Steele Report

Summer 2021

Principal's Message

Dear Marion L. Steele High School Family,

I hope everyone is enjoying their summer. Our custodians, secretaries, and technology department are working hard this summer to ensure Steele High School is ready for our students on Thursday, August 19th.

Our faculty and staff hope you find the information in this Steele Report helpful. We will be creating and sending a bi-weekly Steele Report to keep you informed on pertinent information throughout the school year.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the high school main office from 7:00 am to 3:00 pm until Monday, June 28th. We will return from summer break on Monday, August 2nd.

Lorain County Public Health has advised planning for a “normal” school year. We will be sharing more details for the 2021-2022 school year in August.

Again, have a great summer and we will see you soon!

Joe Tellier

MLS Principal

Summer Experience Program Sign-Up

Amherst's Learning Recovery and Extended Learning Plan includes a summer learning opportunity to help any student with learning loss due to COVID and to help prepare them for the 2021-2022 school year.

The Summer Experience Program will take place on August 2nd-6th and August 9th-13th from 9:30 am to 12:00 pm at Amherst Junior High School. The focus for Steele students is Algebra, Geometry, and English Language Arts.

The deadline to sign-up is Wednesday, June 16th via the Summer Experience Student Sign-Up Form.

Returning Student Registration Opens July 1st!

All emergency, medical, and contact information for all K-12 students will be collected through the Returning Student Registration process in your PowerSchool Parent Portal account at the start of each school year.

Parents/guardians will be able to update this information starting on Thursday, July 1st!

To complete the process, please go to your PowerSchool Parent Portal account, click on the Returning Student Registration link in the left menu, and follow the prompts. For step-by-step directions, please refer to this Online Returning Student Registration Directions document.

If you completed this process last year, most of your child's emergency and contact information will be pre-filled on this year's form. You will simply need to check, verify, and update any changes.

Thank you in advance for updating your returning student's information as soon as it opens in July. This information must be completed in order for students to pick up their Chromebook in August.

Student Schedules

Student schedules for the 2021-2022 school year will be available to view via PowerSchool Parent Portal on Monday, August 9th.

To view your schedule, log into your ParentPortal account via the website (schedules are not available to view in the ParentPortal app) and click on “Next Year Schedule”. Please note a student’s schedule will only be changed to correct an incomplete schedule or to meet graduation requirements. If you have any questions about your schedule, please contact your school counselor.

School Counselors:

Mrs. Loushin, Grades 9-11, Last Names A-K

Ms. Rigda, Grades 9-11, Last Names L-Z

Ms. Santos, Grade 12

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Late Arrival/Early Release

Late Arrival or Early Release is a special privilege for juniors and seniors with at least five credits for the year and who have an opening in their schedule.

Student schedules will not be changed to accommodate Late Arrival or Early Release privileges. Late Arrival and Early Release privilege is by parental permission only. It is the responsibility of the student and parent/guardian to ensure athletic eligibility and credit status prior to applying for Late Arrival or Early Release.

Eligible students must submit the Late Arrival/ Early Release Application. Once approved, the student's schedule will be changed. Students must have Late Arrival/ Early Release on their schedule before starting.

The Late Arrival/Early Release application will be available on the Steele website on Monday, August 9th.

Parking Permits

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.

Parking Permits will be available to purchase on the following dates for certain groups of students. The online Parking Permit application must be completed before buying a parking permit.

August 9th and 10th: Seniors only

August 11th and 12th: Seniors and Juniors only

August 13th and beyond: Open to any student driver

Chromebook Distribution

Sophomores, Juniors, and Seniors should pick up their Chromebook during our Chromebook Distribution on Friday, August 13th in the South Lot from 9:00 - 11:00 am.

Distribution will be completed via a drive-thru setup. Please enter the South Lot off of Washington Street, form a line in the lane closest to the street, and remain in your vehicle.

Freshmen will receive their Chromebook during Freshmen Orientation.

Returning Student Registration must be completed in Parent Portal in order to pick up a Chromebook. There will be stations for families who need to complete the Returning Student Registration in Parent Portal before getting a Chromebook.

Meningitis Vaccine Requirement for 12th Grade Entry

The Ohio Health Department, under Ohio Revised Code 3701.13 and 3313.671, requires all students entering the 12th grade to provide written proof that they have received a dose of the Meningococcal (meningitis) vaccine after age 16.

Please ensure the school has proof of your child’s vaccine on file by September 8th. Students without proof of the meningitis vaccine may be subject to exclusion from school.

Marion L. Steele High School Open House

Monday, Aug. 16th, 6-7pm

450 Washington Street

Amherst, OH

MLS administration will hold a Parent Information Meeting from 6:00- 6:30 pm.

Freshmen Orientation

Friday, Aug. 13th, 9am-12pm

450 Washington Street

Amherst, OH

Freshmen orientation is for students only. Parents are encouraged to attend the Parent Information Meeting during Open House on Monday, August 16th at 6:00 pm in the cafetorium.

Students should be dropped off at the cafetorium courtyard which is located across from the baseball field.

Important 1st Quarter Dates

Thursday, July 1: Returning Student Registration opens in PowerSchool Parent Portal

Monday, August 9: Student Schedules released in PowerSchool Parent Portal

Monday, August 9 and Tuesday, August 10: Parking Permits on sale for Seniors

Wednesday, August 11 and Thursday, August 12: Parking Permits on sale for Seniors and Juniors

Friday, August 13: Parking Permits on sale for all students

Friday, August 13: Freshman Orientation, 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

Friday, August 13: Chromebook Distribution, 9:00 am - 11:00 pm in South Lot

Monday, August 16: Open House, 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Thursday, August 19: First Day of School

Friday, August 27: Picture Day

Monday, September 6: No School, Labor Day

Wednesday, September 8: Proof of Meningitis Vaccine due for Seniors

September 13 - September 17: Comets Care Week

September 20 - September 24: Homecoming Week

Friday, September 24: Gallery of Success

Saturday, September 25: Homecoming Dance, 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Thursday, October 7: Parent-Teacher Conferences, 3:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Friday, October 8: No School, NEOEA Day

Wednesday, October 13: PSAT Day for Freshmen, Sophomores, and Juniors

Friday, October 15: End of First Grading Period