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Newsletter for residents of Marana Unified School District #6

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Spring l 2012

Everyone can help prevent and stop bullying. Adults have the responsibility to protect and be a role model for kids, teens, and young adults. No matter who you are, you can influence lives. Tamara M. Crawley Director of Public Relations, Editor


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World-Class Education For Tomorrow's Leaders


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The Marana Unified School District, in collaboration with parents and community, will challenge all students to achieve academic and personal excellence in a rigorous, relevant and supportive learning environment.

Common Core Standards p. 5 Coming Soon to MUSD - The Common Core Standards are a set of rigorous and focused standards based on concepts and skills our students need to master to be globally competitive ...

Superintendent Message Plan For Summer Full-Day Kindergarten Connect with Apps Co-Teaching Emerges Community Support Stand Up Against Bullying Awards & Recognitions School Highlights Student Spotlights

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The District Newsletter, The Horizon , is produced utilizing a cost value process secured through a solicitation done by the Marana Unified School District. The Horizon is published during the year for the community served by the Marana Unified School District. For comments regarding The Horizonn call 682-4777.

THE GOVERNING BOARD Suzanne Hopkins, President Maribel Lopez, Vice President Tom Carlson, Member John Lewandowski, Member Dan Post, Member

THE ADMINISTRATION Doug Wilson, Ed.D., Superintendent Carolyn Dumler, Ed.D., Assistant Superintendent Jan Truitt, Ed.D., Assistant Superintendent Dan Contorno, Chief Financial Officer Brett Kramer, Ph.D., Executive Director


S u p e r i nt e n d e nt Dr. Doug Wilson


s the winter months begin to fade and spring begins, the Marana Unified School District is focused on the future with renewed energy, commitment, and determination to make sure all of our students succeed. This time of the year reminds me of one of the common phrases my mother often said to me, “Grow where you are planted.” This phrase has taught me to invest myself in what I believe in.

I believe in this District and clearly see where we are pursuing excellence. As we grow in our craft through our Professional Learning Communities, our work continues to positively impact student achievement. This has been an extremely busy year of change and improvement where our teachers are learning new instructional strategies and opportunities to actively engage students to ensure students are not only taught but they learn. It is our belief that we must vigorously seek ways to engage students in the most relevant learning experience in order to prepare them for the demands of the future. I encourage you to read the article about the “Our commitment to Common Core Standards on 5 and the Co-Teaching conserve resources and Model on 6 to learn more enhance savings is about these initiatives.

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Technological wide performance advancements can be seen contract for guaranteed through the ongoing installation of ceilingenergy savings.” mounted projectors and document cameras in all instructional areas. We are also in the early stage of implementing wireless networks on our secondary campuses to better meet the needs of our teachers and students. Our commitment to conserve resources and enhance savings is evident in our district-wide performance contract for guaranteed energy savings. Upon completion of this project, the District will experience a tremendous cost savings in annual utility costs and upkeep and repair of aging and obsolete equipment. We are also currently researching solar energy and how we can enhance our efforts to be eco-friendly. We value parent involvement and continue to look at additional ways to enhance communication and collaboration. I encourage parents and students to stay informed and connected by activating their MUSD Connection account. This Web-based tool provides day-to-day insight into the student’s academic experience. Free Apps are now available on the App Store and in the Android Market for iPhone, iPod and Android users. Our outreach efforts will expand again next school year through the implementation of a mass notification system which will provide us greater opportunities to share information with parents as well as communicate quickly and effectively in the event of an emergency. These are just a few examples of the exciting initiatives underway in our District. I invite you to learn more by visiting any of our schools or contacting our District office. Thank you for your continued support of our students, schools, and staff. 2

Book a Vacation Today and Support MUSD The Marana Unified School District values the support of Get Away Today Vacations. A portion of each vacation package is donated directly to the Marana district to benefit student programs and events. Over the past several years, Get Away Today has donated over $6,000.00. Here are just a few of the benefits of this partnership: • A portion of each vacation purchased is donated to benefit the children of the Marana district. Simply mention Marana Unified School District when booking! • Get Away Today provides in-kind donations for various fundraisers held by the Marana Foundation - again, benefitting the students of our district. Visit the District Web site or to book your next vacation.

Host an International Student Globalise, an international nonprofit U.S. based organization, has approached public secondary schools in the United States regarding the possibility of bringing a few tuition paying foreign students to the U.S. for the 20122013 school-year. Globalise recruits students from all corners of the world to have a year-long study abroad experience in various communities throughout the United States in collaboration with host families, schools and staff. They are committed to creating a strong cultural bond across the nations. The Marana Unified School District has entered into a partnership with Globalise. As part of this partnership, Globalise is currently looking for families who are interested in hosting students for one year. Please contact for more information or questions.

