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ACP MIDDLE SCHOOL - September 16th, 2022


Message from the Principal

Dear Knights,

Thank you for supporting ACP! Parents - please support our Booster club's efforts to raise funds to stay afloat! See below in the Booster Club section for ways you can support the booster club. Our boosters are currently running a Check-A-Thon to help raise more funds for school events and activities. In addition, on September 22nd, you can support our boosters by simply ordering food from BJs Restaurant. Please see the flyer below for the address of the participating Chandler location. You can enjoy delicious food and 20% of all sales mentioning ACP MS Booster Club will benefit ACP (incudes dine in, takeout, or curbside orders). Thank you to Priya Subramaniyam, Sherida McMullan and Sharon Standke for your valuable input in the Planning Time Committee.

With two weeks remaining until the end of Quarter 1, please make sure you have make up missing assignments and are attending tutoring as needed. Next week is Spirit Week - Can't wait to see your school spirit! I hope you have a wonderful weekend!

I wanted to also share that ACP Middle School has been ranked #1 by School Digger and #2 by US News & World Reports among Arizona Middle Schools. ACP also ranked #7 overall in ELA in the state (all schools in the state - elementary, secondary, charter, etc.,) and #2 in Math.

Manjula K Reddy


ACP Middle School



Monday - September 19

Regular Schedule - Periods 0-6

6th Grade Specials - Special 2

Spirit week theme: Minon Day

Tuesday - September 20

Regular Schedule - Periods 0-6

6th Grade Specials - Special 1

Power Hour w/ Mitchel Room B104 - Ends @ 3:50 pm

Spirit week theme: Color Wars Day

Wednesday - September 21

Odd Block Schedule - Periods 0, 1, 3, 5

6th Grade Specials - Special 1 & Special 2

Power Hour w/ Tatar Room M5 - Ends @ 3:50 pm

Spirit week theme: PJ Day

Thursday - September 22

Even Block Schedule - Periods 0, 2, 4, 6

No 6th Grade Specials

Power Hour w/ Palacios Room D104 - Ends @ 3:50 pm

Spirit week theme: Group Outfits Day

Friday - September 23

Regular Schedule - Periods 0-6

6th Grade Specials - Special 2

Spirit week theme: Fancy Dress Day

On the Horizon:

September 28 - Parent Roundtable

September 30 - Quarter 1 grades posted and quarter ends

October 1-17 Fall Break - Students return October 18


Parent Roundtables

I host monthly-ish parent Q & A sessions or roundtables where we collaborate on a number of topics. I host these meetings virtually for your convenience. Hope to 'see' everyone at these meetings. See below for dates and times:



Monday - September 19

Semi-Final Playoffs / 7th Grade Volleyball Away @ 4:30 - SJHS

(1550 E Chandler Heights Rd, Chandler, AZ 85249

Thursday - September 22

Playoff Finals



Attention all ACP students interested in improving your volleyball skills: we will have another free volleyball camp on Tuesday, October 18. This skills camp is exclusively for beginner volleyball players. Please fill out the link if you're interested. Questions? Email Coach Orr at

ACP-MS Mountain Biking Team Race Dates

The ACP-MS Mountain Biking Team is having a great time! Check out the link for their upcoming race dates. (ACP-MS is in the south conference.)



Power Hour is an academic support we provide at ACP Middle School on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays. Power Hour runs from 2:50 pm - 3:50 pm Tuesday-Thursdays. Students must be pre-registered for attendance and must be picked up promptly at 3:50 pm at parent pick-up.


  • These are not instructor led sessions and parents must provide student transportation.
  • In order to attend, all students must signup weekly through signup genius. Students may only be signed-up for 1 week at a time.

  • Students that are picked up late or are signed up and do not show up 2 or more times may lose power hour privileges'





Connect with Us! We are upgrading

Recent Booster Updates:

· Thanks for all the support for Dig Pink Fundraiser by our Volleyball team! The balloon raffle and basket raffles were a hit!

· FRIDAY SHIRTS were sold for the last two weeks at lunches. Reach out if you missed out.

· Students will get Otter Pops at Lunch! We have collected over $5,000 during our annual check-a-thon. Let's keep it going to support the ACP Family.

