The Creighton Community

April, 2021

Welcome to the Creighton Community Newsletter

Welcome to the Creighton Community Newsletter. The purpose of this monthly newsletter is to keep our families, partners, and community up-to-date on important education related issues, upcoming events, and topics that impact you and our students. Enjoy!

Masks Required in Schools

Dear Creighton Community,


As you may know, Governor Ducey rescinded a section of Executive Order 2020-51, issued in July directing schools to require face masks, and Emergency Measure 2020-04, issued by the Arizona Department of Health Services (ADHS) outlining requirements for mask usage in schools.


In the new Executive Order 2021-10, K-12 school districts still maintain the right to institute and enforce policies to mitigate against COVID-19 spread, including the use of masks.


The Creighton School District will continue to follow guidance from the CDC, mitigation plan and policies adopted by the Creighton Governing Board requiring masks be worn by students, staff, and visitors to school and district facilities.


Thank you for your commitment to the health and safety of those around you.

Creighton District Exemplary Award Winners

Congratulations to our Creighton Exemplary Contribution Award winners! Each school has a Teacher and Educational Support Person of the Year as well as winners from across the district under the Creighton Strategic Plan goals of: Adventurous Learning, Health and Wellness, Community Impact/Partnership and Stewardship/Customer Service.


An overall District Teacher of the Year and Educational Support Person of the Year will be unveiled at the Creighton Exemplary Contribution Awards Ceremony on May 5, 2021. To keep the award attendees to a minimum we will be streaming the awards ceremony live through WebEx, link coming soon!


Help us by congratulating these rock stars!

Save the Date!

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Bagels with the Board

Thursday, April 29th, 8am

The Creighton Academy: 2802 E. McDowell Rd. Phoenix, AZ 85008

The Creighton Governing Board is inviting you to join them for bagels, coffee and conversation.


For questions contact Hilda Juarez at hjuarez@creightonschools.org

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Update on the Process to Prioritize and Invest Federal Pandemic Relief Funds

The Federal Government has established several sources of funding to offset the impact of COVID-19 pandemic in America's schools. You may hear these funds referred to as CARES and ESSER. The Creighton School District is eligible to receive a portion of these funds which can be utilized for health, safety, and sanitation costs. The funds can also be used to support enriched student learning, and professional development.


The Creighton School District established the Pandemic Relief Fund Prioritization Task Force to steer the investment of these funds. Ultimately, the goal is to prioritize the investment of these one-time relief funds to create significant, long-term benefits for the Creighton Community, in alignment with our strategic goals. The Task Force has created a initial draft of possible outcomes for these investments, including:


  • An empowered community, eagerly taking on new challenges and learning
  • Strong schools connecting with and developing families and neighbors
  • All children being nurtured holistically in mind, body, and spirit
  • All children reading fluently
  • All educators inspiring learning using the best professional methods and highest quality materials
  • Equitable systems district-wide


The Task Force is currently seeking input from across the Creighton Community, including students and parents, as well as site and department staff. Through the feedback gathering process so far, The Task Force has received approximately 300 individual ideas so far. There is a great deal of overlap among many of those ideas, and the Task Force has been organizing the ideas into the following categories:


  • Adaptive Tools and Environment for Special Needs
  • Enriched Learning During and After the School Day
  • Expanded Remote Learning
  • Family and Community Services
  • Fiscal Management and Accountability
  • Increased Compensation and Work Opportunities
  • Instructional Materials
  • Professional Development
  • Reduced Student to Adult Rations to Intensify Learning
  • Social Emotional Learning, Social Workers and Counselors
  • Technology Tools and Equipment


Conversations to gather ideas for the Task Force are ongoing and many groups are planning to meet next week. If you have an idea that you would like to share, you can email it to ajackson@creightonschools.org, or submit it by phone to her at (602) 381-6018. You can also speak with your child's principal to share any ideas that you have.

