Wildcat Press Newsletter

Dec 13, 2020 Vol. 21

Principal's Message

Hello Wildcat Pride,

We are so close hang in there.

Parents this week should not be silent with no work, be sure your students are logging in to buzz and taking advantage of any opportunities to improve their grades.

I want to thank all of our students and families for taking care of business as best as they can this semester, I know it has been quite an experience for all of us. No, matter what happens next semester I know we will all be better prepared and able to help one another to get our kids off to a better start.

I want to take another minute to publicly thank my staff, they have worked over and above and beyond this semester to try and help every kid. I have watched them come early, stay late, webex from home and school. Give make-up exams, test retakes and second chances on homework etc. It is a lot of extra time and work, I feel so lucky to have these professionals here at Mesquite.

I hope your family has a wonderful holiday season and builds some fond memories. The next time we chat, it will be 2021 and hopefully we will have moved through 2020 and be on the better side of Covid.

Thanks for being great partners in keeping our doors open,

Rod Huston


Mesquite High School



MHS Administrative Team!

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Buzz Refresh: Tips and Hints!

If students are experiencing issues while in WebEx or other applications, they can try these 3 things:

If parents or students would like to check their grades, how much time was spent in Buzz, what the "Green Checks" mean (it simply means that the item was viewed NOT that it was submitted!!) and if something was submitted or not, here is a video talking about that!

Buzz - Parent and student - Grades, activity, green checks and submission informationBuzz - Student View of Submission Windows



As many of you are aware, the CDC recently changed their quarantine and isolation guidelines for those who have tested positive to COVID19 or who have been exposed to an individual who has tested positive. An exposed individual no longer quarantines for 14 days. Instead, it is now 10 days. In addition, a student may return to campus on the 8th day post "close contact" or "direct exposure" with a positive COVID-19 individual, provided they follow the recommendations of the CDC and MCDPH. Those recommendations are being tested on the 5th FULL DAY after the exposure, and receiving a negative result. If all of these conditions are met, then the student may return to campus on the 8th day post exposure and proof of negative test results MUST BE provided to the Health Office BEFORE your student(s) will be allowed back on campus. For additional resource information, click the following link for Maricopa County Department of Public Health guidance and flow charts If you have any questions, please reach out to the Health Office and we will be happy to answer questions you may have.


December Calendar

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PAWs-atively Awesome

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Meals During the Break

As I mentioned last week we are very fortunate to be partnering with State Farm and the Arizona Cardinals to be able to feed some of our families. We will be handing out these meals on Dec. 28. They are providing each family that is signed up 4 meals for 4. If you or someone you know is in need please let us know. You can contact Jennifer Perry at Jennifer.Perry@gilbertschools.net and she will do her best to get you on our list.


Wildcat Counseling

Dual Enrollment

Dual enrollment registration for spring semester is open. Returning students received an email with links to CGCC's class lists and the registration guide.

New students can go to cgc.edu/dual, then click the Getting Started button to start the registration process.

Registration closes February 22, 2021.

Students will have until February 7, 2021 to self enroll.

If you have questions, please email dualernollment@cgc.edu.


Seniors, have you completed your FAFSA yet?

Why should you complete the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid)? Filling out the FAFSA is one of the most important steps students and their families can take to pay for college. The FAFSA is the application that is required to be used by all schools in awarding federal student aid. If you have not completed your FAFSA yet, go to https://studentaid.gov/h/apply-for-aid/fafsa to complete the application. CGCC Counselor, Ms. Martinez, is available for assistance with the FAFSA on Mondays in the MHS Career Center or by email at Sandra.Martinez@cgc.edu.


Scholarship Highlight of the Week - STEM Scholarship ($1,000)

One of GEF's initiative’s is to increase STEM education.

In light of this, GEF offers this scholarship to those students entering into the STEM field.

Requirement: Pursuing a degree at any accredited four-year or two-year College in Science, Technology, Engineering or Math.

GPA: Unweighted cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher.

Apply here: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSc9jj8xpixbTVZAlCL30E5f5WG1IYZLM7UvzCoeCoktV1eoYw/viewform?usp=sf_link


Mesa Community College Information

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Counselor Appointments

If you would like to schedule an appointment with your School Counselor, Mrs. Mims (Social Worker and Mental Health Counselor), Mrs. Lyman (College and Career Center Coordinator) or Ms. Martinez (Chandler-Gilbert Community College Counselor), please complete this form: https://forms.gle/mkd149bYYK3n6PtE8. There are also QR codes posted around the school for you to scan to schedule an appointment.


Message from our Athletic Director


Competition for our Winter sports are slated to start on January 5th. With the craziness that comes with COVID, schedules can and will change. To see the latest schedule, we have links posted under each sport on our website (www.mesquitewildcats.com) or you can click HERE and look it up by sport.

As of now, the AIA is allowing Winter sports to begin play in January but fans will not be allowed until "metrics are appropriate." We will have a streaming option available for you to cheer on our teams from home.