AHS Update - September 20, 2021
A Word From Dr. J
I hope all is well with everyone and that your children are off to a great start. I am happy to share that our COVID-19 cases have declined since our last update. We continue to watch our cases closely and we will continue to update the SUSD dashboard. One of our mitigation strategies has been to add outdoor seating throughout the campus. We have added 450 new chairs over the past two years. The feedback we have received is that our students love the new chairs.
In the next month, we will honor and celebrate our students who qualified for the AHS Principal’s List for the second semester of the 2021 school year. This is a great honor to receive and is a way for us to show our appreciation to students for all their hard work.
We are asking for a little help at the end of the day regarding students being called out of class. It is challenging to check out students that close to the end of the school day. If you must pick up your child after 2:00 pm for an appointment, please call ahead so that we can assist better.
We have a request from one of our feeder school principals, Mrs. Jagodzinski:
Hopi Elementary is looking for a community site council representative. If you are interested, please complete the form below. Thank you for considering this important role.
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.
Next Coffee With the Principal Zoom Information: 9/22/2021, 9 am & 5 pm
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https://zoom.us/j/96203700508?pwd=SENadVFRU3Z6eTRqRjdDMXBXS0lvdz09 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
● Fall 2021 Deadlines:
○ 10/1/21 - Deadline to pay tuition
● 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 began on 8/20/21 and expires on 9/29/21, pending an action that would end the requirement sooner or extend it. 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.
● 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, email@example.com, or Ms. Johnson, firstname.lastname@example.org. 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
Practice PSAT Exam
Sat, September 11, 2021
9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m
Practice PSAT Exam
Sat, September 18, 2021
9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m
PSAT 1O1 Workshop
Sat, September 25, 2021
9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
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.
● We are continuing our senior meetings. These have been held individually with our seniors and will continue over the course of the coming weeks. Please be patient as we schedule these appointments.
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 email@example.com
Whitney Hess MSW
Arcadia High School Social Worker
Mrs. Mynars - College and Career Center
Upcoming College Visits: Students will sign up in Naviance for a visit they want to attend.
Sept. 20th Pepperdine University - 8:45am, in person visit
Sept. 21st St. Louis University - 8:45am, in-person visit
Sept. 21st University of Connecticut - 10:50am, virtual visit
Sept. 21st Fort Lewis College (CO) - 12:25pm, in-person visit
Sept. 21st University of Colorado/Denver/Anschutz Medical Campus - 1:25pm, virtual visit Sept. 23rd ASU Barrett - 10:50am, virtual visit
Sept. 23rd Gettysburg College (PA) - 1:25pm, virtual visit
Sept. 24th Eckerd College - 9:50am, in person visit
Sept. 27th University of Wisconsin - 8:45am, virtual visit
Sept. 27th Central College, Iowa - 10:50am, in-person visit
Sept. 27th Temple University, Japan - 1:25pm, virtual visit
Sept. 28th Southern Methodist University (TX) - 8:45am, in-person visit.
ASU Project Humanities Contest. Project Humanities is excited to announce 4 creative contests open to anyone currently attending high school or enrolled in a GED program in Arizona. The winner of each of the 4 areas will receive $500 and will be recognized on live video stream in November 2021 during the culminating 10th anniversary Awards celebration event.
For more information: https://projecthumanities.asu.edu/10th-year
anniversary#REFCODE1 (Scroll towards bottom of page and click on the “connecting” link, then click on Ambassadorships and contest)
Application Deadline: 12:00pm/noon (MST/AZ) on Monday, September 20, 2021
Flinn Scholarship is now open. With Arizona’s universities, we created the Flinn Scholarship, worth more than $120,000 to give students a world-class education.
Deadline to apply is Sept. 27th.
Click here to apply: https://flinn.org/flinn-scholars/the-scholarship/apply/
The Heisman High School Scholarship is now open. Top national scholarship is $10,000 to one male and one female. Top state scholarship is $1,000 to one male and one female. Among the top from each state, 12 will be identified as national finalists and win at least $2,000. Deadline to apply is October 19th.
Click here to apply: https://heismanscholarship.com/
The AZ Milk Producers Reel Moments Video Scholarship Contest is now open. Simply create a “Reel” Milk Moment video, lasting 30 seconds or less, featuring your favorite real dairy product(s). $18,000 in college scholarships: 1st Place-$8,000, 2nd Place-$6,000, 3rd Place-$4,000.
Contest deadline runs through November 7th, 2021
For more details visit: az.milk.co/contest
NROTC High School Scholarship The NROTC Scholarship Program offers students the opportunity to earn their degree and receive valuable leadership and management skills.
Benefits of NROTC:
● Free college tuition
● $250-$400 a month tax-free spending money
● NROTC Units are located at over 170 leading colleges and universities ● 100% employment upon graduation
● Opportunity to lead and manage personnel
● Unlimited travel opportunities
● 30 days paid vacation earned annually
● Excellent medical/dental benefits
Deadline to apply: No later than January 21, 2022
Best to apply early as the board begins review of applicants starting October, 2021. For more information please visit NROTC website. You can apply here.
