ALA Principal Update

ALA Principal Update
Posted on 05/18/2022
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Updated May 18, 2022
We recently became aware of an individual from the Accelerated Learning Academy with a test-confirmed case of COVID-19. They were last at the ALA on Monday, May 16. Due to federal privacy laws, we are unable to share any personal identifying information about who has tested positive. Click here to read the full message, which was also sent as a broadcast to ALA families via SchoolMessenger.


Updated May 6, 2022
Beginning Monday, May 9, Salt River Schools, including all sites and programs, will be mask-optional. This is in compliance with Phase 4 of the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community’s Return to Work Plan. Please continue to be vigilant about health and hygiene, and please keep students home if they are sick. Please also continue to inform your child’s school leaders if your student receives a test-positive case of COVID-19. Questions? Call 480-362-2500 or your child’s school.


Updated April 18, 2022
The Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community recently transitioned to Phase 4 of the Return to Work Plan. However, due to a slight increase in COVID-19 cases at Salt River Schools, the Education Division will continue to operate using the Phase 3.5 directives listed below until further notice. Please call 480-362-2500 with any questions.

Image reads: What does Phase 3.5 mean for Salt River Schools students, staff, and families? - Students will continue to be screened for COVID-19 symptoms before the start of each school day. - Students will continue to be screened for COVID-19 symptoms before the start of each school day. - Students will continue to be screened for COVID-19 symptoms before the start of each school day. - The protective plastic dividers atop student desks are no longer required. - The protective plastic dividers atop student desks are no longer required. - Buses will continue to enforce social distancing and mask wearing at all times. - Student families and other visitors are welcome into our buildings. Meetings can be held in person (masks required if indoors); however, virtual Teams meetings are still recommended when possible. - Staff will continue to self-monitor for COVID-19 symptoms.



Updated April 12, 2022
We recently became aware of an individual from the Accelerated Learning Academy with a test-confirmed case of COVID-19. They were last at the ALA on Friday, April 8. Due to federal privacy laws, we are unable to share any personal identifying information about who has tested positive. Click here to read the full message, which was also sent as a broadcast to ALA families via SchoolMessenger.


Updated March 25, 2022
The Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community recently transitioned to Phase 3.5 of the Return to Work Plan, which is linked at the top of this page. Salt River Schools (ECEC, SRES, and ALA) also follows these directives; however, our procedures differ in small, but important ways. Please review the Salt River Schools Phase 3.5 Directives below. Please call 480-362-2500 with any questions.



Updated March 14, 2022
It is with great pride that I write this letter of introduction to you as the Acting Interim ALA Principal. Since August 2009, I have had the pleasure of working for Salt River Schools in several capacities at different campuses, including the ALA.

The beauty of working with families and students over the years is that I get to work with many of my former students, who either become parents (I saw many where I worked most recently at Salt River Elementary School), or in some cases, have turned into my very own colleagues!

Throughout all of my experiences there have been two constants: Committed staff and amazing resources, which are available to ensure students and families have the tools needed to succeed in school and in life. It is a privilege to continue being a part of this journey every day - now at the ALA!

The ALA is an exciting place for students and families, especially with graduation as the ultimate goal. I am committed to working collaboratively with staff, students, and families, and I am committed to supporting students in their efforts to reach the graduation milestone. My commitment includes ensuring that students receive quality academic instruction, social/emotional support, and constant encouragement.

Remember, there is nothing students can’t accomplish on the path to a high school diploma. Students have a tremendous support system here at the ALA to guide and celebrate them every step of the way.

As we embark into the final quarter of the school year, I look forward to getting to know all staff, students, and families. I recognize that your faith and trust are with us at the ALA, and I promise we can achieve great things in partnership. Please reach to me with any questions, comments, or concerns.

Sincerely,

Barb Wilkinson
ALA Acting Interim Principal
480-362-2130
[email protected]



Updated March 2, 2022
ALA: Title VI Indian Education Parent Committee Meeting

Monday, March 14, at 4PM via MS Teams.

Click here to join from a school-issued device. Or dial in from any phone: 412-664-5196. Use conference ID 493 014 776, followed by the # sign.

All parents/guardians of students who attend the Accelerated Learning Academy (or any student 18+) are invited to participate in this virtual meeting to review the Title VI grant application and the ALA’s Education Native Language Culture (ENLC) program for the next school year. Click here to view the event flyer.

We appreciate your input! Questions? Call 480-362-2130.



