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Articles from May 2019

Donate to Laveen schools and claim a credit on your 2021 taxes.

You can reduce the amount you owe in state taxes by making a donation to Laveen schools through Arizona’s Public School Tax Credit Program. Tax credit contributions may only be used to support character education and fee-based extracurricular activities such as after-school tutoring and clubs, academic enrichment, field trips, fine art programs, and athletics.

For every dollar you donate, the amount you owe on your Arizona taxes will be that much less. This means you can reduce the amount you owe before the deadline or increase the amount of your refund if you have tax liabilities for 2021. If you do not owe taxes, the amount you donate may be carried forward for up to five years to offset future tax liabilities. For example, if a single person owes $300 on their state taxes for 2021 and donates the maximum amount of $200, they will then only owe the state $100.

Couples filing jointly may donate any amount up to $400. Individuals may contribute up to $200.

The deadline to donate and claim a tax credit on your 2021 taxes is April 18, 2022.

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Join Laveen Schools for an Open House

Interested in enrolling your child in one of Laveen’s outstanding schools? Prospective families are invited to visit the Laveen school of their choice during our annual spring open house events.

Visit our Open House page to learn more about our schools and reserve a space for the campus tour.

 

 

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State Testing Begins in April

Between April 7 and April 22. 2022 Laveen School District students will participate in state achievement testing. Students in Grades 3-8 will take AASA, previously AzM2. The AASA test measures students’ skills in English language arts (ELA) and mathematics. Students in Grades 5 and 8 will take the AzSCI science test (previously AIMS), in addition to AASA. For more information on the AASA or AzSCI assessments and to view sample tests visit the Arizona Department of Education’s assessment page.

Student attendance is very important, not only during testing but also in the next several weeks as we review and reinforce pertinent skills that students will need to achieve success. Listed below are ways you can help your children do their very best during the testing week:

  • Make sure your children get a good night’s sleep.
  • All children should eat a good breakfast either at home or at school.
  • It is important your children arrive at school on time, so they don’t miss any parts of the test.
  • Make any appointments before or after school.
  • Send your children to school with a positive attitude. Encourage them to do their best. Let them know how wonderful you think they are.

Laveen’s state assessment schedule is as follows:

Week of Date Assessment Grade Levels Tested
Week of April 4 Thursday, April 7 AASA Writing 3rd – 8th grades
Week of April 11 Monday, April 11
Wednesday, April 13
Thursday, April 14
AzSCI
AASA Oral Reading Fluency
AASA Oral Reading Fluency
5th & 8th grades
3rd grade
3rd grade
Week of April 18 Monday, April 18
Tuesday, April 19
Thursday, April 21
Friday, April 22
AASA ELA Part 1
AASA ELA Part 2
AASA Math Part 1
AASA Math Part 2
3rd – 8th grades
3rd – 8th grades
3rd – 8th grades
3rd – 8th grades
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Laveen Recognizes Exceptional Service Award Winners

The Laveen District has recognized the following 13 classified staff members as this year’s Exceptional Service Award recipients.

  • Patricio Apolinar, Paseo Pointe Assistant Lead Custodian
  • Elizabeth Arciniega, Trailside Point Attendance Clerk
  • Mary Barger, M.C. Cash Special Education Instructional Associate
  • Lena Bryant, Cheatham Student Success Instructional Associate
  • Michelle Hall, Child Nutrition Specialist
  • Erica Hernandez, Vista del Sur Attendance Clerk
  • Holly King, Human Resources Certified Specialist
  • Catalina Koller Laveen, Guest Teacher Instructional Associate
  • Luis Moran Contreras, Estrella Foothills Lead Custodian
  • Tiffany Oliver, Desert Meadows Special Education Instructional Associate
  • Julie Ostos, Rogers Ranch Computer Technician
  • Elmo Valdez, Support Services HVAC Technician III
  • Kelly White, Transportation Dispatcher

These individuals were nominated and selected for bringing their best to work every single day.  All of the recipients display the following attributes:

  • Strong attendance and dependability
  • High quality and quantity of work
  • Excel at working harmoniously with others
  • Expert in their job responsibilities
  • Regularly show initiative and creatively solve problems
  • Provide excellent customer service

Their commitment to our students, staff, and community is greatly appreciated.  

View photos of the award recipients on the Laveen Flickr page.

 

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Laveen’s Spring Festival is April 8

Each year, the Laveen Elementary School District hosts a Spring Festival for the community. This year’s festival is scheduled for Friday, April 8, 2022. The event runs from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the David Glasser Athletic Complex, 5001 W. Dobbins.

The festival will feature activities, entertainment, vendors, food, and much more!

Admission is free. Tickets will be available for purchase for select activities. Credit cards accepted.

All proceeds benefit the Laveen Education Foundation.

Visit our Spring Festival page for more info.

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Teacher Job Fair is March 24

The Laveen School District is hosting a job fair for teachers interested in joining our team. The job fair will be held from 4:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. at the Laveen Education Center, 5001 W. Dobbins. Participants will have the opportunity to meet with Laveen administrators including school principals.

 

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CDC Releases New Guidance on Mask Requirements

On February 25 the CDC released new guidance stating masks are no longer necessary unless the local community is experiencing a high level of transmission or the healthcare system is seeing a significant increase in hospitalizations. Maricopa County is one of four Arizona counties that have dropped below the high-risk threshold and is currently in the “Medium” risk category.

This means that effective Monday, February 28, masks are no longer required in our schools or on our school buses, regardless of vaccination status. Students and staff may continue to wear a mask if they so choose.

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Visit our Safe Return to School page for more information Laveen’s response to COVID-19.

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