Tag: Williams High School

Grease monkeys: Williams Auto Class makes learning fun

| January 10, 2018
Grease monkeys: Williams Auto Class makes learning fun

Williams High School students completed the first semester of the newly restored automotive shop class in December.

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Candlelight vigil held in Williams for slain teacher. More education stories here

| October 25, 2017
Candlelight vigil held in Williams for slain teacher. More education stories here

Friends and employees of Grand Canyon Railway held a vigil Oct. 22 at the Babbitt-Polson Stage in Williams to honor Cathryn Gorospe, a Glendale kindergarten teacher who was reported missing Oct. 6. Cathryn worked as a seasonal employee for the Grand Canyon Railway. Her remains were found in Mayer Oct. 13.

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Making the grade: Williams schools go from D to B. See more education stories here

| October 18, 2017
Making the grade: Williams schools go from D to B. See more education stories here

Arizona school letter grades have been released by the Arizona Department of Education (ADE) for the 2016-2017 school year, and administrators at Williams Unified School District are pleased with the results.

Both Williams High School (WHS) and Williams Elementary-Middle School (WEMS) received B grades from the Arizona Department of Education. The last time the grades came out — 2014 — WHS received a C and WEMS received a D.

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WHS Senior spotlight: Looking at graduation and beyond. See more education stories here

| October 4, 2017
WHS Senior spotlight: Looking at graduation and beyond. See more education stories here

Tori Maebe is attending Williams High School (WHS) for the first time as a senior after being homeschooled her entire life.

Maebe has played volleyball and been on the mountain bike team for four years at the high school.

Maebe enjoyed her homeschool and online classes but wanted to experience school with her friends. She is looking forward to activities such as prom and homecoming.

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AzMERIT scores released for area (Williams, Main Consolidated, Grand Canyon) schools. See more education stories here

| September 27, 2017
AzMERIT scores released for area (Williams, Main Consolidated, Grand Canyon) schools. See more education stories here

The Arizona Department of Education released the final AzMERIT statewide assessment for all Arizona schools to the public Sept. 6.

Williams Unified School District (WUSD) showed improvement over previous year scores in some grade levels and some losses in others.

WUSD students were above the state average passing rates for fourth grade English, fifth grade math, eighth grade English, ninth grade English and 10th grade math.

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Students aim for future as health professionals. See more education stories here

| May 31, 2017
Students aim for future as health professionals. See more education stories here

Two Williams High School students recently returned from the 2017 Health Occupations Students of America (HOSA) State Leadership Conference in Tucson.

Biotechnology students Jorden Pirie and Robert McCluskey qualified for the competition by passing a test prior to the event. At the conference they competed with 43 other students in the field off epidemiology.

“They placed 12th and 13th in the competition out of a class of 45,” said teacher Michael Lee.

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Upward Bound a stepping stone to college graduation. See more Williams News education stories here

| May 17, 2017
Upward Bound a stepping stone to college graduation. See more Williams News education stories here

Several students at Williams High School are getting a leg up in their college preparatory efforts by participating in the Northern Arizona University (NAU) Upward Bound program.

Upward Bound is a free year-round program that provides educational services and college preparatory assistance to high school students who meet eligibility requirements. Students begin the program their freshman year.

“I wish Upward Bound was available for everyone,” said Williams High School counselor Jim Powers. “They support the students all the way through their high school career with the intent on going to college or going to some sort of higher education institute after high school. The students get a lot of support.”

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Williams High School students compete in egg drop. See more Williams News education stories here

| May 3, 2017
Williams High School students compete in egg drop. See more Williams News education stories here

Williams High School science teacher Michael Lee wrapped up a recent unit with and egg drop contest where students wrapped raw eggs in protective packaging and dropped them from the bleachers above the school’s parking lot. The students were given a choice of 12 items to cushion the eggs.

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Padillas honored (by CCC&Y) for work with folklorico youth dance. See more Williams News education stories here

| April 26, 2017
Padillas honored (by CCC&Y) for work with folklorico youth dance. See more Williams News education stories here

Armando and Elva Padilla were recently chosen for the 2017 Caring for Children award by the Coconino Coalition for Children and Youth (CCCY).

CCCY annually recognizes outstanding individuals from throughout Coconino County who work to make a better place for the youngest members of their communities.

Longtime residents of Williams, the Padillas have spent the past 37 years as volunteer instructors teaching the Hispanic folklorico dance discipline. They have offered folklorico dance classes to children and adults in Williams for nearly 25 years.

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In the counselor’s office: Planning for high school and beyond. See more Williams News education stories here

| April 11, 2017
In the counselor’s office: Planning for high school and beyond. See more Williams News education stories here

Jim Powers wants to be bothered.

In his second year as the Williams High School (WHS) counselor, Powers is on a mission to meet every parent of every student at the school.

“We need more parental involvement,” Powers said. “I see parents when their kids get Fs, I don’t see them when they’re getting As, Bs or Cs.”

Powers believes the more parents are involved with their student’s academics, the more successful students are in the school.

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