12 Advanced Art students who were featured in The Athens Messenger in February.  They represented Athens Middle School well!  The art classes have finished their first couple of projects for this semester.  They are on display on the 3rd floor and in the display case on the 2nd floor.

 

There are two art contests happening now:  the annual Athens Middle School yearbook contest and the Uptown Flag contest.  Your child can get more information from listening to the morning announcements or talking to Mrs. Dieterle in Room 309.

 

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:

2017 Athens Uptown Flag Contest

The 2017 Athens Uptown Flag contest is under way. This is a wonderful project that allows student artwork to be displayed uptown on the flag poles. The contest is for students of Athens County in grades 4 through 9.

East Dinner Theater: Alice in Wonderland, Jr. March 21-24

The 33rd annual East Dinner Theater will be held on March 21, 22, 23 and 24 in the gym.  Dinner will be served at 6:00 pm and the play will begin at 7:00 pm.  Megan Williams and Jenn Wakeley will direct this year's production, Alice in Wonderland, Jr.  Click the title of this news item to access the reservation.  Seats are assigned at the time the reservation form is received.  It is very important that you make a reservation before the week of the play.  We have items that need to be ordered for the play.

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

East Fruit with Families 2/23/17, 8:15 - 8:45 am

Come and join Principal Giardino on February 23, 2017 from 8:15 am - 8:45 am in the East Elementary Cafeteria.  Start your morning off right by enjoying some delicious fruit and an activity with your family.


 

Please R.S.V.P no later than February 21, 2017 so we can order enough fruit for everyone.  Respond on the Fruit with Families flyer that was sent home.

Congratulations to AMS MathCounts Mathletes!

Congratulations to the top 10 finishers in our school competition who will compete in the chapter competition at Ohio University.  The team members are Lisa Liu, Siyoung Kim, Eric Carpenter, Ryan Feger, Isabella Tan, Komail Alali, Emily Pauwels, Tina Zhang, Jennifer Chen and Hannah Bernstein.  The chapter competition will be comprised of teams from southeastern Ohio middle schools and will consist of two preliminary rounds:  the spring round and the target round.  The top 12 finishers in these two rounds will get a chance to compete in the countdown round which is a head to head single elimination tournament. Congratulations to these Mathletes and good luck at the chapter competition!

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 Update

Parents are invited to attend an informational meeting in the Library at 6:00 on February 8 for an update from the Athens City School District Facilities Steering Committee. 

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.

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