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6503 N. 21st Avenue ● Phoenix, Arizona 85015-1555 ● TEL: 602-347-2300 ● FAX: 602-347-2320


Nick Gupton, Principal September, 2015


Make Your Day the Maryland Way – Succeed Today, Excel Tomorrow


Sep. 1 Picture Day

Arizona Coyotes Hockey Club

Sep. 2 EARLY RELEASE, 1:00 p.m.

Arizona Coyotes Hockey Club

Sep. 3 Arizona Coyotes Hockey Club

Volleyball, OR@MA, 4:15-5:15 p.m.

Sep. 4 Volleyball, MA@SW, 4:15-5:15 p.m.


Sep. 8 Volleyball, MA@MV, 4:15-5:15 p.m.

Sep. 9 EARLY RELEASE, 1:00 p.m.

Sep. 10 Veterans Day Ceremony, 7:45 a.m.

Volleyball, AL@MA, 4:15-5:15 p.m.

Sep. 11 Volleyball, SW@MA, 4:15-5:15 p.m.

Sep. 14 Volleyball, SS@MA, 4:15-5:15 p.m.

Sep. 15 Volleyball, MA@AR, 4:15-5:15 p.m.

Sep. 16 EARLY RELEASE, 1:00 p.m.

Sep. 17 Site Council Meeting, 4:00-5:00 p.m.

Volleyball, OR@SS, 4:15-5:15 p.m.

Sep. 18 Community Dental, 8:00a.m.-2:00p.m.

Sep. 21 Volleyball, AR@MA, 4:15-5:15 p.m.

Sep. 22 Volleyball, MV@MA, 4:15-5:15 p.m.

Sep. 23 EARLY RELEASE, 1:00 p.m.

Sep. 28 Volleyball, MA@OR, 4:15-5:15 p.m.

Sep. 29 Volleyball, MA@AL, 4:15-5:15 p.m.

Sep. 30 EARLY RELEASE, 1:00 p.m.


Dear Roadrunner Families,

Welcome to the 2015-2016 school year! I hope you all had a

restful summer filled with family fun and time to relax. I am

looking forward to my first year as your new principal! We

have some exciting events planned this year for our

community and students. Please check out our calendar

events in our monthly newsletters and online. We also have

fliers for upcoming events available in the front office each


Maryland School has continued to show growth as measured

by the Arizona Department of Education. Our students have

shown growth on the 2014 AIMS test due to our teachers’

commitment, as well as our parental support, to ensure our

students succeed. We know that we will continue to show

growth this upcoming year as we move forward with an

exciting opportunity with the University of Virginia Darden

School of Business School Turnaround program. To hear more

about this program and all other news on campus, please join

us by coming to our monthly Site Council meetings, which

occur on the third Thursday of each month at 4:00 p.m. Our

next meeting will be on Thursday, September 17, from 4:00

to 5:00 p.m. in the library.  I am proud of our staff, students

and community for supporting Maryland and believing in the

achievement of our students!

Thank you for all of your support,

Nick Gupton

Principal, Maryland School


It is important to be mindful of our attendance policy. The

regular school attendance of a child of school age is required

by Arizona Revised Statutes §15-803. Regular school

attendance is essential for success in school; therefore,

absences shall be excused only for necessary and important

reasons. Such reasons include illness, bereavement, other

family emergencies and observance of major religious

holidays of the family’s faith. If your child has excessive

absences, you will receive an attendance letter and may need

to attend an attendance conference at the school with your

child. If the absences continue to occur, a truancy officer may

become involved to assist you in getting your child to school.

Furthermore, please ensure that you help your child to be on

time each morning. Being late creates a burden on our office

staff, gives students less time to eat breakfast and disrupts

the learning in the classroom for ALL students (not just the

student who is late). Students are allowed on campus at 7:10

a.m. They should be in class by 7:25 a.m., so please help your

child arrive on time, ready to learn! Breakfast is served

promptly at 7:30 a.m. and picked up by the cafeteria at 7:40

a.m. Any student arriving after 7:30 a.m. is considered late

and must report to the front office for a late pass.

The tardy policy listed in the Parent/Student Handbook

applies to ALL students from kindergarten through 8th grade.

