Gaston Caperton Opportunity Award goes to Anzar
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
Do you love LEGOS?
Check out the spring break opportunity for Lego lovers, under "Academics"/ Service Learning page
School Accountability Report (SARC)
2014-2015 School Accountability Report available for viewing at: 2014 2015 SARC for Anzar.pdf
Pre-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!
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.
School Evacuation a first!
What a day Anzar students and staff had on Friday, February 17! With the power flickering,the water off, and the internet down, the wind picked up to speeds far surpassing any ever witnessed before here in our tenure. Trees literally pulled right out of the ground, totally toppling over on pathways on campus, on a student's car, blocking the district office access, etc. What a safety hazard it was, and we evacuated the school successfully within the next hour and a half. Many thanks to the parents who were greatly inconvenienced in picking up their students. I am grateful and appreciative of the pragmatic and positive attitude that students and staff and parents alike shared, as we made school safety our number one priority. Thank you, Charlene
Need Service Learning hours and/or ideas?
All parents and students are encouraged to look over the Current Placement Opportunities, found under "Academic Life"/ drop down "Service Learning".
Student Ella de Amaral Wins County Competition- second year in a row!
Junior Ella De Amaral won the San Benito County Poetry Aloud competition for the second year in a row, and will advance to the state level (in Sacramento) next. Ella competed with seven other students (4 school finalists from San Benito High School and 4 school finalists from Anzar). Ella's poem for the first round was Quite Frankly by Mark Halliday. Her second poem, recited as part of the second round of three finalists, was The Gaffe by C.K. Williams. Both were executed flawlessly; congratulations to Ella!
The other three Anzar competitors were impressive as well. Junior Ethan Woehrmann performed The Paradox by Paul Laurence Dunbar, freshman Cayelyn Barrows performed A Boat Beneath a Sunny Sky by Lewis Carroll, and sophomore Jasmine Rios recited Ars Poetica by Archibald MacLeish. Bravo for four amazing performances! Many thanks to English teacher Rosemary Lopez, who coached all Anzar students through the process.
Junior student Jessica Frausto honored!
Congratulations to superstar Jessica Frausto, who has been awarded as Regional Honor Student for Migrant Education Region 1, via the Santa Clara County Office of Education. Jessica and her family will be attending the State conference in Los Angeles, from March 10 - 12. Jessica's dedication to her studies is perhaps best described by her Government teacher Angela Oliveira: "Jessica is one of the hardest working students in my classes. Her hard work is apparent in all her assignments, even if she struggles with something. Jessica is a great communicator and an even better collaborator. She is a leader when working in groups and I can always count on her for anything I need." Felicitaciones, Jessica! Muy bien hecho!
Parent Survey - please let us know what you think!
Anzar has completed a fairly comprehensive Self Study Report as part of the accreditation process. Our visiting team will be here in February, and we'd like to add some Parent Perception data to the Self Study. Please tell us what you think, by taking the survey.
Here is a link for the parent survey: https://goo.gl/forms/ZVcBKy6tS8uetcA43
If you'd prefer a hardcopy survey (or in Spanish), these are available in the front office, and have also been given out to students in Advisory. Please take the survey on-line or return the written survey by Jan. 9, 2017! Thank you so much!
Principal's Corner: February, 2017 (updated 2/15/17)
Welcome to the Second Semester!
A few changes on campus bear mentioning. We said a fond farewell to Math teacher Larissa Webb and Campus Supervisor Danny Lowell at the end of the first semester. We warmly welcome returning Math teacher Debra Miller, and new Campus Supervisor Felipe Davila. In addition, we welcome new CalSOAP Advisor Fernando Chavez, and student teachers Cameron Chitwood and Logan Shankle to our spring staff line-up!
Intersession 2017 went off without a hitch, and provided Anzar students with diverse electives' opportunities. This year in particular, there were numerous field trips off campus that enriched the experience even further (Pinterest, College Exploration, Walk/Hike/Bike, Dance), and guest speakers, as well (College Exploration, CSI Anzar Forensic Studies, Pinterest). Kudos to our students and the amazing Anzar staff for the extra effort and prep time involved with running such a successful two weeks.
