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Phone: 480-484-5200
Fax: 480-484-5201
Office Hours: 7:00am - 3:00pm
School Hours: 7:45am - 2:20pm
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
Centralized Enrollment Summer Hours


Centralized Enrollment Office summer hours will be 7:30 a.m. – 4:15 p.m. Mon., Tues., Thurs., Fri; and  9:30 a.m. – 4:15 p.m. each Wednesday.

CEO is closed to the public June 30 – July 4.




MOHAVE MIDDLE SCHOOL ANNOUNCEMENTS:
Student Schedules

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Mohave will post schedules to Synergy on Monday 7/28  We are completing the final touches to student schedules and double checking that we have placed each student in the appropriate leveled courses and we’re honoring elective choices to the best of our abilities. 

Directions for accessing student schedules on-line can be found in the SUSD digital backpack.  Here is the direct link: 

http://susd.schoolfusion.us/modules/groups/homepagefiles/cms/394763/File/Communications/Synergy/ParentVue_StudentVue-Guide.pdf

The Media Center will be open on Monday, August 4th from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM and staff will be on hand to assist families who are experiencing difficulties printing their schedule at home.

Although we do not anticipate any changes to student schedules, Mohave will continue to work on student scheduling up until the first day of school.  Students will receive their “OFFICIAL” schedule in 1st period on the first day of school. 

Requests for course changes are made by completing a Request for Course Change form.  This form will be available on Monday, August 4th at Back to School event from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM.  Students should follow their “OFFICIAL” schedule until notified by administration of a schedule change.




2014 - 2015 SCHOOL YEAR DATES AND INFORMATION

AUGUST 4TH - WELCOME BACK TO SCHOOL NIGHT 6PM TO 8PM IN THE GYM

AUGUST 6TH  - 1ST DAY OF SCHOOL / SCHOOL STARTS AT 7:45

AUGUST 7TH - SCHOOL PICTURE DAY/I.D. DAY

AUGUST 8TH - PTO WELCOME PARENT BREAKFAST

AUGUST 20TH - CURRICULUM NIGHT (previously known as open house night) 6pm to 8pm

2014-2015 SUGGESTED SCHOOL SUPPLY LIST
Suggested School Supply List
 
This year, we will ask all of our students to organize themselves in the "AVID" way.  All students will use a 3-ing, 3-ring binder to keep notes for all classes, their agenda, and other classroom materials. 

3-ring binder
Dividers for the binder
Loose leaf paper, 3 hole punched for the binder
Pencil pouch, 3-hole punched for the binder
Agenda, 3-hole punched for the binder (Mohave will provide a quarterly agenda, or students may choose their own)
Pens, pencils, colored markers, highlighters, and erasers
3 composition notebooks
1 pad of graph paper


2014-2015 ENRICHMENT COURSE DESCRIPTIONS
ENRICHMENT COURSES

The Scottsdale School District offers a middle school program designed to meet the academic, social, and emotional needs of the emerging adolescent. This middle school philosophy is demonstrated through the learning opportunities at each school in unique and diverse ways.

Enrichment courses are offered at each grade level to provide a greater breadth of learning. These courses are designed to complement, enhance, and integrate learning opportunities with the required curricula. Students may choose enrichment courses based on availability, staffing at their site, and space. Many of the enrichment courses are offered for multiple grade levels, while others are unique to a particular grade level. Students who choose year-long enrichment courses will have fewer opportunities than those students who participate in semester-long enrichments. PLEASE NOTE: The availability of all enrichment course offerings at each site will be unique and is dependent on staffing and space availability.

