Wilson District Newsletter

August 2022

A message from Mr. Rose

Welcome to the 2022-23 school year! It is a great pleasure to welcome both our returning families and those who are new to Wilson. I hope that you had an opportunity to relax, recharge, and enjoy the summer break.

Our team here at Wilson spent the summer working diligently to prepare for the start of the school year. Central Office, Technology and Facilities and Maintenance departments worked around the clock to get things done. They truly exemplified the “The Wilson Way”.

One of the most important parts of my job is to be in the schools on a regular basis connecting with teachers and students. I also look forward to engaging with parents in the coming year. We will increase our focus on Community Engagement during the 2022-2023 school year. It is our goal to have one Family Engagement event per month, so please be on the lookout for the announcements; We would love to see you there.

As I begin my second year as Superintendent of Wilson School District, I am committed to maintaining transparency while providing the best of everything possible for our students and for our staff members. I want Wilson to be a place where every student feels safe, knows that they are valued, and knows that they will be held to high expectations. I want our schools to be places where parents want their children to be, where they know their children are safe and cared for, and where they know their child will be expected to grow academically. I want this school system to be a place where employees know they are valued, they have a voice and a place where people want to come to work.

In closing, no matter what your role, let's work together by “Capturing Hearts and Changing Minds”. Together we will succeed!!

Wilson Primary School

Welcome Back Wilson Family!

Our first week of school was filled with smiles and excitement. We welcomed familiar faces as well as many new ones. We are grateful for the opportunity to serve you, the students, and families in our beautiful community. This year, we welcome many new staff members to our Wilson Family. They all come with various talents and skills making them an incredible addition to our school.

We are planning many family engagement events this year. We kicked it off with our Open House/Meet the Teacher Night where the students and families met teachers and saw their classroom. We will be having a Curriculum Night/Title I Meeting at the end of this month where parents can visit the class, learn our curriculum and programs, and get information about our expectations. We are looking forward to working with all of you to create a positive elementary experience for our students.

This is going to be the best school year yet! We are Wilson!

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Curriculum Night

Thursday, Sep. 1st, 5-6:45pm

Your Student's School

Wilson Elementary School

Our faculty and staff are fantastic! Our Scholars are GREAT! We are working to be the BEST in the state!!!

We are off to marvelous start. The new scholars are learning to navigate the campus with ease and the returning students are renewing old friendships and making new connections with faculty and staff.

We are committed to, school safety, academic excellence, and innovative inclusive educational practices. I am so very proud to be a part of the Wilson Community. This year will be filled with multiple opportunities for learning and plenty of activities to be a participant.

It is a priority that we have partnerships with parents/guardians, community members and business partners. These partnerships are imperative to the success of the scholars and staff at Wilson. We welcome and invite participation from our partners in the educational journey of our scholars. Volunteer opportunities are always available - coaching, committees, planning, and participating in our PTO.

We want to encourage a positive school-home relationship. We are much stronger together and it does take a village to ensure that a child receives the academic and social emotional support needed to flourish into a constructive adult. To do this, we must have mutual goals of providing the best learning experience possible for all scholars.

We encourage you to reach out to us if we can be of any support to you and your child. Your child will be experiencing many new firsts and developing into a young adult, we are thrilled that you are allowing us to be a part of that journey.


Dr. Demetra Baxter-Oliver,

Proud Principal

Wilson Elementary School

Community Center

Wilson Community Center is off to a great start! Our amazing partners are showering our students with so much support for this school year. The Stuff the Bus event was a great success, and we want to give a HUGE thank you to Walmart and Apex for their generosity and support. Our Open House was filled with excited students and parents and our students received free backpacks thanks to Molina Healthcare! We had Valle del Sol, Ballet Arizona, Mountain Park Health Center, Risas Dental and Braces, Apollo Global Management, Inc., Helping Families In Need, University of Arizona providing our families with resource, health screenings and COVID vaccinations! Our partners at Honeywell have also provided school supplies for our students, we are ready for the new school year!

We have exciting classes starting this month such as ESL, ballet for our 3rd -6th grade students, financial literacy, Kith & Kin and much more. Please call the center to register and for information. 602-683-2515 https://www.wsd.k12.az.us/domain/17

Although it is August, Salvation Army's Christmas Angel program has begun. Wilson has been allocated 150 slots for this program. Please call the center for more information and to register.

PTO is working hard to make sure the uniform shirt orders are being processed and we thank our families for their patience as they work with the vendors. Check the webstore daily as quantities are constantly changing. If you have any questions, please email wilsonptok8@gmail.com. https://wilson-pto-k-8.square.site/

Gaby Duran

Coordinator for Community Relations

Advanced Learning Experiences

Welcome back students and families! We are looking forward to a great year. Many exciting opportunities await your students at Wilson. AVID is one of our signature programs. This program is designed to help students with more advanced programs while learning how to prepare for college and career readiness. Wilson students pride themselves on being organized, excellent notetakers, and superior speakers. Interested in being more involved in AVID? Join the AVID club!

