Shepherd Scoop September
Shepherd Scoop September Dear Shepherd Junior High Parents & Families, We are happy to welcome our students to Shepherd Junior High School for the 2015-2016 year! Shepherd is an A+ school and for the 4th year in a row and we have received an ‘A’ rating from the Arizona Department of Education. This is the year that we reapply for our A+ designation and we are looking forward to the reflective process. Andrew Beck, Shepherd math and 8th grade AVID teacher, will be our principal writer. 2015 At Shepherd each student is an integral part of our total school program. School pride is important, as is pride in personal accomplishments. Our theme for the year is “HOME TEAM ADVANTAGE.” All members of the Shepherd Team are learning about how to support and encourage each other. Teachers are here to support your students not only during class time, but outside of class with before and after school tutoring. Students will be given a set of textbooks for both home and school use, thereby eliminating the need to carry heavy books to school. They will need a 3 ring binder with pockets in the front & back, dividers, a pencil pouch with pencils, pens & highlighter, and lined paper. We are very proud of our students! Supportive parents, dedicated teachers, and a hard-working staff make their achievements possible. I extend a sincere thank you to each person who makes a positive contribution. As we continue to work together, our students will continue to learn and to succeed. INSIDE THIS ISSUE: ATTENDENCE POLICY PG. 3 & 4 TITLE I INFORMATION PG. 5 & 6 PARENTING WORKSHOP INFORMATION PG. 7 Sincerely, POINTS OF INTEREST: AVID NEWS PG. 9 Eileen Cahoon Principal PTO NEWS PG. 12 WACKY WEDNESDAY FLYER PG. 15 COSTCO SCHOOL EVENT FLYER PG. 16 Key Shepherd Personnel The Shepherd office is open week days 8:00am-4:00pm. Main Office 472-1804 Attendance 472-1805 Bookstore 472-1806 Cafeteria 472-1840 Counseling 472-1816 Media Center 472-1808 Nurse 472-1812 Psychologist 472-1818 Student Council Congratulations to the newest members of our Student Coucil. 7th GRADE 8th GRADE Charles Baker Kaylee Ashby Camilla Gambell Alexis Benson Reggie Hannah Suzanne Craig Cody Minutella Carolina Meza Aidan Peavler Kiaya Stearns Alexcia Ruiz Mackenzi Stein William Veres Lauren Robinson September Students of the Month 7th Grade Girl: Kate Brockman 7th Grade Boy: Austin Brooks 8th Grade Girl: Diana Romero 8th Grade Boy: Ammon Huston Media Center News Unexcused Absence Parents, did you know that an unexcused absence stays on your student's Attendance record? Please call the Attendance line at 480-472-1805 and we will be happy to clear those for you! August was a busy month for the Media Center. Students checked out their textbooks, eighth grade Social Studies started a research project, and seventh grade had library orientation. We are asking parents and students to please put textbooks in a safe place at home. When a textbook comes back damaged, we are required to put a fine on the student’s account. In September, the READ Club will start up for the year. If your student loves to read, this is the club for them! Announcements will be made regarding days and times. We are also looking for volunteers to become part of the Media Squad. These volunteers help out in the library during their lunch. They work a fifteen minute shift, and can use their volunteer hours toward Service Learning. Please send in your Box Tops. Collection boxes are in the front office and the Media Center. Don’t forget to ask your friends and relatives to collect for Shepherd. 2 PTO News Hello Shepherd Families, GET WACKY!!! Wacky Wednesdays are back!! Starting in September, Shepherd PTO will be selling snow cones and other yummy treats on Wednesdays. Remember to bring your cash and join in the fun! Go to the flyer in the back of the Scoop for further details. The 2015-2016 school year has begun and the PTO has a couple of open positions that we would like to fill ASAP! The goal of the PTO is to enlist the talents of as many Shepherd parents, friends and families to work as a team for the welfare of our students for success of our children. Our responsibility is to consider all persons who are interested in a particular PTO position. You may also recommend someone you think would be ideal candidate for a board position. The following positions are available: Vice President, Secretary, and Restaurant Coordinator. An hour or two of your time truly makes a difference. Our meetings are held every second Thursday of every month at 4:00 p.m. The majority of our fundraisers are operated by third party organizations, which