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Important Parent Advisory

posted Feb 27, 2018, 3:27 PM by Pam Horton


Please click the link below to review the advisory that went home with students today. Thank you.

WESD To Host Teacher Fairs

posted Oct 23, 2017, 10:42 AM by Nicole Lusciandrello

The Washington Elementary School District (WESD) will host a Teacher Interview Fair on Saturday, November 4, 2017 to hire teachers for the 2018-2019 school year. The fair will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the WESD Administrative Center, 4650 West Sweetwater Avenue, Glendale, 85304. Contracts for the 2018-2019 school year will be offered to qualified candidates. Student teachers, soon-to-be college graduates, seasoned teachers and alternative pathways are encouraged to attend! 

This is the first of six scheduled Teacher Interview Fairs. The others will take place at the same place and times, with the exception of March on: 

Saturday, December 16, 2017,
Saturday, January 20, 2018,
Saturday, February 24, 2018,
Thursday, March 15, 2018, 4 to 7:30 p.m.; and
Saturday, April 28, 2018. 

Interviews will be conducted for those interested in teaching: kindergarten, elementary education, special education, language arts, mathematics, science, social studies, general music, art and special needs preschool. Successful candidates may be recommended for a 2018-2019 teaching contract. 

Apply online prior to the interview fair at jobs.wesdschools.org. Please select the posting titled, Teacher – All Positions. Human Resources will contact qualified applicants directly to preschedule an interview. 

For more information, contact the WESD Recruitment Office at 602-347-2622 or e-mail teach@wesdschools.org.

Solar Eclipse Information

posted Aug 18, 2017, 12:08 PM by Lorraine Lee


August 18, 2017


Dear Parents/Guardians,


On Monday, August 21, a solar eclipse will cross the United States with partial visibility in Arizona with its peak at 10:33 a.m.


The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) states that at no time during the eclipse should a person look directly at the sun. Exposure of the retina to intense visible light causes damage to the eye’s light-sensitive rod and cone cells. The result is a loss of visual function that may be either temporary or permanent, depending on the severity of the damage. The risk to vision is significant because the associated injuries occur without any feeling of pain, and the visual effects do not occur for at least several hours after the damage is done.


For the safety of all students, all WESD schools will be on a mandatory rainy day schedule Monday, August 21. Recess and other outdoor activities will be canceled from 9:15 a.m. to noon to ensure the safety of our students.


We understand that this is an exciting and educational experience. If students and staff

plan on viewing the eclipse, we are recommending that teachers use the NASA livestream, https://www.nasa.gov/eclipselive.


Thank you for your understanding and support.




Susie Smith


18 de agosto del 2017


Estimados Padres/Guardianes,


El lunes, 21 de agosto, un eclipse solar cruzará los Estados Unidos con visibilidad parcial en Arizona con su punto de mayor intensidad a las 10:33 a.m.


La Administración Nacional de la Aeronáutica y del Espacio (NASA por sus siglas en inglés) declara que en ningún momento durante el eclipse debe una persona mirar directamente al sol. El que la retina sea expuesta a luz visible intensa daña los bastones y conos del ojo que son sensibles a la luz. El resultado es la pérdida de funcionamiento visual que pudiese ser temporal o permanente, dependiendo en la gravedad del daño. El riesgo a la visión es significativo porque las lesiones asociadas ocurren sin ninguna sensación de dolor y los efectos visuales no ocurren hasta al menos varias horas después de que el daño se ha hecho.


Para la seguridad de todos los estudiantes, todas las escuelas de WESD estarán en un horario obligatorio de día lluvioso el lunes, 21 de agosto. Se cancelarán el recreo y otras actividades al aire libre desde las 9:15 a.m. hasta el mediodía para asegurar la seguridad de nuestros estudiantes.


Entendemos que esta es una experiencia emocionante y educativa. Si los estudiantes y el personal planean ver el eclipse, recomendamos que los maestros utilicen la transmisión en vivo de NASA, https://www.nasa.gov/eclipselive.


