October 2021 Parent Update
A Word From Dr. J
October break will be upon us very soon, and I hope you find time to relax and spend time with friends and family. The break also reminds us that the first semester is about half over. There is plenty of time for students to improve their grades and partake in interventions to help them prepare for upcoming final exams. We offer Free After School Tutoring, Monday through Thursday, in the library from 2:30-3:30 pm each week. Several teachers from various departments can reteach material, help with homework, and review completed work for feedback. Additionally, we offer monthly Saturday Catch-Up Room sessions to assist students with missing assignments and assessments, provide time to get ahead on upcoming work and study for future AP and final exams.
As many of you know, the district has provided individual bottled water throughout the year as it was determined to turn off the drinking fountains to prevent COVID-19 spread. This past week, SUSD installed five water bottle filling stations on our campus, with another one scheduled for next week. We will have bottled water through next week as we remind students to bring a water bottle each day. Individual bottled water will still be available at lunch upon request with their lunch.
Homecoming is almost here, and we have a great week of celebration planned. Although dates and times are still being confirmed, we would like to share that we will have a parade, dance, assembly, and football game Friday night. We have reached out to our feeder schools to offer them the opportunity to be involved. That week, the football game is the Arizona Game of the Week, as the Titans host Tempe High School. As we get closer to the events, we will send out additional information.
We have an opening on site council for a community member to join. This position is for a community member that does not have a student at AHS. If you are interested, please fill out the form below:
Next Coffee With the Principal Zoom Information: 10/17/2021, 9 am & 5 pm
Please consider joining us for Coffee With Dr. J, which occurs every three weeks. This is an opportunity to learn more about Arcadia High School, share feedback, and make new friends. Join Zoom Meeting
A Word From Mrs. Pinto
My assistant, Lisa Richards, has begun scheduling 504 review/initial meetings for the 2021-2022 school year based on their review date.
Important Dual Enrollment dates for 2021-2022
● Spring 2022 Deadlines:
○ 2/11/22 - Deadline to submit Enrollment Steps Form
○ 2/25/22 - Deadline to pay tuition
Portraits (Prestige Portraits)
● Communication was sent out on 9/13 to students and parents
● The Arcadia campus make-up dates are set for 11/2 and 11/3
Athletics: A Word From Mr. Sherren
On 8/17/21 the Scottsdale Unified School District Governing Board voted to reinstate a mask requirement indoors on all SUSD properties with the exception of those engaged in physical activity. This indoor mask requirement has been extended for at least two weeks after return from fall break. As a result, Student-Athletes, Coaches, Officials and Spectators will be required to wear a mask indoors at all times at Arcadia, Chaparral, Coronado, Desert Mountain, and Saguaro. Athletes warming up, or involved in the game, may remove their mask but are required to wear them while on the bench. We appreciate your understanding and support during these challenging times.
★ Future Titan Night 10/15/2021
★ Homecoming and AIA game of the week is 10/29/2021
★ Winter Sports Begin 11/1/2021 communications on tryouts will be forthcoming.
Any student athlete participating in tryouts, practices, or offseason workouts needs to be coded “ready for tryouts” in Register My Athlete.
Athletes and families should communicate with coaches about offseason workouts.
All tickets for sporting events will be sold through GoFan again this year. No cash will be accepted.
Activity passes can be purchased through Intouch or at the Arcadia bookstore.
A Word from Ms. Johnson
The 2021-2022 testing calendar can be found here.
Civics Exam (Senior Update)
If you have a senior who has not taken or passed the Civics Exam you received an email from Ms. Johnson with information on how to take the exam. Here is a link to that letter. Please note that passing the civics exam is a requirement for graduation in the state of Arizona. A 60% passing rate (60 out of 100 questions) is necessary to meet this graduation requirement. If you would like to schedule an appointment to take the exam independently please contact Ms. Hochstatter, firstname.lastname@example.org, or Ms. Johnson, email@example.com.
Test Prep Opportunities
Arcadia is partnering with our friends at Revolution Prep to provide our students with the opportunity to practice taking college admissions exams. A proctored practice exam is the best way to get a real-time snapshot of testing performance in order to create a testing plan. Please see below for a list of our test prep opportunities for the fall semester. Please register here for any test prep sessions.
