Message from our Superintendent
Dear Parents and Community Members:
The Stanfield Elementary School District has a long-standing tradition of excellence where every student is expected to achieve his or her best performance. We value the strong support that our parents and community provides, and are pleased to continue our partnership with you as we move into the new school year. There are some things on the horizon that I am excited to be able to share with you.
Stanfield Elementary School District is fast becoming a district to watch. We continue to perfect what we are doing and are being recognized for it! Congratulations to SES for winning the US Healthier Schools Challenge Gold Award of Distinction, the first in the state of Arizona! We also were awarded the Bronze National Healthy Schools Award from the Alliance for a Healthier Generation! Our school garden that was planted in conjunction with the health and wellness plan has been producing an amazing bounty and has also been recognized. Thank you to the U of A Extension Office for their support of this garden project! I would also like to recognize the Arizona Rural Schools Association Pinal County Teacher of the Year, Yvette Hernandez! Ms. Hernandez is the lead PE teacher at SES and has been instrumental in ensure Stanfield is a healthy choice for the families in the District.
Through a grant, Stanfield Elementary School District is now able to offer a 4-hour preschool for area 4 year olds and 5 year olds that did not make the cutoff for Kindergarten enrollment. The program will be staffed with a highly qualified Early Childhood teacher and will have two full time paraprofessionals. Transportation will be provided, and those transportation routes will determine if your preschoolers will come to the morning or the afternoon session. We will be coordinating with Head Start to ensure the greatest number of students in our area have access to quality preschool education. Please contact Mariette at the school office (424-3353) for more information on how to enroll your student!
We continue the work started last year with our Technology Reform Plan. Some new things will be put into place for the upcoming year:
- We have purchased student laptop computers through grant funding to be used in a one to one setting at the fifth grade. They will now join the sixth, seventh and eighth grades in technology use throughout the day and will be operating in a virtual locker environment for their assignments.
- Each grade level 2nd through 4th has a classroom laptop set that they will share to begin the process of incorporating technology into their lessons and planning.
- The wireless capacity of the district has been upgraded through an agreement with Gila River Technology. We continue to look for ways to expand our broadband to ensure we are meeting the needs of our students!
- Teacher web pages should be up and running. Please be sure to access them to get real-time information about what is happening in your student’s classroom and what assignments you should be seeing. This portal is also an excellent way to get in touch with the teachers!
Our Parent Room funded through our 21st Century Community Learning Centers grant was very well received! Please check out what is offered through out the week and get involved! The Parent Room is located on campus and is open for four hours each day, Monday through Thursday and staffed by an SESD employee. Parents will be able to take English and parenting classes as well as work on other coursework as the need arises. Evening classes will still be available if the need is present. For more information on what opportunities are available through the parent room, please contact the 21st CCLC Coordinator, Bonnie Tait at 424-0713.
Our PTO has been hard at work planning with the principal for different events for this year! Please look for monthly happenings for the community, parents, and students! We will continue to host our Fall and Spring Carnivals as well as some new events like a Father-Daughter and Mother-Son dance, chili and salsa cook offs, and many other events that you wont want to miss. Please help support our PTO with your involvement.
For community members that would like to get involved with the district, there are many opportunities for volunteer service. One such venue is the Superintendent’s Community Council that will meet quarterly during the school year to discuss current events both in the school and in the community, as well as get input and insight into how the school can situate itself to best educate the SESD students. If you are interested in learning more about the Council, please contact Vicki Morris at 424-0221. To find out how else you might serve, contact the SES office at 424-3353.
Finally, the District will be continuing to work on completing the District Mission and Vision work started last year and will also lay out the Strategic Plan that will set up guideposts for our continued growth and expansion towards excellence. Updates on where we are, as well as requests for your feedback, will be forthcoming. We have many great traditions in our school district, and those will be used as building blocks in creating better learning environments and opportunities for the students at Stanfield.
Please feel free to contact our school principal, Dr. Chris Lineberry and your student’s teachers as they are the best resource for additional information on the new programming being put into place this year. We welcome your input and hope that you will join us as we work together to transform Stanfield Elementary School District into an even better place for our students. We are here to serve our students and look forward to Sharing Our Why with you during the 2015-2016 school year.
Dr. Melissa Sadorf