Over the past several years Wickenburg Unified School District has completed parent surveys for each of its schools as a way to gather information regarding our performance. Our schools are analyzed in a number of different ways through the State Auditor General and the Arizona Department of Education, but it is very important to gain a local parent perspective. Parents are one of our most important customers and it is vital that we know their thoughts regarding the education their children are receiving.
Wickenburg High School student Delainey Lowery paints a sculpture Sunday morning during Cowgirl Up! opening weekend festivities. This year, the Desert Caballeros Western Museum added a student artist demonstration to the popular art show.
Hassayampa Elementary School will hold Kindergarten Roundup Tuesday, April 7 and Wednesday, April 8. Registration times will be offered in both the morning and the afternoon. Children who will be five years old on or before Sept. 1, 2015, are eligible to attend kindergarten beginning Aug. 4, at Hassayampa Elementary School.
Gabriela Acuna has been chosen junior student of the month by Elks Lodge #2160. She is the 14-year-old daughter of Fernando and Gabriela Acuna of Wickenburg and an eighth grader at Vulture Peak Middle School.
Carlos Vazquez, 14, son of Noe Vazquez of Congress, is the Congress Elementary School junior student of the trimester. This honor, reserved for eighth graders, is sponsored by Wickenburg Elks Lodge No. 2160.
One of the fastest growing components of the Wickenburg Unified School District is its digital learning program. The number of students participating in our K-12 digital learning program has tripled over the past three years. The digital learning option is becoming more popular with students and parents because it opens up educational possibilities for them like never before. The biggest benefit is that it provides more flexibility for students with the types of courses they can pursue. In past years a student would not have been able to take college courses here in Wickenburg, but now students can complete a college degree without ever leaving town. What an amazing benefit, especially when it comes at school district expense.
Wickenburg Christian Academy’s Legacy Secondary proudly announces their inaugural Elks Lodge No. 2160 Student of the Semester for the 2014-15 school year Heather Bailey.
The Wickenburg Christian Academy’s 31st Annual Spaghetti Dinner and Auction brought out more than 500 supporters who enjoyed a good meal, fellowship and entertainment. The evening also included a live and silent auction, offering more than 100 items donated by both community members and businesses.
Wickenburg Christian Academy is preparing to expand the Legacy High School program, which was launched in 2011. The developing “Legacy Connect” program will broaden the educational opportunities currently available to full-time, onsite students by offering a menu of courses for grades 7-12. Students will be able to take one class at a time or bundle several together to supplement their current program. They will have the option to attend classes either on the WCA campus or through live video conferencing, (think super Skype). “Legacy Connect” will also be available to other Christian schools, potentially serving as a resource to provide additional courses or a bridge to long term staffing solutions. Members of the local Home School community are encouraged to attend this interactive discussion time to provide input regarding courses, programming and activities that would be of value to their family.
Wickenburg Christian Academy announces open enrollment for all new and continuing students, grades preschool through 12th grade. Priority enrollment for current students and their siblings took place during February, so classes have now been opened up to the community. The process includes an online application, placement testing and a family interview. To maintain the ideal teacher to learner ratio, all classes for grades K-8 are capped at 15 students.
Wickenburg High School senior Leslie Contreras has been named the Soroptimist student of the month for February. She is the 17-year-old daughter of Lino and Placida Contreras of Aguila.
Ilse Murillo has been chosen Aguila Elementary School junior student of the month by the Wickenburg Elks Lodge. She is the 14-year-old daughter of Rafael and Cecy Murillo of Aguila. An eighth grader, Murillo is active in student council, volleyball and eighth grade fundraising. She has a GPA of 3.8 and is on the honor roll. In the future, Murillo plans to continue to play volleyball and be active in clubs as well as aiming for membership in National Honor Society.
I thought I would take a moment to provide a quick update regarding the legislative session and how it will impact the Wickenburg Unified School District if Gov. Doug Ducey’s proposed budget is approved by the legislature.
The district recently learned that Niche.com ranked Wickenburg High School #80 among all Arizona high schools. WHS was rated just below Ironwood High School in Glendale and just above Tempe High School. As of 2015 there are approximately 400 high schools across the state of Arizona.
Wickenburg Christian Academy participated in the nation’s largest-ever celebration of educational opportunity, National School Choice Week, featuring a school-wide photo opportunity for students to show support for school choice for themselves and their families. WCA is one of more than 9,000 schools which participated in National School Choice Week (Jan. 25–31). The goal of the week is to shine a positive spotlight on all types of education options for children – from traditional public schools to public charter schools, magnet schools, private schools, online learning and homeschooling. For more information about National School Choice Week, visit schoolchoiceweek.com.
Paola Lopez has been named Student of the Month for January by Wickenburg Elks Lodge #2160. Lopez is the 17-year-old daughter of Jesus and Rocio Lopez of Wickenburg.
Michael Dalton Wood, the 14-year-old son of Clint and Katherine Wood of Wickenburg has been named student of the month at Congress Elementary School by Elks Lodge #2160 in Wickenburg.
Bridgette Moralez, 14, daughter of Bob and Bobette Moralez of Congress, was selected by the Wickenburg Elks Lodge #2160 as the Vulture Peak Middle School student of the month.
Wickenburg Christian Academy’s Archery Club had two medal winners at the archery fun shoot last month at Kingman High School.
After eight years of service as Wickenburg High School Principal Jackie Jacobson will retire in June.
Wickenburg Elks entries recently won all three divisions among 11 lodges in the west district 2014-15 Elks Drug Awareness Poster and Essay Contest.
Anyone 16 years of age or older who would like to prepare for a general education diploma (GED) or needs to improve their basic reading, writing or math skills is welcome to attend free classes from 4-6 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays from Feb. 3 through March 5 at Wickenburg High School. For more information call WHS at (928) 684-6600.
Earlier this week WUSD’s principals, instructional coaches and the Director of CAILL Initiatives Debbie Hodgkiss, participated in training through the National Center on Education and the Economy (NCEE) related to math curriculum and instruction. In the morning the group talked about the importance of focus, coherence and rigor in the curriculum and then spent the afternoon visiting classrooms and observing math instruction at the K-8 level.
The Interact Club, sponsored by Wickenburg Rotary Club, held its first installation banquet for incoming officers and new members. The Interact Club is a community club for high school students with a focus on community service and leadership. Members include Secretary Rachel Eroh, Vice President Courtney Jones, Kylie Mills, Drew Carlson, Ryanna Mueller, and Treasurer Austin Coughanour. Not pictured: Larissa Murillo, Leslie Contreras, Colvin Ravenscraft, Jaslyn Ravenscraft, Mauro Robles, President Melodie Prevost.
Courtney Jones, the 17-year-old daughter of Brian and Wendy Jones of Wickenburg, has been selected the Soroptimist Student of the Month for January.
Sophia Grozeva, 13, the daughter of Maya Marquardt of Buckeye, has been selected by Wickenburg Elks Lodge #2160 as the Festival Foothills Elementary School junior student of the month.
The following local students were named to the Fall 2014 Dean’s List at Arizona State University:
Wickenburg Christian Academy will present the seminar “You Can Afford Christian Education!” on Thursday, Jan. 29 at 8:15 a.m. and 4 p.m., at WCA. Attendees can get the inside scoop on the application process and deadlines, discounts and scholarships, and available incentives. There are also special funding opportunities for incoming kindergarteners, military dependents, and students transferring from public schools.
Wickenburg High School students, along with all others in the state, will have to pass a mandatory civics test in order to graduate as of the 2016-17 school year. School officials here were in support of the legislation, and do not see any obstacles with implementation of the test.
At the last Governing Board meeting we heard a presentation by Marcia Hespen, Executive Director of Educational Services, related to the state’s newly adopted student information system. In this article I have asked Ms. Hespen to provide a bit of detail regarding this new system and its benefits for WUSD.
Early last week, members of the Wickenburg Unified School District Governing Board and I met with Arizona Rep. Steve Montenegro (House Majority Leader) and Sen. Don Shooter.
The Wickenburg Elks Lodge Hoop Shoot Committee hosted the 2014-15 lodge hoop shoot competition Saturday, Jan. 10 at Vulture Peak School.
Denzil Carpenter, a senior at Wickenburg High School and 18-year-old son of Julie and Jonas Keim of Buckeye, has been named the Elks Student of the Month for December by the Wickenburg Elks Lodge 2160.
Arts Reaching Kids (ARK) program at Wickenburg Christian Academy has extended registration for the spring semester. Students can enjoy a variety of options including Lego or Do It Yourself Club, Baby Sitter training, Painting class with Colleen Ellis, Cooking class with Kathy Clark, Ballet, Tap, and more. To register, stop by the WCA office Monday –Thursday 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., or call (928) 684-5916.
Briana Jacobson was selected by Elks Lodge No. 2160 as the Vulture Peak Middle School student of the month for December. She is the eighth-grade daughter of Lynn Jacobson of Wickenburg.
Jessica DeShazo, 13, has been named the Wickenburg Christian Academy student of the quarter by Elks Lodge No. 2160. She is the daughter of Brian DeShazo of Congress and Julia Gutierrez.
Brianna Sorensen, 13, has been selected student of the month by the Wickenburg Elks Lodge No. 2160. She is the daughter of Steve and Rozann Sorensen of Wickenburg and attends Vulture Peak Middle School.
The Grade Level Spelling Bees for grades third through eighth have taken place at Festival Foothills Elementary School, Hassayampa Elementary School and Vulture Peak Middle School. All grade level winners will go on to the District Spelling Bee, which will be held at 5 p.m. Jan. 23, 2015 at the Vulture Peak Middle School gym. From these grade level winners will come a district winner and a district runner up. The district winner will advance to compete in the Maricopa County Spelling Bee, which will be held in February.
