The Creighton Community

April, 2022

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!

Creighton Exemplary Award Winners

Congratulations to the Creighton Exemplary Award winners in the categories of Adventurous Learning, Health and Wellness, Community Impact, and Stewardship/Customer Service.

An additional congratulations goes to our Teachers and Educational Support Staff of the Year for their respective school sites. The overall district winners will be announced at the End of Year Awards on May 4 at 3:00 P.M. at The Creighton Academy.

Learning in Action

We are adventurous thinkers! As leaders of learning, we prioritize time each week to engage with our students around questions like; What are you learning? What is challenging for you? And, How has your thinking changed recently? During the most recent learning walks, children at Biltmore Preparatory Academy shared their new thinking about social change and global conflict as they explored conflict between Palestine and Israel. Children at Monte Vista described how Elizabeth Cady Stanton played a crucial role in extending voting and property rights to women. Children at Gateway discussed how water and nutrients allow their hydroponically grown lettuce and basil flourish in their tower garden. Our teachers were very thoughtful about balancing modeling, guided practice, and independent exploration to make these learning experiences possible.

The Creighton Academy Spring Picnic

The weather was perfect for The Creighton Academy family picnic day. Students ate lunch with their families and spent a little time playing
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Assistant Principals Week

In April, Creighton District celebrated National Assistant Principals Week! We are lucky to have the best school leaders in the biz!
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Now Enrolling Kindergarten

Creighton offers full-day kindergarten to our families.

Our full-day program is filled with adventurous learning, discovery, and joy as your child works and plays in an environment that is warm, safe, and challenging. Space is limited, so enroll now! We have nine amazing schools to choose from!

Early Kindergarten Testing

Creighton offers early entry kindergarten testing! Any child who turns 5 years old between September 1 - December 31 of the upcoming school year qualifies to test into kindergarten early. Children must be tested during the first 30 days of school.

Testing begins in May. Schedule your appointment by calling (602) 381-4605 or stop by the Creighton Family Resource Center at 2052 N. 36th Street, Phoenix, AZ 85008

Kinder Readiness Summer Boot Camp

Creighton is offering a FREE Kinder Readiness Summer Boot Camp.

Classes focus on:

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

The dates are (Monday-Friday) June 6 - June 23 from 7:30AM - 11:30AM. Check out the flyer below for more details on how to enroll.

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AZ Dept. of Education DonorsChoose Grant in Action

Third Grade teachers at Papago received the DonorsChoose grant from the Arizona Department of Education and will have Scholastic News and Scholastic Science subscriptions, individual headphones, owl pellet and earth worm dissection kits for 100 third grade students next year!

Creighton Kids Congress Youth Equity Stewardship

One of the Creighton School District’s goals is to recognize, respect, and respond to the unique social identities of all people within the Creighton Community. As part of this work, Creighton Kids Congress students participated in a Youth Equity Stewardship (YES) event. As learners and leaders, they play an important role in strengthening a healthy, positive, inclusive and equity focused culture within our schools.

Youth Equity Stewardship provides a creative journey that empowers children to become passionate change agents in their school community. Youth Equity Stewardship (YES) equips students with lifelong skills that deepen relationships across differences, nurture their creative expression, and cultivate their stewardship qualities.

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Demolition is Underway at Kennedy

Demolition of Kennedy School is moving right along. Architects will be meeting soon with the school community to develop the reimagined Kennedy School.
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39th Greater Phoenix Band Concert + District Showcase

Students from across the district had a fun-filled day at Camelback High School! The students worked with high school band directors from all across the valley, received top-notch workshops from guest clinicians, and ultimately put on an amazing concert!

The band directors met with a full agenda and discussed matters such as high school recruiting, educational opportunities for our middle-schoolers, advocating for the arts, and of course: Next year’s festival!

On Tuesday, April 26 the Creighton District hosted our annual Instrumental Festival showcasing our band students from across all 9 schools.

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Creighton Kids Congress Featured in Epic Kids

Our Creighton Kids Congress students were featured in the February issue of Epic Kids! Read about this great program including a Q&A with Biltmore Preparatory Academy student, Nia!

Congratulations to Dr. Jessica Grant

Congratulations to Biltmore Preparatory Academy's very own Dr. Jessica Grant for her achievement in completing her doctorate at Northern Arizona University. The topic of her dissertation is "The COVID-19 Pandemic and Social-Emotional Learning in Arizona Elementary Schools". She was celebrated for her achievement at Tuesday's Governing Board Meeting.
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Governing Board Resolution: Juneteenth Holiday Observance

On April 19, 2022 the Creighton Governing Board passed a resolution recognizing June 19 as Juneteenth Holiday Observance. You can read the full resolution below.

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Vaccine/Health Events Coming Soon

A number of Creighton Schools are hosting FREE Health Screening Events open to all community members, families, staff and students. The event will provide: COVID vaccines, blood pressure, blood glucose and height and weight

You can register by using this link:

Parent consent is required for any child under 18 receiving a vaccine.

  • Gateway School: May 12, 2022 from 3:00PM - 6:00PM

8th Grade Promotion Dates

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Tax Credit Donation

Arizona statute allows individuals/couples to donate $200/$400 for a dollar-to-dollar tax credit.

Your tax credit donation helps students attend extracurricular activities like athletics; art and music programs; character education; and field trips.

You can donate today by clicking this link:

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Now Enrolling!

Creighton School are now enrolling for the 2021-2022 school year. Check out our website to learn about our different neighborhood schools and to schedule a tour. During the summer our offices are open Monday - Thursday. You can also enroll online:

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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

  • Creighton Governing Board Meeting: Tuesday, May 3, 2022
  • Creighton Governing Board Meeting: Tuesday, May 17, 2022
  • Last Day of School: Thursday, May 19, 2022
  • Memorial Day- School Offices are Closed: Monday, May 30, 2022
  • Creighton Governing Board Meeting: Tuesday, June 7, 2022
  • Creighton Governing Board Meeting: Tuesday, June 23, 2022