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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.

Spring athletics' practices ARE ON!

Baseball coaches: Mike McKinney and Matt Lindholm

Softball coach: Kelly Lindholm

Track and Field coaches: Izzy Parra and Coach Davila.

No practice begins before Tutorial time is over, on Tuesdays and Thursdays.


Any students or parents who have questions about Anzar spring athletics should direct questions to Athletic Director Mike McKinney in the Library office/ school day hours. Thank you!


Look for Spring Sports Parent meeting information in the near future!

Students who are 18 (or almost) take note!

Yearbook Presales

Yearbooks are available for pre-sale for $60. 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

Photos provided by Anzar Commercial Photography students.


Gavilan College Education Forum!

On Tuesday, March 27, from 6 - 8 PM, Gavilan College is coming to the Anzar campus! Any students and parents are welcome, with special focus for junior and senior students. The President of Gavilan will present briefly first, then Gavilan staff and programs will be interactively presented at tables around the room. All questions welcome! Please come and find out first hand what our local college has to offer; there are many exciting programs that support students for maximum success.

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

For all seniors and Senior parents- updated 3/2/18

1. CSU and UC applications were due Nov. 30, 2017. Fixed deadline! Tons of help was available for all seniors with senior advisors and Fernando Chavez, CalSOAP advisor (works full days on Tuesdays and Thursdays).


2. Senior Portrait information can be found on the Yearbook page.


3.Did you miss the Financial Aide workshop here at Anzar in the fall? Please let us know if you need assistance.The entire application process takes between 30 & 45 minutes, and CalSOAP Jessamyne Saenz is happy to help with applications. Bring your 2016 tax forms and your social security card or number.


4. The Scholarship information for 2017 - 2018 is well underway: check the updated listings under "Resources"/ Scholarships.


5. Gavilan Assessment for Anzar seniors took place on Tuesday, February 13, 2018, at 9 AM.This "Kick Start" early bird application, assessment, and orientation is currently being finalized for all rising Gavilan students.  Cabrillo Running Start visit day is set for March; contact Senior Advisor Greg Braithwaite for more details.

6. FAFSA due 3/2/18!

This Week on Campus: March 19-24, 2018

Tuesday, March 20             ELA state testing begins today for All Juniors (period 3 English 11 class)

Tuesday, March 20              Mandatory Tutorial after school

Tuesday, March 20              After school Community Woodshop class  4 - 6 PM           

Weds., March 21                 (ELA testing continues period 5)

Thurs., March 22                 (ELA testing continues period 3)

Thurs., March 22                 CANCELLED due to rain: Home Baseball game vs. Carmel  4 PM, Snack Shack open!

Thurs., March 22                 CANCELLED due to rain: Home Softball game vs. King City 4:30 PM, Snack Shack open!         

Thurs., March 22                 Mandatory Tutorial after school

Thurs., March 22                 SENIORS! The Library will be open from 3 - 6 PM for urgent exhibition extended work (Ms. Oliveira will be present to support)

Thurs., March 22                 Administration of Justice class  Room 502, 3 - 6 PM

Friday, March 23                  (ELA testing continues period 5)

Saturday, March 24  is the next SATURDAY SCHOOL! - Many seniors MUST attend for Grad Ex; all students invited for attendance recovery!


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.)

Principal's Corner: March/ April, 2018

Happy Spring to Anzar students and families!

     Congratulations to our winter athletes for a very successful season. We were able to fill rosters for both JV and Varsity girls' and boys' basketball teams. These four teams and our two Soccer teams were very competitive. The girls' soccer coach, Sam Vasquez, was voted the league's Coach of the Year, and on his team, Ebony Telford made MVP for the league. Both girls' and boys' Varsity basketball made it to the second round of CCS Play-off games. Lady Hawks Skylar Seyffert and Destiny Hansen made 1st Team All-League, with Fatima Gomez making 2nd Team All -League. Rex Ward made 1st Team All-League for the boys, with Diego Bracho, Carlos Bracho and Elijah Rosa making 2nd Team All-League. Bravo!

       Spring sports of baseball, softball and track/field have begun, with the Parent Evening taking place on March 8. You can track the calendar of events here on this homepage for all three teams. Matt Lindholm and Mike McKinney are coaching baseball, Kelly Lindholm is coaching softball, Israel Parra is coaching Track, assisted with the field events by Felipe Davila, Jr. The snack shack will be open for softball and baseball this year, supporting the general Anzar Athletics program. Please do expect some changes due to rain.

       Speaking of Anzar athletes, perhaps you noticed the lengthy feature on alumnus Diego Leon, in Benito Link. He is shattering running records and representing us well at Montana State University.

        In March, we completed a 3-day round of graduation exhibitions, which will also be featured in Benito Link in the next month. Over 50 juniors and seniors presented, and we are, as always, grateful for the support of our panel judges, who continue to give of their time and energy on behalf of our students and program. There will be two more rounds of exhibitions, one during the first week of May, and the last during the third week in May. We will have one more training for judges before then, in case you've been meaning to do that - we are always actively seeking new judges.

