Cibola Community Letter, February 9, 2015
Hello Cibola Cougar Families,
I hope that you are having a great school year! It has been and continues to be a whirlwind of activity at Cibola as we continue to help your students live in the present as teenagers, and simultaneously prepare to enter the future as productive academically and socially confident adults.
This memo is important enough to mail out to our families to keep open lines of communication coming to you from school to home.
Your ninth through eleventh grade students will take the PARCC exam online this semester and, ultimately, passing this exam is part of the graduation requirement. Teachers have been teaching within the scope of common core standards for the past three years and the PARCC exam aligns with this teaching methodology, so students have been prepared within their courses for this exam and we have taken strides to assure that students are academically and technologically ready for the exam. The PARCC exam formatting mirrors, to some extent, the competitive college exam platforms and so PARCC is a great way for kids to practice ahead of time:
Students will be testing on the following schedule:
11th Grade and All Small Group Special Education Students: March 2nd- 6th, March 23rd and April 13-17th
10th Grade: March 9-13th & April 20-23
9th Grade: March 16-18 & April 27-May 1
Cibola will run on a regular bell schedule with minor deviations to the sequence of classes. Classes will run at the same time as testing.
Proficiency on End of Course Exams are a graduation requirement as well. End of Course Exams are not taken in place of final exams. End of course exams run April 27 through May 8th.
Please be sure to support your students in being on time, rested and ready. See the website for schedule and testing information.
There is no school on Friday, February 13th for only Cibola Students as we are most pleased to be hosting the student senate conference this year! Student leaders from across the state will be here! We look forward to showing off our school and leading our leaders of tomorrow!
This semester, we are hosting student led conferences to welcome our parents into the school March 19-20. Therefore, there is no school on March 19-20. You will receive an invitation from your student’s advisor soon and, where possible, we’ll offer evening appointments as well. We look forward to letting your students present their school accomplishments to you and to their advisor.
This year, we are conducting our academic awards ceremony in a different format partly due to lowered attendance at academic award nights over time. Mark your calendar for Thursday, March 12th for breakfast on the house from 6:45-7:20 in the concourse and cafeteria. We will be honoring all students, grades 10-12 who can boast an overall cumulative GPA of 3.0 to 4.0+ of coursework completed at Cibola. Students will receive an academic letter, certificate, and other academic regalia as applicable to their achievement levels over time. Eligible students will be notified and will receive an invitation to attend the breakfast with ONE family guest. Students who are in the top 10 of their class will receive a special certificate. We are proud to honor more students than ever before for academic accomplishments at our school. Albuquerque Public Schools Nutrition Services and Culinary Arts Program will team up to provide a delicious breakfast. We are trying out a new format for this event this year and students and parents will be invited to provide feedback for future planning purposes. Thank you for supporting this innovative event.
Hey! Did you know that Cibola is hosting summer school this year? Summer school will offer a large variety of classes and will run:
Term I, June 11-July1 and Term II, July 6-July 24th. Each session will offer AM/PM choices from 7:45-12:00 OR 12:45-5:00. For more information consult the APS Website, Office of Extended Learning.
Our dances are becoming more and more elegant and classy. We are not allowing lewd, grind dancing or excessive public displays of affection. Please support this effort by talking with your student. If you are unfamiliar with the look or description of grind dancing, do an internet search to see a visual description. If students engage in this style of dance and it becomes sexually explicit, they may be asked to leave the dance with no refund. Thank you for your support.
Wow! Graduation is right around the corner with senior finals, May 6th and 7th, and graduation on May 14th! Stay posted.
This summer, we will mail out registration post cards with registration dates/times per grade level. All school key information will be updated on the Cibola website at Cibola.aps.edu. From here on, only semester report cards and registration date report cards will be mailed out. Stay informed electronically.
Thank your for trusting Cibola High School with your students’ education. Our teachers, staff and students are wonderful.
Your Principal, Pamela Meyer