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Gaston Caperton Opportunity Award goes to Anzar

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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.

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

Students who are 18 (or almost) take note!

Register to vote! 

(not a link here) use: https://registertovote.ca.gov/



Soccer and Basketball Practice is on!

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

Soccer and Basketball practice is daily. Contact AD Mike McKinney if questions.

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: Service Learning at Anzar

     Service Learning (S.L.) was one of the 3 hallmark programs mandated by the district School Board when the high school was first formed in 1994. At the time, people had heard of 'community service' but 'service learning' was a new concept. True service learning allows students to be empowered as leaders and to bring creativity and enthusiasm into their volunteer work, provides a mutually-beneficial experiences, and encourages reflection on work done and insights gained. For the past 25 years, Anzar students have completed 6 semesters of service (approximately 18 hours per semester, adding up to over 100 hours total) as a graduation requirement.

     Past examples of S.L. placements have included working as camp counselors at Outdoor School, helping in homeless shelters and animal shelters, completing internships, participating in ASB, serving as Peer Tutors, coaching younger kids in soccer and basketball, helping run walk-a-thons and local runs, working at community libraries, working in classrooms at San Juan and Aromas Schools, working in hospitals, translating at meetings, assisting with Anzar athletics, tutoring after school, teaching catechism classes, participating on local community committees and councils. Bottom line: the Anzar Service Learning program unabashedly seeks to instill and foster, through personal experience and practice, a compassion and empathy for others in the community, and to raise awareness of areas of need that exist all around us.

     On behalf of the Anzar staff, I am so proud of the thousands of hours of intentional service that Anzar students have done in the past quarter century, and I hope that this raised consciousness has and will translate to more active and responsible citizens and community members, as adults.

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.

Altered Schedule for Weds., Jan. 23, the first day of the second semester

All students and families should be aware that there are no classes on Monday or Tuesday, Jan. 21 and 22, 2019. Wednesday, the first day of the second semester, will be a modified Monday schedule, with all six classes for the introductory day. Click on the link to see the exact schedule (copies will be distributed to students). altered schedule for Weds Jan 23.docx (DOCX)

Intersession 2019 ready to launch: January 7, 2019!

When students return from their three week winter break, Intersession 2019 begins. It is a two-week course, worth 3 units, that lasts all day long. Students picked their top 5 choices of classes offered, and then attended Preview Day for the course in which they were enrolled, in November. In the line-up this year are Sculpture and Ceramics (teachers Emily Scettrini and Francisco Escutia); There's No Place Like Om (Katie Deckelmann);  Space, Planets and Beyond (Debra Miller and Stelvia Chambless); Debating Current Events (Tyler Wilken); The Golfing Adventure (Mark Friedley); Leadership (Stephanie Jones); Film as Literature (Annie Hoggatt and Michelle Beske); CSI: Forensic Science (Brien Sparling);Intensive Grad Ex (Robert Huneywell and Donna Garcia); Woodworking (Dan Faurot Daniels); Yearbook Camp (Stephanie Jones); College and Career Exploration (Angela Oliveira and Christina McCawley); and Internet, AI, Machine learning and Programming (Mark Cisneros and parent Moira Casey. Sophomores, juniors and seniors also have interning in a local classroom 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. 


Second semester will be begin Weds., January 23, 2019. Students will receive their schedules for second semester the week before.


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)

Reflection: Anzar's Organic Garden

Designed and first planted 12 years ago by Master Gardener Maryanne McCormick, the Anzar organic garden has provided Anzar students and faculty with organic produce year-round for a decade now. The 14 garden boxes, the fencing and four entryways, the benches, and the intricate gazebo were all built by Anzar Construction students, under the direction of teacher Dan Daniels. When the funding for the visiting garden teacher dried up, I took over the class in order to keep it going. The small group of students maintained the garden year-round: planting, harvesting, watering, weeding, preparing produce, amending soil, rotating crops, sometimes light food preparation. For years, weekly harvests were sold on a wooden cart, also built by Anzar Woodshop students. For the past two years, the sales have switched to individual garden boxes ($3/weekly) for interested staff members, who have designated which types of produce they want to receive. The limited funds raised keep the garden self-sufficient, in addition to several grants that have been written to fund the garden shed, upgraded tools, irrigation work, and a couple of composters. During the current school year, my last before retirement, I have folded the class and turned the work into a CLUB effort, hoping to figure out a way to keep some robust garden activity sustainable after I leave. The garden boxes' program is still in place this year. Any interested parents or community members are encouraged to contact me this year if you have some ideas about how to continue this beautiful garden work. It's been a true labor of love, and a real honor to bring a passion to the forefront of my interactions with so many students over the years.

Principal's Corner: November/ December, 2018

Fall is definitely here, and the first semester is now already two-thirds complete! Kudos for a semester full of active learning, interesting assignments, extra-curricular opportunities, college field trips, and tons of team work and collegiality between both students and teachers. I am so proud of what we do well here, and as I complete my fall observations in classes and have begun to show 8th grade out-of-district students and parents around our school, I am constantly "re-impressed" with what thoughtful learning happens here at Anzar. I invite you to visit; it's impressive on a daily basis!


