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Raptor Report

January 17, 2024

from AMHS Partners in Education (PIE)

Community News

Congratulations to Mr. Andrew Rusciolelli,

the 2024 AMHS Teacher of the Year!

Non-AMHS Guest Permission Form: For students wishing to bring an outside guest to the Winter Semi-Formal, please be sure to complete the form at this link and submit the completed form to Dr. Zerbst by January 31 (electronically or in person).

The link will allow students to make a copy that can filled out electronically or can be printed to complete by hand. Make sure a copy of the school ID photo is included as directed.

Parent Volunteer Supervisors are needed to help with Semi. Click here to sign up for a shift!


While students are enjoying an Enchanted Night with the Semi-formal on February 3, parents are invited to a gathering at Holy City Brewery.

Please RSVP at this link, or by email to [email protected].

TEACHER/STAFF APPRECIATION: On Tuesday, January 23rd, AMHS PIE will host a SOUP & SALAD lunch for the teachers and staff. This is a favorite event among the teachers so PIE cannot wait to provide this special lunch for them with your help! 

Please signup here to help.

Sign up to volunteer at the Magnet Market & Rummage Sale using the SignUp Genius at this link.

If you have items to donate, look at the dates for drop off on the event image.

Reach out to the Booster Club for more information.

Last Chance for Senior Ads!

A yearbook ad is the best way to commemorate this big year for your senior. Reserve a space for your child as a special gift for this year and for years to come.

Visit the site and use our school code: 25698. Click on "Yearbook Ads" in the top right corner and select the size that's right for your needs.

After you select the size of your ad, choose the option to create your ad through the website. It's easy! Purchase an ad only when you are ready to create it. Please reach out to Yearbook Staffer Lily if you have any questions: [email protected]. The deadline to place an ad for your senior at the current price was Monday, January 15, but the final deadline is Thursday, February 1.

Click here to re-link your Harris Teeter Card

AMHS Code is 4626

Current Number of Families Linked: 228

Funds raised to date: $864.96

Administrative News

The inclement weather that led to an E-Learning Day on January 9 caused postponement of the Pre-ACT that sophomores were scheduled to take that day. The test has been rescheduled to Wednesday, February 14.

Ms. Laquilla Sirmans will be leaving her position at the front reception desk of Building 8 at the end of January. We wish her the best in her new endeavors and ask that you share this opportunity with any candidate. This is a full-time position that is shared between the School of the Arts and AMHS.

AMHS Tours for Prospective Students

A second tour for prospective students (and their parents) to visit AMHS will be held this week. If you know someone who might be intersted, let them know. Sign up here.

The CCSD School Choice Application window will open on January 23, 2024. Find more information at this link (current AMHS students DO NOT need to reapply through this process).

Remembering Coach Limbert: There was a memorial event on Wednesday, January 10 to remember Tim Limbert, who coached the boys' AMHS Cross Country Team prior to his unexpected death in May 2022. Mrs. Limbert, Carter Limbert '22, Whitney Limbert '26, and other family members and teammates were in attendance.

January 2024

January 17 – AMHS Prospective Student Tour 2

January 17 – Sophomore Parent (and Student) Night, Lecture Hall, 6-7 PM

January 18 – College Rep - UNC-Wilmington, 12:30 cafeteria

January 18 – Academic Bowl Competition

January 23 – End of Second Quarter

January 24 – Teacher Workday 

January 25 – Academic Bowl Competition

January 26 – Early Release Day (out at 1:30 pm)

AB Schedule
Letters Home
Open Positions
Routes to AMHS
2024-25 CCSD Calendar
Official Website
School Calendar
Athletic Links + Socials
School Profile
Pay Fees on RevTrak
Past Raptor Reports
School Counseling News

10th Grade Night - Wednesday, January 17 from 6-7 pm

The school counseling department will host 10th Grade Night on Wednesday, January 17 for students and parents in the Lecture Hall. Also, emails were recently sent to sophomore parents about this event with links to sign up for your child's IGP. These will begin January 18 and go through February.

