Scholl: Chino Valley schools entering the home stretch
With spring break for most schools taking place last week, today marks the first day of the last quarter of the school year. We are now in the home stretch of the school year and it is a race to the finish.
Chino Valley Schools only has 38 school days left and there is a lot of things happening in those 38 days.
While the schools are focusing on finishing the school year strong, the District Office is busy preparing for the upcoming school year.
We are beginning the budget process for next year. Only when the Legislature finalizes the state budget will we be able to finalize the district budget.
This is also hiring season for the District. Teacher contracts will be issued in April for the next school year and the District is looking to fill positions that we know will be available.
The District is also moving away from an outside contractor providing maintenance, grounds, and custodial services and the District will be hiring 25 employees to provide those services in house.
The focus at the end of the school year at the schools includes state testing. Grades three through eight at Del Rio Elementary School and Heritage Middle School will be taking the AZ Merit state assessment in April.
The assessment is a multiple day test administered online and it will take a couple of weeks to test all 1,000 students. We are excited this year that at Chino Valley High School we, along with a few dozen other high schools in the state, will be administering the ACT college entrance exam to our juniors instead of the AZ Merit test.
We believe that we will get more and better data that will better help guide instruction. In addition, students will get a head start on the road to college if that is their desired path.
In May there will be awards assemblies at each of the schools honoring students for academic achievement, perfect attendance, and other honors. CVHS will honor its seniors at its awards and scholarship night at 6 p.m. on May 8 at the Heritage Middle School gym.
The Rotary Club of Chino Valley will honor all the students in the District that have read 1,000,000 words throughout the school year at their Million Word Challenge Banquet on April 30 at 6 p.m. at Del Rio School.
Heritage Middle School will hold its eighth Grade Recognition on May 20 at 7 p.m. at the Yavapai College Performance Hall.
This is where we honor 8th grade students as they transition to becoming high school freshmen.
And of course, our final celebration is our high school graduation which will be held on May 22 at 7 p.m. at the Findlay Toyota Center in Prescott Valley.
These are only a few of the highlights of our jam-packed final quarter of the school year. For more information or to view a calendar with all our events please go to our website at www.chinovalleyschools.com.