District News

COVID-19 Update (5-20-2020) Photo of Superintendent Gunning

LESD schools and offices are closed until further notice. Our website is your best resource for all district news about COVID-19.

Signs Help Student Transporter and Riders Stay Connected LESD Bus driver
Veteran's Day Celebrations lunch with Veterans

Patriotism is a point of pride in Litchfield Elementary School District

A Message from Superintendent Gunning Purple for Peyton Ballons Floating

Special thanks for your support this week.


It's Holiday Feast Time! holiday feast

Holiday Feast dates for each of the schools

Arizona School Superintendent Visits Verrado Middle School Kathy Hoffman visits Verrado Middle School

Verrado Middle School was visited by Kathy Hoffman, the Arizona Superintendent of Public Instruction.

Back to School - Important Information Girl balancing an apple on her head

Information on Registration, Back-to-School Supplies, Open House, School times, etc.

Back to School Supply Lists picture of backpacks

Finding your back-to-school supply list

Palm Valley Elementary will be Open on Thursday Palm Valley School

Palm Valley School to reopen on Thursday, Sept 27th.

Palm Valley Elementary School Closed on 9-26-18 Palm Valley Elementary School

Power outage causes electrical damage

Tax Credit Web Notification Kids playing sports

Proposed fees to be charged for Extra-Curricular Activities

Promotions and Milestones last Day of school picture with 2 students

Kindergarten, Fifth Grade, and Eight Grade Promotions

Two Verrado Schools receive "A+ School of Excellence" Recognition VES and VMS selected as A+ Schools of Excellence

Congratulations to both Verrado Elementary and Verrado Middle for being selected as A+ Schools of Excellence!

Message from the Superintendent Jodi Gunning
Special Needs Safety Event Be Safe Movie Screening Activity
Governing Board Vacancy LESD Governing Board Vacancy
Winter Break Office Hours holiday office hours
Machelle Enright wins Lifechanger of the Year Award Kids
Artwork Displayed at Department of Education Art Displayed at ADE

Congratulations to VHES 6th grader, Patrick Murphy, for having his art displayed at the Arizona Department of Education in honor of Young Artist Month.

2019 Tax Credit Deadline is April 15, 2020 playing basketball

Make your 2019 Tax Credit contribution by April 15, 2020.

20th Annual Nutrition and Wellness Fair March 4th Food Fair

Join us for the 20th Annual Nutrition and Wellness Fair at Wigwam Creek Middle School from 3:30 - 5:30 PM!

Kinder Experience is Wednesday, February 19, at 5:00 PM Smiling Boy in Library Pictured on Kinder Experience Postcard

All incoming kindergarten families are invited to tour our elementary campuses and meet our A+ staff!

Buckeye Police Department Searching for Missing Sisters Missing VHES Students

Please call police with any information on the whereabouts of these two students.

Love Our Schools Day is Saturday, October 19 Happy boy jumping

Save the date for a fun morning of teamwork and campus clean up!

LESD Proposed Budget and Meeting Notice - July 9th Teacher with math problem

FY2019 Proposed Budget Summary & Meeting Notice

New School Meal Payment System Begins May 1 Kids Teacher at Lunch

Introducing TITAN School Solutions (to replace MySchoolBucks)

Job Fair Job Fair

Litchfield Elementary School District Job Fair on March 30, 2019. Teachers and Support Positions available.



Preschool Lottery Open until March 1st Young students looking at a book

Registration for the Preschool Lottery is available until Friday, March 31st, at 3:30 PM

Strategic Planning Parent Satisfaction Survey Parent Survey

Please take a moment to fill out the Parent Satisfaction Survey. The link to the survey is provided in this news article.

Kinder Experience - February 20th picture of kinder kids

Kinder experience for all new incoming kindergarteners and their parents on Wednesday, February 20th.

APS Grant Recipients APS Grant Recipient

APS awards $500 Grants to several LESD teachers.

Help us Name School 16! School 16 land

News about School 16.

Open House Dates and Times Elementary students excited for open house

Open House Dates and Times for Each School

REMINDER: School Starts Monday, August 6th
Please register your child to ensure that they can start school on the first day.

Register Now for Extended Day for the 2018-2019 School Year Extended Day

Registration is open for Extended Day, our LESD before and after school program. If you register by July 6th, you are guaranteed a spot at the beginning of the school year. These programs fill up quickly.

2018 District PRIDE Award Recipients District Pride Awards

The District Pride Awards are presented each year to people from each school and department who go above and beyond in all that they do. These awards are sponsored by the Litchfield Elementary School Dsitrict Foundation.

