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3/24/2014 10:08:00 AM
Chino Valley schools reorganize, start great things
Courtesy photoBrandy Cox, a kindergarten teacher in the Chino Valley Unified School District, was the 2009 Yavapai County Teacher of the Year through the Yavapai County Education Foundation.
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Brandy Cox, a kindergarten teacher in the Chino Valley Unified School District, was the 2009 Yavapai County Teacher of the Year through the Yavapai County Education Foundation.
Courtesy of The Daily Courier

Chino Valley Unified School District Governing Board voted in spring 2013 to reorganize the grade level configurations at three of its four campuses. This was to promote sound fiscal practices and to enable all teachers to teach alongside their grade-level peers.

Prior to the 2013-14 school year, Chino Valley had two k-5 schools, one 6-8 school and one 9-12 school. Now, the district has a grades 1-4 campus (Del Rio Elementary), a grades 5-8 campus (Heritage Middle School), a grades 9-12 campus (Chino Valley High) and a kindergarten center (Territorial Elementary).

The kindergarten center has been a huge success, according to the district. The day starts with all of the kindergarten students in the cafeteria where they recite the pledge, sing patriotic songs, sign the pledge in American Sign Language, honor birthdays, and receive words of encouragement as each one of them leaves for their respective classroom.

The question to answer is, "How are the changes creating success?" It is evident that Chino Valley's students enjoy being at the kindergarten center, the district reports. They have learned school is fun and learning is fun! They are the center of the universe as they know it.

Simply put, it is a team effort! The sharing of resources, common planning and willingness to share decisions impacting the students is not only evident, it is the culture - a culture of excellence.

Because of the success and excellence at Territorial, the district plans to relocate its Cougar Lane Preschool to the campus for the 2014-15 school year. This will enable the district to increase its capacity for enrollment at Cougar Lane and allow preschool students to smoothly transition to kindergarten on the same campus.

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