The WESD Family had a great time celebrating Acacia Elementary School on Wednesday, May 17, 2023, for its fourth consecutive A+ award from the Arizona Educational Foundation! The recognition assembly featured an enthusiastic dance to “What a Feeling” performed by students and teachers, as well as words of congratulation from Phoenix Mayor Kate Gallego and Maricopa County School Superintendent Steve Watson. Other special guests included State Senator Steve Kaiser, State Representative Judy Schwiebert, Phoenix Councilwoman Ann O’Brien, WESD Superintendent Dr. Paul Stanton, WESD Governing Board Vice President Jenni Abbott-Bayardi and WESD Governing Board Member Kyle Clayton.
Acacia was one of 36 schools to receive this award and is one of three schools in the state to have earned an A+ four consecutive application cycles. Acacia is also the only public elementary school to achieve this honor! The achievement was accomplished under the leadership of Principal Christine Hollingsworth, who has been the principal at Acacia for 20 years and led her school to all four A+ awards.