Student exchange opportunity

Desert Vista and Mountain Pointe high schools are looking for 20 students to participate in this year’s Tempe Sister Cities school-to-school exchange with Regensburg, Germany. Host a German student for two weeks in March 2010, and then travel to Germany for a two-week home-hosted stay at the end of May, 2010.

This is not a language-based program (you do not need to speak German) but for well-rounded, mature teens willing to learn about another culture and to share their own. Applications are due Friday, Nov. 6.

For details, contact Stephanie Smith of the DV Math Department at (480) 706-7900, ext. 1340, e-mail or visit


Mountain Pointe High School happenings

• Cross Country will host a fundraiser from 5 to 11 p.m. Friday, Oct. 30, at Dairy Queen at 48th Street and Warner Road. Mention MPHS Cross Country and a portion of the sales will be donated to the boosters.

• The Grad Night Committee is hosting Gold Canyon Candle fundraiser through Saturday, Oct. 31. To shop, visit When checking out, add -MP after your last name (for example: Susie Smith-MP) and MPHS will retain 25 percent from the sale. For information, call Kathy at (602) 909-7891 or e-mail or

• Orchestra Boosters will host a dine-in restaurant day all day Wednesday, Nov. 4, at Jersey Mike’s, 4605 E. Chandler Blvd., Suite 100. Jersey Mike’s will donate 20 percent of the day’s purchases to the boosters. No flier is needed. To find out more, check out


Middle-schoolers needed to create green spaces for Future City Competition

Arizona’s middle-schoolers are preparing to take part in National Engineers Week Foundation’s 2009-10 Future City Competition. Seventh- and eighth-graders nationwide are invited to create the cities of tomorrow and encourages interest in science, technology, engineering and math through hands-on applications.

Participating students are asked to design a model of their city using SimCity 4 Deluxe software, provided by Electronic Arts, and then build a physical model of the city using recycled materials. They will also write a research essay describing their design and a second narrative outlining the key features of their city.

The registration deadline for schools nationwide is Oct. 31. Future City is also looking for professional engineers who may be interested in serving as mentors.

For information, school registration or to volunteer in the competition, visit


ASU gears up for Homecoming events

Gov. Jan Brewer will be the grand marshal for the Homecoming Parade at Arizona State University in Tempe on Oct. 31. A giant block party begins at 9 a.m. and the parade at 10 a.m. on University Drive.

The parade starts at Myrtle Avenue and moves east to McAllister, with Sparky and the Sun Devil Marching Band joining dozens of gala floats and entries from student clubs and organizations.

The block party is just south of the University Club on Tyler Mall, winding north over the Alumni Lawn and across the street into the Palo Verde residence hall area. University Drive will be blocked off from 9 a.m. until 12:15 p.m., when the party ends.

Kick-off for the football game between the ASU Sun Devils and the California Golden Bears will be at 12:30 p.m. in Sun Devil Stadium.

This year’s block party features more than 30 tents with activities and treats for children, plus demonstrations and exhibits for everyone. Parents are encouraged to bring their children to trick-or-treat.

Children and their parents can get an enjoyable introduction to the exciting research at the Biodesign Institute, with activities that include making necklaces from strawberry DNA and creating nylon polymers in a safe and slimy-fun experiment. ASU Libraries will have a guest appearance by the “Ask a Librarian” chicken and an assortment of historical ASU yearbooks for the older crowd.

ASU Native American alumni will have cultural performances, student art, crafts for children, games, and tacos and fry bread for sale. ASU Athletics will offer inflatable bouncy games in the Kidz Zone, and Eight/KAET will feature “Masters of Disaster.”

For a complete schedule at all four campuses, go to


Kyrene offers free immunization clinics

The Kyrene School District, in cooperation with Chandler Regional Medical Center, is offering free immunization clinics from 3 to 5 p.m. Tuesdays Nov. 3 and Dec. 1 at Kyrene de las Lomas Elementary School, 11820 S. Warner-Elliot Loop.

Parents are required to accompany their children to the clinic and should provide shot records. Children ages six weeks to 18 years old are eligible to attend the clinic. Appointments are not necessary, and shots will be given on a first come, first serve basis.

For more information, call (480) 728-5697 or go to

For exact information on what immunizations are required for each age group, call The AZ Immunization Program Office number at (602) 364-3630 or the Maricopa County Health Department at (602) 506-6767.


Thunder Marching Band wins at ASU Band Day

The Desert Vista High School Thunder Marching Band competed in Arizona State University Band Day on Oct. 24. Out of 25 bands, DV’s marching band was first place with the overall highest score. The band also won the “music performance” caption award.

Next up is the Bands of America regional competition on Oct. 31 in Santa Clarita, Calif.


