Mountain Pointe band performance On March 6 guest artist Dr. Robert Spring, head of the Clarinet Studio at ASU, will perform with the MPHS Wind Ensemble. Concert begins at 7 p.m. and will take place in the MPHS auditorium. Tickets can be purchased at the door for $5 per person. MPHS football dinner, drawing An opportunity to win a $3,000 cash grand prize, bid on enticing auction items and support football activities at Mountain Pointe High School are great reasons to attend the second Football Dinner/Drawing. The event is slated for 6:30 p.m. March 1 at the Ahwatukee Country Club, 12432 S. 48th St. Each $150 ticket provides dinner for two, a crack at winning one of the evening's many cash prizes totaling $7,000 and the chance to bid on several silent-auction items. Former Arizona Diamondback Jay Bell will emcee. For more information, call (602) 329-4965 or e-mail at Tax-deductible donations may be sent to MPHS Football Boosters, 4201 E. Knox, Phoenix, 85044 (those providing name and a return address will receive receipts for tax purposes). Mountain Pointe silent art auction The Mountain Pointe High School Band Booster is sponsoring a fundraising silent art auction featuring 28 original paintings, prints, sports memorabilia and crafts. All artwork will be on display during the spring concert events Feb. 28 and March 4 and 6 in the auditorium. For a pre-auction view of pieces available for bid, visit Allartwork will be awarded to the highest bidder at the conclusion of the final concert March 6. Presidential Classroom Mountain Pointe High School student Cody Pitcher was awarded a scholarship to attend the Honeywell Scholars Presidential Classroom in Washington D.C. March 2-8. Ahwatukee Preschool registration Ahwatukee Preschool, a ministry of Mountain View Lutheran Church, will be starting their 28th year in August. Registration for fall classes will begin at 4 p.m. Feb. 27. Ahwatukee Preschool is a part-time preschool but increased their day to three hours. The preschool has strived to keep tuition as low as possible so that everyone can participate. For more information, contact Diane at (480) 893-2531. DV volleyball clinic Coach Ryan Tolman and the state champion Desert Vista Boys Volleyball team will be conducting an instructional clinic for boys and girls in grades four through 12. The focus will be on passing, setting, hitting and serving skills. The clinic will be held at Altadena Middle School from 7 to 9 p.m. March 3. Registration fee is $25. For more information, call Lorie at (480) 759-1255. Kyrene summer program registration To accommodate increased interest in summer offerings, the Kyrene School District will make online registration for all summer programs available at 8 a.m. March 3. In-person registration will begin on March 17. Programs include Summer Kids Club, Summer Academy classes and Summer Theatre. For more information on schools that offer the programs, visit or call (480) 783-7314. Award recognizes arts education program Phoenix schools that incorporate the arts into their curriculum are invited to submit entries for the second Mayor's School of Excellence Award for Outstanding Achievement in Arts Education. The program, sponsored by the city of Phoenix Mayor's Office and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona, will recognize schools and programs that have done an outstanding job of making the arts an essential part of education in their districts. To be considered, a school should teach all the arts (music, visual arts, dance and theater) and/or integrate them into other subject areas. Other criteria and entry forms can be found at The deadline to submit entries is March 7. One winning high school and one winning elementary school will receive a $1,000 cash prize each and will be considered for a John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts National Schools of Distinction in Arts Education Award. For more information, contact Jocelyn Hanson at (602) 495-0189 Kyrene Citizens' Academy Running a school district with 2,000 employees and 18,000 students is an around-the-clock operation. Come find out who makes the decisions, how it all gets done and how you would approach this job by joining the Kyrene Citizens' Academy. They will meet Thursdays from 5:45 to 7:15 p.m. starting late March. Session topics include School's in Session - Learn your Facts, Getting our Kids to School on a Full Tank, What do Teachers do all Day and more. For more information, or to join, contact Nancy Dudenhoefer at (480) 783-4029 or Morrison Institute offers $2,500 in scholarship awards Arizona State University's Morrison Institute for Public Policy is now accepting applications for the Young Steward of Public Policy scholarship program. This distinctive program provides the opportunity for Arizona high school seniors to earn a scholarship award and be published. The first place award recipient will receive a $1,500 scholarship to Arizona State