A few Arizona Cardinals players stopped by Cheatham School last week to enjoy milk and cookies with a few classes.The Milk & Cookies reading program selects one school across the state each week during the football season to visit and encourage students to read. Mrs. Mendez’s 3rd grade class and Ms. Hermann’s first grade class were beyond excited to be selected this year. Big Red, Arizona Cardinals Cheerleaders and Arizona Cardinals player, Koda Martin stressed the importance of reading before sitting down to read some of their own favorite books. After the stories, Martin played a fun game of Heads Up, answered kid-approved questions, and signed a backpack for each student. The session ended with students enjoying milk and cookies. “This is the best day of my life,” said one 3rd grader. Thanks to the Cardinals, it was definitely a day students will remember for a lifetime. The Arizona Cardinals, SRP, and Albertsons-Safeway have been teaming up for 20 years to offer the “Milk & Cookies” reading program.
The Laveen School District is hosting a job fair for teachers interested in joining our team. The job fair will be held on February 23, 2023, from 4:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. at the Laveen Education Center, 5001 W. Dobbins. Participants will have the opportunity to meet with Laveen administrators including school principals.
Enrolling a kindergartner next school year? Join us for an exploration of Laveen’s kindergarten program on January 31 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at all Laveen schools.
Each of our nine schools will host an information night for prospective families. Our school principals will navigate you through everything you need to know as you prepare to launch your child into a successful academic career.
Registration* for the 2023-24 school year will open on January 31. Apply online at www.LaveenSchools.org/registration. Enrollment requirements may apply.
Students may be enrolled in any of our schools regardless of where they live, space permitting. Families living outside of a school’s transportation zone will be responsible for providing transportation.
*Children must be 5 years old on or before August 31, 2023 to register for kindergarten. Preschool for children ages 3-5 is offered at Desert Meadows, Estrella Foothills, Paseo Pointe, and Vista del Sur.
Visit www.LaveenSchools.org/Kindergarten for more information.
The 6-8 social studies adoption committee is in the process of reviewing potential curriculum for adoption to begin in the 2023-24 school year. The committee is currently reviewing the following publishers:
McGraw Hill Social Studies
MCH Program Overview
Savvas Realize Social Studies
Savvas Program Overview
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Social Studies
HMH Social Studies Overview
Teacher’s Curriculum Institute Social Studies (TCI)
TCI Social Studies Overview
The materials are currently on digital display for community input. Login information can be found here. Printed materials are also available upon request. If you have any questions or comments please contact:
Dr. Tracy Watkins
Laveen’s Kids Club is now enrolling for Winter Break Camp. Camp is open to children in Grades preschool-6 and will be held December 23- January 6 at Desert Meadows School. Visit our Day Camp page for details and to register.
On October 31, 2022, the Arizona Department of Education released new letter grades for each school based on the latest state assessment data from the 2021-22 school year. All schools in the Laveen School District have received top marks with six schools earning an “A” rating and three schools earning a “B” rating from the Arizona Department of Education for 2022.
Desert Meadows School, Estrella Foothills Global Academy, Laveen School, M.C. Cash School, Rogers Ranch School, and Vista del Sur Accelerated Academy all received “A” Labels. Cheatham, Paseo Pointe, and Trailside Point received “B” Labels, also considered to be “Highly Performing.” Visit our accountability page for more detailed information about each school’s letter grade.
Laveen attributes this performance to providing quality and rigorous instruction to all students with a focus on academic growth. “Our students and staff have been doing amazing work, “ said district superintendent Dr. Jeff Sprout. “We are focused on instructional excellence and have also received incredible support from our parents and community. These latest school letter grades reflect that.”
Background: The Arizona Department of Education (ADE) issues annual achievement profiles for every public school in the state of Arizona, based on an A through F scale. The system measures year-to-year student academic growth; proficiency in English language arts, math, and science; the proficiency and academic growth of English language learners; and acceleration/readiness indicators.
Each year, the Laveen Elementary School District hosts a Winter Festival for the community. The ninth annual Laveen Winter Festival is scheduled for Friday, December 2, 2022. The event runs from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the David Glasser Athletic Complex, 5001 W. Dobbins.
This year’s Winter Festival will feature obstacle courses (for both big and little kids), games, activities, student performances, photo opportunities, holiday gift vendors, food, and much more!
Admission is free. Tickets will be available for purchase for select activities. Credit cards accepted.
All proceeds benefit the Laveen Education Foundation.
Visit our Winter Festival page for more info.
District superintendent Dr. Sprout held an assembly at each school to introduce all third and fourth-grade students to the Superintendent’s Math-All Stars Club, challenging students to spend 15 minutes a day practicing math skills. Students who join the club will be given a Chromebook to use at home for the duration of the school year. Students will participate in the ALEKS online math program, a companion product to the district’s math curriculum. ALEKS uses adaptive tools to tailor students’ math practice to their identified needs. Dr. Sprout will appear in Google Classroom videos monthly to congratulate students and introduce the month’s challenges and monthly prizes.
Social Studies Curriculum Committee for Grades 6 – 8
Academic Services is seeking parents, teachers, instructional coaches, and administrators to serve in a collaborative capacity to research and evaluate Social Studies programs for grades 6 – 8. The committee will be trained in evaluative criteria prior to reviewing programs and accompanying resources. Our first meeting dates are tentatively scheduled for November 1st and November 15th at the LEC from 4pm-5pm.
To apply, please submit a brief letter of interest to your building principal by Friday, October 21st. Letters of interest will only be accepted with principal approval.
Please direct any questions to Tracy Watkins, Executive Director of Curriculum and Instruction: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Read October’s issue of our school newsletter. Past issues can be found under the “About Us” tab.