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From Elementary Principal, Rachael Lay

Lay Letter 8.9.19


Friday, July 19, 2019

Dear Parents and Families,

It was wonderful seeing everyone last night!  This letter will contain much needed information for next week, please read it all the way through.

Campus Hours – School hours are from 8:00 – 3:00. When the campus opens at 7:30 you may begin dropping off your children at the playground, where they must enter at the main gate. Students are not allowed in the building until 8:00, so please make sure your children are appropriately dressed (i.e. a jacket when it’s cold). Dismissal is at 3:00, and during the first few weeks it will be hectic, so please be patient as we all settle into a routine.

Kindergarten – This is a very exciting year for our youngest children, but it’s also a big change for them.  To ease the transition to school we ask for help from all our families.  On the first day you may walk them to the playground and stay with them until 8:00 am. Parents may then walk with the child to their classroom to drop off supplies, lunches, etc.  We will have a little gathering for all kindergarten families in the cafeteria at 8:05am. Please feel welcome to join other kinder families for the refreshments presented by the PTO.

Lunch – If your child is not buying hot lunch, they should bring a healthy lunch from home.  We ask kindly that they do not have soda as a drink and has a well-balanced lunch to help them get through the rest of the day. For the first week you may send cash and/or check in an envelope with your student’s name and the teacher’s name. You will be receiving information about setting up an online lunch account where you can prepay for lunches and keep track of your lunch account balance.

Playground – Opens at 7:30.  We are a closed campus meaning parents may not go to the playground with the exception of the first day of school.

Parent Volunteers – The beginning of the year is very full of setting up expectations, going over policies and procedures along with beginning of the year assessments.  Typically we do not have parent’s volunteers the first 4-6 weeks.  However, at that point we do love having you on campus helping in so many places.


  • Drop Off/Pick Up Instructions
  • PTO Information

We are very excited for an amazing year and we know with your continued support it will be!


Mrs. Lay

Elementary Principal

Rachael S. Lay, M.Ed

Elementary Principal, K-6

Rachael Lay



From Secondary Principal, Ja-Queese Dightmon

Dear Sequoia Pathway Family:

It is with great honor that I introduce myself, Ja-Queese Dightmon, as Principal for Sequoia Pathway Academy. I have been married for over 20 years and have 5 beautiful children who will be attending both Pathway Elementary and Pathway High School. I have earned my BA and Masters in Education from Arizona State University. My passion and dedication for education has been shaped by my 20 years of experience both in and out of the classroom: working as the Assistant Principal, Director of Curriculum, Staff Development for Sequoia Choice AZDL and Sequoia Charter School. I have served in all sectors of education from charter, public, reservation and private. I participated in the Emergent Leaders Program through the Governor’s Office and have taught pre-service teachers and practicum teachers from Northern Arizona University.

As I have toured your campus, reunited with staff I have worked with in the past, met new staff, visited classrooms, talked with parents and students, I have learned that Sequoia Pathway Academy has a very rich history and has seen many successes. I can tell you all have a great sense of pride for Sequoia Pathway Academy and the community. It is evident that only the elite, top-notch educators and support staff deliver instruction at Pathway. The educators on this campus are committed to increasing student achievement. They strive to know every student in order to design rigorous curriculum to meet the needs of all diverse learners and it is evident by the fact that they have 100% grad rate. I am deeply humbled and look forward to becoming an integral part of the Copa Community and working closely with all of you to continue to build on the foundation laid by the many students, families, and staff members over the past 10 years.

I would like to thank each and every one of you who have reached out and extended such a warm welcome to me on my first few days on campus.

I want to personally invite all of you to attend a brief meet and greet on July 11th, from 6pm to 7pm, in the gym.

Looking forward to an amazing school year. Feel free to stop by the office, my door is always open!

With all sincere gratitude,

Mrs. Ja-Queese Dightmon M.Ed.

Principal Sequoia Pathway Academy 7-12