AJHS Black Bear News

Sunday, January 22nd

Principal's Message

AJHS Family,

Please take the time to look through this newsletter as it is full of important information regarding course registration for the 2023-2024 school year as well as multiple opportunities for your student.

Yes, it is time to begin thinking about courses for next year! For our 9th graders, next school year brings the transition to Austin High School with an expanded offering of courses including those at the Career Academies of Decatur! For our 8th graders, you will begin taking high school-level courses and earning transcript credits towards your diploma! We will also utilize this time to help our current AMS 7th graders learn about AJHS and their course options.



Dr. Christopher

Course Registration!

Important Dates:

Monday, January 23rd: Available course sheets will be sent out to all current 8th and 9th grade students/parents.

Monday, January 23rd: Austin High School Curriculum Fair for incoming 10th grade students

Thursday, January 26th: AJHS Curriculum Fair from 5:00-6:00 in the cafeteria

*We will also have an AP World History information session in the Library at 5:30 for those 8th graders wanting more information about the great opportunity to be introduced to Advanced Placement in 9th grade!

Monday/Tuesday, January 30th/31st: AJHS current 8th graders will meet individually with our team during their Science classes to select their courses for next school.

Wednesday, February 1st: The AJHS team will travel to AMS to meet with current 7th graders individually to select their courses for the next school year.

Virtual Students will be contacted the following week to select their courses.

9th Grade - Durbin Leadership Young Leaders of Decatur Conference

AJHS 9th graders,

Decatur City Schools has partnered with Durbin Leadership to provide our high school students an opportunity to participate in a Leadership Conference on February 28th at the Cooks Museum. Please check it out at:


This is a wonderful opportunity and I hope many of our students take advantage of it!

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AJHS Students in Action!

AJHS had multiple students assist with the Volunteer Center of Morgan County's inaugural Martin Luther King Jr. Serve Day!


Yearbook Orders

January 31st is the last day to purchase yearbooks at the current price. The cost will go up by $5.00 after that date. Here is the link to order online yearbookordercenter.com

Our school code is 17676.

PowerSchool App

AJHS Parents,

We have been informed by some parents that the PowerSchool App has stopped allowing them to see grades. Our understanding is that the company recently completed some updates. If you run into this issue, then please try logging out and logging back in or deleting the app and redownloading it. This seems to be fixing the issue. Thank you!

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Austin Fundraiser Opportunities

Softball Bundt Cakes:

It’s that time of year again!! Austin Softball is selling Nothing Bundt Cakes to raise money for our program. This year's featured flavor will be cookies & cream. Please reach out to any softball player or coach to place your order. Attached below is the flyer with more information. Orders are due by Feb 1st and DELIVERY will be Feb 13th. We appreciate your support!

Cheer "Fear the Bear" Shirt:

Support Austin Wrestling and order a 'Fear the Bear' Shirt. Shirts will be available to order now until February 1st. The shirts are $15!

Click here to order

Austin High School Sweatshirt:


Free Tutoring!

AJHS is excited to offer free tutoring before and after school to all students. There is no need to make an appointment - just show up!

Decatur Youth Services also provides after school tutoring services.

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Spread the Word

We will attempt to get information out to our students and families in many different ways. Although SchoolCast is great tool to get information out quickly, many of our stakeholders "see and forget" these messages. Please help spread the word to follow AJHS on Facebook and Instagram. I also think that many people would rather see or watch than read. FB allows us to post short video message, tutorials and announcements. Thanks!

Instagram: ajhs_blackbears

Facebook: Austin Junior High School

Quote: “It takes empathy, patience, and compassion to overcome anger, hatred, and resentment." - Martin Luther King Jr.