• The lunch menu today will consist of sack lunches during the End of Course Test for English/Language Arts.  Today, the sophomores will test and eat A lunch, and all other students will have B lunch.  For those of you who are testing, please remember to unplug your phones so that bells and announcements do not disturb the integrity of the testing environment.

    Robotics will meet today and Wednesday from 3:20 until 4:15.  Teams will be looking at solving the first “Spring Challenge”.

    Any student who is interested in singing in the Cooper Choir next year and who is currently not in choir, please see Mrs. Naizer in F4 in the Fine Arts Building at Cooper High School before or after school this week to schedule your audition.   The choir is looking for students interested in developing the voice and musicianship.  No experience is necessary.

    The Big XII announces a service opportunity in conjunction with Keep Abilene Beautiful.  On Saturday, April 5, we will meet at the parking lot of the old Walmart on Judge Ely Boulevard from 9:00 - 12:00 to clean up that empty lot.  Bring gloves and work clothes.  

    The PAC 12 announces a Primetime Night on Thursday from 6:00 - 8:00.  Come on out, play games, and represent your conference.

    Tomorrow, April 2nd, is the US History benchmark.  This is an online test.  Those students who are testing will log in to “Aware Online Testing” from the AISD homepage.  Student ID is your 6 digit student ID number, the password is aisdstudent.  Testing locations will be posted.  Upperclassmen who have classes with teachers who are involved with testing may report to student central for those classes.

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Edwin and Agnes Jennings Teaching Excellence Awards

Every year, the Abilene Education Foundation hosts a very special event for district educators.  Through the generous donations from the Edwin and Agnes Jennings family,  teachers are recognized through the Teaching Excellence Awards.  Each campus has one special educator nominated as Teacher of the Year.  For the 2013-2014 school year, Mr. Stephen Valdez is our Teacher of the Year.  Mr. Valdez has been a member of our learning community for the past four years teaching in our math department.  Over the past four years, he has taught nearly every math subject including Pre-AP Geometry, Pre-AP Algebra II, Pre-AP Pre-Calculus, and AP Calculus.  In addition to traditional classroom instruction, he continues to provide remediation assistance for struggling students.  Many students also enjoy taking his advisory classes, especially the Rubic's Cube class.  On most days, you can find him in the hallways with a warm smile and a kind greeting for every student.  He truly gives of his time and energy to ensure that his students receive a quality 21st century educational experience.  Not only does he give so much to our current students, last fall we had one of our former students come back to visit.  While visiting, Mr. Valdez learned that she was struggling in College Algebra.  He graciously spent 2 hours providing tutoring support for her.   It's this type of servant leadership that makes him a quality teacher and honorable man.  

Feel free to write him an email and wish him well.  We can never thank him enough.  
"Thanks, Mr. Valdez, for being our ATEMS Teacher of the Year!"
 AEF Teacher of the Year
 Stephen Valdez & Abilene Education Foundation Representatives
 Acceptance Letters Have Been Mailed!
On Friday, March 7th, we mailed out our acceptance letters along with a letter of intent.  If you plan on attending, please return the letter of intent after spring break, but before March 31st! We are so excited about the next class of incoming freshmen and look forward to our largest group of new students. We will begin to look at your schedules and prepare you for the transition from middle school to high school. All new students and families are invited to attend our 6th Annual Welcoming Ceremony on Thursday, April 24th from 6-7pm.  This event will be held at Radford Auditorium on the campus of McMurry University.  
If you did not receive an acceptance letter, then a wait-list letter will be sent after spring break.  If additional spots open, then students on the wait-list will have an opportunity to join us in the fall.
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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.
Enrolling @ ATEMS
If you are interested in attending ATEMS, please download an application and submit to our offices.  We are currently accepting all grade levels during the 2013-14 school year.  We are also beginning to accept application for next year's incoming class of freshmen for 2014-15.  Download application here.
Overview of ATEMS
Click here for an overview of the ATEMS Experience.
Shadow for a Day
If you are an 8th grader and are interested in shadowing a 9th grader, please contact the school to set up an appointment. Please call 325-794-4140 ext. 7824 and speak with Mr. Martinez, campus principal.
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                 
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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.