Dear Stetson Hills Families,
Happy New Year! It’s hard to believe that we are half way through the 2019-2020 school year. For those who are new to Stetson Hills, we welcome you to our Stallion family. I am pleased to introduce myself as your principal. This is my 18th year in education, and my third year as principal of Stetson Hills School. I am joined by my wonderful Assistant Principal, Mrs. Nicole Johnson. Together, we are excited to announce that Stetson Hills has been designated as an “A” School by the Arizona Department of Education!
As we make our way through second semester, our teachers will continue to participate in Professional Learning Community meetings (PLC meetings) on Friday early release days. Teachers will meet during this time to plan instruction, develop assessments that effectively measure learning, and analyze assessment data to better respond to student needs. Dismissal on early release Fridays at Stetson Hills is 2:00.
We will begin state testing in grades 3-8 upon our return from Spring Break in March. A list of testing dates will be posted soon. All students in grades 3-8 will complete tests in Reading, Writing and Math. Students in grades 4 and 8 will participate in the AIMS Science test as well.
Of course we are looking forward to some fun activities this spring as well! Our annual Kindergarten Preview Night will take place January 30th from 5:30-7:00 p.m. Basketball and Cheer will make way for Baseball and Softball season. The Book Fair and PTSA Mother/Son Event are coming up as well. Check out our school calendar for additional dates and events!
Finally, we’d like to remind students and families about the importance of coming to school every day. Participation in classroom activities is an integral part of today’s learning environment, and cannot be made up outside of class. In most instances, students can no longer make up work by reading a chapter of a textbook or completing worksheets. They must be in class to participate in hands on experiments, collaborate with peers to complete projects, and engage in classroom discussion. Although we realize some absences, especially those related to illness, cannot be avoided, your assistance in scheduling doctor’s appointments and vacations after school hours or during recess times (Spring Break, Winter Break, etc.) is greatly appreciated.
Remember to follow us on Facebook, Twitter and the DVUSD App for regular updates. It’s going to be a great second semester!
Mrs. Carrie Mabee M.Ed.