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Welcome, 2016-17 School Year!
Hello and welcome to the 2016-17 school year. We hope you are ready for an exciting year full of new experiences and opportunities. Teachers and staff at Safford Schools truly care about our students and are committed to providing a quality education for each of them. Academics are important to all of us and we realize that the more the world becomes increasingly competitive, the more prepared our students need to be. We also believe that a well-rounded student is more successful in school and in life. We encourage our students to get involved in school activities - the Arts, athletics, clubs, student council, and so much more.
This year looks to be an exciting one as we will see changes at Safford High School regarding the new “5-Day Modified Schedule.” Our hope is to see improved academic achievement and preparation for high school students. We look forward to seeing great things happen at all of our schools: Safford High School, Mount Graham High School, Safford Middle School, Dorothy Stinson School, Lafe Nelson School, and Ruth Powell School. We also feel that all of our teachers and staff at each grade level need time for professional development and improvement to be able to better serve our students. As a result, every Friday afternoon will be early release for students, which will allow teachers and staff to stay and receive the training they desire and need.
It is GREAT to be a BULLDOG! We hope that everyone who enters the doors of any building in the Safford Unified School District will feel the electricity of “Bulldog Pride!”
Thank you for checking out our website - we look forward to serving you!
~ Ken VanWinkle, Superintendent
Changes to Transportation Policies|
ALL parents/guardians of Safford Unified School District students there are changes to the Transportation Policies that will be put into effect at the beginning of the 2016-2017 school year.
In order for your child to ride a bus to/from school, you must come into the Transportation Office with your child, view a video, and sign all necessary paperwork.
The Transportation Office
1185 S. 14th Ave.
July 18, 2016 - August 5, 2016
Monday - Friday
8:00AM - 4:30PM
For after-hours appointments, contact transportation at the number below.
This new Transportation Policy is in place to help educate everyone on the importance of safety on school buses. At Safford Unified Schools, we are striving to create a safe, healthy environment for everyone.
If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to call the Transportation Office at (928) 348-7091 or (928) 348-7080.
Thank you for your cooperation,
Director of Transportation
Improving Communication for Nurses and Parents|
Safford Unified School District (with the exception of RPS) is excited to announce our migration to CareDox.com, a new communication tool for our parents and nurses. With this new tool, nurses can notify parents when their children visit the nurse’s office, and parents can provide the nurse with accurate student medical information. All information is stored securely and is HIPAA and FERPA compliant.
To start this process, WE NEED YOUR HELP! You received an email directly from CareDox.com with a personalized link to complete your child’s record. Please make time to complete the request. If you did not receive an email link, you can log into your PowerSchool Parent Portal and click on the CareDox link in the left-side menu. Or, you can also go to CareDox.com and select “Log In” then “Haven’t Signed Up? Register Here.” If you don’t have computer access, you can sign up by visiting your child’s school office.
The benefits of CareDox.com include:
--Streamlined medical information sharing between parent and nurse.
--Real-time notifications when your child visits the nurse's office.
--Accurate and portable vital information for daily and emergency use.
--Fill out your child's health profile ONCE, and update any changes each year, ensuring it is always up-to-date.
--Notifications when your child’s medicines dispensed at school are low and need refills.
--Peace of mind the school is fully aware of all of your child’s medical conditions.
Safford Unified School District's top priority is student safety and CareDox.com helps us ensure an efficient, streamlined means for coordinating the care of your child.
Welcome To Safford Schools!|
We are happy to have you at Safford Schools! Below is information to help make a smooth transition for your child into a new school.
If you have a student new to the District in Grades K-6, please contact Miss Lesley Huffenberger at the District Office at (928) 348-7025 or email@example.com. Or you may come to the District Office at 734 W. 11th Street between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 12:00 p.m. (noon) to complete the form that will place your child's name on the list for the 2016-17 school year. Students are placed at the school which has the fewest in that grade. At the end of July you will be notified by phone which school your child will attend.
Registration takes place at the school site beginning August 1st. The secretaries at the school assign the teacher according to the fewest number of students in the class. The secretaries also provide parents with information regarding lunches, buses, etc.
When enrolling, students new to the District must bring please bring the following documents with you.
• Original birth certificate (not hospital copy)
• Immunization record.
Additionally, proof of residency by the parent(s) or guardian(s) must be provided in the form of one (1) of the following documents, which bear the parent or legal guardian’s full name and residential address or physical description of the property where the student resides (no P.O. boxes):
• Valid Arizona driver’s license, Arizona identification card
• Valid Arizona motor vehicle registration
• Valid United States passport
• Property deed
• Mortgage documents
• Property tax bill
• Rental agreement or lease (including Section 8 agreement)
• Utility bill (water, electric, gas, cable, phone)
• Bank or credit card statement
• W-2 wage statement
• Payroll stub
• Certificate of tribal enrollment or other identification issued by a recognized
• Other documentation from a state, tribal, or federal agency (Social Security
Administration, Veterans’ Administration, Arizona Department of Economic
The school will provide a form for the parent to sign, requesting records from the previous District.
Three and four-year-olds with special needs may request screening for preschool. For more information please call Mrs. Kristen Walker at 928-348-7045.
The daily schedule for each school is as follows:
Dorothy Stinson School starts at 8:00 a.m. and ends at 2:00 p.m.
Lafe Nelson School starts at 8:10 a.m. and ends at 2:10 p.m.
