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Humboldt Unified School District Student of the Week

Anthony From Lake Valley Elementary School!

Congratulations to Anthony for being this week’s HUSD Student of the Week!

Civic Service Institute is Now Center for Service and Volunteerism

The Civic Service Institute at Northern Arizona University announced it is changing its name to the Center for Service and Volunteerism. “Our new name, the Center for Service and Volunteerism (CSV), better reflects the work we do to engage volunteers to address critical community needs throughout Arizona,” said Director, Erin Kruse. “Our programs serve communities from Yuma to Tuba City, Lake Havasu to Show Low, and many more.” Deidre Crawley, Senior Program Coordinator added that with the new brand, “We’re not stopping. We’re evolving.”

ASU Climbs to Sixth in National Research Rankings

Strong growth in expenditures propelled by use-inspired research.

Building on nearly two decades of unparalleled advancement, Arizona State University moved up to sixth out of 759 universities in the nation for total research expenditures among universities without a medical school, according to the latest National Science Foundation (NSF) Higher Education Research and Development (HERD) rankings.

Two Appointments Announced for Mayer and Congress School District Governing Boards

The Yavapai County Education Board has made two new appointments to school district governing boards for Mayer and Congress. Mark Mathern was appointed to the Mayer Unified School District Governing Board and Patricia Fisher was appointed to the Congress Elementary School District Governing Board.

Chino Valley Superintendent Update: Chino Valley Schools Are All In-Person


At their February 8th board meeting, the Chino Valley Unified School District Governing Board received input from parents, staff, and administration on how the district should proceed after February 16th. Pre-K – 5th-grade students were currently in hybrid instruction where only half of the students were on campus each day and 6th – 12th-grade students were in distance learning.

Guy Roginson

Fain Signature Group’s Media Lead Tapped President of Humboldt Education Foundation

This week the Humboldt Education Foundation elected Guy Roginson as President of the Board. A resident of central Arizona since 2004, Roginson is the Executive Editor of Fain Signature Group’s Talking Glass Media, home to SignalsAZ.com, TG Magazine and CAST11 podcast.

Rural Voters Rank Education as Top Priority Facing the State

In keeping with the statewide trend, voters in rural Arizona believe that education is the number one issue facing the state. This according to a poll of 600 likely voters in Cochise, Coconino, Mohave, Pinal, Yavapai, and Yuma Counties. The survey was conducted Jan. 25-29, 2021 by HighGround, Inc. on behalf of Expect More Arizona.

Humboldt Unified School District Student of the Week

Mackenzie From Humboldt Elementary School!

Congratulations to Mackenzie for being this week’s HUSD Student of the Week!

Vacancy Announced on Mountain Institute Career and Technology Education District Governing Board

Yavapai County School Superintendent Tim Carter has announced a vacancy on the Mountain Institute Career and Technology Education District (CTED) Governing Board, representing Humboldt Unified School District.

Yavapai College to Move Forward to ‘Yellow Phase’ of COVID-19 Re-entry Plan

Prescott – Yavapai College has announced that it will move forward to the ‘yellow phase’ of its COVID-19 re-entry plan when the College returns from spring break on March 22. The move to the ‘yellow phase’ (phase 3) is the first time that YC has reached this level of its five-phase re-entry plan.

YC President Dr. Lisa Rhine Earns International Honor Society’s Student-Initiated Paragon President Award

Phi Theta Kappa, an international community college honor society, has named Dr. Lisa Rhine a Paragon President in recognition of her “outstanding support of student success” in the first years of her presidency at Yavapai College.

Fifth Grader Wins 2021 Yavapai County Spelling Bee – For the Third Time

Home-schooled 5th grader Aliyah Alpert emerged as champion on the 68th word in the 10th round during the 75th annual Yavapai County Spelling Bee, Saturday, February 13th, in the auditorium at Prescott Mile High Middle School.

