Kyrene holds forums for community, employees
With unprecedented changes due to budget constraints and innovative programs to unveil, the Kyrene School District has begun a series of community and employee forums. Interested parents, community members and staff are invited to listen as Superintendent David Schauer shares budget planning information along with his plans and vision for the future of the district. This will be followed by a Q&A segment.
Remaining meetings are scheduled for 3:30 p.m. Monday, April 26, at Lomas, 11820 S. Warner-Elliot Loop; 6 p.m. Thursday, April 29 and 10 a.m. Wednesday, May 12, at the Kyrene School District Office, 8700 S. Kyrene Road, Tempe; 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 4, at Cerritos, 14620 S. Desert Foothills Parkway; 6 p.m. Thursday, May 6, at Lagos, 17001 S. 34th Way; and 3:30 p.m. Monday, May 10, at Esperanza, 14841 S. 41st Place.
For more information about the budget process or to provide a suggestion, go to http://www.kyrene.org/budget">www.kyrene.org/budget.
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. In courtesy to the storytellers, no one will be seated once the storytelling has begun. Admission is free.
SMCC presents student art show, spring play
The annual South Mountain Community College Student Art Show features works by students who have studied visual arts at the college during the 2009-10 fall and spring semesters. The exhibit will be staged in the Student Union at 7050 S. 24th St., and admission is free. An opening reception for the art show features a performance by the SMCC Jazz Ensemble and takes place from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, April 20. The exhibit will continue through Friday, April 23.
The spring play, A Memory, A Monologue, A Rant and A Prayer: Writings To Stop Violence Against Women and Girls, is a collection of monologues by world-renowned authors and playwrights. The play will be presented at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, April 21 to 23, in the performance hall.
General admission tickets for the spring play are $10 per person and are available online at www.showup.com and at the door.
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Maricopa Colleges to host community forums on vision, values and mission
Maricopa Community Colleges will host a series of forums designed to collect community feedback on the college district’s vision, values and mission. The forums will be from 4 to 6:30 p.m., are open to the public and will focus on examining the Maricopa Community College District as an institution of higher learning.
Dates and locations are: Thursday, April 22, Phoenix College, Willow Room, 1202 W. Thomas Road; Thursday, April 29, South Mountain Community College, Student Union (100ABC), 7050 S. 24th St.; Wednesday, May 5, Scottsdale Community College, Turquoise Room, 9000 E. Chaparral Road, Scottsdale; Thursday, May 6, Glendale Community College, Student Union (104), 6000 W. Olive Ave., Glendale; and Wednesday, May 19, Mesa Community College, Navajo Room, 1833 W. Southern Ave., Mesa.
To RSVP or for more information, call (480) 731-8880.
CGCC celebrates National Poetry Month
Chandler-Gilbert Community College is celebrating National Poetry Month in April, and the annual Poetry Slam Competition gets under way at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 22, in the library at 2626 E. Pecos Road in Chandler. Students and community members of all levels of experience are invited to share their work of personal expression through vibrant, spoken-word poetry. The event is free and open to the public.
Entry guidelines are available by calling Kim at (480) 732-7022 or online at www.cgc.edu.
Registration open for full day kindergarten at Bethany
Bethany Learning Center, a ministry of Bethany Community Church at 6240 S. Price Road in Tempe, is currently accepting registration for its full day kindergarten from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. for the 2010-11 school year. The fall semester begins Aug. 30.
Preschool programs for ages 15 months thru pre-K 5’s are also available.
A summer preschool program for ages 15 months thru kindergarten runs June 1 to Aug. 20. A summer day camp geared for grades one through six is also offered and includes field trips and weekly swimming. This program runs June 1 thru Aug. 6.
For more information, call (480) 838-2440 or visit www.blcforjesus.org.
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.
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.
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HOPE in Education Grand Soiree
Tempe Union High Schools Education Foundation will host a HOPE (Helping Outstanding People Excel) in Education Grand Soiree from 4 to 6:30 p.m. Sunday, May 2, at the Arizona Grand Resort, 8000 S. Arizona Grand Parkway. The event will feature assorted forms of artwork created by Tempe Union High School District students as well as a silent auction, hors d’oeuvres, a pasta bar and specialty desserts.
