Wildcat Press Newsletter

March 21, 2021 Vol. 32

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Principal's Message

Hello Wildcat Pride,


Wow! This week went fast not sure how we are going to get it all done in the next eight weeks.


If you have a senior student please pay special attention to the senior section of the newsletter. We are waiting on a few more pieces of information from the district and then we will be holding a senior night, to be sure we get you all the pertinent information. Until we have that everything we know and can think of will be in the senior section of this news letter. I also want to encourage you to talk with your students and look at their grades, it is very difficult to have to call and tell you that your student will not be graduating because they let down in the last 9 weeks of school.


Everyone please remember that the district is still requiring masks and that we are still enforcing dress code. I am particularly pointing this out as we move into spring as we have already started to see the shirts that don't reach the waist line, no stomach is to be showing. We are also seeing lots of tank top style shirts that do not meet the 2 inch requirement. This requirement is one shirt with a minimum of 2 inches over the shoulder. This is also a requirement for the boys.


Please make time this week to talk to your student(s), yes they will want to blow you off. However, if you begin to force them to converse and tell you about their days it will become normal and the resistance will go away. "Fine" or "Okay" is not an acceptable answer to how was your day. Make them tell you something good and something that was difficult, they need to know it matters to you. Ask what they are learning in math, even if like me you won't understand what they are talking about. Ask about what is happening at school, are their games, concerts, plays etc. Find out who their favorite teacher is and why? Ask about current events, see what they know, it will amaze you. Your kids are absolutely awesome, get to know them.


Thanks for all you do and trusting us with your most important treasures.


Rod Huston

Principal

Mesquite High School

@MHSAZ_Principal

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MHS Administrative Team!

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March Calendar

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Wildcat Activities Announcement

Upcoming Events

  • Orchestra concert on March 23rd at 7 pm
  • Strolling Strings Performs at MJHS on March 25th
  • NHS Induction Ceremony on March 30th at 6:30 pm in the Auditorium

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Upcoming State and District Testing

Attention all MHS students in 9th, 10th and 11th grade.

We will need you to update your Chromebook prior to the Testing Season. Our first state assessment is on March 25th, starting off with the Juniors (as seen below).

Please follow these instructions to update your computer:


Updating the Chrome OS on the student and teacher Chromebooks is CRUCIAL to everything working. Here are some simple steps.


  • Login to your Chromebook

  • Click on your icon/picture (lower right hand corner)

  • Choose Settings

  • Find "About Chrome OS" at the top of the page and click on it.

  • Click on Check for and apply settings and allow it to go from 0% to 100% and then the Restart button appears.

  • Restart ChromeBook and everything should be updated.

Restart your Chromebook often to allow AUTOMATIC updates to take effect.

Testing Dates and Information

9TH GRADE

Fast Track:
  • Reading- April 13th
  • Math- April 15th
  • Transportation will run at normal times on every day of testing

10TH GRADE

AzM2 Writing:
  • April 8th


AzM2 Reading:
  • Part 1- April 13th
  • Part 2- April 15th


AzM2 Math
  • Part 1- April 20th
  • Part 2- April 22nd
  • Transportation will run at normal times on every day of testing

11TH GRADE

AzSCI- Science March 25th
    • Normal Bell Schedule


ACT
    • April 6th - Juniors only in the testing time - 9,10 and 12th grades students do not arrive on campus until 11:15. Buses will run at normal time for testing students and again on a special schedule for students who do not arrive until 11:15

    • ACT Testing Schedule

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Seniors Corner! Class of 2021!

UPDATED Cap and Gown Information

Caps/gowns/announcements will be distributed during both lunch hours on Wednesday, March 24, 2021 in the auditorium lobby.


If you have not yet ordered your cap and gown, you may buy it in person on March 24th! The cost for the cap and gown (including tassel and medallion) is $50. The cost of the tassel only is $11. Cash is preferred, but a credit/debit card may be used as well.

Unpaid Fees - VERY IMPORTANT

Please check to see if you have unpaid fees. You can stop in the bookstore to see if you have a balance due or log in to the parent Infinite Campus account > click on the Make A Payment link > then click on the Unpaid Fees/Fines link. You may pay in the bookstore with cash, check, or credit card. You may also pay online through InTouch (service fee applies). Seniors with unpaid fees, may not walk in the graduation ceremony.

Transcript Requests

If your student needs their transcript sent anywhere, go to Parchment through the following website to submit a transcript request: https://www.parchment.com/u/registration/4824/account

Attention Seniors!

