Santan Quarterly Report

May 2016

Keep Calm & Storm On!

LETTER FROM THE "EDITOR" ... MRS. KOWALINSKI

Dear Santan Junior High Families,

As the year comes to a close, I would like to express my gratitude to all the Santan families for a wonderful year. It has been an honor and pleasure to work with your children and the staff here each day. The Santan community is a special group of families, staff members and children that truly make it a joy to come to work each and every day. I wish for you a safe and fun-loving summer.

May brought us many exciting events! This newsletter will showcase some of the exciting events that took place over our fourth quarter. Students celebrated their two years at Santan, they were involved in plays, performances, and water days. Academics are paramount at Santan, but having fun at school is important, too!

NEW: Please know that for the 2016-17 school calendar, we will have two early release days at the end of each semester for final examinations. This schedule will mirror what our High Schools do. We are sad to say good-bye to our Celebrations of Learning program. This has been a tradition for the past 13 years at Santan but we will celebrate our students in different and new ways.

Congratulations to our Student Resource Officer, SRO Fernando Gomez, for being named SRO of the Year by the Chandler Police Department. He is an amazing resource to our school and the interactions with staff and students are priceless.

On behalf of the staff and administration at SJHS, enjoy your summer and we will see you in July at Stormin’ Day to pick up your schedules and other exciting events.


Educationally yours,

Barbara J. Kowalinski - Principal

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SJHS TEACHERS SELECTED FOR ACHIEVE NATIONAL EDUCATION SUMMIT - WASHINGTON, DC

SJHS is proud to share that three of our own teachers were

selected to write curriculum for mathematics within the areas of Expressions, Functions and Linear Equations in Washington, DC in May. Because of their leadership and the rigorous selection process, the AMP (Arizona Math Project) professors selected Melissa Stanley, Megan Jeffers and Sarah Winzeler to write curriculum and innovative activities for mathematics.

SANTAN STUDENTS PERFORM AT DISTRICT HONOR ORCHESTRA CONCERT

On Thursday, March 31, 2016, Santan students participated in the District Honor Orchestra Concert. Students were required to audition for Judges back in February by playing scales and etudes to demonstrate their skills. Prior to the concert performance, chosen students had to learn the music on their own and attend two rehearsals along with the Director and other students from CUSD. Our Santan students did a fabulous job representing our school with their fantastic performances.

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Band members pictured: Shane Kauchek, Julia Fletcher, Hannah Reda, Vinayak athvale, Teresa Tran, Brooklyn Larson, Isabel Thiel, Katie Kalivoda, Jaqy McAllister, Emma Mickelson and Jordi Ferre

SPORTS - A SCHOOL YEAR REVIEW


Santan Junior High - (2015-2016) Sports Teams Soar! Check out SJHS athletes' accomplishments this year! All of these teams are EVC Champions: Flag Football, Boys Cross Country, Boys 7th Grade Basketball, Boys 8th Grade Basketball, Girls 8th Grade Softball, Boys and Girls Track and Field, Girl’s 7th Grade Soccer and Boy’s 7th Grade Volleyball. Congratulations to all of our athletes!

GREAT YEAR EVERYONE!!!! Go Storm!!

SJHS STUDENT PLACED 1ST AT AZSEF AWARDS CEREMONY APRIL 8, 2016

SJHS congratulates Vinayak Athavale for placing 1st in the Junior Division - Medicine and Health category at the AZSEF awards held at the Phoenix Convention Center on April 8, 2016. Vinayak was also nominated for the Broadcam Masters National Science Fair Competition for Grades 6-8. Well done Vinayak!

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SJHS AT AZ INTEL SCIENCE AND ENGINEERING FAIR - PHOENIX

Ms. Plona, Gifted Science teacher, and her 1st place winners of the Science Fair attended the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair Outreach Program and Public Day on May 12.
Students participated in an Invasive Species Lab and were able to hold a baby alligator. Students met students from all over the world who have completed and won in a Science Fair.

This Science and Technology Expo enabled students to learn about careers and research in the STEM fields of study.

WAY TO GO STORMERS!!!

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SCHOOL ADMININSTRATOR OF THE YEAR AWARDED TO SJHS'S OWN PRINCIPAL

Congratulations to our Principal Barbara Kowalinski for receiving the City of Chandler’s 2016, Chamber of Commerce, School Administrator of the Year award. This deserving award supports her efforts to continue to build positive student relationships, fostering academic success, and creating a sense of community for our faculty, students and parents.

Did you know that Santan is an AVID school?

AVID is a fourth- through twelfth-grade system to prepare students for four-year college eligibility. It has a proven track record in bringing out the best in students, and in closing the achievement gap. AVID stands for Advancement Via Individual Determination.

