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Posted: Tuesday, January 26, 2010 12:00 am

Register by Jan. 27 for Lagos Fun Run

The inaugural Kyrene de los Lagos PTO Family Fitness Fun Run will take place Saturday, Feb. 6, in the Ahwatukee Foothills Lakewood subdivision.

Runners and walkers are encouraged to attend the event, which features a 5K run, walk and trot. The race begins and ends at Kyrene de los Lagos Elementary School at 17001 S. 34th Way. The course is a flat run around the Lakewood Parkway loop.

Registration and packet pickup are at 8:30 a.m. Feb. 6, and the event begins at 9 a.m. (strollers are welcome; dogs are not allowed). An awards ceremony will follow at 10 a.m.

Fees are $10 per person or $40 per family. Register by Wednesday, Jan. 27 to assure you receive a Fun Run T-shirt and lower entrance fee.

For questions, e-mail


Staff vs. student basketball fundraiser

Students will take on staff members in a basketball fundraiser from 3:15 to 4:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 28, at Kyrene Centennial Middle School, 13808 S. 36th St.

Proceeds will benefit CMS Minitown and CMS 8C Humanities Camp.


Arizona Grand saves middle school leadership camp

All Kyrene middle schools sponsor a Mini-Town Camp program each year. Mini-Town is an early adolescent program based on the high school program Any Town, which is a unique state-of-the-art youth leadership and diversity awareness program for high school students.

Kyrene Aprende Middle School had booked the program in Prescott to start Jan. 22, but was notified that the camp had no electricity and would be unable to accommodate the group. The Arizona Grand Resort stepped in and generously offered to house the students and staff and provide meals and space for the school to run its program. The event will take place Jan. 29 to 31.


Kyrene Family Resource Center community open house

The Kyrene Foundation, a nonprofit group that raises money for projects and scholarships that would otherwise be unfunded, will host a community open house and ribbon cutting for the Kyrene Family Resource Center from 3 to 5 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 2. The Resource Center is located on the Kyrene de los Niños campus, at 1330 E. Dava Drive in Tempe. The ribbon cutting will be by the Ahwatukee Foothills and Tempe chambers of commerce. The ceremony will begin at 4 p.m.

The Kyrene Family Resource Center provides food, clothing, holiday assistance and adult education opportunities among other things for families who live in the Kyrene area and are experiencing difficulties.

For more information on the Kyrene Foundation, go to For information on the Kyrene Family Resource Center, visit


SMCC Storytelling Institute features Folktales for Grownups

The South Mountain Community College Storytelling Institute will present its annual “Folktales for Grownups” series beginning Feb. 3, featuring three ensemble performances that spotlight time-honored folktales from cultures around the world.

The first performance will feature tales of “Ghosts, Revenants and Spirits” at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 3, in the SMCC Studio Theatre at 7050 S. 24th St. Presenting these scary stories will be storytellers Sean Buvala, Paulette Friday, Jordan Hill, Marilyn Omifunke Torres and Liz Warren.

Upcoming sessions include “Noodleheads, Fools and Tricksters” (March 3) and “Earthcare” (April 21).

In courtesy to the storytellers, no one will be seated once the storytelling has begun. Admission is free.

For more information, visit, call Liz at (602) 243-8026 or e-mail


Summit School of Ahwatukee open houses, art exhibit

The following open houses are being offered by The Summit School of Ahwatukee, located at 4515 E. Muirwood:

K-8 open house and art exhibit. Families are invited to an open house for students in kindergarten through eighth grade on Thursday, Feb. 4.

A kindergarten presentation will take place 5 to 6 p.m. in the kindergarten classrooms followed by a middle school presentation from 5:30 to 6 p.m. in the school library and the art exhibit from 6 to 7:30 p.m. in the multipurpose room. All classes will be open for a self-guided tour.

Preschool open house. An open house for the preschool program will take place Saturday, Feb. 6. The NAEYC accredited preschool program is research-based, developmentally appropriate and taught by educated and experienced teachers. The play-based curriculum instills both knowledge and a love of learning for a lifetime. Presentations and tours are from 10 a.m. to noon and again from 1 to 3 p.m. Free childcare is offered during the presentation. RSVP to

For further information, call (480) 403-9500 or visit


DV Grad Night meetings

The Desert Vista High School Grad Night Committee will meet at 7 p.m. Thursdays Feb. 4, March 4, April 1 and May 6 in room H108 at the school, 16440 S. 32nd St.

To make Grad Night successful, the committee needs help from senior parents. For more information or to serve on the committee, e-mail


Valentine Boutique benefits DVHS Grad Night

A Valentine Boutique will take place from 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 6, at 11827 S. Montezuma Court in Ahwatukee Custom Estates. Refreshments will be served. Admission is $5, and proceeds will support Desert Vista High School’s Grad Night.

