Wildcat Press Newsletter

April 25th, 2021 Vol. 37


Principal's Message

Hello Wildcat Pride,

I want to thank all of the students who gave their best efforts over the last few weeks during testing, we know how difficult it is to stay focused for that long. Your efforts really do help us make Mesquite a better school.

We are really into the final push now, less than a month left before we head to summer vacation. Lets all check on our grades, touch base with teachers and get any incomplete or missing work turned in. If we can finish this year strong, then starting next year will be an even better experience.

I want to remind everyone that Gilbert Public Schools is still requiring masks up until and through graduation. I know it is not everyone's favorite thing, but as of now it is what the CDC and state are saying is the safest. If you are paying attention to the school dashboard you will also see that while we had a strong stretch of no new cases before spring break, we have had a couple of reported cases upon return. Anyone who is not wearing a mask will be asked to put one on, if they do not have one we will offer them one. If they still refuse to wear a mask, they will need to leave campus until they are prepared to follow the policy. No one wants to pick this fight from the school's perspective, so please let's all work together to help our teachers and students finish this year healthy and smart.

Yours in partnership,

Rod Huston


Mesquite High School



MHS Administrative Team!


April Calendar

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Spirit Week: April 26th-30th Throwback to Childhood

  • Monday- Bikers Vs. Surfers- Teen Beach Movie

  • Tuesday- Dress as your favorite disney/nick character

  • Wednesday- Monsters University- Wear a college shirt

  • Thursday- 2000's Day- Dress as your favorite icon/trend

  • Friday- Once a Wildcat, Always a Wildcat- Blue out

Spirit Week Video Promotion

Video promotion


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Virtual Pep-assembly

Friday, April 29th during the 3rd hour a virtual Pep-Assembly will be aired in lue of announcements. Please see the below schedule:
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PAWs-atively Awesome

Kaitlyn Engelstad

Kaitlyn received the Working Student Scholarship though the Gilbert Education Foundation! Kaitlyn worked over 700 hours while enrolled full time at MHS and participating in FFA. She has such a bright future and we are very proud of her.

Gianna Memoli

Gianna Memoli won Week 5 player of the week on AZCentral.

She went up against some strong competition but won by a landslide! Gianna batted .600, including a double, two triples, four RBI, eight runs scored and stole 4 bases. Great Job Gianna!


Help me in congratulating all of our Winter sport athletes who made the state's All-Academic Team for their sport. The time management and effort involved to play a varsity sport while maintaining an A average is remarkable and these student-athletes have figured it out. Congratulations to all who made the list!
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Kibbles and Bits

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Dates for spring testing will be May 21 - May 27, 2021

Below is a link and schedules for each day


Seniors Corner! Class of 2021!

Cap and Gown


If you haven't ordered your cap and gown yet, Jostens will be here in person one more time!

  • Thursday, April 29, 2021 during lunches (10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.).
  • MHS Auditorium Lobby
  • The cost for the cap and gown (including tassel and medallion) is $50. Cash is preferred, but a credit/debit card may be used as well

After this date you will need to go to Jostens in person:

Mon-Fri 10 a.m. - 5: p.m.

14827 N. Cave Creek Road

Phoenix, AZ 85032

(602) 765-7337

Online Classes

The final deadline for seniors to complete online classes through Global Academy is Friday, May 7th in order to participate in the MHS graduation ceremony. Need help logging in to Buzz to view your student's online course progress? Click here for Buzz help.

CGCC Assistance

Attention all Seniors! Do you plan to attend Chandler-Gilbert Community College after graduation? Please visit your CGCC embedded advisor Sandra Martinez today for one-on-one assistance in determining your next steps to complete your registration process. Sandra is located inside the MHS Career Center and her email address is sandra.martinez@cgc.edu.
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Wildcat Counseling

MHS AP Exam Schedule and Location

Below are the schedule and room assignments for MHS for students who have registered and paid for AP exams. MHS is only administering exams during the first exam administration (paper and pencil in school). All students taking AP exams (and their parents) should have received an email with their personal AP exam schedule. Students who are taking an online AP class and exam through Global Academy will receive separate AP exam information from Global Academy.
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Is your student on track to graduate?

