Melanie Burges, a Senior from Prescott Valley School, is Awarded a Grant McKee Scholarship!
The Scholarship, which is Worth $1,400, is Named after Grant McKee, one of the 19 Firefighters who Died in the Yarnell Fire
(PRESCOTT VALLEY, Arizona)—Melanie Burges, a senior from Prescott Valley School, has been awarded the Grant McKee Scholarship worth $1,400. Melanie learned she had won the scholarship during a recent Peer Assistance Leadership (PAL) breakfast.
As Jody Dietzel, a teacher at Prescott Valley School, explained, McKee had been a member of the PAL program at Prescott High School. After McKee’s death in the Yarnell fire, Catholic Charities established a scholarship in his name.
“When Grant died in the fire in Yarnell, North Star Youth Partnership decided to honor him and his family by starting the scholarship,” Dietzel said.
To apply for the scholarship, Melanie wrote an essay talking about her experiences in PAL and her future plans. A total of four students from the Prescott area were honored, Dietzel said.
Melanie, who hopes to get into Northern Arizona University, said she plans on majoring in Criminal Justice.
“My lifelong dream is to be able to join the police academy,” she said.
When she heard her name called as a winner of the Grant McKee Scholarship, Melanie said she couldn’t believe it.
“Honestly, I was completely dumbfounded. I had gone to the Peer Assistance Leadership breakfast believing I was to read a speech to the schools that had come,” she said.
“When they called my name my mom actually had to nudge me because I couldn’t believe it. When I came to my senses I was ecstatic beyond belief.”
Prescott Valley School’s Golf Team Wins First Place in The Northern Arizona Athletic Association Golf Tournament!
The Eight-Member Team Beat Out Six Other Schools for the Top Place Finish
Recently, the golf team from Prescott Valley School won first place at The Northern Arizona Athletic Association golf tournament. The tournament was held at Verde Santa Fe Golf Course in Cornville.
Forrest Danson, golf coach at Prescott Valley School, said eight students—six boys and two girls who are in grades 7 through 12—made up the winning team. Seven schools participated in the tournament, which was played over nine holes.
“The lowest total score of four players from each team was used to determine the overall winner,” Danson said, adding that the school’s golf season lasts for eight weeks, with tournaments being held each week at each school’s “home” course.
“The weekly events are precursors to the final trophy event,” he said.
The first place win was especially sweet, Danson said, because for the first time in six years Prescott Valley School was finally able to beat one of its rivals. For a number of years, Danson said Prescott Valley School took second place to the other team.
Danson said this year’s team was determined from the start to bring home the winning trophy.
“The team members showed wonderful dedication and practiced three days per week prior to each Thursday event,” he said.
“The team helped each other, invented ‘mini-contests’ of putting and chipping to hone their short game skills and encouraged each other both during practice and in the weekly tournaments.”
Another reason the first place win is impressive, noted Danson, is that only one member of this year’s team has prior competitive high school golfing experience.
“One other student had played a bit for fun but six of them were total beginners who had never played golf before.”
StoneRidge Golf Course was also instrumental in the team’s win, Danson said, as the golf course provided practice balls and free range time for the students.
Danson said he is extremely proud of every member of the golf team and their amazing efforts.
“Using donated clubs, donated golf bags and a ‘we can do it’ attitude, they came together as a team,” he said.
“I am very lucky to be associated with this fine group of young women and men. I will never forget them and the example they set for their classmates.”
PVS Archers Head to KY Nationals!
This May, Trinity Phares and Adam Sena, both students at Prescott Valley School, will travel to Louisville, Kentucky to compete in the 2015 National Archery in the Schools Program (NASP) Nationwide Competition. The competition will be held from May 7 to 9.
Trinity and Adam are both members of Prescott Valley School’s archery team. Jani Wagter, a third grade teacher and archery coach, said the two young students qualified for the national competition by doing well during the Arizona State Tournament held on March 14 at the Ben Avery Shooting Facility.
“Trinity placed 10th in the elementary girls division, and Adam placed 7th in the elementary boys division,” Wagter said.
