Anderson High School
7560 Forest Rd. Cincinnati, Ohio ~ A monthly publication of the Anderson PTA ~ August 2007
FROM THE PRINCIPAL’S PEN
School Improvement Plan 2007-08
Anderson High School has had many successes during the past. However, we must not be
complacent about our future. The parents, students, teachers and administration are continually
searching for ways to make Anderson a better school. Each year we study the problems of the school
and search for ways to improve. That work develops the school improvement plan. Again, this year we
have identified 16 initiatives.
1. Develop a plan to reduce student tardiness to school and class.
2. Reduce student distractions by implementing a plan to consistently enforce the “articles not
allowed in school” rule stated in the student/parent handbook.
3. Develop a strategic plan in each department to increase achievement on the OGT.
4. Expand the TABLET program to further integrate technology into the curriculum to foster
development of 21st century skills for all students.
5. Increase staff awareness and the ability to respond effectively in the event of an emergency.
(i.e. knowledge of fire alarm and extinguisher locations, AED locations and use, appropriate
recognition of 911 situations, etc.)
6. Improve environmental awareness by expanding our commitment to a recycling program.
7. Create a building wellness committee to promote and meet the guidelines established in the
district wellness plan.
8. Improve the utilization of staff meeting time for professional development activities.
9. Expand initiatives to promote awareness of student achievement and talents in the school and
10. Establish a committee to evaluate the community service requirements.
11. Increase the awareness of the appropriate protocols for patriotic and school songs and pledges.
(i.e. Pledge of Allegiance, Alma Mater, National Anthem, etc.)
12. Post inspirational messages throughout the building to encourage the qualities of good
13. Foster and improve the consistency in implementation of homeroom programs.
14. Complete the installation of the memorial to honor alumni who are veterans who died in service
to our country.
15. Educate students on the definition of plagiarism/cheating.
16. Educate and promote the district facilities plan as it relates to Anderson High School to all
stakeholders. (i.e. parents, booster organizations, PTA, students, etc.)
These 16 areas were developed through a study conducted by the Effective School Committee. Input
was also given by the PTA, faculty, advisory committee and the North Central steering committee. If
you have any questions regarding any of the initiatives, please call me at 232-2772.
Diana L. Carter
Principal Submissions for September’s newsletter
are due September 4 . Send to Ginger
Johnson, Editor @ firstname.lastname@example.org.
~FROM THE DESK OF THE PTA PRESIDENT~
Welcome Back AHS Parents . . .Welcome New Freshman parents!
Whether you know it or not – you are part of a tradition of excellence through
AHS PTA. And this year, the tradition continues! Join us and become a part of the most
vital, largest high school PTA in the state of OHIO! Because of the combined talents of
hundreds of parents, AHS PTA provides support and enrichment to Anderson High School
that touch the lives of ALL students.
• The first step is . . . JOIN! Membership form is included in this newsletter.
• The second step is . . . contribute your own special talents. Whether you are a
“worker bee”, a decision maker, a fundraiser, a work from home contributor, a
donator of food or funds . . .TOGETHER we get the job done.
WE ARE YOUR PTA!
By this time you are probably settling into a routine with your high school student(s). My
hope is that your summer has left you refreshed, renewed and ready for the support role
parents play in their children’s education. Thanks for all the help parents provided this
summer and start-up of school including: Summer Packet stuffing; schedule pick-up;
freshman orientations; picture day; and the staff luncheon. Many parents were (and are)
working behind the scenes to prepare for various programs and services through PTA. You
know who you are . . .Thank You to for your Generous Spirit. You are the heart and soul
New This Year:
• PTA has some new fundraisers . . .including our Kroger Card program. This is a
“painless” fundraiser where PTA received 4% of all purchases at Kroger. Potentially
this can be our MOST effective fundraiser. Details are included in this newsletter.
