Hello Winslow Junior High School family and friends,
Welcome to the 2020/2021 school year! I am Debra Lopez and I am the Principal of Winslow Junior High School. This is going to be a year to remember on so many levels. We may not have the halls full of Jr. High students looking for their classes on the first day of school but I can guarantee you the classrooms will be full of amazing teachers who are looking to engage you student in a memorable learning experience whether it is through online learning or in-person learning.
When our schools are able to safely open to students, we will work hard on building the achievement of your students and continuing to keep everyone safe. As we develop plans to open our schools, we will keep our educational community informed of the expectations of students and what precautions we will have in place to keep COVID-19 at bay. Please keep checking our main school website for updates as we will post information for you to review.
With each year here at Winslow Junior High, I strive to connect even more with the community and help make our school a welcome place. I was born and raised in the community of Winslow and am so excited to be able to serve the students in the very school that I attended. After graduating from Winslow High I completed my Bachelor's Degree at Northern Arizona University majoring in Elementary Education. I was then fortunate to be a teacher for the next 14 years here at WUSD #1. I taught 6th and 4th grade during that time. I made the decision to pursue my Masters Degree in Educational Administration and graduated from Grand Canyon University. I had the opportunity to serve as an academic coach assisting new and veteran teachers in our district. For 3 years I served as the Student Advisor here at Winslow Junior High School. I am in my third year serving as the Principal of WJHS.
Having worked at the Junior High for the past 6 years, I have seen the development of programs that are focused on student achievement and student centered learning. As part of our program we are providing your student with an environment that takes into consideration the social and emotional needs of a Junior High School. My goal is to continue to provide an environment where every student has the opportunity to learn in a safe, engaging, learning environment with supportive staff. I welcome families to be part of the team in supporting your student and their teachers. It is through the partnership of parents, educational staff and the community that we provide our students with a learning environment that fosters their growth.
Winslow Junior High School has so many opportunities for students to showcase their talents and be part of the community here at WJHS. I encourage every student to be part of our sports program, clubs, or fine arts program. Our campus has over one-third of the student body participating in our fine arts program. Junior High is a wonderful time for adolescents to explore new activities and be part of the extra-curricular program. My hope is that we can safely return to providing students with this important activities.
I look forward to the new year and am excited to see the amazing things that our students will accomplish this academic year. Thank you for all of your patience and understanding as we work together during this unprecedented start to the school year. Let's work together to make it a wonderful experience for your student! We are WJHS.....BULLDOG PROUD!
Debra Lopez, Principal
Winslow Jr. High School