Mt. Tipton 6th-graders chosen to learn about parks

DOLAN SPRINGS - In 1998, Mt. Tipton School became a part of the Kingman Unified School District. Located in Dolan Springs, Mt. Tipton is home to 345 students, pre-kindergarten through 12th grade.

Mt. Tipton has made great strides academically, attaining a "Performing" label under the Arizona Learns certification. To assist Mt. Tipton in continual academic improvement, a restructuring committee has been formed. This committee will help Mt. Tipton address ways to improve academics, parent involvement and alignment with overall state and district achievement.

The current sixth-graders, the class of 2016, were chosen for a unique honor. The National Parks Service has adopted these students to participate in fully-sponsored yearly field trips to national parks, courtesy of the National Park Service. Last year, these students went to Willow Beach Fish Hatchery. This year, the group plans on going to Joshua Tree National Forest.

The goal of the National Park Service is to provide learning experiences to students across the country using the natural resources that are close to where they live. Park rangers also assist teachers in the classroom with lessons on geography, history, science and topics that are pertinent to the students' home region and that tie in with the chosen field trip.

The school community over the last year has been working on designing a desert habitat with plants that are indigenous to this region.

The school hopes to build a tortoise habitat and adopt a tortoise through Arizona Game and Fish within the next year. This will provide an outdoor learning experience for all Mt. Tipton students.

To help students with academic achievement, Mt. Tipton School offers many forms of tutoring. Mt. Tipton offers after-school tutoring for all students, as well as Friday tutoring for students identified by teachers as needing additional support, specifically geared for success on the AIMS state testing.

Mt. Tipton is grateful for all the school improvements done with the Kingman Unified School Improvement Bond. The school now has a brand new stage which allows for better school performances, a new 50,000-gallon water tank and a new high school science lab. These are all great additions to our school and can provide many more educational opportunities for Mt. Tipton students.

Upcoming events

March Focus: Preparation for AIMS testing.

3/05: PTO Spring Carnival from 4-8 p.m.

3/11: National Trails Day. Mt. Tipton is partnering with the Dolan Springs Space Committee and taking high school students on a hike on the trails behind the school.

3/15-19: No school, Spring Break.

3/23: Mt. Tipton musical performance with high school and middle school choirs, band and GPS Club (Guitars, Pianos and Stuff) 3:30 p.m. in gym.

Black Mountain

Principal Becky Collins

Members of the Golden Valley Middle School band and choir traveled to Prescott on Feb. 2 to audition for spots in the Northern Arizona Honor Festival.

This festival is similar to an all-star team for musicians, where hundreds of students from all over Northern Arizona audition for a few select spots. As a result, Golden Valley made another wonderful showing and several students were selected to the prestigious group.

The students will perform at the Lake Havasu Performing Arts Center on May 1.

Upcoming events

3/01: Picture Day.

3/04: First grade RIF Celebration in the music room.

3/05: Gourmet Creations fundraiser begins sponsored by PTVO.

3/01-12: Book Fair in the library.

3/10: Book Fair Parent Night 4:30-6:30 p.m.

3/09: Dr. Rob Jones will put on a presentation, "How to Speak so your Child will Listen," 4-5:30 p.m.

3/11: KUSD Choir Festival. Students will be participating in this district fair at White Cliffs Middle School in the cafetorium from 7 p.m.- 8 p.m.

3/15-19: No school, Spring Break.

3/24: Report cards will be sent home.

3/26: Popcorn and Pickle Day.

3/27: The ABODA/CHODA large group festival for participating band members in Prescott.

3/30: KUSD Band Festival. Students will be participating at White Cliffs in the cafetorium from 7-8 p.m.

Cerbat

Principal Dawn McGill

February was a busy family event month. On Feb. 10, the Math Literacy Family night was a great success. Various math games were played and suggestions were given to parents to help their children at home with math skills.

On Feb. 17, Cerbat celebrated the many achievements made by their special education students. The students and families had a potluck, played games and had time to socialize with students, staff and parents.

On Feb.18, the Cerbat Family School Organization held family Karaoke Night in the gym. More than 100 people attended the event. Prizes, refreshments and songs were shared. Thanks to all Cerbat friends for participating in the fun family event.

Upcoming events

March: Celebrate Music in Schools Month.

3/02: First Grade RIF Celebration in the gym.

3/09: Students participate in the KUSD Choral Festival held at Kingman Middle School at 7 p.m. in the gym.

3/15-19: No school, Spring Break.

3/25: Coffee with the Principal will be held in room 33. Topic: "Drugs: Fact or Fiction." The event will be held again at 9 a.m. on March 26. All Cerbat parents are welcome to attend.

