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Mohave Middle School
8490 E. Jackrabbit Rd.
Scottsdale, AZ 85250     
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Chris Asmussen, Principal
Wendy Allen, Assistant Principal
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Achievement Profile
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Community Notice:
In response to changes in technology to its wireless services, and its commitment to provide service throughout this area, Verizon Wireless is requesting approval for the replacement of nine (9) existing antennas with nine (9) new antennas at Mohave Middle School. The proposed antennas will be similar in size and will be painted to match the existing light pole.

Any questions or comments, please contact Steve Ciolek (480)246-4131
 
District Announcements
Superintendent Dr. David J. Peterson's September Letter

Dear Scottsdale Unified School District Family,

The 2014-15 school year is off to a great start! It is hard to believe that we are already done with our first month of school. During the first few days of school, I was able to visit every school in the Scottsdale Unified School District (SUSD). Great things are going on in our classrooms – thank you all for a positive start to the new school year. Additionally, members of my Leadership Team visited campuses to help ensure an excellent beginning. It is great to see everyone working together on behalf of students. 
See the September Letter.
 
ADE Releases New Achievement Profiles

ADE Label
The Arizona Department of Education (ADE) has released its new A-F Achievement Profiles for the 2013-14 school year. Scottsdale Unified School District (SUSD) did well; the District received an A for a fourth consecutive year with a score of 144, our highest score ever. Nineteen schools received the highest grade of A, seven schools received B, three schools received C and one school received a D. See Grades
 
MOHAVE MIDDLE SCHOOL ANNOUNCEMENTS:
Student Support Services
Mohave Student Support Groups     
The week of September 8th, all Mohave students were given a brief survey to indicate interest in participating in one of the up-coming student support groups on campus.  If students indicated an interest, parents may receive information on these groups.  Written permission is required.   Jewish Family & Children’s Service is collaborating with the Scottsdale Unified School District to provide FREE prevention services to students.  JFCS is a non-profit, non-sectarian organization that has been strengthening communities by offering high quality behavioral health and social services to children and families since 1935.  
Tips for Using Your Agenda
ACTION AGENDAS
TIPS FOR USING YOUR STUDENT HOMEWORK AGENDA
  1.  Pick the right agenda for YOU.  Mohave is providing student agendas this year, but there are many others to choose from.  Find one that fits inside your AVID 3-ring Binder. 
  2. Name your agenda!  Yes, give it a name.  Why?  You are more likely to use it consistently if it has a name and an “identity”.  Call it something goofy or sentimental; it doesn’t matter and you don’t even have to tell anybody.
  3. Make the agenda part of your daily routine. Carry it with you at ALL times and remember to check it every morning and every night.
  4. Fill in your assignments and due dates as soon as you learn them.  Get in the habit of writing in your agenda while you are still in the classroom.  You are more likely to forget once you have moved on to your next subject.
  5. Be specific!  Don’t just write down “math test”, include the unit name, page numbers, or concepts needed for that math test! 
  6. Use “Backward Planning”.  Once you write a due date in your agenda, go back a day or a week and write in a reminder to study or that a due date is approaching.
  7. Refer to your agenda before starting your work.  Be sure you know what and how much you have to do each night.  This will help you prioritize and make enough time for each assignment.
  8. Use COLORS to help keep you organized!  Use colored highlighters or sticky notes for important dates or reminders.  For example, you can use yellow as a “warning” or caution two days before an important date.  You can use colors for different types of assignments as well;  red for tests, green for projects, purple for research papers…..Or you can assign a different color to each subject. 
  9. Put everything in your agenda.  Remember; anything that takes up time outside of school (like a sports practice or rehearsal) will take time away from working on your assignments. If you don’t put these things in your agenda you may not realize how limited your homework time really is!
  10. Share your agendas with your parents.  Include them in your planning and ask them for help when needed.  Communicate with your parents about upcoming due dates so they stay connected with school and your teachers too!
  11. Save your old agendas!   Each quarter you may start out using a new agenda, don’t throw away your old agenda.    There might be important information in your used agendas that could be helpful in the future.  They also are good reminders of all of the things you have learned and accomplished throughout the school year! 
Morning Announcements
Mohave will post morning announcements here, on our main page, frequently.  However, PLEASE make sure you are still paying attention at the beginning of each day.  There may be a delay getting announcements posted OR we may miss posting an announcement that was important to YOU.  Please be in your first period on time, at 7:45 AM, and ready to listen to morning announcements every day.  Thank you.
Announcements the WEEK OF September 15th

Cell phones should be off and in your backpack.  Teachers may allow students to use their cell phones during class for educational purposes.  You may use your cell phones in class ONLY with teacher permission. 

