AHS Student Bulletin
ARCADIA HIGH SCHOOL
Wednesday, October 17th, 2018
This document is online at www.ahs.ausd.net
Due to Collaboration Day, Thursday, 10/25 all
AHS students will be released at 11:40 am
***PLEASE REMEMBER, WHEN SUBMITTING A BLURB FOR THE BULLETIN, IT MUST BE SUBMITTED TO ASB FOR APPROVAL THROUGH THE “BULLETIN SUBMISSIONS” LINK FOUND ON THE AHS WEBSITE. ALSO, PLEASE BE SURE TO COMPLETE THE ENTIRE SUBMISSION PAGE, INCLUDING YOUR CONTACT INFORMATION AND NAME OR YOUR BLURB WILL NOT BE POSTED.
On Thursday, October 25th, AHS will be dismissing students at 11:40 am. Students have the option to purchase a bagged lunch from the cafeteria that day if they sign up on this form before hand. Students eligible for free or reduced meals also need to complete this form if they intend to receive a free or reduced bagged lunch from the cafeteria on this day. All submissions must be completed by 1:00 pm on Wednesday, October 24th. Submit Lunch Order Here
College Shirt Day
All students and staff are invited to wear a college, technical school, or military shirt on Thursday, October 18th! Students and staff can also wear college colors, design a sign, or find another creative way to promote a college. Tweet a photo of yourself to @Counselor_ahs #collegeshirt to enter into a raffle to win one of several gift cards!
FREE PEER TUTORING
Hey Apaches! Want to boost your grades? Need homework help? New organizational or study tips and tricks? If so, come and get tutored by the best and brightest of AHS! FREE tutoring takes place at the AHS Library every Monday - Friday from 3:00 - 4:00 PM! Email firstname.lastname@example.org with questions, or visit our website: students.ausd.net/ahstutors.
Need help on a homework assignment? Want to pass time on a Wednesday morning? AHS National Honor Society will now be offering free tutoring sessions every Wednesday morning at the AHS Library from 8:00-8:50 am. Regardless of what subject you need help on, please feel free to swing by!
Do you want that perfect 36 on your ACT? Well you're in luck cause Link Crew is selling an ACT Prep Course on behalf of The Princeton Review. The course will be from September 27 to October 25. Usually $899, it's now only $700 just for Arcadia High School Students!
To register and purchase, please visit PrincetonReview.com/ArcadiaHigh
Come to the ASB office and get your pre-ordered shirts. Shirts were distributed during the first few weeks of school. Spirit and Class shirts not picked up by 10/31 will be donated.
This year, the PSAT/NMSQT will take place on Wednesday, October 24, 2018. **Sophomores DO NOT need to purchase the PSAT* All sophomores will take the test at no cost to them**
Need Apache Gear?Check out our Josten's online store. Customize your spirit wear and have it shipped directly to your home!
**The Student Handbook is now digital and can be located on our AHS Website under Students labeled Guidelines and Forms.
**Birthday grams and birthday marquee messages are available for purchase! Show your love for your friends by purchasing a gram or putting their name up on the big screen. Birthday grams are $5 and birthday marquee messages are $10! Purchases available at the ASB office.
**PARKING: All student please make sure your decal/parking permit is displayed clearly on your rear view mirror when pulling into the student parking lot. If you can't display your permit in this manner, please show your permit to school security as you pull into the parking lot. While your vehicle is parked in the school lot; please make sure your permit is displayed clearly on your dashboard or rearview mirror. Thank you!
ATHLETICS / PHYS. ED.
Boys Tennis Team - tryouts will take place on November 13, 14 & 15 at the AHS tennis courts at 3:15 pm. All students trying out must have a completed athletic clearance package and have paid transportation fee in order to try out. For questions, contact Coach Lieu at email@example.com.
Apache Badminton Tryouts
Boys Day 1 - Tue., Oct. 16, 7:00 to 8:30 pm (North Gym)
Girls Day 1 - Thurs., Oct. 18, 7:00 to 8:30 pm (North Gym)
Callback Day (by invitation only) - Thur., October 25, 7:00 to 8:30 pm (North Gym)
You must have your Athletic Clearance to participate.
Attention Seniors: The Counseling Department will host a workshop reviewing general college application reminders on Tuesday, October 23rd during lunch (12:11 pm) and after school (3:00 pm) in the Lecture Hall. Seniors and parents are welcome. Attend for the chance to win a college prize!
Attention Seniors: The Counseling Department will host another California State University Application Workshop on Thursday, November 15 at lunch in the MPR.
Ms. Brooke Grasso, Admissions Representative from Cal State LA, will present a workshop on the elements of the CSU application. All seniors are invited to attend!
The Cal State LA Student Ambassador will be visiting the Career Center on Thursdays through December to assist you with your Cal State applications and any questions you have about any Cal State University. You MUST sign up for a visit at this link. Please do NOT sign up on Naviance. Call slips will be sent on the day of the visit and only if we can accommodate you. If you are not called for the day you choose, you will be scheduled for the following Thursday as appointment permits.
Application Workshop Sign Up
The Cal State LA Student Ambassador will be hosting application workshops during lunch to assist you with your Cal State applications. You MUST sign up for a visit at this link. Please do NOT sign up on Naviance. Call slips will be sent on the day of the visit and only if we can accommodate you. If you are not called for the day you choose, you will be scheduled for the following Thursday as workshops permits.
SENIORS - Pasadena City College is hosting Cash for College and every High School senior is invited! Cash for College is taking place on Saturday, November 3rd from 8:30 am to 1:00 pm at PCC. Register Today! Here’s what students and families will come away with when attending PCC’s Cash for College:
- A completed FAFSA or CA Dream Act Application. Which can result in FREE money to pay for college!
- Answers to questions you’ve been dying to ask about financial aid and how it works. You will be able to ask Financial Aid experts as they will be on-hand
- Opportunity to win some awesome giveaways when you attend PCC’s Cash for College Event Kick-off. Event Kick- Off takes place at 9:00 a.m.
- Free lunch! But you must register now so we can reserve lunch for you!
Seniors: Reminder that October 18th is the last day to open a file and request a recommendation letter be written for you by a counselor. You must submit the Student Data Packet and appropriate forms to the Career Center at lunch only.
If you have already requested a recommendation letter from a counselor, you may still add colleges on to your list after October 18th. However, you must submit another Recommendation Request Log to the Career Center.
Purchase Senior Tributes! It's that time of year—time to purchase a senior tribute!
We offer the parents of seniors priority to take advantage of this opportunity to celebrate the graduation of your child. By purchasing an ad, you can commemorate your child for completing this chapter of their life with personalized messages and photos.
The pages dedicated to seniors would include various options such as
- 1/8 of a page- $75
- 1/4 of a page- $130
- 1/2 of a page- $220
- 1 full page- $400
These are the early purchase prices which will increase after November 3rd.
Please keep in mind that there is a limited number of pages for ads. Last year, senior tributes sold out before the first price increase, so don't delay!
Need Help Applying to Cal State LA for Fall 2019? – Cal State LA is hosting application clinics on Cal State LA Campus for assistance with the application process. Please RSVP a week in advance at http://www.calstatela.edu/recruit/app-clinic
- October 20th from 9:30 am – 1 pm
- November 3rd from 9:30 am – 1 pm
2019-20 FAFSA and Dream Application Workshops at Cal State LA - numerous workshops are scheduled. Please see session dates and more information at this link. No RSVP necessary.
Juniors and Seniors Only - California PTA Legislation Conference in Sacramento .Over 150 PTA leaders throughout the state gather in Sacramento every year to learn more about key issues facing children and families, and to meet with their elected officials at our annual Legislative Conference. This year's legislation conference will take place January 14-15, 2019. Arcadia Council PTA will be taking two students this year. For application follow this link. The application deadline is November 9, 2018 and must be emailed per the application instructions. If you would like more information on the conference go to https://capta.org/programs-events/legislation-conference/.
Attention Students and Parents: The Counseling Department will be hosting a presentation by Mr. Rob Franek on Finding Your Dream Colleges. Mr. Franek is Editor-in-Chief at the Princeton Review and the company's main authority on higher education. The presentation will take place on Wednesday, October 17th from 6pm-7pm in the PAC, All parents and students are welcome to attend.
Juniors and Seniors: AHS will host two Princeton Review prep courses on campus in preparation for the December SAT and ACT exams. These courses are offered at a discounted rate for AHS students!
- SAT Prep Course: Every Monday, Wednesday, and Saturday from Nov. 3 - Nov 28.
- ACT Prep Course: Every Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday from Nov. 10 - Dec. 6.
Dates and registration information available at PrincetonReview.com/ArcadiaHigh
Attention All Students: Rob Franek, Editor-in-Chief at the Princeton Review, will present Finding Your Dream Colleges on Wednesday, October 17th from 6:00 – 7:00 p.m. in the Performing Arts Center. He is the Princeton Review’s main authority on higher education and a college aficionado: he visits more than 50 colleges a year. Mr. Franek has been a college admissions administrator, test prep teacher, publisher, author, and lecturer. Learn about finding your best fit colleges and bring questions! All students and families are welcome to attend.
Sophomores, Juniors and Seniors: Good student, have time after school, want to make a little money,
and interested in helping other students? Add your name/ contact info to the Tutor Book so that students/parents can call you to arrange for tutoring. You’ll make your own arrangements, including your fee and availability, directly with the students/parents who contact you. The Tutor Book will be at the Counselor of the Day desk for the entire school year
Important College/Common Application information:
- DO NOT enter a counselor name on your Common Application or any college applications (Counselors will be assigned after you open your Letter of Rec file).
- School Profile information (e.g. class size, etc.) is available on the Counseling website under "Class of 2019" and on Naviance under "Document Resources - Rec Letter."
Pasadena City College has scheduled their presentation dates. Please keep in mind that each one of these presentations usually covers a different topic so you should plan to attend all three especially if you have any questions for the representative.
The PCC rep will visit on:
- Wednesday, 10/24 during lunch in the Career Center
- Wednesday, 11/28 during lunch in the Career Center
We are also in the process of scheduling an Application Workshop to be held here at AHS in December during class time for those applying to PCC. More information and registration for this event will be forthcoming.
UPCOMING COLLEGE VISITS
All students in grades 9 - 12 are welcome to attend college visits. A full list of the colleges visiting can be found at this link. You MUST sign up for a visit in your Naviance Student account. Please remember - if you sign up please show up to the visit or remove your name from the visit. Seniors -You will often be meeting with the actual admissions reps who read your applications and make admissions decisions.These visits are open to AHS students (Grades 9-12 unless noted) and parents of AHS students only. You can view which schools are visiting in your Naviance Family Connection account at this time. student.naviance.com/arcadiahs. Your student ID number is your username and your password is the same as your email and PowerSchool password. If you have any questions regarding college visits contact Ms. Wona at firstname.lastname@example.org. DO NOT EMAIL YOUR COUNSELOR!!
Going Merry is an awesome new scholarship website. We will utilize this platform for our local scholarships this year. It makes it simple to find and apply for scholarships, just like the Common App has done for college applications! You can sign up here: SIGN UP More info:
Going Merry is completely different from the older scholarship search engines:
- Matching - Once you fill out your student profile, you are automatically matched with scholarships you are most eligible for.
- Direct applications - You can apply directly to multiple scholarships - you never leave the site.
- Auto Filled Applications - All of the information from your student profile is autofilled into each application, saving you time.
- Estimated Application Times - Every scholarship has an estimated application time to help you prioritize them.
REMINDERS ON SCHOOL POLICIES AND PROCEDURES
STUDENTS - Please remember that the front desk or any of the other offices do NOT accept any items to be held for you or delivered to you. This includes food deliveries. If you absolutely must have something brought to you, please arrange to pick up your belongings or deliveries directly from the person bringing the items during passing periods or lunch time in the lobby of Student Services building.
Attendance Policies & Procedures Reminder
It is important to follow the necessary steps when absent:
Step 1 - Parent/Guardian should notify attendance office by phone, email or fax of absence in a brief message stating name, ID#, grade, date and reason for every absence.
Step 2 - Note must be submitted to the attendance signed by at least one parent or guardian the day student returns to school. The note must include student name, ID#, grade date(s) and periods of absence, and reason for absence. Name and signature of parent/guardian and relationship to student must also be on the note with a current phone number.
Once a student has received a Saturday School assignment they have one day to clear the absence with a note from their parent or guardian. If the note is brought in the day after they are originally assigned Saturday School they will not have to serve Saturday School.
If the note is not brought by the end of the day after Saturday School is assigned the student will have to serve their assigned Saturday School and the absence will stay as a truant or unexcused absence.
Students must report to the attendance office when they receive a call-slip. It is your opportunity to submit your note so you will not be assigned Saturday School. Failure to appear will result in a referral to Saturday School.