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Laguna Elementary School
10475 E. Lakeview Drive
Scottsdale, AZ 85258     
Dr. Katie Root, Principal
Stephen Richie, Assistant Principal
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District Announcements
SUSD to Host PBIS Film Festival

The Scottsdale Unified School District (SUSD) will host a Positive Behavior Intervention Supports (PBIS) Film Festival from 5-7 p.m. on April 30 at Coronado High School, 7501 E. Virginia Ave. Scottsdale 85257. See PBIS Film Festival

Superintendent Dr. David J. Peterson's April Letter
This is a busy time of year for all at Scottsdale Unified School District (SUSD), and it’s hard to believe that we only have eight weeks left in the school year. We still have a lot of work ahead of us. As I write this, we are in the middle of AIMS testing. Our teachers have done a great job and our students are well prepared! During this school year, we have had many student and staff accomplishments of which we are extremely proud. See April Letter
Home of the Eagles!
Band and Strings Announcement
Band and strings will be offered to 5th grade students at middle schools for the 2014-2015 school year.  Band and strings classes will be scheduled during the first hour of the day at all middle schools (the hour before school begins at elementary schools).  Students who enroll in band or strings will attend class at the middle school in their elementary school’s feeder pattern.  Parents will have the option of dropping their son or daughter off at the middle school or having them ride the middle school bus to school.  A bus will be provided to transport students from the middle school back to their elementary school.

2014 Science Fair Winners
Congratulations to Blake Purington and Eden Altman who both placed first in their categories at the Arizona State Science Fair. Blake’s project, Race to The Finish won top honors in the Animal Science category and Eden’s project, Burn It Down, won top honors in the Computer Science category. They were the youngest competitors in the state competition with over 200 entries from around the state. Congratulations to both scientists!

Super Star Science/Tech Camp
Please see the attached flyer for more information on Mountainside's Super Star Science/Tech Camp for students in grades 3-7. 
CPR class offered to Laguna Parents
Susan Spillman will be offering a CPR class at Laguna on May 14 for Laguna parents.  Cost is $20.  Please click on the  flyer for more information!
Parent Input Forms for 2014-2015
Want to fill out a Parent Input form for 2014-2015?  Please click on the appropriate attachment below.  Print the form and return to Laguna as soon as possible (NO LATER THAN APRIL 25TH)  

Parent Input- Kindergarten

Parent Input- 1st and 2nd grade

Parent Input- 3rd, 4th and 5th grade

Lose the Returning to Laguna Survey form?  No problem.  Attached below is a digital copy for you to print and return to school as soon as possible. 

Returning to Laguna 2014-2015 Form
Perfect Attendance

James Clark from Horace Mann insurance buys bicycles for Laguna so we can give away two bikes at each reporting period. Names were drawn from all the students who had perfect attendance during the second trimester. The winners of the 2nd trimester drawing were Kindergartener Kristine Almazan and third grader Michael Brown. Congratulations to our bike winners and ALL the students who were able to avoid the flu and attend school every day!

Grand Canyon State Games Writing Award
Congratulations to Carly Jazwin from Mrs. Moore’s Fourth Grade Class for placing Gold in the Grand Canyon State Games writing competition! Carly’s essay titled “Rainbow Hero” was about her favorite American Hero, Choon Ng, the inventor of the Rainbow Loom, which is a jewelry weaving machine. She admired Mr. Ng for his perseverance and creativity. Carly submitted her essay along with 4,176 other students across the state and won first place. Well done Carly!

2013 NCEA Arizona Higher Performing School
Laguna has been named as a 2013 NCEA Arizona Higher Performing School, advancing toward college and career readiness in one or more content areas tested by AIMS. 

Award Letter
A+ School Of Excellence Application
Below you can find Laguna's A+ School of Excellence Application. 
Part 1
Part 2
Troop 383
Troop 383 Planting flowers!

Girls from Scout Troop 383 planted flowers around Laguna as part of their community service.
Laguna and Troop 383 are very grateful to Home Depot who donated the flowers for this project.
The grounds look beautiful – thank you girls!

WordMasters Challenge
January 2014
A team representing Laguna Elementary School achieved Highest Honors in the recent WordMasters Challenge™—a national vocabulary competition involving nearly 150,000 students annually. The fourth grade team scored an impressive 184 points out of a possible 200 in the first of three meets this year, placing ninth in the nation.
Competing in the difficult Blue Division of the WordMasters Challenge™,fifth grader Lauren Butler achieved a perfect 20 on the challenge. Nationwide, only 29 fifth graders achieved this result. Other students from Laguna Elementary School who achieved outstanding results in the first meet include third grader Jordan Wolff; fourth graders Jessica Ahmann, Vishrut Chaurasia, Kate McCormick and Jacob Roga; and fifth graders Babak Nayebpour and Peighton Rohde.
The WordMasters Challenge™ is an exercise in critical thinking that first encourages students to become familiar with a set of interesting new words (considerably harder than grade level), and then challenges them to use those words to complete analogies expressing various kinds of logical relationships. Working to solve the analogies helps students learn to think both analytically and metaphorically. Although most vocabulary enrichment and analogy-solving programs are designed for use by high school students, WordMasters Challenge™ materials have been specifically created for younger students in grades three through eight. They are particularly well-suited for children who are motivated by the challenge of learning new words and enjoy the logical puzzles posed by analogies.
The WordMasters Challenge™ program is administered by a company based in Indianapolis, Indiana, which is dedicated to inspiring high achievement in American schools. Further information is available at the company’s website:

