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Wednesday, August 22, 2018

Laveen Students Back to School

Laveen Elementary School District’s opening day for students is Monday, August 5. Parents and students are encouraged to attend the “Meet Your Teacher Night” at their respective schools on Thursday, August 1, from 5 to 7 p.m. This is a wonderful opportunity to meet teachers, find classrooms, and alleviate some of the new school year jitters. Dr. Bill Johnson, Superintendent of the Laveen District, stated, “We are excited to welcome all of our new students to the District, welcome back all of our returning students, and are looking forward to another great year in each of our seven Laveen neighborhood schools.”

Laveen District schools have been preparing during the summer to ensure the 2013-2014 school year gets off to a great start. A four-week long Summer Reading Academy was held at Desert Meadows School for first through third grade students across the district. Approximately 200 Laveen District students participated in this opportunity to enhance their reading skills by engaging in a variety of literacy activities involving phonics, fluency, comprehension, and vocabulary development.

Rogers Ranch School opened its doors to students this summer through the Mustang Academy. This four-week summer program provided approximately 50 fourth through seventh grade students with extended learning opportunities including a variety of hands-on activities to promote teamwork while building reading and math skills.

More than 40 Laveen Elementary School staff members completed Leader in Me training to create a common culture and understanding by teaching Stephen R. Covey’s 7 Habits of Highly Effective People. The Leader in Me program will be at the foundation of the Leadership Academy for students at Laveen School.

Teachers new to the Laveen School District attended a week of orientation activities to ensure a smooth transition for the new school year. District personnel led sessions on how to keep students engaged in learning, classroom management, lesson planning, team-building, and preparing for the first days of school.

The Governing Board of the Laveen Elementary School District held a Budget and Truth in Taxation Hearing at its regular meeting on July 11. The exact wording of the Truth in Taxation notice, published in area newspapers, is mandated by the State of Arizona and could erroneously lead taxpayers to believe that their taxes would be increasing. However, the tax levy described in the Truth in Taxation notice was actually reduced from $1,550,000 to $750,000 for the coming year, which will decrease the taxes on a Laveen District home valued at $100,000 from $85.83 to $46.43.

Later this fall, photovoltaic solar panels will be installed at Laveen Elementary and Rogers Ranch Schools in conjunction with Salt River Project (SRP) and their Earthwise Commercial Solar Electric Program. The District has contracted with SolarCity Corporation through a cooperative RFP process to install and operate these systems. The structures will be built over parking and student waiting areas and will have the advantages of generating clean power, providing shade, and saving the District about $400,000 in electric utility costs over the 20-year agreement with SolarCity. There is no out-of-pocket or upfront cost to the District for the solar projects. Similar structures have already been installed at Cheatham Elementary, Desert Meadows, Trailside Point, Vista del Sur, and M.C. Cash schools.

The Laveen Elementary School District has seven kindergarten through eighth grade school campuses, including a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) school (Rogers Ranch), an AVID school (Cheatham), a Kids at Hope school (M.C. Cash), a Leadership Academy (Laveen School), a generationOn (service learning) school (Trailside Point), and a Traditional School (Vista del Sur). Student enrollment continues to rise in the Laveen District and has increased from 2,200 students in 2005 to 6,200 during the 2012-2013 school year.








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