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Local Students Team With The Community For Shark Tank Competition
Students at Country Place Leadership Academy are teaming with local leaders to host a Shark Tank competition. Students with the most innovative ideas will pitch their inventions to celebrity judges to see who will be the winner of the Country Place Shark Tank! Students learned the business model canvas from Janenne VanLeeuwen of the Entrepreneurship Outreach Network from the Buckeye Public Library. They used the model to choose a problem to solve, research possible solutions, and selected a solution to pitch. They then created invention proposals and prototypes. The inventors then made refinements to their prototypes based on feedback from their classmates. In each classroom, students went head to head with each other to determine who would represent their class in the Country Place Shark Tank which will take place on January 25 at 8:00 a.m. in the auditorium. Celebrity Judges include Arizona State Senator Lupe Contreras, Mr. Billy Hickman, vice president of Hickman Family Farms, and Jason Yocum, CEO of the technology company STAX3D. Please see our Shark Tank press release for more information.
Mathematics K-5 Curriculum Adoption Review
Mathematics k-5 materials will be on display at each of the seven school libraries and the Teaching and Learning Department at the district office during normal school hours beginning on December 19, 2017, through March 2, 2018, for review. We invite staff, parents, and community members to vote for their choice from the recommended publishers.
Pearson enVision 2.0
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Go Math!
Please see our mathematics k-5 curriculum review flyer for more information.
Arizona Teachers Academy
The Littleton School District was proud to recently play host for the launch of Governor Doug Ducey’s Arizona Teachers Academy at Tres Rios Service Academy. Part of the reason we were chosen was because of our partnership with ASU on teacher preparation with the iTeach cohort we host each year. Student teachers selected for the first year of the academy work alongside the teachers in our schools.
Governor’s Ducey’s morning involved a tour of selected classrooms and a press conference in the cafenasium. Two third grade classes got front row seats to the event and were so well behaved that the superintendent treated the classrooms to pizza. Principal Dr. Karen Grose and her team at Tres Rios did a great job coordinating with the governor’s education office and the communications staff at the Board of Regents.
The school looked great, and everyone was excited to be a part of the launch. The governor praised the district for our efforts to engage students by supporting families with transportation. Several dignitaries were in attendance, and our board members had an opportunity to take photos with the governor. It was a great showcase for the school and district.
Two Littleton District Robotics Teams Heading To State Competition
On December 2, 2017, at Carl Hayden Community High School, two teams from the Littleton Elementary School District #65 went to the regionals for the First Lego League (FLL) robotics. These two teams qualified for the state tournament at Arizona State University. The two teams are The Gifters from Country Place Leadership Academy and the #allLEGOS from Collier Elementary School.
The Gifters are all eighth graders and won the regional grand champion award for the second year in a row. This team, only being three years old, has made tremendous progress in the competition. The #allLEGOS are all fourth graders at Collier, and they qualified for state in their first year of competing. The Gifters are teaming up with the #allLEGOS and giving them advice for the state competition, including what it looks like and what to expect.
Going to state is a great thing for both of the teams, because it proves how well the teams work with their teammates and the strength of their sportsmanship toward other teams, which are core values for First Lego League. Both teams also demonstrated their understanding of design and programming for the robot.
Collier Elementary Garden Project
Third graders in Ms. Older's class are getting a hands-on education when it comes to gardening. Our Collier teacher wanted to get her students involved in the process of creating a garden with materials from valley businesses along with guidance and help from Duncan Family Farms. Students learned what kind of soil to use, how to make a compost bucket, what types of plants to plant, and how often to water them. To read more about the project, visit Arizona Future.
Tax Credit Information
Reduce your Arizona state tax by contributing to Littleton Elementary District schools! The state of Arizona allows taxpayers to take advantage of wonderful tax credits. Please consider donating to the Littleton Elementary District schools. Simply download, print, and return a form to the district office or any one of our schools today. Our goal is to double the amount collected last year. We need your help to accomplish this! Remember, a tax credit is better than a tax deduction.
Register to Vote
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We have been using Constant Contact, a new digital tool to quickly get information out to our partners. Information includes news, as well as requests to participate in surveys. Thanks to all of our partners who have been participating. To date, information went out to all parents who had an e-mail address on file with the school and those who requested information through the Constant Contact. You can subscribe to our new digital news on the Constant Contact website.
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