Wilson District Newsletter

Summer 2022

A message from Mr. Rose

I hope that everyone has experienced a great summer break. Here at Wilson we are a committed family working toward a common goal, which is excellence for all; never giving up on any community member. We will continue to surround all scholars with caring adults that expect excellence. We remain committed to cultivating a culture of Trust and Transparency, with the understanding that TOGETHER we can accomplish great things.

Now that the 2021-2022 school year is behind us, it is with much excitement that we usher in the 2022-2023 school year. Our leadership team has spent countless hours working collaboratively preparing for another great year of assisting our students in making tremendous academic gains. Many of our amazing scholars participated in the Wilson Summer Academy. I was impressed with the amazing projects that our students completed and displayed during the Academy.

AVID and PBIS principles remain embedded in all that we do here at Wilson; these innovative approaches to educating our scholars will continue the Legacy of Changing Outcomes for Youth that Wilson has prided itself on since 1883. We invite our many stakeholders to join us for the many events and celebrations that we will have throughout the school year.

Ernest Rose

Wilson Primary School

Welcome back to school! We are so excited to start the new year. This summer, teachers and staff have been extremely busy preparing for one of the best years yet at Wilson Primary School. We are welcoming several new members to our family who are looking forward to getting to know our wonderful community. In the front office, we welcome Ms. Franco, who is our new Assistant Principal. She comes to us with vast knowledge in early education and development. She is looking forward to meeting all of you. Also, we have Ms. Portillo, who is our new office manager. She has been in our Wilson Family for a long time, and we are so thrilled that she has decided to come to the Primary School! Our New Teacher Mentor, Ms. Yerk, has been preparing for a fun and informative week for our new teachers next week. She will be working closely with our new teachers to ensure that they are supported and guided during their first year. I know you will enjoy meeting the other amazing new staff as we go through the year.

August 4th is the Open House from 4-6pm. You will meet your new teacher, see your new classroom, and meet the other teachers who will support your child this year. Also, in the cafeteria, there will be a number of community organizations and services that have partnered up with us this year. Please stop by and see the wonderful services that are available for you.

Lastly, we partnered with PBS and ASU to offer Super Why Kinder Camp for the incoming kindergarten students this summer. These students received additional 3 weeks of kinder-readiness instruction to help them ease into our school. What a great turn out we had. We are grateful for the partnership with PBS and ASU who provided our young learners with creative activities and a fun learning environment.

We are looking forward to welcoming the students in a couple of weeks. Stay healthy and safe!


Mrs. Wojcicki


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Wilson Elementary School

My name is Demetra Baxter-Oliver, it is an honor to introduce myself as the new principal of Wilson Elementary School. I am honored to have been selected to join the Wilson School District.

I will spend a lot of time with your children, getting to know their personalities, learning styles, and interests. We will celebrate their successes, small and large. We will encourage them every day and let them know that they are valued and have a special place in our school.

I am a native Texan that fell in love with a Texas transplant in Tucson. My husband Gearald and I blended families about 5 years ago and from that union we have one daughter, Sade, two sons, Clinten and Rashad, and four grandchildren and Jako, our dauschund-terrier for seventeen years.

I am a seasoned administrator that has committed twenty-seven years to education. I have served as a teacher, graduate teacher-assistant, assistant principal, principal, director, and public-school program advisor.

To our students, I cannot wait to meet you all. I hope that you are excited about the possibility of all the opportunities that will be available to all of you this coming school year.

In closing, please know that my door is always open. I look forward to celebrating our collective successes during the 2022-2023 school year.

See you soon,

Demetra Baxter-Oliver-PhD


Community Center

Wilson Community Center is thrilled to start an amazing school year here at Wilson! We are excited to bring new programs and classes such as ESL and financial literacy. We are thankful for all our stakeholders and the support they provide the Wilson community.

We would like to remind parents that school uniform shirts with the school logo can be purchased via the PTO webstore at https://wilson-pto-k-8.square.site/

Sign up for our REMIND App to receive notifications from the center, we send out information on upcoming classes, events and much more. https://www.remind.com/join/wilsonpti

We are excited to partner with Walmart on 3721 E Thomas Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85018 for an amazing Stuff the Bus event on Saturday, July 30, 2022 from 9am to Noon. Stop by and donate items for our Wilson students.

Our Open House this year is filled with so much fun! We will have UofA Health Zone giving free health screenings and COVID vaccinations, Molina HealthCare giving free backpacks, Risas Dental, Valle Del Sol, Ballet Arizona and PTO will be giving free hotdogs and drinks. Stop by for a great start to a new school year.

Gaby Duran

Coordinator for Community Relations


Saturday, July 30th, 9am-12pm

3721 East Thomas Road

Phoenix, AZ

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Advanced Learning Experiences

Happy Summer! My name is Cindy Campton, and I am the Director of Advanced Learning Experiences. This year, we are planning many different experiences for our learners. Here is a preview of some of our upcoming courses!