Arizona State University Names New American Film School after Legendary Actor and Filmmaker Sidney Poitier


Arizona State University (ASU) today established The Sidney Poitier New American Film School, one of the largest, most egalitarian film schools in the country, operating in three cities across Arizona and California. The school, which began as a film program 15 years ago, is one of five schools in ASU’s Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts.

Yavapai College and Arizona State University Partner to Offer College Students Transfer Pathways with MyPath2ASU™ Collaboration

Yavapai College is pleased to announce a new alliance with Arizona State University to provide students a seamless transfer experience with the MyPath2ASU program. MyPath2ASU™ allows students to take the steps needed, at the start of their college experience, to successfully plan their transfer to ASU, ensuring a smooth transition process and student success.

Paul Kirchgraber Named Executive Director for the PUSD Education Foundation

The Prescott Unified School District (PUSD) Education Foundation is pleased to announce Paul Kirchgraber as the new Executive Director. Kirchgraber replaces Tami Phillips who resigned from the position in December.

Humboldt Unified School District Student of the Week

Izzabella From Granville Elementary School!

Congratulations to Izzabella for being this week’s HUSD Student of the Week!

NAU Astronomer on Team Confirming Orbit of Most Distant Object Ever Observed in our Solar System

Scientists have collected enough observations to determine the planetoid’s orbit based on its slow motion across the sky.

A team of astronomers, including associate professor Chad Trujillo of Northern Arizona University’s Department of Astronomy and Planetary Science, have confirmed a planetoid that is almost four times farther from the Sun than Pluto, making it the most distant object observed in our solar system.

Yavapai College Breaks Ground on Skilled Trades Center

Facility will train construction personnel in the Verde Valley.

Ground has been broken in Clarkdale for Yavapai College’s new Skilled Trades Center, a ten-thousand-square-foot facility that will train the coming generation of construction workers, electricians, plumbers, and heating/cooling technicians on the Verde Valley Campus.

Community Healthcare Scholarship Eases Financial Burden for Six Nursing Students

A group of healthcare professionals and philanthropists have been helping ease the financial burdens of Yavapai College nursing students for a decade. That help, in the form of a lucrative scholarship for YC’s acclaimed two-year nursing program, was bestowed on six more future nurses earlier this year.

Humboldt Unified School District Student of the Week

Augie From Coyote Springs Elementary!

Augie is participating in school online and is always ready to work when our Google Meets start.

Appointment Made to Yarnell Elementary School District Governing Board

Yavapai County School Superintendent Tim Carter is pleased to announce the appointment of Mrs. Krystal Balls to the Yarnell Elementary School District Governing Board. The vacancy was due to the fact that no one filed for the position in the 2020 election cycle. The appointment will be effective upon taking the oath of office and will expire on December 31, 2022. An election in November of 2022 will determine who holds the seat going forward from that point.

Vacancy Announced on Congress Elementary School District Governing Board

Yavapai County School Superintendent Tim Carter has announced a vacancy on the Congress Elementary School District Governing Board. The opening was created due to the resignation of veteran Board Member Charmaine McKaskle, who is relocating out of the school district.

Seven YC students named All-Arizona Academic Team Scholars

Seven Yavapai College students have earned membership on the 2020 All-Arizona Academic Team, winning tuition-free state university transfer scholarships for their academic success, their leadership forays, and community-service contributions.

Hillside Elementary School District Governing Board Appointment Made

Yavapai County School Superintendent Tim Carter is pleased to announce the appointment of Mrs. Deann Ashby to the Governing Board for the Hillside Elementary School District. The appointment was due to the fact that no one filed to run for the seat in the 2020 election cycle. The appointment will begin on Thursday, January 28th upon taking the oath of office and will expire on December 31, 2022. 

Humboldt Unified School District Student of the Week

Hunter From Bright Futures Preschool

Congratulations to Hunter for being this week’s HUSD Student of the Week!

