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Donate to Laveen Schools and Claim a Credit on your 2022 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 2022. If you do not owe taxes, the amount you donate may be carried forward for up to five years to offset future tax liabilities.

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 2022 taxes is April 18, 2023.

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Color Run 2023

The 2023 Color Run was a great success at Cheatham. Coach Nelson and the Specials Team did a fantastic job putting this event together for our Students.

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Notice of Governing Board Vacancy

The Laveen Elementary School District (LESD) is providing public notice of the opportunity for the residents of the LESD to serve as a member of the Governing Board. There is one (1) seat available on the Governing Board to serve from the date of appointment until after the November 2024 election.

Applications are due on Friday, March 31, 2023, by 4:00 p.m. 

Learn more and download an application on our Board Vacancy page.


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Exceptional Service Awards

Congratulations to our 2022-23 Exceptional Service Award winner Maria Sida, Custodian! The Exceptional Service Award is the district’s highest honor for classified staff members.

These individuals 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.

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Cheatham’s 6th and 7th Grades Visit Junior Achievement’s Biz Town and Finance Park

Cheatham’s 6th and 7th Grade students visited Junior Achievement’s JA BizTown and JA Finance Park. This field trip took learning out of the classroom and into a hands-on environment. Students wrote checks, ran business, paid bills, and learned how to budget. The trip was sponsored by Desert Tree Farms.

Junior Achievement produced videos on their visit, which you can watch here.

6th grade video:

7th grade video:

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Cheatham Kindergartners learn about Asian spinach, Temaki through Blue Watermelon’s Chef in the Garden program

Lori Hashimoto from Chef in the Garden and Blue Watermelon Project introduced the kindergarteners in Mrs. Turnbull’s class to preparing and enjoying temaki, an Asian spinach, avocado, and orange hand roll. You can imagine how fun it was to watch them experience all the new smells, textures, and flavors. Students also learned how to plant spinach in our very own Cheatham garden.

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School Winners of Laveen Lions Peace Poster Contest Recognized

Every year the Laveen Lions sponsor a peace poster competition and each school is invited to participate. One winner is selected from every school and an overall winner is selected to represent the Laveen Lions Club in the District 21 A competition. The winners this year are

Vista del Sur- Sienna Rapacz
M.C. Cash – Felipe Valenzuela
Laveen School – Sir’Dorien Harkness
Cheatham – Azaria Rodriguez
Trailside Point – Micah Lozoya
Desert Meadows – Sarah Lopez
Paseo Pointe – Eva Villa
Estrella Foothills – Natalie Lucero

The overall winner and the student representing the Lions Club this year is Sienna Rapacz from Vista.

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