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Gaston Caperton Opportunity Award goes to Anzar

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Congratulations! CSF Fall, 2016

Indicating consistent and high quality academic performance, congratulations to the following students for member eligibility for CSF in the Fall 2016 semester (based on their grades in Spring, 2016). CSF Eligibility for Fall.doc

School Accountability Report (SARC)

2014-2015 School Accountability Report available for viewing at:  2014 2015 SARC for Anzar.pdf

CSF and Straight A's!

Congratulations to the listed students for making CSF (high school statewide honor roll), and in addition, to those earning straight A's for the fall semester of 2015! Bravo!   CSF Eligibility for Fall.doc

Anzar Bell Schedule 2016 - 2017 (it's the same as last year) Bell ScheduleAnzar High School 201516.doc

Students who are 18 (or almost) take note!

Anzar High School: HOME OF THE HAWKS

Photos provided by Anzar Commercial Photography students.

New Site Council member for 2016 - 2017

Welcome to parent Angelica Simons, who is running unopposed for Site Council this year. Please loopmail Principal McKowen with your vote. Here is her statement:  I am Angelica Simons, I am a parent of Brenn Simons, in 10th grade, and of Kael Simons, who graduated last year from Anzar. I have been in education for more than 30 years, 23 of those in the US and the rest in Mexico. I am interested in being a part of the Site Council because I believe I can contribute with ideas that I know have worked in other districts. I have experience in the classroom, with the Migrant Program, as an Educational Coach, with the English Learners' program, and currently with the Salinas High School Positive Behavior and Interventions and Support Program. This school district is lucky to have a wonderful population of students and staff, but as always, there is room for improvement. I believe I can provide my experience and enthusiasm to create better achievement in a population of students that is changing quickly.

Principal's Corner: August/September, 2016

Welcome to the new school year! We look forward to an amazing year, full of new faces, programs, and responsibilities.

First things first: we begin the year with important parent meetings, right away! Monday, August 29, at 6 PM, all parents of Fall Athletes (Cross-Country, Girls' Volleyball and Football) are required to attend a short meeting in the Library. At this meeting, they will hear the protocols for high school athletics (eligibility, code of conducts, and donation protocols) and then break into smaller groups to meet with individual coaches. Because parent participation is needed for transportation and support, it's important to attend. On Weds., Aug. 31, all freshmen parents are invited to an informal and optional Principal's Chat, at 5 PM in the Library. This event is designed to get a jump on Back To School Night (which is the following week), for any freshman parents who have questions or concerns that might not be covered by the teachers of individual classes in the BTSN class-to-class format. This question and answer session will not last more than an hour; light refreshments available. Lastly, and most importantly, Back To School Night 2016 will be held Weds, Sept. 7. The program begins at 6 PM, with a potato and salad bar dinner available in the Library hallway beginning at 5 PM. This is the only time in the school year where all parents have the opportunity to meet all teachers, who will introduce their courses and their expectations throughout the evening. Parents follow the class schedule of their student. Students will bring these home on Tuesday, Sept. 6. We hope to see every single parent at Back To School Night. Translation will be available in every class.


-The Class of 2016 graduated on June 9. The graduation ceremony was individualized, with each of the 84 graduates being honored and applauded for their completion of the rigorous Anzar course of study. The crowd was enthusiastic, and especially moving this year was this class' obvious deep appreciation for their teachers. All the student speakers incorporated this theme somewhere in their speech. Student speakers included Nat Hsia-Coron, Keeley Shearer, Marin Medina Salinas, Lizbeth Vital, Isabel Tamayo, and Michelle Serna. We are so proud of each and every one of our graduating seniors. Some special honors within this class include Valedictorian Nathaniel Hsia-Coron and Salutatorian Carly Offermann. The criteria for Valedictorian and Salutatorian are highest GPA, with at least one AP class and at least one "3 with distinction" score on an exhibition. Nat is headed to UCSC next year, and Carly will be at Northern Arizona University. The Class of 2016 will also be attending Azusa Pacific University, BYU/Idaho, CSUMB, Cru Institute Barber College, De Anza, FIDM/LA, FIDM/SF, Gavilan, Hartnell, MPC, Northern Arizona State, Sacramento State, San Diego State, San Francisco State, Santa Barbara City College, Sonoma State, Southern Assembly of God University, UCLA, UC Riverside, UCSC, University of Nevada/Reno, and Washington State University. You can look at the program by clicking on the link that follows.  Grad Program 2016 June6Draft.docx

 

-And now we welcome the Class of 2020, who had a Link Crew orientation on the Monday before school started. As they calibrate to high school this month, we will also hold a special freshman rally for them (Thursday, Sept. 1) and the Link Crew leaders will be planning several points of intersection with them throughout the fall. The freshmen advisors this year are teachers Mark Cisneros, Francisco Escutia, Stelvia Chambless, and Christina McCawley, under the guidance of veteran teacher Vanessa McCroskey.