translates to minimal time needed by our board members. We also have the occasional evening events for curriculum nights, and Show Off Shepherd! Your time is needed, however it will be very minimal as we use our volunteer in short time slots. The first fundraiser will be in September with Gold Canyon Candles. October will bring our Shepherd Boo Bash at Peter Piper’s Pizza. We are also holding fundraisers in multiple restaurants throughout the year. If you want to only volunteer at events, and would like to be notified of upcoming events, please contact me to be put on the email list. Thank you again in advance for your time and interest in the Shepherd PTO. Warmest Regards, Naomi Evans PTO President [email protected] Fall Dance Our Fall Dance is Friday, September 4th from 4:00-6:00pm in the Gym. You must have a Shepherd ID to enter the dance. Tickets will be on-sale in the Bookstore for $4.00 and must be pre-purchased by noon on Friday, September 4th. For students’ safety, no one will be released from the dance until 6:00pm unless a parent comes to get them early. All students must be picked up by 6:15pm. Don’t forget your socks! Soda, water and candy will be sold for $1.00 each. Remember, dress code and cell phone rules apply at the dance. 3 Stallion Café Breakfast meals - $1.50 Lunch Combo Meals - $2.50 Remember a child who doesn’t eat breakfast, doesn’t do as well on tests as those who start the day with a good, healthy breakfast! Come and see us in the cafeteria and have a great start to your day!! The Stallion Café offers nutritious, well-balanced, and affordable meals to all Shepherd students. The Energy Zone for Junior High Students can be viewed online at: www.mpsaz.org/food Remember MySchoolBucks.com to fund your child’s meal account: www.myschoolbucks.com AVID What an exciting year our AVID students will be experiencing! We are celebrating the fact that we can already see what amazing, outgoing students we have in our growing AVID program. Although we just joined the AVID schools in Mesa last year, we now have included an additional 7th grade class this year and the kids are off to a roaring start. During this semester, our first event will be STEM/College Night on October 29th from 5:30-7:00pm. We will have food trucks, visiting colleges, college boards created by our own AVID students, BMX bikes and lots of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math) activities, including Red Mountain Robotics and the Astronomy Club. Next month the kids will partner with tutors from ASU and MCC to help begin our tutorials. This is where AVID students really begin to figure out how to solve problems they don’t understand; whether it is in Math, English or Science. Just a reminder, once tutorials begin, students will have homework every Monday and Wednesday night in the form of a Tutorial Request Form (TRF). We will have a family night and serve grilled hot dogs and hamburgers and selected students will perform a “mock Tutorial” Second semester we already have fun events planned. One of the big events is a field trip to ASU to gain university awareness through participation in several events. We are also organizing a family Fishing Derby at Red Mountain Park with a fishing instructor. Poles will be provided by the Department of Fish and Game. We will end the year with an emotional AVID Promotion for our current 8th graders to send them off to Red Mountain to shine in their AVID program next year! The slogan for AVID is, “Proven Achievement. Lifelong Advantage.” We are so proud of our Shepherd AVID students. Understanding Common Core Standards for Math and Language Arts Stand for Children has launched a new parent information tool to help parents understand the new requirements for Math and Language Arts under the Common Core Standards. The Web site www.DoYourHomeworkArizona.org was created by Stand for Children Arizona to assist parents with understanding Arizona’s College and Career Ready Standards. The site is unique as it breaks down content by grade and subject, explains concepts in plain language, gathers the most high quality resources from multiple sources that best speak to parents, and does not require users to supply any personal information to access content. 