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Starting the School Year Off With the Right Mindset



Presence and Awareness
Starting off a new school year can be challenging to switch from our too-short summer mode back to being organized and ready for classes, activities, clubs, or whatever else we're supposed to do and wanting to do.  Some of us can feel the pressure of all we now have on our plates.


In our busy world, our minds and bodies can respond to these changes and stress.  We may have a hard time slowing down for much needed resting moments. It is also easy to get stuck thinking about things in the past or the future, while forgetting to focus on the present here and now.

The benefits of mindfulness for children, teens, and adults are numerous, including increased health benefits, decreased stress, and increased resilience.

Mindfulness itself is a challenge to define, and it can be a challenge to get started. Some say mindfulness is not hard nor easy, but remembering to be mindful can be difficult especially when first attempting to establish the habit. Simply put, mindfulness is bringing our awareness to the present moment without judgement.  It can be practiced while being still or by mindful movements. There's a lot a great mindfulness information out there to help us out. To get started, click on the links below.

Be Well,

~Christina Souza

Socio-emotional Counselor, AHS




SENIORS: National Recognition Products (NRP) will be on campus during lunch on THURSDAY, APRIL 19TH to distribute Senior Cap & Gowns. Please remember to allow yourself some time after 5th period to collect your Cap & Gown if you do not stay for lunch. They will be here throughout lunch on April 19th. 


If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact me. 


Ms. Mendoza



The FINAL deadline to order a Cap & Gown for Class of 2018 Graduation is APRIL 1st. Orders cannot be placed after this date. You may only purchase them online at this point at https://www.nrpnorcal.com. 


If you have any questions or concerns, please don't hesitate to contact me. 


Ms. Menodza



Dear Mariner Families,


We are excited to announce that on March 30th, Aptos High School will be converting to a new version of School Loop. This conversion will bring changes to the way the AHS homepage will look and navigate. Please see the attached image to get a sneak peek of our new homepage. Here are some things to consider when we convert to the new version:


  • Previous side navigation links will be moved to new dropdown menus, new quicklink icons or the “I want to…” feature.

  • The process for checking your student’s grades in School Loop will stay the same.


While the new homepage layout will allow for more streamlined navigation to the rest of the school website, we understand that it may take some time getting familiar with it. When the website is converted to the new version, we will provide additional details to support your navigation and use.




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