Wildcat Press Newsletter

March 28, 2021 Vol. 33

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Principal's Message

Hello Wildcat Pride,


After Atlanta, Boulder and Virginia Beach this week, I want to touch base with you on mental health. As we continue to navigate these unprecedented times our world continues to become more and more disjointed. If you are having a difficult time, please reach out to us, we may or may not be able to help, but we will certainly do all that we can to help you find what you need. We do have many resources through the district that we can put you in touch with. Asking for help is a sign of true strength and personal awareness, not a weakness.


My kids make fun of me because I like Dad Jokes. I only like the good ones so not sure why they make fun of me, ones like - Do you know where dad's store all their dad jokes? (pause...)

in a Dad-a-base!


My point is that we all need to find outlets for our frustration, especially in this time of social distancing and a pandemic. If we don't we seem to look for permanent solutions to temporary problems. Whether that be in hurting ourselves, those around us or the ones that make us frustrated because they disagree with us. Are you sharing with your kids your passions, what did you love when you were their age that you have forgotten about. The thing about it is, if you love it and have a passion for it, so will others. Even if they don't love what you do, they will see the joy it brings you and want that. This will lead them to hopefully discover their own. On the flipside, have you taken the time to engage in what they love - playing their favorite video game, going mountain biking, joining them on a tik tok challenge? You wanna open the door and have your kids talk to you, get involved in social media, they might come to you because their embarrassed, but it opens the door. Seek to find out what gets them going and why, it will give you a ton of insight and help you make sure they are safe.


Short week this week as we get Friday and Monday off for the spring holiday. Enjoy the break its the last one before the end of the year.


See you soon!


Rod Huston

Principal

Mesquite High School

@MHSAZ_Principal

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MHS Administrative Team!

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March Calendar

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PAWs-atively Awesome

Flinn Scholar

Jennifer Tran was recently awarded the prestigious Flinn Scholarship. This allows her to attend the in-state university of her choice. This award shows her commitment to her studies and activities. We are extremely proud of her and work. Special thanks to Mrs. Weaver who was her advocate and support through the process.

Gold Award

Congratulations to Rhiannon Ridley who recently earned her Gold Award from the Girl Scouts of America. This award is comparable to the more well known Eagle Scout award for the boys. Rhiannon chose to help improve the lives of senior memory care patients. She painted, added shelves and decorations as well as building stations with things like a baby changing location where patients could change the clothes on dolls, a station with stuffed animals and musical instruments. What an amazing young woman and we cannot wait to see what she does next.

The FFA program

Congratulations to Mesquite FFA for their accomplishments in the 2021 spring FFA conference. Way to go Ms. Parker and the FFA students.

25 Year Award

Mr. Haglin

Much gratitude to Mr. Brett Haglin for his 25 years of service to Gilbert Public Schools. The number of lives and his impact on our community in that time is immeasurable. Thanks Mr. Haglin!

Mr. Holland

Thank you Mr. Holland for your commitment to Gilbert Public Schools and it's students. Your time teaching and coaching in this district has deeply impacted your students and your colleagues.

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Wildcat Activities Announcement

Student Council Election Meeting

Attention Wildcats!

If you are interested in joining Student Council for the 2021-2022 school year, come to the pre-election meeting on Monday, March 29 at 2:45pm or 4pm. The meeting will be held in Room A102 located in the front office. We are excited to see you there!

Upcoming Events

  • NHS Induction Ceremony- March 30th

  • ASVAB Testing- March 31st from 7:30-12pm in B Lecture Hall

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NEXT UPCOMING TEST DATE

ASVAB Testing

March 31st from 7:30-12pm in B Lecture Hall

Attention Juniors:

Gilbert Public Schools will be administering the ACT© (No Writing) to all currently enrolled 11th graders on Tuesday, April 6, 2021. The ACT is a component of the required Arizona State Assessments students participate in as a measurement of career and college readiness.


Created by ACT Inc, the ACT is a standardized college readiness exam accepted and valued by all colleges and universities in the United States to assist in making admission decisions. The ACT is based on what students learn in high school in the areas of English, Reading, Mathematics, and Science and provides personalized information about students’ strengths for education and career planning after high school.


On the day of testing, please be sure to bring your fully charged chromebook and ID to campus.