• August 27th – First PTA meeting. Stay “In the Know” by being a regular attendee at
our monthly meetings. Reports are given at each meeting from the principal, teacher
rep. and parent committee chairmen.
Next PTA meeting . . . Oct. 1st, 7:15 PM in the Media Center
• Look for PTA’s Magazine drive envelope in your US mail.
• Encourage your child to submit their art/dance/literature/music, photography or film
entry in the PTA Reflections Competition. Entree forms are located outside the
Student Service Center. The deadline for submission is generally late October. This
is wonderful way for students to receive accolades for their talents in various areas.
Anderson High School is known for having some of the most talented student!
We are off to what will prove to be . . . A GREAT YEAR at AHS!
Tracy Pierson, AHS PTA624-6801
JOIN THE ANDERSON HIGH SCHOOL PTA MEMBERSHIP
Last year, PTA provided over $15,000 in student scholarships, teacher mini-grants, special projects and
additional materials for OUR students.
After Prom, Book fair, Daily Bookstore, A Day for Today’s Woman, Craft Fair, Teen Dress Shop, Staff
Appreciation, Senior Breakfast & Awards Night, Monthly Newsletter and the Student Directory are all
provided through the AHS PTA.
Remember, PTA Members will receive one FREE AHS Student Directory per
Stay in touch through the newsletter! Become involved as a parent
volunteer! Continue the tradition… JOIN AHS PTA
PLEASE PRINT. (One form per family!)
Parents(s)/Guardian(s) first and last
Ph.__________________2nd Ph.(optional)____________Parent Email*________________________
*This is an easy way to reach parents with last minute information regarding parent volunteer needs or date/time changes. The email chain** is
OPTIONAL: Second Listing for Parents (for parents who do not share the same address but would like both sets of
information to be listed)
Parent first & Last Name ______________________Parent Email ____________________________
Please list the name(s) of your AHS student(s) as would like them to appear in the AHS Student
LAST NAME PREFERRED FIRST NAME GRADE
___ I would like to join AHS PTA.
___ I would like to join AHS PTA, but prefer not to have the above information included in the AHS
___ I would like the information listed above to be included in the AHS Student Directory, but I prefer
not to join PTA.
___**I would like to be part of the email chain, but do not want my email address published in the AHS
___I would like to order extra AHS Directories(PTA members receive one free directory per family)
Make check payable to: AHS PTA and mail to: AHS PTA, 7560 Forest Rd. 45330; Attn: Membership
$_________ PTA Membership: Family ($15) –or - Single ($10)
$_________ Extra AHS Student Directory ($2 each)
Any Questions or Comments:
Please contact, Regina Germano, 474-5838 or Linda DelCore, 624-0923
JUST A REMINDER!!!
The annual magazine drive kicks off September 17th and runs until October
12th. Look for packets to be mailed to homes soon. For questions or more
information, please contact Beth Johnson at 231-0945 or e-mail
ATTENTION KROGER SHOPPERS!
Make money for your AHS PTA by doing what you do naturally –
Shopping at Kroger!
Purchase a Kroger Gift Card from AHS PTA for $1, and reload the card with additional value when you
shop. These cards are so easy to reload (via cash, check, debit or credit) and they can be used in the
checkout lanes, pharmacy, fueling center, and at all Kroger Affiliated Stores throughout the U.S. Order
an extra card for your teen driver. Anderson PTA automatically receives 4 percent of all sales!
Proceeds will be used to fund PTA programs and services such as After Prom, Evening for the Arts,
Teacher Mini-Grants, Staff Appreciation, and many more. It’s the easiest way ever to support your
Kroger Gift Card Order Form
#____________Kroger Gift Cards @ $1.00 per Card = $______________total
Send in cash or check in an envelope marked AHS PTA – Attn. Kroger Gift Cards to Anderson High
School. Make checks out to “AHS PTA”.
You will receive your $1 “pre-loaded” Kroger Gift Card(s) along with complete details through the mail.
