• Challenger, Sine join Verizon Innovative Learning Program

    Posted by Jim Cummings on 3/5/2019

    Student using tablet

    The Glendale Elementary School District has joined Verizon Innovative Learning, the education initiative of the Verizon Foundation. In partnership with Digital Promise, Verizon Innovative Learning equips every student and teacher at select middle schools across America with a device and up to a four-year data plan. In addition to free technology and access, schools receive extensive teacher training and support, along with the opportunity to engage in powerful teaching and learning that leverages technology in and out of the classroom.

    The program, which launched in partnership with Digital Promise in 2012, has reached more than 86,000 students and nearly 6,000 teachers across 100 middle schools to date. At the start of the 2019 school year, Challenger Middle School and Melvin E. Sine Elementary School are among the 50 new schools joining Verizon Innovative Learning, bringing the program to 150 middle schools nationwide.

    In addition to free mobile devices and accompanying 4G LTE data plans, participating schools will be assigned a full-time technology coach from Digital Promise to train teachers in effectively integrating technology into their lessons. Over the course of the initiative, Verizon Innovative Learning will also provide the opportunity for students to leverage emerging technology such as augmented & virtual reality, artificial intelligence, 3D design and internet of things.

    “Our partnership with Verizon to integrate the most advanced academic tech into our schools creates infinite opportunity for students,” said Principal Tiffany Molina. “This influx of technology will ease the path for our learners to become leaders, and we cannot thank Verizon enough for their contribution to Glendale schools,” Principal DeAnza Baker.

    Students are seeing marked academic improvement as a result of the initiative.* To date, Verizon has invested $400 million in education efforts, has impacted one million students and will reach two million more by 2021.

    Verizon will be the first to bring 5G technology to the classroom in the third quarter of 2019. This commitment will help provide underserved middle school students with the skills needed to put them on the path to success in an increasingly technology-dependent economy. 

    * 53% are more engaged in school. Across all VIL programs that reported data in 2017.

    After two years, VILS students improved on standardized tests at rates higher than their peers - 3X for math and 2X for reading.

    Source: Westat March 15, 2017 Research - Verizon Innovative Learning Schools: Results of the Analysis of Student Administrative Data From Cohort 1 Schools (based on two years of data for 6th grade Cohort 1 schools that provided complete data)

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  • GESD will participate in Say Something Week February 25 - March 1

    Posted by Jim Cummings on 2/21/2019

    Say Something Logo

    The Glendale Elementary School District, in partnership with Sandy Hook Promise, is taking part in National Say Something Week Feb. 25 through March 1.

    Say Something teaches students how to look for warning signs, signals, and threats — especially on social media — from individuals who may want to hurt themselves or others and to “say something” to a trusted adult to get them help. The program is based on research conducted by Dr. Dewey Cornell and Dr. Reid Meloy, two leading national experts in threat assessment and intervention.

    When it comes to violence, suicide, and threats, most are known by at least one other individual before the incident takes place. In fact, 80 percent of school shooters told someone of their violent plan prior to the event. Additionally, seven out of 10 people who complete suicide told someone of their plans or gave some type of warning or indication. Say Something aims to teach students the signals to that tragedy can be averted.

    Say Something Week raises awareness and reinforces the power young people have to prevent tragedies, when they “say something” to a trusted adult to protect a friend from hurting themselves or others.

     Sandy Hook Promise is a national nonprofit organization led by several family members whose loved ones were killed in the tragic mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School.

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  • Governing Board elects new executives

    Posted by Jim Cummings on 1/31/2019

    Brenda Bartels and Sara Smith

    The Governing Board elected new executives at its first meeting in January. Sara Smith (above right) will serve as president, and Brenda Bartels (ablove left) will serve as clerk for the 2019 calendar year.

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  • We have w-i-n-n-e-r-s!

    Posted by Jim Cummings on 1/29/2019

    spelling bee winners

    Our annual Spelling Bee went more than 150 words deep last week, and in the end Melvin E. Sine seventh grader Letom Kpea was crowned the winner. Letom and our second, third and fourth place winners will represent the District at the Regional Spelling Bee on Feb. 15. From left: Governing Board Clerk Brenda Bartels, Spelling Bee winner Letom Kpea, third place winner Lilith Tanori (Sine), second place winner Hien Nguyen (Challenger), Superintendent Cindy Segotta-Jones and fourth place finisher Niraj Viju Sulaja (Challenger). #MosaicOfMinds

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  • GESD only Arizona District recognized as Model Professional Learning Community

    Posted by Jim Cummings on 1/29/2019

    Model PLC District

    The Glendale Elementary School District was recognized as a Model Professional Learning Community at Work by Solution Tree, one of only 200 school districts in the United States and Canada — and the only school district in Arizona — to receive this honor.

