• A message from Superintendent Cindy Segotta-Jones

    Posted by Jim Cummings on 6/15/2020

    I would be remiss if I did not address the social injustice our country has witnessed over the last few weeks. We must respond with empathy and support for our children, families and staff who are experiencing anger and grief. All across our country we have seen social uprisings that have been sparked by the senseless murder of Mr. George Floyd. This turmoil serves as a reminder that for as far as our society has come, we still have much work to do in the area of social justice and equity.

    Education is one area of society that has long been plagued by systemic racism. Though it has been several decades since Brown vs the Board of Education, national research tells us that Black students are suspended and expelled at a rate three times their White counterparts. This evidence shows us that some of these systemic challenges still rear their ugly head by way of school disciplinary practices that disproportionately affect Black students, oftentimes contributing to the school to prison pipeline.

    The primary mission of GESD is to support students in academic achievement. To reach this goal children must feel safe, supported and ready to learn. Because this is a systematic problem a systematic solution is necessary. One of our goals is to build resilience to this historical trauma. Through a dedicated focus on mental health we are committed to provide necessary resources and support to the children and families of our community.

    GESD is and has been long committed to fighting these historical concerns and building a new paradigm. As a school community it is our obligation to ensure that the families of our community feel supported and we are committed to ensuring that our Black students are provided the education that includes diversity and inclusion and addresses social justice and equity. This statement in no way diminishes the other students of GESD but highlights a population that has been marginalized in American society.

    We know that as a school community we will band together to fight the systemic challenges we face to ensure fairness in the quality of education we provide for all students.



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    Cindy Segotta-Jones




    Sería una negligencia de nuestra parte si nosotros no abordáramos la injusticia social que nuestro país ha presenciado en las últimas semanas. Debemos responder con empatía y apoyo hacia nuestros niños, las familias y los miembros del personal que están experimentando indignación y dolor. En todo nuestro país hemos visto levantamientos sociales que han sido provocados por el homicidio insensato del Sr. George Floyd. Esta agitación sirve como un recordatorio de que, en lo que respecta a nuestra sociedad, todavía tenemos mucho trabajo por hacer en el área de la justicia social y la equidad.

    La educación es un área de la sociedad que ha estado plagada de racismo sistémico. Aunque ya han pasado varias décadas desde que ocurrió el caso Brown contra la Mesa Directiva de Educación, la investigación nacional nos dice que los estudiantes de Raza Negra son suspendidos y expulsados ​​a un ritmo tres veces mayor que sus homólogos de Raza Blanca. Esta evidencia nos muestra que algunos de estos desafíos sistémicos aún están asomando su horrible rostro por medio de prácticas disciplinarias escolares que afectan desproporcionadamente a los estudiantes de raza negra, contribuyendo a menudo a convertirse en un canal desde la escuela hacia la prisión.

    La misión principal de GESD es apoyar a los estudiantes en el rendimiento académico. Para alcanzar esta meta, los niños deben sentirse seguros, apoyados y listos para su aprendizaje. Debido a que se trata de un problema sistemático, es necesaria una solución sistemática. Uno de nuestros objetivos es desarrollar la resiliencia a este trauma histórico. A través de un enfoque comprometido en la salud mental, estamos comprometidos a proveer los recursos y el apoyo necesarios para los niños y las familias de nuestra comunidad.

    En el Distrito Escolar de Educación Primaria de Glendale estamos y hemos estado comprometidos durante mucho tiempo a combatir estas preocupaciones históricas y a construir un nuevo paradigma. Como comunidad escolar, es nuestra obligación asegurarnos que las familias de nuestra comunidad se sientan apoyadas y estamos comprometidos a garantizar que nuestros estudiantes de Raza Negra reciban una educación que incluya la diversidad e inclusión y aborde la justicia social y la equidad. Esta declaración de ninguna manera menosprecia a los otros estudiantes de GESD, sino que destaca a una población que ha sido marginada en la sociedad Estadounidense.

    Sabemos que, como comunidad escolar, nos uniremos para luchar contra los desafíos sistémicos que enfrentamos para asegurar la equidad en la calidad de la educación que proveemos a todos los estudiantes.



