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  • T.G. Barr awarded music grant

    The Arizona Diamondbacks Foundation and the University of Phoenix awarded $5,000 to T.G. Barr for the “Technology and Music in Harmony” project.

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  • Arizona State University offering paraprofessionals degree, certification night classes

    Paraprofessionals working in the District have an opportunity to participate in a program at ASU to obtain a degree in education and teacher certification.

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  • Parents, staff attend conferences

    IDEA Conference sessions are being offered through the Arizona Department of Education and Exceptional Student Services to parents and professionals to provide vital information.

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  • Working group develops comprehensive assessment to help teachers meet student needs

    The Roosevelt School District formed a group to develop a balanced and comprehensive assessment system to ensure teachers have real-time, actionable data they can use to differentiate instruction for students and to ensure principals and district leaders have the broad overview information they need to make strategic decisions for their schools and the district.

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  • ADE provides key mental health curriculum training to staff

    Arizona Department of Education provided the Collaborative Improvement and Innovation Networks team members a priority opportunity to get staff trained to become trainers in Youth Mental Health First Aid – one of the curriculums approved to meet the suicide prevention training standards.

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  • Arizona Cardinals’ Patrick Peterson and DeAndre Hopkins brighten holidays for RSD families

    Social worker Barbara Wolfe-Colbert worked with Patrick Peterson's organization to students the chance to “Shop With A Jock.” DeAndre Hopkins adopted two RSD families for the holidays.

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  • Schools, community bring holiday cheer to RSD families

    Schools throughout the district held several events during the holidays for students and families to participate in. Community organizations came together and made donations of gifts and food to our families through our schools.

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  • Innovative Learning Opportunities for Students at Lassen

    Did you know loofah’s came from the garden! I want to thank Mrs. Amy Simpson, for creating an environment and space for amazing learning opportunities for students at Lassen. Students are able to grow food and more on our land. Thank you for being innovative!

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  • Lassen’s Community Pantry

    Shout out to RSD Social Worker, Ms. Tiffany Hughes for creating and expanding Lassen’s Community Pantry. Over the past few weeks, the Lassen community has served more than 600 families and provided them with food and other essential necessities during this difficult time. Thank you to all who are helping to serve our Roosevelt School District and South Phoenix families.

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  • National Education Support Professionals Day

    National Education Support Professionals Day was celebrated on November 18, 2020. It honors the ESPs who keep our schools running and students safe, healthy, and ready to learn. ESPs not only work to serve students in public schools, they are dedicated to both their jobs and their communities. Each year, National ESP Day is observed on the Wednesday of American Education Week. We would like to honor the contributions of all of our district support staff.

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  • Sunland Librarian Awarded the Fiesta Bowl Wishes Grant

    Cynthia Araiza, Librarian at Sunland Elementary School, was awarded the Fiesta Bowl Wishes grant for teachers. Only 200 grants were awarded in Arizona and Sunland was selected. Ms. Araiza will receive $2,500 and plans on beautifying the library to make it more welcoming to students. She plans on purchasing comfortable seating so students can enter and read books in a relaxing setting.

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  • Bernard Black School Awarded “Sports Matters Foundation” Grant

    Bernard Black School has a been awarded a $5,000 grant from the Goodyear Distribution Center of DICK’S Sporting Goods “Sports Matters Foundation.” The grant will be used to increase access to sports and increase participation in sports among underrepresented youth. Congratulations to Bernard Black students!

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  • Science Curriculum Adoption Committee Established

    A new science curriculum adoption committee was formed to evaluate programs for adoption based on a rubric adapted from research-based criteria and teacher input to meet the needs unique to RSD students and the new state standards. The committee is comprised of 28 (K-8) RSD teachers, an instructional coach, a school leader intern, and our science curriculum specialist.

