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 STEM Academy

There are a lot of great things happening at Quentin. We had our first of two career events with West-Mec on December 6. Administration, staff, students, and counselors came to QUES to introduce students to three health career programs (pharmacy technician, medical assistant, and physical therapy technician). Students received an overview of all the programs at West-Mec and then had the opportunity to sit in 20-minute hands-on presentations from current students in the programs. We captured feedback from our students, and the part they enjoyed the most was the student presenters and hands-on activities.

Release the Fear came to Quentin and worked with our students to empower and inspire students to lead others through their hidden talents, and we had our PBL day where students partnered with their shark buddies and navigated the building to view the different projects Quentin students created.

We were able to celebrate Holidays Around the World paired with our K-3 music concert.

The Arizona Cardinals visited, and we had cookies and milk with a Cardinal football player in the cafeteria. We had a packed house and were able to showcase the great work our students produced.

Good News From Transportation

Transportation is proud to welcome a new bus driver. Ms. Brandie Hoover will be starting with the department in January.

In the spirit of the season, the Transportation/Operations Departments will be getting together on Wednesday, December 20 to hold their brunch potluck.

Everyone was excited about participating in the gifts for the seniors. You could feel the excitement in the air.

Good News From Exceptional Student Services

The functional academics and MD programs at Quentin attended a field trip to Tomachoff Farms on December 5. All of the students had a fantastic time as they learned about the many uses of corn, the different types of vegetables, and even got to pick their own radishes, cucumbers, and swiss chard. The students loved looking at the farm animals that were there as well including goats, fluffy chickens, pigs, and ponies. Everyone had a very memorable day that really helped them to connect to our driving question of “Where does healthy food come from?”

The exploring potential quarter two parent meeting was a huge success! Parents from across the district were in attendance to represent each of the seven schools. The exploring potential teachers used this time to equip parents with information and resources to assist in school as well as at home. Parents were also provided insight on their child’s thoughts about being a child with gifted abilities. The night concluded with interactive, competitive games.

Good News From Littleton Elementary

The last month of 2017 has been an incredibly busy one for our Firebirds. The opportunities for students and families to engage with school and community were numerous. I would like to share a few of our highlights.

On Saturday, December 2 Littleton Elementary School PTA and National Junior Honors Society (NJHS) sponsored a car wash to raise funds for our 8th grade students that will be going on a field trip to Washington, D.C. We are thankful to Taco Bell for allowing us use their parking lot and water for free. Our school PTA donated bottled water for students and all car wash necessities. Our PTA representative Ms. Gina was there to support us. O’Reily Auto parts also donated sponges and soap concentrate. One of our fabulous teachers, Mrs. Kristen Montgomery Marheine, was there to assist us, plus she bought doughnuts and fruits for the students. She also assisted us with our poster. Mrs. Stephanie Rudzki and Mrs. Martha Riemen, thanks for your support as well. Our amazing parents brought pizza and drinks. People in the Avondale community stopped by to get their cars washed and donated money. There were people who could not wait to get their cars washed but donated to our fundraiser. What a great community! On behalf of our school PTA, NJHS, and the 8th grade students, I thank you all. Thanks to everyone who donated to the fundraiser. We appreciate your support!

Good News From Estrella Vista STEM Academy

Congratulations to Ms. Laura Montano, 1st grade teacher, for excelling as the November teacher of the month. Ms. Montano is well deserving of this award in demonstrating our values on a consistent basis. Ms. Montano not only teaches our 1st grade students whom perform at high levels in achievement, but also works as a teacher leader in multiple capacities at Estrella Vista. Some of the leadership roles she has taken on over the past couple of years include: school leadership team member, STEM cadre leadership member, Building Futures lead teacher for students, and HawkLINKS student ambassador advisor just to name a few. Ms. Montano also works to support in the front office, with our PTSA, or other school staff in any way she can. Congratulations to Ms. Laura Montano for receiving the November 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

Collier has some exciting news. Congratulations to Ms. Jackie Older who is now officially a National Board Certified Teacher! Also, congratulations to Ms. Stephany Nasr for earning her Masters in Literacy!

Thank you to Mr. Adam Haller for once again inviting and organizing our guest speaker, Oskar Knoblauch, who spoke to students about the Holocaust and his experiences. This also correlates to what students are learning in eighth grade.

The students and staff participated in an ugly sweater contest on Wednesday, December 20. We selected student winners from each grade level and the staff vote took place after school during the staff potluck.

On Saturday, January 14, the Collier Fourth Grade FLL Robotics team under the supervision of Ms. Michelle Younghans, competed at the state tournament on the campus of ASU. They learned valuable lessons that will help them improve in the future.

Collier would like to officially thank the District Technology and Maintenance Departments for their help and support in installing 54 TVs and speaker systems in our classrooms over winter break. Our teachers and students immediately began integrating the new technology into their already effective instruction.


Good News From Country Place Leadership Academy

Leadership Focus-Sharpen the Saw-Country Place Robotics Team Goes to the State Tournament.
The Country Place Robotics Team, The Gifters, represented the Mustangs well! They did a great job showing Mustang pride and presenting their renewable earth project to the judges. A special thanks to team sponsor Ginny Biddle for all of her support!

Leadership Focus-Being a Transition Person- Mustangs Spark Curiosity at World Famous Barrett-Jackson Auto Auction. 
In 2018, the world-famous auto auction added a STEAM city area to increase outreach and increase awareness of science, technology, engineering, the arts, and math education. Students from Country Place Leadership Academy were invited by the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) to showcase their engineering projects to the public. Eighth grade students showed off their glider projects and second grade students shared their seed dispersal helicopters and parachutes. Six eighth graders were highlighted on a panel with students from ASU sharing the benefits of STEAM education. They also wowed the crowd with ideas about how to increase awe-inspiring learning opportunities. A special thanks for teachers Ruth Miller, Derek Bates, Tami Hopper, Kelly Guess, and Tony Davis for attending with our student leaders!