Sunday December 21, 2014
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Jesse is such a great person - and a great educator. Basis school of Flagstaff is beyond fortunate to have her. Great job Jesse. You have made Payson High School and Payson proud! Congratulations John and Lu.
A significant event to consider is three years ago, the elementary school model was changed from a K-5 at each elementary (which it had been since 1994) to a K-2 at one school and 3-5 at another. Students, particularly at third grade are a product of the K-2 model. The K-2 model had no research to support its academic effectiveness. In fact the research supports a K-8 model as most conducive in every aspect, including academic achievement and positive climate and culture. Recently the Board added Kindergarten to JRE. Now students have a K-2 model in one school and a K-3-4-5 model in another.
Does this convey a systematic analysis and response relative to causality? Or, systematic thought relative to providing an educational model that is most effective, particularly in the critical lower grades?
Interesting insights by my colleague Tim Fruth. Tim has been on the "inside" and is now looking in from the "outside". I would also add, during the last override election, Tim took personal time to speak to no less than nine entities in town about the benefits of passing the override. Three weeks after the override passed, he was called in and summarily cut. Here is the link. It is worth reading.
It should not...and it would not.
Just so you know. NAU has a cemetery right in the middle of it's property.
Bravo! Congratulations to both Lori and Kenny. Thank you for all you have contributed to so many!
What Rathen lacks in size, he certainly makes up for in heart and determination. He's got some grit. Best of luck to him and kudos for jumping into the arena.
Here is an interesting note. From 2000 to 2010 which is pre-Sandyhook, we in PUSD had two SRO's. The high school, middle school and PCS shared one while PES, JRE and Frontier shared one. Now, post-Sandyhook, after all the rhetoric from politicians etc, we have one SRO between two schools.
I'm pretty happy with hiking 4 and a half miles in, playing in the falls, enjoying the beauty, then hiking the 4.5 miles out.
Somehow, I stumbled across this thread from five years ago. Imagine that! Here is the post-script. A year after this, Ben did win the state championship. Subsequent to that he graduated as the valedictorian of his class and earned a four year scholarship to ASU. Last month he graduated with a Bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering from the ASU Fulton School of Engineering. No easy task in four years. As well, he graduated from the ASU Barrett Honors College. Sylvia are still very proud of him. He knows how to work. Thanks all, for you support. I guess reporters never call back for news like that eh?
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