Inspire Kids Montessori open house

Inspire Kids Montessori, a new Montessori school serving children ages 2 to 6, is accepting applications and will be hosting an open house from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily through Friday, Aug. 6.

The school is located at 4425 E. Agave Road, Building 8, Suite 144 (on the northeast corner of Ray Road and 44th Street behind CVS).

For more information or to RSVP, call (480) 659-9402 or e-mail

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.

DVHS freshmen orientation day

Freshmen orientation day will be from 8:15 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 6, at Desert Vista High School, 16440 S. 32nd St.

Freshmen will pick up their first day T-shirt, class schedule, special bus schedule and agenda for Aug. 6 when they pick up their books on their assigned distribution day.

The first day activities will include a spirit assembly, finding your classroom, high school orientation, organization workshops and freshman success tips. Bus and lunch services will be provided. The freshman-only dance will round off the day from 5 to 7 p.m. that evening.

A Parent Information Session is also being offered from 8:15 to 9:15 a.m. Aug. 6. Parents are invited to learn about navigating high school with their students.

For details, call the school at (480) 706-7900.

CrossRoads has limited openings for upcoming school year

CrossRoads Community School, a K-8 non-denominational, faith-based Christian school and ACSI member is accepting applications for the 2010/11 school year. The school is located at 2950 W. Ray Road in Chandler on the northeast corner of Ray Road and Loop 101. Limited openings remain in Kindergarten through eighth grade classes, and the first day for the 2010 school year is Aug. 10.

CrossRoads uses a unique combination of three-day-a-week classroom and home instruction. Students are taught in the classroom on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays when the teachers typically introduce new concepts. Students then take work home on Mondays and Wednesdays for home learning and additional reinforcement of the concepts. Enrichment activities such as PE, Music, Spanish, Chapel, and others are all taught on campus on classroom instruction days. Class sizes are small and range from 7 to 11 students.

Interested applicants are asked to call the school office at (480) 722-1445 for an application or to arrange a tour of the campus. The application process includes a family interview, recommendation letters and previous school records.

More information is available at

Overcoming back-to-school anxiety, preparing for the first day of school

Summer break is winding down, and parents and children are preparing for a new school year - seeing old friends, making new ones and settling back into a daily routine.

"The first day of school can be stressful for children," says Nora Carrillo, Child Development Specialist at Phoenix Children's Hospital.

The following tips are provided by the General Pediatrics Department at Phoenix Children's:

General guidelines

• Get your children on a wake-up and bedtime routine two to three weeks before school.

• Make sure your child gets at least eight hours of sleep each night and a healthy breakfast.

• Find out what school supplies and/or uniforms are needed for the year.

• Talk to your kids about school and what to expect.

• If they are anxious or afraid, talk about school as a "special event," let them know what to expect and listen to their fears and concerns. Schedule a visit to your child's school and arrange for a meeting with their teacher before school starts.

• Discuss ways to make friends, especially for kids who are special needs or shy.

• Pack healthy snacks and lunches.

• Put your child's name on everything.

• If possible, arrange to take your child to school on the first day.

Medical issues

• Make sure your child gets a back-to-school physical and that immunizations are up to date.

• Fill out all emergency contact and health information forms sent home by the school.

• Be sure that the school nurse and classroom teacher know about all of your child's medical issues, food allergies, risk for bee stings, inhalers and all other medications.

• Make arrangements with the school nurse to administer any medication your child might need.

• Advise the teachers about any conditions that might affect how your child learns. For example, children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) should be seated in the front of the room and a child with vision problem should sit near the blackboard.

• Parents of children with learning disabilities or ADHD should meet with teachers to discuss an individual educational plan and all counselors should be present.

• Be careful that backpacks are not too heavy or consider a rolling backpack to avoid back strain.

Transportation and safety

• Know what time school begins and how your child will get there.

• Be aware of the school's designated drop-off and pick-up areas (point out all landmarks) and discuss these with your child.

• Make sure your child knows his or her parent's name and address.

• Familiarize yourself with regulations on bikes, scooters and other vehicles.

• Review traffic safety including traffic signs and signals and all crosswalks.

• Go over a safe route with children who are walking or riding a bike. Remind them that it is never okay to a accept rides, candy or invitations from stranger.

