Good News from the Schools

Things are constantly moving in our growing district! This is the page where we keep you informed about great things that are going on, so be sure to check back often! To view previous "Good News" events, please click one of the links in the right sidebar.

Good News From Quentin Elementary School

We are excited for our Kids at Hope cadre at Quentin who have been selected to present at this year’s Kids at Hope Master’s Institute. Congratulations to our students and our sponsors Ms. Samantha Armstrong and Ms. Rosa Garcia. Good luck to our student council who will be going to the 52nd annual state convention for AAJHSC’s. They will be competing to achieve the high award of master council. They have been working hard all year infusing spirit into the Quentin student body! 

We had our spring music concert where our second and third graders performed for our families a medley of songs to our families’ delight! Thank you to our second and third grade teams for supporting Mr. Dennis Greenwood, our music teacher, to make this event a huge success.

We are excited that next week we will be celebrating our Kids at Hope community week! We will be writing letters to first responders, cleaning up parks, and a community helper activity with our shark-buddies (older and younger students). Finally, we are pleased to celebrate our teacher of the year, Ms. Rosa Garcia! She has done an amazing job supporting our students, staff members, and families by being selfless, dedicated, and supportive of our mission and vision.

Good News From Tres Rios Service Academy

So far it’s been smooth sailing with AzMERIT. We’d like to give a shout out to Dean of Students Lindsay Westberg for the great work she is doing to keep things running smoothly, to Eric Nelson whose training has made this possible, and to our fabulous friends in the I.T. Department who have worked very hard to make sure our technology needs are being met! 

The National Association of Elementary School Principals (NASSP) and the American Federation of School Administrators have declared April 13, 2018, as National Assistant Principals Week! Here in the Littleton District we are blessed to have a group of talented and capable deans who do so much to keep things running smoothly all year long. For that reason, our social committee decided it was National AP/DEAN Week and honored Lindsay Westberg and Charlie Blanton with some very thoughtful gifts as tokens of appreciation.

Good News From Fine Arts Elementary School

Fine Arts held their inaugural National Junior Honor Society induction ceremony. Ms. Mia Del La Rosa did an amazing job organizing everything. It was a beautiful night.

First and second grade had a fantastic time on their recent field trip. From singing with the radio on the way to the Musical Instrument Museum (MIM) to seeing and playing instruments from all around the world at the MIM. We are very thankful for these wonderful opportunities at the Musical Instrument Museum! 

Good News From Teaching and Learning

Exceptional student services and teaching and learning services have been collaborating on building content knowledge in the area of mathematics. Instructional coaches Dawn Robinson and Sandra Miller have worked collaboratively to provide professional development related to practicing multiple strategies, increasing conceptual understanding, and abstract computation. Kudos to the coaches as and the teachers in the exception student services building bridges choice professional development session for being leaders in growing and learning!

Littleton Elementary School District’s district math challenge took place on Friday, March 23 at the district office. The event was very successfully as students across all grades worked collaboratively to answer problem solving tasks and math trivia questions. 

Good News From Littleton Elementary School

March was a busy and exciting month here at Littleton Elementary School. Here are some of the highlights:

We started the month by celebrating Read Across America and Dr. Seuss’s birthday. Volunteers from our community came to campus and spent time reading and giving away books to our youngest students. The next day, our entire school participated in a Dr. Seuss parade while classrooms competed to see who could design the most creative, literacy-inspired, door cover. It was a great way to celebrate literacy and inspiring a love for reading within our students.

The winter olympics captured the attention of many around the world, including our own Littleton Firebirds. Under the direction of Ms. Karyn Genrich, we held a Littleton olympics day. Each classroom chose one of the competing countries to learn about and represent during our competition. In addition to learning about other countries, students had the opportunity to compete in events that simulated those in the olympics. It was a great day of fun and educational opportunities for our students.

