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Articles from December 2017

Laveen Schools Move to E-Flyers

Beginning in August 2017, Laveen schools will utilize Peachjar’s e-flyer system to distribute flyers, newsletters, and other student-centered information to parents.

E-mail blasts containing flyers from your child’s school, PTO, or non-profit student-centered activities will be sent to parents generally once a week. Flyers are maintained on a dedicated webpage for later reference.

Only school information such as school newsletters, event flyers, and PTO happenings as well as approved flyers from non-profit child-centered organizations such as Girl Scouts, ball leagues, and local community groups will be sent to the email addresses on file for each family. Parents should make sure their school office has their current email address.

Parents may sign up for a free Peachjar account to utilize added features, like combining schools. But, this is not necessary to receive flyers.

Visit www.laveeneld.org/e-flyers for more information.

 

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Laveen Schools Implement Student IDs

Beginning in August 2017, all students attending Laveen schools will be required to wear a student identification badge at all times while on campus or on the bus.

In addition to serving as school identification, the badges will contain a bar code for students to use as they go through the cafeteria line. Students utilizing Laveen’s bus transportation will also swipe their badge as they board and exit the bus. Read more about the Zonar bus pass system.

 

 

 

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Laveen – One of the Nation’s “Googliest” School Districts

Google Reference District BadgeThe Laveen Elementary School District has been named a Google for Education Reference District for our strong vision and transformation of education with technology. Reference Districts demonstrate excellence and thought leadership through the innovative use of technology, including G Suite for Education (formerly known as Google Apps for Education) and Chromebooks, to drive impact and positive learning outcomes.  Laveen was invited to become part of the program due to our strong adoption of G Suite for Education tools and Chromebooks. The district is now considered one of the “Googliest” in the nation.

Laveen also had 11 employees across the district become Google Certified Trainers. Certified Trainers have a passion to transform classrooms with technology and will inspire and support teachers across the district as they redefine classroom learning. To achieve this certification participants must attend several training workshops to learn the vast array of Google tools and how to deliver effective training plans while helping fellow educators use Google technologies. They must also take Google Certified Educator exams and submit video documentaries that include a personal bio & training screencast. Certified Trainers will support Laveen’s schools by offering Google workshops for staff and provide on-site support to staff and students. Laveen’s Google for Education Certified Trainers are: J.D. Williams, Reed Brotherton, Sarah Mikula, Tristan Henderson, Michelle Blakely, Frincine Tait, Alecia Salvati, Katrina Conley, Richard Pino, Ella Chasten, and Spencer Cotter. Williams was the first Laveen staff member to achieve this certification.

 

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Bus Pass System Implemented

Laveen is implementing a new bus pass system for the 2017-18 school year. Because safety is a primary concern of the Laveen School District, this bus pass system will tell our dispatchers if a student was on board and where they exited.

All school buses will be equipped with electronic card readers; new student ID badges that contain a chip will be issued to all bus riders. As students board and exit the bus, he or she will tap their badge against the reader. A green light will illuminate on the reader if the swipe is successful.

While these two measures won’t be fully implemented until August 2017, our front office staff is currently preparing for the new procedures which will take effect May 15, 2017. Transportation labels will be affixed to student badges. This label will contain the student’s route number and bus stop location. In the event a student boards the wrong bus or is unsure as to where they should exit, the bus driver can easily look at the sticker and ensure the student is where they should be.

As these two phases are implemented, it will be important that your child have their badge with them each day. We will never leave a student at the bus stop in the morning and will bring all students to school. However, a student who has forgotten their badge must report to their school office for a temporary pass for the ride home.

Bus Pass Letter

Carta de pase para autobus

 

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Laveen Schools Recognized for PBIS

Congratulations to all eight Laveen schools for being recognized with the PBISaz Achievement Award. This award recognizes schools for successful implementation and measurable student outcomes with school-wide systems of Positive Behavior Interventions and Support (PBIS). Award levels are based on time participating in PBIS as well as measured student improvement.
School Award
Trailside Point Gold
Desert Meadows Silver
Vista del Sur Silver
Cheatham Bronze
Laveen Merit
M.C. Cash Merit
Paseo Pointe Merit
Rogers Ranch Merit
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