Tonight is movie night at Esperanza

The PTO at Kyrene de la Esperanza Elementary School, 14841 S. 41st Place, invites all Esperanza families to PTO movie night starting at 7 p.m. Friday, May 15 at the school.


SMCC, CGCC commencements tonight

South Mountain Community College will hold its 29th annual commencement ceremony on Friday, May 15, at 7:30 p.m. A total of 198 students will graduate. The ceremony will be outdoors in the Performing Arts Amphitheatre of the college, 7050 S. 24th St. 

Chandler-Gilbert Community College will host a reception with music and refreshments for graduates and families at 6 p.m. May 15 in the college's Student Center Pavilion. The 18th annual commencement will begin at 8 p.m. at the Pecos Campus of CGCC, located at 2626 E. Pecos Road in Chandler.


Downs to speak at ASU's Liberal Arts and Sciences convocation

Investigative journalist, television host and author Hugh Downs will be this year's speaker at the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences convocation. The ceremonies will take place May 15 at Wells Fargo Arena on Arizona State University's Tempe campus.

Downs is distinctively tied to Arizona State University. In 2000, the Hugh Downs School of Human Communication was named in his honor.


Open house Saturday at Skyline Tech

An informational open house will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, May 16, at Skyline Tech High School, 15220 S. 50th St. Potential students and parents will have an opportunity to visit the school, meet teachers and administrators and be introduced to the many changes the school will offer next fall.

Skyline Tech High School has offered academic opportunities in the community for 10 years for students in grades 9 through 12 and looks to continue with its success by offering a four-day academic week for all students.

For further information, call (480) 763-8425.


Feedback sought on Kyrene's revised math curriculum

On April 28, the revised curriculum for mathematics was presented to the Kyrene Governing Board for a first reading. The document will remain open to the Kyrene community until May 20 in order to collect comments and feedback from teachers, parents and community members. Access to the revised curriculum information is available via a special "Curriculum Review" button on the front page of the Kyrene School District Web site at All feedback will reviewed by the Kyrene Curriculum and Instruction Department.

A recommendation regarding this curriculum will be made at the Governing Board Meeting on May 26.


DV Football golf tourney, dinner auction May 30

The Desert Vista High School Football booster club will host its second golf tournament and dinner auction Saturday, May 30.

The golf tournament begins at 7 a.m. at Club West Golf Club, 16400 S. 14th Ave., followed by an evening dinner auction at 6:30 p.m. at the Ahwatukee Recreation Center, 5001 E. Cheyenne Drive. Golf registration includes entrance into the dinner. Dinner auction tickets may also be purchased separately for those interested in attending the dinner and auction only.

Further details, registration and payment is available online at

For questions, e-mail Keith Brooks at or Robert Rivera at


Cronkite School launches new media academy

The Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University is opening the Cronkite New Media Academy this summer in response to a growing demand for multimedia and Web training.

The academy, to be held at the school's new state-of-the-art building in downtown Phoenix, is aimed at individuals who want to understand how communication is changing and how to set up and maintain a fully functional, multimedia-rich Web site.

The academy consists of 10 full days of training and will be held on Saturdays beginning May 30 and concluding Aug. 8.

Participants will learn how to design and develop a Web site, how to effectively present and edit photos for the Web, how to use social networking tools, how to create Web-based graphics, how to do podcasting and audio slideshows and how to edit and use video on the Web.

At the end of the 10-week program, participants will have fully developed Web sites suitable for professional or personal use. Their new expertise will be recognized with a certificate from the Cronkite New Media Academy.

Individuals also have the option of choosing individual workshops that will teach them specific new media skills.

All sessions will be taught by trained Cronkite School professionals in small digital media labs, with an emphasis on practical hands-on training.

For more information and to register, go to


God's Garden enrolling for summer school

God's Garden Child Development Center at 1401 E. Liberty Lane has begun enrollment for summer school. The program runs for six weeks (June 1 to 4, 8 to 11, 15 to 18, 22 to 25, July 6 to 9 and July 13 to 16), each week running Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to noon. Children can register for just one week or all six weeks.

Enrollment is open to everyone ages 2-and-a-half (potty trained) to 6.

For more information, call Beth or Hanna at (480) 460-0081 or e-mail


SMCC offers flex-start classes

New spring classes are still starting almost every week at the South Mountain Community College Ahwatukee Foothills Center, 10429 S. 51st St.

Classes range from single-day sessions to eight weeks in duration, with most meeting evenings, one to two nights per week. For a complete spring flex-start schedule, visit or call (602) 243-8393.


Parents of kindergarten-age children urged to register now

Registration for 2009-10 kindergarten is currently in progress. Parents of children who turn 5 prior to Sept. 1 are urged to go to their neighborhood Kyrene elementary school and complete the kindergarten registration process.

Kyrene also accepts students from outside of the district boundaries through its Open Enrollment Program.

