January Newsletter

January 2019 Newsletter
Posted on 01/01/2019
January 2019 Superintendent's View

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Happy New Year!

January 2 - Team/Students return.

January 7 - Teacher/Paraprofessional/Administration Professional Development.

January 9/10 - P/T Conferences - early release days.

January 11 - Report cards sent home if not picked up at P/T Conferences.

January 16 - Monthly Governing Board meeting at 6:00 p.m. (ms/hs student recog.) *This meeting was moved from the 9th to the 16th.

January 27 - (Sunday) Casino Afternoon Fundraiser 1:00 - 4:00 p.m. - Verrado Golf Club. Proceeds go toward student scholarships and the Robotics Club. We are working on starting a Robotics Club.

February 1 - Progress Reports sent home with students.
February 6 - Governing Board meeting at 6:00 p.m. in Library building.
February 19 - March 1: Galileo benchmark testing #3.
February 22 - 100th day of school.

School District Bond Update - January 2, 2019
We estimate breaking ground in the Fall of 2019 with our Bond Project. We are waiting for the annual tax assessment in February and our annual school district audit results in order to be able to sell bonds and receive bond funds. Once funds are obtain, we can then move forward with our project. In the meanwhile, we are interviewing procurement specialists and will soon advertise a Request for Qualifications (RFQ) for a construction company to build our new buildings.
Please be patient as this is a process. When organizations rush through projects, many mistakes occur. Our Bond Project will provide new buildings, renovations, new technology, new furniture and equipment, improvements to school grounds, and other capital improvements. Thank you for supporting our students by providing the necessary resources that will open up many opportunities for them.
Tardies/Attendance are Important

Parents, on January 2, 2019 we had 90 elementary students absence and 35 middle/high school students absence. When students are absence, they fall further behind. Currently, we are an "F" rated school district. Tardies and absences play a huge role in our rating. We are better than this! We need all students present everyday. We also need all parents involved in their child's education on a daily basis. We CAN overcome this rating.
Students that are on time and attend school on a regular basis grow academically and socially 3x the rate as those students that do not report to school on time or have poor attendance. High tardies and poor attendance can result in not being promoted or graduating. Tardies and attendance are very important. Instilling these characteristics now, will help students throughout their lifetime.
Southwest Behavioral Services
Southwest Behavioral Services (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.
How to handle a Lockdown at your child's school

- Do not go to your child school. Why? Police may think you are the suspect, your arrival will interfere with our lockdown procedure, and you may put yourself in danger.

- Communication regarding a lockdown will be available on the GBUSD Facebook, our GBUSD.org web-site, or via one-call (our mass messaging system). 
Always follow the instructions on these social media platforms as we need you to be safe.

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

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