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First Day of School Recap  - 
#AZACSstudent: Back to School Photos  - Staff Spotlights

*Please note: There was a typo to one of our calendar dates. Please refer to this newsletter for updated information. Thank you!*
First Day of School Recap

The AZACS 2018-2019 school year is underway! We want to thank our staff, parents and students for helping make back at school season so successful. This new school year also marks the official launch of our brand new high school, starting with 9th-grade! 

To our new and returning students: Welcome to the AZACS Family! 


#AZACSstudent - Back to School Photos
Thank you to all who participated in our back to school social media post, celebrating our students here at AZACS!

Here are our featured #AZACSstudent photos:

Instagram: @annie_marie78

Facebook: Brittany Nicole

Instagram: @smoon0721


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Classroom Corner
Featured photos from the staff of AZACS

Ms. Vincent captures Espy's first day of High School!

 Ms. Rogers
"First grade is a big transition from half day to full day
but we survived and thrived on our first full day!!!"

 Mr. Patrick
"Happy bow tie Thursday AZACS family! "

Staff Spotlights
Matt Drowne - Elementary School Campus

Mr. Drowne is the Elementary School Director at AZACS. He began his career in special education as a teacher 15 years ago, and has served as a special education administrator for the past 8 years. 

Matt is working on is upgrading the safety and security of the campus. Here are two safety initiatives Mr. Matt has worked on:

"We are excited to share about the successful installation of a closed circuit security camera system for our campus. Our security camera system is linked to our campus security alarm and we can access it remotely, day or night. This is one of many measures and projects we are undertaking this year to ensure a safe school environment for our students, staff and families. Mr. Dwan has worked tirelessly this summer to keep our campus safe, clean and inviting! He can never hear the words 'Thanks for all you do' enough!!!" 

"In an effort to keep our campus safe, we have engaged in a partnership with the Phoenix Police Department-Mountain View Precinct. The Community Action Officer, Officer Aaron Stevens, will be working to ensure our campus is monitored and has a police presence both during and after school hours. We will also be collaborating with the Phoenix Police Dept. this year to review our Emergency Response policies and procedures. We live is a crazy world and safety is always our number one focus. Our goal is to be prepared for events that we never actually experience. Our kiddos are worth it!! We are very grateful for their willingness to support AZACS! A big shout out to Phoenix PD!!"

Read more about Mr. Drowne on the AZACS staff directory by clicking HERE.


Hayley Thurman - Upper Campus

Hayley Thurman recently moved to Arizona from Kentucky and is the new AZACS Upper Campus Resource Teacher. She has started the year strong; creating a beautiful new resource room for students with spaces to showcase their work and analyze and view their growth in goal areas.

Over the summer, she got some hands on experience with Precision Teaching at Blossom Park and is excited to bring this ABA practice to AZACS. Hayley's passion for education is evident in everything she does and we are thankful to have her teaching our AZACS students this year!

Read more about Ms. Thurman on the AZACS staff directory by clicking HERE.

Mark Your Calendars

Upcoming Half Days ( Elementary Campus Only)
August 15 & 29
September 12 & 26

PTO Executive Committee Meeting
August 18

PTO Elementary Bake Sale
August 21

Upper Campus Staff Professional Development 
No School (Upper Campus Only)
August 24

Labor Day - No School (Both Campuses)
September 3

The 2018-2019 Calendars are available on our website.
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