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Artículos de April 2021

Free Meals for Children Distributed this Summer

During the month of June, Laveen Child Nutrition Services will be serving free breakfast and
lunch take & bake-style meals to children in the Laveen community at all nine Laveen schools.

Children 18 years and younger may pick up a nutritious breakfast and lunch over the summer break. All kids’ meals are free. There are no income requirements and you do not need to register. Children do not need to be enrolled in a Laveen school to participate. The summer meal program is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Beginning on May 31, 2022, and running through June 30, meals will be distributed curbside daily Monday- Thursday from 9:00 a.m. to 9:45 a.m. Desert Meadows will be distributing meals Monday – Friday, also from 9:00 a.m. to 9:45 a.m. Each distribution will include breakfast and lunch. Meals will be served cold with take-and-bake instructions.

Meals are available to all children under the age of 18. We ask that your children accompany you to pick up meals or that you display the parent pickup placard in your vehicle. Participants will be asked to complete and display a Parent/Guardian Pickup Placard provided on their first day of meal service.

For the most up-to-date summer menus, nutrition information, and allergens please visit Nutrislice.


This institution is an equal opportunity provider.

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Summer Schedule for School and District Offices

All school and district offices will operate on a summer schedule starting on May 20 and running through July 22.

All offices will be open Monday – Thursday from 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. except on holidays. All offices will be closed on Fridays throughout the summer months.

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Donate to Laveen schools and claim a credit on your 2021 taxes.

You can reduce the amount you owe in state taxes by making a donation to Laveen schools through Arizona’s Public School Tax Credit Program. Tax credit contributions may only be used to support character education and fee-based extracurricular activities such as after-school tutoring and clubs, academic enrichment, field trips, fine art programs, and athletics.

For every dollar you donate, the amount you owe on your Arizona taxes will be that much less. This means you can reduce the amount you owe before the deadline or increase the amount of your refund if you have tax liabilities for 2021. If you do not owe taxes, the amount you donate may be carried forward for up to five years to offset future tax liabilities. For example, if a single person owes $300 on their state taxes for 2021 and donates the maximum amount of $200, they will then only owe the state $100.

Couples filing jointly may donate any amount up to $400. Individuals may contribute up to $200.

The deadline to donate and claim a tax credit on your 2021 taxes is April 18, 2022.

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Join Laveen Schools for an Open House

Interested in enrolling your child in one of Laveen’s outstanding schools? Prospective families are invited to visit the Laveen school of their choice during our annual spring open house events.

Visit our Open House page to learn more about our schools and reserve a space for the campus tour.



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State Testing Begins in April

Entre las fechas del 7 de abril y el 22 de abril los estudiantes del Distrito Escolar de Laveen participaran en exámenes de logros estatales. Estudiantes de los grados tres al ocho tomarán AASA. AASA mide las habilidades estudiantiles en artes del lenguaje Inglés (ELA) y matemáticas. Estudiantes en quinto y octavo grado continuarán tomando el examen de ciencia de AzSCI, además de AASA. Para obtener más información sobre los exámenes AASA o AzSCI y para ver exámenes de muestra, visite

La asistencia estudiantil es muy importante, no solamente durante los exámenes, sino también en las próximas semanas ya que revisaremos y reforzaremos habilidades pertinentes que los estudiantes necesitarán para lograr éxito. Abajo hay maneras en las cuales usted puede ayudar a sus hijos aplicar su mejor esfuerzo durante la semana de exámenes:

  • Asegúrese de que sus hijos duerman bien.
  • Todos los niños deben comer un buen desayuno en la casa o en la escuela.
  • Es importante que sus hijos lleguen a tiempo a la escuela, para que no pierdan ninguna parte del examen.
  • Haga citas antes o después de la escuela.
  • Mande a sus hijos a la escuela con una actitud positiva. Anímelos a que apliquen su mejor esfuerzo. Déjelos saber que usted piensa que son maravillosos.


Week of Date Assessment Grade Levels Tested
Semana del 4 de Abril Jueves, 7 de abril AASA escrito 3rd – 8th grados
Semana del 11 de Abril Lunes, 11 de abril
Miércoles, 13 de abril
Jueves, 14 de abril
AASA fluidez de lectura oral
AASA fluidez de lectura oral
5th & 8th grados
3rd grado
3rd grado
Semana del 18 de Abril Lunes, 18 de abril
martes, 19 de abril
Jueves, 21 de abril
Viernes, 22 de abril A
AASA ELA Parte 1
AASA ELA Parte 2
AASA Math Parte 1
AASA Math Parte 2
3rd – 8th grados
3rd – 8th grados
3rd – 8th grados
3rd – 8th grados
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Laveen Recognizes Exceptional Service Award Winners

The Laveen District has recognized the following 13 classified staff members as this year’s Exceptional Service Award recipients.

  • Patricio Apolinar, Paseo Pointe Assistant Lead Custodian
  • Elizabeth Arciniega, Trailside Point Attendance Clerk
  • Mary Barger, M.C. Cash Special Education Instructional Associate
  • Lena Bryant, Cheatham Student Success Instructional Associate
  • Michelle Hall, Child Nutrition Specialist
  • Erica Hernandez, Vista del Sur Attendance Clerk
  • Holly King, Human Resources Certified Specialist
  • Catalina Koller Laveen, Guest Teacher Instructional Associate
  • Luis Moran Contreras, Estrella Foothills Lead Custodian
  • Tiffany Oliver, Desert Meadows Special Education Instructional Associate
  • Julie Ostos, Rogers Ranch Computer Technician
  • Elmo Valdez, Support Services HVAC Technician III
  • Kelly White, Transportation Dispatcher

These individuals were nominated and selected for bringing their best to work every single day.  All of the recipients display the following attributes:

  • Strong attendance and dependability
  • High quality and quantity of work
  • Excel at working harmoniously with others
  • Expert in their job responsibilities
  • Regularly show initiative and creatively solve problems
  • Provide excellent customer service

Their commitment to our students, staff, and community is greatly appreciated.  

View photos of the award recipients on the Laveen Flickr page.


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Laveen’s Spring Festival is April 8

Each year, the Laveen Elementary School District hosts a Spring Festival for the community. This year’s festival is scheduled for Friday, April 8, 2022. The event runs from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the David Glasser Athletic Complex, 5001 W. Dobbins.

The festival will feature activities, entertainment, 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 Spring Festival page for more info.

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Cheatham Students Receive Books by Black Authors

As a community school, it is important that Cheatham represents the students and families we serve. This includes ensuring a diverse educational experience, giving insight into the
many cultures present on our campus.

Black History Month offers the perfect opportunity to highlight the values we hold at Cheatham. Every day students learned about influential Black Americans throughout history. They also participated in a door decorating contest. The winning class, Ms. Hermann’s first grade, was given books by Black authors to add to their personal libraries at home. We know that providing access to books by diverse authors gives our students an authentic look at stories that mirror their own lives. We are thankful for the people that help make the education offered at Cheatham one that is inclusive and equitable for all. And, we love celebrating it each and every day!

Thank you to community member Kim Udermuder Domovich for helping to obtain these special books.

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