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

Welcome to the Starlight Park Elementary website! If you are a first time visitor to our website, let me start by welcoming you to Starlight Park where our motto is "Every Student Matters, Every Moment Counts."

Starlight Park has a long tradition of high academic standards and a commitment to excellence. We utilize Thinking Maps, Kagan Structures, Singapore math strategies and a balanced approach to reading instruction to ensure students are college and career ready.

Starlight Park prides itself on providing a safe and focused learning environment. We believe that children should be educated in nurturing, supportive environments that teach life skills. To support these beliefs, we are implementing Boys Town Well-Managed Schools this year. This program emphasizes relationship building, proactive classroom management practices, and social skills instruction. This program will serve as a way to empower students to be self-managed.

We look forward to a cooperative home-school partnership. Parent involvement is encouraged and welcomed. There are numerous opportunities to become involved parents at Starlight Park. Opportunities include our monthly Coffee Talks, Annual Parent Partner Day, Peter Piper Pizza Night and numerous other events. Also, please consider joining our PTA.

Our faculty and staff are excited to begin what is sure to be another awesome year!

Sincerely,
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.

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