• From the counselor: teachers, please continue to check your attendance carefully.  Do not allow any student who is not on your roll to remain in your class.  They must follow their own schedules.  

    Additional changes may continue to be made to  balance class sizes.  Please be accommodating and patient as we complete this process.

    If you are interested in outside/private PE credit, forms are available outside of my office.  Please complete them and return them to me no later than September 2nd.


    From Mrs. Cedillo, football tickets are on sale today.  Abilene High School will play Colleyville at 7:30 p.m. on Friday night at Shotwell Stadium.  The tickets will cost $4.00.

    Robotics will start meeting next week - more information to follow.

    Where did Americans come from? When the early explorers landed in the Americas there were people already here, but where did they come from? Americans have come from all walks of life and they have come to the United States for all sorts of reasons. As you look around your classroom, you will see Americans from Asia, Europe, South America, Africa, Mexico, Canada and mix of many ethnicities. We are all Americans for one reason though and that is for the freedoms we celebrate this week. We celebrate the demand for “no taxation without representation.” We celebrate the highest law of the land, the Constitution and the Bill of Rights which list the freedoms we enjoy everyday. We celebrate our colorful history and the rich diversity of our people as a nation of immigrants. Most importantly, today we celebrate Veterans Day and the men and women who gave their lives so that we may celebrate these freedoms. Know that nothing is free and that we ALL must give something to be free and to be an American. Celebrate Freedom Week!

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1st Day of School
Monday, August 25th, 2014
Summer Reading
The following is our summer required reading for our Pre-AP and AP English Language Arts courses:
9th Grade - Pre-AP ELA - Unwind, by Neal Shusterman 

10th Grade -  Pre-AP ELA – Separate Peace, by John Knowles

11th Grade - AP ELA – In Cold Blood, by Truman Capote
12th Grade - AP ELA – For Whom the Bell Tolls, Ernest Hemingway
Academy of Technology, 
Engineering, Math, & Science
As a 21st century school, ATEMS embraces rigor in both traditional core learning areas and in skills typically not taught as a part of a traditional curriculum. The Academy is a unique school in Abilene ISD and will help revolutionize the educational experience of high school students across the Big Country. The overall goal of ATEMS is not only to increase student achievement in math and science, but also to inspire students by exposing them to rigorous “real world” problems and issues using research-based, proven curriculum.

The campus is technology-rich, mimicking the workplace where all participants have access to the technological tools they need to complete their work. The campus is fully wireless with a 1:1 computer ratio for all students and facilitators. When projects are completed, external evaluators from a variety of business and education fields come to grade student presentations and final products. All students at the Academy will complete four years of math and science and meet all state requirements for the recommended graduation plan. Upon high school graduation from ATEMS, students will have had the opportunity to accrue at least 30 college hours and participate in capstone or internships with local businesses.
Summer Gatherings (one last gathering before school starts...)
Sonic Drive-In, North Judge Ely Boulevard 
Thursday – August 21st from 6:30-8:30pm
Enrolling @ ATEMS
It's not too late!  If you already started high school at another school and are interested in making a change, there is a spot for you!  Download this transfer application and submit it to our school at 650 E Hwy 80 (TSTC campus) to reserve your place.  If you are a rising 9th grader, this year we had over 250 applications submitted.  You can still submit a freshman application and be placed on a waiting list.  If a spot comes open before school starts, you still may have a chance to get into ATEMS.  
Overview of ATEMS
Click here for an overview of the ATEMS New Tech Network Fact Sheet.
Geo-Cache Bonanza
UPDATE: Create an account (with parent permission).  Download the app.  Start geo-caching.  We have active caches ready to find!  Check on your mobile app or online for links to the ATEMS caches.  These caches are for anyone, but are especially for ATEMS incoming freshmen.  Don't forget, there are a couple of tokens for free prizes and "admissions into ATEMS." Find the cache, get a prize. Don't forget to take a pencil.  Learn how technology can play a role in learning at ATEMS just by participating.   To learn more about geo-caching before the event starts visit,
Here is a list of the names that you should be looking for.  Many of them have helpful clues in locating the caches.   More caches to come. But for now, here are four to go and find!
002_ATEMS_United by Grades                 
Geocaching app  
Geo-Caching app logo.
School Connect

Parents and supporters of ATEMS High School, now you can keep up with what’s happening at our school anywhere, anytime right from your smart phone with School Connect.  School Connect is a free mobile app that enables you to stay connected to your student’s school and have school information sent directly to you, wherever and whenever you need it. Whether it’s game day scores, updates on the school play, access to grade books, emergency notifications or even classroom reminders from your teachers—School Connect makes all this information available from your smart phone.    School Connect is the best way to get connected, and stay connected to everything that’s happening at ATEMS High School today.  Download it from your app store today or visit to use the Web app.