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School News

Hello Mustang Families!

As we wind down from Quarter 1, I want to take the time to say THANK YOU to our amazing PTO and Mustang Families for all of the support given to our students and staff! Having the support of our families is so important and we couldn't do what we do without YOU!! As you know, this week we have parent/teacher conferences. I strongly encourage you to find a time to talk to your student's teachers. It's a great opportunity to hear about your student's strengths and areas to work on. We LOVE meeting with our Mustang Families.

On Tuesday, Buckeye Officer Vargas, our SRO (school resource officer) will be spending time with our students to discuss a variety of risky behaviors. Some of the topics he'll be covering are threats/intimidation, bullying, sexting, social media risks, vaping/drugs and assaults. We would like to invite any parents who would like to attend to join us . 7th grade will be from 9:10-10:00, 8th grade from 10:00-10:50, and 6th grade from 10:55-11:40. We will also be hosting a parent information night on the dangers of sexting and social media on Oct 16th from 5:00-6:30 in our Media Center

VMS SAFETY

Dear Mustang Families,

Student and staff safety is a top priority at Verrado Middle School. We actively cultivate strong relationships with our law enforcement and first responder partners, routinely practice evacuation and fire drills, and promote social emotional learning every day so that all Mustangs feel safe and secure at school. I am writing to update you about some recent upgrades to our safety procedures.

VISITOR CHECK IN/OUT - Upon the recommendation of our law enforcement partners, guests seeking access to our campus are required to check-in at the front office and exchange identification for a visitor badge. To exit the campus, guests are required to check-out at the front office and retrieve their identification.

LOCKED CLASSROOMS - Every classroom door is locked throughout the school day. The media center, cafeteria, gymnasium, and all other doors have limited access, as well. Students have already adapted well to this recent safety upgrade.

REPORT SAFETY CONCERNS - Communication is a two-way process and we are encouraging everyone in our school to communicate any safety concerns. If you see or hear any potentially unsafe situations, including bullying or harassment, please use the SafeSchools Alert at lesd-az.safeschoolsalert.com (website), 1012@alert1.us (email), or 623-207-1768 (text or call).Anonymous tips are welcome.

Thank you for entrusting us with your child’s safety and education. We are honored to partner with you in helping your child succeed at school and in life.

 

Upcoming Events....

10/2-4~Parent Teacher Conferences-Early Release-students dismissed at 2pm

10/7-11~FALL BREAK!!

10/16~Picture Retakes

10/16~Technology and Explicit Material Parent Info Night @ 5pm-VMS Media Center

10/17~Gifted Student/Parent Night @ LES~6-8pm

10/18~Boxtop Contest ends

10/19~Love Our Schools Day from 8am-10am

10/21~PTO Meeting @ 4:30pm-VMS Media Center

10/22~Principal's Academic Recognition Celebration @ 9:10-cafe

10/24~7th Gr Field Trip

10/25~Early Release-students dismissed at 2pm

10/31~Backfit Staff Massages (thank you, PTO!)

11/5~Veterans Day Choir Concert @ 6:30pm

11/7~Team Day/KONA Ice

11/8~Early Release-Site

11/11~Veterans Day -no school-THANK YOU TO OUR ACTIVE AND RETIRED MILITARY!

11/13~Paraprofessional Appreciation Day

11/14~VMS Holiday Feast-Please join your student(s)

11/15~Fall Festival (4-8pm)

11/18~PTO Meeting @ 4:30-VMS Media Center

11/21~Backfit Staff Massages (Thank You PTO!)

11/25~8th Gr Field Trip to Wildlife World Zoo

11/27-29~Thanksgiving Holiday Break

 

PTO Meetings

Part of providing an engaging and supportive environment for your students is having a strong parent organization. We are extremely fortunate to have an amazing group of families in our VMS PTO.  If you haven't taken advantage of joining this dedicated group of people, I strongly encourage you to reach out to them via email at verradoparentorg@gmail.com.

Please join us at the PTO meetings for the 2019-20 school year. All meetings are from 4:30-5:30 in the VMS media center. Children are welcome to attend. Upcoming meetings:  9/16, 10/21, 11/18, 12/16, 1/13, 2/10, 3/23, 4/20, 5/18.
 

Want to Volunteer?
Volunteer Info on Website.
To learn more about our volunteer program, visit one of two places on our website:
1) Parent Resources - Volunteers
2) Community Relations Department - Volunteers
 

TEXT REMIND
Receive important information and reminders from Principal Williams.

6th Grade Families: Text the message @verr6 to the number 81010. If you're having trouble with 81010, try texting @verr6 to (321) 732-6392.
 

7th Grade Families:  Text the message @verr7 to the number 81010. If you're having trouble with 81010, try texting @verr7 to (321) 732-6392.
 

8th Grade Families:  Text the message @verr8 to the number 81010. If you're having trouble with 81010, try texting @verr8 to (321) 732-6392.

DROP OFF AND PICK UP ~ SAFETY REMINDERS

SUPERVISION HOURS

8:40am-4:00pm

Students may not remain on campus after 4pm (including the basketball courts) unless participating in a school sponsored activity.

 

PARENT DROP-OFF/PICK-UP LANE

Please pull completely forward to allow for maximum number cars to enter. Students are not allowed to cross the parking lot unattended.

 

COURT STREET

During afternoon dismissal, no student pick-up is allowed on Court Street. Please use the pick-up lane or park in the parking lot.

Sports Schedules are located on the Daily Announcements and on the Athletics Sub-pages.

Please feel free to contact me if you ever have any questions or concerns. 

 

Karen Williams
Principal

(623)547-1300

williams.k@lesd.k12.az.us