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Treasured Smiles & MUSD Partner in Annual Food Drive
On Friday November 22nd, staff members from Treasured Smiles Dentistry including Dr. Duane Clouse gathered donated food stuffs from each of the Maricopa Unified School District’s elementary school sites. This is the fifth year that Dr. Clouse’s office has partnered with F.O.R. Maricopa (Maricopa’s Community Food Bank) and the District’s elementary schools on the “Feed Our Families Food Drive”. The goal of this year’s drive was to gather 10,000 pounds of food, and after picking up all of the food from the six school sites, the total poundage was nearly 11,800 lbs. The District is honored to partner with Treasured Smiles and F.O.R. Maricopa on this important community project. F.O.R. Maricopa Executive Director, Founder Wendy Webb stated in an email, “We so count on this food drive to help us for the holidays.”
One of the highlights of each year’s food drive is the award of $1,000 presented by Treasured Smiles Dentistry to the school site that has the largest ratio of food poundage per student. Santa Rosa Elementary School was this year’s winner with a poundage to student ratio of 7.32 lbs. for every student. The District would like to recognize the outstanding efforts of students, parents and staff during this community-affirming event. For more information about the Maricopa Unified School District please call 520.568.5100 or visit the District’s website at www.maricopausd.org.
District Hosts Internationally-Renowned Presenter
On Wednesday December 4th, the Maricopa Unified School District will be hosting Mr. Calvin Terrell, a noted expert and presenter in the area of cultural diversity and violence prevention. A community-wide event starting at 6:30 PM will be held at the Maricopa High School Performing Arts Center located at 45012 West Honeycutt Avenue. Mr. Terrell’s presentation that evening will be entitled “Violence or Virtue: A Community Challenge”. “The goal of this experience is to spark introspection and healthy proactive action on the part of parents, families, and community members to collaborate with the school in creating holistically safe spaces for all to learn and thrive.” The event is free and the District is encouraging parents and community members to attend.
Additionally Mr. Terrell will be presenting “Cowards to Warriors” at two student assemblies for the District’s high school and middle school students on Wednesday morning. This interactive presentation will focus on bullying and how students can become “agents of unity”. Staff members will also participate in an afternoon workshop entitled, “Enhancing a Learning Culture” which will include activities and ideas for building trust, honoring individuality and making a team.
For more information about the Maricopa Unified School District please visit the District’s website at www.maricopausd.org.
Proposed School Calendars 2014-15, 2015-16 & 2016-17
These calendars are subject to board review and approval February 2014.
Butler and Richardson Honored as Heroes by City Council
On Tuesday November 6th, two Maricopa Unified School District Transportation Department employees were recognized by the Maricopa City Council and Mayor Christian Price for their ‘heroic efforts’ in administering life-saving CPR to a fellow co-worker. Allison Butler and Mike Richardson reacted to the medical emergency when their co-worker collapsed and became unresponsive to aid. Several other transportation staff members were present that day, and assisting with notifying emergency responders and with preparing the equipment were Director of Transportation Fred Laguna, Sergio Pulido, Claudia Verdugo and Greg Munguia. But on the afternoon of October 17th, it was Mrs. Butler and Mr. Richardson who bravely administered the AED and the chest compressions, and they along with Maricopa emergency responders were credited for their ‘life-saving’ actions. The District is very proud of our employees and deeply appreciates the recognition and support from the City Staff, the Mayor and the City Council Members.
Pima Butte Elementary Achieves 2013 NCEA Higher Performing School Award
The District was notified on Wednesday November 6th that Pima Butte Elementary School has garnered another achievement award for their 2012-13 performance. This award comes from the National Center for Educational Achievement (NCEA) and the Arizona Business and Education Coalition (ABEC). A special award ceremony will be held on December 6th in Phoenix to honor Higher Performing Schools statewide. The District is very proud of the outstanding collaborative work done by staff, students, administration and parents.
“Recognition as an NCEA Higher Performing School indicates a school’s deep commitment to raising student achievement and putting more students on the path to college and career readiness—regardless of socio-economic barriers or any other obstacles that might otherwise impede success. These schools stand out as shining examples of what can be achieved when staff, students and parents work together toward a unified goal of better preparing students for life after high school."