       In addition to exhibitions, spring is traditionally a testing time in schools. At Anzar, we will have the English/Language Arts and Math CAASP testing for all juniors, the new Science test (on-line for the first time this year) for all juniors and seniors, and AP testing during the first two weeks in May. For the exact schedule, please consult the "This Week on Campus" box. The new English language proficiency test (formerly the CELDT, currently the ELPAC) was administered at Anzar in February to all applicable students. Lastly, the SAT spring testing dates are listed in the Handbook for juniors who are beginning that venture (testing held off-campus).

       Congratulations to teacher Robert Huneywell, who is Anzar's 2017 - 2018 Teacher of the Year. Mr. Huneywell teaches all freshmen in World History, all seniors in Global Issues, one section of Grad Ex., and is a freshman advisor this year. This award represents his stellar performance as a teacher: creating curriculum that is engaging and meaningful, designing lessons that build confidence and skills, organizing a beautiful learning e4nvironment, and never passing up an opportunity to bring good humor to those around him.

       Course features: This month, Angela Oliveira's Economics classes are participating in a Stock Market game, wherein students are buying and trading stock, competing against other schools in the general San Francisco area. The project requires solid research and trading strategy, in addition to depth of understanding about the economic concepts in play. This month also marked the timing for the infamous sophomore debates, which are a joint effort between English 10 (American Literature) and US History. These took place the week of March 13th. Kudos to instructors Katie Deckelmann and Greg Braithwaite for organizing this wonderful assignment and activity.


Other news:

  • Junior Carla McEwen represented Anzar at the Poetry Aloud State Finals in Sacramento on March 18 & 19; she is the San Benito County champion this year. We wish her success!
  • Saturday School took place both February 10 and March 10, with the next date set for March 24th.
  • Anzar has been selected for the second year in a row for a 2018 Civic Learning Award of Merit, based on our program's engagement of students in opportunities "that incorporate research-based, proven practices in civic learning." The award comes jointly from the State Superintendent of Public Instruction, the Chief Justice of California, and our local Superior Court of California. San Benito County's Judge Sanders will be coming on campus in April to present the local portion of this award to second and third period Economics students (as well as staying an hour to answer their questions).
  • ASB Director and English, Photo and Video teacher Stephanie Jones was awarded the "Key to Student Success" new San Benito County Office of Education award this year, brought to her classroom as a surprise by County Superintendent Krystal Lomanto.
  • Anzar students Destiny Hansen and Samantha Vanderford participated in the San Juan Rotary speech competition as finalists
  • This year's Anzar Arts Showcase evening will take place this year on Monday, April 23, from 5 - 7 PM. Don't miss it! It's open to the public. Open studios for Studio Art, Advanced Art, Woodshop, Photography and Video Production (Multi-Media) classes. The Culinary Arts facility will be open for sales of delicious appetizers and demos. The Drama class will put on scheduled performances throughout the two hours. Please come!
  • The annual Scholarship/ Awards evening will take place on May 23 - it's never too early to make sure that date is on your calendar.

       Kudos to the Anzar students for participating in a meaningful 17-minute walkout assembly on March 14, joining thousands of other schools across the county to honor the 17 victims of the Florida shootings and to exercise their rights to speak out about issues that they care about deeply. ASB ran the event, which was held in the Gym due to the threat of rain, with prepared speeches, a moment of silence, the names and ages of the seventeen victims read, and opportunity for impromptu speeches. Every minute of the event was thoughtful and beautiful: kudos to our student leaders. We will continue to be as pro-active as possible in addressing student safety and open communication about it on our campus.


Anzar parents PLEASE join the Boosters! They need many more members to do everything that they want to do. In the recent past, they hosted a staff appreciation lunch on Monday, January 22, and want to start planning their next fundraiser, as well. The next meeting is set for March 20, at 6:00 PM in the Anzar Library. Please come!


Please don't hesitate to contact me should you have any questions or concerns about Anzar program or protocols. I deeply appreciate parental honesty and direct approach with me, when questions arise. I hope to see every single one of you in the upcoming month, whether it be a athletic home games/matches, at the Booster meetings, or at one or more of the upcoming evening programs. Here's hoping to a smooth spring!


Mandatory Tutorial: all parents, please note that if your student has received an F grade in a  semester class, he/she will have a Mandatory Tutorial contract issued to them, and is responsible for attending Tuesday or Thursday or both tutorial sessions. Formal attendance is taken and the time is mandatory. This extends to some D grades as well, according to the comments/ requests that the teacher has put in the "comments" section of the progress report. There is a place for both the parent and the student to sign on the contract, but it is in effect whether or not the signed contract is returned. If you have any questions about this, please contact Secretary Lou, at 623 - 7660; she has a master binder and can tell you exactly what your student's contract requires. Each grading period allows for a fresh start; new contracts were given out Monday, March 19 for the grading period that ends April 27, 2018.


Charlene McKowen, Principal

Need Service Learning hours and/or ideas? updated 3/15/18

Ideas for this school year:  Being an Outdoor School counselor during the year, helping spring athletics (baseball and softball snack shack), translating classroom materials, creating audio-files, working as volleyball referees at San Juan School home games, working at the ASJ Foundation's BBQ dinner/auction on April 21, etc.. See the details for all of these under "ACADEMICS" drop down, to "Service Learning". Updated regularly!