Tag: The Daily Courier

Column: Give one of these 10 gifts to education, youth

| December 27, 2017
Column: Give one of these 10 gifts to education, youth

… I wish a present for every Arizona, Yavapai County, and Prescott-area student-age child at least one of the following gifts — which our leaders, politicians, administrators, teachers, parents, and neighbors must deliver. This is adapted from a recent essay, “Ten Perfect Gifts,” by Dick Foreman, president and CEO of the Arizona Business and Education Coalition.

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School district gets the holiday spirit: Family Resource Center provides gifts to 90 children

| December 27, 2017
School district gets the holiday spirit: Family Resource Center provides gifts to 90 children

For Lucy Hernandez and her three children, the Family Resource Center of the Prescott Unified School District is enabling them to have a true holiday celebration thanks to a gift distribution that will benefit some 90 children.

The center arranged a celebratory event at their new headquarters in the former Washington School that included hot chocolate and cookies and a resource fair with several local non-profit agencies, including Expect More Arizona, the United Way of Yavapai County and Yavapai Big Brothers Big Sisters.

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PUSD mentoring deemed ‘visionary.’ See more education stories here

| December 13, 2017
PUSD mentoring deemed ‘visionary.’ See more education stories here

Beyond pay, many teachers’ motivation for why they either stay or leave a school district has to do with the in and out-of-classroom supports they garner to help them succeed with students, according to local administrators.

Whether that encouragement comes from colleagues, job coaches, administrators, or even other educators, the impact on teacher retention can prove significant, said Prescott Unified Schools Director of Professional Development Kelli Bradstreet.

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Education advocacy rooted in promise to Nicaraguan boy: Prescott woman desires to make world better place for children

| November 29, 2017
Education advocacy rooted in promise to Nicaraguan boy: Prescott woman desires to make world better place for children

Ask Rosemary Agneesens if she has children and she will answer, “Thousands.”

A Franciscan nun for 24 years before she married and became an Arizona teacher, principal, community organizer and semi-retired education advocate with the Yavapai County Education Service Agency, the 69-year-old has no biological children. Yet she has devoted her life to offering educational opportunities to children and families, be they close to home or residing in a Third World village.

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Lots to be learned on road to college. See more education stories here

| November 1, 2017
Lots to be learned on road to college. See more education stories here

As the first generation of her family to be able to go to college, Prescott High School senior Elena Aragon is investing considerable time and effort in figuring out options that will suit her career goals and wallet.

On a Monday evening, more than five hours after her school day ended, Elena and fellow senior Tania Andrade joined with about a dozen parents, a couple attending with their children, to hear a program from a local lawyer and PHS parent, Mitch Padilla, titled “My College Roadmap — Finding the Best College for the Least Amount of Debt.”

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Prescott High School senior remains focused on his future: Bradley Stalnaker is also independent and takes nothing for granted

| October 18, 2017
Prescott High School senior remains focused on his future: Bradley Stalnaker is also independent and takes nothing for granted

Two months into his senior year, Prescott High Class of 2018 member Bradley Stalnaker is clear-eyed about what he needs to do to move forward with his plans after graduation.

On Oct. 19, Bradley will be sitting for an exam that packs a big punch: it will determine his eligibility to enlist in the United States Air Force and dictate what job he will likely be assigned to perform.

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Prescott 8th-graders’ math scores are down; district doubles efforts

| October 11, 2017
Prescott 8th-graders’ math scores are down; district doubles efforts

For the second year in a row, Mile High Middle School eighth-graders’ scores on the AzMerit standardized math exam were less than stellar.

Only about 9 percent of those who took the test — about 62 percent of the class of 325 students — scored at proficiency level.

“That’s a little bit of a downer,” said Prescott Unified School District Governing Board member Maureen Erickson about the scores.

Assistant Schools Superintendent Mardi Read offered a highlight of the AzMerit test scores at the PUSD board meeting on (Oct. 3). The test scores students from third through 11th grade in language arts and math.

For the most part, Prescott’s students continue to score above the state average; no third-graders will be retained because they did not reach proficiency in reading, Read said. But eighth-grade math for the pre-Algebra or basic math students has proved something of a “conundrum,” she admitted.

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Officials to put spotlight on bullying, including showing provocative film. See related story

| October 4, 2017
Officials to put spotlight on bullying, including showing provocative film. See related story

For those who think bullying is an innocent playground ritual, experts who have studied the phenomena will assure you that is patently false.

Bullies, and the bullied, cannot be ignored, according to experts in the fields of sociology, law enforcement and education. Society needs to be alerted that childhood bullying is the seed to what can become serious abuse in later years. Law enforcement officials are beginning to draw links between bullying and domestic violence. They see it as a serious threat to individual safety when not publicly exposed and addressed.

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Senior Experience: Signing through his foreign language. See more education stories here

| September 27, 2017
Senior Experience: Signing through his foreign language. See more education stories here

Prescott High School senior Kody Jones needs a foreign language credit to graduate.

To accommodate his class and athletics schedule, Kody opted to enroll in a year-long American Sign Language class at Yavapai College. His mother, Karen, who works in the administration office, encouraged that choice over his other options of two back-to-back semesters of Spanish, or an online foreign language course.

With this option, the scholar/athlete spends two hours on Tuesdays and Thursdays after his regular school day learning about this one brand of sign language for the deaf and hearing-impaired.

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Superintendent’s Report: Argument for early childhood education

| September 20, 2017
Superintendent’s Report: Argument for early childhood education

In the world of education, early childhood education (ECE) is a hot topic that many people are discussing. ECE serves children ages 3 and 4 with the goal of improving children’s cognitive and behavioral development. Ninety percent of a child’s brain develops by the age of 5 and the belief is that ECE provides the boost to prepare children to be better learners in the future.

Quality ECE programs are required to focus on reading and number skills, cognitive development and motor skills. Programs can also supplement instruction with recreation, meals, health care, parent education and social services.

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