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Laveen Breaks Ground on David Glasser Athletic Complex

Laveen Elementary School District held a groundbreaking celebration for the David Glasser Athletic Complex on November 3. The complex will be built on the site of the old Laveen School at 5001 W. Dobbins.

The new athletic complex will include a football/soccer field and two baseball fields. It will serve the various youth ball clubs of Laveen.

The complex is named in honor of fallen Phoenix Police Officer David Glasser who was killed in the line of duty in 2016 while responding to a burglary call within the Laveen community.




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Laveen Raises $7,213 To Benefit Mexico Earthquake Recovery

Students and staff in the Laveen Elementary School District raised $7,213 to support recovery efforts for Mexico’s devastating earthquake. The funds were raised through a Dress Down Day fundraiser held on September 29.

For $1, students were permitted to dress out of uniform and staff members could dress in business casual attire. All eight schools and district departments participated. Parents and community members also made donations.

The idea came from Brittney Downs, a third grade teacher at Paseo Pointe — the district’s dual language immersion school. The school was celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month and students were researching various Spanish speaking countries when the earthquake struck.

“In the midst of our efforts to celebrate these cultures, Mexico was hit by a tragedy.  Helping will connect our students to the Mexican people in a way that goes deeper than just studying their culture,” Downs explained. “What better way to honor them than to lend a helping hand in a time of need?”

She pitched the idea to district superintendent Dr. Bill Johnson who was immediately on board with the idea. “We have so many students who have family members in Mexico. I’ve been asking staff to think of ways in which we can show our support to our families impacted by this tragedy. This district-wide effort allows students, staff, and our entire Laveen community to help many of our neighbors and friends.”

“I think all people, children included, know and feel the benefits when they help others.  When we fill other people’s buckets, our buckets are getting filled too,” Downs said. “I hope our fundraiser reflects our hearts for loving our neighbor- in our classrooms, in our community, and all over the world. I hope the students are empowered to a lifetime of serving others.”

The money will be sent to GlobalGiving which provides critical resources such as housing, medical aid, water, and emotional support.


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Vista Student Attends NASA’s Space Camp

Angel MolinaVista del Sur 8th grader Angel Molina attended the NASA Robotics and Aviation Camp at the U.S. Space and Rocket Center in Huntsville, Alabama.

Molina participated in the five-day Robotics Academy — one of three different programs offered at the camp. Her group, Team Raytheon, was challenged with the task of designing a robot that would survive on Mars. Team members were tasked with determining what the robot would look like, what functions it would serve, how it would collect data, and how much it would cost to build. The team used applications of science, technology, engineering, arts, math (STEAM), and coding to create their robot. “We had to find the degrees of rotations, calculate distance, and read and calculate in binary code,” Molina explained, “I learned the importance of how STEAM contributes to understanding our world. Her experience also helped her develop teamwork and leadership skills.

Molina visited the many exhibits at the center where she learned about the timeline of space exploration as well as NASA’s future goals. She also had the opportunity to meet former astronaut Bob Springer (Discovery, Atlantis) who discussed his experience with the space program.

She was selected to attend Space Camp by the Gila River Indian Community’s Tribal Education Department after submitting an essay application and participating in a panel interview. “I’m honored I was picked to be part of this experience. I’ve made friends from around the country,” Molina said.

Molina prepared for her interview by practicing her speaking skills in front of the Parent Advisory Committee and the Arizona Indian Education Association (AIEA) Youth Conference at the University of Arizona last year.

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Laveen Lions Club Provides School Supplies to All Laveen Schools

The Laveen Lions provided backpacks and school supplies to each of our eight schools. Each school received 50 backpacks, composition notebooks, eraser packs, boxes of pencils, and pencil bags. They also received 250 notebooks, 100 packs of loose leaf paper, and 150 pocket folders. The schools determined how the supplies were to be distributed to students.

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Laveen Schools Move to E-Flyers

Beginning in August 2017, Laveen schools will utilize Peachjar’s e-flyer system to distribute flyers, newsletters, and other student-centered information to parents.

E-mail blasts containing flyers from your child’s school, PTO, or non-profit student-centered activities will be sent to parents generally once a week. Flyers are maintained on a dedicated webpage for later reference.

Only school information such as school newsletters, event flyers, and PTO happenings as well as approved flyers from non-profit child-centered organizations such as Girl Scouts, ball leagues, and local community groups will be sent to the email addresses on file for each family. Parents should make sure their school office has their current email address.

Parents may sign up for a free Peachjar account to utilize added features, like combining schools. But, this is not necessary to receive flyers.

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