A Piece of Sirrine History
Who Was George Sirrine?
How Did Sirrine Elementary Get Its Name?
George Sirrine was born on December 6, 1818, in Code Springs, New York. As a young man he left New York to travel around Cape Horn on the sailing ship, The Brooklyn, and landed in San Francisco, California. He settled in San Francisco and married Esther Ann Crismon. He traveled to Utah and eventually settled near Paris, Idaho.
In 1877, Brigham Young, president of the Mormon Church, asked him to help establish a colony in the Salt River Valley in the Arizona Territory. Sirrine, along with approximately 83 others (later known as the First Mesa Company) arrived in the valley in 1878. After exploring the area they chose to form their town on the mesa rather than in the river valley. The group felt that the ancient canal systems developed by the early inhabitants could be revived and the fertile land on the mesa could be productive. The Mesa town site was selected and surveyed. Theodore Sirrine was sent to the United States Land Office in Florence, Arizona, where he filed a claim on Section 22, the square mile from Mesa Drive to Country Club and University to Broadway. Charles Robson, George Sirrine, and Francis Pomeroy were named Trustees for the land.
George and his wife, Esther, had nine children. George Sirrine died in Mesa on December 2, 1902. Because of his courage and the pioneering spirit represented by his family, the governing board of the Mesa Unified School District chose to name this school in his honor.
--Mesa Public Schools, Our Town: The Story of Mesa (Mesa, Arizona 1991).
George Warren Sirrine (1818 - 1902)
Sirrine Elementary takes pride in the strong relationships that we have built with our community. Our staff and students have a positive energy that impacts student achievement. Our mission is to inspire students to be responsible, independent learners by setting high expectations in a safe environment. Sirrine embraces rigor, inquiry and intellectual discovery through high standards. We celebrate and provide opportunities for students to realize their full potential. We educate, inspire and motivate all children collaboratively through systems of accountability for all students and staff.
Sirrine creates a family-friendly environment through our traditional events. We welcome students to school during our Meet the Teacher and explain the expectations for the upcoming year during curriculum night. Our annual Turkey Trot is a event for the whole community and inspires fitness for our students. Our Holiday Pancake Breakfast is a 30 year tradition that showcases the musical talents of our students, provides a delicious breakfast, and brings in the holiday spirit. Box Top Bingo is a family fun evening event that provides entertainment and money for our classroom through the collection of Box Tops. We host family Math and Reading nights that allow students to participate in take-home activities. We honor and celebrate students through our Math Masters, Writing Wizards, Honor Roll Breakfast, award assemblies and Student of the Month recognition. We end the year with a school-wide dance that has a theme to make it exciting.
Sirrine promotes positive interactions and personal choices by focusing on character traits. Students receive "You Were Caught Being Good" tickets that are placed in a jar for a weekly drawing. Two students are recognized for their specific character choice and are awarded with a book, pencil and certificate to Peter Piper Pizza. Students learn life skills of conflict resolution and traits that will make them a successful member of the community.
When you walk onto the Sirrine campus, you will feel the dedication toward building life-long learners who work to their fullest potential!