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DES Division of Benefits & Medical Eligibility Appointments Available

DES Division of Benefits & Medical Eligibility now available at Phoenix #1

DES services now available for those seeking to apply for cash assistance, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance and medical eligibility for AHCCCS.

For more information, please contact your School Social Worker, or call Sara Sims at: 602-523-8988 or email: sara.sims@phxschools.org 

Appointments available at:
Heard School – July 13
2301 W. Thomas Rd.
Phoenix, AZ 85015

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DES División de Beneficios y Elegibilidad Médica disponible ahora en Phoenix #1

Los servicios de DES ahora están disponibles para aquellos que buscan solicitar asistencia monetaria, Asistencia Nutricional Suplementaria y elegibilidad médica para AHCCCS.

Para obtener más información, póngase en contacto con su trabajador(a) social de la escuela, o llame a Sara Sims en: 602-523-8988 O correo electrónico: sara.sims@phxschools.org 

Citas disponibles:

Heard School – 13 de Julio
2301 W. Thomas Rd.
Phoenix, AZ 85015

Distrito escolar de primaria de Phoenix no respalda ni patrocina la organización o actividad representada en este material. La distribución o exhibición de este material se proporciona como un servicio a la comunidad.

District Governing Board Approves November 2017 Override Election

Emerson Court at Phoenix Elementary #1

Request for Arguments for Override Election

Phoenix Elementary School District #1 Governing Board voted on May 25, 2017 to hold a special 15% maintenance and operation budget override election on Tuesday November 7, 2017. Arguments “for” or “against” must be received by August 11, 2017 before 5:00 PM at the Maricopa County School Superintendent Office. For more information, click here.


A Colorado River Adventure for Bethune Students

Bethune students on the colorado river

Fifty students from Bethune School went on the adventure of a lifetime, traveling to the Colorado River!

These students had the opportunity to float on a raft down a calm portion of the Colorado River. Additionally, they studied geology and traveled the paths that begin the Grand Canyon. They also had an opportunity to visit the Wupatki and Sunset Crater National Monuments.

For four years, Bethune 6th grade math and science teacher Mrs. Stanchik has worked with Arizona Project WET (APV) in conjunction with the University of Arizona to instruct students on water stewardship through STEM literacy. Over the years, Bethune’s students have visited Rio Salado River on several occasions, conducted hands-on investigations, and presented in regional competitions based on water conservation.

 

All of these activities focused on how Arizona receives its water from the Colorado River and its importance to the biodiversity of the area. In order to build upon that the science foundation, Bethune teachers planned a trip so the students could actually see what they have studied and learned about.

These students had the opportunity to step outside of the walls of the 85007 zip code and see what the rest of this state has to offer. This experience will greatly add to their cultural knowledge as Arizonians. Thanks to everyone who helped make this once-in-a-lifetime trip a reality for our students!

 


Congratulations and thank you to our 2017 Retirees!

Retiring staff and their colleagues at the Retirement Tea

Upon her retirement this year, Peggy Sosh took some time to reflect on the 44 years she’s spent working for Phoenix Elementary School District #1. She joined the district in 1973 and has been an incredible asset in the various roles she’s served to support students! We’re so glad she was able to share her thoughts and stories with us.

Peggy, like many other important members of the district staff, is retiring. She is the longest serving member of our staff to date. Thank you, Peggy, and thanks to all those who are retiring.

May 2017- Peggy Sosh talks about how all Phoenix Elementary School District #1 employees work together to ensure students are safe, happy and healthy.

Those retiring this school year include:
Lydia Alamo, Shaw – 21 years
Veronica Carrillo, Emerson – 29 years
Maria Cervantes, Faith North – 11 years
Mildred Franks, Kenilworth – 11 years
Carol Martinez, Shaw – 33 years
Amy McKenna, Edison – 24 years
Rebecca Nuanez, Whittier – 34 years
Valentino Orosco, Plant Services – 28 years
Maria C. Ortiz, Dunbar – 29 years
Ana Palomino, Garfield – 2 years
Estela Plascencia, Edison – 19 years
Elizabeth Romero, Whittier – 37 years
Peggy Sosh, Plant Services – 44 years
Sean Spotleson, Plant Services – 25 years
Mary Jo Todd, Student Services, 7 years
Karl Truscott, Plant Services – 26 years
Susan Cummins, Lowell – 10 years
Suzanne Maddock, Garfield – 6 years
Debra Stanger, Emerson – 12 years

Congratulations everyone, you will be missed. Thank you for your service. Enjoy your next step – we are sure adventure and happy memories await!


District’s Top Priority is Safety on Campuses

Emerson Court at Phoenix Elementary #1

Because the safety, security and well-being of you, our Phoenix #1 community, is our highest priority as we strive to fulfill our mission as educators of the public, please know that all district personnel received the communication at this link on Friday March 2, 2017.

