Taft High School

October 1st, 2021

Raider Families,

It was great to see so many of our families out for our Open House this week. Today is the 6 week progress report for the 1st grading period. Students and parents should be able to access their IPR grades in your Home Access Center (HAC) at the end of the day on Monday, October 4th. Click here to access HAC (Home Access Center)

On Wednesday, October 13th all 10th and 11th grade students will take the College Board Preliminary Scholastic Assessment Test, or PSAT. For 11th grade students, the PSAT/NMSQT is the route of entry to the National Merit Scholarship Program.

12th graders will take the College Board Scholastic Assessment Test, or SAT.

9th graders will be in content rotations.

We need all students on campus and in their assigned classes no later than 9am. Students will receive an email at their student email address, letting them know what room to report to. We ask for your support in creating a supportive testing environment. Please do not make appointments on October 13th since we will not be able to interrupt the testing environment.

We appreciate you understanding and hope you have a wonderful weekend.


As you are checking in on grades please know that the official gradebook is HAC. Schoology may have grades but it is not and may not be an accurate reflection of the actual grade. For the most accurate and up to date grades, please see HAC.

Click here to access HAC (Home Access Center)

If you are accessing HAC for the first time, (Your username is your email​ address​ and your password ​is ​the temporary password​ you received by email. You will be required to change it ​the ​first time​ you log in.)

If you are having an issue with HAC, please click here.

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We will celebrate our homecoming week the week of October 12-16. Monday October 11th is a staff development day and a student holiday. Students will be allowed to dress up for the different themes each day as long as they follow the dress code. Our homecoming pep rally will be held on Wednesday October 13th at 6:00pm on the football field. Our homecoming football game will be played on Thursday October 14th, 7:00pm at Farris Stadium against Stevens. Our homecoming dance will be held in the Taft High School Cafeteria on Saturday October 16 beginning at 7pm and concluding at 10:30pm. Tickets will be sold online.

Homecoming Tickets are now available for purchase

All tickets will be sold online. A student ID number is required as a passcode for purchase. Taft and Communications Arts students are eligible to purchase tickets. Once the e-ticket is scanned, it will no longer be valid. Please do not share your ticket or ID# with anyone else.

Here is the link for purchase:


Labs are back!

Science is once again alive for the Raiders! After a year and a half absence, students are again able to perform live labs. Here, students in Mr. Ellis' OnRamps Chemistry courses conduct Qualitative Chemical Analysis of various solutions to determine the presence of various metals.

Are you interested in bowling?

Taft High School Bowling Recruiting Day is fast approaching.
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Visit the College, Career, and Military Readiness Center

October 1st is FAFSA time. Seniors please visit Mrs. Torres in the CCMR to get started on these applications.

visit Mrs. Torres' newsletter : https://www.smore.com/29hce-taft-raiders


Here is this week's letter communicating positive COVID cases of individuals who have been on our campus. We are sanitizing classrooms, cafeteria, locker rooms and high traffic areas on a daily basis. As always student and staff safety is our number one priority. Please know that contact tracing is done each time there is a positive case and students and staff who are deemed in close contact for each case are notified immediately.

national yearbook week

Most yearbookers know that just being on yearbook staff is cause for celebration. But in case that wasn’t enough, each year in early October there’s an official one-week holiday, declared in 1987 by President Ronald Reagan to recognize this important school publication.

National Yearbook Week honors school yearbook programs for chronicling their school’s history and the students who work to compile these memories into a lasting printed record.

While Yearbook Week seeks to recognize the role a school yearbook plays in documenting educational achievement and school tradition, it’s not just a holiday for yearbook staff.

If the yearbook is for everyone, so is yearbook week! National Yearbook Week begins October 4th!

With our theme, Timeless, we believe that the ideas for dress up day go well with it and would bring up the excitement for our finished product. The days would be as followed:

  • Monday: Black and White Day
  • Tuesday: Decade Day
  • Wednesday: Senior Citizen Dress Up Day
  • Thursday: Color/Mismatch Day
  • Friday: School Spirit Day