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 view one of the archived newsletters.

Lunch Time in the Maker's Space

It is with excitement that Littleton STEM Academy launched the “Lunch Time in the Maker’s Space”. Students earn the opportunity to have lunch in the Maker’s Space with peers from other classes. The goal is to promote creativity, innovation, and collaborative problem-solving all while having a lot of fun!

Musical Instrument Museum Visit

Three of our Estrella Vista classes recently visited the Musical Instrument Museum. Ms. Daisy Sandoval’s 3rd graders, Ms. Victoria Camarillo’s 4th graders, and Ms. Paula Hernandez’s 5th graders learned about how STEM and music work together to make the sounds we all love to hear. They were able to see instruments from different countries, visit exhibits featuring popular musicians of today, and even play many of the instruments they learned about! It was a fun learning experience for everyone. Thank you to Mr. Michael Spielman for all your work organizing and planning the trip to help expand our student’s knowledge about STEM and music.

Billy Moore Days Parade

Estrella Vista’s junior pom and middle school cheerleaders cheered their way through the Billy Moore Days Parade on Saturday, October 19. From cheering to stunting and getting the community involved the teams worked hard together to make it an enjoyable day. Shout out to the coaches, parents, and Kids at Hope Ambassadors who took time out of their day to help make this a successful day. The team took 3rd place overall in the parade and will be receiving a trophy as well as prize money to celebrate their success. These girls work hard to earn their spot in the community recognition. Thank you to our fantastic coaches, Mr. Antonio Bryant, Ms. Rachel Vliek, Ms. Alyssa Nelson, Ms. Daisy Sandoval, Ms. Rebekah Smith, and Ms. Laura Montano, for their dedication to helping our girls be the best that they can be.

Horseshoes and Leadership Quotes

On Saturday, October 19 two months of planning by students, staff, and community members paid off in horseshoes and leadership quotes! Student Lighthouse Team members Ciarra, Ashely, and Makayla with the support of Mrs. Anitra Morin designed and coordinated a painting project on the front walkway of Country Place. The student leaders designed the project. They coordinated with PPG Paints of Goodyear’s Store Manager, Mr. Bill Demartino and Sales Representative Mr. Chip Nassoiy to donate over $1000 in paint and supplies. They also coordinated with Catitude Arts Director, Ms. Bonnie Smith, and her incredible student artists on the design and implementation of the project. On October 19 more than 50 students, staff, parents, and community volunteers came together to leaderize Country Place Leadership Academy. Thank you to everyone who supported our efforts!

Love Our School Day

On Saturday, October 19 we celebrated Love Our School Day by improving the playgrounds. Parents, students, and staff painted lines on the basketball courts and installed new basketball nets and tetherball equipment. Thank you to everyone for their help, and for loving their school!

Youth for Troops

As we prepare to honor our veterans in November, our Tres Rios Leadership Academy students have partnered with Youth for Troops to collect donations for our troops overseas. Each classroom is participating in this opportunity to give to those who give so much for us. We appreciate your donations!

Be Fit Be Healthy Night

Quentin STEM Academy had their first Be Fit Be Healthy night for our community. The Be Fit Crew came out and got our families’ active through dance and movement to educate the Quentin community how easy it is to get healthy and have fun doing so!

Fourth Grade Displays Skills

This year, our Falcon PTSA meetings will feature performances from different grade levels. At the September meeting, fourth grade helped PTSA kick-off the year and displayed their arts integration skills through song, dance, and shadow puppetry. We would like to thank fourth grade for sharing their hard work with us!

Water Drive

AZEDNEWS recently featured Country Place Leadership Academy in their August 29 issue. During the week of August 19, student leaders from the National Junior Honor Society led a water drive to support community members in need during the hot summer months. Students were inspired to hold the water drive after learning from an employee from St. Vincent De Paul on Career Day. “We decided to do it right away in the beginning of the year because it’s August, it’s still hot outside, and many homeless people are suffering from dehydration. We also want to make sure SVDP has enough water to carry on over through the cool months as well,” said Ms. Roberta Garcia, NJHS sponsor and gifted teacher. NJHS promoted the water drive through flyers, banners posted around the school, and in their morning announcements. Students and families brought in what they could to support the cause ranging from one bottle to multiple cases! Two siblings hauled 40 water bottles to school in their backpacks and bags. In total, Country Place Leadership Academy donated 4,451 water bottles to the Society of St. Vincent De Paul. Ms. Lucy Meraz, community drives assistant manager for St. Vincent De Paul, is ready to get the water distributed. “We have a water truck that drives around our community and looks for people that need it,” Ms. Meraz said. “It’s a little hard to estimate how many people will be saved with this water but everyone will appreciate it so much.” We are very proud of you, Mustangs!