Accomplishments

Laveen schools, students, staff, and governing board have won numerous statewide awards recognizing their excellence in education.

School Awards

National Blue Ribbon School, U.S. Department of Education
Vista del Sur Accelerated Academy, 2016

A+ School of Excellence, Arizona Education Foundation
M.C. Cash School, 2014
Trailside Point School, 2014

Academic Pentathlon
Cheatham Elementary
2nd Place, 2016, 2017

High Performing Reward School, Arizona Department of Education
Vista Del Sur Traditional School, 2015

Gold Achievement Award, Positive Behavior and Interventions Supports of Arizona
Trailside Point, 2015, 2016, 2017

Silver Award, Positive Behavior and Interventions Supports of Arizona
Desert Meadows, 2017
Vista del Sur, 2017
Trailside Point 2014

Bronze Award, Positive Behavior and Interventions Supports of Arizona
Cheatham, 2017

District Awards

Certificate of Excellence in Financial Reporting, Association of School Business Officials International
Business Services Department, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017

Overall Excellence in Public Relations, Arizona School Public Relations Association
Opening of Paseo Pointe, 2017
Promotional Video Series, 2016
“Creating bright futures” Brand Development, 2016

Excellence in Publications and Electronic Media, Arizona School Public Relations Association
Paseo Pointe Promotional Video, 2017
The District Dialogue E-Newsletter, 2016
Website Design, 2016
Video Production, 2016

Award of Excellence for a Specific Public Relations Program, Arizona School Public Relations Association
Special Needs Resource Fair, 2016
The Latest from Laveen District Newsletter, 2015
Graphic Standards, 2015
Winter Festival, 2015

Governing Board Awards

Spirit of South Mountain Award, Laveen Chamber of Commerce
2008

Lou Ella Kleinz Award of Excellence, Arizona School Boards Association
2007

Staff Awards

Educator of the Year, Anti-Defamation League of Arizona
Sarah Steele, Trailside Point Counselor, 2017

A+ Teacher of the Week, 12 News
Tim Thomas, Rogers Ranch Principal, 2017
James Flowers, Rogers Ranch Teacher, 2017

Milken Educator Award, Milken Family Foundation
Tim Thomas, Rogers Ranch Principal, 2017

Outstanding Leadership Award, Arizona Council of Administrators in Special Education
Steve Preis,  Desert Meadows Principal, 2017

Distinguished Service Award, Arizona Council for Exceptional Children
Colleen Reinboldt, Laveen School Occupational Therapist, 2017

Rodel Exemplary Principal Award, Maricopa County Education Services Agency
Tim Thomas, Rogers Ranch, 2017

Superintendent of the Year (Large District), Arizona School Administrators 
Dr. Bill Johnson, 2016

Rodel Exemplary Teacher, Rodel Foundation of Arizona
Sarah Mikula, M.C. Cash School, 2016

S/P/N Excellence in Education Award, Alpha Delta Kappa
Betty Ehret, Trailside Point, 2016

Higher Education Division’s Outstanding Dissertation Student, Arizona School Administrators
Todd Liolios, 2015

Rodel Exemplary Principal, Rodel Foundation of Arizona
Lisa Sandomir, M.C. Cash School, 2015

Rodel Aspiring Principal, Rodel Foundation of Arizona
Brett Humphrey, Trailside Point School, 2015
Cory Woodard, Rogers Ranch, 2014

Adult Coach/Mentor Award, Arizona FIRST Lego League
Tristan Henderson, Vista del Sur, 2015

Student Awards

Arizona Spelling Bee
Lindsay Davis, Vista del Sur
3rd Place, 2017
4th Place, 2016

AZ MESA Day 2017 Competition
ASCE PVC Bridge Building Challenge
Vista del Sur , 1st Place

Designer of the Day Challenge
Vista del Sur, 1st Place
Rogers Ranch, 2nd Place

“It’s Complicated” Contraption Challenge
Vista del Sur, 1st Place
Rogers Ranch, 3rd Place

Golf Ball Delivery Challenge
1st Place/Gold: Vista del Sur

AZ MESA Day 2016 Competition
Solar Car Challenge
Vista del Sur, 2nd Place

Arizona’s Smart Money Challenge, Junior Achievement
Mekeilah Aguilar, Vista del Sur, 2016

“I Can Do It” Award, Arizona Council for Exceptional Children
Luis Reyes-Serna, M.C. Cash, 2017
Juliana Garcia, Desert Meadows, 2016
Carlos Gaspar, Desert Meadows, 2016
Josiah Davis, Rogers Ranch, 2015

Special Olympics State Competition
Andrew Capono, Trailside Point
Silver Medal – 25 meter free style, 2015
Silver Medal – 25 meter free style, 2016

Stormwater Pollution Calendar Art Contest, Maricopa County Environmental Services
Jaymie Vindell, M.C. Cash, 2016

Children’s Goal Setting Project
Breanna Hurd, Vista Del Sur
February 2015 winner

“Symbol of Freedom” Art and Essay Contest, Phoenix Suns & Southwest Airlines
Lizbet Suarez, M.C. Cash
Grand Prize, 2014

2015 Martin Luther King, Jr. Art & Essay Contest, Arizona State University
Alan Roy, Vista del Sur 2nd Place—Essay
Lucas Henderson, Vista del Sur 3rd Place—Essay
Jorge Jasso, Trailside Point, 3rd Place –Art

Grand Canyon State Games Essay Contest
Julia Adams, Vista del Sur
Bronze Award, 2015

Elisabeth Montoya, Desert Meadows
Silver Award, 2014

AZ MESA Day 2015 Competition
Aquatic Vehicle Competition
Vista del Sur, 2nd Place

Roller Coaster Run Competition
Trailside Point, 2nd Place

Regional Spelling Bee
Jaad Waters, Vista del Sur
3rd Place, 2014

Jeremy Jackrabbit Saves Every Drop
Ava Escarzaga, Vista del Sur
2015 Student Illustrations

Jeremy Jackrabbit Captures the Sun
Celeste Lamadrid, Vista del Sur
Sarah Lynd, Trailside Point
Natalie Pol, Trailside Point
Stephen Purvis, Trailside Point
Marissa Torres, Trailside Point
2014 Student Illustrations

Valley Metro Cool Transit Art Contest
Cecilia Archibald, M.C. Cash
July 2015 Calendar Artwork