Steele High School Newsletter

September 2020

Principal's Message

Hello Comet Nation,

On behalf of the faculty and staff at Marion L. Steele High School, I would like to thank our students and parents for making our return to school such a success.

We are very proud of how our students have risen to the occasion during these unprecedented times. Each and every day both onCampus and eCampus Steele students are ready to learn with a positive outlook.

Thank you for your continued support and please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions or concerns as we continue throughout this year.

Go Comets,

Mr. Tellier

Parent- Teacher Conferences Sign Up

Marion L. Steele High School will be holding Virtual Parent-Teacher Conferences on Thursday, October 8th from 3:00 to 8:30 p.m., Thursday, January 14th from 3:00 to 7:00 p.m., and Thursday, April 8th from 3:00 to 7:30 p.m.

We encourage all parents to schedule a time to meet with any or all of their child's teachers. To schedule a parent conference, please call Mrs. Doehr at 440-988-4433 between the hours of 7:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. After you sign up with Mrs. Doehr, you will receive a Google Meet calendar invitation for your conference.

PSAT on October 14th

On Wednesday, October 14th, Steele High School will be administering the PSAT/NMSQT to Freshmen, Sophomores, and Juniors only.

Testing will begin promptly at 7:45 am. Students may get a Grab and Go breakfast from the cafetorium before reporting to their testing room. Students are released from school once they finish testing. There will be Grab and Go lunches available in the cafetorium for students to pick up on their way out of the building.

The busses will still run at the normal time of 2:45 pm. Students who do not have a way of getting home after testing may stay in the cafetorium with a staff member until 2:45 pm.

Seniors will not report to school on Wednesday, October 14th but will instead work remotely on assignments at home.

2020 - 2021 Yearbook

This year's yearbook will certainly be a unique keepsake, so don't forget to order yours today! If you order any time now or before October 2nd, you can pick four free icons when you upgrade your yearbook cover by adding your name!

For easy ordering, click on the link below to access Jostens online ordering process! Jostens online ordering link:

If you have any questions, contact Yearbook Advisor Brian Rubinski at

School Fees

We ask that parents be cognizant of their child's school fees as they can continue to accumulate and roll over from year to year. Please call Steele's main office at 440-988-4433 if you need to set up a payment plan.

Fees for the first trimester have been placed on accounts. Fees for trimester 2 and 3 will be put on student accounts during those trimesters.

Students taking an AP exam, must have their test fee(s) paid by February 1, 2021. The cost of each AP exam is $85.

Parking Permits Still Available

There are still parking permits available for parking in the South Lot. All student drivers parking on Amherst Exempted Village School District property must obtain a parking permit and follow the student parking rules outlined on page 26 of the Marion L. Steele Student/Parent Handbook.

Please print and complete the Parking Permit Application and Informed Consent Agreement before purchasing a permit from the main office.

USDA No-Cost Meal Benefits Information

The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) is allowing Amherst Schools to offer onCampus students breakfast and lunch at no cost to families from September 23, 2020, through December 31, 2020, or until the USDA funds run out; whichever happens first. If we find out that the USDA funds have run out, we will let all of you know when students will have to go back to full-pay, reduced-price or free status.

Students will still have to pay full price for any a la carte items they want to buy. Families who have a Free and Reduced-price Meal Application expiring October 6, 2020 must still complete a new one for the 2020-21 school year. You can complete that HERE. We must have this on file in order to waive instructional fees for those that qualify for free meals.

Any money your student borrowed before September 23, 2020 still needs to be paid back. You will receive an email or a paper copy of how much your student owes.

If you have any questions regarding the Nutrition Services Department, please contact Deanne Pastva, Nutrition Services Supervisor at 440-988-1991 or

Reporting Procedures for Absence

The parent/guardian must notify the school by 9:00 am if the child is absent (not in school at 7:45 am) using the school attendance phone number (440-988-5230).

The notification must contain the name of the parent/guardian making the call, date of the call, date of the absence, and reason for the absence (must be one of the eight excused absence reasons).

If no parent/guardian notification is received, it is our policy to call the home of the absentee. It is also our policy to spot check student absences, even if a phone call has been received. If the parent does not contact the school or the school is unable to contact the parent/guardian, the student will be listed as unexcused for the day and considered truant.

Upon returning to school, a student needs to bring a written note from the parent/guardian if a phone call has not been received in the attendance office. If a written note is received with the date of the absence and one of the eight excused absence reasons, the unexcused absence will be changed to an excused absence. Students returning to school without a phone call or note will be considered unexcused and truant.

School Social Worker

Ms. Jill Maiorca is the School Social Worker for Amherst Exempted Village Schools. As a trained mental health professional, she provides services to students related to social, emotional, or behavioral concerns. Ms. Maiorca can be a link between the school, home, and community by providing both direct and indirect services to students, families, and school staff.

Please visit Ms. Maiorca's website to learn more about her and the services she provides are families.

Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS)

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Important First Trimester Dates

Thursday, October 8th: Parent/Teacher Conferences (Virtual)

Friday, October 9th: NEOEA Day, No School

Wednesday, October 14th: PSAT/NMSQT test for 9th, 10th, and 11th graders only

Tuesday, November 17th: End of First Trimester

Past Issues of the Steele Report

Just in case you missed a past issue of the Steele Report, click on the links below.

August 2020