Welcome to Starlight Park School

Cartwright School District #83 proudly serves the Maryvale community and has a long history of providing educational excellence. We have 20 schools - twelve (12) K-5 elementary schools, four (4) K-8 elementary schools, and four (4) 6th-8th grade middle schools that currently serve 19,000 students. 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.

Letter from Our Principal
Felicia Durden

Dear Starlight Family,

Welcome to the 2017-2018 school year. I hope that you all had a wonderful summer break and are ready for a phenomenal school year! We are continuing to make strides at Starlight Park in regards to student achievement. Our students are showing continued growth across the grade levels. Congratulations goes out to all of our students for their continuous hard work and to the parents/families for being on board, supporting your child, and supporting Starlight every step of the way. School and District labels from the Arizona Department of Education are not out yet, but we will let you know as soon as we get the results. It is time for a new year to begin and we will pick up where we left off--every child learning at high levels with high expectations in all we do. Our theme this year is "It Is All About The Kids." We will go back to this theme in every decision we make in order to ensure your children receive a world-class education here at Starlight Park.

There are a few changes I want to communicate. We are excited to be adding two full-time Head Start classrooms to our campus. With the addition of Head Start we have expanded our parking lot up to the area where our basketball courts use to be. We will be moving the basketball courts to the field area in a few months.

In an effort to ensure the safety of our students we will longer have the playground gate on Mitchell open. All other entry gates will open at 7:35 and students will wait in a holding area until the 7:45 bell rings. At this time they will proceed to their classroom for breakfast. Remember that school begins promptly at 8:00.

There are two events coming up at Starlight that we would like to share with you. "MEET THE TEACHER" day is Monday, August 7th, from 3:00-5:00, and our first Coffee Talk will take place on August 9th at 8:15 in the cafeteria.

We look forward to our first week of school and having all the kids back! This year is going to be the best ever!

Dr. Durden

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.

Important Information