American Fork High School
Principal's Message

Just For You
Face the Sunshine
Keep your face to the sunshine and
you cannot see a shadow.
~ Helen Keller
Negativity is such an energy drain, isn't it? It spirals into anxiety and fear and judgement. Seems logical that we should just keep our faces to the sunshine, but life doesn't always make that an easy choice for us. We can't always choose our situation, but we can choose how we respond to it. It may be something we don't like, or don't have control over, but remember this: You don't have to like the situation to find a positive solution for handling it. And it's a teaching opportunity. When we find something positive even in a negative situation, we teach our children that good can often come from bad.
With something to think about . . .
Daniel P. Weishar
Dear Parents and Students,

The holiday season is right around the corner, and we would like to inform you about our annual Sub for Santa charity event. This year we are changing our Festival of Trees to a new event called Deck the Halls . This event will include multiple family friendly activities like holiday performances, club booths, a Polar Express, games, and a Santa meet and greet. This event is scheduled for November 30 from 5:30-7:30 with a $2.00 admission fee. Punch cards will allow you to access the various activities. We would greatly appreciate your support and attendance at this event.
Donations for Sub 4 Santa will be accepted online @ or through the finance office. Also look for us collecting change in the parking lots after school.
We will be singing Christmas carols door to door on December 5, 6, 11, and 12 to collect money from our community and get them involved.
Our goal is to raise $20,000 dollars as a school community. We would love your help and support to help reach this goal. Thank you, and happy holidays!

AFHS Student Council
Class Changes: Second semester class changes will take place from December 17 -January 8. Remember that there will be a $5 class change fee for each transaction of class changes.

Our Counselor, Shantell Durrant just got married! Her new name is Shantell Shoell. Congrats Shantell!
Career and Technical Education

AFHS Agriculture Program Poinsettias will go on sale November 27. The Grenhouse will be available Monday - Friday from 3-5 PM. Please come and support our great students as they market, sell, and arrange the poinsettias. You can find an order form at or have a student pick up an order form in room 53 from Mr. Colby Smith.

7 Reasons to consider trade school over a 4-year college
1.   It costs less. 
2.   Classes are smaller and more focused
3.   Trade schools can offer a compelling career path
4.   Trade school graduates find competitive salaries
5.   Trade school jobs are harder to export
6.   Trade schools can provide job placement assistance
7.   Trade schools offer flexible learning
Potential trade school careers:
Electrician - Dental Hygienist - Paralegal  - Chef
Plumber - Nurse - Graphic Designer - Massage Therapist
Welder  - Pharmacy Technician - Cosmetologist

Read More. This info was abbreviated from the following KSL News Article:

Choose one of the above, or from nearly 30 other Career Pathways to complete here at AFHS . AF Career and Technical Education Department offers many skills-based classes that can help with your college and career goals. Completers receive a certificate from the State of Utah and other school awards. Contact for more information or talk to your school counselor. 
Standard Based Grading Infomation:
Hello Stakeholders,

We would like to share our second informational installment about Standards Based Grading. The following link is a short article about the grading and reporting of student learning. We hope you find this information useful in understanding why we are working to make changes. Stay tuned for more information in future newsletters.

