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Kingman Middle School gets an extreme makeover

JC AMBERLYN/Miner<br/>The new Ramada at Kingman Middle School will soon have picnic tables placed under it.

JC AMBERLYN/Miner<br/>The new Ramada at Kingman Middle School will soon have picnic tables placed under it.

KINGMAN - Kingman Middle School has a new look this year thanks to an extreme makeover. The school has a partial new roof as well as a new exterior, which was restuccoed and painted.

Other major projects include the demolition of an old portable building, which is to be replaced by an outdoor ramada to provide students with a shaded rest, and an outdoor lunch area.

The outdoor sports fields were also outfitted with new score clocks for baseball, softball and football. The school also received new heating and cooling units. Carpet in the library and offices have been replaced, and this summer, plans are in place to have the entire school retiled.

This year Kingman Middle School is a Performing Plus School. The staff and students are working hard to maintain or improve this label. Much attention has been paid to AIMS prep and academic achievement.

Kingman Middle School is offering tutoring in all core areas after school each day.

Another strategy that is in place is that all teachers have a morning Response to Intervention class. Each day, teachers review important AIMS math vocabulary with students.

A contest is being held for the top student in grades 6, 7, and 8 who demonstrates the best knowledge of these terms. The student with the top score on this vocabulary test will be awarded a Hastings gift certificate worth $25.

Spring music concerts and sports are a highlight at KMS. On March 11, the KUSD No. 20 Band Festival was held at KMS with students from Manzanita, Cerbat, KMS and Kingman High School performing for a packed house.

On March 13, three KMS band students were chosen to participate in the state band festival in Gilbert. These students were selected from among hundreds that auditioned across the state.

Many students are participating in softball, baseball and track. The Kingman Middle School softball season will culminate by sponsoring a tournament held at Centennial Park on April 24.

On the same day, the boy's baseball team will be participating in a tournament at Sara Park.

Upcoming events

4/7 and 4/14: No late start, testing dates.

4/12-4/22: AIMS testing.

4/23: No school, spring holiday

4/30: AMEA Middle School Honor Band Festival in Lake Havasu City (selected band members to participate).

Black Mountain

Principal Becky Collins

March kicked off the Black Mountain recycling program partnering with Waste Management.

As a community service project, Black Mountain Student Council and the entire staff and student body will be working to help make our planet greener. Each week, the council will be collecting recyclable items from the bins left in each classroom and placing the items in the main recycle bin located at the school.

Three students won the Arbor Day poster contest at Black Mountain for the Cerbat Gardening Club. First place went to Siava Allen, second to Bailey Cowan, both have Mr. Block, and third place went to Gisselle Valenzuela of Mrs. Laird's class. Congratulations!

Upcoming events

4/7 and 4/14: No late start, testing dates.

4/12-4/22: AIMS testing.

4/22: Staff vs. student basketball game at 3:30 p.m. in the gym.

4/23: No school, spring holiday

Cerbat

Principal Dawn McGill

On March 5, Cerbat celebrated Dr. Seuss Read Across America Week. To celebrate, the Cerbat staff put on a skit called "The Rough Faced Girl" for the students. This story is a Native American Cinderella story that takes place on the shores of Lake Ontario.

On March 9, Cerbat students performed for their families at the KUSD Choral Festival held at Kingman Middle School. The students did a great job at the festival.

Upcoming events

4/7 and 4/14: No late start, testing dates.

4/12-4/22: AIMS testing

4/23: No school, spring holiday

Hualapai

Principal Chris Nutt

Cerbat Garden Club is pleased to announce that one of Kingman's fifth-grade students won the Arizona Arbor Day Poster Contest! Maverick San Antonio, a student of Mrs. Angle at Hualapai, created the winning poster for the state of Arizona. His poster is now entered in the National Arbor Day Poster Contest. A total of seven first-place posters from Kingman area schools were submitted after judging by Cerbat Garden Club - one from each participating school.

On April 21, come test your knowledge on the Hualapai Elementary School Brainiac Game Show. Students in first through fifth grades will compete in a "Jeopardy!"-style game show, answering questions and earning points to lead their team to victory. Come cheer on your favorite contestants at this exciting battle of the brains.

April 26, breathe easier knowing that you have done your part to help our earth. Enter the poster contest and win a tree to plant in your yard, make Earth and Arbor Day crafts, and talk to businesses that provide products to help everyone go green. Activities will be held throughout the day in our courtyard. Everyone is invited to learn more about recycling, conservation, plants, animals, water safety, and much more to help make our planet a better place to live.

April 28-30, Hualapai is excited to add a new dimension to our traditional science fair. This year students may choose to enter a science fair project, or they may research an inventor. Then based on the inspiration from that inventor, they will create their own invention to enter in the Invention Convention. All projects will be entered and judged on April 28. Projects will be open for public review during open house on April 29.

Upcoming events

April Lifeskills: Pride, problem-solving and perseverance are the lifelong learning skills for the Hualapai character education program.

4/2: Popcorn Day and first graders go to Katherine's Landing to study ecology of the area.

4/3: Chess tournament, at Elks, 8:30 a.m.-2 p.m.

4/7 and 4/14: No late start, testing dates.

4/7: Fourth grade to the Grand Canyon.

4/9: First grade to Katherine's Landing.

4/16: Popcorn Day

4/12-4/22: AIMS testing.

4/23: No school, spring holiday.

4/28-4/30: Science fair.

4/29: Open house.

4/30: Popcorn Day.

