October 2020

A Message from Our Principal

Hello Taft Families!

We can't believe it already the end of 1st quarter. This was one for the history book for sure. I am so proud of our students, staff, and families for our grace, grit, and strength during this challenging quarter. Taft is Tiger Strong. I am thankful for our great students, wonderful teacher, and support community.

Provided we continue on the trajectory of meeting the metrics with the Health Department, we are planning to return to a 5 day school week for our modified in-person students on October 12th. Please watch for the announcement from Mesa Public schools when it is official.

Our full-time remote students will continue with their remote teacher.

Have a fun and enjoyable break!

Kim Corbett


Upcoming Dates

  • September 29 - Parent teacher conference surveys due
  • October 2 - 12:15 early dismissal
  • October 4 - Last day to purchase the device protection plan
  • October 5 through 9 - October Break ~ No School
  • October 12 - School resumes with modified in-person students 5 days a week / remote students will continue to be remote
  • October 12 - 1:45 p.m. early dismissal / Parent Teacher Conferences
  • October 13 - 1:45 p.m. early dismissal / Parent Teacher Conferences
  • October 14 - 12:45 p.m. early dismissal / Parent Teacher Conferences
  • October 15 - 1:45 p.m. early dismissal / Parent Teacher Conferences
  • October 16 - 1:45 p.m. early dismissal / Parent Teacher Conferences

School Improvement Advisory Council (SIAC)

Taft is looking for volunteers to be part of our SIAC!

SIAC is a team of Taft parents ands staff members that will serve to provide information and recommendations to the administration regarding management, instruction, discipline, attendance, and student achievement.

SIAC will meet the 1st Tuesday of every month from 3:00-3:45 pm.

If interested, please fill out this form and we will reach out to you.

Start of the Day

Gates open at 7:55 am. Students go straight to their classroom and eat breakfast in their classrooms. School starts at 8:15 am. Any student arriving after 8:15 will need to check in the office for a tardy slip.

Office Hours

Office hours are from 7:30-3:30 pm Monday-Friday. For attendance,registration, or update contact information please reach out to Lynette at 480-472-9080 or email at lhmadsen@mpsaz.org. For other inquires, you may reach out to Adrian at 480-472-9085 or email at allopez2@mpsaz.org.

Device Protection Plan

The last day for parents to purchase the Device Protection Plan will be Sunday, October 4th. Please click here to read about our Device Protection Plan (DPP).
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October Break

We are on October Break from October 5-9th. The school office will be closed during break. School will resume on October 12th.

Parent Teacher Conference Dismissal Times

Parent Teacher Conferences will be held October 12-16th. Dismissal will be at 1:45 p.m. on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday. Wednesday dismissal will be at 12:45 p.m.
COVID-19 Parent Acknowledgement

This form is required for every in-person student. If you haven't done so already, please complete as soon as possible.

Health of Students and Staff

Students and staff with; at least one of the following symptoms; a fever or chills, shortness of breath/difficulty in breathing, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, new loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting, or diarrhea should not go to school. Any students or staff exhibiting these symptoms that are not a known medical condition with be sent home for 10 days or will need to by symptom free and have a negative Covid test.

Free and Reduced Lunch

Even though school meals are free right now, get ahead of the rush

and get your application submitted for the spring semester!

The 2020-2021 Free and Reduced Meal Applications are available now for all families who qualify based on income and family size. The confidential application forms are available at your school’s office, cafeteria, at the Food and Nutrition Department (143 S. Alma School Road,) or can be completed online here. The forms take just 3 minutes to complete and submit.

Did you know? The meal program not only provides healthy food to our students, but it also brings additional federal funding to our district and schools. Your child’s school uses this funding for additional instructional assistants to help in classrooms, to hire instructional interventionists, and to purchase supplies, software, for all students. In addition, Mesa Public Schools uses this funding to provide summer school, preschools, teacher training, and AVID Program training and supplies, to Title I Schools.

It is a simple process that has a huge impact,

so please don’t forget to complete the short Free and Reduced Meal Program form today.

Annual Title I Meeting Presentation

Dear Taft Families,

Please take a moment to look at our Annual Title I Presentation. It provides information on what Title I is and how it helps us here at Taft. At the end, there is a short survey for feedback that we would greatly appreciate you filling out!

Estimados familias de Taft,

Por favor, tómese un momento para ver nuestra Presentación Anual del Título I. Proporciona información sobre qué título I es y cómo nos ayuda aquí en Taft. Al final, hay una breve encuesta para comentarios. Agradeceríamos mucho si lo completa.