Herrera Open House

Welcome Herrera Panthers to a new school year and opportunity to grow and learn. This Monday, July 30th  we will be holding our annual Open House from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m.

You will start your evening in the PAC where you will receive your students’ homeroom assignment and special area classes. Students will have an opportunity to be placed into a raffle

by visiting ALL their teachers. We will also be having a meeting to share our goals and learning opportunities through Title 1 at 6:00 p.m. in the media center. We hope to see EVERYONE there.

This year, students will be meeting their teachers and classmates on the playground instead of in their homerooms so it is important to attend Open House so our students are ready the first day of school!

Our first day of school is Wednesday August 1st. All students are welcome onto campus starting at 7:30 a.m.  Breakfast will be served in the cafeteria and then all students are expected to head to the playground.

You are invited to stay for our first assembly of the year on the south playground. We will gather at the first bell, 7:50 a.m.,  to welcome everyone, introduce our new teachers and start the year off right!

We will have music playing and a surprise guest!

Students will meet their teachers and classmates outside this year, so the hallways will not be open before school as in years past. We look forward to seeing all of our Panthers again and learning TOGETHER!



Kevin Sotomayor, pHCLE


Bienvenidos Panteras a un nuevo año escolar y la oportunidad de crecer y aprender. Tendremos nuestra Casa Abierta este lunes, 30 de julio, de 5:00 – 7:00 p.m.

Empezarán la noche en el PAC (gimnasio) donde obtendrán la lista de clases asignadas. Los estudiantes tendrán la oportunidad de participar en una rifa por visitar a TODOS sus maestros. También tendremos una junta en la que compartiremos nuestras metas y oportunidades de aprendizaje a través del programa Título I, a las 6:00 p.m. en la biblioteca. Esperamos verlos allí a TODOS.

Este año, los estudiantes se reunirán con sus maestros y compañeros de clase en el campo de recreo en vez de los salones ¡así que es importante que asistan a la Casa Abierta para que estén preparados para el primer día de clases!


Nuestro primer día de clases será el miércoles, 1o de agosto. Todos los estudiantes pueden estar en el campo de recreo a las 7:30 a.m.  El desayuno se servirá en la cafetería y después todos los estudiantes irán al campo de recreo.

Les invitamos para que se queden para la primera asamblea del año en el campo de recreo al sur de la escuela. ¡Nos juntaremos cuando suene la primera campanada a las 7:50 a.m., para darle la bienvenida a todos, presentarles a nuestros nuevos maestros y para empezar el año bien!

¡Tendremos música y un invitado sorpresa!

Este año los estudiantes se reunirán con sus maestros y compañeros de clase afuera de la escuela, así que los pasillos no estarán abiertos como en los años anteriores. ¡Esperamos ver a todas nuestras Panteras de nuevo y aprender JUNTOS!



Kevin Sotomayor, pHCLE


Backpack Giveaway in South Phoenix K-8

6th Annual Phoenix Tools 4 School
hosted by the Checkered Flag Run Foundation & South Mountain Community College
sponsored by Arizona State University
Saturday, July 28, 2018
South Mountain Community College
7050 South 24th Street
Phoenix, AZ 85042
7:00 AM – 11:00 AM



Herrera School is dedicated to your child’s happiness, safety and success. Our services include a nurse, social worker, and psychologist on our campus, as well as having a before and after school program, PEER, available at no cost to students of working parents. We also have free sports programs for students in grades 5-8 and art, music and physical education for all students.

Enroll your K-8 student today! School starts August 1!


Superintendent Larry Weeks encourages all members of our district to immediately  “SEE SOMETHING. SAY SOMETHING” should they see anything that seems suspicious.  His letter sent to parents and staff outlines the measures we take to ensure safety, yet reminds that we must all be vigilant and report anything suspicious immediately to school or department leaders.  Those leaders will bring the information immediately to his attention.  Thank you for bringing any questions you have to the attention of campus or department leaders in the district or the Superintendent’s office at CommunityRelations@PhxSchools.org or 602.257.2912.

Please remind everyone you know – SEE SOMETHING. SAY SOMETHING.

AzMERIT Testing Begins in April

Students in grades 3-8 will begin AzMERIT testing in April.
For more details regarding AzMERIT and Move on When Reading, please see:

AzMERIT Letter for Parents of 3rd Graders

AzMERIT Letter for Parents of 4th – 8th Graders

August is Attendance Awareness Month

Phoenix #1 proclaimed August “Attendance Awareness” month because we understand the strong relationship between good attendance at school and student achievement.
In fact, studies show that students with poor attendance in the early years tend to struggle with achievement throughout the rest of their school years. And, good attendance leads to high school graduation!

For more information, please read here about the effects of poor attendance.

Welcome Letter from Mr. Sotomayor

July 2017

Dear Parents,

Welcome to a new and exciting school year at Herrera! Our mantra is VICTORY TOGETHER! This speaks to a strong belief in collaboration between home-community-school. There is nothing we cannot achieve by working together. As a staff, we will continue to work hard to ensure the on-going success and growth of our students and the school community. We are anxious to build upon the traditions and successes at Herrera. We are looking forward to another successful school year with an emphasis on learning and personal growth!!

As you prepare for your child to start the school year, we wanted to share some important information to ensure a safe and pleasant start of school.