Wagter said both students shoot with a compound bow at an 80 cm FITA target. FITA is short for the Federation Internationale de Tir a l’Arc, which is the world governing body of target archery. The archers shoot three sets of five arrows at 10 meters and 15 meters.
Trinity and Adam practice along with the other members of the school’s archery team twice a week for 60 to 90 minutes each time. Wagter said the team meets after school for six months.
“They are so excited to have the opportunity to represent Prescott Valley School in a National Competition,” Wagter said, adding that she too is delighted with how well they competed.
“I am thrilled for my two youngest archers and so proud of their performance at State Competition. Of course, it is important to remember that I am also very proud of all of my archers and their accomplishments this year. I have a great team of students dedicated to the sport of archery.”
PVS Will Apply for 21st Century Community Learning Center Grant!
In May of 2015, PVS will submit a grant to the AZ Department of Education for the support of an after school tutoring and enrichment program that would allow all after school programs to be free to all K-12 PVS students. Volunteers and community partners are needed to participate in grant activities, which are scheduled to include math, science and reading tutoring, and STEAM enrichment clubs; Monday-Friday over 152 school days beginning in the fall of 2015, if awarded. The program will also include community nights and parent education courses to assist parents with supporting their child at home. If you are interested in additional information about this program or to volunteer or join our efforts as a community member please contact Director, Monika Fuller, at 928-772-8744 or via email at email@example.com
PVS 8th Grader WINS First Place!
Ian Johnson’s Colorful ‘Butterfly Graphic’ Caught the Eye of Judges
When representatives from the Prescott Valley Civic Center contacted Lisa Bellavance, an art teacher at Prescott Valley School, and asked her to submit some of her students’ work for a juried exhibit, she was more than happy to help.
When Bellavance learned that one of her student’s paintings won first place in the exhibit, she was delighted.
Eighth grader Ian Johnson’s “Butterfly Graphic” project, a mixed media piece that used oil crayons, watercolor markers and colored pencils, was named the winner of the exhibit. In all, about 22 pieces created by Prescott Valley School students in grades 1 through 12 were on display at the Civic Center.
PVS Students Celebrate Academic Excellence
PVS students that meet or exceed the standards on first semester math AND reading Galileo assessments will be eligible to participate in an academic celebration at FREEDOM STATION. Grades 7-12 will visit freedom station on Thursday, January 29 and grades K-6 will visit Freedom station on Friday, January 30! WAY TO GO SCHOLARS!!!
***WE ARE NOW ACCREDITED***
Prescott Valley School students, faculty, parents, and administrators hosted an external review for K-12 accreditation on November 19-20, 2014, which ended in the school being granted accreditation through AdvancED. We are so proud of our students and staff for all their hard work in making this possible for our school community. We cannot thank everyone enough for all their time and energy in ensuring our visit was a success! GO LIONS!!!
PVS High School Students are heading to NAU for a university campus tour!
When – Thursday, December 4th – 9am-3pm
Details – Lunch provided by NAU – Bring money if you wish to shop in the bookstore.
Permission slips are due before Thanksgiving Break! Don’t get left behind…plan for your educational future now!
We were busy this summer!!!
The new building on Highway 69 and Mendecino has been retrofitted for a high school only campus! Four new classrooms, an indoor lunch and athletic area, and ample parking are ready to receive students on the first day of school! New direct taught electives for high school include German, Performance Choir, Physical Education, and Creative Writing. New exciting computer-based electives include Accounting, Java Programming, Web Design, Photography, Driver Safety, 3D Art I: Modeling, 3D Art II: Animation, Game Design, and much more. Come by for a tour of the new campus today!
The former high school building has been remodeled to serve grades 2-6. Each classroom has been painted and equipped with a bank of student computers.
Junior high now has its own wing in the former multi-purpose room equipped with student computers and the choice of exciting electives such as PE, Choir, and/or Leadership that meet daily.
The former elementary building will now be solely dedicated to Kindergarten and First Grade!!!