AHS Connections

AHS students were required to fill out a form choosing teachers they found trustworthy.


Taliya James

The “AHS Connections” form was sent out and contained a list of every teacher and faculty member in the building at AHS. Students were asked to check off anyone they knew they could go to for support.

Kylie Pulido , Editor

On Monday, Jan.18, a google form was sent out to the student body by Principal Heather McKay. The form itself, titled “AHS Connections,” contained a long list of names. These names were immediately recognizable, as they consisted of staff, teachers, and coaches in the Atlantic Community School District. Students were asked to select teachers they trust, are willing to talk to, and are willing to open up about their personal lives.

McKay had specific reasons for sending the survey out. “In professional development, a lot of teachers are working on things and are focused on the educator side,” McKay said. “We really need that information from the student side.” 

McKay’s main goal for sending out the survey was for the importance of building relationships. “One of the things that students and educators should have are good relationships with each other,” McKay said. “Relations are key. People will work harder if they have a good relationship with their educator. It just helps everybody to do better.”

At AHS, teachers are always available to talk. McKay said, “I want every kid in this building to feel like there is someone here to go to if they need something, just anything.” AHS wants students in need of guidance to know they are not alone. Reach out to a trusted adult, teacher, or contact one of the numbers listed below.  

  • National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255 (24/7)
  • The Trevor Project: 866-488-7386 (24/7)
  • National Eating Disorder Association: 1-800-931-2237.
  • Crisis Text Line: Text SUPPORT to 741-741.
  • National Alliance on Mental Illness: 1-800-950-6264