Articles from February 2018

Five Vista Students Win “Symbols of Freedom” Contest

Congratulations to Vista 7th graders Selene Contreras, Arissa Perucho, Itzel Paco Montano, Pichlinna San, and Zariah Parker. These five students are winners of the Symbols of Freedom Art/Essay Contest sponsored by Southwest Airlines and the Phoenix Suns.

Participants were to write an essay on the topic “What does freedom mean to me?” They then found inspiration from their words to create a poster that was symbolic of their interpretation of “freedom.” Students in Mrs. Natalie Urick’s English language arts classes submitted entries.

All five receive an all-expenses paid trip to Memphis, Tennessee where they will tour national museums and historic landmarks. They will also attend the Phoenix Suns vs. Memphis Grizzlies game. The prize is valued at $1,500 each.

Seventh graders residing in Maricopa County were eligible to participate and 10 winners were selected.

See the Vista winners’ artwork below.

Zariah's artwork  Zariah Parker

“Stained Glass”

Selene's artwork Selene Contreras

“Freedom is Happiness Derived from Courage”

Pichlinna's Artwork Pichlinna San

“Our Youth is Ours”

Itzel's artwork Itzel Paco Montano

“Building a Home from the Wreckage”

Arissa's artwork Arissa Perucho

“Dared to Dream”

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Make a Donation to Laveen Schools Before April 15 and Receive a Credit on 2017’s Taxes

You can reduce the amount you owe in taxes by making a donation to Laveen schools through Arizona’s Public School Tax Credit Program. Tax credit contributions may only be used to support character education and fee-based extracurricular activities such as after-school tutoring and clubs, academic enrichment, field trips, fine art programs, and athletics.

For every dollar you donate, the amount you owe on your Arizona taxes will be that much less. This means you can reduce the amount you owe come the April deadline or increase the amount of your refund if you have tax liabilities for 2017. If you do not owe taxes, the amount you donate may be carried forward for up to five years to offset future tax liabilities. For example, if a single person owes $300 on their state taxes for 2017 and donates the maximum amount of $200, they will then only owe the state $100.

Couples filing jointly may donate any amount up to $400. Individuals may contribute up to $200.

The deadline to donate and claim a tax credit on your 2017 taxes is April 15, 2018.

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Vista Students Create Kindness Chain

Our students created a Kindness Chain measuring over 520 feet. Each link is representative of one student recognizing another student for a kind act. The goal was to stretch it from kindergarten to middle school. We did it and then some!


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Vista Student To Serve On Governor’s Council

Vista del Sur student Lauren Salaz has been selected to serve on Governor Doug Ducey’s Chief Science Officer STEM Advisory. Created by the Governor’s Office of Education, the advisory provides students the opportunity to be heard on topics related to science, technology, math, and engineering. She is one of 14 Chief Science Officers to be selected by the Sci-Tech Council.


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