Guest Teacher Job Fair 3/6/18 kids in classroom
Kinder Experience Kinder experience
Job Fair for Bus Drivers and Bus Monitors Job Fair - Bus Drivers needed
Immunization Information from ADHS

Provider Guidance for Immunizations During Pandemic

2019 Fiesta Bowl "Wishes for Teachers" Grant Recipients Fiesta Bowl Wishes for Teachers

Several of our teachers received a $5,000 grant for their classroom wishes.


Coffee with a Cop Coffee with a Cop

LESD Leaders Build Relationships at "Coffee with a Cop"

Register Now for the 2019-2020 School Year! child learning with colored dice

We encourage you to enroll kindergartners and other new students now to avoid crowds later in the summer. 

Winter Break District Offices Schedule LESD District Office
LTH Girls Varsity Volleyball Team takes 2nd place LTH Girls varsity Volleyball team fall 2018

Congratulations to the L. Thomas Heck Girls Volleyball Team!

Westside Impact Teachers of the Year Westside Impact Teacher of the Year

Teachers of the Year are chosen by their schools for their outstanding impact on students.

Middle School Honors Applications MS Honors
LESD Job Fair on February 3rd Job Fair 2018
K-8 Supplemental Work Packets (3-25-2020) Reading

Access grade-level specific activities for your students during the school closure due to COVID-19.

Donation for Sporting Equipment check for $5,000 for LTH

Dick's Sporting Goods donated $5,000 to L. Thomas Heck Middle School for new sporting equipment.

Kindness Books Donated by The Honey Foundation Child reading

The Honey Foundation, which promotes kindness, is donating books to students at Litchfield Elementary School.

Emails removed from website to enhance LESD’s cyber security teacher talking to parent

"Contact Us" features have been added to LESD website to ensure electronic access to teachers and staff.

Kiwanis Donates Music Supplies kiwanis Music Donations to RSF

RSF receives music books and reeds from the Kiwanis Club.

Odyssey of the Mind Team takes 2nd Place Odyssey of the Mind Western Sky Team

Western Sky's Odyssey of the Mind team wins 2nd place at the State Tournament.

Summer Camp at Verrado Elementary children playing

Register for summer camp at Verrado Elementary School.  June 3 through June 28.

Open Enrollment Notifications Open Enrollment - teacher with students

Applications received after March 15, 2019 will not be processed until after June 1st.

LESD Strategic Plan Community Input students in a planning huddle

Town Halls March 27th and 28th.
Opportunity for Community to Review LESD's Draft Strategic Plan and Provide Input Online.

Bus Routes Available Online Kids riding bus
New Students! register now for next school year

Register NOW for the 2018-2019 School Year!
New students must register before 10AM on Friday, August 3rd, in order to be able to start school on the first day of school, which is on Monday, August 6th.

Traditional Academy Applications 2018-2019 LESD Traditional Academy
Meeting to Revise the Fiscal Year 2018 Budget School Budget Revision Meeting
We Love our Volunteers! volunteer helping student

We love and need volunteers!

Summer Meal Program Summer Feeding Sandwich Board

Litchfield District serves up meals and fun during summer break-- May 28 to July 13, 2019.

Remembering Caren Walker Caren Walker 1958-2018

It is with the heaviest of hearts that we announce the passing of a most beloved member of our Litchfield family.

Governing Board Elections 2018 picture of voting place

Get to know your Governing Board candidates

Now Enrolling New Students for the 2019-2020 School Year happy kids with teacher

Enrollment for the 2019/202 School Year is now open. We encourage you to enroll kindergartners and other new students now to avoid crowds later in the summer. 

Open Enrollment is also available to request attendance at a school outside your boundary area for the 2019-2020 school year. New school boundaries have been approved by the Governing Board. 

Donated Backpacks Cutrano Az Troop Run donating backpacks

400 backpacks with supplies donated

AzMERIT 2018 Results Student Working on Computer

Student AzMERIT Reports will be sent home on Sept. 6th.

No Cost Summer Feeding Program Fruit Bar

Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner at No Cost for Any Child age 18 and under at the listed locations and times.

Kindergarten Jump Start Summer School Kinder Jump Start

Kindergarten Jump Start Summer School

This summer we are excited to offer our Kindergarten Jump Start Summer School Program. This program is offered to registered Kindergarteners that will be attending one of our elementary schools for the 2018/19 school year. There is no charge for this summer program!

