March 13, 2023

  • Good evening, Aragon Families!

    Did you know?? 
    Today is the three-year anniversary of the SMUHSD COVID Shutdown - March 13, 2020.  We sent students home with as much tech as we could and told them to keep checking their canvas accounts for asynchronous assignments.  We thought we’d be back on campus within a few weeks and return to school as usual.  So happy that, three years later, school feels a lot closer to normal!

    March Madness is Here Already (and I’m not talking about Basketball…)
    March is traditionally a difficult month for educators and students: it’s been a while since we’ve had a substantial break, we’re staring at the upcoming testing season as it starts to appear on the calendar horizon, and that’s followed quickly by finals, awards ceremonies, graduation, and then (wait for it!) summer vacation.  Please allow for a little more grace with your students, a little more time for self-care and sleep, and, if you're up for it, take a moment to thank a teacher or staff member for their work with your student.  A little note of gratitude goes SO FAR in supporting our staffulty!  Luckily,  we’ll find each other on the other side of Spring Break before you know it :)

    Schedule Update:
    We have NO substantive bell schedule updates over the next two weeks.  We WILL use FlexTime this coming Friday to participate in our semi-annual LIPDUB activity!  For families new to the Lip Dub lingo, this is a campus-wide lipsync celebrating everything that makes Aragon special: students, organizations, teachers, staff, and more!  Check out previous Aragon Lip Dubs here:  2016 * 2018 * 2020

    Upcoming Events:
    Gathering of Parent Group Presidents - Monday, March 13 - 6:30pm @ AHS Library.
    This is a reminder to all Parent and Booster Groups to send ONE representative to meet with Principal Arbizu to coordinate campus efforts.

    "The Diary of Anne Frank" performances continue this weekend. Don't miss out on one of the most important stories ever told.  For tickets: aragondrama.ludus.com.  

    • Friday 3/17 @ 7pm
    • Saturday 3/18 @ 7pm
    • Sunday 3/19 @ 2pm

    Families are also encouraged to check out our Conversation with Tova Friedman webinar recording.  Ms. Friedman is a holocaust survivor and author, and she spent nearly two hours with us this past Wednesday, March 8th.

    An Evening with Superintendent Booker and Principal Arbizu. Come and meet our new Superintendent, Mr. Randall Booker, and get to know Principal Arbizu a little better!  Monday, March 20th @ 7pm in the AHS Library.  See you there!

    The Latino Parent Group Sponsors an Evening with NAMI.  The National Alliance on Mental Health (NAMI) is working with the LPG to present mental health concerns - and how to best support students - in the AHS MPR on Tuesday, March 21st.  This presentation will be offered in SPANISH with translation into English for those interested.

    Senior Information Night with Principal Arbizu. Join us online at 7pm on Wednesday, March 22nd, for a webinar-based presentation for families of current seniors.  Principal Arbizu will cover everything from testing, senior activities, graduation, and more!  The meeting will be recorded and posted to our YouTube Channel for families who are not able to join us that evening.  Use this ZOOM Link to join us!

    Spring Break: March 27 - March 31, 2023.  Campus will be closed for classes during the week of Spring Break.  Classes will resume on Monday, April 3, 2023.

    SMUHSD Arts Show - There will be a district-wide art show for writers, musicians and dancers on April 7th from 7-9pm in the Aragon theater. All SMUHSD students are encouraged to sign up to perform at bit.ly/artshow23 by March 21! Tickets are free at bit.ly/smuhsd23!

    Spirit Week - March 20-24:

    • Monday 3/20: March madness (jersey/sport/basketball) 
    • Tuesday 3/21: country vs country club, wear preppy clothing OR cowboy-themed clothing
    • Wednesday 3/22: Surfers vs bikers (teen beach movie, leather jackets, floral button-ups, sandals, etc.) 
    • Thursday 3/23: Gone fishing (neon orange, camo, bass pro shop) 
    • Friday 3/24: pool day (goggles, sunglasses, swimsuits -- school rules still apply! -- floral button-ups, hats, sandals, etc.) 


    Thank you,
    Valerie Arbizu, Principal
    @principal_arbizu