Curriculum Night Announcement
CURRICULUM NIGHT - AUGUST 9TH - ANNOUNCEMENTS
Good evening parents, I am Mr. Asmussen, the principal of Mohave MS.
Thank you for being here tonight. Building the home school team is very important to us, your child will benefit academically from you being here.
The purpose of this evening is for you to put a face to your teachers’ names, for you to hear what academic standards your child is expected to learn, and for you to learn how to best communicate with your teachers. They may also share their classroom procedures and information on their process for accepting late work, or when re-do’s and re-takes are offered.
If you have specific needs for your child, please reach out to your teachers to set an appointment or a time where you can talk by phone. Tonight is a general overview.
Lunches: SUSD no longer uses My School Bucks for lunch accounts. We’ve switched to Titan. We have placed flyers in the media center. When you register your student on the new account with Titan, any funds on My School Bucks will be immediately transferred.
Today students had their photos taken for student ID cards. Students are required to wear them at all times. This helps with safety and it helps speed up the lunch lines when they scan their ID’s instead of telling the cashiers their student number. Today, we got all 6th graders through the lines in 20 minutes. 8th and 7th graders made it through in 15. It will take 6th graders another week or 2 to get into the swing of middle school lunches – the process is new, and there are many more choices – so it takes them a little longer. In a few weeks they too will get through the lines as quickly as the older grades.
Please note that the café will let a student go negative on their account for 2 meals, then they stop serving. Meals are very important for a growing, learning student. Please check in with your student to make sure they are eating, monitor their accounts to make sure they’re being used and have funds available. There is a sharing table that students use, but we don’t have the means to provide meals when students don’t have funds on their account or don’t have a lunch.
Mohave is no longer considered a Title 1 school and we no longer receive federal funding to help us provide additional supports to students who are not meeting academic success. However, we will continue to offer after school tutoring, and we continue to offer an elective class called Math for Success – a class designed to review math concepts and to preview standards that will be taught this year. As the year progresses we will fill our students needs as they arise with additional tutoring opportunities. Although we don’t have the Title 1 funds available, we DO have Tax Credit funds.
Tax Credit allow individuals the ability to allocate up to $200 and families the ability to allocate up to $400 to a public school for extracurricular activities – and you can take those amounts off your Arizona State Income Tax – dollar for dollar.
If you haven’t designated your tax credit dollars to support your child in athletics or the fine arts trip – or other qualifying after school clubs, and you are looking for where to allocate those funds, I ask you to consider Mohave – as we use those funds to pay for after tutoring.
Speaking of after school clubs … Here’s what is starting now …
- Boys baseball, girls softball ($60, physical, permission slips before students can participate)
- Robotics is starting soon. Have your student pick up information from Mr. A in the café at lunch.
- Mohave Dance and Spirit Line club. Boys and girls are invited, no experience needed – great time to give a try, hone skills and get ready for Pom and Cheer, and a competitive dance team that will organize later this year.
- Toward the end of August, Mr. A will be organizing Floor Hockey on Fridays – a drop in club for all, no fees – the only requirement is that students are picked up by 3:40 PM.
- We will also be inviting students to participate in Future Cities and Global Learning Symposium – and flyers will be going out soon.
All of that, and it’s only the 3rd day of school.
It is very important that your child is at school, on time, and in 1st period by 7:40 AM. (We recommend being at school no later than 7:35 AM.) Announcements start at 7:45 AM and all of the information on clubs and what’s happening at school is announced there. Parents, we also post announcements on our website for you to keep up too.
If you REALLY want to be in the know of what is happening at school – please join me the first Friday of every month at 7 AM in the media center for Coffee with the Principal. I will bring in guests to highlight our programming, I’ll answer your questions … and even play the game “truth or rumor” with you. It’s a great place for our parents to network.