2018-2019 School Year Calendar Revisions Revised School Year Calendar
Nurturing Parents Raise Great Kids Weekly Workshops Nurturing Parents
New Legacy Bricks Available Legacy Bricks on Centennial Walkway
Backpack and Supplies Donations Donated backpacks

Thank you to Cutrano AZ Troop Run, Inc for donating 300 backpacks with school supplies!

District Math Challenge RSF Math Challenge Students

The District Math Challenge brings together each School's Math Winners for fierce and fun competition.

Kinder Parent 101 excited child

Special learning opportunity for incoming kindergarten parents

Middle School Traditional Academy Applications Student presenting at white board

Information about the Traditional Academy for Middle School

American Dream Academy Parent Training ADA training

How to Help Your Child Achieve the American Dream!

David Schwake Retires David Schwake retires

Food Services Director Retires

Lunch Money Refund Requests LESD Students eating lunch





2018 District Spelling Bee Spelling Bee Winners
Applications for Open Enrollment for the 2018 - 2019 School Year now being Accepted Students enjoying learning
PebbleCreek Resident Devotes Herself to Students LES volunteer

Miss G is a retired teacher who volunteers time and talent in support of Litchfield Elementary School.

Now Enrolling for the 2020-2021 School Year Kids with Backpacks

Open Enrollment Applications for the 2020/2021 School Year are now being accepted. Priority deadline for submitting an application is March 15, 2020.

New School Principals and Director new principals

Introducing our new school Principals and Director

Principal Sarah Lewis receives the 2019 Distinquished Administrator Award Sarah Lewis and Jodi Gunning

The Arizona School Administrators Association announces the 2019 Distinguished Administrator Award Recipient

Westside Impact Teachers of the Year Westside Impact Teachers of the Year 2019

The 2019 Westside Impact Teachers of the Year from each our LESD schools.

Cold and Flu Season Child sneezing

Cold and Flu Season is Upon Us
To prevent colds and flu in our school family, we recommend that your student stay home if experiencing cold and flu symptoms. 

Tax Credit Contributions Support Student Athletics LTH Girls varsity Volleyball team fall 2018

Please consider a Tax Credit Donation to support student athletics

School 16 Named - Belen Soto Elementary School picture of Courtney Frasier, Belen Soto, and Jodi Gunning

School 16 is now named Belen Soto Elementary

Welcome to the New Litchfield Elementary School District Website! Launch of the new LESD wesbsite
New Guest Teacher Application Process New Teachers 2017

Do you want to be part of Litchfield Elementary School District, choose your work days, and earn some extra money?


Do We Have Your Current Contact Information? EMS

Update your records to ensure LESD can contact you in case of an emergency.

Winter Break Office Hours Holiday Office Hours

Holiday District Office and School Hours

Holiday Feast Lunches family eating school feast

Holiday Feast lunch schedule

AZ D-backs Most Valuable Teacher Awards Crista Lair Diamondbacks Most Valuable Teacher Award

Three LESD teachers receive Most Valuable Teachers Awards at Arizona Diamondbacks games.

No-Cost Parent Training - Conscious Discipline Teacher working with student

Monthly Parent Training sessions about Conscious Discipline - a comprehensive, self-regulation program that integrates social emotional learning, school culture, and discipline.

Mission Believe Mission Believe

Mission Believe

Our Family - Strong and Connected

Raceway Elks Presents Winners of Hoop Shoot 2020 Hoop Shoot 2020 Winners
Now Hiring Guest Teachers job fair

Our "A" rated Litchfield Elementary School District has an immediate need for Guest Teachers.

Blake's Birthday Blessings Blakes Birthday Blessings

Blake, a Corte Sierra Elementary School 4th Grader, gives back to his community.

Overwhelming Community Support for our "A" Rated District students making treat bags

Examples of community support for Litchfield Elementary School District are abundant

District Spelling Bee 2019 District Spelling Bee 2019 Winners and Judges

District Spelling Bee held with Representatives from each School in the LESD District

Cornerstone Ceremony for Belen Soto School Belen Soto School Cornerstone

Pictures and information from the Belen Soto Elementary School Cornerstone Ceremony

Elks District Hoop Shoot Competition Elks Hoop Shoot Winners

LESD Student Winners in the 2019 Elks District Hoop Shoot Competition

Three LESD Governing Board Terms Begin Janaury 2019 Zuidema, Moran, Weathersby

Meet our new Governing Board members.

Volunteers are Crucial to Our Success Mrs. Belen Soto with Kindergarteners

Enthusiastic volunteers are an important part of Litchfield Elementary School District's vibrant and engaging culture