Beginning in August of the 2015/2016 school year, the Wickenburg Unified School District added a new and exciting feature to the District website (www.wickenburgschools.org) that provides the ability to look at all of our schools’ menus and the nutritional components of all the recipes we use. The link may be found by selecting “Departments” and then “Food Service”. In the middle of the page to the left, is a link titled “Nutritional Information”. This is the page listing all the menus for each school in the district.
Desiree Dominguez, 13, is the Elk’s junior student of the month for September.
By WUSD Transportation Director Cori Ferguson
Having served in public education for many years, I have witnessed many new programming initiatives. Often I found that some of these were little more than a change in window dressing of programs that were already in place. What was even more shocking is that at times these efforts did not reflect data driven decision making. With that perspective, I am sure you are wondering why I and others are championing Synergy, the new student information system for the Wickenburg Unified School District. The simple answer is we are excited about our commitment to quality programming for students that reflects data driven decision making. I continually see an evolution in our district of evaluating data and helping children based upon their personal needs and customizing an educational plan to help them succeed.
Wickenburg High School theatre students will present “Out of Order” by Ray Cooney, a British Farce at 7 p.m. Oct. 8-9 at the Del E. Webb Center for Performing Arts.
The Wickenburg Gem and Mineral Society announced the winner of the 10th Annual $3,000 WGMS Earth Sciences Scholarship is Laken Yargus of Bagdad. Yargus graduated from Bagdad High School in May and enrolled at Northern Arizona University in mechanical engineering. The 11th Annual WGMS Earth Sciences Scholarship will be awarded in May 2016 to a qualified applicant from the Bagdad, Circle City, Congress, Morristown, Salome, Wickenburg or Wittmann area. Application forms will be available at area high schools, libraries and the Wickenburg Chamber of Commerce. High school seniors interested in studying in the general field of earth science are encouraged to apply. WGMS maintains a website at wickenburggms.org
Students and staff at Vulture Peak Middle School are collecting gently used, closed-toed shoes, in any size or style to donate to the “Soles for Souls” organization, which will ship the shoes to those in need around the world. Matthew Johnson’s science students are coordinating the school’s efforts and invite the community to participate. Their goal is to collect at least 1,000 pairs of shoes between now and Oct. 9. Anyone can donate at the VP office any school day between 8 a.m. and 3 p.m.
Wickenburg High School will host an open house from 6 - 8 p.m. Sept. 16.
Festival Foothills Elementary School recently received a $40,000 donation from Tom and Tina Blaney. The money was earmarked to support student learning and will be used to purchase the digital program, iReady, which focuses on learning in the areas of reading and math. In the photo above, Troy and Rebecca Lundberg (Rebecca is Tom and Tina’s daughter) present the check to Wickenburg School District Superintendent Dr. Howard Carlson.
Four years ago, Wickenburg High School received the 21st Century Community Learning Center grant that provided funds for afterschool programming, such as academic support and clubs, summer credit recovery, and Jump Start programs that allowed our incoming ninth graders an opportunity to get a taste of the high school campus. This grant also provided opportunities for parents to participate in a variety of classes from fitness to computer skills. The 21st Century Community Learning Center changed the culture at WHS.
It was exciting this week to receive our ACT test results and to see that the number of students taking the test has increased over the past three years and that the scores are climbing. In addition, it was wonderful to note that our students beat state averages in all tested areas (English, math, reading, science and combined score or composite) and that they also scored above national average.
Legacy Secondary at Wickenburg Christian Academy invites interested families to an open house on Thursday, Sept. 10 at 6 p.m. at WCA. This meeting will provide more information for students who would be interested in high school classes for the 2015-16 school year, through the new Legacy Connect program.
Wickenburg Christian Academy will be offering an instrumental music program for the 2015-16 school year, both during regular music classes and through the ARK after school program.
As a new member of the Wickenburg Unified School District’s team, one of my favorite responsibilities is acting as the volunteer coordinator.
The Arts Reaching Kids (ARK) program at Wickenburg Christian Academy begins classes Aug. 31. Registration continues this week for all classes. Sizes are limited, so interested families are encouraged to call WCA as soon as possible.
The Arts Reaching Kids (ARK) program at Wickenburg Christian Academy will hold its registration for fall semester on Saturday, Aug. 22, in Legacy Hall on the WCA campus. ARK Directors Blaise Wingert and Anna Walter will be available to answer questions and enroll students from 10 a.m. to noon.
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Lots of hard work and volunteer hours have paid off at Wickenburg Christian Academy with the opening of a new science center and art and music room for Legacy Secondary, as well as an expanded patio area for student interaction.
Southwest Foods and the Wickenburg Unified School District are excited to announce the rollout of nine new menu concepts. These exciting concepts will be introduced starting in October of the 2015-16 school year. Summer break created a great opportunity to showcase the new concepts, which will be incorporated into the breakfast and lunch menus of all schools in the district.
Wickenburg Christian Academy “Little Learners” preschool program still has limited openings for enrollment for the fall semester, for 3 to 5 year olds.
Yavapai County School Superintendent Tim Carter is pleased to announce the appointments of Kenneth Denney and Samir Rafeedie to the Kirkland Elementary School District Governing Board. Denney’s appointment was effective Aug. 1. Rafeedie’s appointment will be effective Aug.17, and both will expire on Dec. 31, 2016. The two vacant seats were a result of the resignations of veteran board members Rhonda Elliott and Tisha Peterson, who relocated out of the district.