Summertime Education & Activities Not too early to start planning for Summer! Summer School and Elementary Review Classes Registration forms and details for high school, middle school, and elementary review are now available at any MUSD school or online at Classes begin June 4. Registration forms can be dropped off or mailed. On-site registration opportunities will be provided on May 5 at Marana High School from 8:00 am – 12:00 pm and on May 12 at Mountain View High School from 8:00 am – 12:00 pm. For additional information, 352-7012.

Magic School Bus: Trips of Fun & Learning MUSD offers amazing summer field trip opportunities on their Magic School Bus. Funfilled trips to fascinating places in the Southern Arizona area are open to students, parents, and community members. Spring and summer trips include: • • • • • • • • • • •

Ballet Tucson Tucson Music Hall Phoenix Zoo Challenger Space Center Pima Air & Space Museum Diamondbacks vs Chicago Cubs Biosphere 2 Flandrau Science Center Mini-Time Machine Museum Kartchner Caverns Mini Grand Prix Go Kart Race

For registration form, dates, and details, contact Community Schools at 352-7012 or or email

Learning, Enrichment, And Play L.E.A.P. programs are licensed facilities available yearround throughout the Marana School District for students enrolled in kindergarten through sixth grade. This program provides a secure, supervised, learning and playing experience that will enhance the quality of the time a child spends away from home. Exciting educational activities, arts and crafts, science exploration, outdoor play, and more will be offered this summer at the following elementary schools: Desert Winds, Ironwood, Quail Run, Thornydale, Rattlesnake Ridge and Roadrunner. Hours are from 6:00 am to 6:00 p.m. For more information, contact Extended Learning Opportunities at 616-4506 or

Little Lions Summer Program – a JTED Preschool at Mountain View High School Do you need childcare for your preschooler this summer? Enrollment is open for potty trained children ages 3-5 years old. The summer program consists of developmentally appropriate activities, interaction with Early Childhood high school students, and social/ emotional skills development. June 11-June 28, Monday-Thursday 8am-1pm. Cost: $55/week plus a registration fee** **$65 registration fee for those enrolling from June 2012-May 2013 or $35 for June 2012 registration only. For more information, please contact Jenn Leyva at 579-4410 or e-mail at

Full-Day Kindergarten …Enroll Today! Registration begins March 26 at all MUSD elementary schools. Parents are encouraged to register early. Students must be five (5) years of age prior to September 1 of the current school year to be eligible for kindergarten. All MUSD elementary schools provide free, full-day kindergarten which is developmentally and individually appropriate in addressing cognitive, social, emotional and physical areas of development. Aligned with the Arizona Academic Standards, the program includes: Language and Literacy Instruction Mathematics l Exploration: Science Experiments, Social Studies Projects/Activities and other standardsbased activities to support instruction. l Special Areas: Art, Music and Physical Education. Special area classes are balanced, developmentally appropriate and standards based. l Lunch and Recess l l

Regular Meetings of the Marana Unified School District Governing Board Second and Fourth Thursdays of the Month (*except as noted) 7:00 p.m. Location of Meetings Marana Municipal Complex 11555 W. Civic Center Drive Marana, AZ 85653

(520) 382-1900

Schedule for 2012 MARCH 29, 2012* APRIL 12, 2012 APRIL 26, 2012 MAY 10, 2012 MAY 31, 2012* JUNE 14, 2012 JUNE 28, 2012 AUGUST 9, 2012 AUGUST 23, 2012 SEPTEMBER 13, 2012 SEPTEMBER 27, 2012 OCTOBER 4, 2012* OCTOBER 25, 2012 NOVEMBER 8, 2012 DECEMBER 13, 2012


What Is MUSD Connection? MUSD Connection, is a secure Web-based tool, which provides MUSD parents and students the ability to view student information such as grades, attendance records and discipline information from the convenience of any computer, 24-hours a day.

Stay Informed…Stay Connected…Download App Today! Apps Now Available for the iPhone™/iPod Touch™/Droid™ Students and parents can now access MUSD Connection quickly and easily anytime, anywhere by downloading the ParentVue or StudentVue applications from their applicable market place. MUSD Connection, is a secure Web-based tool, which provides MUSD parents and students the ability to view student information such as grades, attendance records and discipline information from the convenience of any computer or mobile device, 24-hours a day.

