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Aug. 28th, 2012 - Weekly Updates

posted Aug 29, 2012, 8:05 PM by Steven Adams

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Aug. 14th 2012 - Weekly Update

posted Aug 14, 2012, 3:25 PM by Steven Adams   [ updated Aug 14, 2012, 3:47 PM ]

Good morning; 
 
Welcome back to another exciting school year. Each week (normally on Tuesdays) you will receive a weekly update from me. These updates include important information regarding school as well as notice of events taking place during that week. Please make sure to read through the update so you don’t miss out on anything. Also, these emails are our primary way of communicating with parents so they are in the know. Make sure to ask your friends who have children attending Mountain Pointe and ask if they are receiving them also. We want every parent to get these updates. Thank you. 
 
On Friday, August 10, all students received their 2012-2013 Student Planner and Tempe Union High School District Student Policies and Regulations Handbook. There are multiple forms that need to be signed by both student and parents and returned to the student’s 3rd period teacher. These forms are due no later Friday, August 24. It is required that students and parents return these forms. In the event that forms are not returned students will have their classes closed until they are received. 
 
Academic Lab starts this week. Academic Lab will take place on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday (except when we have early outs on Wednesdays) from 1:19 pm-1:44 pm (25 minutes). Please refer to the summer newsletter for Academic Lab expectations. This is a great way for students to get extra assistance when needed during the school day. Please talk to your son/daughter to assure they are using the time wisely.  
 
Wednesday, August 15, is an early out for students. School is dismissed at 1:42 pm for teacher in-service activities. 
 
Wednesday, August 22, is a half day schedule. School is dismissed at 11:45 am for district-wide teacher in-service. 
 
Monday, August 20, Meet the Teacher Night. Program starts at 6:30 pm in the main gym and ends at 8:30 pm. There will be a Senior Parent College Information session in the auditorium from 5:00 pm-6:15 pm. 
Also, for all freshmen parents, you can go to the library between 5:00 pm-6:00 pm to activate your Parentvue account.  
 
The TOTEM Center and our Peer Tutoring services will begin Monday, August 13th. Our hours are: 
Before School from 7:00 - 7:40 am 
2nd Lunch 
After School from 2:50 - 3:30 pm (and until 2:30 on Early Release days) 
Academic Lab for Juniors and Seniors who are passing, but who could use a little extra help - we have 20 slots open during AcLab 
 
Dropping off lunch for students. If you are going to bring lunch to your son/daughter please understand that we cannot accept food at the front office and secure it until the student picks it up. If you want to bring lunch please make sure your son/daughter knows to meet you in the front office to pick it up. We will not make announcements because classes are in session during both lunch periods. Parents can always put money on the students lunch account in the cafeteria on on-line at www.tuhsd.k12.az.us  
 
Late to school. Please remember, if your son/daughter is going to be late to school a parent/legal guardian must sign them in at the front office. If your son/daughter is coming from a doctor/dentist (or other health care ) appointment they can bring a receipt/documentation from the doctor’s office and present to the front office to get a pass to class. All other students will be sent to sweep for the remainder of that class period. 
 
Preparing and doing well on the SAT is very important. Mountain Pointe High School will be hosting a FREE practice test for students getting ready to take the SAT this year.  
  •  FREE SAT Practice Test @ Mountain Pointe High School 
  •  Saturday, September 15, 2012 
  •  9:00 am-1:00 pm 
Make sure your son/daughter doesn’t miss out on this opportunity. Students will receive their test results at a follow up SAT Test Workshop Tuesday, September 25, 6:00 pm-7:00 pm at Mountain Pointe. 
Reserve your son/daughter’s seat today for the FREE test today! Register on-line at  
www.kaptest.com/hsevents. (This is a new link) If you experience any troubles registering on-line email Maggie.barry@kaplan.com.  
 
Rio Salado Information: Students who are taking Dual Enrollment classes will need to submit the following paperwork starting Tuesday, August 7th: 
  1. Registration Request Form with student and parent signatures 
  2. Designated Official Form for placement/prerequisite information 
  3. Payment Options page 
New students will also need to submit Prop 300 documentation (a COLOR copy of Driver's License, Birth Certificate or Passport ID Page). 
Application packets for Rio's dual enrollment classes for 2012-2013 will need a BLUE cover sheet (A student who completed last school year Rio's dual enrollment classes) or a PINK cover sheet (A student who is registering for Rio's dual enrollment classes for the first time ).   Please get a cover sheet from Mrs. Pompa in the Library before you begin the registration process.  ALL information for registration can be found on these sheets.  NO packet will be accepted without the correct cover sheet.  
ABSOLUTE DEADLINE for 2012-2013 registration is Friday, August 24th at NOON in the Library. 
 
Mountain Pointe Site Council - Seeks Parents/Community Members 
The Site Council is a shared decision-making body for the entire campus composed of parents, teachers, students, community members, and administrators.  All major campus decisions are reviewed by this body.  The MtP Site Council is currently seeking parents and community members to serve for a two year term beginning this fall.  The commitment is simply to attend every meeting (see schedule below) and occasional outside research.  If you are interested in serving on the Mountain Pointe Site Council, please contact the coordinator, Marilee Edel, at medel@tempeunion.org.  
Site Council meetings are held one Monday evening each month from 5:15 - 7:10 p.m. in room G-109A (unless otherwise posted). Meetings scheduled are as follows: 
 
• August 27th                   • January 28th 
• September 24th             • February 25th 
• October 29th                 • March 25th 
• November 19th              • April 29th 

For those unable to commit to serving on the committee, the meetings are open; all parents are welcome to attend.  Please join us! 
 
Guidance Update               
News from Mountain Pointe Guidance Counselors  
Week of August 13, 2012 
 
Senior Information Night – Monday August 20th 
Senior Parent and Dual Enrollment presentation at 5:00p.m. in the auditorium 
 
 
******Guidance will be visiting all Seniors during their English classes on Thursday, August 23rd and Friday , to go over some graduation information, plus planning for after college. 
 
 
   ACT  Test Dates      MTP School Code 030307           www.sat.org/register    
 

Test Date

Registration Deadline

Late Fee Required

September 8 2012

August 17 2012

August 18-24 2012

October 27 2012

September 21 2012

September 22-October 5 2012

December 8 2012

November 2 2012

November 3-16 2012

February 9 2013

January 11 2013

January 12-18 2013

April 13 2013

March 8 2013

March 9-22 2013

June 8 2013

May 3 2013

May 4 -17 2013

 
2012/2013   SAT   Test Dates      MTP School Code 030307    www.actstudent.org/start 


Test Date

Registration Deadline

Late Fee Required

October 6 2012

September 7 2012

September 21 2012

November 3 2012

October 4 2012

October 19 2012

December 1 2012

November 1 2012

November 16 2012

January 26 2013

December 28 2012

January 11 2013

March 9 2013

February 8 2013

February 22 2013

May 4 2013

April 5 2013

April 19 2013

June 1 2013

May 2 2013

May 17 2013


For  Scholarship Information go to: 
  • Click on Students 
  • Click on College prep 
  • Click on Scholarships 
Universities visiting MTP 
University of Arizona will be on campus during Academic Lab on August 28th.  Students need to sign up and get a pass from the Guidance Department prior to the visit in order to attend. 
 
***SCHEDULE CHANGES*** 
There will be no more schedule changes after Friday, August 17th. 
 
HOW DO I SEE MY COUNSELOR? 
 
Parents may make appointments to see their students Guidance Counselor.  Please email or call Mrs. Perez, Guidance Assistant, at dperez@tempeunion.org or 480-759-8449. 
 
Students may make an appointment by coming to the Guidance Department before school, after school or during lunch.  Walk in hours are also available before school, after school and during lunch. 
 
Counselors  
 
While Mrs. Salazar is out on Maternity Leave, Mrs. Smith will see Alpha N-O, Mr. Sabato will see L-M, and Mr. Mann will see P-Q. 
               
First Grad Night 2013 meeting will be August 27, 2012 at 6 pm in room G-103. Grad Night consist of a safe place for the seniors to go after graduation. Would you like to be involved in the effort to make this 
a special night for your graduate? If so, please join a great, fun group of parents at our first meeting and let’s start working to make this a wonderful night for our kids! If you have questions, ideas or ways to help and would like to be added to the parents list, email us at Info@mphsgradnight.com Hope to see you at the meeting! 

Boot Camp for Freshmen

posted Jul 20, 2012, 12:30 PM by Steven Adams   [ updated Jul 20, 2012, 12:35 PM ]


Freshmen students and parents, don't forget bootcamp will be here before you know it. If you haven't signed up yet, make sure you visit the following link to reserve your spot.

June 21st, 2012 - Summer Update

posted Jun 21, 2012, 3:25 PM by Steven Adams   [ updated Jun 21, 2012, 3:29 PM ]

Good morning and I hope everyone is having a great summer.

 

As you all know Mountain Pointe is currently hosting summer school. Approximately 1,500 students from across our district are attending. Life hasn’t seemed to change that much around here this summer. We also are hosting Summer Bridge for approximately 30 of our incoming 9th graders to Mountain Pointe to assist them in their transition to high school. So as you can see, add in the summer athletic programs, it is still bustling around here.

 

I want to give our parents a heads up on a few things as we prepare to start the new school year in August.

 

The summer newsletter will be available by the end of next week on our website (www.mphspride). In an attempt to save paper and money we will be mailing the newsletter only to our new incoming 9th grade parents. All others can find it on the main page of our website. I will send an email to all parents when it is available. Please read through this as it contains important information about starting the new school year including book distribution dates.

 

Boot Camp for ALL incoming freshmen is on Thursday (8 am-1 pm), August 2 (8 am-11 am) , and Friday, August 3. All freshmen are expected to attend both days. Buses will run both day from the regular school year bus stops (information about bus stop locations can be found on our district website (www.tuhsd.k12.az.us). Once on the district website click on “bus schedule” tab on left then “Bus Schedule” tab top right hand corner. That will take you to each school’s bus schedule. Click on “Mountain Pointe” tab at the bottom of the page. Bus schedules for the 2012-2013 school year should be uploaded by the beginning of July.

 

As we move into the new school year you will hear more about Arizona’s Common Core Standards. As most are probably aware there is a movement across the country to standardize the expectations for all students (which will significantly raise current standards). Arizona has adopted the Common Core Standards and they will now be know in Arizona as the Arizona Common Core Standards. Our staff is currently working on implementing these standards in all curriculum departments. Current students will continue to take the AIMS test but in the 2014-2015 school year a change will be made to have students take the PARCC test. I bring this to your attention so as I share information over the next several years you will have a better understanding of what will be asked of your students. If you would like to see more information on the new Arizona Common Core Standards go to http://www.azed.gov/standards-practices/common-core-state-standards/.

 

 

As always, if you have any questions or concerns please do not hesitate to contact me. Thank you and have a great rest of the summer.

 

Bruce Kipper

May 13th, 2012 - Weekly Update

posted May 16, 2012, 7:35 PM by Steven Adams   [ updated May 16, 2012, 7:37 PM ]

ATTENTION SENIOR PARENTS: This is an important reminder regarding behavior expectations for our senior students. Please remind your son/daughter that any act of disruption or prank could hinder their participation in the graduation ceremony.  What one might consider 'harmless' could result in a student not being allowed to participate in the graduation ceremony.

Sustainability Fact #16 - If the Greenland ice sheet melts into the ocean, worldwide sea levels will rise by 24 feet.

The Varsity Baseball and Softball teams would like you to invite you to participate in a wonderful and unique experience. Two softball players were diagnosed with Cancer this year. To honor Maddie Decker and Francesca Olguin, the varsity softball team is going to take on the varsity baseball team in a 16" slow pitch softball game.  This is a charity event and all proceeds will go to the two ladies to help with medical bills and emotional support.  The game will be here on the Varsity Softball field on Thursday May 17th at 3:30pm.  There is an account set up at Wells Fargo, if you can't make it to the game and are willing to donate please make checks out to the Decker and Olguin Charity Fund.  If you have any questions feel free to contact Mel Wendell mwendell@tuhsd.k12.az.us or Brandon Buck bbuck@tuhsd.k12.az.us.

Congratulations to the MPHS Choirs for their first every "Legacies" concert on Tuesday, May 8th! The concert featured music selected by and dedicated to the graduating class of 2012. Congratulations to the many senior choir members who stepped out and stepped up to the podium to conduct the choirs during the show!

