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We invite parents and community members to visit our News page frequently. We are excited about all of our upcoming activities for the school year, and we want to make sure you hear about them. We will update this page with information regarding student awards, past and future events, and other exciting school news.
Has your contact information changed? Do you have a new phone number, address, or e-mail? Please contact Tara Brimhall at 536-4156 ext. 7720 or Tohna Rogers 536-4156 ext. 7710 with your new information. It is very important that we keep you contact information current. We appreciate your cooperation.
Community Blood Drive
Snowflake High School is hosting a community blood drive on Tuesday, April 24 from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. in the gym. We will enter all blood donors into a drawing to win a pair of passes to Phoenix Comic Fest. Please see our community blood drive flyer for more information.
Governing Board Open Positions
Snowflake Unified School District will have two governing board positions open in November 2018. Please visit the Navajo County Arizona website for complete details on how to become a governing board member.
Dr. Seuss Celebrations
Taylor Elementary recently made the most of its Dr. Seuss celebrations. Students were in whimsical spirits as they celebrated Dr. Seuss by making, The Cat in the Hat, hats! Our students had great fun, and we can’t wait to celebrate next year!
Changing Culture And Increased Focus On Math At Snowflake Unified Greatly Improved Student Achievement
We’ve all heard someone say it. Maybe we’ve even said it ourselves. “I’m just no good at math!” It’s an epidemic in this country, and it’s something that every educator is battling as youth hear this sentiment from parents, coaches, and other influencers.
Thankfully, some educators have found ways of inspiring students and building their arithmetic confidence. For close to a decade, math skills have been a primary focus for the Snowflake Unified School District, and they have seen great success as a result.
At a rural district with more than 2,600 students in the Snowflake and Taylor areas, where close to half of students qualify for free or reduced lunch, leadership knew they would need to create strong alignment between the teams at two k-3 schools, two 4-6 schools, the junior high, and high schools. They understood that some teachers were highly effective, which created pockets of success, but that wasn’t enough. New teachers needed more guidance and teams would need to integrate between grade levels, allowing for smoother transitions for students.
The resulting professional learning communities (PLC) has ushered in system-wide gains. Grade level teachers plan together, share best practices, and trouble-shoot challenges in regular meetings. In one instance, a third grade teacher had such impressive results that she shared her methods with the district and many of her team members adopted similar tactics. The district sent teacher representatives to PLC training, who brought their learnings back to the schools to ensure that they’re all working from the same playbook. To help support teachers, the district undertook a refresh of their curriculum map, which has made a big difference in student achievement.
Please take a moment to view the complete article on the Expect More Arizona website.
100th Day Happenings
Taylor Elementary and Highland Primary recently celebrated the 100th day of school. The students and staff came out in style!
Taylor Intermediate students did 100 acts of kindness throughout the week to celebrate. Students picked up trash, helped out in the cafeteria, and did kind acts for others.
Kindergarten Parent-Teacher Conference Information
To allow our kindergarten teachers to conference with two classes of parents, we are making an adjustment to our kindergarten class schedule for parent-teacher conference days.
On October 10 and 11, both a.m. and p.m. kindergarten students will attend Taylor Elementary and Highland Primary from 7:50 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. This will also happen on March 28 and 29.
Thanks to Mr. Merrell for allowing this to take place.