Contact Kim Loseff @ 624-0664 or email@example.com with any questions.
THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT!
GET’EM WHILE THEY LAST!
THESE RECIPE BOOKS ARE FILLED WITH RECIPES FROM YOUR
FRIENDS! ORDER ONE FOR YOURSELF AND SEVERAL MORE FOR
HOSTESS GIFTS AT OUR CLOSE-OUT PRICE OF JUST $10 EACH. TWO
OR MORE BOOKS ARE JUST $9 EACH. PROCEEDS BENEFIT PTA
Recipe book order form
#______________(2 or more) @ $9 per book = ________
#______________(1) @ $10 per book = ____________________
Make checks payable and return to Anderson High School PTA, 7560 Forest
Road, Cincinnati, OH 45255
SAVE THE DATE!
Anderson Craft Fair
Anderson High School Saturday, Nov. 10, 2007 9 A.M. – 3 P.M
Floral Arrangements, Holiday Decorations, Baskets, Wood Crafts, Purses, Scarves, Pottery,
Painted Furniture, Stained Glass, Jewelry, and much MORE!
RAFFLES, LUNCH AND BAKE SALE
For more information, call Kathy Benassi (513) 474-0920
percussion feature Life at the
Faire and the mysterious Merlin.
The ballad, Guinevere: Two
Hearts, One Choice follows with
the exciting conclusion, Lancelot
“The Champion of Battle”. We
hope to see you at every
Anderson football game and at
Anderson “Pride of AHS” Bands our competitions this fall:
The Anderson High School
“Pride of AHS” Marching Band is
off to a SUPERIOR 2007
Marching Band season! The
band started practicing with new
members at the beginning of
August, began twice-a-day Next event:
rehearsals on August 6th, and
finally finished their camps with September 15th
13-14 hour rehearsal days at the Tipp City Marching Band
luxurious lodgings of Camp Invitational
Crescendo, outside Louisville, ~AND~
KY! Western Brown Mid-States
This year, the Anderson High
School Marching Band will be
performing a show entitled
Excalibur, with music inspired by
the legend of King Arthur. This
original music portrays the life
and spirit of historic Camelot
figures. The show begins with
Arthur – King of Legend. It
continues with a colorguard &
Just in time for Homecoming
TEEN DRESS SHOP
Saturday, September 15
McNicholas High School
This is your chance to buy and sell
gently used formal dresses, shoes and accessories.
Dress Drop-Off: 9-10 am
(Please bring dresses on hangers)
Sale: 10 am – 1 pm
Money/Dress Pick-up: 1:30 – 2:30 pm
THIS IS A CASH ONLY SALE
Anderson, McNicholas and Turpin PTAs offer this non-
profit, consignment shopping. Questions? Call Angel Riley @ 474-1353
FHIMA Wants You!
FHIMA Coupon Book/Membership Representative
Have you sent in your FHIMA membership form yet?
Why are you waiting? We want anyone and
“Make a Difference”
everyone who loves music to become a Forest Hills
Instrumental Music Association member. A copy of with PTA Reflections
the membership form was enclosed in the packet
distributed in July. Even if your child is not presently The theme for the 2007-08 PTA
participating in band or orchestra, he or she benefits Reflections contest is: I can
from the support of this program; our bands and
orchestras, perform for their fellow students, as well make a difference by. . .
as for parents and the community.
As you get settled in your routine, think
Buy It in Anderson coupon books can be ordered about how you can create an entry for
now for October delivery. Monies raised from its sale one or more of the following categories:
support the Forest Hills Instrumental Music Literature
Association. Redeem the coupons at the many Musical Composition
Anderson businesses. Free items, and buy one-get Photography
one free as well as numerous discounts, are yours
as a coupon book owner! Coupon books are $25. If
you order your coupon book before October 1, you Dance Choreography
will receive a free FUNd Card, a $10 value. Film/Video Production
Copies of the rules and entry form will be
To order a coupon book, send cash or check (made available at the Student Service Center at
payable to FHIMA) in an envelope with the form AHS. Contact: Beth Hoogland
(found in this newsletter). Mail the form or return it to firstname.lastname@example.org 474-3723
AHS office in an envelope marked “FHIMA”. Coupon
books will be delivered by your school’s FHIMA rep.