Congratulations to Carly Lenhardt, a senior member of the MPHS Choir program for her selection to the Arizona All State Choir. She recently performed with the 200 voice state choir at the University of Arizona and represented Mountain Pointe High School with PRIDE!!! Go Carly!

GRAD NIGHT, MAGIC MOUNTAIN AND SENIOR BRICKS ON SALE! www.mphsgradnight.com

They are on sale Wednesdays and Fridays both lunches in front of the cafeteria.  Look on the website for the permission slips that need to be turned in with the money.

If you would like to purchase a brick with your name on it to be placed in the front parking lot please print out the form off of our website and turn it in at the ticket sale table or the front office.

Summer school is being held at Mountain Pointe this year and registration is now under way. You can register at Mountain Pointe High School (or any of the other schools) or online at www.tuhsdpayonline.org. The specifics of summer school are:

Session 1

  • Tuesday, May 29, to Friday, June 157:30 am-12:15 pm (Monday-Friday)
  • $175 for session 1 plus any appropriate fees (see summer school booklet)

Session 2

  • Monday, June 18 to Friday, July 6 (no school July 4)7:30 am-12:15 pm (Monday-Friday)
  • $175 for session 2 plus any appropriate fees (see summer school booklet)

 If your son/daughter fails either semester of a core class (Math, English, Social Studies, Science, and Foreign Language) they need to retake the course in summer school. Not retaking the course will put them behind for graduation. With the new requirements (23 credits to graduate) there is no room for error. If you have questions please contact your child’s guidance counselor.

Connect2NAU

  • Do you have less than 30 Rio Salado dual enrollment credits?  Are you planning to attend NAU?
  • You can be admitted to NAU while working on your associate's degree at Rio Salado!
  • Benefits of the Connect2NAU program include:
    • Receive a waived application fee
    • Receive full privileges to utilize the NAU Cline Library
    • Earn your NAU bachelor's degree either locally, online or in Flagstaff
    • Receive guidance and support from a Connect2NAU coordinator located at Rio Salado
    • Gain the best value for your money - lowest tuition in the state
    • Gain access to NAU scholarship opportunities

Check us out: http://extended.nau.edu/2NAU/RioSaladoCollege.aspx    OR call 1-800-426-8315

 

IMPORTANT: 2012-2013 Tuition Assistance Change for Rio Salado College

Students will apply for Tuition Assistance in the spring for the Dual Enrollment classes they plan on taking in the fall. This new timeline will allow students to know whether they qualify for tuition assistance before they register for Dual Enrollment classes.  The Tuition Assistance link on our Dual Enrollment website has been updated and now contains the following:

Instructional video explaining the application process

Packet which includes an informational cover sheet and the Tuition Assistance application

*The application and supporting documents must be mailed directly to the Rio Financial Aid Department no earlier than April 25, 2012 and no later than May 25, 2012.*

Dual Enrollment tuition assistance funds are available to eligible students on a first-come first-served basis.

Eligibility is based on financial need. To participate, students must complete the Tuition Assistance Application and mail it to Rio Salado Financial Aid/Scholarship Department.

Applications must: 

  • Contain all information requested
  • Be signed by all parties
  • Include all correct and supporting supplemental information
  • Copy of 2011 federal tax form 1040 must be submitted to qualify (no tax extensions considered)

Attention Seniors--Graduation is coming and so is Grad Night!  Plan now to spend the entire night after graduation with all your friends and classmates.  Grad Night tickets go on sale after Spring Break and will be available at both lunches on Wednesdays and Fridays. The ticket price will be $35 until April 13th. On April 14th, the ticket price will go up to $45. After May 19th, the ticket price will be $55. Get your Grad Night ticket early and save!

If you would like to read the daily announcements that our students hear go to https://sites.google.com/a/tuhsd.k12.az.us/mphspride/activities/daily-announcements

 

Parents, go to www.studiomtp.com and click on the You Tube link to see some of the work that our TV Productions class is doing. This is a relatively new program in our Business, Family, and Culinary Academy. If your son or daughter has ever thought about having a career in television or film this would be a great way to start.

The Mountain Pointe Boys Golf Team is hosting its annual MPHS Golf Tournament on May 19th at Club West Golf Course in the Foothills.  If you have an interest in playing please email Coach Ramseyer at tramseyer@tuhsd.k12.az.us. Cost is $75 per person or $275 for a foursome.  It is a shotgun start at 7am with lunch and prizes following the event.  Check in for the tournament starts at 6am and the deadline to register for the event is May 14th.

PHYSICAL DAY is Saturday, May 19 from 8:00am – 12noon in our auxiliary gym.  Athletes are encouraged to come during the time frame set for their sport: Spring Sports 8am–9:15am; Fall Sports 9:15am–10:45am; Winter Sports 10:45am–12noon.  Cost is $30 cash or check – after expenses, the funds from this event support our Pride Sports Medicine program.  Physical packets are available in our Athletics Office as well as online at www.MPHSPride.com, athletics – please see checklist and applicable forms at the bottom of the page.  This is your opportunity to get the physical done for the entire school year – don’t miss it! 

Athletic Events 

Congratulations to the boy’s 4 X 100 Relay team as they finished first at the Arizona Division 1 State Track Meet. In winning they set a new Arizona state record with a time of 40.46 which was almost a half a second faster than the old record. The relay team consisted of Ben Trotter, Travonn White, Kejavon Moore, and Paul Lucas.

Congratulations to Travonn White for winning the Division 1 state long jump.

Congratulations to both the boy’s and girl’s track teams for outstanding performances at last week’s State Division 1 Track Meet. The boys finished 3rd and the girls finished 8th.

All of the items listed in the weekly updates are provided by staff and booster clubs. If you feel certain activities are not being included please contact the staff member or booster club overseeing that activity.

May 9th, 2012 - Weekly Update

posted May 9, 2012, 7:42 AM by Steven Adams   [ updated May 9, 2012, 7:43 AM ]

Sustainability Fact #16- Decreased water use can lead to decreased energy use, as water heating accounts for 15% of a building’s energy use.

Yearbooks will be distributed through English classes this week.  Please remember that students will need an ID to receive their copy.  Open accounts for books and/or senior/baby ads must be cleared to obtain the copy of the book.  Please contact Patti Duncan if you have questions.  We still have a few extra books after we requested Jostens do another run for us. If you are interested in one of those copies, please contact Patti Duncan, as well. 

 

There are still cap and gown picture orders in the yearbook room that need to be picked up.  Please send you child to get those as soon as possible so they don't go back to Southwest Portraits.

Tuesday May 8th will be the final concert of the Mountain Pointe Choir Season.  The concert titled "Legacies" is a tribute to the Senior Class.  Admission will be $5 - however - there will be NO CHARGE to the members of MPHS Class of 2012.  The Choir Boosters will be holding a basket raffle with many wonderful items.  Please come support our amazing choir and enjoy a terrific show.

Guidance update

News from Mountain Pointe Guidance Counselors        

Week of April 30, 2012

 

Parents-Mountain Pointe collects information on scholarships awarded to their seniors.  Please email Coach Fred Mann and let him know:

1.The yearly scholarship amount that has been offered.

2.The school offering your student the scholarship.

Please email this information to: fmann@tuhsd.k12.az.us

As we approach the end of the school year please check on your child’s progress in classes through ParentVue or by contacting your student’s teachers.

 

Parents/Students- check out this great career interest website: http://www.onetonline.org/

 

Summer school information is available in guidance.  Face to face summer school is at Mountain Pointe this summer, first session runs from May 29-June 15 and second session runs from June 18-July 6. Please see your counselor with questions.

 

Online Health for summer school is now closed.  Please contact Susan Edwards at sedwards@tuhsd.k12.az.us to inquire about a waiting list if still interested

in the class.

 

College Testing Dates                   

MTP school code=030307

ACT

  • June 9-deadline to register 5/4
  • www.actstudent.org

 

SAT

  • June 2-deadline to register 5/8
  • www.collegeboard.org

 

For Scholarship Information go to:

www.tuhsd.k12.az.us

Click on Students

Click on College prep

Click on Scholarships

 

Arizona State University Information

Financial Aid Packaging has begun!

Students who have submitted their FAFSA to ASU should be checking the My Finances link on their MyASU page for updates and additional tasks to complete. If students have questions about their Financial Aid package, please feel free to direct them to contact me or ASU Financial Aid directly.

Enrollment Deposit & Deadline to Accept Financial Aid Package is May 1, 2012. (Not March 31st, 2012) 

ASU Financial Aid 480-965-3355

How much will it cost to attend ASU?

Also, this is a great new site to help families determine how much attending ASU will cost their family: http://students.asu.edu/mymoney

Enrollment Deposit, Orientation & Housing – Oh my!

Students who plan on attending ASU for the Fall 2012 can begin the enrollment process by first paying their $300 enrollment deposit. (If the student is Pell Grant eligible, the student can use their Pell grant to pay the enrollment deposit once ASU has completed their financial aid package.) Once the enrollment deposit has been processed, students will then be able to register for orientation and confirm their housing preferences. All of these tasks are to be completed on their MyASU page.

Here is the contact information for orientation and housing for your reference:

ASU Orientation 480-965-2880

ASU Housing  480-965-3515

Housing Exemption Request

Remember, to access the exemption request area on the housing confirmation website, students must first confirm their housing preferences as if they were to live on campus. After this information is submitted the housing confirmation website will then allow them to submit and exemption request.

Orientation Season is in Full Swing!

Students are encouraged to attend orientation as soon as possible. However, students will not be at a disadvantage if they want to wait to attend orientation until after graduation. Orientation is college centric and is when students meet with their academic advisors and register for their fall classes.

Barrett Admission

Barrett notified students who applied by the February 15, 2012 deadline of their admissions decision last week. Students who were “Wait-listed” will be notified by May 15 if they have been admitted into the Barrett program. Students who were denied are encouraged to reapply to Barrett for Spring 2013. This application will be available late summer on the Barrett website.

Cancelling ASU Admissions

Students who were admitted to ASU, but have decided not to attend in the fall must officially decline their admission. This process can be done online by visiting: http://students.asu.edu/declineadmissions.

The following contacts are available at any time for inquires regarding their respective colleges and universities:?Arizona State University - Casey Green - 480-965-6427 - ASUCaseyGreen@asu.edu?The University of Arizona - Anne Lassen - 602-827-2194 - alassen@email.arizona.edu?Northern Arizona University - Aaron Stroh - 928-523-6170 - aaron.stroh@nau.edu?Mesa Community College - Pamela Schuler - 480-461-7639 - pam.schuler@mcmail.maricopa.edu?Chandler Gilbert Community College - Antonio Bracamonte - 480-732-7330-antonio.bracamonte@cgcmail.maricopa.edu?South Mountain Community College - Calvin DeVoll - 602-305-5834 - Calvin.DeVoll@smcmail.maricopa.edu

Mesa Community College New Student Orientation Dates and Times??Register for Orientation online at My.maricopa.edu??Red Mountain Campus Thur., Aug 9th, 2012 (Sec Code 32023) 5:00 PM - 6:30 PM in the Community Room Sat., Aug 11th, 2012 (Sec Code 32015) 9:00 AM - 10:30 AM in the Community Room??Southern and Dobson Thur., Aug, 16th, 2012 (Sec Code 32024) 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM in the Navajo Room Thur., Aug, 16th, 2012 (Sec Code 32018) 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM in the Navajo Room Sat., Aug 18th, 2012 (Sec Code

32020) 10:00 AM - 12:00 AM in the Navajo Room??*Check-in begins one half hour prior to start time*?For Questions Contact: Greg Reents?Phone: 480.461.7285?Email: GAR2@MESACC.EDU

We just returned from our DECA International Conference in Salt Lake City.  Ten students from MP qualified to compete at the event.  They were fantastic.  All of them received certificates of achievement for meeting or exceeding the business and marketing standards for the competition.  Additionally, we had three MP students win medals!  Teresa Velasco, freshman, placed in the top 10 for her test score in the Principles of Business Administration event.  Kairavi Shah, sophomore, was a top 20 overall event finalist for the Principles of Business Administration event. She came in 13th in the nation for her event.  Sara Abrams, sophomore, was a top 20 overall event finalist for the Principles of Hospitality and Tourism event.  Sara also came in 13th in the nation for her event.  There were over 150 of the nation's top DECA competitors from all four grade levels participating in these events.

Good Luck to our AP Students who will be testing this week and next in their subject areas.  Study hard....we wish you success on these rigorous tests!

