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Articles from December 2017

Laveen Schools Are Now Enrolling for 2020-21.

All Laveen schools are currently enrolling students for the 2020-21 school year. Visit your first choice school office* to enroll your child. Enrollment for Estrella Foothills Global Academy is taking place at the Laveen Education Center, 5001 W. Dobbins.

Please bring the following documents:

  •  Proof of Residence (examples include: utility bill, rental agreement, mortgage statement, etc.)
  •  Child’s Immunization Record
  •  Child’s Original Birth Certificate (copies not accepted)
  •  Parent/Guardian’s Photo ID

Visit our registration page for more information.

*Please note, Vista del Sur is an accelerated school and students must take an assessment prior to enrolling. Paseo Pointe is a dual language immersion (DLI) school. Students entering kindergarten – third grade must enroll in the DLI program (DLI will expand a grade level each year).

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Preschool Programs Enrolling for 2020-21.

Preschool registration for the 2020-21 school year begins February 4, 2020.

Laveen offers preschool at three locations: Desert Meadows, Paseo Pointe, and Vista del Sur. Paseo Pointe offers a dual language immersion program while Desert Meadows and Vista del Sur provide general education programs.

Preschool is a full-day academic program that is taught by certified teachers. It is tuition based and serves children ages 3-5. Before and after school programs are available.

Registration for all three programs must be completed at the Kids Club office, located at Desert Meadows (6855 W. Meadows Loop East).

Please review program details at www.laveenschools.org/preschool.

For information on Laveen’s developmental preschool for children with special needs, visit our developmental preschool page.

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English Language Arts Adoption Committee Recommends ReadyGEN and StudySync.

The English language arts adoption committee has been meeting regularly since October, 2019 to review potential curriculum to support K-8 students. This process involves representatives from all schools an excellent opportunity to research and evaluate potential English language arts programs for the 2020-21 school year. After many hours of work, reflection and deliberation, the recommendations are:

The recommended programs systematically integrate the four strands: reading, writing, listening and speaking, and language. Additionally, each program provides methods and materials for differentiating instruction for students with disabilities, gifted, and ELL subgroups, while ensuring that all students still encounter grade-level text during the core block of instruction. Finally, the digital engagement component supports our district-wide technology initiatives. 

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District to Host Cyber Safety Workshop for Parents

The Laveen School District will host a parent workshop on Cyber Safety at 6:00 p.m. on February 11 at Vista del Sur, 3908 W. South Mountain.

The presentation will cover general topics related to social media including sexting, cyber-predators, cyber-bullying, popular apps, and social media websites. The session is being presented by The Office of the Arizona Attorney General and will run 45 minutes.

Middle school students are encouraged to attend with their parents/guardians. There is no charge to attend. This session is open to all Laveen families.

 

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Early Childhood Fair is January 22

Join us for this free event showcasing resources for current and future parents of children under 5. The 2nd Annual Early Childhood Fair is January 22 from 5:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. It will take place at Laveen School, 4141 W. McNeil.

Participants will have the opportunity to visit with numerous vendors and providers that include activities for children, preschool, child health & development, and community programs & resources.

Registration packets for Laveen’s preschool programs will be provided at this event.

Visit our Early Childhood Fair page for more details.

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2nd Info Session Planned for Estrella Foothills Global Academy

A second informational session for prospective families of Estrella Foothills Global Academy will be held on January 30 at 6:00 p.m. This event will take place at the Laveen Education Center, 5001 W. Dobbins. Attendees will hear more about the global studies program and the process of becoming an International Baccalaureate World School. Plans of the campus and construction progress will also be shared.

Visit Estrella Foothills’ page for more details.

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Kindergarten Round Up is February 4 for Students Starting in August 2020

Parents with students starting Kindergarten in August 2020 are invited to register their child during our annual Kindergarten Round Up event on Tuesday, February 4 from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. You will also have the opportunity to meet the teachers and visit kindergarten classrooms. Children registered on this date will receive a free gift.

Kindergarten Round Up will take place at all Laveen schools with the exception of Vista del Sur, which requires an assessment prior to enrolling. Kindergartners enrolled at Paseo Pointe must be part of the Dual Language Immersion program, a 50/50 model where students spend half their day in a classroom where teaching and learning is conducted in Spanish and the other half in English. Kindergarten Round Up for the new Estrella Foothills Global Academy will take place at the Laveen Education Center, 5001 W. Dobbins.

Students may be enrolled in any of our schools regardless of where they live, space permitting. Families living outside of a particular school’s transportation zone will be responsible for providing transportation.