Hualapai

Principal Chris Nutt

Hualapai School would like to thank all members of the community who participated in the United Blood Services blood drive held in the gym. We had an outstanding turnout for this important event.

Science Fair Secrets Family Night was held on Feb. 25. Students learned the difference between an experiment and a demonstration, and what judges look for when they review a science fair project.

Students displayed age-appropriate projects at the fair. The event was very well attended and students presented outstanding projects. It was a great learning event for Hualapai students.

Upcoming events

March Lifeskill: Curiosity, friendship and resourcefulness are the lifelong learning skills for the Hualapai character education program. Students who demonstrate these life skills will be recognized and awarded prizes throughout the month.

3/02: HPVA meeting will be held in room 6 at 3:45 p.m.

3/04: Family Reading Night, 6 to 8 p.m. Hualapai students will wish Dr. Seuss a Happy Birthday and kick off Read Across America in the month of March by attending the Hualapai Elementary School Family Reading Night.

3/04: Art Masters begins for students in grades second through fifth. This month the featured artist will be Diego Rivera. Students at each grade level will complete a project in the style of Mexican murals.

3/05: Popcorn Day.

3/09: Class pictures taken.

3/11: Hualapai students will participate in the KUSD Choral Festival held at White Cliffs at 7 p.m. in the gym.

3/15-19: No school, Spring Break.

3/23: Site Council meeting 2:45 p.m. in the conference room.

3/24: Report cards will be sent home.

3/25: 4th-grade recorder concert in the gym at 7 p.m.

3/30: Students will participate in the KUSD Band Festival at 7 p.m. at Kingman Middle School in the gym.

3/31: Hoe Down Dinner and Basket Auction sponsored by HPVA with food and dancing from 5 to 7:30 p.m.

Kingman

Middle School

Principal Jerry Arave

Kingman Middle School band students received awards from the Arizona Music Educators Association's Northern Junior High Solo and Ensemble Festival held on Feb. 6 in Prescott. Sixth-, seventh- and eighth-grade musicians earned ratings of Superior, Excellent and Good based upon a musical rubric assessing students' accuracy in pitch, rhythm, technique, interpretation and artistry.

From auditions also held at the event, seven Kingman Middle School band students and three alternates were selected for the Northern Arizona Middle School Music Region's Honor Band Festival to be held in Lake Havasu City April 30 through May 1. The regional event showcases the best of the best middle school musicians from across Northern Arizona.

National Job Shadow Day for Feb. 2 was a big success. More than 60 students in grades six through eight went to work with their parents for a day. The students are enrolled in Mrs. Ray's Career Research and Career Exploratory classes. This is part of a nationwide effort to give students a close look at how skills learned at school are put to use in the real world of work.

Upcoming events

March: Spring sports season begins with track, softball and baseball.

03/5-6: Drama Club (Ms. Anderson) presents "The Aliens Are Coming." The Drama Department is working on a new play all about UFOs, secret military bases and some very crazy characters. It all takes place in a small inn on Route 66 in the middle of nowhere (otherwise known as Meteorite, AZ). Play begins at 7 pm.

3/09: KUSD Choral Festival in the gym at 7 p.m.

3/11: KMS Band Concert in the gym at 7 p.m.

3/12: End of the third quarter.

3/15-19: No school, Spring Break.

3/26: Report cards will be sent home.

3/29: Gifted testing.

Kingman High

Principal, Pat Mickelson

On Feb. 11-13, the performance of the "A Midsummer's Night Dream" was held with much accolades for this fun, fantastic performance. The play was directed by Tom Jennings.

Select students from band and choir were chosen to participate in the Regional Honor's Music Festival Feb. 18 to 20. This event was held in Phoenix. It is a great honor to be selected for this elite program.

On Feb. 6, culinary students participated in CCAP (Careers through Culinary Arts Program) semifinals. The students chosen to participate in the CCAP finals have a chance to win large scholarships for culinary school. The CCAP emphasizes talents in culinary arts as well as high academic achievement. The CCAP finals competition will be March 13, with an awards breakfast held on March 15.

From Feb. 18 to 20, the Student Council Leadership Team attended a leadership workshop in Disneyland. The students listened to inspirational speakers and attended a variety of breakout sessions on youth leadership.

The KHS Jazz Concert was held on Feb. 25. The concert was well attended and great music was heard by all!

Upcoming events

3/08-12: Spirit Week will feature a week of crazy activities and dress-up days.

3/12: Student Faculty Basketball Game in the gym, 2:45 p.m.

3/15-19: No school, Spring Break.

La Senita

Principal Sue Hamilton

On Feb. 25, students and parents came to view the science projects made by LaSenita students. Students worked very hard on their experiments and reports.

