September Newsletter Auburn High School

Principal's Message

Principal Jeff Gardner

Auburn High School is off to a great start for this school year. Your students may have told you about how the staff at AHS are shifting the school culture to one of positive engagement, pro-social interactions, and inclusivity for all students. Teachers are greeting students at the classroom door, starting classes off by sharing good and positive news, and providing a more engaging atmosphere for all. Though this may seem like less time for learning, the research bears out that students who feel welcomed and included focus longer on instruction and learning and the overall impact will be higher achievement for all.

The school is also instituting a variety of supports for students, including creating a 9th grade team model in which most 9th grade students’ English, Math, and Science teachers are working together to support students academically. We also have begun an academic support period in the morning called Troy Time. In Troy Time, students will have extra time to work on homework, and, based on their grades, may be assigned during Troy Time to work with specific teachers and subjects. Troy Time is also utilized for the frontloading of school-wide expectations, pro-social activities, and the graduation requirement of the High School and Beyond Plan. Students may earn .25 credits each semester in their Troy Time by completing about a half-dozen High School and Beyond activities/lessons.

Along the same lines, AHS is also continuing our Extended Day tutoring in the AHS Library after school to provide a safe, supportive environment staffed by teachers who work with students in the areas of Math, English, Science, and Social Studies. As we did last year, buses will be available to take students to Olympic and Cascade when the tutoring ends at 4:30 PM. The after-school tutoring runs Monday through Thursday each week.

At Auburn High, our goal is to provide as many academic and social supports as we can to help all students achieve their goals, earn school credit and look forward to coming to school every day.

News Updates

CTE Classes

This year there are NO lab fees that have to be paid to participate in Career and Technical (CTE) courses.

Open House is Coming!!

Auburn High invites all parents and guardians to meet with teachers at our 2018 Open House on Sept. 19. We start off from 5:00-6:00 with a free light meal for parents. Also from 5:00-6:00 parents and guardians can browse through our Curriculum Fair and learn more about the different academic and career programs available for students. At 6:00, Mr. Gardner, our Principal will speak briefly, followed by the part of Open House where you can meet the teachers. *Free childcare is available.

School Safety

Student safety is our top priority at Auburn High, and this a reminder about keeping our students safe.

See Something, Say Something

The Auburn School District has an anonymous tip line called Safe Schools. Staff, parents and community members can access the tip line to confidentially report a potential crisis, inappropriate behavior or suspicious activity to school administrators.

Report tips about: Weapons or threats, Bullying or harassment, Physical or Sexual abuse, Arson or Criminal Activity, Gang Activity, Suicide Concerns, Vandalism or Threats, Online Predators or Threats of Violence. For emergencies, always call 911! Tips can be submitted: online at http://1258.alert1.us via email at 1258@alert1.us by phone at 855/790-9175 or text at 855/790-9375.

Safety To and From School

Here are some safety rules as students go to and from school:

1. Students should always walk to and from school with a friend or family member. They should not walk alone.

2. Tell an adult immediately if they see someone or something that makes them worry or feel uncomfortable.

3. A student should yell, scream and run away if a stranger approaches, touches or attempts to grab a student.

School Safety Summit

The ASD, in partnership with the City of Auburn and the Auburn Council of PTAs, will host a School Safety Summit from 6:30-8 p.m., September 26 in the Auburn High School Commons.

The community is invited to join the discussion as school district staff, City of Auburn staff, police, mental health specialists, drug and alcohol specialists and more come together to provide information and answer questions about the common goal of keeping Auburn School District students and the community safe. Childcare will be provided.

Thank you for helping keep all of our kids safe.

Auburn High School is a Title1 School...what does this mean?

Title I, Part A is a federal program designed “To provide all children significant opportunity to receive a fair, equitable, and high-quality education, and to close educational achievement gaps.”

AHS is a Title 1 School: What this means is we have extra support for your student in the way of instructional services and activities intended to increase student achievement. We offer supports during the student day through such programs as Troy Time, 9th Grade Teaming and Math and ELA Intervention as well as after school tutoring. These supports are in place to ensure all students have equitable access and opportunities to a high-quality education.

PTSA-A Message from the AHS PTSA President:

Why PTA? With more than 133,000 members, Washington State PTA is the largest volunteer association dedicated to the education, health, welfare, and safety of all children in Washington State. When you join PTA, you support local, state and national efforts to improve the lives of children and their families.

Why PTA in high school? Because I've always thought our kids need us more in middle school and high school than they ever needed us in elementary school. I know, I've said it too, I'm done, she's on her own, I got her to 16 alive. But now is when they are making decisions that are going to affect the rest of their lives.

Our vision at Auburn High School PTSA is that every child's, regardless of their zip code, potential becomes a reality.

Our Mission for Auburn High School PTSA is to be:

A powerful voice for kids,

A relevant resource for families, schools and communities, and

A strong advocate for the well-being and education of all kids, regardless of zip code.

When you join AHS PTSA, you become part of our state association and the larger National PTA. Your voice joins tens of thousands across Washington and millions across the United States, including the U.S. Virgin Islands, Europe, and Puerto Rico, as advocates for children.

Please contact me at shemomsptastuff@gmail.com or call me at 206-886-0925 if you want to join us or you have questions.

We have set up an AmazonSmile account. Please follow this link https://smile.amazon.com/ch/20-8939157 to make your purchases at Amazon and a portion of your proceeds will go to helping us with programs for our kids.

Attendance Matters for YOUR Kids!

FACT: When students improve their attendance rates, they improve their ability to earn good grades and their chances for graduating from High School on time.

Research shows that missing 10 percent of the school year, or about 18 days for the whole year, will really hurt your student’s academic performance and their chances for graduating on time.

Being absent just two days a month will add up to 18 to 20 days of missed school. PLEASE make sure your students go to school EVERY day!

Parent Summits @ AHS

Parent Summits are being offered at Auburn High once per quarter (Oct. 11, Dec. 13, March 14, and May 9). Dinner will be served for free from 5-5:45pm in the AHS Commons and then parents can choose to attend a presentation given by an expert in that field, such as drugs and alcohol, or NCAA requirements for college bound athletes, or school safety.

Free childcare will be provided.

Our goal is to develop partnerships with families to support student achievement. A survey will be sent out to collect ideas for topics parents are interested in learning more about. For more information, contact DeAnna Kilga at dkilga@auburn.wednet.edu or (253) 931-4880, ext 701120

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