NCEA identifies Higher Performing Schools based on one or both of two measures: 1) consistent improvement in student achievement from previous years (growth), and/or 2) an above-predicted percentage of continuously enrolled students scoring at the Exceeds level on Arizona’s Instrument to Measure Standards (AIMS). NCEA began identifying Higher Performing Schools in 1998 and continues to annually release these lists as well as College and Career Readiness Charts for every public school in Arizona.” “ABEC knows this success is important as we implement the Arizona Common Core Standards. We appreciate the work this school recognition represents!”
For more information about Pima Butte or any other Maricopa Unified School District school site, please visit our website at www.maricopausd.org.
Maricopa Marching Rams at the University of Arizona
The Maricopa High School Marching Rams under the direction of Mr. Ivan Pour competed on They stepped up and gave their best performance of the year on a huge stage.” The Marching Rams will be traveling to Tucson rd at the University of Arizona’s Band Day. The MHS Band along with 38 other Arizona marching bands performed in front of a distinguished panel of nationally recognized musicians. Additionally the bands were treated to performances by the U of A’s “Pride of Arizona” Marching Band. Mr. Pour commented, “Our kids were wonderful as always. Our performance in my estimation showed the most improvement I have ever had a band make in a single week. night to support the Rams Varsity Football team as they face Catalina Foothills in a crucial 4-A conference match-up. For more information about the Marching Rams and future performances please contact Mr. Pour at the High School at 520.568.8100. Go Rams!
Mayor Christian Price Visits Santa Cruz Elementary
On Thursday October 24th, Mrs. Jennifer Mix invited the City of Maricopa’s Mayor Christian Price to her classroom to speak to her students. During his presentation, Mayor Price shared with the students the importance of government by highlighting the work of the police department, the fire department, community services and other City departments. Additionally he spoke to the students about civic pride, character and citizenship. Santa Cruz Elementary Principal Ms. Gina Chaffin expressed her deep appreciation to Mayor Price for taking time from his busy schedule to come and speak with the class. For more information about Santa Cruz Elementary School, please go the Maricopa Unified School District’s website at www.maricopausd.org.
For the fourth consecutive year, the students and teachers at Pima Butte Elementary have earned an “A” label from the Arizona Department Education. Students, teachers, administration, parents and community members attended a special presentation at 9:30 am on Monday October 28th. The festivities which were held outside were highlighted by the presentation of a fourth banner. During the presentation, new Principal, Mr. Randy Lazar challenged the students to work hard toward attaining another banner by having a successful school year. Holding the banner were Governing Board Member and Pima Butte parent Mrs. AnnaMarie Knorr and former Board Member and Volunteer Coordinator Mr. Jim Irving. The District is very proud of the outstanding and ongoing efforts of the staff, parents and especially the students at Pima Butte Elementary School. For more information about Pima Butte or any other Maricopa Unified School District school site, please visit our website at www.maricopausd.org.
Three-Year Calendar Proposal
Lowering the number of pre-service days for teachers - New teachers would report five days prior the the first student day and returning teachers would report three days prior to the beginning of school. *
Two professional development, non-student days (Mondays in September and January) instead of one day ( in September) would be added to the calendar.
The elimination of the vacation day from April Break
MHS Marching Band Performs
The MHS Marching Band performed at Corona Del Sol High School this past Tuesday, October 1st, under the direction of Ivan Pour. The band performed for several other bands and a big crowd and the students really enjoyed feeding off the audience's energy. The students also enjoyed watching the other performances. Band students received some helpful constructive feedback from a great panel of judges which included the Director of the ASU Marching Band, the Director of the NAU Marching Band, and the Director of the UA Marching Band.
MHS Band and Orchestra News
Bannner Children's School-Based Mobile Clinic Location Change
Starting: Wednesday, June 5, 2013
Time: 10 AM - 5 PM
Location: Maricopa Unified School District Administration Office, 44150 W. Maricopa-Case Grande Hwy, Maricopa
Eligibility: All uninsured children 0 - 18 years of age, living in or near the City of Maricpoa, Arizona
Kindergarten Registration Going on Now
Maricopa Unified School District is currently registering Kindergarten students for the 2013-2014 school year. Registration packets are available at all Maricopa Elementary Schools. There are two Kindergarten Program options available. Option 1 is a District Tuition Based Full Day Program for $145.00 per month and a free Half Day option available at every Elementary School campus. If you are interested in reserving a spot for the District Full Day Kindergarten Program, a $50.00 deposit can be turned in with your Kindergarten Application. Families that are interested in Early Kindergarten; screening dates are June 5-6 2013, from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Please call the District Office to schedule an appointment.
