Gaston Caperton Opportunity Award goes to Anzar
Spring Exhibitions: Last round held - May 17 - 20!
The last round of exhibitions took place May 17 - 20. Please click on the link to see the names of the student presenters, and the issues that were tackled! May 17 - 20 exhibitions.docx
District PreSchool Program
Enrolling/registration took place on March 2 for the 2016 - 2017 School Year - first come, first served! This program is free for qualifying families. Packets are available at Aromas School, San Juan School and Mi Escuelita PreSchool. Call Director Cindy Guajardo at 831 623 - 2627 to see if you qualify.
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 Honored for Excellent Sportsmanship!
The CCS/ CIF Athletic organizations honored Anzar High School for its stellar sportsmanship in 2014 - 2015 - not a single ejection, in any sport, for any athlete, coach or parent! Bravo Anzar athletics and Anzar Hawks!
Anzar Bell Schedule 15 - 16 Bell ScheduleAnzar High School 201516.doc
Yearbooks still on sale!
All Anzar students and parents are encouraged to check out the new Yearbook page (under "Student Life") for information about 2015 - 2016 yearbooks. It's not too late to order- there are still a few books left. $70/ cash or check required at this point.
New information on athletic ejections, January 2015. See "Athletics" drop down.
Students who are 18 (or almost) take note!
Register to vote! http://www.sos.ca.gov/elections/reigster-vote-buttons/
Anzar High School: HOME OF THE HAWKS
Photos provided by Anzar Commercial Photography students.
Major Anzar Booster Spring Fundraiser is ON!! 5/22
Instead of the annual Crab and Pasta Feed, this year the Boosters are sponsoring am awesome new fundraiser at the Aromas Grange on Sunday, May 22: an afternoon of fabulous music AND delicious fish tacos and other assorted delicacies and libations! Join us! The doors will open at 3:30 PM with several opening acts (stay tuned for details) before the main band - The Bubba Pickens Band. This band, which bills itself as a folk,rock,bluegrass and americana band, is a group of four professional musicians who also happen to teach. They have donated two hours of play time to support Anzar High School. Tickets are $15 ahead of time ($20 at the door), with children 7 and under free. You can buy a table (which seats 8) for $100. There will be silent auction items also. Tickets are available in the front Anzar office, at Marshall's store in Aromas, from Anzar Boosters, and through PayPal. (see below). Don't miss this wonderful afternoon/evening of fun. SENIOR PARENTS!! - there will be three sets of 4, third row reserved seats for Graduation to be raffled off at this event! Here's your chance to get a few more tickets for graduation AND have a blast!
Saturday School program began on February 6!
All Anzar families should be advised that Saturday School will be offered once a month this spring, beginning with Saturday, February 6. Running from 8:15 AM - 12:30 PM, this new program allows any Anzar students that have 4 or more periods of absence on their record, to re-gain an entire day's worth of attendance.Students will participate in a variety of pre-arranged activities, ranging from make-up work to service hours' opportunities to support with senior tasks like applying for scholarships and finishing exhibitions to a fitness workout, etc. A full description of program has been reviewed in every Advisory, and invitations have been given out to many students who could benefit from decreasing the number of absences on their record. There are extra "invitation"/ explanations in the front office (round counter). Please contact the office if you have any questions. Of most urgent interest should be seniors, whose springtime activities (including graduation) are attendance-dependent. Super Saturdays have been held February 6, March 12, April 9, and April 16.
The next Sat. School will be May 7.
Valedictorian Christopher Inokuchi: check out his speech!
It truly takes a lot to "wow" a high school graduation crowd, but many Anzar staff agree that this is the best graduation speech we've ever heard. We are amazed and impressed at brilliant Christopher Inokuchi's humility and the authenticity of his speech. Enjoy it by clicking on the link: Valedictorian Christopher Inokuchi's graduation speech.docx
Principal's Corner: May/June, 2016
This school year certainly flew by! Please use this article as a guide to the remaining 6 weeks of school and as an informative re-cap of the past 6 weeks here at Anzar High School.
April was a busy month! Government and Economics teacher Angela Oliveira was named Anzar's "Teacher of the Year" for 2016. This year, she has also taught a Graduation Ex class and the Academic Literacy course, served as a co-advisor to a sophomore Advisory, and run the newly-energized Interact Club. In addition, Angela helped coordinate the second annual Teacher Conference last November, with teacher Adam Causey. Congratulations to Angela!
-Almost 50 sophomores trekked to Los Angeles for the annual joint curricular US History and English 10 overnight Tolerance Trip on April 18 - 19. Teachers Vicki Morris and Greg Braithwaite report that the students were "wonderful" this year -receptive to the experience (Simon Weisenthal Museum of Tolerance and the Los Angeles Museum of Holocaust) and super well-behaved. Kudos to both teachers and students for another positive experience.
-Freshman parent and Site Council member Moira Casey McEwen spearheaded a grant through IBM for Anzar, which has paid for research software program Questia for the Anzar Library through next year. All students now have access to this sophisticated program, allowing and encouraging improved research for all. Thank you, Moira!
