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Phone: 480-484-2200
Fax: 480-484-2201
Attendance: 480-484-2260
Office Hours: 8:00am - 3:30pm
School Hours: 8:45am - 3:15pm
Kiva Elementary School
6911 E. McDonald Drive
Paradise Valley, AZ 85253 
Nick Noonan, Principal
Melissa Faeh, Assistant Principal
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Superintendent Dr. David J. Peterson's October Letter

Dear Scottsdale Unified School District Family,

Scottsdale Unified School District (SUSD) is truly fortunate to have outstanding students, teachers and support staff as well as specialized programs that make us stand out across Arizona and the nation. It is only the end of the first quarter, and our students and teachers have already accomplished so much! See the October Letter.

ADE Releases New Achievement Profiles

ADE Label
The Arizona Department of Education (ADE) has released its new A-F Achievement Profiles for the 2013-14 school year. Scottsdale Unified School District (SUSD) did well; the District received an A for a fourth consecutive year with a score of 144, our highest score ever. Nineteen schools received the highest grade of A, seven schools received B, three schools received C and one school received a D. See Grades
Home of the Cougars!
Kiva Lunch Schedule

Please see the times that each grade level eats lunch below.  These times are only the time students spend in the cafeteria and do not reflect lunch recess. 

11:00-11:30         Pre-K
11:30-11:50         1st
11:40-12:00         5th
11:50-12:10         2nd
12:00-12:20         4th
12:10-12:30         3rd
12:20-12:40         KDG
From the Desk of School Psychologist Shannon Blair

To our Kiva community,Our school psychologist, Shannon Blair, is putting out a monthly newsletter to promote our children's mental health. Please take a moment to read the newsletter and learn some tips to support our students.
Wondering how to help your child with homework - or how to get them to do it without a struggle?  Here's how!
School psychologists are mental health professionals who help youth and children succeed academically, socially, behaviorally, and emotionally.  Read this month's article to learn about how they support teachers and parents. 
Gifted Testing

Testing for the gifted program at Kiva will take place throughout the school year.  Students in grades 3, 4, and 5 can test in September and students in grades K - 5 can test in January.   Additionally, all second graders will be tested in March.  

If you would like your child to be tested for the gifted program, the registration form is available on the testing tab of the district's gifted website.  The registration must be completed electronically.  The testing and registration dates are below:
Fall Testing (Grades 3-8)
Testing September 8th-October 3rd
Registration Deadline August 25th
Winter Testing (Grades K-8)
Testing January 12th-February 6th
Registration Deadline December 1st
2nd Grade Testing
Testing March 17th-April 2nd
No Registration Required

All testing will be held at Kiva during the regular school day.  District notification of test results will be sent via mail 30 days after each testing window. Students can be assessed once per academic (school) year.

If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact Mrs. Liebhaber, gifted program specialist, at or 480-484-2200 ext. 5301
Drop-Off Procedures: the "right" way to do it
Drop-Off Procedures: the "wrong" way to do it
Band and Strings 2104/2015

Dear Parents/Guardians:
Scottsdale Unified School District will continue to offer 5th grade students Band and Strings in the 2014-2015 school year. The program will take place at the designated middle school within your complex and will begin the second full week of school. This is a unique opportunity for this year’s 4th grade students to begin experiencing instruction at a middle school.
Students choosing to participate in Band and Strings can ride the middle school bus or they may be dropped off at the designated middle school for their morning band or strings class. Immediately following the class, 5th grade Band and Strings students will be bussed back to their elementary school in time for the start of their school day.
All Band and Strings students will be scheduled for a minimum of two classes per week. Additional instructional time will be contingent upon space availability and teacher scheduling. Once the schedule is set, it will remain consistent throughout the year. All performances will be held in conjunction with the middle school Band and Strings concerts.
Parents will be asked to complete a pre-commitment form in May to allow the district to determine the schedule, plan for bussing, and to allow teacher prep time to welcome the 5th grade Band and Strings students to the middle school.
Parents will be asked if their child has been using a school instrument; if so, they will need to indicate and identify this on the pre-commitment form. Students currently using school instruments will still have the opportunity to check out the instrument that they have been playing.
Even if a student did not participate in Band or Strings this year, every 5th grade student is invited to be a part of the Band and Strings classes. We recommend and encourage every student in the 5th grade to select and play a musical instrument in the coming year.
We look forward to an exciting and rewarding musical experience for all of our 5th grade students.
Electronic Devices

It is the recommendation of the school and district that students do not bring electronic devices to school. The school and district will not be held responsible for lost or stolen electronic devices and the responsibility will remain solely with the student.

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