SMUSD Shout Out!

November 2022

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A Note From Our Superintendent

It is hard to believe, but here we are, already in November. As we head toward the end of first semester, it is important for our students to finish strong academically. One of the best ways to ensure academic success is consistent attendance. To be successful academically, students must be in school. As we approach the holidays, it is important for our students to continue to school every day and to maintain a sense of normalcy.

November is also the time we stop and give thanks. I am extremely thankful for our wonderful teachers, staff, and administrators. They are professionals whose dedication to the success of our students is inspiring. Please consider taking time this November to stop and thank your teachers, your administrators, your food services team, your bus drivers, your facilities crews, your office staffs, and any and everyone else who works diligently to ensure our students continue to grow.

There will be a change starting with next month's Saddle Mountain Shoutout. Instead of providing a written message each month, I'm going to start providing a video update. We will provide a link to a video message. Hopefully this will allow all of you to start to put a face with the name of your superintendent and get to know me a little better.

Dr. Mike Winters


Saddle Mountain Unified School District


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COOP Preschool

What is C.O.O.P.?

Child Oriented Occupational Program

What makes it unique?

We have 2 adult staff that work with our COOP teachers (high school students enrolled in our Early Childhood Education courses, Levels 2 and 3) to develop developmentally appropriate lessons aligned to Arizona's Early Learning Standards. We provide hands-on learning opportunities throughout the day to foster Kindergarten readiness and a love of learning. Because of the high number of COOP teachers and adult staff working in the preschool, we are able to provide most of our instruction in small groups with ratios as low as one teacher to every 2-3 students.

Who is it for?

TVHS COOP is open to all community members What are the age ranges? We have two rooms, one for preschool (2-3 years old) and one for PreK students (4-5 years old) Does my toddler need to be potty trained? Your toddler does not need to be potty trained to be in the toddler room, however, they must be potty trained to be in the preschool room.

Are you licensed?

Yes, we are licensed by the Arizona Department of Health Services to serve two to five-year-old children. The COOP is licensed by the AZ Department of Health Services, located at 150 N. 18th Avenue Suite 400 Phoenix, AZ 85007. They may be reached at (602)364-2539. Inspection reports are available in the COOP office.

Please see Mrs. Brees if you would like to review them. Hours: We are open Tuesday thru Friday from 6:15 am - 5:00 pm and follow the SMUSD school calendar. Location: We are located on the Ruth Fisher Middle School campus

Cost: Registration fee: $25.00 $ 130.00 per week for toddlers $ 120.00 per week for preschool What is provided? Breakfast and AM/PM snack

What do I need to provide? Lunch

If your child is 2-3 years old and not potty trained you will need to provide diapers and wipes. - Supplies (crayons, markers, etc)

How can I get more information?

If you would like to visit our preschool or learn more about TVHS COOP, please complete the form linked HERE and you will be contacted within 2 operational school days

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