AJHS Black Bear News

Sunday, February 19th

Principal's Message

AJHS Family,

As you are aware, we had two separate incidents on Wednesday, February 15th at school. We take all incidents involving safety seriously and want to remain transparent with our school family about them. I would like to thank our school administration, district team, and the Decatur Police Department for their swift actions to help ensure the safety of our students and staff. Although no direct threats were made towards our campus or any individual, school administration was able to respond to reported information quickly and appropriately. We strive to keep our stakeholders informed and will continue to do so as effectively and efficiently as possible. Please continue to encourage your student to report anything they feel does not look, feel, or sound right.

This upcoming Monday is a remote learning day for our students (Orange Day). Teachers will provide students with assignments to complete at home, without hosting Google Meets, while they attend professional development.



Dr. Christopher

Thank you!

Thank you to all of Black Bear Nation that helped support AJHS through our Warehouse Coffee, Marcos Pizza, and t-shirt fundraisers this past week. Every little bit helps!

Black History Month Program

Thank you to everyone who helped make our Black History Month Program such a success this past week! A special thanks goes out to Mrs. Peggy Towns (speaker), the Brothers of the Delta Gamma Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity of Alabama A&M University, AHS Sophomore Myah Motton, the AHS Jazz Band, the AJHS Choir, and our very own emcee Jordan Slaton!

Also, thank you to a very special group of AJHS educators lead by Ms. Elizabeth Webb for organizing todays program.


Course Verifications for 2023-2024 School Year

AJHS Family,

Course Verification sheets were handed out to 8th grade students this past Friday during first block. For those that did not receive theirs, please check with your first block teacher on Tuesday morning. Students do not have to return these sheets. It is simply a step to help keep everyone informed on the courses your students registered for the 2023-2024 school year. We will be sending home Course Verifications to our current 7th graders soon.

AJHS Theatre

Congratulations to Katie Dixon and Ellie Dorantes for receiving Superior ratings at the Alabama Thespian Festival this weekend! Great job by all that participated!

Rose Valentin

Schaefer Ingram

Ellie Dorantes

Jessie Dorantes

Lucas Turbyfill

Allen Love

Nic Hair

Jakeem Pendleton

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School Counselor Appreciation!

We would like to thank Ms. Nichols and Mrs. Phillips for all they do for AJHS as our school counselors. They are the bomb!
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Austin Cheerleading Tryouts

Austin Cheer tryouts will be from February 21- February 24, 2023. If you are interested in being an Austin Cheerleader you must fill out the google tryout interest form. Interest forms are due February 16, 2023. If you have any questions or concerns please email eria.jackson@dcs.edu. Go Bears!
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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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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: “Strong people stand up for themselves; stronger people stand up for others." - Suzy Kassem