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October 19, 2018



SCHOOL BITS

BY TALON Staff

Aztec High

Winter sports meeting October 22nd, 7pm at the MPR

Jostens Info and Important Dates Parents Should Know

As the Official In-School supplier of Graduation Products and Class Jewelry for Aztec HS we want to make sure we provide you with exactly what you want/need to insure your student has a fantastic year!!! The most important factor is communication. A majority of our communication is via email; for this reason it is important that you provide us with a valid & neatly written email address. To provide you and your student with the best experience we are providing a timeline of Jostens Grad events:

We are celebrating “Start with Hello” week this week on campus with the student body. Start with Hello is an initiative to develop a more positive school culture, in conjunction with the Say Something App, by encouraging students to seek out ways to make their peers feel welcome at school. You can learn more about this program at the following URL: https://www.sandyhookpromise.org/startwithhello

Students interested in Science Olympiad, see Ms Hays in room 300 to sign up. Let’s get this robot rolling!

➢ Science Fair Opportunities! See Ms Hays in room 300 to get started on this year’s Science Fair!

➢ Science Club meetings will begin on Thursdays after school. Come join in the fun as we travel to sites

of scientific inquiry.

➢ GSA will be meeting in Ms Hays’ room – 300 – on Tuesdays at lunch. Come check us out. Open to everyone.

NHS will be inducting new members this month. Juniors and Seniors be on the lookout for your invitation. We want active, vibrant members to join us in making positive changes to our community.

➢ CyberPatriot is starting to go full swing. If you are interested in cybersecurity, see Ms Hays in room 300. If we have enough participants, we will form a team (or two)

➢ Devteam is always interested in those who would like to learn to program. Come by room 300 to sign up.

➢ Key Club is a student led organization that teaches leadership skills through doing service for our school and community. Some of our signature projects include Movies in the Park all summer and the Haunted Village for Charity. Key Club is a great organization to belong to and is well recognized by colleges and scholarship committees. We invite everyone to join us on Thursday mornings at 7:35 in room 802. A light breakfast is served. Come on by even if you can’t get to school that early. We provide a newsletter with activities, projects, and important dates so you can be involved. Have your son or daughter check us out.

We no longer accept phone calls for verification of absence. You may send a parent or Dr note upon your students return, or reply to the email you receive from the notification system the email will come from the following address for an Absence or Tardy AH- [email protected] (Aztec High School”) Just reply to that and it will come to me. If you need to let me know in advance of an absence send me a email to my direct address which is, [email protected]

This must be done within two days of the absence in order for you student to be able to make up any work he/she has missed.

Math Department Information

1. The math department has a policy in place that allows students to improve test grades. If your child has a low grade and they have a D or F on a CFA or Test grade, visit with them about what their teacher’s policy is. If they haven’t taken advantage of the opportunity to improve these scores, encourage them to do so. CFAs and Tests are weighted in the Math Department, students will have a hard time raising a low grade if they don’t address test scores.

2. ALL students are required to have a calculator in class (not their phone). The minimum requirement is a scientific calculator (Texas Instruments TI 30 XIIs – recommended). For students in Algebra II and up, we recommend a graphing calculator (Texas Instruments TI 84).

3. The math department offers lunch tutoring EVERY DAY. Encourage students who are struggling to come by room 805 at lunch to get help on their math.

➢ Journalism has received the go-ahead to start selling advertising for our school newspaper, so that we can begin to print professionally! If parents are interested, or know of someone who is interested, they just need to email us at [email protected] and we can send them everything they need to know. It’s a great way to show your support while simultaneously promoting your business to students, parents and staff. Don’t own a business? Buy a personal add just to tell your student how proud you are of them Students receive 50% off Discounts are available for purchasing 3+ months’ worth of advertising

Anyone interested in spring golf see Coach Barry in room 206.

Golf will be selling See’s Candy to raise money for the spring. Support your local golf team. Coach Barry (970) 903-9285

Vista Nueva

We are having a supply drive for Childhaven that will end October 31. We will be greatly appreciative of donations. For a list go to the home page for Vista Nueva.

