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Gaston Caperton Opportunity Award goes to Anzar

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SARC report just approved by the School Board 1/23/19

The School Accountability Report for last year was just approved by the ASJUSD School Board on January 23, 2019. Click on the following link to view it in its entirety: 2017.18 Anzar HS SARC.pdf (PDF)

This report can also be found under "OUR SCHOOL", where it will  be published for the next year.

Congratulations for Spring Semester 2019, CSF Members from Fall/First Semester, 2018!!

Congratulations to Anzar students who qualified for CSF based on their grades last semester (high school honor roll).  Bravo! (click on the following link to see the list, which also includes students earning straight As!CSF Spring 2019 (based on Fall 2018).doc (DOC)


Anzar Bell Schedule 2018 - 2019 (it's the same as the last three years) Bell ScheduleAnzar High School 201516.doc

Softball, Swim and Track and Field Practice is on!

Spring Athletes - it's time again to be at practice daily, on time or early.

Contact AD Mike McKinney if questions. 

8th grade Parent Orientation, Feb. 6 - Did you Miss it?

If any 8th grade parents were unable to attend the orientation on Feb. 6, please don't hesitate to contact us. We can provide you with a copy of the powerpoint presentation utilized. The presentation included an overview of school programs (Advisory, service learning, athletics and clubs, etc.), academic and behavioral expectations, Anzar college-prep curriculum, and sample 9th grader schedules. Thank you!

Service Learning Placement Opportunities all year long

Students and Parents can take advantage of service placement opportunities listed under "Academics and Program" (Service Learning is at the bottom of the drop down). This is updated regularly (and dated). 


Looking for the evaluation form? Click on the following link! Anzar Service Learning Evaluation sheet.docx (DOCX)

Reflection: Intersession at Anzar

   Intersession has been a tradition at Anzar for 15 years. This two-week, all-day-long course, worth 3 units, is a wonderful way of returning back to school after winter break, with a relaxed and enthusiastic attitude towards a fresh elective of choice. It is also a vehicle for a breadth of electives that we could not normally sustain with our small staff, and our college prep-requirements. Teachers also have the opportunity to break out of their regular assignment and dabble in another area of expertise. Students pick their top 5 choices of classes offered, and then attend a Preview Day for the course in which they are enrolled, in November. This year, Intersession 2019 offered Sculpture and Ceramics; There's No Place Like Om; Space, Planets and Beyond; Debating Current Events; The Golfing Adventure; Leadership; Film as Literature; CSI: Forensic Science; Intensive Grad Ex; Woodworking; Yearbook Camp; College and Career Exploration; and Internet, AI, Machine Learning and Programming.  Sophomores, juniors and seniors also interned in local classrooms as an option for the two weeks. Intersession is always a time of enthusiasm and excitement for an elective that is quite different from what is offered during the regular semester. And when second semester starts afterwards, students are back 'in the swing of things'.

Photos provided by Anzar Commercial Photography students.

ANZAR HIGH SCHOOL - Home of the Hawks

High School teachers! - interested in working at our Amazing School?

Any interested teacher applicants are invited to review the two pages under "Our School", in addition to other information on this website. We welcome your questions and visits. A couple retirements this year insure several job openings for 2019 - 2020; please check EdJoin next month for postings.

March 30 at Anzar: SAT class

Saturday at Anzar on March 30:

1.) The third SAT class for sophomores and juniors is being held from 11:30 AM - 2:30 PM in Room 402. (Please note this is a different time than the previous week)

Gavilan College comes to Anzar!

Don't miss this amazing opportunity! Gavilan College's President and multiple staff members will bring their programs to the Anzar Library on Thursday, March 28, from 6 - 8 PM. Come meet instructors, view displays, learn about specialized programs, and best of all - find out about the first FREE year of Gavilan College being offered to students! Open to all. 

Spring Calendar for Anzar - includes Testing schedule

Parents and families are encouraged to track their students' trips and testing schedules for the spring semester. Spring testing calendar 2019.docx (DOCX)

ASJSUD is going SOLAR! - please come give your input!

A community informational meeting for all three district schools will be held on Wednesday, April 3, at 6 PM, in the San Juan School Library. Please come find out what the "in progress" plan is, give your input, and find out everything you wanted to know about this exciting endeavor. Solar Information Meeting Notice Message.pdf (PDF)

Two recent Anzar awards

For the third year in a row, Anzar received the Civic Learning Merit Award, for stellar instruction that focuses on churning out civic-minded leaders from our high school.

And we have also been awarded a $300 grant from the San Benito Arts Council, for the necessary framing and matting of our Studio Art/Advanced Art students' work. This will allow more public display in local venues in our communities!

Kudos to Outreach Director Angela Crawley for submitting the necessary proposals for both of these recognitions!

