“From the Wild West to the Nation’s Best”
Again, the direction set for our district by our governing board is reflected in the 2014-2015 GESD #32 Governing Board Goals. The Governing Board continues to support our district’s efforts as we continue our march toward excellence. They have identified our elementary district as “An Early College Preparation” school district, preparing our students for the future today. Some of the major milestones in meeting the board goals are:
• Three Elementary Schools received an “A” rating by the Arizona Department of Education. Arizona Desert received their first “A”, Desert View received their 2nd “A”, and Ed Pastor received their 3rd consecutive “A” rating.
• Three schools received a “B” rating from the state. San Luis Middle School and Rio Elementary received their first “B”, while Cesar Chavez received their 3rd consecutive B.
• Both Southwest Junior High and Gadsden Elementary received a “C” rating.
• Mr. Jesus Arrizon was awarded the Esperanza Award by Chicanos Por La Causa. The official ceremony was to take place in Phoenix on October 23. Mr. Arrizon was awarded $5,000 and Southwest Jr. High received $2,500.
• Arizona Western College continues to provide college courses for our 6th, 7th, and 8th grade Gadsden students. One 7th grade student will take College Pre-Calculus this year and will be the first student to take College Calculus in the 8th grade.
• The 2nd Academic Salute by John’s Hopkins University to our school district and community for the identification, placement and participation of so many students in college programs throughout the United States took place in September 2014. We thank our district personnel for making this possible. A special thanks goes to Mr. Homero Chavez, Mr. Jesus Arrizon, and Mrs. Martha Brown for helping with the identification process, instruction, and massive paperwork necessary for student participation. Over 150 students attended college programs this summer with more than $700,000 in scholarship funds from John’s Hopkins University.
• This summer, “High Honors” students in the ACT Testing program from Arizona, were invited to a special recognition program at the University of Arizona. Of the approximately 54 students identified in Arizona, 49 were students from our school district. Parents were provided transportation by our school district.
• Invitation to our Internationally known GESD#32 Marching Band, led by Mr. Martin Peralta Sr. and Martin Peralta Jr., to participate in Madrid, Spain parade in 2016. Only two marching bands from the United States were invited to participate.
• In September, the Gadsden Elementary School District Mariachi, led by Mr. Luis Villegas and Mr. Leo Neblina, spent 7 days with all expenses included at the Mariachi Festival in Guadalajara, Mexico.
• After their London trip, the Gadsden Elementary Marching Band was placed in the United States Congressional Record by Congressman Raul Grijalva.