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Articles from December 2017

Bus Pass System Implemented

Laveen is implementing a new bus pass system for the 2017-18 school year. Because safety is a primary concern of the Laveen School District, this bus pass system will tell our dispatchers if a student was on board and where they exited.

All school buses will be equipped with electronic card readers; new student ID badges that contain a chip will be issued to all bus riders. As students board and exit the bus, he or she will tap their badge against the reader. A green light will illuminate on the reader if the swipe is successful.

While these two measures won’t be fully implemented until August 2017, our front office staff is currently preparing for the new procedures which will take effect May 15, 2017. Transportation labels will be affixed to student badges. This label will contain the student’s route number and bus stop location. In the event a student boards the wrong bus or is unsure as to where they should exit, the bus driver can easily look at the sticker and ensure the student is where they should be.

As these two phases are implemented, it will be important that your child have their badge with them each day. We will never leave a student at the bus stop in the morning and will bring all students to school. However, a student who has forgotten their badge must report to their school office for a temporary pass for the ride home.

Bus Pass Letter

Carta de pase para autobus


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Laveen Schools Recognized for PBIS

Congratulations to all eight Laveen schools for being recognized with the PBISaz Achievement Award. This award recognizes schools for successful implementation and measurable student outcomes with school-wide systems of Positive Behavior Interventions and Support (PBIS). Award levels are based on time participating in PBIS as well as measured student improvement.
School Award
Trailside Point Gold
Desert Meadows Silver
Vista del Sur Silver
Cheatham Bronze
Laveen Merit
M.C. Cash Merit
Paseo Pointe Merit
Rogers Ranch Merit
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Rogers Ranch Principal Tim Thomas Honored With Milken Educator Award

Tim Thomas

Photo Credit: Milken Family Foundation

Rogers Ranch Principal Tim Thomas received a surprise when Mr. Lowell Milken of the Milken Education Foundation presented him with the prestigious Milken Educator Award. The award took place during a school assembly which Mr. Thomas thought was an Arizona Department of Education event to launch STEM initiatives. In addition to being recognized for his instructional leadership and mentoring, Thomas was awarded $25,000. He is among the 35 honorees to receive this award across the nation for 2016-17 and the only one from Arizona.

For more information on Mr. Thomas and this award, visit the Milken Education Foundation’s website.


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