Articles from December 2015

State Achievement Testing Begins April 9

Between April 9th and April 24th Laveen School District students will participate in state achievement testing.

Students in Grades three through eight will take Arizona’s Measurement of Educational Readiness to Inform Teaching (AzMERIT). The AzMERIT test measures students’ skills in English language arts (ELA) and mathematics. Students in Grades four and eight will continue to take the AIMS science test, in addition to AzMERIT. Students who are enrolled in an Algebra or Geometry class, will also take an AzMERIT end of course (EOC) assessment, in addition to their grade level ELA and mathematics assessments.

Please read the letter from our Academic Services Department for helpful testing tips and the testing schedule.

 

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Open Houses Scheduled At All Laveen Schools

Each of Laveen’s eight schools will host an Open House the week of March 26, 2018. Here, you will be provided with an overview of the school and a tour of the campus with special emphasis on the school’s signature program.We encourage prospective families to attend and see what makes Laveen schools the right choice for your child.

Visit our Open House page for the schedule and details.

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School Breakfast Week is March 5-9

National School Breakfast Week is March 5-9. Your child won’t want to miss out on this special event! Laveen’s school cafeterias will be featuring your child’s favorites like breakfast burritos, whole grain donuts, and french toast. Plus, we’ll have special guests helping to serve breakfast. Students who participate in breakfast this week will receive a free 100% fruit slushy at lunch.

Did you know Laveen schools offer free breakfast to all students every day before school? Be sure to join us!

Visit our Child Nutrition page for more info. View the March menu.

National School Breakfast Week Flyer

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4th Annual Laveen Spring Arts Festival is April 6

Join us for the 4th Annual Laveen Spring Arts Festival on April 6. The event will feature numerous arts and crafts vendors, craft activities for children, Laveen student performances, and food. Entrance to the event is free. Tickets will be sold to participate in the activities.

Proceeds from the event will benefit the Foundation which provides scholarships to Laveen 8th grade students entering high school and former Laveen students entering college.

The event takes place from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the Laveen Education Center Lawn, 5001 W. Dobbins.

Visit the Spring Arts Festival page for more information and vendor opportunities.

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M.C. Cash Teachers Become National Board Certified

Congratulations to M.C. Cash teachers Lauren DiDonna and Amber Helms. These two teachers have recently received their National Board Certification.

National Board Certification (NBC) is the highest professional certification in the teaching profession. To become certified, teachers must demonstrate standards-based evidence of the positive effect they have on student learning in alignment with the program’s core areas.  Developed by teachers, the National Board Standards represent a consensus among educators about what accomplished teachers should know and be able to do.

 

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M.C. Cash Teacher Receives $5,000 Grant from Fiesta Bowl

M.C. Cash teacher Lydia McBride is the recipient of a $5,000 grant from the Fiesta Bowl Charities as part of their Wishes for Teachers program. Mrs. McBride plans to use the funds to provide book bags and engaging reading texts that will enhance her students’ literacy skills.

In addition to the funding, Mrs. McBride received tickets to the 2017 Cactus Bowl where she was recognized at halftime on the field alongside other grant recipients.

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Kindergarten Round Up is February 6 for Students Starting in August 2018

Parents with students starting Kindergarten in August 2018 are invited to register their child during our annual Kindergarten Round Up event on February 6 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.

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, 2018 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.

View the flyer for additional details.

 

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Make a Donation to Laveen Schools Before April 15 and Receive a Credit on 2017’s Taxes

You can reduce the amount you owe in 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 come the April deadline or increase the amount of your refund if you have tax liabilities for 2017. 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 2017 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 2017 taxes is April 15, 2018.

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