AJO UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT NO. 15
SPECIAL ELECTION NOVEMBER 4, 2014
Request for public comments deadline is August 8, 2014.
AJO UNIFIED SCHOOL BOARD APPOINTS NEW SCHOOL LEADER
After accepting Principal Brian MacKenzie’s resignation at the March meeting of the Ajo Unified School District’s Governing Board, the Board and the Superintendent quickly began the process of hiring a replacement. It was the opinion of the Board and the Superintendent that there was enough “in house” leadership potential to limit the search for Mr. MacKenzie’s replacement to existing staff.
In April, Superintendent Bob Dooley posted internal advertisements for Mr. MacKenzie’s position and scheduled interviews for those candidates with the Governing Board. At the regular Board meeting on May 7, 2014, the Board unanimously appointed Dr. Lauren G. Carriere to serve as MacKenzie’s replacement effective 7/1/14.
Dr. Carriere has served the students of the Ajo Unified School District for the past 3 years as a Student Success Coach. According to Superintendent Dr. Dooley, she has been a key figure in helping staff increase the high school graduation rate to 84.4% in 2013, after that rate had lingered in the low 70% area a few years prior.
Dr. Carriere received her B.A. in Biology from Arcadia University in Glenside, Pennsylvania; she received her M.A. in Student Development Administration from Seattle University in Seattle, Washington with a 4.0 GPA: she earned her doctorate degree in Educational Leadership with a 4.0 GPA from Seattle University as well. She was selected by Teach for America to participate in the Rural School Leadership Academy for 2013-2014. She resides in Ajo with her husband Denny.
Robert F. Dooley, Ed.D., Superintendent
Ajo Unified School District #15
JTED (Joint Technological Education District)
Ajo High School is very excited to be a part of the Pima County Joint Technological Education District. Participation in this educational venture allows Ajo High School to receive funding that will provide educational opportunities for all of our students. Currently, JTED is helping to pay for Culinary Arts, Audio and Visual Programming, Web Design (responsible for this page), Welding, Automotives, First Responder and Publications classes. This funding source, in addition to federal vocational grants, will also help Ajo High School to institute additional programming to meet the career goals of our students. If you are interested in helping us achieve these programs, please contact Mr. MacKenzie at Ajo High School; 520-387-7601 or BMacKenzie@tabletoptelephone.com.
Notification of Nondiscrimination
AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination)
AVID is a eighth through twelfth grade program designed for "students in the academic middle" with the goal to prepare them for four-year College and University success. AVID is a nationwide program with a proven track record dating from the mid seventies and is currently under initial implementation at Ajo High School. There are currently 16 Ajo High School students participating in AVID spanning through eleventh grade. The program also reaches from Ajo High School into the Ajo Middle School level from grade seven. AVID includes educational programs assisting students in organizational skills, study skills, career development, goal setting, rigorous course work, and self esteem. More information about the AVID program is available.
Advanced Placement/Honors/College Bound
Ajo High School is proud to announce the inclusion of Advance Placement and Pre-Advance Placement courses to its curriculum. Currently, Ajo High School offers Pre-Advance Placement courses for Algebra, Freshman English, and Sophomore English. Ajo High School is currently offering Advance Placement Junior English, and will be offering a follow-up Advance Placement course at the Senior level during the next school year. Advance Placement courses will prepare the students to take the Advance Placement test in that content area. Ajo High School students will receive a weighted grade in Advance Placement classes and successful completion of the Advance Placement exam will allow the students to earn college credit with some programs. For more information, visit the CollegeBoard website. Ajo High School continues to offer rigorous coursework designed to prepare Ajo High School students for higher education. Courses offered that fall under the Honors or College Bound umbrella in the Ajo High School curriculum include Advanced Composition and World Literature, Chemistry, Physics, Algebra II, and Trigonometry/Pre-Calculus. Ajo High School also offers two years of foreign language with Spanish I and II, preparing students for college required course work.
JOM (Johnson-O'Malley program)
Ajo High School offers inclusive and resource services to students with Native American cultural backgrounds through the federally funded Johnson-O'Malley program. This program allows for small group and individual tutoring and homework help for students meeting the criteria or eligibility. More information about JOM is available. Ajo High School has successfully participated in JOM programming since the early 70's, and is housed in the school Media Center and is taught by Marcia Fober, 520-387-3494.
Ajo High School participates along with Ajo Elementary in an inclusive Gifted program that identifies students for academic and cognitive ability, individualizing their educational programming to enhance their opportunities and achievement. The program is managed by a certified teacher with Gifted programming experience, and is implemented within the regular classroom. In addition to individualized goals and objectives in the classroom, Gifted students will be paired with community mentors to develop project and service based activities to enhance their education. For more information about our gifted program, please contact Melissa Zanot at 520-387-7601.
Ajo High School Special Projects office houses special programming for English Language Learners and Exceptional Education. These programs are characterized by resource and inclusion classroom practices to meet the special needs of its students. If you have any questions about either Special Education or English Language Learners, please contact Diana Celeya at 520-387-4069.
Many Extracurricular Activities qualify for Tax Credit Donations.
Physicals for students in sports will be on July 19 from 3-5 at the clinic. Cost is $35 and they will submit to insurance.
The Lady Raider Volleyball Varsity Volleyball Team finished with a 5-13 overall record for the 2011 season. The Junior Varsity team finished with a 7-11 overall record. The team had some great moments including a thrilling 3-0 sweep of the Gila Bend Monsters on Senior Night. Arley Nunez led the team this year. The team is looking forward to next season as many starters return and some of the JV players will be a big addition to the Lady Raiders. The team is coached by Tichia Mancilla.
The football team finished the year with a 3-5 record. Even though they lost in double overtime the 2011 homecoming game was without a doubt the game of the year. Kene Richardson, Issac Manuel, Angel Netherlin Jose Valenzuela, and a host of others led the team. Also for the first time in many years we had a JV squad that competed and had a 2-2 record for the season. With over 25 boys out for football our program is looking up! The team is coached by Tom McGoldrick, Mike Seeley, Moni Alvillar and Lonnie Guthrie. Spring football will be in May, if you have any questions contact Coach McGoldrick.
Boys and girls basketball season starts October 31, 2011. The boys are coached by Brad Harvey and Moni Alvillar. The girls are coached by Dave Emmers and Elizabeth Zinky. We will be hosting a pre-season scrimmage between Tohono O'Odham, Gila Bend, and our own Red Raiders of Friday, November 18th starting at 6:00 p.m. Our first game is Tuesday, November 22nd against the Tonopah Valley Phoenix.
As coaches we wear many hats: leader, role model, disciplinarian, teacher, friend and counselor to name a few. As a parent and a fan of the girls you also follow rules. Be a fan of everyone on the team. Be supportive of your child. Respect other fans, coaches, players and yes, even the referees. The players will be expected to work hard, support their teammates, be positive and have a good attitude.
We are working to create an environment where athletes can have fun and feel good about basketball. We will teach the fundamentals and strategies of basketball. We want the athletes to mold into a quality basketball team with the emphasis on team and not the individual. Student athletes will also learn many life skills such as teamwork, loyalty, organization, budgeting time, and setting priorities.
Come on out to the basketball games and cheer loud and long. Have a good time and show your AJO RAIDER PRIDE.
Mr. David Shorey is in charge of the 2011 - 2012 Drama Program. He will not only be pre-paring the students to put on a play, but will also be getting them ready to compete in AIA sanction events. More information will be forth-coming.