For information, visit


Sonoran Science Academy-Ahwatukee now enrolling

Sonoran Science Academy-Ahwatukee, formerly known as Paragon Science Academy in Chandler, is moving to its new location at 14647 S. 50th St., Building 1, Suite 125, in Ahwatukee Foothills.

The school is now enrolling kindergarten to sixth grade for the 2009-10 school year. For information, call (480) 385-9007.


St. John Bosco Interparish School accepting applications

St. John Bosco School, 16048 S. 48th St., is accepting applications for full-day kindergarten for the 2009-10 school year.

St. John Bosco is a Pre-K to 8 school offering full-day kindergarten, a before- and after-school program, Spanish, art, music, performing arts, physical education and competitive sports. Financial assistance is available for qualified applicants. Campus tours are given at 8:30 a.m. Fridays.

For more information or to RSVP for a tour, call (480) 219-4848 or visit


CrossRoads Community School registering

CrossRoads Community School, a K-8 Christian school located at 2950 W. Ray Road in Chandler, is accepting applications for the 2009-10 school year. Applications may be submitted to the school office from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.

The school uses a unique combination of classroom and home instruction.

For more information or to arrange a private tour, call Cyndi at (480) 722-1445 or visit  


APASE launches National Underwater Robotics Challenge

Arizona Promoters of Applied Science in Education (APASE) has announced the launch of the third National Underwater Robotics Challenge (NURC) that will take place June 12 to 14 in the pool area at Chandler High School, 350 N. Arizona Ave., Chandler. The backdrop scenario for the 2009 competition is called "Mount Terror: Fire Under Ice."

The teams participating in the competition will test underwater robots of their creation in an environment where they will pretend to rescue a research team and collect data to determine the effects of global warming when a dormant volcano becomes active.

The event will take place during the night so deep sea lighting conditions can

be simulated. It is free and open to the public and may also be viewed online at

For detailed information, visit


Kyrene School District wins award for energy efficiency

On April 14, the Arizona Association of School Business Officers presented the Kyrene School District Facilities Department with a 2009 Best Practices Award. The award was presented to Assistant Superintendent Terry Tatterfield, who oversees operations, facilities, transportation, food services and all other support services. Tatterfield credited the entire Kyrene staff for implementing the strategies that have resulted in successful energy efficiency.

During the last five years, the Kyrene's energy conservation and utility reduction has resulted in substantially less energy use and cost. Use of energy management systems, careful scheduling, tracking of data and a district-wide awareness initiative resulted in 12 of 16 elementary schools and three of the six middle schools reducing electric use in 2008.


Desert Garden Montessori to launch middle school program

After 10 years on the campus at Warner Road and Interstate 10, Desert Garden Montessori announces the opening of its middle school program. Enrollment applications from both new and experienced Montessori students in grades 7 and 8 are now being accepted. School begins Aug. 10.

For additional information, call Director Shetal Walters at (480) 496-9833, e-mail or visit


ASU offering over 100 classes next fall to high school seniors

Arizona State University is offering more than 100 classes next fall to qualified high school seniors, to give them a head start on a university career. Students can test their academic interests and explore majors and career options, before they begin freshman year.

The Collegiate Scholars Program offers courses in every college of the university at all four campuses. Eligibility is based on GPA, class rank and test scores. Once eligibility is confirmed, students may apply for admission and register. For a full listing of courses, visit

For more information, e-mail Mark Duplissis at or call (480) 965-2621.


SMCC offers G.E.D. high school equivalency testing

South Mountain Community College, 7050 S. 24th St., is offering G.E.D. 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 G.E.D. 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.


Kyrene continues free, reduced-price meals

Kyrene School District has announced its continuing policy for providing free and reduced-price meals for children served under the National School Lunch Program. Each school and/or the central office has a copy of the policy for anyone to review. Applications are avail able at any time in each school office.


Navy Secretary OKs ROTC unit at ASU

The establishment of a Naval Reserve Officers Training Corps (NROTC) at Arizona State University for fall 2010 was announced by Rear Adm. Cliff Sharpe during a recent visit to the Tempe campus. ASU's application for a NROTC unit was approved by the Secretary of the Navy.

The NROTC program was established to educate and train qualified young men and women for service as commissioned officers in the Navy and Marine Corps. A four-year NROTC scholarship features full tuition at a select college or university, all college or university educational fees, a stipend for text books, all uniforms, up to three summer training events and a subsistence allowance for each academic month.

Plans are to have teaching and administrative staffs in place by the summer of 2010 in order to support the arrival of students in August 2010.

More information is at


Bilingual adults interested in becoming registered nurses

If you are interested in becoming a registered nurse and you speak, read and write fluently in both Spanish and English, you will want to attend an information session of the Bilingual Nursing Fellowship Program (BNFP) at South Mountain Community College. Sessions will begin at 5:30 p.m. Aug. 19 and 10 a.m. Sept. 5 in the Student Union, 7050 S. 24th St. Applications will be available at the meetings.

For more information, call (602) 243-8269 or visit

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