Ms. Danielle McCall sent out the information last week for Juniors/junior parents for the upcoming Jantzi Test Prep Workshop for AMHS (dates: February 10, February 24, and March 2; 10-12 pm & 1-3 pm).  


The cost for students is $50 (the AMHS Foundation is covering the additional cost). Please let Ms. McCall know if you want to attend. The session is capped at 50 students and this will be a first come, first-served basis. The deadline sign up is Monday, January 22. Please reach out to Ms. McCall or Ms. Do if you have any questions.

The Meeting Street Scholarship Fund is ready to accept applications for the 2024-25 school year! Any student who meets the five straightforward eligibility criteria qualifies for the scholarship. Essays or letters of recommendation are not required, and every student who qualifies WILL receive a scholarship.

The first application deadline is Friday, Jan. 19 at 11:59 pm. If you’re not ready to apply by then, there are four additional application deadlines this spring. Please contact the fund team if you have any questions and feel free to share this email with anyone who might benefit from the Meeting Street Scholarship Fund. Learn more at

AMHS Senior Year Guide
AMHS Junior Year Guide
AMHS Sophomore Year Guide
AMHS Freshman Year Guide
College Board Planning List for Juniors
CTE Future Ready Newsletters
Scholarship List
2023-24 Lecture Series Topics
Visit our website
2023-24 SAT / ACT DATES
2013-2023 Matriculation
College Visit Verification Form
Upcoming College Visits

Dates for college rep visits at AMHS and college rep visits in the Charleston area can be found here.

Register through Naviance to show demonstrated interest. These sessions are open for all grades

Ms. Mansfield, the 2023-24 College and Career Specialist, is on the AMHS campus on Wednesdays and Thursdays during school hours.

Her email is [email protected] 

Career Exploration Opportunities

Click here for Resume Tips!

Click here for Interview Tips!

Class Updates
AMHS StuCo Instagram Page

Class of 2024

2024 College Decisions
Senior Lounge Snack Sign Up
Parent Boards
AMHS enjoys the support of three parent-led, community supported groups and an active SIC group. You can read about each group's mission and get updates below or find out more under the Parent Tab on the School Website.
PIE Funding Request Form

If you have any concerns you would like SIC to address in future meetings, please email Jessica Garrett P'25 at [email protected].

SIC Reports to Parents
AMHS Booster

Alright, alright, alright ….

Basketball season is finally here!

Which means, the concession stand is back in business. Our Raptor season underway and the Booster club is looking for concessions volunteers.

Concessions is a great way to earn student service hours, while also supporting your classmates.

Sign up for basketball concessions here. Go Raptors!

Join the Booster Club. Learn more here.

Visit our website
Raptors of Distinction
Help spread the good news! Got scoop on a current or former Raptor making their mark in the world? Share it with the Raptor Report here.

Campbell Lesher '24 (pictured on the right) was one of four CCSD students selected to attend the YWCA Annual MLK Breakfast Summit on January 11, 2024, on behalf of the district. Students were selected based on their leadership and interest in civil rights and equality.

This past week's Raptor athlete-of-the-week was James King '24 of the men's Varsity Basketball team. In nominating him, Coach Johnsen commended James' leadership, effort, and attitude in a challenging season.

Clubs, Arts + Academics
The AMHS Student Newspaper. Read it here to "get the word on the birds."

Please use this link to submit photos to the AMHS Yearbook. If needed, our school code is 25698. You can also submit using the Herff Jones e-Share app available in Apple and Google Play stores for your mobile device. 

Raptor Athletics
Sports Updates & Schedules

Stay up to date with Booster Club Info, Forms, Raptor Rosters and Team Schedules on!

Athletic Director: Raymond Knauer or 843.746.6376

Assistant Athletic Director: Stevie Jones

Trainer: Marty Travis

Coach contact information is here.

Click here for more info on All Sports Passes
Sports Calendar
Athletic Links + Socials
Know of an opportunity from which AMHS students might benefit? Share it with the Raptor Report here.