 

-This year, Anzar has nine new teachers, which is about half of our staff! We warmly welcome new math teachers Mark Graybill and Larissa Webb, English teachers Darby Begeman and Katie Deckelmann, Science teachers Stelvia Chambless and Christina McCawley, Spanish teacher Maya Gomez, Culinary Arts teacher Lara Hollinger, and Resource Specialist Danny Guzman. Mrs. Webb will join us beginning Sept. 6; stellar long-term substitute Jacob Wilkinson has been teaching these Algebra 1 and Geometry classes, and both will be in the classroom on Mrs. Webb's first day. It's incredibly invigorating to have so many fresh ideas and enthusiastic approaches amongst us, from an unbelievably talented group. I appreciate the students being so graciously welcoming to their new teachers, too. As our new Campus Supervisor, Danny Lowell has joined our staff. An Anzar alumnus, Danny coached Cross Country and Track for us for many years. Look for a feature on Danny in an upcoming Principal's Corner this fall.

 

-We are heading into an accreditation year, with the evaluative school visit happening in February of 2017. This means that we will work hard this fall and winter to produce a Self-Study Report, and be hosting numerous committee meetings made up of a variety of stakeholders. Some survey work last spring was our pro-active beginning to the process. Look for the explanation table at Back To School Night, to see how you can participate! The maximum term for accreditation in California is six (6) years, and both of our previous visits have netted us terms of 6 years. Also, both of the previous visits and experiences strengthened the staff's understanding of what we do and why we do it, and we look forward to a similarly healthy process this time. There will be more information about the accreditation process in upcoming articles, and I will always post them here on the homepage for easy view.

 

-As always, please don't hesitate to contact me directly through School Loop if you have any questions or concerns about any aspect of the school and/or this month's information here. I love meeting and talking with you!   Charlene McKowen, Principal

Students give some personal insights on the graduation exhibition process....

Question to period 2 grad ex class, spring 2016: What did you learn about yourself through/from the exhibition process?

*I learned that if I push myself to do something and believe in myself, that I can get things done.

*I learned that I'm a good presenter, that I write with clarity, that I'm an effective worker when I'm my own boss, and that I'm a very independent worker.

*I learned that I can do these things. I have more confidence. I feel like things will be easier for me, knowing I finished something I thought was impossible.

*I learned that I'm a great presenter and that I have a desire to help others.

*I gained a new perspective on my possible future path, and I have acquired a better interpretation of my action so far in life.

*People found my passion very inspiring and are surprised by how willing I am to talk about my past.

*I learned that I can stand up to challenges and overcome them.

*During the PG/SL, I learned that 1) I don't like writing about myself, and  2) I also learned what I want to do in college.

 

Superb reflections!

Senior students and parents: Take Note! updated: 9/24/16

This dedicated space IS FOR YOU! Please check it as often as you need, and definitely every time there is a new update (see title). This first link gives all of the financial aid and college application information/dates for the fall. Specifically: FAFSA info, College app. info, Ca$h for College (=hands-on FAFSA workshops), College Fairs, and the dedicated Anzar Parent Financial Aid night - Oct. 13. Please refer to the link/info, as parents will need to decide for the College Fairs and Ca$h for College which larger high school in the general area to attend, and/or which date works best for your family. CALSOAP fall 2016 events.doc

 

Coming soon: information about the Disneyland Grad Trip, and information about Senior Portraits in October (on campus).

This Week on Campus: 9/26 - 9/30/16

**Make sure to check out CLUBS (under "Student Life") for meeting days. Join a Club!!

**Make sure to check out Service Learning Opportunities (under "Academics") if you need hours. Volunteer!

 

Tuesday, Sept. 27               Home girls' volleyball game vs. RLS HS JV/ 5 PM, Varsity/ 6:15-ish

Weds., Sept 28                   Progress reports sent home today

Friday, Sept. 30                   Home Football Game vs. Pinewood  **stay tuned: may change date, may change time!