Primrose hosting family dance-off
In partnership with Children’s Miracle Network, Primrose Schools are hosting a nationwide family dance-off competition and parents are invited to submit 30-second home videos of their family’s best dance moves. The winning family will receive the grand prize of $5,000 and a $30,000 donation to their local Children’s Miracle Network hospital. The two runners-up will receive a Wii Fit Bundle and each weekly finalist will be awarded a Flip Video Camcorder.
Contestants may upload videos through March 19. Weekly finalists will be featured on www.FamilyDanceOff.com March 22 to 26, and visitors will be able to vote for their favorite. The winners will be announced March 31.
Eat at Applebee’s during spring break, support Kyrene Foundation
“Applebee’s Dining to Donate” will take place Friday, March 19. For purchases made that day and night, The Kyrene Foundation will receive 10 percent to support its three priority initiatives: student scholarships, the Kyrene Family Resource Center and staff and student recognition.
Participating Applebee’s locations include 4609 E. Chandler Blvd., Ahwatukee Foothills, and 1655 W. Elliott Road, Tempe. Simply mention The Kyrene Foundation to your waiter or waitress, and he or she will mark your ticket for the benefit.
The Kyrene Foundation is a non-profit group that raises money to support teachers, student programs, projects and scholarships that would otherwise be unfunded.
For more information, go to http://kyrenefoundation.org.
MPHS offering Summer Mathematics Academy
Mountain Pointe High School will host its inaugural Summer Mathematics Academy starting June 1 for students in fourth through eighth grade looking to advance their math skills.
The academy will offer sixth-grade math, seventh-grade math, Pre-Algebra, Algebra and Honors Geometry for middle/high school credit. Students will be issued textbooks and given direct instruction by highly qualified math teachers and should bring a spiral notebook, pencils and folder.
Classes will meet 7:30 to 11:30 a.m. Monday to Friday June 1 to July 9 (no classes July 5) at the school, 4201 E. Knox Road. The cost is $270.
High School summer internship opportunity at ASU’s Biodesign Institute
Encourage students who will be seniors in the 2010-11 academic year to apply for a summer internship at the Biodesign Institute at Arizona State University. Interns are expected to volunteer a minimum of 15 to 20 hours per week June 7 to July 19 and will receive a monetary stipend for travel expenses. The application is online at www.biodesign.asu.edu/education/k-12, and the deadline to apply is March 31.
SMCC opens enrollment for Summer BioScience Camp
Applications are being accepted for the fourth annual installment of South Mountain Community College’s popular Bioscience Summer Camp for high school students, taking place in June at the college’s main campus at 7050 S. 24th St., just north of Baseline Road. The five-week camp will run from 12:30 to 4:55 p.m. Monday through Thursday afternoons June 1 through July 1.
Sponsored by SMCC and AZ Tech Prep, the camp, intended for high school juniors and seniors, includes classroom and lab work in the fields of bioscience and genetic research, as well as field trips to TGen and ASU’s Biodesign Institutes. Participating students also may earn college credits for university transfer.
Students accepted into the program will receive a stipend that will cover all camp costs, with the exception of a $30 non-refundable participation fee.
Interested students may apply online at http://biosci.southmountaincc.edu or by calling (602) 243-8034. The deadline for application is May 11.
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Compadre High School hosting rummage sale
A rummage/craft/bake sale will take place from 7 a.m. to noon Saturday, March 27, at Compadre High School, 500 Guadalupe Road, Tempe.
For a small fee of $25 per table and space, community members may sell goods and keep the profit or donate goods to be sold by students and have the profit go directly to Compadre High School.
For reservations to participate, call Jan at (480) 752-3565.
Parents invited to learn about Internet safety through notMYkid
notMYkid is a Phoenix-based nonprofit organization providing comprehensive prevention programs to educate teachers, parents and students about the risks of substance abuse, bullying, Internet safety, dating and depression.
Ric Borom, M.Ed., will present a free parent information seminar on substance abuse in teenagers, how to recognize warning signs and what parents can do to protect their children.
Summit School of Ahwatukee is partnering with notMYkid by hosting this adult-only event at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 30, in the school’s multi-purpose room, 4515 E. Muirwood Drive.
The event is free and open to the community. To ensure adequate seating, RSVPs are requested to (480) 403-9500.
For more information, visit www.notMYkid.org.
W. P. Carey School ranks in Top 20 for business research
The W. P. Carey School of Business at Arizona State University ranks among the Top 20 schools in the nation and the Top 25 schools in the world for business research productivity. The new rankings come in an annual study from the University of Texas at Dallas. The list is based on research contributions to top business journals from 2005 to 2009. The W. P. Carey School of Business ranks No. 20 in the United States and No. 23 in the world. This is the school’s second straight year in the Top 25 nationwide.
For more information, visit wpcarey.asu.edu.
‘How to Choose a Catholic School’ booklet available
A booklet entitled “How to Choose a Catholic School” is available online through the Diocesan Web site at www.diocesephoenix.org/catholicSchools/schoolchoice.htm.
A booklet can be obtained by calling (602) 354-2345.
Produced by the Diocesan Catholic Schools Office, the booklet provides a practical vehicle for interested parents to decide which of the 25 Catholic pre-schools, 29 Catholic elementary schools and six Catholic high schools are right for their families.
Ironwood Hall now open at CGCC
Chandler-Gilbert Community College is celebrating the opening of Ironwood Hall on the college’s Pecos Campus at 2626 E. Pecos Road in Chandler. A multi-purpose classroom building, Ironwood contains physical science laboratories, general education classrooms, lecture halls and faculty offices. A new ceramics studio lies adjacent to the hall features 24 potters’ wheels, natural light and professional-grade kilns.
