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Planning your monthly calendar? Need some tips on how to help with your child’s development? We have you covered. On our News page, we bring you the latest from Highland Primary School and throw in a few helpful tips that we have come across lately.

Contact Information

Has your contact information changed? Do you have a new phone number, address, or e-mail? Please contact Tara Brimhall at 536-4156 ext. 7720 or Tohna Rogers 536-4156 ext. 7710 with your new information. It is very important that we keep your contact information current. We appreciate your cooperation. 

Governing Board Open Positions

Snowflake Unified School District will have two governing board positions open in November 2018. Please visit the Navajo County Arizona website for complete details on how to become a governing board member.

Changing Culture And Increased Focus On Math At Snowflake Unified Greatly Improved Student Achievement

We’ve all heard someone say it. Maybe we’ve even said it ourselves. “I’m just no good at math!” It’s an epidemic in this country, and it’s something that every educator is battling as youth hear this sentiment from parents, coaches, and other influencers.

Thankfully, some educators have found ways of inspiring students and building their arithmetic confidence. For close to a decade, math skills have been a primary focus for the Snowflake Unified School District, and they have seen great success as a result.

At a rural district with more than 2,600 students in the Snowflake and Taylor areas, where close to half of students qualify for free or reduced lunch, leadership knew they would need to create strong alignment between the teams at two k-3 schools, two 4-6 schools, the junior high, and high schools. They understood that some teachers were highly effective, which created pockets of success, but that wasn’t enough. New teachers needed more guidance and teams would need to integrate between grade levels, allowing for smoother transitions for students.

The resulting professional learning communities (PLC) has ushered in system-wide gains. Grade level teachers plan together, share best practices, and trouble-shoot challenges in regular meetings. In one instance, a third grade teacher had such impressive results that she shared her methods with the district and many of her team members adopted similar tactics. The district sent teacher representatives to PLC training, who brought their learnings back to the schools to ensure that they’re all working from the same playbook. To help support teachers, the district undertook a refresh of their curriculum map, which has made a big difference in student achievement.

Please take a moment to view the complete article on the Expect More Arizona website.

100th Day Happenings

Taylor Elementary and Highland Primary recently celebrated the 100th day of school. The students and staff came out in style!

Taylor Intermediate students did 100 acts of kindness throughout the week to celebrate. Students picked up trash, helped out in the cafeteria, and did kind acts for others. 

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Kindergarten Registration

Our kindergarten registration will be on Tuesday, April 17. It will start at 6:00 p.m. in the cafeteria. For those that are involved with the kindergarten testing, testing will be on Monday, May 7. No kindergarten students will be attending regular class that day.

Kindergarten Parent-Teacher Conference Information

To allow our kindergarten teachers to conference with two classes of parents, we are making an adjustment to our kindergarten class schedule for parent-teacher conference days.

On October 10 and 11, both a.m. and p.m. kindergarten students will attend Taylor Elementary and Highland Primary from 7:50 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. This will also happen on March 28 and 29.

Thanks to Mr. Merrell for allowing this to take place.