Please help us create beautiful music throughout
the Forest Hills Schools.
PCN’s Goal: Keeping Kids Safe
The Parent Communication Network (PCN) is a
group of parents dedicated toward the goal of
encouraging children to enjoy life without the use
of drugs, alcohol and tobacco. Parents who join
PCN work together to voice their commitment Hassle
toward the common goal of keeping our children
Shop for your student's reading and
safe and drug and alcohol free.
school supply needs at the AHS
PCN, in cooperation with the Forest Hills Council Bookstore.
of PTAs, works to support parents by adopting
guidelines, which are uniform in our community Anderson PTA Bookstore has copies of the
and by setting standards for our children. Parents required reading books in stock, as well
need to be involved in the lives of their children… as basic school supplies. The bookstore,
at home, at school and in the community. located outside the cafeteria, is open
every day during lunch. Purchases may
By following four simple steps, parents can help be made with cash or a check to “AHS
their children grow and develop positively and be
better prepared for those situations where they
will need to make “a choice”.
1. Teach your child to assert themselves at The Bookstore PTA Chairs work closely
home. Help them develop their reasoning with AHS Staff to ensure that all
skills; rather than saying “no” when your child upcoming required reading is available.
asks to do something, have a conversation,
discuss positive/negative points to the request.
By learning to negotiate a more acceptable
plan, your child will learn skills that can be
used with friends when a difficult situation Adopt an AHS
2. Know your child’s friends. Watch and listen Landscape Plot
to how they interact. Discuss with your child
any negative things your become aware of and
what the effects might be. Use even the Please seriously consider adopting an
smallest thing as a teachable moment to talk area of Anderson High School’s landscape
with your child. You can never have too many to help maintain or improve. Days and
of those talks.
times are very flexible: whenever you feel
3. Get your child involved in at least one
activity. Positive activities build confidence it is necessary to spruce up your area.
and will put all children in contact with others to Feel free to contact committee chairmen:
provide a positive influence. Hannah Phero:
4. Keep your focus on the family. Plan parent- email@example.com; 232-7742
child activities often to show your child that - or -
their lives can be much richer that just their Ellen Leavy:
group of friends. firstname.lastname@example.org; 474-3564.
from Womansday.com, September 2007
Please contact the PCN rep, Sandy Goheen, at
AHS if you have questions or want to get
involved. Watch this newsletter each month for
more PCN information.
Forest Hills Instrumental Music
Be a supporting member of FHIMA in 2007 – 2008!
Parents of instrumental music students are encouraged to become active, supporting
members of FHIMA by making an annual contribution of $10 or more. You may further
support FHIMA by purchasing a “Buy It In Anderson” Coupon Book or Fund Card.
Phone #__________________ E-Mail _____________________________________
Tell us the instrumental music students you are supporting:
Student’s Name________________________School ____________Grade_____
Membership Donation Levels Amount Enclosed
Family Membership $ 10.00 $_____________
VIP Gifts*: Bronze VIP $ 25.00 $____________
Silver VIP $ 50.00 $____________
Gold VIP $ 75.00 $_____________
Platinum VIP $100.00 $_____________
*VIP Gift donors will receive special recognition in the FHIMA newsletter.
(Please note that the above contributions may be tax deductible.)
“Buy It In Anderson” Coupon Book $25.00 $_____________
“Buy It In Anderson” Fund Card $10.00** $_____________
TOTAL AMOUNT ENCLOSED $_____________
**If you are purchasing a Coupon Book before Oct. 1, you will receive a free Fund Card
with your Coupon Book purchase and do not need to send an additional $10!
