Future Freshman Information night

posted Jan 5, 2021, 3:02 PM by Ioana Kinghorn

Greetings Parents and Guardians,

The Glendale Union High School District will be holding a virtual Future Freshmen Informational Night for all schools in the district on Thursday, January 14th at 6:30 p.m.  You will receive important information to help your child's transition to high school.  Online registration will begin on January 15th.  The Future Freshmen Nigh information will remain available on the website following the event.  Click on the following link on January 14th and select your child's school.  We look forward to meeting you.

Virtual Future Freshman Night – January 14, 2021 | 6:30 p.m.

Save the date for Glendale Union High School District's upcoming event, Future Freshman Night, on Thursday, Jan. 14 at 6:30 p.m. The district invites eighth-grade students and their families to participate in this virtual event to learn about our nationally recognized academics, championship athletics, fine and performing arts courses, resources for college and career opportunities, plus much more!
Each GUHSD school will host their own Future Freshman Night virtual presentation. To locate your teen’s designated school, use the map below. You can then select the designated school link below the map to find specific information about the event. 

WESD Spelling Bee Information and Timelines

posted Dec 2, 2020, 12:36 PM by Ioana Kinghorn

Washington Elementary School District
Spelling Bee Information and Timelines

A highlight of each year is participation in our school and district spelling bees. As with so many opportunities this year, the spelling bee format will look different. Scripps National Spelling Bee organization, host of the annual national spelling bee in Washington D.C., has developed an online testing platform to assist in allowing participation in spelling bees virtually this year. WESD will be utilizing this platform for school and district level spelling bees.

Who is eligible to participate? All interested students in grades 3-8

What will be the process? Each WESD schools will offer online spelling bee participation to students.

Parents will register their students for the online program. Parents will receive an invitation with testing directions and confirmation of dates to complete testing. Once all students participating have completed the online assessment, the top two winners of each school bee will be determined and will represent the school at the WESD District Spelling Bee.

Next Steps and Timeline

 School spelling bee information sent to families by the school
 Parents will register their child at no later than December 11th. Use zip code 85021 and select Royal Palm Middle School.
 Students will complete the online spelling bee assessment no later than December 18th
 Schools top two spelling bee winners will be determined and advance to the District level
 Winners notified and provided additional information on District bee week of January 4th
 District spelling bee to be held online week of January 18th
 Top seven spelling bee participants will advance to the Arizona Regional Spelling Bee

For questions or additional information, please contact Janet Valenzuela at 602-347-2641 or by email at

After-School Academy On-The-Go: UNPLUGGED

posted Nov 2, 2020, 11:00 AM by Ioana Kinghorn

The After-School Academy On-The-Go: UNPLUGGED program, is an exciting hands-on STEM learning opportunity that provides at-home activities outside of school hours that do not require technology or joining a virtual classroom. Click the link to learn more….

Return to school information

posted Oct 9, 2020, 4:33 PM by Ioana Kinghorn   [ updated Oct 14, 2020, 10:46 AM ]

Dear Royal Palm families:


We are excited for the 2nd quarter to begin!  Families have selected for their children to remain online or in-person learning.  We are beginning the 2nd quarter in a hybrid model.

Students are in Group A (Monday/Thursday) OR Group B (Tuesday/Friday).  All students attend online Wednesday.  WESD will be sending an dial out communication to inform you of your child’s group during the Fall break.  Additionally, Royal Palm teachers have sent students and parents emails to communicate Hybrid groups.  Please refer to this communication.


Other important information you should know:  

Students are required to wear a mask on the bus and at school.

Students may bring backpacks to school.

Students must bring a charged Chromebook and charger to school each day.

Students should bring a water bottle to school.

Students should not be dropped off or arrive before the school gates open at 8:00 am—no exceptions.

Students should stay home if they are ill.


2nd quarter student schedules will be posted no later than Saturday, October 17.  Students and parents will locate the 2nd quarter schedule in Parent Vue and Student Vue.


Enjoy the Fall break.  We’ll see you in-person or online Monday, October 19.



Darcy Estrada 

WESD Survey / WESD Encuesta Due Friday September 18th

posted Sep 15, 2020, 10:45 AM by Ioana Kinghorn   [ updated Sep 15, 2020, 11:07 AM ]

Parents, please complete this survey as soon as possible / Padres, porfavor acompleten esta encuesta lo mas pronto posible:


Dear WESD Family Members,

WESD continues to thank you for your patience during these very fluid times. We are human beings trying to work together and plan for uncertainties.  As we have stated in the past, WESD is taking our guidance from the federal, state and local health officials, the Governor and the Superintendent of Public Instruction.

Main Points of this communication:

  • The Arizona Department of Health Services and Maricopa County Health Department benchmarks for In-Person Learning and the WESD’s current benchmarks;
  • The Purpose of this Communication;
  • The Descriptions of Learning Options; and
  • Selection of a Learning Model for your Student.

