Tag: Flagstaff High School

FUSD tab for Prop. 414 starts at $667,000. See more Arizona Daily Sun education stories here

| May 3, 2017
FUSD tab for Prop. 414 starts at $667,000. See more Arizona Daily Sun education stories here

The school year hasn’t ended and the new local minimum wage hasn’t taken effect yet but the Flagstaff Unified School District Governing Board is already considering budget options for the next fiscal year.

FUSD Director of Finance Scott Walmer presented the board with three budget scenarios involving the minimum wage increase to $12 an hour in July.

The district has more than 1,500 employees, including those who work programs that have their own funding sources. Approximately, 570 employees would see an increase in their wage to $12 an hour in July.

If the Board increased wages to be in compliance with the local minimum wage law of $12 in July, it would cost the district around $667,308 in fiscal year 2018. That number includes salaries, health insurance and the increased cost in custodial and food service contracts.

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Educator Highlight: Sheri Bain — Flagstaff High School

| April 11, 2017
Educator Highlight: Sheri Bain — Flagstaff High School

For Sheri Bain, a Pre-AP Calculus, Pre-Calculus and Engineering teacher at Flagstaff High School, one of the most rewarding elements of her profession is staying in touch with her former students and seeing the progress they have made in their academic and professional careers.

“I like teaching high school kids in particular as they get ready for life after high school. I want them to be great students. The kids email me and tell me what they are doing. It’s fun to see how they are doing. My favorite ones are the students who at first hated math but now say they see it as a necessary evil.”

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Educator Highlight: Joe Cornett — Flagstaff High School

| February 8, 2017
Educator Highlight: Joe Cornett — Flagstaff High School

2017 Viola Award Nominee for Excellence in Arts Education.

Joe Cornett is a teacher of digital photography at Flagstaff High School, who has been noted for his excellence as an arts educator both in the classroom and in the wider community. Cornett makes an effort to provide his students with opportunities for exploring art beyond the classroom. His students are always well represented in the annual Youth Art Exhibition at the Coconino Center for the Arts.

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Sinagua Middle School students take a stand for history. See more Arizona Daily Sun education stories here

| February 1, 2017
Sinagua Middle School students take a stand for history. See more Arizona Daily Sun education stories here

Hundreds of student projects filled the Sinagua Middle School gym, detailing different events, people and organizations that the students decided represented a moment when someone took a stand in history.

Social studies teacher Veronica Villegas got the school involved in National History Day, a nationwide contest where students present a research project related to that year’s topic. Sinagua has participated in the contest for the last six years, and students have advanced to regional and state competitions.

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FALA students paint luggage for foster kids. See more Arizona Daily Sun education stories here

| June 1, 2016
FALA students paint luggage for foster kids. See more Arizona Daily Sun education stories here

Students at Flagstaff Arts and Leadership Academy are working to make moving around to different foster homes a little easier for children in Arizona.

“When foster kids are removed from homes, they often have to put their things in black trash bags,” FALA art teacher Janeece Henes said. “We want to make it a little easier on them, and give them something to carry their things in.”

Henes’ class decided to solve the problem with a project they call “Love Luggage,” where students paint the outside of hard paneled suitcases and fill them with items that might provide comfort, hygiene or entertainment for children in the foster care system.

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The Class of 2016: FALA valedictorian Naomi Francis merging form and function. See more Arizona Daily Sun education stories here

| May 25, 2016
The Class of 2016: FALA valedictorian Naomi Francis merging form and function. See more Arizona Daily Sun education stories here

Flagstaff Arts and Leadership Academy valedictorian Naomi Francis grew up surrounded by creativity, from the design of her family’s home to her hobbies of artwork and dancing.

Francis’ father, Northern Arizona University professor Allen Francis, designed the family’s house to have a net zero energy use, a project that might have inspired Francis to pursue industrial design in college.

“I think living in a design-oriented household helped me be aware of design elements,” she said.

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Expect More Arizona puts spotlight on FHS’s Randy Hopson

| March 2, 2016
Expect More Arizona puts spotlight on FHS’s Randy Hopson

“If you go into teaching because you want to teach students about the importance of your content, you’ll never last. It’s got to be about the kids – your students. If you don’t look forward to seeing them every day, with all their quirks, this job will be miserable instead of being the best job in the world. For me, I enjoy every minute of teaching because I get to interact with my students and make an impact on their lives.” – Randy Hopson, Government Teacher, Flagstaff High School

Please join us in thanking Mr. Hopson for making it about the kids and impacting their lives!

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Flagstaff Early Childhood Fair to be held at Flagstaff High School on April 9

| March 1, 2016
Flagstaff Early Childhood Fair to be held at Flagstaff High School on April 9

Flagstaff Early Childhood Fair 2016… Full Steam Ahead! April 9, 2016 at Flagstaff High School!

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Coconino and Flagstaff CyberPatriot team advances to next round

| February 24, 2016
Coconino and Flagstaff CyberPatriot team advances to next round

A team from Coconino High School’s JROTC Program, comprised of students from both Coconino and Flagstaff High Schools, in Flagstaff, AZ recently concluded an exceptional round of competition in the eighth season of CyberPatriot – the National Youth Cyber Defense Competition.

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‘Hallway hero’ saves student with Heimlich. See more Arizona Daily Sun education stories here

| February 10, 2016
‘Hallway hero’ saves student with Heimlich. See more Arizona Daily Sun education stories here

A walk through a hallway Wednesday afternoon turned a Flagstaff High School senior into a hero.

“The kid was on the floor, gasping for air, and his friends were standing around, looking shocked,” Monty Grant said. “I asked his friend if he was OK and the friend said he didn’t know. I asked the kid if he was choking and he nodded his head yes.”

Grant, a lifeguard trained in CPR and first aid, stepped in and knew exactly what to do. He performed the Heimlich maneuver on the choking student, dislodging a jalapeno pepper from his throat and opening his airway again.

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