WESD To Host Teacher Fairs

posted by Nicole Lusciandrello

The Washington Elementary School District (WESD) will host a Teacher Interview Fair on Saturday, November 4, 2017 to hire teachers for the 2018-2019 school year. The fair will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the WESD Administrative Center, 4650 West Sweetwater Avenue, Glendale, 85304. Contracts for the 2018-2019 school year will be offered to qualified candidates. Student teachers, soon-to-be college graduates, seasoned teachers and alternative pathways are encouraged to attend! 

This is the first of six scheduled Teacher Interview Fairs. The others will take place at the same place and times, with the exception of March on: 

Saturday, December 16, 2017,
Saturday, January 20, 2018,
Saturday, February 24, 2018,
Thursday, March 15, 2018, 4 to 7:30 p.m.; and
Saturday, April 28, 2018. 

Interviews will be conducted for those interested in teaching: kindergarten, elementary education, special education, language arts, mathematics, science, social studies, general music, art and special needs preschool. Successful candidates may be recommended for a 2018-2019 teaching contract. 

Apply online prior to the interview fair at Please select the posting titled, Teacher – All Positions. Human Resources will contact qualified applicants directly to preschedule an interview. 

For more information, contact the WESD Recruitment Office at 602-347-2622 or e-mail

Roadrunner Night at Peter Piper Pizza

posted Sep 12, 2017, 4:29 PM by Courtney Mallada

Families, please join us at Peter Piper Pizza on Friday, September 15, 2017 to enjoy some great food and fun, and to raise some "dough" for our school!  15% of all food, beverage, and token sales will benefit Roadrunner! We look forward to seeing you there!

Increasing the Safety at Roadrunner

posted Aug 25, 2017, 5:54 PM by Courtney Mallada

One of the most important goals we have at Roadrunner is to ensure the safety of our students. We have made it a priority to identify and implement practices that maintain a high level of safety in all areas.  In order to increase the safety of all of our students before school each morning, we will be implementing a "Roadrunner staff and students only" policy at the front gate beginning on Monday, August 28.  We appreciate the efforts of our wonderful Roadrunner families to assist students in becoming comfortable with our campus and the location of their classroom.  Beginning August 28, our staff and oldest students will assume this responsibility as students come through our gate in the morning.  

If parents or guardians need to enter campus to meet with a staff member before school, our office staff will be happy to assist.  Thank you in advance for your support of our desire to ensure the safety of our campus.

Solar Eclipse Safety

posted Aug 21, 2017, 7:51 AM by Courtney Mallada

On Monday, August 21, a solar eclipse will cross the United States with partial visibility in Arizona with its peak at 10:33 a.m.  For the safety of all students, all WESD schools will be on a mandatory rainy day schedule Monday, August 21. Recess and other outdoor activities will be canceled from 9:15 a.m. to noon to ensure the safety of our students. Please see attached for more information. Thank you for your understanding and support.  

Meet the Teacher, August 3rd 4:00-6:00pm

posted Jul 24, 2017, 8:31 AM by Courtney Mallada

Roadrunner families, save the date!  Our “Meet the Teacher” will be Thursday, August 3rd from 4pm-6pm. Please join us on campus to find out your child’s class assignment, meet your child’s new teacher, and say hello to old and new friends!  We are so excited to see our students and families, and cannot wait for the new school year to begin!  

School Office Opens July 19

posted Jun 26, 2017, 10:23 AM by PAMELA HORTON

All school offices are now closed until Wednesday, July 19. School offices will be open from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., July 19 – 28, resuming their regular office hours on Monday, July 31. If you’re interested in registering for the 2017 – 2018 school year, all student registration occurs at the Welcome and Registration Center, located at 3200 W. Cholla Street. The Welcome and Registration Center is open Monday through Friday from 7:15 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., closed from 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. on Wednesdays.

School Budget 101 in 5 Minutes!

posted Aug 10, 2016, 2:45 PM by PAMELA HORTON

WESD Budget 101

Roadrunner Parent Involvement Policy

posted Dec 7, 2012, 2:41 PM by Paula McWhirter


I.                    Roadrunner Elementary plans activities to involve parents, families and community members with their input through PTO, Site council, and outreach meetings.