PBIS is another exciting program at Wilson. Positive behavior is present on our campuses. Students who exhibit outstanding behaviors will have the opportunity to earn various rewards. Our students are awesome at Wilson and their positive behavior and commitment to learning is wonderful.

Gifted opportunities are also available. If you would like your student tested for gifted, please call the school office. Gifted classes are offered at both campuses.

Both campuses offer afterschool programing which includes clubs, sports, tutoring, etc. Please contact the front offices if you would like more information.

Human Resources

5 tips for transitioning back to school

By Family Features

August 10, 2022

Heading back to the classroom is a big change following a summer of fun in the sun. Some kids eagerly embrace the idea of once again being surrounded by friends and thrive on the familiar tempo a new school year brings. Others resist the disruption to their laid-back lifestyle.

Understanding which mindset your kids are taking into this school year can help you set the stage for success. Creating a transition plan for your family makes the return to school a team effort and reinforces a support system that is essential for kids’ academic achievement.

“Even students who are excited about the new school year can benefit from a structured transition plan,” said Robyn Knecht, director of counseling for St. Joseph’s Native American School, a Native American residential school that helps students move beyond the cycle of poverty, addiction and mental illness with an education and opportunities for a brighter future. “Talking with your student about what aspects of school they’re looking forward to, and where they might have worries, allows you to tailor your transition plan to their needs.”

Start this school year off right with these tips for a smooth transition from the education experts at St. Joseph’s:

Get back into a routine

During the summer months, when there’s no bus to catch or school bell to beat each morning, many kids have different sleep schedules and less formal routines throughout the day. As you approach the start of a school year, begin easing back toward your classroom routine by gradually making bedtimes and wake-up times earlier. Introduce some structure with projects that blend play with learning to help re-engage those thinking caps.

Set attainable academic goals

Having high educational aspirations is a protective factor that may help youth avoid at-risk behaviors. Goals should be based on the child’s abilities. Asking a student who consistently earns Bs to suddenly become a straight-A student probably isn’t realistic. However, you can ask your child to create goals that push his or her comfort boundaries, such as aiming for mostly B-pluses on first quarter report cards. Setting milestone goals that ladder up to larger, longer-term goals allows your student to build self-esteem, celebrate successes and stay motivated on the journey.

Make organization a priority

Modeling good organizational skills can help your student develop good habits that allow him or her to demonstrate a commitment to school and school-related responsibilities. For younger kids, that may be creating a designated place to store backpacks when they get home so you avoid the morning scramble. You can ask kids of all ages to help manage a file system where you keep school papers that need to be signed and returned. Older kids can benefit from learning how to keep to-do lists and their own calendars to manage school, sports, activities and social commitments.

Build positive relationships

While your parental involvement at home plays a vital role in your student’s success, so does positive engagement with supportive teachers at school. Leading up to the start of the school year, make a point to meet new teachers and develop connections that show your student he or she has a team of resources ready to share in celebrating achievements and provide a helping hand if challenges arise.

Encourage involvement in social activities

Particularly for a student who lacks enthusiasm about school, finding areas for him or her to explore personal interests and excel can be particularly valuable. Treat the start of the school year as an opportunity to discover which social clubs and activities are available and find one (or more) that sparks enthusiasm. These non-academic settings can play a helpful role in developing close relationships with positive peers, which is another protective factor that supports positive outcomes for youth.

Child Find

Child Find, a component of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), enables states to locate, identify, and evaluate all children with disabilities, aged birth through 21, who need early intervention or special education services. Special education services are available for children of any age (birth through 21 years). Wilson School District is responsible for locating, identifying, evaluating, and serving all children with disabilities (ages 3-21) and referring children ages 0-3 to AzEIP for evaluation and appropriate services. AzEIP is the Arizona Early Intervention Program for infants and toddlers. Wilson provides free and appropriate public education that includes special education and related services to children at public expense, under public supervision and direction without charge to parents. For all school-age students who are new to the district, the classroom teacher will complete screening activities within 45 days of enrollment. If any concerns are noted, the child will be referred for help. Parents who have concerns regarding their child’s education may contact the Special Education Department at Wilson, (602) 683-2400, ext. 4205.


Are you currently experiencing temporary living arrangements due to eviction, job loss or a traumatic event? Wilson School District offers services to families through the McKinney-Vento Assistance Act. Services such as enrollment and immunization assistance, uniforms or school supplies, community referrals and in some cases, transportation can be available. Your family may qualify due to living with another family or friend due to financial hardship or living in a shelter, transitional housing, or motel. Please contact your school office or Mariana Melendrez at 602-683-2515, ext 6002 for more information about this program.