Owls Nest Newsletter

Agua Fria highlights & updates for owl students & families

Hello Owls!

We would like to wish all Owl students and families a very blessed holiday season and a wonderful New Year! I also want to thank you for entrusting us to educate your child/children in a safe, supportive environment. We are so glad that you choose our school to be part of. All of us at Agua Fria love our jobs and have made the choice to be part of this school because it really is special. Our teachers and staff work so hard and put tremendous effort into your student's education. In the spirit of this holiday season, I want to extend my thanks to all of you for everything that you do for our school. Happy Holidays!

As we head into the final week of the first semester, let’s take a moment to review a few discipline procedures and the schedule for the next week–let’s finish strong, Owls!

Final Week of Semester 1 Overview

Below is the breakdown for what next week looks like for students and staff:

  • Monday & Tuesday

    • 7:15-2:05p–students attend all 6 classes for both days. No Advisory or RTI on either day.

  • Wednesday

    • Classes will be held from 7:15-10:25. Students will attend classes 1-3; Breakfast will be served but there will be no lunch.

  • Thursday

    • Classes will be held from 7:15-10:25. Students will attend classes 4-6; Breakfast will be served but there will be no lunch.

    • Grades will be posted by teachers for Semester 1 by 3p.

  • Friday

    • Work & Learn from Home–all students will need to complete the end of semester survey. Students will find this survey in their google classroom. Students will need to complete this survey for attendance purposes. Students will be marked absent if they do not complete this survey.

Discipline Procedure Review

Agua Fria is a place where we want you to be connected to the school, to your teachers, and to each other while you figure out what you want to do after high school. As the semester winds down, this is a good time to review our student discipline procedures. We want this to be a fun place, and more importantly, a safe place for students and staff as we head into the holiday break.

  • Classroom Level Behaviors

At AFHS, students can be issued an after school detention for being excessively late to class, causing a classroom disruption, or for inappropriate cell phone usage. Detention is held after school on Tuesdays and Thursdays in the Pod by the Auditorium. If your student receives a detention, both the student and the parent will receive an email notification. If a student decides to not attend their detention, they will be assigned a 2 hour detention that will be held on Wednesday of the following week.

  • Major Disruptions & Fights

    • If you are the instigator in a situation, there will be out of school consequences.

    • If you are involved in a situation that disrupts the building at any part of the day--a fight, an argument, a classroom disruption, etc--there will be out of school consequences.

    • If you stand by, camera out and recording, you do not help the situation. You will be categorized as an instigator and there will be out of school consequences. We do not support students videoing inappropriate behavior.

Out of School Suspensions, as well as the potential for police charges, will be considered in the event of a major disruption or a fight as well as drugs. Moving forward, suspensions and disruptions will also keep you from being able to participate in school events such as attending Agua Fria sporting events and attending upcoming dances or senior celebrations.

Let’s work together to make this a great final week of Semester 1--thank you for your help with this!

December 23rd is a Remote Learning day at Agua Fria High School. To be counted present, students must sign-on to one of their google classrooms and complete the google form titled Remote Day Questionnaire. The form will not accept responses until 6:00 am that morning, and will close at 10:00 pm that evening. It is expected for students to complete the entire form to be marked as present for that school day. It is not for a grade, but for attendance. If they don’t hit submit then they will be marked absent, which will count toward their class credit.

Are you looking for a way to get involved at Agua Fria? If so, the Principal’s Site Council might be for you! The Site Council will be composed of admin, teachers, students and parents and will meet with Principal Daniels to discuss, brainstorm and plan what is best for our campus. This will also be a group that can give feedback or ask questions on a particular topic. If you are interested, come check it out on Thursday, January 19th at 5:00 p.m. Please RSVP HERE so we know how many to expect. We look forward to meeting with you.