It is important that you complete your selection by September 18.  Please note, you may receive a call from your school’s staff if you have not responded by September 16.

ADHS and MCHS Benchmarks for In-Person Learning and the WESD Current Benchmarks

Beginning in August, the Arizona Department of Health Services and the Maricopa County Health Department began sharing benchmarks related to the safe return to In-Person Instruction.  These benchmarks must be met for two consecutive weeks prior to considering any in-person instruction.  These benchmarks include:



Minimal (Green)

Moderate (Yellow)

Substantial (Red)


<10 cases/100,000

10-100 cases/100,000

>100 cases/100,000

Percent Positivity



Note: <7% for a Hybrid


COVID-like Illness




ADHS and MCHS have defined three delivery models for districts to use as they return to in-person instruction:

Traditional –Benchmarks are green for two consecutive weeks, all students return to physical buildings

Hybrid – Benchmarks are yellow (note: percent positivity must be below 7%) for two consecutive weeks, some students are in the physical buildings and some students are online distance learning.

Virtual – Benchmarks are red for two consecutive weeks, all students are online distance learning.

Once the benchmarks are reached, families and the district will need some time to transition (childcare, bus routes, schedules, etc.).

Please click here to see the current WESD Benchmarks.

Purpose of this Communication

The purpose of this communication is to ask your family’s plan regarding returning to in-person instruction in the WESD.  If you have determined that you would like your family to remain in online distance learning for the semester or full year, we will need you to indicate this preference at the end of this communication. (Note: we will provide an opportunity to enroll again for the second semester closer to Winter Break).

If your family is ready to return to in-person learning when the benchmarks indicate to do so, we are asking for your feedback as to when you wish your child/children to return to in-person instruction. There are two options for in-person instruction:

  • Hybrid Learning - Some students in physical buildings and some students online distance learning
  • Traditional Learning - All students in physical buildings

Descriptions of Learning Options

Online Distance Learning (Red with PCR above 10% for two consecutive weeks)

The online distance learning model will consist of “live” real-time instruction (all five days) at designated times during the day with WESD curriculum resources. WESD teachers with instruction in core content and specials/electives will teach the lessons. Accommodations and support services will be provided. This is the model we are currently in.

Students choosing this learning model will most likely be assigned a different teacher due to the number of students choosing this option, staffing, credentials and other factors.

Hybrid A/B Learning (Yellow with PCR below 7% for two consecutive weeks)

During the Hybrid A/B period of time, parents who choose the hybrid model will have two full days of in-person learning, two days of self-paced, independent work at home and Wednesday early release day of live sessions online with a teacher. Transportation will be provided for students who qualify for transportation. Breakfast and lunch will be provided.

During the two days of in-person learning, students will participate in typical classroom learning. Staff will use district curriculum and resources.

Students in this model may be assigned a different teacher due to staffing, class sizes and other factors. Wednesday will continue to be an early release day.

Safety protocols during the Hybrid A/B Model

The district will follow the Maricopa County Department of Public Health guidelines including:

  • Required face coverings (students and staff) Note: Face coverings must meet dress code
  • Daily temperature checks (students and staff)
  • Frequent handwashing/hand sanitizing
  • Enhanced cleaning of high touch point areas throughout the day
  • Enhanced ventilation with increased outside air intake
  • Physical Distancing
  • Students will stay in cohorts
  • One way traffic patterns in hallways
  • Student belongings will be separated from others
  • Drop-off and pickup routines will be modified to facilitate social distancing

Traditional Learning (Green with PCR below 5% for two consecutive weeks)

WESD students return to five days of instruction with all students on campus.  Schools will be in session for regular school hours. Transportation bus schedules will be in effect and breakfast and lunch will be served. Essential safety protocols will be followed including frequent hand washing/hand sanitizing, enhanced cleaning of high touch point areas throughout the day and ventilation with increased outside air intake.  At the time of this communication, the Governor’s Executive Order 2020-51 and Maricopa County Board of Supervisors have a mandatory face-covering requirement in place.

Students in this model most likely will have their current teacher. Wednesday will continue to be an early release day.

We will use safety protocols, benchmarks, survey results, staffing and other factors to make a decision on our in-person learning model which will either be the Hybrid A/B Model or waiting until the metrics indicate a Traditional Model.



If you have any questions, please email or call 602-347-2657.

Thank you for your feedback as WESD determines our in-person learning.

Estimados Miembros de las Familias del WESD,

El WESD continúa agradeciéndoles por su paciencia durante estos tiempos tan fluidos. Somos seres humanos que intentamos trabajar unidos y planificar para este clima de incertidumbres. Como hemos dicho en el pasado, el WESD está tomando nuestras directrices de los oficiales de salud federales, estatales y locales, el Gobernador y la Superintendente de Educación Pública.

