It is with excitement and preparedness that I introduce myself as the new Principal at Winslow High School. With over 15 years of experience in education, I come to Winslow High School with a strong interest in supporting our students’ graduation and goals after high school and I look forward to working together with everyone to support our students’ endeavors during the upcoming school year.
I am continually impressed that Winslow High School is 4th oldest high school in Arizona, and has been helping students graduate since 1913! And, there are so many more successes our community, staff, and students have made during the last academic year alone. Winslow High School was awarded as an ECAP Exemplar School for the fifth time in our schools' history. Our ECAP success is backed up by impressive data that has caught the attention of education professionals around the State. Additionally, our students’ post-secondary education enrollment rates are at the highest levels yet, while our students are also achieving scores on their assessments that outperform the state averages and peer percentiles for Grade 9 ELA, Algebra I and Geometry.
Just as important as the continued high level of academic achievement, is the tradition of giving back and serving the community that our students have established. Students, during the 2019 school year, immersed themselves in the attitude of helping others. Among the causes, benefiting from our students' involvement were the Diaper Drive to help the local pregnancy center, the Canned Food Drive to support the Elks Club, the Poetry Night at the Chamber of Commerce, and the citywide clean-up effort brought-about by our Raise The Bar initiative. In short, it is evident that our students are involved in activities that give back to our community. The staff at Winslow High School must be extremely proud of all of our students and their hard work.
As we approach the upcoming school year, we must celebrate these accomplishments but also use them as a baseline for further growth and promotions of our students and staff. I am excited to join the Bulldog community and work alongside our amazing staff and students to accomplish this goal. To start this discussion, I look forward to listening to everyone and hear their ideas about ways to enhance the culture and curricula at WHS. I am certain these ideas are excellent and may fit well into the inclusive community we have at Winslow High School.
As we start and throughout the school year, I pledge to provide excellent leadership that brings collaboration, continuity, and enrichment to this exemplary community-embedded school. At any time, please let me know if there is anything that I may do for you and your students. I am thrilled to join the community of Winslow and help build a better future for our students and families.
W. James Donner, Ed.D.