    GESD was recognized by Solution Tree for its sustained success in raising student achievement. The District’s successful implementation of Professional Learning Communities (PLCs) process was a major contributing factor in the improved achievement of its students over the last three years.

     Through the PLC process teachers work in collaborative teams to:

    • focus on learning;
    • build a collaborative culture; and
    • create a results orientation.

    “We’re honored to receive this recognition and feel we are on the right track to continued improvement,” said GESD Superintendent Cindy Segotta-Jones. “This recognition is due to the poignant and important work of our staff to assure all students learn at high levels. 

    PLC districts and schools are recognized on the allthingsplc.info web site, where they share implementation strategies and other information with other educators looking to improve their schools.

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  • Kindergarten, Dual Language registration underway

    Posted by Jim Cummings on 1/29/2019

    Dual language kindergarten

    Registration for kindergarten and for Glendale Elementary School District’s Dual Language Immersion Program (DLIP) in kindergarten and first grade for the 2019-2020 school year is underway. 

    Interested parents can register kindergarteners at 14 District schools: American, Bicentennial South, Glenn F. Burton, Coyote Ridge, Desert Garden, Desert Spirit, Discovery, Horizon, Isaac E. Imes, William C. Jack, Landmark, Melvin E. Sine, Harold W. Smith and Sunset Vista.

    To register parents need to bring the following materials:

    • Child must be 5-years old on or before Aug. 31, 2019
    • Parent/Legal Guardian Photo ID
    • Child’s original birth certificate (or original baptismal record, refugee card, passport)
    • Child’s Immunization Record
    • Proof of Residence (examples include: lease/rental agreement, escrow/mortgage document, utility bill listing name/address of parent guardian)

    Parents interested in enrolling their child in GESD’s DLIP should plan to attend one of two meetings in February:

    • Wednesday, Feb. 5 at 6 p.m. in the Panther Den at Horizon; or
    • Thursday, Feb. 6 at 6 p.m. in the cafeteria at William C. Jack.

    DLIP is open to kindergarten and first-grade students. Students residing within GESD boundaries as well as students residing outside-district boundaries can enroll in the program.

    For more information on the DLIP program watch this video. For registration information call 623-237-7171.

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  • Food distribution will continue through May

    Posted by Jim Cummings on 1/29/2019

    Peanut butter

    In partnership with St. Mary's Food Bank, there will be food distribution for Glendale residents will continue through December at the GESD District Office, 7301 N. 58th Ave., room 24.

    The GESD Food Pantry will distribute food on the second and fourth Wednesdays and Thursdays of each month from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The schedule through May is:

    • Feb. 13, 14, 27, 28
    • March 13, 14, 27, 28
    • April 10, 11, 24, 25
    • May 8, 9, 22, 23

    Food is free and is distributed on a first-come, first-served basis.

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  • GESD schools offer a full calendar of holiday performances

    Posted by Jim Cummings on 11/30/2018

    Holiday performance schedule

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  • District moves aggressively to provide 1-to-1 technology for students

    Posted by Jim Cummings on 11/27/2018


    Matching students with emerging technology is a critical part of student learning. Just over a year ago GESD’s Information Technology department launched a plan to make that happen, and because of that the District is helping to close the digital divide. You can see the steps the District has taken, and how it assists in the classroom, in this video.

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  • Voters approve both override and bond

    Posted by Jim Cummings on 11/27/2018


    Glendale Elementary School District voters approved both the District’s request to renew its override and  $35 million bond. Maricopa County has certified the results of the Nov. 6 election.

    The override  met the approval of 57 percent of voters. The override which funds such things as teacher salaries and benefits, full-day kindergarten, art, music and physical education, and classroom supplies. The bond won the approval of 52 percent of voters. Bond dollars will be used to correct structural deficiencies, make repairs, new construction, and safety and security improvement.

    In addition to the two financial questions, voters re-elected Brenda Bartels and Sara Smith to four-year terms on the Governing Board.

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