Roosevelt News September 2021

Top Happenings from RSD

Welcome to the 21-22 School Year

Welcome to the 21-22 School Year
Roosevelt School District Superintendent Dr. Quintin Boyce and staff members welcome the RSD family back for a new school year.

Introducing the Roosevelt School District Signature Academies

Introducing Roosevelt School District No. 66 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

Preschool teachers sit at a round table making conversation

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

A student works out a math problem on his iPad
In partnership with ASU, Roosevelt School District will be participating in the Math Momentum Program. Through this grant opportunity four RSD teachers will be partnered with an ASU Prep Digital Math Teacher to provide double the support for our students. Comprehensive digital learning training and math instructional support will be provided for students. This is an exciting opportunity to provide innovative learning experiences at RSD.

School donations pour in from the community

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.

Students showcase summer camp work

The Roosevelt School District offered free summer camps for students entering 5th-8th grades. Everyone Can Create summer camps, led by Apple Professional Learning, engaged students in a variety of activities from coding to digital media creation. The camps culminated in a student showcase at the end of the week. Students showed the apps and videos they made, demonstrated their coding work and displayed their architectural sketches.