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ACP MIDDLE SCHOOL - February 17th


Message from the Principal

Dear Knights,

I wish you a safe and fun 3-day weekend!! I hope you get to spend some quality time with your family. My apologies to all the parents for the mishap with the Parent Roundtable on Wednesday. I have rescheduled it for Monday, 02/27/2023 at 5:30pm. My apologies for the oversight. ACP Booster club is running a $2 dress down fundraiser on 02/22/2023. See below for more details. Some exciting things coming up. A group of 12 students will participate in the Hermanes Field trip on Friday, March 3, 2023 and our 8th grade students will be participating in a Field Trip on Friday, March 3, 2023 to the Chandler City Municipal Courthouse. Permission slips will be sent home with students next week.

On Tuesday, February 28th, the school counselors, Ms. Grimes and Ms. O’Donnal, along with the school social worker, Ms. Hall will present a lesson on mental health wellness to all 8th graders that emphasizes everyday strategies for creating and maintaining healthy habits that promote mental health and resiliency. An informational letter was sent home with your student as well as sent via Infinite Campus on Friday, February 17th. If you do NOT wish for your student to participate in the “Understanding Mental Wellness” lesson on Tuesday, February 28th, please notify your student’s counselor by Friday, February 24th. Ms. O’Donnal (A-L) can be reached at and Ms. Grimes (M-Z) at

Parents, please review the following policy on Tardies:


In an effort to stem a growing number of tardies, we are putting the following policy in place to help clarify our expectations with our students.

  • 3rd unexcused tardy and subsequent—students will be assigned community service during lunch. Duties will be performed after the students eat, and last approximately 10-15 minutes.
  • 6th unexcused tardy and subsequent—students will be assigned after school detention for the following day. It will be served from 2:50-3:20 and parents will be responsible for providing transportation.
  • 9th unexcused tardy and subsequent—students will be assigned two after school detentions for the following two days. They will be served from 2:50-3:20 and parents will be responsible for providing transportation both days. Students will complete a research task while in detention as assigned by administration.
  • 12th unexcused tardy—a parent meeting will be required to create and implement a Behavioral Improvement Plan.

Morning tardies—to streamline our morning processes, it will no longer be necessary to sign your student in between 7:50 and 7:55 when you believe your child should face the possible consequences for being late. Signing-in a late student will only be required when you wish to excuse the tardy OR the arrival is after 7:55.

If your child is going to be late to their next class for a legitimate reason, they should ask the teacher whom they are leaving for a pass to excuse the tardy. Please review these policies with your child to ensure they understand the expectations and thank you as always for your continued support.

If you are receiving messages from school messenger such as late bus information, please follow the instructions below:

To receive texts from SchoolMessenger, you would need to opt in by texting Y or YES to 67587. SchoolMessenger will send you a confirmation text to confirm that your phone can receive texts from short code. If you don’t get this confirmation text, please refer to for how to unblock short codes.

Thank you,

Manjula K Reddy


ACP Middle School

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2023-2024 School Year Bus Transportation Requests Now Available

The Transportation Department is now accepting applications for busing for the 2023-2024 school year on a first come, first served basis. ALL families must apply and/or reapply for transportation, even if you were assigned a bus for the current 2022-2023 school year. The Transportation Request Form is available online at Transportation / Documents and Forms ( and is attached for your convenience.

All completed forms MUST be emailed to the transportation department at DO NOT return this form to the school as it will delay the application process.

Field Day

We are full steam ahead with planning out our first every ACP Field day. We are in need of volunteers. If interested, please contact Melissa Stoloff at or Mrs. Reddy at



For a student to get a yearbook the last week of school, parents/students must pre-order on-line before the end of quarter 3.

Cost: For those that preorder now, the cost of the yearbook is $45.00 and will only be sold for a limited time. (Payment Plan Avail.)

How: Students/Parents can go online to

to order a yearbook. Be sure to maintain a copy of your emailed receipt as proof of purchase. Order now to ensure that your student receives a yearbook. Families may pay with a debit or credit card by going online to Jostens’ and selecting Arizona College Prep—MIDDLE SCHOOL.

Delivery: Yearbooks will be distributed the last week of school ONLY to those students who pre-ordered their book.

Order your yearbook now before you forget!

If you would like to verify if you have already ordered a yearbook, please check your email for a receipt with the correct school year and or you may contact Josten's directly for order questions.



