A Message From The Principal
It is my pleasure to welcome families to another great school year at LFPA. Our entire staff is so excited to have our classrooms and hallways filled with the positive energy and enthusiasm of our students. In order to strive to meet our vision it is our duty to make every student feel welcomed, valued, and connected to our LFPA community. Additionally, we will aim to challenge your child by setting high expectations that promote personal and academic growth. This will ensure your child is prepared to meet the increasing demands of college and career readiness. At LFPA we have dedicated teachers that spend hours planning learning activities that engage our students in higher level thinking and learning. Our teachers exercise research based best practices, and understand the unique learning needs of each student.
We ask that parents, students, teachers, and administrators work together throughout the year as a unified family to support our efforts to ensure the safety and well being of all of our students. As parents, you play an integral role as part of the responsibility that will effect your child’s success in school. Your efforts to support our school policies and procedures, and support your child’s academic work will help your child achieve both academic and personal success, and provide your child a positive outlook on school. Please be sure to download the Dojo app and check the school and class stories frequently. Get to know your child’s teacher and stay updated on class and school events. I would also like to encourage you to get involved in our school improvement efforts throughout the year and join us at quarterly school improvement meetings. We are thrilled with the additions for this year that include of our new reading library, before and aftercare room, and indoor P.E. room.
I am extremely excited to share this school year with you and your child. Please take a moment to stop by the office and introduce your self, or just say hi! I can’t emphasize enough that building a strong partnership between home and school is so important and pivotal to your child’s educational journey.
Thank you for choosing and entrusting LFPA as we embark on a wonderful year full of academic adventures!
Principal, LFPA Alta Mesa
Our staff spotlight for the month of September goes to Mrs. Combs, our fabulous third grade teacher!
Mrs. Combs spent her first few years as a second-grade teacher. This year she decided she was ready to take on the challenge of third graders and their first state test this year. Each year she continues to grow professionally and even took on the leadership role of running our Culture Committee!
We are so proud of her and her dedication shows in everything she does. Mrs. Combs goes above and beyond for her students and our school. She strives to make sure each individual student gets what he or she needs through the strategic use of her centers. Her classroom management abilities are far above par, yet she always shows her students true compassion and love. Her passion is teaching, and she is dedicated to being here each day to instill a love for lifelong learning in every student who crosses her path.
When Mrs. Combs is not busy with the countless hours she dedicates to our school, you will probably find her spending quality time with her children and family.
Thank you, Mrs. Combs for all you do for our LFPA family!
Our team consistently reviews, develops, and refines LFPA Alta Mesa’s school improvement goals. We are always thriving to prepare every student to be college and career ready. Our school improvement plan is aimed at measurable goals that will help raise student achievement. We have implemented several strategies for students that will help to attain these goals for our students and our school.
It is a requirement for every student to create a SMART goal. Every student will have one personalized academic goal that will be Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant, and Timely. We ask that parents take time to discuss the goal their child creates, and make SMART goals a regular part of discussion in your household. Ask your student the following questions:
How did you identify your goal?
How are you tracking your goal?
How will you know when you have achieved your goal?
Where are you currently at in reaching your goal?
Are you keeping up with your action plan?
A second strategy is introducing students to the Recall note taking method. Recall notes are similar to Cornell notes, but easier for school aged children. We have found that most of our students don’t understand the purpose of note taking nor do they understand how to properly study notes. We utilize Recall Notes school-wide. Every student in every grade will use only Recall Notes for any type of note taking. Information describing Recall Notes along with a sample note page is sent home with every student. This will help parents in assisting students with studying at home.
Parental assistance plays a huge role in student success. Thank you for your on going support as we create new and innovative ways to help our students achieve success.
We are consistently looking for and finding new ways to strive for academic excellence among our students. If you have any questions about our school improvement efforts or the strategies feel free to call me at 480-807-1100.
Nikki Triggs, Principal
Student’s Entered Poems for LFPA Alta Mesa Anti-Bullying Program.
To view: Click on the poems below this letter.
LFPA has committed to each student’s success by creating an atmosphere where students can learn in a safe environment that is free of discrimination, violence and bullying. There is no excuse to tolerate or accept poor behavior.
Our school has an on-going anti-bullying program and school staff work daily on setting the stage for students to have meaningful involvement and take pledges to be bully free; as well as building lessons on character and anti-bullying into our current curriculum.
