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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.

Sumdog Competition

Navajo County recently had its Navajo County Sumdog Competition from January 26 through February 1. We are proud to say that we had 38 students in the top 50 places! Congratulations to the following students:

2nd – Dallin Yellowhair
3rd – Alexander Banker
4th – Kimo Dixon
5th – Dayton Perkins
6th – Brooklyn Rogers
7th – Drew Brubaker
8th – Dawson Reed
9th – Talmage Lucas
11th – Jace Byars
12th – Ryden Solomon
13th – Jonathan Pitts
14th – Wyatt Johnson
15th – Wyatt Wilhelm
16th – Tristan McCray
17th – Hailey Jones
18th – Taryn Judd
19th – Addie Craner
20th – Samuel Brown
21st – Tatum Barns
22nd – Gavin Hensley
23rd – Danica Urban
24th – Arwen Johnson
25th – Mark Sellers
26th – Alexander Owen
27th – Jaida Ballard
28th – David Ordonez
31st – Reese Stockton
34th – Collin Rackley
35th – Matthew Ramirez
36th – Branson Thomas
37th – JR Merritt
38th – Kaidan Hancock
40th – Livi Schneider
41st – Marie Tenney
42nd – Gabriel Ramirez
43rd – Kenny Brennan
44th – Elizabeth Perez
50th – Lena James

February PAWS Assembly

Taylor Intermediate had its February PAWS assembly on Friday, February 23 at 9:30 a.m. February’s value was tolerance. We want to give a big congratulations to those students who we recognized this month!

  • Tolerance Value Winners - Macon Sherwood and Mary Alcantar Chavez
  • Other Nominees - Blayke Frost, Tristan McCray, Jake Hatch, Abbie Gardner, Michael Skinner, Sophie Hamblin, Wyatt Johnson, Angelina Aguiar, Matthew Ramirez, Kamarie Clark, Dallin Yellowhair, Zach Hall, Maya Brazil, and Skyler Lavender
  • Million Word Readers - Aaden Coor and Lily Pope
  • 2 Million Word Readers - Zach Stockton, Jonathan Pitts, and Macon Sherwood
  • PAWS Drawing T-shirt Winners - Devin Richardson and Aaden Coor
  • Awesome Staff Awards - Rita Beukema, Audrey Stradling, Marie Caldwell, and Bryce Henderson

view more photos from the February assembly