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We Learn! (October 6-10)

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  • 10/4/14 |
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WHS football team played a tough game against Newcomb; the team is headed to Milford October 10! The Booster Club met with 22 people and made plans to host two movie nights (October 9 & 29), along with a Volleyball Tournament (October 25), and a Family Fun Benefit Night (October 11). Teachers learned about diabetes and some prevention activities thanks to Echo Lefthand. Maray Filfred provided information about 8, fun CHALLENGES students can choose to complete. The NCASH Team is seeking ideas from teachers for the Staff Wellness Program for 2014-2015. Please email Maray b …

We Learn! (September 29-October 3)

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  • 9/27/14 |
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WHS Cross-Country hosted a home meet and lots of staff got involved! Students are looking after other people and our hallways by being responsible to report unsafe circumstances. Michael Flynn, lead of the Water Technology Development Laboratory at NASA, is coming to WHS to present. Mr. Flynn has over 23 years experience in the development of advanced life support system, astrobiology, and fundamental space biology. He has received two R&D 100 Awards, a Wright Brothers Medal, an Arch T. Calwell Merit Award, and 6 NASA Spotlight awards and four of his papers have bee …

We Learn! (September 22-26)

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  • 9/20/14 |
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The WHS Volleyball Team had several extra-ordinary games this weekend, winning against big schools like Bloomfield! Teachers unpacked Standard 5 and started to define what assessment and feedback looks / sounds / feels like. We are working to learn how we can empower young people to use assessment data to set goals and reflect on ways to improve achievement. Lots of parents attended PCCR Day and Hank Lee won the sheep! Thank you to the table presenters, XC team, Robin Henderson, Jacob Pollister, and WHS Faculty for making the day worthwhile. STUCO members enjoyed an op …

We Learn! (September 15-19)

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  • 9/13/14 |
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Homecoming Week was a lot of fun, thanks to STUCO members and Ms. Blue. After teachers observed others, they discussed objectives, teacher behaviors, student behaviors, assessment, and data. Thanks to Johanna Hofmeister, teachers walked away from professional development with at least 3 strategies AND ideas for using formative assessment data to design differentiated instruction. Plan for College and Career Readiness (PCCR) Day is ready for student and parent guests, thanks to Robin Henderson and Jacob Pollister. Please join us on Wednesday, September 17, from 11 am to 7 pm. …

We Learn! (September 8-12)

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  • 9/6/14 |
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Our new concession stand served lots of people at the home football game September 5. Thank you to Clayton Long, Elsie Dee, and Debbie Benally for putting together the ribbon-cutting ceremony. The Lii Ligai Booster Club successfully hosted the Back2School Dance on September 5. Young people reported having a good time and thank you to the parents who made this possible: Gladina Yanito, Lucinda Slim, Thomasina Holly, and Charissa Jones. Teachers unpacked the UT Teaching Effectiveness Standard 7 to explore various examples of effective and highly effective instructional strateg …

We Learn! (September 1-5)

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  • 9/1/14 |
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Over 350 parents and community members attended our Open House on August 28; it was great to visit with so many people interested in learning! Members of the Student Council are working with the faculty School Climate team to set up PSR2 cards, drawings and prizes. What do you do to be prepared, safe, responsible, and respectful every day? 54% of WHS students earned all A’s, B’s, and C’s last week; over the course of the week, several more students improved grades and got an ABC Pass. As long as young people continue to focus on learning all that is possibl …

We Learn! (August 25-29)

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  • 8/23/14 |
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Student Council hosted a fun pep rally on Friday, August 22; the cheerleaders were very entertaining. The Homecoming Theme, “Battle of the Decades,” promises to help us reminisce. PSR2 is unifying our school; stay tuned for PSR2 cards, drawings, and prizes. Parents and community members will be revitalizing our Raider Booster Club on Wednesday, August 27, at 5 pm in the Parent Center. This is a potluck so bring your favorite dish and the willingness to volunteer. Open House visitors will get to meet teachers, visit classrooms, eat dinner, and obtain resourc …

We Learn! (August 18-22)

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  • 8/17/14 |
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The first days of school were exciting for everyone! The music in the hallway over the intercom system was awesome; we are looking into making it an option more regularly. Student Council is already functioning and will host a pep rally on Friday, August 22. Plan to join us for Open House on Thursday, August 28. Visitors can meet our teachers and learn about educational resources at WHS.

We Learn! (August 11-15)

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  • 8/10/14 |
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Young people are excited for our first day! Everyone has an opportunity for a fresh start. The campus is ready, thanks to Larsen Yazzie, Mike Chiquito, Alvin Lee, Laverne Yellowman, Darrell Lameman, Irene Sewingyawma, and Barb Phillips for cleaning / fixing / maintaining throughout the summer. We welcome new staff to WHS: Krest Knight (SpEd), Byron Manycattle (Heritage Language & Culture), Bob Lambert (LA 8 & 9), Brook Lambert (Reading 10 & Government), Gregg Loranger (Math 7 & 10), Jared Wonnacott (Music), and Jacob Pollister (Counselor). We also welcome bac …

We Learn! (May 19-23)

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  • 5/17/14 |
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Many students are registered for Summer School and Art Week; there are a few spaces available for Summer School so students who need to recover credit should visit with Mrs. Schaefer ASAP. There are still seats available for the Reading Camp. The Senior Class of 2014 hosted a yummy and fun Senior Banquet on Tuesday, May 13! The End of Year Dance was well-attended and fun was had by all. Thank you to Ms. Blue, Ms. Castellon, and Ms. Tolman for supervising. The PBS Party included basketball games, mat ball, and dodgeball; names were drawn for all kinds of prizes and almo …

We Learn! (May 12-16)