Check your student's credits and progress by following the instructions below! If you have any questions or concerns, please contact your student's counselor.

  1. Log into Infinite Campus
  2. Click on “Academic Plan”
  3. Click on “Progress Report”
  4. Select “Detail” and check the “Select All” box
  5. Click “Generate Report"


Please join Mesa Community College, along with over 30 other colleges and universities, for a free, interactive virtual college fair for high school students. This is their last virtual college fair of the school year! Join on:

Tuesday, April 27th, 2021

9:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Register now

Applying for scholarships just got a lot easier!

There are opportunities for every grade level, from freshmen to seniors! Scholarships can be a helpful way to fund your college education. They provide you with free money that can go towards tuition or other educational expenses. To find and apply for scholarships, sign up for Going Merry (https://www.goingmerry.com) -- it’s free! Going Merry has thousands of national, regional, and local scholarships. You can also download the Going Merry mobile app (and sign up that way) on iOS or Android.


Scholarship Highlight of the Week - #GilbertTogether Scholarship

The Town of Gilbert has partnered with the Maricopa Community College District to provide job training scholarships for Gilbert residents (students, parents, community members) who have been impacted by COVID-19 in any manner (reduced hours, limited job opportunities, loss of wages, illness, etc.).

The training scholarships are awarded on a first-come, first-serve basis and are not based on income. Plans are to offer #GilbertTogether resident career training scholarships through December 2021, or until funds are exhausted. The programs of study offered provide entry-level and upskilling opportunities for approximately eligible participants to prepare for careers in business, healthcare, information technology, manufacturing, and trades. The career areas offered are in high demand, with the potential to earn more than the median Maricopa County wage.

Interested individuals can attend a virtual information session on May 6th from 6:00PM – 7:00PM. Additional information can also be found at https://www.mesacc.edu/workforce-development/gilberttogether.

Opportunity for Students who Live in Mesa

The Mesa College Promise is a commitment from the City of Mesa to its residents that all eligible graduating Mesa high school students can attend Mesa Community College for two years with Arizona resident tuition and fees fully funded. The Mesa College Promise provides financial support to students with demonstrated financial needs but who have not received enough Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) funds or other scholarships to completely cover the cost of college. https://www.mesacc.edu/mesa-promise


Academic Support

Peer Tutoring

PEER TUTORING is available during both lunches on TUESDAYS AND THURSDAYS (10:30-11:00 and 11:55-12:25) in the MHS Career Center. No appointment is needed; come on in!

Assignment Tracker

Click here for an Assignment Tracker to list your missing assignments/quizzes/tests and catch up in your classes (you will need to make a copy of the Assignment Tracker in order to enter your information, or you can print a copy).

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.



Spring Football

Any MHS students that are interested in playing football next year are invited to Spring Practices which begin on Monday, April 26th and goes through May 14th.

Practice begins at 6:15 am on the main practice field. See you there!


If you're interested in staying active this summer, improving your game, or just want to try something new, go to www.mesquitewildcats.com. I will be posting summer information for our various sports on there and it is open to ALL our students, whether you've played for us or not.
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Wildcat Wellness

MHS Skills Group

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We want YOU to participate!

COVID-19 has dramatically increased the number of children and teens struggling with mental health challenges, and mental health services can’t keep up with the pace. The need to OPEN UP has never been more urgent!

OPEN UP AND LEARN: Check out our incredible week-long schedule of FREE, VIRTUAL EVENTS. From wellness workshops and crafts to dancing, concerts and other live performances, there is something for everyone!

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Mindfulness Groups


UPCOMING PARENT TRAININGS through Prepared Parenting with Dr. Paula McCall


Health Office Hotspot

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