Mrs. Darlene Shumway
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The mission of Roosevelt Elementary is to collaboratively work with all stakeholders to ensure that all students develop the skills necessary for lifelong success. In order to fulfill this mission, all stakeholders must step up and give our best.
Our staff strives to continually improve their instructional skills. We attend professional development every Wednesday. During this time, we focus on the College and Career Ready Standards and learn new instructional strategies. Our grade level teams meet in Professional Learning Communities weekly where they analyze test data and plan instruction to meet the needs of individual student. These teams plan their whole group instruction, and they also plan interventions and enrichments for reading, writing, and mathematics ensuring that all children’s needs are met. We have a mentor program for teachers at our school. Mentor teachers meet with mentee teachers in an effort to help each teacher on our campus be highly effective. We have a Title I School Improvement Specialist and a Professional Development Specialist who help teachers learn and grow professionally.
Our parents support their children by getting their children to school on-time everyday , making sure homework is completed, and by taking advantage of the many learning opportunities offered by our Roosevelt staff. Roosevelt offers Academic Parent Teacher Team meetings three times during the year. At these meetings, teachers explain Arizona College and Career Ready Standards, share student goals, and inform parents of student progress toward their goals. Roosevelt provides parent support in our Family Room. Parents can support their children by attending workshops on various topics including: phonics, vocabulary, math facts, College and Career Ready Standards, nutrition, finances, and discipline. Roosevelt parents can support their children's' educations by volunteering in the classroom or the Family Room. We also encourage greater parent participation by inviting families to Meet the Teacher and Curriculum Nights, providing Family Math and Reading Nights, and Musical Concerts. We have one family event that has become a tradition at Roosevelt. It is our Science and Cultural Fair. Each year we focus on a different culture and we invite many educational vendors. One example of this is the Herpetological Society which brings different reptiles for our students to view and hold. Students have experienced pythons, alligators, iguanas, komodo dragons, and so much more. Each year we have been entertained by diverse dancers, athletes and musical groups. Students have been exposed to the Asian, African, Latin American, and Native American Culture through these groups.
The community has been very supportive of our Roosevelt students. We partner with Friendship Village. This retirement community not only volunteers on our campus but also provides funding which allows students to attend field trips, tutoring, and clubs. Our students give back to this wonderful community by performing musical concerts and inviting them to our many events. BBVA Compass Bank and the WNBA are two of our business partners in the community. They have provided our school with iPads, books, learning carpets, and fun learning activities. ASU comes to Roosevelt yearly for a field day and MCC students volunteer in our classrooms. Helping Hands provides toys, books, and stuffed animals in which students can earn in our B.U.G. (Bring Up Grades) Club store. Banner Health partners with us in providing important health and wellness infomation. Central Christian Church has served our staff and students by cleaning and painting our campus. They have also provided funds allowing us to purchase more technology. This year, Roosevelt is the Community Spirit School for the City of Mesa. The many different city departments have teamed up to provide Thanksgiving dinners and Christmas to some of our famlies. Police, Fire and other Mesa City Departments have joined to provide funding for our school. The money has been utilized to provide refocus corners and a calming room on our campus. Many businesses help us reward our students for grades, attendance, and citizenship. These businesses are: In and Out Burger, Filibertos, Peter Piper Pizza, and Whataburger. The following businesses have made donations to our school: Home Depot, Big Surf, Jamba Juice, Olive Garden, Dave & Busters, Organ Stop Pizza, Big 5, Amazing Jakes, McDonalds, Smart & Final, Safeway, and Albertsons. These community members truly help ensure Roosevelt Roughrider success!
“The responsibility is Ours” is taken very seriously at Roosevelt Elementary. Staff, families, and the community all work hard to support students, but “Ours” means that Roosevelt students must also work to be successful. Students at Roosevelt are expected to monitor their own progress. In primary grades, students track their progress on data walls. Students in intermediate grades maintain data notebooks. In the school year 2015-16, Roosevelt became an AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination) school. Students have learned organizational skills and study strategies that will help them to be actively engaged in their own learning. Rough Rider students may choose to be a part of our B.U.G. Club. Students in this club fill out a goal sheet with their teachers. They identify areas of improvement and identify methods for improvement (attendance, behavior, homework, focus...) As students meet their goals, they are able to earn B.U.G. Bucks which may be used in our B.U.G.Club store. Students will continue to focus on goal setting and realizing that taking responsibility for their own progress is key to being successful in life.
Success in life does not refer only to academics. Roosevelt students will need to be strong socially and emotionally. For this reason, we are a Positive Intervention and Support school (PBIS.) Students learn how to be respectful, responsible, and safe as they are explicitly taught expectations and social and emotional skills. Students learn how to be a friend, how to regulate their emotions, and so much more. As you can see, the Roosevelt Riders continue to grow and develop demonstrating a growth mindset. We are Roosevelt Rough Riders, and together we will be successful!