Our staff at Shea Middle strives to keep our students and community as safe as possible. We’ve implemented various plans and strategies in order to prepare for any emergencies or safety concerns at our campus.
Emergency Response Plan
The safety and security of all students and staff is our highest priority. All district staff members undergo required training in a variety of emergency scenarios.
Our emergency response plans have been developed by school and district teams to ensure that all schools meet and exceed emergency response preparedness guidelines established by the U.S. and Arizona Departments of Education and the Maricopa County Department of Emergency Management.
Shea Middle School uses the behavior programs put forth by PVSchools including PBIS (Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports), Make Your Day, and Not My Kid. In addition, there are several structures in place for bullying including partnering with the Anonymous Tips website.
We are also teaching the students about our Shea values of:
- Empathy - valuing, respecting and understanding another person's views
- Self-Control - managing your actions, feelings and emotions
- Integrity - developing and sticking to your values
- Embracing Diversity - recognizing and accepting the differences among us
- Grit - creating passion and perseverance for a goal
Through lessons, reflections and Shea Sting cards (where we catch students showing the values and reward them with a weekly drawing), we reinforce these values to help encourage students to become better citizens at Shea and in the community.
School Resource Officer
We are excited to welcome Officer Tom, our new School Resource Officer. He is on campus Tuesday through Friday, building positive relationships with students and providing law-related education in the classroom. Here is a little more about Officer Tom:
I am Officer Tom, the new school resource officer here at Shea Middle School. I wanted to just tell you a little bit about myself. I have pretty much lived here my whole life. I went to Vista Verde Middle School and Paradise Valley High School. I joined the United States Marine Corps when I was still 17 (my mom had to sign a waiver for me). I was in the Marines for six years stationed in Cherry Point, North Carolina. I deployed all over the United States and once to the country of Jordan, just outside of Iraq, three months after 9/11. I was supposed to go back to the Middle East but suffered a bad motorcycle accident, which broke both my arms, both my hips and gave me a cerebral hemorrhage. I pretty much had to learn to walk again. So DO NOT ride motorcycles; they are dangerous. My helmet saved my life.
After getting out of the Marines, I moved back here to Phoenix, which has always been my home. Since I had to rehabilitate from my injuries, I became a 911 operator for the city first. When I was physically able, I applied and have been a police officer ever since. I have done this job for a little over 12.5 years and I have enjoyed it the entire time. I have worked for four of the city’s precincts, including Squaw Peak, Maryvale, Cactus Park and Desert Horizon. I look forward to sharing this new adventure of school resource officer with all of you. Let’s have a great year together!