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FUSD Board of Education / Trustees

 Denise Guenther, President      Janeane Candelaria, Vice President
Bob Dailey             Rose Marie Monks              Steve Johnson
Circle Cross Ranch "A" Rated School
Mrs. Hendry and the Circle Cross Ranch Staff are PROUD to say:
 Circle Cross Ranch is an
"A" Rated School
by the Arizona Department of Education  
Congratulations Cheetahs!!

Message From Mrs. Hendry

 Dear Parents,

We have a lot of good news to share this month!  First, CCR received Additional Title I Funds so that we can offer more reading and math intervention for students that need academic support or tutoring.  This funding will provide the following additional support from now through the beginning of May.  Please note that these supports are free to students.

  ·        After school tutoring for 4th-8th grade students in A.I.M. – “Achievement is Mandatory” Monday-Thursday afterschool.  Any              students with a failing grade may attend AIM for extra support.
·         Reading and Math Intervention Classes for 6th-8th Grade Students – We have extra classes added to our master schedule to assist   junior high students that need reading and math support to reach the goal of MEETS or EXCEEDS on their 3rd benchmark exam   and state tests.
·       Saturday School Club- Mr. Camarote will begin a Saturday School this month to work with students who want extra help to   improve their grades and academic standing.  There will be more information to come on this new program.  This club is not credit   recovery – it is an additional academic time for students to come and prep for benchmark and state testing
·        More para support for our K-3 Title I Reading Specialist. Mrs. Hofman now has extra hands to help our K-3 students with reading  support.

Next, it’s that time of year for the annual PARENT SURVEYS! We have a new Parent Survey this year that was developed by the Arizona Department of Education and takes about 5 minutes to complete.  The survey has a total of 13 questions and will be an ON-LINE SURVEY ONLY.  Your opinion about the overall performance of our school is very important to us!  We are asking that you complete our parent survey by February 20th so that we can gain valuable information on how our parent body feels about our school and the progress that we are making. Your identity will remain completely anonymous.  Your responses to the survey questions will be combined with responses from other parents to give us overall feedback for CCR.     We will have computers set up at Parent Teacher Conferences for you to use in order to complete the survey.

The survey is located on Circle Cross Ranch’s homepage http://cc.fusdaz.org/

If you have any questions about this survey, please contact Dr. Kelly Smith, Director of Curriculum and Instruction, by email at kasmith@fusdaz.org.

Thank you for taking a few minutes to give us feedback and help us continue on the path of excellence at Circle Cross Ranch K-8!

We hope that you will mark your calendars for the Annual Father Daughter Dance on Thursday, Feb. 19th from 6:00-7:30 pm in the CCR Cafeteria.  The cost is $10 per daddy/daughter couple and $5 for each additional daughter.  Younger sisters that are not school age are able to attend for $5.  We hope that all of our CCR dad’s, grandpa’s or other male family members are able to come!  This is a favorite annual event hosted by P.T.O. at CCR! Tickets go on sale Feb. 11th in the CCR Front Office – Cash Only.   

Circle Cross Ranch K-8 is one of the 25 schools in Arizona awarded with a grant to  participate  in the STEAM Machines TM Clubs Pilot Program  for middle-school-aged children in the phoenix metro area for school year  2014-2015 . As part of the pilot program, CCR STEAM club was provided with: a STEAM Machines KitTM (approx. $3000 worth of materials).  This program intend to teach students to

•          Brainstorm ideas, design, and build creative chain-reaction inventions.

•          Learn and integrate science, technology, engineering, arts, and math (STEAM) concepts together in their machines (Example topics: engineering design process, solar energy, robotics, electronics, testing and reliability)It’s tjhat

•          Have fun working in teams

This month our STEAM club sponsored a school wide Rube Goldberg Machine Competition from K-8 with different challenges to build. K-2 students built a”  machine that could drop a marble in a cup”  in not less than 3 steps, 3rd-5th grade levels built a “machine that could pop a balloon”; and 6-8 will built a “machine that could erase  a whiteboard”. This event was hosted by the STEAM club on January 30, 2015. The students in the STEAM class elective have already built their projects and are now on the refining stage for the Rube Goldberg competition on April 2015. The challenge is to build a” machine that will erase a chalkboard.  CCR STEAM club will be participating   in the 2015 Virtual Middle School Rube Goldberg Machine Contest which will be held in April 2015 with free registration from the STEAM machines club sponsors.