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  • 5/10/14 |
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The Drama Class produced The Murder Mystery, resulting in audience applause and laughter. Thank you cast, supporting crew, & Mrs. Whitehead! Nine Track athletes qualified for State Meet (many in multiple events): Cedale Armstrong (3), Rafael Begaye (4), Dylan Lansing (4), Hank Lee (3), Daivik Mitchell (2), JR Todachinnie (3), Garrett Nez (2), Tyrell Whitney (1), Sheldon Blackwater (1), Tomasina Yellowman (2), Dominique Pablito (2), and Kristy Dickson (1). Congratulations & thank you to coach Baldwin & Toomey. SAGE Testing is complete thanks to students, teachers, …

Together We Can (May 5-9)

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  • 5/3/14 |
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THANK YOU to our teachers who plan engaging lessons, strive to challenge our youth, and remain patient with learning minds. Here is a challenge to every student to join millions of others across the US in thanking teachers for Teacher Appreciation Week.   2. SAGE Testing is almost complete!   3. Good job to the athletes representing WHS at the BYU Invitational: Cedale Armstrong, Raphael Begaye, Ty Charley, Dylan Lansing, Hank Lee, Daivik Mitchell, Dominique Pablito, JR Todachinnie, & Tomasina Yellowman. The track team is coached by Mr. Baldwin & Mr. T …

Together We Can (April 28-May 2)

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  • 4/26/14 |
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Congratulations to new Student Council (STUCO): Tilton Dennison (SBO Prez), Danielle Manybeads (SBO VP), Mike Keith (SBO Secretary), Orlando Thompson (Senior Prez), Daivik Mitchell (Senior VP), Hank Lee (Junior Prez), Lashonda Jones (Junior VP), Bryanna Armstrong (Sophomore Prez), Vennessa Whitehorse (Sophomore VP), Gneiss Capitan (Sophomore Secretary), Erin Lee (Freshmen Prez), Sarahlena Begaye (Freshmen VP), Shimaya Billie (8th Grade Prez), and Shondiin Sells (8th Grade VP).   2. ACS & MZCE 6th graders thoroughly enjoyed their visit to WHS thanks to Ms. Billie, loca …

Together We Can (April 21-25)

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  • 4/19/14 |
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Increasing numbers of students are working hard to learn all that is possible to earn A’s, B’s, and C’s! These students get extra time at lunch.   2. Student Council Candidates are preparing posters, speeches, and skits for the assembly on Friday, April 25. After the assembly, all students will get to vote for their chosen candidates.   3. The time to select classes for next year has arrived. Elective teachers will be presenting various options (Drawing, Painting, Photography, Printmaking, Auto, Construction, CAD, Robotics, Band, Choir, Perc …

Together We Can (April 14-18)

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  • 4/12/14 |
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Most students worked hard on the SAGE Writing test and took extra time to read carefully and edit wisely. Thank you to the young people who listened to the announcements and for all the proctors and assists who made the testing run smoothly.   2. Prom was a lot of fun and we appreciate the efforts of juniors, junior parents, and junior advisors (Mr. Hall, Mr. Price, & Mrs. Whitehead).   3. Be sure to check out all the creative creatures made from trash in the Student Center display case near the front office!   4. The SCC Parent Group held it …

Together We Can (April 7-11)

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  • 4/5/14 |
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51 students were eligible for the ABC Party on Friday, April 4! A new schedule, effective April 14, will allow all students with only A’s, B’s, and C’s to go to lunch early every day.   2. Honesty and helpfulness is on the rise as evidenced by students and teachers holding doors for others, offering to carry items, picking up trash, returning valuable items gone missing, and reporting issues.   3. The Senior Benefit / Contest Pow-Wow ran smoothly and proved financially helpful to the Senior Class of 2014. Thank you to the headstaff, seniors, …

Together We Can (March 31-April 4)

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  • 3/29/14 |
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It is exciting to see the number of students interested in running for Student Council! Be sure you know your candidates and cheer them on during the April 10 Election Assembly.   2. Teachers and students were very cooperative and patient during the recent SJSD Benchmark Assessments. Thank you to the students who really worked hard to show all that you know and can do!   3. There are increasing numbers of students getting interested in making our school better. We appreciate these students helping to keep our floors clean, helping out staff members, and repor …

Together We Can (March 24-28)

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  • 3/22/14 |
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Parents attending the SCC Meeting drafted some possible parent involvement actions that have the potential to address the positives and concerns observed by the Parent Climate Conference (PCC) participants. Watch for the ideas in the April Newsletter.   2. Teachers started to plan various teacher and school actions in order to positively impact the concerns observed by the PCC participants. In addition to other actions, we will be addressing responsible use of electronic devices in the Student / Parent Handbook for 2014-2015.   3. Congratulations to Matt Bald …

Together We Can (March 17-21)

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  • 3/8/14 |
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1. Most students (75% of the total population) were referral-free for 3rd Quarter; we had a party and played the best-ever game of Dodgeball!   2. Many students were recognized at the 3rd Quarter Awards Assembly. We are especially proud to announce Mishayla Mitchell, Josefina Begay, and Dominique Pablito as getting accepted into the National Honor Society!   3. Congratulations to Brevin Norton, Student of the Quarter; Shawn Fowers, Teacher of the Quarter; and Robin Henderson, Staff Member of the Quarter!   4. Several students (31% of the total populati …

Together We Can (March 3-7)

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  • 3/1/14 |
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1. The Parent Climate Conference was well-attended and several positives were noted: Teachers who know the content, lots of interactions between learners and learner to teacher, and teachers dressing professionally.   2.Students and teachers are working with the SAGE Training Tests in order to be as prepared as possible for the end-of-year tests. At the same time, preparations for the next round of SJSD Benchmark Assessments (March 24-28) are occurring.   3. 78 students attended the ABC Party on February 28 for earning all A’s, B’s, and C’s so far …

Together We Can (February 24-28)

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  • 2/24/14 |
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Together We Can (February 18-21)

