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Florence K-8 School
460 S. Park Street
Florence, AZ 85132

Upcoming Events:
April 1- Early Release

April 2- KG and 8th Grade Promotional Pictures

April 3-FK8 Cheer Tryouts

April 4- No School Teacher Work Day

April 8 & 9 Honor Assemblies

April 13th-17th 
AZ Merit Testing

April 17th 
Middle School Dance

April 21st
Orchestra/Choir Trip

April 22nd 
Early Release

April 27th 
NJHS Induction Ceremony

Wednesday April 1, 2015
Science Olympiad Winners!

Congratulations to Florence K-8 School's Science Olympiad team!  With only four members on the team compared to other schools who had 15, Florence K-8 placed in 5 out of 10 events at the tournament in March. Science Olympiad is a national non- profit organization dedicated to improving quality science education. 


Featured in Photo:

Tanner Carpenter-5

Jullianne Bryant-6

Charlotte Rains-5

Cristian Gutierrez-5

Thursday February 26, 2015

How Will State Budget Cuts Affect Florence?

YouTube Video

Thursday February 26, 2015

Florence K-8 Award Winner

On February 12, the Florence Unified School District received the “Energy Star K-12
District Award” for being one of the most energy efficient school districts in the state.
Energy Star is a national performance benchmark for building energy efficiency that
helps building owners compare energy usage in their building to similar buildings
nationwide. Buildings receive a rating of 1 to 100, with 50 indicating average. Schools
with 75 or higher qualify to win the award.
Three schools in the Florence Unified School District scored 100 (Anthem K-8, Florence
K-8, and Circle Cross Ranch K-8). There were only 5 schools state-wide with a score of
Florence K-8 was awarded the 2014 Kilowatt Krackdown Award as the most improved
school in the Energy Star competition. #Gopherstrong

Thursday February 26, 2015

Science Fair Winners

Congratulations to all students who participated in the District Science Fair.  You worked hard and represented Florence K8 well.  The following students placed at this years fair:

Maya Valencia 2nd place in Elementary Behavioral and Social Science 
Hope Schlinger 4th place in Elementary Behavioral and Social Science 
Anthony Bradeen 2nd place in Physics 
Kavisha Khanna 4th place in Physics 
Brennon Price 4th place in Cellular and Molecular Science 
Miley Wallace 4th place in Engineering

Just a few pictures from the science fair!


Thursday January 22, 2015

Florence Unified School District Employees of the Month

Congratulations to our Employees of the Month. Highlighted at the January School Board Meeting were 6th grade Science/Social Studies Teacher Erin Lewis, Librarian Rob Cochran, and our Volunteer of the Month Marisol Bingochea.  Thank you so much for your hard work and dedication to our school! #gopherstrong

Thursday January 22, 2015

Penny Wars Competition for Georgie Vickrey

Every year a penny wars competition occurs at Florence K-8 which helps a family in need within our community or is given to a local charity. Students collect pennies as a class and whomever has the most pennies wins the competition. As spin on the competition, if a student donates dollar bills or any silver coins the class loses points as the most points are generated from the pennies. It is a fun way to have a great competition for a wonderful cause.  
Just recently, Georgie Vickrey, a former 8th grader and now freshman at Florence High School was diagnosed with Leukemia.  To help her and her family the Florence K-8 Gophers have decided to dedicate this years Penny Wars Competition to aid in her recovery. We love our Georgie and believe she will pull through this! Bring in those pennies gophers and help support Georgie! 

Thursday January 22, 2015

Florence Unified School District Champion! 

Congratulations to our own Migue Darcera, 8th grader, who won the district spelling bee two years in a row! We are very proud of you Migue! #gopherstrong

Wednesday January 21, 2015
Coolidge-Florence Elks Lodge Winner
Congratulations to 6th grader  Zander Lawrence who was one of six students from the Florence Unified School District who were recognized for their Americanism Essay. Their essay topic was "What the Pledge of Allegiance means to me." Each winner received a dinner for their family and a $100.00 check. Their essays will now go to the district level of the Elks Lodge. Congrats to Zander! #gopherstrong

Wednesday January 21, 2015
Skittle Math 
Our own Mrs. Johnston has her first graders learning fractions with a great motivator! Skittle math is a learning technique that she has been using for a few years that really motivates her students to grasp a visual concept of fractions. Great job Mrs. Johnston! #Gopherstrong

Friday December 12, 2014
Thank you Florence Women Club! The Florence Women's Club held a Bazaar and donated $274.75 to our Student Council. Thank you so much Florence Women's Club! #Gopherstrong

Friday December 12, 2014

Santa Claus is Coming to Florence K-8!

