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Message from Principal - Dr. Robinson

  • Dear Parents/Guardians:

    Thank you for choosing Maricopa Elementary, a Leader in Me Lighthouse School. We are very excited about the 2019-2020 school year and new opportunities to partner with you and your family. If you are wondering how you can help, join us at our next Site Council & PTO Meeting where we’ll review our progress and set new goals.

    This year we are continuing our Leader in Me focus and PBIS, a school-wide positive behavior intervention and support system. We’ll utilize these tools and strategies for defining, teaching, and acknowledging appropriate positive behavior, and correcting inappropriate behavior. It is a framework for creating systems that support scholar outcomes and academic success.

    PBIS focuses on the development and implementation of pro-active procedures and practices to prevent problem behavior for all scholars and improve school climate. The first week of school we will focus on teaching appropriate behaviors in six target areas: learning environment (classrooms), hallways & walkways, bathrooms, cafeteria (Diamondback Café), playground, and buses. Teachers and scholars will engage in dynamic lessons that will teach them how to be respectful, responsible and safe in each location. At the end of the week scholars will visit each area and receive a stamp in their MES passports for demonstrating their understanding and new learning.

    We are continuing our 6th year as a Leader in Me school! This provides our school with the vision and language to lead in a way that addresses all areas of development. In February 2018, we were recognized as a Lighthouse School demonstrating evidence and measurable results in leadership, culture and academics! Currently there are 507 Lighthouse schools in the world and only 7 in Arizona. We are very proud of this accomplishment and look forward to continued growth and virtual review in February 2020. 

    This year we will implement the First 8 Days, a series of six guides for Leader in Me teachers and scholars in grades K-5 designed to help get our school year off to a strong start in a way that will lead to measurable results. Each day is organized around one of the 8 Habits.  Learning about that day’s habit is woven into foundational activities such as getting to know scholars, writing a classroom mission statement, and establishing classroom routines.

    Club Slither, Maricopa Elementary School’s 21st Century Afterschool program will begin in August. Look for more information at our Meet the Teacher Night on July 18th.

    Sincerely,  Jennifer Robinson

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