Puntos Principales de esta Comunicación:

  • Puntos de referencia del Departamento de Servicios de Salud de Arizona y el Departamento de Salud del Condado Maricopa para Enseñanza en Persona y los puntos de referencia actuales del WESD;
  • El Propósito de esta Comunicación;
  • Las Descripciones de las Opciones de Aprendizaje; y

Selección de un Modelo de Aprendizaje para sus Estudiantes

Es importante que completen su elección para el 18 de septiembre.  Favor de tener en cuenta que pudiesen recibir una llamada del personal de su escuela si no han respondido para el 16 de septiembre.

Puntos de referencia ADHS y MCHS para Aprendizaje en Persona

A partir de agosto, el Departamento de Servicios de Salud de Arizona (ADHS por sus siglas en inglés) y el Departamento de Salud del Condado Maricopa (MCHS por sus siglas en inglés) comenzaron a compartir puntos de referencia relacionados con el regreso seguro a la Enseñanza en Persona. Estos puntos de referencia deben cumplirse durante dos semanas consecutivas antes de considerar cualquier enseñanza en persona. Estos puntos de referencia incluyen:


Puntos de Referencia

Mínimo (Verde)

Moderado (Amarillo)

Numeroso (Rojo)


<10 casos/100,000

10-100 casos/100,000

>100 casos/100,000

Porcentaje de Positividad



Nota: <7% para un modelo Híbrido


Enfermedades similares a COVID




ADHS y MCHS han definido tres modelos de entrega para que los distritos los utilicen cuando regresen a la enseñanza en persona:

Tradicional – Los puntos de referencia están en verde por dos semanas consecutivas, todos los estudiantes regresan a edificios físicos

Híbrido (combinación)– Los puntos de referencia están en amarillo (nota: el porcentaje de positividad debe estar por debajo del 7%) por dos semanas consecutivas, algunos estudiantes están en los edificios físicos y algunos estudiantes están en aprendizaje a distancia en línea.

Virtual – Los puntos de referencia están en rojo por dos semanas consecutivas, todos los estudiantes están en aprendizaje a distancia en línea.

Una vez que se alcancen los puntos de referencia, las familias y el distrito necesitarán algo de tiempo para la transición (cuidado de niños, rutas de los autobuses, horarios, etc.).

Favor de hacer clic aquí para ver los Puntos de Referencia actuales del WESD.  

Propósito de esta Comunicación

El propósito de esta comunicación es para preguntar el plan de su familia respecto al regreso a la enseñanza en persona en el WESD. Si ustedes han determinado que les gustaría que su familia permanezca en el aprendizaje a distancia en línea durante este semestre o el año completo, necesitaremos que nos indiquen esta preferencia al final de esta comunicación. (Nota: proveeremos la oportunidad para inscripción nuevamente para el segundo semestre a medida que nos acerquemos más al Receso de Invierno).

Si su familia está lista para regresar al aprendizaje en persona cuando los puntos de referencia lo indiquen les pedimos sus comentarios respecto a cuándo desean que su hijo(a)/hijos regresen al aprendizaje en persona. Existen dos opciones para el aprendizaje en persona:

  • Aprendizaje Híbrido - Algunos estudiantes en los edificios físicos y algunos estudiantes en aprendizaje a distancia en línea
  • Aprendizaje Tradicional – Todos los estudiantes en edificios físicos

Descripciones de las Opciones de Aprendizaje

Aprendizaje a Distancia en Línea (Rojo con el Porcentaje de Positividad (PCR por sus siglas en inglés) por encima del 10% durante dos semanas)

El modelo de aprendizaje a distancia consistirá de enseñanza “en vivo” en tiempo real (todos los cinco días) en tiempos designados durante el día con recursos del plan de estudios del WESD. Las lecciones serán enseñadas por maestros del WESD con enseñanza en contenido básico y clases de áreas especiales/electivas. Se proveerán adaptaciones y servicios de apoyo. Este es el modelo en el que estamos actualmente.

Es muy probable que a los estudiantes que elijan este modelo de aprendizaje se les asigne un maestro diferente debido al número de estudiantes eligiendo esta opción, personal disponible, acreditaciones y otros factores.

Aprendizaje Híbrido A/B (Amarillo con el Porcentaje de Positividad (PCR por sus siglas en inglés) por debajo del 7% durante dos semanas consecutivas)

Durante el periodo de tiempo Híbrido A/B, los estudiantes que eligieron el modelo híbrido tendrán dos días completos de aprendizaje en persona, dos días a ritmo individual, trabajo independiente en casa y el miércoles de despido temprano es día de lecciones en línea en vivo con un maestro. La transportación será provista para los estudiantes que califiquen para transportación. Se proveerá desayuno y almuerzo.

