American Fork High School
Principal's Message

Just For You  
Within Reach
Not I, nor anyone else can travel that road for you. You must travel it by yourself.
It is not far.
It is within reach.
~ Walt Whitman
Finding our dream and living our dream can be difficult, yet we as parents do it each day. We traveled an often-rocky road to arrive at this particular destination and yet some of us still wonder where life's road may lead us. Our children are just beginning the journey. Most are wondering what lies ahead. We cannot answer that question for them, but we can teach them (and remind ourselves) that the way forward may not always be clear and smooth, but there are some fundamentals that will always help put dreams within reach:    perseverance, showing and giving respect, being opened minded and dependable, working hard and smart, self-reliance, and a kind heart.
With something to think about . . .    

Daniel P. Weishar
AFHS Stakeholders,

I’m sure you have noticed, when you check your student’s grade in Skyward, that some of the grades look different this year. Over the last 3 years, many of our teachers have started the journey toward Standards Based Grading. More teachers and teams have wanted to make this move but felt they needed support and training to implement the practice in the best way for your students. As a school, we shared a Professional Learning experience with AFJHS in August. All teachers at both schools were able to learn from Thomas Guskey, an expert and author of numerous articles and books on the subject.
Some key ideas from the training include:
There are many challenges associated with using a 100 point scale. How can you differentiate a student’s learning in 101 different ways? Using fewer levels of performance provides more clarity on what a student is and is not learning. Therefore, many of our teachers are using a 4 point scale to communicate if a student has learned a particular standard.
Why are learning and non-learning standards reported as a singular grade? (For example, why does timeliness get blended with learning into a singular grade.) You will now notice that some teachers have items in their gradebook that report on non-achievement standards. 

Please stay tuned in future newsletters for additional information about Standards Based Grading and our journey at AFHS.

* Attention Juniors- The Counseling Department will be providing college campus tours to the University of Utah on Wednesday, October 24 and to BYU on Thursday, October 25. Each tour will leave the school after 1st period and return between 12 and 2 pm. The cost for each trip is $3 per student and can be paid in the Finance Office. Spots will be filled on a first come first served basis.

College Week will be taking place October 29-November 2! Seniors will have the opportunity to receive help with Applications for the following Colleges: University of Utah, Utah State, Dixie, SUU, Snow, and Utah Valley University. All students are invited to attend special Flex workshops throughout the week.

Thursday, November 1 the Counseling Office will be holding a Senior Parent/Student College Information Night  . There will be 3 sessions available in the Library at 4:30 pm, 5:30 pm or 6:30 pm

FAFSA Completion Lab will be available the same evening in room 102 from 5:30 - 8 pm.



Pre-School Aide.... Dear AFHS Community: If you are interested in working at the best school in the world, there is a 9-10 hour a week job helping out in the morning with our pre-school. Please check on the Alpine School District Website to apply.
Job Details: 1 position available @ 9-10 hours a week, $11.08 an hour, beginning October 29th, 2018. Will work A days and Mondays. Non-contract, no benefits.
Provides assistance to teacher and students in the daily operation of the school preschool lab with specific responsibility for monitoring and supervising both preschool and high-school aged students. Performs assigned tasks such as classroom set-up, maintenance and clean up as well as monitoring student assignments, creating classroom items, filing, organizing, preparing for preschool graduation and other assignments. Works one-on-one or with groups of students (high school and preschool) and employs positive guidance skills with preschoolers struggling with behavior or emotional regulation. 
If needed, steps in to cover lessons for teachers if they are absent or if there is an assembly and assists with classroom routine and maintaining order in the classrooms.  Prepares a few emergency lesson plans to be used in an emergency. May record student activity like attendance and assists in maintaining a clean and safe learning environment for students.

Attendance School... Now costs $5 per session.  Attendance School is held Tuesday-Thursday before school in room 102, during lunch in room 118, and after school in the lunchroom. You will need your student ID and receipt when you check into a session.

Sterling Scholar... Application workshops will be held in room 125, during Flex, Oct 16, and 25 for anyone wanting help finishing their Sterling Scholar application before the Oct 26 deadline. See Mrs. Hoopes or the Counseling Office for a stamp for your planner.

Choir Pops Concert ....October 15 at 7:00 PM in the Auditorium. Admission is free. 

College Athletes ....American Fork High School is creating a large wall display to recognize all of our athletes who have played college sports. We are currently looking for the names of athletes who have finished at least one college sports season. We would like to know their names, the sport, and the name of the last college or university where they played.
If you have the name of a father, grandmother, cousin, great-grandfather, great-great aunt, etc., who competed in college, please send their name on to our athletic director, Joseph Atwood.
Haunted Hallways
When: Tuesday, October 30 from 5:30 - 7:30 pm.
Cost? $1.00 or donate a can of food to get in free.
Where: American Fork High School.
Who: Bring your cute, dressed up kiddos, 12 years and younger.
Sponsored by: AFHS PTSA & AFHS Clubs and Organizations.
NEWSIES IS COMING SOON! The cast is already in full swing! The students are learning the choreography and music from this beloved Disney classic. Don't miss it! The show will run November 13-20. So much fun for the entire family!
Spring Registration Deadlines for UVU (begin at )
Concurrent Enrollment
October 15 Admissions opens for Spring
October 19 Last Day to drop fall or full year courses If the class was dropped at the high school it also must be dropped online at  
October 29 Registration opens for Spring
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
November 7 Registration opens
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

