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The Latest from Laveen - Spring 2014

Mar 27, 2016




Laveen Elementary School District newsletter sent twice yearly to district residents.

  • from The Latest

    Two Laveen Schools are Named 2014 A+ Schools of Excellence

    Page 4

    SPRING 2014

    Students from M.C. Cash show off their A+ designation. Photo provided by D.L. Withers Construction.

  • Dear Community Members,

    We already know we have

    the best schools and the

    best students, but its still

    very gratifying when others

    take notice and give recog-

    nition to our Laveen neigh-

    borhood schools and students.

    Two Laveen schools, M. C. Cash and

    Trailside Point, received the prestigious A+

    School of Excellence award from the Arizo-

    na Educational Foundation. Trailside Point

    School was designated a No Place for Hate

    school by the Anti-Defamation League and

    also won a Silver Award from Positive Be-

    havior Interventions and Supports of Arizo-

    na. Vista earned the Higher Performing

    School designation from the National Cen-

    ter for Educational Achievement for the sec-

    ond year in a row.

    This has been another amazing year for

    our students as well. We have a number of

    students who received individual recogni-

    tion from a variety of organizations. You

    can read about their accomplishments on

    Page 4.

    In addition to these recognitions, many

    of our students participated in neighbor-

    hood beautification and service projects.

    They sent thousands of cards to active duty

    troops and visited a senior center. Together,

    they donated thousands of dollars through

    the Laveen Lions Club penny drive to fund

    food baskets for families in need. For the

    second year in Laveen, several of our stu-

    dents were inducted into the National Jun-

    ior Honor Society.

    Schools are at the heart of any communi-

    ty and, in a very big way, help to define the

    quality of a community. In the Laveen

    School District, we arent just building a

    school district, were building a community.

    Thank you to all our community members

    for supporting your neighborhood schools.

    Dr. Bill Johnson,


    Page 2

    All Laveen schools to offer electives in 2014-15 In addition to offering art, P.E., and music, all seven

    Laveen schools will be providing additional electives

    next school year. Here is just a snapshot of some of next

    years offerings.

    Cheatham will offer STEM with a focus on technolo-

    gy. Students in Grades 6-8 will first be introduced to

    technology and various applications. Eighth grade stu-

    dents will become Google certified. All STEM students

    will create their own websites in preparation of present-

    ing a detailed engineering project during the spring se-


    Desert Meadows will offer technology integration

    and character education. Students in Grades K-5 will be

    on an exploratory schedule while middle school stu-

    dents will take weekly blocks of the offered electives.

    At Laveen School, students in Grades 5-8 may take

    band or choir. Spanish will be offered daily in Grades 1-


    M.C. Cash will be focusing on computers in all grade

    levels. Students in Grades K-2 will take Computer Ba-

    sics. Computer Design and Digital Citizenship will be

    offered to students in Grades 3-5. Middle school stu-

    dents will take Advanced Computer Design and Coding.

    Rogers Ranch will further their engineering offerings

    offering a variety of programs from which students may

    choose. Elementary is Engineering (EIE) will be offered

    to students in Grades 2-4. Fourth and fifth graders can

    take Design Squad and students in Grades 6-8 may

    take Math, Engineering, and Science Achievement

    (MESA). Robotics will be offered to seventh and eighth


    At Trailside Point, Readers Theater will be offered

    to K-5 students. Band and Or-

    chestra will be offered to fifth and

    sixth graders. Junior high stu-

    dents have a variety of electives

    to choose from including: Band,

    Consumer Science, Broadcasting,

    Theater, Set Design and Produc-

    tion, Creative Studies, and Robot-

    ics. Living History Wax Museum

    will be available to sixth graders.

    Vista del Sur will be offering Spanish daily to all sev-

    enth and eighth grade students.

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    Laveen District adopts new curriculum The Laveen Elementary School District will implement new math and reading curriculum when

    school starts in the fall. That means new textbooks, new workbooks, and new learning resources for

    Laveen students.

