• Dear Landmark Families,

    We are so excited that you have returned to Landmark School for the 16-17 school year.  Each year we have made facility and academic improvements.   Many teachers arrived back to work prior to their contract to plan with their teammates and assure your child’s year goes smoothly. This summer our school gym received a facelift.  We have a gym floor, stage curtain and a fresh coat of paint on the walls.  The old floor was wearing down and become slippery which was a problem during the student’s basketball season.

    I am pleased to inform you that your child’s and our schools AzMERIT data has been released already.  We set our school goals around this state assessment.  Please take a time to talk to your child, talk about their strengths and areas needing future growth.  Set goals for this year for your child. 

    As a school we spent time analyzing our student data.  Landmark School showed growth in grades 3 -7 in English Language Arts which is a combination of Reading and Writing.  Fifth grade showed the greatest gains with 13% increase.   Our overall ELA gains average was 4.3%.  In Mathematics we showed improvement in grades 3 through 6.   Sixth grade showed a 15% gain.  Our fifth graders were just 5% behind the state average.  Our overall math gains average was 1.3%.  We will be focusing on our middle school mathematics program as well as continuing to refine our practices in the lower grades to increase the average percentage gains in math.

    The State of Arizona did announce that they will hold all schools with the same letter grade they received for the year prior, so Landmark School will remain a “B” school.  They have not determined how new school letter grades will be calculated but we should receive that information sometime this school year. 

    Looking further into this year, we are excited to have many new opportunities for some of our students which are being made possible through grants.  Ms. Daly’s and Ms. Bembenek’s classes will do many hands on experiments with electricity due to a Tanger Outlet Grant and SRP Grant.  Our last 21st Century Afterschool Grant, LEO, ended in June but the good news is we were awarded the grant for another five years.  Mrs. Kozimor will continue to coordinate LEO with afterschool tutoring and enrichment in six week cycles throughout the school year.  We willing be going into year two of our ABEC, Middle School Career Exploration Grant with the Arizona Business Education Coalition. This grant will provide 7th & 8th graders the opportunity to explore a career pathway on Wednesday mornings throughout the school year.  Career Academies offered this year:  Culinary with Gardening, Construction and Engineering, Media Design, Computer Science/Coding, Health Services and Public Safety.  Additionally, we are proud to continue our grant partnership with First Things First in offering classes and child care in our parent resource center daily.  Please check out the monthly calendar of free classes for all community members.

    We expect all kindergarten through third grade parents to join us in WIN – What I Need Meetings.  These meetings will be held three times a year and will share student academic performance levels, as well as, differentiated activities to support your student at home.

    Landmark School is committed to providing each student with an education in which essential information and skills are learned, knowledge is explored, and ideas are critically analyzed and evaluated.  We look forward to embarking on a year of academic and personal success with your child as well as the accomplishment of our school wide goals. Research has shown that children benefit most from their educational programs when their families are actively involved in their schooling. Please join us in working with your children…our students. Together we can strive to provide a safe, nurturing environment in which each child can flourish!

                                                                                                                                                                                Ms. Schmitz

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