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What's Happening at KUSD: School News and Events

Black Mountain

Principal Becky Collins

Black Mountain would like to thank parents and the community for the great support at all their school events. On Jan. 15, Black Mountain held its second quarter honors assembly, which recognizes students in kindergarten through eighth grade for Citizen of the Quarter and attendance awards.

Students in grades four through eight are awarded for straight A's with the Principal's Award and for B's and above with honor roll awards. The awards assembly was well attended by parents and friends of students.

On Jan. 11, boys and girls basketball began. Black Mountain held its spelling bee on Jan. 22. Seventh-grader Christina Tatalovich will represent Black Mountain at the county spelling bee.

Upcoming events

February: Art Masters will begin. Kathy Hutchins is the Art Master teacher. Every month, each grade level does a different project appropriate for their grade level that emulates the style of the featured artist.

1/31-2/11: Student council will be selling valentines. Valentines will be delivered to students and staff on Feb. 12

2/04-05: Early release days and parent/teacher conferences. Teachers will be contacting parents to set up conference times.

2/12: No school - teacher in-service

2/15: No school - Presidents' Day.


Principal Dawn McGill

Cerbat introduced a new addition to its curriculum, the Cerbat Hand Bell Choir. The Hand Bell Choir held its premier concert on Dec. 15, with a cookie and cocoa reception held after the event. Both students and staff performed with hand bells for this holiday concert. The students performed a variety of contemporary and holiday songs. The staff performed the "Carol of the Bells," a holiday medley. The program was well attended by students and families.

On Jan. 8, Cerbat held its quarterly Honors Tea. First through fifth grade were honored for citizenship and perfect attendance. Fourth and fifth grade were recognized for honor roll for a B average and Principal's List for straight A's. Refreshments were served to parents and students by Principal Dawn McGill and Assistant Principal Clint Keller. This event is held each quarter to honor outstanding student achievement.

On Jan. 12, the Winter-themed RIF program was held for all first-grade students. Parents were invited to this fun reading event. Fifty-three parents attended to help their children pick a free book and to spend time reading with them. Also at the event, the Knights of Columbus presented two first-place winners, Carl Mecom and Ariadne Jacobson, with awards for the drug awareness poster contest. Their winning posters will be sent on to the regional contest.

Upcoming events

2/04-05: Early release days and parent/teacher conferences.

2/12: No school - teacher in-service.

2/15: No school - Presidents' Day.

2/18: Karaoke Family Night 6-7 p.m. in the gym.

2/25-26: "Cerbat Coffee with the Principal" 6-7 p.m. 2/25, 10-11 a.m. 2/26.


Principal Chris Nutt

On Jan. 13, Hualapai held its quarterly awards assembly to honor first- through fifth-grade students. Students in first and second were honored with awards for excellence in each subject area. Students in grades third through fifth received recognition for perfect attendance, honor roll and Principal's Award for straight A's.

Kiwanis sponsors "Terrific Kids" and B.U.G.S. (Bringing Up Grades Sucessfully) for Hualapai students and was on hand to give out awards and prizes.

Upcoming events

February: Flexibility and effort are lifelong learning skills for the Hualapai character education program. Students who demonstrate these lifeskills will be recognized and awarded prizes throughout the month.

2/02: HPVA meeting in room 6 at 2:45 p.m.

2/02: Blood drive, 2-7 p.m in the gym.

2/04: 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.

2/04-05: Early release days and parent/teacher conferences.

2/12: No school - teacher in-service.

2/15: No school - Presidents' Day


Middle School

Principal Jerry Arave

The 8th-Grade Stock Market Experience taught by Mr. Bahre is a program that allows students to invest up to $10,000 (simulated) in any company they want. In each class, the student who manages to make the most money gets an additional 10 points. They are reminded that there is no guarantee in the market and many people lose a lot of money.

They are taught how to read a chart and interpret data given on those charts. Students cover the basics of buying low and selling high. They look at chart data over time to see if the company they are looking at is a worthy investment. They also get on the Internet in order to track their stocks daily with the ability, just like anyone who invests in the real world, to buy more shares if they want. They may also sell if they determine their company is not progressing the way they hoped.

At the end of the project, they have to compile all their data and write a report about what they learned. This project is done in conjunction with the student's study of the Great Depression. This gives the students a better understanding of what went on during that time period.

In the Adopt a Soldier Program taught by Mrs. Cencelewski, students and their families may voluntarily participate in sending packages to adopted soldiers. Students and/or their parents may write letters, send postcards, cards, etc., which will be included in the care package. Our soldiers greatly appreciate hearing from supportive Americans!

Upcoming events

2/02: Job Shadow Day.

2/03: Band recital, 7-8:30 p.m. in the band room.

2/04-05: Early release days and parent/teacher conferences from 1-3 p.m. and 6-8 p.m.

3/05-06: "The Aliens Are Coming" play, 7 p.m. in the carpeted gym

2/12: No school - teacher in-service.