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    Cindy Segotta-Jones



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  • Survey results released; second survey open

    Posted by Jim Cummings on 6/3/2020

    Dear GESD Families, 

    Please know that the safety and wellbeing of our staff and students continues to be a priority and decisions will be made based on our public health and elected officials’ guidelines and data gathered from our families and staff. Now that we have received guidance from the Arizona Department of Education, we have created a GESD Task Force to begin preparing for our return to school in August. We previously sought your input and would like to thank you for your responses. The responses can be found below. We are now asking for additional input from you, to better inform our decisions. Meanwhile, I hope that your family members stay safe and healthy throughout the summer.

    Please visit gesd40.org to complete an important survey. The survey will be open for responses beginning Thursday, June 4 and close at the end of business on Monday, June 8.

    You can find the English language survey here.

    You can find the Spanish language survey here.

    GESD return to school survey results

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  • GESD preparing to open schools in August

    Posted by Jim Cummings on 6/1/2020

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    GESD Families,

    First and foremost, we hope you and your family are well. On Thursday, May 28th Governor Ducey announced schools would open in the fall. Today, June 1st the Arizona Department of Education has provided guidelines for schools to begin planning for the return to school. We will begin working with sub-committees of staff, students and community along with legal counsel to prepare for welcoming students and families back to school in August. Each school currently has a school safety committee and they will also provide input. In the next few weeks, you will receive another survey to gather input. Please know that all decisions will be made in the best interest of the health of our students and staff in the Glendale Elementary School District, the health and safety of our students and staff is our number one priority. Meanwhile, please visit the www.gesd40.org for the most updated information.

    Thank you for your continued support. 


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    Cindy Segotta-Jones


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  • Teacher of the Year, Administrative Excellence and Support Staff of the Year awards announced

    Posted by Jim Cummings on 5/19/2020

    Employees of the year

    From Left: Jeanette Marques-DeJovine, Teacher of the Year; JoStrickler,

    Administrative Excellence; Laura Arita, Support Staff of the Year

    In online ceremonies broadcast on the GESD YouTube Channel, the 2020 Teacher of the Year, Administrative Excellence, Support Staff of the Year and Everyday Heros awards were announced.

    Jeanette Marquez-DeJovine, an ELD kindergarten teacher from Issac Imes, is the 2020 Glendale Elementary School District Teacher of the year

    Marquez-DeJovine chose to go into teaching 14 years ago because she wanted to give kids what they needed and she believed she could do that. She truly and passionately believes in others. To her core, she cares about families and students. Her goal is to help children reach their highest potential every day by focusing on their skills.

    "I see  myself in all of my children," she said.

    Her outreach and community involvement is all about Glendale. Marquez-DeJovine comes from a family of educators, and truly embodies the servant leadership idea that begins with the natural feeling that one wants to serve, to serve others first. This is evident in all that she does within school, helping the school outside of her work hours and in the community. Marquez-DeJovine makes the conscience choice to inspire others, and lead through example in everything she does for others to succeed and become the best they can be. She truly is here to serve Glendale students and families.In addition to Imes Marquez-DeJovine has worked at Discovery and Landmark.

    Jo Strickler, assistant principal at Isaac Imes, was named the winner of the 2020 GESD Excellence In Administration Award.

    “if you come on campus, you will probably see her running around checking on students and staff,” said Imes Principal Santina Carrillo. “If there is a job to be done, Jo is the person to get it done. But there is so much more to her and her leadership than just work: it’s about the relationships and connections that she makes.”

    “Jo genuinely cares about all students, families and staff,” said an Imes staff member through her nomination. “She is committed to ensuring that all students are given the support they need to be successful.”

    Harold W. Smith School Secretary Laura Arita was selected as GESD’s 2020 Support Staff Employee of the Year.

    “Ms. Arita is truly a gift to our school,” said Smith Principal Melissa Marze. “She is the first face that all who enter our school encounter, and she consistently welcomes everyone with a smile, and puts customer service at the forefront of all of her exchanges.”

    Marze went on to say that Arita’s professionalism is unparalleled, and that she meticulously completed her tasks.