The science projects included space, plants, scientific method, weather, electricity, magnets and geology. Thank you for your help and support of our young scientists.

With Spring Break approaching, we are keeping our students busy using the Study Island program that they can access from home to maintain their skills for the upcoming AIMS test in April.

We encourage our students to use the program at least 30 minutes a day to keep them going during the week-long break.

Upcoming events

3/11: LaSenita students will participate in the Choral Festival at White Cliffs at 7 p.m. with a group of our best singers performing.

3/12: LaSenita's grading period will be coming to an end for the third quarter.

3/15-19: No school, Spring Break.

3/24: Report cards will be going home right after Spring Break.

3/26: Honors assembly, 1 p.m. in the gym.

Manzanita

Principal Jeri Wolsey

Manzanita held its ATI benchmark testing from Feb. 16 to 26. The testing went very well. Gains in achievement were made in all areas and grade levels. Students were individually counseled about their own achievement goals for this school year.

The Manzanita before- and after-school tutoring program is sponsored by Title I and The Manzanita Site Council for students needing math and reading help. This program is held Monday through Friday 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. and from 4 to 5 p.m. Placement into the tutoring program is based on their ATI benchmark test scores.

On Feb. 20, the Dragon Dads finished painting the library. This great group of dads has made great contributions to the school, helping with many school improvement projects. Staff and students are very thankful for their contributions.

On Feb. 24, gifted/accelerated classes held the St. Jude Math-a-thon. It raised a lot of money for St. Jude's Children's Hospital. Students raised money for each problem solved in their Math-a-thon books. Thanks to all parents and students who were involved in this worthy cause.

Upcoming events

3/03: Site Council Meeting 8 a.m. in the conference room.

3/04: PTO meeting 6 p.m. in library.

3/05: Top 10 students with the most growth on their ATI testing will be picked up in a limo for lunch at the Dambar Restaurant.

3/08: Student Council Cookie Dough Sale begins.

3/15-19: No school, Spring Break.

Palo Christi

Principal Steve Hite

This year Palo Christi is working toward meeting each student's needs in learning the standards set for them. Each grade level is expected to learn certain topics, use certain math concepts, and use particular language arts strategies. The AIMS and Stanford 10 tests given this spring will measure how well they are meeting their grade level goals.

Teachers work diligently to check students' progress throughout the school year. Educators set individual goals to help students become proficient. Lessons are tailored to help the students meet their achievement goals.

Teachers are using computer pad cam carts to teach students about charts, diagrams and graphs that students will encounter on AIMS testing. The pad cam carts project images on the white boards. This helps give students good visualization of the concept being taught.

The Buckle Down program has been another great tool teachers and students are using to help increase their test scores each year. This program targets the areas that students will be tested on in math and reading.

District ATI testing has been used throughout the year to assess student achievement growth. Students and teachers have been excited to see how much they have progressed throughout the year.

Upcoming events

3/01-02: Jump Rope for Heart fundraiser for Heart Association.

3/04: Science Fair 5:30-7 p.m. in the gym.

3/15-19: No school, Spring Break.

White Cliffs

Middle School

Principal John Venenga

Kyla Richhart and Sacha Kessler are honor festival participants for White Cliffs Middle School Band.

White Cliffs had a great turnout for parent-teacher conferences this month. Thanks to all the parents for supporting their child's success in school.

In the month of February, White Cliffs held penny wars. This fundraising event, sponsored by the White Cliffs Student Council, was held to donate to Children with Blood Cancers. The teacher's class with the least amount of points was put in the dunk tank. Mr. Seui was dunked to raise more money, along with School Resource Officer Holland. The Student Council ended up raising more than $1,000 for this worthy cause.

On Feb. 20, White Cliffs hosted their first seventh-grade girl's basketball tournament. Teams from Bullhead City, Lake Havasu City (Thunderbolt and Daytona), Needles, Kingman Middle School, Kingman Academy of Learning, Fox Creek and White Cliffs participated. It was a great success with the help and partnership of Kingman Parks who provided the scoreboard. White Cliffs won the tournament.

Upcoming events

3/01: T.A.S.K. skits.

3/02: Yearbook Finest Chocolate Sale ends.

3/05: Talent Show-Drama Club will host a talent show during 6th hour and at 7 p.m.

3/05: Pride of the Pack Book Fair ends.

3/11: Canned Food Drive for Haiti ends.

3/12: "Fly on the Wall" - During lunch, students will pay $1 to stick an administrator to the wall.

3/15-19: No school, Spring Break.

3/26: Movie Night-Literary a la Mode will host "The Knowing."

- Compiled by Mary Ann L. Smith, KUSD

curriculum director