ALTS 2020-2021

Distance Learning

State Testing Schedule

3rd Grade:

Writing – Tuesday, April 6th

Math Part 1/Reading Part 1 – Monday, May 3rd

Math Part 2/Reading Part 2 – Tuesday, May 4th

4th Grade:

Writing – Thursday, April 8th

Math Part 1/Reading Part 1 – Monday, May 3rd

Math Part 2/Reading Part 2 – Tuesday, May 4th

5th Grade:

Arizona Science – Tuesday, March 30th

Writing – Thursday, April 8th

Math Part 1/Reading Part 1 – Monday, May 3rd

Math Part 2/Reading Part 2 – Tuesday, May 4th

6th Grade:

Writing – Tuesday, April 13th

Math Part 1/Reading Part 1 – Monday, April 26th

Math Part 2/Reading Part 2 – Tuesday, April 27th

7th Grade:

Writing – Tuesday, April 13th

Math Part 1/Reading Part 1 – Monday, April 26th

Math Part 2/Reading Part 2 – Tuesday, April 27th

8th Grade:

Arizona Science: Tuesday, March 30th

Writing – Tuesday, April 13th

Math Part 1/Reading Part 1 – Monday, April 26th

Math Part 2/Reading Part 2 – Tuesday, April 27th

April 16, 2021

Dear WESD Families and Staff,

This week was the Week of the Young Child, a time to focus on the needs of young children and the importance of early childhood programs. In the WESD, we are committed to meeting the needs all our students from preschool through eighth grade – their academic needs, as well as, their social and emotional needs. I’m truly appreciative of our dedicated teachers, administrators and staff who have kept our students’ needs at the forefront as we’ve navigated this challenging time.

This communication contains the following information:

  • Save the Date – English Language Learner Family Engagement Night, May 12;

  • Maricopa County and ADHS Dashboards; and

  • Three Million Meals Served, Grab and Go Locations and Times.

Save the Date – English Language Learner Family Engagement Night is May 12

The WESD is hosting an informative virtual event for English language learner families Wednesday, May 12 from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. This event will include program updates, a student showcase, language building strategies, information about Rosetta Stone, as well as raffles and prizes. While the event is targeted for families who speak a primary home language other than English, it is open to all families. Translation services will be available for families who speak Spanish, Arabic, Swahili and Vietnamese. For more information, please contact Anna Mickey at 602-347-2639 or email her at anna.mickey@wesdschools.org.

Maricopa County Department of Public Health and Arizona Department of Health Services Dashboards

This week’s data shows a slight decrease in both the cases per 100,000 and percent positivity. The overall transmission level in Maricopa County remains substantial. The dashboard data from MCDPH and the Arizona Department of Health Services are shown at the end of this communication.

Maricopa County Department of Public Health (MCDPH) reported that as of April 13, more than 40% of adult residents in the county had received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. However, MCDPH continues to remind residents to take preventive measures such as wearing a mask, social distancing and limiting contact with people outside of your home, washing your hands often, staying home when you are sick, getting tested for COVID-19 when your in doubt, and getting the flu shot.

More than Three Million Meals Served, Weekly Grab and Go Available at 16 Locations on Mondays

This week, our Nutrition Services Department reached another milestone – 3 million meals served! This total includes breakfast, lunch, snacks and suppers since the school year began in August. I would like to give a huge kudos to our Nutrition Services staff in all 32 schools and at the Administrative Center for their hard work and dedication. Your work is truly appreciated.

Currently, Grab and Go meals are available to students in the online learning model and any child 18 years and younger not attending school in-person. Free meal bundles are available at the 16 locations listed below every Monday. Parents/guardians can pick up meals for children. Student ID numbers or date of birth is required. Please see information below for locations and times.

7:00 am - 8:00 am

Desert Foothills Jr. High

Palo Verde Middle School

8:00 am - 9:00 am

Maryland School

Moon Mountain School

Mountain View School

Ocotillo Elementary

Shaw Butte Elementary

Sunburst Elementary

9:00 am - 10:00 am

Abraham Lincoln Traditional

Chaparral Elementary

Cholla Middle School

Manzanita Elementary

Orangewood School

Sunnyslope School

For more information or special dietary needs, contact Nicole Augustine at 602-896-5240 or Nicole.Augustine@wesdschools.org.

If you have any questions, please email wesdcommserv@wesdschools.org or call 602-347-2657. You can stay informed by visiting our WESD COVID Updates page at www.wesdschools.org/covidupdates.

Thank you for choosing WESD. You are greatly appreciated.

Sincerely,

Dr. Paul Stanton

Superintendent


You can stay informed by visiting our Return to Learn page on our WESD Web site at www.wesdschools.org/returntolearn. Additionally, please stay connected with us by following the WESD on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn @wesdschools. Parents, please activate your ParentVue accounts. You can receive your access code from the school office.

If you have specific program questions, please call or email the following:

Special Education, Dr. Jeanne Koba – Jeanne.koba@wesdschools.org; 602-347-2642

Gifted Education, Dr. Jason McIntosh – Jason.mcintosh@wesdschools.org; 602-347-2651

English Language Learners (ELL), Cathy Gentry – cathy.gentry@wesdschools.org; 602-347-2692

Social/Emotional Support, Dorothy Watkins – Dorothy.watkins@wesdschools.org; 602-347-2636

Curriculum and Instruction, Paula McWhirter – paula.wcwhirter@wesdschools.org; 602-347-3542

For any other questions, please email wesdcommserv@wesdschools.org or call 602-347-2600.


Family Tech Support Link - use this link if you need to reach out for WESD technology help. Also, you will find information about the Chromebook check out and student Technology Use Agreement.

Network and Device Safety at Home

As we move to supporting students virtually, it is important for parents to understand how to keep their children safe at home on personal devices with access to the Internet. Please remember, Internet access at home is different than Internet access at school. The WESD has security measures in place to protect students’ privacy and ensure their safety. These same measures may not be established at your home. As parents, it is important to take the proper steps to ensure your child doesn’t have access to inappropriate sites, as well as keep them safe from online predators. It is also important that their online use is monitored by an adult, just like when they’re at school.

To help parents, we recommend using resources from Common Sense Media, an independent source for media recommendations and advice for families. Here are some common topics with links: