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Innovation Academy News - February, 2023

Principal News

There are many times I get super excited (in my line of work - pretty much daily). One thing I truly enjoy about my job and being in classrooms, seeing students’ projects, watching the learning that is taking place, and experiencing the overall excitement. Innovation is now in full SARSEF mode (Southern Arizona Science and Engineering Foundation); better known as the Science Fair!! All over campus, students are working on amazing research projects. Innovation is the reigning SARSEF Top Elementary School. We have earned this recognition twice. Fingers crossed, third time is the charm?

2nd-5th grade students just completed winter MAP assessments and, as expected, they did extremely well. Nearly, 90% of IA are at or above grade level in reading and math! The few students who are not yet at grade level are quickly approaching grade level. What does all this tell me? A STEM-focused curriculum with a top notch staff and amazing students, equals success.

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STEM Showcase - Tuesday, February 21

Mark your calendar for our Student STEM Showcase. This is a fun event where families can view and experience students' projects. This is an opportunity for students to showcase their learning.

February 23 & 24 - NO SCHOOL

Rodeo Days - In true Tucson tradition, the last Thursday and Friday of February are set aside so families can join in the fun of the Tucson Rodeo.

Love of Reading Week

February 27th - March 3rd

Look for more information coming from your child's classroom teacher and from the library.

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Reach for the Stars - Galaxy Gala

Questions - please email
  • Free for all Innovation families
  • DJ & dancing
  • Food/dessert trucks (for purchase)
  • Friday February 10 - 5:30-8:00pm

Amphi Gala

The Amphi Gala is Saturday, March 25, 2023. The Amphi Foundation promotes academic excellence through the expansion of resources that enrich the education, development, and well-being of students in the Amphitheater Public Schools.

More information can be found at: AMPHI GALA

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Innovation PTO


Creating opportunities of educational excellence through parent and educator partnership, financial support, and community engagement.

President: Jeremy Spruce

President Elect: Vacant

VP Communications: Sarah Branski (Co-Chair - Jennifer Deakins)

VP Fundraising: Anne Zimmerman (Co-Chair - Katie Garro)

VP Volunteers: Kathy Lokale

VP Events: Jordyn Carter

Secretary: Ekna Rehm (Co-Chair - Jenny Eagar)

Treasurer: Vacant

Members at Large: Gena Luecke / Shannon Matlock / Sarah Stucki

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