November 2019

The purpose of the Coyote's Howl, Skyline's monthly newsletter, is to recognize members of the Skyline Community who exemplify the values of the PACK--Perseverance, Achievement, Community, and Knowledge. If you would like to submit an item to be considered for publication in the Howl, please send it via email to Skyline principal, Mr. Tom Brennan,

Skyline's FAFSA Peer Coaches Ranked #1 in Objectives!

This year the Mesa Public School district has a goal for 55% of the district to complete the FAFSA. Studies show that students who complete the FAFSA are more likely to attend and complete college vs those who don't file at all. Post-secondary education (Certificates, Associates, Bachelor’s degrees & beyond) are key to financial stability and improved quality of life (National College Access Network,  An Examination of the Relationship between School District FAFSA Completion Rates and District Poverty Levels, April 2017).

To aid students in this process, MPS has hired Peer Coaches at each high school. Skyline is lucky to have 6 trained Peer Coaches on campus, 4 of them are bilingual.  Our Peer Coaches were recognized for meeting their first set objectives, including a FAFSA night on October 22nd   and social media campaign. Our FAFSA night was a huge success with over 50 in attendance! #Cash4College #Strive455 #Cash4Coyotes


FAFSA Peer Coaches

Pictured left to right: Molly Bach, Camille Smith, Kevin Nguyen, Dylan Butterfield, Adamaris Jacinto Gutierrez, Nicole Barrera Pacheco

Girls Badminton Competed in AIA State Championships!

Congratulations to our Badminton girls who competed in the AIA State Championships held last week at Independence High School.  Dylania Herrera represented Skyline in Singles competition.  Dylania was competing very well until she sustained an injury that forced her to withdraw from the State Championships.  Priscilla Mendoza and Stephanie Quinones represented Skyline in Doubles competition.  These young ladies played very well and advanced into the quarterfinals before being defeated by the eventual state doubles champions.  

We're proud of the successful season all our badminton girls, under the direction of head coach - Gina Mazzucco -  had this year.  

Skyline's Largest Turn Out for PSAT 

On Wednesday October 16th Skyline offered the PSAT/NMSQT to all Sophomores and Juniors. PSAT stands for Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test which provides students an in-depth baseline for college readiness. The PSAT costs $17 for students to take but the Mesa School District covered the cost for all Sophomores and Juniors so that they could take the test for free. We had 807 students test, the highest turn out Skyline has ever seen! Skyline’s English Department is essential in encouraging students to take the PSAT. Two teachers on our team, Ms. Brien and Mrs. Schnuelle, both had over 80% of their students show up and test. We appreciate the continued dedication and support from Skyline’s English Department in providing this opportunity to our students. In addition, a “thank you” also needs to be extended to the entire Skyline community, everyone on campus plays a huge part in making the PSAT testing day a success: teachers, attendance/front office, the bookstore, counseling, administration, cafeteria, transportation, security, and the library. Students can access their PSAT results via their CollegeBoard account on December 11th. The Skyline Counseling Department is planning PSAT Result Presentations in the near future- be on the lookout for more information. 

Mrs. Sloat's World History Project

This week Mrs. Sloat's World History Project (Honors World History) spent a class period outside learning what it was like to be a forager during the time of early humans.  The simulation consisted of student searching the ground for color coated popsicle sticks that Mrs. Sloat had hidden prior.  Green sticks were for plants, while brown stood for animal meat.  The simulation is meant to show students that foraging for food could become more difficult over time as naturally occurring resources were used up faster than they could be replenished. This will help students immediately grasp the potential difficulties of a hunting-foraging way of life. Looking ahead, this will also give them some helpful background for discussing the transition from foraging to agriculture by showing them one possible reason—a shrinking supply of food—for adopting agriculture. 

Students were to attempt to forage for enough resources to survive. There were two rounds of foraging. The rules of the first round: Students must first find a total of three objects/resources. They need at least one of each  to “survive” the round. After finding three resources, students may collect more objects or do what they like with the remainder of the allotted time.   Not everyone survived the first round.  

Student made observations about why there were differences in the amount collected. For example, there really was no incentive to collect more than three items as long as they had objects of each type, so some students may have just collected their three items and used the rest of the time to hang out. Other students may have spent more time collecting resources for other reasons, such as they enjoyed the challenge. 

The second round students to give back all the resources they gathered, and this time Mrs. Sloat hid half the amount that she did the first time.  She then informed students that they should try to collect the same amount of resources as in the first round (a total of three; at least one of each type). Since there are fewer objects/resources, she gave them less time. 

The second round was pretty interesting. Students stole or argued over resources because they were not as easy to come by. When time was up, even less students survived.  Most students found fewer resources and many will have even failed to find three.

This time students were asked to observe how the second round compared to the first. What factors made finding resources more difficult the second time? Students noted that resources became more scarce in the second round, so there were fewer to go around. 

After all the simulations was over students made the connections that  How long you could survive in one spot if you were only relying on foraging natural resources.  The relationship between how many resources there are and how many they need to survive.  How the impact of the number of people relying on resources could. Too many people means resources are used faster than they can be replenished. Students might note that a resource-rich area may lead to a larger population over time even without agriculture, but eventually population will outpace resource replenishment. And the responses to increased pressure on natural resources, importance of moving to an area with more resources; try to produce some more resources through agriculture; split up a large group into smaller groups over a greater area; create a government to manage the resources. 

Sloat's class for World History Project

Students Succeeding through BARR

Students have been participating in I Time lessons through their core classes. During the month of October students engaged in lessons that have focused on Goals. In Science classes, they worked as a team to accomplish the goal of "crossing the river. In World History class, students identified the need for goals and dreams through creating what they think a person of the year would look like. In English class, students worked on personal goal setting with different strategies on how to set those goals. In Math classes, students participated in a decision-making lesson. This lesson focused on the ABCDE Decision Making Model, which helps students stop and take a moment to think about some of the decisions they are making. The next unit in our BARR I Time Lessons is Leadership. We would also like to recognize some of our BARR students for attendance, grades, and overall awesome performance. 

Quarter 1 Grades


Cross Country Awards & Upcoming Competition

Our Boys and Girls Cross Country teams finished in 2nd place at the City Championships held last week.  In Girls Cross Country, Jade Boyles earned 1st Team All City.  Taryn Bickle, Silicea Price, and Stephany Rodriguez earned 2nd Team All City.  Honorable Mention went to Kaylee Freudenthal, Alyssa Bickle, and Kayla Medina.  In Boys Cross Country, Tatum Jelleberg and Jacob Doest earned 1st Team All City.  Aiden Tinen, Jaxon Mills, and Jordan Gloria earned 2nd Team All City.  

Our Boys and Girls Cross Country teams will compete in the Arizona Interscholastic Association State Sectionals on Wednesday, November 5 at Rose Mofford Sports Complex in Phoenix.  Their races will take place in the morning (race times have not been set at this time). 
Good luck to all cross country runners as well as girls head coach - Joe Williams and boys head coach - Mike Roelofs.  


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