New Special Ed Director

Holley Cullen

holleyWe are pleased to announce the selection of Hollee Cullen as the Director of Special Education. Hollee will replace Suraj Syal on July 1st as Mr. Syal moves to his new position as a Director in Provo School District.

Hollee was born and raised in Salt Lake City, Utah and moved to St. George in 1999. She completed a dual major in Elementary Education and Special Education from Southern Utah University as well as Secondary Mathematics Degree a year later. She earned her Masters Degree in 2000 and her administrative endorsement in 2013 both from Southern Utah University.

Hollee started her career as a Special Education Teacher at Cinnamon Hills and then moved to Jordan School District. She returned to St. George to teach at Snow Canyon Middle School in Special Education where she taught and lead the department for 8 years. She has worked at the District Office as a Special Education Coordinator for the past 12 years.

She is the proud mother of four children - Brayden (16 years old), Brinlee (13 years old), Braxton (10 years old), and Brycen (9 years old). She loves to travel, swim, camp, watch her children participate in sports activities, and spend time on the lake boating.

She is quick to note that she has thoroughly enjoyed her connections and relationships made across the District and State and is excited about the opportunity to lead the Special Education Department. She knows that together they will do great things.

Please join with us in welcoming Hollee to her new position as the District Director of Special Education.

Dixie Kite Festival

Dixie Kite Festival Info

The Dixie Power Kite Festival is here again, Saturday, April 13, 2019, held at Dixie State University Encampment Mall, from 10AM – 7PM.The Festival aims to promote reading as a habit and encourage students to engage in family-oriented physical activity. On the day of the event, qualifying students earn a high-quality kite or book for their reading efforts. Entrance to the festival is free.

20th Year 

The Mission of the Dixie Power Kite Festival is four fold:

  1. Provide a wholesome, uplifting, family-oriented event where everyone can participate regardless of experience, training, financial means or physical abilities.
  2. Promote reading as a fundamental basis of education for every child of elementary school age.
  3. Support education with additional funding and make that funding available to selected participating schools at the discretion of the Washington County School Foundation.
  4. Patronize those members of the business community whose financial sponsorship make the Kite Festival possible.

The Dixie Power Kite Festival is designed to promote reading as a habit and encourage students to engage in family-oriented physical activity. Qualifying students earn a high-quality kite, book, or $10 voucher/ticket to be used at the Festival for their reading efforts. Also, contributions are made to the Washington County School Foundation for distribution to schools most actively involved in the kite festival based on attendance.

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2019 Retirement Celebrations

retirement celebrations

We thank those who have dedicated their careers to the students of Washington County. Please join with us in celebrating those who are retiring this year!

April 25, 2019 - Thursday 3pm-4pm Pine View Middle Sheila Brown & Jan Prisbrey
May 3, 2019 - Friday 2:15pm - 3:30pm Arrowhead Elementary Patton, Hansen, Lefler, Seegmiller
May 16, 2019 - Thursday 1:00pm District Office Fisher, Hale, Jensen, Walters
May 17, 2019 - Friday 2pm-3pm Washington Elementary Mary Farnsworth
May 17, 2019 - Friday 3:30pm -4:30pm District Office Fryar & Owens
May 20, 2019 - Monday 4pm-5pm Sunset Elementary Valorie Snow & Dawna Gower
May 20, 2019 - Monday 2:15pm - 3:15pm Sunrise Ridge Intermediate Walt Jones


Notice Public Hearing




PUBLIC NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that on Tuesday, April 16, 2019, the Washington County School District Indian Education Program will hold and conduct a public hearing to receive input from the public with respect to the issuance of and proposed budget of the U.S. Department of Education 2019-2020 Indian Education Formula Grant Program in the approximate amount of $114,703.00 based on the funding formula. The program funds are designated for American Indian/Alaska Native student programs. The hearing will be held during a public meeting that is scheduled to begin at 5:30 p.m. on April 16, 2019 in the Dixie Middle School Library, 929 South 100 East, St. George, Utah 84770. All members of the public are invited to attend and participate in the public hearing.

DATED this 3rd day of April 2019.

A Message of Hope

A lot of people are struggling, that’s OK. If you are struggling, don’t be afraid to seek help. Talk to a teacher. We love and care about you. We are grateful to Dan Reynolds & Imagine Dragons for allowing us to share this message. #SuicidePrevention Safe_UT#WashK12Difference

(Back story): We had the opportunity to see Imagine Dragons live when Dan Reynolds paused his song to speak to the audience about depression, anxiety and having a therapist. For the past couple of weeks, we (Washington County School District) have been seeking permission from Dan and Imagine Dragons to share this message with the children in our school district. Yesterday we got word..."Permission Granted!"

So many children and adults around us struggle with depression and anxiety. It's something Washington County School District is trying to put more of a focus on. It's something we should all talk about.