MP, DV team golf tournaments
• The Mountain Pointe Baseball Boosters’ Fifth Annual Pride Baseball Golf Classic will be this 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. For details, visit www.MPHSbaseballboosters.com, call Mitch Gladstone at (602) 320-8378, Tom Kingery at (480) 699-9841 or send an e-mail to email@MPHSbaseballboosters.com.
• 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. Dinner, awards and a silent auction will follow. For information, call Rod Ticknor at (480) 650-9084 or Carlene Wehrli at (480) 460-8302.
Kryene offers sports physicals
A new sports season begins soon and in order to sign up and try-out student athletes need a current sports physical on file.
Physico Health Assessments will offer sports physicals from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 26, at Akimel A-al Middle School, 2720 E. Liberty Lane, and 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 28, at Aprende Middle School, 777 N. Desert Breeze Blvd. in Chandler. All middle school athletes are welcome. The cost is $25, cash only. Physico will donate a portion of all proceeds to the Kyrene Athletic Program.
To schedule an appointment, log on to www.physico2go.com. Print, fill out and sign the medical history and consent form. Athletes should drink at least 12 ounces of water prior and those who wear glasses or contacts should wear them to the appointment.
For more information on this or other athletic concerns, call (480) 783-4060.
MPHS Grad Night Committee hosting wine/pizza night
The Mountain Pointe High School Grad Night 2010 Committee will host an evening of wine tasting and gourmet pizza from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 26, on the patio at My Wine Cellar, 5030 E. Warner Road.
The cost is $30 per person, with proceeds supporting Grad Night 2010. Space is limited.
For more information, contact Kris Bigham at (480) 759-3097 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
DV Key Club sponsoring blood drive
The Key Club at Desert Vista High School is sponsoring a blood drive with United Blood Services from 7 to 11:30 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 28, in the school’s small gymnasium, 16440 S. 32nd St. Donors are urgently needed to help injured and ill patients.
If you are 18 or older, register online for an appointment at www.bloodhero.com. Enter “thunder” for the sponsor code. Donors should eat a good breakfast, drink plenty of water and bring a picture ID with them to the drive.
Desert Vista’s own Cheri Johnson has a son who is currently receiving daily transfusions, and the Key Club is holding this blood drive in honor of him.
For more information, e-mail Jared Naimark at email@example.com.
‘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 http://my.maricopa.edu or call (602) 243-8026.
Catholic Schools Week observed at Seton
Seton Catholic Preparatory High School will observe Catholic Schools Week Jan. 31 to Feb. 6.
Breakfast will be provided for faculty and staff on Monday, Feb. 1, compliments of student council members, and there will be music at lunch. Dress is spring time flower power (‘60s hippy dress).
An All School Mass honoring grandparents will take place Tuesday, Feb. 2 (RSVP required for grandparents) and a complimentary Subway lunch will be provided for all students and staff. Dress is Seton Catholic uniform.
Student council representatives will attend Diocesan Mass on Wednesday, Feb. 3. Attire is hot fun in the summer fun (board shorts, T-shirts and sunglasses).
Music will play during lunch Thursday, Feb. 4. Dress is Halloween revisited (no masks, please). A Variety Show will begin at 7 p.m. in the cafeteria. Admission is $5.
A Big Pep Assembly and 25th Annual Seton ‘THON (5K) begin at 8:15 a.m. in gym on Friday, Feb. 5. The student body is hosting the fundraiser walk-a-thon to raise dollars for classroom technology enhancements. Proceeds will be shared with the St. Vincent de Paul charity ministry program of “Shifting Gears,” a working-poor ministry in downtown Phoenix (to help students achieve their goal of raising $30,000, donations may be made at www.SetonCatholic.org). Dress is THON T-shirts and shorts (knee length) or sweat pants. Someburros will sponsor a complimentary lunch for all students.
That evening is Boys’ Basketball Senior Night – Seton Catholic vs. Higley.
A Semi Formal Dance, “Winter Wonderland,” will be from 8 to 11 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 6, in the gym. The cost is $15 per person in advance (in A-3) or $20 at the door.
For more information, call (480) 963-1900, ext. 2006 or e-mail Becky at BSanchez@SetonCHS.org.
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.
For more information or to sponsor, e-mail Julie Smith at firstname.lastname@example.org.
DV Grad Night meetings
The Desert Vista High School Grad Night Committee will meet at 7 p.m. Thursdays Feb. 4, March 4, April 1 and May 6 in room H108 at the school, 16440 S. 32nd St.
To make Grad Night successful, the committee needs help from senior parents. For more information or to serve on the committee, e-mail email@example.com.
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.
Classes coming up at SMCC Ahwatukee
South Mountain Community College Ahwatukee Foothills Center at 10429 S. 51st St., Suite 101, is offering “Hiring Within The Law: E-Verify and I-9 Compliance,” a two-session non-credit course designed to help business owners understand the legal responsibilities of hiring as mandated by recent changes in the law. The class is scheduled for Wednesdays, Feb. 17 and 24, from 5:30 to 9 p.m., and the cost is $50. Register for CONT_ED 61493 online at my.maricopa.edu. For more information, call Bruce at (602) 305-5810 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
• Dick Sellers, owner of Ace Auto Repair, will teach General Auto Repair from 8 a.m. to noon Saturdays, Feb. 20 and 27, at the shop at 5010 S. Central Ave. The cost is $40. Register for CONT_ED 60577 online at my.maricopa.edu or call (602) 243-8123.
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 email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 www.tuhsdedfoundation.org 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.
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.
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.