Welcome back AJSH teachers

213-14 Atherton Jr/Sr High School


August 25, 2013

Dearest Atherton Jr/Sr. High School Staff Member,

I am so excited to have you back this year!! This is a brand new year with a lot of exciting changes! I hope that your summer has been going well. Hopefully you have spent the time relaxing and resting because we are almost ready to get started again!!! Below I have included information that you may be interested in:


August 29th, 2013

8:00-9:00 Welcome back breakfast at AJSH cafeteria – Our theme will be ATHERTON this year so wear your black and white (and silver)…fight! fight! fight! We ask that you go all out like you are going to Super bowl game and Atherton is in the finals! (SHHHHHH….this is top secret!!!) We have to outdo the Elementary folk J (not that I am competitive or anything)

9:00-11:30 AJSH staff meet to go over following items:


*Staff Handbook

*Student Handbook

*Mentoring hour

*PLC activity


11:30-12:30 LUNCH

12:30-3:00 PLC time and common assessments.

September 3rd, 2013

Students Half Day

7th-12th 7:30-10:43 Teacher Lunch 10:45-11:15 Teacher report at 7:20 a.m.

11:15-2:40 – Updating training

Staff Updates

We have several new staff members that are joining our building and/or our district. Please make sure that you give them a “Big Atherton Welcome”.

New and Transitioning Staff Members

Colleen Kure –Social Worker – Colleen Kure will be transitioning to district social worker.

Michelle Turner – Spanish/Language Arts – Michelle Turner is transitioning from Bentley School District to Atherton as the new Spanish/Language Arts position replacing Abby Kaiser.

Allison Hrabec – 7th/8th grade Math – Allison Hrabec worked as Title I staff at Mt. Morris School District and is now starting at her career at AJSH.

Elizabeth Molnar – 7th/8th grade/HS science – Mrs. Molnar has been teaching for the last 7 years in Indiana and has relocated to the area. She is very excited to join our AJSH team.

Shawn Lewis – 7th/8th grade special education teacher – Shawn has taught the last 8 years in Maryland is also relocating back to her hometown of Davison. She is eager to get started for the new year.

Secretary positions – As Aimee Pizzo has moved on to another position, Sandy West is now the building secretary/athletic secretary and Julee Holley counseling/attendance secretary.

Career Coordinator – Interviewing this week.

Split between Atherton Elementary/AJSH

- Jim Burnor – Tech

- Jen O’Guinn – Art

- Jerry Cutting – Band/Choir

Not returning to Atherton School District this year

It is always with great sadness that we have to see one of our Atherton family members leave. Obviously these are listed in no particular order.

Abby Kaiser – Mrs. Kaiser got a job at Kettering University working with TAs. She will be missed and we wish her the best.

Drew Kotowski – Mr. Kotowski got a job in Romulus School district which is much closer to his home. He wanted me to share with everyone that he really enjoyed working with everyone and the district.

Aimee Pizzo – Mrs. Pizzo got a new job as a secretary in Grand Blanc School District. We will miss her and wish her the best of luck.

Erika Neumann – Mrs. Neumann will be transitioning to Troy School District. Her enthusiasm and dedication will also be missed.



Our building has been cleaned, so classrooms are ready if you want to come up and set up your rooms. The AJSH is open Monday – Friday from 7:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Atherton Paw Points

Check out the link for the Fall 2013 Atherton Newsletter.

See you soon!!

Jamie Johnston

Atherton Middle School