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ACP MIDDLE SCHOOL - September 15th, 2023


Message from the Principal

Dear Knights,

We are less two weeks away from the end of Quarter 1. Make sure that you are communicating with your teachers and putting forth the effort needed in each class. Take a accounting of your habits from the 1st quarter and assess what needs to change for you to improve upon your performance. Key to success starts with communication and follow through so if you commit to attending tutoring or making up assignment, follow through with it. In class, stay focused and engage with the lesson and of course complete your practice assignments.


  • Please donate to our Booster Club. If every family is able to donate $53, they will easily meet their goal of $40,000. They support a lot of programs on campus such as the Field Day. See Booster Club section for more details. The drive will go through the end of Quarter 1.
  • You will be receiving emails to activate your ParentSquare accounts beginning 09/18/2023. Please don't ignore these. We will be switching over to ParentSquare as our communication tool beginning 2nd Quarter. Attached below are some flyers.

Thank you,

Manjula K Reddy


ACP Middle School

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Please check online for any outstanding fees for your student(s) through the Parent Portal of Infinite Campus. Fees assigned may include class fees, club fees, field trip fees, sports fees, fees for tests, and more. All fees are only viewable through the Intouch Fee Payment System and are not visible under the portals Fee tab. Please see the instructions below to ensure fees are being checked under the correct link.

Thank you!

Parent Portal Login Intructions for InTouch Fee Pmts

Please note: the FEE button in the parent portal is inactive. You must go to the InTouch Fee Payments to see outstanding fees/fines.



Monday - September 18th

Regular Schedule - Periods 0-6

Spirit Week - PJ Day(Sweats not allowed)

Tuesday - September 19th

Regular Schedule - Periods 0-6

Spirit Week - Barbie / Ken Day

Wednesday - September 20th

Block Day Periods 1, 3, & 5

Spirit Week - Color Wars (6th Green, 7th Red, 8th Blue)

Pep Assembly - PM Assembly Schedule

Thursday - September 21st

Block Day Periods 2, 4, & 6

Spirit Week - Throwback Thursday (60's, 70's, & 80's)

Thursday, Sept. 21, 2023 - Close Up 8th grade trip to DC Parent Meeting in the ACP MS Cafeteria @5:30pm

Friday - September 22nd

Regular Schedule - Periods 0-6

Spirit Week - BBQ Dad vs Soccer Mom

Upcoming events:

Fall Break - October 1st - 16th


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. Our Agenda for September meeting will be on curriculum changes for 2024-2025 school year, ParentSquare, Field Trips and Field Day.

September 26, 2023 at 5:30pm

November 7, 2023 at 5:30pm

December 5, 2023 at 5:30pm

January, 23, 2024 at 5:30pm

February 20, 2024 at 5:30pm

April 2, 2024 at 5:30pm

May 7, 2024 at 5:30pm



CONNECT WITH US via the ACPMS Booster FB Page, ACPMS Booster Website, or Email


  • · We have raised $8,101 from 76 of our ACP Middle School families for our Annual Check-A-Thon Donation Drive! An increase of almost 1,500 from 15 families in the past week! WOOHOO! If all of our families donate $53 then we reach our goal which will help us support Field Day speakers, inflatables, and dances for students as well as teacher & staff appreciation events. Plus the kids get cool prizes too! Please DONATE TODAY on our Check-A-Thon page! The drive runs until September 29th! FOR THOSE OF YOU WHO WORK AT INTEL - Arizona College Prep Middle School Booster Club is now listed as a project cause under Chandler School Boosters! Please make sure to match your donation! Please be aware there is a delay of your donation to our account so please feel free to forward the Benevity email to so we can record your donation sooner.

$10,000 - Free Otter Pops

$20,000 - Free PJ Day

$30,000 - Free HW Pass!

$40,000 - Free Dress Week!


· Field Day is November 9th and Volunteering Information is Coming Soon! Be on the lookout for signups and ways to get involved!

· Shop at the Chandler Mall? Submit your receipts for us for School Cents, a fundraising program that helps school groups get extra money for purchases you already make. Simply submit your receipts online or in person by Barnes & Noble.

o Bonus Point Stores until Sept 30: BoxLunch, Claire's, Express, Fluffy Cakes, LEGO, Potato Corner, Richie's Philly Cheesesteaks, Sephora, Urban Outfitters, VANS, Wildflower Bread Co.

    o New Bonus Point Stores are mostly the new stores starting Sept 15th!!!

  • Free Dress Days to put on the calendar!! December 5th & February 27th
  • If you wish to get Booster notifications, please fill out our Booster interest survey or email us and we can put you on our list.
  • QUARTER 1 COPY ROOM SIGNUP! Help out teachers in the copy room for Quarter 1 by volunteering through our Signup Genius

THANK YOU for supporting ACP Middle School Booster Club! Whether it be in person or not…supporting students, administrators, teachers, and staff at ACP Middle School with their academic programs and social events is our goal.

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For a student to get a yearbook the last week of school, parents/students must pre-order online before the end of quarter 3.

