August is Attendance Awareness Month

Phoenix #1 proclaimed August “Attendance Awareness” month because we understand the strong relationship between good attendance at school and student achievement.
In fact, studies show that students with poor attendance in the early years tend to struggle with achievement throughout the rest of their school years. And, good attendance leads to high school graduation!

For more information, please read here about the effects of poor attendance.

A Colorado River Adventure: Our Field Trip

Fifty students from Bethune School went on the adventure of a lifetime, traveling to the Colorado River!

Bethune students on colorado river

These students had the opportunity to float on a raft down a calm portion of the Colorado River. Additionally, they studied geology and traveled the paths that begin the Grand Canyon. They also had an opportunity to visit the Wupatki and Sunset Crater National Monuments.

For four years, Bethune 6th grade math and science teacher Mrs. Stanchik has worked with Arizona Project WET (APV) in conjunction with the University of Arizona to instruct students on water stewardship through STEM literacy. Over the years, Bethune’s students have visited Rio Salado River on several occasions, conducted hands-on investigations, and presented in regional competitions based on water conservation.


All of these activities focused on how Arizona receives its water from the Colorado River and its importance to the biodiversity of the area. In order to build upon that the science foundation, Bethune teachers planned a trip so the students could actually see what they have studied and learned about.

These students had the opportunity to step outside of the walls of the 85007 zip code and see what the rest of this state has to offer. This experience will greatly add to their cultural knowledge as Arizonians. Thanks to everyone who helped make this once-in-a-lifetime trip a reality for our students!


Partnering to Test the Drinking Water on Our Campuses

May 11, 2017

Dear Phoenix #1 Families & Community;

At Phoenix Elementary School District #1, we have been working with the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality (ADEQ) to conduct screening programs to determine if there is a presence of lead in school drinking water. ADEQ is coordinating with multiple state and local agencies, public water systems and public schools to proactively conduct these screening tests.

Bethune School drinking water was tested. There were no samples obtained that indicated a presence of lead in the drinking water above 15 parts of lead per billion parts of water (15 ppb). This is the level that is in compliance with federal drinking water standards.

We are pleased with these results. We will continue to work with ADEQ to insure the drinking water on our campuses is safe for students and staff. The safety and health of our students and staff is our number one priority.

Should you have further questions regarding this topic, there is information available at or you can speak to Principal, Dr. Ronnie Pitre or call my office at 602-257-2912.


Mr. Larry Weeks,
Superintendent, Phoenix Elementary School District #1


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17 de noviembre de 2017

Estimadas Familias y Comunidad de Phoenix #1;

En el Distrito Escolar Primario #1 de Phoenix, hemos estado trabajando con el Departamento de Calidad Ambiental de Arizona (cuyas siglas en inglés son ADEQ) para llevar a cabo programas de investigación para determinar si hay presencia de plomo en el agua potable de las escuelas. ADEQ está coordinando con varias agencias estatales y locales, sistemas públicos de agua y escuelas públicas para llevar a cabo proactivamente estas pruebas de detección.

Se revisó el agua potable de la Escuela Capitol. Ninguna de las muestras obtenidas indicó la presencia de plomo en el agua potable superior a 15 partes de plomo por mil millones de partes de agua (15 ppb). Este es el nivel que cumple con las normas federales del agua potable.

Estamos satisfechos con estos resultados. Seguiremos trabajando con ADEQ para asegurar que el agua potable en nuestras escuelas es segura para los estudiantes y el personal. La seguridad y la salud de nuestros estudiantes y personal es nuestra prioridad número uno.

Si usted tiene más preguntas sobre este tema, hay información disponible en o usted puede hablar con el Director, el Dr. Ronnie Pitre o llamar a mi oficina al 602-257-2912.


Sr. Larry Weeks,
Superintendente, Distrito Escolar Primario #1 de Phoenix

Meet Jason, the 2017 Univision Student of the Week.

Meet Jason, Bethune’s 2017 Univision Student of the Week! Learn more about Jason’s impact on Bethune School in the video below.

