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Articles from February 2024

Chef Kent Visits Cafeterias to Train Staff on Speed Scratch Cooking

The Life Time Foundation’s Chef Kent has been visiting Laveen schools to train child nutrition staff on preparing ramen bowls with chicken and oven-fried rice. They will conduct student taste tests and get feedback to determine if these items will make it onto our menu next school year.

Laveen’s Child Nutrition Department has partnered with the Life Time Foundation to support its mission to ensure all of our students receive nutritious meals to support academic excellence in a positive environment. Chef Kent periodically provides culinary training to staff to implement more speed-scratch cooking, work to reduce the amount of highly processed foods on our menus, and phase out foods that contain “ingredients of concern.”

Governing Board Clerk Michele Anderson joined in the lesson and was charged with preparing fresh ginger for the first culinary lesson.

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Join our Team! Teacher Job Fair is February 29, 2024

The Laveen School District is hosting a job fair for teachers interested in joining our team. The job fair will be held on February 29, 2024, 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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Laveen’s Communications Team Receives Copper Medallion Award for Public Relations

Congratulations to Laveen’s Communications Team for receiving the Copper Medallion Award from the Arizona School Public Relations Association. They received the award for the Mission: Kindergarten project.

The Copper Medallion is awarded to comprehensive, well-planned district-wide public relations programs. Laveen is one of only two school districts in Arizona to receive this year’s award and the only district in the under 10,000 student category.

Laveen also received Awards of Excellence for the “I Love Laveen Schools” social media campaign and a writing proposal for the naming of Sandomir Way.

Laveen’s communications team includes Kristen Landry, Director and Jessica Begazo, Specialist.

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Desert Meadows, Paseo Pointe Named A+ Schools of Excellence

Desert Meadows School and Paseo Pointe Dual Language Academy have been named A+ Schools of Excellence® by the Arizona Educational Foundation! The prestigious A+ designation is awarded to schools that showcase excellence in all aspects of their school.

Both schools underwent a rigorous application process and two site visits where they had the opportunity to demonstrate the comprehensive school-wide programs that lead to their achievements.

The AEF awards the A+ School of Excellence® designation to schools that consistently share the following traits:

  • Model quality and equity
  • Demonstrate a strong commitment to academic excellence
  • Respond successfully to the changing environment of education
  • Cultivate learning-centered, safe school environments
  • Encourage innovative instruction by supporting teachers
  • Actively address students’ social, emotional, physical, and intellectual needs
  • Demonstrate superior ability to go above and beyond the norm in providing services to children, families, and the local community

The A+ designation is valid for 3.5 years. With the addition of Desert Meadows and Paseo Pointe Dual Language Academy, Laveen now has four current A+ Schools of Excellence®!  These schools join Laveen School (2022), and Vista del Sur Accelerated Academy (2020). 

Trailside Point Performing Arts Academy (2014, 2018), Rogers Ranch STEM Academy (2019), and M.C. Cash School (2014, 2018) have all been recipients of this award previously.

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