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Raptor Report

February 14, 2024

from AMHS Partners in Education (PIE)

Community News

Career Symposium - This Friday, February 16!

Students can hear from a number of professionals. Learn more about the featured speakers in the graphics below.

Mindful Mondays: Open to students & staff!

No School Next Monday!

Order a Yearbook Today!

Thank you, Raptor family, for purchasing 347 yearbooks! There are 253 yearbooks left for purchase. Place your order today before time gets away from you.

Visit and use the school code: 25698.

Congratulations to junior Raptors, Grace Griffin, Kimberly Do, and Elaine Chen for their remarkable showing and victories at the Distinguished Young Women (DYW) Competition this past weekend!

Grace Griffin '25 won the overall DYW title at the local level and will be proceeding as one of nine semifinalists at the state level this summer. Kimberly Do '25 won awards in scholastics, fitness, and the interview portions of the contest, and Elaine Chen '25 wowed the judges, too.

The Distinguished Young Women's program seeks to "empower young women to reach their full potential by providing scholarship opportunities for college as well as personal development to become confident leaders." We have no doubt that these young women from Academic Magnet will continue to excel in all their endeavors and we wish Grace Griffin the best of luck at the state level!

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!

Click here to re-link your Harris Teeter Card

AMHS Code is 4626

Current Number of Families Linked: 230

Funds raised to date: $864.96

Administrative News

Dr. Zerbst Named Principal of Palmetto Scholars Academy

Principal Perlmutter announced on Friday that Dr. Kimberly Zerbst has accepted the principal position at Palmetto Scholars Academy. She will remain in her current role at AMHS through Spring Break, and start in her new role on April 8.

While this news is bittersweet for the AMHS family, we wish Dr. Zerbst well as she continues to further her career. Read the full announcement here.

February 2024

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

March 2024

March 1 - MU Alpha Theta Math Meet - (Coastal Carolina


March 2 - Jantzi Testing

March 7 - Lecture Series

March 7 - Academic Bowl

March 8 - Key Club DCON

March 8 - Lecture Series

March 9 - Key Club DCON

March 10 - Key Club DCON

March 11–15th Spirit Week

March 12 - ACT Testing 11th Grade

March 14 - Academic Bowl

March 14 - Spring Pep Rally

March 14 - Talent Show - Rose Maree

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
Class of '24 Parents on Facebook
Senior Lounge Snack Sign Up

Notes from Dr. Lupo (Senior Class advisor) for our seniors and their families:

  1. If you have not ordered your student’s cap and gown please do so as soon as possible at this link:
  2. If any student is unable to order for any reason, they should see Dr. Lupo in Rm. 7104, where she has a collection of caps and gowns donated by last year’s senior class.
  3. Exciting news! Ms. Pinckney has agreed to be the graduation speaker this year.

Need the forms for the Senior Trip paperwork that is due March 1? Find them at these links:

Parent Permission form - Senior Trip 

Overnight Field Trip Medication Parent Info

Class of 2025

Class of '25 Parents on Facebook

Class of 2026

Class of '26 Parents on Facebook

Class of 2027

Class of '27 Parents on Facebook
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

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.

Congratulations to Louise Martin '26 who is one of 26 athletes invited to compete for a spot on the U.S. Olympic Sailing Team as an ILCA 6 Competitor. Louise also sails for the AMHS Sailing Team and we wish her the best of luck in this amazing opportunity! The winner of the ILCA 6 class will earn their spot at Paris 2024!

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!

Our Women's Varsity Basketball team won their tiebreaker game Friday night against Lake Marion and will advance to the SCHSL AA women's basketball playoffs. 

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.

La Bell'Italia!

Dr. Altman and Mr. McCormick have organized an amazing trip through Italy for Spring Break next year. All who join this all-inclusive trip from April 11-19, 2025 will:

  • Visit San Marco Square and hop on a Gondola in Venice.
  • Walk over the Ponte Vecchio and see the Uffizi Gallery in Florence.
  • Take an excursion to the famous leaning Tour of Pisa.
  • Experience Rome, the city of seven hills, make a wish at the Trevi Fountain and climb the Spanish steps.
  • Enjoy Italian cuisine and discover great souvenirs.

Check out the tour enrollment page to see a more detailed itinerary and to set up automatic payments (see link to flyer below). To ensure this trip takes place in 2025, we need to enroll 12 students by April 30, 2024. Learn more on the flyer at this link.

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 ([email protected]) 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.

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

Volunteers are needed for the Walk for Autism on April 27, 2024 from 7 am to 1:30 pm.  Any students wishing to volunteer can come for part of the hours or all. If interested in volunteering please contact Rose O'Neal at 843-553-1316 or [email protected]


Volunteers will assist in several tasks: setting up tables and tents; manning jump castles, food stations, silent auction tables, merchandise table, ticket sales and at the end of the event breaking down tables and tents along with clean up.

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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