Ongoing and Upcoming events:

  • Restaurant Fundraiser - Thursday , Sept. 22nd from 11 am - 11pm at BJs Brewhouse at the Chandler Mall

· Check A Thon Fundraiser until Fall Break - Almost at $5,000!

o Donate through PayPal link on our website ( and QR code below

o Send in a check or cash to the front office using the donation form attached

o Student Prizes!!!

§ $5,000 - Otter Pops at Lunch - ACHIEVED!

§ $10,000 - PJ Day

§ $15,000 - HW Pass

§ $20,000 - Free Dress Week

o All donations made since the beginning of school are counting towards the Prize levels for the students. Thank you for all of your support.

· School Cents:

o Sept16 to Oct 31 10x points for all Food Court Eateries, Fabletics, Nick's Menswear, Windsor, Sephora & Shoe Story

· Help Out Teachers in the Copy Room:

o Sign up to help out by making copies (

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2022-2023 American Essay Contest (attached below is the form to complete if taking part):

The ambition and goal of the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks Americanism Program is to raise the spirit of American patriotism and to increase an awareness — a genuine feeling of pride and respect toward patriotism. Therefore, Chandler Elks Lodge #2429 would like to provide a special opportunity for 5th, 6th, 7th & 8th grade teachers and students to participate in our Annual Americanism Essay Contest. This year’s theme is “What is Your American Dream?”

New this year, there are four divisions (not two) for judging essays:

  • Division 1 (fifth grade)
  • Division 2 (sixth grade).
  • Division 3 (seventh grade)
  • Division 4 (eighth grade)

The local lodge will select a 1st, 2nd & 3rd place winner from each Division. Local lodge essay winners and sponsoring teachers will receive an invitation to an Awards Dinner in their honor at the Chandler Elks Lodge in late May 2023. Each winner will also receive an award certificate and a gift certificate.

Local winning essays will be also forwarded on to District, State and National competitions respectively. Awards and/or plaques will be awarded at each level. National Winners will be announced at the Grand Lodge Session in July 2023. National Winners will receive monetary awards of 1st Place: $1,000, 2nd Place: $500 and 3rd Place: $250.

Entry Rules:

1. Eligible participants must be students enrolled in 5th, 6th, 7th or 8th Grades during the normal 2022-2023 school year preceding June 30, 2023.

2. Essay length is not to exceed 300 words.

3. Essay must be typed.

4. Essay must be submitted for judging to the Chandler Elks Lodge Essay Chairman, Sandy Theobald, by mail to: 1775 W. Chandler Blvd, Chandler, AZ 85224.

5. Entrants must attach a completed 2022-2023 Americanism Essay Contest Cover Sheet (complete Section I Only) with the essay.

6. Deadline: must be submitted to Local Lodge by December 15, 2022.

7. Judging Criteria:

  • Originality: avoids the use of trite or worn out words and phrases.
  • Development of theme: stays focused on ideas and thoughts don’t ramble.
  • Mechanics and neatness: uses proper spelling, grammar and punctuation. (1 or 2 grammatical errors can disqualify a student from moving on to Divisional, State and National levels.)

ASU Martin Luther King, Jr. Student Contest

ASU Martin Luther King, Jr.
Student Contest

entry deadline October 3, 2022

Now accepting entries for the 2023 Student Contest. Open to all grades K-12. Winning entries receive a prize, and will be invited to participate in the 38th Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration at Arizona State University with their family and teacher. Entry deadline October 3, 2022.

Arizona State University will host its 38th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. celebration in January 2023. Tributes and recognition of Dr. King and the achievements of the civil rights movement have been celebrated at ASU since long before the creation of a state holiday in Arizona. A highlight of the celebration is the recognition and awards ceremony for the Arizona K-12 students who are winners of the statewide essay-poster contest.

Student entry forms available online:

Behind the Vision Writing Contest

­The students of today are the great authors of the future. We are excited to announce our second annual The Next Generation writing contest, created to inspire a love for writing in the next generation of great authors.

This contest offers 4 Poetry and 4 Short Story prompts for students to choose from to explore their writing skills and creative spirit.