Koogler

Parents please slow down on Light Plant Road. We are very concerned a student will get hit by a car or one of our crossing guards will get hit. The police will be patolling this area due to too much speeding.

ATTENDANCE REMINDER: Parents, please remember that the attendance policy limits students to ten (10) days of absences per class per year. Parents are expected to verify any student’s absence immediately by telephone call followed up with a written note upon return. In order for the absence to be excused, the written note must be received within 3 days upon return. If the student is absent due to a doctor’s appointment or other medical reasons, we request a signed note from the doctor to verify this absence. All absences (excused or unexcused), all truancies, and all out-of- school suspensions (which are actually unexcused absences) will count toward the 10-day attendance policy.

Students may have no more than fifteen (15) Parent Verified absences per year, anything beyond that must be excused with a doctor’s note. STRIVE FOR LESS THAN 5 Absences, tardies, early checkout

October 25 PTSO Meeting 6:30PM

October 26 Imagine Halloween Contest 6:30PM

Park Ave

When you need to change where your child will go after school, please use the PickUp Patrol app from your smartphone or computer. You will no longer need to call the office or send a note to change your child’s after school plans. If you did not receive an email or have any questions please don’t hesitate to contact the office. Look in the Homepage Locker for a flyer with more information or visit http://www.PickUpPatrol.net.

Coach Eighme and all students have been working hard and will be ready to show off their mile run at our first annual Pumpkin Chase. When: Tuesday, October 30th

4th Grade -12:30 pm 5th Grade- 1:30 pm Please feel free to join us to cheer your kiddo on!

We will be celebrating being drug free with theme days

10/23 “Give drugs the boot” - wear cowboy or work boots

10/24 “Sock it to drugs” - wear crazy socks

10/25 “Hats off to being drug free” - wear hats

10/29 “Friends don’t let friends do drugs” - dress as twins with your friends

10/30 “Wild about being drug free” - crazy hair day

10/31 “Say ‘boo’ to drugs” - wear costumes

McCoy

Our dedicated teachers are working harder than ever this year to ensure your child is receiving a quality education. In an effort to do this, McCoy is involved in implementing the 90 day plan, in which, we investigated areas where students are struggling academically and behaviorally over the past year. It was found that many students are struggling in the area of writing. To ensure student success in this area McCoy has targeted one area in which students will have the opportunity to practice and prove that their writing skills have increased. The focused writing areas is narrative. Writing rubrics have been created to ensure data integrity across grade levels. Your child will be assessed three times this year to ensure they are making adequate progress in writing. Another area of focus for our 90 day plan is in the area of Data Driven Instruction. Teachers use student data to drive their instruction to ensure enrichment and remediation are appropriate. Teachers monitor student progress to ensure growth is being made through istation, interims, and other appropriate classroom assessments. If you have any questions please contact your child’s teacher for more information.

K-3rd grade students will take part in McCoy’s quarterly interim or ESGI assessments beginning next week. These assessments are directly tied to the teacher’s pacing guide in Math and English/ Language Arts and will give teachers targeted information on students’ performance for the first 9 weeks period. Teachers will share this information with you at Parent Teacher Conferences at the end of the month.

It’s time to grab a great book to read with your student. Our annual Book Fair will begin on Monday, October 22nd and run through Friday, October 26th. The fair will be open during school hours and after school until 3:45 pm. Don’t forget we will be open during Parent/Teacher Conferences on Thursday the 25th from 8:00 am until 6:30 pm and Friday the 26th from 8:00 am until 12:00 pm. Not only is this a great way to reward your student for their hard work this semester but, 50% of all of the profits go right back into our school’s library for the purchasing of new and exciting books!

IF YOU WANT TO GET THE WORD OUT ABOUT ANYTHING GOING ON AT YOUR SCHOOL, GIVE US A CALL AND WE CAN PRINT IT IN THE TALON AND HEY, MAYBE GENERATE MORE FUNDING BY INFORMING THE PUBLIC. CALL US AT 334-1039

 

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