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Welcome to the Home of the Cowboys

Welcome to the website of Willcox High School, Home of the Cowboys! We are located in Cochise County, Arizona, in the quaint historic town of Willcox, and we serve students in grades 9 through 12. Though we are a small school, we take pride in providing an excellent education for our students that will empower them to become responsible and compassionate adults and prepare them to succeed in a highly technological world.

In addition to our outstanding academic curriculum, we also offer special education and gifted education programs to cater to specific student needs as well as a variety of clubs and athletic activities for those seeking extracurricular opportunities.


A Message from our Principal

Dear Parents and Guardians,

Happy fall season from WHS! The 2017-2018 school year seems to be moving along faster than ever. It’s hard to believe that the month of September is practically behind us! The staff and students continue to work hard and move forward to get the work done. Education is very important, and I welcome any of our WHS family members to visit us at any time to see what wonderful things are taking place here at Willcox High School!
 
Success in school, at any level, depends on several things. One of the most important of these is the communication and collaboration that takes place between parents and their child’s teacher. With this in mind, I would like to make you aware of several things. The first item is parent/teacher conferences which will take place on October 10 and 11 from 5:00 to 7:30 p.m. Another great tool to help you keep on top of your child’s progress is to check his/her grades on line. If you have Internet capability at home or work, you can access this information on a daily basis. If you need help with this please, call the high school office 520-384-8601. Another great tool is the teachers’ e-mail or calling them to get more information.
 
Learning is both rewarding and satisfying, but it is also hard work. What students learn during their formative years is theirs for a lifetime, and that learning lays a very important foundation for a happier and more secure future. The school day is too short to “cover all the bases,” hence the need to “crack the books” at home. Parents and guardians are role models for their children. As role models, you exert a powerful influence on your children’s attitude, character, and values. Issues in school are ironed out because the students, staff, and parents comprise a team, and teamwork means working together to struggle toward and to achieve goals.
 
Parents, please continue to reinforce good attendance habits with your child. Attendance and accuracy of attendance are extremely important in school, since excessive absences result in missed class work which may be difficult to make up. This may cause loss of continuity in learning and also may produce an irresponsible attitude toward daily obligations. This can ultimately result in failure in school.
 
It’s that time of year - homecoming! There’s a lot in store for the week of October 2-6. We will have our door/room decoration competition. Each classroom will compete for the most creative, spirited door using the theme “Story Books.” Staff and students may begin decorating doors on Monday, September 25; they must decorate the entire door.
 
We will also have our spirit week! We invite students to dress in the following themes throughout the week:
  • Monday – Pajama bottoms/Onesies (dress code enforced) – Beat those “MINERS"
  • Tuesday – Story Book character day (fairy tales, Dr. Seuss, Disney, etc.)
  • Wednesday – Willcox Cowboy/Cowgirl Day (wear your cowboy gear)
  • Thursday – WHS Red/White and Black Day (show your school pride), pep rally from 2:05-2:45, and a bon fire right after the girls volleyball game vs. Tombstone and beginning in the new gymnasium
  • Friday – Homecoming/Game Day vs. San Manuel 

College Readiness Assessments

On October 11, all sophomores and new juniors will take the PSAT (practice for the SAT) during the school day. Our juniors will take the ASVAB on November 8 in the old gymnasium or auditorium. These tests provide valuable feedback on college readiness and the work necessary to prepare for college entrance exams. Both assessments will take place from 8:00 a.m. until noon. Students will eat lunch at noon during 5th hour lunch.
 
Get an idea of what your student can do to prepare for the PSAT on October 11:

Attention seniors and juniors! Free ACT and ASVAB tutoring is available every Friday and begins September 22. The tutoring hours are from 9 a.m.-12 p.m. The classes take place in Mrs. Mehta's classroom. These scores are vital for your future! The next ACT will be on October 28, and the next SAT will be on October 7. Math help is available in room 319. These scores are vital for college admissions!

As always, if at any time we can be of assistance to you, please do not hesitate to contact us through the main office or e-mail. If you are unable to attend parent/teacher conferences, please contact the school if you will need a conference for your child especially if your child is having problems in any class. Now is the time to address it. 
 
I hope that you enjoy the upcoming fall season and all the events that will occur. IT’S UP 2 US to have a great school year!

Go, Cowboys!

Jeff Thompson
Jeff Thompson
Principal