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ACP MIDDLE SCHOOL - August 19th, 2022


Message from the Principal

Dear Knights,

By the time you read this message, mid quarter progress reports will have been posted. Make sure to review these to create a plan on how to continue your growth in each class. Take advantage of teacher office hours to get the help you need. The last few weeks have been a lot of fun for me as I am getting to know each of you more. I am enjoying spending some time with the carom crew during lunch, my after school crew as you wait for your bus that is always late and had a wonderful time meeting some of you that are participating in the academic pentathlon. Of course, I love engaging with you about what you are learning when I see you in your classes. My favorite part of the day is greeting you as you get onto our campus and seeing you leave just as cheerfully at dismissal. Thank you for always greeting me and working hard daily.

Knights - I need your help with being safe. Please ONLY walk to your destinations and make sure that you are not placing your backpack in a hazardous fashion during lunch.

Don't forget to complete this form that StuCo put together to gather input from all students regarding spirit themes.

Support our Booster Club - They are running the restaurant fundraiser on 08/23/2022 with Lou Malnati's Pizzeria at all 3 locations. Mention ACP fundraiser or us FUNDACP22 for an online order! We appreciate your support. Please see what more you can do to support the Booster Club below in the Booster Club section. Coming soon will be a donation drive with rewards such as Otter Pops during lunch, free homework pass, free dress week, etc.,

Action Item for Parents:

Looking for 3 parent representatives to serve on a committee to discuss scheduled planning time for teachers. There will be a maximum of 3 meetings and this committee's work will end by the end of October. If you are interested, please email me.

Manjula K Reddy


ACP Middle School



Monday - August 22nd

Regular Schedule - Periods 0-6

6th Grade Specials - Special 1

Tuesday - August 23rd

Regular Schedule - Periods 0-6

6th Grade Specials - Special 2

Power Hour w/ Mitchel Room B104 - Ends @ 3:50 pm

Wednesday - August 24th

Odd Block Schedule - Periods 0, 1, 3, 5

6th Grade Specials - Special 1 & Special 2

Power Hour w/ Tatar Room M5 - Ends @ 3:50 pm

Thursday - August 25th

Even Block Schedule - Periods 0, 2, 4, 6

No 6th Grade Specials

Power Hour w/ Palacios Room D104 - Ends @ 3:50 pm

Friday - August 26th

Regular Schedule - Periods 0-6

6th Grade Specials - Special 1

On the Horizon:

August 31 - Parent Roundtable @5:30pm

September - 5th Labor Day Holiday - 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:



Monday - August 22nd

Flag Football - Away vs Casteel 4:30pm

Baseball - Home vs Casteel 4:30pm (Played at AJHS)

Girls Volleyball - Home vs. Casteel 4:30/5:30pm


24901 S Power Rd

Queen Creek, AZ 85142

Thursday - August 25th

Flag Football-HOME vs. Queen Creek 4:30pm

Baseball-AWAY vs Queen Creek 4:30pm

Girls Volleyball-AWAY vs Queen Creek 4:30/5:30pm

Queen Creek

20435 S Old Ellsworth Rd

Queen Creek, AZ 85142

Girls Volleyball Dig Pink game is on September 12, 2022. Please see attached flyer for details.



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.


  • 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.





Connect with Us!

Stay informed with events sponsored by ACP Middle School Boosters

Recent Booster Events:

  • We provided lunch to teachers and staff on parent/teacher conferences day this past week. We hope conferences were beneficial for both parent/guardians and teachers.
  • The school supply donation drive raffle winners were announced on the ACP Middle Parents Group on Facebook. Hundreds of items were donated! Thank you so much!

