Wildcat Press Newsletter

Oct 11, 2020 Vol. 12


Principal's Message

Hello Wildcat Pride,

Welcome Back!

I hope everyone had a chance to get away and relax a little. Now we begin the push to Winter break.

This will be a busy time, as we have several things coming up. Please be sure and check your students grades, while we have seen progress, we have many students who still need to complete work or demonstrate mastery to improve their grades.

Rod Huston


Mesquite High School



MHS Administrative Team!


Daily Health Assessment

As life becomes more and more back to normal, it is easy to fall into old habits or forget new ones - Please parents check your students, talk with them, we have had a couple of students show up to school and end up at the nurse where we when asked we find out they were sick the night before or had a fever in the morning. It is imperative that if your student is sick you keep them home.

Before attending campus each day your student must complete a student health assessment. Please view the assessment here. Please remember students who are sick or feeling any COVID like symptoms should not attend or be on campus. For more information including health resources and information please visit www.gilbertschools.net/healthservices.


Bell Schedule

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Activities for October

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Kibbles & Bits

Spirit Week

I want to thank our staff, students and StuCo for a great spirit week leading into fall break. We had tons of participation and a great turnout for the Game Friday night. Lets keep it up and show Gilbert this town is all about the CATS!


PAWs-atively Awesome

Sabrina Farias

Congratulations to Sabrina Farias for being elected NHS President. Sabrina was on the state championship badminton team, she was also part of the doubles team that won the state championship last year. As a senior this year she is truly a team leader. She is an exceptional student and a great friend to her peers. On the court, Sabrina helps her teammates get better by sharing her knowledge of the game and is always able to find positive things to say about her teammates. Sabrina was also just recognized as a College Board National Recognition Program Scholar.


Counseling Department

Counseling Senior Newsletter

Please read the Wildcat Counseling Senior Newsletter for important information HERE.

MHS Counselors

Ms. Erin Harris: Last names A- F

Mr. Joe Domikaitis: Last names G-N

Mr. Larry Cook: Last names O-Z

Mental Health Counselor:

Mrs. Megan Mims 480-632-4750 ext 1119

Counseling Secretary:

Mrs. Kaley Farley 480-632-4750 ext 1134

College and Career Center Coordinator:

Jan Lyman 480-632-4750 ext 1108

Students will need to submit a Counseling Appointment Request Form to schedule an appointment with their counselor. There will also be signs posted in school with a QR code for students to scan to submit the Counseling Appointment Request Form.


Seniors only attendance Day - ACT testing Tuesday October 20th

On Tuesday, October 20th we will administer the ACT to our current seniors FREE of cost.

This opportunity replaces the spring date these students missed due to COVID-19 and school closures.

October 20th will be a senior only attendance day, as well.

Created by ACT Inc, the ACT is a standardized college readiness exam accepted and valued by all colleges and universities in the United States to assist in making admission decisions. The ACT is based on what students learn in high school in the areas of English, Reading, Mathematics, and Science and provides personalized information about students’ strengths for education and career planning after high school.

Full-time MHS Global students interested in this in-person opportunity are invited to join us on campus to test.

Additional communication will follow after fall break with details regarding ACT check in and testing procedures. For the ACT, students are encouraged to bring their own calculator.

Permitted calculator models and policy can be found on the ACT website: www.act.org

Please note: Smart watches and cell phones are not allowed in the testing rooms.

Other important sites for information and practice questions are below:

October 20, 2020 ACT Testing Schedule (Only seniors on campus)

7:30 a.m. - Arrival, Seating, and Identification of testing seniors
7:45 a.m - 8:45 a.m. - Completion of answer documents; begin testing
12:40 p.m. - Dismissal and bus run


Message from our Athletic Director

Student-Athlete eligibility will change slightly from years past. This year, if students have an F or under a 2.0 GPA after the first quarter, they will be placed on Academic Probation. They would remain eligible during this time but would be required to turn in weekly grade checks to their coaches. Midway through the 2nd quarter, the grade report will be pulled again and any student on Academic Probation who is still failing or has a GPA under 2.0 will then be declared ineligible until grades are improved. Please stay on top of your student’s grades as we head into the 2nd quarter of the school year on Tuesday.

Tickets for all athletic events are on sale through www.gofan.co this year. We are going digital to not only provide contactless entry, but to track our ticket sales to make sure we stay within our capacity limits at events. We are currently allowed to have 25% capacity so get your tickets before they sell out.

Attention Girls Soccer

Our new coach, Ana Meryhew, will be on campus on Tuesday, October 13 to share information on the upcoming soccer season. New and returning players are invited to A102 to hear from her and get information on open field practice times set for October. Meeting times will be at 11:00 for 4th period lunch and 11:45 for those who eat during 5th period. See you there!


National Hispanic Heritage Month

Jaime Escalante

Mathematics educator

Presidential Medal for Excellence in Education

Escalante was a maverick who did not get along with many of his public school colleagues, but he mesmerized students with his entertaining style and deep understanding of math. Educators came from around the country to observe him at Garfield, which built one of the largest and most successful Advanced Placement programs in the nation.

“Jaime Escalante has left a deep and enduring legacy in the struggle for academic equity in American education,” said Gaston Caperton, former West Virginia governor and president of the College Board, which sponsors the Scholastic Assessment Test and the Advanced Placement exams.

“His passionate belief [was] that all students, when properly prepared and motivated, can succeed at academically demanding course work, no matter what their racial, social or economic background. Because of him, educators everywhere have been forced to revise long-held notions of who can succeed.”

Quote from our MHS Student Camila Ruiz-Rodriguez

Aprendí a ayudar a las personas que necesitan ayuda. Sé que ayudar a los demás puede ser difícil, pero siempre hay una solución.Ya se que con el tiempo más gente va ayudar las personas que necesitan la ayuda.

I learned to help others who need help. I know that it will be difficult but there is always a solution. I know that with time more people will help those who need the help.

Lizette Pierce, M.S.Ed

Spanish Teacher

Like many of our students' parents and grandparents, my parents came to the United States with nothing but a desire for a better life. They worked extremely hard and they dedicated their lives to giving my brothers and me the opportunity to live the American Dream. Celebrating Hispanic Heritage means more to me this year than ever. I recently moved back to the southwest and returning to my roots have given me a greater appreciation for my family and my community. It is from my students as they share their families' journey to the United States. It is enlightening to learn that we share similar experiences.