2017 Flu Letter

February 21, 2017

The flu is hitting us late this year compared to the rest of the United States.   A combination of the following symptoms could mean you have the flu:

  • Fever (usually high)
  • Headache
  • Feeling very tired
  • Dry cough
  • Sore throat
  • Runny or stuffy nose
  • Muscle aches
  • Nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea are more common in children

In our schools we have been seeing a lot of students with fevers, coughing and with vomiting. We need to work together to keep our students healthy. The most important way to prevent the flu is to keep hands clean. We need to wash our hands often and thoroughly with soap and water. If this is not possible, then hand sanitizer can be used. Other measures to keep in mind to stay healthy include:

  • Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze and discard the tissue, or use the inside of your elbow to block the cough/sneeze.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
  • Do not return to school until you are fever free for at least 24 hours and have not used fever-reducing medications during those 24 hours.
  • Since the flu is contagious both before and after symptoms begin and end, it is best to stay at home until you are fully well and not experiencing a fever, vomiting or diarrhea at least 24 hours.

The best protection from the flu is receiving your flu shot. It is not too late to do this. To locate clinic near you visit or call 211 within Arizona or toll free 1-877-211-8661 from anywhere.

Since you are contagious the day before you feel ill until the symptoms stop, it is best to stay home during this time of illness to help control the spread of the flu at school.

Thank you for your efforts in keeping all of our children healthy,


Lynette Wiltgen MSN, RN

Health and Wellness Coordinator


Febrero 21, 2017

La temporada de gripe ha llegado tarde este año en comparación del resto de los Estados Unidos.  Una combinación de los siguientes síntomas podría significar que usted tiene gripe:

  • Fiebre (generalmente alta)
  • Dolor de cabeza
  • Sentirse muy cansado
  • Tos seca
  • Dolor de garganta
  • Flujo nasal o nariz tapada
  • Dolores musculares náuseas, los vómitos y la diarrea son más comunes con los niños

En nuestras escuelas hemos visto que muchos de nuestros alumnos con fiebre, tos y vomito.  Necesitamos trabajar en conjunto para mantener a nuestros estudiantes sanos.  La forma más importante de prevenir la gripe es mantener las manos limpias.  Debemos lavarnos las manos con frecuencia y abundante agua y jabón.   Si esto no es posible necesitamos usar desinfectante de manos.  Otras medidas que pueden hacer para mantenerse saludable incluyen:

  • Cúbrase la nariz y la boca con un pañuelo desechable al toser o estornudar y deseche el pañuelo, también puedes utilizar el interior de su codo para bloquear la tos / estornudo.
  • Evite tocarse los ojos, nariz y boca.
  • No regresar a la escuela hasta que esté libre de fiebre durante al menos 24 horas y no ha utilizado medicamentos contra la fiebre durante esas 24 horas.
  • Dado que la gripe es contagiosa tanto antes como después de que los síntomas empiezan y terminan lo mejor es quedarse en casa hasta que esté completamente saludable y no haya experimentado fiebre, vomito o diarrea por al menos 24 horas.

La mejor protección para la gripe es tomar una inyección contra la gripe.  No es muy tarde para hacer esto.  Para localizar una clínica cerca de usted, también puede comunicarse al 211 dentro del estado de Arizona o al número gratuito 1-877-211-8661 desde cualquier lugar.

Dado a que la gripe es contagiosa es mejor quedarse en casa al momento de sentir los síntomas hasta sentirse bien.  Es mejor quedarse en casa durante la enfermedad para ayudar a controlar la propagación de la gripe en la escuela.

Gracias por ayudarnos a mantener a nuestros niños sanos.


Lynette Wiltgen MSN, RN

Coordinadora de Salud y Bienestar

Share Your Thoughts in Our Strategic Planning Survey

Phoenix Elementary School District #1 wants your input for the 2025 Strategic Plan being developed.  It will be a plan that will identify our goals and strategies to deliver a 1st Class Education to our students and families. It will carry us through to 2025, but of course it will be edited along the years as things change and require updates and tweaks.

