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September 7, 2020 Weekly Newsletter

Week of September 7, 2020
Alta High School
Soar to a New ALTAtude
We are an inclusive learning community with a tradition of inspiring, supporting, and collaborating with students as they prepare to be engaged citizens in their pursuit of continuous success.

  • COVID-19 Updates – Please view the COVID-19 updates for the Alta High Community on page 4 of this newsletter each week.
  • Makeup Picture Days – Makeup pictures will take place tomorrow and Wednesday. Any student is welcome to come to the Alta library from 7am to 9am for pictures. Throughout the school day, students with last names A-K will complete makeup pictures on September 8th, and students with last names L-Z will do so on September 9th. Additional makeup pictures days are also scheduled for later in September, as well as in October.
  • Creating a Parent Canvas Account – Whether your student is attending school in person on online, a lot is happening on Canvas this school year.
  • Please view the pages 5 and 6 for instructions on how to become an observer in your student’s courses. This will allow you to view what information is being shared with your student, what assignments they need to complete and what work they may be missing.
  • Dress Code Policy – As parents, we ask that you please help to ensure that your student is adhering to the Canyons District board approved dress code policy. A full explanation of this policy can be found on pages 23-24 of the Canyons District Student Conduct and Disciplinary Process Policy.
  • Alta Hawkeye – The first set of news stories have been posted to the Alta Hawkeye website! Read about new teachers, masks, hello video, and more.
  • Math Tutoring – Please view the schedule on page 7 for math tutoring opportunities for your student.
  • Work-Based Learning Opportunities – Please view the flyers on pages 8 and 9 for some exciting opportunities for your students to learn more about potential future careers. The U of U Future Doctors program will host monthly events to give students a bird’s eye view of the medical profession. The Utah Center for Legal Inclusion will host weekly Wednesday Webinars to help students explore different aspects of the law and legal careers.
  • Parking – There are still several parking spots open in the student parking areas on the west side of Alta High. Students can purchase a parking pass for $10 in the Main Office. As per Sandy City ordinance, students cannot park on the neighboring streets surrounding the school, especially if they are blocking driveways, mailboxes and garbage pickup areas. Students who do so may be ticketed or towed.
  • Checking Your Student Out Early – If you need to check your student out from school early, please call the Attendance Office at 801-826-5610 as early in the day as possible to ensure that this information can be communicated accurately. Please understand that there are some classes during which we cannot reach your student, such as those which are held in the gym or the new Performing Arts Center.
  • Driving Range Schedule – Alta will be running the Driving range Monday-Friday from 3:00PM until 7:00PM for the first 7 weeks of each quarter, as well as on Saturday mornings. For us to do that safely, we will need all cars moved from the parking lot south of the tennis courts by 3:00PM. If you need to stay on campus, you are welcome to move to the parking lot north of the tennis courts. We will be towing cars at the owner’s expense if they are left on the range. Please talk with your student and let them know of the consequences of leaving cars on the range.
  • Emergency Substitutes Wanted! –Please consider signing up to be an emergency substitute! Candidates will need to apply by going to the Emergency Substitute website, then going into the Canyons Human Resources Department to do paperwork before substituting at Alta.
  • NHS – National Honor Society is an academic service organization which focuses on promoting and rewarding character, service, leadership and scholarship. Students interested in joining should see the flyer below and apply before September 18th.
  • Purchase Alta Masks – Alta Masks are on sale now at Your Masks Now. Use discount code “AHS” and it will take $2.00 off the price!

You can now follow us on Instagram under the nametag alta.hawks!
**For more information or to see photos of events, please visit the Alta High Website or follow the Alta Facebook Page.**

August 31, 2020 Weekly Newsletter

Week of August 31st, 2020
Alta High School
Soar to a New ALTAtude
We are an inclusive learning community with a tradition of inspiring, supporting, and collaborating with students as they prepare to be engaged citizens in their pursuit of continuous success.

  • COVID-19 Updates – We had a great first week of school! Thank you for supporting your student in following the expectations set forth by the Salt Lake County Health Department and Canyons District. Here are a few reminders to please review with your student as we enter week two of school:
    • Complete a symptom check before leaving the house; keep your student home if they are sick.
    • Masks must be worn over both the nose and mouth. Please review the CDC guidelines for proper mask wearing.
    • Students must sit at least six feet apart while their mask is off to eat lunch. Students will need to stay stationary while eating and drinking.
    • Support your student in charging their device at night and bringing it fully charged to school each morning.
    • View the COVID-19 updates for the Alta High Community on page 4 of this newsletter each week.
    • Review the Canyons COVID-19 Manual and submit the Acknowledgement Form to your student’s advisory teacher.
    • When we have a student or staff member test positive for COVID-19, school personnel immediately begin working with the health department to follow the contact tracing protocols. The families of all students determined to have been in close contact with this individual in the time they were contagious will be notified; however, due to privacy laws, specific information cannot be shared about the individual who tested positive. Please contact one of the Alta Administrators if you have questions or concerns about this proces
  • Makeup Picture Days – Makeup pictures will take place on two days. Students with last names A-K will complete makeup pictures on September 8th, and students with last names L-Z will do so on September 9th. 
  • Parking – There are still several parking spots open in the student parking areas on the west side of Alta High. Students can purchase a parking pass for $10 in the Main Office. As per Sandy City ordinance, students cannot park on the neighboring streets surrounding the school, especially if they are blocking driveways, mailboxes and garbage pickup areas. Students who do so may be ticketed or towed. 
  • Driving Range Schedule – Alta will be running the Driving range Monday-Friday from 3:00PM until 7:00PM for the first 7 weeks of each quarter, as well as on Saturday mornings. For us to do that safely we will need all cars moved from the parking lot south of the tennis courts by 3:00PM. If you need to stay on campus, you are welcome to move the cars to the parking lot north of the tennis courts. We use all of the parking lot when running our range sessions. We cannot risk the possibility of an accident with a parked car and cannot afford the cost of repairs. We will be towing cars at the owner’s expense if they are left on the range. Please talk with your student and let them know of the consequences of leaving cars on the range. 
  • Message from Alta’s Mental Wellness Team – Alta’s Mental Wellness Team is made up of our amazing Social Workers and School Psychologist. Each month, they will provide some resources to help you support your students and yourselves. This month’s focus is self-awareness. Please view a letter from this team and a “Quick Feelings Check In” resource on the following pages.
  • Emergency Substitutes Wanted! – We anticipate a possible increase in need for substitutes. Please consider signing up to help us with this. Emergency substitute candidates will need to apply by going to the Emergency Substitute website.  Then, you will need to go into the Canyons Human Resources Department to do paperwork before substituting at Alta.
  • NHS – National Honor Society is an academic service organization which focuses on promoting and rewarding character, service, leadership and scholarship. Students interested in joining should see the flyer below and apply.
  • Hope Squad – If you are interested in being considered for this year’s Hope Squad Advisory class, where your approachability, leadership and positivity will be put to great use, please complete the online application by Friday, September 4. Once applications are reviewed, selected students will be moved from their current Advisory class into the Hope Squad Advisory. We look forward to filling this unique school year with lots of hope and we’d love your help!
  • Purchase Alta Masks – Alta Masks are on sale now at Your Masks Now. Use discount code “AHS” and it will take $2.00 off the price.

