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Gaston Caperton Opportunity Award goes to Anzar

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Taiko Drumming Comes to Anzar!

During Advisory time, Anzar will host the TAIKO Drumming group in an all-school assembly. What a neat way to close out the school year!

Service Learning placements wind down...

Interested students should see Ms. McKowen for end-of-year project ideas.

SARC report just approved by the School Board 1/24/18

The School Accountability Report for last year was just approved by the ASJUSD School Board on January 24, 2018. Click on the following link to view it in its entirety: 16.17 Anzar SARC.pdf

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

Yearbook sales- time is running out!

Yearbooks are available for sale for $65. Time is running out! Reserve yours now in the office or online at Yearbook Order Center.

Congratulations for Spring Semester 2018, CSF Members and Straight A's from Fall Semester 2017!!

Congratulations to Anzar students who achieved straight As last semester! Also- congratulations to all Anzar students who qualified for CSF based on their grades last fall (high school honor roll).  Bravo! (click on the following link to see the list)  CSF Spring, 2018 Anzar members.docx

Parents/families of these amazing scholars: come celebrate with us on Weds., Feb. 28, 2018!

Anzar Bell Schedule 2017 - 2018 (it's the same as the last two years) Bell ScheduleAnzar High School 201516.doc

Students who are 18 (or almost) take note!

Photos provided by Anzar Commercial Photography students.


Anzar HS Awards and Scholarships Evening

It was an amazing evening of celebration - May 23, 2018. Over 80 course awards were given out to students of all grade levels; Leadership was honored; Seal of Biliteracy and Golden State Merit Scholars were recognized; graduation cords were given out to seniors who qualify for Lifetime CSF membership, who finished their exhibitions a semester early, and who received a score of "3 with distinction" on an exhibition. The Valedictorian (Skylar Seyffert) and Salutatorians (Luis Morales Aguirre and Destiny Hansen) were announced. Lastly, $33,300 was given away in scholarships to deserving Anzar seniors. Bravo for all the hard work that was represented in all of those awards and recognitions!

Spring 2018 last round of exhibitions! May 22 - 25, 2018!

We congratulate and wish good luck to all the juniors and seniors presenting in the last exhibition round of the school year! Click on the link to see who is presenting, when they are presenting, and the interesting issues that will be explored here on the Anzar campus! May 2018 Junior Round formatmod.docx

A letter to the Anzar community from Supt. Huntoon and Principal McKowen

In reference to the subject of the new Anzar Administrator transition and Principal McKowen's planned retirement after the 2018 - 2019 school year, please click on the link to read a joint letter. Joint Community Message.pdf      Joint Community Message SPANISH.pdf



For all seniors and Senior parents- updated 5/19/18

-Awards and Scholarship evening is May 23 (Weds.) at 6:30 PM in the Gym.

- Graduation is set for 5 PM, Thursday, June 14, in the Anzar Gym.

            Coming soon: the schedule for graduation practices and a calendar indicating last senior class dates/ senior final exams dates (the week before the rest of the school).


This Week on Campus: May 29-June 1, 2018

Monday, May 28              No school today!

Tuesday, May 29             Math caassp testing for juniors in periods 2 & 3 Economics

Tues., May 29                 Mandatory Tutorial is on - new contracts in effect

Weds., May 30                Math caassp testing for juniors in period 4 Economics

Thurs., May 31                Mandatory Tutorial is on - new contracts in effect

Thurs., May 31                Math caassp testing for juniors in periods 2 & 3 Economics

Friday, June 1                  Math caassp testing for juniors in period 4 Economics       


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 2/22, 2018

Beginning last spring, 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 applaud our students for being able to so keenly articulate their areas of appreciation and awareness.


-Last April, written by (then) sophomore Arely Campos Orta:April Article Arely Campos author.docx

-Last May, written by senior Molly Locsin   May Article Molly Locsin author.msg.docx

-This August, written by rising seniors Ethan Woehrmann and Luis Morales: August Article Luis Morales and Ethan Woehrmann authors.docx

-For September, written by junior Shaylen Dornan: September Article Shaylen Dornan, author.docx

-For October, written by junior Samantha Vanderford: Inside the Hawks Nest- Mock Election Oct 2017.docx

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

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

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

Principal's Corner: May/June, 2018

What a busy spring it has been! I'd like to review Anzar news here, as we wind down the school year. A couple fun events to splash into headlines- Teacher Christina McCawley has had a strapping nine pound plus baby boy, George Jr.  Thank yous to long-term super sub Larissa Webb, who is finishing out the school year for Ms. McCawley's Science classes. AND Teacher Greg Braithwaite has won the 2018 10k Fiesta Run Sponsored by the San Juan School Home and School Club.


