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In Memory of Ruth J. Powell


Ruth J. Powell, a long-time resident of Safford, former teacher at Lafe Nelson School, and namesake for Ruth Powell School, entered into rest early Friday morning, February 9, 2018, at the Mt. Graham Regional Medical Center surrounded in love by her family. She was 96.

Funeral services for Mrs. Powell will be conducted Saturday afternoon, February 17, 2018, at 1:00 p.m., at the First United Methodist Church in Safford. Concluding services will follow in the Safford Cemetery.

The family will receive friends Friday evening, February 16, 2018, from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m., at the Vining Funeral Home and Saturday from 12:30 p.m. until service time at 1:00 p.m., at the First United Methodist Church in Safford.

The family suggests donations to the First United Methodist Church Scholarship Foundation, the Mount Graham Regional Medical Center Auxiliary Ruth Powell Memorial or the Safford School District Ruth Jansen Powell Scholarship Fund.

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Welcome to 2018!


January 17, 2018--It is always exciting to celebrate a new year. This is a time when many of us set goals, make New Year resolutions, or simply look forward to something better. Safford Schools also has many exciting happenings on the horizon and would like to share these with you.

You may be aware that we are striving to become TBSDIA (The Best School District In Arizona). We realize that we cannot achieve that goal on our own - it will take all of us: students, parents, community, and schools working together to become the best. We know that the road may be difficult, but anything worth doing right takes effort. We invite you to join us and be part of the change: get involved in school events, attend concerts, sporting events, and parent-teacher conferences; talk to teachers and staff; ask students what they are doing to help make a difference; and finally be Proud to be a BULLDOG! If we all strive to be the best we can be and help make a positive change we will see great things take place. Thank YOU for being part of our TEAM!

District and Campus Updates

There is a lot going on with improvements for many of our school district facilities. Here is an update of what is happening:

Bond Improvements:

Center for the ARTS:
Thanks to voters in the Safford School District boundaries, the Bond passed and one of the items on the list was an addition of two classrooms, changing rooms, and storage to the back of the CFA. Groundbreaking will begin soon with a scheduled completion date of August 2018.

Safford High School:
Work on both the boys’ and girls’ locker rooms is almost complete. As a result of the hailstorm and flooding of October 2016, it was discovered that the roof above the boys’ and girls’ locker rooms had significant issues and was deemed not structurally sound. The roofing repairs were taken care of by the Arizona School Facilities Board, and inside remodeling is being paid for from Bond money. Once again, thank you to our voters for their support of the Bond! Anticipated completion date is Mid-February.

Security Cameras:
As one of the items mentioned in the Bond, security cameras are currently being installed. These cameras will be on all campuses.

New Busses and Shuttles:
Also from Bond funds SUSD has been able to purchase new and slightly used busses as well as new shuttles. The bus fleet is now in compliance with updated guidelines.

Technology:
Another item listed on the Bond was to improve technology for students and teachers. As a result, each classroom now has a Promethean Display which allows for improved instruction and student interaction. If you haven’t seen these displays in action we invite you to check with your school and see a demonstration!

School Facilities Board (SFB) Update:


The Arizona School Facilities Board is a state run agency that assists school districts with deficiencies and assists schools with older facilities to be in compliance with standards and regulations set by the State. Below are some projects they are assisting SUSD with:

Drainage:
Approval has been given by the Arizona School Facilities Board (SFB) to begin evaluation and execution of a district wide drainage plan. Within the next two months earthwork will be conducted and proper drainage will be implemented.

School Improvements:
In process by the SFB is approval to repaint three of our schools.
Also, an assessment has been approved for the evaluation of the entire Dorothy Stinson Campus and reports are forthcoming.

Electrical improvements:
Approval has been granted from SFB to make electrical improvements at Safford Middle School.

As you can see, there is a lot happening at Safford Schools. We are doing what we can to make this the best place for our students and staff so we can provide the best possible education for our young people! Thank you for your help and support!

Ken VanWinkle
Superintendent


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College Campus Tour - University of Arizona!

10th Graders - GEAR UP is planning a College Campus Tour to the UofA on Friday February 16th. If you are interested pick up a permission slip from Ms. Wack in the GEAR UP room 107.

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Welcome To Safford Schools!

We are happy to have you at Safford Schools! Below is information to help make a smooth transition for your child into a new school.

If you have a student new to the District in Grades K-6, please contact Miss Lesley Huffenberger at the District Office at (928) 348-7025 or lhuffenberger@saffordusd.com. Or you may come to the District Office at 734 W. 11th Street between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. to complete the form that will place your child's name on the list for the 2017-18 school year. Students are placed at the school which has the fewest in that grade.

The secretaries at the school assign the teacher according to the fewest number of students in the class. The secretaries also provide parents with information regarding lunches, buses, etc.

When enrolling, students new to the District must bring please bring the following documents with you.

• Original birth certificate (not hospital copy)
• Immunization record.

