The Back to School Tips and Tricks

It’s that time again! It is easy to get caught up in the many stressors of preparing for the school year. There are logistic stressors, such as the never-ending to-do list and countless errands. The financial stressors of money spent on classroom supplies, clothes, gadgets, and more. The social stressors of preparing to meet new co-workers, parents, and students. Then … Read More

Retirement Strategies

At Valley Schools, we want to make sure all of our school district employees are taken care of and ready for the future. Staying healthy is a key part in having a successful retirement. Thinking about retirement can be stressful, or, it can ease your mind. No matter which side of the spectrum you are on, it is important that … Read More

Prescription Medicine Reform

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Here at Valley Schools, we want to keep you updated on the latest current events going on in the healthcare industry. The rise of prescription medicine prices has affected the majority of us in one way or another. Drug companies are taking advantage of the fact that there is limited competition in the industry and are behaving as monopolies. The … Read More

Hear From Our Members

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One of our members, Barbara Goodwin is the Assistant Superintendent for Human Resources at Glendale Elementary School District and has a great relationship with us here at Valley Schools. She has shared some insight with us about how much we have helped the Glendale Elementary School District over the years. One of Barbara’s favorite benefits of working with Valley Schools … Read More

Go with your Gut Feeling!

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As most of us have experienced, the stressful workday can cause a mix of emotions, some of which can be felt in the pit of your stomach. Have you ever been told to go with your gut or trust your gut feeling? Studies show that this may be a factual expression. The gut has been referred to as our second … Read More

Allergy Policy

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With the number of students with food allergies increasing each year, it is important to know that Arizona Schools have a policy in place to help prevent, monitor, and plan for an allergy emergency. Our team at Valley Schools thought it would be a good idea to share that policy with you. At the beginning of each school year, administrations … Read More

Ketogenic Diet 411

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Lose 20 pounds in 3 weeks. Eat to feel better. Improve symptoms of diseases. These are some of the amazing results touted for those on the Ketogenic Diet. The Ketogenic Diet is ultimately a high fat and low carbohydrate diet that re-programs the body’s metabolism to use fat stores as energy through the process of ketosis. Why do most people … Read More

The State of School District Procurement in Arizona

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Well, House Bill 2663 from this past legislative session sure raised significant procurement issues for all of us in school procurement.  The bill amends A.R.S. 15-213, the enabling statute for our school district procurement rules. The bill, as signed by the Governor, instructs the State Board of Education (SBE) to adopt rules for school district procurement of materials, services, and … Read More

Valley of the Sun

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It’s no secret that the state of Arizona is synonymous with sunshine and outdoor activities which is one of our bonuses! Although the sun can be extremely beneficial to health, it can also be harmful. The sun gives off rays of light that are known as ultraviolet rays or UV rays. Exposure to the sun’s rays can be beneficial because … Read More

Summer Wellness Strategies

With the summer heat extending much longer than the summer season, it is essential to keep cool and hydrated! Here are some strategies on how to stay healthy and active while fighting the Arizona heat. Drink plenty of water. Several factors determine the amount of water the body needs. These factors include the amount of physical activity, environment, pregnancy, and … Read More