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WHS patriotism questioned at governing board meeting. See more education stories here

| September 20, 2017
WHS patriotism questioned at governing board meeting. See more education stories here

Concerned military veterans converged at the Williams Unified School District (WUSD) Governing Board meeting Sept. 13 over rumors of anti-American teaching at Williams High School (WHS).

Approximately 20 veterans attended the meeting where several addressed the board and Superintendent Rick Honsinger regarding rumors that some teachers were discouraging patriotism and encouraging Islamic beliefs. …

However, WHS world history teacher Kellie O’Toole-Lee, followed the presentation by reading a letter to the board. …

“Arizona State Social Studies standards require that world religions, including Islam, be taught as part of the world history standards,” she said. “As WUSD teachers adhere to state standards, Islam and other world religions are getting equal time in the curriculum for world history. The material is provided factually and provides students with an understanding of other cultures throughout history. There’s no personal opinion and no favoritism involved.”

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Williams area 4-H groups rack-up awards at Coconino County Fair

| September 13, 2017
Williams area 4-H groups rack-up awards at Coconino County Fair

Labor Day weekend is a time for relaxation, travel and visits with family and friends for many people, but for most northern Arizona 4-H groups, it marks the climax of the livestock season when they will show their animals at the Coconino County Fair.

After spending months feeding, grooming, and exercising their animals, local 4-H members made final preparations for the 68th annual Coconino County Fair Sept. 1-3.

For months, 4-H members in Williams, Parks and Valle put in countless hours raising market livestock for the fair. Once at the fair, the members competed against each other for the top place in one of several divisions — steer, hog, lamb, goat, turkey, fryer pen, rabbit fryer pen, and cavie.

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Preschool is a hit at Williams Elementary-Middle School. See more education stories here

| August 23, 2017
Preschool is a hit at Williams Elementary-Middle School. See more education stories here

After some uncertainty as to whether there was enough interest in a new preschool program at Williams-Elementary Middle School (WEMS), administrators are now sorting through a wait-list for the program.

Administrator Maya Caldwell said she is pleasantly surprised with the number of families who applied for the new grant-based preschool at the school.

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New faces, new places: Williams Unified School District welcomes new staff. See more education stories here

| August 9, 2017
New faces, new places: Williams Unified School District welcomes new staff. See more education stories here

Williams Unified School District welcome 14 new teachers and several paraprofessionals for the the 2017-2018 school year.

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Williams Unified School District passes 2017-2018 budget. See more education stories here

| August 2, 2017
Williams Unified School District passes 2017-2018 budget. See more education stories here

Williams Unified School District (WUSD) is easing into the school year with the adoption of the 2017-2018 budget. The $6,859,122 final budget was approved by the WUSD Governing Board after a short discussion.

The tentative budget, approved on July 12, included the primary tax and a secondary tax. 

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AzMerit scores to be released to parents

| July 19, 2017
AzMerit scores to be released to parents

Parents of Williams Unified School District students will get the AzMERIT assessment at student registration July 18-19 or by mail.

Williams Unified School District Superintendent Rick Honsinger advises that the district’s school AzMERIT reports are starting to trickle in and student reports are going out to parents. The official results are embargoed by the Arizona Department of Education from the general public and the media until the end of August, he said.

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Kindercamp preps next generation of students. See more education stories here

| July 12, 2017
Kindercamp preps next generation of students. See more education stories here

During Kindercamp students learned about where produce comes from, met with firefighters and enjoyed a day at Bearizona, among other activities and lessons.

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Letter: Public library, Kaibab Forest offer outdoor program for Williams youth. See more education stories here

| June 21, 2017
Letter: Public library, Kaibab Forest offer outdoor program for Williams youth. See more education stories here

The Williams Public Library is partnering with the Kaibab National Forest to present a series of programs to kids more than six years old to introduce them to Williams and its surrounding area. Forest Service intern Griffin Broehm will host the programs Thursday afternoons at 3:30 p.m. in the City Council chambers beginning July 29. This way children attending the summer rec program will have a chance to attend the talks.

The programs will cover different fields put to use by the Forest Service. The first will cover local archaeology, and show the kids some of the cool outdoor spots in and around Williams. The two other talks will discuss wildlife and local botany.

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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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Williams High School honors athletes at spring awards banquet. See more education stories here

| May 24, 2017
Williams High School honors athletes at spring awards banquet. See more education stories here

Williams High School softball player Jaden Alvarado was recently named to the 2017 Arizona Interscholastic Association 1A All-Conference First Team. Alvarado was also selected as the 1A All-Region Player of the Year.

Alvarado made the All-Conference list and joins several other Vikings on the 1A All-Region teams. Jazlyn Romero, Destinee Pennington and Rylie Heap were selected the 1A All-Region First Team as position players and Carli Grantham was selected to the team as a pitcher.

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