Spotlight on Innovation

Florence Unified School District

Florence High School and Poston Butte High School




Florence High School and Poston Butte High School

Florence Unified School District

    Contact Person:  Chris Knutsen

    FHS Grades Served:  9-12 FHS Total Enrollment: 730
    PBHS Grades Served: 9-12             PBHS Total Enrollment: 1665


Innovative Practice and Implementation Process:

  • 1:1 Initiative - Every Student has a Laptop

  • Preparing for a Technology Rich Environment
    • Increase school bandwidth
    • Create tech center staffed with trained staff members to fix devices with issues
    • Personalize professional development to ensure tech savvy teachers
  • Benefits of Technology Integration
    • Beyond Textbooks implemented with fidelity
    • Echalk Learning Management System utilized by students submitting assignments for immediate feedback from teachers
    • V-clickers activated on all student laptops for real time comprehension check


  • Restructuring the School Day
  • Built in 30 minutes into the school day to focus on results of weekly formative assessments
    • Remediation: Students identified as struggling are moved into reteach for this 30 minute period to be retaught concepts
    • Celebration: Students meeting academic expectations are allowed to participate in celebration during this 30 minute period


  • Spaghetti with the Principal Tutoring Program
  • Students identified as having a low percentage chance of passing AIMS in reading, writing, and math
  • One night a week for two hours
  • Students who stay are rewarded with free spaghetti dinner
  • Students who attend all “Spaghetti with the Principal” tutoring sessions receive a free kindle

Academic Gains/Evidence of Success: 


  • Reduced number of students receiving one or more failing grades
    • FHS: 119 to 82
    • PBHS: 555 to 190
  • FHS: Only International Baccalaureate School in Pinal County
  • PBHS: Reduced number of fights from 18 to 2 from 2013 to 2014
Florence High School
     2011       2012       2013   
       Growth Points                 62 59 66
       Composite Points 79 78 81
       Total Points                 141 137 147
       Letter Grade A B A


Poston Butte High School
     2011       2012       2013   
       Growth Points                 41 56 51
       Composite Points 73 72 76
       Total Points                 114 128 127
       Letter Grade C B B