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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.

Athens FFA Wins Best Plow

The Athens FFA and Shop classes each painted one of Athens County ODOT's plows and after they were put up on the county ODOT's Facebook page.  The Athens FFA plow was voted on by the public as the best plow.  A certificate was presented by ODOT to our chapter members who helped to paint the plow.  Both plows that were submitted are shown in the pictures below.

AHS Poetry Out Loud Competition Winners Poetry Out Loud Logo

Congratulations to all of the Poetry Out Loud competitors who competed in the 6th Annual AHS Poetry Out Loud competition on January 11th.  The winners were:

  • Sylvie Wilson- 1st place
  • Lily Herold- 2nd place
  • Sophie Mather-3rd place

Sylvie will go on to represent AHS in the regional competition at Stuart's Opera House on February 18, 2017. 

Also, a big thank you to all of the staff, teachers, and students who took time out of their busy schedules to help with the competition.

AHS Class of 1977 40 Year Reunion June 23-24, 2017

The AHS Class of 1977 40 year reunion will be held June 23-24, 2017.  Contacts are:


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.

Model United Nations Finale

On December 2nd, thirteen teams of AMS 7th and 8th graders participated in the 2016 Southeast Ohio Model United Nations held at Baker Center on the Ohio University campus.  Ten of these teams received awards.  Winners of an Outstanding Cultural Display were the team of Malaysia (Garey Escabedo, Hannah Bernstein and Nora Anderson), Brazil (Emma Bianco, Luke Brandes, Rennie Carter and Bella Grijalva) and the team of Malawi (Annie Moulton, Tess Wilhelm, Bailee Toadvine and Anna Chen).

The Plains Elementary Wins Momentum Award 2016 Momentum Award Logo

Ohio’s State Board of Education is pleased to recognize The Plains Elementary as a Momentum Award winner based on their 2015-2016 Ohio School Report Card. The state of Ohio is proud of the academic support the school, staff and community have provided to students from every background and ability level.



College Credit Plus Meeting 12/6/16, 6 pm AHS Auditorium

Attention 6th, 7th, and 8th Grade Students and Parents: Athens High School will be hosting a College Credit Plus meeting for parents/guardians and students on Tuesday, December 6 at 6:00pm in the Athens High School Auditorium. Representatives from Hocking College, Ohio University and the University of 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! 

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. 

Back To School Dance

There will be a Back-to-School dance on Frdiay, September 30, from 6:00-7:30. Admission is $2.00.

42nd Annual Athens Invitational Marching Festival Saturday 10/1/16, 10 am, AHS


The 42nd Annual Athens Invitational Marching Festival will take place this Saturday, October 1 at 10:00am at Basil Rutter Field at Athens High School. Bands from Trimble, Southern, Southeastern, Minford, Wellston, Bloom-Carroll, Fairfield Union, Meigs, Hilliard Davidson and Lancaster will perform throughout the day. The Athens Marching Green and Gold will perform at 1:15pm. Admission is $5 and there will be great concessions throughout the festival. There will be great music and marching for children and adults of all ages! The event is sponsored the Athens Band Boosters, Kiwanis Club of Downtown Athens, and the Chauncey Dover Lions Club. 

AMS Students Complete Compliments Project Photo of  Compliments Project

AMS science teacher, Mary Ann Hopple, found this project and shared it with the PE teachers. It's called the 'compliments project'. It's usually done in a classroom with the student facing away from a whiteboard while other students come up and write positive and school appropriate compliments about the student. Then the student can turn around and read, take a photo etc. It was modified for physical education class and the results were pretty super, terrific, fabulous and nice!

AMS Receives Governor’s Thomas Edison Award for Excellence in STEM Education Ohio Academy of Science

Athens Middle School, with teachers Mary Ann Hopple, Ellen Kroutel, Stephanie List, Jonathan Sargent, Kimberly Shuster, April Stewart, and Nathan White, are recipients of the 2016 Governor’s Thomas Edison Award for Excellence in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) Education for the fifth consecutive year.  

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)



  • 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.

Athens Archery Team Places at IBO 3D World Championships

There were 10 members of the Athens Archery Team that competed in Seven Springs, PA on Sat August 13, 2016 at the IBO 3D World Championships.
The team placed 3rd in the High School Division.

Team members who competed:

  • Markell Green, Ishan Matta, Raylin Fetherolf, Casey Hall-Jones, Alyssa North, Nikki Bean, Julie Ingraham, Emma Ingraham, Olivia Bean, and Kennedy Cantrell 

Coaches were Anne L'Heureux, Byron Ingraham and Scott Hall-Jones

  • Cantrell placed 3rd in HS girls 
  • Bean 11th in HS girls
  • Fetherolf 12th in HS girls
  • North placed11th in MS girls
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.

