Tag: Flagstaff High School

Flagstaff counselor honored at White House as counselor of the year

| February 3, 2016
Flagstaff counselor honored at White House as counselor of the year

WASHINGTON – Flagstaff High School guidance counselor Katherine Pastor said it’s enough to know her work helps make a difference in students’ lives – but the hugs from Michelle Obama were probably nice to get, too.

The first lady on Thursday named Pastor the 2016 counselor of the year, singling her out from 42 other guidance counselors from around the country who were at the White House to be honored for their work.

“In just seven short years, Flagstaff High School has seen a 13 percent increase in college acceptance rates and a 50 percent increase in the number of colleges that visit their campus,” Obama said during a ceremony in the East Room of the White House.

She said Pastor “wants nothing more than to see students succeed and become the best versions of themselves.”

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New FHS orchestra teacher to train the young ‘padawans.’ See more Arizona Daily Sun education stories here

| January 20, 2016
New FHS orchestra teacher to train the young ‘padawans.’ See more Arizona Daily Sun education stories here

David Cripps may now be the Flagstaff High School orchestra teacher, but the celebrated horn player still gets asked about another performance, a long, long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away. …

Cripps played the lead horn in the London Symphony Orchestra under Grammy-winning composer John Williams when the score for Star Wars was recorded. All of the horn solo parts in the three original Star Wars movies were played by Cripps, including “Princess Leia’s Theme.”

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For the love of music: FHS students organize orchestra concert. See more Arizona Daily Sun education stories here

| December 23, 2015
For the love of music: FHS students organize orchestra concert. See more Arizona Daily Sun education stories here

Flagstaff High School orchestra members and alumni took matters into their own hands after finding out their holiday concert was going to be canceled.

The group had been through a string of substitute teachers after the orchestra teacher resigned her position in the middle of the semester, FHS Principal Tony Cullen said.

Orchestra member Zachary Odem said the group’s fall concert had already been canceled, and the group wanted to play a winter concert.

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2016 School Counselor of the Year (from FHS) on helping students prepare for the future

| December 16, 2015
2016 School Counselor of the Year (from FHS) on helping students prepare for the future

School counselors not only advocate for students and help them prepare for the future, they also are an important link between parents and school, said Katherine Pastor, school counselor at Flagstaff High School who recently was named the 2016 School Counselor of the Year by the American School Counselor Association.

“School counselors are an essential piece to the education system,” Pastor said. “We are the glue that holds everything together.”

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FUSD congratulates Flagstaff High School Speech and Debate team

| December 2, 2015
FUSD congratulates Flagstaff High School Speech and Debate team

Congratulations to the Flagstaff High School Speech and Debate team who competed this weekend in the Dobson Invitational against almost 40 schools from across the nation, from as far away as Maine!

In debate, Crystal Liang made it to quarterfinals in Novice Lincoln Douglas, and Yisha Ng and Maya Holliday debated as a team to get to quarterfinals in Varsity Public Forum.

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Arizona Board of Education to hold standards review at FHS. See more Arizona Daily Sun education stories here

| October 28, 2015
Arizona Board of Education to hold standards review at FHS. See more Arizona Daily Sun education stories here

The Arizona State Board of Education’s Standards Development Committee will host a public meeting to discuss the state’s math and English standards.

The meeting will take place at Flagstaff High School on Wednesday, Nov. 4 from 6 to 7 p.m.

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Lawmakers tour high school CTE programs

| October 21, 2015
Lawmakers tour high school CTE programs

Local lawmakers toured high school Career and Technical Education (CTE) classes Tuesday (Oct. 13) to get a taste of the different skills and specialties students can learn while still in high school…. FUSD Superintendent Barbara Hickman said seeing these classes is important for lawmakers, because CTE classes took a financial hit after the state’s latest budget passage.

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Flagstaff Youth Saturday Powwow, Honoring the Veterans – November 7th

| October 18, 2015
Flagstaff Youth Saturday Powwow, Honoring the Veterans – November 7th

Everyone welcome! This event is hosted by Flagstaff Youth Powwow Dance Program, co-sponsored by NACA’s Circles of Care Project, Parenting AZ, and Flagstaff High Native American Club.

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Flagstaff Unified high schools take the “E” in STEM to new Levels

| October 7, 2015
Flagstaff Unified high schools take the “E” in STEM to new Levels

Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) is an integral part of education in every school in Flagstaff Unified School District and at every grade level.

At the high school level both Coconino and Flagstaff High Schools take the engineering in STEM education to an amazing level.

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Flagstaff High School AP Academy focuses on minority recruitment. See more Arizona Daily Sun education stories here

| September 23, 2015
Flagstaff High School AP Academy focuses on minority recruitment. See more Arizona Daily Sun education stories here

The Advanced Placement Academy at Flagstaff High School is implementing new ways to increase its enrollment, particularly among students of ethnic minorities.

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