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.
Hassayampa Elementary School students who ride their bikes to school can do so more safely after 100 helmets were donated to the school in January. Rick Bates is the founder of a non-profit organization (Rickey Bates BMX – Banned Together Charity), whose mission is to donate bike safety equipment to schools in each state. Bates donated the helmets, and some of them have been given to students who usually ride their bikes to school.
Wickenburg High School and Vulture Peak Middle School musicians will perform popular music from current artists and movies during spring concerts the first week of May. The bands will play on Tuesday, May 5, and choirs will sing Thursday, May 7. Both performances will begin at 7 p.m. at Del E. Webb Center for the Performing Arts. Admission is free.
The Wickenburg Unified School District is quickly approaching the end of the 2014-2015 school year. This is always a very busy time and many of the scheduled events recognize the hard work and achievements of WUSD students during the school year.
Daniel Rodriguez, 14, has been selected Elks Junior Student of the month. He is the 14-year-old son of Karen Rodriguez of Hillside and is an eighth grader at Vulture Peak Middle School. Rodriguez participates in band as well as playing guitar and drums at church. He has overcome a learning disability to be returned to mainstream classes. In high school, he plans to study hard, get good grades and focus on auto mechanics.
Samantha Stehlik, 13, is the Elks Lodge Junior Student of the Quarter at Festival Foothills Elementary School. The daughter of Scott and Christina Stehlik of Buckeye, she is an eighth grade honor roll student with an average grade of A. She plans to continue getting good grades so she can attend college and study culinary arts and business.
Annie Masters has been named Elks Student of the Month for May. She is the 18-year-old daughter of Mike Masters of Wickenburg.
The Lioness Club of Wickenburg is taking applications for a $500 continuing education scholarship. Applicants must be residents of Wickenburg or surrounding area, currently attend a university, community college, trade or technical school and must provide unofficial transcripts of all schools attended showing 40 completed credit hours at the time of application. All materials must be postmarked by May 8. The committee will then select the winner by blind vote, and present the award check at the Lioness Club meeting May 19. Applications are available at Century 21 Arizona West or the Wickenburg Chamber of Commerce. For more information, call Karen Napier at (928) 232-9160.
Wickenburg High School’s spring musical, Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Footloose, dances onto the stage at 7 p.m. April 23-24 at the Del E. Webb Center for the Performing Arts.
The Arts Reaching Kids (ARK) program wraps up its spring session with a showcase at 6 p.m. May 1 at Wickenburg Christian Academy in Legacy Hall. Students and teachers will get to showcase their work from this session, including dance performances and displays from various classes.
The Wickenburg High Schools women’s chorus and the advanced Exousia Voce choir were among 23 choirs from 10 schools across the state who recently participated in the second annual Chino Valley Choral Festival hosted by Dr. Marlen Dee Wilkins of the Chino Valley School Choral Department and held at Chino Valley First Southern Baptist Church. Both WHS choirs led by Jillian Newton performed two ensembles and received an on-stage clinic and written review from Dr. Jill Burgett, director of choral music education and associate director of choral studies at the University of Northern Colorado.
Wickenburg Christian Academy will host its annual Preschool Spring Fling and Kindergarten Carnival and Step-Up Day on Thursday, April 16.
Wenden Elementary School recently held a canned food drive and collected nearly 500 non-perishable items which were delivered to the McMullen Valley canned food bank last month. The fifth grade donated the most, bringing in 111 items. They are being rewarded with an ice cream social provided by the cafeteria staff. Students who organized the drive include Maria Gonzalez (from left), Victor Ortiz, Robert Lard, Esmeralda Mendoza, Celia Balderrama, Lisa Burris, Andres Carrizoza and Dylan Stacy.
The Culinary Arts program, which started in the 1990s, has generated real success for students at Wickenburg High School. The program has had a number of students who received state level honors and some earned full ride scholarships to pursue the culinary field. Culinary Arts has provided quality programming since its inception at Wickenburg High School without adequate equipment per state guidelines. This is a true testament to the hard work and dedication of our teachers and their efforts to work around equipment limitations.