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Phone: 480-484-5200
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Office Hours: 7:00am - 3:00pm
School Hours: 7:45am - 2:20pm

Mohave Middle School
8490 E. JackRabbit Road
Scottsdale, AZ 85250     
Chris Asmussen, Principal
TBD, Assistant Principal

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Community Notice:
In response to changes in technology to its wireless services, and its commitment to provide service throughout this area, Verizon Wireless is requesting approval for the replacement of nine (9) existing antennas with nine (9) new antennas at Mohave Middle School. The proposed antennas will be similar in size and will be painted to match the existing light pole.

Any questions or comments, please contact Steve Ciolek (480)246-4131
District Announcements
Centralized Enrollment Summer Hours

Centralized Enrollment Office summer hours will be 7:30 a.m. – 4:15 p.m. Mon., Tues., Thurs., Fri; and  9:30 a.m. – 4:15 p.m. each Wednesday.

CEO is closed to the public June 30 – July 4.

Student Schedules

Mohave will post schedules to Synergy on Wednesday, July 23rd.  We are completing the final touches to student schedules and double checking that we have placed each student in the appropriate leveled courses and we’re honoring elective choices to the best of our abilities. 

Directions for accessing student schedules on-line can be found in the SUSD digital backpack.  Here is the direct link:

The Media Center will be open on Monday, August 4th from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM and staff will be on hand to assist families who are experiencing difficulties printing their schedule at home.

Although we do not anticipate any changes to student schedules, Mohave will continue to work on student scheduling up until the first day of school.  Students will receive their “OFFICIAL” schedule in 1st period on the first day of school. 

Requests for course changes are made by completing a Request for Course Change form.  This form will be available on Monday, August 4th at Back to School event from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM.  Students should follow their “OFFICIAL” schedule until notified by administration of a schedule change.






AUGUST 20TH - CURRICULUM NIGHT (previously known as open house night) 6pm to 8pm

Suggested School Supply List
3-ring binder
Dividers for the binder
Loose leaf paper, 3 hole punched for the binder
Pencil pouch, 3-hole punched for the binder
Agenda, 3-hole punched for the binder (Mohave will provide a quarterly agenda, or students may choose their own)
Pens, pencils, colored markers, highlighters, and erasers
3 composition notebooks
1 pad of graph paper


The Scottsdale School District offers a middle school program designed to meet the academic, social, and emotional needs of the emerging adolescent. This middle school philosophy is demonstrated through the learning opportunities at each school in unique and diverse ways.

Enrichment courses are offered at each grade level to provide a greater breadth of learning. These courses are designed to complement, enhance, and integrate learning opportunities with the required curricula. Students may choose enrichment courses based on availability, staffing at their site, and space. Many of the enrichment courses are offered for multiple grade levels, while others are unique to a particular grade level. Students who choose year-long enrichment courses will have fewer opportunities than those students who participate in semester-long enrichments. PLEASE NOTE: The availability of all enrichment course offerings at each site will be unique and is dependent on staffing and space availability.

