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Energy Press Release

Press Release



Saving Energy and Saving Dollars


The Florence Unified School District, with the help of Pierce Energy Planning, has been working hard over the past school year to implement energy conservation strategies at Mountain Vista Academy and the K-8 schools across the district. This fiscal year, July 2016 through the end of February 2017, the district has saved 847,000 kWh of electricity, which equates to approximately $82,000 dollars, compared to the same time period last fiscal year! 


In November 2016, ten teachers from FUSD’s K-8 schools and Mountain Vista Academy gathered for two 6-hour days of professional development about energy and sustainability, facilitated by a sustainability manager from Pierce Energy Planning. They learned about the key elements of sustainability, energy use in schools, and conservation examples from other schools. Each teacher also created outlines for student-focused Green Teams which each planned to start on their school campuses in the 3rd quarter.


The Green Teams are taking on different forms at each school. At some schools, the Student Council is involved and promoting energy conservation. Other schools have created elective classes about energy and energy conservation, and are encouraging students to research types of energy and electric usage information and share that information with their peers. Still others are creating student after-school clubs to promote energy conservation.


Pierce Energy Planning has been working with the district for 8 years, and along with providing professional development education and support, they have also been tracking monthly energy usage through FUSD’s utility bills. The bills gathered each month are entered and monitored through a software tool called Fusebox™, and progress is reported to district administration. By monitoring monthly and annual energy use, Pierce Energy Planning helps the district review any energy trends and works with FUSD to implement strategies to continue to save energy.


Great job to all the schools participating in the Green Team program, keep up the great work!

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Magma Ranch:

Ms. Mahlum and the Student Council at Magma Ranch K-8 were hard at work during the third quarter spreading the message about saving energy by turning off the lights in classrooms when they aren’t needed – or getting people to “Come to the Dark Side... We Have Cookies.” Every time a Student Council member saw a teacher with their lights off, they put a cookie in their paper cookie jar; the cookies are being tallied to see who received the most cookies. Congratulations to all of Magma Ranch for saving almost 20% on electricity (kWh) usage and over 15% on electricity costs for January and February 2017, compared to January and February 2016. Keep Using the Force to Save Energy!

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Over the past 8 years, the Florence Unified School District has been working hard to lower our electricity consumption. With the help of Pierce Energy Planning, we’ve come a long way! This school year alone (from July 2016 through February 2017), we have saved 847,000 kWh of electricity, which equates to approximately $82,000, compared to the same time period last year.


Our schools have been working diligently to conserve energy, and this year at Mountain Vista Academy and our K-8 schools, the students are getting involved. In November 2016, ten teachers from those campuses took part in a 12-hour professional development series, where they learned about sustainability, energy use in schools, conservation strategies, and incorporating these concepts in the classroom. Each teacher created an outline for a student-focused Green Team on their campus, and have been working to implement these initiatives over the last two-quarters. Some campuses have involved their student council, some have started student clubs, and some have created quarter- or semester-long elective classes.


Great job to all the teachers and students involved in the Green Teams, keep up the great work!

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Message from the Principal

Hello Magma Ranch Families! I am Janeane Candelaria and I am honored to be the Principal at Magma Ranch K8 School. I  grew up in Florence, AZ and have lived in the Magma Ranch Community for almost 10 years. I graduated from the University of Arizona in 2005 with a Bachelor’s in Elementary Education and got my first teaching job at Florence K8 as a Kindergarten teacher. After teaching Kindergarten for five years and earning a Master’s Degree from Grand Canyon University in Reading Instruction and Curriculum I accepted a position as the Title One Reading Specialist at FK8. I then earned another Master’s Degree in School Administration and Organizational Leadership and became a Certified Principal. After teaching for Florence Unified School District for 8 years I resigned and accepted a job as a teacher for the Arizona Department of Corrections. In 2016, I returned to the district as reading specialist then went on to become the Assistant Principal at Magma Ranch K8. I am currently finishing up my Doctorate in Organizational Leadership from Grand Canyon University. I enjoy camping, traveling, reading, and spending time with family. I am happily married for almost 10 years and a mom of two kids (Joseph and Sara) who attend Magma Ranch. As an educator, I believe that every child matters, every day! I look forward a successful year! Go Mustangs! 

Vice Principal

My name is Tara Walter and I'm excited to be joining the Magma Mustangs this year as an Assistant Principal.  I've been an educator for seventeen years, with four years of administrative experience.  I hold two Master’s Degrees in Education from Northern Arizona University, graduating with high honors in Educational Leadership: Principal K-12 and Elementary Education; two Bachelor’s Degrees from the State University of New York in Elementary Education and English (Literature/Writing), and an Associate’s Degree in Liberal Arts from Herkimer County Community College.   I was provided the unique opportunity to complete the second half of my student teaching experience abroad, in Newcastle Upon Tyne, England.  During my experience abroad, I welcomed the opportunity to travel throughout Europe.  This experience allowed me to learn and appreciate other cultures and ways of life.  As an educator, I've served as a Team Leader, Reading Coach, Mentor Teacher, Gifted Site Coordinator, NJHS, and Science Club Advisor.  My responsibilities in these positions allowed me to create opportunities for the students and aide colleagues in achieving higher standards for themselves professionally.  My core belief as an educator is that all students have the potential to be successful.  I'm looking forward to a wonderful year at Magma Ranch and am excited for the possibilities ahead for us!

Dean of Students

Hello! My name is Stacey Berklan and I am excited to join Magma Ranch as your Dean of Students.  I have been a teacher for 10 years and have taught Business and Finance, Technology, Mathematics, and Adult Education classes in Arizona and Illinois. I am looking forward to working with our students, parents, and community as we pursue excellence in Education.  I am originally from Chicago, IL, where I received my B.S. from Trinity Christian College.   I now call Arizona home for my family.   I attended ASU and am currently finishing my Doctoral Degree at Northern Arizona University.  I look forward to an amazing school year and to getting to know the Magma Ranch Family!

Master Teacher

 Hello Magma Ranch Community,

My name is Jacob Milchman and  previously I was the sixth grade English Language Arts teacher.  It has been my honor to teach your children over the last 8 years.  This year I have moved into a new role as the Master Teacher at Magma Ranch K-8. In this role, I am responsible for teacher professional development.  I will be providing teaching methods and strategies for teachers in the classroom.  

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