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4/30/2014 10:43:00 AM
Another school year comes to an end
Steve Gardner
Steve Gardner
By Steve Gardner
Special to The Villager

May - The last month of the school year, where have the months gone? Last month all students in grades three through eight spent four days working hard on the AIMS test which the state of Arizona uses as a measuring stick to see how they are performing academically.

This is all part of the effort to make schools more accountable. Naturally the students and teachers are both glad that it is over for this year. Next year there will be a completely different test for the students so this is the last year you will hear us talk about AIMS.

At this time of the year I think it is very appropriate to thank all those individuals and organizations who help make us the excellent school we are.

The community members of the school Site Council - Heather Herman, Heather Klomparens, and Edgar Lozoya - meet with us to discuss the issues of the school once a month.

The PTSA (Parent- teacher- student association) helps the school with social events during the year as well as fundraising.

The board members are Heather Herman, Rene Russell, Diane Walter, Tammy Colbert, and Katie Chorlton.

Kate Jankowski and Hannah Shelley are also very active in the PTSA.

Marcia Johnson, grandmother of several students here, has organized a group of grandmothers who donate books to our library. Over the past several years they have donated more than three hundred books to the school, this is fantastic since the state has cut the funds that would allow us to keep the library collections up to date.

The Sedona Literacy group made up of community volunteers is a group that provides one on one tutoring to our students. I think this is their twentieth year of doing this. Carolyn Fischer and Lori Johnston are the ringleaders of the group.

The Sedona fire department provides several fire safety assemblies to our younger students each year and this year they are also going into individual classrooms of our multiage students for more detailed instruction.

Other organizations such as the Rotary Club, Kiwanis club, Yavapai county sheriff department, and the Sedona Marine Corp detachment also are involved in helping our students throughout the year.

The Verde Food Council provides a backpack program to those families who need help assistance, each week they fill up backpacks with food for those families who express a need for assistance. At this time we have about thirty families involved.

And of course, there are those parents who volunteer their time throughout the year to help the teachers in the classroom, there are too many to list in this article.

As you can see, Big Park Community School is definitely a community school. I continue to want Big Park to be an integral member of the Village.

So if anyone has any ideas or suggestions on hoe there can be more interaction between the school and the community please call the office or stop in and talk to me.

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