The MPHS Art Department cordially invites you to the 2012 MPHS Spring Art Show.  The show will include a variety of work from all of our art courses taught here at Mountain Pointe.  This event will be open to the public on Thursday, May 10th, in the G-Wing Lobby during regular school hours and again from 5-7 pm where light hors d’oeuvres will be served. If parents and/or community members would like to stop by during school hours please remember to stop by the front desk and get a visitor’s pass.

 We sincerely hope that you will be able to stop by and admire the talent that resides here at MPHS.

Congratulations to the Wind Ensemble and Jazz Band who performed in the ABODA State Festival last week.  The Wind Ensemble received a "Superior" rating and the Jazz Band received a rating of "Excellent."  Come experience all the fine instrumental groups in their Finale Concerts on May 11 and 14 at 7:00 in the Auditorium.

GRAD NIGHT, MAGIC MOUNTAIN AND SENIOR BRICKS ON SALE! www.mphsgradnight.com

They are on sale Wednesdays and Fridays both lunches in front of the cafeteria.  Look on the website for the permission slips that need to be turned in with the money.

 If you would like to purchase a brick with your name on it to be placed in the front parking lot please print out the form off of our website and turn it in at the ticket sale table or the front office.

-Summer school is being held at Mountain Pointe this year and registration is now under way. You can register at Mountain Pointe High School (or any of the other schools) or online at www.tuhsdpayonline.org. The specifics of summer school are:

Session 1

  • Tuesday, May 29, to Friday, June 157:30 am-12:15 pm (Monday-Friday)
  • $175 for session 1 plus any appropriate fees (see summer school booklet)

Session 2

  • Monday, June 18 to Friday, July 6 (no school July 4)7:30 am-12:15 pm (Monday-Friday)
  • $175 for session 2 plus any appropriate fees (see summer school booklet)
  • If your son/daughter fails either semester of a core class (Math, English, Social Studies, Science, and Foreign Language) they need to retake the course in summer school. Not retaking the course will put them behind for graduation. With the new requirements (23 credits to graduate) there is no room for error. If you have questions please contact your child’s guidance counselor.

 

Connect2NAU

Do you have less than 30 Rio Salado dual enrollment credits?  Are you planning to attend NAU?

You can be admitted to NAU while working on your associate's degree at Rio Salado!

Benefits of the Connect2NAU program include:

* Receive a waived application fee

* Receive full privileges to utilize the NAU Cline Library

* Earn your NAU bachelor's degree either locally, online or in Flagstaff

* Receive guidance and support from a Connect2NAU coordinator located at Rio Salado

* Gain the best value for your money - lowest tuition in the state

* Gain access to NAU scholarship opportunities

Check us out: http://extended.nau.edu/2NAU/RioSaladoCollege.aspx    OR call 1-800-426-8315

IMPORTANT: 2012-2013 Tuition Assistance Change for Rio Salado College

Students will apply for Tuition Assistance in the spring for the Dual Enrollment classes they plan on taking in the fall. This new timeline will allow students to know whether they qualify for tuition assistance before they register for Dual Enrollment classes.  The Tuition Assistance link on our Dual Enrollment website has been updated and now contains the following:

·         Instructional video explaining the application process

·         Packet which includes an informational cover sheet and the Tuition Assistance application

*The application and supporting documents must be mailed directly to the Rio Financial Aid Department no earlier than April 25, 2012 and no later than May 25, 2012.*

Dual Enrollment tuition assistance funds are available to eligible students on a first-come first-served basis.

Eligibility is based on financial need. To participate, students must complete the Tuition Assistance Application and mail it to Rio Salado Financial Aid/Scholarship Department.

Applications must:

• Contain all information requested

• Be signed by all parties

• Include all correct and supporting supplemental information

• Copy of 2011 federal tax form 1040 must be submitted to

qualify (no tax extensions considered)

 

Attention Seniors--Graduation is coming and so is Grad Night!  Plan now to spend the entire night after graduation with all your friends and classmates.  Grad Night tickets go on sale after Spring Break and will be available at both lunches on Wednesdays and Fridays. The ticket price will be $35 until April 13th. On April 14th, the ticket price will go up to $45. After May 19th, the ticket price will be $55. Get your Grad Night ticket early and save!

If you would like to read the daily announcements that our students hear go to

https://sites.google.com/a/tuhsd.k12.az.us/mphspride/activities/daily-announcements

 

Parents, go to www.studiomtp.com and click on the You Tube link to see some of the work that our TV Productions class is doing. This is a relatively new program in our Business, Family, and Culinary Academy. If your son or daughter has ever thought about having a career in television or film this would be a great way to start.

 

Save the date for the 4th Annual Mountain Pointe Football Golf Classic.  This year’s tournament is being held at the Foothills Golf Club, 2201 E Clubhouse Drive, Phoenix, AZ 85048. Saturday, May 12, 12:30pm Golf Shotgun Start, 4man “best ball” format

5:00pm Social Hour with live entertainment, followed by a buffet dinner.  Golfers, foursomes, hole sponsors, silent auction items and volunteers are needed.  Fees are:    

·        Hole Sponsorships…………………………….$100 (family or business sponsors)

·        One Foursome & Hole Sponsorship........... ..$600 ($500 if registered and paid before April 8th)

·        One Foursome ............................................$500 ($400 if registered and paid before April 8th)

·        Individual Golfer ....................................... $125 ($100 if registered and paid before April 8th)

·        Extra Point Package................................ .$150

·        Buffet Dinner Only ................................. $25

 

For more information, contact Christopher Rausch at ckrausch@q.com, or 480-980-0140.  All proceeds benefit the Mountain Pointe High School Football Program.

 

-The Mountain Pointe Boys Golf Team is hosting its annual MPHS Golf Tournament on May 19th at Club West Golf Course in the Foothills.  If you have an interest in playing please email Coach Ramseyer at tramseyer@tuhsd.k12.az.us. Cost is $75 per person or $275 for a foursome.  It is a shotgun start at 7am with lunch and prizes following the event.  Check in for the tournament starts at 6am and the deadline to register for the event is May 14th.

 

-PHYSICAL DAY is Saturday, May 19 from 8:00am – 12noon in our auxiliary gym.  Athletes are encouraged to come during the time frame set for their sport: Spring Sports 8am–9:15am; Fall Sports 9:15am–10:45am; Winter Sports 10:45am–12noon.  Cost is $30 cash or check – after expenses, the funds from this event support our Pride Sports Medicine program.  Physical packets are available in our Athletics Office as well as online at www.MPHSPride.com, athletics – please see checklist and applicable forms at the bottom of the page.  This is your opportunity to get the physical done for the entire school year – don’t miss it! 

 

All of the items listed in the weekly updates are provided by staff and booster clubs. If you feel certain activities are not being included please contact the staff member or booster club overseeing that activity.

April 17th 2012 - Weekly Updates

posted Apr 18, 2012, 1:47 PM by Steven Adams   [ updated Apr 18, 2012, 1:53 PM ]

Sustainability Fact #14-The energy saved from one recycled aluminum can will operate a television set for three hours.

Parents and Community Members, Tempe Union High School District is applying for the 21st Century Community Learning Center grant through the Arizona Department of Education.  If awarded, the grant will fund the following programs at Mountain Pointe High School:
 
Extended hours for the library and computer lab on campus (3:30 to 7:00 p.m. Monday through Thursday).
An after school reading lab (3:00 to 4:30, Monday through Thursday) with staff assistance available.
A tutoring program using both peer tutoring and extended teacher tutoring.
Homework Club that will use the library and computer lab (3:00 to 7:00 p.m. Monday through Thursday) with 2-3 teachers available to assist students.
 
American Dream Academy, a 10-week program for parents through a partnership with ASU, that is designed to engage parents in their student’s education process and boost student achievement and build college and career readiness for their student. 
 
There will also be a parent component through TUHSD's No Parent Left Behind University that conducts workshops on select evenings on various topics.  
 
The staff and students at Mountain Pointe want to congratulate and wish former Pride student-athlete Aaron Aguayo good luck as he participates in the USA summer Olympic trials. Aaron participated in track and field at Mountain Pointe from 1999-2002, went on to earn All-American status at Arizona State University and now is attempting to qualify for the 2012 summer Olympics. Good luck and the Pride is behind you! 

The Sustainability PLC's big Earth Day celebration is approaching! On Friday, April 20th during our lunch from11:00a-12:35p we invite the community and students to come hang out with some of our vendors and see what kind of "green" activities our community is involved in.  Some of the participants include Environmental Club, Freeway Chevrolet, Rio Salado's Sustainability program, ASU's School of Sustainability among many others. Leading up to the event, we have had various guest speakers from ADEQ and ASU speaking to science classes about sustainability and how we can tie it into our everyday lives. We are looking for more community participation.  Do you know anyone, or do you yourself, have some skills that you would like to share or teach the students during our lunchtime Earth Day celebration?  Do you know any local business members who would like to set up an exciting table/booth that promotes some form of sustainability?  If so, share your ideas with Ms. Phelan (sphelan@tuhsd.k12.az.us) and/or Mrs. Miller (comiller@tuhsd.k12.az.us).

To help raise money for the Sustainability PLC, Higher Ed Growth (www.higheredgrowth.com)  contributed an IPad 3 to raffle off.  Try to win this for your son or daughter!  Or maybe even for yourself!  With the support of Pride Board, we will be raffling off this brand new IPad 3.  Raffle tickets are 1 for $5 and 2 for $8!  If you're interested in purchasing tickets, come inside and ask for Ms. Phelan, Mrs. Miller, Mrs. Ramseyer or Mrs. Bergman before or after school.  The raffle will start Tuesday, April 10th and end on Friday, April 20th. The raffle will be held toward the end of second lunch and announced through e-mail. 

MtP's final Sustainability Drive of the year is here.  April 16-23rd we will be collecting clothing items and shoes.  We are asking for ANY item that is clean but can be in good or bad condition.  Torn, elastic gone, bleach stains are no problem. We are recycling these clothes into insulation!  On average a household throws out 68 pounds of clothing a year.  It only takes 500 pairs of jeans (for example) to insulate a small home.  We are working with Phoenix Fibers, a company associated with United Fibers.  MtP will even earn 10 cents for every pound taken in!

Guidance update
News from Mountain Pointe Guidance Counselors        
Week of April 16, 2012
 
As we approach the end of the school year please check on your child’s progress in classes through ParentVue or by contacting your student’s teachers.
 
Mountain Pointe senior students who are in the top 15% of their class are invited to apply for the Presidential Scholarship.   The Presidential Scholarship is awarded by the Maricopa Community Colleges to those in the top 15% at Mountain Pointe.  This entitles students to registration fee and 15 credit hours for 4 semesters at any Community college in Arizona. The application for this scholarship is available in guidance.  The list of students in the top 15% of the senior class has already been submitted to the Maricopa Community colleges.  If you are unsure if your student is in the top 15% please see your guidance counselor.
 
Guidance will be visiting all Seniors during their English classes on Thursday, April 26th, to go over some last minute graduation information.
 
Summer school information is available in guidance.  Face to face summer school is at Mountain Pointe this summer, first session runs from May 29-June 15 and second session runs from June 18-July 6. Please see your counselor with questions.
 
Students who are interested in attending any of the United States Military Service Academies, there is a free conference on Saturday April 28th.  Representatives  will be there to explain the requirements and opportunities that each academy has to offer.
If you have any questions, please see Mrs. Perez in the Guidance Department.
 
Online Health for summer school is now closed.  Please contact Susan Edwards at sedwards@tuhsd.k12.az.us to inquire about a waiting list if still interested
in the class.
 
College Testing Dates                    
MTP school code=030307

ACT
June 9-deadline to register 5/4
www.actstudent.org
 
SAT
June 2-deadline to register 5/8
www.collegeboard.org
 
For  Scholarship Information go to:
www.tuhsd.k12.az.us
Click on Students
Click on College prep
Click on Scholarships
 
Arizona State University Information
Financial Aid Packaging has begun!
Students who have submitted their FAFSA to ASU should be checking the My Finances link on their MyASU page for updates and additional tasks to complete. If students have questions about their Financial Aid package, please feel free to direct them to contact me or ASU Financial Aid directly.
Enrollment Deposit & Deadline to Accept Financial Aid Package is May 1, 2012. (Not March 31st, 2012) 
ASU Financial Aid 480-965-3355
How much will it cost to attend ASU?
Also, this is a great new site to help families determine how much attending ASU will cost their family: http://students.asu.edu/mymoney
Enrollment Deposit, Orientation & Housing – Oh my!
Students who plan on attending ASU for the Fall 2012 can begin the enrollment process by first paying their $300 enrollment deposit. (If the student is Pell Grant eligible, the student can use their Pell grant to pay the enrollment deposit once ASU has completed their financial aid package.) Once the enrollment deposit has been processed, students will then be able to register for orientation and confirm their housing preferences. All of these tasks are to be completed on their MyASU page.
 
