HWUSD consolidates schools to save money, improve instruction; no combination classes this year

Facebooktwittergoogle_plusredditpinterestlinkedinmailby feather

The former Winkelman Elementary School and Leonor Hambly Middle School have been consolidated. The new school name is Leonor Hambly K-8 School.

“Leonor Hamby was the first female administrator in the school district and was a Hispanic role model for many female students pursuing a career in education. It is only fitting that the second female administrator in the district is the new principal of the new Leonor Hambly K-8 School,” said Jeff Gregorich, HWUSD superintendent.

“I am very excited to be the first principal of the new Leonor Hambly K-8 School. I look forward to making it place where all students can learn and reach their dreams. Having graduated from the Hayden-Winkelman School District makes me even more committed to ensure every student the best education possible,” stated Pam Gonzalez.

The K-8 alignment is not a new concept, in fact, many bigger school districts have chosen the K-8 school alignment to improve classroom instruction and streamline curriculum and instructional practices. Perhaps one of the most positive elements of K-8 alignment is student discipline. Keeping the middle school students in a traditional elementary classroom setting limits potential negative exposure to social issues facing high school students today throughout America.

Gregorich also said:“There will be no combination elementary school classrooms this school year. Combination classes are when multi-grade level students share the same teacher and the same classroom. This is sometimes done to improve instruction as well as save dwindling school funding dollars. Fortunately this year, the district enrollment remained steady, which allows the district to avoid the need for combination grade level classrooms.”

“The moving of the middle school students will save enough money to make needed improvements throughout the district. Our district is fortunate to have a staff and community that values education and wants our school district to continue to provide a quality education for all of our students, as it has for the past 78 years,” stated Gregorich.

Staff (3076 Posts)

There are news or informational items frequently written by staff or submitted to the Copper Basin News, San Manuel Miner, Superior Sun, Pinal Nugget or Oracle Towne Crier for inclusion in our print or digital products. These items are not credited with an author.


Facebooktwittergoogle_plusredditpinterestlinkedinmailby feather
Facebooktwitterby feather

Comments are closed.

  • Additional Stories

    Hayden seniors rewarded for hard work

    May 25th, 2016
    by

      Hayden High School graduates were rewarded for all their hard work with thousands of dollars in scholarships and awards […]


    Hayden graduation set for Friday

    May 25th, 2016
    by

      The Hayden High School Class of 2016 will begin their Commencement Program by entering Lalo Serrano Memorial Field this […]


    Hayden Police Report – May 25, 2016

    May 25th, 2016
    by

      According to state law, there are two methods by which police may arrest suspected offenders. The suspect may be […]


    Hayden High School students honored with classroom awards

    May 25th, 2016
    by

      Hayden High School students were recognized for their achievements for the 2015-16 academic year during a program held last […]


  • Additional Stories

    Hayden Police Report – May 18, 2016

    May 19th, 2016
    by

      According to state law, there are two methods by which police may arrest suspected offenders. The suspect may be […]


    Future nurses recognized at Central Arizona College’s nursing pinning ceremony

    May 19th, 2016
    by

    PINAL COUNTY, Ariz. – Central Arizona College celebrated the 52nd Nursing Division Graduating Class during the Spring 2016 Nursing Pinning […]


    Twenty graduate from CAC-Aravaipa

    May 19th, 2016
    by

    Central Arizona College held its commencement ceremony for all of its campuses on Friday, May 13, 2016, on the green […]


    Copper Corridor baseball, softball players fill AIA All-Section teams

    May 19th, 2016
    by

      The Arizona Interscholastic Association (AIA) released its baseball and softball All-Section teams on Saturday, May 14, and the Copper […]


  • Copperarea

  • [Advertisement.]
  • [Advertisement.]
  • Southeast Valley Ledger

  • Arizona Headlines & Current Weather