There is definitely an extra college focus on campus here this year, as a College Readiness Grant is being spent down and allocated as directly as possible to student opportunities. The freshmen will take their first college trip in the spring- to both Monterey Peninsula College and CSUMB. Sophomores went to San Jose State University and Santa Clara University on October 8, and will go to UC Merced in the spring. The juniors went to UCSC on October 1 and will go to Santa Clara University in the spring. Seniors went to CSUMB on Sept. 21, have an open (free with transportation) invitation to the College Fair on November 1, and will have the opportunity to tour local Community Colleges in the spring if they need to complete assessments for that system. In addition, our liaison with CalSOAP has provided the opportunity for every senior Anzar family to attend several evening workshops designed to explain the college application and funding protocols and get individual attention with filling out the required FAFSA application from beginning to end. Kudos to our returning CalSOAP liaison Jessamyne Saenz for facilitating such thorough support for Anzar students and families. Lastly, in a pro-active college mindset, 102 Anzar sophomores and juniors took the PSAT on October 10 (almost one third of our student population).


As the Gavilan Administration of Justice class finishes up this semester, we are looking to next semester for a new opportunity. Gavilan instructors will be on campus here on Nov. 8 to demonstrate drones, as they drum up interest in a brand new High Step Gavilan course offering. We anticipate either this course or Child Development for the spring semester at Anzar.


Teachers have begun discussing Intersession 2019, and those course descriptions will be finalized by November 9, for student selection and preview day shortly thereafter.


ASB has been very active this year already, with dances, rallies, a Movie Night, a Trivia Night, a LAN party, several spirit weeks, a Homecoming Powder Puff game, and a Winter Ball all on the first semester's calendar. Volleyball, Cross-Country, and Football have all been very successful this season, with exceptionally exciting play. Football placed high in its league, Cross-Country made it to CCS, and Girls' Volleyball is in the midst of CCS playoffs right now (10/20- second playoff game vs. Notre Dame in Salinas). As the season draws to a close, we usher in Winter sports: basketball and soccer, with all returning coaches.


The posting for the new Anzar Principal next year went up on Monday, October 15. Anzar staff, parents, and students will be participating in the recruiting and interview process, and I'm excited for our school community as we work together to find an excellent match - someone who has awesome fresh ideas and approaches that will complement and strengthen Anzar's programs.


Exhibitions are nearing third draft stage for the December round, and crunch time is quickly approaching. The first Saturday School was held October 27, with opportunities for attendance recovery for any student, and extra time/support for exhibitions and college applications. This fall's Exhibition Judges trainings will be held on November 13 at 5 PM AND another on November 27 at 3 PM (only one training needed). Any and all community members, parents and high school graduates are invited to be trained as judges; previous judges are welcome to come to a refresher training, as well. EVERY judge will receive a new handbook this year, as the program has been altered enough in the past year to warrant new documents for all. My reflection article (in my year-long series) this month will touch on the exhibition program here at Anzar. Look for that to replace the Garden and Service learning reflections (on this Home Page) in the first week of November.


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. Can I persuade you all to join the Boosters- Anzar's parent group? They support Academics/ regular program AND athletics and are earnestly seeking new and more members to do the wonderful work that they do. There is a lot of appreciation that goes along with joining this group - see you on November 26, at 6 PM in the LIbrary?!


Charlene McKowen, Principal

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!



-Deadline for CSU/UC applications: Nov. 30

(-FAFSA window opened on October 1)


Recently happened:

-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.

LockDown Drill at Anzar

Anzar had a lockdown drill in the week of Monday, 11/26/18. Protocols were reviewed in every classroom, every period, and we are hoping that some of this practice becomes muscle memory for our students and staff. Please contact the administration if you have any questions about this. 

This Week on Campus: Jan. 14 - 18, 2019

            ( Saturday noon (1/12) Boys' Soccer game vs. Trinity at Anzar)


Monday, 1/14       The second week of Intersession begins today!

Monday, 1/14        Lunch: Spicy Chicken Sand or Deli Sand, salad bar, fruit 

Monday, 1/14        Home Girls' Soccer game vs. Trinity   3:30 pm

Tuesday, 1/15       Lunch: Breaded Chiken/ Mashed Potatoes or Deli Sand, salad bar, fruit

Weds., 1/16          Lunch: Pizza Stick or Dli Sand, salad bar, fruit

Weds., 1/16          Home Girls' Soccer game vs. RLS  3;30 PM

Thurs., 1/17          Lunch: Chicken Nuggets or Deli Sand, Salad bar, fruit

Thurs., 1/17          Home Girls' & Boys' basketball games vs. York 5:30 & 7 PM Gym

Thurs., 1/17          Home Boys' Soccer game vs. Marina  3:30 PM

Friday, 1/18          Lunch: Pizza, salad bar, fruit

Friday, 1/18          Last day of Intersession 2019 - hope you enjoyed it!



*No Mandatory Tutorial/ Tutorial during the two weeks of Intersession 2019

*No School on Monday 1/21/19 - MLK National holiday

*No School on Tuesday 1/22/19 - Teacher workday, mid-semesters

*Weds. 1/23/19 - First day of the second semester