Cell phones may be used at lunch – students may not take pictures or videos.  Please use this time to communicate with home as needed.

Mohave has gone to a single lunch line!! Starting on Tuesday, students who purchase lunch formed a single line and entered a self service area.  Students now have the opportunity to look at all the options offered at lunch.  Additionally, instead of serving 4 students at a time ... we now are able to serve 20.  The single lunch line has sped up the process ... and all students are served within the first 12 minutes of lunch.

Special note to parents ... now that the lunch process is self-serve, s
tudents may be more apt to 'impulse purchase' ... please monitor your child's lunch accounts and ask them what they are eating at lunch. 

Interested in POM and CHEER?  A sign up sheet has been placed in the cafe.  We start right AFTER October Break ... Please complete an Athletic Packet and pay your fee ... We'll have your GO PASS ready right after break - GO MOHAVE GO, 


Remember to WEAR your student ID card - EVERY DAY.     Mohave is running a competition between the grade levels.  The grade (6th, 7th or 8th) that has the highest percentage of students wearing their ID badge will win a special assembly put on by the Scottsdale Police Department’s canine unit.  

7th grade is just barely in the lead!  6th grade has stepped it up, and is now in 2nd place ... not far behind 8th grade held steady, but lost ground to 6th grade.  .. 

Mid Term Grades went home on September 11th!  Mohave printed mid term grades for students to take home and review with their parents.  Parents signed the mid term report and students returned the report to their 1st period teacher.  These grades are NOT FINAL quarter grades.  They are a “snap shot” of the student’s progress to date.  If the student’s grades meet family and personal expectations … it is a time to celebrate.  Keep doing what you’re doing … its working!  If the student’s grades do NOT meet family and personal expectations … there is time to change your study habits and get your grades up before the end of the quarter. 

We encourage students to make use of Math Lab, Homework Club, and the open Computer Lab … as Mr. A always says “successful people ask for help”.

Students with less than a 2.0 GPA were assigned to Lunch Time Tutoring.  Students are expected to go to intervention services until their GPA rises above a 2.0 (C average).  Students who fail to attend will not be able to participate in Assemblies, Dances, or Field Trips.  We want EVERYONE to attend these fun functions.  Help us help you ... see you at Lunch Time Tutoring.


NEW CLUB STARTING!!!  PAWS CLUB!!!  The first meeting for the Mohave PAWS Club will meet again on Monday, Sept. 15th, after school in Room 127.    Are you a student interested in becoming a leader?  Learning new communication skills and strategies?  Helping Mohave Middle School become more connected with our community?  Creating ideas for fund raising and getting new rewards and incentives for our weekly PAWS drawings?  Or assisting in creating PAWS videos for our school and various contests throughout the year?  Please join Ms. Mayer on Monday in Rm. 127.  The club meeting will end at 3:20!  Thank you…. 


 September 15th we will introduced Cross Country.  If you are interested in getting involved pick up an Athletic Packet from the front desk. The meets are held on Saturdays so current baseball and volleyball players can also participate on the team.  If you are interested in participating and competing in this VALLEY WIDE sport (in conjunction with US Track and Field)
 

The Library is open on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays from 7:30 AM to 2:40 PM.  Please show your PAWS when in the Media Center.  Feel free to stop in at lunch if you need a book for Reading :-)

The morning news crew is looking for students to operate the camera, sound board, and to be news anchors.  Mr. A will be wandering around the cafeteria with applications for this club – please see him or Mrs. Ratliff in room 255 if you are interested.

Writing CLUB  is in room 128, Fridays after school, that is the computer lab across from the Art Room downstairs.  
 
