Keystone Montessori open house

Keystone Montessori at 1025 E. Liberty Lane is now accepting applications for toddler and preschool children and will host an open house starting at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 3. The session will include a tour of the school, a few short videos, discussion of the Montessori philosophy and a question and answer segment.

Please call (480) 460-7312 to RSVP.

‘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

The booklet can be obtained by calling (602) 354-2345. Produced by the Diocesan Catholic Schools Office, it 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.

Kyrene schools announce Meet the Teacher dates/times

Kyrene schools (kindergarten to eighth grade) will begin the 2010-11 school year on Monday, Aug. 9.

Middle schools have scheduled Meet the Teacher night from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 4, and elementary schools will host Meet the Teacher night from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 5.

All parents and children are encouraged to attend as this will be a time for the students to receive their teacher assignments, see their classrooms and meet their teachers.

For more information, go to


MPHS boot camp for incoming freshmen

A boot camp for incoming freshmen will take place from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 5, and Friday, Aug. 6, at Mountain Pointe High School, 4201 E. Knox Road.

All incoming freshmen are required to attend both days of camp, which will feature team building activities, time management, assemblies, reading and note taking strategies, active listening skills, scavenger hunt, multiple intelligence and true color assessments and technology training.

Lunch will be provided. Buses will run following the 2010/11 morning bus schedule. Visit and click on Departments & Transportation for pick up times and locations.

To register, e-mail your student's full name and T-shirt size (adult s, m, l, xl, xxl) to Mrs. Keller at by Wednesday, June 30.

Sentinel Boosters raffling cruise

Seton Catholic Preparatory High School is sponsoring a Sentinel Booster Club Cruise Raffle, and the winner will receive his or her choice of a Caribbean cruise Jan. 8 to 15, 2011, or an Alaskan cruise Aug. 26 to Sept. 2, 2011. The cruise is for two people, with airfare to port included.

Chances are $250 each, and only 200 chances will be sold. The drawing will take place Sept. 3 during the Varsity home football game, and the winner does not need to be present to win.

Tickets are available in the Advancement Office or Spirit Store at Seton Catholic Preparatory (1150 N. Dobson Road, Chandler) or online at Proceeds will support the completion of the stadium complex.

MCC announces 2010/11 Theatre Outback season

The 2010/11 Theatre Outback season at Mesa Community College includes Reynard the Fox, at 10 a.m., 1 and 7:30 p.m. Sept. 24 and 2 p.m. Sept. 25; The Taming of the Shrew at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 3, 4, 9, 10 and 11 and 2 p.m. Dec. 5 and 11; The Crucible at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 28, 29, Feb. 3, 4 and 5 and 2 p.m. Jan. 30 and Feb. 5; and Almost, Maine at 7:30 p.m. April 22, 23, 28, 29, 30 and 2 p.m. April 24 and 30.

Tickets are $15 for the general public; $12 for faculty, staff and alumni; and $10 for students and seniors.

For more information, call the box office at (480) 461-7170.

Diocese of Phoenix Catholic Schools Office announces Night of Hope fundraiser

Friends and supporters of the Diocese of Phoenix's Catholic Schools will gather for the third annual "Night of Hope, Our Children's Future" fundraising dinner event at 6 p.m. Oct 23 at the Sheraton Phoenix Downtown. All proceeds will benefit the Diocese of Phoenix Catholic Schools Endowment Fund.

Besides the proceeds from the cost of a ticket ($100 per person and up), Night of Hope will add to the endowment fund by offering sponsorship opportunities for local businesses the night of the event. Last year the event raised more than $75,000.

For more information, visit and follow the Night of Hope link.

Learn to write magazine and newspaper stories online

Victoria Hay, a former associate editor of Arizona Highways Magazine and former business editor of Phoenix Magazine, will teach a fully online course in magazine feature writing, English 235, "Magazine Article Writing," Oct. 18 to Dec. 10 at Paradise Valley Community College.

Hay, author of innumerable magazine and newspaper articles, has also published several books, including The Essential Feature and the best-selling Math Magic, coauthored for math whiz Scott Flansburg.

To sign up, go to, or call (602) 787-7000 and register for English 235, Section 58235. For residents of Maricopa County, tuition is $71 per credit hour.

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

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.

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

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.


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