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  • Teaching & Learning Team Supply Distribution

    The Teaching & Learning Team has been busy organizing supplies to send to schools for distribution to all students. These materials include general supplies as well as supplies that support student learning in upcoming units of study specific to each grade level; such as rulers, fraction tiles, potting soil, and seeds! Thank you to TNL Team!

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  • Teaching and Learning’s Third Virtual Super Saturday

    More than 200 teachers participated in Teaching and Learning’s third Virtual Super Saturday of the school year on Saturday, November 21. RSD teachers had an opportunity to choose several Professional Development courses focused on Math, Reading, and Social Studies. Teachers also were able to participate in a Professional Learning Communities (PLCs) session hosted by national speaker, author, and PLC expert, Janel Keating.

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  • November 2020 Star Teacher Award Winner

    Burch & Cracchiolo Law Firm selected our very own District Science and Enrichment Coach, Caroline Estrada Carlson, for the “November 2020 Star Teacher Award”! She was awarded a check for $500 to use for fees and supplies, as well as a certificate of recognition. Mrs. Carlson was nominated by her former 8th grade student from Irene Lopez Elementary School, Yesenio Romo. Her nomination reads, in part: “Mrs. Carlson is a passionate science teacher teaching at my elementary school in South Phoenix. She has influenced us in creating teams to participate in the ASU Mars education program and competition, sparking the students interests in Engineering. Now I want to be an Aerospace Engineer as a result of this project. And most recently, she set up workshops for 8th grade students and parents to help us to complete essays and Bioscience High School applications to ensure we have a chance in getting accepted into a great high school in order to nourish our STEM interests, and give us an opportunity to earn scholarships for college.” All of these efforts are done outside her regular teaching hours. Thank you Mrs. Estrada Carlson!

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  • Irene Lopez School Awarded Significant Results-Based Funding

    Irene Lopez School was recently awarded more than $100,000 in Results-Based Funding through the Arizona Department of Education for their performance on the 2018 AZMerit assessment. The school performed in the top 27% of schools across the state of Arizona that have 60% or more students that meet the eligibility for free or reduced lunches. These funds can be used to support strategies that sustain or extend the academic outcomes for students at the school.

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  • Roosevelt’s Apple iPad Initiative Featured at Apple Conferences in Texas and Singapore

    Our Executive Director of Innovation and Learning, Dr. Ramos, has been invited to present at the National Apple Conference in Texas. Topics to be discussed include shifting to a 1:1 Apple platform, changing mindsets, training district leadership, and innovative learning in RSD. There will also be a highlight on virtual learning across the district with an emphasis on teachers going above and beyond. Additionally, Roosevelt’s Apple initiative was represented internationally at a virtual Apple workshop in Singapore. Roosevelt was one of three districts from the U.S. represented to highlight our Apple distribution plan, long range planning, and professional training. Kudos to our innovative spirit at Roosevelt – we are receiving both national and international recognition for our efforts!

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  • ASU’s Fall 2020 Outstanding Lead Teacher of the Year

    Arizona State University announced their selection of Campbell Resource Teacher, Ms. Sophia Silvas, as the Fall 2020 Outstanding Lead Teacher of the Year. Ms. Silvas recently completed her Educational Leadership Degree with NAU and began teaching at Campbell this year to support the primary resource special education program. She is an outstanding teacher who is supporting Campbell’s Behavioral Support Program Team, in addition to supporting our ASU Student Interns. She will also be honored at ASU’s virtual online convocation ceremony. Congratulations Ms. Silvas on becoming Outstanding Lead Teacher for the Fall 2020 school year! You are an exceptional example of the quality of teachers we value at Roosevelt. Thank you for supporting our future teachers.

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  • RSD Students to Participate in 2020 “Shop With A Cop” Program

    Several RSD students have been selected to participate in the “2020 Shop With A Cop” Program. Each student will receive $100 to shop for the Christmas holiday. The shopping event will take place on Saturday, December 5. Congratulations to your School Teen Court Leaders at Chavez, Julian, Valley View, and Southwest Schools.

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