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  • 2/15/14 |
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1. The Girls’ Varsity Basketball team won against Green River to be second in Region 19. The first game at State will be at 10 am on Wednesday, February 19.   2. Teachers are taking proactive steps to help students learn more, care for technology, and become more responsible. The extra efforts teachers are making to monitor keyboards prior to storage, contact parents, teach procedures, and report potential issues are noticed.   3. Students completed an online Olweus Bullying Prevention Program survey; results will be shared with students, teachers, and parent …

Together We Can (February 10-14)

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  • 2/8/14 |
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Over 100 people visited our school for PCCR Day! Plans for College & Career Readiness were developed and discussed.   2. The freshman class won the Hot Topics competition by mastering 144 ALEKS math topics. All freshmen were admitted to the Saturday game for FREE! The 8th grade class won the dress up / activity contest and will have a Valentine’s Day Party! Congratulations to Maurice Begay on winning the Spirit Couch drawing!   3. Lots of students are carrying a book to read in order to use time wisely during Academic Support time. This is especiall …

Together We Can (February 3-7)

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  • 2/1/14 |
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1. 76 students earned all A’s, B’s, and C’s; we enjoyed Free Time with Food on Friday, January 31! 2. WIDA Testing was completed smoothly thanks to student cooperation and teacher patience. A special thank you to Christine Jones and Ella Redhouse for helping us to gather students. 3. Everyone is ready for Spirit Week 2014; the dress up days and activities should be fun! Be sure to wear ALL BLACK for the game on Saturday! There are several opportunities for entire classes to win: * Highest number of ALEKS topics for Feb. 3 & 4 = free admission to the 1 pm ga …

Together We Can (January 27-31)

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  • 1/25/14 |
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7th, 8th, 9th, and 10th graders decreased the percentage of students earning F’s last week! 2. Students earning all A’s, B’s, and C’s by 4 pm on Tues, Jan 28, will earn a Free Time Ticket for a fun activity (with food) on Fri, Jan 31. 3. Parents organized and staffed successful fundraising for girls’ and boys’ basketball. A BIG thank you to Levonica Miller, Thomasina Holly, Robbie Pablito, Lovel Pablito, Sylvia Mitchell, Tiffany Blackgoat, and others who donated or worked the concessions. 4. Over 50 people attended the Conversation with …

Together We Can (January 21-24)

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  • 1/18/14 |
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Students are getting right to work during Academic Support time. Some students have moved from a D+, D, D-, or F to A’s, B’s, or C’s. In addition, more reading requirements for LA classes are being accomplished! 2. Students reported for Benchmark Assessments; thank you for listening to the intercom announcements and responding correctly. 3. A cool new reading program (with incentives) is coming to WHS; the kick-off assembly will be Monday, February 10, in the gym! 4. Students continue to improve math skills and knowledge through ALEKS. One student turned …

Together We Can (January 13-17)

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  • 1/11/14 |
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1. Thank you to the students who completed the survey about the January 7 Student Inservice Day; favorite sessions included US Marshals (37%), NYC (26%), and Peshlakai Family (23%). Comments written at end of survey will help us plan the next Inservice Day (Tuesday, March 18). 2. The student cheering section at the Monument Valley game gave so much energy to our varsity girls & boys! Both teams worked hard and never gave up . . . our school is in for an exciting season. 3. Students and teachers have been preparing for the Winter Benchmark Assessments and the time for testing has …

Together We Can (January 6-10)

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  • 1/4/14 |
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1. The bell schedule has changed slightly to include more time in 5th hour; this additional time will allow teachers to provide academic support to help students to pass all classes, achieve 85% course mastery in ALEKS, and complete out-of-class assignments on a more consistent basis. 2. Congratulations to Sara Billie, Employee of 2nd Quarter; Scott Toomey, Teacher of 2nd Quarter, and Hank Lee, Student of 2nd Quarter! 3. Happy New Calendar Year! Lots of people are using this time of year to reflect on 1st semester and set new goals for 2nd semester. 4. We are looking forward to …

Together We Can (January 2-3)

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  • 12/21/13 |
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1. Many students were recognized during the 2nd Quarter Awards Assembly; thank you to the band members (and Ms. Tolman) & the drama class (and Mrs. Whitehead) for the entertainment. 2. A growing number of WHS students are remaining referral-free; the PBS Party for no referrals included a game of dodgeball, candy, music, hanging out with friends, and drawing for cool prizes. We hope to see every student at the PBS Party for no referrals near the end of 3rd quarter. The new year is a great time to set this type of goal! 3. Lots of opportunities (clubs / groups) exist for stude …

Together We Can (December 16-20)

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  • 12/14/13 |
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1. Family Literacy Night was well-attended; only 3 books were left! Thank you to Robert Hall, Tyler Price, Linda Whitehead, Matt Baldwin, Scott Toomey, and John Fahey for making this family event occur and thank you to the parent(s) / guardian(s) who attended with young people. 2. Teachers and parent(s) / guardian(s) are communicating directly through email; parents report a quick response with helpful tips in working with the young person to complete and return assignments OR provide challenging learning experiences through the home. The Front Office is conducting an email drive in ord …

Together We Can (December 9-13)

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  • 12/7/13 |
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1. WHS has an official Booster Group! Its first event, the Festival of Lights, is scheduled for Thursday, December 19, 5:30-8 pm. The planning session will be December 10 at 4:30 pm (right before Family Literacy Night). 2. The Penny War has begun! At this time, it appears the juniors may be in the lead. Pennies help the class; if someone puts a nickel, dime, quarter, half dollar, or silver dollar in the jar, it hurts that class. All proceeds go to our elders. 3. More students and parents are getting comfortable to report issues (bullying, potential fights, theft, rumors, spills, dis …

Together We Can (December 2-6)

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  • 12/1/13 |
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The Booster Group is meeting on December 3 to begin to determine priorities; the group will support School Improvement initiatives and facilitate greater student, parent, & teacher involvement. 2. The local PLC for Language Arts is working to plan a fun Family Literacy Night focused on stories from or about Africa. Please plan to join us on Tuesday, December 10, at 5-7 pm in the WHS Library. 3. As positives are noted, positives increase and the positive: corrective ratio is approaching the level recommended by research. Thank you to our consultant for heightening teacher a …

