ST. JOHNS
UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT

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What's Happening in the District: December 2021


Final Mile Grant

    After months of pursuing it, we were notified this past month that we are being awarded the Final Mile Grant. This is a really big win for the district because the Final Mile Project will now bring in the infrastructure to provide high-speed internet to some of our most disadvantaged youth. Milan Eaton, the state’s e-rate director, oversees the Final Mile Project and has told us that this infrastructure should be installed and ready to use within six to eight months. We were one of only five districts in the state who were awarded this grant.  

    Middle School Gym and Cafeteria

    The drywall has been installed in the middle school gym and cafeteria. This week, the workers finished painting the cafeteria and are now working on patching and prepping to paint the large gym. The paint job in the cafeteria looks really good, and we are excited to see the final product. The cafeteria flooring install will begin this Friday.

    School Excellence

    This past week, Courtney, Steven, Jim, and I set up a meeting with the accountability personnel at the Arizona Department of Education to go over some of our test scores. In this meeting, the Department of Education was overly complimentary of our schools and how well our students are doing. As just one example: there are around 1330 elementary schools in the state that ADE monitors; only around 30 of those schools had higher proficiency scores than our students at Coronado. Of those 30 schools, all of them are either in Maricopa or Pima County and many of them are charters (Basis, Great Hearts Academy, Challenger, etc.). Our high school and middle school also rated highly. We are fortunate to have the teachers and principals that we do who are helping our students excel. Having said that, our meeting with ADE helped us to see additional areas for growth that we are excited to address.

    Classroom Observations

    One of the most rewarding parts of my job has been to spend time in classrooms observing teachers and students. While visiting many of the classrooms in the district, one thing that is obvious is that we have the personnel and administration in place to do some great things for students. So many of our teachers spend countless hours prepping and counseling with their departments/grade level teams about ways to improve the learning experience. We have some great students in the district who have prioritized their education and it shows in the classroom. I am excited to continue to work with teachers and principals as we strive to improve the learner experience in the classroom.

    It has been a great month!

    Respectfully, 

    Kyle Patterson

    Kyle Patterson
    Superintendent

    Classroom