We have recently become aware of two things our community partner, United Way, is doing to help families with limited internet access:
  1. Computer Labs. Computer labs in designated public libraries throughout the county are staffed at specific times with volunteers who can offer assistance in both English and Spanish.
  2. Adopt a Computer. Low income adults can earn a desktop computer by completing 10 hours of time in one of the computer lab help sessions. Computers come from donations and are wiped and cleaned before being given out.
Band Nationals
Leave it all on the Field
By Lauren Jackman
     The lights shine on the field inside the enormous stadium. The American Fork High School Marching band waits for their turn to take the field. Chills run down their spines as they hope to do their best. The flawless musicality and infectious energy radiates throughout the stadium, touching hearts and pulling emotions. Each note the band plays means something to each student, and as the last note rings out, they all know they left everything out on the field.
     This year, the marching band had the opportunity to not only go to their normal state and regionals Saint George tour, but travelled also to Indianapolis to compete in Grand Nationals at Lucas Oil Stadium. “Walking on that field for the first time was INCREDIBLE! And knowing that I was doing it with 220 people that I absolutely adore made it 10 times better,” says Sarah Rogers (12). Each band student felt the undeniable sense of family as they worked for something bigger than they could imagine.
     The band has only gone to Grand Nationals 5 times, with the last time being 2013. None of the current students in the band have experienced the stadium before. Of course, performing in such a giant dome had to be an incredible experience. Maddy Barrus (9) says “It was amazing seeing all the hard work pay off and leaving everything on that field.” The staff members often tell the hardworking kids to “leave it all on the field” for performances, and the band sure felt that as they walked off the field for the last time.
    Of the 108 bands at Grand Nationals, American Fork placed 16th overall. The band ended up as 10th in music and 12th in visual. Each student is pleased with their contribution to the band, and the staff is proud of them for creating an absolutely breathtaking show. In the end, every soul in that band really did leave it all on the field.
SWIM TEAM: The team attended the 2018 Greg Fernley Invitational and we saw some AWESOME opening swims for the season once again...QUITE impressive!!! We could easily sum it up as "Well Done Cavemen...Keep it Coming!" We've established our standard & will work from there...continued work to build strength/speed paired with proper technique & fine tuning of details makes for faster all around swimming...OUR GOAL! Among the 30 teams represented, the Cavemen Girls came away with 2nd place, Boys 4th, for a 2nd place Combined Team Finish!! We had a great time as a team over the weekend! 
WE HAD 18 Top 8 PERFORMANCES at the meet, from these swimmers:
* Girl's 200 Medley Relay  (Allie Hill, Bree Gilmour, Amelia Edwards, Talia Thomas) 
* Girl's 200 Free -Allie Hill, Amelia Edwards
*Boy's 200 Free -Scott Buker, Dylan Stauffer, Mitchel Armstrong
* Girl's 200 IM -Sara Edwards
* Girl's 100 Fly -Sara Edwards
* Girl's 100 Free -Annalyn Dean, Talia Thomas
* Boy's 100 Free- Paxton Child
* Girl's 500 Free -Allie Hill
* Boy's 500 Free -Scott Buker, Mitchel Armstrong
* Girl's 200 Free Relay -(Annalyn Dean, Amelia Edwards, Livvie Adamson, Talia Thomas) & (CeCe Hooley, Mia Larsen, Sharon Blakeley, Madi Mendenhall)
* Girl's 400 Free Relay -(Amelia Edwards, Sara Edwards, Annalyn Dean, Allie Hill)
* Boy's 400 Free Relay -(Dylan Stauffer, Pete Backman, Mitchel Armstrong, Scott Buker)
Sophomore Scott Buker  was the meet's Overall High Point Male Swimmer!

Come support the Caveman Football team as they play in the 6A State Championship Game at Rice-Eccles Stadium at 2:30 on Friday afternoon. The Cavemen are taking on the Lone Peak Knights. Tickets can be purchased in the Finance Office prior to the game. Ticket price is $10 for adults, and $5 for students.  Please ride FrontRunner as parking is limited and FrontRunner is free with a ticket to the game.
On November 14, the Board of Education invited our boys and girls Cross Country Team to their meeting be recognized and honored.