Mohave Middle School
Enrichment Course Descriptions
Semester Long Enrichment Course Descriptions
Art: An exploration of the Visual Arts. Students will explore drawing, painting, printmaking, ceramics, and sculpture integrating cultural and historical concepts while applying the elements and principals of design.
Computers: Teaches students how to use the computer as an academic resource. Word processing, drawing, spreadsheet data entry, graphs, PowerPoint, internet research, and digital citizenship. Learn proper finger placement and appropriate navigation of the Internet (basic requirement for high school)
Choir (6th grade): Students will have the opportunity to prepare and perform vocal selections in rehearsal and concert settings. Students learn to read notes and rhythms, learn basic music theory and history and performance etiquette. Students perform in winter and spring concerts.
General Music with Basic Guitar: Students learn the elements of music, how to read music, and how to play the guitar. Guitars are provided, students do not need their own equipment, however may choose to bring their own. This class is also recommended for students who play, but read TAB only.
Industrial Arts: Through a hands-on approach to learning students will be introduced to a general core of instructions on safety and four main technology components. The general core consists of units of instruction on general safety. The four major technology components 1) Communication 2) Construction 3) Manufacturing and 4) Transportation/Power and Energy.
Intro to Mandarin Language & Culture: Brief introduction of Chinese culture with topics such as geography, family/home, food, calligraphy, leisure and recreation shopping. Acquisition of basic Chinese pronunciation and intonations. Emphasis is placed on the following areas: reading, writing, speaking and listening. This is an introductory class, designed to teach basic skills and allow students to consider the pursuit of further language acquisition.
Intro to Spanish Language & Culture: Brief introduction of Spanish culture with topics such as geography, family/home, food, calligraphy, leisure, and recreation. Emphasis is placed on the following areas: reading, writing, speaking and listening. This is an introductory class, designed to teach basic skills and allow students to consider the pursuit of further language acquisition.
Physical Education: PE classes place a strong emphasis on the importance of promoting a positive self-image for all students. Students have the opportunity to participate in a variety of activities including, but not limited to; basketball, badminton, softball, scooter-hockey, broom ball, etc. Students are asked to ‘dress out’ into a PE uniform. Information is provided to students in the first days of class on how to obtain a uniform.
Math for Success: Students who are not meeting state standards in Math, as measured by the 2012 AIMS assessment, will automatically be enrolled in this support class. Families who feel that this class would benefit their child, even though they are meeting standards, may elect this course.
Reading for Success: Students who are not meeting state standards in Reading, as measured by the 2012 AIMS assessment, will automatically be enrolled in this support class. Families who feel that this class would benefit their child, even though they are meeting standards, may elect this course.

Year Long Enrichment Course Descriptions
AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination):. Students that are accepted into the AVID program will participate in academic programs designed to prepare them for college eligibility by preparing students to take advanced classes in high school. AVID students take part in enrichment trips and activities, engage in weekly tutorials, and develop a college readiness plan. AVID is an on-going commitment. An application and interview process is required to be chosen for AVID. Please contact the school for more information.
Band: Students will have the opportunity to experience the joy of creating and performing music while learning to play an instrument. Students learn basic to advanced rhythmic patterns, music theory and history, intonation, performance etiquette and teamwork. Students perform in winter and spring concerts and at festivals.
Chorus: Students will have the opportunity to prepare and perform vocal selections in rehearsal and concert settings. Students learn to read notes and rhythms, learn basic music theory and history and performance etiquette. Students perform in winter and spring concerts and at festivals.
Strings: Students will have the opportunity to experience the joy of creating and performing music while learning to play a stringed instrument. Students learn basic to advanced rhythmic patterns, music theory and history, intonation, performance etiquette, and teamwork. Students perform in winter and spring concerts and at festivals.
Spanish I: The first year Spanish language learner will experience a variety of techniques, procedures, and activities to effectively communicate at a beginning level. Emphasis is placed on listening, speaking, reading, and writing to facilitate communication in the target language. Vocabulary acquisition and a cultural overview will be integral components of the Level I coursework. Students/families will have the option of receiving high school credit for this class.
Mandarin I: This course is designed to offer a variety of teaching/learning styles for students to acquire basic proficiency in speaking, listening, writing, and reading in the target language. The writing and reading skills will include pinyin transcriptions and Chinese characters. Components of the Chinese civilization, including art, music and festivals will play an integral role to demonstrate the intrinsic relationship between the language and the culture. Students/families will have the option of receiving high school credit for this class.
Student Government: Students must write an essay (minimum of one paragragh) describing why they would be a good candidate for this class. Additionally, students must obtain teacher recommendation(s). The purpose of this class is to train student leaders in leadership skills, group dynamics, planning and evaluating, constitutional government, fiscal responsibility, and service. Class time will be divided among regular business meetings, work projects, and committee assignments. Student Government serves as the student activity director. All student activities, clubs, projects, and activities must be approved by Student Government at a regular meeting.
The aim and objectives of the class:
1) To provide a democratic form in which students can address those school-related issues which affect their lives
2) To promote active school spirit
3) To promote a better relationship between students and faculty
4) To promote worthwhile school activities
5) To develop more interest in citizenship, leadership and sportsmanship
6) To contribute to the community
Year Book: Students will memorialize the 2012-2013 academic year by producing, selling, and distributing the school year book. Students will work directly with an outside vendor (teacher assisted) meeting real-life deadlines and making decisions that impact the production of the book.