Cost: For those that pre-order now, the cost of the yearbook is $45.00 and will only be sold for a limited time. (Payment Plan Avail.)

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 now before you forget!

If you would like to verify if you have already ordered a yearbook, please check your email for a receipt with the correct school year and or you may contact Josten's directly for order questions.


ACP Middle School Site Council Meeting

The next Site Council Meeting will be on Tuesday, September 19, 2023. Main topic will be Parent Square.


athletics & extra curriculars

Monday - September 18th:
8th Grade Volleyball Semifinals: HOME @4:30 (vs. Casteel)

Wednesday - September 20th:
8th Grade Volleyball Finals @TBD

Tuesday - September 26th:

** Registration deadline to ensure Q2 Sports clearance **

Boys' Basketball, Softball, Tennis (co-ed), Cheer (co-ed), Cross Country (co-ed/no cut)

* Follow ACP Middle School Athletics on X (Twitter)! @ACPjrhighsports


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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. We will be enforcing i.e., losing power hour privileges if students are consistently picked up late or are signed up but do not show up 2 or more times.


  • 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.


Please make note that Power Hour is in room B101 with Mr. Owen.



Counseling & Social Work Department Update


  • We are excited to announce that all students now have access to counseling support through their Google Classroom. The Counseling and Social Services classroom makes it easy for students to reach out to a social worker/counselor when they need some support. We will also be adding academic and mental health resources throughout the year to help all students be successful at ACP!
  • We are here to support all ACP students! We can provide check-ins, general problem solving in the areas of academics, social emotional learning, and mental health/self-care, small group support, academic advisement, and connecting you to resources in the community. Please let us know how we can best support your student. Thank you!

Wellness Newsletter:

  • 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.”

Needs Assessment:

  • As a requirement for the grant that supports several of our district counselors and social workers, a student wellness survey must be given to students. The information compiled from this survey allows for our school to identify further supports that should be provided. The survey will be given to students on September 5th, 2023 during your student’s Academic Lab class. A permission slip and copy of the survey will be sent home this week. Please sign the permission slip and return it to your student’s Academic Lab teacher by September 1st, 2023.

Signs of Suicide (SOS):

  • The Counseling department will be going into 7th grade classes the week of September 4th to provide suicide prevention education using the district approved curriculum, Signs of Suicide (SOS). SOS is an evidence-based program that has demonstrated an improvement in students’ knowledge and adaptive attitudes about suicide risk and depression, as well as a reduction in suicide attempts. SOS encourages students to seek help if they are concerned about themselves or a friend. We encourage you to visit for information on warning signs for youth suicide, to access useful resources, and to learn more about the key message all students will learn in class.



ASU Martin Luther King, Jr. Student Contest - entry deadline October 3, 2023:

  • Now accepting entries for the 2024 Student Contest. Open to all grades K-12. Winning entries receive a prize, and will be invited to participate in the 39th Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration at Arizona State University with their family and teacher. Entry deadline October 3, 2023.
  • Arizona State University will host its 39th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. celebration in January 2024. Tributes and recognition of Dr. King and the achievements of the civil rights movement have been celebrated at ASU since long before the creation of a state holiday in Arizona. A highlight of the celebration is the recognition and awards ceremony for the Arizona K-12 students who are winners of the statewide essay-poster contest.
Fall Break Chandler PD Youth Academy: See flyer below: Flyer attached below

Elks Drug Awareness Video Contest:

  • The theme for the 2023-2024 contest is: "Be Kind to Your Mind - Live Drug Free"
  • The contest is open to two age groups: Pre-High School & High School
  • Participants: May be an individual or group
  • Length: 2 to 5 minutes in length
  • Format: Flash Drive or similar "mobile" media in readable format
  • Judging will be based on the following: Closeness to the theme, Neatness, Originality, Age and Language appropriate, Positive message, Quality of video
  • Each entry must include the following information: Student or Group's full name, School, location, grade, Elks lodge name, , Must also be accompanied by Hold Harmless agreement, If minors an additional release form is required
  • Due date: Friday, December 8, 2023
  • Required forms attached below.

Semicolon Society World Suicide Prevention Day Vigil

There will be a virtual Listen & Learn Event on Thursday, September 14th from 5:00-6:00 pm on Suicide Prevention for caregivers.

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International Peace Contest:

The Sun Lakes Lions Club and Intel Corporation are sponsoring this year's Peace Poster contest. All students who will be 11-13 years of age on November 15, 2023 are invited to participate in this year’s contest.

Contestants are asked to create a poster that visually communicates the contest theme, “Dare to Dream.” The winning school posters from each site must be submitted via interoffice mail to the Marketing and Communications office by 10-27-2023.

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As of July 19, 2023, the below meal prices will be in effect*

Breakfast (K-12) $2.25

Jr. High Lunch $3.50

Families may view the a-la-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 and social worker are here to support all ACP students.

Brooke Gale - Counselor

Kerry Grimes - Counselor

Rebecca Hall - Social Worker