Ruth Powell School starts at 8:15 a.m. and ends at 2:15 p.m.
Safford Middle School starts at 7:40 a.m. and ends at 2:58 p.m.
Safford High School starts at 7:30 a.m. and ends at 3:10 p.m.
Mt. Graham High School starts at 8:00 a.m. and ends at 3:00 p.m.
Students in Grades 7-8 will register for school at the Safford Middle School office at 612 11th Street. Please Safford Middle School web page for registration information.
New High School students, Grades 9-12, need to meet with a counselor before enrolling at Safford High School. The principal at our alternative high school, Mt. Graham High School, meets with students prior to enrolling. Please see Safford High School and Mt. Graham High School web pages for registration information.
Students residing outside District boundaries, wishing to attend Safford Schools, must submit an open enrollment application. Applications are available at the District Office or at this website under "Downloads" at the top of the page in the section titled "Enrolling Students." If you have any questions, please contact Miss Lesley Huffenberger (928) 348-7025 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
SAFFORD SCHOOLS ANNOUNCE SOME CALENDAR CHANGES BEGINNING IN 2016-17 |
Safford Unified School District announces some changes in the calendar beginning with the 2016-17 school year:
Safford High School:
SHS will be incorporating a “Five-Day Modified” schedule beginning with the 2016-17 school year. There will be information sent out with registration information in the current newsletter and on the SHS web page.
Monday through Thursday Schedules will be as follows:
Safford High School: 7:45am - 3:10pm
Safford Middle School: 7:40am - 2:58pm
Ruth Powell School: 8:15am - 2:15pm
Lafe Nelson School: 8:10am - 2:10pm
Dorothy Stinson School: 8:00am - 2:00pm
Safford Middle School, Ruth Powell School, Lafe Nelson School and Dorothy Stinson School will all dismiss early on Fridays to allow for teacher/staff in-service, collaboration meetings, trainings, etc.
Friday dismissal times are as follows:
Safford High School: 11:45am (for those invited or drop-ins)
Safford Middle School: 11:41am
Ruth Powell School: 12:35pm
Lafe Nelson School: 12:30pm
Dorothy Stinson School: 12:20pm
* Please note: The first two Fridays of each semester will be full school days. (No early release).
Mt. Graham High School will remain on their existing schedule.
We look forward to a Fantastic 2016-17 School Year!
2016-2017 School Calendar|
The 2016-2017 School Calendar was approved by the Governing Board at the February Board Meeting on Thursday, February 11th. A copy of the 2016-17 School Calendar is available under "Downloads" on our website.
We would like to extend appreciation to those who served on the Calendar Committee.
School events can be viewed on each school's website by clicking on the calendar button once you navigate to each school's website. You can also subscribe to any of the calendars from the calendar page.
|Arizona Children's Health Survey|
The Arizona Department of Health Services has launched the Arizona Children's Health Survey. The survey will identify children's health needs in Graham County ages birth to 17 years old.
Why is it important for you to participate by taking the survey?
The results will help identify what is currently working well for you in your community, related to children’s health. It may also identify areas that need improvement to help families meet their children’s needs in Graham County.
The survey is available online and mobile formats.
It takes 6-10 minutes to finish.
We are asking you to take the survey for each child in your care.
Example: If you are a family with 3 children, then you will take the survey for each child, in order for ADHS to capture age related information.
All information gathered in the survey is confidential and will not be shared. No user name, password or E-mail address is required:
PLEASE ACCESS THE SURVEY IN ENGLISH AND SPANISH AT:
Graham County Home Page - http://www.graham.az.gov
Click on Arizona Children's Health Survey
then scroll down for access to the survey links in English or Spanish
Thank you for participating in this very important survey
Results of the survey will be available in early 2017 and may be requested from the Office for Children with Special Health Care Needs. OCSHCN@azdhs.gov
Questions? Please call Graham County Health Department 928-792-5368
Children and Youth Website Launch|
The Graham County Health Department would like to introduce you to the new website for parents, youth, caregivers, grandparents, teachers, administrators, counselors, healthcare professionals and everyone who comes in contact with “Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs”. This website is very comprehensive and contains resources for everyone to access. After reviewing the site, there is a questionnaire at the bottom that you can make comments on. We will leave this questionnaire up for a few weeks. Please feel free to comment.
The Arizona Department of Health Services uses the Maternal and Child Health Bureau’s definition of Children with Special Health Care Needs as:
“Children up to age 21, who have or are at risk for a chronic physical, developmental, behavioral, emotional or potentially disabling condition and who also require health and related services of a type or amount beyond that required by children generally.”
Please access the website with the link below or through the Graham County Website.
This website was created and made available from funding provided by State of Arizona Department of Health Services, Healthy People, Healthy Communities, Health in Arizona Policy Initiative.
Health Programs Coordinator, Health in Arizona Policy Initiative (HAPI)
Graham County Health Department
820 West Main Street, Safford, AZ 85546
Click here to be redirected to the link mentioned above.
Consider Teaching for SUSD|
Safford Unified School District provides the following for teachers new to the district:
--Mentor Teacher for a Full Year
--Teacher Incentive Program
Please consider making SUSD your professional home. Use the link to apply online.
Click here to be redirected to the link mentioned above.
|Crisis Response Team Available|
Click here to be redirected to the Safford Schools Crisis Response Team Site.