Mohave’s Multicultural Exploratory - class will expose students to many different cultures from around the world. Students will learn languages such as: Latin, Spanish, French, German, Italian, Russian, Japanese, Chinese, Arabic, Hebrew, Swahili, and Greek.  Students in this class explore our diverse world using both media and technology. An emphasis is placed on reading, writing, listening and speaking.

8th grade students are NOT able to drop year-long classes to become a Teacher’s Assistant

Honors Language Arts Summer Reading List
                                                     Mohave Middle School
                                                      Summer Reading List
6th Grade – Theme: Changes
Suggested book – Zen and the Art of Faking It by Jordan Sonnenblick
When eighth-grader San Lee moves to a new town and a new school for the umpteenth time, he doesn't try to make new friends or be a loner or play cool. Instead he sits back and devises a plan to be totally different. When he accidentally answers too many questions in World History on Zen (only because he just had Ancient Religions two schools ago) all heads turn and San has his answer: he's a Zen Master. And just when he thinks everyone (including the cute girl he can't stop thinking about) is on to him, everyone believes him . . . in a major Zen way. (Amazon)
Extra Reading- Texts may range from memoirs and personal narrative to fictional novels and collections of short stories selected by the student based on interest.
Consider authors such as: Sandra Cisneros, Beverly Cleary, Roald Dahl, Paul Fleishman, Francisco Jimenez, Richard Lewis, Walter Dean Myers, Marjane Satrapi, Gary Soto, Art Spiegelman, Chris Van Allsburg, Wendelin Van Draanen.

7th Grade – Theme: Choices
Suggested book - Drawing Out the Dragons: A Meditation on Art, Destiny, and the Power of  
                               Choice by James A. Owen
"I believe in you. You have a great destiny. You are meant for great things. And it's possible to live a wonderful, extraordinary life." That is the promise offered by bestselling author and illustrator James A. Owen in this remarkable and inspirational meditation. In Drawing Out the Dragons, James shares personal stories and the deep truths he learned while navigating past obstacles and adversity toward a life of lasting belief and joy. We all have a grand destiny, but sometimes we feel we lack the power to achieve it. But we always have the power to choose. "Every drawing, every life, is nothing but a series of choices and actions. Make your lines. Make your choices. . . . What you create from there is entirely up to you." Drawing Out the Dragons has the power to uplift, inspire, and change your life. (Barnes &Noble)
Extra Reading:  memoirs, essays, biographies, or autobiographies
Consider the following classic and contemporary authors : William Shakespeare, Edgar Allan Poe, Robert Frost, Zora Neale Hurston, E.E. Cummings, Langston Hughes, Richard Wright, Roald Dahl, Walter Dean Myers, and Nikki Giovanni
8th Grade – Theme: Challenges
Suggested books:
1. Code Talker: A Novel About the Navajo Marines of World War Two By Joseph Bruchac
Bruchac brings to life for young adults the stories of some of the unsung heroes of World War II — the young Navajo men who were a crucial part of the American effort in sending and receiving messages that used their native language. (Scholastic)
2. Warriors Don’t Cry By Melba Pattillo Beals
In 1957, Melba Pattillo turned sixteen. That was also the year she became a warrior on the front lines of a civil rights firestorm. Following the landmark 1954 Supreme Court ruling, Brown v. Board of Education, Melba was one of nine teenagers chosen to integrate Little Rock's Central High School.
Throughout her harrowing ordeal, Melba was taunted by her schoolmates and their parents, threatened by a lynch mob's rope, attacked with lighted sticks of dynamite, and injured by acid sprayed in her eyes. But through it all, she acted with dignity and courage, and refused to back down.
This is her remarkable story. (Google)
Extra Reading:  Try to connect to the concept of heroism.
Read stories about fictional (e.g., mythological) heroes as they prepare to write a hero’s journey narrative. Consider stories about the following heroic figures: Hercules, Achilles, Theseus, Perseus, Cadmus, Penelope, Atalanta, Gilgamesh, Sigurg the Volsung,  George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, Cesar Chavez, Neil Armstrong, Martin Luther King, Jr., Bill Gates, Oprah Winfrey, J.K. Rowling, Jackie Robinson.