Next, some important upcoming dates and events:

  • The annual Awards and Scholarships evening takes place (Weds.) May 23, at 6:30 PM in the Gym. Students in grades 9 - 12 will be receiving course awards, chosen by the teachers of the courses. In addition, seniors will be awarded graduation cords; special recognition for Seal of Biliteracy, CSF LIfetime membership, Interact pins, and Golden State Merit Scholars; Valedictorian and Salutatorian introductions; and, of course, the scholarships that are being awarded to many of our seniors. All students receiving awards have been sent invitations in the mail; don't hesitate to contact the office if you have any questions. Everyone is welcome to attend!
  • Graduation: Thursday, June 14, 2018; at 5 PM in the Gym. Entry by ticket only; each senior will receive a designated number of tickets, according to the size of the class and the Gym capacity. Senior advisors will be distributing the tickets in the fourth week of May.
  • Weds., May 23, at 4:30, the Anzar School Site Council holds its last meeting of the year, hosting the second district AdHoc Committee meeting, open to any and all wishing to attend. School Board trustees Colby and Guaracha have asked for this joint meeting, to insure active participation from the Anzar Site Leadership group, in regards to the administrative transition that will happen in the coming two years, with my pending retirement. Normally Site Council meetings are just one hour - we may extend this month's meeting some, but will need to be done by 6 PM at the latest, due to the 6:30 Awards event in the Gym.
  • Summer School begins on June 20. Angela Oliveira will take over as Summer School Principal this year, as veteran SS Principal Greg Braithwaite hands over the reins after over a decade of fabulous administrator service. Anzar teachers Robert Huneywell, Debra Miller, Larissa Webb and Christina McCawley will be teaching this summer, joined by San Juan teachers Jacob Wilkinson and Teri Marshall. The district is piloting an ELEVATE math program for two classes of summer school, one for district rising 8th graders and one for rising 9th graders.

       The spring months have been busy and engaging for Anzar students! TRIPS have included the Tolerance Trip/ Los Angeles for sophomores, the Physics class trip to the Mystery Spot and the Boardwalk, two Cal-SOAP-sponsored college trips, assessment and campus visits to both Gavilan and Cabrillo Colleges, and the senior trip to Universal Studios Grad Night. TESTING has included the caassp English/Language Arts tests for juniors, the new Science on-line test for both juniors and seniors, SAT tests off-campus, AP tests in Spanish Language, English Literature, and Calculus. The juniors still need to take the caassp math assessment, scheduled for the last week in May. SPECIAL ACTIVITIES have included the fabulous Prom, a spring spirit week, student elections, the March 14 organized walk-out assembly, multiple Saturday Schools, Softball/ Baseball/ Track and Field seasons, the second annual Anzar Arts Showcase, AnzarPalooza, and the Drama evening performances. There is still another school dance scheduled, to close out the year in high spirits, as well as a first-annual senior Grad Evening planned after graduation by senior parents. And the EXHIBITIONS this spring: goodness! Beginning in March, three huge rounds of student presentations have occurred, with over 130 student presentations happening in two and a half months. This has kept teachers and students extremely busy, and we are also very grateful for the constant support of our trained judges, who so faithfully step forward every time we ask! Greg Braithwaite trained two new cohorts of judges this spring, and we warmly welcome them into the Anzar exhibition family. Lastly, extra OPPORTUNITIES available to the Anzar community this year have included the Panetta Lecture series, the Gavilan Administration of Justice class, and the after-school Woodshop class.

        This is the time of year when seniors are making their final decisions about colleges and universities for next year. This process is often bittersweet for students who have been accepted into their "dream" schools and yet cannot always find the means to attend. We congratulate ALL of our seniors, and encourage them to retain their confidence in self as they calibrate their plans to the junior college that makes the most sense for them, and to never ever think less of themselves for the decisions that are necessary. We believe in you, and there are many different routes to the ultimate destinations that you need to keep in your sights at all times!

           This is also the time of year when we say GOODBYE to staff who we know will be leaving us next year, and to welcome new staff that have already been hired for next year. Teachers Mark Graybill and Darby Begeman will both be moving from California next year, teacher Maya Gomez will be on a one-year maternity leave-of-absence, Resource Specialist Danny Guzman will be taking a break from teaching next year, and most recently, 18-year Anzar veteran teacher Greg Braithwaite will be leaving to teach at another high school. We welcome English teachers Annie Hoggatt and Michelle Beske to our staff, along with Resource Specialist Susanna Langstaff. As our math, Spanish, and History positions fill, I will edit this portion of the article and include the happy news. We wish all departing "Anzar family members" the best of luck: you WILL be missed.

            Registration and scheduling for next year is well underway. Both Aromas and San Juan Schools' 8th graders have had presentations of program and scheduling logistics in their classrooms, with a visiting group from Anzar (myself, Outreach Director Angela Oliveira, and Anzar students Natalia Carrillo, Christopher Winterbottom, David Cardenas, Addam Banuelos, Jonathan Rocha, Ashley Curayag, Cassidy Vierra, and Arely Campos.) Visitation Day will take place when the middle schools are finished with their testing. Schedules will go out in the mail to all 2018 - 2019 students in the last week of June.

            As always, I welcome your questions, comments and concerns. Please don't hesitate to contact me directly. Enjoy the last few weeks of a busy and productive school year!


Charlene McKowen, Principal