Back-to-School Dance

The annual AMS Back-to-School Dance will be held on Friday, September 2 from 6-7:30. Admission Cost is $2.00.

Athens High School New Student Orientation 2016-2017

Athens High School will be hosting a New Student Orientation on Wednesday, August 10, 2016 at 10:00 a.m for students in grades 9 - 12.  Orientation will begin in the Auditorium with introductions of the Administration and Guidance Department followed by general information about school procedures. A brief presentation about using social media will be provided by the Athens County Child Advocacy Center. Students and parents will be able to tour the school with members of Student Council who will be available to answer questions about various activities and events at the school.

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.

AMS Girls Soccer Summer Schedule and Information

For girls interested in playing AMS soccer for the 16-17 school year, here is information regarding our summer schedule.

1st session) July 6th 6:30-8

2nd session) July 7th 6:30-8
3rd session) July 11th 6:30-8
4th session) July 13th 6:30-8
5th session) July 15th 6:30-8
6th session) July 18th 6:30-8
7th session) July 20th 6:30-8
8th session) July 25th 6:30-8
9th session) July 27th 6:30-8
10th session) July 29th 6:30-8

*Girls must bring plenty of water, soccer cleats, and shin guards*

All practices will be held at the soccer fields by Walmart.

Also, our tryout dates are Aug 4th and 5th from 6:30-8:30 on both days. 

Patrick Crist, Girls AMS Head Coach


The Ohio Academy of Science State Science Day 2016 Results The Ohio Academy of Science State Science Day Winners

A group of 8 high school students from Athens participated in the 68 th Annual State Science Day of The Ohio Academy of Science, held May 14 th , 2016 at Ohio State University. The participating students (in alphabetical order) with grade and project titles are:

AHS & AMS Archery Teams Qualify for NASP World Archery tournament June 24-26 Athens Archery Team

The Athens Archery HS and MS teams traveled to Louisville KY to participate in 3 tournaments during May 12-14th.The teams were successful and scored high enough to allow them to advance to the World tournament that will be held in Myrtle Beach June 24-26th with other teams from Canada, Great Britain, Mongolia, and South Africa.

Co-Authors Carolyn Stearns and Jin Stearns visit Athens High School Co-Authors Carolyn Stearns and Jin Stearns

Co-Authors of Lost Seoul Carolyn Stearns and Jin Stearns visited the Athens High School Library to talk with students on Wednesday, May 17th. They met with the English as a Second Language students from both Athens Middle School and Athens High School. 

Lost Seoul is the inspirational true story of one man's journey to find his family after becoming lost in a crowded Seoul train station at the age of six. It relays his courage, and never-ending hope, to understand his path in life while discovering unimaginable inner strength along the way.

Waterfest 2016 Photo of Waterfest 2016

Waterfest was a great success this year.  We had 511 third graders from all over Athens County participate.  The Big Fish Program was amazing and we had more animals than normal for the students to enjoy.  The Athens High School provided the venue and student guides.  the weather did not cooperate so we were inside.  Yes,  it can be too wet for Waterfest.  Thanks for all the groups who participated 

Tri-County Student Awards and Recognition

Tri-County Career Center announced the awards and recognitions for the 2015-2016 school year. This includes National Technical Honor Society, Superintendent Awards, State Skills Competition Award Winners, and Regional Skills Competition Winners. For a full list of students, click "...Read More"

East Special Olympics Results

On Friday, April 22nd, we had three students from East Elementary compete in the Special Olympics at Alexander High School. Our second grader, Gianna Averion, competed in the 50 meter dash (4th place) and standing long jump (3rd place). Our fourth grader, Bobby Fouty, competed in the 50 meter dash (3rd place) and softball throw (4th place). Our fifth grader, Madison Bolin, competed in the 50 meter dash (3rd place) and the softball throw (4th place). All athletes did their personal best in each event. If you see these athletes in the hall or around the school, please congratulate them. Also, special thanks to Ms. Cisneros’ second grade class and Mr. Lonas’ third grade for making banners and coming to support our athletes!

Design Ad Contest

Congratulations to the Design Ad Contest winners from Mo-Go!  The following students recently had the ads they designed printed in color in the Athens Messenger!  They were chosen as some of the best ad designs from all 4th, 5th, & 6th grade submission in the area.  Great job!


Andy Weber sponsored by Reed & Baur Insurance

Jordan Phillips sponsored by Ambassador Laundries

Sarah Deering sponsored by Hyacinth Bean Florist

Kylie Tinkham sponsored by Roller Blow Lanes

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.

