News and Announcements

Aspiring Medical Professions Academy

There will be an informational session on Tuesday, July 17th, 6pm at the Cafeteria in Mark Keppel High School. You will learn about the purpose of the academy and the benefits of being an academy student. For additional questions, please call Ms. Castro at the Office of Instruction at 626-943-6740.
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A Message From Mr. Scanlan-Every New Beginning Comes From Some Other Beginning's End

Good evening Aztec family,


This evening, the Board voted to select me as the next Assistant Superintendent of Student/Employee Welfare for the upcoming 18-19 school year. With this exciting opportunity comes the sadness of knowing that I will be leaving Mark Keppel High School.


I cannot thank the Keppel community enough for all of your kindness and support during my time here. Our students are truly the greatest both out of the classroom and in it. Mark Keppel is a truly special place and I have been very lucky to be a part of it for the past 3 years.


That being said, you're still stuck with me for the rest of the school year, so it's not goodbye just yet. The district will soon begin the process of selecting a new principal. Whoever that lucky individual is will have the good fortune of becoming a part of this tremendous community. From the bottom of my heart, thank you for everything.


John Scanlan

Principal, Mark Keppel High School
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Dance and All Male Try outs are coming!

Dance and All Male Try-outs for students 8th-11th grade begin April 9th and will be held in the Dance Studio. Dance workshops to prepare for try-outs will be held April 10th - April 12th from 3pm-6pm. Final Auditions will be April 13th.
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A statement from Principal John Scanlan regarding potential walkouts this coming Wednesday, March 14th

As you may be aware, there is a national school walkout planned for this coming Wednesday, 3/14. It is our position that we want our students to remain in class and that the campus is the safest place for our students to be. However, should students choose to exercise their First Amendment rights, we will direct them to Palm Court, where we will have some of our student leaders speaking from 10 to 10:17am. The best way to demand change that will ensure safe and peaceful schools is to stay safe and peaceful during this walkout. If you have any questions, please see me or any other administrator, teacher or staff member. Thank you!
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Yearbook Advertisements for Parents

Parents, celebrate your child’s achievement of graduating by purchasing a yearbook advertisement. Yearbook club is offering substantial discounts for advertisements – only this week! Visithttps://ybstore.friesens.com/stores/768955 and customize a special advertisement to recognize your soon-to-be graduate!
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Google Classroom

The issues with Google Classrooms and other various online functions appear to be fixed. If you are still experiencing problems, please contact us. Thank you.
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Google Classroom issues

A message from MARK KEPPEL HIGH SCHOOL

Good evening,

We have been made aware of an issue students are having connecting to Google Classrooms and other various online functions.

District technology has been notified. Additionally, teachers are being notified that there has been an issue and will adjust finals accordingly, if need be based on the impact of each individual class.

We hope the issue is resolved quickly, however, there is currently no timetable.

Mr. Scanlan
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ELAC #3 date change.

Apologies for the last minute change. The January 23, 2018 meeting has been moved to January 29, 2018 @ 6:30pm
Location has been changed from Cafeteria to ​Aztec conference room.
For more information, contact
Office of Instruction – Jocelyn Castro
626-943-6740
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Student Internships and Enrichment Programs

Attention All Students:
Want to make your student resume more competitive for college and job applications? Want to add spice to your life? Join NHS and PTSA on Thursday, January 18 from 6:30-9pm in the cafeteria to learn about internships, summer college programs, and other student enrichment opportunities for high school students. Parents and Students are welcome to attend this free event. This important program will begin after the AP/Honors Fair. Dinner foods will be offered for sale.
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Finals

As you know, Finals are this week. Notice we didn't say "Final exams". There's a reason for that...

Teachers have the freedom to use finals time as they see fit to meet the needs of students. It may be a final project, presentation, lesson, activity...it does not necessarily have to be an exam. The expectation of teachers is what it always is, which is the time is to be used effectively.

Education has evolved and given an emphasis on using a variety of forms of assessment, the notion that a final has to be an exam is outdated. Also, with consistent checking for understanding, the need for high stakes tests aren't as necessary as they may have been in the past. Students have the opportunity to demonstrate their understanding over 90 days each semester.

One counter to this is that it doesn't prepare students for college. However, more college courses are moving away from heavily weighted final exams. Additionally, colleges don't have the consistent checking for understanding methods that high school employs.

We have also found that high stakes exams can have an impact on our students due to the heightened anxiety they bring.

Finally (no pun intended), with the freedom teachers have, they also still have the freedom to give a final exam. The decision is ultimately up to the individual teacher.

So whatever form your final takes, do your best, good luck and remember...it's all done next Tuesday!
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Free SAT preparation

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​Alhambra Unified School District is teaming up with a company called Revolution K12 to offer free SAT preparation courses at Mark Keppel High. These courses will help prepare you for the upcoming March 10, 2018 SAT Test. Here is the registration link to sign up for the 6-week, 9-session course. Space is limited, so sign up now. Below is your registration form. Complete the form before January 9, 2018 to reserve your spot.
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Spark of Love Toy Drive

GATEWAY TO SUCCESS IN PARTNERSHIP WITH ALHAMBRA
FIRE DEPARTMENT, YMCA OF WEST SAN GABRIEL, AND
ALHAMBRA POLICE DEPARTMENT ARE HOSTING THE
ANNUAL SPARK OF LOVE TOY DRIVE AND NEED YOUR
SUPPORT!

Unwrapped gifts can be dropped off at any of the donation bins
located at all Alhambra Unified School sites, Alhambra Fire
Department, YMCA of West San Gabriel Valley, and Alhambra
Police Department.

At MKHS, donations can be dropped off in the Spark of Love box in the School Counseling office. Thank you!
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New pick-up/drop-off procedures postponed

Good evening Aztec families. This is Principal Scanlan with an important message. The new drop off and pick up procedures that were to go into effect beginning tomorrow are now on hold. Later tonight, as part of our weekly communication, you will receive a pre-recorded message reminding you that the procedures will be going into place. However, the procedures are now on hold. We apologize for any confusion.
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