January Newsletter

January 2020 Newsletter
Posted on 01/09/2020
January 2020 Superintendent's View

New Year = New You.

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January 9 - Governing Board meeting at 5:30 p.m.
January 15-16: Parent/Teacher Conferences. Both days are half days. Half-day dismissal times are as follows: grades Prek-6 at 12:30 p.m. and grades 7-12 at 1:30 p.m. Report cards will be given to parents that attend. If parents are unable to attend the conferences, report cards will be mailed to homes.

February 6 - Governing Board meeting at 5:30 p.m.
February 7 - Progress Reports will be sent home with students.

February 18 - March 6: Galileo Benchmark Testing.

Please click on the arrow to check out the fly-through video clip.
Thank you community for giving our students the opportunities to move their beliefs into actions.
We will be following the Attendance Law
starting January 7, 2020

Arizona Revised Statute 15-803B (state law) requires students to be in school AT LEAST 90% OF THE REQUIRED SCHOOL DAYS. For our district this means students can only miss a total of 14 days per school year. Excused and unexcused absences count toward the 14 days. For our high school students this means they can only miss 7 school days per semester. If their absences exceed this number then they will lose semester credit and will need to make up the entire semester. Please review this information with your child as not following this law will cause students to not be promoted and not graduate.

Please read the Arizona Revised Statute below.

Arizona Revised Statute 15-803. School attendance

A. It is unlawful for any child who is between six and sixteen years of age to fail to attend school during the hours school is in session;

B. A child who is habitually truant or who has excessive absences may be adjudicated an incorrigible child as defined in section 8-201.  Absences may be considered excessive when the number of absent days exceeds ten percent of the number of required attendance days prescribed.

Click Below for the 2019 - 2020
Winter Sports Schedules
Click Here - Winter Monster Sports Link
Click Below for the 2019 - 2020
School Year Calendars

Click here - English version of the 2019/2020 School Year Calendar
Click here - Spanish version of the 2019/2020 School Year Calendar
School District Bond Update
January 8, 2020

The next phase work items are...
- Pouring of the concrete foundations for the academic and gymnasium buildings.

Night work has been approved by the town in order to stay on schedule for completion. We will reduce night time work noise as much as possible. 

Please do not hesitate to call me, Anthony Perkins, at 928.683.2225 ext. 114 if you have questions. The public will receive monthly updates here and on our website - gbusd.org. Thank you for passing the Bond as this will give our students an abundance of opportunities. 
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.
Link: http://evanced.mcldaz.org/evanced/lib/eventcalendar.asp?df=calendar&EventType=ALL&libnum=12
 Bridget Esqueda | Branch Manager
 Gila Bend Branch | 602-652-3396


Family Resources
24-Hour Crisis Line (Maricopa County) 1.977.756.4090 - TTY/TDY: 711. Linea Directa de Crisis disponible las 24 hours.

Suicide Prevention Line (Text format). Text HOME to 741741.

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...

One-call system (mass messaging for parents/students)
Text messages of the one-call system information
Parent/Student Vue (view weekly student grades)
Our district/school web-site 
Schools/clubs send out informational materials as necessary
Superintendent’s monthly e-newsletter (this document) to the community.

Superintendent's monthly video message on the GBUSD website
Facebook (type in Gila Bend Unified School District)
Gila Bend Sun newspaper
School District marquee (on Pima Road/Martin Avenue)
YouTube (type in Gila Bend Unified School District)

Personal Development Series
Stretch Yourself in 2020

Check out the videos below. You may discover something to improve your daily practices.
Dr. Perkins - One Opportunity/One Yes (Audio Short)
Ben Lionel Scott