Wilson District Newsletter

January 2022

A message from Mr. Rose

Happy New Year!

It has been a great year so far, I have had the pleasure of taking part in some of our Wilson Community Traditions (Peter Piper Family Night, Costume Parade, and Holiday Parties). The support that our community gives to the Wilson School District is greatly appreciated.

I want to give a special thank you to all the great teachers and paraprofessionals who work hard every day to come up with meaningful content for all students.

One of the responsibilities of the Wilson School District and administrative team is to set priorities and goals annually for the district. Our Resolution for 2022 is to continue to surround every student with caring adults who are committed to finding treasures in all stakeholders. We will work to set high academic standards for all students. This does not mean we want schools filled with stressed out, busy-all-the-time children. This means we believe all students can learn and achieve at a high level given the right amount of support and instruction. We have set goals in different areas and are working to achieve them. If we don't, we try to figure out why we didn't—how does our instructional practices may need to change? It is an ongoing process as our student population keeps changing and evolving. What worked with last month may not be nearly as effective, therefore, our teachers are tasked with the job of monitoring and adjusting by employing a variety of strategies.

Each day we are privileged to be surrounded by many resilient young people looking to us for guidance, therefore, as caring adults we are committed to building positive relationships with each of them so that they can be inspired to take control of their future.

Mr. Ernest Rose


Wilson Primary School

Happy New Year! The new year gives us an opportunity to set resolutions. Resolutions are successful when you shift your mindset. Here at Wilson, we guide our students to develop a growth mindset. It is how you view challenges and setbacks. People with a growth mindset think that if they put in the work, they will succeed. If they struggle with a skill, they believe that skills will improve over time.

Our teachers and staff teach our students to re-frame their thinking when they are faced with challenges. We promote “the power of yet.” When faced with challenging task or problem, we encourage them that they may not get it YET but with practice, they will. Instead of thinking, “I can’t do this”, our students think, “I can’t do it yet.”

We will set goals and resolutions, but without the shift in the mindset, they would not be met. It’s all about the growth mindset. We are looking forward to finishing the year strong!

We are Wilson!

Mrs. Maki Wojcicki


Wilson Elementary School

Welcome back Wildcats! We have great things happening in 2nd semester and we can’t wait! Our academic classes are off to a wonderful start. Our students are working hard and excited to start 2022. We are asking all of our parents to please check the Infinite Campus portal regularly. If you do not know how to access the portal or need a username/password reset, please contact the front office at 602-683-2400. The portal contains information including messages, grades, schedules, etc. Parents/Guardians only need one login for all their students in the district (both primary and elementary).

We have some exciting new clubs beginning this semester. Our cheerleading and tumbling club will begin at the end of the month. We have room for 20 4th and 5th grade students and 20 Jr. High students. If your child is interested, please have them speak to Ms. McGrath in room 434. We also are getting ready to launch our E-Sports club, video production clubs, sound engineering, and robotics. Again, if your students are interested, please have them contact Ms. McGrath. Students must be passing their courses to participate so please check the portal and help ensure your child does not have any missing assignments.

Parent/Teacher Conferences will be held on 1/12/22 and 1/23/22. Please contact your child’s advisory teacher if you have not received a notice. Thanks and see you there!

Let’s have an amazing second semester Wildcats!

Ms. Cindy Campton


Community Center

Resolution is a firm decision to do or not to do something. Wilson Community Centers resolution for this new year is to continue to serve all members of the community and TO DO the best we can. In doing so we strive to provide the services, programs, resources, and support needed.

We plan to implement new programs for our mental health, physical health, and nutritional health throughout the remainder of the Spring semester and into the Summer. While we have programs in mind, we need YOUR help to determine what is needed and we want to hear your VOICE.

By taking this short survey you are bringing awareness to what is wanted and needed within our community. Together we can achieve our new year’s resolution to improve and strengthen our center.

Gaby Duran

Community Relations Coordinator

Fromer Wilson student Linda DeSantiago graduated from ASU December '21. She majored in special education and elementary education.

Big picture

Curriculum & Instruction

16 Reading Resolutions for Kids

  1. Read a new book from your favorite author.
  2. Read one new book every week.
  3. Join or create your own book club.
  4. Read on book that’s related to your favorite subject in school.
  5. Read an autobiography or a biography.
  6. Read a book that takes place in another world.
  7. Read a book that your best friend recommends.
  8. Pick a random book to read from the library.
  9. Read a book series.
  10. Read a book your teacher recommends. ]
  11. Read your parent’s favorite children’s book.
  12. Read a book from an author who has the same initials as you do.
  13. Read a book that is also a featured film.
  14. Read a play and act out your favorite scene with your family.
  15. Read a book that was published the year you were born.
  16. Reread your favorite book of all time.

