November Newsletter

November 2019 Newsletter
Posted on 11/01/2019
November 2019 Superintendent's View

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October 14 - November 8: 8th grade Cookie Dough Fundraiser.
October 26 - Fright Night at the Town Park (5-9 p.m.).
October 31 - Halloween Parade - 1:00 p.m.
November 7 - Governing Board meeting at 5:30 p.m.
November 8 - Progress Reports sent home with students.
November 22 - Thanksgiving Lunch 10:30 - 1:00. Information forthcoming.
November 26-29 - Thanksgiving Break.

Our Seniors are Busy
Our seniors recently participated in one of two college fairs hosted by GBUSD. The second college fair will occur in early Spring. In addition, our seniors will take field trips to colleges, universities, trade schools, and organizations. This effort is part of our college and career readiness focus. 
Additionally, we had 26 seniors participate in CPR training. Four members of the Gila Bend Fire/Rescue team and four members of Care flight facilitated and coached our students. All students were very engaged, asked really good questions, and they all said they felt this was a very valuable experience. Each of them are now officially American Heart Association CPR Certified. Thank you Gila Bend Fire/Rescue and Care Flight for helping our students. See pictures below.
We have an A+ Cafeteria Team
We appreciate our Cafeteria Team. Recently, we celebrated National School Lunch Week. The cafeteria team asked the students to select the food menu for that week. In addition, there was music and activities in the cafeteria during lunch times. Thank you cafeteria team for spicing up the week and making it fun for our students. 
We will be following the Attendance Law
starting January 7, 2020

Arizona Revised Statute 15-803B (state law) requires students to be in school AT LEAST 90% OF THE REQUIRED SCHOOL DAYS. For our district this means students can only miss a total of 14 days per school year. Excused and unexcused absences count toward the 14 days. For our high school students this means they can only miss 7 school days per semester. If their absences exceed this number then they will lose semester credit and will need to make up the entire semester. Please review this information with your child as not following this law will cause students to not be promoted and not graduate.

Please read the Arizona Revised Statute below.

Arizona Revised Statute 15-803. School attendance

A. It is unlawful for any child who is between six and sixteen years of age to fail to attend school during the hours school is in session;

B. A child who is habitually truant or who has excessive absences may be adjudicated an incorrigible child as defined in section 8-201.  Absences may be considered excessive when the number of absent days exceeds ten percent of the number of required attendance days prescribed.

Click Below for the Fall 2019 Sports Schedules
Click Here - Fall Monster Sports Link
Click Below for the 2019-2020
School Year Calendars

Click here - English version of the 2019/2020 School Year Calendar
Click here - Spanish version of the 2019/2020 School Year Calendar
Governing Board Members Recognized
Our Governing Board team works hard at increasing their capacity by attending various workshops and seminars. On Monday, October 28th, the Arizona School Board Association will give three GBUSD Board members awards for training accomplishments. The three members are...President Sonnie Hoffman, member Elizabeth Smith, and member Joanne Carpenter. Thank you Board members for learning new skills that will benefit our students and team.  
School District Bond Update
October 24, 2019

We held our ground breaking ceremony on October 23, 2019 to kick-off the construction of our bond project. A new Prek-12 academic building, new gymnasium, new bus barn, new track and field, and renovations to our existing district office is part of this bond project. Pono construction was the best bidder and has been approved to start our project. Please do not hesitate to call me, Anthony Perkins, at 928.683.2225 ext. 114 if you have questions and/or wish to see drawings of our new buildings. The public will receive monthly updates.
Video Sneak Peak of Mr. Asequia
and Ms. Fajardo classes
Mr. Grover Asequia's class
Ms. Kimberly Fajardo's class
A huge "THANK YOU" to our teachers, paraprofessionals, cafeteria team, maintenance team, support staff, and district team for uplifting our students everyday. Monsters RISING!!!
Gila Bend Town Library Calendar of Events
(all months)
Below is a link to their calendar of events. Click on the link below to access. You will notice on the calendar that it displays the event but not the details. Place your cursor on the name of the event and the details of the event will pop up. The Branch Manager information is below for further details.
 Bridget Esqueda | Branch Manager
 Gila Bend Branch | 602-652-3396


Family Resources
Southwest Behavioral Services (SBS)

SBS can provide individual and/or family counseling, psychological testing/evaluation, and health promotion to name a few of their services. If your child is struggling with cutting, suicidal thoughts, anxiety, depression, or other youth concerns, SBS CAN HELP. SBS accepts AHCCCS, most insurances, sliding scale, or private pay as options for payment. We encourage families to utilize this resource. SBS is located in Goodyear. To start, contact Kathy Villa at 602.525.3329.

Association for Supportive Child Care (ASCC)

ASCC can provide in home training and support on topics including child development, language and literacy, daily schedule planning, nutrition, brain development, and guidance/discipline. This is a free program. Contact them today at 480.829.0500 ext. 1212.

Building Bright Futures

Building Bright Futures can support parents by helping them gain knowledge of their child's development and gain positive parenting techniques. Services are free and voluntary with no income requirements. Their phone number is 602.234.3941.

Additional Monster Nation information
can be found at...

One-call system (mass messaging for parents/students)
Text messages of the one-call system information
Parent/Student Vue (view weekly student grades)
Our district/school web-site
Schools/clubs send out informational materials as necessary
Superintendent’s monthly e-newsletter to parents, staff, and Board

Superintendent's monthly video message on the GBUSD website
Facebook (type in Gila Bend Unified School District)
Gila Bend Sun newspaper
School District marquee (on Pima Road/Martin Avenue)
YouTube (type in Gila Bend Unified School District)

Personal Development Series
Raise Your Bar

Check out the videos below. You may discover something to improve your practices.
Ben Lionel Scott
Dr. Perkins - Fill your Shoes