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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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Halloween Costumes

As a reminder, Halloween costumes worn at school still need to comply with school dress code. If found to be in violation, students will be required to change into clothes provided by the school. If you plan to wear a costume to school on Halloween, please make sure it complies with school dress code.
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PTSA Seeks Donations for National Homeless Awareness Month

As part of National Homeless Awareness Month, PTSA is soliciting donations of deodorants, pens, and unused socks and underwear from October 30th to November 9th. Donations can be collected in the Principal’s office. We have so many students district-wide that lack the basics and whatever we can give them to help out goes a long way toward making sure they are more successful academically and emotionally.
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MKHS VAPA Presents "The Uninvited"

Mark Keppel Drama Department is proud to present the Fall Play “The Uninvited”. There will be a show this Thursday at 4pm, Friday at 7:30pm and Saturday at 7:30 pm. Tickets will be $7 presale at the student bank or $10 at the door. There will be additional showings on Friday, October 27th, and Saturday, October 28th.
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Grab & Go breakfast

Mark Keppel High School is introducing a new breakfast program, Grab 'n' Go Breakfast. The cafeteria staff is going to set up breakfast lines at East and West Gate and you can easily pick up breakfast that is pre-bagged. If you qualify for free or reduced lunch your Grab 'n' Go breakfast is free. Otherwise, it is only $1.75 for a complete breakfast.
Grab 'n' Go will start on October 31st and breakfast will be served from 6:30 to 7:41. During the grand opening week, there will be giveaways in random bags. Don't miss out!!
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10th Annual District College Fair: 10/19 from 6-8pm

The 10th annual district college fair will be held this Thursday, October 19th at San Gabriel High School from 6-8pm. Over 60 representatives from 2 year & 4-year colleges/universities, vocational schools and the military will be on campus. Various Workshops will be provided! Parents and all 9th-12th grade students are invited to attend.
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