How PUSD is Working to Address Concerns of Social-Emotional and Mental Health Well-Being of Students Before, During, and After COVID-19


Social-Emotional/Mental Health with a COVID Twist: How the Prescott Schools Are Adjusting to a Heightened Crisis
While the Covid-19 topic continues to dominate many conversations in the community and especially schools, we are headed toward some normalcy. Thank goodness.

Yavapai College and Freeport-McMoRan Showcase Career Opportunities at Mining Technology Programs Preview Day

Are you seeking a career in well-paying, high-tech industries? Then you should attend Yavapai College’s Mining Technology Programs Preview Day on Saturday, Feb. 13 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Nominations Now Open for 2021 Yavapai Healthy School Award

Nominate Your Healthy School

Yavapai County Community Health Services (YCCHS) would like to recognize how exceptionally all schools have handled this year regarding the health of their students, staff, and community they serve.

Public Notice of Upcoming Accreditation Review Visit by ACEN

Yavapai College will host a site visit for continuing accreditation of its Nursing Program by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) Feb. 22-25.
Members of the public are invited to meet with the site visit team and share their comments about the program in person at an online meeting scheduled at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 24. Visit the Yavapai College home page at www.yc.edu to get the link to the public meeting.

HUSD Back to School January 28th

This is to confirm that all HUSD schools will re-open for in-person learning tomorrow, Thursday, January 28.
All PK-8 students will return as normal, and Bradshaw Mountain High School will return on their planned Hybrid schedule.

CVUSD Returns to Regular School Day, Jan 28

After beginning our week with snow and icy roads, we are pleased to announce that Thursday, January 28, 2021, the district campuses will resume regular school day schedule.
For any campus and class-specific questions, please contact the main office of the school in question, info, and links available at the district website (www.chinovalleyschools.com).

PUSD Notice for Jan 28 Schedule

Prescott Unified School District (PUSD) Facilities crew has been working hard! They have informed us that our sites are cleared, and feel confident that we can open the Childcare programs, tomorrow, Thursday, January 28, 2021, with a delayed start at 10:00 am. This will allow parents and staff adequate time to figure out their individual situations to safely access their commute.

Arizona Celebrates School Choice Week

Governor Doug Ducey declared this week, January 24-30, 2021, Arizona School Choice Week to recognize the importance of ensuring families and students have access to learning options that best fit their unique needs.

HUSD Announces Adjusted Schedule for Wednesday, January 27th

HUSD will cancel school for all K-8 schools and Bright Futures Preschool for tomorrow, Wednesday, January 27.
However, Bradshaw Mountain High School will still conduct their classes virtually as scheduled.

Vacancy on Mountain Institute Career and Technology Education District Governing Board Announced

Yavapai County School Superintendent Tim Carter has announced a vacancy on the Mountain Institute Career and Technology Education District (CTED) Governing Board, representing Humboldt Unified School District.

Many Thanks to Individuals in the Community for Donating Money to the Humboldt Education Foundation – Hungry Kids

In November 2020, the Courier printed information provided to them from the Humboldt Education Foundation (HEF) regarding the need for funds to support the Hungry Kids Project (HKP). Hungry Kids is a non-profit program that provides weekend meals to HUSD students in need so they have breakfast and lunch over the weekend. Specifically, in March, the amount of weekend meals served went from 180 bags to as many as 350 since in-person school began in October, all attributed to the economic downturn because of Covid-19.

Humboldt Unified School District Student of the Week

Miclo From Mountain View Elementary!

Congratulations to Miclo for being this week’s HUSD Student of the Week!

Prescott Unified School District Hosted their First Vaccination Clinic for Employees!

Prescott Unified School District hosted the 1st vaccination clinic for all employees on Friday, January 22, 2021, in the Prescott High School cafeteria. The Cafeteria is large enough to have two separated areas, one side dedicated to administering the vaccination shot and the other half separated by a sliding wall partition was set up for rest and monitoring purposes as well as scheduling appointments for the second dose. The clinic will be set up again on February 19, 2021, for the second dose of the vaccinations. 

