Jennifer  Robinson
Maricopa Elementary School
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Principal's Corner

Letter from the Principal - February 2018

Dr. Jennifer Robinson
Dr. Jennifer Robinson

Dear Parents/Guardians: 

We need your help! Please take a few minutes to complete a short survey about our teachers and school. Please complete one survey for each school in the district where your children attend. For your convenience, we have created a link for the survey:

Flu Season

It is that time of the year again – Flu Season. Although attendance is very important, please follow these guidelines on when your child should return to school after being ill. They can return 24 hours after starting an antibiotic for a bacterial infection, or 24 hours after the fever is gone and you no longer are giving medication to control a fever, or 24 hours after any episode of vomiting or diarrhea.

Leader in Me School

We are continuing our 4th year as a Leader in Me school! Leader in Me provides our school with the vision and language to lead in a way that addresses all areas of development. We have been working on the Lighthouse process this year focusing on demonstrating evidence and measureable results in leadership, culture and academics. Currently there are 354 Lighthouse schools in the world and only three in Arizona. We have our Official Lighthouse review on February 15th.

School WIGS 

Do you know our school WIGS (Wildly Important Goals)? 80% of MES scholars will meet their expected growth in Reading & Math, and 95% of MES scholars will be present and on time for school. How does your scholar’s WIG help our school WIGS? Have you asked them about their WIG lately?

Habit 5—Seek first to understand, then to be understood

During February, we are focusing on Habit 5 – Seek first to understand, then to be understood. This means, we begin true communication and relationship building when, “we listen with the intent to understand others, rather than with the intent to reply”.   Seeking to understand takes kindness; seeking to be understood takes courage. Effectiveness lies in balancing the two.

Habit 5 is about communicating with others. It is about seeking to understand others, and then to be understood. When communicating, it is important to listen first and talk second. The deepest need of human beings is to be understood. Everyone wants to be respected and valued for whom and what he or she is - an individual. You can’t understand some who’s talking if you don’t listen carefully. Most people do not know how to truly listen well. We are usually too busy preparing a response or judging. It is important to understand good listening skills.

Poor Listening

Spacing Out: Someone is talking to you, but you ignore him or her because you are daydreaming or thinking about something else.

Pretending to Listen: You’re not paying attention to the person talking, but you pretend you are. You just say, “Uh, huh, cool, yeah, or hmmm.”

Selective Listening: You pay attention only to the part of the conversation that interests you or relates to you. You key in on specific words and then go off on your own conversation rather than listening to what the other person is trying to tell you.

Word Listening: You pay attention to the words, but you miss the point because you’re ignoring the tone, feelings, and body language. When you focus on words only, you miss the deeper emotions in someone’s heart.

Self-Centered Listening: You apply everything you hear to your own life. You say: Oh, I did the exact same thing. I did that too. Well, you don’t know what the other person feels, because you haven’t listened long enough.

Good Listening

Listen with your Eyes, Heart, and Ears: Make eye contact and try to sense how they might be feeling. Did you know only 7% of communication comes from the words we use? The rest comes from body language and the tone and feeling reflected in what you are not saying.

Stand in Their Shoes: Try to see the world as others see it and feel as they feel.

Mirroring: Genuine listening involves responding in a way that makes the speaker feel understood.   Reflect on what was said to you. Repeat back to the person what they just said. It is not mimicking when you put it in your own words. This lets the person know you understand what they are saying without judging or giving advice.

When you are a good listener, then people feel closer to you and it strengthens your relationships. If you try to understand someone before you judge them, it will make you feel better about yourself. Try to always be a good listener, and you will be happier with your relationships. 


In an effort to keep you informed we are sending out attendance updates. You will receive the first notice when your child has missed three days of school. A second notice will go out if your child has missed six days of school. A final notice will go out if your child has missed ten or more days. Once your child has missed ten or more days, we will ask you to set up a meeting with Dr. Robinson and your child’s teacher to discuss options to ensure your child is successful.

Site Council/PTO

Save the date! Join us on February 20th at 4:00 pm for our Site Council/PTO meeting where we will review and discuss our school progress, upcoming events and look for ways to support teaching and learning.

We look forward to sharing these new opportunities with you. Together, we can support children’s growth throughout the year, helping them reach their full potential.


Dr. Jennifer Robinson