Parent Empowerment Petition Update & Desert Trails Education Updates – March 12, 2012

On March 6, 2012, Desert Trails parent petitioners resubmitted the Parent Empowerment Petition they originally submitted to the District on January 12, 2012.  On February 21, 2012, the District returned the original Petition to the petitioners based upon the District’s assessment that the Petition lacked the number of qualified signatures legally required to move forward.


As required by the Parent Empowerment Law, the District will review the petitioners’ resubmitted Petition to determine whether it contains the necessary number of valid signatures. Under the Parent Empowerment Law, the resubmitted Petition may not contain substantive changes or amendments.  If it does, the Petition must be recirculated for new signatures before it may be submitted to the District, and it must be treated as a new petition. 


As the District continues to work in cooperation with all of our stakeholders in the Parent Empowerment Petition process, rest assured that our unwavering focus throughout this process is and will continue to be the pursuit of continuous improvement to ensure that Desert Trails and every other school in our District offer our students and their families the very best educational opportunities we can provide.  Here are some recent education updates at Desert Trails:


· Multiplication Masters – In the last two weeks 26 students have earned their Multiplication Master t-shirts.

· Monday Afternoon GATE class had guest speakers from Wells Fargo Bank.  The students were introduced to the world of finances.

· Young Authors – Each teacher selected three stories from his or her classroom to submit to the judging committee.  14 students will be selected as school winners. 

· Many of our Kindergarten students have shared their excellent reading abilities with the principal on his classroom visits.  Some of the kindergarten students have awed Mr. Mobley with their mathematical abilities by subtracting multi-digit numbers.

· One of our fifth grade students took second place in the District Science Fair.

· At the Principal/Parent Meeting twenty parents participated in suggesting ideas for the Program Improvement Planning (PIP) Team.  Their suggestions were put on five posters and will be presented to the PIP Team.

· Our Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports team has lead the way in creating lesson plans for playground, cafeteria, computer lab, library, and classroom behaviors.

· PBIS team has also worked with staff to create meeting guidelines which have been implemented at our last two staff meetings.

· Student Awards and Recognitions are being evaluated and redesigned by the PBIS team.

· At our 2nd Trimester Awards Assembly, two students were awarded with new bikes from Horace Mann Insurance for perfect attendance.  As of the awards assembly there were still 38 students that have had perfect attendance so far this year.


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Posted by: Michael Barrett Published:3/15/12