Pine-Strawberry School Holds High Standards For Its Students

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Pine-Strawberry School's mission is to help students become lifelong learners in an informational age. We believe that teachers, parents and community members working together can help children succeed and encourage them to be the best that they can. Students are encouraged to take responsibility for their behavior, beliefs and actions. Standards for students and staff are high.

Number of students: 232

Average number of students per classroom: 19

School's student capacity: 500

Campus profile (number of classrooms and other areas): Pine Strawberry School has 18 classrooms and six specialty classrooms.

Number of teachers: 18 certified teachers and two instructional paraprofessionals

Teacher recognition: 1994 Payson Jaycees Teacher of the Year; 1995 Arizona Teacher of the Year Ambassador of Excellence; 1996 ASRSA Gila County Teacher of the Year; 1996 ASRSA Teacher of the Year, 1997 Arizona Sallie Mae First-Year Teacher of the Year, 1997 Wal-Mart Teacher of the Year, and 1999 ASRSA Gila County Teacher of the Year.

Advanced placement and accelerated classes: Advanced placement in mathematics, standards-based basic skills programs in reading mathematics, writing, science and social studies.

Special needs classes: Instructional programs consist of a fully inclusive special education program in reading.

Special programs: Computer technology, physical education, general music, beginning and advanced band, Kinder Strings, beginning strings for grades 3-8, drama, PATSS reading program, Globe Science Project, preschool, Hands Across the Border, DARE and an after-school day care program.

Academic honors: Students of the Month and Terrific Kids, sponsored by Kiwanis, are honored for citizenship and academic excellence at all-school assemblies conducted by Pine-Strawberry School Student Council leaders. The Pine-Strawberry School Academic League won the 1997 Gila County Championship.

Interscholastic sports: Pine provides interscholastic girls and boys sports programs for grades 5-8 in football, volleyball, basketball, wrestling, softball and track.

Other extracurricular activities: Academic League, Builders Club, cheerleading squad, student council and Students Against Destructive Decisions.

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