Stingray Newsletter

October 9, 2020

Homecoming Week

Stingray Nation had a such a great week celebrating ACHS Homecoming! We appreciate all the students that showed their school spirit. Go Stingrays!
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Parent Financial Aid Night

October 19th at 6:00 pm

Please join us for an informational meeting regarding financing your student’s post-secondary plans! We will have our virtual meeting through Zoom.

Meeting ID: 812 1109 7521

Passcode: i2SnrY

Bright Futures

Bright Futures application is open for graduating students. To check eligibility or to track student status, please visit: floridashines.org under the "Go to College," "Pay for College,' tabs. FloridaShines is also a great resource for exploring colleges in Florida, financial options, and careers.

Quarter 1 Ends Soon!

Quarter 1 grading period will end on October 15th. Please continue to check Focus for updated grades and assignments that are due for quarter 1. Parents can access grades in Focus 24 hrs a day.
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Parent Academy Fall Courses

The Parent Academy and Community Education course catalog was sent to all DCPS students’ families! This catalog features free courses offered virtually on the Parent Academy webpage as well as fee-based courses through the Community Education department. To access the catalog and register for courses now, visit https://dcps.duvalschools.org/parentacademy

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Teacher Planning Day

There will be no school on Friday, October 16th due to Teacher Planning Day.
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Testing Updates

PSAT

On October 14th, the PSAT (8/9) and the PSAT/NMSQT(10/11) will be administered to our students. For the 11th graders, the PSAT/NMSQT is the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test. The PSAT is a great primer for the SAT, and even the ACT, but it’s more than just a trial run. PSAT scores are used to identify National Merit Scholars and award merit scholarships. More than 3.4 million high school students (mostly juniors and sophomores) take this nationwide, multiple-choice test every year. Visit https://collegereadiness.collegeboard.org/psat-nmsqt-psat-10 for more information. Also, ALL seniors will participate in a reportable SAT.
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Progress Monitoring Assessments

All classes that take an FSA/NGSSS assessment will complete Progress Monitoring Assessments (PMAs) during the course of the school year. The PMAs are designed to be administered towards the end of the quarter; they assess the material that should have been completed up until that point in time according to the district's curriculum pacing guide. Each quarter, the test gets "larger" as it adds additional content and standards. The testing window for PMA #1 is Friday, October 2nd - Thursday, October 15th.


The following courses will take the PMAs:

9th and 10th English

Algebra 1

Geometry

Biology

US History

ACT and SAT Registration Deadlines

ACT Assessment: December 12th Test/Registration Deadline November 6th

https://www.act.org/content/act/en.html


SAT Assessment: December 5th Test/Registration Deadline November 5th

https://collegereadiness.collegeboard.org/sat/register

Athletics

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Athletic Schedules for Week 10/12-10/16

10/15-JV Football vs. Englewood

10/16 Varsity Football vs. Creekside

Class of 2021 Spotlight

Athlete of the Week

Josh Williams

"Josh is a National Honor Society member who has maintained a 3.5+ GPA and is a 3 year starter on the football team. Josh exhibits strong leadership and good character in the community and on the field. He is committed to Notre Dame College in Cleveland, Ohio, where he plans to study Business Administration. " -Coach Mike Montemayor

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Spirit Store

Get your Rowdy Rays fall spirit package today at https://www.achsstingrays.com/. Receive a new ACHS spirt gear each month until December. The package costs $75.

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Booster Club

The ACHS Booster Club supports all athletic teams throughout the school year. If your family or a company are interested in joining ACHS Booster Club, please contact jamesrdooley@yahoo.com.

https://dcps.duvalschools.org/domain/10383

ACHS Business Partners

Arlington Toyota

Harrell & Harrell

Miller's Ale House

CareNow

Ponte Vedra Golf Carts

Outback Steakhouse

Picasso's

Sonny's BBQ

Jacksonville Orthopedic Institute

Domino's Pizza

Baker's Sports

Davey Tree Expert