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  • A message from Superintendent Cindy Segotta-Jones

    Posted by Jim Cummings on 5/13/2020

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    Dear GESD Families,

    I hope this communication finds you well as we all continue to move through an unprecedented time. I want to thank everyone for your continued support and commitment to making our alternative and remote learning a success. We know it has been challenging for everyone. Although remote learning is not an ideal situation, we know everyone is giving their best and we are navigating through this together. A special thank you to each of you for your incredible efforts to stay connected during these times.

    Due to school closures the following decisions have been made regarding report cards, promotion to next grade level, kindergarten and eighth-grade promotion ceremonies and return of school items and personal belongings.

    Fourth Quarter Report Cards will not be issued. This does not impact a child’s school record.

    The Third Quarter Report Cards are the last of the school year. Your child will move on to the next grade level. Each child will receive a narrative explanation of what they should work on over the summer to be ready for the next grade level from their teacher. Your child’s school will contact you on how you will receive the eighth-grade promotion certificate.

    Schools are currently planning for virtual promotions. Your child’s school will contact you regarding the specific date and time of these ceremonies.

    Over the next couple of days, schools will begin the return of school items to buildings as well as personal items to students and families through curbside services. Your child’s school will communicate specific details.

    Our plan is to continue to provide curbside meal services throughout the summer as long as permitted by state and federal guidelines.

    The ever-changing guidance and landscape for the fall will likely cause plans to be adjusted. By waiting we can ensure that our plans contain the most recent guidance to ensure the most complete and well-designed return to school plan possible. It is important to me to know what your concerns are as we anticipate a return to school in the fall. A survey has been created to gather information about your concerns as a family. Please click the link below to complete the survey. The information will help guide our decisions as we prepare for a return to school.

    Please click to access the survey.



    This is obviously not what any of us envisioned for the end of a school year. However, in this time of change and uncertainty, we are doing our best to finish our year-end activities in a responsible manner that does not jeopardize the health and safety of others. Please stay connected and visit www.gesd40.org for the latest updates on return to school.

    Please stay safe, stay healthy and stay connected.


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    Cindy Segotta-Jones


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  • Five new principals named

    Posted by Jim Cummings on 5/6/2020

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    Top (left to right): Brad Horstman and Tarrah Bernabé.

    Bottom (Left to right): Josh Kind and Dr. Kristy Schaffler

    Students and parents at five Glendale Elementary School District schools will see new faces in the principal’s office, most beginning on July 1.

    Earlier this year Brad Horstman was promoted to principal at Challenger. An educator for 18 years, he has spent his entire career with GESD. Before being named principal Horstman served as assistant principal and achievement advisor at Challenger. He was also an achievement advisory at Landmark, and a teacher at Coyote Ridge. Horstman earned his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from Northern Arizona University. His appointment took effect in March.

    At Smith Tarrah Bernabé is the new principal. An educator for 12 years, Bernabé most recently served as assistant principal at Bicentennial South. She started her career teaching at Jack, and since then has served in many capacities including, achievement advisor, mentor teacher and Boys Town trainer. Bernabé earned her Bachelor’s degree from Arizona State University, and a Master’s degree in elementary education and administration and supervision. She will begin her duties at Smith on July 1.

    Josh King will move from assistant principal to principal at Sine beginning July 1. He has been an educator for 14 years, all with GESD. He has served the District as a teacher, achievement advisor and as an assistant principal. King has a Bachelor’s degree from Wisconsin Whitewater University, and a Master’s degree from Northern Arizona University.

    At Landmark, Dr. Kristy Schaffler is the new principal. Dr. Schaffler has been an educator for 19 years in Arizona, Nevada and Washington. She has served as a teacher, achievement advisor, math and science coordinator and most recently as assistant principal at Coyote Ridge. She earned a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree from the University of Washington, and a Doctorate in educational leadership from Northcentral University.

    DeAnza Baker, currently principal at Sine, will move into the same position at Sunset Vista beginning July 1.

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  • GUHSD offers summer camp opportunities for 6th, 7th, 8th graders

    Posted by Jim Cummings on 5/6/2020

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    Current sithth-, seventh- and eighth-grade students have the opportunity to sign up for summer camps and academic classes with Glendale Union High School District.

