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Exciting Progress for the WPCSD, By Adam Young

Friends and Colleagues,

 I am excited to share with you today several items that are the fruits of much labor during the course of the last 12-18 months.  They are also the results of some really talented and hard working people, reinforcing the idea that when people with great ideas and “never say die” attitudes get together and work for the greater good, positive outcomes are the result.

First, WPHS will be receiving more than $300,000 in grant funds to use towards teachers in its Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs.  Funded fully for 2017-2018 are the Auto/Diesel program, the Information and Media Technology program (featuring Computer Science, Web Design, and IT Tech and Support courses of study), and a new full time Health Science program (featuring Certified Nurse’s Assistant and new Sports Medicine programs of study).  This is amazing news.  Additionally, WPHS received nearly $40,000 in funds to outfit the new Health Occupations Wing with state of the art lab equipment.

As a reminder, the new wing to the school is fully funded by the Pennington Foundation to the tune of $2.1 million.  Special thank yous go to Richard Stoltz of the Pennington Foundation and its Board of Directors for sponsoring this ambitious construction project and to Paul Johnson and Bob Dolezal for working so closely with Richard to put together a successful proposal.

Also on the CTE front, Lund High School received an $24,000 to fund part time teachers from the community in the Agricultural Science program.  This award was the result of collaborative efforts among district staff, Tim Moser (Lund Agriculture teacher), and community members Roy Faught and Blaze Griffin.  As additional grants become available nearer the conclusion of the 2017 legislative session, district staff and Lund supporters of education will continue to work interdependently to create additional opportunities for students in the valley.

The Read by 3 staff is busy planning the Summer Reader and Leader Academy.  The three weeks of summer learning are funded by White Pine’s Read by 3 grant and will feature enriching literacy activities to support and extend the learning students have experienced through the course of the year.  Talented and energetic teachers are on board to deliver this high quality instruction.  Students must be invited in order to attend, and those who participate are fortunate indeed!  Literacy coordinators Rolayne Hanson and Kim Haslem are to thank for all of the work focusing on literacy through the course of the year, and they are responsible for planning these great opportunities for summer learning as well.

I am so pleased to announce that the White Pine Boys and Girls Club will be opening for service on June 5 at White Pine Middle School.  The WPCSD is proud indeed to partner with this outstanding organization to provide summer and before/after school opportunities for students.  Hours are tentatively scheduled from 7 in the morning until 6 in the evening from June 5 through August 18.  The club will be coming out with more details in coming weeks, so stay tuned.  Caroline McIntosh has spearheaded the fundraising for this amazing program to come to our community.  Thank you, Caroline, for your diligent work and support of the youth of White Pine!

Last, WPHS has been designated by the Nevada Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math Council as a Governor’s STEM School!  What a tremendous accomplishment for the staff of the school, led by STEM coach Julie Gonzales, principal Becky Murdock, and assistant principal Alan Hedges.  Click here to read an article with more information about this award.And click here to view some videos of STEM Physics students building and flying drones.

I want to bring your attention back to the fact that each of these accomplishments has been achieved through the collaborative and interdependent efforts of people in our community.  Our most powerful work as educators is in partnership with other people.  That is true within the classroom when teachers partner with students.  It’s true with families as parents and students work with schools to deepen relationships and make learning important and meaningful.  And it’s true with the school district as an organization as it partners with other agencies, community organizations, parents, principals, teachers, and students.  We’re all in it together!

Adam Young is Superintendent of WPCSD. Previously Principal of White Pine County High School. Under Adam’s, White Pine has consistently earned numerous honors, including recognition as a Nevada Model School

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