Tag: Williams Unified School District

Positive Behaviors, Interventions, And Supports

| December 9, 2018
Positive Behaviors, Interventions, And Supports

This August, the school is starting a new character education program called Positive Behaviors Interventions and Supports (PBIS). PBIS has been used throughout the nation to improve school climate, student safety and academic achievement. The program features all staff agreeing upon common behavior expectations, teaching students these expectations and then recognizing students when they demonstrate them.

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Williams Elementary-Middle School hosts open house. See more education news here

| August 29, 2018
Williams Elementary-Middle School hosts open house. See more education news here

Williams Elementary-Middle School hosted an Open House Aug. 23 offering parents a chance to meet with teachers and get an overview of what the 2018-2019 school year will look like for their student. Parents met with faculty and teachers and visited classrooms.

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Adult English classes offered at WEMS. See more education news here

| August 7, 2018
Adult English classes offered at WEMS. See more education news here

Williams Unified School District is sponsoring an English class for parents of Williams Unified School District (WUSD) students.

WUSD resource teacher Anna Torrez will cover English vocabulary, grammar and conversational skills.

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Ducey focuses on education, opioids, wrong way drivers. More education stories here

| January 17, 2018
Ducey focuses on education, opioids, wrong way drivers. More education stories here

Gov. Doug Ducey’s (R-Arizona) key points in his state of the state address Jan. 8 included curbing the opioid epidemic affecting the state, reforming education, providing stricter penalties for drunk wrong way drivers, reducing recidivism rates in state prisons and providing income tax exemptions for veterans.

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Senior spotlight: Vikings look to graduation and beyond. See more education news here

| January 3, 2018
Senior spotlight: Vikings look to graduation and beyond. See more education news here

Diego Pedraza is a three-sport senior at Williams High School (WHS). He has played baseball, basketball and football at WHS.

Pedraza was the starting quarterback for the 2017 State Champion Vikings. He quickly transitioned to basketball this fall and hopes the basketball team will also do well in the state playoffs.

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Williams School District spreads cheer at holiday concert. See more education/youth stories here

| December 20, 2017
Williams School District spreads cheer at holiday concert. See more education/youth stories here

Williams Unified School District hosted its annual holiday concert Dec. 6.

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Williams school budget override passes. See more education stories here

| November 15, 2017
Williams school budget override passes. See more education stories here

The Williams Unified School District (WUSD) budget override is headed toward approval, according to the Nov. 7 election results.
As of 11:30 p.m. Nov. 7, the unofficial final tally showed 58.21 percent, or 656 voters, voting “yes” to the override, and 41.79 percent, or 471 voting “no”.

There are still an unknown number of provisional and uncounted ballots that need to be counted, but most likely not enough to change the outcome of that proposition.

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Candlelight vigil held in Williams for slain teacher. More education stories here

| October 25, 2017
Candlelight vigil held in Williams for slain teacher. More education stories here

Friends and employees of Grand Canyon Railway held a vigil Oct. 22 at the Babbitt-Polson Stage in Williams to honor Cathryn Gorospe, a Glendale kindergarten teacher who was reported missing Oct. 6. Cathryn worked as a seasonal employee for the Grand Canyon Railway. Her remains were found in Mayer Oct. 13.

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WHS patriotism questioned at governing board meeting. See more education stories here

| September 20, 2017
WHS patriotism questioned at governing board meeting. See more education stories here

Concerned military veterans converged at the Williams Unified School District (WUSD) Governing Board meeting Sept. 13 over rumors of anti-American teaching at Williams High School (WHS).

Approximately 20 veterans attended the meeting where several addressed the board and Superintendent Rick Honsinger regarding rumors that some teachers were discouraging patriotism and encouraging Islamic beliefs. …

However, WHS world history teacher Kellie O’Toole-Lee, followed the presentation by reading a letter to the board. …

“Arizona State Social Studies standards require that world religions, including Islam, be taught as part of the world history standards,” she said. “As WUSD teachers adhere to state standards, Islam and other world religions are getting equal time in the curriculum for world history. The material is provided factually and provides students with an understanding of other cultures throughout history. There’s no personal opinion and no favoritism involved.”

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New faces, new places: Williams Unified School District welcomes new staff. See more education stories here

| August 9, 2017
New faces, new places: Williams Unified School District welcomes new staff. See more education stories here

Williams Unified School District welcome 14 new teachers and several paraprofessionals for the the 2017-2018 school year.

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