Principal Updates 21-22SY

Principal Updates 21-22SY
Posted on 01/14/2022
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Click here to view the Salt River Schools Health & Safety Plan.

Click here to view our COVID-19 Notification FAQs.

Click here to read the SRES hybrid & remote learning plans.

Click here to view COVID-19 notices sent to SRES families from July 1 through December 31, 2021.

Updated Jan. 14, 2022
The Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community will return to a modified Phase 1.5 beginning Friday, January 14.

In Phase 1.5, our staff will work remotely and our buildings are not open to the public. However, Salt River Schools are here for you and will continue to provide virtual and drive-thru services! Click here to learn more about the Community’s Return to Work Plan and its phase system. Click here to view the modified Phase 1.5.

I don’t know how long this will last, but I will keep you informed as I learn more.

Please note:

  • This transition will NOT affect virtual schooling for students; students will continue with their virtual school schedules until further notice. (Remember: Monday, Jan. 17, is a holiday.)
    • The main line phone numbers for sites will be answered during business hours – give us a call!
      • Education Administration: 480-362-2500
      • Early Childhood Education Center: 480-362-2200
      • Salt River Elementary School: 480-362-2400
      • Accelerated Learning Academy: 480-362-2130
      • Higher Education: 480-362-2547
    • Students and families with a school-issued device can continue to call our IT Tech Helpline at 480-362-2088 or reach out to teachers/staff for help, as needed. Teachers and staff can be reached during business hours by email/work cell or via Teams and/or Class Dojo.
    • Please continue to update your school if your child has a test-confirmed case of COVID-19.

    Stay updated with all things Salt River Schools by checking our website and social media pages (FacebookInstagram, and YouTube). I appreciate your patience and understanding as we navigate this transition.

    Dr. Vicky Corlett
    Interim Acting Superintendent
    Salt River Schools

    Updated Jan. 3, 2022
    SRES will transition to virtual learning beginning Tuesday, Jan. 4. Click here to read the announcement from our Acting Interim Superintendent.

    Students may pick up their learning materials and equipment on Tuesday, Jan. 4, anytime from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. (or as scheduled with your child’s teacher).

    • FACE-2nd Grade: Pick up virtual learning materials and equipment from the SRES front office along Center Street.
    • 3rd-6th Grade: Pick up virtual learning materials and equipment from the bus bay area along Highland Avenue.

    Questions? Call 480-362-2400.

    Updated Nov. 29, 2021

    It is with great sadness I inform you that two of our students died in a car accident over the weekend. Our condolences and prayers go out to the family during this time of loss and grief. This tragic event has affected our entire school family, and your child may want to discuss it with you at home.

    Here at school, grief counselors are available to anyone who needs individual support. Additionally, counselors may assist students and teachers within the classrooms. These supports will be in place for the rest of the week.

    There is no way to predict how a tragedy like this might affect your child, if at all, but changes in behavior could signal that your child may need assistance to deal with the death of a classmate. The following suggestions may help you navigate this time with your child:

    •  Talk with your child about their feelings; share your feelings, too.
    •  Talk about what happened; give your child information they can understand.
    •  Reassure your child that they are safe; you may need to repeat this reassurance often.
    •  Listen to and comfort your child often.

    Click here for more resources related to discussing grief with your children.

    Thank you for your support as we move forward. Please contact the school at 480-362-2400 if you have any questions or concerns.


    Amanda Guerrero, Ed. D.
    SRES Principal

    Updated Nov. 24, 2021

    Thank you for choosing Salt River Schools to provide educational services to your child. The safety of all children in our schools, as well as the safety of staff and support personnel is very important to us. In order to maintain a safe environment for our children to study and learn, it is necessary that we practice emergency and crisis response plans by having drills designed to implement our procedures.

    We conduct various safety drills throughout the school year. This letter is to inform you that on Tuesday, Nov. 23, students and staff participated a BUS EVACUATION DRILL. It is important for you to understand this type of drill.

    A school shall conduct an evacuation drill of a school bus at the school including every passenger who rides or is in
    school on the day of evacuation.

    Yesterday's drill included practice and instruction in the location, use, and operation of the emergency exits, fire extinguishers, first aid equipment, windows as a means of escape, and communication systems. It also included practice and instruction in when and how to approach, load, unload, and move away from the school bus a minimum of 100 feet.

    In addition, bus drivers stressed the importance of orderly conduct. When a school bus needs to be evacuated, it is very important that passengers hear what the bus driver is saying. Emergencies can appear without warning. That is why it is important to follow rules of safe conduct at all times. Students and staff must be prepared to evacuate their bus any time they are told to do so.

    We want each student to understand and be aware of the importance of this drill and not be afraid if/when a bus emergency happens. By practicing, they will know what to do and how to do it in a real emergency. I am proud to say that each student and staff member followed the procedures effortlessly.

    Please remember that these safety drills are done to help maintain our school as a safe place to learn and work. We are proud to be able to serve you and your children, and we continually strive to provide a safe learning environment. If you have any questions regarding this month’s drill or other safety concerns, please contact our school office at 480-362-2400.