Speaking of networking – I encourage you to get involved with your PTO. We are looking for more folks to get involved and to help lead this organization. They help organize several community events that bring us all together, to socialize, to learn various ways to keep our students safe, and to raise funds for the classrooms. Last year PTO allocated several thousands of dollars to each department on campus. Teachers are working together and collaborating on how to best use those funds for the benefit of all students in their subject areas. From field trips to math manipulative to replenishing science kits. PTO purchased several sets of novels – so Mohave students can read books picked out by their teachers and not be left to what is available from the district warehouse. Finally, PTO is a huge supporter of our school wide positive behavior program, furnishing several prizes for weekly drawings – when student put the PAWS Tickets they have earned for demonstrating appropriate school behaviors in the drawings. Those are a few, quick examples of how PTO funds are going directly to into the classroom and right back to the students. Your PTO is fabulous and I encourage you to get involved.
We also want you involved in your students’ academic progress. You can monitor grades on line through Synergy. If you need help, call the office and Kathy will help you get set up. Be careful not to watch your students grades like the stock market – but look at the trends, look to make sure they are submitting work on time and that they are prepared for assessments.
When meeting in middle school – the parent/teacher conference will involve many teachers. The math teacher, the ELA teacher, the SS teacher, the science teacher, and our elective teachers. Don’t let this large team scare you. We are all there for the benefit of your child. We don’t just conference during parent / teacher conferences in November, we conference all the time. If you feel the need to meet, call your student’s counselor and let’s get a time scheduled.
In addition to arriving to school on time, I want your students to arrive to school safely. If they ride a bike, talk with them about wearing a helmet, and how to ride in a manner that other drivers expect them to. If they walk, talk about staying on sidewalks and being mindful of traffic. If they skateboard, they shouldn’t be riding in the street, and they should also be mindful of others on the sidewalks.
If you drive your student to school and / or pick them up – please use the front parking lot. Practice patience. I have seen parents drop their students off in the middle of parking lot where they have to dodge traffic – please don’t do that. And, now the City of Scottsdale has changed the signage in front of the school. Parents may no longer stop or stand at the curb to let their students out … drivers can be cited by the police for doing so now.
We also ask that you avoid the street just north of the school – Valley View. We reserve that area for busses, and for students who may have mobility problems. Also, our neighbors along Valley View have endured 50 years of traffic, and when the school was rebuilt – we shifted that traffic to Jackrabbit. Please help us be good neighbors.
Also, when thinking about school safety – should we have a school emergency. Mr. A will send home a letter and an automated phone call after the event. If there is something happening at the school we ask that you not call or come here – please allow first responders the time and space to do their job. IF you want to be on the front end of information, you can sign up to Mr. A’s Remind account. You’ll get a short text with information – that he can share quickly, with all of you at once. Those of you that signed up last year, you’re still good … He uses it every now and again, just so you know you have it, and he still know how to use it. We don’t use it as a daily reminder of what’s happening on campus, we have it just in case we have an emergency and as a way to quickly get a little information out to you.
You can pick up a flyer from Mr. A in the hallways tonight.
Again thank you for being here tonight.
Please be sure to thank our Student Government students who are here tonight to help you find your way. Mrs. Allen our AP along with the teachers, Mr. Shute our counselor and myself are also here to help. Your students get 3 minutes to find their way, tonight we’re giving parents 5 minutes.
I will announce the end of each period, but not the start of the next … so please get your next class as quickly as you can …
Your students report to lunch and then to Reading. During your lunch time (4th period 8th grade, 5th period 7th grade, and 6th period 6th grade) use this time to take care of your personal needs, socialize with your friends, and make your way to the next class.
You will NOT report to Reading.
What is Reading … It’s time to read their novel for ELA. The academic grade of Reading is embedded into the ELA class, but the behavior grade on report cards will give you information on if your student is using their time wisely. Also, this year, we’ll use some of that time to continue to reinforce and teach what expected, appropriate, and academic behavior looks like on campus.
Again, tonight, that time is a break time for parents.
With that said … Let’s begin in the beginning with first period right now.
I look forward to seeing you in the hallway.
Stay Mighty Mohave!