Principal's Update

October 2020

Seasonal Changes are Upon US

Welcome to Fall Arroyo School Community and with the changes upon us, I want ensure that we will try our very best to provide the support and services need for all of you. In this month’s message, we will outline the services with specific details coming from our College and Career Center, our Math and Counseling Departments, Activities and Athletics. We also want to remind you of continued District services. Finally, please be aware that the 1st Quarter ends on Friday, October 23rd, so make sure you are on top of all your assignments and finish these next two weeks strong Dons!

If you have log-in issues, please email Ms. Adams ( for assistance.

Wednesday Period Rotation Schedule

Please remember to check the AHS Website for information pertaining to Distance Learning. Scholars should have approximately 18 hours of asynchronous work each week in addition to their synchronous Zoom sessions. If your scholar is spending more time than that on their work, please reach out.

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Updates from the Career Center and Counseling Office

In the last 6 weeks, our government teachers hosted a group zoom meeting on their Wednesday rotating periods of college and career presentations for our transitioning senior scholars. Ms. Schooler and Ms. Adams presented a timeline of what to expect in senior year, such as college application deadlines, college & career options, definition of FAFSA and deadlines, with our commitment to provide them support with zoom workshops and check-ins.

4-year college application season officially opened on October 1st for our CSU system. UC applications will open on November 1st, 2020. Our senior scholars have been working diligently on their personal insight questions and completing their CSU and UC applications.

Ms. Schooler, the counselor for seniors, has started asynchronous lessons with our CSU eligible seniors on Monday, Tuesday, and Friday 1-2pm and Wednesdays from 2-3pm and will continue them until the end of this month. We it is best serve by working with 10 students per session to give the best support on the application process.

The advice for eligible scholars considering only a 2-year college or military option is: many worry about the expense of paying for a 4-year college, but if they do not apply for CSU by November 30th, they lose the opportunity to determine if they are eligible for financial aid, grants, or scholarships by the university. The key is to apply and then complete the FAFSA, and then they can decide if the college they applied to is a good fit financially and academically. The opportunity to achieve success at 4-year public university is more attainable than ever before. Community colleges have been impacted by over enrollment during Covid 19 and CSU's and UC's are limiting international students from applying due to travel restrictions.

Ms. Schooler and Ms. Adams plan to support students and families with the financial aid application after we get through the CSU and UC application process this month and next.

Timeline for Seniors Applying to College

OCTOBER: CSU Application Assistance

CSU Application Assistance Workshop Meetings are offered daily except for Thursdays. Sessions last approximately one hour and at least ten students are invited to each session. Students are selected and receive the ZOOM login invitation the afternoon/evening prior to the session. If you do not show up to the session, your name will be re-entered into the pool of waiting students and you will be called at a subsequent offering. Please be ready for your session by having a copy of your unofficial transcript, and list of CSU campuses/majors that you are interested in. If you need assistance with any of those items, please contact either Ms. Schooler ( myself or Ms. Adams ( in the career center.


UC Applications Assistance workshops will be offered throughout November, with the same procedure as above. Interested UC applicants should be using October as a time to start drafting their Personal Insight Question responses as well as collecting data regarding their extra curricular activities, volunteer experiences, and researching the majors offered at campuses for which they are interested. IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN ONLINE INFORMATION SPECIFICIALLY RELATED TO THE UC PERSONAL INSIGHT QUESTIONS, please email Ms. Adams as she has the latest information about additional support in that area.


Many of our students chose from the large variety of community colleges that are all within a 30 miles radius of us right now. Ms. Adams and I are both familiar with the process for a number of these institutions and will provide assistance.

FAFSA/Financial Aid: Although Arroyo's main FAFSA presentation has been scheduled for January, we may be able to provide some provide some informational guideline help in December and/or answer questions in a group format, right after all UC and CSU applications have been submitted.

Please note that despite the "media blast" to start the FAFSA in October, California residents have no penalty for waiting until after October provided that the Cal Grant deadline is still met. The deadline for Cal Grants has remained the same. ALL students should have their FAFSA completed BEFORE March 1st, as applications that arrive at after midnight the following day may be ineligible for Cal Grant funds.

The federal change that allows this to be started in October is fairly recent (3 years ago I believe) and applies to all of the United States. However, please remember that in California (even before any COVID or other budget impacts) we have DRAMATICALLY fewer counselors per one thousand students than almost any of the states. Thus, in order to provide the most individualized assistance, we need to continue to follow the timelines that have historically offered us the ability to do that by waiting until Dec/January to offer FAFSA help.

From the Desks of Activities and Athletics


Last week we finished our first-ever virtual club rush week where students could check out any of the 28 clubs we have here on campus. If you are still interested in joining a club it is not too late, so make sure to check out the school website to contact clubs.

Here are the Upcoming Events that will be taking place this month: October is anti-bullying month and breast cancer awareness month.

  • October 12th-16th – Cancer Week – Bring awareness to the many types of cancer. We will also be having a Pink Out October 14th in honor of breast cancer awareness month.
  • October 26th-30th – Insta Spooky Story week – which will involve activities at lunch and dress up days

Throughout the whole month we will be sharing posts, facts and raising awareness about bullying for anti-bullying month.

You can follow us on Instagram and Twitter (arroyohs) and Facebook (Arroyo Dons Students Life) for current and up-to-date information. Don Pride Always!


1) Tryout dates have been updated for our athletic seasons. The first season starts December 7th and is Football, Cross Country, Boys Volleyball, and Girls Volleyball. Info is available on our website:

2) Student athlete registration on FamilyID is OPEN. In order to participate in athletics - tryouts, practice, or a game - you MUST be registered on FamilyID:

3) Our website is up-to-date and will continue to be the best place to go for any and all information.

4)Lastly, follow our athletics on social media:

  • instagram: @arroyo_athletics
  • twitter: @ahsdonsathletic
  • facebook: @arroyoathletics

Please stay up to date by visiting the Athletics website often.

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Community News You Can Use



Robert Lopez,Counselor:

Please check out our school website for the flyers on the Alameda County Friday Night Live Partnership.

District Reminders

The Superintendent

Here is the most recent update from our Superintendent, Dr. Camp regarding Distance Learning.

Child Nutrition

Technology Integration Services (TIS)

Do you need Tech Support?

Call the Technology Community Line at (510) 317-4754 or email them at

Do you need a Chromebook?
Please come to the AHS library Monday-Thursday between 12:00-2:45 pm to pick up a device. Please bring your id (it can be an old one) or current schedule and don't forget your mask!

Do you need a Hotspot?

Please complete the Student Technology Needs Survey and Agreement.

If you have filled out the Student Technology Needs Survey, you should be hearing from TIS shortly. You do not need to fill out the survey again.

For more help from TIS, please check out their District webpage.

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Student Transit Pass Program

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!