To help in this process, we want to understand your perspective to help us build a better future for the students in this district. Please take a bit of time to help by completing this survey.  If you would like to arrange for an individual discussion or serve in a focus group, please e-mail

Our survey timeline is between Tuesday, Feb 21, 2017 and Thursday, March 2, 2017.
Thank you for sharing your thoughts.

You can complete the survey at

El Distrito Escolar Primario #1 de Phoenix desea su opinión para el Plan Estratégico 2025 que está siendo desarrollado. Será un plan que identificará nuestros objetivos y estrategias para ofrecer una Educación de 1aClase a nuestros estudiantes y familias. Nos llevará hasta el año 2025, pero por supuesto será editado a través de los años conforme cambien las cosas y requieran actualizaciones y ajustes.

Para ayudar en este proceso, queremos entender su punto de vista para que  nos ayude a construir un futuro mejor para los estudiantes en este distrito. Por favor saque un poco de tiempo para ayudar a completar esta encuesta.  Si desea organizar una discusión individual o servir en un grupo de enfoque, por favor envíe un correo electrónico a

Nuestro período de tiempo para la encuesta es entre el martes 21 de febrero de 2017 y el jueves 2 de marzo de 2017.

Gracias por compartir sus ideas. 

Bethune Nutrition Fair – October 21

phx1_nutritionfairPhoenix #1’s Child Nutrition Department hosted a Nutrition Fair at Central Kitchen on October 21.

staff volunteers at the nutrition fair at Bethune

In fulfillment of the goals set forth by the Fresh Fruit & Vegetable Program, the fair featured 5 stations with different activities. This first fair hosted students from Bethune School, grades 1-3. Approximately 160 students attended!

Students play ski ball at the nutrition fair

Activities included: Farmers Market Toss, Nutrition Education, Snack Station, and Trivia.

Goals of the Fresh Fruit & Vegetable Program:

  • Create healthier school environments by providing healthier food choices
  • Expand the variety of fruits and vegetables children experience
  • Increase children’s fruit and vegetable consumption
  • Make a difference in children’s diets to impact their present and future health



Join us at High School Night!



Mark your calendars! High School Night is November 2 in the Herrera Performing Arts Center, 1350 S 11th St, Phoenix, AZ 85034.

Seventh and eighth grade families from all schools are welcome to join us from 5 to 7 p.m. to discover all the available options for the important transition to high school.

Download event flyer for more information: English | Spanish

A Safety Message from the Phoenix Police Department


Dear Phoenix #1 Parents & Community;
Because many schools and students across our country have recently been threatened (some by people posing as clowns), and because a few of our students received Facebook threats this week, we want to share this message with you from the Phoenix Police Department.  Please also carefully review these tips and discuss with your children.


  • Immediately report any unusual or threatening messages to a parent and a teacher.
  • Be very cautious about accepting messages from people you don’t know.
  • Do not “check in” at locations.
  • Consider leaving Facebook accounts inactive or increasing parental supervision.
  • Parents, please take all unusual behavior seriously and insure it is reported.
  • Remember, Facebook requires users to be at least 13 years old to create an account.

For information about Internet safety, please visit:

Mr. Larry Weeks
CEO, Phoenix Elementary School District #1

A Safety Message from the Phoenix Police Department

Over the last several days, the Phoenix Police Department, along with law enforcement agencies across the country, have been inundated with reports of threats made via social media to various schools. In the Phoenix area alone, nearly two dozen schools were mentioned via social media with a variety of threats of violence. Threats of violence are never funny and require a huge amount of resources to effectively analyze and investigate. Additionally, they have an emotional impact on those targeted. In these recent cases, our children and our schools were targeted. Fortunately, no one followed through on any of the threats but that does not diminish their disruption to our schools and law enforcement offices. Our schools report unusually high number of absences due to the fear of violence.

The Phoenix Police Department wants to make some things very clear to those who choose to participate in threatening behavior. It is not a joke. It is a felony. All threats are taken seriously and vigorously investigated.

Three local juveniles have been arrested regarding some of the recent threats. Others have been identified and investigations into their activities is continuing.

Consequences: Although additional federal offenses may be considered and investigated by the FBI, the most common Arizona State Codes violated are Hoax, a class 4 felony with requirements for restitution for the emergency response and investigation generated. Disruption of an educational facility, a class 6 felony. Threatening and intimidating, a class 1 misdemeanor.

