Dear Parents and Students,
Welcome to the 2020-21 school year! We are facing unprecedented circumstances due to the pandemic and the racial injustice that we have all witnessed. Both have certainly impacted education and the world at large. It is imperative that we engage in a collaborative process to expand our ongoing efforts to address all forms of injustice, inequity, and institutional racism. We work to build an informed, caring, and respectful learning community. Many of our parents, students, and staff have had their own experience with racism and our community is calling for immediate change. Please communicate any efforts with me that you believe will help us to improve. Our moral imperative at Artesia High School is that we will always do what is right for students. To this aim, I am proud to announce that we are expanding our Ethnic Studies program and will continue to pursue social justice so that our students can promote positive change in our society.
By now I am sure that you all know we are starting the 2020-21 school year virtually. The expectation from teachers is that every period receives direct instruction for at least 45 minutes followed by student activities for a total of 70 minutes per class period. When online, the Student Handbook expectations are that students follow the Dress Code and Conduct, students should refrain from inappropriate language and side conversations. Cyberbullying is unacceptable in any form during online instruction or at any other time. We are thrilled to announce that we will offer tutoring sessions on Wednesdays through virtual classrooms. Tutoring includes Math I, II and III, Science, and English classes and the sessions will be available from 9:00 am to 2:30 pm.
We ask that all students use a school issued computer while attending virtual classes. If you do not have a school issued Chromebook please be sure to pick one up during registration. Also, during registration, you will receive a student handbook and photo I.D. to be used for the 2020-21 school year. Our hope is to have students back on the school campus for the second semester. The Chromebook, student handbook, and I.D. will be required for each class that the student attends.
Feel free to contact me or any administrator with questions, suggestions, or concerns to ensure that the 2000-21 school year is the best it can be. Again, we understand that this year is different from any other year in the history of Artesia High School, but with your cooperation, we will make it a successful year for all students’. Please see the attachments that have important dates for everyone to remember.