Additionally, proof of residency by the parent(s) or guardian(s) must be provided in the form of one (1) of the following documents, which bear the parent or legal guardian’s full name and residential address or physical description of the property where the student resides (no P.O. boxes):
• Valid Arizona driver’s license, Arizona identification card
• Valid Arizona motor vehicle registration
• Valid United States passport
• Property deed
• Mortgage documents
• Property tax bill
• Rental agreement or lease (including Section 8 agreement)
• Utility bill (water, electric, gas, cable, phone)
• Bank or credit card statement
• W-2 wage statement
• Payroll stub
• Certificate of tribal enrollment or other identification issued by a recognized
Indian tribe
• Other documentation from a state, tribal, or federal agency (Social Security
Administration, Veterans’ Administration, Arizona Department of Economic
Security, etc.)

The school will provide a form for the parent to sign, requesting records from the previous District.

Three and four-year-olds with special needs may request screening for preschool. For more information please call Mr. Frank Gutierrez at 928-348-7045.

The daily schedule for each school is as follows:

Dorothy Stinson School starts at 8:00 a.m. and ends at 2:00 p.m.

Lafe Nelson School starts at 8:10 a.m. and ends at 2:10 p.m.

Ruth Powell School starts at 8:15 a.m. and ends at 2:15 p.m.

Safford Middle School starts at 7:40 a.m. and ends at 2:58 p.m.

Safford High School starts at 7:30 a.m. and ends at 3:10 p.m.

Mt. Graham High School starts at 8:00 a.m. and ends at 3:00 p.m.

Students in Grades 7-8 will register for school at the Safford Middle School office at 612 11th Street. Please Safford Middle School web page for registration information.

New High School students, Grades 9-12, need to meet with a counselor before enrolling at Safford High School. The principal at our alternative high school, Mt. Graham High School, meets with students prior to enrolling. Please see Safford High School and Mt. Graham High School web pages for registration information.

Students residing outside District boundaries, wishing to attend Safford Schools, must submit an open enrollment application. Applications are available at the District Office or at this website under "Downloads" at the top of the page in the section titled "Enrolling Students." If you have any questions, please contact Miss Lesley Huffenberger (928) 348-7025 or lhuffenberger@saffordusd.com.


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Thank You for Choosing Us!

Public schools were and are at the cornerstone of American values and history, and are an investment in strong communities and a strong America. We understand that today’s parents have a choice and we thank the families of our students for choosing Safford School District.

Thanks again!

Ken VanWinkle, Superintendent
And the Super Staff of Safford Schools


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Updated 2017-18 School Calendar

The 2017-18 School Calendar was approved by the Governing Board at the February Board meeting.

Dates for Parent/Teacher Conferences for the three K-6 schools have been set for October 20 & 27, 2017 and March 23 through 29, 2018. The calendar has been revised to reflect those dates.

Click here to see the SUSD Calendar.

School events can be viewed on each school's website by clicking on the calendar button once you navigate to each school's website. You can also subscribe to any of the calendars from the calendar page.

SUSD Calendar


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Governor Doug Ducey Visits Safford High School & Lafe Nelson School!

Governor Doug Ducey visited Safford High School on August 28, 2017 as part of his 3rd Annual Back to School Tour. Governor Ducey's visit kicked off with a schoolwide assembly. Following the assembly, Governor Ducey toured the school's CTE programs, including: Culinary Arts, FFA, and Auto shop. Following his tour, the Governor met with students and staff in Biology and ended his visit by visiting with Link Crew students and Student Council .

The Governor also made a stop at Lafe Nelson Elementary School where he looked at some of the repairs made to the roofing systems, presented Mrs. Treisa Taylor's kindergarten class with a prize for winning the school's weekly "home run" contest, read to Mrs. Higgins' first grade class, and finished up going through the "spirit line" of students giving them high fives as he passed by.


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Improving Communication for Nurses and Parents

Safford Unified School District (with the exception of RPS) is excited to announce our migration to CareDox.com, a new communication tool for our parents and nurses. With this new tool, nurses can notify parents when their children visit the nurse’s office, and parents can provide the nurse with accurate student medical information. All information is stored securely and is HIPAA and FERPA compliant.

To start this process, WE NEED YOUR HELP! You received an email directly from CareDox.com with a personalized link to complete your child’s record. Please make time to complete the request. If you did not receive an email link, you can log into your PowerSchool Parent Portal and click on the CareDox link in the left-side menu. Or, you can also go to CareDox.com and select “Log In” then “Haven’t Signed Up? Register Here.” If you don’t have computer access, you can sign up by visiting your child’s school office.

The benefits of CareDox.com include:
--Streamlined medical information sharing between parent and nurse.
--Real-time notifications when your child visits the nurse's office.
--Accurate and portable vital information for daily and emergency use.
--Fill out your child's health profile ONCE, and update any changes each year, ensuring it is always up-to-date.
--Notifications when your child’s medicines dispensed at school are low and need refills.
--Peace of mind the school is fully aware of all of your child’s medical conditions.