Santa has arrived at Florence K-8! Lower grade students got to sit with Santa and share their wises for Christmas! Thank you Mrs. Johnston for sharing the First Graders experience with Santa! #Gopherstrong

Thursday November 18, 2014

2nd Graders Celebrate Thanksgiving Stone Soup Style

Second grade gophers were able to read many different versions of the Stone Soup story which celebrates the of giving and sharing. In the end the students were able to each bring an ingredient to create soup for their entire classroom family. Great job second graders! #gopherstrong

Thursday November 18, 2014

Body Image Presentation

Seventh and eighth graders enjoyed a speaker from the Not my Kid Organization on Tuesday. She spoke to the students about having a positive body image and her experiences with having a negative body image.  Students were very well behaved and loved hearing her experience. Eighth grader Dorian Williams said, "It reminds me to love myself before others love me."  #gopherstrong

Thursday November 18, 2014

3rd Grade Thanksgiving Play

Third Grade Gophers presented their annual Thanksgiving Play on Tuesday with great success!  The Pilgrims’ Arrival Thanksgiving at Plymouth By Sarah Glasscock is a great story which shares the story of the first Thanksgiving. Great Job third graders.  #GopherStrong

Thursday November 18, 2014

Pie in the Face!!!
The National Junior Honor Society sponsored a Pie in the Face competition in order to donate money to area food banks for the Thanksgiving Holiday. Students brought in money everyday and placed them in classroom jars. Whichever teacher received the most donations had to participate in a Pie in the Face Assembly. There were two winners this year: 7th and 8th grade Science teacher Mr. Ysaguirre and 3rd grade teacher Mrs. Bradeen. Over $400 was raised and given to Epic Food Mission in San Tan Valley and Santa Cruz Valley Food Pantry in Eloy. Great Job Gophers! #GopherStrong

Thursday November 20, 2014

Daughters of the American Revolution
Fifth Grade Students had the opportunity to hear a great message from Casa Grande Daughters of the American Revolution. All students received copies of the United States Constitution and some of the teachers received a framed copy of the Bill of Rights. The ladies shared with the students about their families who were linked in fighting the American Revolution and also educated the students on the colonial fashion of the time.  What a great experience for fifth graders! #gopherstrong

Friday November 7, 2014

Florence K-8 First Annual Trunk or Treat Festival 
A big shout out to the Florence K-8 PTO for supporting our school. The Trunk or Treat Festival was a huge success and a great way to celebrate Halloween and the fall season with the Florence Community. Another Great shout out to Main Street Family Practice.


Friday November 7, 2014

Congratulations to our 

Recycle- Material-Castle Contest Winners

The picture from the left Payton Doughty (8th), Sarah Colton (8th), and Amelia Magnone (7th)


Friday October 17, 2014

Tradition, Tradition!! 2014 FHS Homecoming Celebration!

Friday October 10, 2014

Congratulations Mrs. Wilcox 1st Grade Students of the Month for September

Tuesday October 7, 2014

Mrs. Fryhover's Successful Kinder Seating Arrangements

Mrs. Fryhover is trying some inventive seating in her kindergarten class.  The students are able to choose where they want to sit when they are doing their independent work.  There are students sitting on the floor, in the library area, standing by the counter, in our big comfy chair and even under tables.  Even when given a choice some of the students are choosing to still sit at the tables as well.  They are engaged and working together to complete the tasks and they are sitting where they are most comfortable.  Great Job Mrs. Fryhover! #gopherstrong

Friday September 19, 2014
Florence K-8 School Constitution Week
Florence K-8 School celebrated Constitution Week beginning September 15th.  All students were able to view a copy of the original Constitution which celebrated its 227th Birthday on September 17th.  They also got the opportunity to sign a Florence K-8 Constitution and dress up in their favorite patriotic gear. #gopherstrong

              Brianna Ortis, Josh Holbrook and             Spencer Washburn and Summer                   Display of US Constitution                              2nd Graders signing the Constitution
         Emily Spath showing their patriotic gear.                          Masterson

Friday September 19, 2014

In honor of our own Mrs. Breidenbach and other Ovarian Cancer survivors, Florence K-8 paid tribute by dressing in all TEAL colors to help awareness for this deadly cancer. We love you Mrs. Breidenbach! #Gopherstrong


         Mrs. Breidenbach 6th Grade Math                                         6th Graders Celebrating Teal Out Day

Friday September 19, 2014

Florence K-8 2014-15 Lip Dub

YouTube Video

Thursday September 18, 2014
5th-8th Grade Anti-Bullying Assembly 
Florence K-8 School welcomed Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeau and County Attorney Lando Voyles at our yearly Anti-Bullying assembly. Students were encouraged by the United Dance Group of Coolidge to stand up to bullying. The dance group displayed bullying situations through dancing and the students enjoyed the performance! #gopherstrong

Wednesday September 17, 2014

August Students of the Week- Mrs. Johnston's Class
                   Peyton Lewis                              Fatima Grajeda               Zerin Price                                     Lily Robinson 

Monday September 8, 2014

August Students of the Week-Mrs. Wilcox Class

              Aloa Flores Aug 11          Jack Schlinger-Aug 4th          Jackeline Tinoco- Aug 18th              Sedrick Collins-Aug25th                                                

Monday September 8, 2014

2014 Florence K-8 Lip Dub Filming- A Great Success

Friday September 5, the filming of the 2014 Florence K-8 Lip Dub occurred. Students and faculty throughout the building danced in their FK8 gear, showing their Gopher Pride and cheering to the song, "Happy." Even Florence Mayor Tom Rankin and his wife watched on during the filming process. A special thanks to Mr. Gutierrez, Ms. Borin, Mrs.Gammill, Mrs. Schultz, Mr. Franko and Mr. Woodbury for directing the entire film making process. A big shout out to FHS for lending the Gopher Mascot to us for the filming and to Ms. Jessica Rice for being a Gopher for the day! And finally to the teachers, staff and students who showed their commitment, patience and school spirit during the entire process. The filming was a great success and the Lip Dub will be available soon! Stay tuned! #GopherStrong

Wednesday September 3, 2014

Florence K-8 Gopher Softball Season Going Strong
Gopher Softball season is currently strong in the middle of their season with five wins and only two losses. Head coach, Peter Gammill says, "The girls are playing hard and are determined to bring a trophy to FK8." #Gopherstrong

                                                                                              8th Grade Softball Player Dani Johnson

Wednesday September 3, 2014

Thank you Pinal County Federal Credit Union
Pinal County Federal Credit Union has graciously donated school supplies for our school. These school supplies are so greatly appreciated and needed in all classrooms at Florence K-8. Pinal County Federal Credit Union is a big supporter of the Florence community and we are grateful for their continued support. #Gopherstrong

Wednesday September 3, 2014
ALS Ice Bucket Challenge
Florence K-8 Principal Mr. John Allee was nominated by Florence High School Principal Mr. Thad Gates for the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. Friday during the last minutes of school, all Gophers watched as Mr. Allee and seven fellow staff members were soaked with ice water. This was a great way for students to see leaders of our school participate for a good cause. #Gopherstrong

Florence K-8 ALS Bucket Challenge

Tuesday August 26, 2014

Thank you Coolidge-Florence Elks Lodge!

The Coolidge-Florence Elks Lodge generously donated $3600 in school supplies between Florence and Coolidge School Districts. Thank you Elks Lodge for your support of our community! #Gopherstrong

Tuesday August 26, 2014
Back to School NEON Dance!

Middle School students enjoyed the first dance of the school year! Students celebrated the dance by wearing NEON colors and with NEON decorations throughout the gym. #Gopherstrong


Tuesday August 26, 2014

Art Art Everywhere!
Art of the Week August 18th 


Tuesday August 26, 2014

Gopher Buddies Building a Community
Mrs. Hallahan's Gopher Buddies Class enriches our Kindergarten kids daily as they help the little ones with reading, spelling and other classroom projects. Mrs. Hallahan believes in our school community stating,  "I love to see our older students interacting with our little ones because it establishes a future gopher generation." Way to go! #Gopherstrong


Thursday August 14, 2014

Introducing Chalk Talk!

Mrs. Gammill often opens her 7th and 8th grade Social Studies lessons with a Chalk Talk. Students are asked a question on the white board and they are to participate in the class discussion by writing on the board and in silent. Students ask critical questions to each other during their Chalk Talk conversation and learn how to effectively collaborate with one another. "I enjoy Chalk Talk as I can watch ALL my students participate and feel comfortable sharing their opinions and responses. It is a great way to create a culture of respect and the activity provides substantial critical thinking skills." -Mrs. Gammill. #Gopherstrong

Thursday August 14, 2014

Kindergarten Celebrates Kids!

