Mary L. Welty Elementary wins prestigious A+ Award

Mary L. Welty Elementary wins prestigious A+ Award
Posted on 10/07/2020
Mary L. Welty Elementary wins prestigious A+ Award
Mary L. Welty Elementary School was one of just 44 schools in the state to win the prestigious Arizona Educational Foundation School of Excellence A+ award this year.

Principal Aissa Bonillas said the application process was “rigorous and thorough” and included the submission of their academic data and the answering of about 50 questions.

“We are very proud that over the last three years the academic achievement of our students has improved to such an extent that we were able to go from a “C” letter grade to a “B” and that we showed growth in almost all grade levels,” Bonillas said. “This award would not have been possible without all the help from the students, teachers, staff, and parents to make Mary L. Welty the great school it is. I am so honored to be the principal of such a great school.”

The methodology used to answer the questions involved getting input from all teachers and staff, as well as well as parents.  Bonillas said the entire school community of administrators, teachers, staff, students, and community members broke into small groups to answer the questions, then came together to form a consensus about each answer, which in and of itself shows why Welty is successful in that all stakeholders have a voice.
After earning a slot among the finalists based on their submission of data and questions, the school was slated for a visitation on March 31. However, due to the pandemic closing all schools, the visitation was held virtually on Sept. 22, Bonillas said

“Our virtual visitation lasted all day. We created an online agenda, and through the virtual platform, the A+ visitors met with parents and the staff and were able to view teachers in action during their Google (online) classroom instruction,” Bonillas added.

NUSD Supt. Fernando Parra announced the achievement on Oct. 6, and said, “It is with great excitement and pride that I congratulate Mary L. Welty for receiving the A+ School of Excellence Award.  What an honor for NUSD and our school community. Principal Bonillas, her staff, students and parents have created an outstanding school culture of excellence”

Welty is the second school in NUSD to have earned the AEF School of Excellence A+ award. Francisco Vasquez de Coronado Elementary School, under the leadership of Principal Sandra Jimenez, won the honor in 2019.

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