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Principal's Message                                       January 25, 2019
Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Assembly

On January 18, MMES celebrated Martin Luther King, Jr. and the Character Counts trait of RESPECT at an afternoon assembly. Student Council shared their dreams just like Dr. King's "I Have a Dream" speech and Falcon Leaders shared their ideas about RESPECT.

We will have more photos later on Facebook including MMES staff's lip-sync  and dance performance of Aretha Franklin's "Respect"!  


Four Peaks Rotary Club Teacher of the Month: Denise Matus

MMES Preschool teacher, Denise Matus was selected as Four Peaks Rotary Club Teacher of the Month for January and was honored at their January 24 meeting.

Mrs. Matus is an amazing preschool teacher who has been teaching for the Fountain Hills Unified School District for 28 years. Because of her marvelous work, her three and four-year-olds receive the foundations of all areas of development and complete her program more than ready for kindergarten.
Mrs. Matus implements the Arizona Early Learning Standards including Language and Literacy, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies, Fine Arts, Approaches to Learning, Social Emotional, and Physical Development, Health, & Safety.  She and her instructional aide/preschool admin, Lisa Cartagine engage students daily in circle time, centers, and small group instruction.  Some of their students are full-day and others are half-day students who come mornings or afternoons only. Mrs. Matus and Mrs. Cartagine manage it all magnificently, from academic instruction, to interaction during social play, to hand-washing and snacks.
Mrs. Matus 's Community Preschool performs for the residents of Fountain View Village three times a year. They love Halloween when they come dressed in their costumes and Easter when they get to search for eggs.  The class, AKA Preschool 3 also visits various community organizations or businesses such as the fire department.  Mrs. Matus and the entire MMES preschool staff engage families with their music programs twice a year as well as traditions such as the Ice Cream Social and Teddy Bear Parade.
Mrs. Matus 's active participation goes beyond her role as preschool teacher.  She tutors students from kindergarten to third grade in our PTO-funded morning lab four days a week.  She frequently represents general education at special education preschool meetings for individual students.  Mrs. Matus is also a member of our Effective School Plan Committee, Character Counts Committee, and Safety Committee.
Mrs. Matus truly makes a significant difference in the lives and educations of McDowell Mountain's young students.

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Congratulations to our Kiwanis Terrific Kids 
for January 14-18!

Kindergarten: Mary Bush
First Grade: Bryson Schoenthaler
Second Grade: Margo Sampson
Third Grade: Raymond Meadows

Congratulations to our Kiwanis Terrific Kids 
for January 21-25!

Third Grade: Mia Garcia
Second Grade: Gia Ivie
First Grade: Maegan Byrd
Kindergarten: Promise Garcia

Thank you for joining us, 
Noon Kiwanis Club member, Rick Swanson !

Looking Ahead
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Kids Heart Challenge charity fundraising

Start RtI Cycle 3 (1st & 2nd grade)
3:30: Site Council meeting

2:20: Student early release for staff professional development


6:00 p.m.: District Spelling Bee at District Learning Center


Falcon Friday: wear blue!


3rd Grade AZMERIT Parent University in MMES library

2:20: Student early release for staff professional development


Banking Day
9:00-1:00: 2nd grade field trip to Orpheum Theater in Phoenix for Slim Goodbody Health Show: Bodyology


Spring Picture Day

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The McDowell Mountain students, staff, parents, and community will provide a safe, child centered environment that builds self-esteem, self-discipline, and the essential skills for life long learning. While adapting to the differences of others and by using responsible decision making, students will exhibit citizenship with the motivation to invent, dream, explore, and communicate in our changing world. At McDowell Mountain School everyone is a learner and will encourage and help others to be successful learners.
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