ARCADIA HIGH SCHOOL
Monday, February 27th, 2017
This document is online at www.ahs.ausd.net
It's back! The Arcadia High Spring Book Fair in the Library Student Lounge!
February 27th-March 1st, 2017
Math Team's 5th Annual Arcadia Math Challenge - Do you enjoy doing Math for fun? Do you have what it takes to become the next Isaac Newton? If so, come on down to G108 afterschool on Friday, March 10th, to compete against some of the best Mathematicians who are amongst your peers. The first place winner of each individual round, which is divided by subject, will receive a GUARANTEED spot onto the 17-18 Arcadia Math Team. For sign ups and more information, visit bit.ly/ArcadiaMC2017.
2017 AP EXAM PURCHASE VERIFICATION LIST
Please check if you purchased the correct test(s) for the 2017 May administration of the Advanced Placement test by going onto the Arcadia High School website and clicking on the link:
For any errors, please see Mrs. von Kriegenbergh in the Curriculum Office by Friday, March 3rd.
Dear Parent(s)/Guardian(s) of Seniors at Arcadia High School:
As far as it seems, Graduation and all our Senior Activities will be upon us before we know it! With everything that occurs for your Senior in May and June, it can be overwhelming. We hope to help guide you through the process. Please join us in the MPR at AHS on Wednesday, March 8th, @ 7pm to go over the timeline for all of our Senior events (including Graduation, Senior Panoramic Photo, Senior Activity Day, etc.), due dates, and tips for a successful last few weeks of school for your Senior.
ATTENTION ALL STUDENTS:
Due to the course selection process for the upcoming academic year, the Counselor of the Day Desk will only be open before school, during lunch, and after school from Monday, February 27th through Friday, March 31st.
SWIM SURVIVAL TEST
Attention all 11th & 12th grade students, the next swim survival test date is:
Thursday, March 2 at 12:10 p.m.
Come in a swimsuit; bring a towel and your ID Card.
ATTENTION STUDENTS: Do you drop your phone a lot? You should buy a phone ring stand! You stick it on the back of your phone cover and wear it like a ring so you don't drop it. You can also turn and flatten the ring to your liking and use it to prop up your phone like a stand! It's only $3 and comes in FOUR different colors: silver, gold, rose gold, and tungsten! Buy one now from any History Bowl member or from Mr. Wang in room H107!!!
National Honor Society - applications will be due on February 27TH. Fill out the application at nhs.ahs.ausd.net and submit all required documents.
Applications are due at 3:15 pm on Monday, February 27, 2017 in the NHS box located at
Ms. Omarsaid’s desk in the A-building, curriculum office. NO EXCEPTIONS.
Beginning February 1, all remaining PSAT results will be in the Career Center. Freshmen, sophomores, and juniors who took the test last October, please stop by and pick yours up. Once February ends, all scores left will be discarded.
Attention Juniors- All those that are interested in trying out for the Constitution Team (Gov Team) please come to a mandatory information meeting on Monday February 27, 2017 at 6pm. It will be held at the Arcadia City Council Chambers. If you have any questions please email Ms. Leahy at firstname.lastname@example.org.
AHS Spring Volleyball Clinic
Coach Iosia is offering 3 clinics for players who would like to improve their volleyball skills for club and school teams. Participants will learn volleyball footwork/rhythm; dive/collapsed dig/ roll; setting, passing, serving and "defensive positioning" techniques and strategies; offense and defense rotations and strategies. Visit Apaches Athletic Website to register online: arcadiaapaches.bigteams.com
YEARBOOK APPLICATIONS DUE ON FEBRUARY 24TH
Applications for the 2017-2018 Yearbook Staff can be found on thearcadian.net. Join and explore any interest you might have in design, photography, journalism, and making new friends! Please fill out the application and TWO teacher recommendations (can also be found on thearcadian.net) and turn in BOTH to A202 (Mr. Maertens' Room). Also, please sign up for an interview date in A202 when turning in the application. For any questions or concerns, please feel free to email email@example.com or talk to any current member on staff.
Thanks! The Arcadian Staff 16-17
Hey Apaches!! - SCAC will be hosting the Spring Money Drive from February 27-March 3. All proceeds will go to support the White Mountain Apaches, so please donate in your 5th period classrooms. Classes that donate $100 or more will receive Krispy Kreme Donuts and those that donate $75 will receive ice cream bars.
STUDENT VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY: The Arboretum is looking for Camp Counselors needed for their Spring Nature Camp, 4/3-4/7, 2017. Minimum age is 15 years old. Camp experience or working with children is preferred but not required. Volunteers must attend one 4 hour training session (date to be determined). Application deadline: 2/24/2017.