AVID targets students in the academic middle – B, C, and even D students – who have the desire to go to college and the willingness to work hard. These are students who are capable of completing rigorous curriculum but are falling short of their potential. Typically, they will be the first in their families to attend college, and many are from low-income or minority families. AVID pulls these students out of their unchallenging courses and puts them on the college track: acceleration instead of remediation.

Santan Junior High’s cafeteria has recently been decorated with a variety of inspirational pennants with some of our favorite colleges and universities. We are proud to be an AVID school!

1st QUARTER SPORTS

Tryouts begin for Girls Volleyball/Boys Baseball and Flag Football Practices start August 1st.

For tryout times, see the calendar on the Santan website.

Completed physical packets can be turned into the Student Service Assistant in the front office.

Upcoming Dates to remember....


  • July 21st - STORMIN' DAY - 7th grade - 1 to 3 pm/8th grade - 3 to 5 pm
  • July 25th - First Day of School
  • July 25th - CHEER tryouts begin
  • July 26th - 7th Grade Welcome Assembly
  • Aug. 3rd - Fall Pictures and Curriculum Night (5:30 to 7:30 pm)
  • Aug. 9th - Tutoring Begins
  • Aug. 9th - Booster Meeting - Media Center 4:30 pm
  • Aug. 19th - Sports Pictures 4:00 pm
  • Aug. 25th - Early Release 10:40 am for At Risk Conferences
  • Sept. 2nd - Picture Retakes
  • Sept. 5th - LABOR DAY HOLIDAY
  • Sept. 22nd - ZAP Water Day
  • Sept. 30th - Spirit Assembly/Last day of 1st quarter
  • FALL INTERCESSION Oct. 3rd to Oct. 18th
  • 2nd Quarter begins/Students return Oct. 19th

EYE ON THE PRIZE - STORMIN' SCHOLAR

The Stormin’ Scholar award is the highest academic award that a

student at Santan Junior High can receive. In order to qualify as a

Stormin’ Scholar a student must receive “A’s” in every class for the

first three quarters of the school year. These students are honored

at a special banquet in April. Work hard and set your goals high

and you too can become a Stormin’ Scholar!

Health Office News


All medications must be brought in by the parents directly to a school official.

Acetaminophen (non-aspirin) is stocked by the health office. All medications must be

in the original containers with all warnings and directions intact.

No medication in envelopes, foil or baggies will be administered. Medications will not

be sent home with a student.

In order to minimize the possibility of an accidental drug overdose, non-prescription

medications will not be dispensed during the first and last hours of the school day.

If a child participates in after school sports or other after school activity, the parent will

be called before administering the medication.

Non-prescription medication will be given in a dosage weight and/or age appropriate

as indicated on medication packaging.

Tylenol can not be given out before 10:00 a.m. and after 3:00 p.m.

Please remember to turn in your students EMERGENCY CARD

2016-17 YEARBOOKS

Order your Yearbook online today for $35! Don't delay - order yours today! Please go to http://cusd80.com/sjhsyearbook.com

DRESS CODE POLICY

The dress code is actively enforced at Santan Junior High School. Throughout the year, teachers will be reviewing appropriate dress with all students.


PLEASE REVIEW STUDENT AGENDA FOR SPECIFICATIONS. THANK YOU.

IMPORTANT RESOURCES

DISTRICT CALENDARS

This page includes school calendars (currently up to the 2018-2019 school year) which are updated immediately after any changes are made by the Governing Board. State and district testing calendars are added here as they are created and updated.

http://www.cusd80.com/calendar

SCHOOL HANDBOOKS & COURSE CATALOGS

This pages includes links to the school handbooks for ALL of our schools. It also includes the CTE course sequence and all high school course catalogs.

http://www.cusd80.com/handbooks

SCHOOL BOUNDRY MAPS

This pages includes the boundary maps for elementary, junior high, and high schools. If there are changes or proposed maps available for public comment, these would be linked here as well.

http://www.cusd80.com/boundaries

OPEN ENROLLMENT

This page guides the visitor through completing both elementary and secondary open enrollment applications.

http://www.cusd80.com/openenrollment

SCHOOL MENUS

This link goes directly to the CUSD Nutrition department's page with the meal menus for ALL of our schools.

http://www.cusd80.com/menus

TAX CREDIT

This page guides elementary families, secondary families and community members through making tax credit contributions. (Note that this page is ALREADY linked at the top right of every single page in your website.)

http://www.cusd80.com/taxcredit


SCHOOL COUNSELORS

Santan Junior High School Phone Contacts

Attendance Line 480-883-4603 (use this # to call in your student's absence or tardy)

Office 480-883-4600

Registrar 480-883-4631

Student Services 480-883-4610

Café 480-883-4604

Santan Junior High School

Barbara Kowalinski - Principal

Mary Ann Rezzonico - Assistant Principal/Athletic Director

Andy Morgan - Dean of Students