Chaparral Elementary School

Chaparral Elementary School


On Friday we held our 3rd PBIS assembly to celebrate students following our three school-wide expectations: Be Respectful, Be Responsible, and Be Safe! Look at all those Pawsome tickets!
The results from the Read-a-Thon are in. We raised a Grand Total of $2014.00.00 beating last year’s amount by $14! Way to go students!

The Class with Highest percentage earned was Ms. Pastega’s class in Kindergarten, they will win a popcorn party from popcornopolis.

The Top Fundraiser Students are:
1. Brennan - McCormick - $245
2. Lily - Pastega - $240
3. There was a 3-way tie
Penelope - Pastega- $200
Aidan - Miller - $200
Anthony - Rojas - $200

These students will get to order any item they choose from the Scholastic Book Orders! 📚
🔦Staff Spotlight Post🔦

This week’s post is a shout-out to our fantastic Mr. Stevens who has been teaching in WESD for two years, but this is his first year in 6th grade at Chaparral. Fun fact, Mr. Stevens student taught in 4th grade here with Ms. Nelson!

Mr. Stevens says, “My “why” for teaching is to help grow young minds into scholar like minds! I love having the ability to help grow, form and shape students into scholar like kids. Students who are trying their hardest, participating in classroom discussion, and being responsible young kids is my reason why. I love being there to help them with homework questions, classroom discussions about topics they have never heard of or really love to talk about, seeing the growth of a student from beginning to end, it is all so fascinating and motivating to witness. These kids are the future, so it is crucial that we prepare them the best possible way we can! What better way to help grow young minds, than to be rooting for them since

When he is not teaching he likes playing board/card games with family and friends, watching movies/tv shows, playing basketball, and traveling! He loves going to new places and exploring what is around 😊!

Thank you Mr. Stevens for all you do to support our students and community! ❤️
Mark you calendars! Our next Kona Ice Day will be this Wednesday, March 8th after student lunches! If your student purchased a reusable cup during our last Kona Ice day they can get a refill for $3 if they remember to bring it. Parents if you are willing to volunteer to help please email Mrs. McDivitt at [email protected] (we are looking for 5 volunteers from 11:00-1:00pm)
Today Let's Build ASA class used their Legos to build things that can fly. Some used imagination like the infamous Elsa's lady lama bug. Others built real things like Brenden's hot air balloon. We were blown away by their creativity.
🔦Staff Spotlight Post🔦

This week’s staff spotlight post is our wonderful 3rd grade teacher, Ms. Barraco!

Ms. Barraco has been teaching for 27 years!

Her why for teaching is, “I love creating environments where they are free to explore and take risks in their learning. I want them to feel safe in making errors and learning how to overcome them for success and growth.”

When she is not teaching, Ms. Barraco likes to spend time with her family, friends and pups. She likes to read, watch movies and cook.

Thank you for all you do for the Chaparral community and students! ❤️
Here are the Pawsome Winners for 3/3!

1. Aiden (Miller-Respectful)
2. Bailey (Linnell-Responsible)
3. Danny (Linnell-Safe)
4. Josiah (Singer-Responsible)
5. Nataly (Avalos-Responsible)
6. Naveah (Barraco-Respectful)
7. Izabel (Nelson-Responsible)
8. Aaron (McCormick-Respectful)
9. Erik (Plutschuck-Respectful)
10. Nico (Iafrate-Responsible)

These students will receive a free Peter Piper Pizza certificate!! 🍕
Thank you to all the parents, students and teachers for coming out for our annual Books, PJs, and Giveaways event! A special thank you to Dr. Paul Stanton - WESD Superintendent Assistant Superintendent, Dr. Lyn Bailey, and Governing Board Member, Jenni Abbott-Bayardi for attending the event and reading to our students!
Thank you to Governing Board Member, Mrs. Jenni Abbott-Bayardi for stopping by our school today to spread the joy of reading during Read Across America Week! We enjoyed hearing your stories! 📚
We had a great time, celebrating our Green Eggs and Ham breakfast this morning! Thank you to all our families who came out to celebrate Read Across America Week!!!
It has been a great start to our Read Across America Week! We have been having spirit week and guest readers, today was our read-a-thon!! Don’t forget tomorrow we have two special events, first our green eggs and ham breakfast with students in the cafeteria at 7:30 AM. If you are a parent, please remember that all meals are $3 cash only in the cafeteria and second, tomorrow night from 5:00 to 7:00 PM we have our Books, PJs, and Giveaways! PTA will be selling Pizza, chips, water combos for $3 and Kona Ice will be on campus too! Come get a book, hear a story and make a craft! Don’t forget to wear your PJs!
Please click on the link below to read our March newsletter below:
Congratulations to all of our February perfect attendance winners they get to celebrate this afternoon with a 30 minute dance! We had 105 students with perfect attendance!!
On Friday we celebrated our February Sparky of the Month students who were nominated by their teachers for their outstanding behavior and academics! Way to go kiddos!!! ❤️
🔦Staff Spotlight Post🔦

This week’s post is for our energetic Mr. Mezger! Mr. Mezger teaches 4th grade!

He has been teaching for 12, years. Mr. Mezger says, “A Blip really! Time flies while we are having fun.”

His “why” for teaching comes down to motivating students. “I love to encourage my classes to work hard, and then celebrate with them on their learning and achievements. It's awesome to challenge kids, and see them crush it!”

When Mr. Mezger is not teaching, you'll find him on a bicycle somewhere with his sons. His pick would be a mountain biking trail, but his boys would choose a skatepark.

Thank you Mr. Mezger for all you do for our Chaparral community and students! ❤️
Here are the Pawsome Winners for 2/24!

1. Deximus (Pastega-Respectful)
2. Aurora (Moore-Responsible)
3. Caroline (Rojas-Safe)
4. Kim (Avalos-Respectful)
5. Vincent (Barraco-Responsible)
6. Dorian (Nelson-Responsible)
7. Jayleen (Nelson-Respectful)
8. Kenny (Plutschuck-Responsible)
9. Bryanna (Iafrate-Respectful)
10. Landon (Stevens-Respectful)

The students will receive a free Peter Piper Pizza certificate! 🍕

Chaparral affords students a rich curriculum aligned to Arizona College and Career Ready Standards.

Chaparral Elementary School, in the Washington Elementary School District, serves more than 500 prekindergarten through sixth grade children in the neighborhood bordered by Cactus Avenue on the south and Thunderbird Avenue on the north, from 35th Avenue to 43rd Avenue. The school received a “A”
rating by the Arizona Department of Education for 2021-2022.

Operating as usual

Photos from Chaparral Elementary School's post 05/24/2023

Today was the last day for our staff, and we celebrated with a wonderful breakfast and honored those who are moving on. “It’s not goodbye, it’s see you later!” Thank you for being a part of the Chaparral family: Ms. Broyles, Ms. Decindis, Ms. Reese, Mrs. Moore, Ms. Marisela Martinez, Mrs. McCormick, Mrs. Rotchford, and Mrs. McDivitt.


Congratulations to Mr. Stevens and Ms. Linnell for completing their Begin II and Ms. Reese for completing Begin III new teacher induction classes this year!


See you later 6th graders! Thank you parents and students! Have a wonderful summer!


Happy last day of school! Just a reminder that we will have early release today at 1:45 PM!

Photos from Chaparral Elementary School's post 05/22/2023

We celebrated our 3rd through 6th grade students who had perfect attendance, honor, roll, and principal list assembly this afternoon! Way to go Sparkies. We are so proud of you.

Photos from Chaparral Elementary School's post 05/22/2023

We had a wonderful kindergarten promotion today! We are so looking forward to this group of students moving on to first grade, and eventually becoming the graduating class of 2035! Way to go Sparkies!!!

Photos from Chaparral Elementary School's post 05/20/2023

We held our last Sparky of the Month assembly for the 22-23 school year on Friday! These students were nominated for their outstanding academic achievement in behavior! Way to go Sparkies, we are so proud of you!

Photos from Chaparral Elementary School's post 05/19/2023

We had our fourth quarter PBIS assembly this morning! The students were chosen from all of our pawsome tickets for the excellent behavior in following our school rules! Be respectful, be responsible, and be safe!!! Way to go, Sparkys! Thank you to our PTA and Kiwanis for the prize donations!

Photos from Chaparral Elementary School's post 05/18/2023

We had our semester attendance challenge party this afternoon! Our top two K-2 classrooms were Ms. Singer and Ms. Decindis’ classes and our top two 3-6 grade classrooms were Mr. Mezger and Ms. Avalos’ classes. These students earned a water balloon party and their families were invited to participate for helping ensure they were on time, here daily, and not checked out early! Everyone had a blast!!!!

