Important Info

Here you will find important information Dr. Carlson wants to be sure to communicate to the Wickenburg community. Please check it often so that you are continually educated and aware of the issues facing our district.

Education Articles

Here you will find recent articles regarding important issues facing the Wickenburg Unified School District. To view past articles, please visit our archive.

Super Intendent's Corner

Howard CarlsonDr. Howard Carlson began his career in the state of Washington where he taught agriculture, science, and math courses at the middle school and high school levels. He earned his B.S. Degree from Washington State University and his Master’s degree from Heritage University. He completed his doctorate at Washington State University in 1997. 

As an administrator, Dr. Carlson has served at the building and central office levels; first becoming a superintendent in 1997. He has served as an assistant superintendent and superintendent in the states of Washington, Minnesota, and now Arizona. Dr. Carlson co-authored a book for new superintendents titled, “So Now You’re the Superintendent,” which was selected by the American Association of School Administrators to be jointly published with Corwin Press.

Dr. Carlson has been recognized as a state and national “Teacher of the Year,” “Administrator of the Year,” and was recently named Wickenburg's “Man of the Year." In 2011, he accepted an appointment by Governor Jan Brewer to serve on the state’s E-Learning Task Force.

Dr. Carlson has four children, all of which are school age and attend WUSD schools. His wife is also a certified teacher, and she currently teaches art and music (including band) at Festival Foothills Elementary School.

Dr. Carlson welcomes your comments and concerns.  You may e-mail him anytime or give him a call at (928) 668-5350.

Current Education Article

Wickenburg Unified School District Adopts New Student Information System

At the last governing board meeting, we heard a presentation by Marcia Hespen, executive director of educational services, related to the state’s newly adopted student information system. In this article, I have asked Ms. Hespen to provide a bit of detail regarding this new system and its benefits for WUSD.

The Wickenburg Unified School District currently uses Power School, a student information system for all of our schools. Teachers, parents, and students have used the grade book feature on this system over the past fifteen years. While Power School has many good features, it is time intensive to obtain reports, for data uploads, and alignment with the Arizona Department of Education.

This past summer, the state awarded Edupoint Educational Systems, Inc. the contract to provide Synergy as a statewide student information system for Arizona. This adoption was the result of educators wanting a system that would incorporate the latest technology to manage student information at a reduced price through state contracting.

In addition, the Arizona Department of Education has committed to ongoing support and streamlined data reporting, by providing services for all districts and charter schools that contract with the state to use Synergy. This will result in cost savings for our district. We will no longer have to use a third party vendor to connect with the state department in order to receive our data. We will now have direct access to our data.

We are pleased to announce that the Wickenburg Unified School District will be implementing Synergy over the next six months. Our district will benefit due to the cost savings, alignment to state reporting, and a variety of features for students, parents, teachers, and administration.

An example of these features include teacher websites in Synergy to inform parents and students through their portal to see all assignments, grades, activities, notices, announcements, etc. Synergy also allows the parent to customize what information they prefer to see for each of their children, based on that child’s particular needs.

Once the system comes online for the 2015-2016 school year, we will provide additional information and updates for the community.