Wildcat Press Newsletter

Jan 10 2021 Vol. 23

Principal's Message

Hello Wildcat Pride,

We made it through the first week back! It was quite a week between the change in instruction delivery model by the governing board (see the calendar below) or the events at the capital on Wednesday our kids and staff did a tremendous day of focusing on what's important, kids getting engaged and learning.

The next few weeks are going to be a whirlwind, and what I want to ask of you is that while it is going on please help us to keep our kids in school and on track. When we let our attention wander our teenagers tend to find ways to get lost in the cracks, homework doesn't get done, they miss school, their mental health suffers and they become sullen and lethargic. No matter where you stand on the issues and there are a lot of them right now if we all put our kids at the top of our priorities list, we will have a great spring semester.

Things are moving quickly, I will do my best to keep you up to date each week. As always our goal is to give your students the best education in the safest environment.

Thanks for your partnership!

Rod Huston


Mesquite High School



MHS Administrative Team!


GPS going to Hybrid learning model Until Jan. 29...

Click the link below if you have not already seen the district information on the governing boards decision on Hybrid learning.


Below is a day by day list of which day students attend by last name alpha split.

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As many of you are aware, the CDC recently changed their quarantine and isolation guidelines for those who have tested positive to COVID19 or who have been exposed to an individual who has tested positive. An exposed individual no longer quarantines for 14 days. Instead, it is now 10 days. In addition, a student may return to campus on the 8th day post "close contact" or "direct exposure" with a positive COVID-19 individual, provided they follow the recommendations of the CDC and MCDPH. Those recommendations are being tested on the 5th FULL DAY after the exposure, and receiving a negative result. If all of these conditions are met, then the student may return to campus on the 8th day post exposure and proof of negative test results MUST BE provided to the Health Office BEFORE your student(s) will be allowed back on campus. For additional resource information, click the following link for Maricopa County Department of Public Health guidance and flow charts If you have any questions, please reach out to the Health Office and we will be happy to answer questions you may have.


January Calendar

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Wildcat Counseling

Last semester is in the past....start this semester off strong!

  • Click here for an Assignment Tracker to list your missing assignments/quizzes/tests and catch up in your classes (you will need to make a copy of the Assignment Tracker in order to enter your information, or you can print a copy).
  • Attend your teacher's tutoring/office hours.
  • Attend peer tutoring in the Career Center during lunch on Thursdays and Fridays (10:30-11:00 and 11:55-12:25).
  • Schedule an appointment with your counselor if you need extra support. Click here for the appointment request form.

PARENTS: you can monitor your student's activity and assignments in Buzz. Click here for instructions to access Buzz.


Credit Recovery

If you failed a class last semester or in the past, don't wait to catch up on your credits! Contact your counselor for credit recovery options.

Do you know the credits you need to graduate? Review your credit check through Infinite Campus by following these instructions:

  1. Log into Infinite Campus
  2. Click on “Academic Plan”
  3. Click on “Progress Report”
  4. Select “Detail” and check the “Select All” box
  5. Click “Generate Report


Upcoming Event from College Connect

In partnership with Tempe Union High School District and Access ASU, College Connect will be hosting its first FAFSA verification workshop for ALL high school seniors and their parents.


FAFSA Verification

Wed, Jan. 13th 6:30 p.m.-8:00 p.m.

General Info session and breakout rooms for individual assistance on FAFSA verification. Visit collegeconnecttempe.org to register.


Scholarship Highlight of the Week - Arizona Milk Producers Scholarship

Are you attending college next year? Do you have a camera? Do you love dairy?! Arizona Milk Producers is offering the chance to turn your video creation into college moo-lah. Simply create a “Reel” Milk Moment video, lasting 30 seconds or less, featuring your favorite real dairy product(s). Milk your moment for all it’s worth and show us how dairy is not only part of your day, but makes your day better! More information at https://arizonamilk.org/reel-milk-moments-scholarship-contest/


College Board Opportunity Scholarships

Sign up and take action for College Board Opportunity Scholarships. Students can become eligible for these scholarships by taking action to plan, prepare, and pay for college:

Action Steps for Seniors

Your seniors should focus on completing the last three actions in the scholarship program.

Last Call! The Improve Your Score Scholarship closes at the end of January.

Complete the FAFSA
Closes End of February
Seniors who fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA®) will earn an entry to this scholarship. Note: Students who are legally ineligible to submit the FAFSA can still earn an entry for the scholarship by going to their My Action Plan page on the program website.

Apply to Colleges
Closes End of February
Students who apply to two or more colleges will earn an entry to this scholarship.

Action Steps for Juniors

Build Your College List
Open Through June
Students who create and save a college list on BigFuture™ with six or more schools will earn an entry to this scholarship.

Practice for the SAT
Open Through October
Students who start using Official SAT® Practice on Khan Academy® by completing a Timed Mini Section (if they already have a PSAT-related assessment or SAT score) or Diagnostic Quiz (if they don't yet have a score) will earn an entry to this scholarship.


Chandler-Gilbert Community College Information

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The CGCC early college program ACE and Hoop of Learning application deadlines have been extended to Feb. 19! Click here for more information.

Counselor Appointments

If you would like to schedule an appointment with your School Counselor, Mrs. Mims (Social Worker and Mental Health Counselor), Mrs. Lyman (College and Career Center Coordinator) or Ms. Martinez (Chandler-Gilbert Community College Counselor), please complete this form: https://forms.gle/mkd149bYYK3n6PtE8. There are also QR codes posted around the school for you to scan to schedule an appointment.


Message from our Athletic Director

Winter Sports Season

Many of you will have seen that the AIA executive Board voted to cancel the winter sports season today due to a statewide concern over hospital capacity. You can read more on the decision on the AIA website.

Gilbert Public Schools is going to continue to practice and will be working with some of our surrounding schools and districts to continue a winter season. It will take a little while to determine who is and is not going to play, to be sure we meet all the requirements under AIA out of season by-laws, develop a schedule, assign transportation and find officials. We will hope to start our season close to the original start date of the AIA.

We are excited to offer this opportunity to our student athletes and community. Continue to follow all Covid 19 protocols and know that all eligibility requirements will still be in place.

College Recruiting for Athletes

Mesquite High School has been working with Paul Putnam, Director of Recruiting at NCSA to bring some tools and education to Mesquite High School. We have set up a special college recruiting workshop on Monday, January 11th, at 7:00 PM, to provide recruiting education and information. We would like to extend this invitation to any athlete freshman through senior, who is interested in playing their sport in college. Coach Putnam will be covering the NCAA and NAIA Eligibility requirements, how college coaches discover and process prospective student-athletes, and what tools are available to you through Mesquite high school. He will also walk you through an NCSA profile that everyone will receive by registering for this workshop.

Note: It is important to register anytime between now and Monday to receive the zoom link to the workshop.

Please click here to register or simply text MHS to 56525.

We hope everyone who is interested in college sports will attend Monday's workshop. Please ask your parents to join you.