Electronic devices such as computers, laptops, cell phones, etc. are often seized as evidence for the duration of the investigation.

Additionally, students involved are subject to school discipline including suspension or expulsion.

Please help us share this message by sharing our Facebook posting.


Estimados padres y miembros de la comunidad de Phoenix Elementary School District #1,

Porque muchas escuelas y estudiantes en todo el país han sido amenazados (algunas personas haciéndose pasar por payasos), y porque algunos de nuestros estudiantes recibieron amenazas a través de Facebook esta semana, queremos compartir este mensaje con usted desde el Departamento de policía de Phoenix. Por favor, también revisen cuidadosamente estos consejos para discutir con sus hijos.

Consejos para compartir con sus hijos: 

  • Reporten inmediatamente cualquier mensaje inusual o amenazante a un padre y un maestro.

  • Sean muy cuidadosos acerca de aceptar mensajes de personas que no conozcan.
  • No usen “check in” en lugares. 
  • Consideren dejar cuentas de Facebook inactivos o tengan mayor supervisión de los padres. 
  • Padres, por favor, tomen todas amenzas y comportamiento inusuales seriamente y asegure que se informe a las propias autoridades.
  • Recuerden, Facebook obliga a los usuarios que por lo menos  tengan 13 años para crear una cuenta.

Para obtener más información sobre seguridad en Internet, visite

Mr. Larry Weeks
CEO, Phoenix Elementary School District #1

En los últimos días, el Departamento de Policía de Phoenix, junto con otras agencias policiacas en todo el país, se han visto inundados con informes de amenazas hechas a través de los medios sociales a varias escuelas. En el área de Phoenix, por ejemplo, casi dos docenas de escuelas fueron mencionados a través de los medios sociales con una gran variedad de amenazas de violencia.

Las amenazas de violencia nunca son divertidas y requieren una gran cantidad de recursos efectivos para analizar e investigar. Además, tienen un impacto emocional en los afectados. En estos últimos casos, nuestros hijos y nuestras escuelas fueron atacados. Afortunadamente, nadie dio a completar estas amenazas, pero que no se disminuya la interrupción en nuestras escuelas y oficinas encargados de hacer cumplir la ley. Durante estas amenazas, nuestras escuelas han reportado un alto número de ausencias debido al temor a la violencia.

El Departamento de Policía de Phoenix, quiere hacer algunas cosas muy claras para aquellos que eligen participar en conducta amenazadora. No es una broma. Esto es un delito. Todas las amenazas son tomadas en serio y rigurosamente investigados.

Tres menores locales han sido arrestados en relación con algunas de las últimas amenazas. Otros han sido identificados y las investigaciones de sus actividades continúa.

Consecuencias: Aunque los delitos federales adicionales pueden ser examinados e investigados por el FBI, el más común de los códigos de Arizona violado es el “hoax”, con requisitos para la restitución a la respuesta de emergencia y la investigación generada. Interrupción de una institución educativa. La amenaza y la intimidación. Estos crimenes son serios y la carcel es mandatoria.

Tambien en esto crimenes, officiales pueden tomar de las personas computadoras, telephones cellulares, computadoras portatiles, etc. Estos objetos son tomados como evidencia para la duración de la investigación.

Además, los estudiantes involucrados están sujetos a la disciplina escolar, incluyendo la suspensión o expulsión.
Por favor ayúdanos a compartir este mensaje por compartir nuestra publicación de Facebook.

Phoenix #1 Student of the Week Featured on Univision

Phoenix #1 is highlighting an excelling student every week from each of our 13 schools. With help from Univision we share these students’ accomplishments with the community on Univision’s 10 pm news every Thursday. Tune in to channel 33 to learn about student of the week!


Meet Kimberly, the student of the week from ‪‎Bethune‬! Kimberly is a positive force for all students on campus. She is a member of the basketball, volleyball, and softball teams! She is the Recipient of the PUHS Alumni Association Scholarship and will be attending Cesar Chavez High School in the fall.