ARCADIA HIGH SCHOOL TEST PREP ENRICHMENT OPPORTUNITIES
Please note that all events are virtual unless otherwise indicated as in person. Each event requires registration. You may register at this link: https://www.revolutionprep.com/partners/14468/
Fall Semester Events
Insider’s Guide to College Admission Testing
Parent Presentation Event
Wed, November 17, 2021
6:00 p.m-7:30 p.m.
Practice SAT/ACT Exam
Sat, November 6, 2021
9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
Practice SAT/ACT Exam
Sat, November 13, 2021
9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
PSAT/NMSQT®, Now What? Parent Presentation
Tues, December 14, 2021
6:00 p.m.- 7:30 p.m.
Student Clubs and Activities Updates
You may visit our school website to find a list of our current clubs, here is a direct link. Please note that new clubs may be added throughout the year and students are welcome to join clubs at any time.
Counseling Update -
● As we approach fall break, please continue to monitor your student’s grades in ParentVue. We strongly encourage any students who are failing one or more classes, or who have grades lower than desired, to attend FAST (Free After School Tutoring) or a Saturday Catch-up session. FAST is held Monday through Thursday, 2:30-3:30, in the library and all are welcome. The next Saturday Catch-up session will be held on October 23rd.
● Our freshman & sophomore evening will be held virtually on Wednesday, October 27th. More information to come after fall break.
● Seniors who are completing their college applications through the Common App or Coalition App need to select their application due dates in the system they are using. If they need a recommendation letter from their counselor, they need to inform their counselor as soon as possible. We require the completion of a rec letter questionnaire and a minimum of three weeks notice prior to the due date to write a recommendation letter.
● We are now well past the deadline for schedule changes. If a student receives permission to change a class now and until fall break, a Withdrawal Passing WP or Withdrawal Failing WF will be entered on their transcript for the dropped class. Any class change after fall break will result in an F being entered on the transcript for the dropped class, regardless of whether or not the student was passing the class at the time it was dropped.
Social and Emotional
● Listen to music: Music is powerful and universal, listening to music is a great way to relieve stress. Students can play classical music while studying, play upbeat music to “wake up” mentally, or slow songs to bring calm.
For more information on how to manage stress, please check out the Support Services April Newsletter: https://www.susd.org/SupportServices
Whitney Hess, Arcadia’s Social Worker, is always available Monday-Friday from 745am 3pm, just ask to set up a time to meet by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
Whitney Hess MSW
Arcadia High School Social Worker
Mrs. Mynars - College and Career Center
(You can find the list of all current scholarships on the Arcadia College and Career Website.)
Visit our Registration Page to begin the application process.
You will receive an Application Packet within two (2) weeks from the time you register. All components of the application must be received completely at the time of submission. Applicants will NOT be notified of a partial and/or incomplete application. All applications for the American College Foundation’s Visionary Scholarship Program will consist of:
● Completed ACF Visionary Scholarship Application
● Student’s most recent unofficial high school transcript
● 500-word essay on “Why College is Important to Me”
Q: Why is the FAFSA application important? Do I need to fill it out?
A: The FAFSA (or Free Application for Federal Student Aid) is important because completing this form is the only way to receive state and federal financial aid.
Completing the FAFSA is the single most important step that you can take to get financial aid. By completing the FAFSA, you are applying for most types of financial aid.
Completing the FAFSA does not obligate students or parents to accept student loans or any other form of financial aid.
The FAFSA can be a bit complicated and most students will need help from a parent in order to complete the form.
The best way to complete the FAFSA is online at www.fafsa.ed.gov
By completing the FAFSA online you will have access to help when you need it and you can cut weeks off the amount of time it takes to process the form.
Although tax information from last year is required to complete the form, you do not have to wait until you and your parents have filed your tax returns. The FAFSA allows applicants to estimate the information and correct it once taxes are completed.
The FAFSA Application opens on October 1st each year. Students do not have to wait to apply for financial aid until they have been accepted for admission to the college.
Students should not assume they are not eligible for financial aid. The FAFSA is necessary for many scholarships and student loans as well. Most families can qualify for federal financial aid regardless of income or assets. Everyone should apply.
● Red Ribbon Week 10/18-10/22
● Homecoming Parade 10/29 @ 4pm
● Homecoming Dance 10/30
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