MUSD Connection is aligned with the District’s strategic plan goal of enhancing communication and information sharing between schools, teachers, students and parents. By visiting the District web site and clicking on the MUSD Connection link, parents and students have the opportunity to view the following types of information: current student class assignments (such as homework or take-home tests/quizzes) current student grades (including the teacher’s grade book and report cards) student course history (including AIMS test scores, District graduation requirements and completed high school courses)

1. Download the “ParentVue” or “StudentVue” Edupoint Education Systems application at the Droid “Market Place” or Apple “Itunes Store” for free.* 2. After Downloading, type in the following District URL:, then enter your User Name and Password (same user name and password as MUSD Connection).

Benefits of MUSD Connection:

student course requests (student access to register for middle and high school courses) health information (such as immunization records and nurse’s visits) discipline information (including the infraction and consequence)

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attendance information school events…and much more!

3 Simple Steps: ParentVue


*Student or Parent needs to have their MUSD Connection account already activated with a valid username & password (Account cannot be pending activation). (If you do not yet have an MUSD Connection account, please contact your child’s school).

To activate your MUSD Connection account, follow these simple instructions: Visit the District web site at Click on the MUSD Connection link located on the Home Page. Select “Parent” or “Student”. You will be directed to a page where you will “Login” or “Activate My Account”.



To activate your account: Enter your first and last name, along with your secure User Activation Key (If you do not yet have an activation key, please contact your child’s school). Note: Your User Activation Key will be the same regardless of how many children you have enrolled in Marana schools. Enter a user name and password, along with a valid email address for your account. A valid email address is required to activate your MUSD Connection account. You can now view information for all of your students at the same time.

These applications are not developed or supported by the Marana Unified School District. For questions or concerns, contact 4

Marana Unified School District encourages you to participate in MUSD Connection and enhance your involvement in your child’s education. Add this page to your favorites, and revisit to login to your now existing account.













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COMMON CORE STANDARDS Coming soon! What is it and why does it matter? The Common Core Standards are a set of rigorous and focused standards based on concepts and skills our students need to master to be globally competitive. Governors and state commissioners of education from 48 states, 2 territories and the District of Columbia committed to developing a common core of state standards in English-language arts (ELA) and mathematics for grades K-12 that was research and evidence-based and supported by rigorous international benchmarks. From this, the Common Core State Standards were adopted by the Arizona State Board of Education in June 2010 to ensure that all Arizona students will be well prepared to perform and thrive successfully in college and the workforce.

The essential principles of Common Core Standards: • Built on solid evidence of

skill required to be college and career ready

“The Common Core State Standards were adopted by the Arizona State Board of Education to ensure that all Arizona students will be well prepared to perform and thrive successfully in college and the workforce.” These standards are the foundation for curriculum design and instructional practice for all K-12 educational institutions in Arizona and must be implemented beginning in the 2013-2014 school year. As a result, teachers, in all MUSD schools, have been focused on the Common Core Standards through work in their Professional Learning Communities. This school year, kindergarten and 1st grade teachers are focused on both the ELA

• Clear, consistent, rigorous, relevant standards aligned with higher education and career expectations

• A course of study that increases with

coherent difficulty from kindergarten through grade 12

• A reflection of the best of standards

work across the 48 participating states

• Clear focus on the

most important knowledge and skills

• Depth of knowledge,

conceptual understanding, critical thinking, problem solving

and Math standards while 2nd – 12th grade are focused on the Math standards. Next year, grades 2-12 will focus on the ELA standards. Working in grade and content teams, teachers are “unpacking” the standards; that is, a process of identifying which standards are the most essential, judging by their durability (ability to persist over time),

leveragability (will aid in learning other standards), and readiness (will prepare students for the next level). Teachers then put the standards into units; a series of specific lessons, learning experiences, and related assessments based upon designated essential standards and connected supporting standards. The next step is to then determine what students need to know and be able to do by the end of the unit to show that they have mastered the standards and understand the Big Ideas (what educators want students to remember long after the instruction ends). After identifying gaps between the current standards and the new standards, teachers are then working together to identify resources to fill those gaps. For example, this year teachers are focused on creating math courses that align to our students’ current and future math instructional needs. Changes in math core standards will expose students to both algebra and geometry standards throughout their three years in high school math. This change in standards ensures that students receive rigorous and focused instruction providing critical skills and knowledge to be college and career ready. Additional work in PLC’s, will focus on continuing to invest in deepening teachers’ math content knowledge at all schools to ensure consistent and effective math instruction for all students. In essence, implementing common core standards in grades K-12 changes instruction for teachers and changes expectations for students. The unpacking process provides a guaranteed and viable curriculum, meaning every student learns it because every teacher can teach it. 5

Co-Teaching Emerges In MUSD At the heart of MUSD, is our dedication to ensure that all students receive the very best in instruction such that every child is provided the opportunity to reach their full potential. To that end, the District implemented a new model of instruction this year, titled Co-Teaching, within several classrooms at each school. This nationally recognized approach reinforces the importance of engaging students with disabilities in the least restrictive environment.

