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News from the WESD

Welcome back to another wonderful school year. I am Paul Stanton the proud Superintendent of the Washington Elementary School District (WESD). Thank you for being a valued partner of the District. Your love and support helps us provide the best educational experience for our students. As the year gets started, I wanted to share some fast facts about the District:

Sunburst Teacher Jessica Buttles is a Top 10 Finalist for the Arizona Educational Foundation Teacher of the Year Award

The WESD is proud to announce that Jessica Buttles, kindergarten teacher at Sunburst Elementary, has been selected as a Top 10 finalist for the Arizona Educational Foundation Teacher of the Year Award! “The AEF™ Arizona Teacher of the Year program spotlights the contributions of outstanding public school teachers throughout Arizona by annually recognizing 10 exceptionally skilled and dedicated pre-kindergarten through 12th grade public school teachers.” Jessica will be honored at the 2020 Arizona Teacher of the Year Awards Luncheon in October where the Teacher of the Year will be selected and announced. Congratulations, Jessica! We are honored to have you as part of the WESD Family.

Identifying Gifted Pre-K Learners - Introducing Project SPROUT

Jason McIntosh, 602-347-2651, jason.mcintosh@wesdschools.org

We are emphasizing our pre-kindergarten programs this year. We know that if children are prepared for kindergarten, they will start their academic careers on solid ground and grow. This year, Dr. Jason McIntosh, our gifted coordinator, will be working with all our Pre-K programs to identify and support our high potential and gifted students. WESD is one of the few Districts in the state offering this specialized training at each elementary school.

How to Stay Informed

First, if you have not already done so, please check out our new and improved WESD Web site. It is easy to navigate using a cell phone or desktop computer. To stay up on all the WESD news, make sure to Like @WESDSchools on Facebook and follow us on Twitter, LinkedIn and Instagram.

We look forward to another wonderful school year.

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