Good News From Estrella Vista STEM Academy

Voices of Innovative Communities Excel ~ Celebrating February Teacher of the Month
Congratulations to Mr. Stephen Batchelder, 8th grade science teacher, for excelling as the February teacher of the month. Mr. Batchelder is well deserving of this award in demonstrating our values on a consistent basis. In addition, Mr. Batchelder is dedicated to using exploratory learning and the gradual release of responsibility model with fidelity to support student achievement in all content areas through science. He plans a variety of lessons that incorporate reading, writing, and math as well as offers multiple opportunities for his students to access the Ssience curriculum through academic collaboration and productive group work. Mr. Batchelder not only does a phenomenal job teaching our 8th grade students, but also works as a teacher leader in multiple capacities at Estrella Vista. Some of the leadership roles he has taken on include: coaching boys basketball, advising the Estrella Vista chief science officers, instructional leadership team member and PLC facilitator, STEM cadre member and chess club coordinator, and district science professional development facilitator for the January all day professional development. Mr. Batchelder also works for Teach for America to support new teachers. Congratulations to Mr. Stephen Batchelder for receiving the February teacher of the month award! We are so fortunate to have you as a part of the Estrella Vista family!

Good News From Collier Elementary

Thank you to the following staff for presenting their new learning from the Google Summit during PD last week. We received great feedback from the staff and saw it being used immediately and effectively in classrooms.

  • Lance Sullivan - Using Google Sites and Drawings
  • Delaine Nelson - Classroom Videos with Flipgrid
  • Lynda Espino and Chelsea Clipperton - PearDeck - Presentations that Engage
  • Yusra Millenbaugh - Memes to Inspire and Extend Student Learning
  • Aracely Vazquez Beautiful (and easy) Student-Made Videos

Congratulations to all of our well deserving Teacher of the Year nominees!

  • Ilene Rosas
  • Kathryn Londrigan
  • Cecelia Crawley
  • Leslie Casillas
  • Ashleigh Done
  • Leticia Mattei

Good News From Country Place Leadership Academy

The Country Place Leadership Academy National Junior Honor Society members have been doing a fantastic job serving our community! They volunteer at numerous events throughout the year. Our student leader's set up and helped run the Easte Egg Hunt at the City of Avondale's Kidsfest at Friendship Park on April 7. 

On March 3, 2018, they volunteered at the Tres Rios Nature Festival. Great job, Mustangs and a special thanks to NJHS sponsor, Roberta Garcia.

Members of the Student Lighthouse and Students Ambassador Leadership Teams helped host the annual Spring Up in Country Place event put on by the Country Place HOA and Block Watch. The CP leaders greeted community members as they arrived, shared information about the 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, and took people on guided tours. They had a chance to meet some great characters from Star Wars too!

Great job, Mustangs! A special thanks to Lighthouse Team sponsor Anitra Moring and staff members Crystle Morris and Ashely Pomeroy.

Good News from Technology

Our latest coffee talk was on Friday, February 2 at our family welcome center. Topics included free tax preparation questions and a free parenting class opportunity available for our parents. We would like to thank our partners from VITA and Touchstone who came to present and of course to the parents who attended. The communication committee met on Wednesday, February 7 at the district office. Members of this group did an excellent job generating marketing ideas for future press releases, drafting ideas for the 18-19 school start-up campaign, and design suggestions for our next round of school postcards. This committee also helps review our websites and makes recommendations for revisions.

School start times are now in a prominent position on the district website and the statements about asking for help monitoring the website or whistle-blower type comments has been moved up on all of the home pages. Real estate on a homepage is a hot commodity, and we will continue to rotate information to keep timely information front and center.

The Littleton Education Foundation has graciously agreed to sponsor one 7th-grade student from each school to attend the November 2018 Catalina Island trip. They will invite students to submit a 60-second video explaining why they should receive the scholarship. In addition to making it possible for seven of our students to attend free of charge, the foundation has decided to pay for the charter bus, which will bring down the cost for all students that attend. We are grateful for this partnership and what it does for our students.