  • The Smart Lab will reopen at the 4-8 school. Wondering what this is? Robotics, Flight Simulation, Bridge Building, Rockets, and many other STEM opportunities.
  • All Jr High students will receive an AVID class. AVID stands for Advancement Via Individual Determination. This class is designed to help our students with their rigorous courses and to help prepare them for high school, college, and beyond.
  • AVID schoolwide will be incorporated at both campuses.
  • Gifted and talented classes will be offered at both locations. If you would like your student tested for gifted/talented, please contact your school’s administration.
  • The video and audio studios will be reopened beginning this fall. Wilson School District has a full video and audio production studio including a green screen room, control room, and production software. The audio studio consists of a recording studio and control room. You do not have to have any previous experience to participate in these classes.
  • Schoolwide PBIS for all schools. (Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports)
  • National Junior Honor Society for the 7th and 8th graders.

This is a short version of what is ahead! We look forward to many new opportunities for our young people. Watch our website and social media platforms for more information! And, as always, if you would like to see classes or clubs offered at your student’s campus, please feel free to contact your principal or assistant principal. Have a great summer! We can’t wait to see you all in August!

Cindy Campton

Director of Advanced Learning Experiences

Human Resources

We are pleased to welcome Dr. Demetra Baxter-Oliver as the new School Principal of Wilson Elementary School, effective July 1, 2022. Dr. Oliver will report directly to the School Superintendent Mr. Ernest Rose.

Some of Dr. Oliver’s many responsibilities will be to oversee job-embedded professional development and support to teachers and staff, including staff evaluations. Dr. Oliver will also be asked to provide leadership in the development and implementation of proper public relations to further community understanding and support of the school’s programs. In addition, Dr. Oliver will maintain a close and constant relationship with the community and interpret the educational program to the citizens of the Wilson School District.

Prior to accepting this position, Dr. Oliver served as the Principal at Booth-Fickett K-8 Math Science Magnet School, Tucson, Arizona from 2017 to 2022, Instructional Coordinator, 9th - 12th grade at Richard Milburn Academy, Houston, Texas from 2015 to 2017, Curriculum and Assessment Administrator, 9th - 12th Grade, Texarkana, Texas from 2013 to 2016. In addition, Dr. Oliver served in many other capacities such as Educational Consultant, Director of Special Initiatives and Assistant Principal.

We are also pleased to welcome Ms. Theresa Franco as the new Assistant Principal of Wilson Primary School, effective July 25, 2022.

Ms. Franco will report directly to the School Principal, Ms. Maki Wojcicki.

Some of Ms. Franco’s many responsibilities will be to assist in the planning, development, organization, coordination, and supervision of instructional programs and activities; interprets and implements the District approved curriculum program in light of individual school needs. Assists in providing leadership to the professional staff in determining objectives and identifying school needs as the basis for developing long and short-range plans for the school. Assists the principal in the overall administration of the school and assumes leadership of the school in the absence of the principal.

Prior to accepting this position, Ms. Franco served as the Title I Coordinator at EdKey, Children First Leadership Academy, Phoenix, AZ, from 2018 to 2022, Instructional Leader at Maricopa Regional School District, Southwest Keys Transitional Learning Centers, Phoenix, AZ from 2016 to 2018. In addition, Ms. Franco served in many other capacities such as ELL Teacher, 6th Grade Math/Science Teacher, Instructional Coach, 5thand 6thGrade/Mentor Teacher and 1st Grade Teacher.

We would also like to welcome the following new Teachers and other support staff to the district: Cinthia Curtin, Sydney Beane, Jamie Sarkozi, Ivone Gonzalez, Caitlyn Nuschy, Cicily Mortensen, Ronisha Coppage, Tracy Simpkins, Kathleen Browner, Jennifer Lumayag, Geralyn Bisnar Belocura, Antonio Bell, Banita Sharma, Vanessa Bustamante Mangini (MTSS Facilitator), Louis Edet (Guidance Counselor), Macedonio Pena and Tyler Shields.

Please join me in welcoming Principal Dr. Demetra Baxter-Oliver, Assistant Principal Ms. Theresa Franco and our new Teachers and Support Services Staff to the Wilson Family. Thank you.

Alex Dumas

Human Resources Director

Business Services

As we embark on another school year, I would like to introduce the newest team member to the Business Services Department at the district office – Mr. Brett Charron. Mr. Charron graduated from Mountain Ridge High School and comes to us as a recent graduate from Grand Canyon University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Accounting. Prior to joining Wilson School District, Brett worked as a sales associate with Staples. Brett enjoys the sport of hockey!

Welcome Mr. Brett Charron to the Wilson School District!

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.