4 What is Title I? Dear Parents, For the 2015-2016 school year. Reasons to GET INVOLVED in your school’s PTO! Increase student success It’s important to the school You’ll get connected You’ll be part of a network You’ll make a difference Shepherd Junior High receives additional supplemental funds through a Title I grant from the federal government to provide extra supplementary services for all of our students. Your children will benefit directly or indirectly from this extra help. At Shepherd these funds along with other federal resources will be consolidated to support school-wide positive changes. Funds can be used to: Hire highly qualified instructional personnel to assist teachers within the classrooms Provide training for staff and teachers Provide supplemental instructional materials and technology Ensure high-quality School-wide Programs Increase parent involvement participation We are pleased to have these funds to provide high quality instruction for all children. You’ll be a role model You’ll help raise necessary funds It’s flexible Be in the know It’s for every parent Feel free to email: [email protected] or check out our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/ groups/ShepherdPTO **Next PTO meeting is Thursday, September 10th at 4:oo pm We are currently seeking volunteers for the following positions: Estimados Padres: La escuela Shepherd Junior High recibe fondos suplementarios adicionales a través de una subvención de Título I del gobierno federal para proveer servicios suplementarios extras a todos nuestros estudiantes. Sus hijos se beneficiarán directa o indirectamente de esta ayuda. En la escuela Shepherd estos fondos junto con otros recursos federales, serán consolidados para apoyar cambios escolares positivos. Los fondos pueden ser utilizados para: Contratar a personal docente altamente calificado para ayudar a los maestros en la clase Proveer entrenamiento para los empleados y maestros Proveer material de instrucción suplemental y tecnología Asegurar programas escolares de la mayor calidad Aumentar la participación de los padres en la escuela Nos complace tener estos fondos para proporcionar instrucción de alta calidad a todos los estudiantes. Vice President Secretary Restaurant Coordinator 5 Intramurals We have begun our first session of intramural sports which consists of boys basketball, girls soccer and wrestling. Games will begin in the next couple of weeks! Our next Intramurals will begin following October Break. Girls badminton, softball, baseball and boys volleyball all will be offered during the second session of Intramurals. If you are interested in coaching or have any questions, please contact Mr. Fletcher asap at (480) 472-1907. We have an urgent need for qualified coaches and volunteers. Fingerprinting and background checks take several weeks and will be required for any coaching applicants. ~Mr. Fletcher Physical Education / Weight Training Welcome back Shepherd Stallions! I am looking forward to another exciting year. We began this amazing year by completing the baseline fitness testing for all students. During this semester I will be teaching a unit on CPR in addition to fitness components and nutrition. I look forward to working with your student to progress and watching them reach their potential. Have a great and healthy semester. ~Coach Ziebell Performing Arts Welcome Back Shepherd Students! On Friday, September 11th, we will be having our Junior High Band Night for 8th graders at the Red Mountain Football Game. Upcoming Concert Dates: Thursday, Sept. 24th Choir Concert 7:00pm Tuesday, Oct. 6th Band Concert 6:30pm Tuesday, Oct. 6th Orchestra Concert 7:30pm 6 Shepherd Tardy Policy Tardiness: Interrupts learning for everyone in the classroom. Students who are tardy miss the very important beginning of class. Good attendance and punctuality are skill for success in life; that is why we emphasize both. 1. Tardiness will be excused for the following reasons: Medical, dental or counseling appointment Court appointment Funeral or Family emergency Tardiness caused by missing the bus, sleeping in, babysitting, accompanying other people to appointments, etc. will not be excused. 2. Attendance Reminders: All late arrivals are to report to the Front Office to sign in and receive a pass. When returning from an appointment, please report to the Front Office first before returning to class to get pass. If you are more than 10 minutes late to a class, you will be reported absent instead of tardy. Check in with teacher and get a hall pass before you see an administrator, counselor, or nurse. 