Geography Club started on Tuesday, August 26th. It's still not too late, all students interested in Geography are welcome.  Learn about the 5 themes (Location, Place, Human-Environment Interaction, Movement, and Region), and learn about yourself and others WHILE getting ready to compete in the National Geographic Bee.

Debate Club: Every Thursday in Mr. Stevens' room, Room 227.  Students are invited to learn how to argue using evidence to support their claims.  Great way to practice the Spring Board skills you are learning in ELA

Homework Club:  Need help with your homework, and want a teacher there to provide that support?  Starting this Thursday, students may drop into the Media Center to get extra help.  The club will meet every Tuesday and Thursday!  Hope to see you there.

Math Lab:  Need help with math?  The Math Lab will be open every Monday after school, Tuesday before school, and Wednesday after school.  Stop in the Media Center and get the help you need! 

Robotics Club   This Friday after school we meet again!  Before that time ... please sign up to the Remind service and Google Classroom.  Look for your 1st assignment!!  Do this right away and be prepared for Friday.  Questions?  See or email Mr. teVelde

LAST week's PAWS winners are ... (drum roll please) ...

6th grade: Tim M.
7th grade: Logan H.
8th grade: Rachael I.


 



 
Mohave Middle School Ice Bucket Challenge
Dr. Peterson and the Mohave PBIS Committee challenged Mr. Asmussen and the Mohave school community to the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge.  Students donated loose change the week of August 25th.  By Friday, August 29th, the students raised $417.  Teachers and staff also contributed, bringing the school total to over $525!!!  (And, donations continue to come in.)

A special assembly was called Friday afternoon, where the entire school community watched Mr. Asmussen, Mrs. Allen, Ms. Mayer, Officer Kinsey, and several teachers have ice cold water dumped on them.

Mr. Asmussen has extended the challenge to our Mohave Parent Community and our PTO.  We hope that you will join Mohave and SUSD in this worthy cause … and great community building activity.  If you get soaked … PLEASE share your videos with our school.  Until then, please enjoy ours (Thank you to Dr. Flores for putting this together)

Click link to view video Mohave Ice Bucket Challenge -
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Wildcat Weekly
   THE WILDCAT WEEKLY   3rd  EDITION!! 8/29/14      
       There are many opportunities for students to get involved at school!  Some clubs are fee based (so we can pay the teacher for their time, and get materials for the club).   Tax credit fees are dollar for dollar credits that parents can claim on their Arizona State Income Taxes in April.   Other clubs are FREE – either because the teacher is volunteering their time, or Mohave is using specific accounts to cover the costs for our students.  IF the club is fee based, and your family needs assistance – PLEASE DON’T HESITATE TO ASK … Mohave will not let a fee prohibit a student from participation.
We will showcase a new opportunity every week. This week, your Wildcat Weekly Crew would like to showcase:      Future Cities Competition
Future Cities meets after school on Thursdays in Room 120 with Mrs. McBride.  In this Club/Activity, students work in teams to design a city of the future.  Students work with volunteer engineers, who help students design, create a model, and write a description of their city.  This is a STEM related Club/Activity and is open to all Mohave students.  There is NO Charge for this Club – as Mrs. McBride volunteers her time, please contact Ms. McBride for more details. 
Answer to last week’s trivia question: Mohave has 75 staff members. Hmmm….75 staff members and 812 students…something tells us that the students would win in a tug of war competition!
Winner, Winner   Dinner!
Our P.A.W.S. winners this week are:
6th grade: Teddy G.
7th grade: Dana L.
8th grade: Jon S.
What information is being put in Wildcat Brains this week?
6th Grade: Our new Wildcats are hard at work dividing decimals in math class!
7th Grade: Ask a 7th grader scientist about different soil compositions...HOORAY FOR DIRT!
8th Grade: Our eldest wildcats are learning about taxation without representation in SS
Fun Facts with Donya and Kalliope
Arizona has 3,928 mountain peaks and summits more mountains than anyone of the
other mountain states.
 