Donations can be made by check to DV Grad Night 2010 and sent to Tammie Connell, 15015 S. 7th St., Phoenix, AZ 85048. You will receive a receipt in return for tax purposes, as Grad Night is a 501(c)(3) organization.

For information, contact Sarah Colone at (602) 206-3434 or


DV marching band selected for 2011 Fiesta Bowl National Band Championship

The Desert Vista High School marching band has accepted an invitation to participate in next year’s Fiesta Bowl National Band Championship. The top two finishers in this year’s 2009 Arizona State Marching Band Championship were invited to the national championship for the 2010-11 school year. Desert Vista placed second in this year’s state competition with a score of 83.5. All members who join the 2010-11 marching band will attend the competition on Dec. 30, 2010. 

The band is currently looking for sponsors to support their extended season to participate in nationals.

For more information or to sponsor, e-mail Julie Smith at


SMCC presents ‘Black Women Walking’

In celebration of Black History Month, South Mountain Community College, the SMCC Black Student Union and Seek First Entertainment will present Black Women Walking, a one-act play spotlighting the achievements of 11 notable African-American women, Feb. 11 to 13.

A school-day performance intended for elementary-age students begins at 10 a.m. Feb. 11 and evening performances will start at 7 p.m. Feb. 12 and 13 in the SMCC Performance Hall at 7050 S. 24th St., just north of Baseline Road.

General admission tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for students and $5 for seniors age 55 and older. 

For information, call (602) 243-8353, e-mail or visit


Upromise awarding $250K in scholarships

Upromise by Sallie Mae is now accepting applications for this year’s scholarship program, which will award $2,500 to 100 accomplished college-bound students for the 2010-11 academic year. Made possible by lead sponsor Bank of America and contributions from MasterCard Worldwide and Rewards Network, the Upromise Scholarship helps high-achieving students pursue a college education. Applications are due by Feb. 15.

For complete eligibility guidelines and applications, visit


Classes coming up at SMCC Ahwatukee

South Mountain Community College Ahwatukee Foothills Center at 10429 S. 51st St., Suite 101, is offering “Hiring Within The Law: E-Verify and I-9 Compliance,” a two-session non-credit course designed to help business owners understand the legal responsibilities of hiring as mandated by recent changes in the law. The class is scheduled for Wednesdays, Feb. 17 and 24, from 5:30 to 9 p.m., and the cost is $50. Register for CONT_ED 61493 online at For more information, call Bruce at (602) 305-5810 or e-mail

• Dick Sellers, owner of Ace Auto Repair, will teach General Auto Repair from 8 a.m. to noon Saturdays, Feb. 20 and 27, at the shop at 5010 S. Central Ave. The cost is $40. Register for CONT_ED 60577 online at or call (602) 243-8123.


SMCC earns continued accreditation

As it celebrates 30 years of helping students to achieve their educational goals, South Mountain Community College has received formal notice from the Higher Learning Commission that it has been granted continued accreditation as an institution of higher education. Official notice was received by the college in a letter issued by the commission on Dec. 16, 2009.

Since the fall of 2006, college faculty and staff have been laying the groundwork for SMCC’s successful re-accreditation. Key to this effort was a two-year self-study, through which the college reviewed and assessed its performance and achievements.

For additional information about the college, visit


60-day review of TransMath runs until Feb. 22

The Kyrene Governing Board has voted to initiate a 60-day review for TransMath, a resource to support the mathematics curriculum in middle school for students with identified disabilities placed in resource pull-out classes. Parents, teachers and community members are encouraged to review resources and provide feedback. 

All feedback will be reviewed by the Exceptional Student Services Department and shared with the Kyrene Governing Board prior to a final decision in the adoption process.

The materials consist of three levels: Level 1, Developing Number Sense; Level 2, Making Sense of Rational Numbers; and Level 3, Understanding Algebraic Expressions. Each title contains a teacher guide, student text, interactive text (workbook) and student assessments. Teachers also have access to the mbook, an online teacher guide.

To review the materials, visit the Exceptional Student Services Department at Kyrene School District – Ben Furlong Education Center, 8700 S. Kyrene Road, Tempe, from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays through Feb. 22.

For further information about the review, contact Jo Shurman, Teacher Specialist, by phone at (480) 783-4071 or e-mail to


Ahwatukee Foothills Prep sets auditions for AFP Idol

Ahwatukee Foothills Prep, 10210 S. 50th Place, will hold auditions for the third annual 2010 Ahwatukee Foothills Prep Idol at 3:30 p.m. Feb. 23.

The AFP Idol was created in 2008 by the school’s music teacher, Chris Steward, because many of the school’s students love to sing and follow the popular reality show, American Idol. Over the past two years the show has had several sponsors, which enable the school to continue to have the competition. This year some of the same sponsors are on board and more are expected to support the show.

