Syracuse Arts Academy Junior High Weekly Parent Newsletter

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August 10th - Back to School Night Event

August 16th - 1st day of School - Start of Term 1

August 16th through 18th - Early Out


Library Books

All library books were due last week! Please check your email on Monday for overdue notices.

Class registration is now open

  • Wednesday, May 17th the window will open for all 8th-grade students who will be entering the 9th grade. This window will be open for 7 days and is scheduled to be closed next Wednesday, May 24 at 3:00 p.m.

  • Thursday, May 18th the window will open for all 7th-grade students who will be entering the 8th grade. This window will be open for 7 days and is scheduled to be closed next Thursday, May 25 at 3:00 p.m.

  • All 6th-grade students who will be entering the 7th grade will be registered for classes over the summer through our registrar. Our registrar will be in communication with these families as they create their schedules.

  • Classes are open on a first come first serve basis.

  • Students can edit their classes until the window closes.

  • Academic Counseling is available during school hours with Mrs. Shaw. Her email is tshaw@saacharter.org She will strive to return your email within 24 hours during business days.

  • Here is a link to a document that is a step-by-step guide on navigating the class registration process. How To Link

  • Here is a link to the latest version of classes being offered this coming school year. Course Catalog Link

  • Remember, you can edit, ask questions, or visit with us as much as needed during the registration window. If Mrs. Shaw is busy you then reach out to our secretary Mrs. Galloway at mgalloway@saacharter.org She will strive to return your email within 24 hours during business days.

  • Please note that 8th graders started this process today during their advisory and 7th graders will start tomorrow.

As a charter school with limited enrollment, we have many classes that are only offered once. Please be patient with the process and understand that you and your student may be faced with difficult decisions in choosing conflicting classes offered. “Oh, how we wish we could clone Mr. Whipple!” There are great benefits to a small school and with that also comes some limitations.

Our goal is to align our registration process to that of other schools and your student's future High School. We are excited about the possibility that the majority of our students will be fully registered for their classes before they leave for summer. If you are not registered within the registration window, your student will run the risk of not getting into all their desired classes. However, we will still be available to help complete their schedule if you need assistance beyond the registration window. We are here to partner with you to help find solutions.

Calling all Coaches!!!

Are you interested in making a difference in the lives of young men and women? Quality coaches are instrumental in the development of our students as they learn sportsmanship, teamwork, leadership, social skills, and sports specific skills.

We will be interviewing all individuals who are interested in coaching Girls’ Soccer, Boys’ and Girls’ Cross Country, and Girls’ Volleyball next Fall at the junior high school. These are paid positions for a head coach and an assistant coach for soccer and volleyball and a head cross country coach. The season runs approximately from August 21 to October 6. (6-7 weeks) All coaches must pass a background check and attend a coaches training meeting prior to working with our athletes.

If you are interested, or if you know of community members interested in these positions, please contact Art Hansen (principal) at alhansen@saacharter.org or 801 784-5211 by May 19.

Resources to help your Child

Parent Guidance is a great resource to help parents support their child’s mental health. Parents have access to free online courses taught by licensed therapists and to Ask a Therapist where parents can submit questions and receive clinician responses. The resources are free, but setting up an account using an email is required. Some of the topics covered are listed in this document.

Talk To Tweens

The free “Talk to Tweens” program, which is part of Intermountain Primary Children’s “Hold On To Dear Life” child safety initiative, provides a variety of tips and tools for teachers and parents to nurture in middle-school-aged children as they grow into adolescents. These free, downloadable resources are available at TalkToTweens.org and in Spanish at hableconsusjovenes.org.

Enrollment for 2023-2024

We are thrilled to have your student(s) return to Syracuse Arts Academy for the 2023-2024 school year. To secure your spot for next year, please complete your registration through Aspire!

Directions are listed below.

It is recommended that you use a computer to complete this process, not a mobile phone.

Returning Student Registration

1) Log in to your Parent Aspire account: https://syracuse.usoe-dcs.org/Login/

2) From the Aspire page, Enter your username and password. If you need help logging in, click “Need Help Logging In”. If you have never created an Aspire account, you will need your student(s) 4-digit student ID number (also known as their lunch number). Still need help? Call the office to speak with a secretary.

3) Upon logging into your Aspire account, click on the student you wish to register, then click on the “Can Register for grade __” hyperlink displayed above the student's address on their profile page. It will take you to the online registration portal where you will follow the prompts to re-enroll for the upcoming school year. Note: You will need to complete this process for each individual student.

Need to add a sibling?

4) If you have a sibling who is not currently enrolled who would like to attend Syracuse Arts Academy for the 2023-24 school year, you must apply through the lottery. To gain sibling preference, follow the steps below:

a) From the school's website go to "enroll now" or enroll.saacharter.org/login.

b) Follow the instructions. If you need technical support, please contact the number listed on the lottery page.

Need to request a campus transfer?

5) If you are requesting a transfer to a different campus, follow the steps below:

Follow the instructions in the school lottery application. If you have questions, please contact the number listed on the lottery page.

Not returning?

6) Email the appropriate office including your student's name and the name of the new school that your child will be attending next year.

NOTE: Parents of current 9th-grade students, if you do not have new siblings to add, no further action is required.

SAA Antelope Elementary 801-779-2066 JMineer@saacharter.org

SAA Jr. High 801-784-5211 JCarbine@saacharter.org

SAA North Campus 801-827-0540 KWigdahl@saacharter.org