During the months of December and January the Wickenburg Unified School District will be conducting its 3-8 grade level, school and district spelling bees. The bees are sponsored by Century 21 Realty and our school district PTA groups. We are excited to expand this opportunity for our students and trust that we will have some champion spellers.
Joshua Strauss has been selected junior student of the month at Festival Foothills Elementary School by the Wickenburg Elks Lodge. He is the son of Ray and Christina Strauss of Buckeye. Strauss has been active in soccer, basketball, track, student council, Junior Statesmen of America and youth group at Church at Sun Valley. He has a 4.0 GPA and is on the principal’s honor roll. Upon entering high school, he intends to play basketball, run track and continue in Junior Statesmen of America.
Arts Reaching Kids (ARK) program at Wickenburg Christian Academy has open registration for the spring semester through the end of December.
A couple of months back, I discussed the 2014-2015 goals with Wickenburg Unified School District Governing Board at its annual retreat. The goals identify items we hope to accomplish this year, and they focus on many of our immediate needs. Our actions as a district are still guided by our strategic plan, which identifies large, over-arching activities, but these goals break down what we hope to accomplish by June of next year.
Dr. Howard Carlson, Wickenburg school superintendent, has been appointed to the board of directors of the American Association of School Administrators.
Get in the holiday spirit with Wickenburg schools’ Holiday Concert at 7 p.m. Dec. 9 at Del E. Webb Center. The concert will feature choir and band students from every ensemble at Wickenburg High School and Vulture Peak Middle School. The concert is free and open to the public and will include some sing-alongs.
Tristian Vigueria is the Elks Lodge student of the month for October. He is the 17-year-old son of Amanda Vigueria of Aguila.
Arts Reaching Kids (ARK) wraps up its fall season with a showcase to be held at 7 p.m. Dec. 5 at Wickenburg Christian Academy in Legacy Hall. Students and teachers will get to showcase their work and promote upcoming classes for the spring session.
Tate Grote has been selected the Elk’s Lodge #2160 student of the month at Vulture Peak Middle School. He is the 14 year-old son of Sheli and Aaron Grote of Wickenburg. An eighth grader, he is active in student council, yearbook, wrestling club, football, baseball and the junior high school rodeo team. Grote has a 3.5 GPA and is on the honor roll and principal’s list. In high school, he intends to continue participating in sports and other activities.
Courtney Jones has been named November student of the month by Wickenburg Elks Lodge #2160. She is the 17-year-old daughter of Brian and Wendy Jones of Wickenburg. A senior at Wickenburg High School, Courtney has played volleyball all four years, performed in two musicals and spent three years in Voce Advanced Choir. She also volunteers at Wickenburg Community Hospital, plays piano, is a member of the Thespian Troop and a three-year member of Northwest Regional Honors Choir, as well as being vice president of the Rotary Interact Club. Courtney is a secretary of National Honor Society and has a 3.9 GPA.
Soroptimist student of the month Taylor Tomczyk is an ambitious student involving herself in many extracurricular activities as a Senior, Class of 2015, at Wickenburg High School. She has been involved with DECA all four years of high school and currently holds the leadership position of president. While involved with DECA, she competed at the state level and won which took her to Atlanta, Ga., attending DECA Internationals. With DECA, she has assisted in the Santa Photoshoot, Cops Who Care Car Show, Leadership Lock-in, Gold Rush parking and the haunted house fundraiser. Her sophomore and junior year, she was co-captain of the JV volleyball team and co-captain of the varsity team this year. Taylor has also been inducted to the National Honor Society as a freshman and is still involved. She has volunteered at several local charity foundations such as Humane Society of Wickenburg, PTA, Wrangler Boosters, Camp Imagination counselor, and Guys Who Grill.
The Wickenburg High School class of 1964 celebrated its 50th reunion at Coffinger Park in May. Twenty-nine classmates attended a dinner catered by Eddie Nasser. Twelve classmates who have passed away were remembered with a picture-board memorial. A dozen others were unable to attend. Those pictured are (back row, left to right) John Hodgson, Karlin Wyse, James Koning, Diane (Stadler) Sullivan, Marilyn (Davis) Bays, Lulene Blakely, Scott Vukovich, Clark Ashby, Harry (Probst) Duke, Myrna (Rubash) Wyse, (middle, left to right), Claudia Bachtel, Margaret (Anders) Willis, Denise (Dollar) Ridgeway, Pat (Algert) Nelson, Cheryl Burgess, Richard Ball, James Lisac, Bill Amavisca, Sally Thompson, (front row, left to right), Yvonne (Madril) Baily, Sharon (Griffey) Richey, Carolyn (Christison) Cox, Sharon (Crissman) Rubash, Carol (Lee) Way, Sandy (Altmire) Castro, Karn (Kerr) Ashurt, DiNel (Jenkins) Gabaldon, JoAnn (Olea) Baxter and Connie (Taggart) Walworth.