Every week Kindergarten celebrates students of the week that exemplify good behavior, strong academics and superb gopher character. Students are recognized in the schools cafeteria with a certificate and a picture. Congrats to our Gopher Kindergartners! #Gopherstrong

            Connor Hallahan                               Anessa Hanley                                   Joaquin Wilcox

            with Mrs. Fryhover                         with Mrs. Klinakis                                  with Mrs. Neal

Tuesday August 12, 2014

WNBA Player Mentors The Gophers!
A few weeks ago, Florence High School hosted an Open Gym with WNBA player Lindsay Taylor. Florence K-8 boys and girls basketball players were able to attend to meet the player and learn some basketball strategies and skills.  Thank you Lindsay Taylor for supporting the Florence Gophers! #Gopherstrong

Thursday August 7, 2014

Thursday August 7, 2014

Teachers Unite to Solve a Puzzle

Teachers at Florence K-8 explored the attributes of quality collaboration while participating in a team building exercise. They were asked to solve the Einstein Puzzle as a team. Our 2nd and 3rd grade teams were the first to solve the puzzle. At Florence K-8, teachers collaborate throughout the week to ensure that students are learning what they need to be successful in life. Congrats to the 2nd and 3rd Grade Teams! #GopherStrong

Thursday August 7, 2014
Exploring Astronomy

Mrs. Lewis our Science and Astronomy class teacher has created a scaled model of our solar system for everyone to view on our schools playground.  The model starts on the fence near the solar panels and gym with our Sun and travels almost the entire perimeter of our playground and ends at the upper level basketball court with Pluto.  The class included a scale illustration of the sun and each planet, as well as information about each, such as the distance from the sun, the planet’s diameter, and a fun fact about the planet of the group’s choosing.  Great Job Mrs. Lewis and Gopher Astronomers.

Thursday August 7, 2014

FUSD Impact Event

Thursday August 7, 2014

Sherriff Donation

For the past four consecutive years, Sheriff Paul Babeu has been extremely generous in helping out aid our athletics program. This year he has contributed $1500. His support helps provide scholarships for students who can not afford the pay to play fee as well as updating our athletic equipment. Thank you, Sheriff for your continued support and believing in Florence K-8 Gophers. #Gopherstrong

Monday August 4, 2014
A Different Atmosphere

According to Good Housekeeping, children today spend 55 hours a week indoors using electronics, and less and less time outdoors. Why not read outside? Eighth graders seen here are enjoying their daily reading of The Giver outside as a different atmosphere for reading. #Gopherstrong

Monday August 4, 2014
Learning with Play Dough

Beginning week three here at Florence K-8 and Mrs. Fryhover is busy teaching her Kindergarten students about letters and numbers. Students are working hard creating numbers using play dough. "Using play dough to make the number is another mode to help students learn their numbers. They are not just writing them but making them, then they have to "make" that amount of "cookies" to match the number," says Mrs. Fryhover. Great work students and Mrs. Fryhover for the creativity! #Gopherstrong

The Discovery of Sign Language

    Mrs. Doughty not only spends her time teaching 6th grade Language Arts but also spends an hour each day teaching Sign Language which was added as an     elective this year for Middle School Students. Each quarter students from middle school can choose an elective class. Some classes include Passport, Robotics,     Astronomy, Financial Literacy, Chess and Spanish.  #Gopherstrong

                                                                                                 Students signing"Florence Gophers" as their first assignment!

   Looking for a way to donate to Florence K-8?

Second Grade Teacher, Tammy Borin, is wanting to make sure her students have the materials they need to succeed. She needs TIME for kids subscriptions. Click on this link to donate through the Donors Choose Program: 

If you chip in to help students, you'll get awesome photos and our heartfelt thanks. #Gopherstrong

                                                                           NEW SCHOOL START TIMES!
                                                                                                       Regular Day 8:15am-3:20pm
                                                                                                          Early Release 8:15-1:00pm

                                    8th Grade Washington DC Trip-2014

Students traveling on the 8th Grade District Washington DC Trip from May 29-June 2, experienced a vast amount of history at their fingertips. Visiting Washington DC, Pennsylvania, Maryland and Virginia. Any 8th grade Gopher interested in attending the 2015 trip should contact Mrs. Gammill in room C-201. #Gopherstrong

Mt. Vernon-Home of George Washington        

Our FUSD Governing Board

Denise Guenther, President

Janeane Candelaria, Vice-President

Rose Marie Monks, Member

Bob Dailey, Member

Steve Johnson, Member