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Cheatham Girls Attend Intel’s TEC is for Girls Conference

Cheatham middle school girls attended the T.E.C is for Girls conference, sponsored by Intel, on September 22 at South Mountain Community College. The girls were exposed to technology, engineering, and computer science careers by rotating through a variety of workshops.

Workshops included What Meets the Eye, Exploring Coding, and How a career in STEM will change your life. These workshops allowed the girls to dissect an eye ball, utilize basic coding skills, build a speaker, and explore careers in STEM; Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics. The day ended by participating in activities with professional story tellers who gave the girls the skills to turn any narrative into a story.

This conference was just the beginning of an ongoing relationship between Cheatham, South Mountain Community College, and Intel. A club will be started at Cheatham and led by Ms. Shanine Turner to continue these experiences. The same group of girls who attended the conference will meet at least two more times during the school year to celebrate their successes.

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Cheatham 1st Graders Thank David Glasser Foundation

The entire first grade at Cheatham Elementary School held a Thank You Assembly to honor the David Glasser Foundation for providing backpacks and supplies at the beginning of the year.

Representatives from the foundation, Phoenix Police officers and David Glasser’s family were invited to the assembly where the students provided hand-written thank you notes and a song of appreciation. A plaque was also presented on behalf of the entire school.

Glasser’s widow, Kristen, spoke to the children about how her husband cared about the people who live in Laveen and how he wanted the children to have a safe place to play and grow up.

Officer Glasser was killed in the line of duty last year while responding to a burglary call in the Cheatham neighborhood. The Foundation named in his honor has developed a partnership with Cheatham Elementary.


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Laveen Raises $7,213 To Benefit Mexico Earthquake Recovery

Students and staff in the Laveen Elementary School District raised $7,213 to support recovery efforts for Mexico’s devastating earthquake. The funds were raised through a Dress Down Day fundraiser held on September 29.

For $1, students were permitted to dress out of uniform and staff members could dress in business casual attire. All eight schools and district departments participated. Parents and community members also made donations.

The idea came from Brittney Downs, a third grade teacher at Paseo Pointe — the district’s dual language immersion school. The school was celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month and students were researching various Spanish speaking countries when the earthquake struck.

“In the midst of our efforts to celebrate these cultures, Mexico was hit by a tragedy.  Helping will connect our students to the Mexican people in a way that goes deeper than just studying their culture,” Downs explained. “What better way to honor them than to lend a helping hand in a time of need?”

She pitched the idea to district superintendent Dr. Bill Johnson who was immediately on board with the idea. “We have so many students who have family members in Mexico. I’ve been asking staff to think of ways in which we can show our support to our families impacted by this tragedy. This district-wide effort allows students, staff, and our entire Laveen community to help many of our neighbors and friends.”

“I think all people, children included, know and feel the benefits when they help others.  When we fill other people’s buckets, our buckets are getting filled too,” Downs said. “I hope our fundraiser reflects our hearts for loving our neighbor- in our classrooms, in our community, and all over the world. I hope the students are empowered to a lifetime of serving others.”

The money will be sent to GlobalGiving which provides critical resources such as housing, medical aid, water, and emotional support.


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Laveen Lions Club Provides School Supplies to All Laveen Schools

The Laveen Lions provided backpacks and school supplies to each of our eight schools. Each school received 50 backpacks, composition notebooks, eraser packs, boxes of pencils, and pencil bags. They also received 250 notebooks, 100 packs of loose leaf paper, and 150 pocket folders. The schools determined how the supplies were to be distributed to students.

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David Glasser Foundation Supplies 1st Graders With Backpacks

July 27 was a special night for Cheatham first graders as they received free backpacks and school supplies from the David Glasser Foundation.  First graders were treated to pizza and games while interacting Phoenix Police Officers. They also had the opportunity to watch a K9 demonstration, control a robot, and hop on the Bearcat. The event was part of the foundation’s first give back event honoring our community’s fallen officer. Peter Piper Pizza hosted the event.

View photos from the event on our flickr page.

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Laveen Schools Move to E-Flyers

Beginning in August 2017, Laveen schools will utilize Peachjar’s e-flyer system to distribute flyers, newsletters, and other student-centered information to parents.

E-mail blasts containing flyers from your child’s school, PTO, or non-profit student-centered activities will be sent to parents generally once a week. Flyers are maintained on a dedicated webpage for later reference.

Only school information such as school newsletters, event flyers, and PTO happenings as well as approved flyers from non-profit child-centered organizations such as Girl Scouts, ball leagues, and local community groups will be sent to the email addresses on file for each family. Parents should make sure their school office has their current email address.

Parents may sign up for a free Peachjar account to utilize added features, like combining schools. But, this is not necessary to receive flyers.

Visit for more information.


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