Together We Can (November 25-26)

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  • 11/23/13 |
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The Miss Indian Broken Trail (MIBT) Pageant was entertaining; thank you to Wesley Jones and the Junior Class for coordinating everything. Congratulations to our new MIBT Princess, Malika Oldman, and thanks to our former princess, Alliyah Chavez! 2. The scavenger hunt was a popular activity this week; thank you to Rebecca Blue and the Sophomore Class for coordinating the various Native American Month activities. 3. Teachers collaborated to read and evaluate student writing on Friday, November 22. This process, and the learning teachers accomplish, will help young people improve …

Together We Can (November 17-22)

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  • 11/16/13 |
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1. Our 8th & 10th graders completed a career and interest inventory, along with the ACT Explore and Plan tests. Results will arrive in December.   2. The horseback riding event was hilarious! Thanks to the student partnerships for participating and for the sophomores for scheduling.   3. Midterm was on Friday; everyone is ready for Parent-Teacher Conferences (PTC) which occur on Wednesday, November 20, from 5-7 pm, at the Red Mesa Chapter House.   4. Many people enjoyed the mutton sandwiches and stew resulting from the butchering experience hosted …

Together We Can (November 11-15)

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  • 11/9/13 |
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1. Benchmark testing was completed thanks to cooperation of teachers, support staff, and students. A special thanks for extra assistance and flexibility goes to Mrs. Redhouse, Ms. Nakai, and Mrs. Reynolds. The tests were challenging and provide the impetus for all of us to step up efforts for excellence.   2. The Veteran’s Day Assembly was cold, but the singing was fun and we learned about the dress blue uniform. Thank you to Mr. Fahey, Shania Whitney, Charles Wilson, Harry Johnson, Davis Filfred, the Band, and all our veterans.   3. Teachers worked together …

Together We Can (November 4-8)

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  • 11/2/13 |
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1. We are preparing for Winter Sports; junior high girls basketball begins at 6 am on Monday. Open Gym for high school boys is Monday & Wednesday (3:15-5:50 pm); girls will have Open Gym on Tuesday & Wednesday. The first day of practice for high school basketball is November 11. 2. Totals for Bun / Jewelry Day showed the faculty in the lead with 8, followed by 11th & 7th graders with 5. Next Friday will be Red, White, and Blue Day along with a Veteran’s Day Assembly. 3. The Halloween Carnival experienced a good turn out with some people getting truly scared in the …

Together We Can (October 28-November 1)

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  • 10/26/13 |
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1. Good job to the Cross Country Team at state; congratulations to the Volleyball team on going to state. …

Together We Can (October 21-25)

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  • 10/19/13 |
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1. Members of Student Council, the Girls’ & Boys’ Cross Country Team, and outstanding math / science / history / drama / art students were recognized at the 1st Quarter Awards Assembly. In addition, Gear Up students who improved their GPA earned a certificate and acknowledgement of their efforts. 2. Both the Girls’ and Boys’ Cross Country Teams qualified a team for State; State XC occurs on Wednesday, October 23. 3. Congratulations to Staff Member of the Quarter, Rob Henderson; Teacher of the Quarter, Scott Toomey; and Student of the Quarter, Josefina …

Together We Can (October 14-17)

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  • 10/12/13 |
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Senior Football Players and parents were recognized at the final home game. Thanks & congratulations to Branden Lansing, Sean Yazzie, Konami Mike, Sheldon Saltclah, Cedale Armstrong, & Ty Charley! 2. Many students are earning ALEKS tickets on a consistent basis because 3 topics mastered = 1 ALEKS ticket. One great thing about ALEKS is that young people get to learn math at their own pace. 3. The Girls’ Volleyball team went for 3 solid wins versus Green River, Monument Valley, and Pinnicle High Schools. The girls worked as a team to win 3 straight matches agai …

Together We Can (October 7-11)

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  • 10/5/13 |
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October is National Bullying Prevention Week so members of the Student Council and Social Committee are planning two events: Unity Day (Wed, Oct 9) = wear orange to show your support against bullying, and Button Day (Mon, Oct 21) = wear your “Respect Begins With Me” button to show you are prepared to stand against bullying.   2. Young people are getting the idea that it is great to hustle to class, but unsafe to run / sprint. Thanks for being responsible and safe.   3. After School Program is running smoothly and helping lots of yo …

Together We Can (September 30-October 4)

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  • 9/28/13 |
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Homecoming Week was a blast – from pushups & tug-o-war to watermelon busting & relays, the activities during extended lunch involved lots of students & teachers. Flag football was entertaining, especially with Alex Hathale, Kyle Benally, & Michael Keith cheering! The floats captured the interest of community supporters; shouting cheers at the game was awesome & the royalty looked stunning. Pep Rally is one to remember for sure! 2. People are using the hotline to stop bullying: 1.435.879.3645. It is time we use our growing Raider Pride to make our school s …

Together We Can (September 16-20)

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  • 9/14/13 |
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1. We learned some useful teaching techniques from our school consultant, Johanna Hofmeister. Thanks to Linda Whitehead, Scott Toomey, Julie Castellon, Charlotte Morris, Robert Hall, and Rebecca Blue for volunteering to teach lessons for other teachers to observe. This process allows us to improve the quality of learning experiences for students! 2. The level of student participation in classrooms is increasing; this means deeper learning is starting to occur. 3. Almost everyone has completed the initial ALEKS assessment and earned several ALEKS cards. Remember to get 1 ALEKS card f …

Together We Can (September 9-13)

