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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.

Mr. Lazaro Aguilar Honored

On Thursday, April 19, 2018, Highland Primary staff, students, and PTSO honored their custodian, Mr. Lazaro Aguilar, for his hard work. The entire school surprised Mr. Lazaro by wearing mustaches and making big signs of appreciation. The PTSO prepared a PowerPoint of the students thanking him and gave him tokens of appreciation. The principal wanted the students to know that the school would not be such a wonderful place without him. Thank you, Mr. Aguilar! 

Changes to Bus Routes

Please be aware that we have the following bus-route changes, effective April 11, 2018. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office, or see our Transportation page for more information. The changes are:

  • Route 8 - Yellow Bus
    • adding all stops on 1st East
    • adding Turley subdivison
  • Route 9 - Red Bus
    • adding Putter/Hillcrest Apartments
  • Route 11 - Orange Bus
    • adding Suds Bucket
    • adding all stops on 3rd Street (trailer park)
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.

Community Blood Drive

Snowflake High School is hosting a community blood drive on Tuesday, April 24 from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. in the gym. We will enter all blood donors into a drawing to win a pair of passes to Phoenix Comic Fest. Please see our community blood drive flyer for more information.

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.

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.

Click to view more-Student dressed as old lady
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.