We are a Race to the Top Finalist!
Cartwright School District is a finalist for the Race to the Top grant from the U.S. Department of Education. Our application for $25 million was one of more than 200 applications for this grant. We are one of 31 finalists in this competition and the only finalist in the state of Arizona. Award notification should occur before December 31, 2013. Cartwright School District was a finalist last year but did not receive funding. Hopefully we will receive good news before Winter Break. Please keep your fingers crossed!
Tara Smith Receives ELL Teacher of the Year and Superintendent's Award of Excellence
Tara Smith and State Superintendent of Public
Congratulations to Tara Smith, 1st Grade Teacher at Holiday Park School, for being named the 2013 Arizona ELL Teacher of the Year by the Arizona Department of Education. The Arizona English Language Learner (ELL) Teacher of the Year award is an honors program developed to recognize the teacher who demonstrates exemplary teaching of ELL students in the state of Arizona. (read more)
Palm Lane's Library Gets a Makeover Thanks to Target & Heart of America Foundation
Palm Lane students greet Target volunteers as they arrive
On Thursday, November 7, 2013, a “sea of red” descended upon Palm Lane Elementary School and created a magical new library. The “sea of red” consisted of over 150 Target store volunteers who built new furniture, stocked books in the library, did some beautification projects, and filled and delivered backpacks to students. Thanks to the Heart of America Foundation and Target, Palm Lane’s library has new carpet, new paint, four new computers, (read more and view slideshow of this very special event)
All Schools Receive Medals in HealthierUS School Challenge
All schools receive medals in HealthierUS School Challenge at Governing Board
All Cartwright School District schools received medals as part of the HealthierUS School Challenge that recognizes excellence in nutrition and physical activity. Congratulations to Food Services Director Diane Gruman, her department staff, as well as school administrators and staff members for being the driving forces behind the efforts to document and verify school meals and physical activity, physical education and nutrition education participation to complete the application. Cartwright School District received more medals than all other school districts in Arizona combined. (read more)
Cartwright Success Stories
A very familiar face to those of you who watch CBS 5 News is that of Donna Rossi who has been a reporter for them since 1994. What you might not know is that Donna is a former Cartwright School District student. She attended John F. Long School for 4th-6th grade and then went on to Desert Sands Jr. High, and graduated from Maryvale High School. She attended Glendale Community College and ASU. Donna graduated cum laude from Northern Arizona University. Donna’s reputation as a fair and accurate journalist has earned her the respect of her colleagues and community. In addition to being a three-time Emmy Award winning reporter, she has also earned more than a dozen Arizona Associated Press awards. Donna says she remembers the names of each teacher at John F. Long because “each of them made an impact on my life”. She stated, “In fact, I hope they read the newsletter. So often teachers don’t realize the effect they have on individual children. “(read more)
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10 Schools and District Office Receive EnergyStar Awards
Cartwright School District proudly announces that the following schools have been awarded the ENERGY STAR Award from the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) due to our daily energy conservation efforts. The following sites are now certified as being in the top 25% most energy efficient of all commercial and Industrial buildings throughout the nation!
· Cartwright District Office
· Charles W. Harris School
· Heatherbrae School
· John F. Long School
· Manuel Pena, Jr. School
· Atkinson Middle School
· Bret R. Tarver School
· Sunset School
· Castro Middle School
· Starlight Park School
· Holiday Park School
Our goal is to have all buildings within the Cartwright School District ENERGY STAR certified.
Dr. Jacob A. Chávez
District Office Staff