Phoenix #1 Letter to Community – English & Spanish


Governing Board Approves ASBA Resolution by Acclamation

Photo of the front of Emerson Court

At the April 13, 2017 Governing Board Meeting, Phoenix Elementary School District #1 Governing Board approved by acclamation a resolution from the Arizona School Boards Association opposing the expansion of Education Savings Accounts (SB1431).  Please see the full resolution at the link below:

Governing Board Resolution Opposing Expansion of Education Savings Accounts (SB1431)


Lowell Lego Robotics Club Needs Your Tax Credit Donations

lowell robotics club

Lowell School’s Lego Robotics Club gives students the opportunity to build and code behavior in Lego Robots. Twice a week, students work directly with the robots to learn how to write code that makes the robots perform various tasks. This is all in preparation for various competitions, including the state competition. During this competition, students are given a task that the robot must complete. They do this by correctly writing code that instructs the robot to complete the task. They then must complete a written and oral portion describing how they built their robot and how they coded it. In order for Lowell students to continue competing in local and statewide events, they need your tax credit donations for transportation, competition materials, equipment, and much more! Help Lowell compete in years to come!

Goal

The goal of this club is to expose students to science and coding while showing them the importance of teamwork and written and oral skills.

Value to Students

Teachers use a “hands off” approach with this club so students are able to develop critical thinking skills. Fostering a higher level of thinking allows students to confidently handle the stress that comes with competing.

How to Donate
Please consider making a tax credit donation today! You can donate at Lowell’s front office or online at http://phxschools.org/district/tax-credit/
1. On the right-hand side of the page click “donate online”
2. Click the “tax credit donation” box
3. Select the school you would like to donate to (Note: select the school with current tax year)
4. Under Program select which program you would like to donate to. (Note: if you would like to donate to a specific club, select “other” and write the club name in the text box)
5. Write in the amount you want to donate
6. Repeat steps 3-5 if you would like to donate to multiple clubs or schools
7. Click “Continue” and follow directions to enter personal information

Don’t understand AZ Tax Credits? Not a problem. We have a quick little video at the link that explains the opportunity.


Donate to Support a Bethune Field Trip to the Colorado River

Horseshoe bend, page AZ

After studying the Colorado River through the Project Wet, sponsored by the University of Arizona Middle School, Bethune Bears will finally get to see the real thing! The students are strapping on life preservers, taking out notebooks, and are getting ready to explore Page, Arizona. They will experience a three and a half hour river raft along the Colorado River and visit Wupataki National Monument for an archaeology visit. They’ll also stop by Sunset Crater National Monument for a geology visit.

Goal
In order to have these once-in-a-lifetime travel and learning experiences, students need your support through tax credit donations! Please consider donating by April 15.

Value to Students
Students will learn first-hand about the beauty and ecology of their home state. This field trip is a chance to apply lessons from the classroom in real life surroundings.

How to Donate
Please consider making a tax credit donation today! You can donate at Bethune’s front office or online at http://phxschools.org/district/tax-credit/
1. On the right-hand side of the page click “donate online”
2. Click the “tax credit donation” box
3. Select the school you would like to donate to (Note: select the school with current tax year)
4. Under Program select which program you would like to donate to. (Note: if you would like to donate to a specific club, select “other” and write the club name in the text box)
5. Write in the amount you want to donate
6. Repeat steps 3-5 if you would like to donate to multiple clubs or schools
7. Click “Continue” and follow directions to enter personal information

Don’t understand AZ Tax Credits?  Not a problem. We have a quick little video at the link that explains the opportunity.


The Signature – Spring 2017

The Signature is Phoenix #1’s newsletter, intended for all students, parents and our community.

Please click the link below to view the April 2016 edition.

The Signature – Spring 2017

Noticias, Eventos y Recursos para Estudiantes, Padres y Nuestra Comunidad de la Primavera de 2017


Developing Tolerance & Management Skills in the Future Leaders of Phoenix

Whittier TC Graphic

Seventh and eighth grade students at Whittier School in downtown Phoenix hope to discover “The Disney Way” and the management skills used to lead a cast of thousands. The students learn to overcome obstacles and engage in exercises designed to reinforce courage, curiosity and constancy and the confidence to set goals and accomplish their dreams at a Disneyland Leadership Workshop in May 2017.

While in Los Angeles, the students will also visit the Museum of Tolerance. The museum is a human rights laboratory and educational center dedicated to challenging visitors to understand the Holocaust in both historic and contemporary contexts and confront all forms of prejudice and discrimination in our world today.

Goal
The goal of this trip is for the seventh and eighth grade students at Whittier to embrace and better understand diversity in our society and to gain a glimpse into the creativity and communication and management skills of Walt Disney World to drive their personal growth.

Value to Students
Many of our inner city students never have the chance to leave their neighborhood. Exposing these students to The Disney Way and The Museum of Tolerance, as well as travel and staying in a hotel, are life-changing experiences that build dreams and goals for a bright future.

How to Donate
Please consider making a tax credit donation today! You can donate at Whittier’s front office or online at http://phxschools.org/district/tax-credit/
1. On the right-hand side of the page click “donate online”
2. Click the “tax credit donation” box
3. Select the school you would like to donate to (Note: select the school with current tax year)
4. Under Program select which program you would like to donate to. (Note: if you would like to donate to a specific club, select “other” and write the club name in the text box)
5. Write in the amount you want to donate
6. Repeat steps 3-5 if you would like to donate to multiple clubs or schools
7. Click “Continue” and follow directions to enter personal information

Don’t understand AZ Tax Credits? Not a problem. We have a quick little video at the link that explains the opportunity.

Whittier Elementary School
2000 North 16th Street
Phoenix AZ 85006
602.257.3925