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WUSD Academic Year 2023-2024


Welcome back to school! We are excited to see you back here for another outstanding new year! Check back in for weekly updates to our Coaching Corner Newsletter. 

January 2024-May 2024: Read with your student at home x 15-30 mins/day & Practice math facts x 15-30 mins/day

April 15: DIBELS testing begins
April 18: Early Release
April 19: Snow Day no school
April 25: Fire Drill 1:00
April 26: LETTERS training 1-4 at BB
April 29-3: District Art Show all week in Old Bulldog Gym
April 30: Art show walking field trip PM only
April 30: MAP Reading test 9:00
May 1: MAP Math test 9:00
May 2: MAP Language test 9:00 (2nd grade only)
May 3: Kinder Vargas field trip (Gonzales, Osuna, Shyne)
May 6: 2nd grade LCMC field trip / Teacher appreciation week
May 7: Fire Drill 10:00
May 8: 2nd grade field trip (½ classes going)
May 9: Kinder library visit field trip
May 10: Kinder Vargas field trip (Hatfield, Corum, Meritt)
May 13: Library closed remainder of year
May 14: Kinder AR movie trip leave 9:15
May 15: 1st grade AR movie trip leave 8:45
May 15: 2nd grade field trip (½ classes going)
May 15: High Needs Elevate field trip
May 16: 2nd grade AR movie trip leave 8:45
May 17: Field Day
May 20/21: Kinder graduation 
May 22: Graduation walk 9:05 / Last day of school
May 23: Students pick up report cards

Bonnie Brennan:
April 16-AASA ELA Part 2
April 17-AASA Math Part 2
April 22-ORF Reid 8:30-9:30, Curley 9:30-10:30, Muse 12:30-1:30
April 23-ORF Naha 8:30-9:39, Setalla 9:30-10:30
April 18-Early Release 
April 19-Snow Day
April 26-Bulldog Day @Washington for Future 5th Graders
April 26-LETRS Final Session
April 29 MAP Reading
April 30 MAP Math
May 1 MAP Language
May 1-Art Show Field Trip-3rd Grade 11:55-12:30, 4th Grade 12:45-1:30
May 3-WHS Math Club Spring Carnival 8:45-10:15
May 6-10 Teacher Appreciation Week
May 6-Petrified Forest Burns & Brodt
May 7-Petrified Forest Reichel & Avelar 
May 8-Petrified Forest Edwards & Baber
May 8-Last Day to Earn AR Goal
May 9-AR Incentive Movie Theater Trip for 3rd Grade 
May 10-AR Incentive Movie Theater Trip for 4th Grade
May 10-Staff Appreciation Luncheon
May 15-Bearizona Setalla Muse
May 15-AASA 3rd Grade Test Scores Released 
May 16-Bearizona Reid Naha Curley
May 20-Kickball Tournament 
May 21-Field Day 
May 22-Graduation Walk & Early Release
May 23-Report Card Pick Up
June 17-21-Curriculum Mapping Week


4/18-What Time is it Mr. Fox
4/25-End of Year YANA Celebration

April 16 - Reading Part 1 - Grades 3-6
April 17 - Math Part 1 - Grades 3-6
April 23 - Read Part 2 - Grades 3-6
April 24 - Math Part 2 - Grades 3-6
April 26 - 6th Grade Day to the Jr. High
April 26 - 4th Grade Day to the Jr. High
April 29-May 2 - MAP Testing
May 2 - Washington to the Art Show
May 3 - Orchestra Field Trip
May 7 - Orchestra Concert
May 8-10 6th Grade Field Trip
May 13 & 14 - 5th Grade Field Trip
May 15 - Lego Museum
May 17 - Glow Party 
May 20 - Honor’s Assembly
May 21 - Field Day
May 22 - Grad Walk
May 23 - Last Day of School
Winslow Junior High:
April 18th-Track @Payson-location to be determined
April 19th Snow Day
April 26th-6th graders visit
April 29th-May 2nd Start of Young Artists Show
April 30th-National Jr. Honor Society Induction
May 1st-Empty Bowls Auction
May 2nd StuCo to Scottsdale for conference
May 2nd Band/Orchestra regional all-star festival
May 7th-WJHS Honors Assembly 6 pm
May 8th-Orchestra concert-7pm PAC
May 9th-Band Concert-7 pm PAC
May 20th Movie day for students who earned this day
May 21st Yearbook signing party
May 22nd Graduation walk
June 17th- June 21st Curriculum mapping for math and ELA teachers
April 16th ELA/Math
April 17th ELA/Math
May 7th NWEA-Reading
May 8th-NWEA Math
May 9th-NWEA Writing (am) Science (pm)
Winslow High School:

