Cherokee Elementary School Home Page

Phone: 480-484-8700
Fax: 480-484-8701
Absence Line: 480-484-8705
Office Hours: 8:00am - 3:30pm
School Hours: 8:45am - 3:15pm
Cherokee Elementary School
8801 N. 56th Street
Paradise Valley, AZ 85253    
Walt Chantler, Principal
Paul Andersen, Assistant Principal

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District Announcements
SUSD to Host PBIS Film Festival

The Scottsdale Unified School District (SUSD) will host a Positive Behavior Intervention Supports (PBIS) Film Festival from 5-7 p.m. on April 30 at Coronado High School, 7501 E. Virginia Ave. Scottsdale 85257. See PBIS Film Festival

Superintendent Dr. David J. Peterson's April Letter
This is a busy time of year for all at Scottsdale Unified School District (SUSD), and it’s hard to believe that we only have eight weeks left in the school year. We still have a lot of work ahead of us. As I write this, we are in the middle of AIMS testing. Our teachers have done a great job and our students are well prepared! During this school year, we have had many student and staff accomplishments of which we are extremely proud. See April Letter
Home of the Chargers!
Cherokee earned an "A" rating for the 2012-2013 school year. 

Cherokee earned an "A" rating from the Dept. of Education again, for a third year in a row.  In addition, Cherokee earned an Excelling label in the years 2003-2010 before the ADE changed their rating system. 

Cherokee earned the A+ School of Excellence award from the Arizona Education Foundation in 2013.  Only 90 schools in the State of Arizona have earned this prestigious award.
Band and Strings option for 5th Graders

Band and strings will be offered to 5th grade students at middle schools for the 2014-2015 school year. 

Band and strings classes will be scheduled during the first hour of the day at all middle schools (the hour before school begins at elementary schools).  Students who enroll in band or strings will attend class at the middle school in their elementary school’s feeder pattern.  Parents will have the option of dropping their son or daughter off at the middle school or having them ride the middle school bus to school.  A bus will be provided to transport students from the middle school back to their elementary school.

A message from SUSD Administration

On April 11, 2014 the Governing Board voted unanimously to adopt a modified schedule for K-5 elementary schools that includes a Wednesday early release. This decision was made after the following data was provided to the Board:
*15 out of 19 elementary school principals preferred the early release Wednesday to a shortened schedule (9 am- 3:10 pm) every day.
*With a 60% response rate of all elementary teachers in K-5 schools, 71% (263) of teachers prefer the early release Wednesday option.
*Of the 74 parent group leaders who responded, 44% prefer the early release Wednesday option while 56% prefer the shortened day option.
This decision is to accommodate the loss of half of the specials (art, music, PE)  in elementary schools to help absorb the reduction of the M & O override.  Next year the early release time will be at 1:00pm. 
The K-5 elementary school schedule for 2014-2015 school year protects the integrity of instructional time for Language Arts, math, science, and social studies while at the same time accounting for the impact of lost teacher planning time through the reduction of elementary specials. 

Young Rembrandt's Drawing Classes
Lego Engineering Camp
Congratulations to Sophia W.

Fourth Grader Sophia placed in the Top 20 out of 43 spellers at the Regional Spelling Bee. She was competing against students up to 8th Grade. We are very proud of you Sophia!!
Dodgeball Tournament Winners!!

Congratulations to the following teams:

1st Grade:  Killer Coyotes

2nd Grade:  Heat

3rd Grade:  Blazers

4th Grade:  Neon Nikes

5th Grade:  Thunder

A message from the Library

 NEW resources for your students
These resources are always available on your school library website or they can be accessed directly via the links in this email.

For students in grades K-12
Bookshare is an accessible online library for people with print disabilities. It is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs.
Bookshare books are available only for students with a print disability and an IEP or 504 Plan. Students will be set up with Bookshare by their special education teachers.
The online library includes just about every book our student would want to read, everything from  Fault in Our Stars to Diary of a Wimpy Kid. The library also includes textbooks.
Contact your special education teachers for information about how to help your students access Bookshare. You may also find help on the SUSD Assistive Technology website.
The link is available without going through the library pages, but it will be on our list of audiobooks just in case someone doesn’t hear about it from another source.

For students in grades K-5
Storyline is sponsored by the Screen Actors Guild Foundation and offers some top-notch ebook content. Each book begins with a cameo with the SAG reader, but moves quickly to what we consider traditional ebook format. All books are closed captioned

How to find your school library page.

Cherokee is going "Green!"

In an attempt to go “green”, we will not be sending home individual vendor flyers in backpacks.  These will be included on the Cherokee website and in the front office.   In the future, we will announce what new flyers are available in the office.

Thank you,

The Cherokee Office Staff
Congratulations to Charros Teacher of the Year, Jenni Holland!!

Scottsdale Charros and SUSD Announce the 2014 Outstanding Students and Educators
Way to go Ms. Holland!

Congratulations to all Charros Teachers in the Scottsdale Unified School District as well as the Cherokee Charros teachers nominated throughout the years.

Past Cherokee Charros Teachers of the Year:

1993 Georgie Adams 2004 Stacey Greene
1994 Stephanie Carmody 2005 Steve Ouchi*
1995 Shirley Thorne 2006 Rose Riney
1996 B.J. Wiggins 2007 Pam Hornbeck
1997 Mary Cree 2008 Dana Bair*
1998 Lynne Carroll 2009 Bronwyn Milhaven
1999 Julie Sparks 2010 Diane Dodge
2000 Holly Rich 2011 Michael Wacaser*
2001 Patty Geninatti 2012 Amy Miller*
2002 Sheila Clasby* 2013 John Avianantos*
2003 Barbara Paulson 2014 Jenni Holland

* Active Cherokee Teachers

Cherokee teachers Judy Droz and Cathy Weise have also been awarded the Charros Outstanding Teacher of the Year! Both of these educators received their nominations when they were teaching at other SUSD schools. 

Cherokee Running Club for Grades K-2

Nurse Ellie is starting a running club for K-2 students on Tuesday and Thursday mornings from 8:20 to 8:40.

Please click here for more information.

To download the sign-up sheet, please click here.
Voluntary Student Insurance

Click on the link below for more info.

Cherokee earns an A+ School of Excellence™ Award!!

Cherokee Elementary School will host its A+ School of Excellence celebration ceremony at 9 a.m. on May 10, 8801 N. 56th St. Paradise Valley 85253. This is the first time that Cherokee has been honored with this award by the Arizona Education Foundation (AEF). A+ Schools are evaluated through an extensive application and rigorous site visit by the AEF A+ review panel, which consist of teachers, administrators, community volunteers and business leaders. Preparation of each school's application involves its students, faculty, administration and surrounding community. See Cherokee A+

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