ALA Principal Update

ALA Principal Notices
Posted on 10/17/2022
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Updated October 17, 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 and Kiran Patel 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 possess a bachelor’s and/or master’s degree. Ms. Stanislav and Mr. Patel currently teach earth science and biology. This plan continues to be in place during 2nd quarter, which ends Friday, Dec. 16. Likewise, John Paul Jones, a current certified social studies teacher at the ALA, is covering physical education classes in the absence of a highly certified PE teacher.

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 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,
Barb Wilkinson, ALA Interim Principal
480-362-2130

Click here to read a PDF version of this letter. It was mailed out to families on Monday, Oct. 17.


Updated September 8, 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 and Kiran Patel have agreed to substitute until we are able to hire a permanent science teacher at the ALA. These educators have several years of teaching experience within Salt River Schools and possess a bachelor’s and/or master’s degree. Ms. Stanislav and Mr. Patel currently teach earth science and biology. This plan is in place for the entire first quarter of school, which ends on Thursday, Sept. 29.

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,

Barb Wilkinson, Interim Principal
Click here to read a PDF version of this letter
, which was mailed to families the week of August 28.



Updated August 16, 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, Aug. 15. 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 Aug. 5, 2022
The safety of our students and staff is very important to us. In order to maintain a safe environment for students to grow and learn, it is necessary that we practice our emergency response plans from time to time.

The ALA practices four primary emergency drills each year: Fire, Lockdown, Shelter-in-Place, and Evacuation drills. Learn more about these drills here..

Today, August 5, the ALA participated in its first lockdown drill. When the lockdown drill was announced, students were moved to a safe place in the classroom. Staff locked all doors and closed the blinds and ensured students were quiet during the drill. During drills and real emergencies, it is important families do not try to contact or retrieve students, as they will not be released during this time and should not be on their mobile devices. Additionally, it is important our phone lines remain clear so that we can stay in contact with emergency authorities. 

The Safe Schools & Security team and our School Resource Officer checked all doors and verified that all classrooms were in lockdown. Once cleared, classrooms were released from the drill. Everyone did a great job, and we encourage families to talk with students about the drill and why it is important to practice.

If you have any questions or concerns, please call 480-362-2130.


Updated July 5, 2022
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