Mandatory Tutorial is now underway for the current grading period, based on first semester grades. The first day was Thursday, 1/26/17, and each student who has a contract has specified locations for Tuesdays and Thursdays. Attendance is taken; we are aiming for stellar attendance this grading period. In the same vein, the parent workshop for Improving Academic Success was held Weds., 1/25/17 with the best attendance in the school's tenure. Parents of students with two or more Fs at the semester were invited and worked individually with participating teachers to strategize improved student performance this spring semester. The 8th grade parent orientation was held Weds., Feb. 8. The Poetry Aloud competition was held on February 10 (see above article: we won!), and Saturday School and an Athletic subsidy Booster Work Day was also held on February 11.
Anzar has received two different note-worthy awards during February: we have been selected to receive a Civic Learning Award of Merit by the Judicial Council of California, based on a "high quality civic education". Also, we've been awarded a grant of $1,100 for the Anzar Garden, by the South Valley Fleurs Garden Club.
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.
The accreditation visit for Anzar is slated for February 26 - Weds., March 1. Thanks again to all the parents and students that assisted in the Focus Group work. I will soon provide the entire Self-Study for all Anzar parents and students to read, here on this Home page.
-Winter sports are nearing completion, with Spring sports beginning this last week of January. All athletes are expected to be at practices daily. See "This Week on Campus" for the details on Home Games each week; the calendar has both home and away games. Athletic Director Mike McKinney can answer any questions you might have about spring sports.
-This spring, we are offering an Administration of Justice class through Gavilan College, on the Anzar campus, to any 10th - 12th graders, free of charge. Part of the High Step program, this is the 3rd year that Anzar has participated in this opportunity for our students to earn college credit free of charge. The class will be held on Thursday afternoons, from 3 - 6 PM; Room 202.
-Coming soon: An Awards program for first semester academic achievement- to be held Tuesday, Feb. 21st, at 5:45 PM. Seven Anzar juniors will be attending a weeklong Southern California College trip, sponsored by CalSOAP, Feb. 21 - 24th. Site Council will meet Weds., February 22, at 4:30 PM.
-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! Many thanks to the Boosters for providing the absolutely delicious lunch to Anzar teachers on Monday, Jan. 23, our mid-year teacher workday. Charlene McKowen, Principal
Senior students and parents: Take Note! updated: 2/24/17
Updated Scholarships: Scholarships for 2017.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 - early assessment dates are scheduled already for Gavilan College (March 9) and Cabrillo College (Feb. 27- "running start").
The first FAFSA workshops (Ca$h for College) have already happened. All senior parents/families must fill out the FAFSA, which is due March 2. New CalSOAP advisor Fernando Chavez organized an Anzar FAFSA night on February 22. You can direct any questions you have, at this point, to either him or your senior's Advisor. It appears that most of our families are doing what they need to be doing here - thank you!
The Disneyland Grad trip is on! It will take place May 19 - 20 (Friday/Saturday). All seniors attending the trip need to have a final payment of $110 in to Lou in the front office by March 8. Non-refundable for obvious reasons.
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: 2/21- 2/24/17
No School on Monday, February 20 (President's Holiday)
Tuesday, Feb. 21 Tuesday Mandatory Tutorial, 2:40 -3:05 PM
Tuesday, Feb. 21 Academic Achievement Awards Celebration 5:45 PM Library (food!)
Tuesday, Feb. 21 Booster meeting 6:30 - 7:15 PM
Weds., Feb. 22 School Site Council 4:30 - 5:30 PM
Weds., Feb. 22 FAFSA workshop (drop in) for Anzar Parents still needing to complete application 5:30 PM Library
Thurs., Feb. 23 Thursday Mandatory Tutorial, 2:40 - 3:05 PM
Thurs., Feb. 23 "Administration of Justice" Gavilan High Step class 3 PM Rm. 202
Thurs., Feb. 23 CCS Play-offs Game #1 for Girls' Basketball (San Francisco location) 7:30 PM
Friday, Feb. 24 All School Rally during Advisory time (carried over from last week)
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.)