Ongoing and Upcoming events:

  • Restaurant fundraiser: August 23rd at ALL 3 Lou Malnati's locations. Please see flyer for additional information. Mention the fundraiser or use FUNDACP22 for an online order!
  • Friday Shirt Update: Shirts are coming in later this month. We will have sales on Block days (Wednesday and Thursday) in early September. Shirts will be $20 each.
  • School Cents: Help the Booster club earn up to $3,000 just by shopping at Chandler Fashion Center! Earn 25 points per dollar spent at mall shops and restaurants, plus 50 points per dollar spent in the food court. See the flyer attached.
    • 5x points from Aug 16 to Sept 15 for purchases at Athleta, Buckly, Finish Line, H&M, Hollister Co, Journey Kids, Lucky Brand, PACSUN, and Urban Outfitters
  • Annual Donation Drive: We are accepting donations through all of Quarter 1! Not only that but we are working on making it easier to donate. NOT ONLY THAT...BUT THERE WILL BE PRIZES FOR THE STUDENTS! Keep your eye out on the Facebook Parents Group and in the ATR next week to find out what the prizes will be. All donations made thus far are counting towards the Prize levels for the students. Thank you for all of your support.

Copy Room Volunteers Needed



2022-2023 American Essay Contest (attached below is the form to complete if taking part):

The ambition and goal of the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks Americanism Program is to raise the spirit of American patriotism and to increase an awareness — a genuine feeling of pride and respect toward patriotism. Therefore, Chandler Elks Lodge #2429 would like to provide a special opportunity for 5th, 6th, 7th & 8th grade teachers and students to participate in our Annual Americanism Essay Contest. This year’s theme is “What is Your American Dream?”

New this year, there are four divisions (not two) for judging essays:

  • Division 1 (fifth grade)
  • Division 2 (sixth grade).
  • Division 3 (seventh grade)
  • Division 4 (eighth grade)

The local lodge will select a 1st, 2nd & 3rd place winner from each Division. Local lodge essay winners and sponsoring teachers will receive an invitation to an Awards Dinner in their honor at the Chandler Elks Lodge in late May 2023. Each winner will also receive an award certificate and a gift certificate.

Local winning essays will be also forwarded on to District, State and National competitions respectively. Awards and/or plaques will be awarded at each level. National Winners will be announced at the Grand Lodge Session in July 2023. National Winners will receive monetary awards of 1st Place: $1,000, 2nd Place: $500 and 3rd Place: $250.

I have attached the 2022/2023 Americanism Essay Contest Cover Sheet and Essay Flyer for your convenience. Thanks for encouraging your students to get involved! Please don’t hesitate to contact me with questions or to make arrangements for submitting a group of essays. I look forward to seeing the entries.

Entry Rules:

1. Eligible participants must be students enrolled in 5th, 6th, 7th or 8th Grades during the normal 2022-2023 school year preceding June 30, 2023.

2. Essay length is not to exceed 300 words.

3. Essay must be typed.

4. Essay must be submitted for judging to the Chandler Elks Lodge Essay Chairman, Sandy Theobald, by mail to: 1775 W. Chandler Blvd, Chandler, AZ 85224.

5. Entrants must attach a completed 2022-2023 Americanism Essay Contest Cover Sheet (complete Section I Only) with the essay.

6. Deadline: must be submitted to Local Lodge by December 15, 2022.

7. Judging Criteria:

  • Originality: avoids the use of trite or worn out words and phrases.
  • Development of theme: stays focused on ideas and thoughts don’t ramble.
  • Mechanics and neatness: uses proper spelling, grammar and punctuation. (1 or 2 grammatical errors can disqualify a student from moving on to Divisional, State and National levels.)


ACP Middle School Site Council Meeting

2nd 2022-2023 Site Council will be on 09/13/2022 at 5:00pm in the Media Center.


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.”




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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Early is good! Get ahead-of-the-game and check "order yearbook" off your list. In order for a student to get a yearbook the last week of school, parents/students must order on-line.

Online orders will start in August.

Cost: For those that preorder early, the cost of the yearbook will start at $42.00 for a limited time. (Payment Plan Avail.)

When: Yearbooks will go on sale August 2nd through December 31st through Jostens website.

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 early for the best deals!



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