This new approach aligns with our Ignite goal that all special education students will meet or exceed state standards by 2014.

Co-teaching is a research-based instructional model that has 2 teachers involved in the learning of a diverse group of students, including special education students, within the same classroom setting. This approach in delivering instruction equips the classroom with both a curriculum expert (classroom teacher) and a strategies expert (special education teacher) working together in order that teachers can instruct students at grade level

while providing all students the interventions they need to be successful. Working in collaboration, the two teachers are able to quickly assess students, design lessons that incorporate a variety of learning styles and strategies, as well as preteach and re-teach students in small flexible groups to facilitate learning and help to reach students at their individual level. The classroom setting offers an even lower student/teacher ratio with a greater ability to differentiate instruction and increase whole class engagement. From this, all students are provided greater opportunities to be successful in the traditional classroom and on state tests. MUSD will continue their efforts in program implementation including providing teachers ongoing professional development opportunities and refined practices to help facilitate learning for all students in the Marana district.

ARIzONA SCHOOL TAx CREDIT PAYMENT FORM Your donation benefits MUSD students I would like to donate to a Marana School and receive an Arizona State Tax Credit of up to $200 for a single individual or a head of household and $400 for a married couple filing a joint return. Name_______________________________________________________________________________________ Address________________________________________ City_____________ State___________ Zip__________ Phone No.______________________________________ Donation Amount $____________________

q Please direct my payment to the schools with the greatest need.


(Optional) I’d like my payment to benefit all children participating in: q After School Tutoring q Area of Greatest Need q Other: _____________________________ q Field Trips: _________________________________________________________________________ q High/Middle School Athletics - Specific Athletic Fee: :______________________________ Payment Options: q You may make your donation online at or q You may make your donation in person or mail your check or money order to any district school or Marana Unified School District, Financial Services, Suite 115A, 11279 W. Grier Road, Marana, AZ 85653

For more information visit or call 682-4791. Please check with your tax advisor for answers to specific tax-related questions. 6


Please choose one of the following: q Please direct my payment to the following school:__________________________________

Thank You

Community and Businesses Support Students

Thank you to all of the businesses who participated in the Marana Chamber of Commerce, Partners In Education, Principal for a Day event. The Business for a Day event will be held on Wednesday, June 13. For more information, contact the Marana Chamber of Commerce at 6824314 or MUSD at 682-4777,

Walgreens Tucson Supplies Teachers Delivers School Supplies to MUSD! Bruce Orach, Walgreens Store Manager, delivers 56 boxes filled with school supplies, cases of paper and Kleenex to Christina Noriega, coordinator of the MUSD Family Resource Center. More than $100,000 in basic classroom supplies were distributed to district, private and charter schools this year thanks to the Tucson Values TeachersWalgreens Tucson Supplies Teachers.

Days of Caring Brings Benches, Landcape Employees of Sargent Controls & Aerospace and IBM volunteer at Quail Run Elementary School for the annual United Way Days of Caring event. Volunteers built new benches and completed rock and landscape work around the athletic areas.

Optomist Backpacks & School Supplies Casas Adobes Optomist Club members delivered 50 new backpacks filled with school supplies to the Marana Unified School District. Members left to right: Raynu Fernando, Dan Eisenman, Dan Marries, Jeremy Ertz, Mike Melton, Bob Funk

Dictionaries from Rotary Clubs Members of the Marana Rotary Club distribute dictionaries to third graders at Twin Peaks Elementary School on Sept. 27. The Dove Mountain Rotary Club also donates dictionaries to third graders annually.

Elks Lodge Donates Art Supplies Walmart Honors Teachers Representatives from Walmart Cortaro honor 10 teachers at Estes Elementary School. Each teacher received an appreciation bag filled with supplies, flowers, and a Walmart gift card valued at $100.

MUSD extends their appreciation to all donors and partners. The organizations shown here do not represent all businesses/community members who support MUSD. Contact a MUSD school or District office at 682-4777 if you would like to support our students.