Photos from Chaparral Elementary School's post 05/18/2023

We had a wonderful 1st-3rd grade spring concert last night! The students sounded amazing! Thank you Ms. Reese for all your hard work!

Photos from Chaparral Elementary School's post 05/17/2023

3rd grade held their first wax museum yesterday! Thank you to all the parents who came to take a tour!

Photos from Chaparral Elementary School's post 05/14/2023

Our 5th and 6th graders held a wonderful science fair exhibit yesterday! Thank you to Ms. McCormick and Mr. Iafrate for putting on this wonderful event! 🧪

Photos from Chaparral Elementary School's post 05/13/2023

Thank you to Kiwanis for giving each 3rd grader on our campus on Friday their very own dictionary. Our kids were so excited!! We ❤️ our community partners!

Photos from Chaparral Elementary School's post 05/13/2023

Thank you to our VELLO partners from Scottsdale Community College. They have been teaming up with some 3rd graders in Miss Barraco’s class this year to help with Reading. They ended the school year with an in person visit and lots of goodies! Thank you for all your support!

Photos from Chaparral Elementary School's post 05/12/2023

As we wrap up our Staff Appreciation Week we want to thank our community partner Olive Garden on Bell Road for the yummy lunch, our PTA for the awesome popcorn bar, and Michelle McCormick for the awesome bingo game prizes!!! What a fantastic week we have had!!! ❤️❤️❤️

Photos from Chaparral Elementary School's post 05/12/2023

Congratulations to Ms. Taylor Miller, Kindergarten teacher at Chaparral! She was recognized this morning as an outstanding teacher by Arizona Representative, District 2, Judy Schwiebert❤️ We couldn’t be more proud of Ms. Miller and all the work she does with our students during the day and in our ASA program!


Here are the Pawsome Winners for 5/12!

1. Grace (Decindis-Responsible)
2. Jericho (Miller-Respectful)
3. Donovan (Linnell-Responsible)
4. Liam (Rojas-Responsible)
5. Tabbitha (Barraco-Responsible)
6. Eldin (Nelson-Respectful)
7. Nathan (McCormick-Safe)
8. Matthew (Plutschuck-Respectful)
9. Khloe (Iafrate-Respectful)
10. Bailey (Stevens-Respectful)

These students will receive a free Peter Piper Pizza certificate! 🍕

Photos from Chaparral Elementary School's post 05/11/2023

A huge thank you to Crumbl Cookies for donating 4 party packs of cookies for Staff Appreciation Week! We thank you for your partnership!

Photos from Chaparral Elementary School's post 05/11/2023

Thank you Pure Heart Church and Deb Lupnacca for the wonderful breakfast burritos from Brush Fire Tacos e Tapas this morning! Our staff appreciates the love you have showered on us for Staff Appreciation Week! ❤️

Photos from Washington Elementary School District's post 05/11/2023

Photos from Washington Elementary School District's post

Photos from Chaparral Elementary School's post 05/10/2023

Thank you to our PTA, Raising Canes, and one of our parents, John Saucedo for your generous donations for Teacher Appreciation Week! The food and coffee were delicious!

Photos from Chaparral Elementary School's post 05/10/2023

Thank you to the 4th graders in Ms. Nelson’s class who read to Ms. Miller and Ms. Pastega’s kindergarten classrooms! 📚

Photos from Chaparral Elementary School's post 05/10/2023

Thank you to all our moms who shared in Muffins with Moms today! It was wonderful having you and your children on campus this morning! Thank you PTA for putting on this free event for our community!


The good news keeps coming for Chaparral today! Two of our ASU paid student teachers graduated! They will officially be joining our Chaparral staff next year! Congratulations Ms. Clayborne and Ms. Aguirre! Very well deserved! WESD is the place to be if you want to be a teacher! ❤️

Photos from Chaparral Elementary School's post 05/09/2023

Our teachers were also treated today with a snack cart, drinks, and felt pens! Thank you to WinCo for all the wonderful donations!!!!

Photos from Chaparral Elementary School's post 05/09/2023

Thank you to Sugar and Lace Bakery for donating cupcakes for Chaparral Staff Appreciation Week! We appreciate your kindness and partnership!


Muffins with Mom’s is tomorrow morning at 7:15am in the cafeteria! We hope you all can join us!

