Welcome to Charles W. Harris School


Cartwright School District #83 proudly serves the Maryvale community and has a long history of providing educational excellence. Our teachers are highly qualified and certified in their subject areas. With an amazing team of teachers, support professionals and administrators, Cartwright School District #83 is providing a world class education to all students.

Welcome to Charles W. Harris School! We look forward to working with parents and students in order to SOAR to GREATNESS!

Letter from Our Principal
Lupe Aguirre

Thank you for choosing Charles W. Harris Elementary where we EXPECT GREATNESS! At C. W. Harris, we support excellence in teaching and learning to ensure academic success for all students. We embrace the responsibility of creating a safe and positive learning environment that will encourage life-long learning and prepare every student to meet the challenges of today's world. Our focus on academic rigor, respect for others, and personal responsibility will be the foundation for a great educational experience. Together, we will ensure your child grows academically, socially and emotionally.

Our parents play a vital role in the education of our children and offer incredible support in and out of the classroom. We invite you to partner with us to further extend the opportunities we can provide. We encourage parental involvement in all aspects of the school. We invite our families to learn along with us by attending our parent "Coffee Talks" and by becoming an official C.W. Harris volunteer to assist our students in the classroom. Please consider working with our fabulous PTO to make Harris an even better school for our children! If you are interested in participating in the PTO or serving as a volunteer, please contact me at (623) 691-4800. I look forward to hearing from you.

Lupe Aguirre

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.