***Students will be given an assignment based on the book "Zen and the Art of Faking It" during the week of August 11th. It is recommended that notes are taken on the characters, plot, conflict, rising actions, climax, falling actions, and the resolution as they read. These notes will not be collected. However, they will be very helpful to use when completing the activity.

Mohave Clubs and Activities

There are many clubs, activities, and sports at Mohave.  Here is a current list of activities Mohave students may join …
Morning Announcements:    The news crew meets every day at 7:15 AM.  Students run the cameras, the sound board, and sit at the anchor desk.  There is a $60 tax credit fee to be a member of this group.  Mrs. Ratliff, Mohave’s Computer Teacher is the sponsor of this club.  Parents and students can reach out to her via email or students can simply stop by her room, room 255, for more information.
Math Lab: If your student needs additional help with math – our very own math teachers are offering FREE tutoring on Mondays, Tuesday, and Thursdays after school from 2:30 to 3:30 – and on Wednesday mornings before school from 7 to 7:40 AM. Math Lab will meet in the library.  Students simply drop in.  Computers are also available for students to use SuccessMaker.  Mohave has access to an Internet program called SuccessMaker.  Research shows that IF a student spends 23 hours on SuccessMaker, they can increase their ability level by 1 as measured by the program … close to a year’s worth of growth!  Ask your math teacher for more information about SuccessMaker.
Improv Club:  The improv actors are meeting every OTHER Tuesday after school, until 3:45 PM.  Students meet in the Choir room.  Mr. Prather (SUSD teacher) is the club sponsor, and is being assisted by Mrs. Frank and Ms. Mayer.  The club is free to join, and will run through the first semester.   If you are looking for more information, please contact Ms. Mayer in the counselor’s office. 
Knitting and Fiber Arts Club:  There is no fee for this club and it’s never too late to join!!  Students can join at any time in the semester.  Also, if a student leaves the club to join a sport – don’t worry, they are always welcomed back J Mohave’s fantastic Art Teacher, Ms. Gray hosts the club every Thursday afterschool in her room, room 123. 
Robotics:   Students learn to program robots in Mr. teVelde’s science lab, room 237, every Friday afternoon until 5:00 PM.  Mohave is hosting a Regional First Lego League (FLL) Robotics Competition on November 23rd, a full day event, where Mohave students and robots will compete against other schools.  Mohave has great relationship with the Saguaro Math and Science Academy – their robotics program offers our students support and encouragement.  There is a $60 tax credit fees to participate.  
Creative Writing Club:  After school on Fridays from 2:30 to 3:30 PM. Mrs. McBride is hosting a creative writing workshop for all students.  There is no fee for this club – just stop by and write a story or a poem.  Other authors will be on hand to offer you feedback and to inspire you to become a prolific writer.
Future City Competition:  The Future City Competition is open to all 6th, 7th and 8th grade students. This is your students’ chance to create a computer and physical model of a city the way they would like to live.  Students work on a team with other students and we will have an engineer mentor join each team.  Guest speakers and field trips are included.  Students should come to an informational meeting for the Future City Competition on Thursday, August 29 in Mrs. McBride’s room, room 120.  Come on down, look at past models and get all the information as well as the chance to get free Sim City 4 software.  There is no fee to join this club.
Athletics:  Each quarter, SUSD offers afterschool sports for 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students.  The program is broken into two Tiers.  The first half of the quarter, Tier 1, is an intramural program that culminates in a Festival Saturday.  The Festival is meant to give students an opportunity to play in 3 games.  Schedules for the Festivals are released just before the events.  Athletes will receive all Festival information, as well as a team T-shirt, from their coaches.  There is a $60 tax credit fee to participate in Tier 1.
After the Festival, the athletic program moves into Tier 2.  Two competitive teams of 15 players are created.  One team is made up of 6th and 7th grade students, and the second team is comprised of 7th and 8th grade students.  Athletes pay an additional $30 tax credit fee to participate in Tier 2.
Prior to participation, students must present parent permission, a physical, proof of insurance, and their fee.  They will receive a “Go Pass” to give to their coach to begin practice.
SUSD has a 2.0 policy.  Students who are failing a class at the end of Tier 1 are ineligible for Tier 2.  Students will less than a 2.0 Grade Point Average (C average) may not compete in Tier 2 until their GPA is at or above a 2.0.  
Quarter 1 sports (now closed to new participants):  Girls Volleyball and Boys Baseball
Quarter 2 sports:  Girls Softball, Girls Soccer, Boys Basketball, Boys Soccer, and Spirit Line
Quarter 3 sports:  Girls Basketball, Boys Passing League Flag Football, and Spirit Line (continued)
Quarter 4 sport:  Girls and Boys Track – Tier 1 ONLY for the whole season
Mr. Tutnick is Mohave’s Athletic Director.  Please contact him with questions.  
National Junior Honor Society (NJHS): For our 6th and 7th grade families preparing for the future.  National Junior Honor Society is an organization of high-achieving eighth grade students who exemplify qualities of scholarship, service, leadership, character, and citizenship.  Students become eligible for consideration after three marking periods in seventh grade or with three consecutive grading periods continuing into the eighth grade year.  The academic consideration is based upon meeting qualifications for Honor Roll (3.50 to 3.79) or Principal’s List (3.80 and higher).  Once the academic requirement is met, grade level teachers provide input in the other four areas.  Invitations for membership, based upon exemplary academic and personal qualities, are issued in the spring, and induction follows.  Members are actively involved in service projects during their eighth grade year.  Mrs. McBride sponsors NJHS.

