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.

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!

Family Bingo Night

Quentin STEM Academy had their first family event of the year, which was their 3rd Annual PTA Family Bingo Night. Families came to play bingo and eat hotdogs and hamburgers. We appreciate your support!

Learning Technology Benefits

The 2019–2020 school year is off to a fantastic start at Tres Rios. Students and staff have shown their Puma pride through their efforts to rise up and meet expectations both in and out of the classroom. Our students in grades 3-8 are enjoying the tremendous learning benefits of 1:1 devices. Teachers are working hard to integrate tehnology into their lessons to create relevant, challenging, and engaging learning experiences.

PTA Movie Night

Littleton Elementary STEM Academy commits to forging trusting relationships with our students and families. Our goal is to build partnerships with parents and families that support the optimal development and learning of each and every student who walks through our doors. Friday, August 23 was PTA Movie Night. As a caring community of learners, we enjoyed a movie, snacks, and many laughs! We are thankful to our growing Parent Teacher Association (PTA) for bringing us together and our National Junior Honor Society (NJHS) members (lead by Ms. Balogun) for volunteering to set-up and clean up. 

Curriculum and Assessment

Teaching and Learning Services would like to recognize the work that went into the development of the new English language arts and math pacing guides for the 2019-2020 school year. Several groups, consisting of teacher leaders, instructional coaches, and administrators, provided input on the process and content related to the development of these documents. The initial feedback received is extremely positive and we look forward to an ongoing dialogue around these documents.

Office of School Support

Thanks to voter support and the passing of the Capital Override last November, we spent a quarter of a million dollars to purchase student laptops. Country Place Leadership Academy’s third through eighth graders received new Chromebooks at the start of the school year. Students were excited and thankful to get the updated technology. At this time, we currently have 4,082 students in the district with 1:1 devices! 

A wireless update is currently in the works at all school sites with the exception of Fine Arts Academy to modernize the connectivity throughout each site. Meanwhile, work continues on a fiber network to increase bandwidth between all school sites and the district office. There is zero cost to the district as the fiber project is being completed using federal and state funds.