Wilson District Newsletter

Spring 2021

A message from Mr. Sanchez...

As I move forward into my retirement, I wish the district, students, parents, and staff the best! It has been a privilege to serve the district and the community.

Once a Wilson Wildcat, always a Wildcat!

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Student devices must be returned May 21st!

If you are unable to return the device on that day, please call the front office immediately to arrange a drop off date.

Wilson Primary School: (602) 683-2500

Wilson Elementary School: (602) 683-2400

Tips to keep your child learning this summer!

  1. Read every day! Go to the library often and let your child choose books to check out. Take turns reading to each other. Use digital reading such as Epic Books or Tumblebooks to keep your child reading!
  2. Use math every day! Practice multiplication tables by making each point in a basketball game worth 7 points (or 5 or 9). Ask your kids to make change at the drive-thru. Make up math word problems in the car and the dinner table.
  3. Complete 10 minutes a day of reading and 10 minutes a day of math on I-Ready. This program will be accessible to your child throughout the summer!
  4. Get outside and play in the cooler mornings. Find ways to ensure your child is active for 60 minutes each day.
  5. Write every week. Have your child write the grocery list. Keep a summer journal.

Wilson Elementary School

As we wrap up the school year, a few highlights come to mind. Our Valedictorian, Alicia Acuna, and our Salutatorian, Angela Castaneda, provided outstanding speeches at our promotion ceremony. We are very proud of all of our students; especially having to navigate this school year with virtual, in person, and hybrid learning! A special thanks to our 8th grade sponsors who provided 41 scholarships to our students. We appreciate your support.

We celebrated AZM2 testing with our first ever social distanced fun day!!! Our students participated in everything from rock, paper, scissor contests to obstacle courses to foot golf activities as well as a giant game of Simon Says! All of our students enjoyed the day and the winning classrooms received a pizza party. We also enjoyed schoolwide virtual bingo and had one Elementary Student who won 3 Bingo Games which earned her a pizza! We had one Jr High student win 2 Bingo games, earning her pizza as well. Way to go Wildcats!

Looking to next year, our students are selecting electives including orchestra, guitar, dance, advanced dance, drawing and painting, ceramics, sports, weight training, video production, sound production, and journalism – just to name a few!!! Our students are excited to be back on campus. And yes!!! Sports are coming back – we can’t wait to see our Wildcats competing again.

As we start next year, we have many activities and incentives planned including contests, field trips, carnivals, fun days, SeaWorld trips, awards, surprise prize days, family fun nights, family picnic days – and, yes, this is just a small list of the activities Wilson will be hosting!

Clubs will be back! Robotics, Video, Best Buddies, AVID Club, Student Council, NJHS, Wake Up, and many more. We are always open to new club ideas so don’t be shy, bring your club ideas to Wilson!

Reminder to our former Wilson students who are now seniors – Wilson has our Wilson College Scholarship program. Please email Gaby Duran at gaby.duran@wsd.k12.az.us if you are interested in applying for our college scholarships. We currently offer ASU, NAU, and Maricopa Community College scholarships. Don’t wait, apply now!

Remember, school begins on August 2, 2021. We have it all at Wilson. We understand that students may have some academic gaps and we are prepared to help them close the gaps and strive to be the best they can be!!! If you are not a current Wilson student, please stop by our offices and register. We are currently accepting out of boundary applications. Sports, clubs, activities, electives, and stellar academics are all available at Wilson. See you in August.

Once a Wildcat, always a Wildcat!

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Wilson Primary School

What a year this has been for everyone. I want to first and foremost thank you for supporting our mission in educating your children. As we faced the pandemic, we relied on the families to create learning environments in the homes, follow daily schedules, and guide the children as they learned their skills. Without your dedication and commitment, we could not have accomplished what we have this year.

Secondly, I want to highlight some of our accomplishments this year. As we tackled the online platform at the beginning of the year, our teachers and staff gained new skills in navigating the virtual teaching. They worked diligently to make the learning engaging and interactive for the students. We were also able to have family engagement events online. We had a sing along, family projects, and other celebrations online. Adopting a new PBIS PAWS program to celebrate those students who are being SAFE, RESPONSIBLE and RESPECTFUL brought our school together.

When we were granted to open our school on March 15th, we were able to shift quickly and efficiently to prepare our school and classrooms to welcome our students safely. How wonderful it was to see the smiling faces enter the classrooms. It truly was magical to see the students interact with one another and follow our newly placed rules and procedures. The students continued to follow our PBIS 3 B’s mentioned above as well as learn in a healthy safe classroom.

As we wrap up the year, we are constantly reflecting on what went well and what needs adjustments. This summer, we will be planning to welcome back all of our students on campus on August 2nd. Our teachers and staff will be planning fun and exciting team building activities for the class as well as planning for engaging and meaningful lessons to enrich and empower your children.

We are thrilled to get the school year 2021-2022 started. Enjoy your summer, and we will see you back on July 29th for the Meet Your Teacher Night!

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Parents, please remember to let the schools know of any changes in your contact information. Information about the upcoming school year will be sent out by mail, email and phone.
Find us on Facebook for more celebrations and announcements!

Wilson Community Center

Wilson Community Center is proud to serve the community during the pandemic and help with various programs and resources. Our newest project is reviving the garden and offering garden classes. We are also able to help our Wilson students with uniform assistance. Throughout these challenging times, the Community Center has been a safe and secure place for community members to seek assistance.

The Wilson Community Center continues to offer the following classes:

• Partnership with the University of Arizona

• Physical and Mental Awareness Workshops

• Kith & Kin

• Parenting Classes

• Drug Prevention

• GED Classes in Spanish

• Zumba

• Nutrition Classes

• Diabetes Classes

• Immigration Services

• Food Distributions in partnership with St. Mary’s Food Bank

Child Find

Child Find, a component of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), enables states to locate, identify, and evaluate all children with disabilities, aged birth through 21, who are in need of early intervention or special education services. Special education services are available for children of any age (birth through 21 years). Wilson School District is responsible for locating, identifying, evaluating and serving all children with disabilities (ages 3-21) and referring children ages 0-3 to AzEIP for evaluation and appropriate services. AzEIP is the Arizona Early Intervention Program for infants and toddlers. Wilson provides free and appropriate public education that includes special education and related services to children at public expense, under public supervision and direction without charge to parents. For all school-age students who are new to the district, the classroom teacher will complete screening activities within 45 days of enrollment. If any concerns are noted, the child will be referred for help. Parents who have concerns regarding their child’s education may contact the Special Education Department at Wilson, (602) 683-2400, 4205.

McKinney Vento

Are you currently experiencing temporary living arrangements due to eviction, job loss or a traumatic event? Wilson School District offers services to families through the McKinney-Vento Assistance Act. Services such as enrollment and immunization assistance, uniforms or school supplies, community referrals and in some cases transportation can be available. Your family may qualify due to living with another family or friend due to financial hardship or living in a shelter, transitional housing, or motel. Please contact your school office or Gaby Duran at 602-683-2515, ext 6000 for more information about this program.