Please check for any outstanding fees for your student(s) online through the Parent Portal of Infinite Campus. Fees assigned may include class fees, club fees, field trip fees, sports fees, fees for tests, and more. All fees are only viewable through the Intouch Fee Payment System and are not visible under the portals Fee tab. Please see the instructions below to ensure fees are being checked under the correct link. We still have a large number of outstanding fees.

Thank you!

Parent Portal Login Intructions for InTouch Fee Pmts

Please note: the FEE button in the parent portal is inactive. You must go to the InTouch Fee Payments to see outstanding fees/fines.



Monday - February 20th

No School - Monday February 20, 2023 - President's Day

Tuesday - February 21st

Regular Schedule - Periods 0-6

6th Grade Specials - Special 2

Booster Bash - 6:30pm in ACP Cafeteria

Wednesday - February 22nd

Block Schedule - Periods 1, 3, 5

6th Grade Specials - Special 1 & 2

Booster Club $2 Dress down Fundraiser

Future City Presentation to the Chandler USD Board

Thursday - February 23rd

Block Schedule - Periods 2, 4, 6

No 6th Grade Specials

Academic Pentathlon Regional Super Quiz & Awards 6:00pm - 8:00pm

Friday - February 24th

Regular Schedule - Periods 0-6

6th Grade Specials - Special 1

Saturday - February 25th

Innovation Fair - Chandler Downtown

VEX Robotics State Competition - Desert Ridge High School

On the Horizon:

February 28th - Parent Roundtable @5:30pm

Saturday, March 4th - Optional PSAT test (fees have been added to the student account) & Wrestling EVC Championship

March 10th - 8th Grade Panoramic Picture

March 13th - 27th - Spring Break - No School


Parent Roundtables

I host monthly-ish parent Q & A sessions or roundtables where we collaborate on a number of topics. I host these meetings virtually for your convenience. Hope to 'see' everyone at these meetings. See below for dates and times:



Tuesday - February 21st:

Wrestling - Away @4:30 (Bogle/Willis, held at Bogle JH)

Thursday - February 23rd:

Girls Basketball - Home @4:30(7th) & 5:30(8th) (Willis)

Boys Soccer - Home @4:30 (Willis, held at Andersen JH)

Wrestling - Away @4:30 (Payne/Queen Creek, held at Payne)

* Follow ACP Middle School Athletics on Twitter! @ACPjrhighsports


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Team Payne Try-Outs: Contact Coach Rother on his social media page with any questions: @Chandlerhoops

ACP High School Swim-Skill and Conditioning Clinics

Come train with ACP High School's 2023 Division III State Championship Boys and Girls teams!

Click HERE for details and enrollment.

* Swimmers must know how to swim all four strokes and be able to manage 2000 yards in 2 hours.



Power Hour is an academic support we provide at ACP Middle School on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays. Power Hour runs from 2:50 pm - 3:50 pm Tuesday-Thursdays. Students must be pre-registered for attendance and must be picked up promptly at 3:50 pm at parent pick-up. We will be enforcing i.e., losing power hour privileges if students are consistently picked up late or are signed up but do not show up 2 or more times.


  • These are not instructor led sessions and parents must provide student transportation.
  • In order to attend, all students must signup weekly through signup genius. Students may only be signed-up for 1 week at a time.


Please make note that there will be no Power Hour during Finals Week.




Mark your calendars for our SPRING BOOSTER BASH on February 21st 6:30-8pm in the Cafeteria! The Booster Bash is our General Meeting (see Upcoming Events for more information). $2 DRESS DOWN DAY for students is February 22nd! Below are updates and upcoming events for the ACP Middle School Booster Club. As always, please feel free to connect with us on Facebook, through our Website, or Email us at!


* Let's GLO Dance was a hit and we did all of our sales for the dance online. We hope it made things easier for parents and families. Thanks so much to all who attended and helped to make it possible.

* THANK YOU to everyone who participated in School Cents. The awards ceremony is being held later this month so we look forward to sharing how we did soon!

* Friday Shirts and Chromebook sleeves are still available. Kids grow quickly so please see our store on our website to purchase what you need. We have limited quantities and sizes. Reach out if you have any questions or want to check on availability.


* Upcoming Events:

Feb 21st - Booster Club Spring Semester General Meeting 6:30p-8p in the Cafeteria

- Agenda: Constitution/By-law changes; Election information; Volunteer Opportunities

Feb 22nd - $2 Dress Down Day

* Help Out Teachers in the Copy Room by volunteering through our Signup Genius

* Supporting ACP Middle Boosters! Whether it be in person or not... Supporting students, their academic programs and social events, and supporting the administrators, teachers & staff of ACP Middle School is our goal. To find out more and offer to help, please fill out our interest form. If you don't have time, please feel free to donate to help us support ongoing events.


