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Articles from October 2022

District Celebrated the Opening of Desert Meadows Early Childhood Center

The Laveen Elementary School District celebrated the opening of its Early Childhood Center at Desert Meadows School with a ribbon-cutting ceremony, tour, and reception on Wednesday, October 19 at 4:30 p.m.

This is the district’s first stand-alone building dedicated to preschool-aged children. Constructed adjacent to the Desert Meadows School campus, the center includes four preschool classrooms, a reception area, a conference room, and administrative offices that house the District’s Kids Club and Preschool staff.

The building houses both the district’s developmental preschool for children with special needs as well as the academic general education preschool.

Designed by BWS Architects and constructed by Chasse Building Team, the large classrooms provide ample space for reading, dramatic play, and craft centers as well as naptime and circle-time. High windows allow for natural light while automatic shades prepare the room for napping at the touch of a button. Dimmers allow teachers to adjust lighting for instructional needs. Each classroom has its own interactive Promethean board, sink, water fountain, and bathroom with pint-sized fixtures and Dutch doors. Brightly colored non-skid flooring and modern cabinetry add to the functional space.

All classrooms exit to the playground in which learning tools have been incorporated into the play structures. The administrative area is comprised of a secure reception area, large conference room, offices for dedicated staff, and storage. The exterior is comprised of glass, metal, and concrete wood-look materials that create a bright and inviting space for families. An outside seating area and desert landscaping allow for informal gathering.

The building is energy efficient with LED lighting inside and out, highly-rated windows, and the latest in energy management controls.

The grand opening celebration will begin with remarks from district officials and its construction partners followed by an official ribbon-cutting which will include current preschoolers. Visitors will then tour the building. A reception of lemonade and cookies will conclude the event on the playground.

The cost of the building was $3,962,668 and was funded entirely through bond proceeds approved by Laveen voters in 2015.

Desert Meadows is located at 6855 W. Meadows Loop East.

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Stretch of 38th Ave to be Renamed “Sandomir Way”

The stretch of 38th Avenue, between Wier Ave. and Roeser Rd., will be renamed “Sandomir Way” in honor of the late M.C. Cash School Principal, Lisa Sandomir. 

The Phoenix City Council approved the Laveen School District’s request to rename the street at their October 12, 2022 meeting. The request was previously reviewed by the Laveen Village Planning Committee.

Lisa Sandomir passed away October 27, 2021 after sustaining injuries in a car accident the day before. Sandomir was the principal of M.C. Cash Elementary for 15 years and had a tremendous impact on the M.C. Cash neighborhood and community. Thousands of local residents were educated under her and she saw multiple generations of families go through her school.

Under Sandomir’s leadership, M.C. Cash School adopted the Kid at Hope framework—a belief system that all children can succeed when they have anchor adults in their lives. She ensured that every M.C. Cash staff member would serve as that anchor adult if a child didn’t have one at home. This belief system drives every aspect of M.C. Cash’s operations which resulted in the school being recognized as an A+ School of Excellence.

Her work did not go unnoticed in the community that she served. She was routinely recognized by the Playa Margarita Park community organization and she received their Community Service Award in 2019.

M.C. Cash School faces this street and is the only property that is affected by the name change.

The district plans to have an unveiling celebration once the new signs are installed.

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Certificate of Financial Reporting

Financial ExcellenceThe Association of School Business Officials International (ASBO) has once again awarded Laveen School District the Certificate of Excellence in Financial Reporting (COE). This award recognizes districts that have met the program’s high standards for financial reporting and transparency. The school district earned the Certificate of Excellence for its Annual Comprehensive Financial Report (ACFR) for the fiscal year ended 2021.

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6 – 8 Social Studies Adoption Committee

Vacancy Announcement

Social Studies Curriculum Committee for Grades 6 – 8

Academic Services is seeking parents, teachers, instructional coaches, and administrators to serve in a collaborative capacity to research and evaluate Social Studies programs for grades 6 – 8. The committee will be trained in evaluative criteria prior to reviewing programs and accompanying resources. Our first meeting dates are tentatively scheduled for November 1st and November 15th at the LEC from 4pm-5pm.

To apply, please submit a brief letter of interest to your building principal by Friday, October 21st. Letters of interest will only be accepted with principal approval.

Please direct any questions to Tracy Watkins, Executive Director of Curriculum and Instruction: twatkins@laveeneld.org.

 

 

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Pinnacle of Leadership Award

Each year we recognize select administrators who exhibit exceptional leadership, outstanding accomplishment, and dedicated service to Laveen’s students and community.

This year we are recognizing nine administrators: Nicole Goodwin and Melissa Garcia of M.C. Cash, Jessica Epacs and Erin Scagnelli of Vista del Sur, Dr. Robert Caplinger and Reed Brotherton of Laveen School, Purchasing Supervisor Julie Carson, Community Engagement Coordinator Joe Roselle, and Estrella Foothills Assistant Principal Erin Lebish.

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