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Articles from December 2017

Laveen Breaks Ground on David Glasser Athletic Complex

Laveen Elementary School District held a groundbreaking celebration for the David Glasser Athletic Complex on November 3. The complex will be built on the site of the old Laveen School at 5001 W. Dobbins.

The new athletic complex will include a football/soccer field and two baseball fields. It will serve the various youth ball clubs of Laveen.

The complex is named in honor of fallen Phoenix Police Officer David Glasser who was killed in the line of duty in 2016 while responding to a burglary call within the Laveen community.

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Laveen Raises $7,213 To Benefit Mexico Earthquake Recovery

Students and staff in the Laveen Elementary School District raised $7,213 to support recovery efforts for Mexico’s devastating earthquake. The funds were raised through a Dress Down Day fundraiser held on September 29.

For $1, students were permitted to dress out of uniform and staff members could dress in business casual attire. All eight schools and district departments participated. Parents and community members also made donations.

The idea came from Brittney Downs, a third grade teacher at Paseo Pointe — the district’s dual language immersion school. The school was celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month and students were researching various Spanish speaking countries when the earthquake struck.

“In the midst of our efforts to celebrate these cultures, Mexico was hit by a tragedy.  Helping will connect our students to the Mexican people in a way that goes deeper than just studying their culture,” Downs explained. “What better way to honor them than to lend a helping hand in a time of need?”

She pitched the idea to district superintendent Dr. Bill Johnson who was immediately on board with the idea. “We have so many students who have family members in Mexico. I’ve been asking staff to think of ways in which we can show our support to our families impacted by this tragedy. This district-wide effort allows students, staff, and our entire Laveen community to help many of our neighbors and friends.”

“I think all people, children included, know and feel the benefits when they help others.  When we fill other people’s buckets, our buckets are getting filled too,” Downs said. “I hope our fundraiser reflects our hearts for loving our neighbor- in our classrooms, in our community, and all over the world. I hope the students are empowered to a lifetime of serving others.”

The money will be sent to GlobalGiving which provides critical resources such as housing, medical aid, water, and emotional support.

 

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Apply Now For Discounted Lunch Prices

Did you apply for discounted school lunch prices this year? Families must reapply annually. If you qualified last year your eligibility expired September 19. Please reapply at EZMealApp.com or complete a paper application at your school’s front office or cafeteria.

All families are encouraged to apply. Applications are processed year round and are kept confidential. Families that meet federal income levels may qualify for free or reduced-price meals. Lunches are currently priced at $2.20; the reduced price is $.40. Breakfast is served free to all students, regardless of eligibility, before school each day.

In addition to receiving a discount on meal prices, completed applications provide additional funds to the district in the form of grant money. Funding for prevention programs, parent training, and interventions for students in reading and math is often based on the number of students qualified for free or reduced–price lunch.

Visit our Child Nutrition page for more information.

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Laveen Moves to a Standards-Based Grading System

Beginning in the 2017-18 school year, Laveen will be utilizing a standards-based grading system which allows us to better communicate with parents on the progress students are making toward mastering the academic standards. Students’ grades for each subject area will be reported in two separate categories: academic achievement and effort. The academic grades will  include assignments or tests that measure the students’ mastery of the learning standards. The effort grades will include such things as class assignments, homework, and participation.

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David Glasser Foundation Supplies 1st Graders with Backpacks

July 27 was a special night for Cheatham first graders as they received free backpacks and school supplies from the David Glasser Foundation.  First graders were treated to pizza and games while interacting Phoenix Police Officers. They also had the opportunity to watch a K9 demonstration, control a robot, and hop on the Bearcat. The event was part of the foundation’s first give back event honoring our community’s fallen officer. Peter Piper Pizza hosted the event.

View photos from the event on our flickr page.

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