3. Consequences For Tardies: 1.First and Second Offense: Verbal Warning 2.Third Offense: Lunch detention along with parent contact by note, phone, or conference 3. Additional offense: administrator referral to ALC, parent contact 7 Counselor Corner Parenting Partners: Raising a Successful Teen Shepherd Jr. High Media Center 1407 N. Alta Mesa Drive, Mesa, AZ Tuesdays 6:30 - 8:30 PM Do you have a teenager? In this series of five workshops, parents will learn skills for raising teens who are responsible, respectful and resilient! Each workshop is set up as an individual class, so parents can attend the ones that work best for their schedule. Come with challenges—leave with great tools for your parenting tool belt! September 1st Teens Who Are Respectful Teens who are respectful… who don’t bicker or talk back… who follow directions… who do their homework… AND THEIR CHORES!... Who are fun to spend time with…. IN YOUR DREAMS, RIGHT? NO—IT’S POSSIBLE! LET ME SHOW YOU HOW! September 15th Problem Solving and Guiding Your Teen Toward Better Behaviors Is your child underperforming at school or misbehaving at home? You ask them why and the answer is, “I don’t know.” You ground them but it doesn’t do much good. Learn to go beyond consequences to problem solving, and guide your teen toward better behaviors that will lead them to success, and you to more joyful parenting! September 22nd More Effective Ways of Communicating With Your Teen Remember the adults in the Charlie Brown specials? Do you ever feel like one of those adults—all your teen seems to hear is “Wah wah wah wah wah”? Learn more effective ways of communicating with your teen about tough topics—anything from homework to dating to drugs—and grow your connection by listening to their words… so they will listen to yours. September 29th Skills for Self-Confidence and Resilience Life’s a bumpy road. Parents want to protect kids from tough experiences, but the reality is, we can protect them most by teaching them skills for self-confidence and resilience. Learn strategies for helping your teen see challenges as problems they are capable of solving, while deepening your connection as a family. To register, go to www.mpsaz.org/parentu Click on the Registration Form and complete it with the workshops you plan to attend. Questions? Contact Eva Dwight at 480.472.1817 or [email protected] Continuing education credits are available, two hours per workshop. 8 Costco School Event Parents Right to Know Title I School-wide and/or Target Assistance Programs Come out to Costco on Sept. 26th from 8:30am - Noon and for everyone $100 you spend, a ream of paper will be donated to our school. We are pleased to notify you that in accordance with the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001, you have the right to request information regarding the professional qualifications of your child’s teacher. Specifically, you may request the following: Whether the teacher has met State qualification and licensing criteria for the grade levels and subject areas in which the teacher provides instruction. Early Bird Special: Show up before 9am and a ream of paper will be donated for every $55 spent. Whether the teacher is teaching under emergency or other provisional status through which State qualification or licensing criteria has been waived. The baccalaureate degree major of the teacher and any other graduate certification or degree held by the teacher, and the field of discipline of the certification or degree. Whether the child is provided services by paraprofessionals and, if so, their qualifications. If you would like to receive this information, please contact your school’s principal, Eileen Cahoon, at 480-472-1801 and she will be happy to assist you. Please see the flyer for this event on page 16. Come out and support our school. ECA Tax Credit Arizona law provides a tax credit for contributions to public schools to support extracurricular activities. It’s never too early to consider an ECA tax donation to Shepherd Jr. High. You can benefit from the dollar for dollar tax credit and everybody wins! Activities such as sports, visual and performing arts, special programs, character building, field trips, clubs, outdoor education, gifted programs or classroom enrichment programs can be funded with tax credit money. Derecho de los padres en conocer ~ Programa Título I en toda la escuela y Programa Título I para cumplir objetivos Nos complace informarle en conformidad con la ley Ningún Niño se Queda Atrás de 2001, usted tiene el derecho de solicitar información sobre los títulos profesionales del maestro de su hijo. Específicamente, puede solicitar lo siguiente: Si el maestro ha cumplido los requisitos estatales y criterios de licenciatura para los niveles de estudios y áreas de asignaturas en las que el maestro proporciona instrucción. Si el maestro está enseñando bajo un certificado de enseñanza alternativa u otro estado provisional a través de que el requisito estatal o criterio de licenciatura han sido renunciados. El título de licenciatura del maestro y cualquier otro certificado de graduación o título que tiene el maestro, y el campo de la disciplina de la certificación o título. Si el niño reciba servicios de un paraprofesional (un ayudante capacitado para ayudar a una persona profesional) y, si es así, sus títulos/certificaciones. Si desea recibir esta información, por favor comuníquese con el director de la escuela Eileen Cahoon al 480-472-1801 y ella estará encantado de ayudarle. 