Prior to the testing day: Students will need to create/login to their MyAct account. To log in use the following student code: 12345 and high school code 030-157. Follow the instructions linked here to complete the required pre test activities.


(Please note that the Student Code is not the same as the student's ACT ID.)

  • Students who need to create MyACT accounts will need more than the estimated 30 minutes to complete.

  • Students who are creating MyACT accounts will have 24 hours to use their verification email/code and will need access to their email or phone.

  • Students who are completing the non-test activities at home will need to reference the Taking the ACT document and Information for Examinees website referenced within for troubleshooting tips.

  • Students who do not use the Student Code prior to the 2 days post-testing, may NOT be able to select their free college score recipients.


Official ACT Test Prep Resources:

ACT Academy

ACT Test Prep

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Testing Dates and Information

9TH GRADE

Fast Track:

  • Reading- April 13th
  • Math- April 15th
  • Testing Schedule- Transportation will run at normal times on every day of testing

10TH GRADE

You will need earbuds for portions of this exam, please remember to bring your own that can connect to the Chromebook.


AzM2 Writing:
  • April 8th


AzM2 Reading:
  • Part 1- April 13th
  • Part 2- April 15th


AzM2 Math
  • Part 1- April 20th
  • Part 2- April 22nd


Testing Schedule- Transportation will run at normal times on every day of testing

11TH GRADE

ACT

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Seniors Corner! Class of 2021!

Graduation Location

MHS Graduation will be held at the MHS Football Field on May 27th at 7:00pm.


Currently each graduate will be given 4 tickets to the ceremony. This number could change all the way up until graduation day, based on the current guidelines.


The ceremony will be live streamed we are currently working on setting this up, all pertinent information will be provided as it is identified.

Cap and Gown

Seniors, if you haven't ordered your cap and gown, here is the link:
https://www.jostens.com/apps/catalog/gradProducts.mvc?customerName=Mesquite+High+School&customerId=1034683

Jostens will schedule another delivery day in the near future so you can conveniently pick up your cap and gown on campus.

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Attention Seniors!

We want to recognize your accomplishments! Please complete the 2021 Senior Scholarship Survey here. This form must be filled out and submitted by Wednesday, April 7, 2021 in order to be included in the MHS Scholarship Recognition Program.

Unpaid Fees - VERY IMPORTANT

Please check to see if you have unpaid fees. You can stop in the bookstore to see if you have a balance due or log in to the parent Infinite Campus account > click on the Make A Payment link > then click on the Unpaid Fees/Fines link. You may pay in the bookstore with cash, check, or credit card. You may also pay online through InTouch (service fee applies). Seniors with unpaid fees, may not walk in the graduation ceremony.

Transcript Requests

If your student needs their transcript sent anywhere, go to Parchment through the following website to submit a transcript request: https://www.parchment.com/u/registration/4824/account

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Wildcat Counseling

Summer School

GPS summer school is filling up fast! Summer school provides in-person and online learning opportunities for GPS students to take courses for initial or repeat credit. If you would like to register for a summer school course, please contact your counselor.


Registration and payment secures your spot in the summer school class. After your counselor submits a summer school recommendation, please be sure to register and pay for the summer school class(es) as soon as possible!


Click here for the GPS summer school website.


Do you know the credits you need to graduate? Review your credit check through Infinite Campus by following these instructions:

  1. Log into Infinite Campus
  2. Click on “Academic Plan”
  3. Click on “Progress Report”
  4. Select “Detail” and check the “Select All” box
  5. Click “Generate Report

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EVIT Information

An East Valley Institute of Technology (EVIT) representative will be at MHS during both lunches tomorrow, March 29th. If you have any questions or would like information about EVIT, please visit the EVIT table during lunch!

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CGCC Virtual Open House - Wednesday, March 31st

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Tri-University Week: March 29 — April 3

Suggested audience: Grades 9-11 and Seniors still in the college search

Choose from sessions to learn more about admission, financial aid and the student experience at Arizona’s public universities. Go to https://visit.asu.edu/tri-university/high-school to register.