Anzar offers an SAT prep class on our campus, for the first time!

All Anzar sophomores and juniors are invited to participate in SAT prep, on 6 consecutive Saturdays beginning March 16. Cal-SOAP is handling this class for us, and it is subsidized by a College Readiness Grant. Normally costing hundreds of dollars, we are able to offer this class for just $25 per student, and if they attend all six classes, $20 will be refunded. We hope lots of our 10th and 11th graders will take advantage of this incredible opportunity. Because we mandate the PSAT for all sophomores, the individual results will be used during class time to make the most of targeted areas of focus for each student. Even if they cannot attend all 6 sessions, any amount of participation will help improve SAT scores directly. Applications have been distributed to students in Advisory, and are still available in the office, the Cal-SOAP office, and from advisors. Don't delay!


The Anzar Booster Club has a new online store! Please check it out asap for both PE (Fitness) clothes AND some new Hawk Spirit Wear!  Booster On-Line Store


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.)

Anzar students write about their school - monthly! Updated 1/4, 2019

Beginning spring 2016, the Mission Village Voice has featured a monthly article written by students, about aspects of an Anzar education and the Anzar experience. In case you missed them, you can catch up here, by clicking on the following links; we will keep one year's worth of articles in the line-up. We applaud our students for being able to so keenly articulate their areas of appreciation and awareness.


-For November 2017, written by junior Shaylen Dornan: Shaylen Dornan Nov Article.docx

-Also in November 2017, written by freshman Xavier Guaracha: Xavier Guaracha Youth Commission article.msg

-For February 2018, written by senior Ethan Woehrmann: Marchintersession article.docx

-For June 2018, written by rising senior Arianna Valencia: Anzar Article - June 2018.docx

-For September 2018, written by senior Arely Campos:Sept 2018 Arely Campos.docx (DOCX)

-For October 2018, written by junior Gianna Hebert: Oct 2018 article Gianna Hebert Junior Year at Anzar High.docx (DOCX)

-For Jan 2019, written by junior Alejandro Avila Alex Avila Jan article.docx (DOCX)

Seniors and Parents of Seniors: Pay attention to this column, all year long!

(this will be updated all year long) -new this year! FAFSA app for easier completion!



-Saturday School opportunity on March 16 for seniors in attendance trouble (senior contract has rigid attendance stipulations)

-Parent University: Pathways to College: Join other families, high school students and staffs - March 16 & 23, from 9 AM - 1 PM in the Anzar Library (see other article on this home page to explain further - open to all, not just seniors)


Already this year:

-FAFSA window closed on March 1.

-Foothill College visit happened March 9th.

-the CSUMB college trip on 9/21 was free and fabulous! 55/70 seniors attended. There was a special CSU application workshop after the tour. Thank you to senior advisors Brien Sparling, Dan Daniels, and Stephanie Jones, for chaperoning. This trip was funded by the College Readiness Grant.

-Financial Aide information evening for seniors and parents - bilingual! it happened 9/27. Informational packets sent out to all families that were not able to attend. Thank you to senior advisor Dan Daniels for attending, and CalSOAP for running the program.

-Ca$h for College event for all seniors and parents happened 10/9. It was AWESOME! Please contact CalSOAP counselor Jessamyne Saenz if you still need to complete the FAFSA and need assistance. Individual support available!

-Nov. 1 College Fair and Gavilan Campus Tour at Gavilan College: 16 seniors attended.

-Senior portraits were taken on campus Tues - Thurs., Oct. 23 - 25. Contact Stephanie Jones if questions.

-Deadlines for CSU/UC applications was Nov. 30

Principal's Corner: January/ February, 2019

Welcome back from Winter vacation and a very happy New Year to all Anzar students and families! As we launch into the second half of the school year, the Anzar calendar is full of workshops, meetings, and events taking place in the next 5 months. In addition, winter athletics are in full swing: soccer and basketball games are filling the calendar weekly. Please join us for as many of the opportunities as you can! Anzar turns 25 this year, and we will be having a blowout celebration for that this spring, as well. Stay tuned!


Students returned to Intersession 2019 for the first two weeks of school. The fourteen course offerings this year were Sculpture and Ceramics; The Golfing Adventure; CSI: Forensic Science; Leadership; Yearbook; Woodshop; There's No Place Like Om; Debating Current Events; Space, Planets and Beyond; Film as Literature; Intensive Grad Ex; Programming/ Coding and Machine Learning; and Career and College Exploration. Some students also completed internships by working in elementary classrooms, under the supervision of a teacher. Intersession generates an upbeat and positive return to school and I am very grateful for the participatory enthusiasm of both teachers and students. Teachers absolutely work extra to pull it off, and that time and effort is certainly valued and appreciated. Intersession is the focus for this month's "Reflection" article on this homepage (a year-long series that I'm writing in my last year before retirement).


