Top Happenings

  • Technology Professional Learning Community

    The technology team hosted its first PLC on Wednesday, Aug. 25 on Zoom. Statewide technology leaders came together virtually to discuss data, student and teacher needs, and planning for action. Our District served as the host in an effort to provide a space for 40 leaders from the Mesa, Tempe, Marana, Flagstaff, and Deer Valley school districts to share best practices while using technology. This PLC will be held monthly.

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  • FACE Coordinators attend training to help families with reading

    On Aug. 25, the Roosevelt School District Family and Community Engagement Coordinators attended a professional development training to help encourage reading at home. Stand with Children delivered their Parent University training to teach FACE coordinators how to support ELL families. The Growing Readers program also presented, and will be providing 4 books per week to each family over the span of eight weeks.

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  • Preschool staff begin LETRS training

    Over 60 preschool staff will come together, biweekly over the next 8 months, to engage in online learning, reading and collaboration focused on foundational literacy of preschool students. Teachers will pass assessments to demonstrate mastery of the new content and will take practice activities back to their classroom. They will then bring the student work from these activities back to their PLTs so they can collaboratively analyze the essential standards being taught and determine next steps for instruction based on the evidence of student learning

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  • JFK recognized by Arizona State University

    The Academy of Inquiry at John F. Kennedy was recognized for their work with the Next Education Workforce models by ASU’s Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College. These models empower teachers and improve student learning outcomes through shared student rosters and adaptive instruction, meeting the needs of individual children. They are designed to leverage effective teaching strategies and content expertise from teachers to support different learning styles.

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  • Long-time grant writer recognized at Bernard Black

    On Aug. 13, Macy’s and Reading Is Fundamental recognized Shari Mauney Burkholder with Macy’s Educator Appreciation Award for her years of volunteer work to benefit Bernard Black Elementary School. Through Ms. Mauney Burkholder’s grant-writing, Bernard Black has received free books for their students each year. As part of the award, Macy’s donated new books for the school’s library and 250 literacy kits for third grade students.

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  • Apple Distinguished School

    Congratulations to Southwest School for being recognized as a world-wide Apple Distinguished School. Over the course of the 2020-21 school year, the staff at Southwest showcased how they use technology to support effective teaching. In addition, school leaders participated in a rigorous evaluation process. Apple Distinguished Schools serve as “centers of leadership and excellence.” They exemplify the Apple vision, ensuring technology is used to support learning in the most innovative ways. These schools serve as role models for the rest of the world.

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  • Back to school donations pour in from the community

    T.G. Barr Elementary School received a donation of 50 backpacks filled with school supplies and healthy snack options from the Corbins Legacy Charity. C.J. Jorgensen Elementary School received a donation of more than 100 backpacks for their third and fourth grade students. Ignacio Conchos Elementary School received a donation of backpacks, masks and classroom supplies from the Maricopa County Sherriffs Office for the 12th year in a row

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  • PHXTV Classroom Minute showcases Sunland Elementary

    In this edition of the Classroom Minute, reporter Nicole Long visited Sunland Elementary School to get tips for a successful school year. As students are transitioning back to in person learning, 7th/8th grade Social Studies teacher, Ms. Ruth Vallecillo reminds students to always try their best and communicate needs with teachers.

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  • T.G. Barr receives grant from Diamondbacks

    A new music technology program at T.G. Barr was made possible through a grant from the Arizona Diamondbacks Foundation and the University of Phoenix. Music teacher Shawna Balzer applied for and was awarded $5,000 to purchase MIDI keyboards and stands that interface with the students’ iPads. T.G. Barr was also given 450 tickets to an upcoming DBacks game where three school representatives will be recognized in a pre-game ceremony.

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  • Valley View Students lead trainings

    As a Leader in Me school, opportunities to lead are the norm for Student Leaders at Valley View. This summer, Student Lighthouse members planned out Welcome Back training sessions for our staff! This was such a great way to return back to campus and prepare our minds and hearts to love, learn and lead for the upcoming school year! These trainings included a session on “Transitions Person” in a child’s life, led by the the Student Lighthouse President

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