CVUSD Distance Learning Continues Jan 27

Due to the anticipated wet roads, very low temperatures, and icy conditions tomorrow, Thursday, January 27, we are concerned about getting students to school safely on school buses.
With this in mind, all students will continue on Distance Learning.

PUSD Winter Weather Update for Wednesday, January 27th

Our PUSD Maintenance crews have called in all hands on deck and still can not keep up with the volume of snow and 12-foot piles!
Due to our inability to safely clear the areas, it is necessary to cancel PUSD Covid Child Care and Bus services again tomorrow, Wednesday, January 27, 2021.

HUSD Announces Snow Day for Tuesday, January 26th

Due to the current winter storm, and predicted worsening weather, HUSD will cancel school for tomorrow, Tuesday, January 26.
The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Storm Warning for our area. Significant snowfall in the area, combined with high winds, is expected to make travel very difficult and potentially dangerous as the day goes on.

CVUSD Distance Learning Continues Jan 26 Due to Inclement Weather

Due to the continued winter storm warning, Chino Valley Unified School District will continue Distance Learning for all students on Tuesday, January 26th, 2021.

PUSD Continues Winter Weather Advisory, Jan 26th

Because of the weather conditions, PUSD Covid Child Care and Bus services will be canceled again tomorrow, Tuesday, January 26, 2021.

Distance Learning will run as normal, and students should log on to their classes and follow their daily schedules.

Humboldt Unified School District Announces Snow Day for Monday, January 25th

Due to the current winter storm, and predicted worsening weather, HUSD will cancel school for today, Monday, January 25.

Prescott Unified School District Winter Weather Advisory

By Prescott Unified School District

Because of the anticipated storm, the PUSD Covid Child Care and Bus services are canceled for tomorrow, Monday, January 25, 2021. Distance Learning will run as normal, and students should log on to their classes and follow their daily schedules.

Chino Valley Unified School District Winter Storm Adjustments

The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Storm Warning for tomorrow. In order to protect the health, safety, and welfare of our students and staff, tomorrow has been designated as a distance learning day for all students.

Desert Financial Launches Adopt-A-Teacher 2021

Teachers across Arizona can apply to win $5,000 in supplies, technology and equipment.

Teachers always need supplies for classrooms, even in the virtual space. Desert Financial Credit Union’s annual Adopt-A-Teacher 2021 program invites teachers to apply for a drawing of five lucky winners to receive items on their wish lists totaling $5,000 each. Winners are chosen randomly.

Humboldt Education Foundation Awards Eight Grants to Teachers in 2nd Quarter

Humboldt Education Foundation (HEF) just awarded the second round of Humboldt Unified School District (HUSD) classroom grants to teachers for the 2020-2021 school year. This is the 5th round of grants total for HEF. Last year HEF were able to award grants up to $500 but this year through generous donations from our community we are able to offer grants up to $1,000. Aimee Fleming, Principal of Lake Valley Elementary and HEF board member, shared, “This second quarter grant cycle continues to be hard to pick winners as there are so many needs currently in our schools due to the current state we are in at this time.

Humboldt Unified School District Teacher of the Month

Humboldt Unified School District (HUSD) would like to recognize Mrs. Mary Ticer as January HUSD Teacher of the Month. Mary comes to Granville (GES) with an extensive background in education. Last year, she applied for the GES Title I Teacher position. The GES reading intervention program was a bit archaic and it needed a champion to bring it into the 21st century. Mary was up for the task and took the lead on providing a comprehensive world-class education for all by creating a team of professionals geared for success.

Humboldt Unified School District Student of the Week

Cooper From Liberty Traditional School

Congratulations to Cooper for being this week’s HUSD Student of the Week!


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