Welcome to Arcadia High School, Mrs. Metzler! Mrs. Metzler joined Arcadia’s staff in December as the College and Career Coordinator. She is off and running with scheduling college visits on Arcadia’s campus and helping students in all things college and career: college applications, test preparation, finding scholarships, preparing for “life beyond high school”, and more.
Mrs. Metzler’s Educational background includes:
Mrs. Metzler gained valuable experience while working as an academic mentor to student athletes at a previous job at ASU. In addition, she has worked in the staffing industry at multiple companies where she assisted people in finding jobs. Mrs. Metzler went to high school in Illinois but moved to New England during senior year and graduated a semester early. After going to college and living in Maine, Massachusetts and Florida, she moved to Phoenix in 2014.
When asked what she is proud of, she emphatically answered “My family”. She has three kids and has been a very active mom: volunteering as a Brownie and Girl Scout Leader, on the PTO Board for four years at her kids’ elementary school, and is currently on the PTO Executive Board as Secretary at Desert Mountain High School. Her oldest daughter is a junior, making the opportunity to learn about, navigate, and share her College and Career knowledge with him even more significant.
HOBBIES OR FAVORITE THINGS TO DO WHEN NOT WORKING Spending time with my family, photography (but I delete most of my pictures), and researching my family’s genealogy. One of the most interesting nuggets I have discovered is that one of my ancestors came over on the Mayflower and my husband has two ancestors who came over on the Mayflower.
DOG OR CAT PERSON? Both! My cat thinks she is a dog (she comes when I call her name) and my Beagle acts like a cat (doesn’t come when called).
A RANDOM FACT ABOUT MRS. METZLER: I was a Girl Scout. In fact, when little, I was in a Girl Scout Anniversary commercial. I was the Brownie who got to blow out the candles. Submitted Winter 2016
The Intel Science Talent Search (Intel STS) is the nation’s most prestigious science research competition for high school seniors.
Only Two Arizona Students Applied in 2015
The Intel Science Talent Search (Intel STS) program team is looking to increase the number of applicants from Arizona. Intel STS, a program of Society for Science & the Public (SSP) is the nation’s most prestigious science research competition for high school seniors. Since 1942, first in partnership with Westinghouse and since 1998 with Intel, SSP has provided a national stage for the country's best and brightest young scientists to present original research to nationally recognized professional scientists.
What Intel STS Awards are given?
All Intel STS entrants receive a digital badge in recognition of their completion of the application. Entrants may also be awarded a Research Report and/or Student Initiative badge for their well-written college-level research report and/or their extraordinary effort and accomplishment relative to the resources available to them. These are awarded via the same process used to select entries for the awards listed below.
Three hundred semifinalists are awarded $1,000; with an additional $1,000 going to their high schools to support STEM education. All 40 finalists are awarded at least $7,500. They also win an all-expenses-paid trip to Washington, DC for the Intel Science Talent Institute where they explain their research to some of the country’s top scientists and compete for the top 9 awards, ranging from $35,000 to $150,000.
Who can enter the Intel Science Talent Search (Intel STS)?
Any student who is enrolled in and attending his or her last year of secondary school in the US and its territories may apply. Also, students who are US citizens living abroad may qualify. Please read the Rules and Entry Instructions for more information.
Learn more by visiting https://student.societyforscience.org/intel-sts.
Download Intel STS 2016 Flyer- PDF
Ms. Tomlinson is an energetic and dynamic English teacher at Arcadia. For the past two years, she taught English III and IV, and this year added English I. She says teaching freshmen is very different, but a lot of fun! When asked what she enjoys most about teaching, she replied, “The students, and also the fact that teaching offers something new every day. Although you might teach the same material, it is always different because of the different conversations with each class.”
Ms. Tomlinson’s entire family graduated from SUSD schools! Her mom went to Saguaro, her dad Scottsdale High School (which closed in 1983), and she and her siblings attended Chaparral. Kelsey even did her student teaching at Saguaro High School! Her education includes:
In addition to teaching English at Arcadia, Ms. Tomlinson is the Varsity Pom Coach at Chaparral High School. She began dancing at 2yrs old, and was able to put her many years of experience to work in high school- she was the first freshman to ever make the Varsity Pom Line at Chaparral. She was on Pom all four years and is proud to share that they won State her Senior year! It was the first year Pom was recognized as an official AIA sport. Ms. Tomlinson does not dance any more, however, she teaches dance professionally all over the country. During the past two summers, she even traveled to Scottland to dance!
At Arcadia, Ms. Tomlinson is part of Site Council and the Attendance Committee. In addition, at October’s teacher in-service, she was a lead for one of the breakout sessions where she shared Socratic teaching techniques.
WHAT MAKES YOU PROUD?
My family. They all still live close by. My grandparents too!
HOBBIES OR FAVORITE THINGS TO DO WHEN NOT WORKING
I like to read, run, and I am learning to cook.
DOG OR CAT PERSON?
A RANDOM FACT ABOUT MS TOMLINSON:
I was born in Hawaii.
Submitted Fall 2016
MOCK ELECTION FOR ALL ARCADIA STUDENTS- NOV. 8, 2016
Arcadia teachers Clayton Guy, Shannon Paloma (and the entire Social Studies dept), the Arcadia Student Politicians Club, StuGo, and the PTO organized a Mock Election for all students on Election Day. Students had the opportunity to vote during Social Studies classes and during the lunch hour. The paper ballot had the following contests/ questions:
Over 110 eighth graders (and parents) attended a special Arcadia High School campus tour opportunity. It was a great success! After a warm, all-group welcome by PTO President, Amanda McCauley, and Assistant Principal, John Andrews, attendees were divided between nine tour groups. Four groups started touring immediately. The other five groups were ushered to three separate twenty-minute Student Ambassador Panel discussions to hear about student life at Arcadia from students' perspectives. Then the tour groups and student panels switched places. A few teachers and administrators shared 'staff perspectives' with attendees along the way.
This is Mr. Neely’s first year at Arcadia. After spending 23 years working in information technology for Hewlett-Packard as a consultant (HP-UX Systems), he decided to explore a new career. Mr. Neely was instantly accepted into the Rio Salado Noyce Teacher Scholar Program which is dedicated to helping STEM professionals transition to careers teaching math and science in high-need secondary schools. Mr. Neely completed his certification in December 2015, and was promptly scooped up to fill a temporary position at Corona Del Sol in Tempe. Now at Arcadia, he is teaching Geometry and Algebra III with Trig.
Mr. Neely was born in Ohio but moved to Tucson, Arizona when he was eleven years old. Later, his family moved to Scottsdale where he graduated from Scottsdale High School. He is proud to be a Beaver alum. After high school, he continued his education and earned:
He said his favorite thing about teaching is interacting with students and getting to know them. Although this is only his first year at Arcadia, Mr. Neely is not shy about getting involved on campus. He is already the Robotics Club Team sponsor. What a great way to get to know students ‘beyond the classroom”! Talk about busy: the Titan Robotics Team just hosted the 2016 Arizona State FIRST Robotics Championship over Fall Break.
When not teaching, Mr. Neely enjoys traveling and entertaining.
He is also a successful business man. He owns and manages three assisted living homes in the Ahwatukee area. However, he says his wife, Marie, is the boss.
WHAT MAKES YOU PROUD?
My children and business.
DOG OR CAT PERSON?
Cats first but I do love dogs.
A RANDOM FACT ABOUT MR NEELY:
Was in the Philippines for a month during summer 2016; has also traveled to Hong Kong.
Submitted Fall 2016
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