COPS CORNER - 1
   Parking Lot safety – our students safety are our #1 priority
  • Pull your vehicle all the way forward in the drop off/pick up lane
  • There is NO pick up or drop off on Jackrabbit road
  • Please stay alert in and around the school
  • Use either parking lot on Jackrabbit for drop off/pick up
  • IF YOU DROP OFF YOUR STUDENT PRIOR TO 7:30 A.M. THERE IS NO WAIT!!
Thank you for your continued support – Officer Kinsey

AlS Ice Bucket Challenge – Wildcats Accept!
Mohave students have a chance this week to dump ice cold water over a staff member’s head on Friday, August 29th. This is to raise money and awareness for the ALS Foundation. The Wildcat weekly crew would like to take a moment to share what exactly is ALS:
ALS was first found in 1869 by French neurologist Jean-Martin Charcot, but it wasn’t until 1939 that Lou Gehrig brought national and international attention to the disease. Ending the career of one of the most beloved baseball players of all time, the disease is still most closely associated with his name. Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and the spinal cord. Motor neurons reach from the brain to the spinal cord and from the spinal cord to the muscles throughout the body. The progressive degeneration of the motor neurons in ALS eventually leads to their death. When the motor neurons  die, the ability of the brain to initiate and control muscle movement is lost. With voluntary muscle action progressively affected, patients in the later stages of the disease may become totally paralyzed.
Most commonly, ALS strikes people between the ages of 40 and 70, and as many as 30,000 Americans have the disease at any given time. ALS has cut short the lives of other such notable and courageous individuals as Hall of Fame pitcher Jim "Catfish" Hunter, Senator Jacob Javits, actors Michael Zaslow and David Niven, creator of Sesame Street Jon Stone, television producer Scott Brazil, boxing champion Ezzard Charles, NBA Hall of Fame basketball player George Yardley, pro football player Glenn Montgomery, golfer Jeff Julian, golf caddie Bruce Edwards, British soccer player Jimmy Johnstone, musician Lead Belly (Huddie Ledbetter), photographer Eddie Adams, entertainer Dennis Day, jazz musician Charles Mingus, former vice president of the United States Henry A. Wallace and U.S. Army General Maxwell Taylor.
Information from http://www.alsa.org/about-als/   8-28-14                                   For more information , please go to www.alsa.org
Clubs Sports and Activities
There are many opportunities for students to get involved at school!  Some clubs are fee based (so we can pay the teacher for their time, and get materials for the club).   Tax credit fees are dollar for dollar credits that parents can claim on their Arizona State Income Taxes in April.   Other clubs are FREE – either because the teacher is volunteering their time, or Mohave is using specific accounts to cover the costs for our students.  IF the club is fee based, and your family needs assistance – PLEASE DON’T HESITATE TO ASK … Mohave will not let a fee prohibit a student from participation.
After School  Homework Club (Starting Thursday, August 21st)
Need help with your homework?  Students may seek help from Mr. Norris after school on Tuesdays and Thursdays.  Students meet in the Media Center.  No appointment needed, just stop in and ask a Mohave teacher for help!  There is NO charge to students for seeking help – Mohave Middle School is using Tax Credit money to support this program for our students.
Please note:  NO Homework clubs on … September 2, October 7, November 11, December 2, January 6, February 3, March 3, April 7, and May 5 … Mr. Norris will attend Mohave Staff Meetings on these days.
Math Lab (Starting the Week of August 25th)
Need specific help in math?  Mohave math teachers are available throughout the week – before and after school to help students improve their math skills (and to help with homework and test/quiz preparation).  No appointment needed, just stop in and ask for help!  There is NO charge to students seeking help in math – Mohave Middle School is using Title 1 dollars to support this program for our students.   The Lab is held in the Media Center.
  • Monday: After school from 2:30 to 3:30 PM
  • Tuesday: Before school from 7 to 7:40 AM
  • Wednesday: After school from 2:30 to 3:30 PM
Open Computer Lab (Starting August 25th)
Need a computer to help with your school work?  Or do you need a computer to create a “jazzy” presentation?  Mrs. Ratliff opens her computer lab, Room 255 every Monday after school from 2:20 to 3:20 PM for students in need.  No appointment needed, just drop in for help.  There is no charge to students – Mrs. Ratliff volunteers her time.
Morning Announcements (Join today)
We are looking for students to operate the camera, the sound board, and to direct the morning news program.  Have a “Wildcat Personality” and want to be IN FRONT OF the camera?  We need news anchors too!  See Mrs. Ratliff in room 255 for more information.  News crew starts at 7:30 AM every morning!  There is a $60 tax credit fee to join the news.
 After School Sports
Quarter 1: Boys Baseball, Girls Volleyball
**Cross country – plans to start in September, more information to come.