Gracias por su comprensión y apoyo.





Susie Smith




2017-2018 Walk-Through Orientation

posted Jul 25, 2017, 2:53 PM by Lorraine Lee   [ updated Jul 25, 2017, 2:57 PM ]


Dear Parents,

Welcome to Desert Foothills Junior High School!  We are looking forward to a great 2017-2018 school year with you and your child. 

If you have moved over the summer and your child will not be attending Desert Foothills, please notify the school office at 602-896-5500 at your earliest convenience.  Also, please let us know which school they will be attending so records can be forwarded.

Walk-through Orientation                  Wednesday, August 2 and Thursday, August 3

                        School Begins              -           Monday, August 7, 2017

                        School Hours               -           8:45 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
                   PLC Wednesdays         -           Dismissal at 2:30 p.m. every Wednesday


Walk-through Orientation gives you and your child the opportunity to pick up their class schedule and tour our beautiful campus to find your student’s classrooms and alleviate the nervousness and uncertainty of where to go on our first day of school, August 7, 2017.  All Desert Foothills students are advised to come to orientation on either one of the days designated prior to the opening of school to receive their class schedule and other important school-opening information.  You will also have the opportunity to purchase P.E. uniforms, the yearbook, DF tee shirts and get information about our parent group, B.E.S.T. and bus transportation.   

Walk-through Orientation will be held in our gym and for your convenience, we have multiple opportunities scheduled for you to attend with your child.  Please see the scheduled times below. 


Walk-through Orientation will be held in the gym:

Wednesday, August 2, 2017 from 4:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Thursday, August 3, 2017 from 4:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

*If you are purchasing items with cash on the day of orientation, no bills over $20.00 will be accepted.  Checks are accepted and payable to Desert Foothills Junior High School.

General Information:

Students are not assigned lockers.  Classroom teachers will have textbooks available for students to use in their classes.  Since students do not have books to carry between classes, backpacks are not allowed.  Students should only bring a 3-ring binder to school with dividers or folders, pencils, pens and paper.

Students are not allowed to ride their bike nor walk to school if they live across a major street, i.e. 35th Ave., Greenway Rd., Thunderbird Rd.  Students who live in the Acacia attendance area and ride their bike to Desert Foothills will need to bring their own bike lock to secure their bike in the bike rack.  They may bring their binder in a backpack, but the backpack will need to be locked to their bike during the day.  Only students who ride a bike can bring a backpack to school.  Girls may have a purse that is small enough that a textbook could not fit in it. 

Our PTO, B.E.S.T. (Boosters of Education, Students and Teachers), will be selling Activity Cards to students for $10.00.  For two students in the same family, the cost is $18.00, and for three students in the same family, the cost is $26.00.  This card provides admission to all regular season sporting events as well as to two BEST-sponsored dances at school.  The Student Council/Leadership also sponsors other dances during the year.  There is a $5.00 charge for Student Council dances, but no Activity Card is needed.  There is a $2.00 replacement fee if a student’s Activity Card is lost or destroyed.

Listed below is an approximate breakdown of the value of the Activity Card:

            Home Games                          $ 1.00 per game (20)                                       $ 20.00

            Away Games                              1.00 per game (20)                                          20.00

            B.E.S.T. Dance                          5.00 per dance (2)                                           10.00

            B.E.S.T. Membership                 4.00 per family                                                  4.00

                                                                                                                                    $ 54.00

The Activity Card is the B.E.S.T./PTO’s major fund-raiser for the year and is offered in place of many candy, cheese and gift fundraisers that would otherwise be necessary.  The money raised helps to fund a variety of after-school activities for all students, and also helps to purchase much needed supplies and equipment to benefit our students and the school as a whole.  Please help to support the PTO with your purchase of the Activity Card.  Forms to purchase an Activity Card will be available at the walk-through orientation. Please make checks payable to BEST.  We are also in need of volunteers to work with the school during the year and at Walk-through Orientation.  If you have an interest in helping out, please call the office at 602-896-5500, or fill out a volunteer form and leave it at the PTO table.  We love parent volunteers! 

