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.
Bailey Mattox has been named Elks Student of the Month for March.
Caitlin Kohnke is the Soroptimist Student of the Month for April. She is the 17-year-old daughter of Stewart and Cheryl Kohnke of Wickenburg and a senior at Wickenburg High School.
Chase Ballard has been named Elks Student of the Month for April. He is the 17-year-old son of Bobbi and Cory Ballard of Wickenburg.
Ross Longshore, 14, is the Junior Elks Student of the Quarter from Wickenburg Christian Academy. He is the son of Glen and Cheryl Longshore of Congress.
Knights of Columbus Grand Knight Russell Dennis (at left) and Tootsie Roll Drive Chairman Earl Temerowski present a check for $1,979.62 to Wickenburg High School Special Education Teacher Barbara Hashagen and Special Education Director Bill Moran (far right). Joining them to receive the check are students Angel Ramirez (from left), Ruben Martinez, Kollen Roren, Steven Ramos, Weston Davee, Jerry Christensen, Gary Christensen and Anthony Porter. Temerowski said this is the most money ever raised by a Tootsie Roll Drive, and thanked Brent McKeever of Ace Hardware as well as Safeway for allowing volunteers to set up in front of their stores. He also thanked the many volunteers who helped out and all who bought Tootsie Rolls to help make the drive a success. The money will be used for special education programs at WHS.
The Wickenburg Elks, in cooperation with the Special Education Department of the Wickenburg Unified School District, held the third annual community field day at the Wickenburg High School football field and track last month.
Over the past few years numerous high-quality educational resources have become available via the Internet. Because these learning materials are free to use they are generally referred to as “Open Educational Resources” (OER).
At a time when many districts are cutting programs, Wickenburg Unified School District (WUSD) will continue full-day kindergarten for the 2015-2016 school year for eligible students. Children who will be 5 years old on or before Sept. 1, 2015, are eligible to attend kindergarten at Hassayampa Elementary School. In addition to full-day instruction, all Hassayampa students attend art, music, and physical education classes each week.
Annie Masters has been named Soroptimist Student of the Month for March. Annie is senior class president at Wickenburg High School and has served in student government for four years. She is a member of National Honor Society, Relay for Life, Honors Choir and performs in the Spring musical. Annie has a GPA of 3.7 and has been offered a full-tuition academic scholarship from Northern Arizona University for placing in the top 10 percent of the class of 2015. She plans to attend NAU and major in public health.
Angela Ludovico was named Elks Lodge #2160 Student of the Month for February. Ludovico, 18, is the daughter of Cynthia and Anthony Ludovico of Wittmann.
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.