October 20, 2017
Dear Stetson Hills Community,
It’s hard to believe, but we’ve already completed our first EXTRAORDINARY quarter of the 2017-2018 school year! We’ve had many reasons to celebrate over the last three months. The Phoenix Fire Department honored fifth grader Gavin Hunt for administering the Heimlich maneuver and saving a friend from choking. In sports, our volleyball teams both won the Division I championship, and our cross country team continues to earn individual and team awards at their meets. We had several opportunities to gather and spend time as a community throughout the quarter for fun events like Bingo Night, Boosterthon Fun Run, Grandparents Tea, and Love Our Schools Day.
In early October, our school was issued a letter grade of B, or “Highly Performing”, by the AZ Department of Education based on new letter grade criteria. We are proud to be amongst the 85% of Deer Valley Schools who received an A (Excellent) or B (Highly Performing). Unfortunately, we missed getting an A rating by only one point! The new systems calculates the letter grade through weights, percentages, and statistical comparisons. Schools are awarded points for a variety of indicators including overall proficiency as well as growth. Our data proves that Stetson Hills continues to demonstrate high levels of proficiency in ELA, Math, and Science. It also indicates that we have an opportunity to be even more extraordinary by focusing on the student growth indicators of the letter grade criteria. There are two growth content areas- Student Growth Percentile (SGP) and Student Growth to Target (SGT). For more information regarding these two indicators, please visit AzMERIT and State Testing.
Stallion Community, when it comes to letter grades here is what you need to know. Stetson Hills is committed to providing extraordinary learning opportunities for ALL of our students. We have an exceptional group of educators who work tirelessly to meet each student at their individual level and give them the tools they need to be successful. We offer interventions to those who struggle, enrichment to those who need additional challenges, and everything in between. Our students participate in music, athletics, and the arts. We teach the whole child, and we will continue to make sure students are on track to be proficient or stay proficient.
As the temperature cools down and leaves begin to change, we find ourselves starting a brand-new grading quarter. We will be honoring our veterans at a school-wide assembly on November 3rd at 9:30. The basketball and spiritline season is about to start, we look forward to seeing you at the games. Of course Thanksgiving is right around the corner, too. Time is certainly flying! As always, we appreciate your support in making this an EXTRAORDINARY school year. Please remember to like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter at @stallions_sh. Look for next quarter’s newsletter on our website!
Carrie Mabee M.Ed.
Stetson Hills School
2016 A+ School of Excellence™