Principal's Newsletter

March 2021

As spring approaches we consider the blossoming of new beginnings, creations, inspirations, and transformation. We look to start anew, desire change, and often hold on to what works for us. We are asked to approach next year now with a thought of the possibilities and potential. We do this each year trying to get better at our predictions as well as our expectations. It is comforting to have an idea what is expected or what might happen. We also try to influence the outcomes of what is to come. We are here again, and it is a blessing that we get to do this each year, planning our future while working in the present. Planning for our expected outcomes while trying to maintain growth and success. Planning fuels our hope and faith of what is next as well as inspires us to keep push forward. Yes, onward and upward is the Arroyo way; in spite of challenges we find a way to continue onward and upward, “Adelante Siempre Adelante.” We will plan our work and work our plan, let’s continue to inspire each other and plan for the future ahead.

In this newsletter:

  • Save the Dates!
  • Wednesday Rotation Schedule
  • Grab and Go Meals
  • Updates from the SLCs
  • Athletics Update
  • Counseling Update
  • Stay Connected with Links to Aeries, Teacher Office Hours, and Math Tutoring
  • Chromebook & Textbook Information
  • Student Transit Pass
  • Contact Us!

Save the Date!

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Grab and Go Meals Information

Help Your Teen Navigate the Digital World!

The Academy of Health and Medicine is pleased to present their second annual screening of Screenagers! We will have 2 separate screenings for this FREE virtual event in March.

If you're interested in viewing the films, please be sure to RSVP by registering for one or both of them using the links provided below. (They are the same links as those listed in the Save the Date section.)

**Please note: If you have registered and don't make the live screening, you will have access to the film for 2 weeks following to watch it.

  • Screenagers: Growing up in the Digital Age (March 10th@4pm)
    This film probes into the vulnerable corners of family life and depicts messy struggles over social media, video games and academics. The film offers solutions on how we can help our kids navigate the digital world. (runtime about 67-minutes) Register here!

  • Screenagers: The Next Chapter - Uncovering Skills for Stress Resilience (March 17th@4pm)
    High Stress, Anxiety and Depression are experienced by millions of young people. We follow physician and filmmaker, Delaney Ruston, as she discovers solutions for improved adolescent well-being in the digital age. (runtime about 69-minutes) Register here!

Click here for more information and resources.

If you have any questions about the screenings, please contact Selina Mandel at or via phone at 510-317-4173.

Additional Update from Health & Medicine

In addition to hosting the Screenagers viewings, the H&M Leadership Club recently hosted a fundraising event for CSC/Gilda Radnor Foundation. The Cancer Support Community is the largest professionally led nonprofit network of cancer support worldwide, the Cancer Support Community is dedicated to ensuring that all people impacted by cancer are empowered by knowledge, strengthened by action, and sustained by community.

Although Health & Medicine teachers are currently working from home, they are still finding a way to continue training and certifying our HM elective students in Red Cross CPR and First Aid virtually!

In the month of February, the TREND Academy of Engineering & Computer Science has helped to support over 150 of our Students in grades 9-12 to access over 15 total hours of professional Industry Partner sponsored work-based learning opportunities. In addition to these student-driven opportunities, we have also grown our list of committed Industry Partners from 14 to 19!

To learn more details about these exciting opportunities and partners please visit the link HERE!

As many of you may already know, on Friday, the Governor announced a pathway to reopen all outdoor sports (NEW CPDH GUIDELINES). There are a lot of logistics to work out on our end, so keep your eyes out for updates and tryout information.

We have posted TENTATIVE tryout dates for baseball, softball, and football. (visit our athletics website for that info)

In the meantime, if you plan to play any sports this year you need to get yourself registered and ready

  • register on FamilyID including uploading your current physical

  • check the tryout information page, the school news app, and our social media often for updates

  • email the head coach for your program to find out about conditioning information or tryout updates (Staff Directory)

  • redouble your efforts in your classes so academic eligibility isn't an issue

  • IF YOU ARE A TRANSFER STUDENT (meaning you are in 10th - 12th grade and started at Arroyo within the last 12 months OR a 9th grader who attended another school this year) fill out this form: TRANSFER QUESTIONNAIRE

As always, if you have any questions, feel free to contact Mr. Waranoff ( | (510) 317-4167).
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Grade-level counselors will begin programming scholars for the 2021-22 school year beginning in March. Counselors will be meeting with scholars to review transcripts and student post-secondary goals, at which point they will provide an opportunity to make course selections. Encourage your scholar to check their grade-level Google Classroom for more information.

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.

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