April 27, 2010
My child can't wait to go to school every day because Wildfire makes learning fun! My daughter is only in 3rd grade, and by now she has dissected a cow's eyeball, spent an overnight at Lake Pleasant learning about the wildlife there, and will soon travel to Kartchner caverns. There is also an Art Masterpiece program whereby the students get to learn about great works of art, and the string orchestra program, where the students learn to play the violin, viola, etc. The school also encourages heavy parent involvement, with a volunteer parent in the classroom every day. I am pleased to donate my time in the classroom, and to be an Art Masterpiece presenter. The school also offers band, computers, and Spanish classes. The core knowledge curriculum is second to none, and the teachers are out of this world! They have the children doing hands-on experiments and projects to help them learn and retain their knowledge. The children also do presentations for the parents of their projects, further helping them gain confidence in public speaking. My daughter will also soon be in the 3rd grade play about life in ancient Rome. Perhaps the best part of this school is the 'Make Your Day Count' program whereby students must take responsibility for their actions / behavior. The students are encouraged to participate in 'responsible telling', and to discuss their conduct on the playground and in the classroom. They 'take points' for poor behavior, and progress on 'step' levels if the behavior is particularly bad, which in turn, progresses the level of discipline. I cannot be more thrilled with the principal, Dr. Troy Bales, or the teachers we have had the absolute joy to have, Susan Yannitelli and Kathy Getman, as well as retired teacher Mrs. Wayne.
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