Welcome to Bret R. Tarver Elementary

For the past fourteen years, the staff at Bret R. Tarver Elementary School has been proud to serve the thriving community of Maryvale in Phoenix, Arizona. Our school is comprised of approximately 950 students in kindergarten through fifth grade. Our staff works hard to provide a safe and nurturing learning environment for our students. We also take great pride in the strong partnership we have developed with parents and other community members.

Letter from Our Principal
Dr. Joy Weiss

Dear Parents, Students and Staff,

I am honored and humbled to introduce myself as the new Principal of Bret R. Tarver Elementary School! It is a privilege to become a member of the Dolphin Community. I am excited to work alongside a dedicated and committed staff and community of learners.

I bring with me over 18 years in the education field. I hold a Doctorate in Educational Leadership, a Master’s in Curriculum and Instruction, and a Bachelor’s in Elementary Education with an emphasis on Early Childhood Education. My background and experiences bring added value to my role and enables me to understand and meet the needs of both staff and students.

I believe that all students are capable of success, anchored in faith that working together, every child, will achieve excellence. As the incoming Principal, my role is to empower our staff and students to shape tomorrow. Every day, we have opportunities to learn and grow from each other, working collaboratively and sharing our successes.

I know the 2016-2017 school year is going to be amazing! Working alongside of talented teachers and parents, our students will be champions! Although a new principal presents new opportunities and new beginnings, traditions and history bring unity. I look forward to meeting each of you, developing partnerships with the families of Tarver and sharing our vision!

Dr. Joy Weiss

A Message from the Superintendent's Office about Prop 206

The Minimum Wage and Paid Time Off Initiative, also known as Proposition 206, was approved on November 8, 2016.

Proposition 206 is designed to increase the minimum wage to $10 in 2017, $10.50 in 2018, $11.00 in 2019, and $12 in 2020. Starting in 2021, the measure will increase the minimum wage based on the cost of living index for Arizona. Effective July 1st, the initiative also guarantees 40 hours of annual paid sick time to employees of businesses with 15 or more employees and 24 hours to those of businesses with less than 15 employees. The measure entitles employees to accrue one hour of paid sick time for every 30 hours worked. The measure permits earned paid sick time to be utilized for an employee's medical care, an employee's need to care for a family member, a public health emergency or addressing domestic violence.

For Cartwright School District, more than 700 employees will be impacted, with a recurring annual cost in excess of $650,000.