Steele Report

November 2019

Principal's Message

Hello Comet Country,

Tonight is our first Family First Night of the 2019-2020 school year. There will be no after-school events, practices, games, or activities. I hope you and your family enjoy your quality time together.


Believe it or not, we are about halfway into the second quarter! I encourage you to utilize ParentPortal and follow your child's grades. Please do not hesitate to contact your child's teachers with any questions, comments, or concerns. Mid-terms and final exams will be the last two days before Winter Break. Please see below for the complete schedule.


Finally, if you have not already updated your student's emergency medical and contact information through your PowerSchool Parent Portal account, please do so by November 15th. It is imperative we have updated medical and contact information in our system. Please see below for more detailed information on this process. Any student who does not have updated information by November 15th, will not be able to attend field trips or participate in after-school activities, sports, events, etc. In addition, you will not receive email or phone communication from the district. Thank you for your prompt attention to this matter.


Please continue to follow us on Twitter (@SteelePrincipal, @NikkiCampbellAP, @aharigan), Remind (@mls1920), and visit the Steele website for the latest Steele happenings and information.


Go Comets,

Mr. Tellier

Update Emergency Medical and Contact Information by Nov. 15th!

The Amherst Exempted Village School District initiated a new online returning student registration process this school year. As of today, we only have updated emergency medical and contact information for about 1,200 students. It is imperative that we receive updated information for all students by Friday, November 15, 2019. If you have already completed the online returning student registration process for each child in your family attending the Amherst Schools, then there is nothing further that you need to do.


It is crucial for the safety and security of your children that we have this information updated immediately. If you have not completed and submitted the online student registration process for each child in your family attending the Amherst Schools through your PowerSchool Parent Portal account, then follow these directions and complete the process by November 15th.


If we do not have your child’s updated information by the deadline of November 15th, then your child will not have the proper emergency medical and contact information within our system. As a result, your child will not be able to attend field trips or participate in after-school activities, sports, events, etc. In addition, you will not receive email or phone communication from the district.


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/directions.

If you have any questions or need assistance, please contact your child's school office or the Board Office at 440-988-4406. Thank you for immediate assistance in completing this process.

Mid-Term and Final Exam Schedule

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Fall End of Course Exams

Marion L. Steele High School will be administering End of Course Exams Thursday, December 5th - Friday, December 13th for students who need to retake an exam or who are in a tested course during the first semester only. Students who are retesting have been notified by their school counselor. Testing will take place first thing in the morning and students will continue with their regular schedule once testing is complete.

SOS-Signs of Suicide

On December 10, Marion L. Steele School Counselors will be administering a brief screen for adolescent depression, suicide risk and alcohol use to all students in American History classes. Your child will be bringing home a letter providing more information. If you have any questions, please feel free to speak with your child's school counselor.

Lorain County JVS Information

A representative from the Lorain County JVS will be meeting with sophomores on December 3rd and 4th during US History classes. Stay tuned for more details on the Sophomore JVS visit which is the end of January.

College Visits

Every Tuesday, a different college or university is scheduled to be at Steele High School. Students should check their Naviance account to sign up.

Important Dates

Wednesday, November 13th: Family First Night


Thursday, November 14th - Saturday, November 16th: Fall Theatre Production


Tuesday, November 19th: National Honor Society Induction Ceremony


Thursday, November 21st: Jostens Ring Delivery and Senior Cap and Gown Order Day


Friday, November 22nd: Student Council Blood Drive


Friday, November 22nd - Saturday, November 23rd: Fall Theatre Production


Wednesday, November 26th: Crazy Games from 1:45 - 2:45, B-Schedule


Wednesday, November 27th - Friday, November 29th: Thanksgiving Break, No School


Friday, December 2nd: C- Schedule


Thursday, December 5th - Friday, December 13th: Fall End of Course Exams


Monday, December 16th: Choir Alumni Concert


Tuesday, December 17th: Band Winter Concert


Thursday, December 19th: Orchestra Winter Concert


Wednesday, December 18th: Jostens Final Order Day for Seniors' Cap and Gown


Thursday, December 19th - Friday, December 20th: Mid-term and Final Exams


Friday, December 20th: End of 2nd Quarter


Monday, December 23rd - Friday, January 3rd: Winter Break for Students, No School


Monday, January 6th: First day of 3rd Quarter

Attendance Information

Excused Absence

Excused Absence: an absence where parent and/or guardian properly provides a phone call or note within 48 hours of the absence. It is preferred that notification comes by 9:00 am the day of the absence.

If the student has more than 65 hours of absences within a semester, every absence thereafter will be considered truant unless classified as a certified absence.

A student who has been absent from a class more than 65 hours in a semester will not be permitted to make-up assignments or assessments unless the hours are excused by a certified absence.

School authorized field trips and/or suspensions will not count as part of a student’s bank of 65 hours of absences per semester.



Certified Absence

Certified Absence: an absence recognized by the Ohio Revised Code.

The following reasons will be classified as certified:

  • personal illness with proper documentation from a doctor
  • illness in the immediate family with proper documentation from a doctor
  • quarantine determined by proper health officials
  • death in the immediate family
  • medical or dental appointment with proper documentation
  • certified religious holiday
  • up to 3 college visits with proper documentation

Proper documentation will be received within 6 school days to validate the absence.

Special circumstances such as a family vacation or an extracurricular event request must be made via a completed “Pre-Planned Absence Form” at least two weeks prior to the absence is to occur.



Truant/Unexcused

Truant/Unexcused: an absence where a parent/guardian does not make contact with the school to verify absence and/or the student has more than 65 hours of noncertified absences in a semester.

Any student who leaves school without signing out, and/or parent approval is considered truant and cannot be excused by a note or parent call after the fact.

Grading Information

Students and parents should review the following information about grades:

• Final grade computations are determined by an average of each quarter and the semester

ending exam. Each quarter receives 40 percent weight while the exam receives 20 percent.

• Two passing grades of the three and an overall passing average are necessary to earn

credit for the semester.

• Yearlong courses, except AP courses, will appear as two separate final grades on the

transcript.

• There are no running percentages from one grading period to the next.

• All students must take the required final exam to receive credit for the course. If they do

not take the final exam, then they will receive an F for the course. If a student is absent the

day of the exam without a valid excuse, then the student will fail the exam and the course.

• Evaluative and late work procedures will be communicated by the teachers at the

beginning of the course.


Make Up Work Policy

A student who has been absent from a class more than 65 hours in a semester will not be permitted to make-up assignments or assessments unless the hours are excused by a certified absence.


While it is the responsibility of the student and the teacher to see that make-up work is completed, make-up work is primarily the responsibility of the student. The student is responsible for contacting teachers and obtaining make-up assignments and to complete work assigned within the designated time. Typically, a child will be granted one (1) extended day per each day absent. This rule also applies to students who are suspended as they will be allowed to make up the work missed without loss of credit. If requested, for extended absences, assignments may be picked up after school from the red tray located in the counseling office. Students should make every effort to pick up assignments or arrange for a sibling to do so.

Past Issues of the Steele Report

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

October 2019

September 2019

August 2019

Summer 2019