Durante los dos días de aprendizaje en persona, los estudiantes participarán en aprendizaje típico en el salón de clase. El personal utilizará el plan de estudios y los recursos del distrito.

Los estudiantes en este modelo pudiesen ser asignados a un maestro diferente debido al personal disponible y al tamaño de las clases y oros factores. Los miércoles continuarán siendo un día de despido temprano.

Protocolos de seguridad durante el modelo Híbrido A/B

El distrito seguirá las directrices del Departamento de Servicios de Salud de Arizona y el Departamento de Salud del Condado Maricopa incluyendo:

  • Se requieren cubiertas faciales (estudiantes y personal) Nota: Las cubiertas faciales deben cumplir con el código de vestimenta
  • Chequeos de temperatura diarios (estudiantes y personal)
  • Lavado de manos frecuente/desinfectante de manos
  • Mayor limpieza de áreas en puntos de alto contacto durante el día
  • Mayor ventilación con mayor entrada de aire exterior
  • Distanciamiento Físico
  • Los estudiantes permanecerán con sus compañeros
  • Patrones de tráfico de un solo sentido en los pasillos
  • Las pertenencias de los estudiantes estarán separadas de las de los demás
  • Se modificarán las rutinas de dejar y recoger para facilitar el distanciamiento social

Aprendizaje Tradicional (Verde con un Porcentaje de Positividad  (PRC por sus siglas en inglés) por debajo del 5% durante dos semanas consecutivas)

Los estudiantes del WESD regresan a cinco días de enseñanza con todos los estudiantes en la propiedad escolar.  Las escuelas estarán en sesión durante el horario escolar regular.  Los horarios de transportación de los autobuses estarán en efecto y se servirá desayuno y almuerzo.  Se seguirán los protocolos de seguridad esenciales incluyendo lavado de manos frecuente/desinfectante de manos, mayor limpieza de áreas en puntos de alto contacto durante el día y mayor ventilación con mayor entrada de aire exterior

Es muy probable que a los estudiantes que elijan este modelo tendrán a su maestro actual. Los miércoles continuarán siendo un día de despido temprano.

Al momento de esta comunicación, la Orden Ejecutiva del Gobernador 2020-51 y el Consejo de Supervisores del Condado Maricopa tienen un requisito obligatorio de cubiertas faciales en vigencia.

Utilizaremos protocolos de seguridad, puntos de referencia, resultados de encuestas, personal disponible y otros factores para tomar la decisión en nuestro modelo de aprendizaje en persona que será ya sea el Modelo Híbrido A/B o esperar hasta que los criterios indiquen un Modelo Tradicional.


Si tienen preguntas, favor de enviar un correo electrónico a o llamar al 602-347-2657.

Gracias por sus comentarios mientras WESD determina nuestro aprendizaje en persona.

ParentVue instructions

posted Aug 31, 2020, 12:54 PM by Ioana Kinghorn   [ updated Aug 31, 2020, 12:55 PM ]

How to download ParentVue: 

Chromebook distribution

posted Jul 27, 2020, 10:35 AM by Ioana Kinghorn   [ updated Jul 27, 2020, 10:48 AM ]

Attention Parents / Atención padres

Royal Palm Middle School will be distributing Chromebooks for students on the following days:

Thursday, July 30th from 10:00 AM to 7:00 PM

Friday, July 31st from 7:00 AM to 11:00 AM

Please make sure you bring valid picture ID.

For more information please call: (602) 347-3200


Royal Palm Middle School distribuirá Chromebooks para estudiantes en los siguientes días: 

Jueves 30 de julio de 10:00 a.m. a 7:00 p.m. 

Viernes 31 de julio de 7:00 a.m. a 11:00 a.m. 


Asegúrese de traer una identificación con foto válida. 


Para obtener más información, llame al: (602) 347-3200




School Begins August 10 with ONLINE Learning

posted Jul 14, 2020, 9:21 PM by Pam Horton

School will begin ONLINE Monday, August 10.
To stay-up-to date about the WESD's reopening plan including weekly updates from Superintendent Dr. Paul Stanton, forthcoming information about Chromebook distribution, logistics related to student learning, student schedules, meals, etc., please go to the WESD’s Return to Learn Page. Frequently Asked Questions will be located here and updated as needed. If you’d like more information about the start of the school year, please email or call 602-347-2600. Thank you.

Chromebook Return & Student Item Pickup

posted May 13, 2020, 1:53 PM by   [ updated May 13, 2020, 1:56 PM ]

Chromebook Return
All Chromebooks are due back to the school they were checked out from
May 18th, 2020

In an effort to ensure the safety of our families and staff
we request that the following schedule be followed.
Students with the last name starting with:
A - G  9:00 - 12:00
H - Z 12:00 - 3:00

Student belongings can be picked up at this time as well.
This will be the only day available to return Chromebooks or pick up items.

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