If your student has four or more unexcused tardies in a

quarter, he or she will be given lunch detention each day that

he or she is tardy. The ONLY excused tardy is with a doctor’s

note. The only other exception would be for students who

ride the bus, if the bus is late. If a student reaches nine or

more tardies within the quarter, he or she will be referred to

the WESD Truancy Prevention Unit, as well.


In accordance with ARS §15-779, special education is

provided to students of lawful school age identified as gifted

in one or more of the verbal, quantitative or nonverbal

reasoning areas. The Washington District has a continuum of

gifted services from which each school selects those that best

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meet their students’ needs. Center-based services for highly

gifted students are also available. If you think your child may

need these special education services, evaluation is available.

Contact your child’s teacher for more information.


The Washington Elementary School District is transitioning to

a new parent notification system called SchoolMessenger.

This new program will allow us to communicate with parents

via phone message, e-mail and text – all in a matter of


The SchoolMessenger system is designed to automatically

notify parents regarding issues that impact the safety and

academic performance of students. SchoolMessenger will

extend the District and school’s existing community outreach

efforts and emergency preparedness procedures, as well as

inform parents of upcoming school events such as statewide

testing and parent meetings.

We are beginning a phased implementation of this system,

starting with the phone and e-mail features. We hope to

begin implementing the text portion of the system in the fall.


Cedrianna Aragon

Maya Martineze

Marianna Porras

Jacqueline Rodriguez

Angel Foghorn

Sianna Holt-Contreras

Lilli Salgado Barrera

Maria Teresa Zarate

Aliyah Guzman

Zeneiya Woods

Skylynncia Henry

Congratulations to these girls for making the team!


Maryland will be participating in the Community Eligibility

Provision (CEP) for the 2015-2016 school year. The CEP

allows schools to offer free, nutritious school meals to all

students through the National School Lunch and School

Breakfast Programs. What this means for families at

Maryland is that all students will be able to receive both

breakfast and lunch at no charge for this school year without

having to complete a meal application. If your student wants

a beverage instead of a full meal, he or she can purchase milk

or juice for 35 cents or a bottle of water for 50 cents.

Any unpaid balances for previously charged meals are still the

responsibility of the parent or guardian. You may contact

Maryland Cafeteria at 602-347-2317 for further information.


Are you currently experiencing temporary living

arrangements due to eviction, job loss or a traumatic event?

Is your family lacking a fixed, regular and adequate nighttime

residence? Washington Elementary School District offers

services to families through the federal McKinney Vento

Homeless Assistance Act. The act requires that children and

families who are in a temporary living situation be offered

services and supports. Services can include enrollment

assistance, nutrition services, clothing or school supplies,

community referrals, and in some cases transportation. If you

are living in any of the following circumstances: with another

family or friend due to financial hardship, living in a shelter,

transitional housing, in a hotel/motel, or an unaccompanied

youth in foster care, you may fit the criteria for assistance

under this act. Please contact (list name of contact person at

your site) at (list phone number and/or email address) to

inquire further about qualifying for this program.


Have you liked the WESD on Facebook? Help us reach our

goal of 5,000 likes! Find us at WESDSchools, where you can

read about the great things that happen every day in the

Washington Elementary School District.

You can also follow us on Twitter, too, at WESDSchools. Keep

yourself in the loop and like us today!


Chess Club will be starting soon, so hurry and join up!

Everyone is welcome! See Mr. Dandridge, a.k.a. Mr. D, in

room 35A.


For the safety of all our students, we ask that you ensure your

child wears his or her student ID badge every day at school.


Each week Maryland students and staff will be learning about

a word that relates to character development. Throughout

the week, students will have opportunities in their class to

learn about the word, ways they can apply it to benefit them

and others, and even learn what that word is in other

languages. Parents can get involved by talking with your

student(s) about the word, what it means, and discuss

examples of this that you might see as you go about your

daily lives. The first two, “Words of the Week” have been

respect and responsibility. September’s Words of the Week


8/31 – 9/4: Attitude

9/7 – 9/11: Help

9/14 – 9/18: Perseverance

9/21 – 9/25: Kindness

9/28 – 10/2: Empathy

Please visit our Web site for updated calendar items,

announcements, teachers’ e-mail addresses, and to view

teacher Web pages. You will find it at:




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