April 15:  Softball Senior Night vs.  Round Valley, JV- 3:30 p.m. and V- 6:30 p.m.
April 15:  Baseball Senior Night vs. Holbrook, JV- 3:00 p.m. and V- 6:00 p.m.
April 16:  Baseball @ Payson 
April 16:  Softball @ Payson 
April 17:  Track @ The Blue Ridge Relays
April 18:  Softball @ Show Low
April 18:  Baseball @ Show Low
April 19:  Track- Winslow Invitational
April 19:  No School- Observed Snow Day
April 27:  Prom

My name is Ellen Cooper, a Senior Manager with TNTP.  We wanted to highlight a free professional development opportunity for some of your staff that will begin in mid-February. Participants will receive certificates of completion to use for recertification as well as a $50 gift card to use on classroom supplies.  If you could please forward the information to your staff, or provide me with names of teachers who might be a great fit, I'd be happy to reach out personally to them.


Our team here in Arizona is thrilled to have received an APS grant to host a Rural Educators Math Collaborative for educators in Navajo, Apache, and Yavapai counties.  Thanks to the generous grant funding from the APS Foundation, participation is free and we would love to invite educators from Winslow to participate. 

The collaborative is geared toward math teachers in Grades 3 through 6, although we are open to 7th and 8th-grade educators who might be interested as well. The collaborative includes 2-3 virtual professional development sessions and  2 cohort-level PLCs per month.  Through the Collaborative, teachers will:    

  • Be exposed to, reflect on, and process shifts in strong mathematical instruction 

  • Consider how these shifts in math instruction disrupt narratives about who can learn mathematics and open doors to historically marginalized students like multilingual learners and students with learning and thinking differences 

  • Unpack what research says about how our expectations influence student achievement and reflect on how to build an asset-based mathematics culture in our classrooms. 

  • Explore the science behind how to support learners who need it the most and identify what just-in-time supports look like for grade-level content.  

  • Collaborate with colleagues in their region to apply and plan for key concepts in their classrooms.  

  • Engage in focus groups to share reflections on their vision for excellent math instruction and work through challenges that arise. 


We have a limited number of slots available in the region. The Collaborative will run from mid-February through May.  I’ve attached a flyer with more details.  Due to the nature of the funding, our timeline is somewhat tight.  Please let me know if you have any questions and we look forward to partnering with your teachers on this amazing project. 

The Mitch Warnock Actalso known as A.R.S. 15-120, went into effect at the beginning of the 2020-2021 school year and mandates that all Arizona school staff who interact with students in grades 6 through 12 must receive suicide prevention training at least once every three years. Each person who is required to obtain training shall complete that training at least once every three years.

 ACT on FACTS is an updated version of the school-based suicide awareness program “Making Educators Partners in Suicide Prevention.” Like its predecessor, ACT on FACTS is a two-hour online interactive training program, designed in a series of modules. It addresses the critical but limited responsibilities of educators in the process of identification and referral of potentially suicidal youth. It focuses on the practical realities and challenges inherent in the school setting through a variety of training formats that include lectures, questions and answers with content experts, interactive exercises, and role-plays. In addition to its other content, the program highlights four categories of youth who may be at elevated risk for suicide: youth involved in bullying, LGBTQ youth, gifted youth, and students being reintegrated back into school after a suicide attempt. The training includes optional content that addresses suicide in elementary and middle schools. There is also an additional module that includes the stories of individual survivors of suicide loss as well as a high school that experienced an episode of contagion. The focus in telling these stories is to highlight the importance of emphasizing resilience and protective factors after a loss event.

Structure: Two hours online in a series of modules. 

Mrs. Jones grew up in Las Vegas. She attended Medical Magnet Academy in high school and ran track and cross-country. She was the first girl in her school to go to state in distance running for track. She received her BS in kinesiology at UNLV. She received her Masters of Education from Prescott College. Currently she is working on her Administration cert at NAU. Mrs. Jones is all about her children, she is their biggest fan. She follows them everywhere and attends all their events regardless of how exhausted she is. She has been married for 16 years and her husband is the absolute love of her life. She met her husband in Las Vegas while they were both working for Blockbuster. Her husband is a veteran, but while serving they lived in England for 6 years. When I asked Michelle, what did you do over in England for 6 years, her reply was “I was a trophy wife.” Her favorite hobby is reading and favorite genre is romantic fiction. The Outlander series is one of her favorites, and share this love with her daughter. They are total book nerds. Even with a busy family life, Michelle finds the time to be an absolute rock star as a teacher. This is her 8th year teaching. She is always ready and willing to do whatever is needed for her students and also anything we ever ask of her. 
The CRR has been made aware of the following grant opportunity for K-5 teachers with awards of up to $1000

"The purpose of this program is to support classroom teachers as they seek a better way to help their students learn in grades K-5. The funding agency seeks to encourage teachers who hope to innovate, try a new idea, or explore a different approach. Awards will generally be directed to teachers in K-12 schools; however, educational nonprofit organizations and universities working with K-12 teachers are occasionally considered with prior approval.
Funding will be provided for innovative projects in elementary school classrooms that improve science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) learning. Activities should involve project-based learning with measurable outcomes to make learning STEM subjects fun for students."

