Jul 312013

By Julie Wiessner
The beginning of the new school year for students in the Holbrook Unified School District brings with it high expectations for every student enrolled. Although this goal will not require changes in programs, curriculum or ways of teaching this school year, it will place more of an emphasis on depth of knowledge and higher order thinking skills.
According to Superintendent Dr. Robbie Koerperich, “Students will not only need to know the answer, but also how they came up with the answer.”
Several new programs were put in place a couple of years ago and the district is “just trying to get better at what we already do,” noted Koerperich.
Those programs and services include Beyond Textbooks, Positive Behavior Intervention and Supports, Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs, e2020 Online Learning Program, The Learning Center at Holbrook Junior High School that allows an alternative program for instruction, research-based programs, reading and math interventions, tutorial, mentoring programs, advanced placement and accelerated courses, career and technical education, and dual credit courses.
This year’s goals are “continuing to implement Common Core Standards to prepare students for the PARCC assessment in 2015 and continuing to prepare students for post-secondary readiness (whether it be) college, career, military, vocational schools (or) work-ready,” said Koerperich.
With these new programs in place, Koerperich foresees a steady increase in the percentage of students graduating and passing the Arizona Instrument to Measure Standards, and he “is confident our system addresses the whole child through our Personal, Academic and Social development and helping each child Succeed (PASS) System.”
The school year is fast approaching. Park and Indian Wells elementary schools will hold meet your teacher events from 2 to 4 p.m. today (July 31), and Hulet Elementary School’s is slated from 5:30 to 7 o’clock tonight. The first day of school for all schools in the district is Thursday, Aug. 1.