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October 2019 Volume 2 Issue 5

Challenging today’s student to achieve excellence through strong academics, athletics, and the arts.

An A School of Excellence!

PRINCIPAL’S MESSAGE Dear Parents and Guardians of Sonoran Foothills School, We are in full swing for the 2019 – 2020 school year. Our students and staff are focused and working very hard each and every day on our academic rigor. I want to stress the importance of attending our Parent – Teacher Conferences on October 17 and 18. These are half days for our students with early release times both days at 12:05 p.m. We strongly encourage all parents to make contact with your children’s teachers during these conferences. Research shows that when a parent or guardian is involved in their child’s education, the child will soar academically. I’ve been in every classroom already and I am truly amazed at the incredible staff and students we have at Sonoran Foothills School. I am seeing impressive teaching strategies from our teachers and a strong work ethic displayed from our students. Parents/ guardians, you have done an outstanding job instilling this attitude in your children. We are committed and driven to provide the very best educational experience for your child this school year

and we couldn’t do this without your continued support. Thank you for the major role that you play as parents in helping us reinforce our TRACKS qualities of what it means to be a Bobcat.

Principal Dennis Chartier

I also want to inform you that our early release days for our PLC (Professional Learning Community) process is going very well. Our staff is collaborating as grade level teams/subject areas like I have never seen before. They are working together to develop common formative assessments, reviewing student data and sharing best teaching strategies for the benefit of growing each and every student at Sonoran Foothills. Thank you so much for your continued support and partnership to make Sonoran Foothills School so very special!


Dennis Chartier




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Message from KPG CONNECT KPG Connect is pleased to be working with Sonoran Foothills in bringing this publication to the students and parents. We thank Principal Dennis Chartier for sharing his vision for the publication, Deb Chartier for her tireless hours of creating, editing, and proofing the content for this publication, & Lisa Eggebrecht & Shannon Fisher for photographing & capturing our events. And, special thanks to the many students, parents, and staff of the school - this publication is for them.


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Our Mascot When you enter the multi-purpose room this year you will see a new addition to our gym wall! Cobalt the bobcat is a mural located on the south wall of the MPR. The mural took approximately 55 hours over the summer to complete, and was done by Deb Chartier. Almost 30 feet up, and using two scissor lifts, the image was projected onto the wall and the outline was traced. It was then painted with acrylic paint and his eyes were varnished to create a realistic look. If you look closely, no matter where you are in the gym, it looks like he is staring at you!

National Junior Honor Society On Thursday, August 15th, twenty-five 7th-grade students were inducted into the Sonoran Foothills chapter of National Junior Honor Society. Students in NJHS display the five pillars: Scholarship, Citizenship, Leadership, Service, and Character at all times both in and out of the school setting. Throughout the year our chapter of NJHS works in conjunction with Student Council to host various drives to support our community. Students are able to apply for NJHS at the end of sixth-grade and membership runs through eight-grade. Advisor of NJHS is Danielle Hartman.

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To say our office staff is the “pulse of the school” is an understatement. These four ladies have multiple tasks to do throughout the day yet are always available to help students, staff and parents at anytime. Their kindness and friendliness exudes a welcoming feeling the minute you walk through our school doors.

Olga Wagner

is our registrar/attendance clerk. She enrolls and withdraws students and performs attendance duties. She also places the K-4 students in their classrooms and creates the schedules for the 5-8 grade students. She has been with DVUSD for ten “wonderful years”. She loves our community and staff and “enjoys meeting each and every student and their family”. “I work with the best teachers, staff, and parents”, she said. Olga is married and has two children; Will, a recent graduate of Sacramento State and Isabella, a student at the U of A. While not at work she enjoys boating, beach trips, trying new restaurants and attending sporting events.

Martha Reuter

is the office secretary. She has been with DVUSD for twenty-five years. “I love my job and have the best bosses!” (Mr. Chartier and Mr. Yates) “No two days are alike…I answer phones, schedule appointments, keep track of the school calendar, help parents, assist in anything the teachers and staff may need, etc. One day I could be taking kinders off the bus and the next day doing cross-walk duty!” Martha’s face

lights up when asked about her grandchildren. She sees one of them (Jameson) each day at school. She has three other grandchildren and loves to spend time with them when she is not working.

Roberta Derryberry

is one of our two accounting clerks. She was born and raised in Canada. Her family moved to Phoenix 13 years ago. She has been married to Brian for 20 years and they have four children ~ 2 in high school and 2 at SF - one in 5 th grade and one in 6th grade. Roberta’s day consists of a variety of accounting duties, answering phones, greeting parents, helping students and “just keeping the front office flowing!” “I love my job and all aspects that everyday brings ~ everyday is new and different” When not at school, you can find Roberta busy driving kids to their hockey and volleyball games. “I’m their biggest fan!”