Other exciting news, CCR was the lucky recipient of an ASU Grant called Keepin' it REAL and Families Preparing a New Generation + Brighter Futures for Florence Families.  This grant will provide training for three of our 6th grade teachers to present content to students on how to say no to drugs and alcohol, deal with peer pressure and keep your friends.  The grant also provides 15 CCR families with an opportunity for a 10 week evening class which will cover the same content.  The 15 parents that are selected to participate will receive a $150 gift card at the end of the 10 weeks.  The grant also provides dinner for the parents to attend and child care.

·         If you are interested in signing up for the Parent Classes starting on February 18th at 6pm in the CCR Library, please      contact Michelle Green at 480-987-7611 or sign up at Parent Teacher Conferences on Feb. 4th-5th.  There will be a sign  up table in the main hallway.  There are 15 open slots – first come, first serve.

Thank you for your continued support of the CHEETAHS!


Rebecca Hendry


CIRCLE CROSS RANCH K-8Upcoming Cheetah Events...
CIRCLE CROSS RANCH K-8Upcoming Cheetah Events...

Boys & Girls Basketball & Cheer Tryouts:  Tryouts for boys and girls basketball & cheer will take place the first week after break, March 30th - April 2nd.  Students must have their sports physical packet completed before they can tryout.  

AZ MERIT & AIMS Testing Dates:  Students will be taking the AZ MERIT Test on Monday, April 13th - Wednesday, April 15th.   AZ MERIT EOC Algebra will be taken on Monday, April 20th and AIMS Science test will be taken on Wednesday, April 8th.  

Preview Day & Freshman Parent Meeting:  There will be a incoming Freshman Preview day at Poston Butte High School for our 8th grade students on Thursday, April 9th from 9am - 11:30am.  Poston Butte High School will also be having a STEAM Information session on April 9th beginning at 5:30pm in their library.  There will also be a Freshman Parent Meeting on April 9th @ 6:30pm in their Gym.  If you have any questions, you can contact Poston Butte High School @ 480-474-6100.  

FREE Full Day Kindergarten
for 2015-2016:
We are pleased to announce we will be offering Full Day Kindergarten for FREE for the 2015-2016 school year!  Please stop by our office to pick up a registration packet.

Student Achievement
Congratulations to the following Circle Cross Ranch
 AZSARSEF Winners:

Tony Justin Macayan - Non-Ionizing Microwave Radiation
Adrian Parra Torres - Extraction of Tannin from Persea Americana seeds using different solvents
Gabriela Donato & Alexis Sams - Flashback Fonts
Mitchell Guck & Cameron Thomas - Cement Hocky Pucks
Liberty Miles Clark & Nicole Woods - Stamp for Excellence
Jump Rope for Heart
Circle Cross Ranch rasises close to $1200
for Jump Rope for Heart!

Circle Cross had all grades participate in Jump Rope for Heart and we had close to a hundred students that brought in pledges. The Jump Rope for Heart program is in its seventh year, raising close to $8,000 in that time. Heart disease is the number one killer of humans and with proper exercise and nutrition we can cut that percentage down. The funds raised go to the American Heart Association for research and education. Tara Dickerson and Jim Segar were happy to have so many students for our culmination day last Friday. The day was held in the gym with eleven different stations that all classes K-5 participated in, this was run with the help of our older students as mentors. A fabulous day had by all!

Community Partners




School Hours
FOR 2014-2015

 School Hours: Early Release Hours:
 Kinder - 8th Grade:   Kinder - 8th Grade:
 8:15 a.m. - 3:20 p.m. 8:15 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. 

 OCS/Athletics release @ 5:00 p.m. No OCS/Athletics on ER Days 

PLEASE NOTE:  Students may not be on campus before 7:50 a.m. as there is no adult supervision

Office Hours:

7:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Attendance Line: 480-987-7609

Phone Number: 480-987-7600
Fax Number: 480-888-0349
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