September 15, 2023
Families must login to A-HConnect to complete back-to-school verification.
It’s important that each family completes the verification process (back-to-school forms) before the first day of school. Verification ensures that each student’s school has confirmed emergency contact information and releases for the safety of each student.
Even if families’ contact information has not changed, it’s important for families to log in to access a variety of other student information in the coming weeks, including class schedules and teacher assignments, attendance, school handbooks, progress reports and grades for middle and high school students. High school students will not be able to enroll in fall activities until the back to school verification process is complete. Login to A-HConnect and visit the district website to login and get started.
Next Monday, September 18, AMSA will kick off its only school-wide fundraiser of the year to raise funds for student programs, student technology, and student recognition! Students will view a video about it in their Connections class and receive a golden ticket handout to take home. On Monday evening, parents/students can log into the web address on the handout and enter 10 or more email addresses of people who might consider making a donation to the school in the name of your student. Parents can then sign off on the golden ticket. Students will turn in their "golden ticket" from the handout during lunch on Tuesday, September 19th to earn three prizes and have their name entered in drawings for the sizable gift cards, mini-fridges, AirPods, and cash prizes.
OCTOBER 13 IS PICTURE RETAKE DAY!
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Check out our Libraries!
Access eBooks and digital audiobooks in our AMSA MackinVia digital library (available in the app store of any device and in student’s RapidIdentity) Click here for step by step instructions on how to access your MackinVia account.
The Last Cuentista by Donna Barba Higuera
Petra Pena wanted nothing more than to be a storyteller, like her abuelita. But Earth has been destroyed by a comet, and only a few hundred scientists and their children - including Petra and her family - have been chosen to journey to a new planet. They are the ones who must carry on the human race. Hundreds of years later, Petra wakes to this new planet - and the discovery that she is the only person who remembers Earth. Petra alone now carries the stories of our past, and with them, any hope for our future. Can she make them live again?
Modified middle school cell phone guidelines promote learning
Anoka-Hennepin Schools is committed to providing students and staff with a safe, secure, and positive learning and working environment. In an effort to improve student focus on learning and reduce distractions during the school year, a modification of the current cell phone guidelines has been made.
The new middle school guidelines, which will be in place for 2023-24, state: At all six middle schools in the district, electronic devices must be concealed and shall not be powered on or used in any way during regular operations of the school day, during other school-sponsored and supervised group activities during the school day (e.g., during student assemblies, field trips, events, or other ceremonies, ect.), or when their use is otherwise prohibited by school personnel.
Parents/guardians are advised to call the school office if they need to contact their child during the school day. School administration and staff greatly appreciate your support.
The impact of cell phones on student’s developing brains and their educational success is well researched. Consider reviewing resources available as your family prepares for the upcoming school year:
Important Test Dates for All Students
Fall 2023 Testing Window Grades 6-8
Reading and Math (gr.6-8)
All MAP testing will be completed in ELA and Math classes over multiple days
Reading: Grade 8 - September 19-21, Grade 6 & 7 - September 19-20
Math: All Grades - October 10-13
Minnesota Comprehensive Assessments (MCAs)
2024 Testing for Reading and Math and Science (Gr. 6-8)
April 16: Reading in the AM (Connections-3rd Period)
April 18: Math in the AM (Connections-3rd Period)
May 1: Science MCA - 8th grade only (Connections-2nd Period)
Our Counseling Staff
6th Grade: Katelyn Hendrickson 763-506-5635
7th Grade: Kyra Pasche 763-506-5151
8th Grade: Dawn Spiess 763-506-5100
6th-8th Gr: Andrea Zinda 763-506-5024
State Free School Meals Program
The state’s Free School Meals program to begin in 2023, families will still need to apply to qualify for more educational benefits
Starting Sept. 5, 2023, every student may receive one breakfast and one lunch at no cost during the school year. The state’s Free School Meals program will cover the cost of one breakfast meal and one lunch meal for every student daily, however the cost of a la carte items, such as milk, other drinks, or extra meal items will not be covered. Students will need to have funds in their meal accounts to purchase any additional food items.
If your family needs access to any other educational benefits available to your student, please visit ahschools.us/freereduced to complete an application.
The enrollment window for the 2023 Applications for Educational Benefits begins Aug. 1, 2023.
Anoka-Hennepin asks that all families complete an online application to provide additional school funding to support all students in the district. By filling out this application, your school can earn funding and you can save money.
Educational benefits include:
Athletics fees: Eligible students may qualify for fees to be waived or reduced.
SAT, ACT, AP Fees: Students may be eligible for discounted fees for academic tests and some lab fees.
Other high school activities: Students may qualify for discounts on speech, debate, theater, band and others.
Additional benefits and cost savings: Chromebook device protection, Comcast Internet Essentials discount, Amazon Prime membership discounts, discounted bus fares with Metro Transit, Xcel Energy account assistance, discounts at museums and theaters.
Anoka Middle School for the Arts Volunteer Program
Filling out your forms does not commit you to volunteering, it only puts you on the
list to receive event information.
Both Campuses - Fred Moore times coming soon
Tuesday, September 19th & Wednesday, September 20th
Washington camps 10:45AM-1:15PM & Fred Moore Campus 11:15-1:25
Collect fundraiser "golden tickets" and distribute prizes during lunch periods.
Anoka High School
Thursday, October 5th
Help with light setup/cleanup and run timers during meet.
Fred Moore Campus
Runs through November 30
The Science Department is requesting classroom donations.
Theater Starts Soon!
Fred Moore Campus
Auditions are being held Tuesday & Wednesday, September 12 & 13 from 3:15-5:00PM
Setbuild & Performance signup coming soon.
Interested in Volunteering or Donating?
Fill out your paperwork now so you will be ready if you decide to volunteer. Go directly to the volunteer forms by following this link to the volunteer forms or contact Volunteer Services for further assistance. When you sign up you will be sent weekly event opportunities.
Interpreter Services available upon request for volunteers.
For this service, please contact Volunteer Services three days prior to volunteering.
“No one in this world is more cherished than someone who lightens the burden of another.”
- Joseph Addison
Interested in signing up for the Washington D.C. trip for next year?
* The dates are Thursday, May 2 - Sunday, May 5, 2024.
* Early registration will receive a discount.
* For more information, please contact Ms. Michalski or Ms. O'Gorman at the Washington Campus.
Sign up today for the trip of a lifetime!
Get involved in Community Education
We invite all students grade 6-8 to get involved in community Education athletics and enrichment opportunities:
Activities run from the Fred Moore campus from 3:15p-5:00pm. Washington students will shuttle down to Fred Moore and enter through door #11. The activity bus is available following all activities.
Sign up for 6th grade Girls Volleyball starting October 23rd.
Cooking class starts Wednesday September 27th
Anime starts in November.
Winter sports sign up now for Boys and Girls basketball- spots will fill quickly.
Here are the links to sign up for the Fall activities:
7/8 grade girls volleyball
6-8 Boys Soccer
6-8 Girls Soccer
6-8 Cross Country
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