We are excited to make our staff end of semester luncheon on December 21 extra special this year. We are hoping that some of our families would be willing to donate a dessert, snack or small amount gift card/basket. If you are able to donate, please sign up HERE Thank you SO MUCH to those families who have already signed up!!

-Autumn Daniels, Principal

Finals Week Schedule

The first semester of the school year ends on Friday, December 23rd. The schedule for the final week of school in December will be slightly adjusted.

See below:

Monday, 12/19: Regular Monday schedule

Tuesday, 12/20: Regular Tuesday schedule

Wednesday, 12/21: EARLY RELEASE, 7:15 am - 10:25 am (periods 1-3)

Thursday, 12/22: EARLY RELEASE, 7:15 am - 10:25 am (periods 4-6)

Friday, 12/23: Work from home day!

* Teachers will post a link to our Climate Survey in all of your Google Classrooms. Students must complete the survey (one time only) in order to be marked present for the day.

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School Resuming after the New Year

Winter Break is December 26th - January 6th

School Resumes January 9th, 2023

Trip to Peru! Summer of 2024

Are you interested in joining a trip of a lifetime? Have you ever dreamt of traveling across the world? Here is your opportunity. Agua Fria High school is pairing up with EF Tours to plan a summer trip in June 2024 to Peru!

Traveling is life changing. You will have the once in a lifetime experience to spark new interest and build meaningful relationships. Here is our packed, 10 day itinerary. We are going to complete service projects in mountainous communities and also make time to have fun at Machu Picchu! You make a difference in people’s lives.

Here is the trip information to enroll: www.eftours.com/2583310ec

With your help, we can have Agua Fria students making an international impact creating lifelong memories too! Contact Celina German (cgerman@aguafria.org) if you have any questions.

**Disclaimer: This is not a school-sponsored trip.

Opioid Awareness

January 17, 2022 is a district presentation on Opioid Awareness and Prevention. This presentation will take place at Millennium High School from 6pm-7pm. All students in the district will also be going over a lesson in advisory on Opioid awareness on 1/17.
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Athletics and Activites

Several AFHS fall student-athletes were nominated by their coaches and named to the Sports360AZ All-Academic teams.

Congratulations to the following athletes and programs!

Jenielle Sephia Bongo – 4.58 weighted GPA

Sofia Soto – 4.46 weighted GPA

Alissah Smith – 4.03 weighted GPA

Ashley Rios – 3.75 weighted GPA (Honorable Mention)

Boys and Girls Golf
Jack Borges – 5.11 weighted GPA (highest for all golfers!!!)

Grace Kelleher – 4.29 weighted GPA

Michael Soe Myint – 3.75 weighted GPA (Honorable Mention)

Boys and Girls Cross Country
Hani Davis – 4.67 weighted GPA

Jazzlyn Romero – 4.67 weighted GPA

Natalia Delgado Valadez – 4.67 weighted GPA

Juancarlos Esquer Lopez – 4.5 weighted GPA

Aiden Sianez – 4.33 weighted GPA

Alyssa Perez – 3.94 weighted GPA (Honorable Mention)

Nyachuok Chuol – 3.92 weighted GPA (Honorable Mention)

Connor Lange – 3.89 weighted GPA (Honorable Mention)

Joseph Gil Diaz – 3.78 weighted GPA (Honorable Mention)

Luis Hernandez – 3.75 weighted GPA (Honorable Mention)

Alessandra Webster – 3.54 weighted GPA (Honorable Mention)

Vanessa Aguilar – 3.17 unweighted GPA (Honorable Mention)

Girls Volleyball
Amy Colocho – 4.83 weighted GPA

Ashlyn Blakley – 4.72 weighted GPA

Haylie Mulhausen – 4.58 weighted GPA

Mya Lewis – 4.33 weighted GPA

Tami Balogun – 3.75 unweighted GPA (Honorable Mention)

Macklyn Weeg – 3.33 unweighted GPA (Honorable Mention)

Keyonna Charleston – 3.17 unweighted GPA (Honorable Mention)

Stevie Willis – 3.08 unweighted GPA (Honorable Mention)

Sara Bouhout – 3.0 unweighted GPA (Honorable Mention)

Good luck to all programs this winter season. We hope to see you at some home contests! All tickets are available at GoFan.co.

