Wilson District Newsletter

September 2021

A message from Mr. Rose

We have had a very successful start to our school year, and I am excited about all of the wonderful things we have planned for the rest of the year. One of my goals for this school year is to intentionally focus on the four areas of affiliation:

  • Home and Family
  • Hobbies and Recreation
  • Community and Service
  • Education and Career


We plan to accomplish this by increasing the number of activities that our staff and students participate in each month. We are getting started by hosting our second Community Forum at Peter Piper Pizza on September 23, 2021. Please come out and join us as we celebrate our amazing Wilson Community.


Though it is understandable to start the year concentrating on WHAT we must do and HOW we are going to accomplish those tasks, it is also critical to start with – and remember daily – WHY we are here. The WHY is the very reason our Wilson Elementary School District #7 exists.


As we begin this new year, I encourage each of you to reflect on our greater purpose: Empowering students to take control of their future by providing an education that inspires and enables them to develop an unshakeable belief in their own potential. I challenge all of us to dedicate ourselves to this purpose in whatever role we play and reflect on these three statements:


Every student. Every day. Whatever it takes.


I cannot imagine a higher or more compelling calling in life.


It is such an honor to be entrusted with the responsibility of equipping students for the future and unlocking the potential that they possess. We take this responsibility seriously and look forward to the opportunities it brings.


As we continue our journey through the remainder of this school year, it is always good to remind ourselves that we are a part of a rich legacy of commitment to the young people attending Wilson Elementary School District.

Wilson Primary School

This year has kicked off with lots of excitement. As I mentioned before, our words of the year are “Connect and Empower”. I want to feature how we have connected with our community thus far this year in this month’s article. Our goal is to make meaningful and memorable connections with our families and community to enrich and empower our students. I have witnessed various occasions where our teachers and staff connected with our families and community. With the adjustments of the dismissal procedure, we are able to release our students to their families in a timely manner. We are seeing many smiling faces at dismissal time and able to connect to our families.


The use of Class Dojo and social media to connect and inform our families have been extremely efficient. Through Class Dojo, I am able to connect with the community with weekly updates and upcoming events. It is wonderful to read the comments and questions left by the viewers. Last month, we had a poster contest using our Facebook page. The winning team was the third grade team! Their representation of our theme for the year, “Rainbow of Opportunities” took the likings of many people who visited our page.


Last month, we had the generous Assistance League outfitting over 100 students along with supplying them with hygiene products and books. The event and students were featured on the morning show on FOX! Additionally, we had an organization fill our garden with plants and seeds. We are looking forward to seeing the crops in the fall.


We will continue to welcome the community organizations and members to come visit our school and our amazing students are at Wilson Primary School.


“Community happens when you make connections based on a sense of place and purpose.” -John Addison

Wilson Elementary School

We would like to send a HUGE thank you to Bob Schneiderwind and First Pass Engineering for their incredible donation! Through their teacher outreach program, First Pass Engineering donated funds to help support our clubs, teachers, and students! What a wonderful gift for our Wilson Family! Thank you, First Pass, we are incredibly thankful for you and your support.


We would also like to thank Rebecca Flanagan on behalf of the Arizona Mortgage Lenders for their wonderful donation. Rebecca has been a long-time friend of Wilson School District and we are so excited to have her back in our family. Her gift card donations will support our students’ interests! Thank you so much Rebecca!!


We are halfway through our first quarter, and we encourage parents and students to reach out for help if needed. We are currently offering Reading and Math support in our afterschool program. We have space available in these classes for any students needing assistance.


Club registration is open! Just a reminder students, you must maintain a C average in your classes in order to participate in clubs and sports. Now is the time to check your grades and ask for help. If you are on target with grades – please join a club or sport. Club sign up pages will be available during lunch! First come, first serve!


Thank you to our Wilson Family for a great start to the new year!

Community Center

We are here to help, support, empower, strengthen, and encourage the Wilson community. We do our best to minimize any barriers that impede our community from succeeding.


We are here to educate via GED classes, nutrition classes and self-empowerment classes. Be active and healthy through our SWET program, Zumba, ballet program and walking club.


Our generous stakeholders give us the tools to help others with school supply donations, masks to keep everyone safe, food pantry assistance and medical assistance.


Working together builds a stronger community and creates a sense of unity and family. The Wilson community is based on those values, and we strive to make sure all are welcomed.

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Wilson Community Center Event Calendar

Check out what is going on at the Wilson Community Center!

Curriculum & Instruction

The concept of Community is woven into daily instruction through literature, writing projects, and class discussions. The Social Studies standards create a sequence of topics from one grade to the next. Each grade level has a storyline and content focus for the year. Learning about the community, how people live and work together, as well as being a productive member of the community and greater world are integrated into units of study through our English Language Arts curriculum.

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Human Resources

WHAT ARE COMMUNITIES OF PRACTICE?


“Communities of practice” are groups of people who share a concern or a passion for something they do and seek to learn how to do it better through regular interaction. They share three common elements:


Domain: Community members have a shared domain of interest, competence and commitment that distinguishes them from others. This shared domain creates common ground, inspires members to participate, guides their learning, and gives meaning to their actions.


Community: Members pursue this interest through joint activities, discussions, problem-solving opportunities, information sharing and relationship building. The notion of a community creates the social fabric for enabling collective learning. A strong community fosters interaction and encourages a willingness to share ideas.


Practice: Community members are actual practitioners in this domain of interest and build a shared repertoire of resources and ideas that they take back to their practice. While the domain provides the general area of interest for the community, the practice is the specific focus around which the community develops, shares, and maintains its core of collective knowledge.


At Wilson, we try to share these common elements to better serve our staff, parents, and students in the Wilson community.

Finance, Technology and Maintenance & Operations

Is there a better way to bring a Community together than to make sure everyone is safe with technology?


In July 2021 the U.S. Department of Justice and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security launched a new website – Stop Ransom Ware (https://www.cisa.gov/stopransomware).


What is ransomware? Ransomware, as stated on the U.S. Government’s website, “is an ever-evolving form of malware designed to encrypt files on a device, rending any files and the systems that rely on them unusable. Malicious actors then demand ransom in exchange for decryption.”


This link (https://csrc.nist.gov/projects/ransomware-protection-and-response) provides us with an example of how a ransomware attack can occur:


  1. A user is tricked into clicking on a malicious link that downloads a file from an external website.
  2. The user executes the file, not knowing that the file is ransomware.
  3. The ransomware takes advantage of vulnerabilities in the user’s computer and other computers to propagate throughout the organization.
  4. The ransomware simultaneously encrypts files on all the computers, then displays messages on their screens demanding payment in exchange for decrypting the files.



From Fact Sheets & Information to Services, Training, Webinars and Bad Practices, the website will provide great resources. Follow this link to Ransomware FAQs https://www.cisa.gov/stopransomware/ransomware-faqs.


Please do your part to ensure any devices you use at home are protected against ransomware.

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.

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