Sports Physical Clinic on May 21

Physicians from Athens Medical Associates Orthopedics and Sports Medicine and University Medical

Associates have come together to help keep student athletes of southeast Ohio healthy and ready to

play by volunteering their time at the third annual OhioHealth O’Bleness Hospital Sports Physical Clinic.

The Sports Physical Clinic will be held Saturday, May 21, from 8 to 11 a.m. at the Castrop Health

Center, First Floor.

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. 

East STEM Night

East STEM Night is right around the corner, you do not want to miss out on the fun!  Come to STEM night and get the chance to do some awesome experiments and activities with your family. Learn together and have fun at the same time!  Friday, April 15, 2016 6:00-7:30 p.m. @ East Elementary!

AMS Designated as Support Music Merit School Support Music Logo

Athens Middle School has, once again, been designated as a Support Music Merit School. Over 2,000 schools have applied for this distinction. Athens Middle School was one of the 118 schools to receive this prestigious distinction.

AMS Students Placed Well in District Science Fair

AMS students had a very impressive showing in the District Science Fair held at Ohio University on March 12, 2016.  18 students participated in the fair, 7 of these students earned a place at the State Science Day in May.

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.)
AHS Students Place in State Skills USA Contest

2 AHS students who are in the Office Professional Class at Tri-County Career Center placed in the state Skills USA contest this past week.  Brianna Herbst placed 6th in Payroll Accounting and Kate Dygas placed 10th in Payroll Accounting.  

Bulldog Archery Teams Complete Community Service Project

The Athens Archery Teams from High School, Middle School and Elementary completed a community service project March 20 for the Athens Park and Rec department. The team cleaned the debris from all the softball and baseball fields at the West State ball parks. This has become an annual event for the Archery Teams.

Morrison-Gordon Foodraiser

Student Council is sponsoring a WACKY WEEK as a FOODRAISER for the ACSD food pantry.

Happening: March 21-25

We hope to help stock the food pantry prior to Spring Break!  Students are encouraged to bring a canned good or non-perishable item each day they want to dress up next week.

Possible non-perishable items would include: peanut butter, beans, canned fruits & veggies, tuna fish, pasta, soup, mixed nuts, pasta sauce, non-refrigerated milk, and cereal.  The following days are scheduled for Wacky Week…

Monday PJ Day

Tuesday Twins/Multiples Day

Wednesday Wacky Hair Day

Thursday  Favorite Color Day

Friday  Favorite Sports Team Day

AHS Key Club and Athens Kiwanis hold Pancake Day AHS Key Club Helps with Pancake Day

On March 12th the AHS key club paired up with The Athens Kiwanis to help put on their 56th Pancake day. The Key Club members were able to assist the Kiwanis in many facets including, greeting, serving food, operating a drink station and running a silent auction. The Key Club has 25 members working in service on this day. The four Athens Key Club officers assisted with the Kiwanis Auction. The auction ended up making $106 dollars, which was able to be donated to our club to assist with our next service project, The Red Cross Blood Drive.

AHS Places 1st at District Science Fair

Athens High School had a stellar performance at the District Science Fair. AHS placed fist as a high school team with all students advanced to state competition. One student advanced to the International Science Fair. 

AHS Senior Richard Hwang Wins Franklin B. Walter All-Scholastic Award

Athens High School senior Richard Hwang has been awarded the Franklin B. Walter All-Scholastic Award recipient for Athens County this year.


Each year the Athens-Meigs ESC honors one student from a local school district in Athens and Meigs Counties to be the (OESCA) Franklin B. Walter Award Recipient.  Award recipients must have demonstrated outstanding academic achievement as well as other significant school and community accomplishments.

South Pacific South Pacific Poster

AHS Drama presents: South Pacific on April 7th, 8th, and 9th at 7pm and also April 10th at 2pm.

Set in an island paradise during World War II, two parallel love stories are threatened by the dangers of prejudice and war. Nellie, a spunky nurse from Arkansas, falls in love with a mature French planter, Emile. Nellie learns that the mother of his children was an island native and, unable to turn her back on the prejudices with which she was raised, refuses Emile's proposal of marriage. Meanwhile, the strapping Lt. Joe Cable denies himself the fulfillment of a future with an innocent Tonkinese girl with whom he's fallen in love out of the same fears that haunt Nellie. When Emile is recruited to accompany Joe on a dangerous mission that claims Joe's life, Nellie realizes that life is too short not to seize her own chance for happiness, thus confronting and conquering her prejudices.

More information available at ahsdrama.org

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.

Athens MS Archery Team Qualifies for Ntl Tournament & Places 5th at the State Tournament

If one was looking at the beginning of the MS Archery season it was going to take a sports miracle for the team to qualify for the National Tournament this year. Losing two National Champions to the HS team and recruiting  EIGHT  rookie archers wasn't looking good for advancing any farther than the state tournament this season. 