The 1972 Agua Fria Football team was honored at this year’s 4A championship game on Dec. 9, celebrating the 50th anniversary of the title. Thank you to all the alumni that were able to attend and for the exemplifying Owl Pride!

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Left to right: Claudie Flowers, James Garner, Gary Paris, Gary Hillary, G.F. Ross, Coach Ron Horn, Ivory Carson, Don Stephens, Bobby Henderson, Johnny Mitchell, Doug Washington.

Photo courtesy of Don Stephens

Angel Tree

Mrs. Rai, Ms. Rams, and AFHS Student Council have been working tirelessly on an Angel Tree for the community. Students were identified by their counselors and dozens of people, teachers, classes, clubs, and sports teams signed up to “adopt” a child and buy things off their wish list. This week, the gifts were brought in, they organized them, and wrapped every single item. They cannot wait to give the gifts to the students next week!

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Winter Band and Choir Concert

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As 1st semester is coming to an end we have seen a huge improvement in attendance. We are so proud of our students here for working hard to get to school every day on time. We know the weather is changing and that it is hard to get up and motivated when it is dark outside but our students are making it happen everyday.
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Check out what's happening in the classrooms!

To close out the semester, teachers are going above and beyond to create fun review opportunities, meaningful comprehensive projects, and purposeful reflections on effort and success.

Check out some of these fun activities we saw last week:

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Mr. Hinojos and his geometry students playing BINGO with geometry problems from the semester to prepare for their final project.

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Mr. Byron’s AP Government students had to create a presentation where they took the role of a different action committee. They had to choose a celebrity that endorses that committee, deliver the message as them, and urge their fellow students to act. In this photo, the students chose Oprah, and after their participants got 100% on the quiz they took after the presentation, they decided, “You get a car! You get a car! You get a car!”

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During RTI, Mr. Kraemer worked with one of the professors at EMCC that teaches biology and environmental science, and he and his animal ambassador club brought different species of reptiles, insects, fossils for students to explore during RTI. Students loved hearing them explain their purpose and why they are beneficial to our world.

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Mr. Lewis is kicking off the day with some fun, leveled riddles to get their brains warmed up.

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Mrs. Krysik and Mr. McCutcheon are leading an Inferno Review game on Lord of the Flies, the novel they just finished with their English I students.

Owl Opportunity Time

RTI has now opened up to clubs and enrichment opportunities. We have international trip meetings, club meetings, guest speakers, and AP recruitment sessions all taking place. If your student’s grades are good, encourage them to get involved in some of these activities.

What choice sessions would you like to see during Owl Opportunity? Club or sport meeting? Apply for scholarships? Find out about CTE programs and internships? Yoga or dodgeball? Talk to your teachers about choice session you would like to see happen and be on the look out for these to sign up soon!

Owl Opportunity Time is time that helps our students stay on track and enjoy academic success. Three days a week (Monday, Thursday and Friday) students have 40 minutes where they are assigned to classes in which they are struggling in class and students can also select which classes they would like more support in. Owl opprtunity is used for tutoring, assignment support, reassessment, etc.

Hit the star to bookmark the site!

Attendance is expected and mandatory.

Please see this Owl Opportunity presentation for an overview of Intervention Time

Counselor Corner

Counseling Department Information

During the months of December and January, all current 9th through 11th grade students will be selecting courses for the 2023-24 school year. The counselors will have individual meetings with approximately 1,200 students.

* Please note that counselor availability will be limited during the months of December and January because counselors will be meeting with students, away from the office. If you need immediate assistance from the counseling office, please call 623-932-7300 x. 1040 or 1041.

