We are starting our second semester at San Tan
Heights K-8 as part of the Florence Unified School District.
There have been many changes that have
affected students and parents alike.
Many of you have noticed that we are
trying to upgrade the academic achievement level of the entire school. Through
the use of Beyond Textbooks, we are coordinating our curriculum which will give
better continuity between grade levels.
Our schedule is set up to give grade
level teachers’ time to work together for planning and testing purposes. We
instituted common planning times for our teachers to attend cluster meetings
and Professional Learning Communities (PLC).
Cluster meetings are when the master teacher reviews or introduces
different proven teaching strategies.
Ongoing staff development is necessary to continuously improve our
teaching. During PLC meetings teachers have the ability to review their data
from formative testing to determine student success and to engage plans to
reteach or enrich the students. This is
part of our plan to teach, assess, and reteach if necessary so that students
are learning at the rate that is designed for future success.
The culture of
the school is driven by SOAR. It stands
for Strive for Excellence, Outstanding Character, Always Safe and Be Respectful. In our
assemblies and daily announcements we strive to push this culture. Our PBIS
(Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports) program is designed to respond
to positive behaviors of individuals and groups. You may have heard your student talk about our
Honorable Hawk Award. This honor is given to the classes that listen and
participate appropriately during assemblies. It is meant to encourage great
behavior in public situations. Our Hawk
Breakfast is for our Students of the Month. The Hawk Breakfast is our chance to
recognize students who have been nominated by their teachers for demonstrating
the SOAR principles. If you have
attended this event and have suggestions for improvement, please stop in.
Spirit is being driven upward by our student council as well as our athletic
teams. The school spirit is definitely growing and we would like to thank the
PTO and Kim Gilbert for their continual dedication to our students, teachers
and school. Please contact Kim if you
wish to buy school shirts or get involved.
Our students have really responded
to our elective programs and we see great results in the areas of Band,
Language and Dance.
In regards to school spirit during the 3rd and 4th
terms our girls’ athletic teams will be participating in Volleyball, Cheerleading
and Basketball. The boys’ athletics will
be Football, Basketball and Wrestling.
All of these sports are highly competitive events where fans are
generally sitting very close to the action. At this time, I would like to ask you to
please model good sportsmanship at all times.
As a parent, I understand having raised 3 kids myself who participated
in all sports the feelings you may get at ballgames. It is not easy to display proper sportsmanship
during the heat of the battle but that is exactly the time when we should
display positive behavior. Please help
your child and others by being a good role model and demonstrate the S.O.A.R.
behaviors. It isn’t just being a good winner, but understanding the most
important lessons can be applied to daily life.
Attending your child’s athletic events can be the very best method for
you to display how to handle or model winning and losing. I appreciate the effort.
Academically, we are
really improving by looking at our data from weekly assessments. We are trying
to push students to become intrinsically motivated. You as the parent are the
number one motivator for students. We have recognized many students through our
Honor Roll assemblies and hope you can attend when your student has been
recognized. As a side note, students are
not allowed to fail courses and be promoted.
We have instituted some on-line interventions during the school day for
those who have failed. We will also have
intercession after the 3rd quarter for students to make up
work. The best prevention though is
communication with the teacher. If your child has struggled I urge you to keep
constant communication with your student’s teachers for ways your student can
improve their grade. We are teaching them lessons for life. That is to do what
is expected and that everything isn’t easy. Thank you in advance for your help with that.
those parents that have students that are excelling we hope to be instituting
honors courses in Language Arts and Math. We currently have Algebra available
for kids at San Tan Foothills High School.
I would like to move that back to our campus next year. The future of our honors programs will be
honors in Language Arts, Math and Science at the 7th and 8th
you again for the wonderful job you do with your kids and lets have a great
second half of the year.