9 Health Office News Welcome back to school students and parents!! By now everyone is settling into their new 2015-2016 school year routines! The Shepherd Health Office just wants to make sure you and your children are as healthy as possible so that we are off to a good educational start!! Medications at School – Parent Information When it is necessary for a student to take medication during school hours, the following requirements must be met: Prescription medication must be in the ORIGINAL container with a non-expired prescription label. Over-the-counter medications must be in the ORIGINAL container with original package directions. Age-appropriate dosage as stated on the label will be dispensed. A Parent’s Consent for Giving Medication at School must be signed by the parent/guardian for us to administer medication to the child. Name of student, dosage, time, dates to be given, and the name of the medication must be clearly stated. It is recommended that when you get a prescription filled that you request a separate “school bottle” from the pharmacy. This is especially important with liquid medications (such as antibiotics) that have to be refrigerated. All inhalers, self-carry or not, must have a pharmacy-placed label on them or have the inhaler inside the box that has the pharmacy label placed on the outside of the box. Inhalers not properly labeled are not allowed per District policy. Medications given three times a day are discouraged at school. Please make arrangements to give these medications before and after school. Narcotic pain mediation will not be given at school. Medications brought to school and not meeting the necessary requirements will not be dispensed. The medication will be locked in the Health Office until a parent/guardian verifies the medication, signs the proper forms or takes it home. Please contact one of the Health Office staff for information regarding the procedure for Epi-Pens. Natural/Herbal Preparations/Essential Oils and Food Supplements will be treated the same as over-the-counter medications. 10 Health Office News What can I do to keep my child and/or children healthy this year? The control of communicable (catching) disease during the school year is a difficult problem and an important responsibility. The first responsibility must fall upon the home because parents know the normal appearance of their children and should be the first to detect signs of illness. Frequent hand washing is the best prevention! The following rules will help control communicable diseases in the community: 1. Your child should remain at home if exhibiting any signs of illness. 2. When questioning illness, your family physician is the appropriate person to contact to determine whether or not your child should be in school. Some signs of illness: Fever Diarrhea Severe Sore Throat Draining Wound Vomiting All students with a fever need to remain at home until they are fever free without the aid of fever reducing medication (Tylenol, Ibuprofen etc.). Remember that a good night’s sleep (at least 8hrs) and proper nutrition will help your child/children perform at their very best. Thank you for all of your help and we look forward to this new school year! Shepherd Health Office Students must be HEALTHY to be educated, and educated to be HEALTHY!! 11 Every School Day Matters- Can We Count You In? Every day at Shepherd, administration, faculty and staff deliver this important message, backed up by research: Every period absence matters at every grade level. Every class period missed is a period of instruction missed, and another day of classroom interaction with students and teachers that can’t be recovered. The following steps are taken to increase daily attendance: 1. Parent/Guardian is required to do one of the following: Call in an absence prior to 9am on the day of the absence: 472-1804 – Audrey McIntosh As a general rule, a tardy/ 472-1805 – Automated Attendance Line absence for a reason that is Write an excuse giving the following information: not necessary or compelling to override the student’s student’s name daily attendance will not be date excused. day(s) of absence reason for the absence. Provide documentation for medical, dental, counseling or court appointments promptly. Schedule appointments and vacations outside of school hours. If a student arrives 10 minutes after the class period begins, the tardy will be recorded as an absence. 