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HUSD touts the four pillars of community: people, posterity, commerce and governance

Members of the Northern Arizona Suns pose for a photo during a “Fill the Bus” back-to-school supplies drive with the Humboldt Unified School District. (HUSD/Courtesy)

Members of the Northern Arizona Suns pose for a photo during a “Fill the Bus” back-to-school supplies drive with the Humboldt Unified School District. (HUSD/Courtesy)

The Humboldt Unified School District has a strong foundational belief that public schools are about educating. However, this foundational belief extends beyond educating to include the critical component of community building. It can be said that there are four pillars of any community:

-The people (our families)

-Our posterity (this is manifested through our civic life and our schools)

-Commerce (our businesses)

-Governance (School Boards, Town Councils, Mayor)

There are many signs of this community building within Humboldt Unified. The easiest is the connections to the families through the focus on community schools. However, a strong bind exits between the schools and the business and ecumenical community as well.

This is manifested through the Adopt-a-School program in which each school has been adopted by a local business and church. Equally important is the connection between the Town of Prescott Valley and the school district.

This has been evident in various Intergovernmental Agreements for space use, emergency cooperative services, and participation within focus groups for each entity.

The Humboldt Unified School District invites the community to share in their successes and to become a part of the district. In turn, the students of HUSD have made a commitment to give back to their community through service

Together, the community and HUSD has created a history and tradition of excellence for the children of Dewey-Humboldt and Prescott Valley.

The community and the school district share a common understanding that a one size fits all approach does not meet the needs of each unique citizen or student. As such, HUSD offers an education system built on the understanding that learning is personal.

HUSD uses the flexibility to engage learners where they are rather than where the lesson, curriculum, or pacing guide assumes they should be. In this time of school choice, reform effort after reform effort has failed because it has focused on the form of schools.

Education reforms should be focused on the student.

Through community partnerships, and a steadfast focus on the future of each individual student, HUSD has moved forward with a 21st century focus and a commitment to personalized learning.

Coyote Springs Elementary and the iChoose Academy at Glassford Hill Middle School are two examples of shifting from a focus on school choice to one focused on student choice.

Through the demonstrated knowledge that learning begins with engagement, students are assisted in finding relevance and drawing connections to their community and the broader world around them.

So, while we hear about the sorting and selecting of some students, HUSD has utilized its local community partnerships and remains committed to providing a comprehensive, world-class education for all students.

In fact, it can be said that together we are creating the winners. For more information on the Humboldt Unified School District please like our Facebook page and visit our website at www.humboldtunified.com.

Information provided by Humboldt Unified School District.

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