American Fork High School Girls Cross Country 6A State Champions
Head Coach Bruno Hunziker, Assistant Coach Dunkley
Student-Athletes: Hazel Baird, Hailey Hess, Mackenzie Hess, Madison Hess, Brooklyn Hopkins, Lily Nettesheim, Danielle Shock   

American Fork High School Boys Cross Country 6A State Champions
Head Coach Timo Mostert
Student-Athletes: Dalton Brems, Carson Clinger, Luke Grundvig, Ashton Hysell, Ethan Kelley, Kobe Serrano, Aaron Steed   
National Letter of Intent Day
Four Cavemen signed National Letters of Intent tonight.
Joe Corbridge signed with Weber State University, while Dalton Brems, Carson Clinger, and Luke Grundvig all signed with Brigham Young University. Congratulations! #PROUDTOBEACAVEMAN!
Drivers Education
Parents! Did you know that all your questions about Drivers Education are on our website? How to pay for the class, range, and road are all answered step by step. Click on this link:
Driver Education classes are offered every other month at AFHS. Class is held in room 102 from 2:30-5:30 after school for nine days. The available class dates are: 

If you are taking a concurrent enrollment class, you must submit the State required parent permission form online and then have your parents follow up and also sign. Please go to UVU's concurrent enrollment site and finish the form this week. Under Registration

Spring Registration Deadlines for UVU (begin at )
Concurrent Enrollment
January 14 Last Day to drop a full year class with a W
January 18 Last Day to complete admissions
January 23 Last Day to submit test scores. Last Day to submit Exception Application (Sophomores)
January 25 Last Day to complete class signup for Juniors and Seniors. Tuition Due
February 28 Last Day to drop without a W (Spring Courses)

Live Interactive/Distance Ed Deadlines
January 7 Classes begin
Janurary 10 Last day to submit sophomore applications and test scores; Last day to be admitted
January 13 Registration ends for some classes
January 18 Last day to drop and not show on transcript
February 19 Last day to drop with a W

Parent Permission form is online.
**Sophomores must submit an Exception Application each semester for semester classes.

Also, we have a Marketing 2 class offered through Salt Lake Community College. It will be Mktg. 1030 and will require admissions through SLCC. Information will be at  and at   
February 1 Last Day to submit admissions for SLCC
February 8 Last Day to add or drop a class
April 1 Last day to withdraw

Please click HERE to review the Attendance Policy.
Late Bus will start September 4 at 3:30 pm in the front of the school. Drop off locations are 3515 W. Canyon Heights Dr, 3900 W. Morgan Blvd, Freedom Elementary, Legacy Elementary, 338 S. Storrs Avenue
Please click HERE to review our Dress Code Policy.
  • Room 2
  • Open Testing Hours*
  • Before School: 7:25-7:45 am B days only
  • LUNCH: Except B day Mondays
  • After School: 2:15-2:45 pm A days only
  • (A Mondays 1:15-1:30 pm)
  • FLEX: stamped planner
  • *BYU Independent Study exams by appointment only. Contact Mrs. Hancock at
Upcoming Events
November 16 - December 1
Fri, Nov 16
State Football 2:30pm
Newsies 7pm
Red/White Scrimmage 4pm
Swim at Bingham Invitational
Sat, Nov 17
Swim at Bingham Invitational
Newsies 7pm
Mon, Nov 19
Newsies - 7pm
Tue, Nov 20
Newsies 7pm
Girls Basketball vs Skyline 6pm
Boys Basketball at UVU Tournament 8pm
Wed, Nov 21 - Thanksgiving Break
Boys Basketball at UVU Tournament
Thur, Nov 22 - Thanksgiving Break
Fri, Nov 23 - Thanksgiving Break
Sat, Nov 24 - Thanksgiving Break
Mon, Nov 26
Tue, Nov 27
Wed, Nov 28
Girls Basketball vs Timpview 7pm
Swim vs Bingham at AF Rec 3:30pm
Thur, Nov 29
Honor Band at Orem HS TBD
Fri, Nov 30
Sub For Santa Booth Night 5:30 - 7:30
Wrestling at Syracuse Shuffle 4pm
Honor Band at Orem HS
Girls Basketball vs West HS AFHS 7pm
Sat, Dec 1
Wrestling at Syracuse Shuffle 9am - 3pm
Honor Band at Orem HS 3-9pm
Please visit our AFHS Calendar for more up to date information.