Here is the contact information for orientation and housing for your reference:
ASU Orientation 480-965-2880
ASU Housing  480-965-3515
Housing Exemption Request
Remember, to access the exemption request area on the housing confirmation website, students must first confirm their housing preferences as if they were to live on campus. After this information is submitted the housing confirmation website will then allow them to submit and exemption request.
Orientation Season is in Full Swing!
Students are encouraged to attend orientation as soon as possible. However, students will not be at a disadvantage if they want to wait to attend orientation until after graduation. Orientation is college centric and is when students meet with their academic advisors and register for their fall classes.

Barrett Admission

Barrett notified students who applied by the February 15, 2012 deadline of their admissions decision last week. Students who were “Wait-listed” will be notified by May 15 if they have been admitted into the Barrett program. Students who were denied are encouraged to reapply to Barrett for Spring 2013. This application will be available late summer on the Barrett website.

Cancelling ASU Admissions
Students who were admitted to ASU, but have decided not to attend in the fall must officially decline their admission. This process can be done online by visiting: http://students.asu.edu/declineadmissions.
 
The following contacts are available at any time for inquires regarding their respective colleges and universities:

Arizona State University - Casey Green - 480-965-6427 - ASUCaseyGreen@asu.edu
The University of Arizona - Anne Lassen - 602-827-2194 - alassen@email.arizona.edu
Northern Arizona University - Aaron Stroh - 928-523-6170 - aaron.stroh@nau.edu
Mesa Community College - Pamela Schuler - 480-461-7639 - pam.schuler@mcmail.maricopa.edu
Chandler Gilbert Community College - Antonio Bracamonte - 480-732-7330-antonio.bracamonte@cgcmail.maricopa.edu
South Mountain Community College - Calvin DeVoll - 602-305-5834 - Calvin.DeVoll@smcmail.maricopa.edu

Universities visiting MTP

JUNIORS AND SENIORS: UCLA will be on campus during academic lab in the Guidance Career Center on Tuesday, April 24th, to meet with any students interested in applying to the school.
 
Chandler-Gilbert Community College will be on campus for the first time during academic lab on Thursday, April 26th.
 

GRAD NIGHT, MAGIC MOUNTAIN AND SENIOR BRICKS ON SALE! www.mphsgradnight.com
They are on sale Wednesdays and Fridays both lunches in front of the cafeteria.  Look on the website for the permission slips that need to be turned in with the money. If you would like to purchase a brick with your name on it to be placed in the front parking lot please print out the form off of our website and turn it in at the ticket sale table or the front office.

Summer school is being held at Mountain Pointe this year and registration is now under way. You can register at Mountain Pointe High School (or any of the other schools) or online at www.tuhsdpayonline.org. The specifics of summer school are:

Session 1
Tuesday, May 29, to Friday, June 157:30 am-12:15 pm (Monday-Friday)
$175 for session 1 plus any appropriate fees (see summer school booklet)

Session 2
Monday, June 18 to Friday, July 6 (no school July 4)7:30 am-12:15 pm (Monday-Friday)
$175 for session 2 plus any appropriate fees (see summer school booklet)

If your son/daughter fails either semester of a core class (Math, English, Social Studies, Science, and Foreign Language) they need to retake the course in summer school. Not retaking the course will put them behind for graduation. With the new requirements (23 credits to graduate) there is no room for error. If you have questions please contact your child’s guidance counselor.

Congratulations go out to Mountain Pointe’s Janae Chokey and Allie Knuth who won the 2012 Photo Contest for Best Buddies Arizona!  Their winning photo is  featured on the Best Buddies Arizona Facebook page. Janae and Allie were matched as a Buddy Pair two years ago and they very quickly became a major part of each other’s life.  They truly embody the mission of Best Buddies which is to create opportunities for one-to-one friendships, integrated employment and leadership development for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. The Mountain Pointe Best Buddies chapter is one of the most active of the 36 high school chapters in Arizona and sponsors several events throughout the year including Boys and Girls Night Out, Buddy Prom, an Art Show,  and will have a team at this weekend’s Relay for Life. 

Connect2NAU
Do you have less than 30 Rio Salado dual enrollment credits?  Are you planning to attend NAU?
You can be admitted to NAU while working on your associate's degree at Rio Salado!
Benefits of the Connect2NAU program include:

 
* Receive a waived application fee
* Receive full privileges to utilize the NAU Cline Library
* Earn your NAU bachelor's degree either locally, online or in Flagstaff
* Receive guidance and support from a Connect2NAU coordinator located at Rio Salado
* Gain the best value for your money - lowest tuition in the state
* Gain access to NAU scholarship opportunities

Check us out: http://extended.nau.edu/2NAU/RioSaladoCollege.aspx    OR call 1-800-426-8315

The scholarship season is upon us! For scholarship opportunities go the district website (www.tuhsd.k12.az.us), go to Students link at top of page then College Preparation link.

Contact Fred Mann (fmann@tuhsd.k12.az.us) in Guidance for more information.
Yearbook News: Because we ran out of yearbooks, we talked to Jostens and made arrangements for them to print a few more.  The books can be purchased using a credit or debit card at jostens.com.
If you purchased a yearbook on a payment plan, please make sure those accounts are cleared by May 1.  Also, those owing for baby ads should clear those accounts as soon as possible so your child can have the yearbook when the shipment arrives.
Please direct any questions to Patti Duncan at pduncan@tuhsd.k12.az.us

Cap and Gown Pictures: The cap and gown pictures arrived a couple weeks ago.  Please have your child make arrangements to pick up his or her package as soon as possible.  Please direct any questions to Patti Duncan at pduncan@tuhsd.k12.az.us

Rummage Sale April 21st from 7am-noon supporting Phoenix Sister Cities Youth Ambassador Exchange Program.  The rummage sale will be held in the 44th Street Parking Lot of Mountain Pointe High School. Mountain Pointe is proud to have two students selected to represent Phoenix this summer as part of the Phoenix Sister Cities Youth Ambassador Exchange Program (YAEP).  Kaitlyn Stiles and Patrick Murphy will travel to Ennis Ireland and Himeji, Japan, respectively where they will experience local culture firsthand. Upon their return, they’ll host the teens they stayed with for three weeks while participating in a variety of activities and day trips organized by the program. So come on out, shop, and support the youth exchange. If you have items you would like to donate, please contact Eileen Sipes at eileenpraysipes@gmail.com.  Information regarding the application process for next year’s youth program is available at www.phoenixsistercities.org.

Attention anyone taking Rio dual enrollment classes next school year. If you have not passed the AIMS Reading test, you will be able to take the Reading Accuplacer test in our library during ACLAB on April 17th, April 19th, April 24th, and April 26th. 

Please see Mrs. Pompa in the library to reserve your date and time. There are NO walk-ins for these scheduled dates, so please schedule a date now. The following departments need the Reading Accuplacer test for acceptance into their classes: Art, Foreign Languages, Social Studies, English, Science, and Child Development.

If you are planning on taking the Advanced Composition class, English 101, you will also need to  schedule an ACLAB testing date for the Writing Skills Accuplacer Test.  The AIMS Writing exam does not count for English 101 admittance.

For those students planning on taking Math Rio dual enrollment classes, please speak to your  Math teacher for the dates of your Math Accuplacer  testing.

IMPORTANT: 2012-2013 Tuition Assistance Change for Rio Salado College

Students will apply for Tuition Assistance in the spring for the Dual Enrollment classes they plan on taking in the fall. This new timeline will allow students to know whether they qualify for tuition assistance before they register for Dual Enrollment classes.  The Tuition Assistance link on our Dual Enrollment website has been updated and now contains the following:

Instructional video explaining the application process
Packet which includes an informational cover sheet and the Tuition Assistance application

*The application and supporting documents must be mailed directly to the Rio Financial Aid Department no earlier than April 25, 2012 and no later than May 25, 2012.*

Dual Enrollment tuition assistance funds are available to eligible students on a first-come first-served basis.

Eligibility is based on financial need. To participate, students must complete the Tuition Assistance Application and mail it to Rio Salado Financial Aid/Scholarship Department.

Applications must:
• Contain all information requested
• Be signed by all parties
• Include all correct and supporting supplemental information
• Copy of 2011 federal tax form 1040 must be submitted to
qualify (no tax extensions considered)

If you still wish to order a yearbook, please contact Patti Duncan at pduncan@tuhsd.k12.az.us. There are about 50 books remaining.

Attention Seniors--Graduation is coming and so is Grad Night!  Plan now to spend the entire night after graduation with all your friends and classmates.  Grad Night tickets go on sale after Spring Break and will be available at both lunches on Wednesdays and Fridays. The ticket price will be $35 until April 13th. On April 14th, the ticket price will go up to $45. After May 19th, the ticket price will be $55. Get your Grad Night ticket early and save!

If you would like to read the daily announcements that our students hear go to

Parents, go to www.studiomtp.com and click on the You Tube link to see some of the work that our TV Productions class is doing. This is a relatively new program in our Business, Family, and Culinary Academy. If your son or daughter has ever thought about having a career in television or film this would be a great way to start.

Save the date for the 4th Annual Mountain Pointe Football Golf Classic.  This year’s tournament is being held at the Foothills Golf Club, 2201 E Clubhouse Drive, Phoenix, AZ 85048. Saturday, May 12, 12:30pm Golf Shotgun Start, 4man “best ball” format

5:00pm Social Hour with live entertainment, followed by a buffet dinner.  Golfers, foursomes, hole sponsors, silent auction items and volunteers are needed.  Fees are:    

Hole Sponsorships: $100 (family or business sponsors)
One Foursome & Hole Sponsorship: $600 ($500 if registered and paid before April 8th)
One Foursome: $500 ($400 if registered and paid before April 8th)
Individual Golfer: $125 ($100 if registered and paid before April 8th)
Extra Point Package: $150
Buffet Dinner Only: $25

For more information, contact Christopher Rausch at ckrausch@q.com, or 480-980-0140.  All proceeds benefit the Mountain Pointe High School Football Program.

Congratulations to the Lionhearts Marching Band who participated last weekend in the Ahwatukee Easter Parade, along with special guests from Centennial Middle School.  The Lionhearts were honored by the Kiwanis Club of Ahwatukee as the "Best of Parade" overall entry.

The Mountain Pointe Boys Golf Team is hosting its annual MPHS Golf Tournament on May 19th at Club West Golf Course in the Foothills.  If you have an interest in playing please email Coach Ramseyer at tramseyer@tuhsd.k12.az.us. Cost is $75 per person or $275 for a foursome.  It is a shotgun start at 7am with lunch and prizes following the event.  Check in for the tournament starts at 6am and the deadline to register for the event is May 14th.

Mesa Community College will be offering several special Placement Testing dates - Saturday dates for graduating seniors at the Southern/Dobson campus.  Please let your students know to sign up and get this important step done early!
April 21 and May 5
REQUIREMENTS:

Students must be admitted to MCC   (go to my.maricopa.edu or to the campus to get admitted)
Register for a session on line at (www.mesacc.edu/recruitment), a confirmation email will be issued
Complete and print out the Sample Test Questions for Accuplacer found on the Testing website         (www.mesa.edu/testing)
Bring to the testing site on the day of testing:
Confirmation email
Print out of sample test
Government issued picture ID
MCC student ID number

A special - optional English test-prep session will be offered on March 3 and April 21 only.  Students should register for one of these sessions on line if interested.
PLEASE NOTE:  MCC is now using Accuplacer for all tests - English, Reading and Math.   Only students who have been admitted to MCC will be eligible to test.
Parents or students can contact the MCC Testing Center with any questions  480 461 7338.
 
