Lobo Pup's News Page

As “part of the pack,” we know you want to keep informed about all that’s happening at Taylor. Here you’ll find the information you need to do just that. Be sure to bookmark this page, and check back often for updates on school events, fundraising opportunities, student achievements, and other great news from our pack!

Changes to Bus Routes

Please be aware that we have the following bus-route changes, effective April 11, 2018. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office, or see our Transportation page for more information. The changes are:

  • Route 8 - Yellow Bus
    • adding all stops on 1st East
    • adding Turley subdivison
  • Route 9 - Red Bus
    • adding Putter/Hillcrest Apartments
  • Route 11 - Orange Bus
    • adding Suds Bucket
    • adding all stops on 3rd Street (trailer park)
March PAWS Assembly

Taylor Intermediate held our March PAWS assembly on March 30 at 9:30 a.m. March's value was caring. Thank you to Taco Bell for supporting our students with a taco or burrito and drink. We want to give a big congratulations to those students who we recognized this month! Not all students and staff listed are in the pictures.

  • Student of the Month - Dayton Perkins and Marie Tenney.
  • Other Nominees - Jordan Flake, Christian Pachta, Jamon Hatch, Leslie Gonzales, Ivan Ayala, Caroline Merrill, Jayde Willis, Aryn Harris, Dustin Barlow, Jaida Ballard, Wyatt Wilhelm, Candice Rackley, Jaime Estrada, Kalicia Merrill, Jared Crank, and Camdyn Lipps. 
  • Million Word Readers - Tristan McCray, Marie Tenney, Jaydee Flake, Sam Whittle, Piper Herring, Kyler Solomon, and Branson Thomas.
  • PAWS T-shirt Winners - Kalicia Merrill, Brooklyn Rogers, and Riley Hancock.
  • Awesome Staff Award - Carol Matthias, Debbie Pitts, Lavern Denetso, and Britin Smith.
  • Third Quarter Superintendent, Principal, and Honor Roll.
Community Blood Drive

Snowflake High School is hosting a community blood drive on Tuesday, April 24 from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. in the gym. We will enter all blood donors into a drawing to win a pair of passes to Phoenix Comic Fest. Please see our community blood drive flyer for more information.

Contact Information

Has your contact information changed? Do you have a new phone number, address, or e-mail? Please contact Tara Brimhall at 536.4156 ext. 7720 or Tohna Rogers 536.4156 ext. 7710 with your new information. It is very important that we keep your contact information current. We appreciate your cooperation. 

Governing Board Open Positions

Snowflake Unified School District will have two governing board positions open in November 2018. Please visit the Navajo County Arizona website for complete details on how to become a governing board member.

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.

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