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Posted: Tuesday, December 29, 2009 12:00 am

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


Kyrene Open Enrollment online applications available

Online Open Enrollment applications for the Kyrene Elementary School District are available at Current open enrollment students do not need to re-apply. The application process is designed for students who are new to Kyrene or for those who wish to attend another Kyrene school outside of their home-school boundaries.

Walk-in applications will be available at Kyrene schools and the district office at 8700 S. Kyrene Road in Tempe on Monday, Jan. 4.

Applications will be processed beginning Jan. 4 on a first-come, first-served basis.

For questions or additional information, call Bonny Dolinsek at (480) 783-4175.


Seton Catholic wins spirit contest

Seton Catholic Preparatory High School has, for the second year in a row, won the 2009 High School Spirit Contest presented by, JAMZ 101.5, Papa John’s Pizza, Channel 12 News and the AIA.

The Seton Catholic community was victorious in this competition through their “clicking” efforts as contest winners had to visit the Seton Catholic Preparatory High School page on’s Web site. Seton Catholic “clicked” the most on their site!

For their efforts, students will receive an all-school party on Monday, Jan. 4, with pizza and drinks provided by Papa John’s. In addition to the party, the Seton Catholic Prep Athletics Department will receive $2,000 for athletic programs.


O’Brien extends contract at Summit School

Summit School of Ahwatukee has announced that Pat O’Brien has signed a five-year contract extension to continue on as Summit School of Ahwatukee’s Head of School.

O’Brien, a Chandler resident, holds a bachelor’s degree in elementary education and special education and is currently completing a Doctorate of Education at the University of Bath, U.K., focusing on international education. He has been an elementary principal for the past 30 years and has a strong background in the areas of instruction, staff development, special education, parent involvement, site-based management, total quality management, cooperative learning, international education and school-business partnerships.


Kindergarten Education Seminar at God’s Garden Preschool

God’s Garden Child Development Preschool, located at 1401 E. Liberty Lane, will host a Kindergarten Readiness Seminar from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Monday, Jan. 11. Parent speakers representing many local area schools (Kyrene Elementary, Keystone Montessori, St. John Bosco, Horizon Community Learning Center and more) will provide kindergarten information and answer questions. This seminar is geared to parents who are looking for kindergarten programs – just in time for kindergarten registration for the 2010-11 school year.

For more information, call (480) 460-0081.


Kyrene Wrestling Conference Tourney

The Kyrene Wrestling Conference Tournament will begin at 8 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 16, at Mountain Pointe High School.


Become a certified personal trainer in a year

Students seeking to become a certified strength and conditioning personal trainer can achieve that goal before the end of 2010 through a new program offered at the South Mountain Community College Ahwatukee Foothills Center. Students may complete required coursework by taking five classes in each of the spring and fall 2010 semesters. Upon successful completion of the coursework, students will earn their certificate in December 2010.

The first set of classes begins Jan. 16 and are offered mornings, Tuesdays through Saturdays, through May 14 at the SMCC Ahwatukee Foothills Center, 10429 S. 51st St., Suite 101.

Courses are $71 per credit hour for Maricopa County residents, plus a $15 registration fee paid once per semester. Total tuition cost for all courses required for the certificate is $2,231. Students may enroll online at

For more details, call (602) 243-8393, e-mail or visit http//


SMCC offers basic E.M.T. training

Students seeking to become a certified Emergency Medical Technician can take one eight-hour course this spring at South Mountain Community College. Those who complete the class will be prepared to seek national certification through the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians.

Two classes are offered (Section 61207, Tuesdays and Thursdays, Jan. 19 to May 13, 4 to 8 p.m.; and Section 61208, Mondays and Wednesdays, Jan. 20 to May 14, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.) at the SMCC Main Campus, 7050 S. 24th St.

For more information, call (602) 243-8034, e-mail or visit


MPHS Baseball Boosters hosting golf classic

The Mountain Pointe Baseball Boosters’ Fifth Annual Pride Baseball Golf Classic will be held Saturday, Jan. 23, at Club West Golf Club, 16400 S. 14th Ave. The classic features a 12:30 p.m. shotgun start, dinner and a silent auction.

Registration is due by Jan. 1. Sign-up fees are $500 for a foursome or $130 for individual golfers, and all MPHS Baseball Booster sponsorship contributions are tax deductible. Proceeds will help defray the cost of field preparation, equipment and other expenses that the district budget does not cover.