Athletic Events

Tuesday, April 17
Boys Tennis HOME vs Corona 3:30pm
Girls Tennis @ Corona 3:30pm
Freshmen/JV Baseball HOME vs Brophy College Preparatory 4pm
Varsity Baseball @ Brophy College Preparatory 7:00pm

Wednesday, April 18
Girls Tennis HOME vs Horizon 3:30pm
Boys Tennis @ Horizon 3:30pm
Varsity Baseball @ Corona 3:45pm
Freshmen/JV Baseball HOME vs Corona 4pm
Freshmen/JV Softball @ Corona 3:45pm
Varsity Softball HOME vs Corona 4pm   

Thursday, April 19
Freshmen/JV Baseball @ Mesa High School 3:45pm
Varsity Baseball @ Phoenix Municipal Stadium vs Mesa High School  7:00pm
Boys Volleyball HOME vs Salpointe - JV 4pm, Varsity 5:30pm
Freshmen/JV Softball HOME vs Mesa High School 4pm
Varsity Softball @ vs Mesa High School 3:45pm

Friday, April 20
Varsity Baseball @ McClintock 3:45pm
Freshmen/JV Baseball HOME vs McClintock 4pm
Varsity Softball HOME vs McClintock 4pm   
Freshmen/JV Softball @ McClintock 3:45pm
Boys Tennis - State Competition @ Indian School Park 10:30am
Girls Tennis - State Competition @ Gene Autry Tennis Center

Monday, April 23
Freshmen/JV Softball HOME vs Westwood 4pm  

April 9th, 2012 - Weekly Updates

posted Apr 12, 2012, 2:14 PM by Steven Adams   [ updated Apr 12, 2012, 2:17 PM ]

I am going to ask our families to support Mountain Pointe freshman Angelica Vanauken and her quest to become Miss Jr. Teen America. Angelica was recently selected as Miss Jr. Teen Arizona and will travel to Nashville, Tennessee next week to compete in the Miss Jr. Teen America contest. Miss Teen America is having a People’s Choice Award to select the winner. To support Angelica (Miss Jr. Teen Arizona) all you have to do is go to Facebook and call up Miss Teen America and then click “like.”  Then to vote, you have to click on Jr. Teen Delegates 2012, then click on Arizona’s picture and click like. When I checked the Facebook page Angelica was the top row, third from the left. Let’s all go out and vote and help Angelica.

Sustainability Fact #13- Americans throw away enough wood and paper annually to heat 500 homes for 200 years.

The Sustainability PLC's big Earth Day celebration is approaching! On Friday, April 20th during our lunch from11:00a-12:35p we invite the community and students to come hang out with some of our vendors and see what kind of "green" activities our community is involved in.  Some of the participants include Environmental Club, Freeway Chevrolet, Rio Salado's Sustainability program, ASU's School of Sustainability among many others. Leading up to the event, we have had various guest speakers from ADEQ and ASU speaking to science classes about sustainability and how we can tie it into our everyday lives. We are looking for more community participation.  Do you know anyone, or do you yourself, have some skills that you would like to share or teach the students during our lunchtime Earth Day celebration?  Do you know any local business members who would like to set up an exciting table/booth that promotes some form of sustainability?  If so, share your ideas with Ms. Phelan (sphelan@tuhsd.k12.az.us) and/or Mrs. Miller (comiller@tuhsd.k12.az.us)

To help raise money for the Sustainability PLC, Higher Ed Growth (www.higheredgrowth.com)  contributed an IPad 3 to raffle off.  Try to win this for your son or daughter!  Or maybe even for yourself!  With the support of Pride Board, we will be raffling off this brand new IPad 3.  Raffle tickets are 1 for $5 and 2 for $8!  If you're interested in purchasing tickets, come inside and ask for Ms. Phelan, Mrs. Miller, Mrs. Ramseyer or Mrs. Bergman before or after school.  The raffle will start Tuesday, April 10th and end on Friday, April 20th. The raffle will be held toward the end of second lunch and announced through e-mail. 

MtP's final Sustainability Drive of the year is here.  April 16-23rd we will be collecting clothing items and shoes.  We are asking for ANY item that is clean but can be in good or bad condition.  Torn, elastic gone, bleach stains are no problem. We are recycling these clothes into insulation!  On average a household throws out 68 pounds of clothing a year.  It only takes 500 pairs of jeans (for example) to insulate a small home.  We are working with Phoenix Fibers, a company associated with United Fibers.  MtP will even earn 10 cents for every pound taken in!

Guidance update
News from Mountain Pointe Guidance Counselors Week of April 9, 2012
 
As we approach the end of the school year please check on your child’s progress in classes through ParentVue or by contacting your student’s teachers.
 
Guidance will be visiting all Seniors during their English classes on Thursday, April 26th, to go over some last minute graduation information.
 
Summer school information is available in guidance.  Face to face summer school is at Mountain Pointe this summer, first session runs from May 29-June 15 and second session runs from June 18-July 6. Please see your counselor with questions.
 
Students who are interested in attending any of the United States Military Service Academies, there is a free conference on Saturday April 28th.  Representatives  will be there to explain the requirements and opportunities that each academy has to offer.?If you have any questions, please see Mrs. Perez in the Guidance Department.
 
Online Health for summer school is now closed.  Please contact Susan Edwards at sedwards@tuhsd.k12.az.us to inquire about a waiting list if still interested
in the class.
 
College Testing Dates                   
MTP school code=030307

ACT
June 9-deadline to register 5/4
 
SAT
June 2-deadline to register 5/8
 
For  Scholarship Information go to:
www.tuhsd.k12.az.us > Click on Students > Click on College prep > Click on Scholarships
 
Arizona State University Information
Financial Aid Packaging has begun!
Students who have submitted their FAFSA to ASU should be checking the My Finances link on their MyASU page for updates and additional tasks to complete. If students have questions about their Financial Aid package, please feel free to direct them to contact me or ASU Financial Aid directly.
ASU Financial Aid 480-965-3355

How much will it cost to attend ASU?
Also, this is a great new site to help families determine how much attending ASU will cost their family: http://students.asu.edu/mymoney
Enrollment Deposit, Orientation & Housing – Oh my!
Students who plan on attending ASU for the Fall 2012 can begin the enrollment process by first paying their $300 enrollment deposit. (If the student is Pell Grant eligible, the student can use their Pell grant to pay the enrollment deposit once ASU has completed their financial aid package.) Once the enrollment deposit has been processed, students will then be able to register for orientation and confirm their housing preferences. All of these tasks are to be completed on their MyASU page.
 
Here is the contact information for orientation and housing for your reference:
ASU Orientation 480-965-2880
ASU Housing  480-965-3515
Cancelling ASU Admissions
Students who were admitted to ASU, but have decided not to attend in the fall must officially decline their admission. This process can be done online by visiting: http://students.asu.edu/declineadmissions.
 
The following contacts are available at any time for inquires regarding their respective colleges and universities:?
Arizona State University - Casey Green - 480-965-6427 - ASUCaseyGreen@asu.edu?
The University of Arizona - Anne Lassen - 602-827-2194 - alassen@email.arizona.edu?
Northern Arizona University - Aaron Stroh - 928-523-6170 - aaron.stroh@nau.edu?
Mesa Community College - Pamela Schuler - 480-461-7639 - pam.schuler@mcmail.maricopa.edu?
Chandler Gilbert Community College - Antonio Bracamonte - 480-732-7330-antonio.bracamonte@cgcmail.maricopa.edu?
South Mountain Community College - Calvin DeVoll - 602-305-5834 - Calvin.DeVoll@smcmail.maricopa.edu

Universities visiting MTP

JUNIORS AND SENIORS: UCLA will be on campus during academic lab in the Guidance Career Center on Tuesday, April 24th, to meet with any students interested in applying to the school.
 
Chandler-Gilbert Community College will be on campus for the first time during academic lab on Thursday, April 26th.

Upcoming AIMS/Stanford testing

GRAD NIGHT TICKETS ON SALE!
There are only 2 selling days to purchase your grad night ticket at the $35 price.  April 13th is the last day for that price!  They are on sale Wednesdays and Fridays both lunches in front of the cafeteria.  Look on the website for the permission slips that need to be turned in with the money.  Our site is  www.mphsgradnight.com.

Summer school is being held at Mountain Pointe this year and registration is now under way. You can register at Mountain Pointe High School (or any of the other schools) or online at www.tuhsdpayonline.org. The specifics of summer school are:
  • Session 1
    • Tuesday, May 29, to Friday, June 157:30 am-12:15 pm (Monday-Friday)
    • $175 for session 1 plus any appropriate fees (see summer school booklet)
  • Session 2
    • Monday, June 18 to Friday, July 6 (no school July 4)7:30 am-12:15 pm (Monday-Friday)
    • $175 for session 2 plus any appropriate fees (see summer school booklet)
 
If your son/daughter fails either semester of a core class (Math, English, Social Studies, Science, and Foreign Language) they need to retake the course in summer school. Not retaking the course will put them behind for graduation. With the new requirements (23 credits to graduate) there is no room for error. If you have questions please contact your child’s guidance counselor.
 
Congratulations to the following students who had the top scores on the Annual Arizona State Math Contest, which is sponsored by the Arizona Association of Teachers of Mathematics:
 
Ethan Gage, Jaemin Ko, Alex Stoken, Amanda Nguyen, John Delgado, Samuel Fuller, and Lauren Lavalla.
 
Connect2NAU
 
Do you have less than 30 Rio Salado dual enrollment credits?  Are you planning to attend NAU?
 
You can be admitted to NAU while working on your associate's degree at Rio Salado!
 
Benefits of the Connect2NAU program include:
 
* Receive a waived application fee
* Receive full privileges to utilize the NAU Cline Library
* Earn your NAU bachelor's degree either locally, online or in Flagstaff
* Receive guidance and support from a Connect2NAU coordinator located at Rio Salado
* Gain the best value for your money - lowest tuition in the state
* Gain access to NAU scholarship opportunities
 
Check us out: http://extended.nau.edu/2NAU/RioSaladoCollege.aspx    OR call 1-800-426-8315
 
The scholarship season is upon us! For scholarship opportunities go the district website (www.tuhsd.k12.az.us), go to Students link at top of page then College Preparation link. Contact Fred Mann (fmann@tuhsd.k12.az.us) in Guidance for more information.

Rummage Sale April 21st from 7am-noon supporting Phoenix Sister Cities Youth Ambassador Exchange Program.  The rummage sale will be held in the 44th Street Parking Lot of Mountain Pointe High School. Mountain Pointe is proud to have two students selected to represent Phoenix this summer as part of the Phoenix Sister Cities Youth Ambassador Exchange Program (YAEP).  Kaitlyn Stiles and Patrick Murphy will travel to Ennis Ireland and Himeji, Japan, respectively where they will experience local culture firsthand. Upon their return, they’ll host the teens they stayed with for three weeks while participating in a variety of activities and day trips organized by the program. So come on out, shop, and support the youth exchange. If you have items you would like to donate, please contact Eileen Sipes at eileenpraysipes@gmail.com.  Information regarding the application process for next year’s youth program is available at www.phoenixsistercities.org.

Attention anyone taking Rio dual enrollment classes next school year. If you have not passed the AIMS Reading test, you will be able to take the Reading Accuplacer test in our library during ACLAB on April 17th, April 19th, April 24th, and April 26th. 
 
Please see Mrs. Pompa in the library to reserve your date and time. There are NO walk-ins for these scheduled dates, so please schedule a date now. The following departments need the Reading Accuplacer test for acceptance into their classes: Art, Foreign Languages, Social Studies, English, Science, and Child Development.
 
If you are planning on taking the Advanced Composition class, English 101, you will also need to  schedule an ACLAB testing date for the Writing Skills Accuplacer Test.  The AIMS Writing exam does not count for English 101 admittance.
 
For those students planning on taking Math Rio dual enrollment classes, please speak to your  Math teacher for the dates of your Math Accuplacer  testing.
 
IMPORTANT: 2012-2013 Tuition Assistance Change for Rio Salado College
 
Students will apply for Tuition Assistance in the spring for the Dual Enrollment classes they plan on taking in the fall. This new timeline will allow students to know whether they qualify for tuition assistance before they register for Dual Enrollment classes.  The Tuition Assistance link on our Dual Enrollment website has been updated and now contains the following:
Instructional video explaining the application process
Packet which includes an informational cover sheet and the Tuition Assistance application
 
*The application and supporting documents must be mailed directly to the Rio Financial Aid Department no earlier than April 25, 2012 and no later than May 25, 2012.*
 
Dual Enrollment tuition assistance funds are available to eligible students on a first-come first-served basis.
 
Eligibility is based on financial need. To participate, students must complete the Tuition Assistance Application and mail it to Rio Salado Financial Aid/Scholarship Department.
 