The cost is $40 per person, and proceeds will fund various academic and enrichment activities that would not otherwise be funded.
For reservations, to make a donation or for more information, call Joan at (480) 246-9938 or visit www.tuhsdedfoundation.org.
Create your own iPhone apps for fun and profit
If you’ve ever thought “there should be an app for that,” now’s your chance to learn to create one - yourself.
In South Mountain Community College’s new non-credit class, “Introduction to iPhone Programming,” students will learn to create and program practical and fun iPhone applications for personal use or sale to iPhone users via the Apple iTunes store.
The class will meet from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. May 7 and 8 at SMCC Guadalupe Center, 9233 S. Avenida del Yaqui (Priest Drive), just south of Guadalupe Road.
The course will provide hands-on instruction as students execute codes visually and step by step. Students should have familiarity with Mac computer systems and have some basic experience in object-oriented programming, such as Java, C, C++ or C#, Ruby or Python. Students must bring their own Macs or iPhones for use in the class.
The class fee is $99.
Registration for the class CONT_ED100-50010 is available online at http://my.maricopa.edu. The class number is 66397.
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MPHS Football Golf Classic coming in May
The Mountain Pointe High School Football Golf Classic will begin with a 7:30 a.m. shotgun start on Saturday, May 15, at the Foothills Golf Club, 2201 E. Clubhouse Dr.
The classic features a longest drive contest, closest to the pin contest, a hole-in-one competition and a silent auction.
The cost is $125 for a single player or $400 for a foursome. All proceeds benefit the MPHS football program, and many sponsorships are available.
For more information or to sign up, visit www.mphsfootball.com.
Get tickets now for DV Grad Night
The Desert Vista High School senior class of 2010 will graduate on Thursday, May 27, and Grad Night festivities will begin immediately following the graduation ceremony.
Buses will leave the DV parking lot and transport seniors to F1 Raceway - the largest indoor race track in the U.S. Seniors will have the opportunity to participate in a wide range of activities including race car driving, unlimited arcade games, a rock wall, football challenge, day spa challenge, pit crew challenge and a casino alley. They will also be entertained by a hypnotist, a magician and a DJ and enjoy a variety of food and drinks. Movies will run until 5 a.m. when buses will return the students to school. The evening features prizes and giveaways such as an iPod, TV, computer, cash and much more. Most importantly, seniors will be able to spend a memorable night together as the class of 2010.
Tickets are $100, and registration forms are available on the DV Web site (https://www.tuhsd.k12.az.us/dvh/index2.html">https://www.tuhsd.k12.az.us/dvh/index2.html) under the "Grad Night" link. The deadline for registering is May 24.
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Words O.F.F. the Page Aid for Books Program now accepting applications
Dedicated to assisting students with the pursuit of higher education, The Ortiz Family Foundation is proud to support deserving Arizona community college students through the Words O.F.F. the Page Aid for Books Program.
The 4th Annual Words O.F.F. the Page Aid for Books Program grants applicants the opportunity to offset the rising costs of textbooks and educational supplies. Recipients will receive a $500 gift certificate to purchase textbooks and supplies at their college bookstore for two consecutive semesters.
The Ortiz Family Foundation invites graduating high school seniors planning to attend an Arizona community college in the fall as well as current Arizona community college students with a 3.0 GPA or higher to apply for the Words O.F.F. the Page Aid for Books program. Students must be residents of the United States with a valid social security number.
All applications must be sent electronically to KellieGreen@ortizfamilyfoundation.com prior to the June 28 deadline. Award recipients will be announced Aug. 2.
For details and a downloadable application, visit www.ortizfamilyfoundation.com.
