St. Mark's Preschool & Kindergarden

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St. Mark's Preschool & Kindergarden

About Us

 

St. Mark’s Preschool & Kindergarten, a licensed non-denominational (non-faith based) program for children ages 2 1/2 through kindergarten, has been serving families since September 1966.

OUR MISSION

Our mission is to create a community that fosters the development of each child’s social, emotional, cognitive, and physical potential and nurtures each child’s spirit and zest for life. Please explore our website to learn more about how we can serve you and your family.

HISTORY & BACKGROUND

St. Mark’s Preschool & Kindergarten was founded September of 1966 with the desire of the church community under the pastoral leadership of the Reverend David Sholin to respond to the need for a kindergarten in Tucson. At that time, Arizona schools did not have kindergartens. Over the years the preschool program continued to grow, becoming a well equipped, professionally staffed, model early childhood program. Today, the preschool/kindergarten maintains its tradition of excellence, operating at a maximum capacity with an approximate enrollment of 120 children, from age two and half through kindergarten, and a staff size ranging from 16 to 18. St. Mark’s nondenominational, non-faith based, educational early childhood program serves children and their families from varied economic, cultural, racial, and experiential backgrounds. Licensed by the Arizona Department of Health Services, the school was reaccredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) in December, 2013.

PHILOSOPHY

St. Mark’s Preschool & Kindergarten provides a supportive community within which young children expand their learning and development. We view children as feeling, thinking, creative, and growing individuals. At school, children move into a miniature version of the larger society where they have an opportunity to test themselves and to develop in a supportive environment. Children are encouraged to become problem-solving, sensitive, contributing, and responsible members of the “school community” as initial preparation for adulthood in a complex society.

The curriculum at St. Mark’s is child-centered and focuses on thematic units and plays a dynamic form of learning that involves a wide range of intellectual, social, emotional, and physical capabilities. The creative arts and play activities throughout the school day provide opportunities for the total development of the child. The curriculum encompasses a wide variety of experiences that are based on an understanding of child development and which support and expand each child’s development. An extensive curriculum and philosophy is available to you upon request. Ask in the preschool office.

STAFF

The staff at St. Mark’s Preschool & Kindergarten is well qualified for the positions, which they hold. Teachers have a bachelor’s degree in early childhood education, elementary education, or a closely related field, or AA or CDA certificates plus extensive teaching experience. Teaching assistants have a minimum of a high school diploma and previous successful work with young children. Each staff person is required to participate in a minimum of 18 hours of continuing education per year. Every effort is made to insure staff stability.

ADHS Program Licensure

This facility is regulated by the Arizona Department of Health Services (ADHS), located at: 400 West Congress, Suite 100, Tucson, AZ 85701-1352 ~ 520.628.6540. The ADHS inspects the preschool annually to ensure that the facility is in compliance with all licensure regulations. These inspection reports are available in the preschool office upon request.

NAEYC Accreditaion

St. Mark’s is also accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). This accreditation is valid until May 1, 2019.

For more than 80 years, the National Association for the Education of Young Children has worked to raise the quality of programs for all children from birth through age eight.

 

The darling picture shown here was created as the original school logo.

Since 1966 St. Mark’s Preschool & Kindergaten has provided great care to the children of our community. A beautiful tree on the playground with a tire swing was one of the many things that delighted children year after year ~ and because of that, the logo was created. Since then the tree has died and the framework was once used as a climbing structure. Now, a new tree has been planted in its place. An Arizona Ash was planted and dedicated to one of the former directors of the school and is a beautiful addition to our playground. St. Mark’s has the largest playground in Tucson.
Children love it!

Currently a collage of children holding hands has been painted across the school wall that faces the playground and these are the children dancing across the top of the pages of the website.

 

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Sam Hughes Elementary School

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Sam Hughes Elementary School

Mission Statement

The mission of Sam Hughes School is to create a safe and nurturing learning environment of professional educators, staff, students, their families, and community members. It is our collective responsibility to set high expectations and to ensure that learning takes place for all.

Sam Hughes School is a place where children and adults are encouraged to take risks and to experience the joy of learning.

Together, we will develop responsible, involved citizens who are motivated to think critically, to learn continuously, and are free to face the challenges of the future.

Opened in 1927, we are one of the oldest elementary schools in Tucson. Our school is named after a pioneering merchant who was instrumental in promoting public education in Tucson. Currently we have about 370 students enrolled in kindergarten through grade five.

We are a small neighborhood school that is nestled in the heart of the historic Sam Hughes Neighborhood. The University of Arizona is two blocks west of us and we enjoy our close proximity in a variety of ways. Both the opportunities we have to explore our past through our historic connections, and the ability to see into the future with our ties to the University of Arizona, help to make us a truly unique school.

  • OMA Gold School!
  • Chess and PE
  • Art through the Art Partnership program
  • Nominated for Blue Ribbon Award 
  • Collaborations with the U of A 
  • Active parent involvement
  • Expanded facilities including state of the art library and multipurpose room
  • A variety of after school enrichment classes 
  • Active Site Council that participates in shared decision making with school administration
  • Experienced teaching staff and tremendous parent involvement
  • Use of Investigations Mathematics Curriculum
  • Full-day kindergarten
  • After school care (see Before & After School)


To find out more about our school, browse our website and other Tucson Unified School District Websites.

Or you can call Janet Jordan, Principal and I will be more than happy to speak with you.

Huskies Care!

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Camp Wildcat Auction

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Camp Wildcat Auction

We're devoted to helping Tucson's youth!

