Registration information

Here are the important dates for registration:

Friday July 26th at 10:00 a.m.: Athletes and Student Council only
Monday July 29th at noon: Juniors and Seniors
Tuesday July 30th at noon: Sophomores
Thursday August 1st at 8:00 a.m.: Freshmen
Friday August 2nd at 8:00 a.m.: all students
Here’s the Gila Ridge calendar, with these events and many others: GRHS Calendar
Remember that there are fees associated with the registration process. Cash, checks, and credit/debit cards may be used, but there may be an additional fee for using a credit/debit card.

Important dates for the beginning of the school year:

Wednesday August 7th at 7:30 a.m.: First day of school!
Monday September 2nd: No school due to Labor Day.
Wednesday September 18th: First grading period ends.
Here’s the Board-approved District calendar for the academic year: District Calendar

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Board Meeting: June 12th

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The Yuma Union High School District #70 (YUHSD) Governing Board will convene a regularly scheduled Board Meeting on Wednesday, June 12, 2013 at 5:15 p.m. in the District Board Room at the northwest corner of 32nd Street and Avenue A. I make a point to attend as many board meetings as possible, and more often than not, there are no community members (parents or otherwise) in attendance. I highly recommend that you attend, even if just for a few minutes, as the proceedings are very instructive and sometimes downright interesting. I have found the board members to be genuinely concerned with the welfare of our students while at the same time watching out for all the taxpayers of the county. Perhaps the best illustration of this conscientious stewardship of taxpayer dollars is the Board Room itself (it’s in a trailer): there is certainly no extravagance here!

I’ve attached the agenda for the meeting here:
Board Agenda June 12 2013

Depth vs. Breadth

Common Core State Standards Part 1:

Arizona is one of the 45 states that has adopted the Common Core State Standards (CCSS). In the sidebar under “Useful Links” I’ve perma-linked the CCSS website. As this is a hot topic in education right now, and one that will most certainly affect all students in Yuma, I will be devoting quite a few posts to this, but this first one is just intended to touch on one of the most fundamental ideas behind the implementation of the CCSS. That idea is that instead of pushing students through many concepts at a very shallow level of understanding, the intent of Common Core is to gain a deeper understanding of a smaller number of concepts. The basic idea is that if students are simply forced through material that they don’t really understand, then they will not really be prepared to use that knowledge. Furthermore, since they won’t be prepared to apply that knowledge, they most likely won’t be set up to succeed in subsequent courses that build on that knowledge. The idea of emphasizing depth and rigor is that students will have sufficient time to truly master concepts, and therefore when they do move on to a new concept, they will be able to take that prior knowledge with them and use it as a tool in approaching the new knowledge.

This video does a great job explaining the concept of (and reasoning behind) greater depth:

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Press On!

Nothing in the world can take the place of persistence.
Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent.
Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb.
Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts.
Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent. The slogan Press On! has solved and always will solve the problems of the human race.

-Calvin Coolidge