Seeking Community Involvement: Kennedy Rebuild

As we begin the process of reimagining Kennedy School we are looking for community input. What does your dream school look like? Should students have more space for outdoor learning, a community resource center located on campus, mindfulness space? In these early stages of planning the sky is the limit and we want to hear from you.


If you are interested in joining our committee or would simply like to provide your feedback please email Andrea Jackson at ajackson@creightonschools.org and she will provide you with committee details or provide your feedback to the committee.

Creighton District Makes the News

The media was out in full force capturing Creighton District's return to in-person learning! We had visits from ABC15, News12, FOX10, and the Arizona Republic. Thank you to Machan, Excelencia, The Creighton Academy, and Gateway for your willingness to share your positive stories! Check out the videos and stories below:
Fox 10 Phoenix Visits Machan School!

Nominations for the Gifted and Talented Program is Open

Families and Teachers are able to nominate NEW students to the Gifted and Talented Program. The nomination form is available at all sites. You can also download the nomination form by visiting the Gifted and Talented website here.


Nominations are due: April 21, 2021

Permission to test forms are due: April 28, 2021


Testing will occur in May.

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Rapid COVID Testing is Now Available at Your Child's School

The Creighton School District in partnership with Maricopa County is making every effort to keep children and staff COVID free. Rapid COVID tests are now available on our campuses through the school nurses office. If you are experiencing COVID like symptoms or think it might just be allergies but want to double check, you can swing by your nurses office for a rapid test. Accuracy rates range from 91-97% for symptomatic individuals.


Reminder layering of implementation strategies are most effective in stopping the spread of COVID-19. Stay safe over the break with proper mask wearing, appropriate physical distancing and handwashing. Enjoy a much deserved break.

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Creighton Child Nutrition and Wellness Department Recognized by AASBO

The Child Nutrition and Wellness team won a Best Practice Award from the Arizona Association of School Business Officials (AASBO) for their innovative practices to ensure every child gets breakfast, lunch, and supper whether at their school or in their neighborhoods. They were recognized during the AASBO virtual Spring Conference.

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Kinder Readiness Summer Boot Camp

Join us for our free, in-person, kinder readiness summer bootcamp. If you have a child who will be new to kindergarten next year that did not attend preschool or head start then this is the perfect program for you!


Kinder readiness boot camp is Monday through Thursday starting June 7 through June 24 from 7:30 AM - 11:30AM.


Classes will focus on:


  • Language and literacy development
  • Small and large group activities
  • Fine and gross motor skills
  • Social and emotional development
  • Developing attention skills
  • Classroom behaviors



Registration begins March 16

To register call, email or stop by

602-381-4605

familyresoucecenter@creightonschools.org

2052 N. 36th St. Phoenix

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School Tax Credit Donation Extended to May

The extension of the tax deadline to May 17 means you can also still make your School Tax Credit donation up until May 17!


Arizona allows taxpayers to receive a dollar-for-dollar school tax credit on their state tax return of up to $200 for an individual and $400 for married couples filing jointly.


Your donation will help Creighton School District support the programs that build character and confidence in our students at no cost to you through the Arizona Tax Credit program.


To donate you can visit www.CreightonSchools.org or mail a check to your neighborhood school or our district office.


2702 E. Flower Street

Phoenix, AZ 85016


Thank you for your generosity.

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We Are Hiring!

The Creighton School District is hiring for positions ranging from teacher, cafeteria staff, paraprofessional, nurse, psychologist, bus driver, etc! If you are looking for a career that makes a difference in the lives of children in a family like atmosphere, Creighton is the place for you. You can see a full list of open positions and apply online by clicking here.

Important Dates


  • Bagels with the Board: April 29, 2021
  • Creighton Governing Board Meeting: May 4, 2021
  • Creighton Governing Board Meeting: May 18, 2021
  • Last Day of School: Thursday, May 20, 2021
  • Creighton Governing Board Meeting: June 1, 2021
  • Creighton Governing Board Meeting: June 22, 2021