Teacher Residency in Teacher Leadership for Special Educators Program
Secretary of Education Arne Duncan is challenging teachers throughout the country to transform their teaching practices. It’s tough to achieve equitable outcomes for all students. Disparities in achievement persist for several student groups, particularly those whose backgrounds, experience and languages are perceived as different or deficient. “School,” as we have traditionally envisioned it, doesn’t work for all kids.
Here in the Valley of the Sun a teacher leadership program is changing all that. In three professional learning schools, certified, experienced teachers are working as teacher residents alongside teacher peers to become accomplished teacher leaders for culturally responsive, inclusive schools. Teacher residents pay for their year’s residency through financial assistance from the U.S. Department of Education. At the end of the year, they receive a Master’s degree in Special Education and are fully qualified to work in general and special education settings using cognitive coaching, group practice and teacher inquiry as tools to create high performing classroom for Tier 1, 2 and 3 interventions, pedagogy and assessment. Faculty in this program are internationally recognized researchers and teacher educators who work in schools each week alongside the teacher residents.
Funded by the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Special Education Programs, the MA program is accepting new students to join its professional community learning schools communities beginning July 6. Applications are being accepted now.
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Summit School of Ahwatukee earns national accreditation
Patrick O’Brien, head of school, has announced that Summit School of Ahwatukee has earned nationally recognized accreditation from the North Central Association Commission on Accreditation and School Improvement (NCA CASI), an accreditation division of AdvancED.
To earn accreditation, schools must meet NCA CASI’s high standards and be evaluated by a team of professionals from outside the school. Accredited schools demonstrate that they have a rigorous curriculum taught through sound, research-based methods; collect, report and use performance results; provide adequate resources and support for its educational programs; have a clear vision and purpose; have effective and responsive leadership; and have a commitment to continuously improve. These standards are derived from educational research and best practices.
NCA CASI accreditation is recognized internationally, which assures parents that the school is meeting high standards for quality and successful professional practice.
Parents and interested community members may learn more about accreditation at www.advanc-ed.org.
More Maricopa Community College students eligible to save tuition money at ASU
A partnership program between the Maricopa Community Colleges and Arizona State University is now available to more students majoring in more subjects than ever.
The Maricopa-ASU Pathways Program (MAPP) has been expanded from 31 to 50 of the most popular majors among Maricopa Community College students who transfer to ASU. That means Maricopa students who sign up for a MAPP can potentially save thousands of dollars in tuition throughout their student years. They can do so by taking part in a cost-saving incentive at ASU called the Tuition Commitment Program that provides predictable increases of no more than 5% on tuition during completion of their bachelor’s degree at ASU.
The MAPP is an excellent option for students who are decided on a major and plan to transfer to ASU to earn a bachelor’s degree. This program includes the specific coursework that allows students attending one of the Maricopa Community Colleges to transfer to ASU without loss of credit. Each MAPP represents the pathway a student in a specific major must take to be able to seamlessly transfer from a Maricopa Community College to ASU. Along the pathway, students will earn an Arizona General Education Curriculum (AGEC) and a transfer associate’s degree.
To be eligible for the Tuition Commitment for the 2009-10 academic year, students must sign up for a MAPP with an academic advisor at their community college before May 14.
To get started, students should visit www.maricopa.edu/alliance and click on “Getting Started on a MAPP.”
In addition to the Tuition Commitment, Maricopa students who participate in the MAPP also are eligible for the Alliance Merit Scholarship. This scholarship is awarded to Maricopa Community College students who have completed an associate’s degree with a cumulative transfer GPA of 3.75 or higher.
Former CGCC administrators endow scholarship funds
Two former Chandler-Gilbert Community College administrators are making college possible for students who may not otherwise have been able to pursue their dream of a higher education.
Former CGCC president Dr. Maria Hesse and former Vice President of Academic Affairs Lois Bartholomew endowed scholarship funds last fall, which inspired the launch of the college’s “Be the Connection Student Scholarship Campaign.” The goal of the campaign is 100 percent employee participation, along with contributions from community partners. The campaign has raised more than $80,000 to date to fund these scholarships, and the Arnette S. Ward General Scholarship fund.
