Principal's Message

  • Dear Hassayampa Family:

    It is difficult for me to believe how quickly this school year is flying by! Our students have been learning so many great things each and every day.  It is exciting to consider the academic and social gains they have made.  Obviously, social gains aren’t easily quantified, but I am certain both teachers and parents have seen their students mature.   Academically, we are able to quantify gains made based on Galileo, math fact fluency, and DIBELS. In our quarterly data review, we noted great growth in our students.  We celebrated students who demonstrated proficiency or exceeded growth expectations on Galileo during our 3rd Quarter Honors Assembly. Please join us at the end of the year when we have our final celebration of our great students!

    Clearly, our students did quite well on their benchmark assessments in February. We are feeling confident that these gains will be reflected in how students perform on AzMERIT.  To keep the testing process smooth, please make sure you work your family schedules around our testing times. It is additional work for everyone to make up tests that students have missed.  Also, make sure your child gets plenty of rest the nights before testing and has a healthy, low-sugar breakfast on the mornings of testing. Most importantly, let your child know that they are smart and that you believe in them! We want the best for all of our students!

    You may have heard that we are in store for some big changes for next school year. We are already looking at the next year’s calendar from the perspective of a four-day week. Obviously, all of our Friday events and celebrations will be moved. Furthermore, we are exploring the academic opportunities that come with the 35 minutes added to our day. We are excited and anxious for these changes. Changes can cause stress, but we will do great things as we work together make Hassayampa the best place to get an education!

    As is typical, we have many great things happening at Hassayampa. Please review the calendar of events closely and add the information to your family calendar. I look forward to seeing you all at any one of our many events! 

    Very truly yours,

    Mrs. Hershkowitz


  • Here on our news page we will keep you posted on all upcoming events and activities. Check back often for any new developments!


    Calling all parents of incoming kindergartners!

    Spread the word: Kindergarten Round-up is scheduled for April 30 – May 1. On Tuesday the 30th, there will be a morning and afternoon sessions beginning at 8:30 a.m. and noon. On Wednesday the 1st, we will have an afternoon session with Spanish translator available at noon. Later on Wednesday, we are offering a 4:00 p.m. opportunity.

    The student must be 5 by September 1, 2019 to be eligible. The clinics consist of a two-hour period during which the student will participate in a variety of skill assessments and health checks. Parents will be asked to fill out registration paperwork at that time. Please bring:

    • Certified birth certificate,
    • current immunization record, and
    • 2 proofs of residence that show your physical address.

    Please call the Hassayampa office to pre-register.  Also please keep in mind that the District uses our pre-registration numbers to determine our staff needs for next school year.



    It is important for students to be on time and ready for school each mroning!  Students may arrive at school as early as 7:45 a.m. At 7:45, staff will open the ramp gates for students to walk to classrooms. Parents wanting to walk their chilrdren to class may do so as well. The doors between the office and the classrooms will remain closed until 7:45. 

    Classroom instruction begins at 8:00 a.m. Students are considered tardy at 8:05 a.m. For children who will be eating breakfast at school, please ensure that they arrive in time to get breakfast, eat, and make it to class on time.

    If the 7:45 drop-off is a challenge, Power Hour is a great option for families who need an earlier start. Power Hour starts at 7:00 a.m. Contact your child's teacher or the front office to sign up.

    Thank you for your help in starting the day right!



    A Note from the Health Station

    Research shows that attendance is an important factor in school success. A child who misses a day of school misses a day of learning. There are several things you can do to improve your child’s school attendance:

    Avoid scheduling family trips or doctor appointments during school hours.

    • Don’t accept excuses for why your child “must” be late or miss school. Support school rules and consequences for missing class and being tardy.
    • Lead by example. If your child sees you take off work for no reason, they might expect to be able to do the same thing.
    • Talk with your child about the importance of attending school regularly.

    If your child is ill and must miss school, please give us a call to let us know - 928-684-6750.

Drop Off and Pick Up Reminders


    The student drop off in the morning is the parking lot in front of the stairs to the school. Ms. Henneman is our morning greeter and looks forward to seeing you and your child. Ms. Henneman, as well as other staff, are not on duty until 7:45 a.m. Please do not drop your child off until you see someone on duty. For longer stops, please park and walk your child to the sidewalk. We do not permit students in the parking lot without an adult. For those times that you may need to be somewhere early, please make arrangements for your child to either ride the bus or be taken to school by someone else.

    In the afternoon, parents may wait in line for their child to be sent to their car or park in the lot and wait for students at the gate. Again, we do not permit students in the parking lot unless escorted by an adult. Please do not call your child from the car as we will not allow him/her to enter the lot. This is for your child’s safety. Please follow the traffic flow through the parking lot and be courteous to drivers and pedestrians.

     Parking Lot

Reading Progress


  • Technology in our School!

    Technology has become a huge part of our American lifestyle. Top jobs require employees to have technology skills. This is why Hassayampa has been working hard to develop a plan to increase access for our students. We currently have two computer labs in the building. Most classrooms have either a projector, Smart Board, and /or Elmo. Only recently were Chromebooks purchased for each general education classroom. One per K-2 classroom and three per 3rd-5th grade classroom. With a generous individual donation, we purchased a few more. Additionally, we are using funds generated through our Scholastic Book Fairs and Holiday Sales to order 16 more! 

    Our goal is to supply each classroom at Hassayampa a set of Chromebooks. Yes, one for each student! Little by little, we are working toward this goal.  If you would like to learn more about this project, please join us at Principal's Coffee or at the next PTA meeting.

    Thank you for your support!