Mohave Middle School
Enrichment Course Descriptions
2013-2014
Semester Long Enrichment Course Descriptions
Art: An exploration of the Visual Arts. Students will explore drawing, painting, printmaking, ceramics, and sculpture integrating cultural and historical concepts while applying the elements and principals of design.
Computers: Teaches students how to use the computer as an academic resource. Word processing, drawing, spreadsheet data entry, graphs, PowerPoint, internet research, and digital citizenship. Learn proper finger placement and appropriate navigation of the Internet (basic requirement for high school)
Choir (6th grade): Students will have the opportunity to prepare and perform vocal selections in rehearsal and concert settings. Students learn to read notes and rhythms, learn basic music theory and history and performance etiquette. Students perform in winter and spring concerts.
Industrial Arts: Through a hands-on approach to learning students will be introduced to a general core of instructions on safety and four main technology components. The general core consists of units of instruction on general safety. The four major technology components 1) Communication 2) Construction 3) Manufacturing and 4) Transportation/Power and Energy.
Intro to Mandarin Language & Culture: Brief introduction of Chinese culture with topics such as geography, family/home, food, calligraphy, leisure and recreation shopping. Acquisition of basic Chinese pronunciation and intonations. Emphasis is placed on the following areas: reading, writing, speaking and listening. This is an introductory class, designed to teach basic skills and allow students to consider the pursuit of further language acquisition.
Intro to Spanish Language & Culture: Brief introduction of Spanish culture with topics such as geography, family/home, food, calligraphy, leisure, and recreation. Emphasis is placed on the following areas: reading, writing, speaking and listening. This is an introductory class, designed to teach basic skills and allow students to consider the pursuit of further language acquisition.
Physical Education: PE classes place a strong emphasis on the importance of promoting a positive self-image for all students. Students have the opportunity to participate in a variety of activities including, but not limited to; basketball, badminton, softball, scooter-hockey, broom ball, etc. Students are asked to ‘dress out’ into a PE uniform. Information is provided to students in the first days of class on how to obtain a uniform.
Math for Success: Students who are not meeting state standards in Math, as measured by the 2012 AIMS assessment, will automatically be enrolled in this support class. Families who feel that this class would benefit their child, even though they are meeting standards, may elect this course.
Multicultural Exploratory: (6th grade) This class will expose students to many different cultures from around the world. Students will learn languages such as: Latin, Spanish, French, German, Italian, Russian, Japanese, Chinese, Arabic, Hebrew, Swahili, and Greek.  Students in this class explore our diverse world using both media and technology. An emphasis is placed on reading, writing, listening and speaking.
Year Long Enrichment Course Descriptions
AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination):. Students that are accepted into the AVID program will participate in academic programs designed to prepare them for college eligibility by preparing students to take advanced classes in high school. AVID students take part in enrichment trips and activities, engage in weekly tutorials, and develop a college readiness plan. AVID is an on-going commitment. An application and interview process is required to be chosen for AVID. Please contact the school for more information.
Band: Students will have the opportunity to experience the joy of creating and performing music while learning to play an instrument. Students learn basic to advanced rhythmic patterns, music theory and history, intonation, performance etiquette and teamwork. Students perform in winter and spring concerts and at festivals.
Chorus: Students will have the opportunity to prepare and perform vocal selections in rehearsal and concert settings. Students learn to read notes and rhythms, learn basic music theory and history and performance etiquette. Students perform in winter and spring concerts and at festivals.
Strings: Students will have the opportunity to experience the joy of creating and performing music while learning to play a stringed instrument. Students learn basic to advanced rhythmic patterns, music theory and history, intonation, performance etiquette, and teamwork. Students perform in winter and spring concerts and at festivals.
Spanish I: The first year Spanish language learner will experience a variety of techniques, procedures, and activities to effectively communicate at a beginning level. Emphasis is placed on listening, speaking, reading, and writing to facilitate communication in the target language. Vocabulary acquisition and a cultural overview will be integral components of the Level I coursework. Students/families will have the option of receiving high school credit for this class.
Mandarin I: This course is designed to offer a variety of teaching/learning styles for students to acquire basic proficiency in speaking, listening, writing, and reading in the target language. The writing and reading skills will include pinyin transcriptions and Chinese characters. Components of the Chinese civilization, including art, music and festivals will play an integral role to demonstrate the intrinsic relationship between the language and the culture. Students/families will have the option of receiving high school credit for this class.
Student Government: Students must write an essay (minimum of one paragragh) describing why they would be a good candidate for this class. Additionally, students must obtain teacher recommendation(s). The purpose of this class is to train student leaders in leadership skills, group dynamics, planning and evaluating, constitutional government, fiscal responsibility, and service. Class time will be divided among regular business meetings, work projects, and committee assignments. Student Government serves as the student activity director. All student activities, clubs, projects, and activities must be approved by Student Government at a regular meeting.
The aim and objectives of the class:
1) To provide a democratic form in which students can address those school-related issues which affect their lives
2) To promote active school spirit
3) To promote a better relationship between students and faculty
4) To promote worthwhile school activities
5) To develop more interest in citizenship, leadership and sportsmanship
6) To contribute to the community
Year Book: Students will memorialize the 2012-2013 academic year by producing, selling, and distributing the school year book. Students will work directly with an outside vendor (teacher assisted) meeting real-life deadlines and making decisions that impact the production of the book.

