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Raptor Report

February 21, 2024

from AMHS Partners in Education (PIE)

Community News

Congratulations AMHS National Merit Scholarship Finalists!

AMHS announced last week that 17 seniors have become finalists for a National Merit Scholarship. Read the full release at this link.

The following AMHS seniors are 2024 Finalists:

Andrew Angermeier, Eliza Compton, Harry Ding, Nicholas Edwards, Colin George, Campbell Lesher, Cliffie Manuel, John McQueen, Jacob Olinger, Jessie Ross, Scarlet Rutter, Rutledge Sander, Tommy Sasser, Caroline Spann, Maryn Tombs, Emerson Wiseman, and Kabir Zaman.

From April to July of this year, the 2024 National Merit Scholarship winners will be announced. Finalists have the opportunity to win one of three types of National Merit Scholarships: a $2500 Scholarship as a state awardee, a corporate-sponsored Merit Scholarship award, or a college-sponsored Merit Scholarship.

Don't miss the Inaugural Raptors Golf Classic Tournament & Silent Auction. Bidding for the silent auction ends on the day of the golf event: Monday, February 26, 2024! Check out and bid on the amazing auction items at this link. Scan the QR codes below for more information!

Mindful Mondays: Open to students & staff!

SAVE THE DATE: Freshman parents & students!

Order a Yearbook Today!

Thank you, Raptor family, for purchasing more than 347 yearbooks! There are approximately 250 yearbooks left for purchase. Place your order today before time gets away from you.

Visit and use the school code: 25698.

A number of Raptors turned out for the first-ever "Lights Out" concert by the Dirty Birds, led by Mr. Grimshaw. It was a wonderful evening. See more photos on the AMHS Facebook page at this link and this link.

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

Welcome, Ms. Colvin!

AMHS is delighted to welcome Ginger Colvin to the Bonds Wilson Campus as the new receptionist for Academic Magnet High School and Charleston County School of the Arts.

Asked about her thoughts in her new position Ms. Colvin said, “I am excited to be a part of the Academic Magnet / School of the Arts community and I look forward to being a source of support to families, students, and staff.” Read the full announcement at this link.

AMHS featured in District Video About AP African American Studies Pilot Curriculum Program

AP African American Studies in first year at AMHS

The Charleston County School District shared a video last week featuring the AP African American Studies course currently being offered for the first year at AMHS. Through a pilot curriculum program for students interested in studying the diversity of Black communities in the United States, students can immerse themselves in a broader context of Africa through this course, currently only offered in CCSD at AMHS and Wando High School. Mr. Williams is the instructor at AMHS. Check out this video to hear from Mr. Williams and our students on the impact of this class on their lives. Read the story shared by CCSD about the course at this link.

February 2024

February 21 – Outreach Project - Magnet Gives Back

February 23 – Deninufay/Black History Month Performance

February 26 – Progress Reports Distributed this week

February 26 – College Visit - London Metropolitan Univ. - Sr. Lounge 2 pm

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 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

Order a sign for your senior at this link.

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.

AMHS and the National Honor Society (NHS) are proud to announce that Harry Ding '24 has been selected as an NHS Scholarship Finalist - the first NHS scholarship finalist in the school’s history. Since coming to AMHS in 2020, Ding has excelled as a scholar, earning school and statewide accolades for his exemplary work. Read more at this link.

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!

On Friday, six members of the Men's Varsity Wrestling team qualified for the SCHSL Individual Wrestling Championships through the Lower State tournament. Congratulations to Lincoln Boucher, Nick Severance, John Napolitano, Lawton Harper, Cy Benich, and Armando Reyes and best of luck to them in their next competition!

Athletic Director: Raymond Knauer or 843.746.6376

Assistant Athletic Director: Stevie Jones

Trainer: Marty Travis

Coach contact information is here.

Click here for Spring 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 in 2025!

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, 12 students need to enroll 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

Parents and students are reminded 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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