    Teams of teachers, instructional coaches, and administrators dedicated hundreds of hours to review

    and evaluate mathematics and English language arts programs that are aligned to the Arizona College

    and Career Ready Standards.

    The mathematics committee selected My Math for

    Grades K 5 and Glencoe Mathematics for Grades 6

    8. Both programs are published by McGraw-Hill. The

    English language arts committee selected Reading Won-

    ders, also by McGraw-Hill, for Grades K 3. Reading

    Street was selected for Grades 4 and 5 and Common Core

    Literature for Grades 6 8; both are published by Pear-


    Both the math and English language arts curricula are

    aligned to the new state standards and have a digital platform giving students the ability to access re-

    sources, activities, and other online tools. Teachers are participating in numerous professional develop-

    ment opportunities to prepare for the upcoming school year.

    Laveens Governing Board approved the mathematics curriculum in May 2013 and the English

    language arts curriculum in April. The new curriculum adoption was made possible by the capital

    override approved by Laveen residents in 2012.

    Laveen offers free meals during summer

    Several Laveen schools will be offering free

    breakfast and lunch over the summer as part of

    the Summer Food Service Program.

    Children 18 years and younger may receive

    breakfast and lunch, free of charge, at any of the

    designated sites. The program is sponsored by the

    U.S. Department of Agriculture to ensure chil-

    dren continue to receive nutritious meals even

    when school is not in session. All meals meet the

    federal nutrition guidelines.

    M.C. Cash, Trailside Point, and Rogers Ranch

    schools will offer breakfast and lunch from May

    27 to July 24, Monday through Thursday. Desert

    Meadows will operate from May 27 to August 1

    Monday through Friday, except July 4. Children

    may eat at any of the designated sites, regardless

    of where they attend school.

    Breakfast will be served from 7:30 a.m. to

    8:00 a.m. Lunch will be served from 11:30 a.m. to

    12:30 p.m.

    Please be sure to check out our website, to verify times and locations.

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    M.C. Cash, Trailside Point win 2014 A+ School of Excellence Award*

    The Arizona Educational Foundation has named both M.C. Cash and Trailside Point A+ Schools of


    The program recognizes schools that demonstrate high achievement while identifying and meeting

    the academic and non-academic needs of their student population.

    M.C. Cash and Trailside Point schools submitted applications describing their programs and practic-

    es, parent and community involvement, and their commitment to excellence, equity, and service.

    The A+ School of Excellence selection committee; comprised of award-winning principals, teachers

    and community leaders; visited the schools in March.

    Both schools will be presented $500 and a banner designating it as an A+ School of Excellence.

    *A+ School of Excellence is a trademark or service mark of the Arizona Educational Foundation and is used by permission.

    Josiah Davis, Rogers Ranch

    I Can Do It Award

    Council for Exceptional Children

    Elisabeth Montoya, Desert Meadows

    2nd Place, Silver Award

    Grand Canyon State Games

    Essay Contest

    Jaad Waters, Vista del Sur

    3rd Place

    Regional Spelling Bee


    Lizbet Suarez, M.C. Cash

    Grand Prize

    Phoenix Suns & Southwest Airlines

    "Symbol of Freedom" Art and Essay Contest

    Jorge Jasso, Trailside Point

    1st Place, Middle School Division

    Arizona State University

    2014 MLK, Jr. Celebration Art Contest

    Kitana Olson, Trailside Point

    2nd Place, Blitz Tournament Kamila Olson, Trailside Point

    1st Place, The Bug House Tournament

    AZ Scholastic State Chess Championship

    Jeremy Jackrabbit Captures the Sun

    Student Illustrations

    Celeste Lamadrid, Vista del Sur and Sarah Lynd, Natalie Pol, Stephen Purvis,

    and Marissa Torres all from Trailside Point

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    Trailside Point wins Silver Award

    Trailside Point received the Silver Award for high

    fidelity Positive Behavior and Intervention Supports

    (PBIS) implementation and student outcomes at the annual Behavior Education Technology Conference

    Trailside implemented PBIS three years ago. Since their Panther P.A.C.T w