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  • 9/7/13 |
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Thanks to Mike Chiquito, Rob Henderson, and Alvin Lee for setting up the tables & computers in the Reading / Writing Lab. This professional learning environment will help students to focus on learning all that is possible. 2. Most students are moving directly to class; this keeps the hallways from getting jumbled. In addition, students are walking on the right! 3. Student Council Members and the Social Committee Teachers made Homecoming plans in a timely manner so classes can get organized early. Remember the theme is “Rise of the Raiders!” 4. Most students …

Together We Can (September 3-6)

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  • 9/1/13 |
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Students and staff are moving directly to the next class and walking on the right. More teachers are at the classroom door to welcome students to class, especially in the morning.   2. Most students are logging off the computers after each use; most students correctly shut down when it is the end of the day. We are excited for the new lab tables (assembled by Mike) to get installed in the Reading / Writing Lab!   3. After school athletes are reporting to the Gym by 3:15 pm; students planning to attend the Afternoon Academy or other After School Classes / Prog …

Together We Can (August 26-30)

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  • 8/25/13 |
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Thanks to the members of the Junior Class who presented the schoolwide expectations to other students with the help of Ms. Lansing, Mr. Tapaha, Mrs. Whitehead, Mr. Hall, & Mr. Price. Full participation by teachers during Round 1 Data Collection led to some helpful peer coaching; we are excited for more consultation with Johanna Hofmeister this week. Students are leading out on The Raider Way (Be Prepared, Safe, Responsible, & Respectful). Almost every student was prepared with the Datebook and a writing utensil every day last week! Members of the newly elected …

Together We Can (August 19-23)

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  • 8/19/13 |
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Welcome new faculty: Charlotte Morris (SpEd), Scott Toomey (Rdg), Shawn Fowers (HS Math), Taryn England (Math), Julie Slade-Castellon (Math & Science), Rebecca Blue (Art), and Kim Tolman (Music).   2. More than 100 people attended our Open House; most students returned to school on August 15 Ready to Learn.   3. The teachers and custodians worked together to clean-up the school and organize classrooms to maximize learning.   4. Almost all students attending school on Friday, August 16, carried the Datebook and a writing utensil!

Together We Can (May 20-23)

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  • 5/18/13 |
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1. Spring testing went smoothly thanks to cooperative students and very helpful teachers and staff. Good progress was noted on the increase of RIT scores in Science: 87% of 7th graders, 70% of 8th graders, 98% of 9th graders, and 81% of 10th graders. 2. The 7th grade class had the highest percentage (89%) of students with improved Math RIT scores; the 9th grade class had the highest percentage (76%) improved for Language Usage; and the 11th grade had the highest percentage (66%) improved for Reading. 3. Sixty-five 8th graders will promote on Tuesday, May 21, at 6 pm! Congratulations …

Together We Can (May 13-17)

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  • 5/11/13 |
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1. Many students improved their RIT score from January; this was especially true of 7th and 10th grade students in Math. 2. About 55 members of the WHS Staff attended the Appreciation Dinner; each bus driver, kitchen staff, front office staff, paraprofessional, custodial staff, groundskeeper, support staff, and teacher was recognized for his or her efforts to contribute to our WHS Team! Thanks again for all you do. 3. Thirty-seven seniors are graduating on May 25! The Senior Banquet was well-attended and several seniors earned scholarships / recognitions. Congratulations to ALL pare …

A Little Good News (May 6-10)

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  • 5/4/13 |
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1. The Music Program, including the 7th grade and 8th grade bands, percussion ensemble, Band 3 and soloists, performed for over 100 audience members on April 30. 2. It is Teacher Appreciation Week; please take time to thank the teachers who make a difference! 3. There are 197 students enrolled in an ALEKS class. Currently, 78% earned at least one pizza party (24 topics mastered) and 11% earned at least three pizza parties (72 topics mastered)! 4. This is an exciting week as Spring Testing begins . . . a great opportunity to find out what youth have learned throughout the year an …

A Little Good News (April 29-May 3)

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  • 4/28/13 |
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1. Honor Roll students attending the excursion in Durango had a fun time riding the train, hiking, and eating dinner. 2. Layne Nielsen shared insights about how to use “Step Up to Writing.” In the next few weeks, teachers will experiment with at least one strategy in order to help young people improve writing skills. 3. Almost 100 people attended the Family Literacy Night on Thursday, April 25! The poetry lesson by Mrs. Whitehead included working together and creativity. The free books and movies were hot items. 4. Junior Achievement provided access to careers like l …

A Little Good News (April 22-26)

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  • 4/20/13 |
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1. 45 students earned an ALEKS Pizza Party; 3 of the students are on their 3rd party for mastering 72 topics!   2. End-of-the year testing has started; proctors and students are cooperating to be sure the highest scores are earned.   3. The WHS Band performed their very best at Region; turn out at Parent-Teacher Conferences was amazing! Hope to see lots of families at the upcoming Family Literacy Night = Thursday, April 25, at 5 pm.   4. The Accreditation Team was pleased with what they observed during their visit. They identified 3 Powerful Practices: …

A Little Good News (April 15-19)

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  • 4/13/13 |
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1. 51 students earned an ALEKS Pizza Party for mastering 24 topics; 13 of the students are on their 2nd party for mastering 48 topics! 2. Faculty members are updated for all the End-of-Year Events; congratulations to Stefnee Turk on the birth of her new baby girl! 3. Teachers continue to refine skills and knowledge in regards to Read Aloud. Students have reported enjoying the Extended 4th Hour Reading selections. Selection of short stories for Fall 2013 is beginning; email Language Arts teachers this week regarding suggestions. 4. Many students earned passing grades at Midterm; …

A Little Good News (April 8-12)

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  • 4/6/13 |
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1. Last week, an ALEKS Pizza Party was held for 28 students who achieved 24 topics.   2. This week, an additional 35 students will attend an ALEKS Pizza Party; one student is eligible for her second party!   3. Our educators worked with Johanna Hoffmeister to monitor the implementation of new strategies and to learn a few more on April 1.   4. Nineteen students are eligible for the Honor Roll Excursion!