Joyce Garcia and Alane Asp, Catalina Mountain Elks Lodge #2815 members, enjoy showing students the different types of art supplies. Catalina Mountain Elks Lodge #2815 donated over $1200.00 in art supplies to students at Roadrunner Elementary School during a school-wide assembly. They also annually sponsor a Holiday Shopping Spree and luncheon benefiting Roadrunner students.

Power Packs & Holiday Share Multiple donations from NAC Construction benefit the Power Packs and Holiday Share programs, and the Family Resource Center.

Contributions Fed 110 Children this School Year! Multiple individuals contributed to support this program, including the generous $4,000.00 donation from the Women of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, representing the Resurrection Lutheran Church in Oro Valley. The Marana Optimist Club donated $1500.00 to support this program. Thank you to all of the individuals who contributed! A contribution of $150.00 feeds one child a weekly Power Pack the entire school year. To learn how you can support this program, call 616-3013.


The Marana district believes it is the right of every student to be educated in a positive, safe, caring, and respectful learning environment, free from bullying, harassment and intimidation. Governing Board Policy JICK, “Student Violence/Harassment/Intimidation/Bullying”, sets forth the Board’s expectations through a combination of prevention, intervention, and response to incidents of bullying. The District’s commitment to addressing bullying behavior begins with promoting a positive school climate at each school. Administrators, teachers and school staff strive to build positive relationships with students and families so that they feel safe, valued, and supported. Our District-wide integrated behavior system, Positive Behavioral Interventions and Support, is instrumental in teaching students respect, responsibility, and accountability from an early age. As part of PBIS, every school establishes clear rules for the behavior expected in all classrooms and areas of school. Students are explicitly taught these expectations, and schools apply positive reinforcement and consistent consequences. Other schoolwide programs include Peaceful Playgrounds and Ben’s Bells. School counselors and teachers provide age-appropriate lessons designed to instill in students positive interpersonal relationships, mutual respect, and appropriate conflict


resolution. The Marana district is one of the few school districts in Pima County which provides school counselors in every elementary and secondary school. The school counseling program offers peer mediation, small group and individual counseling, outreach, prevention and intervention activities and programs. Everyone needs to be aware not only about the warning signs and effects of bullying, but also about the ways to intervene and provide support. Annually, every employee participates in training specific to preventative measures, procedures for reporting, proactive support, and rights of students. Students and parents are educated on the process and rights of a student to share a concern, complaint, or grievance. An employee who suspects or witnesses an incident of bullying must immediately report the bullying or suspected bullying to the principal or principal’s designee. A student who is experiencing bullying, or believes another student is experiencing bullying, is to report the situation to the principal or another school employee. The principal will investigate all reports of bullying. If the principal determines that bullying has occurred, appropriate discipline will be administered according to District policy. Regardless of the outcome of the investigation the principal will meet with the involved students to review the findings of the investigation and develop an action plan, as applicable, to ensure the needs of the student are met.

What Can Parents Do?* Bullying can be a widespread and serious problem that can happen anywhere. We encourage our parents to be involved with their child and with their school. It takes the entire school community to create an inviting school where everyone feels they belong. Parents can help their child learn how to prevent bullying using some of these tips: o Discuss bullying with your child Explain what it is. o Keep the lines of communication open with your child. o Teach your child the importance of respecting self and others. o Encourage your child to pursue their interests and be involved. o Teach your child to take a stand against bullying and do not join in. o Teach your child to always tell an adult.

MUSD Policy

*From the web site managed by the Department of Health & Human Services.

Definition of Bullying: Bullying may occur when a student or group of students engages in any form of behavior that includes such acts as intimidation and/or harassment that: • has the effect of physically harming a student, damaging a student’s property, or placing a student in reasonable fear of harm or damage to property, • is sufficiently severe, persistent, or pervasive that the action, behavior, or threat creates an intimidating, threatening, or abusive environment in the form of physical or emotional harm, • occurs when there is a real or perceived imbalance of power or strength; • may constitute a violation of law.

*Includes Cyber-bullying (through the use of electronic technology or electronic communication devices…)

Types of Bullying Bullying of a student or group of students can be manifested through written, verbal, physical, or emotional means and may occur in a variety of forms including, but not limited to: • verbal, written/printed or graphic exposure to derogatory comments, extortion, exploitation, name calling, or rumor spreading either directly through another person or group or through cyber-bullying, • exposure to social exclusion or ostracism, • physical contact including but not limited to pushing, hitting, kicking, shoving, or spitting, and • damage to or theft of personal property. Students are prohibited from bullying on school grounds, school property, school buses, at school bus stops, at school sponsored events and activities and through the use of electronic technology or electronic communication equipment on school computers, networks, forums, or mailing lists. Disciplinary action may also result for bullying which occurs outside of the school and the school day.