 

Established in 1965, Camp Wildcat is a student-run, non-profit organization at the University of Arizona that provides quality, cost-free camping trips and day activities for underserved and at-risk youth throughout the Tucson community. We offer children the opportunity to challenge personal limits, build interpersonal skills, explore creative outlets, enhance self-esteem, and view higher education and personal success as attainable goals!

Our non-profit organization is composed of over 100 University of Arizona student volunteers. Since our creation in 1965, we have done all administration, fundraising, and camp directing without any paid staff or faculty assistance. Each year, Camp Wildcat members perform over 30,000 hours of community service towards helping Tucson's youth! Click here to see a list of our Board of Directors.

As an IRS 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, Camp Wildcat looks to businesses for tax-deductible donations. Special thanks to all of our donors! A list of past and current donors can be found here. Camp Wildcat is also eligible for the Arizona Tax Credit Program for Contributions To Qualifying Charitable Organizations. If you are interested in making a charitable contribution to Camp Wildcat, please click here!

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Youth on Their Own

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Youth on Their Own

About Us

 

Youth On Their Own (YOTO) is a dropout prevention program that supports the high school graduation and continued success of homeless, unaccompanied youth in Pima County.

The organization was founded in 1986 when Ann Young, a guidance counselor in the Amphitheater School District, noticed that talented and motivated students were dropping out of school due to homelessness and being forced to live on their own without a parent or guardian. Inspired by the students’ tenacity and willingness to stay in school, other school counselors, teachers, volunteers, and community members came together to form YOTO with the goal of helping students graduate.

Since then, over 16,000 homeless and compromised students have been empowered to stay in school and pursue opportunities for self-sufficiency.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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MT. Lemmon Home Owners Association

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MT. Lemmon Home Owners Association

Mt. Lemmon Homeowners Association (MLHOA)

The Mt. Lemmon Homeowners Association was formed in 1969 to   protect the welfare of the Mt. Lemmon community and to be involved in all aspects of its improvement. The concerns of the organization are not limited to private property owners. Full membership with voting rights accorded to privateowners  and leased land holders upon payment of yearly dues (MEMBERSHIP). Being organized, having alegal fund and having active LOCAL, voice participation enables the Associationto accomplish most of its goals. Pima County has said the MLHOA is the strongest and most respected homeowners' organization in the entire county.

The most product of the MLHOA is the ECHOES; a newsletter published 9 times a year.  The Association organizes social events such as potlucks, pancake  breakfasts, ice cream socials, and raffles enabling owners to mingle while at the same timeraising funds for various community causes. The group has always  depended on volunteer support and found strength in numbers. An elected board acts on behalf of and for the benefit of the membership.

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Reid Park Zoo

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Reid Park Zoo

REID PARK ZOO

Reid Park Zoo’s mission is “to encourage commitment to the conservation of biological diversity and to provide educational and fun experiences for visitors of all ages.”

The Zoo, founded in 1965 with a collection of birds, prairie dogs, farm animals, and a few squirrel monkeys, has expanded to a 24-acre campus that houses hundreds of animals in naturalistic exhibits and annually hosts over 600,000 visitors. Reid Park Zoo is accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA).

To be accredited, zoos must undergo a thorough investigation to ensure that they have met, and will continue to meet, ever-rising standards. These standards encompass animal care, veterinary programs, conservation, education, and safety. AZA requires zoos and aquariums to successfully complete this rigorous accreditation process every five years.

REID PARK ZOOLOGICAL SOCIETY

The mission of the Reid Park Zoological Society is “To support, advocate for, and enhance the value of Reid Park Zoo for the community.”

Founded in 1975 and officially incorporated in 1976, Reid Park Zoological Society is a membership-based 501 (c) (3) non-profit corporation that supports the city-owned Reid Park Zoo.

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Artist profile - Luke Parsons

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Artist profile - Luke Parsons

Luke Parsons Photography - All Rights Reserved  

Luke Parsons Photography - All Rights Reserved  

A HUGE thank you goes out to Luke Parsons who generously allowed us to use two of his Beautiful photos as our banner in the "Cabin" and "About Us" sections of the website. You can find more of his amazing work at his website www.lukeparsonsphoto.wordpress.com. Below is an excerpt from his website:

 

Artist’s Statement:

My photographs create a window into the unobserved, timeless processes that surround us. While human artifacts fall to ruin, wind sculpts rock and blows clouds across an infinite sky. Geologic processes occur too slowly to observe in the rush of everyday life. Yet, the Earth gradually morphs beneath us as civilizations are built and collapse. Time, space, and texture are the essence of my work.

About the artist:

I was born in northern Arizona and moved to Albuquerque, New Mexico at the age of 9.  I began taking film-based photography classes in seventh grade and started shooting landscape photographs while on trips through my high school’s outdoor program.  As I attended more geology and photography classes in college, I continued to develop an interest in photographing geology-related subject matter.  I taught geology in the Boston area for five years and recently started graduate school at the University of Arizona.  I spend my free time backpacking and climbing in the Southwest and leading NOLS courses in Wyoming over the summers.

You can contact me at LukeParsonsPhoto@gmail.com

Featured Work:

My photographs have been used as album covers, banners for websites (such ashttp://www.hikethehike.com/), illustrations in High Country News, and are featured in the book “The Emerald Mile” by Kevin Fedarko. My work was also be featured in the 2013 summer edition ofTerrain.org (http://terrain.org/2013/arterrain/luke-parsons-time-erosion-texture/) and in the July/August 2013 edition of Zocalo Magazine.  My photographs are on display at Petroglyphs Gallery and have been shown around the Tucson area.

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