Sterling Scholar  
Sterling Scholar Applications are now available in the Counseling Office, room 125 or 110, and on the AFHS website on the Sterling Scholar link. All applications must be submitted by 2:30 pm on Oct. 26, NO EXCEPTIONS.
Sterling Scholar application workshops will be available during Flex Oct. 2, 4, 10, 25 in Mrs. Hoopes' room, 125.
Shakespeare Competition 2018! 
Drama just had an event filled weekend down in Cedar City. The Drama Department did a great job of representing American Fork High School.
The results of the competition are listed below:
1st place in Sweepstakes (tying with Salt Lake School of the Performing Arts!) Both schools got perfect scores!
3rd place with our Ensemble Scene from Titus Andronicus!
Our Tempest scene placed 4th overall with Ben Allred, Bryson Decker, and Bodie Miller.
Darci Ramirez placed 4th with her monologue from King Lear.
Everyone on the team got straight superiors! Congratulations to all! Proud to be a CAVEMAN!
Dance Company had an amazing weekend at the Shakespeare Festival at SUU. The weekend was packed with performances, master classes, scholarship audition, adjudications, and tons of FUN! Be proud of our dance and drama students, who represented our school and community so well! 
Looking ahead for Dance Company: the Alpine District Dance Concert is on October 25 at 7:00 PM in the Westlake High School Auditorium. Featuring the Dance Companies from AFHS, Lehi, Lone Peak, Orem, Pleasant Grove, Skyridge, Timpanogos, and Westlake, it is a performance you don't want to miss! You can purchase tickets in advance from any AFHS Dance Co member for $5. Tickets at the door are $7. Come cheer on your AFHS dancers!!!
Congrats to our Boys XC team who took 1st place at the Region 6A meet!
And Congratulations to our Girls XC team who took 2nd place at the Region 6A meet.
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: 

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
October 5 - November 3
Fri, Oct 5
State Tennis Liberty Park 7:30 am - 3:00 pm
Football vs PGHS 7pm
Sat, Oct 6
Marching Band Mt. Timpanogos Competition TBD
Mon, Oct 8
Tue, Oct 9
Soccer State Tournament game at AFHS 4 pm
Volleyball at Bingham 3:30 pm
Wrestling Kids Camp 4:30 pm in the Wrestling rm.
Wed, Oct 10
HOSA Blood Drive
Thur, Oct 11
Soccer State Quarter Finals 4pm
Volleyball vs LP 3:30
JV Football vs Bingham 3:30 pm
Sophomore Football at Bingham 3:30 pm
Orchestra Fall Concert 7:30 pm
Fri, Oct 12
Volleyball at Skyridge Tournament
AFHS Car Show 12-4 pm
Football at Bingham 7pm
Sat, Oct 13
Volleyball at Skyridge Tournament
Marching Band Wasatch at Herriman HS 8 am
Mon, Oct 15
Fall Choir Concert 7pm
Tue, Oct 16
Soccer State Semi Finals 6 pm at Juan Diego HS
Volleyball vs Westlake 3:30 pm
JV Football at Davis 3:30 pm
Sophomore Football vs Davis 3:30 pm
Wrestling Kids Camp 4:30 pm in the Wrestling rm.
Marching Band Rocky Mountain Invitational BYU - 7pm
Wed, Oct 17 - TERM 1 ENDS
XC State Championship - Girls at 2 pm / Boys at 3:30 pm
Football vs Davis 7 pm
Thur, Oct 18 Fall Break No School
Fri, Oct 19 Fall Break No School
State Girls Soccer Championship 4:30 pm at Rio Tinto Stadium
Sat, Oct 20 Fall Break No School
Mon, Oct 22
PD Day - No School
Tue, Oct 23
Wrestling Kids Camp 4:30 pm in the Wrestling rm.
Marching Band Davis Cup at Davis HS 9 pm
Wed, Oct 24
Thur, Oct 25
Josten's Senior Order - Commons 7:30 am - 1 pm
Volleyball at PGHS 3:30
ASD Dance Concert at Westlake HS 4 pm
Wrestling Kids Camp 4:30 pm in the Wrestling rm.
National Honors Society - Induction Ceremony 6:30 - 7:30 pm
Red Rock Bands of America in St. George
Fri, Oct 26
Red Rock Bands of America in St. George - Dan
Football State play off game at home 4pm
Sat, Oct 27
Red Rock Bands of America in St. George
Mon, Oct 29 - COLLEGE WEEK
Tue, Oct 30
Haunted Hallways 5:30 - 7:30 pm
Band Bash 7-9 pm
Wed, Oct 31 Halloween
Thur, Nov 1
Caveman Classic Cheer 4-9 pm
Senior College Night 5:30-8 pm
Volleyball State Tournament begins
Caveman Classic - Cheer 4-9 pm in the Cave
Fri, Nov 2
Renaissance Activity 9 - 11:30 am
Football State play off game 4 pm
Sat, Nov 3
XC Pre-Foot Locker Invitational at AFHS 9 am
Volleyball State Tournament
Sadies Dance 8-10:30 pm
Please visit our AFHS Calendar for more up to date information.