Updated Feb. 24, 2022
We recently became aware of an individual from the Accelerated Learning Academy with a test-confirmed case of COVID-19. They were last at ALA on Wednesday, Feb. 23. Due to federal privacy laws, we are unable to share any personal identifying information about who has tested positive. Click here to read the full message, which was also sent as a broadcast to families via SchoolMessenger.


Updated Feb. 14, 2022
SRPMIC recently transitioned to Phase 2 of its Return to Work Plan. That means Salt River Schools, including the Accelerated Learning Academy, will return to in-person/on-campus learning beginning Tuesday, Feb. 22(Monday is Presidents Day, a holiday). A broadcast message went out to SRS families on 2/11/22. Click here to read the full announcement. Questions? Give the ALA a call at 480-362-2130.

Remember: Our school is now located at the former SRHS building at 4827 N. Country Club Drive. We can't wait to see you!



Updated Jan. 14, 2022
The Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community will return to a modified Phase 1.5 beginning Friday, January 14. In Phase 1.5, our staff will work remotely and our buildings are not open to the public. However, Salt River Schools are here for you and will continue to provide virtual and drive-thru services! Click here to learn more about the Community’s Return to Work Plan and its phase system. Click here to view the modified Phase 1.5I don’t know how long this will last, but I will keep you informed as I learn more. Please note:

  • This transition will NOT affect virtual schooling for students; students will continue with their virtual school schedules until further notice. (Remember: Monday, Jan. 17, is a holiday.)
  •  The main line phone numbers for sites will be answered during business hours – give us a call!
  • Meal distribution (and delivery) will continue weekdays (except holidays) from 10-11:30 a.m. at the ECEC cafeteria.
  • STEP Up virtual tutoring will continue to be offered to all SRPMIC K-12 and college students, as scheduled.
  •  Students and families with a school-issued device can continue to call our IT Tech Helpline at 480-362-2088 or reach out to teachers/staff for help, as needed. Teachers and staff can be reached during business hours by email/work cell or via Teams and/or Class Dojo.
  • Please continue to update your school if your child has a test-confirmed case of COVID-19.

Stay updated with all things Salt River Schools by checking our website and social media pages (FacebookInstagram, and YouTube). I appreciate your patience and understanding as we navigate this transition.

Dr. Vicky Corlett
Interim Acting Superintendent
Salt River Schools


Update Jan. 10, 2022
The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) was passed by the U.S. Congress and signed into law on Dec. 10, 2015. ESSA replaces the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB) and is the latest reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA).

ESSA requires each state, school district, and charter school to develop plans for all children to be taught by highly effective, certified teachers; this means the teacher has met state qualification and licensing criteria for the grade level(s) and subject area(s) in which the teacher provides instruction. If at any time your child has been taught for four (4) consecutive weeks by a teacher(s) who is not certified, you will be notified.

The Accelerated Learning Academy is fortunate that Elizabeth Stanislav, Teresa Griffin, and Jason St. Louis have agreed to substitute until we are able to hire a permanent science teacher at the ALA. These educators each have several years of teaching experience within Salt River Schools and all possess a bachelor’s and/or master’s degree. Mr. St. Louis will teach chemistry; Ms. Stanislav and Ms. Griffin will teach Earth science and biology.

My staff and I will closely monitor the classes to ensure student progress. I am confident that quality instruction will continue for students taking science classes. If you have additional questions or concerns about your child’s educational progress or teacher, you may contact me at 480-362-2132 or email me at [email protected]

Sincerely,

Jama Nacke, Principal
Click here to read a PDF version of this letter
, which was broadcast to families on 1/7/22. 


Updated Jan. 3, 2022
Students will begin the 3rd Quarter virtually. Click here to read that message from our Acting Interim Superintendent. ALA students will need to pick up laptops to continue meeting their academic goals during this time. ALA staff will distribute laptops at the following times:

  • Tues., Jan. 4 & Wed., Jan. 5
  • 8:30-10:30 a.m.

(or as scheduled with ALA staff)ALA students/families may pick up their laptops, chargers, and supplies outside the front office of the NEW location (the former SRHS building at 4827 N. Country Club Drive). If these times don't work, or if you have questions, please call 480-362-2130.


Updated Sept. 8, 2021
 
The Salt River Schools Education Board approved the following hybrid and remote learning plan for the Accelerated Learning Academy. Click here to read the plan. Questions? Call the ALA at 480-362-2130.

Click here to view the ALA's Instructional Time Model for the 2021-22SY. The Accelerated Learning Academy is required to submit an ITM plan for the 2021-2022 school year, and the extent to which instruction will deviate from a traditional (five-day week, 180-day year) model.

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