Jan 252012

By Sam Conner —

Jefferson School Principal Cyndie Mattox reported on curriculum changes, Response To Intervention and other things done at the school at the Jan. 18 meeting of the Winslow School District Governing Board. She showed a video of children and teachers working with first, second and third grade teachers in the Gifted and Talented Education (GATE) program and the high needs class.

Prior to that presentation, board member Marian Scheid introduced Superintendent Doug Watson as Grandfather Watson as he has a new grandson.

Winslow Junior High School Principal Jim MacLean spoke of a Feb. 11 event to be held to raise funds for Ruby Maine, who has incurred considerable medical expenses. The event will be a taco sale.

Winslow High School Principal Chris Gilmore complimented his staff for a highly successful Doc Wright Invitational wrestling meet, which drew teams from several states and all over Arizona. He thanked the school’s cafeteria department for preparing meals for more than 400 wrestlers.

Danielle Caldwell of First Things First gave a report on that program, which is funded with tobacco taxes. She stressed the importance of the health of a child and learning certain important skills before becoming school age.

Rosalva Zimmerman gave a presentation on the Abstinence Only program, which she will instruct at WHS and WJHS. She noted that Holbrook High School has had the program for four years and has about half the teen pregnancy rate as WHS. She expects the program to be a success.

The board approved the hiring of Robert Curtis as special education teacher at WHS, and the resignation or retirement of Gina Greer, reading teacher at WJHS, and Nora White, food services administrative assistant.

Softball coaching assignments accepted included: Becky Barris, head coach; Lynne Sawyer, varsity assistant; Chip Cunningham, volunteer; Briana Conatser, junior varsity coach; Melcor Salazar, junior varsity assistant coach; and Gypsi Gover, volunteer.

Baseball coaching assignments accepted included: Art Griffith, head coach; Ricky Greer, varsity assistant; Scott Corum, junior varsity coach; Shawn Layden, junior varsity assistant; and Levi Smith and Shawn Smith, volunteers.

Track coaching assignments accepted included: Craig Moody, head coach; Steve Sartain, Jim Schwab and Larissa Richard, assistant coaches; and Steven Ortiz, volunteer.

The board approved the donations of $700 to Jefferson School from Scholarship America as a grant for Alyson Bottke’s GATE class, and $79 to Washington School for Sonic Night from the Arizona Restaurant Systems.

Out-of-state travel was approved for six employees who plan to attend a coaching clinic scheduled Feb. 23-25 in Las Vegas, Nev.

Scheid asked members of the audience, especially the faculty members, to e-mail her with their thoughts about school uniforms.