All details can be found at:
Effective instruction and meaningful learning are crucial to student achievement. The lesson cycle is pretty simple, yet powerful:

  1. Model and explain

  2. Guided practice

  3. Independent practice

  4. Formative Feedback

  5. Improved Performance

Effective Instruction means the teacher is well prepared with high-quality Learning Targets and Success Criteria. Clear instructional delivery using the above cycle. Effective questioning and meaningful feedback allow students to think more deeply and improve their performance. Appropriately scaffolding learning and gauging student progress helps those students who might otherwise struggle to understand. Finally, differentiating instruction for those children who did not understand the concept the first time around allows access to all.

It is important to regularly reflect on your teaching practice. As John Hattie tells us, “…those teachers who are students of their own impact are the teachers who are the most influential in raising students’ achievement.”


Using Total Participation Techniques helps to engage students in the lesson. If you haven’t already, try using one of these this week. 



1) Ask students to reflect on a question or prompt, provide at least 30 seconds to formulate response.  

2) Ask students to find a partner or turn to assigned partner. 

3) Ask them to share responses with each other.


Chalkboard Splash

1) Create a sentence starter, prompt, or question for which you would like students to see all of their peers’ responses.

2) As students generate responses, ask them to copy their responses onto random or designated places on the chalkboards, whiteboards, or chart papers. Give them a word limit (like 15 words)

3) Debrief by asking students to walk around, analyze, and jot down similarities, differences, and surprises, perhaps using a form (short chart – similarities, differences, surprises)

4) Ask students to get into small groups and share what they noticed in terms of similarities, differences, and surprises, before asking for volunteers to share.


Lecture T-Chart

1) During presentation students take notes in left-hand column.

2) Periodically stop (at pause points) to allow students to read over their notes and summarize in the right-hand column.

3) Allow time for pair-share summaries and for recording questions on index cards or Chalkboard Splash.

4) Allow time to answer any questions students have.


Quick Writes

1) Select prompt you would like students to address

2) Give students a specified amount of time to collect their thoughts and jot down a response (about 3-5 minutes)

3) Follow up with pair-share, networking session, chalkboard splash, or other TPT


The Biggest ‘Aha’ Quick-Write

1.) At end of lesson ask students to think about and record their biggest “AHA” on a quick-write half sheet, index card or scrap paper.

2) Ask students to meet with someone they haven’t spoken to in over a day and share their “aha.”

3) Ask volunteers to share with whole group

4) Collect cards and review them, or a select few.  Be sure to return reflections even if you didn’t get a chance to read them all. Let students know that you randomly selected a few.


Arizona's test development process involves an extensive review before an item will count toward students' test scores. During the item-development process, all assessment items are written in accordance with Item Specifications. A committee of Arizona educators reviews and approves the items to confirm alignment and appropriateness for inclusion on the test. Each step in the process is designed to ensure that test results are valid, reliable, and appropriate for Arizona students, families, and other members of Arizona communities. Participating educators are representatives of Arizona's geographic regions and represent culturally diverse populations. For these committees, we are inviting content area teachers, teachers of students with disabilities, teachers of EL students, and instructional coaches/administrators to provide their perspective on the items and standards set on Arizona's statewide assessments. If you are interested in serving on an Assessment Educator Committee, please complete the form linked below.
Professional Development for Educators
The Arizona K12 Center improves teaching and learning through high-quality professional development. The organization is a one-of-a-kind hub that supports educators along the teaching continuum. 
The National Education Association (NEA)  believes in opportunity for all students and in the power of public education to transform lives and create a more just and inclusive society. A micro-credential is a short, competency-based recognition. NEA offers over 175 micro-credentials that have been created by educators for educators.

As you continue planning for the new school year, consider making the Arizona Reading Fundamentals OnDemand Academy a part of your comprehensive professional learning plan.


These courses are best facilitated by a school or organization-level literacy leader. Participation is best completed in a collaborative and job-embedded manner.


Before you register, please watch our OnDemand Academy Introduction Video to learn more. Each knowledge block recommends a companion text. Please browse the Professional Development webpage for all details prior to registering.


  • The idea that our brain (neuro) can be molded (like plastic)
  • What we focus on and how we discipline our thoughts and attitudes encourages brain growth in those areas 
  • New neural pathways are made


Fixed v. Growth Mindset


Fixed Mindset

~Intelligence is fixed 

~Angered or discouraged by criticism

~Valuing the end result

~A desire for approval




Growth Mindset

~Intelligence can change

~Active and responsive to criticism

~Valuing the process

~Satisfaction from the growth along the journey

~An opportunity to learn from your mistakes


Check out this video!


~Simon Sinek on Creating a Circle of Safety