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November 2, 2018



Regular Board Meeting November 14th, 2018 6:00 PM in the board room.

Aztec High

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


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

Nov 14: Annual Thanksgiving Feast adults and non students $3.75

Our annual S’Cool Services Fundraiser Kicks Off next Thursday. Be on the lookout for our great items for sale and awesome prizes. Please remember that Koogler does not take checks and we accept cash only.

To the community of Aztec: Koogler Middle School will be having an assembly in honor of Veteran’s Day on Friday, November 9 at Fred Cook Stadium at 2:00. We would like to invite all veterans in the community to come to the assembly so we can honor you on that day.

In the event there is inclement weather, the assembly will be in the wood floor gym. We look forward to seeing you then! Sincerely, Koogler Middle School Student Council

PTSO Announcements Our meeting day’s and place have changed! Next meeting will be held Tues November 6. 6:30 pm in room 125 at Koogler.

Koogler PTO Will hold a Craft Fair in the cafeteria Saturday December 1.

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.

OH! Don’t forget basketball registration is going on. Early registration discounts end THIS WEEK, with regular registration ending next week. Stop by the Aztec Club for information or to register, or go to the Farmington Club website at bgcfarmington.org to register online. As long as you use an Aztec address to register, you will be placed on an Aztec team (spaces available). I have attached a copy of the flyer your kids should have received in school.


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.

Veteran’s Day Celebration Veterans Day Is November 11th nd Come join us for our spectacular Veterans Day assemblies! The 2

performing to honor our Veterans November 12th in the McCoy Gym at 8:15 (Reed, Guilliams and Olguin) and 9:00 am (Johnston and Sanchez). Come honor them with us!

To involve our McCoy families, we are asking that you send a copy of a picture of family members, who have served in the Armed Forces. Please put their name, rank, and branch of military along with the students name. If you do not have a picture, please write this infor- mation on a index card. We will have index cards in the office if you need any. We will proudly display these in our hallway next to the cafeteria. It is the least we can do to thank our brave men and women in uniform!

November Dates to Remember:

12= Veterans Assembly

15= Thanksgiving Dinner

16= Turkey Trot and Progress Reports go home

19-23= Thanksgiving Break! No School Enjoy your Holiday Break!!

You’re Invited for a Turkey Feast

On November 15th, please come and have a wonderful Thanksgiving meal with your child in the McCoy School Café. PreK—3rd grade lunch schedules vary slightly that day, so please check with the office on the exact times their class will go to lunch.

Price: $3.75 for any additional family members

Please RSVP by contacting the McCoy School Café with the number of guests who will attend. The Café requests small bills when purchasing the Thanksgiving dinner. See you there!!!! Turkey Trot Please come participate in our Tur- key Trot on November 16th. PreK– 1st grade TBD (1/2 mile) 2nd and 3rd at 10:00am (1mile) **Prizes will be awarded. Please look for a flyer to come home soon with exact times for PreK-1st grade. Thank you and see you there!

Participa Dental will not be here until January. We will advise when we have specific dates.

With cold and flu season approaching just a reminder to please keep your child home if they have a fever >100.4, un- controlled cough, severe congestion. They must be fever free for 24 hours without Tylenol or Ibuprofen before return- ing to school. Please do not give Tylenol and Ibuprofen and then send to school. Please keep in mind that many multi- symptom cold medication contain Tylenol or Ibuprofen. It will wear off in a few hours and your child will be feeling bad and everyone in school will be exposed. Hopefully we can limit the spread of illness. Please encourage handwash- ing as that is the best way to prevent the spread of infection.

If your child has health issues that need to be addressed at school please inform the health office so that we can assist as needed. Documentation from physicians is always appreciated. Should your child be evaluated due to a vision referral we would love to have the visit note whether glasses are prescribed or not.



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