With school only a few days away, the WUSD Transportation Department is all hands on deck. While students and teachers have enjoyed the summer break, the WUSD Transportation Department has been hard at work. Our new district diesel mechanic has been fine tuning our bus engines while our district fleet mechanic has been under the hood of the district vehicles. We’ve replaced dozens of seat covers, mopped countless floors, (thanks to the mid-July monsoon), washed many windows, and updated our website with our current route sheets. You’re likely to see a district bus or two rolling down the road as our drivers put the finishing touches on our fleet. Our goal: Ready to Roll come day 1.
Wickenburg High School will be expanding its internship program this year to include a new Professional Internship opportunity.
Teachers and staff from Wickenburg Christian Academy (WCA) recently attended the 2015 National Association of Classical and Christian Schools Conference (ACCS) in Dallas.
Wickenburg Children’s cultural Organization (WCO) has released a virtual tour of the Garcia Little Red Schoolhouse (GLRSH) linked to its website at www.wco.org .
As you read the headline, I am sure your first thought was what is a SkoolLive kiosk? Good question. A SkoolLive kiosk looks like a 6 ft. tall by 3 ft. wide iPhone, but it is actually a display screen which can be used to stream important school messages, advertise events and provide student resources (i.e. campus map).
Hassayampa has plans for a summer Kindergarten Round-up for all new kindergarten students. Registration times will be available throughout the day on Tuesday, July 28.
Over the past five years the state of Arizona has cut approximately 70 percent of Wickenburg Unified School District’s capital funding, which is used to maintain and repair buildings, purchase and upgrade technology and purchase and repair buses. As I have written previously we are working to maintain old equipment through hiring individuals with specific areas of expertise (i.e. diesel mechanic and HVAC technician) and hope to extend the usable live of these items.
Local small business owners can now support private education and participate in the corporate tax credit program with the signing of the Subchapter S shareholder tax credit bill.
Recently the latest WUSD Stewardship Report (covering the 2013-2014 school year) was posted on the school district’s website. The report is always one year behind because the schedule upon which the state makes data available is delayed. The Stewardship Report is designed to give the community a “snapshot” of how its schools are performing. The report focuses on four key areas (education, personnel, finance and buildings & grounds) and can be found on the District’s website located at www.wickenburgschools.org. Specifically, the report is located under the “About Us” tab and can be found in the section titled “District Information”.
More than $1.4 million was awarded to Wickenburg High School graduates this spring, including local scholarships, in-state university merit scholarships and Military GI Bills. This is one of the largest amounts ever awarded to local students, according to Guidance Counselor Julie Macias. The following is a list of scholarship recipients.
Last week Gov. Doug Ducey proposed a plan to increase funding for K-12 education over the next 10 years. The plan would increase the amount of funding flowing from the State Trust Lands account to K-12, which the Trust was originally established to support. The Governor’s plan would slightly increase the State Trust Land fund balance over the next 10 years, while at the same time providing around $1.8 billion to Arizona schools.
Wickenburg Christian Academy’s Legacy High School 2015 graduates are Maria Byler (from left), Baylor Brink, Heather Bailey, Naomi Monnett, Rebekah Shelton and Alexandria Martin.
Austin Sarber, an eighth grader at Vulture Peak Middle School, has been named the Elks Lodge junior student of the month for May. Sarber is the son of Amanda Sarber of Wittmann. He participates in Boy Scouts and basketball and has an A average in his schoolwork. In high school, he plans to play basketball and hopes to play in college as well.
Megan E. Gregory graduated with honors May 15 from Western New Mexico University with a bachelor of science in chemistry and a minor in mathematics. Gregory is a 2011 graduate of Wickenburg High School and the daughter of Kurt and Nancy Gregory of Wickenburg. WNMU is located in Silver City, N.M.
Over the past couple of years Wickenburg High School has implemented the ACT Quality Core curriculum in an attempt to effectively prepare students for college, work or military service.
Leslie Contreras and Sadie Guthrie received the top student awards from the Wickenburg Elks Lodge 2160 during one of two events the Elks held during Youth Week earlier this month.
The Wickenburg Unified School District (WUSD) has once again developed a comprehensive plan for summer programming. Last year our summer program coordinator switched from Director of Special Services Bill Moran to Director of CAILL Initiatives Debbie Hodgkiss. Hodgkiss has worked to bring all of the programs together and we are expecting a very active summer.
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 and it continues to expand. I believe 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 flexibility for students regarding the types of courses they take and the location where they are pursued. In past years a student would not have been able to take college courses here in Wickenburg, but now students can complete a two year college degree without ever leaving town.
Alondra Landaverde is the Wickenburg Elks Lodge Junior Student of the Month at Aguila Elementary School. She is the daughter of Fernando Landaverde of Aguila and is an eighth grader. Landaverde is on the honor roll and has earned the Eagle Award as well as recognition as the most improved student. She participates in volleyball, basketball and soccer. In high school, she plans to enjoy volleyball and art. Her future plans are to attend college and become a nurse.
Emily Peterson is the Elks Lodge Junior Student of the Month from Vulture Peak Middle School. She is the daughter of David and Kellie Tucker of Morristown and Jeff and Sherry Peterson of El Mirage. Peterson is an eighth grader and has been active in Girl Scouts and volleyball as well as baby sitting. She plans to travel to Costa Rica and later attend a university in Arizona to eventually become a pediatrician.
Wickenburg Christian Academy “Little Learners” preschool program will offer special summer programming again this year through the month of June. Little Learners summer session has smaller classes to allow the children to enjoy more one-on-one teaching and a variety of hands-on projects.