8th grade students are NOT able to drop year-long classes to become a Teacher’s Assistant


Honors Language Arts Summer Reading List
                                                     Mohave Middle School
                                                      Summer Reading List
                                                            2014-2015
 
6th Grade – Theme: Changes
Suggested book – Zen and the Art of Faking It by Jordan Sonnenblick
When eighth-grader San Lee moves to a new town and a new school for the umpteenth time, he doesn't try to make new friends or be a loner or play cool. Instead he sits back and devises a plan to be totally different. When he accidentally answers too many questions in World History on Zen (only because he just had Ancient Religions two schools ago) all heads turn and San has his answer: he's a Zen Master. And just when he thinks everyone (including the cute girl he can't stop thinking about) is on to him, everyone believes him . . . in a major Zen way. (Amazon)
Extra Reading- Texts may range from memoirs and personal narrative to fictional novels and collections of short stories selected by the student based on interest.
Consider authors such as: Sandra Cisneros, Beverly Cleary, Roald Dahl, Paul Fleishman, Francisco Jimenez, Richard Lewis, Walter Dean Myers, Marjane Satrapi, Gary Soto, Art Spiegelman, Chris Van Allsburg, Wendelin Van Draanen.

 
7th Grade – Theme: Choices
Suggested book - Drawing Out the Dragons: A Meditation on Art, Destiny, and the Power of  
                               Choice by James A. Owen
"I believe in you. You have a great destiny. You are meant for great things. And it's possible to live a wonderful, extraordinary life." That is the promise offered by bestselling author and illustrator James A. Owen in this remarkable and inspirational meditation. In Drawing Out the Dragons, James shares personal stories and the deep truths he learned while navigating past obstacles and adversity toward a life of lasting belief and joy. We all have a grand destiny, but sometimes we feel we lack the power to achieve it. But we always have the power to choose. "Every drawing, every life, is nothing but a series of choices and actions. Make your lines. Make your choices. . . . What you create from there is entirely up to you." Drawing Out the Dragons has the power to uplift, inspire, and change your life. (Barnes &Noble)
Extra Reading:  memoirs, essays, biographies, or autobiographies
Consider the following classic and contemporary authors : William Shakespeare, Edgar Allan Poe, Robert Frost, Zora Neale Hurston, E.E. Cummings, Langston Hughes, Richard Wright, Roald Dahl, Walter Dean Myers, and Nikki Giovanni
 
8th Grade – Theme: Challenges
Suggested books:
 
1. Code Talker: A Novel About the Navajo Marines of World War Two By Joseph Bruchac
 
Bruchac brings to life for young adults the stories of some of the unsung heroes of World War II — the young Navajo men who were a crucial part of the American effort in sending and receiving messages that used their native language. (Scholastic)
 
2. Warriors Don’t Cry By Melba Pattillo Beals
 
In 1957, Melba Pattillo turned sixteen. That was also the year she became a warrior on the front lines of a civil rights firestorm. Following the landmark 1954 Supreme Court ruling, Brown v. Board of Education, Melba was one of nine teenagers chosen to integrate Little Rock's Central High School.
Throughout her harrowing ordeal, Melba was taunted by her schoolmates and their parents, threatened by a lynch mob's rope, attacked with lighted sticks of dynamite, and injured by acid sprayed in her eyes. But through it all, she acted with dignity and courage, and refused to back down.
This is her remarkable story. (Google)
Extra Reading:  Try to connect to the concept of heroism.
Read stories about fictional (e.g., mythological) heroes as they prepare to write a hero’s journey narrative. Consider stories about the following heroic figures: Hercules, Achilles, Theseus, Perseus, Cadmus, Penelope, Atalanta, Gilgamesh, Sigurg the Volsung,  George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, Cesar Chavez, Neil Armstrong, Martin Luther King, Jr., Bill Gates, Oprah Winfrey, J.K. Rowling, Jackie Robinson.

***Students will be given an assignment based on the book "Zen and the Art of Faking It" during the week of August 11th. It is recommended that notes are taken on the characters, plot, conflict, rising actions, climax, falling actions, and the resolution as they read. These notes will not be collected. However, they will be very helpful to use when completing the activity.

MOHAVE STUDENT HANDBOOK

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