Second semester began Wednesday, January 23, following a Monday MLK holiday and a Tuesday Teacher mid-year workday.


Two important parent workshops are slated: On Weds., Jan. 30, at 6 PM in the Library, a select group of parents are invited to come work with Anzar staff in an individual fashion to figure out how to improve their students' academic success. This is a 'solutions oriented' evening that will be framed in a positive manner, in the spirit of working together (school and home) to improve student performance. These parents have been individually contacted and invited. On Weds., Feb. 6, all 8th grade parents in our district (and outside, as well!) are invited to attend the annual '8th Grade Parent Orientation." This evening includes a school tour and a brief but informative presentation of high school program for incoming Anzar parents (program takes place in Room 206). Both teachers and students participate in the presentation. It is designed for parents, not students (they have several other programs later in the spring). Translation happens at both workshops. The invitation has been mailed to every district 8th grade parent already.


Gavilan College is debuting its Drone class on the Anzar campus this spring, commencing Thursday, Jan. 31, from 3 - 6 PM. There is still time and space for a few more Anzar students to join this class. It is an incredible one-time opportunity to take an exciting college class tuition-free, with normally hefty equipment fees waived, and receive college credit. We are so pleased to be a part of this new offering.


The San Benito Arts Council-sponsored Poetry Aloud competition is set for Friday, February 8 this year, here on our campus. Anzar has taken first place and gone on to the state level in Sacramento for the past three years, and we hope to have healthy competition again this year. English teacher Katie Deckelmann heads this program up again for us. This year, Anzar's Culinary Arts program will be providing/ selling refreshments and senior Cesar Avila will be providing music between performance sets. Come join us, in Room 206, at 6 PM.


With three fall college field trips accomplished, we head straight into three more in the spring. The Freshmen take their first trip to Monterey Peninsula College (quick looksie) and CSUMB (actual tour and lunch) on April 8. Sophomores tour UC Merced on March 18, and Juniors visit Santa Clara University on March 6. These trips are scheduled carefully around other spring activities (Tolerance Trip for sophomores, testing schedules, exhibitions, senior activities, and February and Spring breaks). These trips are being subsidized by the College Readiness Grant. Student behavior on the fall trips was excellent, and I appreciate the extra time and support given by all the Advisor chaperones. Visiting college campuses helps mightily in the mental transitions made by our students as college futures become a reality for them.


Also funded by the College Readiness Grant, we are offering a 6-week Saturday SAT course for our sophomores and juniors, beginning on March 16. Students need to apply ahead of time, and we are asking for $25 from each student. If attendance is perfect, $20 will be refunded. The course instructors will be using each student's PSAT results to effectively and efficiently shortcut to the most useful review individually. Because all sophomores take the PSAT at Anzar, all participating students will have those results available. This is the first time that we have been able to offer an SAT course on our own campus.


As always, please do not hesitate to contact me directly if you have any questions or concerns about any aspect of our school. I honestly welcome your concerns, your feedback, your insights. Please make 2019 the year that you join the Anzar parent group of the BOOSTERS, who support both academics and athletics here at Anzar, and who could really use more members. It's a rewarding and fun endeavor. The next meeting is scheduled for Monday, February 25th, at 6 PM in the Library. Please come!


Charlene McKowen, Principal

This Week on Campus: March 25 - 30, 2019

Science testing for 11th graders is slated to take place this week, as soon as systems and materials are in place (during Science class periods)

Monday, 3/25        Superintendent's Coffee  Library  8:30 AM

Monday, 3/25        Lunch: Spicy Chicken Sandwich or Deli Sand., salad bar, fruit

Tuesday, 3/26       Lunch: Pasta with meat sauce or Deli Sand., salad bar, fruit   

Tuesday, 3/26       Mandatory Tutorial today  2:40 - 3:05 PM, attendance taken 

Tuesday, 3/26       Booster Club meeting - all welcome! 6 PM  Library 

Weds., 3/27          Lunch: Mini corn dogs or Deli Sand, salad bar, fruit

Weds., 3/27          School Site Council meeting   Library  4:30 PM

Thurs., 3/28          Lunch: Taco Bar or Deli Sand, Salad bar, fruit

Thurs., 3/28          Extended lunch for awesome Anzar students: stay tuned!

Thurs., 3/28          DRONE class  Room 201  3 - 6 PM

Thurs., 3/28          GAVILAN COLLEGE COMES TO ANZAR LIBRARY!!  6:30 PM free!

Friday, 3/29          Lunch: Pizza, salad bar, fruit

Friday, 3/29          Random Acts of Kindness 'winners'- lunch at Jardines!

Saturday, 3/30      SAT class from 11:30 AM- 2:30 PM (Rm. 402)