Introduction to lacrosse clinics offered

Luis Till has been running lacrosse clinics trying to establish a middle school feeder team for Mountain Pointe High School.

The clinics are open to all students in fifth through eighth grades, and remaining clinics are scheduled for 4 to 6 p.m. May 11 and 18 at Centennial Middle School, 13808 S. 36th St. Bring a lacrosse stick if you have one; some loaner equipment is available.

Call Luis at (602) 820-1532 for more information, or visit


Final DV Grad Night meeting

Desert Vista High School's 2009 Grad Night Committee will meet at 6:30 p.m. Monday, May 11, in room H106 at the school, 16440 S. 32nd St. Parents are invited to attend.

For more information, call Terri Bauer at (480) 278-9637 or e-mail


Public meeting set on Kyrene budget

The Kyrene Elementary School District is holding a public meeting from 1 to 2 p.m. Monday, May 11, in the Brisas-Aprende Media Center, 777 N. Desert Breeze Blvd., Chandler, to answer questions about the Kyrene budget.

Kyrene Superintendent Dr. David K. Schauer and Director of Business Services Karin Smith will be on hand to walk the audience through questions such as "How are Arizona schools funded?" "What challenges do Kyrene schools face next year?" "How does Kyrene spend its funds?" and "What is Kyrene doing to plan for the future?"

The budget forum is a cooperative effort of the Kyrene Parent Superintendent Council along with Cielo, Sierra, Cerritos and Altadena PTO volunteers.

For more information, call Nancy Dudenhoefer at (480) 783-4029.


DV percussion concert

A Percussion Concert will start at 7 p.m. May 12 in the Desert Vista High School auditorium, 16440 S. 32nd St. Admission is free.

For more information, call Doug Dynes at (480) 706-4402.


Brain Power Night at Lomas

Kyrene de las Lomas Elementary School staff and students will celebrate Spring Brain Power Night from 6 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, May 13, with a variety of outdoor activities to encourage children and their families to get active, healthy and ready for summer learning fun.

To promote vacation time reading, families are encouraged to bring gently-used books Monday through Wednesday for a family book exchange to be held as part of the festivities. Students will be given a coupon for each book brought in, up to five coupons, and may redeem them for books on Brain Power Night. PTO will be selling pizza, popcorn and soda.

Las Lomas is located at 11820 S. Warner-Elliot Loop.

For more information, call (480) 783-2800.



Public hearings on possible boundary change

The Kyrene School District Governing Board has taken the first step toward accepting two sections of Ahwatukee that are within the Phoenix city limits but outside of the current Kyrene School District boundaries. On April 14 the Kyrene Governing Board gave preliminary approval to accepting the Foothills Reserve, a housing development west of 27th Avenue and north of Pecos Road, and the South Mountain 620, an undeveloped area west of 19th Avenue and north of Pecos into the Kyrene School District boundaries.

The Maricopa County School District will now conduct two public hearings on the possible boundary change before the Kyrene Governing Board can take final action later this year.

These hearings will be held at both 10 a.m. and 7 p.m. May 14 at the Ben Furlong Educational Center, 8700 S. Kyrene Road in Tempe.


Movie night May 15 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.


Thunderbird offers free information sessions

Thunderbird School of Global Management (1 Global Place, Glendale) is hosting free information sessions for prospective students interested in learning more about its educational opportunities. The school, which specializes in global business management education, offers a wide range of degree and nondegree programs for full-time students and working professionals.

The next general information session on all Thunderbird programs will be 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. May 14 at the Hotel Valley Ho, Scottsdale. To register or for more information, e-mail or call (602) 978-7100.


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.


SMCC commencement is May 15

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. Keynote speaker will be Art Macias, U.S. Transportation Security Administration chief of staff. Macias is also the former director of the Arizona Lottery.  


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 J. Rivera at


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  


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.


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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