Mingus Union
High School District #4

Principal’s Message

Purposeful, Engaging, and Respectful: Ingredients for Academic Achievement for All

A Message from Our Principal

Dear Marauder Families, 

The recent weather may not be the best indication, but spring is definitely in the air at Mingus Union High School. This time of year has a special energy as we prepare for state testing, prom, our spring musical, several outdoor spring sports, and of course, graduation.

Next week our freshmen and juniors will participate in state testing. You will find all the important details in this newsletter and on our website. We are encouraged by the learning we see with our students and look forward to gathering this important learning data for the state and our school. Please remind your Marauders to get a good night’s sleep and eat a healthy breakfast.

Senior yard signs will be distributed to seniors soon thanks to the generosity of the Verde Valley Association of Realtors. It’s so wonderful to drive around our community and see the senior signs proudly displayed. Congratulations, class of 2023, and thank you, realtors!

On April 12 seniors will have the opportunity to participate in cap and gown photos. These photos are not required but are an opportunity for families to have graduation photos if they desire. Students will be released from their English classes to take these optional photos. LifeTouch will provide the cap and gown.

Prom is on Saturday, April 1 at the Clarkdale Clubhouse. Student Council has done a great job with planning and prepping for this special masquerade event! ATORT is presenting Mary Poppins this spring. You won’t want to miss this special production. Baseball, softball, track and field, and tennis events are scheduled and ready to go. We invite you to join us for our school events and see our amazing Marauders in action!

Preparation for graduation for the class of 2023 is underway. We are so excited to celebrate our seniors and host our largest, most honored event of the year. Mark your calendars for May 26 at 7:00 p.m. to show your support for the class of 2023! The graduation after party, Operation Graduation, is in full planning mode. Operation Graduation is a community party for Mingus graduates that provides a safe and celebratory environment post ceremony. If you are interested in volunteering, please reach out to Jennifer Reed via email.

As always, thank you for all you do to support your student’s learning. Thank you for making Mingus a part of your family’s story. Please reach out with any questions you may have or for any information you may need. We value your voice and want to hear from you. Go, Marauders!


Genie Gee

Genie Gee
Principal and Treasure Hunter
Mingus Union High School