Introduction

Welcome, Estrella Vista STEM Academy families!

The 2019-2020 school year is proving to be another exciting year for teaching, learning, and community engagement. We are diligently working to improve school culture. Having the right environment to support student learning is essential. Our goal is to ensure every child has the opportunity to learn in a fair and equitable educational setting. We look forward to collaborating with all stakeholders to foster this expectation.

As a STEM Academy, we believe each child is a treasure with unique gifts, talents, and capabilities. We work collaboratively to discover and nurture those abilities through science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). We expect all students and staff members to be respectful, dedicated, hardworking, independent thinkers, and problem solvers. 

Estrella Vista promotes four core values, which include the following:

  • We are a trusted and established community committed to setting high standards in STEM with integrity and fidelity.
  • We believe in developing responsible global citizens.
  • We strive for every student, staff member, and community member to exhibit the utmost respect in all situations.
  • We believe in building a cooperative and positive team environment conducive to the highest level of STEM learning. 

We look forward to working with our families to support all students on campus. As a courtesy reminder, school opens at 8:27 a.m. and concludes at 3:35 p.m. After breakfast in the classroom, school begins promptly at 8:40 a.m. On early release Wednesdays, the start time remains the same, while our student release time is scheduled for 1:15 p.m.

Reminder

We would like to remind parents that school begins at 8:27 a.m. We consider students tardy starting at 8:40 a.m. We kindly ask all parents to help us by ensuring that all students are to school on time so they can participate in a full day of learning. Thank you for your support.

A MESSAGE FROM OUR PRINCIPAL

Dear Estrella Vista STEM Academy Families,

March and April are very important as we head into our new state testing AzM2, formerly AzMerit. Students in grades 3–8 will take this important test online this year to assess their level of proficiency on the Arizona College and Career Readiness Standards.   

Please visit the AzM2 webpage by the Arizona Department of Education for links to resources for parents, students, and sample tests. We are preparing our students to be successful on this new form of online testing. Below you will find some helpful tips to best prepare your child for success:

  1. Get a good night’s sleep. It is important to establish a set bedtime routine.
  2. Set a routine to complete homework by limiting television and video games. 
  3. Get involved. Ask your child’s teacher what you can do at home to help your child at school.
  4. Commit to regular and prompt attendance. Make sure your child is prepared to learn each and every day.
  5. Talk to your child about a growth mindset and how to persevere when things may be challenging.

Working together, I am confident that we will achieve greatness! It is important to praise your child, as testing can cause some students stress. Talk to your child to make sure they feel prepared and confident to do their best! 

Spring break will be the week of March 9–13, with school resuming March 16. Use this time to take your child to the library, visit a museum, and play board games. Enjoy quality time together!   

Congratulations to our Employee of the Month, fifth grade teacher, Ms. Vliek. Ms. Vliek supports our school in so many ways, from leading our MESA team after school, coaching our cheer girls, and supporting fellow teachers. Ms. Vliek seems to do it all! What we love most about her is her positive spirit that is contagious for all around her. Congratulations, Ms. Vliek. We love you! 

Please see our calendar for upcoming events. We would love to see more parents at our PTSA meetings, district events, and family nights.

      Sincerely,

      Nicole Durazo

      Nicole Durazo
      Principal
      Estrella Vista STEM Academy
      (623) 478.6205