Commentary: Good Things Happening at Beaver Creek School
The following is the April 2017 report from teachers and administrators at Beaver Creek School District in Rimrock.
From Katrina Sacco, Curriculum Assessment and Instruction Coordinator:
We have high expectations for our school-wide goal based on Star Reading growth, the data is back for the 6th and 7th grade classes and they are above our target. I will be looking at all other grade levels this week.
· The middle school students will have an opportunity to explore and enjoy the beauty that surrounds us on the Bell Trail in the coming weeks.
· Margee Cowan and Ron Franklin have been working hard to organize and plan for the 8th grade trip, promotion, and dance. They work hard to make sure it is a memorable time of celebration for our 8th grade students.
· Kindergarten graduation planning has been a team effort, a big thank you to Devon Artrip, Tami Matthias, Kathryn Kramme, Margee Cowan, and Micca Martinez for working together on the event planning.
· Alice in Wonderland was a delight to watch. Our students and drama director Pam Zahnzinger did a wonderful job.
· Horizon Worden is organizing to have our students participate in College for Kids over the summer at the Clarkdale campus of Yavapai College.
· Mrs. Guth and her students are excited to visit the Grand Canyon. Many of our students have not been before, I expect it will be a very memorable experience for them.
· The Spring Concert showcased the talents of our students, we had a large audience and beautiful performances.
· Our K-2 reading team is planning to go to a professional development course in July to support strong instruction in reading.
From Micca Martinez, PTO President and Special Programs Health and Wellness Coordinator:
Junior Basketball season ended with a bang. All teams played well. Coaches were recognized for their 10 weeks of volunteer efforts. We also had a number of wonderful volunteers that helped with the clock, kept the book, and ran the snack shack.
Our students improved immensely over the season. Can’t wait until next year.
Mat force has come into our school for five weeks – once a week – with great topics for our 4th and 6th grade, such as self-esteem, social skills, assertiveness, bullying and communication.
Deputy Do-Right came in and taught Pre K-2nd about how to be safe with household items. Yavapai County Sherriff’s officers also did a puppets show and shared some magic tricks.
Cottonwood Fire Department came in with their annual puppet show about fire safety. They are extremely energetic and have a lot of fun with the kids while teaching important life lessons.
This week we had the Attorney General’s Office come in and speak to all of our kids Pre-k-8th about Alcohol Literacy.
PTO End of the Year Accomplishments Reports 2016-2017
Fall Book Fair- used $726.00 to purchase books for Pre-K-8th grade and Library.
Spring Book Fair- used $560.00 to purchase books for Pre-K-8th grade and Library.
Thank you to all of our wonderful volunteers for helping make the Book Fair possible. Claudia Arenzamendi, Elizabeth Egleston, Jason Carr, and Betty Walch.
Cookie Dough- $2656.
Valentines Flowers- $280.
Box Tops- We have collected 5543 ($554 worth of) box tops this year. The money will be used to help purchase playground equipment. Thank you to Karen Dufresne for counting and submitting the box tops so our school and benefit from the box top program.
PTO provided a popcorn party for the class that has the most box tops collected all year. The winning class is: 4th grade Mrs. Guth
Staff Appreciation Breakfast- PTO sponsored a staff breakfast on Monday May 8.
We appreciated and want to acknowledge all the hard work our dedicated staff at BCS put in every day.
From Jennifer Ray in preschool:
Good Things are happening in Preschool.
The 14 Pre-K students going on to Kindergarten next year have been excited making the transition from Pre-K to Kindergarten by visiting the Kindergarten classroom and having Ms. Artrip visit our Preschool classroom.
All 18 Preschool students have been working hard this year and are looking forward to a restful Summer Break and a fresh new start at the Beginning of the 2017-2018 school year.
Next year’s Preschool class will begin with the District Calendar and will also have extended hours from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. to further enhance the OWL Curriculum and to focus on Early Learning Standards for our Beaver Creek Community Preschoolers.
From Margee Cowan, College and Career Readiness:
A wonderful, if painstakingly difficult task, was to select a winner for the Women’s Civic Club Scholarship of $1,000.
Our former students all have such amazing talents, it was a very difficult decision. Cody Fant is the recipient of this scholarship. I am so proud him and all of our graduates and look forward to following all their future successes.
Seven eighth grade girls volunteered to serve food and conduct tours of our rock building for a special meeting of the Verde Valley School Boards on April 27. They did a wonderful job.
It is always a pleasure to highlight our students. It is a good thing to recognize all our outstanding students who make Beaver Creek School such a special place. Go Bobcats!!
From Karin Ward, Superintendent and Business Services:
The ladies in the office are all working on cross training.
I love to see such a spirit of cooperation and learning as they work with and support each other.
It was wonderful to celebrate with Ron Franklin as dedicated the yearbook to him.