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Articles from December 2023

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.

Learn more: https://www.laveenschools.org/programs-services/child-nutrition/life-time-foundation/

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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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M.C. Cash and Paseo Pointe Advance in “Read to the Final Four”

Read to the Final Four is a literacy challenge aimed at creating a lifelong love and interest in reading for third-grade students across the state of Arizona. This was created to support the NCAA’s commitment to education. Schools, teachers, and students participating in this tournament-style program have the chance to win fun prizes and compete to be named the Championship School.

Students have been logging their minutes read. The average minutes read per student per school were calculated, with each school’s best four weeks identified for qualification to the bracket competition. Hundreds of schools throughout Arizona are participating in this year’s competition, including all nine of our Laveen schools.

On Monday, January 29, the top 68 schools advancing in the brackets were officially announced. We are pleased to announce that M.C.Cash and Paseo Pointe Dual Language Academy have advanced and qualified for the bracket challenge. All of our other schools are still competing in the Best of the Rest Challenge through March 3.

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Paseo Pointe is an A+ School of Excellence

Paseo Pointe Dual Language Academy and Desert Meadows School 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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Governing Board Welcomes Newest Member

The Office of the Maricopa County Superintendent has appointed Jennifer Goetzke to Laveen’s Governing Board. She fills the seat that was vacated last year.

Ms. Goetzke has lived in Laveen for 17 years and is a Laveen School District parent. She is an active volunteer at her daughter’s school and is a coach for the Girls on the Run club.

Ms. Goetzke works in the human resources field and holds a SHRM-CP certification. She is a State of Arizona employee, currently assigned to the Department of Economic Security as the Deputy Chief Human Resources Officer.

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Enrollment for 2024-2025 Opens February 5

Enrollment for 2024-2025 school year begins February 5 . Visit our Registration page to enroll your child using our secure online parent portal or to access printable enrollment documents.

Parents/guardians will need to present the required documents listed below in person for verification prior to the start of school.

  • Child’s original birth certificate
  • Child’s immunization record
  • Proof of Residence, such as utility receipt or lease agreement (refer to Arizona Residency Guidelines)
  • Legal papers, if applicable for custody
  • Withdrawal form and report card from previous school
  • Photo identification for parent/guardian.

*Please note, Vista del Sur is an accelerated school and students must take an assessment prior to enrolling. Paseo Pointe is a dual language immersion (DLI) school. Students entering kindergarten – seventh grade must enroll in the DLI program (DLI will expand a grade level each year).

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