Safford Unified School District's top priority is student safety and CareDox.com helps us ensure an efficient, streamlined means for coordinating the care of your child.


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Consider Teaching for SUSD

Safford Unified School District provides the following for teachers new to the district:

--Recruitment Stipend
--Mentor Teacher for a Full Year
--Induction Program
--Competitive Salary
--Teacher Incentive Program
--Medical Benefits
--301 Pay-for-Performance
--Collaborative Colleagues

Please consider making SUSD your professional home. Use the link to apply online.

Click here to be redirected to the link mentioned above.


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FIVE DAY MODIFIED SCHEDULE FOR 2017-18 SCHOOL YEAR

Please see Safford High School's page for information regarding five day modified schedule.

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Children and Youth Website Launch

The Graham County Health Department would like to introduce you to the new website for parents, youth, caregivers, grandparents, teachers, administrators, counselors, healthcare professionals and everyone who comes in contact with “Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs”. This website is very comprehensive and contains resources for everyone to access. After reviewing the site, there is a questionnaire at the bottom that you can make comments on. We will leave this questionnaire up for a few weeks. Please feel free to comment.

The Arizona Department of Health Services uses the Maternal and Child Health Bureau’s definition of Children with Special Health Care Needs as:

“Children up to age 21, who have or are at risk for a chronic physical, developmental, behavioral, emotional or potentially disabling condition and who also require health and related services of a type or amount beyond that required by children generally.”

Please access the website with the link below or through the Graham County Website.

This website was created and made available from funding provided by State of Arizona Department of Health Services, Healthy People, Healthy Communities, Health in Arizona Policy Initiative.

Laura Rogers
Health Programs Coordinator, Health in Arizona Policy Initiative (HAPI)
Graham County Health Department
820 West Main Street, Safford, AZ 85546
Office: 928-792-5368
FAX: 928-428-8869
LRogers@graham.az.gov

Click here to be redirected to the link mentioned above.


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Declaration of SUSD Administration and GRIT Mission Statement

Link to video of Monday's Community Meeting



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Social Media and Cyberbullying

UPDATED 11/8/17

First, I want to thank the Safford Police Department for their very thorough, professional, and efficient investigation during these very trying and difficult two and a half weeks. We had complete confidence in the Police Department and in those conducting this investigation. There have been things known and discovered that could not be shared until everything was finalized. We, as a school cannot and will not interfere with a police investigation. We also want people to know that we cannot and will not release names of students nor discipline administered to them.

Safford Unified School District would like to express our sincere and heartfelt thanks to the many kind and thoughtful people in this community for support, encouragement, kind words and actions, and FOOD! It means more to us than you will ever know… Thank you!

I would personally like to thank the following people: .
District Level Administration, Safford High School Administration, and School Resource Officer for their tireless efforts, sleepless nights, and love for our students.
The entire staff at Safford High School for being the good people they are and for hanging together.
Safford High School students who reported concerns and gave support.

This has been a very difficult time for many of us who have had our names and our schools blasted on Social Media, particularly Facebook, because we were not giving out information to which some people thought they should have access. It is not easy knowing this kind of stuff is being spread on a “Blast” page, but doing the right thing, even when it may not be popular is still and will always be the right thing.

It is disappointing that some people, including adults, chose to release names of individuals, even going as far as threatening them in an attempt to smear the names of some children. Hateful, accusatory, inflammatory, and just plain mean things were posted or said by people with a blatant disregard of factual information. Many people chose to believe what was posted and then chose to add more fuel to the fire. The use and misuse of social media especially the “Blast” page in the Gila Valley caused panic and disruption in our District. This was wrong, uncalled for, and in some cases, malicious.

Many people write and post things they would never dare say in person. It seems that some people think they are protected and anonymous as they post on social media. It is not so and it does not bring any good! We as a community cannot give in to social pressure and the ugly side of social media; If we do then we must ask ourselves what we are teaching our children. We are living during an interesting time. It seems that hostility and verbal assaults have become acceptable means of problem solving with some people in our communities. We cannot allow this type of behavior to take the place of polite conversation, respect, and kindness.

Sometimes we just need to trust in one another...for some reason, it seems that we as a School District may need to do more to earn the trust of the parents and community and we will continue to work to gain that trust. Our students are our number one priority. We want them to know that and we will continue to do all we can to ensure they know it.

We want all students and parents in our school district to know that verified cases of threats or bullying will result in severe disciplinary consequences from the school and charges will be filed with law enforcement….we will not tolerate threats or bullying in any form! We will likewise take necessary action towards anyone bringing forth untrue or false accusations. The most severe consequences will be administered to protect our students.

We strongly remind and encourage all of us be vigilant, care for each other, and as we have been emphasizing: See Something - Say Something - Do Something!
Please join us as we ALL (schools, students, staff, parents, and community) strive to become: TBSDIA !

Thank you once again to all those who showed confidence and support.

Ken VanWinkle
Superintendent


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