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Gaston Caperton Opportunity Award goes to Anzar

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Last Round of Exhibitions - the May 2017 round

Running from Tuesday, May 16 - Friday, May 19, Anzar juniors and seniors shine! Click on the link to see the students' names and issues: May 2017 Exhibitions.docx

Congratulations for Fall Semester 2016, Straight A's!!

Congratulations to 40 Anzar students who achieved straight As for the Fall Semester! Bravo! (click on the following link to see the list) First semester 2016 straight As.doc

Congratulations! CSF Fall, 2016 - updated Jan. 8, 2017!

Indicating consistent and high quality academic performance, congratulations to the following students for member eligibility for CSF (based on their grades in Fall semester, 2016). CSF is the high school state-wide honor roll program. Click on the following link to see the lists, by grade level.  CSF Fall 2016.doc

Yearbook Sales

Order your yearbook online at Yearbook Order Center

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.

Final Exam Schedule for June 2017

Anzar's Arts Showcase evening a huge hit!

The delicious dinner and amazing art showcase evening was wonderful! Thank you to all students and families that attended and participated. We were delighted to be hosting numerous artisans from our surrounding communities, as well as parents of middle school students from both in and out of our district. Special thanks to Art instructors Darby Begeman (Drama), Emily Scettrini (Studio Art, Advanced Art, and Ceramics), and Stephanie Jones (Multi Media-video and Photography) for the extra time and energy it took to prepare for performance and presentation. Outreach Director Angela Oliveira did a stupendous job, as well, reaching out to the local area via flyers and social media. And lastly, Kudos to the mighty Anzar Boosters for a wonderful meal. We WILL do this again!

Congratulations to Baseball "All League" team members from Anzar!

For Varsity Baseball - Austin Io and Jake Lindholm made second team - Congratulations!


Need Service Learning hours and/or ideas? updated 5/26/17

All parents and students are encouraged to look over the Current Placement Opportunities, found under "Academic Life"/ drop down "Service Learning".  Updated 5/19/17   NOT LISTED inside, but a temporary available opportunity: any CSF member that wants to attend graduation, can work in several venues in order to get entry. See Ms. McKowen in the office, first come, first-served. Must be CSF-eligible.

Principal's Corner: March-April, 2017

February and March were super busy months here on campus: a quick review includes 8th grade parent Orientation, the Southern California CalSOAP College trip for juniors, a round of graduation exhibitions on March 16 & 17, a College Fair at Gavilan College/GECA on March 16, a college trip to UCSC on March 16, the long-awaited four-day WASC Accreditation visit, two Saturday Schools, one Booster workday, the Poetry Aloud competition (congrats to Ella DeAmaral), the honoring of Jessica Frausto at the annual Migrant Education conference in Los Angeles, the awarding of the Edu-Grow grant for the Anzar garden, the start-up of the Panetta Lecture Series for our juniors and seniors (see specifics below), a field trip to the Culinary Academy at Cabrillo College, campus visits and assessments for early registrants for both Cabrillo and Gavilan Colleges, and the first annual Awards program for the first semester academic achievements (the room was packed! thanks to all families for a terrific turn-out).


Now we head into the final three months of school, with equally exciting upcoming events scheduled:

-Please put Thursday, May 4 on your calendars, as the Anzar Arts' Showcase evening. From 5 - 7 PM, all parents and community members are invited to enjoy student work and performance on display - Studio Art, Advanced Art, Ceramics, Drama, Photography, Video, and Culinary Arts will all be featured, Open House style. You will be amazed at the quality of the Anzar art program. In addition, the Anzar Boosters will be providing an informal and delicious Chicken Tostada bar, offering several options for either full plates and a la carte, with dining options outside and inside set up for anytime during the evening. See you here! Anzar Art Showcase 2017.pdf

-ASJUSD Superintendent Michele Huntoon will be hosting a "Superintendent's Coffee Hour" the second Tuesday of the month, beginning with April 11, in our Library, from 7:45 - 9 AM. All Anzar parents are invited to this informal visit time.

-The Sophomore annual overnight Tolerance Trip will take place on Monday and Tuesday, May 15 & 16.

-The Senior Disneyland trip will take place on Friday and Saturday, May 19 & 20.

-Advanced Biology and AP Biology classes will be going kayaking on May 10 (Adv. Bio) and May 24 (AP Bio).

-There will be two rounds of Graduation Exhibitions: April 25 - 28 will be the final senior round, and May 16 - 19 the final junior round.

-The Awards and Scholarship Annual Evening will take place this year on May 24, 2017, at 6:30 PM, in the Gym.

-and finally....Testing! it IS the season. See the following paragraph for those details!


Spring testing at Anzar includes the following:

-the new PSAT for freshmen ("8/9"), given Monday, March 27 on campus.

-ELA (English/Language Arts) and Math Smarter Balanced testing for all juniors (English to be done during English class periods April 4 - 7, and Math to be done during Economics class periods, May 23 - 26).

-A pilot on-line Life Science test for all sophomores, to be given May 4 & 5 in students' Int. Science class periods.

-AP testing: Spanish Language on May 2, AP Biology on May 8, AP Calculus (both A/B and B/C) on May 9, and AP English Language and Composition on May 10.

-lastly: Final Exams for the school will be held June 6 - 8 (seniors will be done with coursework on June 2).


Check out sophomore Arely Campos' article ("Straight from the Hawksnest") in the April edition of the Mission Village Voice. It's a powerful and moving testament to her high school program.