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Education for Homeless Children and Youth The McKinney-Vento Homeless Education Act (federal law) identifies homeless students as “Children who lack a fixed, regular and adequate nighttime residence” due to loss of housing, economic hardship, or a similar reason. This includes preschool age children, school age children, and youth living on their own (unaccompanied youth -not in the physical custody of a parent or guardian). Children and youth on their own may qualify for assistance under the McKinneyVento Act, if they or their family lives in any of the following situations: l Temporarily sharing the housing of other persons

due to loss of housing, economic hardship, or similar reason. l Living in motels, hotels, or camping grounds due to lack of adequate accommodations. l Living in emergency or transitional shelters, such as group homes, runaway shelters and domestic violence shelters. l Awaiting foster care placement.


l Receive transportation, if feasible, to the school of

origin. l Automatic enrollment in the National Free and Reduced Lunch Program. l Based on need: Receive services including Head Start Programs, Title I, English Language Learner, and Special Education.

The McKinney-Vento law applies to all public and charter schools. l Living in cars, parks, public places, abandoned

For more information call (520) 616-3013.

buildings, or similar settings. l Abandoned in hospitals. l Living in housing that is substandard or inadequate.

Students in homeless situations must have the opportunity to meet the same high academic achievement standards as all students. This is why it is so critical that homeless children and youth receive all the educational services for which they are eligible: l Be given access to the same public education

provided to other children, including preschool education. l Continue in their school of origin or school of residence, if feasible. l Enroll and attend classes while the school arranges for the transfer of school and immunization records or

Congratulations to the Marana Unified School District who was awarded the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Grant for the 6th consecutive year from the State of Arizona Department of Education. The purpose of the funding is to help homeless students attend school regularly, fully participate in school activities, and achieve academic success.



Congratulations to Colleen Frederick, Estes Elementary School Fourth-grade teacher, selected as a 2012 State Teacher of the Year Top 10 semi-finalist! Ms. Frederick has taught in the District for 11 years. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from Montana State University and her Master’s degree in Educational Leadership from Northern Arizona University. The Arizona Teacher of the Year program annually recognizes exceptionally skilled and dedicated pre-kindergarten through 12th grade public school teachers. Nominees are those individuals who have gained the respect and admiration of students, parents, and co-workers. They play an active and useful role in their communities as well as their schools, often distinguishing themselves as leaders. They have a superior ability to help all students achieve.

Congratulations to Jo Ann Gelormine, Director of Student Services, selected as the 2012 School Counselor Administrator of the Year for the outstanding work she has done towards enhancing the school counseling profession and the outstanding service she has provided by supporting student achievement and success. Ms. Gelormine has served the District since 1980 as a teacher, counselor (1998 AzSCA Elementary Counselor of the Year), and Director of Student Services. She has worked tirelessly providing guidance and leadership to ensure MUSD’s counseling standards and competencies are aligned with the American School Counselor Association National Model.

Congratulations to Cassi LaFaye (Top left), Marana High School teacher, and Susan Rich (Bottom left), Mountain View High School teacher, selected as finalists for the Arizona Department of Intercollegiate Athletics and the Circle K Corporation “Outstanding High School Faculty Awards Program,” which honors outstanding high school teachers in Southern Arizona. Congratulations to Monica Baden, Twin Peaks Elementary 5th grade teacher, and Hilary Rizzi, Estes Elementary 5th grade teacher, who have achieved National Board Certification. National Board Certification is recognized throughout the country as one of the highest honors a teacher can receive. Congratulations to Joni Rubinstein, Estes Elementary School Counselor, on the publishing of her book “The Night Before My Birthday Book “. The book creates a new tradition for all families and is based on the celebration of a cherished child. Congratulations to Robert Newman, long-time Mountain View High and Marana High School wrestling coach, now retired, who was inducted into the Arizona Chapter of the National Wrestling Hall of Fame. Mr. Newman received the Lifetime Service to Wrestling Award for his years of dedication to the development of leadership and citizenship in young people through the sport of wrestling. Mr. Newman won 399 matches in his 34-year career in the Marana Unified School District, including the 1983 state title. Congratulations to the Marana Unified School District who was awarded a $1,200,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Education to expand and enrich counseling services. MUSD is one of only two Arizona school districts, and one of 42 school districts in the country, to receive a portion of $15.2 million in U.S. Department of Education grants to establish or expand counseling programs. Congratulations to the Marana Unified School District who received the “Process and Leadership in Worksite Health Promotion” award from the wellness Council of Arizona. 11