Laguna Science Fair 2014

Laguna Science Fair

Congratulations to the 4th and 5th grade finalists of the Laguna school-wide science fair! In December 2013, Laguna was recognized by the Arizona Business and Educational Coalition and NCEA as a Science High performing School for three years in a row. The projects students completed explains how this could be achieved – they were outstanding! Students spent three months researching and performing scientific processes to answer scientific questions from one of ten science categories. The 5th grade winners will go onto the state competition in April 2014. The community congratulates the following Scientists:

4th Grade- School Winner

1st Place      Rainbow Energy                                  Zachary Kilburg 

2nd Place     Horsing Around                                   Maddie Muenzer

3rd Place      How To Survive A Tornado                  Jackson Rafter     

Honorable Mention   Bernouili's Wind Bag                James Saw          


5th Grade- School Winner

1st Place      Can Earthworms Save The Planet?        Grant Wolf                 

2nd Place     Race To The Finish                              Blake Purinton       

3rd Place      Use It Or Lose It!                                 Alek Aldrich        

5th Grade


First In Category





Animal Sciences

Blake Purinton

Race To The Finish


Behavioral & Social Sciences

Bailey Bosemer

What Color Rhymes with Orange



Alyse Kelly

Fry 'Em Up!


Computer Science

Eden Altman

Burn It Down


Earth Science

Grant Wolf

Can Earthworms Save The Planet?



Nathaniel Mackey

The Strongest Tower


Environmental Science

Lauren Butler

Hot Potato


Mathematical Science

John Ross

Cool It!


Medicine & Health

Alek Aldrich

Use It Or Lose It!


Plant Science

Lexi Collins

Fertilizer Fast & Furious


Free All Day Kindergarten
Please see the attached letter for information regarding Laguna's FREE ALL DAY KINDERGARTEN!!!!
Robotics Tournament
Ro-bo Eagles and Eaglettes Compete in the Arizona Regional First Lego League Robotics Tournament.
Eaglettes Won First Place!
The boys and girls Robo Eagle Teams competed in the Regional Arizona FLL (First Lego League) Tournament on December 7, 2013. Twenty-four teams participated in the tournament. The Ro-bo Eaglettes won first place in the overall Tournament and second place in the Robot Games. They competed in the State Championship on December 14 and did an excellent job! This year’s Ro-bo Eaglettes team members are Lauren Butler, Bailey Bosemer, Lexi Collins, Katie Giali, Izzy LePine and Hannah Toschik. Coaches: The boys Ro-bo Eagle team members are Garrison Guthrie, Mason Kenney, Noah Kettner, Logan Monson, and Tristin Purrington. Congratulations, Ro-bo Eaglettes! A huge thank you goes to coaches Dr. Bill Johnson, Mr. and Mrs. Butler, Mr. Vogan, Mrs. Okun and student mentor Katrina Butler (Mountainside Middle School). We appreciate their ongoing support of Laguna’s Robotics program and thank you parents for the tax credit dollars that support this and other enrichment programs!

New National Board Certified Teachers

SUSD Celebrates its Newest National Board Certified Teachers

National Board Certification is one of the highest achievements in the teaching profession. Recently, 13 Scottsdale Unified School District (SUSD) teachers earned this credential by completing the rigorous National Board Certified Teacher (NBCT) process, and one teacher renewed the credential. SUSD now has 71 board-certified teachers.

The newly certified teachers are Rachelle Anderson, Chaparral; Kitty Beder, Chaparral; Andrea Dersch, Cheyenne; Tammy Dias, Saguaro; Reno Edgington, Desert Mountain; Elizabeth Griffin, Saguaro; Susan J. Leonard, Ingleside; Rachel Lindsay, Laguna; Kimberly Mayorga, Arcadia; Tristin Miller, Cocopah; Stacey Shcolnik, Chaparral; Ashley Sorice, Yavapai; and Patricia Vassaux, Anasazi. Susan Spickler, Mohave, renewed her credential.  These teachers will be recognized at the February 11, 2014 Governing Board meeting. See NBCT

G.R.E.A.T Program Graduates!

Students in 4th grade graduated from the G.R.E.A.T program today. Gang Resistance Education And Training (G.R.E.A.T) is a program that teaches 9-10 year olds life skills such as how to respond appropriately when angry, how protect themselves from bullies, and to abide by the Golden Rule (treat others how you would want to be treated). Officer Pera, Laguna's school resource officer presented the lessons to the 4th graders. Students listened to players from the ASU Girls Softball team as they shared how these skills helped them in life. Laguna staff would like to thank Sergeant Marmie from Scottsdale PD and ASU Softball Coach Boo Gillette for their participation and support of our young students and the G.R.E.A.T program.

Before/After School Sports and Activities
To see the flyers that have been sent home, click here!

Parents of K-2 Students
Please read the attached letter about the changes coming in 2013-2014! SUSD K-2 Parent Letter10 12 12.pdf

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