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.
Suicide Prevention Awareness Resource Fair 9/21
MOD Fundraiser 9/29
PBIS Videos will be made to be shown virtually (instead of assembly)
Red Ribbon Week 10/18-10/22
Homecoming Parade 10/29 @ 4pm
Homecoming Dance 10/30
September 17, 2021
Dear Scottsdale Unified Families,
We've closed out another great week in SUSD, one of students learning new things and putting that learning into action, one of celebrating students and staff, and one of continuing to come together as the strong community that we are.
We learned this week that 20 of our academically talented high school seniors are Semifinalists in the 2022 National Merit® Scholarship Program. This esteemed program initially selects students based on their performance on the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT®) that they took as juniors. In order to move to Finalist status and become eligible for one of nearly 7,500 scholarships worth nearly $30 million next spring, the semifinalists must complete a thorough application that looks at not only their academic record and scores on college entrance tests, but also their participation in school and community activities in which they have demonstrated leadership. We want to wish the following students well as this path proceeds:
Arcadia High School: William Logue, Grace Reed, Elsa Steen Koppell
Chaparral High School: Grace Dunn, Jeremy Lee, Dashram Pai
Desert Mountain High School: Dhruv Adha, Bella Agarwal, Eric Amkraut, Paige Baldus, Ryan Johnson, Camden Kross, Maya Leis, Brendan Mawk, Rakshak Shah, Yeju Srivastava, Eleanor Wang, Jiatian Yim
Saguaro High School: Colin Hutton, Kennan McAndrews
At this week's Governing Board Special meeting, we were pleased to recognize two SUSD employees. Both celebrations were heartfelt and stirring, and made us realize once again the impact of the work of our dedicated and resourceful staff.
This week, the COVID-positive rate was relatively flat and remains in the substantial category, but the number of cases per/100,000 increased slightly and remains in the high transmission level. Thankfully, the number of active cases on our campuses is under 50 for a second consecutive week. While the total is higher than the week prior, this week's number reflects a four-day reporting period - the prior week was three because of the extended Labor Day holiday weekend.
As a result of modifying our mitigation strategies last month, including not requiring masked, close contacts to quarantine unless they are experiencing COVID or COVID-like symptoms, we have been able to reduce the number of students who are missing school, and that's a good thing. In the four weeks since August 20, we have not seen positive cases among masked students who were close contacts. We thank you again for your continued support.
Getting Back to 'Normal'
We continue to review opportunities for volunteers to return to our school campuses. Recently, we decided to allow vaccinated volunteers to volunteer for outside activities, at principal discretion. We're looking at taking that a step farther in the coming weeks and allowing volunteers back in classrooms. Individuals interested in volunteering need to work with SUSD Human Resources to submit the necessary paperwork.
We are also pleased to report that our high school fall theater season gets underway next week with the production at Chaparral of Clue on Stage and, the following week, at Desert Mountain with an adaptation of Homer's The Odyssey.
If your child is or has been home as a part of quarantine during this school year, is ill due to COVID-19 or a COVID-like illness, or could just use a little extra learning support, we invite you to use Varsity Tutors. Scottsdale Unified School District has partnered with Varsity Tutors as one strategy to provide additional support to our students whose learning has been impacted by the pandemic. Varsity Tutors provides 1:1, individualized, virtual tutoring in the subject area(s) your student needs, on your schedule.
Please fill out the interest form to access six hours of free tutoring. In order to initiate the tutoring, you will need to complete this Varsity Tutor Permission Slip. Once you have submitted the permission slip, you will receive an email from Varsity Tutors within 48 hours to set up your student's tutoring time. Students will access their tutoring hours by logging in to Single Sign-on, then Clever, then Varsity Tutors. Parents will communicate directly with Varsity Tutors to set up a date and time for tutoring sessions.
Athletics are in full swing in SUSD, and we are excited to be able to provide these exciting opportunities for our students. Please keep in mind that we do have an indoor mask requirement for now and appreciate your cooperation if you choose to attend one of our indoor events. Our goal is to continue to provide in-person instruction, and we appreciate our athletic stakeholders' support of those efforts.
Scottsdale Unified School District Cabinet and Leadership Team
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Community COVID-19 Testing and Vaccination Resources
SUSD continues to partner with Embry Health, which operates three, convenient COVID testing sites in the SUSD community:
Ranch Pharmacy: 10769 N. Frank Lloyd Wright Blvd., Scottsdale
Other community vaccination resources:
NOAH - Neighborhood Outreach Access to Health: https://noahhelps.org/covid-vaccine/
Maricopa County Department of Public Health COVID-19 Vaccine Locations: https://www.maricopa.gov/5659/COVID-19-Vaccine-Locations
Arizona Department of Health Services COVID-19 Vaccine Locations:
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Arcadia PTO Mission Statement
Arcadia High School's PTO strives to facilitate and increase communication, promoting a long-lasting sense of community and spirit among our Arcadia families; supplementing additional funding for curricular and extracurricular programs which support our teachers, students and the administration.
To learn more about Arcadia High School, please visit the susd.org/arcadia
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