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Phone: 480-484-3800
Fax: 480-484-3801
Office Hours: 8:00am - 3:30pm
School Hours: 8:45am - 3:15pm
Yavapai Elementary School
701 N. Miller Road
Scottsdale, AZ 85257     
Nancy Hudson, Principal
Dr. David Priniski, Assistant Principal
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SUSD to Host PBIS Film Festival

The Scottsdale Unified School District (SUSD) will host a Positive Behavior Intervention Supports (PBIS) Film Festival from 5-7 p.m. on April 30 at Coronado High School, 7501 E. Virginia Ave. Scottsdale 85257. See PBIS Film Festival

Superintendent Dr. David J. Peterson's April Letter
This is a busy time of year for all at Scottsdale Unified School District (SUSD), and it’s hard to believe that we only have eight weeks left in the school year. We still have a lot of work ahead of us. As I write this, we are in the middle of AIMS testing. Our teachers have done a great job and our students are well prepared! During this school year, we have had many student and staff accomplishments of which we are extremely proud. See April Letter
Yavapai Elementary School - Home of the Thunderbirds
On April 11, 2014 the Governing Board voted unanimously to adopt a modified schedule for K-5 elementary schools that includes a Wednesday early release. This decision was made after the following data was provided to the Board:
•           15 out of 19 elementary school principals preferred the early release Wednesday to a shortened schedule (9 am- 3:10 pm) every day.
•           With a 60% response rate of all elementary teachers in K-5 schools, 71% (263) of teachers prefer the early release Wednesday option.
•           Of the 74 parent group leaders who responded, 44% prefer the early release Wednesday option while 56% prefer the shortened day option.
This decision is to accommodate the loss of half of the specials (art, music, PE)  in elementary schools to help absorb the reduction of the M & O override.  Next year the early release time will be at 1:00pm. 
The K-5 elementary school schedule for 2014-2015 school year protects the integrity of instructional time for Language Arts, math, science, and social studies while at the same time accounting for the impact of lost teacher planning time through the reduction of elementary specials. 
Dave McNeil, Ed.D.
Executive Director of Elementary Schools and Assessment
Scottsdale Unified School District
3811 N. 44th Street
Phoenix, Az 85018
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Campus Tour
Yavapai Elementary School offers school tours to perspective families. Please call the office at 480-484-3800 to arrange your tour.
Student Readiness and Math Placement
SUSD Families of Students in Grades 5, 6 and 7:

In an effort to ensure the most appropriate placement in math for your student next year, all 5th, 6th and 7th grade students in SUSD will take a diagnostic placement test in April.  The results of this test will be used as one indicator to recommend the most appropriate math course for your child next year.

The diagnostic assessments are short, 30-question multiple choice tests that students should be able to complete, as best they can, in one class period.  The tests are aptitude tests, designed to test a student's readiness for concepts beyond the next course in the math sequence.  By using the tests as one of the main indicators to recommend math placement the following year, we are identifying students who are indeed ready for more complex concepts and not just those who have demonstrated their understanding of current grade level math standards.

Please inform your child that this short test is just one tool we use to recommend appropriate math courses for next year.  Other indicators include teachers' assessments of work habits, as well as previous benchmark and AIMS results.  Together, these indicators are totaled in a matrix, and the resulting, combined scores within the matrix are used to indicate the most appropriate math course to ensure your students' success next year.  This summer, you can expect to receive a letter to indicate the placement for your child in math for the 2014-2015 school year.  Students' schedules will reflect these thoughtful recommendations in the fall.

With the transition to the Arizona College and Career Ready Standards, we know that students are more successful in mathematics if they have a solid understanding of the standards in all math course prerequisites.  Thus, decisions about recommending acceleration in math courses at the middle level are made cautiously, very thoughtfully, and in the best interest of the students.  It is important to note that the rigor expected in the Arizona College and Career Ready Standards for mathematics and the instructional materials in all K-8 math classes promote a deeper understanding of math for all of our students, regardless of which math class they take next year.  (While we do have opportunities for remediation and enrichment in math, we do not have advanced courses at the middle level in math.  All math courses in grades 6-8 are rigorous, with support systems in place for students who might be struggling.)

It is important that parents and students understand that we intend to assess students' performance using a similar process each spring in grades 5, 6 and 7 to identify students who may benefit from acceleration in math the following year.  We recognize that students progress and mature at their own pace.  Testing each spring allows us to identify students demonstration readiness to accelerate at any time during middle school, promoting rigorous learning opportunities for all students.

For more information about student readiness indicators and math placement processes at the middle level in SUSD, please check out the FAQ for parents in the Digital Backpack, on the SUSD website.

Thank you for your continued support.

Dr. Andi Fourlis
Asst. Superintendent of Teaching and Learning, SUSD
Early Release
Wednesday, May 7, 2014 at 12:15 PM - Professional Development
Friday, May 23, 2014 - Last Day of School
When to send your child to school after an illness
Arizona is seeing a huge increase in Influenza and other viruses. Here are the guidelines to follow before returning to school:
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People with Influenza may be able to infect others from 1 day prior to onset of illness to 5-7 days afterwards. No student with an Influenza diagnosis should return to school with symptoms: headache, chills, excessive coughing, body aches, etc.
Fever: Please keep your child home from school with a fever 100* or greater. Students may return to school with a temperature less than 100* (without the use of Ibuprofen or Tylenol)--only if the child is fever-free for 24 hours.
Vomiting: Students should not return to school for 24 hours after last episode of vomiting. Episodes of vomiting without fever can be due to virus and may still be contagious to classmates.

Please indicate specific illness or diagnosis on the attendance line if your child is home sick. It helps to watch classroom trends. If your child is sent home from school during the school day with a fever and vomiting, to adhere to 24 hours fever or vomiting-free, teachers should not expect to see that student back in class the next school day. Teach your child to: Cover their cough with the inside of their elbow, wash hands frequently, especially before eating!
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