Roosevelt News September 2021
Top Happenings from RSD
Welcome to the 21-22 School Year
Introducing the Roosevelt School District Signature Academies
Beginning with the start of the 21-22 school year, four of RSD's schools launched their new signature academy, focusing on practical learning and tailoring to student interests.
The Academy of Global Studies at T.G. Barr is piloting the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme and Middle Years Programme.
The Academy of Innovation and Design at C.O. Greenfield is focusing on the use of 3D technology to bring learning to life.
The Academy of Inquiry at J.F. Kennedy is pairing classes together to drive student collaboration across grade levels.
The Academy of Science and Nutrition at V.H. Lassen is using gardening and cooking to bring school outside the four walls of the classroom.
Roosevelt also launched the Online Academy, open to students across Arizona who want the option to continue their primary education virtually.
Preschool staff begin LETRS training
Over 60 preschool staff will come together, biweekly over the next 8 months, to engage in online learning, reading and collaboration focused on foundational literacy of preschool students. Teachers will pass assessments to demonstrate mastery of the new content and will take practice activities back to their classroom. They will then bring the student work from these activities back to their PLTs so they can collaboratively analyze the essential standards being taught and determine next steps for instruction based on the evidence of student learning.
Roosevelt provides additional math support through partnership
School donations pour in from the community
As part of the Our Winning Green Space contest award, Maxine O. Bush School received a donation of a riding and a push lawnmower from Project Evergreen. The Bush staff are excited to use the new equipment to maintain the school campus.
Irene Lopez received a donation of school supplies from Maricopa County School Superintendent Steve Watson. The supplies were donated by attendees of the Maricopa County Home & Landscape Show at State Farm Stadium and included backpacks, notebooks and more.
Macy’s and Reading Is Fundamental recognized Shari Mauney Burkholder with Macy’s Educator Appreciation Award for her years of volunteer work to benefit Bernard Black Elementary School. Through her grant-writing, Bernard Black has received free books for their students each year. As part of the award, Macy’s donated new books for the school’s library and 250 literacy kits for third grade students.
T.G. Barr Elementary School received a donation of 50 backpacks filled with school supplies and healthy snack options from the Corbins Legacy Charity.
C.J. Jorgensen Elementary School received a donation of more than 100 backpacks for their third and fourth grade students.
Ignacio Conchos Elementary School received a donation of backpacks, masks and classroom supplies from the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office for the 12th year in a row.
21st Century Program continues to expand
Sunland and T.G. Barr elementary schools have been awarded the Nita M. Lowey 21st Century Community Learning Centers Grant for this new school year. The grant establishes learning centers that provide students with academic enrichment classes with focused assistance in math, reading. and writing during out-of-school time. It also works to meaningfully engage adult family members in helping their children succeed academically. With the addition of these schools, there are now seven Roosevelt schools in the program. Chavez, Conchos, Julian and Valley View are entering their second year, while the program is in its fifth year at Greenfield.