A Little Good News (March 25-29)

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  • 3/23/13 |
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1. We enjoyed hearing and interacting with the First Lady of the Navajo Nation at the start of 4th quarter; seniors seemed energized by the scholarship and financial aid sessions on Wednesday. Thank you to Kester Tapaha and Robin Henderson for organizing these events! 2. Students, teachers, and staff members are becoming accustomed to the new bell schedule; many people enjoyed reading Pecos Bill! Remember to check the intervention list during lunch on Tuesdays. 3. Every day during the first 15 minutes of lunch, a fun activity occurs in the gym; all students not in ZAP or Lunch Deten …

A Little Good News (March 18-22)

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  • 3/9/13 |
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1. Congratulations to 126 students with ZERO tardies for all of 3rd quarter! Thank you for your efforts to be prompt to every class, every day. 2. Almost every 7th, 8th, 9th, and 10th grader completed the initial ALEKS assessment; almost 10 people have started to accomplish topics. 3. Congratulations to the Teacher of the Quarter, Matt Baldwin; the Employee of the Quarter, Mike Chiquito; and the Student of the Quarter, Tondra Benn. 4. Our students did very well in Price at the Sterling Scholar competition. Nizhoni, Kristin and Brandi did a great job in their interviews and with …

A Little Good News (March 4-8)

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  • 3/2/13 |
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1. WHS Teachers are beginning to implement some of the techniques shared by Johanna Hoffmeister. Increased Opportunities to Respond, consciously tracking the ratio of postives: correctives, and efforts to improve student engagement will all benefit student learning! 2. Quality substitute teachers helped February 26 go smoothly; thank you to Adrian Dickson, Linda Nakai, Christine Jones, Vicki Benn, Marinda Endischee, April Dan, and Liza Hicks. 3. A committee is working to plan a new learning opportunity called the Senior Capstone Project. This enrichment project will start to take fo …

A Little Good News (February 25-March 1)

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  • 2/23/13 |
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1. Four wrestlers, coached by Aldon Chee, qualified for State: Ric Bushyhead, Shawn Carter, Tyson Chilly, and Branden Lansing. Three placed at state! 2. Seventh graders reached an all time high number (18) of green circles in YPP Math! There are so many half-filled yellow dots indicating that many students are close to earning green dots . . . watch for the number to grow even higher in the next few weeks! 3. We are excited to embark on a new journey called Collaborative Team Coaching on Tuesday, February 26, when Johanna Hoffmeister returns to WHS to help everyone learn how to help …

A Little Good News (February 18-22)

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  • 2/16/13 |
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1. Basketball teams (coached by Matt Baldwin, Collin Jackson, Olivia Lansing, and Luanita Thompson) and the wrestling team concluded this week. The athletes and coaches worked hard during the season; thank you to parents, school staff, and fans for continued support. 2. High numbers of parents attended the recent SCC meeting to provide input on a bell schedule, direction for our school, and interventions; faculty members collaborated to incorporate parent suggestions in the vision statement, handbook, and bell schedule. Working together, a lot was accomplished in 60 minutes! 3. New …

A Little Good News (February 11-15)

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  • 2/9/13 |
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1. Language Arts and Math teachers from throughout the district embarked on an important journey February 7 & 8. Their efforts will be further enhanced during upcoming PLC discussions as our district begins to align instruction and creates situations where all students have access to challenging and rigorous coursework! 2. Seventy-four (67%) 7th and 8th graders made progress in YPP Math and / or LA since December! Check out the 7th grade improvements in LA by looking at the bulletin board in the Jr. High Wind. 3. Lucille Cody delivered 75 liaison requests during January in order …

A Little Good News (February 4-8)

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  • 2/2/13 |
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1. There is a backboard, rim, and hoop on the back court thanks to Mr. Hall, Konami Mike, Mike Chiquito, Aldon Chee, Mr. Fahey, Mr. Knight, and Nico Peshlakai! 2. The custodial staff works early and late hours to keep our school clean. This is especially true of the custodians working with activities: Alvin Lee, Laverne Yellowman, Mike Chiquito, and Darrell Lameman. 3. Faculty members engaged with Friday’s learning opportunities and discussions. Thanks to presenters and facilitators: Stefnee Turk, Kester Tapaha, Olivia Lansing, Matt Baldwin, John Fahey, Linda Whitehead, and Ma …

A Little Good News (January 28-February 1)

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  • 1/27/13 |
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1. A majority of students improved MAP scores in Language Usage, Mathematics, Reading, and Science. Thanks for the extra effort! 2. Most students, staff, and faculty were flexible with the MAP testing schedule. Ella Redhouse worked extra hard to complete the make-up tests – Thank You! 3. Audience members were supportive and encouraging toward the many students who were publicly recognized for the improvements in academic knowledge and skills. Let’s keep the focus on learning. 4. As more students and teachers focus on learning, referrals are decreasing. Since many stu …

A Little Good News (January 21-25)

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  • 1/19/13 |
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1. Students, teachers, and staff cooperated with each other during the start of MAP Testing. 64% of the students who took the LA test improved since the fall, 75% improved on the Reading test, and 62% improved on the Science test! Continue to focus on improving . . . go slowly, re-read, look for answers in the text, and make best selections. 2. The focus writing team worked hard to include parent, teacher, student, staff, district, and state feedback in the Focus School Improvement Plan; additional input (tasks and budget items) is needed. 3. Several substitutes worked hard to imple …

A Little Good News (January 7-11)

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  • 1/5/13 |
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1. Eighth graders started to accumulate green circles in YPP (they had 1 green circle and now have 4)! Watches are still available for students who show growth in either Math or Language Arts during January. Content area teachers will start administering YPP tests as part of the regular curriculum this week (Math 7 = Tuesday, LA 7 & 8 = Thursday). 2. Congratulations to the Student of 2nd Quarter: Orlando Thompson, Teacher of 2nd Quarter: Lance Knight, and Employee of 2nd Quarter: Ella Mae Redhouse! 3. The Rigorous Enhancement of Academic Learning through Positive Behavior Suppor …