The Maria L. Hesse Service and Leadership Scholarship Fund is awarded to students who demonstrate exceptional leadership and service to the college and the community, and the Lois M. Bartholomew Emergency Scholarship Fund is awarded to students faced with unforeseeable emergency needs.
For more information or to donate to the Be the Connection campaign, access www.cgc.edu/betheconnection or call (480) 732-7030.
Kyrene rankings top all in classroom spending
The Auditor General’s report “Arizona Public School Districts’ Dollars Spent in the Classroom Fiscal Year 2009” has been released. This report provides a snapshot of how Arizona’s school districts are spending the funds they receive. The report categorizes dollars spent in two broad categories - “Classroom Instruction” (or “dollars spent in the classroom”) and “Non-classroom.”
This report presents statewide trends in classroom and non-classroom spending, including a preliminary analysis of the association between the percentage of dollars spent in the classroom and student achievement.
Kyrene continues to rank at the top of list for classroom spending. The report once again showed that Kyrene spends more money in the classroom than any other like-sized district. In fact, Kyrene ranked ninth highest in the state above more than 200 other school districts. The eight schools above Kyrene represent two “medium sized” districts of 600 to 1,999 students and six “very small” districts with less than 200 students.
The statewide average for instructional spending was 57.5 percent. Within the category of “large school districts” (like Kyrene) the average instructional percentage was 56.9 percent. Kyrene spends 62.9 percent of its funds in the classroom. This is a 9.4 percent higher than the state average. In the other “non-classroom categories,” Kyrene demonstrated excellence above their peers, as well: Kyrene spends 20.4 percent less in administration than its peers, 22.8 percent less in plant operations cost than its peers and 27.3 percent less in transportation than its peers.
W. P. Carey School ranks among best business school values
Because of the recession, everyone’s looking for a bargain. When it comes to a college education, the W. P. Carey School of Business at Arizona State University ranks among the best values. In a new list, Bloomberg BusinessWeek names the W. P. Carey School among the Top 20 public business schools for “Return on Investment.”
The new rankings for undergraduate programs compare the amount of money spent on annual tuition with the median base salary students receive at graduation. Not surprisingly, public schools were much better bargains than private schools overall. However, even among the public schools, the W. P. Carey School of Business ranks No. 17 in the nation. It’s the top ranking for any Arizona school and third highest for any public school in the western United States.
Undergraduate students graduating from the W. P. Carey School of Business average an impressive $6.54 for every dollar spent on annual tuition.
The W. P. Carey School of Business has received several other recent high rankings, further demonstrating the excellence of the school. The W. P. Carey MBA is ranked among the Top 30 MBA programs in the country by U.S. News & World Report. The evening MBA program is ranked Top 25 among part-time MBA programs. The school was also just named Top 25 in the world for business school research productivity, according to the University of Texas at Dallas.
‘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.
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.
Desert Garden Montessori Middle School to open in August
Desert Garden Montessori, 5130 E. Warner Road, will open its middle school in August, and applications are now being accepted.
For more information or to schedule a tour, call (480) 496-9833 or visit www.desertgardenmontessori.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.
SMCC opens enrollment for Summer BioScience Camp
Applications are now being accepted for the fourth annual installment of South Mountain Community College’s 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 may also 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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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 (PSG); the only such program in the state of Arizona. 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.
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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CGCC receives national recognition for community service, named to President’s Honor Roll
Chandler-Gilbert Community College has been named for the fourth year in a row to the 2009 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll, the highest federal recognition a college or university can receive for its commitment to volunteering, service-learning and civic engagement.
Honorees are chosen based on a series of selection factors including the scope and innovation of service projects, percentage of student participation in service activities, incentives for service, and the extent to which the school offers academic service-learning courses.
The Honor Roll is a program of the Corporation for National and Community Service in collaboration with the President’s Council on Service and Civic Participation, the U.S. Department of Education, and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.
CGCC is located at 2626 E. Pecos Road in Chandler. For more information, call (480) 732-7030.
$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.