General Health Letter

October 16, 2013

Dear Parents,

As we return from our wonderful fall break, there are changes in the season that goes beyond the coolness in the air and the emergence of Halloween decorations in our classrooms.

Cold and flu season is also approaching. As such, this is a good time for all of us to review effective, everyday steps to help keep our children and ourselves, safe and healthy.

The Pima County Health Department recommends the following general steps to prevent or lessen the impact of colds and flu:

• Wash hands often and thoroughly • Cough or sneeze into your elbow or shirt sleeve • Use a tissue, throw it away and then wash your hands • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth • Avoid close contact with people who are ill • If you get sick, stay home, limit your contact with others, and seek advice from your family doctor or urgent care provider.

District procedures require a student experiencing a fever, diarrhea, or vomiting to be symptom-free for a minimum of 24 hours before returning to school.

This year, we have also seen a slight increase in the number of cases of Pertussis (or Whooping Cough) in our community. We are in frequent contact with the Pima County Health Department and are following their advice and guidelines for managing prevention efforts and responses to new cases as they arise. You can help in this effort by seeking advice from your family doctor or urgent care provider if you or your child is experiencing a respiratory illness.

This is also a good time to review your child’s vaccine records. If your child has no history of Pertussis vaccination, the Pima County Health Department recommends that they receive the vaccine. The Pima County Health Department also recommends that everyone older than 6 months should receive the flu vaccine annually.

For more information, please contact the Pima County Health Department at (520) 243-7797 or go to

Thank you for working with us and with our medical care community to help keep our children safe and healthy. Regards,

Christina Conte Vail School District Nurse

Natalie Luna Rose District Communications Specialist

“Where Education is a Community Effort”

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Arizona Student Options for College Resource

AccreditedOnlineColleges.Org/Arizona/ is the Internet’s premier site for finding accredited online education in America that is in line with the standards of the United States Department of Education. It allows you to search through countless accredited schools based on a variety of criteria to find the accredited college that best meets your needs. It is a comprehensive and informative resource that ranks each university in Arizona by size, degrees offered, tuition costs, admission rates, graduation rates, and retention rates.”

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Child Find Statement

The Vail School District ensures that all children with disabilities within the boundaries of the district, including children with disabilities who are homeless or wards of the State, and children with disabilities attending private schools or who are home schooled, and who are in need of special education and related services are identified, located and evaluated.   Anyone interested in receiving information about special education is encouraged to contact the Special Education Office.

Cindy Cahill
Special Education Office Manager
Vail School District
520-879-2088 (fax)
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Common Core letter to Parents

Dear Parents and Families:

The Vail School District has been working hard to prepare both our teachers and our students for the new K-12 “Common Core State Standards” (CCSS). This new school year, the Math portion of the Common Core State Standards has been implemented in the District, with full implementation of English Language Arts for the 2014-15 school year.

Why Do We Need New Standards?
The CCSS were developed by a diverse team of educators, researchers and parents from across the country, including Arizona, to be academically rigorous, attainable for students, and practical for teachers and districts.

The purpose of adopting the CCSS is not simply to align with other states, but rather to raise the bar and ensure that our students are receiving a globally competitive education.  The adoption of the CCSS means that your child will be better prepared to meet the demands of college and/or the work place in the 21st century.  The CCSS were benchmarked against countries with top-notch education programs, to ensure our future generations are ready to compete in the global marketplace.

While there are many similarities between the existing Arizona state standards and the CCSS, there are clear differences. The AIMS test is used as a measure of competency while the CCSS will prepare all students to meet the challenges of college and career readiness.  There will be an increased emphasis on informational text in the new standards and there will be an increased focus on mathematical reasoning skills across all grade levels.

How Does this Impact You and How Can You Play a Role?

With the new Standards, there will be some growing pains.  Parents should expect more struggle in the learning process.  Grades may temporarily look different from previous years, as students transition to the CCSS.  Please be assured that we have already started this process of implementation and are working to minimize any rough transitions. We will continue to provide the same approach to education you have come to expect from the Vail School District.

If you have additional questions as to how this might impact your child’s education, please feel free to contact me.  You can also visit  HYPERLINK “” Arizona’s Common Core web site ( for more information.


Debbie Hedgepeth

“Where Education is a Community Effort”




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New Student Registration

Registration night for new students is Wednesday, July 10th at 6:00 pm at Pantano High School.  If parents are unable to attend, they may stop by the school office from July 8-12 between the hours of 9am-1pm to pick up a registration packet.

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Pantano High School is now nationally accredited!

Accreditation is a voluntary method of quality assurance developed more than 100 years ago by American universities and secondary schools, and designed primarily to distinguish schools adhering to a set of educational standards.

Accreditation examines the whole institution—the programs, the cultural context, the community of stakeholders—to determine how well the parts work together to meet the needs of students.

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