Parents/Guardians of Students Entering 6th grade - Immunization Information
The State of Arizona Department of Health Services mandates (A.R.S. 15-871-874) all students entering the 6th grade must:
- After turning 11 years of age receive a Tetanus vaccine that includes Pertussis (Tdap)
- After turning 11 years of age receive a Meningococcal vaccine
- Must present a valid immunization record to the school on or before the first day of school August 2013 to enter the classroom
- Must present a valid Arizona Department of Health Exemption form that complies with Arizona State Law if you, the parent, object to vaccinating your child
What do I do if my child turns 11 after the first day of school?
- The School Nurse will send home immunization forms 2 weeks before your child turns 11 years of age. Follow all instructions
- The School Nurse will send home immunization Pre- Suspension forms 2 weeks after your child’s 11th birthday if no shot record is received. Carefully follow all instructions
- 4 weeks after your child’s 11th birthday the Principal and School Nurse will send home suspension notice if no shot record is received. Please follow instructions and quickly return your child to school with proof of vaccination.
Parents please contact your health care provider and make appointments soon. Every 11 year old child in the State of Arizona must receive the vaccine to comply with state law. Remember, your child must be 11 years of age before the vaccines are given.
The Health Staff is looking forward to receiving your child’s completed immunization record or exempt form.
Maricopa Unified School District
The news of the school shootings in Newtown, Connecticut last week was tragic. Incidents like this are unconscionable and we grieve with the families of the victims.
The Maricopa Unified School District continues to be a safe place for students. The school district has worked hard on student safety issues for many years and will continue to do so. MUSD is anxious to review lessons learned from this tragedy to further improve safety for our students.
Student safety is a priority at each school in the district. School staff know that student safety must be part of the “culture” of the school. This means that the staff at each school works hard to eliminate safety issues like bullying and to make sure that students treat each other with respect. Students are expected to follow school rules. Lockdown drills are practiced at each school on a regular basis. We know that our students understand the importance of the “safety culture” as they report situations that they consider to be unsafe to teachers and administrators.
In August, Superintendent Steve Chestnut stated that his highest expectation for all staff was student safety. He said: “All staff members have a shared responsibility to assure students, activities and facilities are safe at all times. This must be the highest priority of every staff member.”
For many years the Maricopa Police Department has worked hard to ensure student safety in partnership with the school district. MUSD has an excellent relationship with the Maricopa Police Department. Chief of Police Steve Stahl stated today: “There is a good working relationship between the Maricopa Police Department and the Maricopa Unified School District. In the past the police and fire departments have worked on emergency response plans with the school district to include drills and tabletop exercises. The Maricopa Police Department will pay extra attention to school sites for the next few weeks.”
We ask that parents talk to their children about the importance of sharing their concerns about safety with a parent, a teacher, a principal or some other responsible adult.
If there are any questions about student safety please contact Superintendent Steve Chestnut at 520-568-5100, or at email@example.com.
Six District Schools Provide Free Afterschool Services
With the award of the 21st Century Grant to Desert Wind Middle School and Butterfield Elementary they join Maricopa Elementary, Santa Rosa Elementary, Santa Cruz Elementary and Maricopa Wells Middle School as sites to offer free afterschool enrichment programs and tutoring. Transportation will be provided at all sites for those using the services.
In addition, the middle schools will provide services before school as well. See each schools website for full details.
Changes in Pinal County Health Office Policy for Immunization
The PCHO has changed its policy for Immunizations for the insured. Click here for a letter from PCHO providing details.
Summer 2013 District Wide Newsletter
This edition of the district wide newsletter for community and staff can be downloaded and read at this link. Newsletter
The Maricopa Unified School District in Maricopa, Arizona is located near Phoenix and serves students in Maricopa and the surrounding areas. Our district is proud of our dedicated and high-quality teachers and our outstanding facilities. Check out our Web site! We know you’ll be impressed and hope that you enjoy learning about all the many things our district has to offer.
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