Navajo-Hopi Nations,Flagstaff & Winslow News
Sat, Sept. 19

Perfect Attendance Brings Great Rewards At Winslow Junior High

Josiah Atkinson, eighth grader at WJHS, shows off the new bicycle he won for having perfect attendance during the month of September.

WJHS rewards one student every month being at school every day as part of their “Perfect Attendance” program. Each month, Winslow Wal-Mart donates half a bike to the junior high and on a rotating basis, another business in Winslow covers the rest of the cost. Western Auto is the Junior High’s September co-sponsor.

Each student who has perfect attendance for the month is placed in a drawing and the winner gets to take home a brand new mountain bike. The winner for September is eighth grader, Josiah Atkinson. Josiah is the son of Jon Atkinson.

Another donation approved by the board was a $500 contribution to Washington Elementary’s Reading Is Fundamental program. The donation was anonymous.

Second grade teacher Georgia Padilla explained that the RIF program gives kids a chance to acquire a new book. The program has three distributions per year and each student may select one book to keep. The books are purchased with money donated by private donors and federal grants.

Bonnie Brennan Elementary received a $35 donation from Target Stores’ Take Charge of Education program.

The board approved out of state travel for one staff member to attend a Council For Students training in Ojai, California.

They also approved travel for Junior High Principal Jim McLean to attend a school violence focus group in Burlington, Vermont. McLean will be joined by Lt. Jim Sepi of the Winslow Police Department and James Hernandez of the Winslow Fire Department. The trip is being paid for by the National Center for Rural Law Enforcement. The men are participating in developing a nationwide school violence prevention ordinance.

McLean reported on the success of the blood drive held on October 2nd. He reported that it was believed the drive was the biggest single-day blood drive in Winslow’s history. The junior high had a contest between the two grades to see who could get the most parents to give blood. The eighth grade won the competition.

Assistant Superintendent Joe Bullmore reported on the progress made in the district’s cafeterias focused on getting students to eat in the facility instead of leaving campus. The junior high has seen some progress since they closed their campus, which requires students to eat in the cafeteria. The high school cafeteria has also seen some remodeling and is awaiting round tables to give the facility a café feel, Bullmore explained. He added that the food quality and the variety of food selections have also improved.

Superintendent Dr. David Black reported that the tax credit program recently approved by the WUSD Governing Board is on its way to reaching the community, thanks to Junior High Principal McLean. He, along with a leadership team, designed a brochure that will be passed out to the community explaining the program and ways people can donate to the district.

The board approved the hiring of three new employees and approved a long list of substitute teachers for the district. Those hires included Jan Harris, warehouse aide, Eloisa Gurule, resource aide at Washington Elementary, and Patricia Therio, resource aide at Jefferson Elementary.

They also approved the following people as substitute teachers and aides within the district: Luanne Espil, Christine Cochran, Patricia Bailon, Mary Ward, Bernadette Rindahl, Samuel Lambert, Karen Clay, Irene Candelaria, Ken Clay, Kimberly Davis, Lorrie Edwards, Dawn Palen, Justin Lyons, Cam Greenwood, Ed Greenwood, Donna Guiher, Phyllis Jensen, Ann Schmidt, Charles Rosen, Sandra Light, Margaret Rogers, Alvena Sheets, Steven Arthur, Janet Miller, Susan Warren, Valarie Huerta, Kathy Williams, Sherry Baldwin, Patricia Gonzales, Rosalie Parker, Marilee Ervien, Janice Gomez, Mary Dorame, Therese Mead, Mary Shumway, Jane Lopez, Cathy Candelaria, Catherine Beyer, Theresa Pacheco, Pearl Alcott, Delphine Begay, Jackie Murphy, Diane Wheeler, Mary Cake, Debra Gonzales, Rebecca Barris and Cynthia Greer.

The next meeting of the Governing Board will be at 7 p.m. on October 17 in the Governing Board Room on the second floor of the library building.

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