University; the second place award recipient will receive a $1,000 scholarship to ASU. To apply, Arizona high school seniors can visit and click on "Public Policy Scholarship" or call (602) 496-0900 to request an application. The application deadline is March 31. Sally Ride Science workshops Dr. Sally Ride, America's first woman in space, will blast onto Arizona State University's campus March 1 for two Sally Ride Science educational events geared toward upper elementary and middle school teachers, students and parents. The one-day professional development workshop allows teachers to explore practical ways to integrate science careers into their classroom activities. Designed for fifth through eighth grade teachers, the Educator Institute includes hands-on workshops followed by time for teachers to customize lessons and activities for their classrooms. The $30 fee includes a featured talk by Ride, lunch and materials. In addition, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., a science festival for students, parents and teachers will be at the Barrett Honors College. The $18 registration fee includes the featured talk, workshops, lunch and the street fair. For more information, go to or call (800) 561-5161. Cheer clinics The Kyrene School District and the Arizona All-Stars are teaming up to help girls prepare for a cheer tryout with clinics through the next three months. Clinics will work on the skills necessary to be ready and confident to try out this year, next year or in two years. Curriculum includes tumbling, jumps, motions and a mock try-out. Clinics will be taught by past and present high school coaches and past and present college and high school cheerleaders. For registration information, call (480) 831-1105. To register, visit First come, first serve basis. HCLC orientations Horizon Community Learning Center will host orientation meetings this spring for families interested in HCLC for the upcoming 2008-09 school year. Orientations will be March 4 and March 24. All orientations begin at 6 p.m. in the HCLC multi-purpose room. To reserve a space or for more information, call (480) 659-3000. Centennial student debutes in play The Valley Youth Theatre presents The Princess and the Pea Feb. 1-17. This rendition puts a hilarious spin on Hans Christian Anderse's classic tale of one prince's search for the ultimate princess. Making her stage debut is Centennial Middle School sixth-grader Emily Sulka, who will be playing the role of Alfreda. Performance times are Fridays at 7:30 p.m. and Saturdays and Sundays at noon and 3 p.m. Tickets are $18 per person and can be ordered through the Valley Youth Theatre box office, (602) 253-8188, ext. 2. Discounts are available for groups of 20 or more. For more information about Valley Youth Theatre, visit The Art Institute's Best Teen Chef Competition The International Culinary School at The Art Institute of Phoenix is summoning the best teen chefs across the U.S. and Canada to The Art Institute's Best Teen Chef Competition 2008 April 12. Open to high school seniors in the U.S. and Canada, the Best Teen Chef Competition was created to encourage and recognize young culinary talent. Now in its ninth year, the competition awards more than $250,000 in tuition scholarships to The Art Institute's schools. Top prize winners in the competition can win a full-tuition scholarship toward an associate's degree, certificate or diploma program to study culinary arts at one of the more than 30 participating Art Institute locations, including The Art Institute of Phoenix. Additionally, the first place winner in the national competition will be an "Intern for a Day" at the Food Network Kitchens in New York City, receive a tour of the Food Network Studios, dinner for two at a Food Network chef's restaurant and a library of Food Network Kitchens cookbooks. To be eligible to participate in the competition, high school seniors must first send a complete Entry and Release Form to The Art Institute of Phoenix or fill out an online entry form at by Feb. 8. The National Best Teen Chef Final Round Competition will be held May 17 at The Art Institute of Las Vegas. For more information on The Best Teen Chef Competition, visit, or contact Ted Ciccone at or (602) 331-7527. Chamber Women in Business Committee offers scholarship The Women in Business Committee of the Ahwatukee Chamber of Commerce is offering a $2,000 college scholarship to a female high school senior attending any high school in Ahwatukee Foothills during the 2007-08 school year who is planning to pursue a business-related course of studies. The applicant must complete the entire application and supply school transcripts and letters of recommendation by the deadline on Mar. 17. Character, community involvement, entrepreneurship and coursework are all considerations in the final determination of the winner. The winner of the scholarship will be introduced at the April Women in Business Awards