After school, beginning today in room 229 (Mr. Stevens Room) and every Thursday 2:30-3:30 for all grades 6-7-8 Come to DEBATE club. Take part in debate, learn questioning techniques, test your debate skills and learn new skills

Does your student need access to a computer after school?
Starting on November 19th, Mohave will open an after school Computer Lab. The lab will be open on Tuesday and Thursdays from 2:30 PM to 3:30 PM.
We are encouraging students to come in and use the open lab to …
· Work on SuccessMaker – a computer based program designed to help students hone math and reading skill. This research-based program has a proven track record in helping students get caught up in math and reading. Just three 20 minute session a week – can show dramatic improvement on standardized testing – like AIMS. (See your ELA or math teacher for information.)
· Discovery Education – many Mohave science teachers are offering re-dos and re-takes using Discovery Ed streaming. Students can watch Discovery Ed videos and lessons and take on-line quizzes to help improve their grades in class. (See your science teacher for information.)
· Do research for classes.
· Type papers for classes.
· Stop in and check their grades on-line.
There is no fee for student to use the Computer Lab. Mohave is using Tax-credit dollars to fund this program.
If parents are interested in learning more about Tax-credit dollars – and how they can make a donation to our school – and write up to $400 off their Arizona State Income Tax, please contact Mr. Asmussen at 480-484-5210


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