Superintendent Larry Weeks encourages all members of our district to immediately “SEE SOMETHING. SAY SOMETHING” should they see anything that seems suspicious. His letter sent to parents and staff outlines the measures we take to ensure safety, yet reminds that we must all be vigilant and report anything suspicious immediately to school or department leaders. Those leaders will bring the information immediately to his attention. Thank you for bringing any questions you have to the attention of campus or department leaders in the district or the Superintendent’s office at or 602.257.2912.

Please remind everyone you know – SEE SOMETHING. SAY SOMETHING.

AzMERIT Testing Begins in April

Students in grades 3-8 will begin AzMERIT testing in April.
For more details regarding AzMERIT and Move on When Reading, please see:

AzMERIT Letter for Parents of 3rd Graders

AzMERIT Letter for Parents of 4th – 8th Graders

August is Attendance Awareness Month

Phoenix #1 proclaimed August “Attendance Awareness” month because we understand the strong relationship between good attendance at school and student achievement.
In fact, studies show that students with poor attendance in the early years tend to struggle with achievement throughout the rest of their school years. And, good attendance leads to high school graduation!

For more information, please read here about the effects of poor attendance.

Meet Angel, 2017 Univision Student of the Week

Introducing Univision Arizona Student of the Week was Angel! Angel has attended Heard School since kindergarten. He’s demonstrated tremendous academic success, beginning as an ELL student and eventually transitioning to mainstream classrooms. He says his teachers push him to succeed and give him great advice. His favorite teacher was Ms. Chang.

Angel will attend Thunderbird High School in the fall, where he looks forward to participating in the athletic programs. Angel is an excellent student athlete who loves to play soccer and softball. Some of his favorite memories are of his mom coming to games, because she loved to watch him play. Unfortunately, Angel’s mom passed away last December. Angel says “I know she is looking down on me, cheering me on.”

Well done, Angel. We admire your courage, perseverance and optimism in all the things you do.

Meet Kitana, Heard’s 2017 Univision Student of the Week!

The 2017 Univision Student of the Week is Kitana! Learn more about her in the video below.

2017 Flu Letter

February 21, 2017


The flu is hitting us late this year compared to the rest of the United States.   A combination of the following symptoms could mean you have the flu:

Fever (usually high)


Feeling very tired

Dry cough

Sore throat

Runny or stuffy nose

Muscle aches

Nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea are more common in children

In our schools we have been seeing a lot of students with fevers, coughing and with vomiting. We need to work together to keep our students healthy. The most important way to prevent the flu is to keep hands clean. We need to wash our hands often and thoroughly with soap and water. If this is not possible, then hand sanitizer can be used. Other measures to keep in mind to stay healthy include:

Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze and discard the tissue, or use the inside of your elbow to block the cough/sneeze.

Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.

Do not return to school until you are fever free for at least 24 hours and have not used fever-reducing medications during those 24 hours.

Since the flu is contagious both before and after symptoms begin and end, it is best to stay at home until you are fully well and not experiencing a fever, vomiting or diarrhea at least 24 hours.

The best protection from the flu is receiving your flu shot. It is not too late to do this. To locate clinic near you or call 211 within Arizona or toll free 1-877-211-8661 from anywhere.

Since you are contagious the day before you feel ill until the symptoms stop, it is best to stay home during this time of illness to help control the spread of the flu at school.

Thank you for your efforts in keeping all of our children healthy,


Lynette Wiltgen MSN, RN

Health and Wellness Coordinator





Febrero 21, 2017


La temporada de gripe ha llegado tarde este año en comparación del resto de los Estados Unidos.  Una combinación de los siguientes síntomas podría significar que usted tiene gripe:

  • Fiebre (generalmente alta)
  • Dolor de cabeza
  • Sentirse muy cansado
  • Tos seca
  • Dolor de garganta
  • Flujo nasal o nariz tapada
  • Dolores musculares náuseas, los vómitos y la diarrea son más comunes con los niños

En nuestras escuelas hemos visto que muchos de nuestros alumnos con fiebre, tos y vomito.  Necesitamos trabajar en conjunto para mantener a nuestros estudiantes sanos.  La forma más importante de prevenir la gripe es mantener las manos limpias.  Debemos lavarnos las manos con frecuencia y abundante agua y jabón.   Si esto no es posible necesitamos usar desinfectante de manos.  Otras medidas que pueden hacer para mantenerse saludable incluyen:

  • Cúbrase la nariz y la boca con un pañuelo desechable al toser o estornudar y deseche el pañuelo, también puedes utilizar el interior de su codo para bloquear la tos / estornudo.
  • Evite tocarse los ojos, nariz y boca.
  • No regresar a la escuela hasta que esté libre de fiebre durante al menos 24 horas y no ha utilizado medicamentos contra la fiebre durante esas 24 horas.
  • Dado que la gripe es contagiosa tanto antes como después de que los síntomas empiezan y terminan lo mejor es quedarse en casa hasta que esté completamente saludable y no haya experimentado fiebre, vomito o diarrea por al menos 24 horas.