Kingman High

Principal Pat Mickelson

Kingman High School had a successful spirit week with spirited fun and activities for all. Monday was Rep Your Team day with a drum performance for the KHS drum line. There was Cowboy Day, Decade Day with a peace rally, Wall Street Day with "Jeopardy!" games at lunch and a talent show on March 11. The week ended with Spirit Day with a student faculty basketball game during sixth period. It was a great week of school spirit and fun.

On March 24, Gino Hernandez had a great jazz/band concert, and on March 25, the choir and concert choir held another successful concert under the direction of Harry Shueren.

Upcoming events

4/2: Mr. Jennings' AP physics class goes to Magic Mountain to study the physics of the rides.

4/2: 11th- and 12th-graders participate in "A Dose of Reality," where an emergency room nurse talks about drinking and driving under the influence and dangers of no seat belts.

4/5: Key Club hosts blood drive in Building A from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

4/7 and 4/14: No late start, testing dates.

4/7: AIMS math test - first time for 10th-graders, and for juniors and seniors who need to pass.

4/8: AIMS science test for freshmen and 10th-graders in biology classes.

4/12-4/22: AIMS testing

4/23: No school, spring holiday.

4/29-5/1: All-school musical, "She Loves Me," 7 p.m. in the auditorium.

La Senita

Principal Sue Hamilton

LaSenita is on a roll with so much going on to prepare our students for the Stanford 10 and AIMS assessments next month. We are asking our parents to make sure their child is in school for the full week.

We find that when they take the test with their peers on the day we first give it, they do much better. Make-ups are always difficult and the students don't show their best at that time. We will start our testing on Monday, April 12, and continue until April 19. We ask that doctor or dental appointments be made after 1 p.m. testing days. It is very important that we have 100 percent of our students tested as we have in the past several years. We have worked very hard to get to the "Performing Plus" rating and we really want to raise that rating to "Highly Performing!" We know our students can achieve this due to their hard work throughout the entire year.

On April 6, we will be having our PTO meeting right after school in Room 13 at 2:45 p.m. We invite all students' parents to participate in our meetings.

On April 29, students will have their class pictures taken. Many parents have already purchased the class pictures, and if you are not sure that you were one of those who already paid, please call Camera Works at (928) 753-3423. If you would like to purchase class pictures a form will be sent home that week for your purchase.

Upcoming events

4/6: PTO Room 13 at 2:45 p.m.

4/7 and 4/14: No late start, testing dates

4/12-4/22: AIMS testing

4/23: No school, spring holiday.

4/29: Class pictures.

Manzanita

Principal Jeri Wolsey

On March 5, 10 students were treated to a limo ride and lunch at the Dambar. These students had the most growth on KUSD ATI testing at Manzanita. On March 8, 20 Manzanita students with the top ATI scores were treated to lunch at Pizza Hut for their outstanding academic performance. We are proud of all our students for their hard work in preparing for success on the AIMS test this year.

On March 26, students were honored at the third nine-week awards assembly. Students were recognized for perfect attendance, honor roll and citizenship. There was a huge parent turnout for this assembly. Manzanita is very thankful for all the outstanding parent support.

Upcoming events

4/1: Band students perform at KMS in the band festival at 7 p.m.

4/9: Manzanita students will participate in the KMS choral festival

4/10: Dragon Dads meet at 8:30 a.m. to give some classrooms a fresh coat of paint.

4/7 and 4/14: No late start, testing dates.

4/12-4/22: AIMS testing.

4/14: Title One Parent Meeting from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.

4/16: First grade classes go to the Phoenix Zoo.

4/23: No school, spring holiday.

4/28: Rock concert.

Mt. Tipton

Principal Emma Weiss

Out of thousands of entrants, Trina Thompson, a fifth-grader at Mt. Tipton, was chosen by Arizona Clean and Beautiful to have her artwork published in their 2010 kids' calendar. Trina and her family traveled to the Arizona state capital to receive an award of recognition for her artwork. Congratulations to Trina for this wonderful honor.

Students had a successful hike with the Dolan Springs Outdoor Space Committee on March 11. Students explored and studied the trail systems around Dolan Springs. Tryouts for the talent show began after spring break.

Upcoming events

4/7 and 4/14: No late start, testing dates.

4/8: Literacy Night 4:30 to 6:30 p.m., dinner, awards and a play presented by the Literacy Club in the gym.

4/12-4/22: AIMS testing.

4/23: No school, spring holiday.

Palo Christi

Principal Steve Hite

Palo Christi students in grades second through fifth are busy preparing for their state tests starting April 12 through April 22.

Students know the importance of being present for the entire week of testing. Students who do their best, and as an added incentive, those with perfect attendance during the tests will get to attend a cookout. This cookout will feature the world famous Hite Hot Dogs grilled by Principal Hite on April 30.

Upcoming events

4/7 and 4/14: No late start, testing dates.

4/12-4/22: AIMS testing.

4/23: No school, spring holiday.

4/30: Hite Hot Dogs cookout for lunch.

White Cliffs

Middle School

Principal John Venenga

After-school AIMS prep classes for math and language arts are available Monday through Thursday from 3 to 4 p.m. All students are invited to come and receive extra help for success on the AIMS testing.

On March 11, WCMS hosted the KUSD District Choir Festival. Students from Hualapai, Black Mountain, Palo Christi and LaSenita participated in this successful musical event.

On March 30, WCMS also hosted the KUSD Band Festival with the same school.

WCMS student artwork and schoolwork is on display in the boardroom for the month of April.

Upcoming events

4/7 and 4/14: No late start, testing dates.

4/12-4/22: AIMS testing.

4/23: No school, spring holiday.

4/24: Arbor Day 10 a.m. - the Cerbat Garden Club will be planting trees on the new WCMS campus.

- Compiled by Mary Ann L. Smith, KUSD

curriculum director