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Courtesy photo WES Principal Greg Moffitt presented awards to students at the Nov. 1 WJUSD board meeting.

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Nine Winters Elementary School students were recognized for achievements and academic excellence at the Nov. 1 Winters Joint Unified School District board meeting. WES Principal Greg Moffitt told the Trustees these types of meetings are his favorite kind. These awards give us the opportunity to celebrate student success and the hard work that it took to achieve it,” Moffitt said in an email to the Express. “Our students do incredible things and it’s a joy to recognize their accomplishments as scholars and citizens. Three types of awards were given to students. The Shining Star Award is given to students for academic excellence and achievement. The Rising Star Award is given to students for outstanding growth and to recognize their hard work and determination. The Superstar Award is given to students for their all around excellence and citizenship. Shining Star Award recipients were Ryan Coleman, Damian Prado, Everette Beason. Rising Star Award recipients were Eduardo Nunez Aviña, Jennavecia Ramirez and Carson Alvarado. Super Star Award recipients were Clarissa Uribe, Michaele Brown and Alejandro Ramos. Director of Educational Services Sandra Ayón presented the “Teen Talk” state approved Family Life curriculum for adoption at the Winters Middle School as an informational item. Ayón said the district would like to adopt the curriculum for the seventh grade family life unit and intend to come back for approval from the Board at the Dec. 6 meeting. Ayón said the curriculum materials will be on display for 30 days at the education services in her office so parents and interested community members could review it. Ayón said one of the pulls to the curriculum is that the materials are online and it allows parents to have an avenue to view it and communicate with their children about it. The “Teen Talk” curriculum has a fiscal impact of $285. School board Trustees unanimously voted to approve the acceptance of an American flag from the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #11091. Members representing the VFW Post #11091 at the meeting included Don Davis, Tom Ehnat, Gail Wingard, Georgia Allen (honoring late husband John Sexton) and Dorothy O’Neil (honoring late husband William O’Neil). Davis said the group is donating the 6 by 10 ft American Flag for the district to fly over the football field. At the Oct. 18 WJUSD board meeting Trustees unanimously approved the acceptance of six AEDs donated from Yolo County Health and Human Services.  Winters Fire Department Interim Chief Art Mendoza was present and said they’re proud to be able to provide and serve the district. “There’s a lot of opportunities we have to help the schools,” said Mendoza. “We love doing that.” Trustees unanimously approved to purchase a John Deere 1600 Turbo Series III at a cost of $56,465. Roy Owens, Director of Facilities, Maintenance & Operations, brought the item to purchase a riding mower and trailer to the Oct. 4 school board meeting. Trustee Rudolph Muldong asked how much time is invested in mowing the lawns around the district to which Owens answered up to five days a week depending on factors that included weather conditions and if the field has trees or other obstacles on it. “We have folks on mowers five days a week,” said Owens. “One to three days depending on the time of year and factors of field.” Superintendent Todd Cutler said upon review of the budget there was $14,000 budget for a lawn mower and the remainder of funds comes from RDA funds. “These funds are used for facility repair,” said Cutler. “The RDA funds are appropriate for use of that.”]]>

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