Principal's Newsletter

April 2021

Spring has sprung and new beginnings are in blossom now. We are exploring and attempting new things everyday as we begin to see the light at the end of this pandemic. I want to caution and have us consider walking carefully to the light rather than running full steam ahead to the light. We will get there, but it is important that we all get there together. Racing ahead often means that someone or possibly many will be left behind. We have been in this pandemic together, let’s make sure we all come out of it or at least move forward together.

I truly believe that we should maximize planning efforts for a full return in the fall. We will explore a return to in person instruction while continuing our virtual work. It will give us a chance to continue to explore new beginnings with our scholars returning for the remaining eight weeks of school. It will be a golden opportunity for us to rebuild and reestablish relationships with our scholars. I am hopeful that those scholars who do return are the ones with the most needs at the moment and we can create “light” for them that will shine bright into opening the next school year.

We should do everything in our collective power to create community, learning fun for all scholars. We should focus our innovation and creativity on making learning fun for our scholars. Bring smiles to our scholars’ faces and welcome them back to the campus and classrooms with a passion and enthusiasm. Let’s their collective voices be heard, inspire them with learning fun and rekindle their spirit of community. Let’s allow ourselves to enjoy the peace of wellness and be grateful in the moment when our scholars return.

In this newsletter:

  • Coming Soon!

  • Save the Date!

  • Wednesday Rotation Schedule

  • Department Updates

  • Athletics

  • Screenagers

  • Stay Connected

  • Chromebooks & Textbooks

  • Grab & Go Meals

  • Student Transit Pass

  • Contact Us

Coming Soon!

Keep an eye on your inbox for news to come! The District is hard at work juggling reopening plans, graduation activities, and anticipating what school will look like next year. We hope to make announcements about these topics soon!

SLzUSD Reopening Updates

In the meantime, keep up-to-date- with the District’s Reopening Plans here.

Save the Date!

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Department Updates

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Congratulations to DECA DONS amazing effort at this years 2021 DECA State Career Competition!!

Marvin Flores

Lorenzo Gonzales

Ruijia Gu

Jimena Guzman *

Megan Lee

Brandon Lee

Emily Nguyen *

Erica Xie

*Jimena Guzman and Emily Nguyen will be moving onto the DECA International Career Development Conference (ICDC) representing Arroyo DECA DONS in "Leadership."


Scheduling for the 2021-22 school year has begun! Your scholar’s course selection sheet is located in their counselor’s Google Classroom. To engage in the conversation with your scholar, here are some helpful resources.

English Learners

We have started EL HW Clubs! Every Monday our ELD teachers will be hosting grade level HW Clubs for any English Learner who needs academic support. Click this link and scroll down to access the Zoom sessions and see the schedule.

Visual and Performing

Interested in the Arts?

Even during distance learning they have been busy putting together great events. The AHS Drama Club put on the radio play “Sorry Wrong Number” (now available here) and AHS Choir produced “The Truth About America” (now available here).

Coming up is May Music Madness with the AHS Instrumental program.

Arroyo VAPA 2021

Our first day for both boys and girls soccer this year is set for Monday, April 19th. To tryout, you MUST be registered in FamilyID, including uploading your updated, signed and dated physical from your doctor. We are only accepting physicals through FamilyID; if you need any help getting it sorted out, please see the link below.

As for our indoor sports, we are working on the plan to get our teams in the gym and playing badminton, basketball, and volleyball. We have submitted a proposal to the district office, and we are awaiting word on the required protocols and guidelines so we can get started safely and in compliance with state and county regulations.

We have TENTATIVE start dates for all three sports in the weeks after spring break, hoping to have everyone playing officially on April 19th or shortly after. I am putting together gym schedules and finalizing our league play, so you it's time for you to do your part.

To tryout, you MUST be registered in FamilyID, including uploading your updated, signed and dated physical from your doctor. We are only accepting physicals through FamilyID; if you need any help getting it sorted out, please see the link below.

Please check back on our tryout information website for an approved athletes list and updated information about times (we haven't finalized the tryout times yet).

Athletics Eligibility

Many people have reached out regarding grade eligibility, a summary is below. The next Date of Determination is May 2nd. If you are not eligible but you WILL be at the end of the next marking period, you may be granted 'pending' eligibility which means you can make a team, pending meeting the below requirements at the May 2nd date.


  • Minimum 2.0 GPA
  • Successful Completion of a MINIMUM of 20 Credits
  • Student is making 'reasonable progress towards graduation


  • GPA must be between 1.66 and 2.0
  • Successful Completion of a MINIMUM of 20 Credits
  • Above requirements must have been met at the previous marking period

What about an 'Incomplete' or a 'No Mark'?
  • Incomplete: An 'I' is counted as an F on their GPA until the grade is changed to either a letter or a NM. The incomplete grade DOES have an impact on their eligibility GPA and is the ONLY grade change allowable after the date of determination** that may influence eligibility status.
  • No Mark: A NM grade has NO IMPACT on a student's eligibility GPA. It is as if the class never happened. It DOES impact the number of credits completed, however, so a student with more than 2 NM grades (or more than 1 on a shortened day) IS NOT ELIGIBLE.

** Date of Determination: the date of determination is the date when a student athlete's eligibility determination becomes final. At that point, any grade change (other than an Incomplete changed to a letter) will have no bearing on a student's eligibility. This is used to make eligibility static rather than fluid. The date of determination is always the Sunday following the close of the grading window.


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Did you and your families register for Screenagers; Next Chapter and didn't get a chance to view it?

The screening has been extended to April 19th! As long as you have registered, you should be able to view. You can still register at the link below!

Stay Connected!

Aeries Parent Portal

Check grades and attendance here! If you need help accessing your Parent Portal please contact Ms. Adams at

Math Learning Labs

Each Learning Lab has a math teacher and student tutors available to give individual and small group support to students who are having a hard time in class. This is a great opportunity to get caught up, get ahead, or feel more confident.

Virtual Wellness Center

Nuestro Centro de Bienestar Virtual está disponible para brindarles a los estudiantes herramientas que los ayuden durante el día. Esto no es para servicios de emergencia; si este es el caso, comuníquese con su consejero o administrador.

Chromebooks & Textbooks

Chromebooks and textbooks are still available at the AHS library, Monday-Thursday from 12-2:45. Please bring your ID (an old one or your schedule works) and don’t forget to wear your mask!

Hot spots are still available on a limited basis. If you are in need, please complete the Student Technology Needs and Agreement and email Mr. Mack ( for more information.

Grab and Go Meals Information

The Student Transit Pass Program (STPP) provides free youth Clipper cards to eligible middle and high school students in Alameda County which can be used for unlimited free bus rides in their area (on AC Transit, Union City Transit or LAVTA Wheels), as well as a 50 percent discount on BART trips and youth discounts on other transit systems.

Check out the AHS website for more information!
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Administrative Team by SLC

Counseling Team by Grade