Wildcat Press Newsletter

Nov 1, 2020 Vol. 15

Principal's Message

Hello Wildcat Pride,


We had a really tremendous homecoming week, the faculty did a great job decorating our hallways, StuCo planned a great week of spirit dress up days and the students and staff that participated had an excellent time.


We are winding down the fall season with all of our teams poised to make the state playoffs. We are also getting close to the start of Winter sports tryouts, if your student plays soccer, basketball or wrestling be sure they are cleared to start practice through the athletic office.


As we see a rise in Covid 19 cases around the country and here at home, please follow the district guidelines, if your student is not feeling well keep them home. When we have a positive case on campus it not only keeps the positive student home for 10 days from the start of symptoms or the test date, it quarantines on average between 7-12 students who were in contact with them for 14 days. Be a good neighborhood and classmate, lets do our best to keep the virus out of our school and our doors open.


Thanks have a great week,


Rod Huston

Principal

Mesquite High School

@MHSAZ_Principal

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MHS Administrative Team!

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2020-2021 Bell Schedule

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Activities for November

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PAWs-atively Awesome

National FFA Convention

Mesquite FFA students participated in the National FFA Convention on Wednesday, October 28. Students were engaged in live sessions with National Officers, leadership building workshops, and participated in a service project.

Students walked away with a greater understanding of FFA on a national level and are excited to participate in local events to be able to attend the National Convention in person next year.

Speech and Debate

The Speech and Debate has there first tournament this past weekend with over 50 schools in attendance (online). Alicia Hall Semi finals in Inpromptu, Jennifer Tran 6th in Inpromptu and Hunter Fenn 1st place in Prose Interpretation.

National Honors Society

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Spirit Week - Hall Decorating Contest

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Wildcat Counseling

Absences for extended periods

Please contact your teachers and let them know you will be gone and for how long. You should be able to get work for at least a few days at a time. Teachers should also be able to help with notes and understanding of new material. If your student is struggling please ask the teacher for a webex meeting to discuss where they need help or to answer questions. Finally, if you are not having any luck please contact your students counselor to set up a Parent Teacher Conference to work out a plan.

National Honor Society Peer Tutoring

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Early College Programs

It’s never too early to start thinking about college. CGCC has programs designed to help students seamlessly transition from high school to college. These programs allow students to earn college credit while in high school, save on tuition and transfer these credits to a degree or certificate program.


Achieve a College Education (ACE):

ACE is an early college two-year, scholarship-based program. The mission is to increase the success rate of the first generation, under-represented or financially disadvantaged college-bound students. Students take classes at CGCC’s Pecos campus on Saturdays during the school year and Mondays-Thursdays during the summer. Eligible sophomores may apply for this program. Learn more at cgc.edu/ace.


Hoop of Learning:

Hoop of Learning is a scholarship-based program for American Indian students created to encourage and empower students to complete high school and transition to college. The goal is to reduce economic and cultural barriers that American Indians may face entering higher education. Students take classes at CGCC’s Pecos campus on Saturdays during the school year and Mondays-Thursdays during the summer. Eligible 9-12th grade students may apply for this program. Learn more at cgc.edu/hoopoflearning.


Applications for the ACE and Hoop of Learning early college programs are available in the MHS Career Center. The application deadline is November 30, 2020.


Contact Sandra Martinez, the Chandler-Gilbert Community College Embedded Advisor at Mesquite High School, if you have any questions.

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HEALTH OFFICE HOTSPOT!

COVID - it seems like we can't escape it, and we even want it to disappear. But, now is when we need to stay vigilant! In order to stay "on top" of the situation a few suggestions:


1. COVID TESTING: If you choose to have your child tested for COVID, regardless of what time you choose to have your child tested, please do NOT send your child to school until the results are known. Once the results are known, whether positive or negative, please call the Health Office for further direction.


2. QUARANTINE: Sometimes students need to be quarantined, through NO FAULT of their own. If students need to be quarantined, they CANNOT test their way out of quarantine. In addition, the student will NOT be able to participate in their sport/after school activity until the quarantine days have come to an end.


3. SPORTS / AFTER SCHOOL ACTIVITY: A positive student who plays sports MUST follow AIA Return to Play guidelines. If you are unsure of what that entails, either check with the Athletic Office or call the Health Office for a form BEFORE returning to the sport/activity.

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Message from our Athletic Director

Wildcats,


This fall season has been different than anything we've seen before and I want to say that our kids adapted to all the change and still competed at the highest level. This week marks the end of most of our fall sports and we start to turn our attention to the post-season as well as our winter sports.


Please follow along with our Mesquite Athletic Dept social media sites on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook to get the latest on playoff dates/times/spectator policies so you can be ready to support our student-athletes.


As we look ahead to the first day of Winter sports on November 9th, I wanted to remind everyone that students must be cleared in Register My Athlete BEFORE 11/9 in order to attend tryouts. To be cleared, we need a valid physical as well as completing the Brainbook course required by the AIA. Click HERE for forms and links.

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WIldcat Wellness

Wildcat families: Are you in need of food? Are you trying to get into counseling or therapy for yourself or your children and need help getting connected? Does your child need extra mental health support at school? If you answered "yes" to any of these questions, please contact me at Megan.Mims@gilbertschools.net so that I can help provide you and your children with support and service referrals in the community.

Please see the attached flyers for continuous food resource locations.

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