Oct 262011

By Sam Conner–

Winslow Junior High School Principal Jim MacLean outlined a new mission statement for the school at the Oct. 19 meeting of the school district governing board.

The new statement begins the same as the old statement, “To provide students with the opportunity to ‘Dream, Believe, Strive and Achieve.”

The rest of the new statement reads, “Utilizing data-driven best practices, WJHS promotes a positive learning environment dedicated to developing active problem-solvers and critical thinkers who will become successful global citizens. WJHS will strive to provide students with an authentic, meaningful, standards-based curriculum through the use of technology, differentiated instruction and cooperative learning. We believe that students will learn and excel when empowered through a caring team made up of students, parents, faculty, administration and community.”

The new statement replaced an old statement which emphasized a traditional, back to basics methodology. It is believed that a statement which recognizes new and more effective practices is more appropriate. The reading of the new mission statement came near the end of the meeting.

The board approved the hiring of Eric Petranovich as freshman girls’ basketball coach, Cora Cunningham as secretary at Winslow High School and winter season coaches as listed on a document given to the board members. The transfer of special education teacher Christine Smith from WHS to Bonnie Brennan School was also approved.

Volunteer coaches approved included Janice Stewart for WJHS volleyball, Trent Charley for WJHS wrestling, Venton Nelson for WJHS basketball, and Justin Hartman and Jeff Hartman for WHS wrestling.

The board approved donations of $100 each from Shirley Light of State Farm Insurance and 3C’s Auto Body for the WHS Positive Behavioral Interventions and Support program, and $100 from Heath Logging for the WHS Future Farmers of America Chapter.

Out of state travel was approved for three employees to attend the Western Business Education Association Conference scheduled Feb. 16-20 in Newport Beach, Calif.

Superintendent Doug Watson announced that the district would not have to submit a revised budget.

Board member Dodie Montoya announced that she will be a candidate for secretary of the Arizona School Boards Association Executive Committee.

Board President Marian Scheid offered congratulations to the WHS football team for its win over Coconino and to the WHS cross country teams for their recent successes.