Photos from Chaparral Elementary School's post 05/08/2023

Today kicks off the start of our Staff Appreciation Week! Thank you to LaMar’s Donuts and Coffee and Black Rock Coffee for their donations to our staff! We also want to give a special shout out to Mr. Plutschuck for securing these donations. Thank you Chaparral staff for all you do for our students!

Photos from Chaparral Elementary School's post 05/08/2023

Our 3rd grade students had a great time at the Arizona Capitol learning all about our state’s history! Thank you to all the parents who were able to help chaperone!


Here are the Pawsome Winners for 5/5!

1. Mahmoud (Decindis-Safe)
2. Preston (Pastega-Respectful)
3. Talon (Moore-Respectful)
4. Lexi (Moore-Responsible)
5. Belle (Rojas-Respectful)
6. Nathan (Barraco-Responsible)
7. Mitchell (Rotchford-Safe)
8. Teagan (Mezger-Respectful)
9. Jaedyn (Plutschuck-Responsible)
10. Jesi (Iafrate-Responsible)

The students will receive a free Peter Piper Pizza certificate ! 🍕


Next week is teacher appreciation week! Here are some ways your family can support our staff!

Photos from Chaparral Elementary School's post 05/01/2023

The students who had perfect attendance for the month of April got to celebrate with a dance today! Way to go sparkies! 💃🏻 🕺


Parents we have lots of lost and found items out front please stop by and take a look, anything left after Friday will be donated. Thank you!

Photos from Chaparral Elementary School's post 04/29/2023

Today we celebrated our April Sparky of the month students! The students were nominated by their teachers, for the outstanding academic achievements and behavior! Way to go, Sparkies!


Here are the Pawsome Winners for 4/28!

1. Paisley (Pastega-Responsible)
2. Alexander (Decindis-Safe)
3. Moriah (Moore-Responsible)
4. Daniel (Rojas-Responsible)
5. Emmailiany (Rojas-Respectful)
6. Maddy-Lynn (Rotchford-Safe)
7. Jack (Mezger-Responsible)
8. Elliana (McCormick-Responsible)
9. Sophie (Iafrate-Respectful)
10. Joseph (Stevens-Respectful)

The students will receive a free, Peter Piper, Pizza certificate! 🍕

Photos from Chaparral Elementary School's post 04/27/2023

🔦Staff Spotlight Post🔦

This week’s post belongs to our fantastic instructional coach, Mrs. McCormick!

Mrs. McCormick has been teaching for 31 years, all in WESD!

Her “why” for teaching is, “When I began teaching 31 years ago, my why was that I wanted to help students learn and grow. As I have grown in my career in education, “my why” is now about making a difference. I want to not only help students learn and grow, but I want to help fellow educators learn and grow. I have loved being a teacher in the classroom and an instructional coach to teachers.”

When she is not teaching she spends time with her family and friends, reads books, and go on walks with friends.

Thank you , Mrs. McCormick! You go above and beyond for not only our Chaparral community and students but the entire district! ❤️


Thank you Winco on Bell Ave. for donating $150 worth of snacks and drinks to Chaparral for our teacher snack cart during our upcoming Teacher Apprceiation Week! We appreciate your partnership and generosity!

Photos from Chaparral Elementary School's post 04/27/2023

Here we have first graders learning to make analogies with manipulatives in Project Potential with Ms. Saiz!!!

Photos from Chaparral Elementary School's post 04/26/2023

It’s all about relationships! Our teachers are more than just instructors in the classrooms! They go above and beyond to make school a fun place where students know they are cared for! On any given day you can find our staff giving up their lunches and other personal time to spend with students. Today we spotted Mr. Nichols and Mr. Iafrate in an intense volleyball challenge and Coach Stevens still practicing basketball skills with the boys on the court! Thank you teachers! This is what makes our school so magical❤️


Congratulations to Mrs. Murphy for receiving the Barbra Parks Memorial Grant through Gardners Book Service. She won $500 for new books for our library! 📚

Videos (show all)

America the Beautiful performed by our 4th grade students! Happy Veteran’s Day!
You’re a Grand Ol’ Flag preformed by our 4th grade students🇺🇸
6th Grade Clap Out 2022!
Yo! Check it out!  Our rappin' video all about recycling! #ChaparralRocksRecycling#Recycle2Win#TrexRecyclingChallenge
The students enjoyed all the vehicles and goodies they received. Thank you Fedex cares!!




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