La mejor protección para la gripe es tomar una inyección contra la gripe.  No es muy tarde para hacer esto.  Para localizar una clínica cerca de usted visite, también puede comunicarse al 211 dentro del estado de Arizona o al número gratuito 1-877-211-8661 desde cualquier lugar.

Dado a que la gripe es contagiosa es mejor quedarse en casa al momento de sentir los síntomas hasta sentirse bien.  Es mejor quedarse en casa durante la enfermedad para ayudar a controlar la propagación de la gripe en la escuela.

Gracias por ayudarnos a mantener a nuestros niños sanos.


Lynette Wiltgen MSN, RN

Coordinadora de Salud y Bienestar

Flu Letter 2017

Share Your Thoughts in Our Strategic Planning Survey


Phoenix Elementary School District #1 wants your input for the 2025 Strategic Plan being developed.  It will be a plan that will identify our goals and strategies to deliver a 1st Class Education to our students and families. It will carry us through to 2025, but of course it will be edited along the years as things change and require updates and tweaks.

To help in this process, we want to understand your perspective to help us build a better future for the students in this district. Please take a bit of time to help by completing this survey.  If you would like to arrange for an individual discussion or serve in a focus group, please e-mail

Our survey timeline is between Tuesday, Feb 21, 2017 and Thursday, March 2, 2017.
Thank you for sharing your thoughts.

You can complete the survey at

El Distrito Escolar Primario #1 de Phoenix desea su opinión para el Plan Estratégico 2025 que está siendo desarrollado. Será un plan que identificará nuestros objetivos y estrategias para ofrecer una Educación de 1aClase a nuestros estudiantes y familias. Nos llevará hasta el año 2025, pero por supuesto será editado a través de los años conforme cambien las cosas y requieran actualizaciones y ajustes.

Para ayudar en este proceso, queremos entender su punto de vista para que  nos ayude a construir un futuro mejor para los estudiantes en este distrito. Por favor saque un poco de tiempo para ayudar a completar esta encuesta.  Si desea organizar una discusión individual o servir en un grupo de enfoque, por favor envíe un correo electrónico a

Nuestro período de tiempo para la encuesta es entre el martes 21 de febrero de 2017 y el jueves 2 de marzo de 2017.

Gracias por compartir sus ideas. 

Join us at High School Night!

High school night graphic

Mark your calendars! High School Night is November 2 in the Herrera Performing Arts Center, 1350 S 11th St, Phoenix, AZ 85034.

Seventh and eighth grade families from all schools are welcome to join us from 5 to 7 p.m. to discover all the available options for the important transition to high school.

Download event flyer for more information: English | Spanish

A Safety Message from the Phoenix Police Department


Dear Phoenix #1 Parents & Community;
Because many schools and students across our country have recently been threatened (some by people posing as clowns), and because a few of our students received Facebook threats this week, we want to share this message with you from the Phoenix Police Department.  Please also carefully review these tips and discuss with your children.


  • Immediately report any unusual or threatening messages to a parent and a teacher.
  • Be very cautious about accepting messages from people you don’t know.
  • Do not “check in” at locations.
  • Consider leaving Facebook accounts inactive or increasing parental supervision.
  • Parents, please take all unusual behavior seriously and insure it is reported.
  • Remember, Facebook requires users to be at least 13 years old to create an account.

For information about Internet safety, please visit:

Mr. Larry Weeks
CEO, Phoenix Elementary School District #1

A Safety Message from the Phoenix Police Department

Over the last several days, the Phoenix Police Department, along with law enforcement agencies across the country, have been inundated with reports of threats made via social media to various schools. In the Phoenix area alone, nearly two dozen schools were mentioned via social media with a variety of threats of violence. Threats of violence are never funny and require a huge amount of resources to effectively analyze and investigate. Additionally, they have an emotional impact on those targeted. In these recent cases, our children and our schools were targeted. Fortunately, no one followed through on any of the threats but that does not diminish their disruption to our schools and law enforcement offices. Our schools report unusually high number of absences due to the fear of violence.

