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Raptor Report

January 31, 2024

from AMHS Partners in Education (PIE)

Community News


While students are enjoying an Enchanted Night with the Semi-formal on February 3, parents are invited to a casual gathering at Holy City Brewery. Stop by after pictures or drop-off, or before or after your volunteer shift, or before you pick up your student!

Please RSVP at this link, or by email to [email protected], to help with a general count -- but also feel free to drop by last minute as well!

Purchase tickets by TODAY for the 2024 Semi-formal this Saturday, February 3! Parent volunteer supervisors are still needed--sign up by clicking the green box below.

Click here to sign up for a shift as a parent volunteer supervisor!

Non-AMHS Guest Permission Form MUST be turned in to Dr. Zerbst by TODAY: 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.

Time to celebrate our students! Parent volunteers are needed for the 2nd Quarter Ice Cream party for students on February 8th (sophomores and seniors) & February 9th (freshmen and juniors).

Sign up to serve at this link.


Students should take note that the 2024 AMHS Career Symposium will be held on Friday, February 16! Check out some details in this promotional graphic!

Enjoy golf, or just want to support our Raptor athletes? Don't miss this inaugural event. Play as a single player or part of a foursome; or support through a sponsorship!

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 Herff Jones Yearbook Order 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 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

Check out Ms. Akery's amazing interview with poet, translator, and musician Haleh Liza Gafori about what students can get out of the poetry of the 13th-century mystic Rumi. The conversation includes Haleh's experiences as a bicultural perfectionist teenager and how biological sciences gave her a foundation for appreciating life. Viewers can walk away with strategies for approaching poetry, tips for dealing with anxiety, and an overview of Rumi's major themes. Watch at this link. This interview was made possible through funding provided by PIE (Partners in Education).

Let Your Voice be Heard: ELA Textbook Adoption

In an email to parents this week, Principal Perlmutter shared the news about Charleston County School District's current English Language Arts textbook adoption. Families may view samples of the possible textbooks, either in person in the front lobby of the school or online, from now until ​Wednesday, February ​7. For those who wish to provide input after reviewing the textbooks, the district asks that you do so using this Google form.

AMHS Tours for Prospective Students

If you know someone interested in attending AMHS, the final two upcoming tours for February 5 and 13 are full. Check the website for any updates.

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

February 2024

February 1 – Academic Bowl Competition

February 3 – AMHS Semi-formal (and Parent Event at Holy City Brewing!)

February 5 – AMHS Prospective Student Tour 3

February 8 - College Rep - University of Florida, 2 pm - Cafeteria

February 8 – Academic Bowl Competition

February 9 – Dirty Birds, "Light Out Concert"

February 13 – AMHS Prospective Student Tour 4

February 14 – Sophomores take the pre-ACT

February 15 – College Rep - Meredith College, 12:30 pm - Cafeteria

February 15 – College Rep - George Mason Univ., 2 pm - Sr. Lounge

February 15 – College Rep - Warren Wilson College, 2 pm - Sr. Lounge

February 15 – DECA State Competition

February 15 – Academic Bowl Competition

February 16 – Career Symposium

February 16 – Early Release Day

February 19 – President's Day - School Closed/Offices Open

February 21 – Outreach Project - Magnet Gives Back

February 23 – Deninufay/Black History Month Performance

February 26 – Progress Reports Distributed this week

February 28 – Freshman Parent Night 6-7:30 pm

February 29 – Academic Bowl Competition

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

The Meeting Street Scholarship Fund is accepting 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 was Friday, Jan. 19, but 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

Many thanks to the parents and families who donated items for or helped out with the PIE Soup & Salad Luncheon for teachers and staff on January 23. There were many compliments on the delicious food. It was appreciated very much by the staff and teachers who work so hard at AMHS every single school day!


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

The final home game of the season for Raptor basketball will be February 6. The Booster Club is still 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.

This week's Raptor Athlete-of-the-Week is Elle Fennell '27 of the JV women's basketball team. Her coach said about her, "Elle has stepped up as the season has progressed. This is her first year playing basketball and she has made great improvements. She is quick on the court, aggressive up against girls taller than her, and isn’t afraid to take it to the basket. She is flexible and coachable. Elle reads the court and her team without needing direction."

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!

AMHS Spring Sports

Information on Spring Sports (including information about sign-ups and tryouts) is available on the Raptor Athletics website at this link.

Spring Sports include lacrosse, baseball/softball, soccer, track and field, golf (men's only) and tennis (men's only).

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.

Raptors & Raptor parents, please check out the Cinderella Project's upcoming boutique and consider donating if you've got dresses, tuxes, and/or suits that no longer fit or you won't wear in the future.

The Young Filmmakers Project, an annual statewide filmmaking competition offered by the SC Film Commission and Trident Tech, is now open to all high school and middle school students in South Carolina. Deadline for entries is midnight on March 18, 2024.

Learn more at

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. There will be an informational meeting on February 6 at 6pm.

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.

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].

REMINDER: 30 Hours of Community Service due by May 1

In an email to parents from Principal Perlmutter this week, he shared a midyear reminder that all AMHS students should be working toward their 30 hours of community service which will be due on May 1st. Community Service forms are available on the class canvas pages and all of our Study Hall teachers can answer questions about this important school-wide program.

Volunteers are needed for the HALOS Oyster Roast on February 25. All proceeds from the event will be used to promote safe and nurturing homes for children in kinship care. The event takes place at Harborside East 28 Bridgeside Blvd. Mount Pleasant SC 29464. Volunteers who want to also attend the Oyster Roast as a guest before or after their shift can purchase a discounted ticket for $20 by emailing [email protected].


Click here to sign up: HALOS Oyster Roast Volunteers

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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