Superintendent’s Corner

August 7, 2014

Welcome to the 2015 School Year!

The first day of school was August 4, and on that same day we were announced as Arizona’s Highest Performing District.  Go Spartans!!  What a great way to start a new year. We should all be so proud of our students and staff members that have made Ash Fork School District one of the best in the state.

I am often asked what has helped our schools grow so dramatically over the past three years.  The biggest reason is that we are beginning to believe in ourselves.  It first started with the school board having faith in the administrative team to make the right decisions for our students to succeed.  Second, our teachers began to have confidence in what they were doing as they started seeing small gains in student performance.  Now our students are starting to believe that they can truly achieve any goal that they put their minds to.  Ash Fork Elementary and Middle School not only surpassed state standards, but also met the annual measurable objectives for federal guidelines.

We are really excited about our success, but are still not completely satisfied.  Ash Fork High School showed growth in reading and math, but not enough to earn an “A” rating.  We see this as a great opportunity to improve in the future and jump even higher than our score this year.  We are also looking forward to a new evaluation instrument from the state that will utilize the scores from several grades in our high school and not just the 10th grade.

This year our Ash Fork High School Students have more opportunities than they have had in the entire history of our high school.  Certifications in welding, electrical lineman, C.N.C., engineering, aviation, and medical professions are just some of the courses offered through our Mountain Institute JTED.  Many of our JTED courses also allow students to gain college credit before graduation.

Another highlight for our schools is that each of our schools have been designated as official Capturing Kids Hearts (CKH) Schools.  CKH was a process we started two years ago and has become part of our school culture.  CKH focusses on building meaningful relationships between both staff and students in order to build a stronger team that has the capacity to perform at a higher level than what can be accomplished alone.

In conclusion I am proud to work with such a great community, staff, and student body.

Rock On!!

Mr. Staples




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