    The camps include Art, Basketball Techniques, Cheer Skills, Coding/Engineering, Creating Writing/Poetry, Culinary Arts, Fitness, Football Foundations, Public Speak, and Honors Algebra 1.  Current eighth-graders have the opportunity to sign up for Project Sharp, a High School 101 class that is highly recommended for any student in Honors Math.

    Please visit the following links to read more about the programs and/or to register.  If you are a current sixth- or seventh-grader, you can visit bit.ly/GUHSD2020SummerCamp. If you are currently ineighth grade, you can visit bit.ly/GUHSD2020SummerAcademy.

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  • An update on grades and promotion

    Posted by Jim Cummings on 4/23/2020


    With the school closure, the following information is in regards to report cards and learning for the fourth quarter term.

    Our teachers have been reaching out to students to check-in on their academic, social and emotional wellness needs. We have also provided online and paper packets of enrichment learning opportunities to ensure all students are staying engaged academically as each family’s circumstances allow.

    Since fourth quarter academic work is meant to enrich or extend the work already learned throughout the rest of the 2019-2020 school year, the work is not graded or given as homework or as an assignment. Moreover, all essential learning standards were taught previous to quarter four to be ready for the original implementation of the AzM2 assessment and as you know, this assessment has been waived for the 2019-2020 school year.

    In order to communicate to all stakeholders, the following items have been established:

    • Fourth Quarter Report Cards will not be issued. This does not impact a child’s school record. The Third Quarter Report Cards are the last of the school year. Your child will move on to the next grade level.
    • Each child will receive a narrative explanation of what they should work on over the summer to be ready for the next grade level from their teacher. This document along with Third Quarter Benchmark results for 3rd through 8th grade will be provided to families by May 21. For 8th graders, the 8th grade promotion certificate will be provided at this same time.
    • Your child’s teacher will continue to provide learning opportunities and enrichment packets are now available online through May 21. Teachers will continue to check on your child through phone, Google Classroom, email, and/or Class Dojo, Bloom, etc.
    • When school resumes for the next school year, students will have an assessment of skills to see if there are gaps between this current year and the next year prerequisite skills. When we are back in session, staff will then have a course of action to meet individual learning needs.

    Please stay safe as you Stay Home, Stay Healthy, and Stay Connected.

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  • Free and Reduced lunch eligibility letters available

    Posted by Jim Cummings on 4/13/2020

    Parents, if you are in need of your student’s Free and Reduced eligibility letter, the Food & Nutrition Department can help.

    If you would like a copy emailed to you please email Claudia Reyes at creyes@gesd40.org

    If you would like to pick up a paper copy, please contact Shannon Gleave at 623-237-6244 or Regina Logan at 623-237-6246 Monday-Friday 7 a.m.-3:30 p.m.


    Padres, si necesita una carta de elegibilidad gratuita y reducida de su hijo, el Departamento de Alimentos y Nutrición puede ayudarlo.

    Si desea que le enviemos una copia por correo electrónico, envíe un correo electrónico a Claudia Reyes a creyes@gesd40.org.

    Si desea recoger una copia, comuníquese con Shannon Gleave al (623) 237-6244 o Regina Logan al (623) 237-6246 de lunes a viernes de 7 a.m. a 3:30 p.m.

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  • GESD students have free access to World Book Online

    Posted by Jim Cummings on 4/9/2020

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    Great news! The Glendale Elementary school district has a subscription to World Book Online! This means you have FREE access from home or on the go with any internet-connected device!

    What is World Book Online?

    A safe, trusted learning environment for Glendale Elementary students, families and educators. Read stories, articles, books, current events. Complete activities and web quests. Play educational games. Find reliable information for papers and projects. Look up answers for assignments.

    Three different levels: Kids, Student, Advanced

    Use the “tools” tab in the upper right corner to translate the text to many different languages, or use the read-aloud option to have some articles read to you.

    Access through your device:  worldbookonline.com    

    log-in:  gesdworldbook   password: GESD40 (all caps)

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