Parents and students have an equally important role to play in helping to prevent bullying at our school. Parents are the first and most important contribution in teaching children the importance of respect for others and valuing integrity. We ask that each parent take the time to address the issue of bullying with your child at home and the lifetime negative impact that can result from being a victim of bullying.
Bullying will not be tolerated from LFPA students in any form. Students found guilty of bullying will have firm consequences that could result in expulsion.
Thank you for helping us keep LFPA a safe “home” away from home for our students and their families!
Ms. Triggs, Alta Mesa Director
Learning Foundation and Performing Arts and Learning Foundation Policy:
Cell Phones, Voice Recorders and Electronic Devices:
Students are encouraged to leave all electronic devices of any type at home.
Students are not allowed to have cell phones, pagers, laser pointers or any type of electronic device or sound reproducing equipment, including voice recorder watches or wristbands, on any Learning Foundation school grounds or transportation vehicles. (Recording conversations without consent is a violation of Arizona wiretapping law A.R.S. 13-3005)
Students are strongly encouraged to leave phones and devices at home. When entering the school students may check (leave) any phones or devices they bring at the front office before school and check them out at the end of the school day.
Cell phones or any other devices that are visible or can be heard making noise within campus boundaries or in school vehicles will be confiscated by LFPA staff and a disciplinary referral form will be completed and sent to the principal/site director. Violations will be subject to the following consequences:
• First offense: Phone or device will be confiscated and released to the student at the end of the school day.
• Second offense: Phone or device will be confiscated and released to the parent at the end of the school day.
• Third offense: Phone or device will be confiscated and sent to the district office. The parent or legal guardian must pick up the phone or device at the district office location in Gilbert.
• Fourth offense: Students who continue to violate this policy face further consequences including phone or device held until the end of the school year and possible suspension.
The District, Schools, and Employees are not responsible for lost or stolen electronic devices.
***Parents are our Working Partners***
At LFPA schools we value our parents as working partners. In order to have successful school/home partnerships we feel it is important for parents to be knowledgeable about the many components that are involved in the education of our students. We ask that you take a moment to read over the following important points and contact your school or the district if there are any topics you would like more information on.
1. Are you aware of your schools mission and vision? If you are unsure of the school’s purpose we encourage you to read the mission and vision statements posted at the school, on the website and in the student handbook. We are proud of being devoted to what we do, and hope that you share in our pride by helping your student(s) to be aware of and understand the goals of their school. We hope that you will talk to your children regularly about our mission and vision.
2. Are you aware of our School Improvement Plan and ongoing efforts to improve the quality of education your child receives? The School Improvement Plan is an on going process. We hold quarterly School Improvement meetings to address and revisit school goals and continually review and revise strategies and improvement actions. We also value your input as stakeholders.
3. Are you aware of support services offered at your school? We are proud to offer multiple support services at our schools. We have an excellent special education team to address the needs of students with disabilities. We also offer Title One support services and tutoring to academically at-risk students.
4. Are you aware of our school’s governing board? Our district governing board helps with important school decisions. The governing board oversees all operations including school policy, school budgets, curriculum, etc. Governing board meeting notices are always posted on our front door at least 48 hours before meetings and on our website.
5. Are you aware of what goes on in your child’s classroom and how to communicate regularly with teachers? Our teachers are required to post class objectives in visible areas of the classroom. You are welcome to visit your child’s class and view the objective board any time. Feel free to ask teachers questions about your child’s specific learning needs, curriculum, etc. Parents may always reach teachers by direct phone calls or email. Responses to questions, comments, or concerns will always be addressed within 24 business hours.
6. Are you aware you should be talking with your student regularly about what he or she is learning at school? We implore you to communicate regularly with your child about what is going on in the classroom. Here are some ideas to help engage your child in school discussions.
- Ask your child if he/she understands the learning expectations in school.
- Ask your child to explain lessons they have learned and to provide you examples on how those lessons relate to every day life.
- Ask your child what type of assessments they are taking in school.
- Ask your child what adult advocate they have at school who they could depend on and trust. Who is that adult? How do they help your child? What does he/she do to help your child feel safe and encouraged?
We hope this message is informative for our families. We encourage feedback from our families should you ever have questions, comments, or suggestions. Thank you for trusting LFPA to meet the academic needs of your children.