Post inauguration, it still is a fragile and emotional time for many - there is much uncertainty for the future with many of our students and their families, for a number of very tangible reasons. The potential loss of freedoms directly affects a significant portion of our student body, and I have felt and heard palpable fear. While we actively and regularly teach our students to explore multiple perspectives and listen well to each other, the differences in reaction to the election results among students definitely had the potential to divide our campus. We DO have to learn to get along, to agree to disagree if that's the best we can do, and to honor and respect each other. It's a delicate balance that we will strive to accomplish as the year progresses. I'm proud of our students to date. This pride now extends to our School Board and district as well, as the ASJUSD Board voted to approve the resolution for Sanctuary Status for our district's schools at their last Board meeting on March 22, 2017. The Anzar staff applaud our Board for their forward thinking and their willingness to put students and families first.


Congratulations to Anzar's Teacher of the Year, Ms. Emily Scettrini- Tinajero. Ms. Scettrini teaches Studio Art, Advanced Art, and Ceramics, along with co-advising a junior Advisory with Ms. Oliveira. Ms. Scettrini is an amazing artist herself, currently enrolled in the prestigious MFA program at San Jose State University. As a gifted artist, Ms. Scettrini has mastered both the art AND the science of unlocking and demystifying the skills and creativity development of her students. (Come see for yourself on May 4!!).


-The 2017 Panetta Lecture Series began again in March, with the over-arching theme this year: "The Trump Presidency and the Future of America." Our students will continue to participate this year, as they have for the last 6 years. Specific upcoming lectures include: April 3- "The Economy - Trade, Jobs, Taxes and Immigration"/ Carly Fiorina and Robert Reich.  May 29 - "Our Democracy - Parties, Politics and Governing"/ Donna Brazile, David Gergen, and Bill Kristol.  June 5- "The World - Terrorism, Russia, China, Populism and Cybr"/ Madeleine Albright.


-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!  And please: if you haven't already done so, join the Boosters! Their next meeting will be April 25; they have two fundraisers happening in May and can use help and support!

  Charlene McKowen, Principal

Senior students and parents: Take Note! updated: 5/26/17

5/21/17***Urgently important for all senior families to read - addresses senior ditch day, senior prank, deadlines and expectations and calendar for seniors/ Class of 2017 and need for parent volunteers for senior luncheon: Super urgent information for all Senior Parents for the last 2 weeks of school!!.doc


Awards/Scholarship Evening: Wednesday, May 24,  6:30 PM in the Anzar Gym- THANK YOU FOR ATTENDING! over $22,000 in scholarship monies were awarded!


Graduation ceremony: Thursday, June 8, 5 PM in the Anzar Gym. - TICKETS HAVE BEEN DISTRIBUTED! Contact Advisors if questions.


Updated Scholarships:  Scholarships for 2017(1).doc


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).


Any Anzar senior planning on attending a Community College next year should have applied already (we participated in early assessment programs already at both Gavilan and Cabrillo).


Reminder for parents and students (all seniors were read this message in Advisory, and have been told multiple times): All Seniors were expected to finish their exhibition presentations in the April round. Not doing so means the senior is NOT on track to graduate. This also disallows participation on Senior Trip. Seniors receiving an F for the 5th grading period are not allowed to go to PROM. Graduation eligibility must take priority over all other activities.


FAFSA, were due March 2.


The Disneyland Grad trip took place May 19 - 20 (Friday/Saturday). It was smooth, joyous, and tiring! Bravo!


Senior Portraits have happened here on campus for all seniors. These pictures will go into the yearbook for all, with boys wearing a button-down shirt and tie, and the girls the graduation black drape.The photographer took 5 different shots of each student. As of 11/28/16, the senior portraits are available for viewing! Follow these directions: Go to www.SherylBjornPhotography.com. Select "All Photos". Scroll down and select your school's gallery, or use this link: http://www.sherylbjornphotography.com/f623873603. To access your private gallery, you will need your student ID number. Ordering info is located in the gallery. Any questions can be directed to Sheryl Bjorn, the Photographer, at 831 - 229 - 1733. All seniors were sent this information by Ms. Jones, the Yearbook Advisor, before the end of the first semester.

This Week on Campus: 5/29 - 6/2/17

Monday, May 29              No school today! Memorial Day!

Tues., May 30                 Aromas School 8th graders visitation day in morning

Tues., May 30                 Some final Smarter Balanced ELA, Math and Life Science make-ups in pm

Tues., May 30                 Mandatory Tutorial after school - last chance for a Tuesday tutorial!           

Thurs., June 1                Mandatory Tutorial after school- last chance for a Thursday tutorial!

Friday, June 2                 Last day of high school classes for Seniors

          Final Exams are the next week for grades 9 - 11: Tuesday - Thursday (Monday is a regular periods 1 - 6 day)

          Graduation is scheduled for Thursday, June 8, 5 PM in the Anzar Gym.

New Hawk Spirit Wear items available!

The Anzar Booster Club has some new Hawk Spirit Wear: scoopneck ladies tee $12, crewneck unisex tee $10, yoga pants $28 (approved for Fitness class wear), crewneck sweatshirts $38, and Hooded sweatshirts $40 (check out this link)


You can support the AHS Booster Club by shopping online through Amazon's Smile program. Just type in this link  https://smile.amazon.com/ch/46-0611617 and log into your account. When you shop, be sure the items you are purchasing are Smile eligible and Amazon donates a portion of your purchase to us. Please share the link with your friends and family.  (Hardcopy order forms also available in the office.)