February School Notes
Community Celebration Held for New Roosevelt School
The Roosevelt School District recently held its grand opening and community celebration for the district’s newest elementary school, Bernard Black School, 6550 S. 27th Avenue, Phoenix. Principal Aida Frietz and Roosevelt Superintendent Designee Dr. Mark Dowling greeted parents of students as well as residents of the surrounding community who were invited to attend the celebration and tour the new school.
The school was constructed with funding received from the Arizona School Facilities Board and currently has an enrollment that tops 680 students in grades kindergarten through 8th. The school also features a Head Start program in partnership with the City of Phoenix.
Joining the celebration were members of the RSD school board including President Ben Miranda, Phoenix Councilman Michael Johnson, the Governor’s chief of staff, Alan Stephens and more than 200 guests from the surrounding community. In addition, the Reverend Bernard Black and his family joined in the grand opening.
Teach English in Japan for a School Year
Have you ever dreamed of teaching English in Japan? Phoenix Sister Cities is seeking college graduates for an opportunity to live and work abroad in Phoenix’s sister city of Himeji, Japan, during the 2006-07 school year.
The assistant language teacher will work as an assistant to Japanese instructors, teaching English at the junior high school level. Recent college graduates with limited previous teaching experience are eligible to apply. College transcripts and a copy of the degree or proof of graduation date are required at the time of the interview.
To apply, you must be a college graduate, a resident of Maricopa County and fluent in English. Familiarity with Japanese culture and the ability to speak Japanese are not required but would make it easier to live in the country. In addition, candidates must be in good health, with the ability to ride a bicycle that would be helpful for daily living. Enrollment in the National Health Insurance program also is required and will be made available at a reasonable rate.
The terms of employment will be from Sept. 1 through Aug. 31, 2007, with an option to renew for one additional year at the request of the Himeji City Board of Education. Airfare to and from Japan and local transportation within Himeji will be paid by the Himeji City Board of Education.
Wages for the assistant language teacher position range from 300,000 – 340,000 yen per month (approximately $2,599 – $2,845 U.S.), depending on experience.
The contract also provides a new, city-owned Western-style apartment house for 11,700 yen per month for a single-family size apartment and 23,400 yen per month for a double size. The deadline to apply is Monday, Feb. 27. For more information about the teach abroad program, visit phoenixsistercities.org
or call 602-534-3751.
Science Fair Highlights Student’s Projects
The Roosevelt School District will hold an all-day Science Fair March 1st inside the School District Board Room from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. The district board room is located at 6000 S. 7th Street, Phoenix.
The fair will showcase a variety of engaging and innovative science projects created by Roosevelt District students. The entire community is invited to attend the Science Fair.
Students Can Experience Weather on Wheels
ABC Channel 15 offers Weather on Wheels, a 24-foot mobile motion simulator lets kids experience weather, from lightning to rain and earthquakes.
In addition to an interactive video that kids watch in the mobile theatre, there are six weather pods where kids can see tornados and lighting form right before their eyes. They’ll also learn about how weathercasters gather and track weather information.
To view the WOW mobile motion simulator and learn more about weather, visit their website at ABC15.com.
Roosevelt Introduces New Parent Complaint Line
Any parent or community member of the Roosevelt School District who would like to make a complaint about any district school or administrative staff, and wishes to remain anonymous, can do so by calling 602-305-4764.
Drug Prevention Handbook Available to Parents
"The Handy Helpful Handbook: A Parent’s Guide to Drug Prevention" is printed as a public service by the Maricopa County Attorney’s Office, and is available free of charge.
You can choose either PDF or HTML (text) format by clicking on the links found at www.drugfreeaz.com/handbook.html
. If you would like to order copies of the "Handy Helpful Handbook," please call 602-506-7630.