Happy Holidays! – Maricopa County School Superintendent

School Superintendent

Many of us are prepping for final exams and students are squeezing in the last few assignments to strengthen their grades before the semester ends.

When the school rush settles down and you lock your classroom door to leave for the break, I know you will be thinking about your students and how to engage them anew in January. Teaching is an omnipresent career.

I hope you take some time for yourself this break – focus on your family, religion, a hobby or friends. Find some quiet time. That meditative time might be found in an opportunity to serve others (outside of a classroom environment) stvincentdepaul.net/volunteer, Justserve.org, fmsc.org, firstfoodbank.org – Then come back to the classroom in January renewed and ready to engage your students at the highest levels.

In an effort to get resources into the hands of teachers and say thank you for all you do as a Maricopa County teacher, I’m counting down the days to Winter Break with a “12 Days of Gifting” contest. Beginning Monday, December 9th you can enter to win different resources from our STEM Resource Center including robots, drones, laptops, and more!

Each day for 12 days I’ll reveal a new resource on our website that you can enter to win for your classroom. “The First Day of Gifting” includes an Acer Laptop.  Enter here to win.

Steve Watson
Maricopa County School Superintendent


STEM Pro Live

Mark your calendars for this month’s STEM Pro Live on Tuesday, December 17th at 12:30 pm.  We’ll have professionals from TGen in-studio to answer all of your medical research questions.  Save your spot here.  Check out our promo here.

STEM Pro Live is a monthly, interactive web broadcast that helps build STEM identity in our students. Students can ask questions to the experts in real-time and learn the response.  


STEM Resource Center

The STEM Resource Center is still available for teachers to get items to enhance their classrooms.  So many teachers send photos showing the creative ways they are repurposing what they have received at the center. If you are interested in attending, sign up here.


2019 Election Wrap-Up

Education doesn’t happen without the support of the community. In 2019 that support was manifested at the ballot box where during the most recent election, voters approved nearly 90 percent of what 26 Maricopa County districts requested through bonds and overrides.

While 515,000 students live in districts where a bond or override passed, 65,000 students reside in districts where they failed. Overall, these elections saw less than one-third of voters turn out to vote.  We always want more people to engage in an informed and meaningful way at the ballot box. These charts illustrate how much is at stake and the need to encourage our community to vote in school elections. (Click here to enlarge.)

Our elected governing boards and districts are very thoughtful about how and when to ask the community to support additional resources going to schools. I’m honored to be a part of the process to help run those elections.


Where’s Watson?

The Child-Oriented Occupational Program (COOP) at Cactus High School in Peoria Unified School District gives both high school students and preschoolers a unique opportunity to work together using early childhood education standards.  Superintendent Watson visited to see how they make it work and how all of the students are benefitting from this program.


What is the Maricopa County School Superintendent and Why Should I Care?

Each county in Arizona has an elected school superintendent. These are county-level officials who oversee governing board elections and appointments, bond and override elections and several school finance activities.

As elected officials, we also set priorities for our offices. My priority is to bring more joy to teaching. The point of this email is to give you resources and opportunities that can help to do just that.

This email is only sent once a month. It includes tons of free resources. 

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