MARICOPA ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
Our school is located at 18150 N. Alterra Parkway in the growing city of Maricopa, Arizona. We teach and care for students from Kindergarten through Sixth Grade. Our school community supports, motivates and advocates for all of our students to be tomorrow’s leaders through a strong foundation in education.
We provide this Web site to offer valuable information and resources to our students, parents and community. You will find news and events, contact information for our wonderful staff, monthly newsletters and much more. We invite you to become a part of Maricopa Elementary, where we are educating tomorrow's leaders.
Maricopa Charter School Academic Focus Meetings:
Maricopa Elementary has scheduled several academic focus meetings to share information with the community and develop an academic focus for the 2014-2015 school year. Please come be a part of this important process for our students. All meetings will be held in the library following our PTO / Site Council Meetings. Please click on the date to find the meeting summaries.
Tuesday, September 10, 2013 (PTO at 5:30 pm / Site Council at 6:30 pm)
Thursday, October 17, 2013 (6:00 - 7:30 pm) Meeting # 2
Wednesday, October 23, 2013 (Student Led Conferences) Survey
Thursday, November 14, 2013 (6:00 - 7:30 pm) Meeting # 3
Thursday, December 12, 2013 (6:00 - 7:00 pm) Meeting # 4
A MESSAGE FROM OUR PRINCIPAL
Dear Parents and Guardians-
Thank you for joining us for parent teacher conferences. As we continue forward we encourage you to keep ongoing communication with your child’s teacher. Together we can help support their learning and achievement. Parental involvement is a key ingredient in how well a student learns. Please ask your child’s teacher how you can support in the classroom.
Our last Charter School Meeting was October 17th. If you were able to join us, thank you.
o Smaller class sizes
o Continue to focus on core academics including: Reading, Math, Writing, Science, and Social Studies. Ensure all students meet the minimum standard requirements.
o Increase technology integration including keyboarding, more research opportunities for students, online navigation tools and Internet safety and proper usage.
o Project based learning opportunities promoting critical thinking for all students. Use hands-on activities inviting students to work together cooperatively solving real, world problems.
o Use whole brain teaching strategies to engage students. Whole Brain teaching is a highly interactive form of instruction where the teacher delivers information to students in small chunks. The teacher and students may create hand gestures to help them remember specific vocabulary and concepts.
o Send child ready to learn with healthy snacks
o Maintain a sleep routine for children at home
o Don’t stress your children with adult problems
o Mandatory parent / teacher meeting 1 time / semester
o Mandatory parent / teacher communication regarding academic progress
o A family member must volunteer 1 time / month or quarter
o Create a schedule at home to balance video games and school work / reading log
o Check in with your child everyday – What did they bring home? What is their homework? Encourage them to do their best at school.
o School and teacher provide Parent University to support academics / student progress
o Schedule a board game night at home (play games with your child)
Two programs have been discussed during our meetings:
A. Love & Logic (Charles Fay) - Love and Logic® provides simple solutions and practical techniques to help parents, teachers and school staff with kids of all ages. Love and Logic is an approach that teaches educators and parents skills that instill confidence and good decision-making in children by offering them choices, empathy, and respect while adults avoid anger, threats, warnings or lectures. This program will share proven tools for raising respectful, responsible and happy kids. The techniques are simple and easy to learn, teach responsibility and character, lower your stress level and have immediate and positive effects. This program allows you to choose techniques that fit your family the best. The training materials provide tools that teach responsibility and prepare children for the real world by working through their mistakes and learning from the consequences. This program would provide training opportunities for parents throughout the year.
B. The Leader in Me (Steven Covey) - The Leader in Me is a whole-school transformation model that acts like the operating system of a computer — it improves performance of all other programs. Based on The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People®, The Leader in Me produces transformational results such as higher academic achievement, fewer discipline problems, and increased engagement among teachers and parents. Better yet, The Leader in Me equips students with the self-confidence and skills they need to thrive in the 21st century economy. The seven habits of highly effective people are: Be proactive, begin with the end in mind, put first things first, think win-win, seek first to understand, then to be understood, synergize, and sharpen the saw. This is a three-year process.
In the first year, schools engage their entire staff in a shared vision of the greatness and leadership that are inherent in every child and adult. They study the timeless, universal principles that allow people to realize their potential and they make specific plans for implementing these principles in their school and classroom cultures.
In the second year, schools build on the foundation established in year one and learn to apply the 7 Habits and leadership concepts at a higher order. They implement specific tools that empower staff and students and they focus on effective school-wide goals that produce results now and build a lasting capacity to produce results in the future.
By the third year, schools are defining their unique signature. At this level, the training and consulting are customized to help schools achieve their vision and make a distinctive contribution. Continuous improvement is needed to maintain greatness and The Leader in Me supports schools in and ongoing way as they adapt and enhance over time and as their influence expands.
Our next meeting is scheduled for Thursday, November 14. We will offer two options: 7:30-8:30 am in the Library or 6:00-7:30 pm in the MPR. Please look for invitations.
Thank you for your continued support.
Yours in education,
Dr. Jennifer Robinson
8:05 am – 3:10 pm
AM Kindergarten: 8:05 am - 11:05 am
PM Kindergarten: 12:10 pm – 3:10 pm
Early Release every Wednesday
8:05 am - 1:10 pm
8:05 am – 10:05 (no lunch)
11:10 am – 1:10 pm (no lunch)
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Wednesdays 7:35 am - 2:00 pm
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