Tag: Williams News

Williams families recognized during Foster Care Awareness Month. See more education news here

| May 30, 2018
Williams families recognized during Foster Care Awareness Month. See more education news here

When Myra Kmetz and her husband got married, they knew they wanted to have a lot of kids.

“But my husband and I started late,” she said. “We had four kids, but I don’t think four kids were enough for him. He always wanted a fifth.”

The Kmetz family became interested in becoming foster parents following a conversation with their son’s teacher in Parks, Arizona. …

Kmetz said from the start she and her husband were interested in opening their home to higher risk children.

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FUSD remains closed Thursday. School districts region-wide react to teacher walk-out

| May 3, 2018
FUSD remains closed Thursday. School districts region-wide react to teacher walk-out

Pending final approval this week by state lawmakers of a budget that could expand the state’s education budget and increase teacher pay, educators in many school districts in Coconino County and statewide could return back to the classroom as early as Friday.

Teachers in many school districts statewide walked out of their classrooms Thursday, April 26 as part of the #RedforEd movement. Since then, hundreds of educators and supporters have been seen carrying signs and wearing their signature protest color t-shirts from the lawn at the Flagstaff City Hall to the thousands gathered in Phoenix.

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Maine Consolidated student thespians put spin on ‘Spy Kids.’ More education stories here

| May 2, 2018
Maine Consolidated student thespians put spin on ‘Spy Kids.’ More education stories here

Middle school students at Maine Consolidated School entertained family and friends with their rendition of ‘Spy Kids’ April 26.

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Kowalski named Coconino County Rookie Teacher of the Year. See more education stories here

| April 25, 2018
Kowalski named Coconino County Rookie Teacher of the Year. See more education stories here

Williams Unified School District first-year teacher Catherine Kowalski is off to a great start in her teaching career after winning the 2018 Coconino County Rookie Teacher of the Year award.

Around 20 of Kowalski’s students, colleagues and friends were in attendance and cheered her win.

Kowalski is a math teacher at Williams High School, where she teaches geometry, pre-calculus and personal finance.

“It was a no brainer to nominate her for the Coconino Teacher of the Year award,” said WUSD Superintendent Rick Honsinger. “It was no surprise that she won.”

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School districts region-wide prepare for teacher walk-out starting April 26

| April 25, 2018
School districts region-wide prepare for teacher walk-out starting April 26

From Page to Prescott and everywhere in between, school districts in the region are preparing for a teacher walk-0ut scheduled to begin Thursday, April 26.

Parents are urged to keep checking with their local school districts and the local media for the latest information on how the walk-out will impact school meals, sporting and other academic activities.

The following are links to the latest walk-out related stories in the region:

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Girl Scout cookie sales bring in $14,542 to finance troop activities. See more education news here

| April 18, 2018
Girl Scout cookie sales bring in $14,542 to finance troop activities. See more education news here

It’s more than a fundraiser, it’s a business, the business of selling cookies and Williams Girl Scout Troop 2616 are savvy business women. 

This year the troop sold a total of $14,542 in Girl Scout cookies. 

“People see it as a fundraiser but it actually is a business for girls,” said Karin Little, a troop leader in Williams. “So we’ll analyze what we sold and we’ll talk about what we should order next year and how we should sell our product. So, this really is a tremendous fundraiser or business for the girls.”

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Blue pinwheels give voice to children who have died from abuse. See more education news here

| April 11, 2018
Blue pinwheels give voice to children who have died from abuse. See more education news here

April is National Child Abuse Prevention Awareness Month and North Country HealthCare is going blue for kids.
The clinic is part of the Pinwheels for Hope campaign to shed light on child abuse in Arizona.

Throughout April, the clinic will have a corner of its property covered in pinwheels to represent the 82 children who died from abuse in Arizona in 2017.

The pinwheels also symbolize hope — the hope that every child will have a healthy, carefree and happy childhood.

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School safety: Williams administrators prepare for the worst. See more education stories here

| April 4, 2018
School safety: Williams administrators prepare for the worst. See more education stories here

Columbine, Sandy Hook, Marjory Stoneman Douglas. Fifty-six students and teachers died at these schools at the hands of mass shooters.

Each horrific school shooting has impacted local communities and the country as they reevaluate school security. The incidents have put doubts in the minds of parents regarding their children’s safety and have shaken multitudes of students and teachers who are in schools today.

“When I first became a teacher, it was not something we thought about, or trained for or practiced or talked about,” said Williams Unified School District Superintendent Rick Honsinger. “I think the one incident that changed all that was Columbine High School.”

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Williams schools losing up to $185,000 in forest fees. See more education stories here

| March 21, 2018
Williams schools losing up to $185,000 in forest fees. See more education stories here

Williams Unified School District is one of several districts seeing a withering of federal support this year because of the failure of Congress to reauthorize the Secure Rural Schools and Community Self-Determination Act in 2015 (SRS). 

The act, distributed by the Department of Agriculture, compensated schools and the county for lost property tax revenue because of a decline in traditional timber harvesting.

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Lending a hand: Williams groups announce scholarships for students. See more education news here

| March 14, 2018
Lending a hand: Williams groups announce scholarships for students. See more education news here

With graduation two months away, Williams High School seniors were given an opportunity to meet with area businesses, organizations and families to learn about scholarship opportunities in the community March 20.

With several thousands of dollars in scholarships available, graduates were able to meet representatives from groups such as the Rotary Club, Masonic Lodge and Williams Education Association as well as individual supporters to learn about opportunities available to them.

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