ASU students host open gym sessions at MPHS

A new program has been introduced to Mountain Pointe High School to promote physical activity for students. Arizona State University physical education majors are hosting “The Den,” or open gym sessions, from 7 to 7:44 a.m. Tuesday and Thursday mornings in the gym at Mountain Pointe. Activities also take place on the football field, outdoor basketball courts and the softball field. Students are encouraged to come out and play and get in some of their recommended minutes of daily physical activity.

For details, contact Kimberly Cowell at or call (480) 217-2136.


ASU parents celebration raises scholarship funds

The Arizona State University Parents Association (ASUPA) will celebrate its 25th anniversary from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Nov. 3 at the Memorial Union on the Tempe campus.

The evening will include performances by the ASU Dixie Devils, short live auction and stories from ASU student scholars. Tickets are $150 per person, and all proceeds will support student scholarships.

For information, visit


Altadeña Harvest Festival coming up

Altadeña Middle School’s Harvest Festival will run from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, Nov. 6, at 14620 S. Desert Foothills Parkway. The community is invited to enjoy rides, games, food, music, the book fair and performances by the school’s band, choir and orchestra. Admission is free, and tickets or wristbands may be purchased for the rides, games and food.


SMCC to offer short-term classes between fall and spring

Registration is now under way for South Mountain Community College’s “Holiday Express,” a selection of 10 course offerings that students may complete within a four-week period between the fall and spring semesters.

Online classes run from Dec. 19 through Jan. 15 and include Chemistry and Society with lab, College Critical Reading, Chicano Literature, Excel Spreadsheet, PowerPoint, Counseling in a Multi-Cultural Setting and Intro to Art Therapy. Most earn three credit hours. In addition, two one-week counseling classes will be offered the week of Jan. 11.

Tuition is $71 per credit hour, with a $15 registration fee. To enroll, students may register online at For more information, call (602) 243-8123 (English) or (602) 243-8135 (Spanish).


ASU invites schoolchildren to enter creative contest

Arizona State University invites schoolchildren from all over the state to enter its 25th annual Martin Luther King Jr. essay-poster contest. Winners will receive savings bonds and have their entries displayed at ASU. They also will be honored at ASU’s Martin Luther King Jr. celebration breakfast in January, along with their parents, teachers and school principals. Entries must be postmarked by Nov. 4.

Students are asked to create their entries around the theme, “Beyond the Dream: Building Communities Through Servant Leadership,” focusing on a member of their family, school or community who demonstrates leadership through service.

Details and entry forms are available online at or by calling Heidi Maxwell at (602) 543-5306 or e-mailing


Career Exploration Day at GateWay

To help students learn more about possible career choices, GateWay Community College is hosting its semi-annual Career Exploration Day from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 5, at the GateWay campus, 108 N. 40th St.

Career Exploration Day is free and features in-depth tours of the GateWay campus, detailed explanations of its educational programs and information about important campus services.

To register for the event, visit For more information, contact Lina Scott at or (602) 286-8211.


SMCC teams with St. Mary’s for monthly discount food box distribution

South Mountain Community College employees and students are once again helping their neighbors by packing and selling discounted boxes of high-quality food for the St. Mary’s/Westside Food Bank Alliance throughout the 2009-10 school year.  

Monthly sales events will take place 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Nov. 6 and Dec. 4 in front of the SMCC Performing Arts Center at 7050 S. 24th St.

This is not a government program or a handout, and anyone is welcome to purchase the food. St. Mary’s Food Bank purchases the food at a reduced price from area grocers and passes the savings along to consumers. There is no paperwork, and all purchases must be in cash.

For additional information and purchasing options, call (602) 305-5830.


Phoenix School of Law to host dean’s open house, mixer

Join Dean Gene Clark for an open house and mixer from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 10 at Phoenix School of Law, 4041 N. Central Ave. The free event will be held in the Admissions Department and will feature a tour of the school. Refreshments will be served.

Parking is available in the garage, directly east of the building. RSVPs requested by Nov. 9 to Jasmine Crowe at (602) 682-6800 or


Seton hosts ‘Starry, Starry Night’

Seton Catholic Preparatory High School will host its 22nd annual dinner auction, “A Starry, Starry Night,” starting at 5:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 21, at the San Marcos Resort, 1 San Marcos Place, Chandler.

Early bird tickets are $125 per couple.

For more information or to buy tickets, call (480) 963-1900, ext. 2006.


HCLC hosting Eagle Day

Eagle Day, a fundraiser for Horizon Community Learning Center, will take place Nov. 21 at The Foothills Golf Club. Eagle Day includes a silent auction, dinner, dancing and an optional golf package. Proceeds will be used to increase technology in all HCLC classrooms.

Registration begins at $30. To register, call (480) 659-3098 or visit


Enjoy an evening of theater at DV

The Desert Vista Theater Troupe will present a variety of performances in the school’s Black Box Theatre at 16440 S. 32nd St. The lineup includes Tartuffe Dec. 2 to 4, 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.

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