Sep 282011

By Sam Conner–

Winslow High School Principal Chris Gilmore and Counselor Renell Heister described the Capstone Project for school board members last week, which requires that students create a portfolio of their anticipated and planned career after graduation.

Among the things students can do is shadow a person or persons in the careers they’re interested in making their own, and visiting the colleges, trade schools or other facilities they plan to attend. These experiences will give them a good idea of what is really involved in the careers and in preparing for them. It may also give them information that causes them to change their minds regarding their choice of career.

Renell Heister got the idea for the project some years ago after hearing a speaker from Washington State. She used it while teaching English at Mogollon High School in Heber. That school still uses the Capstone Project with considerable success and other schools also use it.

WHS juniors will be required to create their portfolios this year.

The board members applauded the presentation, and agreed that it would be a worthwhile and interesting project for the students.

In other business Sept. 21, the board:

* Approved two policies involving parental involvement in education and approved the job description for a date coach, which had been postponed from an earlier meeting.

* Approved the hiring of Katherine Russell as a special education high needs aide at Jefferson School, and the transfer of Janis Bosley from part-time classroom aide at Jefferson School to full-time special education high needs aide for preschool at Bonnie Brennan School.

* Approved four persons as volunteer coaches, including David Smith as a volunteer football coach at WHS; John Bollin and Wayne Garner as volunteer wrestling coaches at Winslow Junior High School; and Jason Hartnett as a volunteer football and softball coach at WJHS.

* Approved donations from Target to Jefferson School of $76.57, to the WJHS of $25.49, to WHS of $119.04 and to Washington School of $35.42; and from Arizona Restaurant Systems for Sonic Night to Washington School of $85.

* Approved out of state travel for the girls’ basketball team to compete in the Gallup Invitational Tournament scheduled Dec. 1-3 in Gallup, N.M.; for the speech team to compete in the River Valley Invitational scheduled Dec. 2 and 3 in Needles, Calif.; and for the girls’ softball team to compete in the Las Vegas Invitational Tournament scheduled April 4-7 in Las Vegas, Nev.

* Was advised by Superintendent Doug that a group at WHS would be working to collect funds for local charities, with events slated for Oct. 8.