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Articles from March 2023

EFGA student takes 5th Place in State Spelling Bee

Estrella Foothills 4th Grade student Alrick James took 5th Place in the recent 2023 Arizona Spelling Bee!

James was the youngest student to place in the Top 5 of Arizona spellers.

James advanced to the state-level bee after taking 1st Place in the Maricopa County Region 3 Spelling Bee in February.

He was also the champion in the Laveen School District’s bee.

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Notice of Governing Board Vacancy

The Laveen Elementary School District (LESD) is providing public notice of the opportunity for the residents of the LESD to serve as a member of the Governing Board. There is one (1) seat available on the Governing Board to serve from the date of appointment until after the November 2024 election.

Applications are due on Friday, March 31, 2023, by 4:00 p.m. 

Learn more and download an application on our Board Vacancy page.


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I Can Do It Award

Students holding awards Three Laveen students are the recipients of the Arizona Council for Exceptional Children’s “I Can Do It!” awards.

This year’s winners are:
Mabil Mabil, 4th Grade student at Laveen – Nominated by Ms. Turner
Issac Hlebak, 4th Grade student at Trailside Point- Nominated by Ms. Walker
Salma Salceda, 8th Grade student at Laveen – Nominated by Ms. Veney

The council featured Mabil and Salma in their conference video which can be viewed here: (Timestamps – 12:08 Mabil Mabil, 13:44 Salma Salceda)

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EFGA Middle School Students Complete IB Writing Requirement

Estrella Foothills Global Academy students in Grades 6-8 are all part of the International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme. Estrella Foothills received full authorization of becoming an IB school this past November. Students who are part of the Middle Years Programme strive to develop active learning skills that are internationally minded by empathizing with others. Students also develop critical thinking skills through inquiry-based learning activities within the classroom. Three of our IB students have gone above and beyond demonstrating IB learner attributes.

Kayleigh Mauk- 8th grade- She has been accepted into the IB program at North High School next year. She demonstrates attributes of not only being knowledgeable but principled in all that she does in and out of the classroom.

Amari McCullum, Robert Wells- 7th grade- Demonstrated being inquirers and communicators in their IB summative writing assignment in English Language Arts. Students were asked to research and evaluate the Victorian Era and Industrial Revolution to make connections and explain the author’s purpose in Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol.” IB students in their junior year of high school are required to write a 2,000 word essay. These two students doubled that by writing over 4,000 words! Some EFGA middle school students have already completed the IB requirement to write 2,000 word essays. A few have even accomplished the 3,000 word essay, which is a senior high school IB requirement.

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Exceptional Service Award Winners Recognized

Congratulations to the 2022-23 Exceptional Service Award winners! The Exceptional Service Award is the district’s highest honor for classified staff members.

  • Mathew Arockiaraj – Bus Driver – Transportation – 6 Years
  • Juan Cabral – Groundskeeper – Support Services – 15 Years
  • Michael Hall – School Guest Teacher – Laveen Elementary – 5 Years
  • Sheila Hall – Behavior Monitor – Desert Meadows – 8 Years
  • Tammy Heydari – School Guest Teacher – Vista – 4 Years
  • Virgilio Ignalig – Instructional Associate – Rogers Ranch – 3 years
  • Shari Reed – Health Associate – Paseo Pointe – 6 years
  • Andrea Sanchez – Cafeteria Manager – Child Nutrition/Paseo Pointe – 16 Years
  • Jennifer Schneider – Library Associate – Estrella Foothills – 7 Years
  • Cynthia Sanchez – Bookkeeper – Business Office – 16 Years
  • Maria Sida – Custodian – Cheatham – 18 Years
  • Cynthia Soltero – Behavior Monitor – M.C. Cash – 8 Years
  • Elizabeth Sotelo-Jimenez -Human Resources Technician – Human Resources – 16 Years
  • Cory Tait – Maintenance Technician – Support Service – 15 Years
  • Ashley Thirdgill – Student Success Associate – Trailside Point – 7 Years

These individuals display the following attributes:

  • Strong attendance and dependability
  • High quality and quantity of work
  • Excel at working harmoniously with others
  • Expert in their job responsibilities
  • Regularly show initiative and creatively solve problems
  • Provide excellent customer service

Their commitment to our students, staff and community is greatly appreciated.

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