You can now follow us on Instagram under the nametag alta.hawks!
**For more information or to see photos of events, please visit the Alta High Website or follow the Alta Facebook Page.**

August 24, 2020 Weekly Newsletter

Week of August 24th, 2020
Alta High School
Soar to a New ALTAtude
We are an inclusive learning community with a tradition of inspiring, supporting, and collaborating with students as they prepare to be engaged citizens in their pursuit of continuous success.

  • Back to School Checklist – School starts today! We are looking forward to serving our students again, and we have plans in place to help keep everyone safe. To aid us in this, please support your student in following these expectations on each school day:
      • Complete a symptom check before leaving the house; stay home if you are sick.
      • Bring and wear a face mask, following the CDC Guidelines for correctly wearing masks.
      • Today is a B-day. Students will report to their 5th period class.
      • Arrive to school at the first bell and go directly to class. Or, go to the cafeteria (east gym) or a classroom if you must come to school early.
      • Bring a fully-charged device to utilize in classes (Chromebook, laptop, tablet, iPad, etc.).
      • Follow directional arrows in the hallways and all safety procedures in each classroom.
      • Assist teachers in sanitizing your learning space at the start of each class.
      • Vacate the school grounds immediately after school or report directly to a school-sponsored after school event.
      • View the COVID-19 updates for the Alta High Community on page 4 of this newsletter each week.
      • Review the Canyons COVID-19 Manual and submit the Acknowledgement Form to your student’s advisory teacher.
  • Chromebook Distribution – Thank you to everyone who came to get a Chromebook at our drive up distribution last week! If your student needs to check out a school Chromebook but did not have the chance to do so yet, they will be directed to do so in the first week of school.
  • Alta Class Schedule Changes – We will only be making essential schedule changes in the first week of school in order to avoid long lines and congregation in and around the Counseling Center. These include missing classes in a student’s schedule, graduation needs for 12th grade students, and level changes. Please email your student’s counselor if one of these essential schedule changes can be adjusted in this manner.
  • Makeup Picture Days – Makeup pictures will take place on two days. Students with last names A-K will complete makeup pictures on September 8th, and students with last names L-Z will do so on September 9th.
  • Lunchtime Procedures – We will host three lunches this school year to help lower our lunch numbers and allow students to better physically distance while they eat. Students can still leave campus for lunch. If they choose to remain on campus, they will be directed to numerous locations where they can sit six or more feet apart while they eat. The Alta Kitchen staff have been working hard to put a plan in place to safely feed all students who want school lunch and breakfast. Details about this plan and a copy of the new bell schedule can be found below.
  •  New Alta High Bell Schedule – We have added a third lunch to Alta’s traditional bell schedule so it will be easier for all students to find space in our cafeteria, courtyard and other areas to physically distance from others while they eat. Classes that have second lunch will hold the first half of their class, break for lunch, then return to their 3rd/7th period for the second half of class. See the additional page for a copy of this new schedule.
  • Emergency Substitutes Wanted! – We anticipate a possible increase in need for substitutes. Please consider signing up to help us with this. Emergency substitute candidates will need to apply by going to the Emergency Substitute website.  Then, you will need to go into the Canyons Human Resources Department to do paperwork before substituting at Alta.
  • Physical Education Classes – The Alta Physical Education (PE) classes would like you to have information about the policy regarding the wearing of masks and how this affects their PE classes. Please see the additional page for a copy of a letter from our teachers, detailing this information.
  • Hope Squad – If you are interested in being considered for this year’s Hope Squad Advisory class, where your approachability, leadership and positivity will be put to great use, please complete the online application by Friday, September 4. Once applications are reviewed, selected students will be moved from their current Advisory class into the Hope Squad Advisory. We look forward to filling this unique school year with lots of hope and we’d love your help!

You can now follow us on Instagram under the nametag alta.hawks!
**For more information or to see photos of events, please visit the Alta High Website or follow the Alta Facebook Page.**

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