W.F. Killip Elementary School in Flagstaff receives the 2015 Arizona Out-of school Time Award of Excellence

| September 30, 2015
School administrators, teachers, staff and guests celebrate Killip's Out of School Time Excellence Award.

School administrators, teachers, staff and guests celebrate Killip’s Out of School Time Excellence Award.

W.F. Killip Elementary School in Flagstaff received the 2015 Arizona Out-of school Time Award of Excellence during an online presentation held by the Arizona Center for Afterschool Excellence (Az CASE) on Sept. 25.

“Az CASE is proud to announce Killip as the winner of the award. There is no more worthy winner. The quality of what they offer the students is exemplary and a model for the state. Killip is a leader in serving the needs of the whole child,” said Melanie McClintock, executive director of the Az CASE.

Killip school administration and staff eagerly awaited the scheduled 7 a.m. video streamed announcement, the Flagstaff Unified School District reported. Also attending the event was FUSD Assistant Superintendent Mary K. Walton.

“Today’s announcement of the 2015 Arizona Out-of school Time Award of Excellence for Killip Elementary exemplifies the school’s mission for service to students and their community,” said Sylvia Johnson, director of Educational Enrichment at the district. “Killip’s diligence in providing learning opportunities during the school day and beyond is an obvious commitment of the staff. This is such a well-deserved award for Killip School and each of its partners. With a dedicated school staff and a great partnership with FACTS, Killip is providing children a multitude of options to expand their life experience.  This is all made possible by Killip’s many community partners and with funding support from the City of Flagstaff and a 21st Century Community Learning Centers Federal Grant.”

Principal Joe Gutierrez said he was very proud of his staff.

“The students at Killip Elementary are provided many experiential opportunities that support and enrich their lives,” Gutierrez said. Receiving the Az CASE Out of School Excellence Award is a reflection of the dedicated and caring staff who continuously provide a quality education for our students in and out of the school day. YOU ARE APPRECIATED!”

“This award is a recognition of all the hard work of the Killip staff, said Jeronimo Vasquez, coordinator of the STARS program. “It takes a culture of collaboration at Killip starting with leadership at all levels. Killip is a special place that has grown and evolved into a great place for kids’ afterschool.”

Killip STEM Coordinator Ted Komada agreed.

“I am thrilled to see Killip receive this kind of recognition,” he said. “These students, the teachers, community partners, we all work so hard to make all these programs effective. We tend to get so drawn into the daily logistics we don’t often get the chance to step back and see the whole of what we’ve been able to create here. I can’t imagine better people, both adults and kids, that I’d rather spend my time working side by side with on a daily basis.”

In the first paragraph of the application, school officials stated:

“In a school that draws nearly all of its 500 students from within 1 square mile of the school, hosts a 43% inward/outward mobility rate and sees 98% of its students on the free lunch program, “going to school” means far more than learning your letters and numbers. At W.F. Killip Elementary in Flagstaff, ‘school’ is a place where students know they can be safe for up to 12 hours a day, get two free meals and be part of a community of peers, adults and partnerships that will love and provide for them while they are there. Killip’s Out of School Time (OST) programs fill several key roles in this support system and whether it be traveling with the chess team, competing in intramural sports, growing food from fish waste or receiving extra help with math, students are gaining experiences through our OST offerings that they wouldn’t otherwise have access to.”

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