Wildcat Pride Newsletter

2020-2021 Back to School Edition

Principal's Message

Dear Wildcat Family,


Welcome to the 2020-21 school year! First, I just wanted to tell you how excited I am to be the Interim Principal this year. My first year at Mesquite last year gave me such a love for this community and I feel very blessed to have the opportunity to lead and work with such amazing staff and students.


This school year, while starting a little different than we are used to, is going to be such a great opportunity to grow and learn. Our district has spent countless hours creating a plan to ensure that every student is cared for and connected. As you know from Dr. McCord, we have developed three options of curriculum delivery for students. Please be sure to log on to https://www.gilbertschools.net/families to learn more about each option and choose the one that is best for each of your children. This needs to be done prior to July 17, or you will be placed as an on campus student.


As a reminder all students are required to begin school on August 5th, and the only delivery method is online until at least August 17th per Governor Ducey’s direction. This will be different from the spring; new material will be instructed and once we return, teachers will be continuing on from the point where online instruction was halted. We hope to return on the 17th but will only return to campus when the state and district have determined that it is safe to do so. Freshman will be receiving some emails and phone calls as we seek to connect with them prior to the beginning of school, helping to ensure they have the best start possible.


Please read the rest of this newsletter, as it contains important information and updates. No matter how we start, we are confident that this is going to be a great year and cannot wait to help your students thrive here at Mesquite High.


Best to all of you and stay safe,


Rod Huston

Principal

Mesquite High School

Counselors Corner

Dear Parents and Students:

We know that you are anxious to get schedule changes. However, we are waiting until the week of July 27th to start working through on campus student schedule changes as we are addressing students who have chosen online and the flex model schedules first. This will potentially free up seats in classes that we can use to help with schedule changes for the in-person students. Please also be aware that classes, teachers, and the order of a student’s schedule may change prior to the start of school. Additionally, due to the high volume of requests please allow three business days for a response.


COUNSELORS

Erin Harris - Last names A - En

Joseph Domikaitis - Last names Eo - La

Larry Cook - Last names Le - Rh

Ellen Kelpsh - Last names Ri - Z


STUDENT SCHEDULES AND CHANGES

Alternative classes may be listed on your child’s schedule due to the following reason(s):

  • Student did not meet course prerequisite,

  • Course availability restrictions (course filled up or course cut), and/or

  • Conflict(s) in the student’s schedule.


If you are requesting a schedule change, please answer these questions:

  • Is my schedule missing a period during the school day?

  • Did I attend summer school or take an online course and that course is listed on my schedule?

  • Am I missing a class needed for graduation?


Please note: Unfortunately we can not honor any elective changes, lunch hour changes, or teacher changes.


If you answered YES to any of these questions above and need to request a schedule change, follow the steps below:


  1. Please complete the MHS 2020--2021 Request for Schedule Change form. Please note that when the counselors return they will begin working through registering new students and schedule changes.

  2. If you need to speak to your counselor, please call 480-632-4750 ext. 1134, starting on July 27, 2020 to make an appointment for help with things other than schedule changes.

Important Dates

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Infinite Campus Portal

Student schedules can be located in the Infinite Campus portal. Parents can set up access to the parent portal on Infinite Campus to see their student’s grades, attendance, schedule, etc.


Please click on the link below to access your account.

https://ic.gilbertschools.net/campus/portal/gilbert.jsp


Steps to setting up a Parent Portal account

The instructions that follow will allow parents to create an Infinite Campus Parent Portal account. This account enables parents to access all of their student’s grades, attendance and other school information related to Insert School Name Here. This only needs to be done once. If you have already created an Infinite Campus account, you DO NOT need to do this again.


You can simply access the Parent Portal via the district website (https://ic.gilbertschools.net/campus/portal/gilbert.jsp) or by installing an iPhone/iPad or Android app.


Instructions for creating a NEW Parent Portal account:

1. Go to the following link: http://tinyurl.com/gpsicpp


2. Enter the email address you have provided the school and press Submit.


3. You will receive one of three messages. a. Success – An email will be sent to you with further instructions b. Error Code 1 – Email used is not on file c. Error Code 2 – Multiple people have same email address


4. If you receive an error code, please try the process again (making sure the email address you have entered is the same one you provided the school). If you continue to receive an error code, contact enter school name, phone number, and extension and let us know the error code you received. We will assist you in creating an account.

5. Follow the instructions in the email you will receive from Infinite Campus. Your account should be set up and ready to go. NOTE: Use your email address as your User ID when prompted.


6. If you would like to access your child’s information via iPhone/iPad or Android device, log onto the Infinite Campus Parent Portal website and click on the associated link for the device you have.

Parking Permits

The Parking Rules and Regulations Form must be completed and submitted with the $60 payment to the bookstore before the permit can be issued. If paying online, please print the completed form and bring it to the bookstore to receive your parking tag. Permits will be distributed the first week of school.

Fees

At this time, fee payments for courses are on hold. When they resume, they can be made online or in the bookstore.

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