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Target Grant! Congratulations to Estes Elementary School who was selected to receive a $100,000 grant from Target to purchase much-needed resources and improve their learning environment. With help from The Ellen DeGeneres Show and its viewers, Target invited people to nominate a school, along with a compelling story that explained why the school should receive a grant. Target picked 50 recipients from more than 7,000 nominations. Nancy Paddock, Estes Elementary principal, states “We are committed to using these dollars where they will have

Target picked 50 recipients from more than 7,000 nominations. the greatest long-term impact for our entire student population.” “Specifically we are considering additional uses of technology in the classroom to build 21st Century skills in our students as well as ways that we can renovate our outdoor amphitheater area which serves as the focal point for students, staff, parents, and community events and celebrations,” she also stated. The $5 million donation from Target to K-12 schools or school districts in 31 states is part of the company’s commitment to education, which includes plans to give $1 billion for education by the end of 2015. This donation is just one way Target is helping more U.S. children get or stay on the path to high school graduation. 12

Students Learn Healthy Choices in a Fun Way at Quail Run Elementary Students at Quail Run Elementary spent a fun-filled entertaining afternoon in January with the “Empower Pack”, a live theatre troupe of professional actors from the Phoenix Theater. The Empower Pack production is a collaboration of the Arizona Department of Health Services - Bureau of Tobacco and Chronic Disease, Bureau of Nutrition and Physical Activity and Phoenix Theatre to target youth ages 8-11 years-old.

The Empower Pack group of three superheroes from the future entertained students with singing and dancing as they came back to 2012 to empower them to make good decisions regarding nutrition, physical activity and avoiding tobacco. Combating the trio’s nemesis, the foreboding “Addictor,” the superheroes stressed the importance of “Eat Well. Be Well.”, “Get Smart. Get Active.”

“Smoking? You must be Joking”. Students cheered and sang along to songs such as “from sunrise to sunset, let’s get fit.” When asked what the students liked most, students responded… “Songs;” “Characters;” “Singing and dancing;” “School kids being a part of the show;” “It was funny”. When students were asked about the message of the show… “Smoking is bad for you;” “Cigarettes are bad;” “Eat healthy;” “Don’t eat bad food;” “Bad food makes you slow;” “Exercise;” “Workout.” Following the performance, students received a 16-page full color Empower Pack activity book that included background information on nutrition including serving size comparisons and recipes; additional information on physical activity and an audio CD of the show music.

DeGrazia students experience the art of Taiko Drumming The arts are alive at DeGrazia Elementary School. In November, DeGrazia students in grades 3rd and 6th grade had an exhilarating day presenting a special Taiko Drum performance, accompanied by Odaiko Sonora professional performing group. Students performed for fellow students, staff, and parents. The crowd was memorized as students displayed their talents and understanding of the art of Taiko drumming. Skill, precision, and passion were obvious as they performed the story called “Asako, the Girl Who Saved her Village”. “Our students worked very hard learning about Japanese culture and music including being exposed to the

visual art of Taiko drumming,” states Mimi Gromley, DeGrazia Elementary 3rd grade teacher. “We value any opportunity to enhance our student’s educational experience with these types of unique opportunities,” Ms. Gromley states. This experience was a result of a $3000 grant from the Arizona Commission on the Arts for a six-week residency with Odaiko Sonora. Through exciting performances, high-quality instruction, school residencies and team workshops Okaiko Sonora increases first-hand knowledge of taiko and the opportunities it presents for physical, mental, and spiritual growth throughout Southern Arizona.

Marana Middle School Raises the Bar on Physical Fitness As part of the school’s commitment to promote lifetime fitness and health, Marana Middle has built a program that exposes all students to relevant modes of sustaining a physically active and healthy lifestyle. Through the use of a Carol M. White Physical Education Program federal grant awarded through the U.S. Department of Education, students now have unique opportunities to exercise in a modern Fitness Center, housing new cardio and weight rooms and a climbing wall. “This grant provides us the opportunity to change the physical education program for the purpose of changing lives,” Amy Corner, MMS physical education coordinator states. “Students are not only learning the Arizona physical activity and nutrition standards, they are learning to develop personal physical activity plans in order to achieve and maintain a healthenhancing level of fitness.” The school has seen an increase in the

number of students participating in health-related activities this year. The state of the art equipment in the new cardio and weight rooms and associated lessons teaches students about heart rate and target heart rate zones and their relationship to moderate/vigorous exercise. Students are getting fit using an Indoor Rowing Machine, Treadwall, Life Fitness Elliptical Trainers, Stair Climbers, Upper Body Ergometer, and Spinning Bikes. A climbing wall was constructed in the gym and new supplies were purchased to engage students at all levels. Students are now using medicine balls, plyo boxes, agility ladders, weights, a boxing bag, roller blades, and other sports equipment. “We are pleased that students are not only using the Fitness Center during class time but we have seen a significant increase in students participating in after school activities as well,” Amy Corner states. “We are excited to see our students affecting change in their lives and in the lives of their families.” 13

