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ELA Essential Learnings


Dear Parents:

The Lake Havasu Unified School District will engage each student with a focus on scholarship, character, and humanity – so that all students may graduate with the academic and social skills necessary to become responsible citizens and contributing members of society.

As our mission describes, we are committed to providing a first class education to our students, your children. This year, our priority for the board and staff is to focus our curriculum and instruction on the meaningful learnings that will promote student achievement – “scholarship”. We know that regardless of the subject, our students must be able to read, write, compute, and think at levels comparable to students from the best schools throughout our nation and the world.

This past summer, a large team of teachers and staff have reviewed the state of Arizona content standards for each grade level and identified from this comprehensive list, those standards in English Language Arts (ELA) that are essential for each student to know in order to succeed at the next level. We refer to these standards as “Essential Learnings”.

These ELA Essential Learnings are organized by grade level.

Decisions about grades, class placement, grade promotion, after school tutoring, etc., will be based on students’ mastery of these essential grade level learnings. During your student’s tenure in our district, we will provide many opportunities to learn the “essentials”, and we will assess learning frequently. We ask for your assistance as parents in our endeavor to ensure that every student masters essential standards.

Some suggestions include:

  • Ask your students about the standards they are studying

  • Help ensure that your student’s work provides evidence of mastery of the grade level standards

  • Make sure students are receiving and completing homework

  • Encourage students to take advantage of each available learning opportunity, including after school and summer programs

  • Communicate with your students’ teachers and principal when you have questions

  • Monitor your students’ grades and progress on at least a quarterly basis

We hope that this information answers your critical question, “What will my child be learning?” about reading and writing. We invite you to become an active participant in our rising tide of excellence as we focus on essentials for success.

Diana M. Asseier

Lake Havasu Unified School District does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, religion, marital status, or disability in admission to its programs,
services, or activities, in access to them, in treatment of individuals, or in any aspect of their operations. More in English | Spanish.

We may provide links to outside websites that contain information about our students (including full name and pictures),
but such links will be limited to those related to a legitimate academic or extracurricular activity.


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