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Career Readiness Workshop Series

Register at tempe.gov/CareerReadyTempe

  • Making a Resume: Info Session - Wednesday, March 24th 1:00 - 2:00 pm
  • Interview Preparation and Speaking to Employers - Wednesday April 7th 1:00 - 2:00 pm

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Scholarship Highlight of the Week - The Gilbert Chamber Foundation Scholarship

Each year the Gilbert Chamber Foundation awards scholarships to students who are currently attending or plan to attend within six months an accredited vocational, 2-year, or 4- year institution. Recipient(s) must have demonstrated engagement through involvement in the local Gilbert community and additional weight is given to those students who have participated in a Gilbert Chamber Foundation program.
Apply today! (Applications will be accepted through April 30th.) gilbertaz.wufoo.com/forms/zoliir01dho5zd/

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2021 RECHARGE Conference

The annual Arizona State University RECHARGE conference provides a no-cost platform for American Indian students in grades 7-12 to invest in their education, future and community. The Virtual event includes engaging activities and inspiring presentations, including topics on culture and identity, college readiness, financial aid and scholarships, college majors, and specialized ASU campus resources. Open to all 7th-12th grade students. To register, visit: http://bit.ly/rechargeasu2021

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Arizona Youth Leadership Forum (AZYLF)

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Academic Support

Peer Tutoring

PEER TUTORING is available during both lunches on TUESDAYS AND THURSDAYS (10:30-11:00 and 11:55-12:25) in the MHS Career Center. No appointment is needed; come on in!

Assignment Tracker

Click here for an Assignment Tracker to list your missing assignments/quizzes/tests and catch up in your classes (you will need to make a copy of the Assignment Tracker in order to enter your information, or you can print a copy).

Counselor Appointments

If you would like to schedule an appointment with your School Counselor, Mrs. Mims (Social Worker and Mental Health Counselor), Mrs. Lyman (College and Career Center Coordinator) or Ms. Martinez (Chandler-Gilbert Community College Counselor), please complete this form: https://forms.gle/mkd149bYYK3n6PtE8. There are also QR codes posted around the school for you to scan to schedule an appointment.

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Wildcat Wellness

8 Ways to Bolster Executive Function in Teens and Tweens

Middle and high school students suddenly face more complex schedules, tougher academic work, and an expanding network of friends. How can we help them manage it all? Check out the following article on 8 Ways to Bolster Executive Function in Teens and Tweens: https://www.edutopia.org/article/8-ways-bolster-executive-function-teens-and-tweens

Calling All Writers! ✍️

Ready to make some magic with words!? Join Bring Change 2 Mind (BC2M) in our first Poetry workshop with the "Maya Angelou of the Millennial generation," Azure Antoinette! This is a creative writing virtual course in which the participant is guided through free writing prompts, exercises, and slam poetry practices. Don't miss out on this! Check out the link below to sign up.


https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfTv9SBlY64WqM-FZ9BpnFGIaUjMSFk2Uqp7Lgf_-gnqA_spw/viewform

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Message from our Athletic Director

Attendance

Attendance at games have been bumped up to 50% capacity for athletic events in the Spring. We'd love to have you out to support our programs and catch some great competition. Tickets for the event can be found at GoFan.co

Tax Credit

As we head into the midst of tax season, I wanted to remind our families that tax-credit donations are a great way to support our athletic programs. Click HERE for more information. You can donate to the school, the athletic department, or a specific sport which helps us tremendously in getting our kids ready to compete.
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Health Office Hotspot

By now you have all heard Governor Ducey announced a new Executive Order On Thursday, March 25th. Here is a link for that Executive Order. The Executive Order states that local mask mandates are no longer enforceable in local municipalities under this Order. HOWEVER, the Executive Order does NOT rescind the policy of Gilbert Public Schools or Executive order 2020-51 which does require students to continue to wear a mask or other face covering while attending classes on campuses, on school transportation, participating in school activities. In addition, the AIA requirements for students, coaches, and officials to wear a mask when they are not actively participating in practice or competition are still in effect. All spectators in attendance must wear a mask as well. The link is here for the AIA Spring Sports Gidelines.


GO CATS!!!!

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MHS BOOK NOOK

Operation Christmas Child

We braided 25 jump ropes during lunch today in the library that will be added to shoeboxes for Operation Christmas Child. This program supplies little gifts in shoeboxes for children in other countries who may never have a gift if it wasn't for caring people who fill these boxes.

Thanks to all the students who braided old t-shirts. We had so much fun!

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SAFETY AND SECURITY

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