Please contact for volunteer application and questions: Chris Orosz, 626-821-5897 or
USC Summer Programs introduces high school students (9-12 grades) to a pre-college experience, living life like a college freshman. Students explore Los Angeles, learning beyond the traditional classroom. The courses are are taught by USC faculty who combine college level course work, academic field trips, guest speakers, and structured recreational activities for a more hands on approach than just a typical lectured class. For more information and application visit http://summerprograms.usc.edu/. There will also be a presentation in the Career Center on Friday, March 3rd during lunch.
RYLA (JUNIORS ONLY) – Rotary Youth Leadership Awards – Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) is an intensive, two-and-a-half-day leadership training program for high school juniors in District 5300 chosen for their leadership potential. This year’s program will be held from April 28 – 30, 2017 in Big Bear, CA. The application is available at this link. The deadline is March 9, 2017 (the 3/31 deadline on the application is NOT your deadline) and must be emailed to Ms. Wona at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please sign up for an interview with Ms. Wona AFTER you’ve emailed your application. Interviews will be held after school on March 15th and/or March 16th.
National Honor Society (NHS), a nationally recognized organization, was initially established to recognize outstanding high school students. More than just an honor roll, NHS serves to highlight those students who have demonstrated excellence in the areas of Scholarship, Leadership, Service, and Character.
NHS applications will be up on Feb. 3rd and due on February 27th. If there are any questions, please email us at email@example.com.
PCC Upcoming Visits - Pasadena City College will be visiting AHS on Monday, 2/27 in the Rally Court. Please remember to sign up in your Naviance Family Connection account. Bring your application, online orientation and assessment questions. They will return on 3/9 and 3/22.
Start Prepping for the March SAT! The Princeton Review is offering a prep course with Arcadia High School to help students prepare for the March New SAT. To enroll, visit PrincetonReview.com and use code "Arcadia200" to get a special deal (Original: $1099, After: $899). Visit the ASB Office for more information or call us at 800-273-8439.
IMPORTANT 2017 AP EXAM INFORMATION
Last day to purchase AP exams was Friday, February 17.
There is a $10.00 cancellation fee if you cancel by Tuesday, March 7.
No refunds will be allowed after AP Exams are ordered on Wednesday, March 8.
Students must attend the MANDATORY Pre administration sessions – see flyer in packet.
Students taking AP exams outside of AHS need to see Mrs. von Kriegenbergh in the Student Services Building.
All questions about AP Exams will be handled by Mrs. von Kriegenbergh in the Student Services Building.
COLLEGE VISITS: Use your Naviance Family Connection to check out what colleges will be visiting You will find the visits listed under college visits on the Colleges tab. Do not forget to sign up. You can also view college visits by clicking here.
IMPORTANT REMINDERS FOR SENIORS WHO APPLIED TO UC SCHOOLS:
Reminder: Test scores and transcript submissions
If an applicant has not yet submitted their official test scores or has questions about submitting their transcript please keep in mind the following:
SAT and ACT test scores: Official SAT with Writing/Essay, ACT with Writing, SAT Subject Tests and TOEFL scores need to ONLY be sent to ONE campus - UC will share scores with all campuses to which a student applies. IELTS scores, however, must be sent to each UC campus. The SAT Subject Exams are not required, but encouraged for some majors.
Official AP/IB/A-Level exam scores: Official score reports are not required until after an offer of admission is accepted; the deadline for submission is July 15th. The UC campus from which a student accepts an offer of admission will provide additional information with the offer of admission.
Transcripts: Official transcripts should not be submitted at this time unless a UC campus directly contacts a student to request it. Application verification coming soon:
Students randomly selected to verify information in their application were notified by the end of Dec. 2016. The deadline to respond is Jan. 31, 2017. A small number of students were asked to provide documentation of 7/8th grade geometry as well. Failure to respond to the request by the deadline will result in cancellation of the application.
NEW SCHOLARSHIPS HAVE POSTED!!! - Don't forget to check back weekly for new scholarships. You can find all scholarships at this link, on the AHS webpage under the Student tab/Scholarship Bulletin or on your Naviance Family Connection page. Some applications are also available in the Career Center. See Ms. Wona in the Career Center for scholarship information.
SENIORS NEEDING LETTERS OF RECOMMENDATION: If you add colleges to your Naviance Family Connection that require a counselor or teacher recommendation you MUST notify the counselor and/or teacher writing for you. If it is a counselor letter of recommendation you MUST also submit an add-on sheet to Ms. Wona in the Career Center.