For more information, registration forms, sponsorship information or to donate to the silent auction, visit, call Mitch Gladstone at (602) 320-8378 or Tom Kingery at (480) 699-9841 or send an e-mail to


DV Baseball annual golf tournament

The Desert Vista Baseball team will host its Third Annual Golf Tournament with a shotgun start at 12:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 30, at Club West Golf Club,16400 S. 14th Ave. The team is seeking golfers, sponsorships and donations of any kind. Proceeds will help support improvements to the fields and equipment to assist the baseball program. Dinner, awards and a silent auction will follow the afternoon of golf.

For more information or to sign up to sponsor, golf, make a donation or attend the dinner and silent auction, call Rod Ticknor at (480) 650-9084 or Carlene Wehrli at (480) 460-8302.


Paloma PTA hosting family fitness event

Kyrene de la Paloma Elementary School’s PTA is holding its second Family Fitness 5K and 1 Mile Dove Dash on Saturday, Jan. 9, at the school, 5000 W. Whitten Drive, Chandler. Registration starts at 7 a.m., the 5K at 8 a.m. and the 1 Mile Run/Walk at 9:15 a.m. An awards ceremony follows at 10 a.m.

The event encourages Valley families to start the year being active and spending time together. Registration fees are reasonable, and a discounted family rate is offered.

For details or a registration form, 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


Popular Valley authors to teach creative writing at SMCC

This spring, South Mountain Community College students can learn creative writing skills from a pair of popular Valley authors.

Toni Eubanks, author of Passage to Womanhood: Journey Home, will teach Writing Children’s Literature (CRW120), a five-session online class beginning Jan. 16.

Stella Pope Duarte, award-winning author of such books as If I Die In Juárez, Let Their Spirits Dance, and Fragile Night, will teach Introduction to Writing Fiction (CRW170), a five-session online class beginning Jan. 23.

Each three-credit class will meet online one Saturday each month from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Class dates are staggered, so that students may enroll in both. Tuition for each class is $213, plus a $15 one-time registration fee. Students may enroll online at, or by calling (602) 243-8123.

For additional information about these courses, call the Language Arts Office at (602) 305-5771 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. 


Enjoy an evening of theater at DV

The Desert Vista Theater Troupe will present the following performances in the school’s Black Box Theatre at 16440 S. 32nd St.: One Acts Jan. 20 to 22 and Children’s Hour March 10 to 12. My Fair Lady will run April 29 to May 1 in the Dr. Joe McDonald Auditorium.

Wednesday and Thursday performances will start at 7 p.m., and Friday performances will start at 4 p.m. Tickets are $5 at the door.


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.


‘African Storytelling Tradition’ offered at SMCC

The award-winning South Mountain Community College Storytelling Institute will offer a brand new storytelling class this spring, focusing on traditional African folklore.

The class, entitled “The African Storytelling Tradition” (STO283), will focus on the history and practice of storytelling in Africa. Class instructor is Marilyn Omifunke Torres, an SMCC adjunct faculty member. Torres has been an ordained West African traditional storyteller for more than 30 years and has received two chieftaincies.

The class will run for 16 weeks on Thursday evenings, from 6 to 9:05 p.m., beginning Jan. 25 in Room PAC-739 on the SMCC Main Campus, 7050 S. 24th St. Tuition for the three-credit course is $213, plus a $15 registration fee.

To enroll or get additional details, visit or call (602) 243-8026.


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.


CGCC begins campaign to construct outdoor green classroom

Imagine an outdoor classroom that uses the sun and wind to save and generate energy – a “living” classroom designed to teach students about sustainability and environmental technology through hands-on learning and interaction. 

Chandler-Gilbert Community College students and faculty are looking forward to this vision becoming a reality as the college implements a fundraising campaign to secure materials, labor donations and financial support from local businesses and the community in order to construct an Environmental Technology Center on the college’s Pecos campus.

CGCC’s first partner with the project, Jan Lorant, principal of Gabor Lorant Architects Inc., has volunteered many hours to date, consulting, site planning and designing the Environmental Technology Center. The 1,200-square-foot open classroom will have solar panels, amphitheater-style seating and energy monitoring devices, surrounded by demonstration areas, gardens, wind turbines and environmental education information kiosks.

For more information about the CGCC’s Environmental Technology Center or to make a donation, call (480) 732-7030 or access

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


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

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