Read December’s issue of our school newsletter, Paw Prints.
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 27- January 5 at Desert Meadows School. Visit our Day Camp page for details and to register.
Laveen Superintendent Dr. Jeff Sprout will be hosting a series of district discussions with Laveen families. This is a great opportunity for families to participate in open dialogue on current initiatives and Laveen’s strategies for meeting district goals.
The next District Discussion will be held on Tuesday, December 5, 2023. Dr. Sprout will discuss jobs of the future. There will be two one-hour sessions to choose from at 8:30 a.m. or 5:00 p.m. Both will be held at the Laveen Education Center, 5001 W. Dobbins.
Visit our District Discussions webpage to learn more and submit questions you may have.
Representatives from Vulcan Materials stopped by Desert Meadows to check out the school’s new Coding Cafe and hear from students on upcoming technology needs. Students suggested adding 3D printers and drones to their technology toolbox.
Maricopa County School Superintendent Steve Watson visited Desert Meadows School to read to kindergarteners in Ms. Jessica Russel’s class. Watson read “Stand Tall, Molly Lou Melon” to students, and gave a copy of the book to each student. Ms. Russell’s class was selected because she recommended a book for “Mr. Watson’s Book Club” this year!
Read November’s issue of our school newsletter, Paw Prints.
On October 28, 2023, the Arizona Department of Education released new letter grades for each school based on the latest state assessment data from the 2022-23 school year. All schools in the Laveen School District have received top marks with three schools earning an “A” rating and six schools earning a “B” rating from the Arizona Department of Education for 2023. Laveen District schools are the highest-performing schools in the community.
Paseo Pointe Dual Language Academy, Rogers Ranch STEM Academy, and Vista del Sur Accelerated Academy all received “A” Labels. Cheatham, Desert Meadows, Estrella Foothills, Laveen, M.C. Cash, and Trailside Point received “B” Labels, also considered to be “Highly Performing.”
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 10th annual Laveen Winter Festival is scheduled for Friday, December 1, 2023. 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.
See the schedule of student performances.
This year’s festival is sponsored by
Each year the district recognizes select administrators who exhibit exceptional leadership, outstanding accomplishment, and dedicated service to Laveen’s students and community. This year we are recognizing Tim Thomas, Asst. Superintendent of Human Resources; Jon Rohloff, Principal of Paseo Pointe; Kaitlin Gretkierewicz, Asst. Principal of Desert Meadows; Megan Hamburgh, Principal of Rogers Ranch; Asia Glover, Asst. Principal of Estrella Foothills; Nancy Ramirez, Director of Federal Grants; and Robert Jacobson, Director of Support Services.
On Saturday, September 23rd, the Developmental Preschool held its annual family outing to the Phoenix Children’s Museum, supporting September’s “Marvelous Me” curriculum unit.
All activities and exhibits at the museum are child-friendly and hands-on. Students enjoyed taking their vehicles through the car wash, selling hotdogs and ice cream, climbing in the treehouse, dressing up, racing cars, running through the noodle forest, and so much more! In collaboration with the Phoenix Children’s Museum, families could purchase tickets for their families with discounted pricing. There were 116 children in attendance, with 245 people in total.
The Developmental Preschool team organizes about one family event per month, supporting the curriculum unit of that month. Students are able to apply knowledge and concepts learned in the classroom to the real world around them. It’s a great opportunity for students, teachers and therapists to continue to build relationships with each other, as well as for families to connect with one another.