McDowell Mountain Elementary School
Dear MMES Falcon Families:
We’re back in full swing after spring break! Here’s what’s been happening and what’s coming up at MMES:
2021-2022 Enrollment and Registration
Please keep an eye on your emails for Peachjar flyers with updates on 2021-2022 new student enrollment and existing student annual registration. Enrollment and registration are online only through PowerSchool. If you do not currently have an account, please go to the district website at https://www.fountainhillsschools.org/PowerSchool for directions on how to create a parent account. All returning students must register online by April 16 or we will be unable to assign a teacher for next school year.
3rd Grade AzM2 State Testing
Third graders will begin AzM2 state testing on April 12. We will send home the schedule and information next week. Per state requirements, all AzM2 testing must be in-person at the school. Third grade and FHVA teachers have been in contact with remote students’ families about arrangements for this.
Before testing, we hold an AzM2 Spirit Assembly and AzM2 Spirit Week at MMES to let third graders know that the entire school is behind them and to encourage them to do their best! The AzM2 Spirit Assembly and Trustworthiness/Bobby’s Best Buddy awards video will take place on Wednesday, March 31. We would like everyone to wear their Falcon blue that day to show school spirit, especially since there is no school on Friday, April 2 for Falcon Friday. Then the following week, we have a dress-up day for the entire school students and staff every day:
- Monday, April 5 - College Ready Day: We’re getting ready for college! Wear college/university colors or shirts or graduation robes.
- Tuesday, April 6 - Career Ready Day: We’re getting ready for careers! What do you want to be when you grow up? Dress as your dream job.
- Wednesday, April 7 - Fiction & Nonfiction Day: Learning to read is the key to the future! You can focus on fiction or nonfiction by dressing as your favorite character from a fiction book or dressing as a famous person from history to show how much you love reading.
- Thursday, April 8 - Rock the Test Day: We’re going to rock that test! Dress up as your favorite rock star.
- Friday, April 9 - Falcon Friday: We’re showing our school spirit! Wear blue!
3rd Grade Visit to Fountain Hills Middle School
On April 23, MMES third graders will get an exciting glimpse into their life as a fourth grader by visiting Fountain Hills Middle School! The students will ride the bus to FHMS, arriving around 1:20 pm. They will meet their future principal, Mr. Markle and dean of students, Mr. Dellacona, then visit the fourth grade classrooms while fourth graders are at specials. They’ll get to find out what fourth grade will be like from their future teachers, including all the cool stuff they will be able to do next year. The visit will finish with a tour of the school, coming back to MMES around 2:00 pm. More information will follow. Both the MMES and FHMS staff are looking forward to this exciting visit!
Town of Fountain Hills Stellar Student Awards
The Town of Fountain Hills is recognizing one boy and one girl from each FHUSD school as Stellar Students who are “demonstrating good citizenship through compassion and consideration of others, complying with the rules, encouraging empathy, anti-bullying, and being responsible for their actions in the classroom.” So far there have been four MMES awardees selected by our special area teachers. Congratulations!
Month of February: James Good, Kindergarten and Lilliana Perla, 3rd Grade
Month of March: Kellen Bryant, 1st Grade and Kaycee Dehaan, 2nd Grade
Fountain Hills Dark Sky Association Art Contest
With the support of their art teacher, Mrs. Tracy Perry and their families, many MMES students entered the Fountain Hills Dark Sky Association’s annual art contest, creating a drawing or painting following the theme of “space” or “night sky”. MMES had several winners who received ribbons and monetary prizes! Wow, congratulations to the following students:
2nd Place for K-3: Liliana Viren, 2nd Grade
3rd Place for K-3: Colton Shattuck-Carreno, Kindergarten
Kiwanis Terrific Kids Awards
We have awarded three more sets of Kiwanis Terrific Kids awards before spring break. Terrific Kids is a weekly award with one student from each grade K-3 earning a certificate and prizes sponsored by the Fountain Hills Noon Kiwanis Club. TERRIFIC stands for Thoughtful, Enthusiastic, Respectful, Responsible, Inclusive, Friendly, Inquisitive, and Capable. Congratulations to the following Terrific Kids:
Week of February 22-26: Max Gallardo Rebollar, Kindergarten; McKenzie Doungeva, 1st Grade; Eloise Robinson, 2nd Grade; Troy Ireton, 3rd Grade
Week of March 1-5: Kyle Bowman, Kindergarten; Nathan Santibanez, 1st Grade; Regina Jackson, 2nd Grade; Connor Rose, 3rd Grade
Week of March 8-12: Kamdyn Welty, Kindergarten; Charlie Schafer, 1st Grade; Sharlene Ireton, 2nd Grade; Ben Percic, 3rd Grade
- March 31: AzM2 Spirit Assembly & Trustworthiness awards video
- April 2: District recess – no school
- April 5-9: AzM2 Spirit Week with dress up days
April 12-30: AzM2 3rd grade state testing
April 23: 1:20-2:00: 3rd grade visit to FHMS
Last, just a reminder to bring water bottles to school every day, especially with the hot weather coming soon.
We love our MMES A+ Falcon Family and Community!
McDowell Mountain Elementary School