AHS Teacher Wins 4th Place in Video Contest
The Patton College of Education held a video contest on “Why I Teach!” Several teachers from Athens City Schools submitted video entries and one of our teachers, AHS English teacher Tina Hall  won fourth place. 
At The Patton College’s Public Education Recognition Day, Wednesday, March 95-7 p.m., all public school teachers will be recognized with a reception. And the top four videos will be viewed.
Click the Read More Link to see the video.
ACS Preschool Registration April 6, 2016

Athens City School District Preschool Registration

Date:    Wednesday, April 6, 2016

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 8/1/2016

Please call Linda Bennett at 740.797.4516 ext. 233 to make your appointment

Morrison-Gordon Student Advances in MATHCOUNTS Competition

Morrison-Gordon Sixth grader, Lisa Liu, recently participated in the Regional MATHCOUNTS competition held on Ohio University campus on January 30, 2016.   She will advance to the State individual MATHCOUNTS competition in Columbus next month.  Congratulations, Lisa!

Morrison-Gordon Student advances in Spelling Bee!

Congratulations to Morrison-Gordon student Adam Porterfield who has qualified to compete in Ohio University's Scripps College of Communication Region I Spelling Bee, on March 19, 2016.  Way to go, Adam!

Calendar Hearing Announcement
The Athens City School District will be required to move from a "Days" based calendar to an "Hours" based calendar for the 2016-2017 School Year.  As required by  Ohio Revised Code 3313.48, the Board will hold a hearing for the purpose of reviewing the draft calendar at the Regular February Board Meeting on Thursday, February 18, 2016 at Morrison-Gordon Elementary School.
Athens City School District Early Entrance Roundup - Call by March 16

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.  For more details and/or to make an appointment to begin the process, call 740-797-4516 by March 16, 2016.

Thank You for Supporting the Blood Drive! Photo of Certificate of Reognition

Morrison-Gordon Student Council would like to thank everyone who came out to support the recent blood drive during our January conferences.  The Red Cross surpassed their goal for the night and was able to collect enough blood to help 75 lives!

8th Grade Trip to Washington D.C. May 11-13

The annual eighth grade class trip to Washington, D.C., will take place this year from May 11-13.  Eighth graders who paid a deposit received payment letters in November.  Final payment deadline is 7:45 AM, January 26th. Payments are made payable to AMS and may only be made to Mrs. Hall in Room 304 between 7:30 – 7:45AM.  Absolutely no refunds will be given after this deadline--this includes students removed for disciplinary reasons. Prior to this date, refunds can be made, but must be requested in writing from a parent or guardian.  Please do not put payments in Mrs. Hall’s mailbox or mail them.  Students who do not pay by the deadline will only be added to the trip if there is a place available for him or her.  If you have any questions please email ahall@athenscsd.org.

AMS Band News

The students are off to a great start on their new music and are quickly developing their skills on their instruments.  The next band concert is Tuesday, March 15, at 7:00 pm in the AMS Auditorium.  At this time, we are also getting students that are interested in participating in Solo and Ensemble contest started on music.  These students will perform their solo or ensemble for a judge on Saturday, April 16, at the OU School of Music.  More details about their exact performance time that day will be sent home closer to the event.  The cost is $14 for solos and $18 for ensembles (split by the number of members in the group).  Please make checks payable to Athens Band Boosters.  Thanks for your continued support of the Athens Middle School Band Program!  

Geography Bee Results
AMS MathCounts Competition

Congratulations to the top 10 finishers in our school competition who competed at the chapter competition on January 30th.  The team members are Jonathan Lee, Julie Park, Nora  Sullivan, Sakura Sugiyama, Siyoug Kim, Walker Evans, Tina Zhang, Eric Kim, Emily Pauwels and Isabella Tan.  We had several students finish in the top 12 of the individual competition which earned them a spot in the countdown round:  Siyoung Kim (1st place), Nora Sullivan (6th place), Isabella Tan (7th place).  Jonathan Lee finished in the countdown round in 2nd place with a remarkable performance.  Great job, AMS Mathletes!

Morrison-Gordon Book Fair

Morrison-Gordon's annual Book Fair will take place on Tuesday, March 15th from 5pm-7:30pm in the gymnasium.  This is an opportunity for you to purchase books for your children and/or to donate books to your child's classroom or the library.  As in years past, Subway dinners will be available for purchase, and Clifford, the Big Red Dog, will make an appearance!


Many volunteers are needed to help with this event.  To sign up as a volunteer, please go to http://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f0849aaaf28a7fb6-morrisongordon  where you will find the number of volunteers needed for each activity along with the dates and times.  If you have any questions, please contact Gerry Hikida at ghikida@athenscsd.org.

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