Open House
We will be holding our Open House/Title 1 information night on Tuesday August 1st from 4:00-6:00. There will be presentations on Title 1 at 4:00 and 5:00 in the media center. You are welcome to visit your child(s) classroom at any time during the open house. This is a wonderful opportunity to meet your child’s teacher, obtain important information regarding expectations/procedures and to learn more about the school. Treats will be provided to all in attendance.
We look forward to seeing everyone there!!

School Hours
Please note that school begins at 7:50 a.m. and dismissal is at 2:55 p.m. Breakfast will be served from 7:20– 7:50 a.m. School supervision for the playground will be provided beginning at 7:30 a.m. Students, who arrive to school before 7:30 a.m., must report to the cafeteria.

First Day Procedures

Class lists will be posted outside the front doors, in the cafeteria and outside the office. You are welcome to stop by Herrera to view the lists any time starting July 31st. There is no morning playground recess the first day of school on August 2nd. Breakfast will be served from 7:30 – 7:55 a.m. Students are to go directly to their classrooms after they eat breakfast. Teachers will be in the classrooms at 7:45 a.m. If your child needs help finding the cafeteria or their classroom, staff members will be in the hallways and throughout the school to assist them.

At the beginning of every school year, we send home forms that contain vital information in regards to your students’ health and safety. This information allows us to communicate with you in the most effective and efficient manner. Please make sure to take the time to review the information sent home and return it to the front office within the first two weeks of school.
Open communication between home and school is very important to the success of our students. In order to communicate with you in the most effective manner; we suggest you follow the steps listed below in regards to ensuring our students’ success:

Step 1

Contact teacher and/or Team

Step 2

Contact Administration:
Erin MacFarland, IEIS…Assistant Principal
Kevin Sotomayor, Principal

Early Dismissal Days
This year we will continue to dismiss students early on Wednesdays for teacher professional development. Beginning August 9th students will be dismissed at 12:55 p.m. each Wednesday.

School Supplies
We supply teachers and students with materials and supplies but sometimes run short on certain supplies, so I am asking for your help. Donations of the following supplies would be greatly appreciated:

1 ream of copy paper 1 box of pencils
1 box of Kleenex Hand Sanitizer
1 box of crayons 1 box of markers

First Week Schedule for Kindergarten Students
Kindergarten students will have early dismissal for the first week of school, August 2nd – 4th. All kindergarten students will be dismissed at 12:55 p.m. Teachers will spend the afternoons completing a variety of formal and informal assessments to measure their students’ skills and abilities. Teachers will use this data to ensure that students are placed in the appropriate class. Your child’s kindergarten teacher will be contacting you to schedule a time to assess your child. All kindergarteners will attend school for a full day from 7:55-2:55 beginning Monday, August 7th.

Drop-Off/ Pick-Up Procedures
We expect to have a higher than usual number of parents who will drop-off and pick-up their children during the first few weeks of school. Therefore, we ask that you assist us by following the guidelines listed below.

  1. Car riders are to be dropped off and picked up in the Pick-up Bay in front of the school on 11th street.
    • Traffic flows from north to south. Please follow this pattern and do not attempt U-Turns in front of the school as this can cause an accident.
  2. Bus riders will be dropped off and picked up on Pima Street.
  3. Walkers may be dropped off and picked up on the map located on the Primary playground in front of the swings and play equipment. If you plan to drop-off or pick up a walker please wait in this area. Please use designated crosswalks when crossing the street.
  4. Parking along 11th street is prohibited. Car riders will only be released to vehicles in the pick-up line. The Pick-up Bay is the safest place for your children. Please help us keep them safe at all times.
  5. Calls into classrooms cause a significant disruption to the learning environment; we ask that you make any arrangements with your child in the morning before they come to school. Please let them know if you are picking them up, going on the bus or if they are being picked up by a family member.
  6. Being on-time to school is crucial to the success of our students. First bell rings at 7:50. This is when teachers will escort students into the building. The late bell rings at 7:55. At this time, you will need to enter by the office to receive a late pass. Regular on-time attendance is critical to the learning process. Any student with excessive tardies and/or absences will require a parent conference with administration and could result in being cited for truancy.
  7. It is essential that students not be picked up early. The last 30 minutes of school are critical, this is the time teachers go over homework and clarify information for students before going home so that students can be successful while doing their homework. We will not release students between 2:30- 2:55p.m. so that they can receive all instructions before going home.

Preparation for the First Day of School
Remember as we move closer to the first day of school it will be important for you to start preparing your child(ren) to return to school by adjusting their bedtime to get them back on a school schedule. It is a great idea to begin to have them continue/start reading on a daily basis, practicing some math problems and doing some creative writing.

Please stay in close contact with your child’s academic team throughout the school year. Our successful partnership is vital to the success of our students. We look forward to working with you this year. Have a wonderful rest of the summer as we prepare for another successful year at Herrera School for the Fine Arts & Dual Language!

With Panther Pride,
Kevin S. Sotomayor

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Meet Emma, Univision Student of the Week

Say hello to Univision AZ Student of the Week, Emma! A student at Herrera, Emma shows academic strength every day and has many friendships with her classmates. Emma’s teacher describes her as a mature leader among her peers. She is also a member of Herrera’s dance group! Well done, Emma!