We want to recognize your accomplishments! Please complete the 2021 Senior Scholarship Survey here. This form must be filled out and submitted by Wednesday, April 7, 2021 in order to be included in the MHS Scholarship Recognition Program.

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Wildcat Counseling

Summer School

GPS summer school registration is now open! Summer school provides in-person and online learning opportunities for GPS students to take courses for initial or repeat credit. If you would like to register for a summer school course, please contact your school counselor. Click here for the GPS summer school website.


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

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EVIT EXPO

The East Valley Institute of Technology (EVIT) will be hosting an EXPO with fun and excitement this year, just in a virtual format. East Valley families will have the opportunity to explore the more than 40 career training programs available to East Valley high school students and Phoenix area adults during the EVIT EXPO during the month of April.

Sign up for the virtual EXPO by following this link: evit.com/expo


EVIT is an option for junior and/or senior year. Interested current sophomores and juniors can click here for instructions to enroll at EVIT for next school year.

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Scholarship Highlight of the Week - Wood Foundation Scholarship

Deadline to apply: Wednesday, March 24th

The Homa and Irene Wood Foundation was established to assist deserving students with funding to obtain college degrees in disciplines of the students’ choosing. The Foundation focuses on students who may not otherwise obtain adequate funding to initiate and complete his or her college education and students who within their families may have the potential to be first generation college graduates. This is a needs based scholarship. Click the links below for eligibility requirements and the scholarship application.

Bio of Homa and Irene Wood

Wood Scholar Selection Criteria

Homa and Irene Wood Foundation Scholarship Application

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Seniors who will attend a Maricopa Community College

The Fall 2021 general scholarship application is open and accepting applications. The application will close on April 16, 2021.


https://mcccdf.academicworks.com/


Scholarships play a vital role in our student's lives, especially during these unprecedented times. There is also a common misconception that scholarships are only for certain types of students. The truth is, Maricopa Community Colleges Foundation scholarships are available to a wide variety of majors, backgrounds, interests as well as varying levels of financial need and academic success.

There are scholarship opportunities for everyone.

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ASVAB Test

The ASVAB Test, Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery Test helps students find out what careers they are interested in, will be offered to juniors and seniors on Wednesday, March 31st. If you are interested, please come to the College and Career Center to sign up to for the test. Only students who have signed up prior will have the opportunity to take the test.

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Academic Support

Peer Tutoring

PEER TUTORING is available during both lunches on TUESDAYS AND THURSDAYS (10:30-11:00 and 11:55-12:25) in the MHS Career Center. No appointment is needed; come on in!

Assignment Tracker

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).

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.

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Message from our Athletic Director

Winter Sports Recap

With most of our winter sports teams wrapped up for the year, I wanted to take a moment to thank our coaches for guiding our student-athletes through an unprecedented season. We had our season delayed, and then cancelled, only to be resurrected a few days later.

Our athletes had to wear face masks while playing their sport! Daily schedule changes!

We had it all this Winter and I'm thankful for the leaders of our programs for navigating through some tough situations.

Spring Sports

As you can see from the weekly schedule, Spring sports are rolling and I'm excited to see our kids compete! With Covid-related data improving, we have been able to open up attendance at events on a limited basis. For baseball & softball, we are making 100 tickets available per game. Boy's volleyball can accommodate 250 people per game and we are having 2 guests per athlete for Beach Volleyball. Tennis and track events are free to enter and will not be limited in attendance. Masks are still required to be worn by our guests (even outside) and we ask that you socially distance yourselves as much as possible.

Tickets can be found at www.GoFan.co and I hope to see you there!

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PAWs-atively Awesome

Sophia Kim

Special shout out to senior Sophia Kim, who was asked to paint a mural for our district professional growth office sunset room. You can see how amazing her design was in the photo. Very proud of Sophia, can't wait to see what she does next.

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Health Office Hotspot

HEALTH OFFICE HOTSPOT - AH AH AH CHOO!

Allergies, flu, Covid ... they all seem to have the same symptoms and can be difficult to determine the difference. Below is a simple chart to help determine what your child may be experiencing. As you can see, there are many of the SAME symptoms. If your child has seasonal allergies, please make sure he/she is taking their medication like they need to so symptoms are reduced. If the symptoms do not improve, or there are new symptoms that arise, we ask that you keep your student home from school and seek the proper treatment and follow up with your medical provider. As always, we want ALL of our students to be in class and on campus. You can help achieve this goal by keeping your student home when not feeling well. If you have any questions, we are here to help.


A healthy WILDCAT is a happy WILDCAT! GO CATS GO!!!!

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SAFETY AND SECURITY

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