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Jennifer  Robinson
Maricopa Elementary School
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Principal's Corner

Letter from the Principal - September 2017

Dear Parent/Guardians,

It feels good to get back into the swing of things. Thank you for choosing Maricopa Elementary School. We are very excited about this year, and new opportunities to partner with you and your family. Thank you for joining us for our first Site Council and PTO meeting – the energy and commitment to our scholars was awesome. If you are wondering how you can help, join us at our next meeting on September 19th at 4:00 p.m.

Just a reminder, scholars are allowed on campus beginning at 7:40 a.m. We have noticed several scholars arriving early without parental supervision.

     

LEADER IN ME LIGHTHOUSE PROCESS

We need your help – please take a few minutes to complete this survey about our school and leadership. This is specific to MES and our Leader in Me process. We will use these results to help guide our Lighthouse process. https://theleaderinmeonline.org/assessments/assessment/d5eea3b34ec0d96e

The Lighthouse process will begin with a Readiness Review on October 25th focusing on leadership, culture and academics. A team will come in and meet with scholars, teachers and parents to learn more about how the Leader in Me process has impacted our school. If you are interested in being involved with the parent interview, please reach out to Jen Robinson at jrobinson@musd20.org or 520-568-5161. Currently, there are 343 Lighthouse schools in the world and only three in Arizona! Maricopa Elementary is getting ready to change that!

 

NATIONAL BOARD PROFESSIONAL TEACHING SCHOOL

Maricopa Elementary is working with the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards in a 2-year effort to increase the number of Board Certified teachers. Did you know that board certification is the highest certification a teacher can earn? The standards are built around five core propositions: Teachers are committed to students and their learning. Teachers know the subjects they teach and how to teach those subjects to students. Teachers are responsible for managing and monitoring student learning. Teachers think systematically about their practice and learn from experience. Teachers are members of learning communities.

Here is where it gets exciting – ready? In MUSD we have 5 Board Certified teachers, 3 of those teachers are at MES! This year at MES we have 1 teacher awaiting score release, 6 more teachers committed to beginning or continuing the process and 5 additional teachers have committed to a pre-candidacy class, which outlines and prepares them for the certification process. That said, close to 40% of MES teachers are in the National Board certification process!

 

CLUB SLITHER

Maricopa elementary school was awarded the 21st Century Afterschool Grant through the Arizona Department of Education. Club Slither will start September 5th

We are excited to announce that Sports and Beyond will continue this year.  The first semester this class will be open to students in grades 3 & 5. Second semester we will open the class to students in grades 2 & 4.

If you have any questions about Club Slither or Sports and Beyond, please contact Mrs. Kelly at lkelly@musd20.org.

 

Sincerely,

Dr. Jennifer Robinson

 

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