News from the office of Teaching and Learning ...

May 2018

Summer Reading

As you think about next year and the possibilities to empower students, check out this book, The Innovator's Mindset. Take it to the beach, the mountains, or out of the country. Let’s keep our students’ natural curiosity and creativity alive!

Cara Herkamp

Director of Curriculum and Instruction

Summer Opportunities: Professional Development

This summer fill your teaching toolbox with strategies that will help students maximize their reading and writing skills. Click here to access links to register for the following sessions:

  • Language Essentials for Teachers of Reading and Spelling (LETRS) on how the brain learns to read (K-12)
  • An overview of the Jane Schaffer approach to writing (3-9)
  • Six Syllable Types to assist students with decoding and spelling (K-12)
  • Vocabulary Surge (3-6) to teach the three levels of vocabulary – Anglo-Saxon, Latin, and Greek word parts

By clicking the link above, you will find opportunities for Instructional Technology, math, science, and arts professional development sessions, as well.

Tom Espy

Director of Academic Services & Assessment

A Successful Year of Creative Inquiry!

Thank you to all the students, parents, and teachers who helped make our first full year of Creative Inquiry a success!

We had a great turn out at the Gifted Parent Night for prospective students. If you were unable to attend and would like to learn more about the Creative Inquiry Class please visit the Creative Inquiry website Click here.

For more information on Gifted Assessments Click here.

Creative Inquiry Class Highlights

Leah Moran, Creative Inquiry Teacher

  • For gifted students in grades 3rd-7th.
  • Provides an opportunity for gifted students to interact in a project-based learning environment.
  • The curriculum will be based on grade level standards with one project and theme per quarter.
  • Classes are held a half day, one day per week, with students in the same grade.
  • Classes are held at Sonoran Trails Middle School.
  • Transportation is provided to and from your home school.

We look forward to seeing everyone next year!

Gina Durbin

Director of Education Community Services

Thank you for supporting the 2017/2018 ECS Programs!

We had 120 enrolled in our five preschool classrooms; 736 students in our Kid’s Club Before and After School Care Programs; 1,478 enrolled in Enrichment Classes; 152 enrolled in 2017 Summer Camps; 1,695 enrolled in 2017 Summer Enrichment Programs; and 87 parents attended Prevention Forums during the school year.

Please visit www.ecsforall.org for the 2018 Summer Program opportunities that are available from May through July 2018 for students and community members.

2018-2019 Preschool Programs

Black Mountain Elementary – Child’s Play Preschool

NEW -> Desert Sun Academy - Global Beginnings Preschool

Desert Willow Elementary - Spanish Immersion Preschool

Horseshoe Trails Elementary – Preschool

NEW -> Lone Mountain Elementary – STEM Preschool

Nancy Pratt

Director of Instructional Technology

Google Certification

Do you need Professional Growth hours OR some extra cash?

Google Certification Level 1 and Level 2 are being offered from Summer 2018 through May 2019, and you can do this PD at your own pace.

Click here for details!

Summer Instructional Technology Professional Development

Click here for some great Instructional Technology and Personalized Learning PD being offered June 6, 2018 and June 7, 2018

Cristina Ladas

World Language Coordinator

We are finishing the year with many multi-lingual celebrations!

World Language Programs:
  • Spanish: 42 CSHS Seniors will receive the Arizona Seal of Biliteracy and 23 CCUSD Seals
  • French: 8 CSHS Seniors will receive the Arizona Seal of Biliteracy and 5 CCUSD Seals
  • Chinese: CSHS launched the 1st Chinese National Honor Society in Arizona
  • World Trips: Community Service Trip to Peru for 6th-8th graders (June 2-10)
Immersion Programs:
  • French Immersion rolls up to 3rd grade and a two-teacher model for 2018-19
  • Spanish Immersion celebrates the largest graduating class of 15 CSHS seniors; and 8th grade students take 1st, 3rd and 4th place in Arizona on the National Spanish Exam.
  • Chinese Immersion rolls up to 4th grade and launches a Chinese STEM Summer Camp

Carrie Igondjo

Director of Special Education

What a Great Year!

As the school year draws to a close, we take a moment to reflect on all that was positive in the year! This year we have had four of our wonderful district psychologists honored with the CCUSD Award for Excellence and one of our new psychologists won the CCUSD Rookie of the Year Award! All of our staff have inspired excellence in all of our students and the Special Education Department is proud to work with such amazing people!

On July 25th and July 26th we will continue our growth and development with two Special Education Professional Development days for our certified staff. We look forward to seeing everyone attend!

Summer 2018 Professional Development


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