Please make check payable to “FHIMA”. You may combine payment for your membership and
Coupon Book/Fund Card purchase in one check. Please be aware that checks returned by your
bank for nonpayment will be subject to a fee of up to $35.
Please fill in the following information for us to deliver your Coupon Book/Fund
Student name_________________________ School____________ Grade____
RETURN TODAY TO: Debbie Dietrichson, 2264 Spinningwheel Dr., Cincinnati, OH 45244
You may also return it to your school office in an envelope marked “FHIMA”.
Forest Hills Instrumental Music Association
FHIMA NEEDS YOUR HELP FOR THE 2007 – 2008 SCHOOL YEAR!
FHIMA provides services to the district’s instrumental music program, such as the care and
purchase of uniforms for our high school musicians; scholarships for students in the elementary,
middle, and high schools, and for graduating seniors; school representatives that act as liaisons
between FHIMA and the directors; and four newsletters each year to keep the parents of instrumental
music students informed. FHIMA’s fundraisers to support these services include the All Sports
Programs sold at sporting events, popcorn sales at Anderson H.S. football games, the sale of “Buy It
In Anderson” Coupon Books and Fund Cards, and events such as Band Expo and the Spaghetti
These fundraisers are run and staffed by parent volunteers. We need your help to make them
successful! Volunteering is fun and a great way to meet other parents of band and orchestra
students. Please complete this form to let us know how you are willing to help!
Phone #:________________ E-Mail Address:___________________________
(Please circle “Phone #” or “E-Mail” to indicate your preferred method of contact.)
Child(ren) in the school district’s instrumental music program:
Please check the areas in which you are willing to help:
_____Band Expo (Oct. 20th) _____Selling Coupon Books at Events
_____Spaghetti Dinner _____Silent Auction (March 15, 2008)
_____School Representative for __________________________(name of school)
_____Popcorn Sales @ Anderson High School football games in the fall
_____Publicity (contributing photos of music events for newspaper publication)
If you have any questions about the above committees, please contact Allison Essinger by
phone at 474-0808 or by e-mail at email@example.com.
We would like you to choose how you wish to get this information to us:
Mail this form to: Allison Essinger, 749 St. Thomas Ct., Cincinnati, OH 45230
Return this form to your school office in an envelope marked “FHIMA”.
E-mail your contact information and volunteer choices to Allison Essinger at
firstname.lastname@example.org (please put “FHIMA” in the subject line of your e-mail)
We look forward to working with you during the 2007-2008 school year!
It’s that time
Celebrate a new school year
Here is a way to say “we were here.”
BECOME A PERMANENT PART OF THE
ANDERSON HIGH SCHOOL
BUY A BRICK!
Sponsored by Anderson High School PTA
Each 4” by 8” brick can be engraved up to 3 lines, 14 characters each (spaces between
words count as characters but periods and commas do not).
Common wording includes:
Individual and/or family name
“Class of xxxx” (year of graduation)
“In memory of”
“In honor of”
***The PTA reserves the right to review all orders.***
Bricks sell for $45 each. The order form and check made payable to “Anderson High
School PTA” should be submitted in an envelope addressed as follows:
Anderson High School
7560 Forest Road
Cincinnati, OH 45255
Any questions please call: Ann Hayden 232-7745
ORDER FORM – PLEASE PRINT IN BLOCK LETTERS
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Name _______________________________ Telephone _________________________
Address _________________________________________ Amount Enclosed $_______
Anderson High School Counseling Department Presents
Getting It Together for College Admissions and Financial Aid
For Juniors, Seniors and Their Parents
September 18, 2007
Admissions Criteria at Colleges Most Often Attended by Forest Hills Students
6:30- 7:15 PM Break 7:15 – 7:30 PM Repeats 7:30- 8:15 PM
University of Cincinnati Northern Kentucky University
Miami University Ohio State University Xavier University
The Financial Aid Process for Public and Private Colleges
6:30 -7:15 PM Break 7:15 – 7:30 PM Repeats 7:30 – 8:15 PM
Paul Calme, Financial Aid Director, Xavier University
Penny Asalon, Financial Aid Officer, Northern Kentucky University
Parents and students are invited to visit the College/Career Center (CCC) in the Student Services
center during the break or after the panel presentations.