2/15: No school - Presidents' Day

Kingman High

Principal, Pat Mickelson

On Dec. 9, the Concert and Advanced Choir, directed by Harry Shueren, and on Dec. 10, Band Conductor Gino Hernandez, held the winter band and jazz concert. The bands and choirs performed a variety of holiday and contemporary songs.

Freshman David Joe was honored to participate in the Arizona All-State Jazz Band. David performed with this select group in Phoenix Jan. 5-7 at the State Music Educators Conference. David was one of only four high school tenor saxophone players in the state to be chosen for this honor. Congratulations, David, for this distinguished honor!

Kingman High held its first Poetry Out Loud Recitation Contest on Jan. 15. Six students participated to compete for a place in the state competition and the national competition in Washington, DC. Congratulations to Spencer Vandevier for winning first place, $75 and the chance to compete at state.

Upcoming events

2/04-05: Early release days and parent/teacher conferences.

2/11-13: Winter play, "A Midsummer Night's Dream."

2/23: AIMS writing test.

2/24: AIMS reading test.

La Senita

Principal Sue Hamilton

La Senita Elementary, home of the Roadrunners, is having a great year. La Senita received a Performing Plus from the state and AYP status from the federal government. The hard work of all the staff and students has truly paid off. The staff and students are continuing their focused efforts to achieve a higher label this coming year.

ATI benchmark assessments have allowed staff to continually evaluate data to identify students' needs and meet them so all students can be successful on the AIMS testing.

La Senita teachers have worked diligently to get the Online Grades Program ready for parents. The program allows parents to stay involved in their students' progress and missing assignments on a daily/weekly basis.

Upcoming events

1/31-2/05: Book fair. Book fair night will be held on Feb. 4 and open until 6 p.m. during parent/teacher conferences.

2/04-05: Early release days and parent/teacher conferences.

2/12: No school - teacher in-service

2/15: No school - Presidents' Day.

2/25: Science fair, 5-6 p.m. in the gym.


Principal Jeri Wolsey

Manzanita collected Toys for Tots for Christmas. Students were very generous and supplied many toys. Manzanita was recognized by the Salvation Army for their great contribution to this cause.

The second-fifth grade accelerated classes performed the musical, "Character Matters II." The play was very well attended and received by the students and parents.

The chimes band and choir held their Winter Concert to highlight their musical progress throughout the year.

The Manzanita chess team participated in MCC Winter Chess Tournament and placed second in the primary category.

Upcoming events

2/04-05: Early release days and parent/teacher conferences.

2/12: No school - teacher in-service.

2/13: Manzanita Dragon Dads meet 8:30 a.m. to noon.

2/15: No school - Presidents' Day.

2/24: St. Jude's Math-A-Thon, 6-7 p.m. in the multipurpose room.

Mt. Tipton

Principal Emma Weiss

This school year, Mt. Tipton's big focus has been on community partnering. There was a huge turnout for the December band concert. Through the use of the KUSD School Improvement Bond, Mt. Tipton was able to have the band and choral concerts on a new stage.

Mt. Tipton also added a high school science room and a 50,000 gallon water tank. The water tank has enough water to sustain school for up to two weeks.

On Dec. 11, Mt. Tipton held Winter Wonderland, with collaboration from Mt. Tipton PTO and project S.A.F.E., and featured a visit from Santa, and local firefighters volunteered. The local fire department utilizes the school two nights a week for the Fire Fighter Academy, which is a state wide program with recruits from around the state.

As a result, the recruits have become school volunteers that ref sporting events and volunteer at other school events. Deputy Thompson, from the Mohave County Sheriff's Office has also volunteered to coach the Mt. Tipton basketball team. These are other examples of strong community partnering.

On Jan. 13, the awards assembly awarded students' achievements last semester.

The VFW presented writing winners in grades sixth through 12th or essays, "Voice of Democracy" for high school and "Patriot's Pen" winners in middle school.

Upcoming events

2/04-05: Early release days and parent/teacher conferences.

2/12: No school - teacher in-service.

2/15: No school - Presidents' Day.

2/18: Mt. Tipton Math night, 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.

Palo Christi

Principal Steve Hite

There is a strong sense of community and consistency at Palo Christi. This consistency in staff and teachers helps build a strong team. Teachers meet regularly to achieve grade level goals and to plan reading strategies to meet individual student needs, and work together to coordinate school activities.

The community is a big supporter of Palo Christi. There are many faithful volunteers that have spent countless hours with students each day.

Jackie Cole began as a volunteer when her grandchildren attended Palo Christi. Twenty years later, Jackie Cole is still a volunteer with the "Walk to Read" program. She is now working with her great-grandchildren who now attend the school.

Mr. Green is another tutor working with fourth- and fifth-grade math students. There are many new tutors and volunteers all helping the school and bringing their experiences and knowledge to share with the students. All of our volunteers help make our learning community stronger each year.

Upcoming events

2/04-05: Early release days and parent/teacher conferences.

2/12: No school - teacher in-service.

2/15: No school - Presidents' Day.

2/16: ATI Benchmark testing, third round begins.

2/16: Art Masters begins for grades first through fifth; featured artist is the Wyeth Family.

- Compiled by Mary Ann L. Smith, KUSD

curriculum director


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