A Little Good News (December 31-January 4)

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  • 12/28/12 |
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1. Eleven, 7th grade ladies; seven, 7th grade gentlemen; twelve, 8th grade ladies; and nine, 8th grade gentlemen showed improvement in Math or Language Arts as measured by the weekly YPP assessments! Watches are still available for students who show growth in January. 2. A group of students has formed a group called We Help Students. This group will be available, beginning in January, to talk to young people and provide peer tutoring. 3. The Rigorous Enhancement of Academic Learning through Positive Behavior Support (RealPBS) process with help teachers, students, and parents work as …

A Little Good News (December 17-21)

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  • 12/15/12 |
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1. An increasing number of parents are calling to notify the school of an excused absence for sickness, sickness or death in the family, weather or road conditions making travel dangerous, or other causes. 2. Four students investigated a club at Kirtland Central High School; the club members help their peers with a range of issues. WHS students see potential to help out young people at WHS and will be organizing a club soon. 3. Teachers attended training on December 14 that will allow our school to implement consistent, schoolwide behavior support starting January 7, 2013. The syste …

A Little Good News (December 10-14)

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  • 12/7/12 |
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1. Some 7th and 8th graders are making progress from one YPP test to the next. Who will make the greatest progress from Nov. 15 to Dec. 19 in Math? How about in Language Arts? 2. WHS hosted the JOM / IEC Song and Dance December 8. Thanks to all the dancers and singers who came out to support these fundraising efforts. 3. Several 9th and 10th grade students are participating in the opportunities to follow-up on the HOPE Training. 4. Thank you to the staff and faculty members who shared yummy treats through the Staff 12 Days of Xmas!      

A Little Good News (December 3-7)

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  • 12/1/12 |
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1. 93% of WHS students attended the November On Time Party. Thanks for all the efforts to be on time or early to all classes! 100% of WHS Teachers submitted lesson plans for the month of November! On November 30, we began to develop a common language regarding lesson planning so collaboration efforts will be more effective. 7th and 8th graders began to track progress on YPP testing. Who will make the greatest progress from Nov. 15 to Dec. 19? Students responded positively to the stories shared by Mr. Clayton Long on Friday, November 30.

A Little Good News (November 26-30)

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  • 11/24/12 |
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1. WHS students are attending classes on time at a terrific rate: 92% of students had zero or only 1 tardy during the month of November. 2. Students who have zero or only 1 tardy in December and NO referrals will be invited to the December PBS Party. PBS stands for Positive Behavior Support and is a system to address challenging behaviors by replacing them with pro-social actions. 3. Thank you to the JOM Committee who purchased a sheep for the Zoology class to butcher (under the guidance of Ms. Lansing) on November 15 and to the front office / support staff for the yummy stew and fr …

A Little Good News (November 19-20)

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  • 11/17/12 |
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1. Alliyah Chavez is our new Miss Indian Broken Trail (MIBT) -- Congratulations! Thanks to the coordinators (Lucille Cody and Esther Yazzie) and helpers: Skyler Madison, Carol Reynolds, Kenneth Joe, Tomasina Yellowman, Sheena Lansing, and Reshinda Jay. Best wishes to Celeste Lansing and thanks for the great service. 2. Special recognition to the other MIBT contestants: Madison Hathale, Kayla Sam, Tricia Williams, and Lynelle Jones. Thanks to the escorts: Lyndon Sandoval, Sheldon Saltclah, Patrick Nakai, Tashonie Benally, and Colton Eddie. 3. Four students attended a retreat to begin …

A Little Good News (November 12-16)

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  • 11/10/12 |
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1. The military personnel monitoring the ASVAB test said, “This was the most respectful group with whom we have worked. WHS students were in a better test environment than other schools in the SJSD!” Thank you to the 10th and 11th graders! Nine WHS students honored our school during District Honor Band: Alyssa Begaye, Bryanna Armstrong, Nizhoni Spencer, Lindsey Pena, Josefina Begay, Sheldon Saltclah, Skylar Madison, Brevin Norton, and Cedale Armstrong. The Southeastern Utah Veteran’s group brought a presentation to WHS for Friday’s advisory. Most studen …

A Little Good News (November 5-9)

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  • 11/3/12 |
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The 9th and 10th grade students who attended H.O.P.E. enjoyed the experiences. Kester Tapaha reported that students learned a lot and hopes to start a boys and girls group to further our young people’s learning in the area of suicide prevention. WHS celebrated the people who were 90% on time during the month of October. 71-87% of WHS students had only one tardy in October or no tardies in October. The entire 7th grade and 11th grade classes had no students with four or more tardies during the month of October! Mrs. Whitehead was honored as the Teacher of the Quar …

A Little Good News (October 29-November 2)

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  • 10/26/12 |
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Workshop Day at WHS was informative and most students responded positively. Topics included rumors, college opportunities, public display of affection, empowered bystanders, Hozhoji, K’e, and schoolwide procedures. Eighth graders and tenth graders took an ACT Prep test on Friday, October 26. The faculty members involved were patient and flexible; most students were serious and gave their best efforts. Most students, teachers, parents, and future employers value promptness. An increasing number of students get to class before the final bell rings (approximately 84% duri …

A Little Good News (October 22-26)

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  • 10/21/12 |
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1. “Rally Our Raiders” events were well-attended by students, parents, and community members. A big thank you to those who helped, specificially: Gladina & Kirby Yanito, Ophelia Joe, Martin Yellowman, Jasper Barney, Montezuma Creek Fire Department members, Lucinda Slim, Gwendolyn Nakai, Laverne Yellowman, Cornelia Yellowman, Jenny Atcitty, & Connie Todachinnie. 2. Thanks to the High School Cross Country Teams who represented WHS at the State XC Meet. Also, thanks to Tyrell Whitney, Orlando Thompson, Sheldon Blackwater, Rafael Begaye, Warren Yellowman, and Lyndon Sand …