    Dr. Amanda Guerrero
    SRES Principal

    Updated Nov. 17, 2021
    Notice to Second Grade Families: Employing and retaining the most effective teachers is a priority at Salt River Schools. To that end, we work to improve the experience and increase the professional knowledge of our teachers and support staff. We have an exciting opportunity for second graders at Salt River Elementary Schools that will impact your child in a positive way. 

    We recently sent home letters to second grade families about their child's new teacher. Click here for the letter to Mrs. Enriquez's classroom; or click here for the letter to Mrs. Enos' classroom

    Your child’s academic success is our top priority. Consistency is a crucial part of that success, so your child will be transitioned into the new classroom soon. Your child will already have friends in the new classroom, as the entire second grade has worked collaboratively all year. We are excited about this transition and know your child will be, too.

    If you have any concerns or questions about this transition, or if you would like to schedule a meeting, please contact me at 480-362-2400. I also encourage you to reach out to your child’s new teacher as soon as possible. Thank you for your continued support of our students, teachers, and our school.


    Dr. Amanda Guerrero
    SRES Principal

    Updated Nov. 2, 2021
    As we enter November, I wish to thank all the students, parents and caregivers for their continued cooperation and understanding as we continue to deal with COVID 19. We ask that all students and any visitors that enter the school continue to do the COVID-19 Screening Questionnaire prior to entering the school. Furthermore, we do ask students to dress accordingly as the temperature cools. We cannot risk the spread of a cold or flu virus as that will result in further self-isolating for your children and staff that may get sick. Your cooperation is important.

    Please note that children should not be coming to school or dropped off before 7:15 AM. There is no supervision in the morning until 7:15 AM and due to COVID-19 protocols, students are brought inside the classroom at 7:30 each day.

    November is a busy month with pictures, holidays and NWEA testing for students:

    • Picture retakes have been scheduled for 11/17. If there was a problem with your pictures or if your children did not take pictures this year, they will be photographed on this day. Please call Ky or Erica in the front office for more information.
    • Our Benchmark assessments NWEA are scheduled to be given to students from 11/8-11/19. Students, depending on their grade level will take Language and all grades will take Reading and Math. This test will be used to compare scores of the same students who took the tests in August. Your child should know his/her score and what his/her goal is in each subject. If he/she does not, please contact the teacher to ask. Please make sure to schedule appointments outside of the testing window if possible.
    • We will not have school on Thursday, November 11 in observation of Veteran’s Day. I would like to extend my appreciation for any of you, like our Physical Education teacher Coach B and our Resource Officer Brown, who have served in the military. We thank you for our freedom!
    • Wednesday, November 24 is an Early Release for students and Thursday, 11/25 and Friday, 11/26, the school is closed for the Thanksgiving holiday. It is my hope that you are able to celebrate with friends and family in a safe way. Being around those we, love is so important. Happy Thanksgiving to you all.

    Students will return to school on Monday, November 29, after the Thanksgiving Break. We will then have about 3.5 weeks until Winter Break. This year is flying by.

    ATTENDANCE REMINDER: We look forward to spending time with your children. The teachers are working hard to plan effective lessons for the students. It is so very important that your child arrives on time and attends each day. We will begin scheduling meetings with families with children over 10 days absent. Remember that 18 absences in one school year is labeled EXCESSIVE and can be grounds for retention in the current grade level next year, when you miss a day, you miss a day of learning.


    Amanda Guerrero Ed.D

    Updated Oct. 14, 2021
    SRES students participate in formal benchmark and summative testing during the school year. Students are also assessed throughout the year in the classroom via teacher made or curriculum driven assessments. Assessment results are used by teachers/staff to make educational decisions for instruction in the best interest of our students. All formal testing is done in-person (not virtual) in the SRES computer labs. Assessment information is outlined within the Salt River Schools handbooks, Arizona Department of Education Parent Rights Handbook; these handbooks and other Bureau of Indian Education information can be found on the Salt River Schools websiteClick here to read the full notice sent to families.

    Updated Oct. 14, 2021
    Please be notified that parents/guardians may request information at any time regarding the professional qualifications of their child’s teacher. Upon request, schools are required to provide this information in a timely manner. Parents/Guardians may request information of the following:

    • Whether the student’s teacher has met State qualification and licensing criteria for the grade levels and subject areas in which the teacher provides instruction;
    •  Whether the student’s teacher is teaching under emergency or other provisional status through which State qualifications have been waived;
    •  Whether the student’s teacher is teaching in the field of discipline of the certification of the teacher; and
    •  Whether the child is provided services by paraprofessionals and, if so, their qualifications.

    Click here to read the full notice sent to families.

    Updated Oct. 14, 2021
    We conduct various safety drills throughout the school year. This letter is to inform you that Wednesday, Oct. 13, we practiced a FIRE DRILL. It is important for you to understand this type of drill. Fire drills are typically conducted monthly. These drills are a requirement and are completed in conjunction with Salt River Fire Department. This type of drill is an evacuation in which every adult and student evacuates the building to safety. Once students and adults are accounted for we lift the drill and business resumes as normal. Click here to read the full notice sent to families.

    Updated Sept. 8, 2021

    The Salt River Schools Education Board approved the following hybrid and remote learning plan for Salt River Elementary School. Click here to read the plan. Call SRES at 480-362-2400 for more information.

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