2. School: We track and report attendance every period, every day! Attendance letters are mailed home when a student reaches: 5,10, & 15 class period absences (Excused or unexcused) Automated phone messages and emails are sent out to alert parents of student class period absences twice a day. Each month we recognize improved attendance with a certificate and incentive. 3. District: MPS District Attendance Officer will intervene when a student reaches: 5-7 unexcused class period absences - meet with individual student and discuss attendance issues. Once warned and unexcused class period absences continue, a citation may be issued. 12 unex/ex class period absences* - meet and give an attendance warnings 20 unex/ex class period absences* – may issue citation & refer to Maricopa County Juvenile Court * no doctor, orthodontic, counseling, court documentation, or funeral notice Let us know how we can best support you and your children so that they can show up for school on time every day. We want your child to be a successful Shepherd Stallion. 12 September 2015 MONDAY TUESDAY WEDNESDAY THURSDAY 2 1 FRIDAY 3 4 8:15am - SAC 9:35am - Late Start 4pm - School Dance 7 8 9 10 9:35 - Late Start 8am - NJHS 11 3:55pm - Sign Language Club 14 15 16 17 18 23 24 25 9:35am - Late Start 7pm - Choir Concert Binder Checks 1st Period 11:05am - Late Start 21 22 3:55pm - Sign Language Club 28 29 30 8am - All Pro Retakes 9:35am - Late Start 13 14 GET WACKY! FUN SNACKS PRICING WHEN September 9th After School WHERE Out back & Out Front 50 cents to $1.00 ITEMS AVAILABLE Water Candy Soda Chips Granola Bars Other Wacky Snacks Saturday, September 26, 8:30 a.m. - 12 p.m. aper will be p f o m a re e n O ur school donated to yo u spend* o y 0 0 1 $ ry e v for e Enjoy refreshments and learn about the surprising ways Costco can save your family money — even on flu shots! Special Offers: RSVP to: MESA E SOUTHERN AVE POWER RD MESA COSTCO S SOSSAMAN RD E HAMPTON AVE Linda Jones (480) 333-6568 [email protected] Receive a $20 Costco Cash Card when you join as a new Executive Member. 60 Or, receive a $10 Costco Cash Card when you join as a new Gold Star or Business Member. 1444 S. Sossaman Road Mesa, AZ 85209 You must be a member to shop at Costco. Not a member? See our offers at this event! Invitation for the faculty, staff and families of: • Mesa School's • Apache Junction School's • Gilbert School's *One ream of paper will be donated to a school listed above, for every $100 spent on the same receipt during this event. Costco Cash Card offer is valid only when you join in person with a Costco representative at this event. Valid only for new members for their first year of membership. Limit one Costco Cash Card offer per household. Offer is nontransferable and may not be combined with any other offer or coupon. Costco Cash Cards are not redeemable for cash. A Gold Star Membership is $55 a year. An Executive Membership is an additional $55 upgrade fee a year. Each membership includes a free Household Card. Please include sales tax in all applicable states. Costco accepts cash, checks, debit/ATM cards, EBT, Costco Cash Cards, Costco Credit Cards and American Express. Employees of Costco are excluded from this offer. AWARENESS CODE: 63000 Offer Expires: 09/26/2015 SDR000041B 0714 It’s that time of year again! Shepherd families can register with Fry’s Community Rewards and we earn money for our school! The more families who register and select Shepherd Jr. High the more money we will receive. Reregister every year at the beginning of the school year. Please take advantage of this program and help support your school. How to Re-Enroll for the Fry’s Community Rewards Program Go to https://www.frysfood.com/topic/community?activePage=community rewards-2 Select ‘Sign-In.’ Enter your email and password then select ‘sign in.’ Select ‘My Account’, you should see Account Summary at the top. Scroll down, Click ‘ENROLL’ under Community Rewards. If prompted, enter personal information. Under Find Your Organization: Enter the NPO number 80640 or Shepherd Junior High School PTO then select ‘search’. Under Select Your Organization: Select box next to your organization. Then select ‘save changes.’ If you have registered correctly, you should now see your organization information listed under ‘Community Rewards’ on your Account Summary page. THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT!