From the Principal:
It’s hard to believe but we are already into our second quarter of the school year. If you haven’t done so already, I encourage you to complete the anonymous online BrightBytes survey. Input will help us gather information to identify needs and trends in educational technology so we can make informed decisions on future technology initiatives and professional development. The link to the parent survey is http://www.bbyt.es/HV86P and can also be found on our website. Thank you for taking 10 minutes to make sure that your voice is heard.
Many classes changed at the beginning of the second quarter. We are very fortunate to be able to offer a variety of exploratory options at Arroyo Seco. Most students will take four different exploratory classes each year. While students are sometimes frustrated because they can’t take a specific class, they often discover a new skill or interest of which they were unaware prior to participating in these varied opportunities.
Student drop off and pickup has been getting progressively smoother. Thank you for your cooperation in dropping off your students early, or picking them up 10 minutes after school is out to help reduce the traffic congestion at these peak times. Please remember to not drop students off on Decoro and make sure to use our drive through lanes rather than the parking lane on campus. While we emphasize to students the importance of crossing the parking lot cautiously and only when necessary, it is often difficult to see them between parked cars. Thank you for doing your part to help us ensure the safety of all of our students.
Counselors have been busy visiting classrooms and making student presentations. During the first quarter, they focused on 7th grade classes and provided information about grades, credits, and making a successful transition to junior high school. During the second quarter, counselors are visiting 8th grade classrooms and discussing the transition to high school; they are also discussing the importance of grades for placement decisions, as well as a variety of post-secondary options. Counselors assist 8th graders in developing a 9th grade plan through Naviance, an online program that guides students through the process of identifying possible colleges, training programs, and careers. Students are taught how to access Naviance from home at connection.naviance.com/asjh.
The second quarter moves quickly, with Veteran’s Day and Thanksgiving right around the corner. December 14 is the last day of the first semester. Encourage your students to do their best and stay current with all assignments. You can also support them by checking their binder reminder, monitoring their progress on Infinite Campus, helping them organize their backpacks, and ensuring they have a quiet and distraction free time and place to complete their homework. Balanced diets and lots of sleep are also crucial at this age.
Thank you for partnering with us to help ensure the best educational experience possible for your child!
- Dr. Andy Keyne