Luncheon, which also features a Business Expo. Information packets are available via all Ahwatukee Foothills high school guidance counselors, as well as on the Tempe Union High School District Web site, and the Ahwatukee Foothills Chamber of Commerce Web site, Barrow public service announcement contest Barrow Neurological Institute at St. Joseph's Hospital and Medical Center is asking Arizona adolescents to share their creativity and help save the lives of children and teens. Barrow is looking for middle school and high school students to participate in a public service announcement (PSA) contest. The winners will receive $500. Students are asked to submit a storyboard featuring messages about bike safety and proper helmet use. Storyboards can be submitted in English or Spanish (or both). Contest rules and a sample storyboard can be found at All entries must be submitted by Feb. 15. Entries can be submitted by mail to: St. Joseph's Hospital and Medical Center, Attention: Lucy Ranus, 350 W. Thomas Road, Phoenix, 85013. They can also be e-mailed to SMCC career expo Valley employers seeking fresh talent can reserve a booth for the annual South Mountain Community College 2008 Career Expo. The eighth annual expo will take place March 5, between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m., in the central plaza area of the college, 7050 S. 24th St. in Phoenix. Registration is $100 for the three-hour event. Sponsored by the SMCC Career Services Center, the event is one of the most popular annual career expos in the South Mountain Village area, attracting more than 100 employers and 700 attendees each year. To register, or get additional information, interested employers should contact Suzanne Hipps, SMCC career services director, at (602) 243-8153, or Employers may also register online at SMCC language classes Beginning to advanced courses in 10 different languages are on the spring 2008 schedule South Mountain Community College, ranging from French, German and Italian to more exotic tongues like Japanese, Arabic and Chinese. Also taught at SMCC are regional languages like Navajo and Yaqui, as well as many different levels and types of Spanish. American Sign Language. "Speedy" language classes are short-term, four- to six-week classes geared toward the basics of conversation. More in-depth courses are taught throughout the semester focusing on a wider array of written and oral communication and culture pertinent to the chosen language. Tuition is $65 per credit hour, plus a $15 registration fee each semester. To enroll, visit or stop by any SMCC office: 7050 S. 24th St.; 16233 S. 48th St.; or 9233 S. Avenida del Yaqui (Priest Road) in Guadalupe. For more information, contact Lillian Barker at (602) 243-8255 or Children of Hope preschool classes Children of Hope Childhood Development Center is now enrolling at Esperanza Lutheran Church for 2008-09 classes for 2-, 3- and 4-year-olds. Classes are available Tuesday and Thursday or Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Pre-kindergarten class is Monday through Friday. For more information, call Trisha Wolfsen at (480) 759-1515 or stop by at 2601 E. Thunderhill Place. SMCC offers Montessori certification Students who complete the Early Childhood Montessori Teacher Education Certification program of South Mountain Community College will now receive the important National Montessori Certification. The SMCC program has been granted full accreditation from its parent organization, the Montessori Accreditation Council for Teacher Education (MACTE). The college's 21-credit certification program is one of only three similar programs among community colleges in the U.S. and is the only one in Arizona. Cost is $65 a credit hour and one-time-per-semester registration fee of $15. National Montessori Certification is necessary for any lead teacher to be employed in a Montessori private or public school. For more information, contact Billie Larime at (602) 305-5601 or visit Leave No Child Inside photo contest Photos of nature and children enjoying outdoor environments are being sought for Arizona Parks and Recreation's "Leave No Child Inside" photo contest. Start taking pictures today as entries must be postmarked by May 1. The purpose of the "Leave No Child Inside" theme is to encourage parents to take their children to national, state, county and city parks to enjoy nature and recreate in Arizona's natural areas. Prizes will be awarded for the best photos. Categories for photos include "Urban Experience," "Leave No Inner Child Inside," "Kids and Critters" and "Most Unique Experience." Photos will be displayed at the 2008 Arizona Parks and Recreation Conference at the Camelback Inn in August. Submitted photographs must be 4-by-6-inch and may be either color or black and white. For more information, visit or call (602) 335-1962. Submit school notes to Corinne Frayer at

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