Spend Spring Break 2025 in Costa Rica! Raptors are invited to consider this amazing opportunity to explore the ecology of Costa Rica during spring break of 2025. Students will conduct research on leatherback sea turtles AND earn 30 hours of community service. Email Ms. Phillips with any questions.

Black History Month Essay Contest

The Cynthia Graham Hurd/St. Andrews Library is sponsoring their annual Black History Essay Contest, which is open to all Charleston-area students in grades 6 through 12. Winners will receive a trophy and $50 Amazon gift card. Learn more.

Entries must be postmarked by March 1, 2024.

Opportunity for the Class of '27!

Kids On Point is teaming up with Charleston Civil Rights and Civics (C3) for the second year to offer an immersive civil rights experience for high school students completing their freshman year. This year's session is scheduled from June 24 to June 28, 2024. Students will explore key sites in the Lowcountry, delving into our region's history of slavery and civil rights. The program will conclude at the Charleston Board of Elections, emphasizing the importance of the election process, voter registration, and will feature a special graduation ceremony.

This week-long experience is entirely free, with transportation and all expenses covered. Learn more and register at this link. Also visit the Kids On Point website, and check out last year's program in this video.

The Xi Phi Lambda Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. is sponsoring an oratorical contest on Saturday, February 3, 2024 beginning at 1 pm at Mount Moriah Missionary Baptist Church. It is open to ALL middle school and high school students who live within the tricounty (Berkeley, Charleston, Dorchester) area. Those interested should electronically submit a written/typed copy of their speech on or before Friday, January 26, 2024 via online upload or directly to the chapter’s email at [email protected]

The Summer 2024 Bank of America Student Leaders Program applications are now open for high school juniors and seniors. This is a PAID Internship 

Scholars will have the opportunity to work with local non-profits to address pressing societal issues, gain understanding on how nonprofits, governments, and businesses collaborate to meet local needs. Students will will also participate in a national Student Leaders Summit in Washington, DC!

Application Deadline Date: January 17th 

Click Here For More Information and to Apply.


Summer internship opportunity for HS Students interested in Biomedical Science deadline to apply is January 17, 2024

  • The internship is 10 weeks (May 27 - August 3, 2024)
  • Interns receive a $650 stipend each week to cover the cost of participation and travel to and from Nashville, TN.
  • Vanderbilt dormitories are available to students through the Office of Conferences.
  • Rising sophomores, juniors, or seniors with a GPA of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale

The program is supported by the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases of the National Institutes of Health. 

You can access our application and information through their website:

New Year Discount - $200 off registration! There are still a couple spots open for AMHS students. Join us for an unforgettable 2 weeks in Spain where we will visit and explore Madrid, Sevilla, Malaga and Toledo. Teenagers who want to increase their Spanish skills, looking at minoring or majoring in Spanish or just interested in going with a group of friends this program is for you. 

Each student will stay with a host family and siblings while we are in Madrid and then stay in hostels as we travel south to the other cities. You will indulge in traditional Spanish cuisine, see all the must see sights in the capital and other major cities, attend Spanish classes at a local Spanish school as well as master the Escape Room, zip line through the outskirts of Madrid, visit one of the most beautiful beaches in Malaga, explore an underground cave called, “la cueva del Tesoro,” and so much more. Dates are June 12-25. Trip is provided by Barling School and the local coordinator. and the local coordinator. For more information contact Jennie de Diago at [email protected]. Deadline is March 1.

Community Service + Activities

Here is a comprehensive list of volunteer opportunities.

Learn more about the AMHS Volunteer Hours

graduation requirement here.

Volunteer Hours Form

Have an event that could use AMHS volunteers?

Send info and details to [email protected].

Volunteer for the Boone Hall Oyster Festival

Sunday, February 4, 2024

One Last Thing ...

The Raptor Report is published weekly by AMHS PIE on Wednesdays during the school year except for holiday breaks.

Faculty, students, and parents are encouraged to submit articles and/or pictures of AMHS events, honors, and needs.

Please email your information to the Raptor Report Editors by 5:00 p.m. on the Monday preceding the Wednesday publication date.

Feedback or suggestions for improvement? Please send an email as well.

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