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Artículos de December 2022

Potential Social Studies curriculum for 2023-2024 school year

The 6-8 social studies adoption committee is in the process of reviewing potential curriculum for adoption to begin in the 2023-24 school year. The committee is currently reviewing the following publishers:

McGraw Hill Social Studies
MCH Program Overview

Savvas Realize Social Studies
Savvas Program Overview

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Social Studies
HMH Social Studies Overview

Teacher’s Curriculum Institute Social Studies (TCI)
TCI Social Studies Overview

The materials are currently on digital display for community input. Login information can be found here. Printed materials are also available upon request. If you have any questions or comments please contact:

Dr. Tracy Watkins

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Estrella Foothills Authorized as an International Baccalaureate World School for the Middle Years Programme

EFGA IBEstrella Foothills Global Academy has received authorization to become an International Baccalaureate World School for the Middle Years Programme.

IB World Schools are part of a global community of schools committed to developing knowledgeable, caring young people who will be ready to negotiate their futures successfully and make contributions resulting in a more harmonious and peaceful world.

“We commend your school’s educators, administrators, students, and families for their active roles in choosing to offer the Middle Years Programme. The positive results of this choice will become evident in your community as classes of MYP students graduate and undertake activities that enhance social, cultural, and economic environments locally, nationally, and, perhaps, internationally,” wrote Olli-Pekka Heinonen, Director General of International Baccalaureate in his letter to the school.

EFGA has been an IB Candidate School for the last few years while it sought full authorization. IB team members conducted their verification visit to the school in October which was the final step of the authorization process.

Learn more about the Middle Years Programme at EFGA.

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Laveen is Home to Six “A” Rated Schools

On October 31, 2022, the Arizona Department of Education released new letter grades for each school based on the latest state assessment data from the 2021-22 school year. All schools in the Laveen School District have received top marks with six schools earning an “A” rating and three schools earning a “B” rating from the Arizona Department of Education for 2022. 

Desert Meadows School, Estrella Foothills Global Academy, Laveen School, M.C. Cash School, Rogers Ranch School, and Vista del Sur Accelerated Academy all received “A” Labels. Cheatham, Paseo Pointe, and Trailside Point received “B” Labels, also considered to be “Highly Performing.” Visit our accountability page for more detailed information about each school’s letter grade.

Laveen attributes this performance to providing quality and rigorous instruction to all students with a focus on academic growth. “Our students and staff have been doing amazing work, “ said district superintendent Dr. Jeff Sprout. “We are focused on instructional excellence and have also received incredible support from our parents and community.  These latest school letter grades reflect that.”

Background: The Arizona Department of Education (ADE) issues annual achievement profiles for every public school in the state of Arizona, based on an A through F scale. The system measures year-to-year student academic growth; proficiency in English language arts, math, and science; the proficiency and academic growth of English language learners; and acceleration/readiness indicators.

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Laveen’s Annual Winter Festival is December 2

Each year, the Laveen Elementary School District hosts a Winter Festival for the community. The ninth annual Laveen Winter Festival is scheduled for Friday, December 2, 2022. The event runs from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the David Glasser Athletic Complex, 5001 W. Dobbins.

This year’s Winter Festival will feature obstacle courses (for both big and little kids), games, activities, student performances, photo opportunities, holiday gift vendors, food, and much more!

Admission is free. Tickets will be available for purchase for select activities. Credit cards accepted.

All proceeds benefit the Laveen Education Foundation.

Visit our Winter Festival page for more info.

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