On January 29th, a team of Border Patrol and Customs agents met with Ash Creek seventh and eighth grade students as part of an educational outreach effort called Operation Detour. The goal of the program is to inform students about drug trafficking businesses, which are increasingly targeting children for involvement in their activities. Students learned that getting involved in these activities often leads to jail or death. Agents Khristina Ondrejcak, Adrienna Crowley, James Cox, and Amy Gomez met with students for lunch and conversation before the educational program. For more information on the program, click on this link:
Operation Detour Flyer
Ash Creek students were treated to an unusual science lesson when Jimmy Stewart visited Ash Creek School in his Weather Bus on January 23rd. Mr. Stewart is a 31-year veteran of television weather reporting in Tucson, for both KOLD-TV and KVOA-TV. The Weather Bus is a mobile science classroom outfitted with the latest weather technology. With his degree in Atmospheric Physics, and many years of experience in reporting the weather, Mr. Stewart is uniquely qualified to help students understand science concepts related to weather and weather reporting. Thank you to our librarian Marian Gierlach for arranging Mr. Stewart’s visit.
Inside the Weatherbus
3rd-5th grade students outside the bus
The VFW Ladies Auxiliary recently made a substantial donation to Ash Creek School, earmarked for our Robotics Club program. This donation will allow us to purchase additional robotics kits, including a kit designed for children in the 4 to 7 year-old age group. Thank you to the Ladies Auxiliary, represented by Sharon Ward.
Sharon Ward presents the donation to Principal Sue Shepard.
We had a great Christmas program this year, featuring students playing a variety of instruments, from drums to metallophones to ukeleles. We also had a special visitor after the program!
The Third – Eighth Grade Band
Kinder – Second Graders Perform
School budgets are tight. When you make a donation to Ash Creek Elementary School District #53, not only are you helping the school but you are creating a tax donation for yourself.
The Arizona State Public School Tax Credit Law allows up to $200 for single taxpayers and $400 for jointly filing married taxpayers if they contribute to extracurricular activities. An extracurricular activity is an optional, non credit educational activity that supplements the education program of Ash Creek Elementary and requires a fee for the students to participate.
This tax donation is then directly subtracted from the total taxes owed to the state of Arizona for that year. For example, if your tax bill to the State of Arizona is $400.00, and you donated $200 to Ash Creek Elementary School District #53 before December 31, 2012, the amount you will owe the State of Arizona when you file taxes is $200 – your $400.00 obligation minus the $200 you have already paid through the direct tax credit program.
To donate, print the form below and submit to the school. Thank you!
Tax Donation Form
Join us on the evening of December 19th for a very special Christmas Program. Ash Creek students will perform as we celebrate our 103rd year as a school. Everyone in the community is invited to the performance at 6:30, followed by a potluck meal. We understand that a very special guest will be joining us!
Ash Creek students on a tree-cutting expedition in the Chiricahua Mountains
On December 4th, Ash Creek students performed a Christmas Program at the Sunizona Ash Creek Association dinner. Community members enjoyed some modern Christmas carols performed by the K-2nd Grade class, a rendition of “The Night Before Christmas” poem by 3rd-8th grade students, and a sing-along of traditional Christmas carols. We appreciate the warm welcome we received from the Association members, who were kind enough to provide each student with a special bag of Christmas goodies. Thank you, Sunizona Ash Creek Association!
3rd – 8th grade students
K – 2nd grade students
. Front row, left to right: Dan Evans, Army; John Ward, Army; George Hall, Army. Back row: Doug Picher, Air Force; Ken Edwards, Air Force; Tim Murphy, Marine Corps; Chris Hamburger, Navy; and Laura Lind, Navy (not pictured).
On November 13th, Ash Creek School hosted a Veterans Day luncheon. We had veterans from every branch of the Military Services here. They are pictured above. The students sang and gave theatrical performances that were greatly enjoyed by the veterans. All of the students said that they wanted to show some respect to the people who have served our country.