March Newsletter

March 2019 Newsletter
Posted on 03/01/2019
March 2019 Superintendent's View

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March 1 - Dr. Seuss Literacy Night - 5:00 p.m. in Library.
March 2 - Father/Daughter dance - 5:00 p.m.

March 4 - Teacher/Parapro. professional development training.
March 6 - Governing Board meeting. (All meetings start at 5:00 p.m.)
March 8 - End of the third grading period.

March 12-15 - Spring Break.
March 22 - Report cards sent home with students.

March 22 - Family Bingo Night - 5:00 p.m.
April 3 -
Governing Board meeting. (All meetings start at 5:00 p.m.)

April 6 - Mother/Son scavenger hunt - 10:00 a.m.

Book Author visits Kindergartners

Author Guy Lodge visited our Kindergarten classes to read his book, Valedictorian. Our goal at GBUSD is to assist students in painting their vision for the future. Mr. Lodge's visit is part of the Gila Bend Unified School District's College and Career Readiness series. Think about this, when were you exposed to the word, Valedictorian? Answer, probably High School. We want our students starting in Kindergarten to understand the definition of Valedictorian, which is a student with the highest grade point average (GPA) by the end of their senior year. This experience along with many more to come, will give our students the opportunity to strive to be their best. 

Joshua Turner
Student of the Month
February 2019

Fourth grader, Joshua Turner, is our student of the month for February 2019. Joshua has doubled his benchmark test scores and consistently practices good citizenship and manners. Hats off to Joshua. We thank Joshua's parents for an outstanding upbringing. Continue to shoot for the stars Joshua.

Gila Bend High School Students visit
Midwestern University

Our high school Biology students visited Midwestern University on February 28th (two pictures above). The students enjoyed their visit to the Medical College. The students participated in various activities that gave them a taste of various medical fields. This is part of the Gila Bend Unified School District's College and Career readiness series.
Getting Students Online Through Cox;
Low-Cost Program ($9.95/mo.) Helps Improve Grades
Connect2Compete is a low-cost internet program for families with children in kindergarten through high school who are receiving government assistance and don't already have high-speed internet in the house. Among the families who have connected, more than half are getting internet in the home for the first time.
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How Daily Gratitude Can Change Your Life

By Scott Colby

Each day, it’s important to find something that you’re grateful for. Life has its ups and downs. Expressing gratitude daily can improve your mood and increase your happiness and optimism. It will help you complain less and look on the bright side of things. It will help you appreciate what you have. Cultivating a personal practice of gratitude can boost your motivation levels and increase your business performance.  

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How Can I Educate my Child on Bullying?

By Linda Diaz

Young people should be able to have fun with friends; joking can help make growing up fun. There are times though, joking crosses a line and a child may not know they are being bullied, or in an attempt to keep a friend or seem cool, they may keep their pain silent. Bullying happens everywhere, at every age, and not just in school.  
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Free Child Passenger Safety Class

Saturday, March 9th, 2019 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
Gila Bend Family Resource Center  
303 E Pima St. Gila Bend, AZ 85337

To register call Joanne Carpenter (928) 683-6502
Gila Bend Town Library Calendar of Events (all months)

Below is a link to their calendar of events. Click on the link below to access. You will notice on the calendar that it displays the event but not the details. Place your cursor on the name of the event and the details of the event will pop up. The Branch Manager information is below for further details.
 Bridget Esqueda | Branch Manager
 Gila Bend Branch | 602-652-3396


School District Bond Update - March 1, 2019

We will be recommending to the Governing Board in April, authorization to sell our bonds. The school district just completed a school district audit and is waiting to receive the property assessment report from our local power plant in mid-March. We need both the district audit information and the power plant assessment report in order to receive a credit rating before we can sell our bonds. We have selected our procurement specialist, project managers, and architect for our bond project. The procurement specialist and project managers will be up for Board approval at the April 3rd Board meeting. The architect has already been Board approved. Additionally, our goal is to start the Request for Qualifications (RFQ) process in March to secure a building contractor. Lastly, we are getting quotes to test our buildings for lead and asbestos so we can prepare the buildings for the bond project.
Family Resources
Southwest Behavioral Services (SBS)

SBS can provide individual and/or family counseling, psychological testing/evaluation, and health promotion to name a few of their services. If your child is struggling with cutting, suicidal thoughts, anxiety, depression, or other youth concerns, SBS CAN HELP. SBS accepts AHCCCS, most insurances, sliding scale, or private pay as options for payment. We encourage families to utilize this resource. SBS is located in Goodyear. To start, contact Kathy Villa at 602.525.3329.

Association for Supportive Child Care (ASCC)

ASCC can provide in home training and support on topics including child development, language and literacy, daily schedule planning, nutrition, brain development, and guidance/discipline. This is a free program. Contact them today at 480.829.0500 ext. 1212.

Building Bright Futures

Building Bright Futures can support parents by helping them gain knowledge of their child's development and gain positive parenting techniques. Services are free and voluntary with no income requirements. Their phone number is 602.234.3941.

Additional “Monster Nation” information can be found at…


Facebook (type in Gila Bend Unified School District)
Our district/school web-site
Superintendent's monthly video message on the GBUSD website

Gila Bend Sun newspaper
School District marquee (on Pima Road/Martin Avenue)
One-call system (mass messaging for parents/students)
YouTube (type in Gila Bend Unified School District)
Parent/Student Vue

Personal Development Series
Raise your Bar
Check out the Videos Below
Ben Lionel Scott
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