Principal's Message


The month of May is such a time of appreciative thoughts and transitions. As we round out the 2020-2021 school year, I wanted to give my appreciation to our Lookout Mountain families. We sincerely appreciate the ongoing grace and flexibility. Our students and families have transitioned through virtual and hybrid learning. We have had to change procedures on the fly and coordinate social distance all while wearing masks. We will celebrate the end of the year within the parameters given. We realize that we are stronger together. Face-to-face learning and relationship building while here at school are critical. We have relearned patience, how to stand in a line and wait for our turn. I am so proud of our Lions!

Thank you for sharing your children with us every day.

Sincerely,

Tricia Heller Johnson


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Dear Lookout Mountain Families,

  This is an exciting time, as for the first time in a year, the staff parking lot was full and teachers are back in classrooms preparing for student arrival. Many of our Lookout Mountain students will be returning to in-person learning on March 22, 2021. We have prepped every classroom to provide proper distancing and individual work space. Industrial air scrubbers will be in every classroom and masks and handwashing will be mandatory.

We will fully open our playground and we will face all students forward during lunch with a rotating schedule that will allow student outdoor dining and proper distancing.

 Visitors and volunteers will not be allowed and we encourage parents to remain in their vehicles and/or distance safely when picking up and dropping off.  Reminder, when getting out of your vehicle, you must wear a mask.

 If your child will be returning to in-person learning, please double check your ParentVUE account to ensure that you have signed off on the COVID-19 Parental Disclosure Form. This agreement is required for in-person learning. If you need assistance with ParentVUE, please call the office at 602-896-5900.

 If your child takes medication at school, please call Mrs. Dahl in the health office at 602-896-5910 to schedule an appointment to bring your child’s medication in.

 All students returning to in-person learning need to bring the school’s Chromebooks, chargers, and hot spots that were checked out. They will be checked back in upon returning to school. It is crucial that all Chromebooks are returned from our in-person learning students. Chromebooks will remain at school as they will be used for end of the year testing and AZ Merit. We realize this is yet another change and that some of our students have a new teacher for the fourth quarter. Thank you again for your understanding and flexibility. I am so proud of the resiliency and flexibility our students have displayed. Our “Lion Pride” is amazing!

 Looking forward to “Roaring” through the remainder of the year strong!

 Sincerely,

 Tricia H. Johnson, Principal

  Lookout Mountain Elementary

  2020 Nation Blue Ribbon School

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September 23, 2020 

Dear Families,

This has been an exciting week for Lookout Mountain Elementary School. On Tuesday, September 22, the Maricopa County School Superintendent, Steve Watson, made the announcement I received the 2020 Maricopa County Exemplary Principal Award.

In addition to that award…

Back in the spring of 2019, I was notified that Lookout Mountain Elementary was one of only five schools nominated by the State of Arizona to apply for the National Blue Ribbon School award. The National Blue Ribbon School award affirms the hard work of students, educators, families, and communities in creating safe and welcoming schools where students master challenging content.

Lookout Mountain was just informed that our application for the National Blue Ribbon award is being considered due to our exemplary high performing status.

We invite our families to view the live announcement of the

2020 National Blue Ribbon Schools, by U. S. Secretary of Education, Betsy DeVos, at 10:00 A.M. on Thursday, September 24th.

 

At that time, you may access the announcement from one of the following links:

·         https://www.facebook.com/ED.gov/

·         https://nationalblueribbonschools.ed.gov

·         https://twitter.com/NatlBlueRibbon

·         https://twitter.com/usedgov

·         https://www.facebook.com/nationalblueribbonschools

 

We are so proud of the hard work and dedication from our Lookout Mountain staff, students, and families.  #LIONPRIDE


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September 4, 2020


Dear Lookout Mt. Families,

I suddenly find myself anxiously awaiting the Thursday reveal of the new percentages on the Maricopa County Health Department return to school dashboard. Search by District: Washington Elementary   https://www.maricopa.gov/5594/School-Metrics

We are looking for yellow or green indicators with under 7% in percent positivity and within Covid-like Illness

Yellow under 7% for two weeks means we can move to a hybrid model

Green under 5% means for two weeks means we can move to a face to face model.

Thursday metrics 9/3/2020

Overall Risk Level is:

 Moderate

Recommended Learning Scenario is:

 Virtual w/onsite support until <7% positivity for 2 weeks*

Benchmarks

Most Recent Data [1]

Cases Per 100k People 47.37 yellow zone

Percent Positivity 7.58% yellow zone but NOT under 7%

Covid-Like Illness 3.0% green zone

Our numbers are trending downward in hopes we will be moving to a hybrid model or even better all green under 5% and we can go to a full face to face model.

Note:     Online learning will continue to be an option throughout the district for

 those families that choose to remain at home for the

20-21 school year learning virtually

The Hybrid Model Under 7%

(masks, 6 feet distancing, temperature checks, enhanced cleaning and hand washing)

· Two days in person

· Two days self paced

· Early Release Wednesdays – Online Virtual learning session

Please make sure to complete the online

Next week you will receive a survey asking you to register for a spot at Lookout Mt. for when we return to learn utilizing the hybrid model. We need you to fill this out and submit the information. This will allow us to “save a seat” for your child. Remember you also have the option on continuing online learning the entire year.

Keep checking on Thursdays for the new set of metrics. We need two weeks under 7%!!!

Sincerely,

Tricia H. Johnson, Principal

Lookout Mountain Elementary School

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July 27, 2020


Dear Lookout Mt. Families,

It is my pleasure to welcome you back to school this 2020-2021 school year.  There is plenty of uncertainty, one thing I know for sure is that Lookout Mt. lions are smart and strong! Together we can do anything.

Over the next thirty days, our entire staff will communicate virtually to provide the most up to date information. Lookout Mt. will continue to provide a high quality education embedded with extracurricular activities and positive social experiences.  It will just look a little different this school year.

We are fortunate to have enough Chromebooks for every students to check out one out if needed. We will continue to provide meals to families on a weekly basis. Social and emotional lessons and supports are built into each grade level schedule. Special area teachers will welcome students to their lessons each day. We also have several additional Lookout Mt. adults online throughout the day to tutor, read or just talk.

This year Leo the Lion is wearing his mask and cape! Find the super hero within you and roar while you soar to great heights.

Together we are overcoming obstacles. Up Up and Away !

Sincerely,

Tricia H. Johnson, Principal

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