Human Resources

What's your New Year's resolution for 2022? Clean out the closets? Take up a new sport? Save more money? For some, the first days of the year are also a time to tackle work-related goals. Read on to learn what some HR professionals hope to accomplish on the job in 2022.

Make Time to Recharge

"My New Year's resolution is to be intentional on allocating one day each month for self-development, reflection and/or spending time in nature. These are important to me in recharging but unfortunately, I often forget to carve out time."

—Desiree Carpenter, manager of talent for Milwaukee-based National Business Furniture.

Use Wellness Benefits

"I'm resolving to participate in and take advantage of the benefits offered to employees. For me, this means taking time away from the office, on vacation, and truly disconnecting in order to recharge. I know that I cannot pour from an empty cup! Traliant is implementing a wellness program, and working out is important for both physical and mental well-being.

"In 2022, I resolve to leverage the wellness platform to continue to exercise on a regular basis. I know this will help me manage any stress and increase my productivity!"

—Maggie Smith, SHRM-CP, vice president of HR for compliance training platform Traliant, headquartered in Manhattan Beach, Calif.

Make Work/Life Balance a Priority

"For my work as a head of people, 2021 was a continuation of 2020. Most people have no idea how strongly the pandemic affected human resources. [The] last one and a half years, I was keeping my nose to the grindstone. The new situation required learning a mass of new skills. I had to make many difficult decisions, including staffing and reorganization of the whole HR team. Pandemic turbulence coincided with the significant growth of our startup, so I had plenty to do. I really enjoy my work but I'm not a machine. For a long time, I felt stressed.

"Therefore, my top work-related New Year's resolution for 2022 is to keep a healthy work/life balance. I learned how to work in the pandemic reality, now I want to focus on my mental well-being. A friend of mine recommended [to] me a series of trainings, so that would be my first step."

—Bartek Boniecki, head of people for Passport Photo Online, headquartered in Białystok


"Working from home blurs the lines between the workday and home life. It is increasingly easy to find oneself checking e-mails and working on tasks at odd hours. For 2022, I will be working on having more dedicated boundaries between home and work. My hope is that making a conscious effort to have dedicated work hours and workspaces within my home will allow me to better delineate time and attention for myself and my family."

—Elizabeth Watson, HR coach for Rochester, N.Y.-based Paychex.

Focus on Worker Well-Being

"As we approach nearly two years of work during a pandemic, among other HR-related challenges such as the Great Resignation and managing a new area of hybrid work, focusing on employee well-being has never been more important. My New Year's resolution for 2022 is to continue providing easy access to mental health benefits for all of Zendesk's employees globally, incorporating comprehensive offerings that cater to a diverse set of needs. It's also critical that we continue to normalize mental wellness and remove the stigma attached to mental health."

—Evangeline Mendiola, director of global benefits and well-being for San Francisco-based Zendesk.

Devote Quality Time to Employees …

"My 2022 work-based resolution is to spend as much time as possible in front of our employees around the world. As the new chief people and culture officer at Mitel, and after nearly two years of not being able to travel due to the pandemic, I am determined to spend quality in-person time with our greatest asset—our people. From the shores of the U.S. to Europe and India, 2022 is a year to truly reconnect with our people."

—Paul Gregory, senior vice president, chief people and culture officer, Mitel, headquartered in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.

altimore-based ResumeSeed.

Business Services

Every year I make a ‘resolution’. Every year I break the resolution I made and typically it doesn’t take very long! Resolution is a firm decision to do or not do something. We each have our own ‘something’.

I challenge each of each of you, if you haven’t done so already, to make a resolution and keep it! Again, this year I have a personal resolution – to be healthy and to be the best person I can be. I also focused on a business resolution for Wilson Elementary School District Business Services department – to provide the BEST services to our schools, so in turn they can provide the BEST services to our students and families. The Business Services departments are:

  • Maintenance and Transportation, supervised by Mr. Roy Sucanick
  • Information Technology, supervised by Mr. Matt Felix
  • Business Services, supervised by Mrs. Beth Strickler, and includes:
    - Payroll – outstanding services provided by Mrs. Alicia Guzman-Arreola
    - Purchasing and Budgeting – outstanding services provided by Mr. Ken McKenzie
    - Accounts Payable – outstanding services provided by Ms. Nicki Halvorson
    - Food Services – outstanding services provided by Mrs. Yvette Lowe, supporting the staff from Southwest Foodservice Excellence, under the guidance of Mrs. Candice Whitbeck
    - Grants, entitlement and competitive – outstanding services provided by Mrs. Jennie Urquiza-Whitiker

Throughout this year, you will hear about each of these individuals and the quality services they provide to Wilson Elementary School District.

Stay Tuned!

Beth Strickler

Director of Business Services & Technology

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 need 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, ext. 4205.


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 Mariana Melendrez at 602-683-2515, ext 6002 for more information about this program.