A Little Good News (October 15-19)

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  • 10/12/12 |
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1. Parent involvement is on the rise: Evening events this week were organized by Gladina Yanito and supported by the SCC. 2. Seventh and eighth grade students have learned the routine of taking the YPP test each Thursday during 6th hour. The students also get targeted math intervention through YPP. 3. Members of the Cross Country (XC) team are headed to STATE (October 17): Rafael Begay, Sheldon Saltwater, Tyrell Whitney, Orlando Thompson, Tsoii Hascon, Lyndon Sandoval, Hummingbird Quuna, Tomasina Yellowman, Brandi John, and Dominique Pablito. XC runners are coached by Mr. Lewis and …

A Little Good News (October 8-12)

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  • 10/6/12 |
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1. Most students are moving through the hallways in an orderly fashion; these students move directly from one class to the next while keeping hands and feet to themselves. 2. There are currently 100 students at WHS who have no tardies from September 6 to October 5! 3. Thanks to the faculty, custodians, counseling center staff, front office staff, distance education facilitators, and para-educators for the time and energy devoted to learning about the Olweus Bullying Prevention Program. The knowledge and skills gained in the training session should help to make WHS a safer, and frien …

A Little Good News (October 1-5)

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  • 9/29/12 |
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1. At least 228 students enjoyed cool music, free time, and prison ball at the September 90% on time party! 2. Homecoming was a lot of fun! A special thank you to the Student Council, Class Advisors, and Mrs. Benallie for the planning and coordination of various Homecoming events. 3. Helpfulness is on the rise: Students are holding doors, placing trash in trash cans, patiently taking turns at the water fountain, and making an effort to move through the hallways in an orderly fashion. 4. Seventh and eighth graders completed the fourth week of YPP testing. Most students log-in and …

A Little Good News (September 24-28)

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  • 9/22/12 |
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1. At least 70% of WHS students, in all grades, are on time to classes. A surprise party is forthcoming! 2. Alumni visited our school to reminisce, play volleyball, and dance! 3. There were a large number of parents who attended Parent-Teacher Conferences. Next time we host PTC at WHS, we will set-up in the gym to allow better communication. 4. MAP test results are available and students can now see what has already been learned and what still needs to be learned. “Always walk through life as though you have something new to learn and you will.”  ~ Vernon Ho …

A Little Good News (September 17-21)

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  • 9/15/12 |
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A great number of students are on getting into their assigned seats, ready to learn, before the final bell rings. Thanks to all students, staff, and faculty for the extra patience and cooperation during MAP Testing week. A special appreciation to Ms. Redhouse, Mrs. Whitehead, Mr. Baldwin, Mr. Reynolds, and Mr. Hansen for additional help to keep the test running smoothly. Test results will be available soon! Whitehorse Volunteer's kicked off their year of service with helping at Miss Utah Navajo Pageant.  The volunteers were: Deshyla Endischee, Reshinda Jay, Bri …

A Little Good News (September 10-14)

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  • 9/7/12 |
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Congratulations to our Student Council for 2012-2013: Kenissha Joe (Pres), Edgar Haskan (VP), Dealiva Jay (Sec), and Skyler Madison (Treas). Thanks to Mr. Knight for setting up the vision screening area, Mr. Baldwin for facilitating the set-up for YPP, Mr. Reynolds for improving the MAP testing schedule, and Ms. Capitan for getting the Picture Day to run efficiently. The volleyball (coached by Sheryl Baldwin, assisted by Olivia Lansing), football (coached by Collin Jackson, assisted by Aldon Chee), boys’ cross-country (coached by James Lewis), girls’ cross-countr …

A Little Good News (September 4-7)

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  • 9/4/12 |
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The school is starting to become a more professional learning environment. The Safe Transitions and Reduced Tardiness (START) program will help. Thanks to Mr. Lewis for helping the lunch line run smoothly. Native American Composers Apprenticeship Program (NACAP) participants elegantly introduced themselves in Navajo before ETHEL presented their original compositions to various audiences. Student composers included Celeste Lansing, Mishayla Mitchell, Ocianna Redbird, Brevin Norton, Sheldon Saltclah, Skyler Madison, Kathy Edaakie, Shaycie Yellowman, Nizhoni Spencer, and Tomasi …

A Little Good News (August 27-31)

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  • 8/24/12 |
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Thank you to Derica Dickson, Adrian Dickson, Sheryl Baldwin, and the young ladies of Room 10 for the “Welcome Back” signs, volleyball placards, and professional looking bulletin boards! Most students are meeting school-wide expectations; over 30 received “We are prepared, Helpful, and Successful” smileys! Most students understand that intimacy is not appropriate in school because attention should be focused on learning, in much the same way that in a place of business attention is focused on work. Students and teachers are starting the learning …

A Little Good News (August 20-27)

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  • 8/20/12 |
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The attractive displays at the Open House were a positive reflection of the work our teachers are doing to increase student learning. An additional thank you to Sylvia Mitchell for keeping Registration moving smoothly and for enrolling students quickly! Most students removed hats as soon as they entered the building and most used electronic devices appropriately! Thank the summer technology crew for the updated computers and software, especially Rob Henderson. Head custodian, Mike Chiquito, for the professional looking posters hanging in so many locations around our sc …

WHS Registration

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  • 8/6/12 |
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Registration started today and will continue in preparation for the first day of school: Thursday, August 16! We welcome new and returning students, faculty, and staff. Let's work together to make 2012-2013 a great year!

WHS is Blogging...

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  • 7/20/12 |
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Whitehorse High School welcomes three new faculty members: Andrew Kraning (visual arts), Matthew McClellan (music), and Kevin Sullenberger (science / math)! More details to come in the August 2012 Newsletter.