Artesia Park Junior High School

Weekly News from Principal Skinner

Hello Parents,

We had a great first week of school, and I think got a lot of the small bumps out of the way for the year. We’ve had a few scheduling issues with our new Powerschool system, but for the most part I think it all went well for the students. If you have any questions or concerns about your child’s schedule, please call or come by our office.

ID’s and Lanyards: We are always concerned about student safety (as well as giving them the best education possible). We are requiring all students and staff members to wear their ID cards. 8th grade students have an orange lanyard, and 9th grade students have a black lanyard. These need to be worn at all times. If your child forgets theirs at home, you can expect a phone call from them. Students who do not have their ID and lanyard will be in ISS for the day. They will still get their schoolwork done and get to eat, they just will not be mixed in with the main student population. In the past, we have had situations with high school students coming onto campus to see their former teachers and hang out with their younger friends. This doesn’t need to happen, and it will be much easier to identify who our Park students are. Having students wear their lanyard and ID will also help our cafeteria lines go much more smoothly, and students will be fed more quickly. It wastes a lot of time when the cafeteria scanners have to stop scanning to look up a student’s ID number and type it into the computer. With all staff members wearing their ID, students and parents will know every adult who belongs on campus, and more importantly, who doesn’t. 

R-Time: We have created a new bell schedule this year that we believe will be more beneficial to our students. During 7th period we now have a class called “R-Time - Homeroom”. This is a time where teachers will build positive relationships with students, assist in organizational skills, check on students’ grades, help with homework, and develop an overall “better student”. Part of the process in finding extra time in the normal school day to develop this class was to start school seven minutes earlier than last year (we now start at 8:10 a.m. like Zia and the elementary schools), and we shaved one minute off each class period and passing period. Doing this required us to start our lunches about 15 minutes earlier than last year as well. I know teenagers are always hungry! As long as students aren’t directly hovering over a laptop, I’m sure the teachers won’t mind if they eat a snack to tide them over until dinner. This will really help the athletes who are here at school practicing until 5:30 p.m. 

Open House: Open house will be on Tuesday, August 22 from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Parents will start off in the south gym for an introduction and then will be dismissed to your child’s classes. Each class period will be seven minutes long. Teachers will describe the basics of their curriculum, any requirements or special requests you need to be aware of, and general contact information. I encourage you to come meet the adults who are spending at least eight hours a day influencing your child. Our band students will be having their spring concert at the Artesia High School auditorium at 7:00 p.m. on Monday, May 8.

Tutoring: Our before/after school tutoring will start on Tuesday, September 5. At 7:15 a.m. each day we have Mrs. Beauchamp’s and Mrs. Simer’s classroom open for students. From 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Monday through Thursday we have Mrs. Beauchamp’s, Mrs. Barley’s, and Mrs. Wachter’s classrooms open for students.

No Zero Policy: Students who fail to turn in homework assignments will be required to attend the before/after school tutoring program until their missing assignments are completed. We want all our students to learn the material, to make good grades, and to be prepared for high school and college. Simply choosing to not do an assignment and accept a zero is not an option. Please encourage your child to do their best every day and to come to school prepared and ready to learn.

Tier 2 Vocabulary: All teachers incorporate Tier 2 vocabulary words as part of their weekly curriculum. Tier 2 words are commonly used in newspapers, magazines, job applications, heard in adult conversations, and used on standardized tests such as the PARCC, PSAT, SAT, and ACT exams. Students who recognize and understand these words have a higher vocabulary, read faster, and comprehend more of what they read. I will share these words and definitions with you weekly. It will help your child be more successful if you spend five minutes a night going over these words with them.

Here are the Tier 2 vocabulary words for this week. I hope to see all of you at our open house on Tuesday!

8th Grade Week Two Vocabulary:

  • Authority - Power, right ability, influence
  • Similar - Alike, like, comparable, parallel, related
  • Available - On hand, offered, existing, presented
  • Significant - Important, major, big
  • Benefit - Advantage, profit, help, do good to, gain
  • Sector - Part, division, segment, zone, region, area
  • Concept - Idea, thought, view, belief
  • Section - Part, piece, slice, fragment, portion
  • Consist - Contain, be made up of, be made of, involve
  • Role - Position, responsibility, job, task, part, character

9th Grade Week Two Vocabulary:

  • Variable - Something that is likely to change
  • Trial - The act of testing something
  • Solution - A homogeneous mixture of two or more substances
  • Residual - Relating to or indicating a remainder
  • Prolong - Lengthen in time; cause to be or last longer
  • Latter - The second of two or the second mentioned of two
  • Intact - Undamaged in any way
  • Hypothesis - A tentative insight that is not yet verified or tested
  • Generalize - Draw from specific cases for broader cases
  • Fuse - Any igniter used to initiate the burning of a propellant

If you have any questions or concerns, please call our office at 746.9892.

    Thank you,

    Cody Skinner

    Cody Skinner