Please bring the following items to register your child.
* Proof of Residence (examples include: utility bill, rental agreement, mortgage statement, etc.)
* Child’s Immunization Record
* Child’s Original Birth Certificate (copies not accepted)
* Parent/Guardian’s Photo ID

Children must be 5 years old on or before August 31, 2020 to register. Children turning 5 after August 31, but by December 31, may be evaluated for early entrance in May.

Laveen offers free Full Day Kindergarten at all schools.

 

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Laveen Superintendent Announces Retirement. Board Appoints Assistant Superintendent as Successor

Laveen School District Superintendent, Dr. Bill Johnson, has announced his retirement effective June 30, 2020. Laveen’s Governing Board approved the retirement at their December 12 meeting.

Following the board’s approval of Dr. Johnson’s retirement, Governing Board President Jill Barragan nominated Assistant Superintendent of Human Resources, Dr. Jeff Sprout, as Dr. Johnson’s permanent replacement. The Governing Board unanimously approved her motion.

In a letter to the district staff, Mrs. Barragan expressed her gratitude to Dr. Johnson and reflected on his many accomplishments during his 15-year tenure with Laveen.

“It is Dr. Johnson’s leadership that has brought Laveen schools to where they are today. Laveen has implemented many successful initiatives since he joined us back in 2005. In 15 years we have seen the district grow from one that was virtually unknown outside of our immediate community to one that is widely recognized for its many achievements and innovative programs, as well as having a voice in state level policy decisions. These accomplishments take years of dedication and determination. We are fortunate to have had a superintendent that was so deeply committed to the Laveen District and community as a whole.”

Dr. Johnson has served the Laveen School District since 2005 when he was hired to fill the business manager role. In 2011 he was named Superintendent.

Under his leadership, the district has seen many changes, including:

  • The district has grown from four schools and 2,200 students to eight schools and 7,400 students
  • Classrooms have moved from chalkboard and overhead projector technology to a computing device for every student
  • Updated curriculum has been adopted in all core subject areas
  • All schools have implemented successful signature programs
  • Laveen schools have become “schools of choice” since the opening of attendance boundaries
  • Laveen has been recognized on the state and national levels for numerous programs and achievements

In his announcement to the staff, Dr. Johnson noted “It has been a great privilege to work with so many wonderful people over the past 15 years. Together we have accomplished many positive things for our schools, the students, and the community. I feel very grateful to have been a part of the important work being accomplished by our schools and school district. I know that as much as we have accomplished, there remains a tremendous potential to continue to improve, progress, and to do much good.”

Barragan cited Dr. Sprout’s experience and commitment to the Laveen District and community in her nomination. “Dr. Sprout has served our district for over six years and has been dedicated to making Laveen a great place to work for our staff in the areas of recruitment, retention, benefits, and leadership development.   He has been actively involved in the community, serving in the Laveen Lions Club and has chaired the Laveen Community Parade for four years. He has volunteered many hours in developing the Laveen Education Foundation and has supported the last several bond and override measures,” she wrote.

“I am humbled by the opportunity the Board has granted me. For almost seven years, I have enjoyed working closely with Dr. Johnson to make Laveen a great place to work and live. I look forward to working with the incredible Laveen staff as we continue to create bright futures for all Laveen students,” Dr. Sprout stated following the appointment.

Before joining Laveen, Dr. Sprout was a teacher, principal, and Director of STEM Research and Development in the Alhambra District.  He was the recipient of the Excellence in Education teaching award, Rodel Exemplary Principal Award, and, along with his staff, received the A+ School of Excellence Award.  He completed his doctoral program at Arizona State University.

“I have no doubt that Dr. Sprout will continue Dr. Johnson’s trajectory of building a successful and highly respected school district,” added Barragan.

Dr. Sprout will begin as Superintendent on July 1, 2020.

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Study Session on School Start/End Times Planned for Dec. 5

As we prepare to open our ninth school in August, the district must evaluate the impact Estrella Foothills Global Academy will have on our bus transportation services and, in turn, school start and end times.

On Thursday, December 5 at 6:00 p.m., the Governing Board will hold a study session to review the possible changes to school start/end times beginning in the 2020-21 school year. 

We anticipate that the options being considered will be presented to the Board at their regularly scheduled monthly meeting on Thursday, December 12 at 5:30 p.m. Information regarding the options being considered will be shared following this week’s study session. 

Visit our Start Time Page for details and updates.

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