• Pima Butte and Butterfield Elementary Earn 2018 PBISAz Achievement Award

    (PHOENIX, AZ) – Pima Butte Elementary and Butterfield Elementary Schools in the Maricopa Unified School District care about providing a positive and safe learning environment for their students and community. The PBISaz Achievement Award recognizes schools for successful implementation and outcomes with school-wide systems of Positive Behavior Interventions and Support (PBIS). Award criteria required high scores on national fidelity and integrity assessments and measurable student outcome data.

    Principals Mr. Randy Lazar and Mrs. Janel Hildick note that this award recognizes the dedication of school staff and our community to uphold their schools' expectations every day:

    PBIS EXPECTATIONS:PBIS AZ Award

    • Be Responsible
    • Be Respectful
    • Be Safe

    Together we are building a school culture that is more positive, proactive, and supportive for all our students so that they can be successful citizens and leaders of our nation. Our awards will proudly be displayed in our respective school offices and on our websites.

    Pima Butte Elementary is committed to excellence and Preparing Students to Succeed in a Global Society Through the Use of Science, Technology and Arts Across the Curriculum.

    Butterfield Elementary is committed to excellence and A Focus on the Subjects of Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math (STEAM) to Prepare Students for College and Future Careers.


    MUSD Blended Learning Receives State Award Community Education

    Maricopa Wells, Desert Wind and Santa Rosa Blended Learning Receives State Award

    On December 14th, the K-8 blended learning program of the Maricopa Unified School District was presented with the 2017 Arizona School Board Association’s “Golden Bell Award” for excellence in education programs. MUSD’s blended learning program was one of three school district programs in the state of Arizona that was recognized.


    The presentation was made in conjunction with the ASBA Annual Conference. The outstanding work of all eighteen blended learning teachers from Maricopa Wells Middle School, Desert Wind Middle School and Santa Rose Elementary were recognized by this award, including: Erin Bell, Jennifer Cameron, Nicole Cantrell, Rebecca Drury, Jackie Hahn, Janell Hudson, Kyrie Hughes, Shannon Hull, Amy Hunt, Brittany Parsons, Robyn Rice, Jennifer Szoltysik, Joe Szoltysik, Laura Tietz, Jennifer Titus, Kasey Turik, Jacque Witte, and Mindy Ma.

    In addition to being recognized at the awards luncheon, teachers from the blended learning program were asked to present a 50 minute informational session for conference attendees that afternoon. Teachers making the presentation included: Nicole Cantrell, Shannon Hull, Amy Hunt, Robyn Rice, Jen Szoltysik, and Joe Szoltysik.

    MUSD began the blended learning program in 2012 for 50 students in grades 6-8 at Maricopa Wells Middle School. Since then the program has increased in size at MWMS to 180 students and six teachers. Desert Wind Middle School has an almost identical program with 135 students and four teachers, so there are now 315 middle school students enrolled. In addition, all classrooms at Santa Rosa Elementary School in grades 3, 4, and 5 serve 169 students in blended classrooms. For 2017-18, the total number of students in grades 3-8 enrolled in blended learning is 484. All MUSD schools use some blended learning, but these three schools have emphasized it the most.

    In blended learning classrooms students experience personalized learning. Much of their academic work is done on a personal laptop completing teacher-made lessons and using online curriculum materials. Students receive large and small group instruction with an emphasis on project based learning.