OSHA classes now available at GCC

OSHA classes are now available in Arizona through a new partnership between Gateway Community College in Phoenix and the OSHA Training Institute Education Center at California State University, Dominguez Hills. Classes will begin in August.

California State University, Dominguez Hills (CSUDH) is one of only 26 OSHA Training Institute Education Centers in the entire country. Such centers are the only entities authorized to offer federal OSHA training.

CSUDH conducts OSHA training programs in Arizona, California, Hawaii and Nevada.

The first course will be OSHA Standards for the Construction Industry, beginning Aug. 21. Other upcoming courses include Hazards and Solutions in Healthcare Facilities (beginning Aug. 23), OSHA Standards for General Industry (Sept. 11), OSHA Pandemic Influenza Preparedness and Aerosol Transmissible Diseases (Sept. 28), the Trainer Course in OSHA Standards for the Construction Industry (Oct. 16) and the Trainer Course in OSHA Standards for General Industry (Nov. 6).

For further information or to enroll, visit, or call (888) 4LA-OSHA (888-452-6742).

W.P. Carey School ranks among best business school values

Because of the recession, everyone's looking for a bargain. When it comes to a college education, the W.P. Carey School of Business at Arizona State University ranks among the best values. In a new list, Bloomberg BusinessWeek names the W. P. Carey School among the Top 20 public business schools for "Return on Investment."

The new rankings for undergraduate programs compare the amount of money spent on annual tuition with the median base salary students receive at graduation. Not surprisingly, public schools were much better bargains than private schools overall. However, even among the public schools, the W.P. Carey School of Business ranks No. 17 in the nation. It's the top ranking for any Arizona school and third highest for any public school in the western United States.

Undergraduate students graduating from the W.P. Carey School of Business average an impressive $6.54 for every dollar spent on annual tuition.

The W.P. Carey School of Business has received several other recent high rankings, further demonstrating the excellence of the school. The W.P. Carey MBA is ranked among the Top 30 MBA programs in the country by U.S. News & World Report. The evening MBA program is ranked Top 25 among part-time MBA programs. The school was also just named Top 25 in the world for business school research productivity, according to the University of Texas at Dallas.

CGCC Sun Lakes Center offers east valley residents convenience

The Chandler-Gilbert Community College Sun Lakes Center opened in 1997 as a 5,000-square-foot facility designed to serve the needs of mature learners through credit and non-credit classes. Thirteen years later, the facility has more than doubled in size and now serves as the college's hub for workforce development, as well as offering a wide variety of credit courses in math, psychology, English, Spanish, history, accounting and more. The Center also offers more than 400 online classes, covering a wide range of topics from healthcare and fitness to business and professional courses.

CGCC's Sun Lakes Center offers programs in a variety of high-demand fields, such as training to become a Dialysis Technician, Physical Therapy Aid, or Chiropractic Assistant - fields which are poised for growth through 2016, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

In addition to offering high-demand credit courses and workforce development, the Center will remain home to New Adventures in Learning (NAILS), an Institute for Learning in Retirement, which offers classes on an array of topics geared to the interests and talents of participants ranging in age from 45 to 90.

The Sun Lakes Center is at located at 25105 S. Alma School Road (northeast corner of Alma School and Riggs roads) in Sun Lakes.

For more information, visit or call (480) 857-5500.

Training provided to convert medical offices to electronic systems

Phoenix College and GateWay Community College (two Maricopa Community Colleges) were recently notified by The Los Rios Community College District in California that they have been named a part of a consortium of 14 colleges to receive a portion of a $5.4 million grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The grant is designed to train individuals to provide assistance in the installation and use of computerized health information systems in hospitals and medical offices. The electronic systems are meant to replace traditional paper methods.

A pilot group of 14 GateWay Community College students have completed the program and are looking for paid internships to serve as a bridge between the classroom and practical work experience. Companies currently involved or moving into any aspect of the electronic health records industry are encouraged to consider GateWay students for internships.

For more information on the Systems Analysis for Practice Management Program or how to contact students for internships, call Heidi at (602) 286-8931 or John at (602) 286-8594. For information on the grant or the Health Information Technology program at Phoenix College, call Bonnie at (602) 285-7149.

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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