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Meet the Principal

Dear Luke Families,Principal Gillett
 
Welcome to the 2019-20 school year!  My name is Molly Gillett and I am extremely excited to serve as your new Luke Elementary School Principal. The most important gift we can give to our children is an education, and I feel great privilege that you will be entrusting our team at Luke with the education of your child(ren).  We won’t let you down!   

My family and I recently moved to the great state of Arizona from Eugene, Oregon, where I was the principal of an Early College High School.  My passion for educating students is deeply rooted in family tradition and began with a visit to my mother’s kindergarten classroom when I was 17. I remember sitting in a teeny-tiny chair, building snowmen out of cotton balls and thinking every K-12 experience should be as novel and fun-filled as it is in kinder. I didn’t know it then, but that experience has helped to shape my beliefs around education.  In my 20+ year career, I’ve volunteered, coached, taught and led educational programs for some of our most in need students. I believe my love for learning and student-first approach to teaching will be a perfect addition to the amazing community and culture here at Luke.  

Luke will continue our school improvement efforts with a focus on being EXTRAORDINARY.  We will strive to provide all students with an extraordinary level of instruction and learning, an extraordinary level of care and compassion, and an extraordinary level of community and belonging. With your continued partnership and support, we will move our school to an A+ academic rating of excellence. I believe that the families of Luke are a valuable partner in the education process and I cannot wait to build relationships with each of you as we work together to support our students on their path to the EXTRAORDINARY. 

I would like to introduce another key member of our team, Mrs. Sarah Rosenthal, our new Assistant Principal.  Mrs. Rosenthal comes to us with an extensive background in education and a deep commitment to student success.  Before becoming an Assistant Principal in a neighboring district, Sarah spent 8 years in Dysart as a 6-8th grade teacher and Data Specialist.  She is ecstatic about her return to Dysart and is looking forward to building strong and productive relationships with students, parents, staff, and community members.  Her strong communication skills and follow through will be critical in supporting student achievement. I am excited to work with Mrs. Rosenthal and I know she will be a great addition to our school community. We are looking forward to serving your family as we join the exceptional Luke community.
 
Office and School Hours:  The Luke office hours are 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.  Our experienced staff are here to answer your questions, take suggestions and offer assistance.  The office phone number is 623-876-7300. Our Administrative Secretary is Mrs. Shawna Morgan, our Attendance Records Technician is Mrs. Bobbi Sue Jojola and our Data Records Technician (Registrar) is Mrs. Claudia Zamora.  We are so lucky to have such an amazing team of people serving families at Luke.
 
The first day of school is Tuesday, August 6th.  Our school hours are 9:00 a.m. to 3:45 p.m.  The first day of school dismissal is 3:45 p.m.  Beginning August 12th, students will be dismissed at 1:45 p.m. every Monday and on all half days.  This is the same from last year.
 
Meet the Teacher (Open House):  On Friday, August 2nd, from 5:30-7:00 p.m. we will have our annual Open House.  
Preschool through 8th Grade will all be at the same time.  You can come to the school, visit your child’s classroom and meet the teacher. The classrooms will be open from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m. so there is no rush as to when you come; it is a meet and greet only.
At 6:00 on Open House Night, Mrs. Rosenthal and I will be in the library if anyone would like to stop by and say “Hi”. Kona Ice will be here if you would like to purchase a special treat! 

On August 22nd we will have Curriculum/Title 1 Night.  This is where the teachers will speak about the curriculum and the goals for the school year.  This will be held in the cafeteria from 5:30 to 7:00 pm. There will be a food truck starting at 5:00 pm if you would like to purchase dinner.
  
PTSA (Parent Teacher Student Association):  Please be sure to join Luke PTSA this year. Membership this year is $5.00 per family. Membership is open to everybody - students, parents, teachers and the community. Last year we had 65 members and we look forward to increasing that number this year. Luke PTSA will have an information table setup during Meet the Teacher Night on Aug. 2nd for your convenience.  Your PTSA has an exciting calendar of events planned this year, visit Luke’s website to see the events. You can also contact Luke PTSA at [email protected].  We do have a Facebook page (Parents/Guardians of Luke Elementary) you may visit for more information. We are always looking for volunteers to help in the classroom and at our events.  For more information about volunteering please see dysart.org.  For any questions about volunteering please email [email protected].  Our first meeting will be on Thursday, August 15th from 5:00 to 6:00 pm, please join us to find out about the great things that will be taking place this school year! 
 
Parent Info:
During the school year you will continue to receive a monthly school newsletter.  In addition, you will receive a weekly email from your child’s teacher informing you of the amazing things they are learning and important classroom and school reminders.  Also, check out the teacher web pages. They are keeping them updated with important information. While you are attending Meet the Teacher, please be sure to give your homeroom teacher your email address so we can better communicate with you throughout the school year.  Remember to visit our Luke Elementary School website at https://dysart.org/luke.  You will also find the optional grade level supply lists on our site. 
 
Thank you for your continued support and I look forward to another successful year!
 
Sincerely,
Molly Gillett
Principal
Luke Elementary School
 
 
Luke Mission Statement:
Luke Jets-Lead, Learn, Serve
 
Luke Vision Statement:
Leading the World Through Service
Empowering Self and Others
Achieving Greatness
Developing Our Gifts and Talents

 

   
AP Rosenthal
Hello Luke Jets,

I hope that you are just as excited about the 2019-2020 school year as we are!  We have been very busy this summer in preparation for an extraordinary year.

I am excited to start my 12th year in education.  I earned my Bachelor’s Degree at Concordia University, and my Master’s Degree from Grand Canyon University.  I have taught various grade levels, was Data Improvement Specialist, and an Assistant Principal. I live in the West Valley with my husband, son, and dog.

Please feel free to contact me with any questions or clarifications.  In the mornings and after school, you will find me at the front of our main gates, or at the busses assisting all of our students.  If I am unavailable at that time, please feel free to stop by our front office, or call 623-876-7300, to schedule an appointment for a conference.  

I am looking forward to building strong and productive relationships with students, parents, staff, and community members at such an extraordinary school.

Sarah Rosenthal
Assistant Principal



 

Leading the world through services
Empowering self and others                
Achieving greatness                                  
Discovering our gifts and talents