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Effective November 17, 2014, Cartwright School District Office is located at 5220 W. Indian School Road. Transportation, Buildings & Operations, Risk Management, Printing Services, and Technology Support will remain at the 3401 N. 67th Avenue facility permanently.
Superintendent's Award of Excellence

Superintendent Dr. Jacob A. Chávez presented the Superintendent's Award of Excellence to
Zeek Ojeh, Assistant Superintendent for Financial & Auxiliary Services

At the Governing Board on December 10, 2014,  Mr. Zeek Ojeh, Assistant Superintendent for Financial & Auxiliary Services, received the Superintendent's Award of Excellence.  His nomination states, "Our first Governing Board meeting is taking place this evening in this amazing venue because of the vision of Mr. Ojeh.  Soon after Mr. Ojeh was hired in Cartwright, he heard about the history of this building that was once referred to as the “Target Center” and immediately created a plan to realize the vision of the community to build the district their first brand new state of the art complex to lead teaching and learning in the Cartwright School District. Guiding his vision for a new district office, Mr. Ojeh framed his plan around the three district goals that are consistently emphasized by our Superintendent Dr. Chavez and our Governing Board.(read more)

Governing Board President Steve Gallardo Retires from Board Service

Governing Board President and State Senator Steve Gallardo is retiring from Governing Board service, effective December 31, 2014.  Senator Gallardo served on our Board since January 2011 and for the past two years he served as Governing Board President.  He also served on our Board from 2001-2006 before leaving to serve on Phoenix Union High School District's Governing Board. We wish Senator Gallardo well on his new endeavor as a Maricopa County Supervisor and thank him for his many years of service to the Cartwright School District.

Prior to the Governing Board meeting of December 10, 2014, a reception was held to honor Senator Gallardo.   


Two Cartwright District Teachers Receive National Board Certification

L to R Jennifer Waldron, Asst. Principal; Carrie Garrison;
Lupe Aguirre, Principal; Dr. Jacob A. Chávez, Superintendent celebrate
Carrie's National Board Certification.

Leah Jaynes and her students celebrate Leah's
National Board Certification.

Congratulations to Carrie Garrison, 5th Grade Teacher at Spitalny and Leah Jaynes, Computer Teacher at Marc T. Atkinson Middle School for receiving their National Board Certification.  To attain this status, teachers must undergo a rigorous process to demonstrate teaching excellence.  We are very proud of Carrie and Leah!

2nd Annual Fraley/Simmons Cartwright Basketball Tournament

Marc T. Atkinson Middle School's Boys'  Basketball Team with their
coaches Mark Wexler and Craig Arnold and Athletic Director Glen Simmons
The 2nd Annual Fraley Simmons Cartwright School District Boys' Basketball Tournament was held on Saturday, December 6, 2014 at Marc T. Atkinson Middle School.  All eight Cartwright District schools participated - Borman, Cartwright, Castro Middle School, Desert Sands Middle School, Downs, Estrella Middle School, Harris School, and Marc T. Atkinson Middle School.  This was a very exciting tournament with most games extremely close and several last second wins.  Atkinson Middle School defeated Desert Sands in the finals to win the tournament. Congratulations Atkinson on your victory!  Thanks to all athletes, coaches and families for their participation in Saturday's event.

Next up is the 1st Annual Fraley/Simmons Cartwright School District Girls' Basketball Tournament at Marc T. Atkinson Middle School Gymnasium on Saturday, December 13, 2014 at 10:00 AM.  Everyone is invited to attend and cheer on our female athletes. The schedule is as follows:
10:00 AM Round 1
Game 1: Harris vs. Desert Sands
Game 2:  Downs vs. Castro

11:00 AM Round 1
Game 3:  Borman vs. Estrella
Game 4:  Atkinson vs. Cartwright

12:00 PM 
Game A - Winner from Game 1 vs. Winner from Game 2
Game B - Winner from Game 3 vs. Winner from Game 4

1:00 PM
Championship Game - Game A winner vs. Game B winner
Consolation Game for other two teams from Game A and Game B

Arizona Department of Education Announces New Assessment to Replace AIMS

Recently, the Arizona Department of Education announced that AzMERIT would replace the AIMS test.  To read more about it, click HERE for English information or HERE for Spanish information.

Cartwright District Receives a "B" from AZ Department of Education
For the third straight year, Cartwright School District received a "B" rating from the Arizona Department of Education. We are very proud of our "B" but we will continue striving for an "A".  Once again, our students outperformed students in neighboring schools and districts.  Cartwright students, parents, and staff are to be commended for these outstanding academic achievement gains. (read more)

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Every Thursday is an Early Release Day

December 19, 2014
2nd Quarter Ends - 41 days

December 22-January 2 , 2015
Winter Break - No School

Happy Holidays!

January 5, 2015
Classes Resume

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Dr. Jacob A. Chávez

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