Applications must:
 
• Contain all information requested
• Be signed by all parties
• Include all correct and supporting supplemental information
• Copy of 2011 federal tax form 1040 must be submitted to qualify (no tax extensions considered)
 
Mountain Pointe's School Improvement and Staff Development Coordinators are asking for your help. Each month we try and recognize outstanding staff for their commitment to our students and their community. We are in need of donations (gift cards, appreciation gifts, etc.) to reward worthy staff members who are nominated. Donations can be made to Jenny Mark in the front office or contact Susi Fathauer (sfathauer@tuhsd.k12.az.us) for more information.

If you still wish to order a yearbook, please contact Patti Duncan at pduncan@tuhsd.k12.az.us. There are about 50 books remaining.

Attention Seniors--Graduation is coming and so is Grad Night!  Plan now to spend the entire night after graduation with all your friends and classmates.  Grad Night tickets go on sale after Spring Break and will be available at both lunches on Wednesdays and Fridays. The ticket price will be $35 until April 13th. On April 14th, the ticket price will go up to $45. After May 19th, the ticket price will be $55. Get your Grad Night ticket early and save!

If you would like to read the daily announcements that our students hear go to
 
We can’t forget the University of Arizona. Here is some info on a program for our students that will be attending next fall.
University of Arizona Next Steps Workshop for admitted students
April 12, 6-8pm
At the College Depot:
Located at the Burn Barr Central Library, 2nd floor
1221 N. Central Ave. Phoenix, AZ 85044
 
Space is Limited! Reserve your spot now!
RSVP to Chelsea Meraz at chelsea.meraz@arizona.edu
or 602-827-2277.  Please provide your name, high school and
number of people attending.
 
Save the date for the 4th Annual Mountain Pointe Football Golf Classic.  This year’s tournament is being held at the Foothills Golf Club, 2201 E Clubhouse Drive, Phoenix, AZ 85048. Saturday, May 12, 12:30pm Golf Shotgun Start, 4man “best ball” format
5:00pm Social Hour with live entertainment, followed by a buffet dinner.  Golfers, foursomes, hole sponsors, silent auction items and volunteers are needed.  Fees are:    
Hole Sponsorships: $100 (family or business sponsors)
One Foursome & Hole Sponsorship: $600 ($500 if registered and paid before April 8th)
One Foursome: $500 ($400 if registered and paid before April 8th)
Individual Golfer: $125 ($100 if registered and paid before April 8th)
Extra Point Package: $150
Buffet Dinner Only: $25
 
For more information, contact Christopher Rausch at ckrausch@q.com, or 480-980-0140.  All proceeds benefit the Mountain Pointe High School Football Program.
 
The Mountain Pointe Boys Golf Team is hosting its annual MPHS Golf Tournament on May 19th at Club West Golf Course in the Foothills.  If you have an interest in playing please email Coach Ramseyer at tramseyer@tuhsd.k12.az.us. Cost is $75 per person or $275 for a foursome.  It is a shotgun start at 7am with lunch and prizes following the event.  Check in for the tournament starts at 6am and the deadline to register for the event is May 14th.

Mesa Community College will be offering several special Placement Testing dates - Saturday dates for graduating seniors at the Southern/Dobson campus.  Please let your students know to sign up and get this important step done early!
April 14 and 21, and May 5
REQUIREMENTS:
    Students must be admitted to MCC   (go to my.maricopa.edu or to the campus to get admitted)
    Register for a session on line at (www.mesacc.edu/recruitment), a confirmation email will be issued
    Complete and print out the Sample Test Questions for Accuplacer found on the Testing website         (www.mesa.edu/testing)
    Bring to the testing site on the day of testing:
    Confirmation email
    Print out of sample test
    Government issued picture ID
    MCC student ID number

A special - optional English test-prep session will be offered on March 3 and April 21 only.  Students should register for one of these sessions on line if interested.
PLEASE NOTE:  MCC is now using Accuplacer for all tests - English, Reading and Math.   Only students who have been admitted to MCC will be eligible to test.
Parents or students can contact the MCC Testing Center with any questions  480 461 7338.

Our district offers a number of very information and helpful workshops for parents. For more information contact the Parent Community Services office at 480-838-3200 ext. 40074 or email kcosner@tuhsd.k12.az.us (Kay Cosner). The next two workshops are:
 
Topic:“Purposeful Learning: The Key to Remembering Information”
Date/Time:Wednesday, April 11, 2012
Refreshments at 6:00/Workshop 6:30 to 8:00 p.m.
Location:Mountain Pointe High School-P.E. Lecture Hall #E143
Presenter(s):Mary Niemczyk, Ph.D. Learning Strategist-ASU
All workshops are FREE and teens/tweens are welcomed and encouraged to attend.
 
Athletic Events
 
Monday, April 9
Varsity Softball @ Maricopa 4pm
JV Softball HOME vs Maricopa 4pm
Frosh Baseball @ Hamilton 4pm
 
Tuesday, April 10
Boys Tennis HOME vs Mountain View Mesa 3:30pm
Girls Tennis @ Mountain View Mesa 3:30pm
Varsity Baseball @ Casa Grande 3:45pm
JV Baseball HOME vs Casa Grande 4pm
(no freshmen baseball game)
Frosh/JV Pole Vaulters - City Track & Field Meet - @ Desert Vista 3:30pm

Wednesday, April 11
Varsity Baseball HOME vs Mountain Ridge 4pm
JV/Frosh Baseball @ Mountain Ridge 3:45pm
Varsity and JV Softball HOME vs Apache Junction 4pm
Freshmen Softball @ Apache Junction 3:45pm
Frosh/JV Track & Field - City Meet - @ Corona - Field Events - 3:30pm, Track Events 3:40

Thursday, April 12
Boys Tennis @ Desert Mountain 3:30pm
Girls Tennis HOME vs Desert Mountain 3:30pm
Freshmen/JV Baseball @ Gilbert 3:45pm
Varsity Baseball HOME vs Gilbert 4pm
Boys Volleyball @ Boulder Creek - JV 4pm, Varsity 5:30pm
 
Friday, April 13
Varsity Softball @ Desert Vista 3:45pm   
JV/Frosh Softball HOME vs Desert Vista 4pm
Boys Tennis @ Maricopa  3:30pm
Boys Volleyball @ Brophy Invitational 12pm
Freshmen Track & Field Showcase Invitational @ Desert Vista 2pm (Admission Fee: Adults: $5.00, Students $3.00, Passes – AIA only, Children under 12 are free. Coaches and Athletes in uniform will be admitted free. Parking on Frye Road and 32nd Street.)
 
Saturday, April 14
Boys Volleyball @ Brophy Invitational 9am
 
 
All of the items listed in the weekly updates are provided by staff and booster clubs. If you feel certain activities are not being included please contact the staff member or booster club overseeing that activity.

April 3rd, 2012 - Weekly Updates

posted Apr 4, 2012, 11:21 AM by Steven Adams   [ updated Apr 4, 2012, 11:30 AM ]

I want to start with two items of recognition. First, Congratulations to everyone involved in the production of the musical Hairspray. What a great example of team work and cooperation. This production involved well over 100 people including students from theater, visual arts, band/orchestra, dance, choir, and the student body in general. It also included faculty/staff, community members, booster groups, and many more. Thank you to Kim Bonogofski (Theater Director), Josh Hartgrove (Band Director), Matt Henry (Choir Director), Corey Quinn and Suzanne Idler (Theater support), Kim Swimmer and Jamie Thompson (Dance Instructors), Tony Ramseyer (staff member who acted in the play), and everyone else that made the production such a hit.

Second, I am going to ask our families to support Mountain Pointe freshman Angelica Vanauken and her quest to become Miss Jr. Teen America. Angelica was recently selected as Miss Jr. Teen Arizona and will travel to Nashville, Tennessee next week to compete in the Miss Jr. Teen America contest. Miss Teen America is having a People’s Choice Award to select the winner. To support Angelica (Miss Jr. Teen Arizona) all you have to do is go to Facebook and call up Miss Teen America and then click “like.”  Then to vote, you have to click on Jr. Teen Delegates 2012, then click on Arizona’s picture and click like. When I checked the Facebook page Angelica was the top row, third from the left. Let’s all go out and vote and help Angelica.

Wednesday, April 4, is an early out day. Students are dismissed at 1:42 pm

Friday, April 6, NO SCHOOL

Sustainability Fact #12- One ton of paper made completely from recycled scrap saves 7000 gallons of water, 4100 kilowatt-hours of energy, three cubic yards of landfill space, and 17 trees.

The Sustainability PLC has planned for a big Earth Day celebration on April 20th during our lunch from 11:00a-12:35p.  Some of the things we are doing include inviting local agencies and businesses to set up booths that promote how they support a sustainable business/community, local bands/musicians, and classes/clubs that support a sustainable campus.  Leading up to the event, there will be various guest speakers for science classes.  We are looking for more community participation.  Do you know anyone, or do you yourself, have some skills that you would like to share or teach the students during our lunchtime Earth Day celebration?  Do you know any local business members who would like to set up an exciting table/booth that promotes some form of sustainability?  If so, share your ideas with Ms. Phelan (sphelan@tuhsd.k12.az.us) and/or Mrs. Miller (comiller@tuhsd.k12.az.us). 

MtP's final Sustainability Drive of the year is here.  April 16-23rd we will be collecting clothing items and shoes.  We are asking for ANY item that is clean but can be in good or bad condition.  Torn, elastic gone, bleach stains are no problem. We are recycling these clothes into insulation!  On average a household throws out 68 pounds of clothing a year.  It only takes 500 pairs of jeans (for example) to insulate a small home.  We are working with Phoenix Fibers, a company associated with United Fibers.  MtP will even earn 10 cents for every pound taken in!

Guidance update
News from Mountain Pointe Guidance Counselors Week of April 2, 2012
 
As we approach the end of the school year please check on your child’s progress in classes through ParentVue or by contacting your student’s teachers.
 
Summer school information is available in guidance.  Face to face summer school is at Mountain Pointe this summer, first session runs from May 29-June 15 and second session runs from June 18-July 6. Please see your counselor with questions.
 
Online Health for summer school is now closed.  Please contact Susan Edwards at sedwards@tuhsd.k12.az.us to inquire about a waiting list if still interested in the class.
 
College Testing Dates                     
MTP school code=030307

ACT
  • June 9-deadline to register 5/4
  • Universities visiting MTP
  • NAU will be on campus Tuesday, April 3rd, during academic lab to meet with any prospective juniors or those admitted seniors!
UCLA is going to visit Mountain Pointe during academic lab on Tuesday, April 24th, to meet with any students interested in attending their school!
Upcoming AIMS/Stanford testing

Spring testing is fast approaching.  All sophomores will take the AIMS Math test on April 10th and the AIMS Science test on April 11th.  Those juniors and seniors needing to pass AIMS Math will also test on April 10th.  Only sophomores will take the AIMS Science test on April 11th.  Freshman, juniors and seniors will not take the AIMS Science test.
All freshmen will take the Stanford 10 test on Tuesday April 10th. 
Those students not testing on Tuesday, April 10th, need to report to 1st period at 12:45pm that day.
Those students not testing on Wednesday, April 11th, will need to report to 3rd period at 9:59am (There is no 1st or 2nd period on Wednesday).
Any junior interested in exceeding on the AIMS Math test should contact Mr. Sabato in the Guidance Office before the end of the school day on Thursday April 5th.

Summer school is being held at Mountain Pointe this year and registration is now under way. You can register at Mountain Pointe High School (or any of the other schools) or online at www.tuhsdpayonline.org. The specifics of summer school are:

  • Session 1
    • Tuesday, May 29, to Friday, June 157:30 am-12:15 pm (Monday-Friday)
    • $175 for session 1 plus any appropriate fees (see summer school booklet)
  • Session 2
    • Monday, June 18 to Friday, July 6 (no school July 4)7:30 am-12:15 pm (Monday-Friday)
    • $175 for session 2 plus any appropriate fees (see summer school booklet)

If your son/daughter fails either semester of a core class (Math, English, Social Studies, Science, and Foreign Language) they need to retake the course in summer school. Not retaking the course will put them behind for graduation. With the new requirements (23 credits to graduate) there is no room for error. If you have questions please contact your child’s guidance counselor.