Quarter 2: Boys Basketball, Girls Softball, Cheer, Boys Soccer, Girls Soccer

Quarter 3: Boys Flag Football, Girls Basketball

Quarter 4: Boys and Girls Track and Filed

SUSD Middle School Sports is a two Tier program.  The 1st Tier runs during the 1st half of the quarter.  There are NO cuts, and all students can participate.  At the end of Tier 1, all athletes participate in a Super Saturday Sports Festival.  The festival runs on a Saturday, and all athletes play in 3 games.  To participate in Tier 1, there is a $60 tax credit fee.
  • Quarter 1: Saturday, September 6
  • Quarter 2: Saturday, November 15
  • Quarter 3: Saturday, January 31
At the conclusion of Tier 1, teams are chosen.  15 players are chosen for a 7th/8th grade team AND 15 players are chosen for a 6th/7th grade team.  These teams host and travel to the other SUSD middle schools – and represent Mohave!  If invited, and to participate in Tier 2, there is a $30 tax credit fee.
See the Office for more information or Mohave’s Athletic Director, Mark Close.
Future Cities Competition (Join Today!)
Future Cities meets after school on Thursdays in Room 120 with Mrs. McBride.  In this Club/Activity, students work in teams to design a city of the future.  Students work with volunteer engineers, who help students design, create a model, and write a description of their city.  This is a STEM related Club/Activity and is open to all Mohave students.  There is NO Charge for this Club – as Mrs. McBride volunteers her time.  For more information please contact her.
Robotics (Starts Friday, August 22nd)
Robotics meets Fridays after school in Mr. teVelde’s room, Room 237.  Students work in teams to design and program robots to complete missions.  Students will begin working with First Lego League materials in preparation of completion (regional meet hosted by Mohave MS) in November.  The club will transition to VEX robotics later in the year.  State competition in the spring (Mohave is the reigning state champion!) with hopes of returning to Worlds in May.  There is a $60 tax credit fee to participate. 
Creative Writing Club (Join Today!)
Creative Writing Club meets after school on Fridays in Room 128 with Mrs. McBride.  In this Club, students work individually or with partners and groups.  There is NO charge for this club – as Mrs. McBride volunteers her time.  For more information please contact her.
 Debate Club (Join Today!)
Debate Club meets Thursdays after school in Mr. Stevens’ room, Room 127.  Students pick the side of an argument, use evidence and justification to support their claims, and try to sway others to their thinking.  There is NO charge for this club – as Mr. Stevens volunteers his time.  For more information, please contact him.
Geography Club (Join Today!)
The Geography Club will begin on Tuesday after school.  All students interested in Geography are are welcome.  Come learn about the 5 themes (location, place, human and environment interaction, movement, region), and learn about yourself and others WHILE getting ready to compete in the National Geographic Bee.  This club is free of charge - as Mrs. McBride is volunteering her time.  The club will meet in room 120, please see Mrs. McBride for more information. 
PAWS CLUB!!! (Starting September 8th)
The first meeting for the Mohave PAWS Club will be on Monday, Sept. 8th, after school in Room 127.    Are you a student interested in becoming a leader?  Learning new communication skills and strategies?  Helping Mohave Middle School become more connected with our community?  Creating ideas for fund raising and getting new rewards and incentives for our weekly PAWS drawings?  Or assisting in creating PAWS videos for our school and various contests throughout the year?  There is NO charge for this club.  We are using Tax Credit - Character Education dollars to fund this club. Please join Ms. Mayer on Monday in Rm. 127.  The club meeting will end at 3:20!  Thank you…. 
 
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