Update: March 31, 2020

Dear Parents, Students and Community,

As you are aware the Governor has announced school closures for the remainder of the school year. We will continue to provide school work to enhance our student learning opportunities. This will include on-line classes and paper and pencil homework and technical support.

Grades K-2
Home work packets were delivered for two weeks, on the March 24, 2020. Weekly completed work can be dropped off at the lunch pickup. Teachers are now working on creating packets for the next two weeks. Please make sure your child’s name and grade level is on all papers. We will contact you when the new packets are ready for distribution. 

Grades 3-5
Home work packets were delivered for two weeks, on the March 24, 2020. Weekly completed work can be dropped off at the lunch pickup. Teachers are now working on creating packets for the next two weeks. Please make sure your child’s name and grade level is on all papers. We will contact you when the new packets are ready for distribution. Additionally, we are working with our technology department to create online lessons to support team learning. You will be notified when you can pick-up your child’s chrome book.

Grades 6-8
If you have homework ready to turn in you may turn them in at the lunch line start on Wednesday April 1, 2020. The majority of student work is to be submitted online, teachers are checking daily. If you need additional support please have your child contact their classroom teacher via Google Classroom.

Additional Information

Meals will continue to be provided at the Ramada. Menu items may vary depending upon availability of items.

Homework can be dropped off between 9:00 – 11:00 AM, Monday thru Friday at the Ramada.

If anything changes on your contact information please inform the school so that we may contact you.

All your child’s personal items will be bagged/tagged and made available in the near future. Information will be forthcoming. 

Please be aware that the office hours are 8-12 Monday thru Friday, should you have any questions please CALL the office at 928-476-3283.

Thank you, 
Kathlene Thomson, Superintendent

March 31, 2020

Family, Students and Community,

Under the directive of Arizona State Governor Ducey, Superintendent Hoffman, Secretary of State Hobbs, and Gila County Superintendent Sandoval, Pine Strawberry Elementary Administration has been notified that Arizona Public Schools will be closed for the remainder of the year.  Based on the limited information we have received regarding the required closing of all State Public schools, we will follow state requirements. We will provide additional information once it is made available. We ask for your understanding and patience during these unique times. Our priorities will always be to our family, students and staff.  

Please monitor the Pine Strawberry School Facebook and Website for the latest information.
Kind regards, 

Superintendent, Kathlene Thomson

March 23, 2020

Dear Middle School Parents or Guardians,

On Tuesday, March 24, from 9-11 AM, parents may pick-up their middle school student's Chromebook. Use of this technology requires internet access from your home or from a cell phone hotspot. Middle school teachers will be providing a handout with resources and activities for students during school closure. Parent/guardian will sign for their middle school student's Chromebook acknowledging that the technology equipment is on loan from the school district and that only appropriate websites for studies are used. 

  •  Who - Parent/guardian of Pine Strawberry middle school student(s)
  •  What - Chromebook and charger on loan
  •  When - Tuesday March 24, 9-11 AM
  •  Where - Pickup in front of middle school double doors
  •  How - Drive through student drop-off (east side of school) to the last set of double doors. Please remain in your vehicle and staff will come out to you

NOTE: Please bring your own pen to sign for the loaner equipment.

Thank you for your understanding and patience. 

Updated: March 31, 2020 All children 0-18 years old are eligible to receive a free breakfast and lunch, under the National School Lunch Program.  Beginning March 23rd children/families can pick up meals from the Ramada near the soccer field, from 9-11 AM, Monday through Friday, until schools are back in session.  We ask that parents and students remain in their vehicle, in an effort to prevent the spread of Covid-19. 



Monday March 30, 2020

Cereal / Milk


Ham Sandwich

Chips, Fruit and Juice

Tuesday March 31, 2020

Pancake / Milk


Chicken Wrap, Fresh Vegetable

Chips, Fruit and Juice

Wednesday April 1, 2020

Bagels, Cream Cheese / Milk


Turkey and Cheese Sandwich

Chips, Fruit and Juice

Thursday April 2, 2020

Waffles / Milk


Italian Sub Sandwich

Chips, Fruit and Juice

Friday April 3, 2020

Muffin / Milk


PBJ Sandwich

Chips, Fruit and Juice

*menu is subject to change at anytime. 

Home of the Buffalos!

Welcome to Pine Strawberry Elementary School District (PSESD) located in the beautiful Rim Country and the ponderosa pines of Central Arizona! PSESD is a continuation of a tradition of excellence in education beginning with the establishment of the Strawberry Schoolhouse in 1884. PSESD continues to provide the children in our district with an outstanding educational experience.

A cornerstone of the District's vision is our commitment to facilitating the development of the whole child by creating an environment in which all students will achieve success, become productive individuals and the development of a positive home/school/community partnership. The partnership is committed to the development and implementation of effective educational programs that provide students with a comprehensive curriculum and education. This commitment has fostered a community and school district that preserves family and small town values. In addition, PSESD has placed a strong emphasis on teaching the fundamentals using innovative teaching strategies and interventions and is always exploring and implementing technologies to facilitate student success.

PSESD remains committed to creating and maintaining a vibrant and strong school system as we face challenging times over the next decade. We will meet the needs of our students and families and preserve the values that have served the District for the past 126 years. We are firm in our belief that all children can meet their potential.We hope you enjoy our website. In the website you will find information about our school and the District. If you have any questions about our District that are not answered on the website, please feel free to contact us and we will be glad to help you find what you're looking for.

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Pine Strawberry School District #12
Definition of Teacher Under ARS § 15­977 I01­014 (R01­020)

The Pine Strawberry School District #12 has officially approved the definition of "teacher" in response to meeting the Arizona State Legislature’s request.  On June 20, 2018 the Pine Strawberry Governing Board approved the definition of “teacher” using the Classroom Site Fund – A.G. Opinion I01-014.

Classroom Site Fund Definition A.G. Opinion I01-014 –concludes that the term “teacher” is not limited to traditional classroom teachers. “School districts and charter schools may use such funds for compensation increases for certified or certificated teachers and others employed to provide instruction to students related to the school's educational mission.” An employee who receives base compensation from Prop. 301 monies would also be eligible to receive a salary increase as a teacher. It should be noted, however, that subsequent court rulings and attorney general opinions have narrowed this definition to those possessing a teaching certificate and who spend at least 50% of their time devoted to instruction central to the school’s educational mission. (Reeves v. Barlow, A.G. Opinion I13-005)
                                                                                                 PSGB Approval 20June2018

Pine Strawberry School District #12
Certified Teacher Salary

Average Teacher Salaries (A.R.S. §15-903.E, amended by Laws 
2018, Ch. 285, §10)

Average salary of all teachers employed in FY 2020 (budget year)                     $56,094.73
Average salary of all teachers employed in FY 2019 (prior year)                         $49,060.53

Average salary of all teachers employed in FY 2018                                           $44,268.86

The average salary does not include incentives, stipends and health benefits.

Dollar increase in the average salary of all teacher                                              $11,303.06

Percentage increase                                                                                            21%

Comments on average salary calculation:  The average salary of all certified teachers employed at Pine Strawberry School District in FY2019 on based calculations from August 2018. The School District is discussing further potential increases pending finalization of the FY2020 Budget.  The above salaries are based on signed contract amounts, and do not reflect additional funds to such as: Insurance, Stipends, Incentives, Continuing Education and Endorsements.  

Factors Considered: 

·         The average classroom size (K-8) for the FY2019-2020 was 14 student per grade (one class per grade).

·         The School District was financially impacted with increased Health Care Cost for FY2020.


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