Gaston Caperton Opportunity Award goes to Anzar
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 2016CSF Fall 2016 Members.docx! Bravo!
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/
Mock Election at Anzar: 10/10/16
All students at Anzar voted in a Mock Election on October 10, put on by the San Benito County league of voters. Here are the results from our students:
for President/ Vice President-
Green Party (Jill Stein/ Ajamu Baraka) - 15%
Democratic Party (Hillary Clinton/ Tim Kaine) - 46%
Peace and Freedom Party (Gloria Estela La Riva/ Dennis Banks) - 9%
Republican Party, American Independent (Donald J. Trump/Michael R. Pence) - 22%
Libertarian Party (Gary Johnson/ Bill Weld) - 7%
For US Senator:
Loretta Sanchez won by a wide margin
All Proposition measures passed with the exception of Prop. 55, which lost by a very small margin.
Anzar High School: HOME OF THE HAWKS
Photos provided by Anzar Commercial Photography students.
Principal's Corner: October, 2016
Fall is here! The year has started very smoothly, and it was great to see and meet so many of you at Back To School Night!
-We have just completed the first grading period (ended September 23). Mandatory Tutorial began on Tuesday, October 4, for any students receiving an F on their progress reports. They have received individualized contracts in Advisory, which should be signed by both student and parent, but are in effect whether they've come back signed or not. Attendance is taken during Mandatory Tutorial for students on contracts, and the contract lasts for the duration of the grading period. Because we have three grading periods per semester, this small group intervention with teachers will hopefully make a big difference for the students, in terms of extra support and motivation to do more homework. The next grading period ends Oct. 28. All students and parents should know that optional Tutorial is still available to all Anzar students, every Tuesday and Thursday after school. Please let me know if you have any questions about this.
-In September, Anzar had the opportunity to join an exciting venture offered by Graniterock Corporation, called "the Construction Academy". This program exposes selected students to the wide variety of careers available in the heavy civil construction and construction materials industries. Participating students (juniors and seniors) attend a theme-based day-long session once a month for 10 months, at one of Graniterock's various facilities and locations. Themes include Safety, Aggregates, Asphalt, Bridge work, Materials Research and Testing, Green Construction, Operating Heavy Equipment. Seven high schools were invited to participate, with 25 spots available. Students were required to apply, with supporting letters of recommendation, and Anzar now has seven students attending! Kudos to Billy White, Nathan Pizana, Angel Fernandez, Ulices Rubio, Fatima Gomez, Christina Rosa, and Wendy Guardado.
-As mentioned in last month's Principal's Corner, this is an accreditation year for Anzar High School. While some work happened last spring, the Focus Groups that are required of the process are slated to meet this month. Focus groups are made up of a variety of stakeholders: teachers, parents and students. They all met on October 19, for a long and productive session from 2:30 - 5:30 PM. The four groups are: Organization (vision and purpose, leadership, resources, etc.), Curriculum and Instruction, Assessment and Accountability, and School Culture and Support for Student Personal and Academic Growth. All teachers on staff are required to participate in Focus Groups (in addition to other "home groups"), and all active student and parent groups were invited to participate (ASB, Boosters, Site Council, ELAC). If you are interested in participating, please let me know - you will be valued and appreciated! It's a practical way to make your voice heard, meet other parents and students and teachers, and give back to the school community in this necessary work.
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. Indeed, the purpose of the Self Study, called "Focus on Learning" is to be able to distill, based on evidence and through the lens of multiple stakeholders, how students are achieving, and if the school is doing everything possible to support high achievement for all its students.
-Also on October 19, from 5 PM - 7 PM, all parents and community members were invited to be trained to become Graduation Exhibition judges. Greg Braithwaite ran this informative and interactive training, in his classroom, Room 302. This training empowers you to both judge AND/or understand the program and its expectations for students from the inside out. No need to RSVP - just show up and enjoy!
-Senior parents need to know that college application season is upon us. PLEASE make sure to stay abreast of the regularly-updated "Senior Parents" articles on this homepage. All seniors were given the comprehensive information for all hosted senior/ senior parent events this fall, during a senior meeting on Monday, Sept. 26. This is also posted as a link in the Senior Parent article. First up: Parent Information night on October 13, at 6 PM in the Anzar Library - Information will be disseminated for financial aide and navigation.
-The PSAT happend on Oct. 19 in the AM (Gym), for 10th and 11th graders. There is a new PSAT for 8/9, which will be offered in the spring. Students have already received information in Advisories; please contact Mr. Braithwaite if you have questions.
-All Anzar students participated in the Mock Election on October 10. Coordinated by Government teacher Angela Oliveira, students voted during their history class period. See the election results in a column on this homepage.
-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! (next meeting Oct. 18, 6 PM) Charlene McKowen, Principal
Senior students and parents: Take Note! updated: 10/19/16
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$h for College (=hands-on FAFSA workshops), College Fairs, and the dedicated Anzar Parent Financial Aid night, which took place on Oct. 13. If you missed this presentation, we have hardcopies of the powerpoint that we can send home. Just let your senior's advisor know, please. Please refer to the link/info, as parents will need to decide for the College Fairs and Ca$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
The first FAFSA workshop (Ca$h for College) has already happened (10/17). Make sure you get to one of the four offered! (see the link above).
The Disneyland Grad trip is on! It will take place May 19 - 20 (Friday/Saturday). The senior class will be fundraising some for this venture, with the Winter Ball serving as the primary fundraiser to lower the costs for all seniors.
Senior Portraits will be happening here on campus for all seniors, on October 25, 26 & 27. Seniors will sign up for a slot, and a photographer will be here to take pictures of all, free of charge,with a drape (for girls) and a shirt and tie (for boys). These pictures will go into the yearbook for all. If you like the photos taken, you will be able to purchase a package from the photographer. More details on that to follow.
All seniors and families should make sure to stay current with the needs for Yearbook photos. The portraits just mentioned are just one part of the senior yearbook section requirements. All seniors are also asked to submit individual yearbook photos, as specified on the Yearbook page, which is found under "Student Life". The deadline for this is Nov. 4, so don't delay if you haven't looked at this yet. All inquiries for this should go to ASB Director and Yearbook Advisor Stephanie Jones.
This Week on Campus: 10/24 - 10/28/16
*It's Spirit Week and Homecoming Week this week! Participate and dress up several days!! Buy your dance tix today! ($5)
Monday, Oct. 24 Spirit Week theme: RODEO
Monday, Oct. 24 Staff Carved Pumpkin Sale after school/ hallway by Library
Monday, Oct. 24 Last Home Volleyball Game vs. Gonzales 5 PM/ J.V., 6:30 PM/ Varsity SENIOR NIGHT!!
Tuesday, Oct. 25 Spirit theme: CAMP OUT DAY
Tuesday, Oct. 25 Senior portraits happening today (by appointment slots)
Weds., Oct. 26 Spirit theme: MUSIC FEST
Weds., Oct. 26 Senior portraits happening today (by appointment slots)
Thursday, Oct. 27 Picture Re-Takes for regular school pics/ids (during SSR/H and lunchtime)
Thursday, Oct. 27 Spirit theme: HAWAII
Thursday, Oct. 27 Senior portraits happening today (by appointment slots)
Friday, Oct. 28 End of second grading period today
Friday, Oct. 28 Chico State representative here today
Friday, Oct. 28 Spirit theme: HAWK PRIDE (Cardinal and black)
Homecoming today= All school rally, Football game at 7 PM (vs. Trinity - SENIOR NIGHT!), After party (dance) after game!
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.)