Our Principal - Mr. Toby Haugen
As a reminder our school is working to intentionally focus on the 5 Whole Child Tenets: Healthy, Safe, Engaged, Supported, and Challenged.
Healthy – Each student enters school healthy and learns about and practices a healthy lifestyle.
In January we started a weight loss challenge for any staff member who would like to participate. This will be the second challenge this year. Our first place winner in round one had a 7% reduction in weight. Additionally, we are working to build a fitness center that is appropriate for student and staff use. Mr. Longnion has received several donations of fitness equipment and is currently completing the organization of the Skyline Ranch K-8 Fitness Center. Our goal is to have it operational after spring break.
We have kicked off our spring fundraiser, a school-wide Fun Run. Students will have the opportunity to run a course set up on our sports fields. Our goal is to promote health and wellness as we raise funds for playground and courtyard improvements as well as instruments for our music department.
Mrs. Miller, our school psychologist, and I are working to create partnerships with local health organizations to provide supports within our school for students and their families. We are encouraged by the enthusiasm of our community to participate in our initiatives.
Safe – Each student learns in an environment that is physically and emotionally safe for students and adults.
We finished our third and final year of PBIS training last week. Our Tier III team training was focused on providing individualized behavioral interventions which reinforce expectations, rules, routines, and teach students how to manage their own behavior. Throughout this year our PBIS teams have been providing professional development on behavioral support for students at all three levels of support. We have focused on the behaviors, triggers, consequences, and function of the behavior. The better the adults on our campus understand those four components of student behavior, the better we will be able to react to behaviors and also change behavior.
We are working to teach, model, and provide opportunities to practice social-emotional skills, including effective listening, conflict resolution, problem solving, personal reflection and responsibility, and ethical decision making through small, specifically tailored, social groups. At the end of February these groups started meeting and we are tracking behavioral data to see the impact of this intervention.
Additionally, Mrs. Dania Allen, school psychologist at San Tan Heights K-8, has been working with our 3-5 grade students. Students have been attending bully prevention seminars throughout the month of February.
Engaged – Each student is actively engaged in learning and is connected to the school and broader community.
Our teachers have been very focused on student learning profiles as a way of differentiating student learning. At it’s most basic, learning profiles describe how students best learn and interpret information: Visual-Spatial, Bodily-Kinesthetic, Musical, Interpersonal, Intrapersonal, Linguistic, and Logical-Mathematical.
Supported – Each student has access to personalized learning and is supported by qualified caring adults.
In February our 3rd – 8th grade students took benchmarks in ELA and Math. Teachers have gone through the data from those tests and are using the Study Island program to provide students with some individualized support targeted to the standards in which a mark of proficient or highly proficient was not received. Study Island is a web based resource available to our teachers for easy creation of intervention lessons that meet the demands of engagement and rigor.
Challenged – Each student is challenged academically and prepared for success in college or further study and for employment and participation in a global environment.
Our middle school students have the opportunity to take Teen Leadership as one of their electives throughout the year. This year-long course provides support to prepare students for further education, career, and citizenship. is an immersive, participatory experience that builds personal responsibility and leadership skills through role plays, group activities, speeches, and projects. The course follows an illustrated Student Manual and comprehensive Course Leader’s Guide that includes digital and hard-copy activities, handouts, and detailed daily lessons. This is our second year offering this course. We have seen many students make huge growth in their ability to strive for academic success and develop the skills necessary for future employment!
Thank you for the opportunity to lead at Skyline Ranch K-8. This staff has an unending desire for success. They truly embody our mantra Believe, Succeed, Lead!
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2016-2017 Important Information
2016 - 2017 Parent Planner
All visitors must present a picture identification card (Driver’s License, State Identification Card, etc.) to the front office.
The office will present our visitors with a sticker indicating their visitor status.
Identification cards will be held in the office for all visitors until their time of departure.
Once a visitor has signed-out, their identification card will be returned to them.
These procedures assist the school with identifying visitors on campus in the event of an emergency by ensuring visitors remember to sign-out upon leaving the school. We appreciate your cooperation and understanding.
**ATTENTION PARENTS OF ATHLETES**
Banner Ironwood Medical Center will be providing FREE Sports Physicals and other health services to uninsured students. This will take place every Thursday from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm at 3700 N. Gantzel Rd., San Tan Valley.
2016-2017 School Hours:
*Due to K-3 elective schedules and school wide end of the day procedures, we are not able to call students to the office for early pickup after 3:00 pm. On Early Release days, this time will be 12:30 pm. Thank you for understanding.
There have been some really great things going on at Skyline Ranch K-8 this year. Many of you have left messages for me or have expressed your excitement to teachers and parent leaders. Thank you for sharing your enthusiasm with us. I would like to ask you to take a moment and rate our school on GreatSchools.com. GreatSchools.com is a resource that many people moving to our area use when choosing a school district and a specific school. I believe there has been a noticeable shift in the culture of Skyline Ranch K-8. Please share your thoughts and rate our school!
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What Skyline Ranch K-8 Has To Offer
*Interscholastic sports program
*Before and After school tutoring
*Special Education services
*Free/Reduced lunch and breakfast
*Title 1 services
Every classroom is outfitted with the latest technology:
*40 Tablets or Google Chromebooks in Each Grade