On Friday, November 15, Mr. Synold and Mrs. Vallari attended a ceremony in Washington D.C. honoring A-TECH as a 2019 National Blue Ribbon School. A-TECH is one of only eleven schools to receive this prestigious recognition three times. Congratulations Mavericks!
Congratulations to the following students who were selected as Student of the Month for October: Allison Clark, Katheryn Ellis, Georgia Petroff, Savanna Lawson, Symone Moore, Ethan Silva, Guia Aniceto, Jaden Nguyen, Mackenzie Sulliban, Erika Gomez, Yohannes Aklilu, Amari Williams, Sandra Lopez, Corinne Chavez and Doanh Ly
On Tuesday, October 22 Clark County School District (CCSD) Superintendent Dr. Jesus F. Jara honored 63 schools as part of the 2019-20 Superintendent’s Honor Roll, the second class of the program created to honor CCSD’s top-performing schools. The distinguished schools include 44 five-star rated schools, two National Blue Ribbon Schools and 19 Gold Star schools, which are high-performing schools that serve a high percentage of students living in poverty. Congratulations A-TECH on this honor.
Congratulations to the A-TECH Soccer team that defeated Northwest Career and Technical Academy on Friday, October 18 by a score of 7-2 to win our Homecoming Game! Great job Coach Duggan.
For 25 years Advanced Technologies Academy (A-TECH) has been an example of how a diverse student body, innovative teachers, and 21st-century curriculum can change the trajectory of students’ lives. A-TECH is a magnet Career and Technical Academy located near downtown Las Vegas, Nevada with an enrollment of 1,141 students. Due to having a blind lottery and free transportation for all students, A-TECH is the school that most closely mirrors Clark County’s extremely diverse demographics with students from every zip code represented.
A-TECH provides a comprehensive curriculum in three pillars: Advanced Placement (AP), Career and Technical Education (CTE), and “Connector” activities and courses (Debate, Band, Orchestra, Board Game Club). The three pillars allow students to explore various disciplines through a well-balanced high school experience. In five years, A-TECH has added seven AP courses for a total of 25 courses. This expansion has led to greater equity of access with 83% of the students in the class of 2018 passing at least one AP examination and half of the exams were taken by students who qualify for FRL.
A-TECH students select one of seven 4-year CTE programs including Architectural Design, Computer Science, and Engineering. A-TECH’s robust CTE program allows students to obtain real-world skills that are critical for post-secondary options. Seniors must also complete an extensive Capstone Project, which includes a research paper, presentation, and project or internship. A-TECH is proud of its tradition of excellence, consistent 100% graduation rate, and preparation of future leaders.
U.S Department of Education Announcement
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Congratulations to the following students who were selected as Student of the Month for September: Devaansh Singh, John Hamai, Daysi Sorto, Cade Romero, Kaeloni Randolph, Lanielle Pavlik, Sean McCartney, Michelle Squatrito, Andy Otero, Ethan Vito, Camorian Jackson, Jazmin Pedroza and William Kidwell.
The National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC) announced the names of approximately 16,000 Semifinalists in the 65th annual National Merit Scholarship Program. These three students at A-TECH qualified as Semifinalists by taking the October 2018 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT) during their junior year. The nationwide pool of Semifinalists, representing less than one percent of U.S. high school seniors, includes the high-scoring entrants in each state. The number of Semifinalists in a state is proportional to the state’s percentage of the national total of graduating seniors and represent the highest scoring entrants in the state of Nevada.
This year A-TECH has three students who have qualified as a Semifinalist in the 2020 National Merit Scholarship Program. If you see these students please feel free to congratulate them on their outstanding efforts and encourage their pursuit of academic excellence.
Congratulations to A-TECH’s 2020 National Merit Scholarship Program Semifinalists
These Academically talented high school seniors have an opportunity to continue in the completion for some 7,600 National Merit Scholarships worth more than $31 million that will be offered next spring. To be considered for a Merit Scholarship award, Semifinalists must fulfill several requirements to advance to the Finalist level of the completion.
The Semifinalists and their high school must submit a detailed scholarship application, in which they provide information about the Semifinalist’s academic record, participation in school and community activities, demonstrated leadership abilities, employment, and honors and awards received. A Semifinalist must have an outstanding academic record throughout high school, be endorsed and recommended by a high school official, write an essay, and earn SAT or ACT scores that confirm the student’s earlier performance on the qualifying test.
We wish each of the Semifinalists the best as they continue through the 2020 NMSC competition through October 2019 for the status of Finalist in the 2020 National Merit Scholarship Corporation Competition!
Congratulations to Joanna Bieda and Kamieko Goines who were appointed as youth legislators to their respective Nevada Senatorial Districts, 4 and 5. These young women have been selected to represent 27,000-42,000 youths in their Districts, draft legislation, and push forth the type of productive dialogue those they represent wish to hear. Sworn in to office, they are working with their district Senators and Assemblymen as well as collaborating with our District Youth Advisory Council to discuss issues and concerns affecting the youth within their community and within our state. They also provide support for Youth Legislators as they prepare for and conduct District Youth Advisory Council and town hall meetings, present testimony before a public body, and develop ideas for legislation to present to the Legislature for consideration. Congratulations on this outstanding achievement!
Mavericks, this year marks the 25th anniversary of Advanced Technologies Academy. This year A-TECH will be celebrating a quarter century of excellence! We ask that you please help us to start our Silver Anniversary celebration starting Monday, August 19 with a Welcome Back Spirit week to commemorate this exciting milestone.
Spirit Week activities will include the following Spirit Days:
Monday, August 26 – Marvel vs. DC Be a Superhero Day
Tuesday, August 27 – Tweedle Dee / Tweedle Dum Day – Match with a friend
Wednesday, August 28 – Pink Panther Day – Wear Pink!
Thursday, August 29 – Battle of the Cartoons Day – Represent your Favorite Channel! – CN = Black & White – Nick = Orange – Disney = Blue – PBS = Green
Friday, August 30 – Yee Haw Mavericks Day – Dress in Western Apparel
A-TECH Mock Trial – Nationals Results
CONGRATULATIONS to Jason Park, who was named one of only ten Outstanding Attorneys in the nation at Nationals!
A-TECH’s Purple Team placed 32nd, but was just one ballot away from placing 21st. It is amazing what a difference just one ballot can make in the final standings!
Mrs. Bouchard is VERY proud of our Purple Team members, as they competed against 45 other State Champion Teams from across the nation.
KUDOS to these amazing kids and their perseverance, as they attended nearly daily Mock Trial preparation sessions, while concurrently completing assignments and projects for their highly-challenging A-TECH classes, not to mention studying and taking their many AP exams.
The team worked tirelessly and all team members have been making up their AP Exams, as well as their semester exams, this week. (Thank you, Mr. Gokul, for scheduling all of their make-up AP exams!)
Thanks to those who have supported our Mock Trial Team, this year! We sincerely appreciate you!!!