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Articles from January 2023

Teachers Recognized for National Board Certification

Three Laveen School District teachers were surprised with balloons today in celebration of their National Board Certification. Salina Franklin, MC Cash exceptional needs specialist, is the district’s most recent teacher to become National Board Certified. Desert Meadows science teacher Steven Humble and MC Cash exceptional needs specialist Lauren DiDonna recently renewed their certification.

This is the highest certificate an educator can achieve in the United States. The process for obtaining a National Board Certification is a rigorous and reflective process that requires teachers to showcase the National Board Standards in their practice. It can take 3-5 years of continual work to achieve certification.

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Join our Team! Teacher Job Fair is January 26

The Laveen School District is hosting a job fair for teachers interested in joining our team. The job fair will be held on January 26, 2023, from 4:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. at the Laveen Education Center, 5001 W. Dobbins. Participants will have the opportunity to meet with Laveen administrators including school principals.

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Mission: Kindergarten 2023 is January 31

Enrolling a kindergartner next school year? Join us for an exploration of Laveen’s kindergarten program on January 31 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at all Laveen schools.

Each of our nine schools will host an information night for prospective families. Our school principals will navigate you through everything you need to know as you prepare to launch your child into a successful academic career.

Registration* for the 2023-24 school year will open on January 31. Apply online at www.LaveenSchools.org/registration. Enrollment requirements may apply.

Students may be enrolled in any of our schools regardless of where they live, space permitting. Families living outside of a school’s transportation zone will be responsible for providing transportation.

*Children must be 5 years old on or before August 31, 2023 to register for kindergarten. Preschool for children ages 3-5 is offered at Desert Meadows, Estrella Foothills, Paseo Pointe, and Vista del Sur.

Visit www.LaveenSchools.org/Kindergarten for more information.

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Social Studies Adoption Committee Reviewing Potential Curriculum for Adoption

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

Savvas Realize Social Studies

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Social Studies

Teacher’s Curriculum Institute Social Studies (TCI)

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, Executive Director of Curriculum and Instruction at twatkins@laveeneld.org

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