Academy of Tucson Schools

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Week of March 23 2021

In-person Learning Information: A very important letter was emailed out to all parents last quarter regarding the new procedures and schedules for in-person learning. Click Here to read. Please note that we will continue to have classes 5 days a week but that students will have the opportunity to attend in-person learning once a week (Tuesdays for half of the student body, Thursdays for the other half).  

State Testing: ALL 11th graders will take the AzSci Test next Wednesday, March 31st. ALL juniors will need to take the test in-person at the school. Please read 
this letter for full instructions.  

Please note the following procedures for students who are not testing on Wednesday, March 31:

Students who are not testing will check in with a teacher via Zoom for attendance and to review expectations for the morning. Freshmen and sophomores will check in at 8:15 a.m.  Seniors will check in at 8:30 a.m. Please find your Zoom link with your corresponding grade level/last name in the chart below. You will also find these Zoom links and other resources for testing days on Ms. Figueroa's Google Classroom pages. 

March 31
AZ Sci testing-  Juniors  

Freshmen (Last names A-O)
 8: 15 a.m. Check in with Ms. Dikinis at Zoom link:
9: 30 a.m. Follow up
Freshmen (Last names P-Z) 8: 15 a.m. Check in with Ms. Figueroa at Zoom link:
9: 30 a.m. Follow up
Sophomores8: 15 a.m. Check in with Ms. Westbrock at Zoom link:
9: 30 a.m. Follow up
Seniors8: 30 a.m. Check in with Ms. Figueroa at Zoom link:
9: 45 a.m. Follow up

Lunch: Students will need to bring their own lunches for the 4th Quarter. Student will not be able to order lunch or have parents drop off their lunches. They may leave them with Mrs. Dool in the morning if they like.  

Yearbook: The yearbook purchase option will be moving from the AOT storefront.
They will be available through the Picaboo storefront starting in May.
They will be $50.

Dress Code: As students return to in-person learning in the 4th quarter, many will need to reacclimate to the school dress code. For easy reference, below are the basic limitations for students returning to the classroom. Please note that some of the typical restrictions have been lifted for just this school year (2020-2021), students may treat every school day as a dress down day.  If you have any questions about the dress code, please contact Wendi Allardice ([email protected])

  • Pants/Slacks: NO Sagging, pajama or oversized pants. Any color or pattern is allowed. Jeans are OK.
  • Skirts: NO front, back, or side slits more than 1 inch above knee. NO tube skirts or form-fitting skirts.  Any color or pattern is allowed.   
  • Shorts: NO cut-offs or simulated cut-offs. Any color or pattern is allowed.
  • Shirts/Sweaters: NO homemade shirts. NO crop tops. NO Tanks or Spaghetti straps. NO inappropriate language, graphics, stickers, patches, logos. Button down shirts are OK. 
  • Shoes: NO flipflops or slippers
  • Hats: NO hats, hoods, or sunglasses may be worn inside the building.  
  • Hair: Dyed hair is OK (This school year only) 

For your convenience, the regular and Early Release Day school schedules are available below:

Earning credits! Welcome to the 4th and final quarter! 
Remember, semester grades of 60% or higher earn .5 credits per credit course. 
  • Click here for more information about Arizona graduation requirements.  
  • Track your goals/productivity in game form! Check out Habitica
  • Set alarms for your classes and use reminder tools to keep you on track! 
Mindfulness Club: Feeling anxious? Need a break? Looking for self-care? Students can join Mindfulness Club, via Google Classroom! 
Class code: jhp7mwh Learn techniques to deal with anxiety and stress and connect with peers through discussion posts. Get centered with meditation and yoga videos!
JTED: Interested in JTED career training opportunities?
 Click here to learn about JTED's 2021-2022 Program Showcase!
Enrollment in JTED courses for the 2021-2022 school year opened in January! Programs are first come, first served-- and they fill up quickly! Check out the JTED Preenrollment Newsletter , check out the JTED Program Guide and visit the JTED website for more details. Contact Ms. Figueroa if you enroll or are interested in a JTED course for next school year!

AP Exams: Students taking AP exams should have received an email from Ms. Figueroa confirming the AP exam(s) they are registered for. Look out for AP exam day updates! 

Transcript Request Forms: Students in need of an official or unofficial transcript (for college admissions, scholarship applications, job applications, etc.) must fill out a Transcript Request Form and submit it to Ms. Figueroa. Please allow two school days to fulfill the request. The revised Google Form version of the Transcript Request Form may be found on Ms. Figueroa's Google Classroom page.

FAFSA Goal: Our goal this year is to have 100 percent FAFSA participation for our students who are eligible for financial aid! Families who still need to submit the FAFSA received an email reminder on Monday, connecting you with helpful links and info about 1-1 FAFSA assistance! (Also, check out the FAFSA Resources button at the bottom of the newsletter!)


Senior Advising Meetings: All seniors will meet individually with Ms. Fig for virtual advising appointments 4th quarter! Details to come.

Virtual Visits: UA, ASU, NAU: The universities in our state invite students to "experience" their campuses via virtual tours. Check out what Arizona schools have to offer:
 Virtual Experience ASUUA Virtual Visits, NAU Virtual Visits
Pima Explore: Talk with a Pima College representative about attending community college during one of the upcoming Spring Fair sessions or tune-in to an Instagram (IG) Live session for students: 

 Save the Date: Arizona College Consortium Upcoming Spring Fairs
  • Mar. 27, 10am to 1pm
  • Apr. 27, 9am to 1pm
Register for an upcoming Spring Fair here. 
Terrific 10 College Exploration Series: 
The Terrific 10 are some of the largest public universities in the country, joining together to present a series of events to demystify the college search process.  Check out past virtual
 College Exploration Series event programming! 
Hear from admission experts at:
Arizona State University
Clemson University
Penn State
The University of Texas at Austin
University of California San Diego
University of Colorado Boulder
University of Georgia
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
University of Nebraska
University of Oregon
Financial Aid Advice: Thank you to all who participated in our Financial Aid Night last semester! If you weren't able to attend, check out the recorded webinar. The HEFAR group hosts regular webinars for families with the goal of helping you learn how to qualify for the maximum amount of grants through the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid).

Check out this week's 6 minute mini-webinar: 
Paying for College: Avoiding the Most Common Mistakes; View the HEFAR website for more information.  

FAFSA: The FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) opened Oct. 1, at! Senior parents and students MUST fill out the application (using 2019 tax returns) in order to receive any federal grants or loans for college. Before logging on, go to to get your FSA ID. Every parent AND student must have an ID. Here is a helpful link from the Department of Education: 
**FAFSA funds are first come, first served! Make a plan to submit FAFSA ASAP!**

Seniors and their parents should check out Ms. Figueroa's FAFSA Resources at the link below!  

FAFSA Resources
AOTHS Senior Resources

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Robert Collier

School Info.

Wendi Allardice
Wendi Allardice M.Ed
High School Principal
Jennifer Dool
Jennifer Dool
Office Manager
10720 E 22nd Street
Tucson, AZ 85748
Phone: 520.733.0096
Fax: 520.733.0097
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