Messages from Superintendent

Message from Superintendent

Every month, our Superintendent Dr. LeeAnn Aguilar-Lawlor would like to provide updates to parents and community members. Please read her latest updates below. 

Dr. Lawlor speaking

Parent Messages


Date: January 15th, 2020

Dear Cartwright Familia,

I want to take this opportunity to thank you for your support, patience, and flexibility during this most unprecedented and challenging time. From the beginning of the pandemic, our focus has been and continues to be the safety and well-being of our scholars, staff, and community. During last night's Governing Board meeting, our Governing Board voted to continue the 2020-2021 school year with the distance learning model for now. The metrics simply do not allow an in-person return because the threat of infection remains substantial in our community. We will reassess the situation again during our Governing Board meeting in February but trust that we will always make the right decision for our entire school community.

We are thankful that COVID-19 vaccination has begun for school personnel and we can begin to see a light at the end of the tunnel. Continue to follow CDC guidelines, wear a mask, wash your hands, and continue to socially distance. Please remember that we are here to support you and your scholar.

Again, thank you for your patience and understanding. We all can't wait until we see everyone in person!


Dr. LeeAnn Aguilar-Lawlor
"One Team, Una Familia"
Date: January 4, 2020

Dear Cartwright Community,

Happy New Year!

Welcome to 2021 and our second semester. Although we continue to be virtual and on distance learning status, we are very excited to see our student scholars back in school!

Our principals, teachers, staff, Governing Board and I will continue to prioritize the safety of our entire Cartwright familia and maximize the potential for learning via distance learning. Our COVID-19 Task Force will discuss what the plans might look like for in-person school (sometime hopefully this spring) at our upcoming Governing Board meeting scheduled for Thursday, January 14, 2021 at 5:00 pm. All evidence clearly states that COVID-19 positivity rates are too high to return any time soon to in-person school. In the meantime, please continue to stay positive and stay healthy by strictly following the CDC guidance.

I know it's been a very challenging school year, but I am optimistic that the pandemic will be behind us and a safe return to in-person school will come in 2021. I am excited to welcome and congratulate our newest Governing Board member, Ms. Anna Lynn Abeytia, whose first meeting will be next week. I also would like to say welcome back and congratulations to Ms. Marissa Hernandez and Mrs. Denise Garcia who were reelected for four more years. Their dedication to our amazing school district is extremely appreciated and needed, especially during this time.

Thank you for placing your trust in our amazing school district. Our principals, teachers, administrators, educational support specialists- all of us, will continue to work hard to ensure your children, our scholars, receive the best educational experience possible. Thank you for your patience and understanding. We all can't wait until we see everyone in person!


Dr. LeeAnn Aguilar-Lawlor

Date: December 17, 2020

Dear Amazing Parents Families and Scholars,

I want to take this moment to thank you for your support, patience and flexibility during this most unprecedented and challenging school year. We, Governing Board, principals, teachers and staff, could not have accomplished any success without you. Please know as we start our vacation that I will be thinking of you with a huge sense of gratitude and pride. Please be safe and stay healthy during our break. We have a few months to go before our community, city, state, nation, world will have a handle on Covid-19. The best we can do now is follow safety guidelines and keep our guard up- wear a mask, wash our hands and social distance, especially during our holiday celebrations and traditions.

We will be closed until Monday, January 4, 2021 when we welcome our student scholars and staff back to virtual school.


Dr. LeeAnn Aguilar Lawlor
One Team, Una Familia

Date: November 23, 2020
Message transcribed from video

Dear Parents/Guardians,

Enjoy this week's newsletter!

I want to tell you how grateful we are, for the passing of the Cartwright Bond. In the next few months, and years we're all going to see the incredible new additions to our amazing school district. This week is also the Thanksgiving holiday weekend. Please adhere to CDC guidelines.They are asking us to please not bring in outside family members and to only celebrate with family in the home. I know it's hard. But it is only this year, and this holiday season. If we all work together and do what the CDC asks us to do. Everyone will stay healthy and safe this holiday season. We miss you and we look forward to seeing you soon! Thank you!


Dr. LeeAnn Aguilar-Lawlor

Date: October 16, 2020

Cartwright Elementary School District to Continue Distance Learning until January 2021

Dear Parents/Guardians,

Our motto is “One Team, Una Familia!” and that means we treat our staff, students and parents like they are family members, we care immensely about their well-being and their overall safety. This has been our goal as we navigated school closures in the spring and began a rigorous distance learning curriculum this fall. Last night, our Governing Board Members voted to continue distance teaching and learning until January 2021, and reevaluate the metrics data at the January 14, 2021 Governing Board Meeting. Their decision came about after analyzing data from the Maricopa County Health Department as well as input from both parent and staff surveys.

The reality is that our neighborhoods continue to be among the hardest hit by COVID-19 in Maricopa County and it is imperative that we do our part to slow the community spread of the virus. Although there has been some improvement when it comes to the virus, according to both state and county health data, CESD remains in the moderate risk category. In order to reopen schools for in-person learning, our school district needs to move from moderate spread to minimal spread.

We promise to continue to provide much-needed supplies and food to our families during this process. Our Food Services Department is bringing food to families who need it daily, our IT department is making hot spots available for those who need them to continue learning at home and we are providing continuous professional development to our educators and our parents so they can support students at home, and we are continuously introducing new and engaging learning opportunities!

Our COVID-19 Task Force and subcommittee teams are strategically planning to resume on-site learning and although we don’t know how this virus will act during the Winter Break and the Flu season, we promise to make the right adjustments for the betterment of your family. We know that many of you want your child to return to class but many of you also want to continue distance learning until it is deemed safe. If you are struggling with distance learning, please call your school and they will assist you.

"Our principals and teachers want their student scholars to return to their classrooms,” said Superintendent Dr. LeeAnn Aguilar-Lawlor. “They miss them, we all do, but, the safety of our school district community has to remain the priority. I want to say thank you to our Governing Board for their dedication, diligence and leadership during these difficult times, and especially our families for their support of virtual learning. We are forever grateful!"
As always, we will continue to communicate with you via email, social media, our website and robocalls with the latest information and we will get through this as a family. “One Team, Una Familia!”
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