The Google Classroom code for each cohort is:

Seniors-Class of 2023: hkyb745

Juniors-Class of 2024: mv2dsq7

Sophmores-Class of 2025: p5b7ryr

Freshman-Class of 2026: 4dtmmsh

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Attention Seniors! Graduation Information and Cap and Gown Ordering

Senior Families please contact jostens.com to purchase your student’s cap and gown, graduation announcements, class ring and/or letter jacket. The only items AFHS requires is the cap, gown and tassel in the appropriate color listed for AFHS–all other items/packages are optional. If you have any questions, please contact Kristen Tiffany ktiffany@aguafria.org

Seniors who HAVE NOT taken their senior photo, Grads Photography has agreed to extend the studio appointments. Please schedule your studio appointment no later than January 21 through gradsphotography.com . If you cannot get to the studio by Jan 21, your FINAL opportunity to get your senior photo in the yearbook will be on campus on January 25 from 7:15am-12pm. If you have any questions, please contact Kristen Tiffany ktiffany@aguafria.org or Alli Rai arai@aguafria.org

Graduation will be May 20th at 7:00 p.m. at State Farm Stadium

Important Reminders

Students that have Early Release are being asked to show their ID or schedule before they leave for the day. We need to make sure that all students that leave at the end of the school day are Early Release students.

Student ID’s are required. In January expect to hear from your teachers, coaches counselors, administrators and friends that you must be WEARING your student ID at all times on campus. Thank you parents for supporting us as we are working to keep your students safe!

Parking passes are required for all students who park in our student lot. Please see Mrs. DeSoto in the Bookstore to purchase the pass.

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School hours, attendance and tardies

School Hours:

  • School starts at 7:15 and ends at 2:05

  • Please note Wednesdays are Early Release at 12:20

  • All students arriving after 7:15 am will be required to check-in at the welcome lobby at attendance. School dismissal is at 2:05 pm. Students not involved in after-school programs will be required to leave campus and gates will be closed and locked at the time.

  • All visitors must check in and get a visitors pass at the front office, welcome lobby before proceeding onto campus.


  • Regular student attendance is necessary to provide the greatest opportunity for student academic success.

  • If you need to call in an absence for your student, please contact 623-932-7300 ext. 1007 or 1008 and leave your student’s name, ID number, date, and the reason for the absence, and it will be processed as soon as possible.

  • You can also email at lperea@aguafria.org or mmartin@aguafria.org

  • Attendance Appeals will be held when a student misses 10 or more classes in a particular course. An Attendance Appeal could result in the loss of credit for the student. Please refer to the Student Rights and Responsibilities Handbook and review the district policy regarding attendance and tardiness.


  • Students who are late to any class during the day may be marked tardy.

  • 5 tardies= warning, 6=detention, 9=owl overtime ( Wednesday detention) and 12=Saturday school.

Questions for Administration

If you have a question or want to speak to an administrator at any time during the year, please reference the alphabetical breakdown below. A specific administrator is assigned to students based on their last name.

A-C-Mr. Jovanelly jjovanelly@aguafria.org

D-J-Ms. Tiffany ktiffany@aguafria.org

K-P-Mr. Gardner agardner@aguafria.org

Q-Z-Ms. Alickovic aalickovic@aguafria.org

Principal Autumn Daniels adaniels@aguafria.org

Social Media and Regular Communication

Regular Communication

Email and the Remind App will be our primary source of communication with parents and students this year. The email address used will be the primary email given at registration. Parents are also automatically added to Remind through the contact information provided in your enrollment paperwork. Students’ Remind accounts are automatically created for students using their student email account.

Social Media

Click the link for all of our social media accounts: Social Media

Website: www.aguafria.org/afhs

Facebook: Agua Fria High School @AguafriaHS

Twitter: @AguafriaOwls

Instagram: aguafriaowls

AFHS Broadcast Student Announcements


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