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6503 N. 21st Avenue ● Phoenix, Arizona 85015-1555 ● TEL: 602-347-2300 ● FAX: 602-347-2320
ATTENDANCE MESSAGE LINE: 602-347-2321 WEB SITE: http://maryland.wesdschools.org
Nick Gupton, Principal September, 2015
MARYLAND SCHOOL MISSION STATEMENT:
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. 7 LABOR DAY HOLIDAY – NO SCHOOL
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,
Principal, Maryland School
ATTENDANCE AND TARDY POLICIES
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.
NEW PARENT NOTIFICATION SYSTEM
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.
7th/8th GRADE VOLLEYBALL TEAM
Lilli Salgado Barrera
Maria Teresa Zarate
Congratulations to these girls for making the team!
UNIVERSAL FREE MEALS FOR STUDENTS
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.
WESD DISTRICT PROGRAMS
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.
LIKE WESD SCHOOLS ON FACEBOOK
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 NEEDS PLAYERS!
Chess Club will be starting soon, so hurry and join up!
Everyone is welcome! See Mr. Dandridge, a.k.a. Mr. D, in
STUDENT ID BADGE
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.
WORD OF THE WEEK
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:
LABOR DAY – MONDAY