Last year we received 1,700+ submissions and published 300+ students nationwide

Contest submission window: September 1st - December 1st 2022­


ACP Middle School Site Council Meeting

2nd 2022-2023 Site Council will be on 09/13/2022 at 5:00pm in the Media Center.


Counseling & Social Work Department Update

The Counseling and Social Services department has a monthly wellness newsletter for caregivers and families called Medieval Monthly. The newsletter will provide ideas, tips, tricks, and resources on how to best support your ACP Middle School student. You can find ACP’s most current Medieval Monthly by visiting the ACP Middle School website and looking under “Our Staff” and “Counseling and Social Services.”




Chandler Unified School District is pleased to partner with NetTutor to offer free online, on demand 24/7 tutoring.

NetTutor offers K-12 CUSD students live tutoring on-demand, question drop-off, and writing feedback. Tutors are subject matter experts trained in how to translate tutoring best practices and learning strategies to support students online.


  • Click here to access Clever
  • Log into your student’s GSE account
  • Click on the NetTutor Icon (you may have to scroll down)
  • Click “I Agree” after reading the terms and conditions to continue (first time only)
  • Click on the course or subject area in which you need a tutor and follow the prompts
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Early is good! Get ahead-of-the-game and check "order yearbook" off your list. In order for a student to get a yearbook the last week of school, parents/students must order on-line.

Online orders will start in August.

Cost: For those that preorder early, the cost of the yearbook will start at $42.00 for a limited time. (Payment Plan Avail.)

When: Yearbooks will go on sale August 2nd through December 31st through Jostens website.

How: Students/Parents can go online to

to order a yearbook. Be sure to maintain a copy of your emailed receipt as proof of purchase. Order now to ensure that your student receives a yearbook. Families may pay with a debit or credit card by going online to Jostens’ and selecting Arizona College Prep—MIDDLE SCHOOL.

Delivery: Yearbooks will be distributed the last week of school ONLY to those students who pre-ordered their book.

Order your yearbook early for the best deals!



Due to changes in USDA regulations, Universal Free meals have not been extended to the 2022-23 school year. As of July 20th, the below meal prices will be in effect*

Breakfast Pricing: Meal Cost

All Grades (K-12) $2.00

Lunch Pricing: Meal Cost

Middle School Combo $3.25

Families may view the ala carte menu items with prices and view the daily lunch menu using the link below. Should you have any additional questions, you may contact ACP Middle School's cafeteria manager at:

Please click on the link below for more information on the school nutritional program and frequently asked questions.



Arizona tax law allows individual taxpayers to claim a nonrefundable tax credit for making contributions or paying fees directly to a public school in AZ for support of eligible activities and programs.

At the junior high level, the school office is unable to reallocate / redirect funds without parent and district approval. Be sure to select the specific fee for the activity where you want your payment applied. Sports fees are assigned quarterly and club fees are assigned once established.

When paying fees online (band/ orchestra, club or athletics fees, etc.), please consider making an additional contribution to our general fund in December to reach the maximum credit allowable.

Once you have paid all outstanding fees for ACP Middle School or if you have a family member that resides in AZ, please consider making an additional tax credit contribution to ACP's general fund before December 31st. If you are able to make your tax contributions prior to the end of the calendar year, your donation would be greatly appreciated. It will help give us a jump start on some of our essential extracurricular activities. We have set a goal to collect approximately $50,000.00 this school year and hope that you will be willing to help us meet our goal. Thank you for supporting your child and ACP Middle School!

Tax Credit Basics…

A tax credit donation is a full refund, not a deduction. Contributions eligible for a tax credit are donated directly to schools, not to the state or school district. To participate or learn more, follow the link listed below to donate online or you can complete the enclosed form and submit your contribution at your convenience.

Arizona Law ARS 43-1089.01 enables taxpayers a tax credit contribution of up to $400.00 per year if filing status is “Married, filing Joint Return;” $200.00 per calendar year if filing status is “Single of Head of Household;” and $200 per calendar year if filing status is “Married filing separate returns.” These contributions fund extracurricular activities in public schools and greatly impact our school community and our students.



CUSD Virtual Calming Room

Our counselors are here to support all ACP students.

Margot O'Donnal

Kerry Grimes