This year’s judges will include representatives from talent agencies, music educators and others from the Phoenix metro area. The judges will hand out golden tickets to those who pass the audition. Those students will rehearse their songs once a week (some will be cut), leading up to the finals at 6 p.m. May 26, when approximately 18 to 20 students will compete. 

For more information, visit


Seton receives major grant from GRIC

Seton Catholic Preparatory High School has been awarded a $250,000 grant by the Gila River Indian Community that will be used to help fund completion of the new classroom building scheduled to begin construction in early 2010.

On an annual basis, through the State Shared Revenue Program, the Gila River Indian Community awards 12 percent of its gaming revenues directly to cities, towns and counties for services that benefit the general public.

Seton continues to need the community’s support to complete the funding of its new classroom building. To learn about memorial or naming opportunities, or for questions about the project, contact Paula Osterday at (480) 963-1900, ext. 2011 or e-mail


High School Foundation selling Suns tickets

The Tempe Union High School Education Foundation benefits many students throughout its seven schools in the form of scholarships, teacher enrichment and providing learning opportunities that would not normally occur.

The Foundation is currently selling Phoenix Suns tickets for the Philadelphia game on Wednesday, Feb. 24 at 7 p.m., giving community members an opportunity to enjoy the game and at the same time make some money for our kids.

Tickets are $25 each, and the Foundation makes $10 for each ticket sold.

For each ticket purchased, the person will receive a free raffle ticket for the chance to win an autographed picture of Leandro Barbosa and a limited edition money ball from the 2009 All-star game, as well as a gift from the Phoenix Suns at the game. Details will be provided when tickets are purchased.

Tickets are available by cash, check or through PayPal. Cash or checks made payable to TUHS Education Foundation and dropped off at the Tempe Union District Office, 500 W. Guadalupe Road, Tempe, AZ 85283. Checks may also be mailed to the office to the attention of Dianne Welling, noting that they are for Suns tickets. You will then be contacted to let you know your tickets are ready to be picked up. To use PayPal, visit and click on “donate” at the bottom of the page. Please indicate “donation is for Sun’s tickets” in the second line for Billing address. You will be then be notified to pick up tickets. 


Cronkite New Media Academy teaches digital media skills

The Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication has opened registration for its third Cronkite New Media Academy, offering 10 sessions to develop multimedia Web skills.

The program, which runs from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. over 10 Saturdays from March 13 through May 22, is designed for people who want to learn how to set up and develop a Web site for personal or professional use. It is taught by Cronkite professors and staff in the school’s state-of-the-art building on the downtown campus of Arizona State University (555 N. Central Ave.).

Registration is ongoing. For additional information and to register, go to Questions may be emailed to


CGCC offers engineering degree

Created in partnership between Chandler-Gilbert Community College and Glendale Community College, the Associate of Applied Science in Engineering Technology degree will enable students to enter the workforce as an entry-level Engineering Aid upon graduation from the two-year program. The program is also consistent with the first two years of engineering courses at regional colleges and universities, allowing students to transfer most course credits towards a bachelor’s degree in engineering.

CGCC and GCC worked with local industry, including Honeywell, Avnet, AeroSpec, SRP, ATL Incorporated, Medtronic and Sundt Construction to create a degree program that meets the current employment needs of the engineering industry.

CGCC is located at 2626 E. Pecos Road in Chandler.

For more information about this program, contact Bassam Matar at (480) 732-7139.


SMCC offers GED high school equivalency testing

South Mountain Community College, 7050 S. 24th St., is offering GED testing for individuals who do not have a high school diploma and are seeking to earn a high school equivalency diploma.

Candidates must be at least 16 years of age. Those under 18 must bring a notarized letter of consent from a parent or guardian, along with an official letter of withdrawal from their last school attended. The GED testing fee is $75, with a $15 re-test fee for each subject area. Testing is by appointment only, and pre-registration is required prior to testing. Pre-registration takes place on Monday afternoons between 1:30 and 3 p.m. Testing takes place on Wednesdays between 8:30 a.m. and 6 p.m. Tests are available in English, Spanish and large-print. Special accommodations are available for examinees with documented disabilities.

For more information, call (602) 243-8188.


60-day review of Kyrene health materials runs until March 26

The Kyrene Governing Board has voted to initiate a 60-day review of lessons and resources to support Strand 8 (Growth & Development) and Strand 9 (HIV/AIDS & STIs (Sexually Transmitted Infections) of the Kyrene Expanded Health Curriculum.

Parents, teachers and community members are encouraged to review the lessons and resources in addition to the “Guidelines for Presenters” document and provide feedback. All feedback will be reviewed by the Health Steering Committee and shared with the Kyrene Governing Board prior to a final decision in the adoption process. 

The materials will be available for public review through March 26 at the Kyrene District Office, 8700 S. Kyrene Road, Tempe. Office hours are from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

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