-The largest senior exhibition round in our school's history was completed April 26 - 29, wherein seniors presented 82 different projects to panels of trained judges. Kudos to all presenters, and deep appreciation to all coaches and judges who sustain this important Anzar program.
-May will also be a busy month! Student scheduling for the next school year has begun, and advisor-approved schedules are due to the office by May 5. In addition, Summer School scheduling will be taking place in the first two weeks of May. If you have any questions about scheduling, please contact your student's advisor, Principal McKowen, or Summer School Principal Greg Braithwaite (see Summer School posting directly below this column for more information about that).
-Senior parents: Please make sure to read the "Senior Parents" information, also on this HomePage. You don't want to miss any details about graduation, cap and gowns, visits to Gavilan and Cabrillo Colleges, scholarships, etc.
-May 25th, a Wednesday, will host the annual Department Awards and Scholarship evening, at 6:30 PM, in the Gym. (The date/day of this event is listed incorrectly in the "Important Dates" section of the Parent-Student Handbook this year.) IF YOU RECEIVE A LETTER OF INVITATION TO THIS EVENT IN THE NEXT COUPLE WEEKS, IT MEANS THAT YOUR STUDENT IS RECEIVING AN AWARD, A SCHOLARSHIP, OR SOME KIND OF SPECIAL RECOGNITION this year. If you receive an invitation, you must come!
-May is the month for testing at Anzar. AP tests happen the first week of May this year. For the 11th graders, the Smarter Balanced Language Arts (English) and Math tests will be spaced out for the second and fourth weeks of May. They will take their English tests during their English class period, and the math tests during their Economics class periods. Finally, sophomores will all take a short Life Science test, in their science class period.
-The last (mostly junior) round of exhibitions takes place from Tuesday May 17 - Friday May 20. You can read the selection of issues in an attachment posted in the left hand column after Friday, May 13.
-As happens at all schools, there is always an ebb and flow of teaching staff, keeping our Anzar staff refreshed and dynamic. I personally recognize that new horizons and challenges are exciting and healthy for teachers, and as such, I'm happy for them and sincerely appreciative of their years of commitment to Anzar. That said, some leave-takings do indeed leave huge holes in our hearts. Teachers deserve the chance to tell their colleagues and students about their plans first, in their own timing. As the month of May draws to a close, I will alter this column and publicize the personnel changes for next year.
Enjoy the beautiful spring weather! We haven't seen such green surroundings for many years, and it's truly a time to rejoice in the beauty of this part of California. 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
Senior parents take note! Several issues, updated 5/27/16
1. Graduation is Thursday, June 9, at 5 PM. Tickets will be distributed in the next couple weeks to all families (8 tickets per family).
2. Caps and Gowns and other ordered senior materials have arrived. Reminder: gowns for loan are available to any senior choosing to go this route.
3. The rest of the school year is planned, for seniors. Please click on the following link to see the information given to all seniors at a meeting on May 17, during Advisory time: Class of 2016 Senior information for May and June.docx
4. We need parents of seniors to step forward and plan the special senior lunch planned for June 7, beginning at 12:45 PM, here on campus. Past years' lunches have been BBQs, catered Mexican food, an enormous sandwich and dessert buffet, etc. Whichever parents want to help have full autonomy to design the menu for the Class of 2016. If you are interested in participating, please contact Principal McKowen, who will then arrange a phone and email tree for the volunteers.
5. Lastly, please be aware (as indicated in the senior information sheet in the above link) that all seniors have been talked to about the unpleasant concepts of "ditch day" and "prank" - we need your 100% support here. The Anzar staff has generously given the last week of school to the seniors as their parting gift - there is absolutely zero capacity for any kind of additional (unauthorized) day off - any student doing so will jeopardize graduation participation. The same message goes for any kind of prank that would cause additional work and out-of-class stress and anxiety for the Anzar staff. We are very intent on preserving quality instruction throughout the rest of the school year for the entire student body. Parents - please make sure you know where your seniors are in these remaining weeks of school. We are planning on and assuming an amazingly positive rest of the school year!
This Week on Campus: 5/31/16 - 6/3/16 +some
Monday, May 30 No School today: holiday!
Tuesday, May 31 Eighth graders Visitation Day at Anzar : 8:30 - 11:15 AM
Tuesday, May 31 Last Tuesday Tutorial
Thursday, June 2 Last Thursday Tutorial
Friday, June 3 Last day of classes and finals for Seniors
Monday, June 6 Last day of regular classes for grades 9 - 11 (periods 1 - 6)
Tuesday, June 7 Final exams periods 1 & 2, school out at 1 PM
Weds., June 8 Final exams periods 3 & 4, school out at 1 PM
Thurs., June 9 Final exams periods 5 & 6, school out at 1 PM
Thursday, June 9 Graduation at 5 PM (tix required)
(Summer school begins on June 15)