As the cool days of fall are here, and we head toward the holiday season, I’d like to provide a progress report of some highlights to the first part of the new school year. By many indicators, it has been a successful year thus far. Here are a few highlights:
- Successful launch of the new CPM/ Ready Math program adoption. This program supports rigorous 21st Century mathematics proficiencies, skills, and a deep level of understanding.
- Sustainment of 5th year of the National Math and Science Initiative (NMSI). This comprehensive program has yielded significant progress in student academic achievement in College Board Advanced Placement (AP) programs and college readiness.
- Initiation of an innovative research partnership, specifically using portable EEGs to support student recovery from head injuries and safe return to play and academics.
- Successful high school marching band season, with both Sahuarita HS and Walden Grove HS qualifying for the AZ State Marching Band competition.
- Continued progress on the timely completion of Wrightson Ridge K-8 School, scheduled for K-5 opening in January 2019.
- Continued growth and success of fine arts programs, including National performances by the WGHS Performing Arts Crew (PAC) Dance Team on America’s Got Talent (August) and Good Morning America (October).
- Successful expansion of the School Resource Officer (SRO) program, now staffed with two full time, AZPOST Certified Sahuarita Police Officers.
- Recognition of WGHS faculty member, Ben Lebovitz, as a Top 10 Semifinalist for AZ Teacher of the Year-2019.
- Both Sahuarita HS and Walden Grove HS achieved a winning record in interscholastic football this season.
- Growth and success of the Sahuarita WINS! strategic cross-sector partnerships. Among the outcomes include closing on the land sale for a new Pima County Library, and exploration of new Career and Technical Education (CTE) program development, including in health career fields, heating, ventilation and air conditioning, and advanced manufacturing.
I am proud of the success being achieved by our talented, hard-working students, and high quality and tirelessly dedicated staff members. Furthermore, I feel grateful for our spirit of community and shared dedication to making our students, families, businesses, and community, in general, the best that they can be. Together, we’ll continue to make a difference!
Manuel O. Valenzuela, Ed.D.