Students enrolled in P.E. are required to wear t-shirts, athletic shorts and shoes during P.E. class.  Desert Foothills P.E. t-shirts can be purchased for $10.00 and P.E. shorts can be purchased for $12.00.  PE Uniforms are optional.  If preferred, students can furnish their own plain white or grey t-shirts and athletic shorts instead of purchasing them through the school.

Students can also pre-order a yearbook if they choose.  The cost for the yearbook is $25.00. 

Free Meals – Breakfast and Lunch at Desert Foothills!  Desert Foothills is a recipient of the Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) through USDA to provide free meals, breakfast and lunch, to all students for the 2017-2018 school year.  We will no longer be requiring meal applications to be completed by the families.  Students will still be required to use their ID cards in the cafeteria line.  If for some reason they do not have their ID, they will be asked to go to the end of the line, and we will count them manually at that time.

Student Pickup Procedures for WESD

Parents must call the front office or write a note giving permission for anyone other than the parent to pick up a student from school during the school day.  Please note this includes the people indicated on your child’s emergency contact information.


When you are shopping for school clothes this summer, please be aware of our dress code.

Dress Code

Students at DF should dress in a way that reflects pride in themselves and their school. The dress code is based on Washington School Board Policy.

  • Students are expected to have their student IDs at all times for safety purposes. Replacement IDs must be purchased from the office for $5.  All students will be issued a WESD sticker to be applied to their ID as a bus pass to be worn with their student ID card. 

  • Shirts/blouses must have sleeves that cover the entire shoulder.  No cleavage may be exposed. Sheer fabric and/ or lace may not be worn.

  • Extra shirts may not be worn around the neck or draped over a shoulder.

  • Pajamas, sleepwear, loungewear and slippers are not allowed.

  • Clothing may not contain profane symbols or vulgar language or contain language or symbols relating to sex, drugs, alcohol, tobacco, gambling, weapons or violent behavior in English or Spanish. The language or pictures cannot interfere with the normal educational process, create disorder, or disrupt the educational program. Whether the condition exists shall be left up to the reasonable discretion of the administration

  • Jewelry/accessories may not display profanity, provocative or suggestive statements, obscenities, advertising for drugs, alcohol, gang identifications, or weapons. Pierced jewelry must not be spikes and must conform to District guidelines.

  • Sunglasses may only be worn outside of buildings.

  • Belts may not hang down from the waist.

  • Shoes must be worn at all times.

  • Hats and head coverings are not allowed anywhere on campus unless for religious or medical purposes.




The Washington Elementary School District has implemented a parent notification system called SchoolMessenger.  This program allows us to communicate with parents via phone message, e-mail and text – all in a matter minutes!  The SchoolMessenger system is designed to automatically notify parents regarding issues that impact the safety and academic performance of students.  SchoolMessenger will extend the District and school’s existing community outreach efforts and emergency preparedness procedures, as well as inform parents of upcoming school events such as statewide testing and parent meetings. 

We look forward to a wonderful school year with you and your child. 



Susie Smith                                                                                                     Steve Whynott

Principal                                                                                                          Assistant Principal


School Office Opens July 19

posted Jun 26, 2017, 9:20 AM by Pam Horton

All school offices are now closed until Wednesday, July 19. School offices will be open from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., July 19 – 28, resuming their regular office hours on Monday, July 31. If you’re interested in registering for the 2017 – 2018 school year, all student registration occurs at the Welcome and Registration Center, located at 3200 W. Cholla Street. The Welcome and Registration Center is open Monday through Friday from 7:15 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., closed from 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. on Wednesdays.

School Budget 101 in 5 Minutes!

posted Aug 10, 2016, 2:06 PM by Pam Horton

WESD Budget 101

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