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Students preparing for state testing.

 

Last year, our incredible staff came together to craft a testing schedule that proved to be a tremendous success. With a unified team effort, we saw notable improvements in our school's performance during testing. This year, we're building upon that success with a few adjustments, particularly with the implementation of a block schedule.

Here are some highlights to keep in mind:

  • Streamlined Schedule: Recognizing the challenges of "Testing Fatigue" from previous testing schedules, we revamped our approach. Our current schedule is more focused and efficiently completes testing within just 6 days, ensuring our students remain engaged and energized throughout.

  • Focused Support: We've organized our staff into testing teams dedicated to providing the best support possible for our test takers. This collaborative effort aims to create a positive and encouraging testing environment.

  • Student Well-being: Only students participating in the assessments will be on campus during the testing window. For those not testing, we encourage them to take this time to recharge, catch up on rest, and attend to any family commitments.

  • Communication and Resources: We've prepared a comprehensive document with FAQs and will be sending out reminders and updates throughout the testing period, including during breaks. Additionally, testing room assignments will be shared via school and student email systems.

  • Testing Groups: To clarify, seniors and sophomores won't be testing, while freshmen will test on specific days aligned with their athletic teams for physical fitness testing. Seventh, eighth, and eleventh-grade students will have testing sessions almost every day during the testing window.

We've also developed infographics and a traditional overview, complete with FAQs, to ensure everyone is well-informed about the testing process.

Parents, please emphasize the importance of these assessments to your testing students. The results will play a significant role in identifying support classes and intervention areas. While we value other measures such as grades and performance, these assessments are vital in understanding our progress as a learning community. Let's encourage our students to give their absolute best effort!

Let's rally together as the SOON Community and approach this testing period with pride and enthusiasm!

Students at the fair.

 

On March 5, 2024, was the day of the Fair where there was different sorts of information shared towards all students. Some events that occurred during the Prefair were the 9th grade presentations. For the middle schoolers to know what to expect from the next four years of High School. My advice to those who are unsure of what to choose for their classes or electives;  I say to try all different sorts of things, maybe try something that you are passionate about. Rather than choosing an elective/class that you’re not enjoying and not fully loving the experience of the course. Furthermore, there were Community Resources presentations that give out all different  types of services. Some examples being the services of Southern California Rehabilitation Services (SCRS-IL) which is a non-profit organization that helps individuals with disabilities in order to make them independent and successful in their later future endeavors. Moreover, there is this program called The Whole Child, this organization helps families to help children that deal with early mental health issues such as psychosis. This organization tries to help families raise physically and emotionally healthy children. Additionally, there’s the Downey Federal Credit Union (DFCU) which provides memberships to help you manage your finances and savings. I highly recommend some of the services that are offered. If you think you need one of these services or know someone that can use these services, I would recommend sharing this information with others. I will later mention other organizations for those who are interested for more information.

Moving forward, Principal Diaz gave a speech giving thanks to all the programs and staff for doing their best every day. After the principal's wonderful speech, it was time for students to check out the classes that they are going to take next year. One elective I highly recommend for high schoolers is Creative Writing. This is an old elective that was returned from its tomb. I would highly recommend this if you plan on carrying out a career that contains writing or storytelling.

Additionally, I suggest for newcomers to try entering some clubs that peak your interest. Joining a club could really look good on your future college resume. It shows you are involved in school activities and that you work well in teamwork. (Depends on the club) Overall, I can’t wait to see what’s in store for next year and for many years to come. I believe they had done an outstanding job that night! 

 

LINKS TO ORGANIZATIONS: 

https://www.cfgcenter.com/

https://www.marines.com/become-a-marine/process-to-join.html

https://www.friartux.com/

https://www.downeyfcu.org/

https://www.goarmy.com/

https://www.scrs-ilc.org/

https://www.thewholechild.org/

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Monsoons Families,

We are excited to announce that we adopted a new form of school-to-home communication at Mayfair called ParentSquare. This unified communications platform is designed to keep parents and guardians informed and encourage greater engagement and connection with Mayfair. It provides a safe way for district administrators, school principals, teachers, staff, and parents to:

  • Send and receive school and class information

  • Share pictures and files

  • See calendar items

  • Sign up to volunteer

  • Schedule parent-teacher conferences

  • and much more . . . all in one centralized place!

Parents—Getting Started Video

All district and school, grade level and classroom information will now be sent to your computer or phone via email and/or text. For even more convenience, download the ParentSquare app (available for free for iOS and Android devices).

Have questions? Click the question mark in the top right corner of the desktop version or the Help tab on the app (tap the triple bar icon at the top left) to find answers to most of your questions.

Students performing

The Monsoon Theater presents the terrifying yet amusing musical "Little Shop of Horrors." The musical revolves around a struggling florist shop on Skid Row, featuring Seymour (J’He Harrison), a shy and nerdy florist, and his sweet and vulnerable co-worker Audrey (Kylee Thompkins). Unfortunately, Audrey is in an abusive relationship with her psychopathic dentist boyfriend, Orin Scrivello, D.D.S. (Noah Clark). The grumpy owner of the florist shop, Mr. Mushnik (Lily GreenWood), adds to the colorful cast of characters.

When a total eclipse of the sun occurs near a Chinese florist shop, a unique plant known as Audrey II (performed by Gill Friedman and puppeteer Sam Escareno) appears. Seymour purchases this plant for $1.95, setting off a chain of horrifying events on Skid Row.

I was thrilled to watch this musical, eager to witness the talents of the actors and singers. I was thoroughly impressed by every aspect, from the characters and set to the costumes and music. The amount of work and effort put into this production was truly remarkable.

After the show, I spoke with the audience, and they shared my enthusiasm. Many expressed their love for the performance, with one audience member noting their surprise at the high quality of a high school musical. The Grand Premiere left everyone in awe, and there was a palpable sense of anticipation for future productions.

Curiosity about the behind-the-scenes experience and rehearsals led me to inquire further. Despite the challenges of long hours and stress, the cast enjoyed the camaraderie and the opportunity to bring the story to life. Some minor complications occurred during the premiere, such as misplaced props, wardrobe malfunctions, and early curtain openings, but these did not detract from the overall excellence of the performance.

I hope to see the talented cast return for future shows. The director, Mr. Saunders, chose this musical out of love for its unique blend of dark humor. He expressed gratitude to everyone involved, including the actors, singers, supportive parents, teachers, and the tech crew. His choice was well-received, and I wholeheartedly recommend experiencing this outstanding musical and supporting the Monsoon Theater. I eagerly anticipate their future productions.