Congratulations to the following students who had the top scores on the Annual Arizona State Math Contest, which is sponsored by the Arizona Association of Teachers of Mathematics: Ethan Gage, Jaemin Ko, Alex Stoken, Amanda Nguyen, John Delgado, Samuel Fuller, and Lauren Lavalla.

Connect2NAU

Do you have less than 30 Rio Salado dual enrollment credits?  Are you planning to attend NAU?
You can be admitted to NAU while working on your associate's degree at Rio Salado!
Benefits of the Connect2NAU program include:
  • Receive a waived application fee
  • Receive full privileges to utilize the NAU Cline Library
  • Earn your NAU bachelor's degree either locally, online or in Flagstaff
  • Receive guidance and support from a Connect2NAU coordinator located at Rio Salado
  • Gain the best value for your money - lowest tuition in the state
  • Gain access to NAU scholarship opportunities

Check us out: http://extended.nau.edu/2NAU/RioSaladoCollege.aspx OR call 1-800-426-8315

The scholarship season is upon us! For scholarship opportunities go the district website (www.tuhsd.k12.az.us), go to Students link at top of page then College Preparation link. Contact Fred Mann (fmann@tuhsd.k12.az.us) in Guidance for more information.

Pridetronics, Mountain Pointe's Robotics Team, participated in the Arizona Regional Competition on March 22-24.  The regional consisted of 50 teams from Arizona, New Mexico, California, Florida, Mexico, Canada, and Brazil.  Pridetronics took 17th overall and were awarded the Coopertition™ Award.   The Coopertition™ Award which celebrates the team that displays the greatest level of Coopertition™ on the playing field.  In order to gain Coopertition™ points, the opposing teams must balance together on the coopertition bridge.  This is Pridetronics second year in FRIST robotics and first time winning an award.  Pridetronics is a club that is open to any student, if you are interested in joining this amazing group please contact Mrs. Wendell at mwendell@tuhsd.k12.az.us.

Attention anyone taking Rio dual enrollment classes next school year. If you have not passed the AIMS Reading test, you will be able to take the Reading Accuplacer test in our library during ACLAB on April 17th, April 19th, April 24th, and April 26th. 

Please see Mrs. Pompa in the library to reserve your date and time. There are NO walk-ins for these scheduled dates, so please schedule a date now. The following departments need the Reading Accuplacer test for acceptance into their classes: Art, Foreign Languages, Social Studies, English, Science, and Child Development.

If you are planning on taking the Advanced Composition class, English 101, you will also need to  schedule an ACLAB testing date for the Writing Skills Accuplacer Test.  The AIMS Writing exam does not count for English 101 admittance.

For those students planning on taking Math Rio dual enrollment classes, please speak to your  Math teacher for the dates of your Math Accuplacer  testing.

IMPORTANT: 2012-2013 Tuition Assistance Change for Rio Salado College

Students will apply for Tuition Assistance in the spring for the Dual Enrollment classes they plan on taking in the fall. This new timeline will allow students to know whether they qualify for tuition assistance before they register for Dual Enrollment classes.  The Tuition Assistance link on our Dual Enrollment website has been updated and now contains the following:

Instructional video explaining the application process
Packet which includes an informational cover sheet and the Tuition Assistance application

*The application and supporting documents must be mailed directly to the Rio Financial Aid Department no earlier than April 25, 2012 and no later than May 25, 2012.*

Dual Enrollment tuition assistance funds are available to eligible students on a first-come first-served basis.

Eligibility is based on financial need. To participate, students must complete the Tuition Assistance Application and mail it to Rio Salado Financial Aid/Scholarship Department.

Applications must:
  • Contain all information requested
  • Be signed by all parties
  • Include all correct and supporting supplemental information
  • Copy of 2011 federal tax form 1040 must be submitted to
qualify (no tax extensions considered)

Mountain Pointe's School Improvement and Staff Development Coordinators are asking for your help. Each month we try and recognize outstanding staff for their commitment to our students and their community. We are in need of donations (gift cards, appreciation gifts, etc.) to reward worthy staff members who are nominated. Donations can be made to Jenny Mark in the front office or contact Susi Fathauer (sfathauer@tuhsd.k12.az.us) for more information.

If you still wish to order a yearbook, please contact Patti Duncan at pduncan@tuhsd.k12.az.us. There are about 50 books remaining.

Attention Seniors--Graduation is coming and so is Grad Night!  Plan now to spend the entire night after graduation with all your friends and classmates.  Grad Night tickets go on sale after Spring Break and will be available at both lunches on Wednesdays and Fridays. The ticket price will be $35 until April 13th. On April 14th, the ticket price will go up to $45. After May 19th, the ticket price will be $55. Get your Grad Night ticket early and save!

If you would like to read the daily announcements that our students hear go to https://sites.google.com/a/tuhsd.k12.az.us/mphspride/activities/daily-announcements

We can’t forget the University of Arizona. Here is some info on a program for our students that will be attending next fall.

University of Arizona

Next Steps Workshop for admitted students
April 12, 6-8pm
At the College Depot:
Located at the Burn Barr Central Library, 2nd floor 1221 N. Central Ave. Phoenix, AZ 85044

Space is Limited! Reserve your spot now!
RSVP to Chelsea Meraz at chelsea.meraz@arizona.edu or 602-827-2277.  Please provide your name, high school and number of people attending.

Save the date for the 4th Annual Mountain Pointe Football Golf Classic.  This year’s tournament is being held at the Foothills Golf Club, 2201 E Clubhouse Drive, Phoenix, AZ 85048. Saturday, May 12, 12:30pm Golf Shotgun Start, 4man “best ball” format

5:00pm Social Hour with live entertainment, followed by a buffet dinner.  Golfers, foursomes, hole sponsors, silent auction items and volunteers are needed.  Fees are:    
  • Hole Sponsorships: $100 (family or business sponsors)
  • One Foursome & Hole Sponsorship: $600 ($500 if registered and paid before April 8th)
  • One Foursome: $500 ($400 if registered and paid before April 8th)
  • Individual Golfer: $125 ($100 if registered and paid before April 8th)
  • Extra Point Package: $150
  • Buffet Dinner Only: $25
For more information, contact Christopher Rausch at ckrausch@q.com, or 480-980-0140.  All proceeds benefit the Mountain Pointe High School Football Program.

The Mountain Pointe Boys Golf Team is hosting its annual MPHS Golf Tournament on May 19th at Club West Golf Course in the Foothills.  If you have an interest in playing please email Coach Ramseyer at tramseyer@tuhsd.k12.az.us. Cost is $75 per person or $275 for a foursome.  It is a shotgun start at 7am with lunch and prizes following the event.  Check in for the tournament starts at 6am and the deadline to register for the event is May 14th.

Congratulations to the Jazz Band, under the direction of Michael Epping, who received a rating of "Superior" at the Highland Jazz Festival last weekend.  This is a festival and conference that brings

in world-class judges and guest artists from around the country.  At the same time, Mr. Epping and members of the jazz, percussion, and strings program also provided the wonderful instrumental accompaniment for the orchestra pit in the fabulous production of "Hairspray."

Mesa Community College will be offering several special Placement Testing dates - Saturday dates for graduating seniors at the Southern/Dobson campus.  Please let your students know to sign up and get this important step done early!
April 14 and 21, and May 5

REQUIREMENTS:
  • Students must be admitted to MCC   (go to my.maricopa.edu or to the campus to get admitted)
  • Register for a session on line at (www.mesacc.edu/recruitment), a confirmation email will be issued
  • Complete and print out the Sample Test Questions for Accuplacer found on the Testing website         (www.mesa.edu/testing)
  • Bring to the testing site on the day of testing:
  • Confirmation email
  • Print out of sample test
  • Government issued picture ID
  • MCC student ID number

A special - optional English test-prep session will be offered on March 3 and April 21 only.  Students should register for one of these sessions on line if interested.
PLEASE NOTE:  MCC is now using Accuplacer for all tests - English, Reading and Math.   Only students who have been admitted to MCC will be eligible to test.
Parents or students can contact the MCC Testing Center with any questions  480 461 7338.

Our district offers a number of very information and helpful workshops for parents. For more information contact the Parent Community Services office at 480-838-3200 ext. 40074 or email kcosner@tuhsd.k12.az.us (Kay Cosner). The next two workshops are:

  • Topic: “Purposeful Learning: The Key to Remembering Information”
  • Date/Time:Wednesday, April 11, 2012
  • Refreshments at 6:00/Workshop 6:30 to 8:00 p.m.
  • Location:Mountain Pointe High School-P.E. Lecture Hall #E143
  • Presenter(s):Mary Niemczyk, Ph.D. Learning Strategist-ASU
  • All workshops are FREE and teens/tweens are welcomed and encouraged to attend.

Athletic Events

Tuesday, April 3
Boys Tennis @ Dobson 3:30pm
Girls Tennis HOME vs Dobson 3:30pm
Varsity Baseball @ Marcos 3:45pm
JV/Frosh Baseball HOME vs Marcos 3:45pm
Boys Volleyball @ Westwood - JV 4pm, Varsity 5:30pm

Wednesday, April 4
Boys Tennis HOME vs Mesa High School 3:30pm
Varsity Baseball HOME vs Corona 3:45pm
JV/Frosh Baseball @ Corona 3:45pm
Varsity Softball @ Corona 3:45pm
JV/Frosh Softball HOME vs Corona 4pm
Boys Volleyball HOME vs Seton Catholic Preparatory - JV 4pm, Varsity 5:30pm
Boys/Girls Track and Field @ Westwood 4pm

Thursday, April 5
Boys/Girls Track and Field @ ASU Sun Angel Stadium
($7  spectator entry day pass or $10 for a two day pass - 2nd day is Saturday 4/7)
Girls Tennis @ Dobson 3:30pm
Varsity Baseball @ Mesa High School 3:45pm
JV/Frosh Baseball HOME vs Mesa High School 3:45pm
Varsity Softball HOME vs Maricopa 4pm
JV Softball @ Maricopa 4pm
Frosh Softball HOME vs Hamilton 4pm
Boys JV only Volleyball HOME vs Mountain View Mesa 4pm
no events scheduled for Friday, April 6

Saturday, April 7
Boys/Girls Track and Field @ ASU Sun Angel Stadium
($7 spectator entry day pass or $10 for a two day pass - 1st day was Thursday 4/5)

Monday, April 9
Varsity Softball @ Maricopa 4pm
JV Softball HOME vs Maricopa 4pm

Tuesday, April 10
Boys Tennis HOME vs Mountain View Mesa 3:30pm
Girls Tennis @ Mountain View Mesa 3:30pm
Varsity Softball @ Westwood 3:45pm
JV/Frosh Softball HOME vs Westwood 4pm
Varsity Baseball @ Casa Grande 3:45pm
JV Baseball HOME vs Casa Grande 3:45pm

   (no freshmen baseball game)

March 28th, 2012 - Weekly Update

posted Mar 29, 2012, 8:20 AM by Steven Adams   [ updated Mar 29, 2012, 7:26 PM ]

Sustainability Fact #10 
- One ton of paper made completely from recycled scrap saves 7000 gallons of water, 4100 kilowatt-hours of energy, three cubic yards of landfill space, and 17 trees

The Sustainability PLC has planned for a big Earth Day celebration on April 20th during our lunch from 11:00a-12:35p.  Some of the things we are doing include inviting local agencies and businesses to set up booths that promote how they support a sustainable business/community, local bands/musicians, and classes/clubs that support a sustainable campus.  Leading up to the event, there will be various guest speakers for science classes.  We are looking for more community participation.  Do you know anyone, or do you yourself, have some skills that you would like to share or teach the students during our lunchtime Earth Day celebration?  Do you know any local business members who would like to set up an exciting table/booth that promotes some form of sustainability?  If so, share your ideas with Ms. Phelan (sphelan@tuhsd.k12.az.us) and/or Mrs. Miller (comiller@tuhsd.k12.az.us). 

MtP's final Sustainability Drive of the year is here.  April 16-23rd we will be collecting clothing items and shoes.  We are asking for ANY item that is clean but can be in good or bad condition.  Torn, elastic gone, bleach stains are no problem. We are recycling these clothes into insulation!  On average a household throws out 68 pounds of clothing a year.  It only takes 500 pairs of jeans (for example) to insulate a small home.  We are working with Phoenix Fibers, a company associated with United Fibers.  MtP will even earn 10 cents for every pound taken in!


Guidance Update
News from Mountain Pointe Guidance Counselors         
Week of March 26, 2012
 
As we approach the end of the school year please check on your child’s progress in classes through ParentVue or by contacting your student’s teachers.
 