STUDENT SPOTlIGhTS Congratulations to Mountain View High School students, Colton Ballou, who placed 7th in the Help Desk event and Jacob Valenzuela, who placed 9th in the Introduction to Technology Concepts event at the National Leadership Conference for Future Business Leaders of America.

Congratulations to Haley Jones, Mountain View High School student, selected by the Arizona Athletic Trainer’s Association to receive the Lanny Williams Award – High School Athletic Training Student of the Year award. Haley is the fourth winner in a row for MVHS and eighteenth over all. The scholarship is awarded to a senior high school athletic training student aide with at least two years of experience who demonstrates an excellent work ethic, character, leadership qualities, academic achievements, experience and competency as a student athletic trainer. Congratulations to Mountain View High School’s Academic Decathlon Team for placing 4th and Marana High School’s Academic Decathlon Team for placing 3rd at the Arizona Academic Decathlon Region III Tournament. Congratulations to Marana High School student, Jamee Swan, who signed her National Letter of Intent to play basketball and continue her education at the University of Colorado in 2012-2013. Jamee Swan, Marana’s standout forward/center, is nationally ranked by ESPN Hoopgurlz at 38th overall for class of 2012 and the 8th best forward in the nation. She has also earned honorable mention to The Sporting News 2012 Preseason All-America team.

Marana High School marching band leads the Marana Founder’s Day parade.

Congratulations to Marana Middle School 7th grade student, Jeremy Parry, who took home the first place trophy in the 2012 District Spelling Bee. Top 5 featured in photo: Jeremy Parry, Grace Hala’ ufia -Rattlesnake Ridge, Samantha Kidd - Roadrunner Elementary, Savanna Kelly - Tortolita Middle, Audrey Mason - Coyote Trail.

Tortolita student, Owen McQueen, puts his learning about exponents to work as he designs and constructs a tetrahedron in his math class. Second grade students at Estes Elementary School have lots of fun as they learn fire safety basics as part of Northwest Fire/Rescue Mini-Muster event.

Congratulations to Jacob Rochester, Marana High School student, who was named a finalist in the 2012 National Merit Scholarship program. Congratulations to the Marana High School Dance Team who earned 1st place and a “superior” trophy at a Universal Dance Association camp.


Trinity Norris, Roadrunner Elementary School, presents her famous historical figure, Pocahontas, during the school’s American Museum.

DeGrazia Elementary School students recognize Veterans in their community during a special school presentation in November. Student performances included letter reading, music by the school band and choir, folk dancing, and recognitions.

Ironwood Elementary students demonstrate their understanding that the “Secret to Living is Giving” as they celebrate the successful results of their canned food drive. 2500 food items were collected for use in holiday baskets and donations to the Marana Food Bank and Picture Rocks school food bank.

Students at Butterfield Elementary enjoy seeing storybook characters come alive. District employees from the finance department visit classrooms on October 31 where they read and acted out the story, There was an Old Lady who Swallowed a Bat, written by Lucille Colandro.

Mountain View High School’s Health and Medical Sciences Academy and the Student Wellness Advocacy Team (SWAT) hand out various nutirous food items during Wellness Week. Wellness Week supports healthy food choices among the student body.

Marana Middle School 7th grade students have an exciting experience at the Catalina Island Marine Institute where they participated in activities that support the ecology, geology, and astronomy standards.

Thornydale Elementary students enjoy walking to school on International Walk to School Day in October. All students who walked or rode their bicycle through the designated crosswalks received a prize and a raffle ticket to enter them in a drawing to win a new scooter.

Mountain View High School STEM Academy Pre–Engineering Students and Software Game Design students showcase a few of their projects at the Science and Engineering Fest.

Congratulations to Marana High School graduate, Zachary Tucker, who was nominated to the position of State FFA Sentinel at the FFA State Leadership Conference.

Twin Peaks Elementary staff members motivate students to “Get Fit” by dressing up in fruit and vegetable costumes and dancing to the song YMCA. Students learned about nutrition and physical activity, received prizes, and had a great time during Fitness Week.


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The Horizon, Spring 2012  

District Newsletter for residents of Marana Unified School District