Questions: Contact Charles.Woodward@foresthills.edu 513.232.2772 ex. 2985
FROM THE COUNSELOR’S
Looking for SAT/ACT
Need help preparing for a
college admission test? October 1, 2007 7:00-8:30 PM
Want to know when the Miami Forest Hills School District at
University representative will be Turpin High School
visiting Anderson High School?
The College/Career Center, October 2, 2007 6:30-8:30 PM
located in the Student Service Cincinnati Hills Christian
Center, is the place to find the Academy
answers to these questions and
many more! We are up and October 3, 2007 7:00-8:30 PM
running and anxious to start the Oak Hills High School
year assisting students and
parents!! We have information October 4, 2007 7:00-8:30 PM
pertaining to college visits, Regional Suburban College
college searches, financial aid, Fair at Cincinnati Country Day
careers and so much more. School
Please come in to check out
books, research careers, or sit October 7, 2007 1:00-4:00 PM
down to search the web for NACAC National College Fair
colleges. at Duke Energy (Convention)
College Fairs for 2007-2008 October 25, 2007 6:00-8:30 PM
September 27, 2007 6:00-8:00
PM March 30, 2008 1:00-3:00 PM
Northern Kentucky Regional Xavier University Spring
College Fair at Thomas More College Fair at Cintas Center
(Continued on next page…)
Important Sophomore and Junior Testing Information
Don’t Forget to Sign Up!
Registration Dates: September 4th –
10th Registration Dates: September 4th –
Test Date: November 6th & 7th (both
days are mandatory) Test Date: October 17th
☺ Intended for all sophomores. ☺ Intended for all juniors
intending to go to college
☺ Great way to prepare for the directly after graduation.
ACT; covers the same subjects
and gives you an estimated ☺ Lets you compare your ability to
score. do college work with the abilities
of other college-bound students.
☺ Students who take it score
higher on the ACT than students ☺ Sophomores who have done
who don’t. advance work on subjects
covered by the test can take the
☺ Helps you know that you are on test during their sophomore year.
track for college, and connects
you with colleges that may be ☺ Gives you practice for taking the
interested in you. SAT I because both tests have
the same kinds of questions and
☺ Points out your strengths and similar scores.
areas you may want to work on.
☺ For juniors taking the
☺ Helps you find careers that PSAT/NMSQT this is the first
match your interests. step in entering the scholarship
programs conducted by the
National Merit Scholarship
☺ Information from selected
colleges and universities will be
mailed to you.
☺ Scores are not reported to
colleges to which you may
AHS Calendar of Events –
Mon. Aug. 27…………………………………………………………..PTA meeting 7:15pm
Mon. Sept. 3……………………………………………………… Labor Day—NO SCHOOL
Sat. Sept. 15………………………………Teen Dress Shop @ McNick 10:00am-1:00pm
Mon. Sept. 17……………………………………………………Open House 7:00-9:00 pm
Tues. Sept 18……………………………………………….College Night 6:30pm-8:15pm
Wed. Sept. 19…………………………………………………. Early dismissal @ 1:15pm
Fri. Sept. 28………………………………………………….1st qtr. Interim reports mailed
Sat. Sept. 29………………………………………… Homecoming Dance 9-12 midnight
Mon. Oct. 1………………………………………. . …………………..PTA meeting 7:15pm
Mon. Sept.17-Fri. Oct. 12…………. ………………………………….PTA Magazine Drive