Counseling & Social Work Department Update

The Counseling and Social Services department has a monthly wellness newsletter for caregivers and families called Medieval Monthly. The newsletter will provide ideas, tips, tricks, and resources on how to best support your ACP Middle School student. You can find ACP’s most current Medieval Monthly by visiting the ACP Middle School website and looking under “Our Staff” and “Counseling and Social Services.”

Opportunity for parents - There is a Listen and Learn event at Hamilton High School on 01/24/2023. The event is for parents/guardians of 5-12th graders. They will watch the documentary Childhood 2.0 followed by a Q&A session. Childhood 2.0 showcases the impact of screens, social media, and video gaming on our youth and how to support them. Doors open at 5:30 pm and the documentary begins at 6 pm.




Antonette Shirley, CUSD’s Indigenous Engagement Academic Coach, is hosting quarterly Indigenous Parent Committee Meetings. Parents of indigenous students who are interested in participating in or learning more about the Title VI and/or JOM program are welcome to attend. Below are upcoming meeting dates and times:

2/21/2023 at 6:00 PM Hamilton High School Room G107

4/18/2023 at 6:00 PM Hamilton High School Room G107


ACP Middle School Site Council Meeting

The next Site Council meeting met on Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2023 at 5:00pm in the ACP Media Center. Agenda items discussed: Dress code, Final Exam & Climate Survey data & Placement exam revision



Chandler Unified School District is pleased to partner with NetTutor to offer free online, on demand 24/7 tutoring.

NetTutor offers K-12 CUSD students live tutoring on-demand, question drop-off, and writing feedback. Tutors are subject matter experts trained in how to translate tutoring best practices and learning strategies to support students online.


  • Click here to access Clever
  • Log into your student’s GSE account
  • Click on the NetTutor Icon (you may have to scroll down)
  • Click “I Agree” after reading the terms and conditions to continue (first time only)
  • Click on the course or subject area in which you need a tutor and follow the prompts


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Due to changes in USDA regulations, Universal Free meals have not been extended to the 2022-23 school year. As of July 20th, the below meal prices will be in effect*

Breakfast Pricing: Meal Cost

All Grades (K-12) $2.00

Lunch Pricing: Meal Cost

Middle School Combo $3.25

Families may view the ala carte menu items with prices and view the daily lunch menu using the link below. Should you have any additional questions, you may contact ACP Middle School's cafeteria manager at:

Please click on the link below for more information on the school nutritional program and frequently asked questions.



Arizona tax law allows individual taxpayers to claim a nonrefundable tax credit for making contributions or paying fees directly to a public school in AZ for support of eligible activities and programs.

At the junior high level, the school office is unable to reallocate / redirect funds without parent and district approval. Be sure to select the specific fee for the activity where you want your payment applied. Sports fees are assigned quarterly and club fees are assigned once established.

When paying fees online (band/ orchestra, club or athletics fees, etc.), please consider making an additional contribution to our general fund in December to reach the maximum credit allowable.

Once you have paid all outstanding fees for ACP Middle School or if you have a family member that resides in AZ, please consider making an additional tax credit contribution to ACP's general fund before December 31st. If you are able to make your tax contributions prior to the end of the calendar year, your donation would be greatly appreciated. It will help give us a jump start on some of our essential extracurricular activities. We have set a goal to collect approximately $50,000.00 this school year and hope that you will be willing to help us meet our goal. Thank you for supporting your child and ACP Middle School!

Tax Credit Basics…

A tax credit donation is a full refund, not a deduction. Contributions eligible for a tax credit are donated directly to schools, not to the state or school district. To participate or learn more, follow the link listed below to donate online or you can complete the enclosed form and submit your contribution at your convenience.

Arizona Law ARS 43-1089.01 enables taxpayers a tax credit contribution of up to $400.00 per year if filing status is “Married, filing Joint Return;” $200.00 per calendar year if filing status is “Single of Head of Household;” and $200 per calendar year if filing status is “Married filing separate returns.” These contributions fund extracurricular activities in public schools and greatly impact our school community and our students.



CUSD Virtual Calming Room

Our counselors are here to support all ACP students.

Margot O'Donnal

Kerry Grimes