Just outside of the building is a two-story “Grand Canyon rock wall,” depicting the geological strata of Grand Canyon, which will be utilized as a teaching tool in the college’s geology classes.
The design and construction of LEED-certified Ironwood Hall honors the college’s commitment to environmental stewardship by incorporating sustainable materials and strategies.
Coronado High School sets tri-class reunion
Coronado High School in Scottsdale will host its tri-class reunion for the classes of 1969, ‘70 and ‘71 on April 30 and May 1.
For details, visit www.coronadohigh.com.
Seton Catholic students present check to Shifting Gears program
Last month 549 Seton Catholic students participated in the 25th Annual Seton ‘THON, a student-led 5K walk-a-thon. The students raised almost $27,000 (a 28 percent increase over last year) and presented a check for $5,000 to St. Vincent de Paul Shifting Gears Ministry Program.
The Society of St. Vincent de Paul is an international non-profit organization dedicated to serving the poor and providing others with the opportunity to serve.
SMCC presents storyteller Antonio Sacre
The South Mountain Community College Storytelling Institute will present nationally renowned storyteller Antonio Sacre as the featured presenter at the 2010 SMCC Storytelling Festival taking place April 8-10.
Sacre, born in Boston to a Cuban father and Irish-American mother, is writer, storyteller, and solo performance artist based in Los Angeles who tours internationally.
Sacre will perform the storytelling concert “Looking for Papito” at 7 p.m. Friday, April 9, in the SMCC Performance Hall, 7050 S. 24th St. He will also conduct a storytelling workshop from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, April 10, in the SMCC Studio Theatre.
The festival begins with two free Community Storytelling sessions at 9:30 and 11 a.m. on Thursday, April 8 in the SMCC Student Union.
General admission tickets to Friday night’s concert are $10 per person and are available online at www.showup.com and at the door. The cost for Saturday’s workshop is $25 per person ($10 for Maricopa Community College students with ID.)
Chandler Service Club offers scholarships
Chandler Service Club, a community-based philanthropic organization, established the Chandler Service Club Community Scholarship program in 1979 to provide financial support to deserving students who are residents of the East Valley.
Applications for the Chandler Community Scholarships may include new, continuing or re-entry college students who live in the greater Chandler community (East Valley) and who will be attending an advanced educational institution within Arizona. Current year graduating high school seniors are not eligible for one year following high school graduation. Other requirements include enrollment in a minimum of six hours in an accredited program per semester, a minimum grade point average of 2.5 and U.S. citizenship.
Scholarships for single parents returning to college
A limited number of tuition scholarships are available to single parents who have returned, or will return, to college after a break of at least one year due to family demands or other commitments.
South Mountain Community College is teaming with Dorrance Scholarship Programs to establish a scholarship program designed specifically for single parents. Awards are available for as much as $4,000 annually, for a maximum of six semesters (three years), and are renewable.
Applications must be received or postmarked by May 1.
For information regarding the scholarship program requirements and application, visit www.dorrancescholarship.org or contact Christopher Erran at (602) 305-5607 or email@example.com.
Awaken your employment status with a career in sleep disorders technology
Are you tired of your current career or employment status? Revitalize it and train to become a Polysomnographic Technologist at GateWay Community College in just eight months. Beginning this May, GWCC will offer a new certificate program in Polysomnography Technology — the only such program in the state. The PSG program will train students to monitor and analyze patients with sleep disorders such as sleep apnea, insomnia, narcolepsy and various parasomnias.
For details, contact an advisor at (602) 286-8183 or visit www.gatewaycc.edu/Programs/Polysomnography.
SMCC Storytelling Institute features Folktales for Grownups
The South Mountain Community College Storytelling Institute is hosting its annual “Folktales for Grownups” series, featuring ensemble performances that spotlight time-honored folktales from cultures around the world.
The April 21 performance will feature tales of “Earthcare.” The performance will start at 6:30 p.m. in the SMCC Studio Theatre at 7050 S. 24th St. As a courtesy to the storytellers, no one will be seated once the storytelling has begun. Admission is free.
ANF announces scholarship program
The Arizona Newspapers Foundation, Inc. is offering a scholarship available to Arizona college students majoring in journalism. This summer, ANF will award two scholarships of $1,000 each to students attending Arizona State University, University of Arizona or Northern Arizona University full time. Students must have completed at least one term and have one term remaining before graduation.
Complete scholarship information, including award criteria and an application for fall 2010 awards, are posted online at www.ananews.com/scholarship.
The deadline for applications is May 31. Winners will be chosen by a selection committee and notified by July 15.
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.
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$18.85M gift to transform teacher education at ASU
Arizona State University has joined forces with Teach For America (TFA) to address the most pressing educational needs of our time. Through this partnership, ASU will adapt TFA’s most successful tools in order to attract, prepare, support and retain more highly-effective teachers.
Teach For America has recruited, trained and placed more than 24,000 teachers since 1990, becoming one of the nation’s largest providers of teachers for low-income communities.
Teach For America is widely known as a non-traditional route to teaching, and most of its recruits are not graduates of schools of education. But now with a five-year, $18.85-million investment from entrepreneur and philanthropist T. Denny Sanford, ASU will partner with Teach For America to bring changes to the way ASU recruits, selects and prepares future K to 12 teachers.
This program is known as the Sanford Education Project.
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 http://southmountaincc.edu.
Creative Writing course offered at SMCC
Iliana Rocha is offering CRW 150: Introduction to Creative Writing from 9 to 11:30 a.m. Mondays and Wednesdays June 7 to July 29 in room AFC-102 at the South Mountain Community College Ahwatukee Foothills Center, 10429 S. 51st St., Suite 101.
Registration for summer and fall 2010 classes is now open. To review a class listing and enroll, visit http://my.maricopa.edu.
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.
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.