If your academic record changes, you must notify the Admissions Office at each college campus (UC, CSU, and private colleges) to which you have applied. Academic record changes include:
Failure to earn a C- grade or better in a course
If you add or drop a course after your original application submission
Handouts with guidelines/details on how to report these changes are available at the COD desk.
A Cal State Student Ambassador is available in the Career Center every Friday from 9 am - 3 pm (1/20 12:30 - 3 pm). If you are interested in meeting with her regarding application, admissions or general questions please sign up in the Career Center or stop by to see if she is available.
FINANCIAL AID WORKSHOP:
Attention Senior Students and Parents:
For those who missed or would like to view the power point presentation given at the second Financial Aid Workshop (October 1st), you can now find the presentation posted on the Counseling webpage listed in the College Info section. Click on "Fall 2016 Financial Aid Workshop, Part II" to view.
Attention Seniors: Important College Admissions Information!
Please note that Naviance does not send SAT/ACT test scores to the colleges. Each student is responsible for sending his or her own official SAT/ACT test scores through www.collegeboard.org or www.act.org.
For Transcript Only Schools:
Attention Seniors: If you are applying to a college that only needs a transcript (no counselor recommendation or School Report), you need to order the transcript through Parchment. A link to Parchment is on the AHS website.
Go to ahs.ausd.net
Click on "Transcripts" in the left column of the home page.
Create an account through Parchment and order your transcript.
**Please note: It may take 2-3 days to process transcripts.
Prudential Spirit of Community Awards established by Prudential Financial in partnership with the National Association of Secondary School Principals is accepting applications until November 8, 2016. To qualify students must be in grades 5-12; be a legal resident of the US and have participated in a volunteer activity after 9/1/2015. For more information of the application process click on this link.
ATTENTION: SENIORS APPLYING FOR SCHOLARSHIPS
If you are applying for scholarships that need a recommendation letter or form filled out by your counselor, please remember that the counselors do need a four-week notice prior to the scholarship due date. To make your request, please fill out the Add-On Form that can be found in the Naviance Document Library and submit it to the Career Center.
JUNIOR/SENIOR SCHOLARSHIP OPPORTUNITY - NROTC SCHOLARSHIP – Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps Scholarship Program (NROTC) pays full tuition and fees, provides an allowance of $1000 for books and a monthly stipend for 4 years of college. You must be a U.S. Citizen, 17 yrs of age by Sept 1st of the year starting college, obtain HS diploma, be physically qualified by Marine Corps standards. For more information and application stop by the Career Center. Applications are due in December for Seniors. Application period for Juniors begins after March 7th.
Italian Language Study Grants in Italy Opportunity - Order Sons of Italy in America and Sons of Italy Western Foundation are offering grants to study Italian. This grant is available to seniors who are planning to attend a two or four year institution in Fall 2017. Must be wholly or partially of Italian descent. Applications are available in the Career Center. The application deadline is 3/1/2017.
Wednesday, October 19th, is the FINAL day to request a Counselor Letter of Recommendation.
(Counselors have been accepting requests in the Career Center since Monday, September 19th.)
You must follow the process outlined in the workshop held on September 8th. If you missed the workshop, the powerpoint with instructions is posted on the counseling website under "College Apps/Recs". You must submit your 1) Student Data Packet, 2) List of Colleges, and 3) transcript fees.
PLEASE REMEMBER THAT REQUESTS ARE ONLY ACCEPTED DURING LUNCH!
****Even if your deadline is not until December (or later), you must still submit your request by October 19th.****
Sophomores, Juniors and Seniors:
Are you interested in tutoring? If you are a good student, have some time after school, want to make a little bit of money, and are interested in helping other students, you can add your name and contact info to the Tutor Book at the Counselor of the Day desk. This will allow other students (or their parents) to call you and arrange a tutoring session. You will make your own arrangements directly with the students/parents who contact you, including your fee and your availability. The Tutor Book will be at the Counselor of the Day desk for the entire school year.
California State PTA Graduating High School Senior Scholarship - available to seniors who are PTA members graduating from a CA high school before June 30, 2017. Deadline is 2/1/2017 http://capta.org/programs-events/scholarships/graduating-high-school-seniors/
Keep your eye out for all scholarships as they become available through your Family Connection account. Any questions - see Ms. Wona in the Career Center.
The Student Handbook that use to be in the student agendas is now digital and can be located on our AHS Website under Students.
It's not too late to purchase your 2017 Grad Night Ticket before prices increase. Don't miss out on a memorable night. Stop by the ASB office to make your payment.
$140 Now -March 31st
$150- April 1st - June 8
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!
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.
Educational guidelines require the school to have a note for student absences. The following procedures will be followed:
If a student does not bring in a note they will be assigned Saturday School. The absence will be considered a truant or unexcused absence.
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.