Julie Massie

is our other accounting clerk. Julie has two kids ~ Avery in 6th grade and Blake in 4th . They have been at SF since it opened, five years ago. “My day keeps me very busy,” said Julie. When not answering the phones or greeting parents she is helping teachers purchase items for their students and classrooms or helping them with the logistics of activities and field trips. Her duties also include being a monitor so she gets to interact with students in the lunchroom and the playground. “I love working at a school with such a wonderful and friendly staff.”

Professional Learning Communities This year our school district has made a commitment to Professional Learning Communities (PLCs) to provide a systematic means of improving instruction and school culture. Teachers will work as members of high-performing, collaborative teams that focus on improving student learning. During the 2019 -2020 school year, teams of our K–8 teachers, curriculum/professional development teacher leaders, and principals will meet most Fridays on early-release days to address the four driving PLC questions: 1. What do we want students to know and be able to do? 2. How will we know students have learned? 2a. What instructional practice will produce our best results? 3. What will we do if students have not learned? 4. What do we do when students have already shown mastery? The district has embraced this process and will continue to actively support staff in this important work. Our students deserve the best. PLC’s provide the framework for all students to work collaboratively for the success of all. Research has proven the PLS process improves student learning tremendously and we are very pleased to be onboard with this innovative process.

Our PTSA is up and running with many great events and activities planned for this school year. President Melanie Dickerson is looking for more members to join this very special group of parents, teachers and students. It takes time, effort and a willingness to pitch in and help but the rewards are many. Please pick-up a form in the school office and join our team this year. We are very grateful to those who currently volunteer and are looking forward to seeing more new faces this school year!

The following events have been scheduled: October 21 PTSA Meeting at 6:00 p.m. November 7 Adventure Dash Run December 9 PTSA Meeting at 6:00 p.m. January 24 Formal Dance February 3 PTSA Meeting at 6:00 p.m. March 27 Spring Carnival April 6 PTSA Meeting at 6:00 p.m. April 25 Golf Tournament/Dollar Auction May 11 PTSA Meeting at 6:00 p.m.

FACEBOOK: Sonoran Foothills PTSA EMAIL: TWITTER: @ SF_PTSA REMIND APP: Text @sfptsa to 81010 to opt in

CSO Program by Mrs. Mary Ann Cawley The Arizona Chief Science Officer Program (CSO) was established to encourage our younger generation to not only pursue a career in science and technology, but to advocate for STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) and bring innovation to their campus and the community. The program empowers the students to bring opportunities to their fellow students through a set of action plans. These may include speakers in STEM fields, field trips, in class STEM activities and STEM nights. Sonoran Foothills has been actively engaged in this program since 2016.

Left to right: Leah Ortale, Savannah Nielsen, Connor Kalafus, Wyatt Ortale, and Dr. Kevin Ortale.

Three Sonoran Foothills students have been selected as CSOs based on their enthusiasm and interest in the program. They are ment their ideas on campus, and express their voice in the community so they may lead their peers in elevating Savannah Nielson, Wyatt Ortale and Connor Kalafus. STEM education. “It’s a fast-paced environment where In order to prepare our selected students for the CSO role, each we are learning the importance of achieving team goals, year they attend a Summer Training Institute that includes team leaderships traits and adapting quickly to change,” added building, networking, blogging, leadership, and public commu- Connor. “We push-in to grades 2, 3 and SPED and involve nication. “We have the opportunity to bring back information those students in STEM projects” from our meetings to help other students,” said Savannah. As a CSO Advisor for the Sonoran Foothills Elementary The students attend Cabinet Meetings and Community Events, and North Valley Cabinet Coordinator, I am grateful to be to collaborate with business and civic leaders to address comgiven this opportunity to be involved in such an important munity challenges, improve communication and confidence, program that advances STEM education in Arizona. I think and share common experiences. “Our goal is to engage people, we owe it to our students, to teach them the tools that will sharing our knowledge of STEM. We are learning many skills like empower them to be the next generation of science and public speaking and sharing information with other CSOs at our technology workers. cabinet meetings,” said Wyatt. “We are all over the globe with On behalf of the Chief Science Officers and the Sonoran the common goal to share information about STEM”. Foothills School, we would like to thank Kevin Ortale, DDS, The CSOs are also paired with local business and community PLC for his generous monetary sponsorship, which made it mentors who support them with their expertise, help implepossible for us to continue with the CSO program.

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Sonoran Foothills - October 2019  

Volume 2 Issue 5

Sonoran Foothills - October 2019  

Volume 2 Issue 5