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ACP MIDDLE SCHOOL - August 26th, 2022


Message from the Principal

Dear Knights,

Thank you so much for celebrating our ambassadors of Friendship & Sincerity today during our celebration assembly. It was heartwarming to see the support you showed for your fellow classmates. I know I speak for the parents that were there when I say, it meant a lot that you showed such pure enthusiasm and honest celebration!!! So, thank you for being you! I have noticed a change in the running and I appreciate your efforts at not only being safe but also providing a safe environment to those around you. Please continue making safe and responsible choices no matter where you are and whether or not another individual is in sight.

I was at our Flag Football game yesterday and I was taken by our student athletes behavior. You guys exemplified what it means to be a student athlete. I saw your positive attitude, your effort throughout the game, the camaraderie and even going the extra mile with the other team. For example, every time, one of our students got a flag of the other teams' players, our students always held onto it and then handed it back instead of just throwing it on the ground. We came away victorious in the game but the true victory to me was the humbleness and the attitude you displayed because no matter how rich, talented or great you think you you treat people ultimately tells all - so, well done!!! So proud of our ACP Knights.

A few upcoming events:

  • Support our Girls Volleyball Dig Pink event. See the attached flyer for more information.
  • Support our Booster Club - They will be running a donation drive with rewards attached. Collection of $5000 will earn all students Otter Pops at Lunch, collection of $10000 will earn a PJ day outside of spirit week for all students & staff, collection of $15000 will earn all students a homework pass and a collection of $20000 will earn all students a free dress week.

Manjula K Reddy


ACP Middle School



Monday - August 29

Regular Schedule - Periods 0-6

6th Grade Specials - Special 2

Tuesday - August 30

Regular Schedule - Periods 0-6

6th Grade Specials - Special 1

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

Wednesday - August 31

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

August 31 - Parent Roundtable @5:30pm

Thursday - September 1

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

No 6th Grade Specials

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

Dig Pink Floridino's Fundraiser

Friday - September 2

Regular Schedule - Periods 0-6

6th Grade Specials - Special 2

On the Horizon:

September - 5th Labor Day Holiday - No School

September - 12th - Dig Pink Volleyball Game & Raffle Fundraiser


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 29

Flag Football - Home vs Casteel 4:30pm

Baseball - Away vs Casteel 4:30pm

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


24901 S Power Rd

Queen Creek, AZ 85142

Tuesday - August 30

Flag Football - Away Cooley 4:30pm

Baseball - Home vs Cooley 4:30pm (@ AJHS)

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

Cooley Middle School

1100 S Recker Rd.

Gilbert, AZ 85296

Thursday - September 1

Flag Football-AWAY vs. Sossaman 4:30pm

Baseball-HOME vs Sossamon 4:30pm (Home games played at AJHS)

Girls Volleyball-HOME vs Sossaman 4:30/5:30pm

Sossamon Middle School

18655 East Jacaranda Blvd

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:

  • 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.)

ASU Martin Luther King, Jr. Student Contest

call for entries

ASU Martin Luther King, Jr.
Student Contest

entry deadline October 3, 2022

Now accepting entries for the 2023 Student Contest. Open to all grades K-12. Winning entries receive a prize, and will be invited to participate in the 38th Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration at Arizona State University with their family and teacher. Entry deadline October 3, 2022.

Arizona State University will host its 38th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. celebration in January 2023. 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.

Student entry forms available online:


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