Originally Published: February 20, 2017 5:55 a.m.
We are currently in the middle of the third quarter for students at local schools. The winter sports season has just ended and athletes are transitioning to spring sports. Teachers are working diligently with students trying to get in as much instruction as possible in the next six weeks before state testing begins.
For school and district administration, we are already preparing for next year. The budget process for next year is in full swing. We have already hired our first teacher to fill a vacancy for the start of school in August. We have also begun the enrollment process for next year.
Last Tuesday, I had the pleasure to accompany the eighth-grade students from Heritage Middle School on a field trip to Yavapai College’s Career and Technical Education Center (CTEC). Students also took tours of the culinary arts and health professions facilities operated by the Mountain Institute Joint Technical Education District. If you ever have an opportunity to take a tour of CTEC, I highly recommend it. The programs that they offer are amazing.
HMS has taken their eighth-graders on this field trip for the past several years in order to let them see what kind of opportunities they have in high school and to get them excited for their transition to Chino Valley High School. Last Thursday, these same students were bused to Chino Valley High School to give them a taste of high school life. These are just some of the events that Chino Valley Schools undertakes in order to prepare its students for the various transitions that take place throughout their school career.
On Feb. 9, Territorial Early Childhood Center held its annual Kindergarten and Preschool Roundup. This was an opportunity for parents and their future kindergarten and preschool students to enroll at TECC, to meet the kindergarten and preschool staff, and to see all of the services that TECC has to offer as our youngest student transition to school.
Some of our oldest students prepare for their transitions into the working world by participating in the Transition from School to Work program. TSW is a partnership between Chino Valley High School and Vocational Rehabilitation. In TSW, students are taught skills that will help them obtain and maintain gainful employment. In addition, TSW staff works with students to identify their career goals and provide resources to help them attain those goals.
On May 22, Heritage Middle School will celebrate the transition of its eighth-graders to high school during their Recognition Program taking place at Yavapai College’s Performing Arts Center at 7 p.m. And on May 25 at 7 p.m. at the Prescott Valley Event Center, Chino Valley High School will celebrate the transition of their students onto their next adventure as they graduate from high school.
We are proud to support our students as they transition developmentally and academically throughout their educational careers in Chino Valley Schools. We do this as we prepare them for the ultimate transition as independent, successful citizens in our community.
John Scholl is superintendent of Chino Valley Unified School District.