Fall 2020 School Site Planning

  • Over the year, the AHS Administrative Team will post information and thoughtful items here to help keep our families in the loop AND give you an idea of what's happening 'behind the scenes' at Aragon.  This is especially important since as we continue to navigate the changing landscape around COVID response and Distance Learning Environments.


  • Aragon Community Meeting

    Posted by Valerie Arbizu on 12/8/2020

    On December 8, 2020, we hosted another Aragon Community Meeting.  Please review this slidedeck or this video for information shared in the meeting.

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  • 10/11 Email to Families

    Posted by Valerie Arbizu on 10/11/2020

    Good evening, Aragon Families!
    This is a brief overview of AHS events for the upcoming week - for students and families.

    Flexible Learning Days
    On Wednesday, October 14th, the San Mateo Union High School District is shifting our regular Wednesday schedule to allow a little more flexibility in how teachers and students work together. Many of the teachers at Aragon will provide students with a break from Zoom, assigning asynchronous work instead. Teachers will notify students of their class expectations in class on Monday and Tuesday, and on their Canvas Pages. Students are strongly encouraged to take note of which classes will meet - and which classes will offer additional supports.

    SMUHSD College Fair
    On Thursday, October 15th, the San Mateo Union High School District, is hosting our annual College Fair. The event will be virtual this year, and we are excited to host over 90 colleges and universities. Learn more about the College Fair here.

    Senior Yearbook Portraits
    Seniors who have not yet reserved time for their senior portraits should do so as soon as possible. The Basic Session is HIGHLY recommended right now in the San Carlos office. This will ensure that your photo is included in the Yearbook.
    To Book: https://book.appointment-plus.com/yvq2dp14/#/

    Spirit Week This Week!
    Finally, our Student Leadership Class and Class Officers are doing their absolute best to continue to provide ways for students to connect to AHS and show their school spirit. Please encourage your student to participate in Spirit Week this week!

    • Monday, 10/12 - We Are Scholars - Wear School or College Gear

    • Tuesday, 10/13 - We Are Involved - Rep Your Extracurriculars

    • Wednesday, 10/14 - We Are Comfortable - Pajama Day

    • Thursday, 10/15 - We Are Classy - Class Colors:

      • 9th: purple        10th: green    11th: pink    12th: light blue

    • Friday, 10/16 - We Are DONS! - Red and Black  

    Thank you,
    Valerie Arbizu, Principal
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  • Outdoor Learning Pod #1: Open September 28, 2020

    Posted by Valerie Arbizu on 9/24/2020

    We were unfortunately delayed in opening our first Outdoor Learning Pod due to the many area fires and resulting poor air quality.

    BUT we will finally open our first OLP on Monday, September 28, 2020.

    We invited students to participate in this pod based on a number of factors, including difficulty with logging in to Canvas to access classes, low/failing grades in 3+ courses, multiple indicators of support needs including Universal Screener data and Wellness Support needs.

    Given that we are preparing to start a pod while we are still in the 'purple' zone, according to the state, we will are being VERY CAUTIOUS with our protocols.  For a full view of our Outdoor Learning Pod plans, please see this document.

    I am cautiously optimistic that our first group of participating students will find the pod to be a supportive learning experience.  This will not feel like a classroom - it is essentially a space on campus with good WiFi and adult supervision - but it is, perhaps, a bit more structured that what our most struggling students have encountered off campus.  

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  • AHS PTSO Presents: Naviance!

    Posted by Valerie Arbizu on 9/16/2020

    This evening, our AHS PTSO hosted a presentation of Naviance, the tool our School Counselors use to support students as they navigate their way through high school, career exploration, and the college application process.

    If you weren't able to join us this evening, we hope you will be able to check out recorded streamed presentation on our YouTube Channel, linked here: AHS PTSO Presents: Naviance!

    A big thank you to 11th Grade School Counselor Lea Sanguinetti and College & Career Advisor Laurie Tezak, for walking us through the software and answering audience questions.

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  • First Grading Period Ends Friday, September 18

    Posted by Valerie Arbizu on 9/13/2020

    This is a very fast first grading period, as this Friday will mark the end of the fifth week of this school year.  Our teachers are working hard and fast to get to know your students, and the first marking period is always a bit anxiety inducing.  
    In many cases, students are just learning how to navigate their classes and how to submit them on time - especially in this distance learning environment.  Please keep in mind that, as grades are submitted next year, there is a lot of time left in the semester AND grade period marks are considered a 'progress report'.
    If you have questions about student grades, please contact their individual teachers.

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  • Back to School Night Presentations

    Posted by Valerie Arbizu on 9/10/2020

    Thank you yo the families who were able to join us for our virtual Back to School Night events!  We were very happy to be able to present a live AHS BTSN Family Orientation along with a presentation from our counselors prior to families visiting our teacher presentations.

    If you were not able to join us this evening, that's okay!  You can find the videos from this evening on our YouTube Channel, as well as linked here for convenience:

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  • Outdoor Learning Pods: Planning Currently Underway

    Posted by Valerie Arbizu on 9/8/2020

    We are in the middle-stages of planning our learning pods, which will accommodate up to 14 students at a time.  This is considered an intervention for students who need the highest possible support in connecting to their studies - both literally and figuratively.  Students participating in our first learning pod have already been contacted.
    As we get our first pod started, we will study the results, make necessary adjustments, and begin the planning process for additional learning pods as necessary.

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