AP registration is in full effect, if you are interested in taking an AP test please come get information on how to register from Mrs. Schneck.  The priority deadline is March 27th at 3pm.  AP tests will run from May 7-18th.
 
Summer school information is available in guidance.  Face to face summer school is at Mountain Pointe this summer, first session runs from May 29-June 15 and second session runs from June 18-July 6. Please see your counselor with questions.
 
Online Health for summer school is now closed.  Please contact Susan Edwards at sedwards@tuhsd.k12.az.us to inquire about a waiting list if still interested in the class.
 
College Testing Dates                     
  • MTP school code=030307
  • ACT
  • April 14-deadline to register 3/9
  • June 9-deadline to register 5/4
  • www.actstudent.org
 
SAT
 
 

Arizona State University Information

Financial Aid Packaging has begun!
Students who have submitted their FAFSA to ASU should be checking the My Finances link on their MyASU page for updates and additional tasks to complete. If students have questions about their Financial Aid package, please feel free to direct them to contact me or ASU Financial Aid directly.
ASU Financial Aid 480-965-3355
How much will it cost to attend ASU?
Also, this is a great new site to help families determine how much attending ASU will cost their family: http://students.asu.edu/mymoney

Enrollment Deposit, Orientation & Housing – Oh my!
Students who plan on attending ASU for the Fall 2012 can begin the enrollment process by first paying their $300 enrollment deposit. (If the student is Pell Grant eligible, the student can use their Pell grant to pay the enrollment deposit once ASU has completed their financial aid package.) Once the enrollment deposit has been processed, students will then be able to register for orientation and confirm their housing preferences. All of these tasks are to be completed on their MyASU page.

Here is the contact information for orientation and housing for your reference:
ASU Orientation 480-965-2880
ASU Housing  480-965-3515
Cancelling ASU Admissions

Students who were admitted to ASU, but have decided not to attend in the fall must officially decline their admission. This process can be done online by visiting: http://students.asu.edu/declineadmissions.
 
The following contacts are available at any time for inquires regarding their respective colleges and universities:
Arizona State University - Casey Green - 480-965-6427 - ASUCaseyGreen@asu.edu
The University of Arizona - Anne Lassen - 602-827-2194 - alassen@email.arizona.edu 
Northern Arizona University - Aaron Stroh - 928-523-6170 - aaron.stroh@nau.edu 
Mesa Community College - Pamela Schuler - 480-461-7639 - pam.schuler@mcmail.maricopa.edu
Chandler Gilbert Community College - Antonio Bracamonte - 480-732-7330-antonio.bracamonte@cgcmail.maricopa.edu
South Mountain Community College - Calvin DeVoll - 602-305-5834 - Calvin.DeVoll@smcmail.maricopa.edu
Upcoming AIMS/Stanford testing

AIMS Math test is coming up, April 10th and Science is April 11th.  Also the Stanford testing for Freshman is April 10th.

Summer school is being held at Mountain Pointe this year and registration is now under way. You can register at Mountain Pointe High School (or any of the other schools) or online at www.tuhsdpayonline.org. The specifics of summer school are:

  • Session 1
    • Tuesday, May 29, to Friday, June 157:30 am-12:15 pm (Monday-Friday)
    • $175 for session 1 plus any appropriate fees (see summer school booklet)
  • Session 2
    • Monday, June 18 to Friday, July 6 (no school July 4)7:30 am-12:15 pm (Monday-Friday)
    • $175 for session 2 plus any appropriate fees (see summer school booklet)
If your son/daughter fails either semester of a core class (Math, English, Social Studies, Science, and Foreign Language) they need to retake the course in summer school. Not retaking the course will put them behind for graduation. With the new requirements (23 credits to graduate) there is no room for error. If you have questions please contact your child’s guidance counselor.
 
The scholarship season is upon us! For scholarship opportunities go the district website (www.tuhsd.k12.az.us), go to Students link at top of page then College Preparation link.
 
Contact Fred Mann (fmann@tuhsd.k12.az.us) in Guidance for more information.

Attention anyone taking Rio dual enrollment classes next school year. If you have not passed the AIMS Reading test, you will be able to take the Reading Accuplacer test in our library during ACLAB on April 17th, April 19th, April 24th, and April 26th. 
 
Please see Mrs. Pompa in the library to reserve your date and time. There are NO walk-ins for these scheduled dates, so please schedule a date now. The following departments need the Reading Accuplacer test for acceptance into their classes: Art, Foreign Languages, Social Studies, English, Science, and Child Development.
 
If you are planning on taking the Advanced Composition class, English 101, you will also need to  schedule an ACLAB testing date for the Writing Skills Accuplacer Test.  The AIMS Writing exam does not count for English 101 admittance.
 
For those students planning on taking Math Rio dual enrollment classes, please speak to your  Math teacher for the dates of your Math Accuplacer  testing.
 
-This upcoming Saturday we will be hosting a community garage sale from 7am-12pm in the front parking lot to support Relay for Life. All proceeds from the event will go directly to the American Cancer Society. If you have items you would like to donate, please contact Carrie Johnson at cajohnson@tushd.k12.az.us . The students on our Relay for Life marketing team are working hard to promote the sale, but we would appreciate your help in spreading the word. There will be many great items for sale, including Relay for Life and Mountain Pointe merchandise. We hope you can make it out to support our students and ACS!
 
Mountain Pointe's School Improvement and Staff Development Coordinators are asking for your help. Each month we try and recognize outstanding staff for their commitment to our students and their community. We are in need of donations (gift cards, appreciation gifts, etc.) to reward worthy staff members who are nominated. Donations can be made to Jenny Mark in the front office or contact Susi Fathauer (sfathauer@tuhsd.k12.az.us) for more information.
-The Mountain Pointe Theatre is proud to announce the production of "Hairspray.” This production includes a variety of our arts departments, Choir, dance, theatre and band. Student participation for the cast and crew is well in excess of 75. So come on out, support the many students and staff involved, and see a great show! Show dates are March 29th, 30th and 31st.   All shows are at 7 pm in the auditorium with the inclusion of a Saturday matinee at 2 pm. Pre-sale tickets are available at our bookstore, with a discount for 10 or more.  Tickets are available on show days at the auditorium box office.
 
If you still wish to order a yearbook, please contact Patti Duncan at pduncan@tuhsd.k12.az.us09. There are about 50 books remaining.

Attention Seniors--Graduation is coming and so is Grad Night!  Plan now to spend the entire night after graduation with all your friends and classmates.  Grad Night tickets go on sale after Spring Break and will be available at both lunches on Wednesdays and Fridays. The ticket price will be $35 until April 13th. On April 14th, the ticket price will go up to $45. After May 19th, the ticket price will be $55. Get your Grad Night ticket early and save!

If you would like to read the daily announcements that our students hear go to
https://sites.google.com/a/tuhsd.k12.az.us/mphspride/activities/daily-announcements
 
Save the date for the 4th Annual Mountain Pointe Football Golf Classic.  This year’s tournament is being held at the Foothills Golf Club, 2201 E Clubhouse Drive, Phoenix, AZ 85048. Saturday, May 12, 12:30pm Golf Shotgun Start, 4man “best ball” format
5:00pm Social Hour with live entertainment, followed by a buffet dinner.  Golfers, foursomes, hole sponsors, silent auction items and volunteers are needed.  Fees are:    
  • Hole Sponsorships-$100 (family or business sponsors)
  • One Foursome & Hole Sponsorship-$600 ($500 if registered and paid before April 8th)
  • One Foursome-$500 ($400 if registered and paid before April 8th)
  • Individual Golfer-$125 ($100 if registered and paid before April 8th)
  • Extra Point Package-$150
  • Buffet Dinner Only-$25
For more information, contact Christopher Rausch at ckrausch@q.com, or 480-980-0140.  All proceeds benefit the Mountain Pointe High School Football Program.
 
The Mountain Pointe Boys Golf Team is hosting its annual MPHS Golf Tournament on May 19th at Club West Golf Course in the Foothills.  If you have an interest in playing please email Coach Ramseyer at tramseyer@tuhsd.k12.az.us. Cost is $75 per person or $275 for a foursome.  It is a shotgun start at 7am with lunch and prizes following the event.  Check in for the tournament starts at 6am and the deadline to register for the event is May 14th.
 
Mesa Community College will be offering several special Placement Testing dates - Saturday dates for graduating seniors at the Southern/Dobson campus.  Please let your students know to sign up and get this important step done early!
March 31, April 14 and 21, and May 5

REQUIREMENTS:
Students must be admitted to MCC   (go to my.maricopa.edu or to the campus to get admitted)
Register for a session on line at (www.mesacc.edu/recruitment), a confirmation email will be issued
Complete and print out the Sample Test Questions for Accuplacer found on the Testing website (www.mesa.edu/testing)
    
Bring to the testing site on the day of testing:
Confirmation email
Print out of sample test
Government issued picture ID
MCC student ID number

A special - optional English test-prep session will be offered on March 3 and April 21 only.  Students should register for one of these sessions on line if interested.

PLEASE NOTE:  MCC is now using Accuplacer for all tests - English, Reading and Math.   Only students who have been admitted to MCC will be eligible to test. Parents or students can contact the MCC Testing Center with any questions  480 461 7338.

Our district offers a number of very information and helpful workshops for parents. For more information contact the Parent Community Services office at 480-838-3200 ext. 40074 or email kcosner@tuhsd.k12.az.us (Kay Cosner). The next two workshops are:
  • Topic: “Gangs and Drugs: Signs, Safety and Security”
  • Date/Time: Tuesday, March 27, 2012
  • Refreshments at 6:00/Workshop 6:30 to 8:00 p.m.
  • Location:Tempe High School-Library
  • Presenter(s):Detective Latasha Hampton, Tempe High School’s Resource Officer and Bryan Snyder- THS 2011 Summer Bridge Co-Coordinator
  • Topic: “Purposeful Learning: The Key to Remembering Information”
  • Date/Time:Wednesday, April 11, 2012
  • Refreshments at 6:00/Workshop 6:30 to 8:00 p.m.
  • Location: Mountain Pointe High School-P.E. Lecture Hall #E143
  • Presenter(s): Mary Niemczyk, Ph.D. Learning Strategist-ASU
  • All workshops are FREE and teens/tweens are welcomed and encouraged to attend.
 

Athletic Events

 
TUESDAY, MARCH 27
  • Girls Tennis HOME vs Xavier College Prep 3:30pm
  • Varsity Baseball HOME vs Marcos - 4pm
  • JV/Frosh Baseball @ Marcos 4pm
  • Boys Volleyball - JV-4pm, Varsity 5:30pm - HOME vs Hamilton
 
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 28
  • Girls Tennis @ Xavier College Prep 3:30pm
  • Boys/Girls Track HOME vs Marcos 3:30pm
  • Varsity Softball HOME vs Mesa High School 4pm
  • JV/Frosh Softball @ Mesa High School 4pm
  • Boys Volleyball - JV-4pm, Varsity 5:30pm - @ Corona
 
THURSDAY, MARCH 29
  • Boys Tennis HOME vs Maricopa 3:30pm
  • Girls Tennis @ Maricopa 3:30pm
  • Varsity Baseball @ Desert Vista 4pm
  • JV/Frosh Baseball HOME vs Desert Vista 4pm
  • JV Boys Volleyball only @ Mountain View-Mesa 4pm
FRIDAY, MARCH 30
  • Varsity Baseball HOME vs Brophy 4pm
  • JV Baseball @ Brophy 3:45pm
  • Frosh Baseball @ Brophy 7pm
  • Varsity Softball @ Petznick Field vs Xavier 7pm
  • JV/Frosh Softball HOME vs Xavier 4pm
  • Boys/Girls Track @ Basha Relay Invitational - Basha High School
 
SATURDAY, MARCH 31
  • Varsity Softball HOME vs Desert Vista 10am
 
MONDAY, APRIL 2
  • Frosh/JV Softball HOME vs Mt Ridge 4pm
  • Varsity Softball @ Mt. Ridge 3:45pm:
 
 
Please note:  The Deer Valley Unified School District charges for Spring Season games:  Softball, Baseball, Track, and Volleyball: Adults $5.00, Students (with I.D.) $4.00   Children 10 and under are free
               
All of the items listed in the weekly updates are provided by staff and booster clubs. If you feel certain activities are not being included please contact the staff member or booster club overseeing that activity.

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