·         Roadrunner clearly communicates information and school reports to our parents in both English and in Spanish and offers interpreters as needed.

·         We continually invite parents through various means to participate in the decision making processes that directly relate to our Title I Parent Involvement Plan and any funding required for these activities.

·         Parent involvement at Roadrunner Elementary will include academic learning and other activities to ensure that parents are able to assist in their student’s learning.   We provide accessibility to parents so they are directly involved in their child’s learning, be stakeholders in the decision making that impacts their child’s learning and assist in the education of their child, allowed under Title I.


II.                  Roadrunner School will implement the Parent Involvement Policy Components:


1.       Include parents in the joint development of the policy at our Site Council meeting consisting of parents, teachers, and community members.  We will draft the policy as a group, present it at our PTO meeting for comments or revisions, and then present the final draft at our Staff Reach Out meeting for final approval.

2.       Involve parents in the Continuous Improvement Plan by encouraging parents to complete and return parent satisfaction and other surveys that define our school needs and conduct Title I meetings that explain the school program and needs.

3.       Use resources to plan and implement parent involvement activities to improve student achievement and school performance through the Staff Reach Out Team, Site council, PTO, Outreach Specialist, social worker, District Office staff, and community members.

4.       Gathering and sharing information with parents and community members through; Site Council, 21st Century, and Community Reach-Out Team, newsletters, the school base website, fliers and dial-outs.  

5.       Roadrunner will evaluate the content and effectiveness of the Policy annually in terms of improving quality of the school by surveying parents and analyzing results, holding staff and parent meetings for discussion and collaboration, revise the Parent Involvement Plan for the following year based on data and finding (Site Council responsibilities).

6.       Provide assistance to parents on topics to include the following:

·         Arizona Common Core Standards

·         Arizona student assessments

·         Title I requirement

·         Ways to monitor the student’s progress

·         How to work with educators

·         How to have a successful parent-teacher conference

·         How to help students at home

·         Parenting classes

·         ELL classes

·         Volunteer opportunities

·         Communication between school and home

·         Meetings about assessments

·         Title I annual meeting

·         School newsletter

·         School website

·         Excellent family/community member experiences

·         Communication in English, Spanish and other languages as needed

·         Translator/interpreter provided for parents in the language they understand


Actions listed above will build parent, school, and community capacity as partners vested in ensuring improved academic achievement for our students and members of the Washington Elementary School District

Our Procedures for a Safe Dismissal

posted Dec 4, 2012, 5:47 PM by Paula McWhirter   [ updated Dec 14, 2016, 3:22 PM by PAMELA TALARICO ]

Each day, we dismiss approximately 820 students from school in a short period of time.In order for all students to remain safe during this time, these are the established procedures that we use for each dismissal location/type.  We ask that all families help us make sure that every child is safe by following these procedures.

Pick-up by car: 

·         Pull through our drive through lane.

·         Remain in your car.

·         Follow the directions of the crossing guards and the rules of the road. 

·         Do not block intersection on 39th Avenue or crosswalks on streets or in the parking lot. 

·         Have your child meet you in the designated pick-up area by the cafeteria.  This is the safest place for your child to get in your car.

·         Do not pull over on 39th Avenue and have your child get into your car. 

Walking onto campus:

·         If you drive to the area, do not park in “No Parking” areas.

·         Use crosswalks when entering and leaving campus.

·         Come into the fenced area to wait for your child so as to leave space for children and parents who are leaving campus through the front gate.

·         When inside the fenced area, do not allow your child to play on the playground equipment.  We do not have enough staff to monitor for a safe dismissal and supervise the play equipment at the same time. 

Bicycles and students who walk alone:

·         We ask these students to follow these rules:

o   Walk your bicycle/scooter until you are off school property and away from busy areas.  This would include the sidewalks along Friar and 39th Avenue that border the school.

o   Stay with other students as long as possible.  Avoid being alone.

o   Go directly home.  The best policy is to check in at home before going anywhere else.

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