The Principal's Pen Parent Edition 1 - March 2020

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Our Vision

To be a model community school that produces engaged and thriving citizens.

Our Mission

Focus on more than academics, by creating engaged citizens, promoting community pride, and developing essential workforce skills.


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The online yearbook store is open if you would like to purchase a copy of the 2020 Amethyst with a credit card or debit card. Simply click here and you will be directed to the online store. Be sure you complete the sale transaction and receive a confirmation of your purchase.


Limited quantities of old yearbooks are currently on sale. 2019: $60; 2018: $40; 2005-2017: $25 Buy two books and get a third yearbook of equal or lesser value FREE. Order forms are available in room 218.


ACHS senior Carl Hayden has been selected to attend the National Youth Science Camp

ACHS is pleased to announce that senior Carl Hayden has been selected to attend the National Youth Science Camp this summer. The National Youth Science Camp (NYSCamp) is a residential science education program for young STEM enthusiasts the summer after they graduate from high school. Students from around the country (two are selected to represent each state and Washington, D.C.) are challenged academically in exciting lectures and hands-on studies and have voluntary opportunities to participate in an outdoor adventure program, gain a new and deep appreciation for the great outdoors, and establish friendships that last a lifetime.

Welding 2-3 interviews begin March 30.
Nursing Assistant Class

Parents/guardians of rising 10th or 11th graders: If you have a student that may be interested in a CAREER IN NURSING they are more than welcome to come and talk with Nurse Owen about the Nursing Assistant class offered at ACHS! There is a prerequisite class of Intro to Health Careers or the EMT class that can be used at their completion to then APPLY to the Nursing Assistant program! Nurse Owen looks forward to sharing her passion with your student about this unique and beneficial career opportunity! Students may email Nurse Owen (vowen@amherst.k12.va.us) or stop by room 146 during 1st lunch!

Dual Enrollment Placement Test April 1 & 2

We had an overwhelming number of students who needed to take the Dual Enrollment Placement test in February. We tested 75 students in the first round and will test the remaining students April 1st and 2nd. Please contact Mrs. Clark in the school counseling office with any questions.

Early College applications are due to Mrs. Clark in the School Counseling Office by Friday March 13, 2020 at 3:00 p.m.

PROM 2020

Prom 2020 is Saturday, May 16 from 7:00 p.m. -11:00 p.m. at Prothro, Sweet Briar College. Tickets are $25 and will be on sale beginning Monday, May 11. Juniors and seniors must pay class dues before they can purchase a ticket. If you wish to bring a guest who does not attend ACHS to Prom, guest approval forms will be available in the main office beginning April 1! Please be mindful that students who are chronically absent (have missed 10% of the school year) cannot attend Prom. Students on social probation for excessive tardiness cannot attend. Additionally, students who have seven or more suspension days for the school year cannot attend Prom. Please see Mrs. Saunders in the main office if you have any questions!

The ACHS PTO donated 20 prom dresses to the ACHS Guidance Department. If you have a student that you know needs help getting a dress for prom, please send them to their guidance counselor.

Accommodations Available for College Board Tests

Students who receive special education (IEP or 504) services can request accommodations for College Board Tests (PSAT, SAT, & AP Exams) and the ACT. Please contact Erin Begley (ebegley@amherst.k12.va.us) for information.



Unfortunately, the basketball season ended with a loss at JF but the guys were really competitive... After a slow start, we actually took a lead in the fourth before we had to start fouling (and JF made a lot of those FTs). Really proud of the way we fought night-in night-out all year long. We will be starting some conditioning in April, and hopefully have a Spring League schedule before too long. Until then, get some shots up and I look forward to a little break before off-season conditioning starts back up. ~Coach Segar Jordan

The softball team is selling Butter Braid Bread as this year's fundraiser! The fundraiser ends March 13th. They are $14 and come frozen, so they can last up to a year! The bread is delicious!! The flavors are: Bavarian cream, strawberry and cream cheese, apple, cinnamon, blueberry and cream cheese, and four cheese and herb. If you are interested in ordering, email Coach Thacker at sthacker@amherst.k12.va.us. Thank you in advance for your support, the team greatly appreciates it!

For a schedule of athletic events, visit amherstlancers.org or click here.


Dr. Brown's Final Thoughts

Did you know kids are supposed to be at least 13 years or older to have an account on most social media sites? I did an informal poll during an assembly by asking our students to raise their hands if they had a Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, or Snapchat account...nearly every hand was up. However, when I ask students why they are on social media, they don’t know why. After talking with students for a while and asking them to reflect, most of them realize that social media does more harm than good. The following statements are the words of our students about their social media use: “It just creates more drama,” “I don’t know why I use it, it’s just fun I guess,” “My parents wouldn’t be happy with what I post and look at,” “It’s just a lot of drama.” Social media can be a powerful tool for good when used intentionally with a clear purpose...but when kids use it without guidance or purpose it can do a lot of harm. I’d encourage all of our parents to have a serious conversation with your children about how and why they are using social media...or if they even need to be on social media at all. Because it’s good for us all to “unplug” and reconnect sometimes, I’m challenging all of our students, parents, and staff to “unplug and reconnect” on March 30, 2020 for 24 hours. If you and your family accept this challenge simply post #UnpluggedToReconnect and #GoLancers, log off, then use the extra time to discuss ways to make our school and community a better place to live and study. There are excellent articles and resources for parents dealing with social media and kids online, so if you find something good please share with other families and me! Do you accept the challenge?

Principal's Challenges

The Principal’s Challenge for this week is our first student made challenge: This challenge was suggested by Patrick Berry. The challenge is to create your own principal's challenge this week. Share what you are doing with your friends and teachers and challenge them. Get creative and make an impact!

Intentional Excellence, Embrace Change

Created By
Derrick Brown


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