The Phoenix Police Department wants to make some things very clear to those who choose to participate in threatening behavior. It is not a joke. It is a felony. All threats are taken seriously and vigorously investigated.

Three local juveniles have been arrested regarding some of the recent threats. Others have been identified and investigations into their activities is continuing.

Consequences: Although additional federal offenses may be considered and investigated by the FBI, the most common Arizona State Codes violated are Hoax, a class 4 felony with requirements for restitution for the emergency response and investigation generated. Disruption of an educational facility, a class 6 felony. Threatening and intimidating, a class 1 misdemeanor.

Electronic devices such as computers, laptops, cell phones, etc. are often seized as evidence for the duration of the investigation.

Additionally, students involved are subject to school discipline including suspension or expulsion.

Please help us share this message by sharing our Facebook posting.


Estimados padres y miembros de la comunidad de Phoenix Elementary School District #1,

Porque muchas escuelas y estudiantes en todo el país han sido amenazados (algunas personas haciéndose pasar por payasos), y porque algunos de nuestros estudiantes recibieron amenazas a través de Facebook esta semana, queremos compartir este mensaje con usted desde el Departamento de policía de Phoenix. Por favor, también revisen cuidadosamente estos consejos para discutir con sus hijos.

Consejos para compartir con sus hijos: 

  • Reporten inmediatamente cualquier mensaje inusual o amenazante a un padre y un maestro.

  • Sean muy cuidadosos acerca de aceptar mensajes de personas que no conozcan.
  • No usen “check in” en lugares. 
  • Consideren dejar cuentas de Facebook inactivos o tengan mayor supervisión de los padres. 
  • Padres, por favor, tomen todas amenzas y comportamiento inusuales seriamente y asegure que se informe a las propias autoridades.
  • Recuerden, Facebook obliga a los usuarios que por lo menos  tengan 13 años para crear una cuenta.

Para obtener más información sobre seguridad en Internet, visite

Mr. Larry Weeks
CEO, Phoenix Elementary School District #1

En los últimos días, el Departamento de Policía de Phoenix, junto con otras agencias policiacas en todo el país, se han visto inundados con informes de amenazas hechas a través de los medios sociales a varias escuelas. En el área de Phoenix, por ejemplo, casi dos docenas de escuelas fueron mencionados a través de los medios sociales con una gran variedad de amenazas de violencia.

Las amenazas de violencia nunca son divertidas y requieren una gran cantidad de recursos efectivos para analizar e investigar. Además, tienen un impacto emocional en los afectados. En estos últimos casos, nuestros hijos y nuestras escuelas fueron atacados. Afortunadamente, nadie dio a completar estas amenazas, pero que no se disminuya la interrupción en nuestras escuelas y oficinas encargados de hacer cumplir la ley. Durante estas amenazas, nuestras escuelas han reportado un alto número de ausencias debido al temor a la violencia.

El Departamento de Policía de Phoenix, quiere hacer algunas cosas muy claras para aquellos que eligen participar en conducta amenazadora. No es una broma. Esto es un delito. Todas las amenazas son tomadas en serio y rigurosamente investigados.

Tres menores locales han sido arrestados en relación con algunas de las últimas amenazas. Otros han sido identificados y las investigaciones de sus actividades continúa.

Consecuencias: Aunque los delitos federales adicionales pueden ser examinados e investigados por el FBI, el más común de los códigos de Arizona violado es el “hoax”, con requisitos para la restitución a la respuesta de emergencia y la investigación generada. Interrupción de una institución educativa. La amenaza y la intimidación. Estos crimenes son serios y la carcel es mandatoria.

Tambien en esto crimenes, officiales pueden tomar de las personas computadoras, telephones cellulares, computadoras portatiles, etc. Estos objetos son tomados como evidencia para la duración de la investigación.

Además, los estudiantes involucrados están sujetos a la disciplina escolar, incluyendo la suspensión o expulsión.
Por favor ayúdanos a compartir este mensaje por compartir nuestra publicación de Facebook.

Phoenix #1 Student of the Week Featured on Univision

Phoenix #1 is highlighting an excelling student every week from each of our 13 schools. With help from Univision we share these students’ accomplishments with the community on Univision’s 10 pm news every Thursday. Tune in to channel 33 to learn about student of the week!


May 2, 2016 – This week’s student of the week is Sher, 8th grader from Heard! She is a peer tutor and takes ownership of her learning every day! Sher wants to better herself by one day traveling the globe! Thanks for being an awesome 1st class student Sher!