A small, private ribbon-cutting ceremony was held on Friday, July 25, for the newest tenant of the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community, the Noah Webster School–Pima Campus.
The two-story, 32-classroom school will serve students from kindergarten through sixth grade. The ribbon-cutting was held at the main entrance to the school lobby, with Noah Webster administrative professionals, staff and some students and parents in attendance. Shortly after the ribbon-cutting, a short tour of the facility was provided.
The Noah Webster School is located at Pima and Jackrabbit roads, behind the Courtyard Marriott Hotel, along the northern corridor of the Community. John Thomason, project executive at Adolfson & Peterson Construction, handed the keys to Kelly Wade, superintendent of Noah Webster Schools.
“Thank you to everyone involved and for what we are trying to do for the kids. We really appreciate the support. And thank you to the SRPMIC,” said Wade. Wade had the honor of cutting the ribbon to open the new school.
The school is set to officially open its doors in the middle of this month.
According to Noah Webster Schools, the company’s educational design and enhanced enrichment programs help students accelerate their academic progress. Every child at the Noah Webster Schools–Mesa Campus has a laptop and every classroom has an interactive whiteboard, moving Noah Webster ahead of a majority of private and public schools in Arizona for technology instruction. The same emphasis on technology will be present at the Pima Campus. The various entities of the company are Noah Webster Schools–Mesa Campus, Noah Webster Schools–Pima Campus and LAS School Foundation.
Eric James was named the new principal of the school, and enrollment should be between 300 and 800 students.
“We feel that Noah Webster Schools–Pima Campus is an economic stabilizing factor for the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community,” said Sharon Miller, a member of the Noah Webster Schools governing board. “In addition to the free extended care for working parents, we are [also] providing working parents who are employees on the Community the opportunity to bring their elementary-aged children close to their work.”
Noah Webster Schools–Pima Campus will be a leader among Arizona schools in technology. “We are working with Fruth Group and Samsung to implement the Interactive Samsung School, where every student will have access to a Samsung tablet at their desk and every classroom will have a 71-inch Samsung plasma screen that interacts with the students’ tablets and the teacher’s laptop.”
Also, students and parents will be able to access the student’s studies from any electronic device, called a “digital backpack.” School officials say that Noah Webster students will gain the knowledge necessary to compete in the technology world and will be better prepared for college and their future careers.
For more information, visit www.noahwebster.org.
The 5-Star Promise
The Noah Webster School–Pima Campus makes a “5-Star Promise” to every parent:
1. Tuition-free kindergarten-Grade 6, with individualized student assessments and instruction, leading to academic success for struggling and overachieving students.
2. A+-rated school with sustained academic growth over the past 17 years.
3. Interactive digital classrooms.
4. Programs for working parents, including free extended care hours from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. for enrolled students, along with the Free and Reduced Breakfast and Lunch program.
5. Enhanced programs in art, music, physical education, science and engineering.