Seton Catholic hosting Fine Arts Silent Auction

The Seton Catholic Preparatory High School Fine Arts Department will host a Fine Arts Silent Auction starting at 3:30 p.m. Thursday, April 30, in the school's cafeteria at 1150 N. Dobson Road in Chandler. The auction will feature student artwork, including artwork by Ahwatukee Foothills resident Katy Bandy, and the community is invited to attend and participate. 

For more information, call Becky at (480) 963-1900, ext. 2006, or e-mail


Montessori open house

Montessori Educare Academy, 1244 E. Chandler Blvd., will hold an open house at 6 p.m. Thursday, April 30, featuring a presentation on Montessori philosophy and a facility tour. MEA is currently enrolling pre-toddlers (12 to 24 months), toddlers (24 to 36 months) and Primary (ages three to six) for summer and fall sessions.

For more information, call (480) 283-8885.


Apply by May 1 for Page Memorial Scholarship

Dr. Mark and Gina Page of Arizona's Vision are offering a financial scholarship to four area students attending Mountain Pointe or Desert Vista high schools. Dr. Page created this scholarship in the loving memory of his mother, who was a music teacher.

Four non-renewable $500 scholarships will be awarded.

Applications must be received in the Desert Vista or Mountain Pointe guidance department by the end of school on May 1.


Single parents eligible for tuition scholarships to return to college

A limited number of tuition scholarships are now available to single parents who have returned to college after a break of at least one year, due to family demands or other commitments.

South Mountain Community College has teamed with Dorrance Scholarship Programs to establish a scholarship program designed specifically for single parents. Awards are available for as much as $4,000 annually, for a maximum of six semesters (three years), and are renewable. The deadline for application is 5 p.m., Friday, May 1.

Call SMCC program advisor Christopher Erran at (602) 305-5607 or e-mail


Pre-register by Friday for MPHS alumni golf tourney discount

Get ready to tee off at the inaugural Mountain Pointe Alumni Golf Tournament on Saturday, May 9, at the Ahwatukee Country Club, 12432 S. 48th St., hosted by the school's boys and girls golf teams. The tournament will feature a four-player scramble with a 1 p.m. shotgun start. Check in is from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. 

Pre-registration fees (by May 1) are $60 per person or $225 per foursome. Late registration fees (May 2 to 6) are $75 per person or $275 per foursome. The fee includes green fees, golf cart, range balls and buffet dinner. A cash prize of $200 will be awarded to the first place team and $150 to the second place team. The tournament will also include prizes for a hole in one, closest to the pin and a raffle. Proceeds will benefit the school's golf teams.

Entry forms are available at or at the Ahwatukee Country Club. For additional information, e-mail Tony Ramseyer at or call (480) 510-2930.


DV football sets parent meeting, barbecue

Desert Vista High School Football will host a barbecue for all existing and incoming football players and their families from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, May 6, at the school, 16440 N. 32nd St. This is a mandatory meeting for parents of ALL football players. Freshmen parents' orientation begins at 6 p.m. in the auditorium and all other parents will join at 6:30 p.m.

Meet coaches, fellow parents and hear head coach Dan Hinds discuss the football program at Desert Vista and its prospects for 2009.

In an effort to give back to our community, canned food items will be collected as your admittance to the barbecue.

For more information, e-mail or visit


AF Prep students get financial tips from M&I Bank

In conjunction with the banking industry's 13th Annual Teach Children to Save Day on April 21, M&I Bank visited Ahwatukee Foothills Preparatory Academy to present financial tips to students.

Through the end of the month, M&I Bank will give away student savings activity books to encourage healthy practice with any MiKids Savings Account opened at all branch locations.


Up to 70 trees planted at SMCC

In honor of Arbor Day, South Mountain Community College students and employees "dug in" and helped plant up to 70 new trees throughout campus on April 22. Funding came from a Phoenix Urban Forestry Grant awarded to SMCC. PUF is division of the city of Phoenix Parks and Recreation.

For more information, call (602) 243-8069.


Kyrene offering free all-day kindergarten

The Kyrene School District will offer free full-day kindergarten for the 2009-10 school year. The process for early entrance kindergarten is currently being reviewed, and more information will be available soon. 


Host families needed for exchange students

The Educational Resource Development Trust/SHARE! High School Exchange Program is looking for host families for international exchange students for the 2009/10 fall semester or school year. High school-aged boys and girls from over 30 countries will arrive in mid-August to attend local high schools for one or two semesters.

For more information, call Yvette at 1-(800) 941-3738 or visit


French students need host families for three weeks

Host families are needed for enthusiastic French high school students who will be in the Valley for a three-week stay in July. This exchange to Arizona is sponsored by ATIL-CCL, a student exchange program based in Paris and Lyon, France.

For details, call Phoenix ATIL-CCL coordinators Randy and Frym Hare at (623) 561-2656 or (623) 826-4330 or visit


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 4, 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


Cronkite students win international RFK Award

A student project on families divided by the United States-Mexico border won a prestigious Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award for the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University.

The project, "Divided Families," won in the college print journalism category. It traces the stories of families who are separated as a result of both legal and illegal immigration and explores the social consequences of public immigration policy.


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.


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.


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.


SMCC continues St. Mary's discount food box distribution

This spring, employees and students of South Mountain Community College are continuing to help their neighbors by packing and selling discounted boxes of high-quality food as volunteers for the St. Mary's/Westside Food Bank Alliance.

The final Food Value Club sale for the spring semester is May 1. Distribution will be from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., in front of the Performing Arts Center at SMCC, 7050 S. 24th St.

For additional information, call (602) 243-8065.


SMCC offers a free evening of music

Enjoy a free band concert at 6 p.m. May 4 in Performance Hall of South Mountain Community College, 7050 S. 24th St., just north of Baseline Road.

Featured will be the SMCC Day Jazz Band and SMCC Community Concert Band. The Julian and Campbell Middle School Concert Bands and the NFL Yet Academy High School Orchestra will also perform.

To learn more about the music programs at SMCC, go to


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 5:30 p.m. Monday, May 4, in the South Mountain Community College Student Union, 7050 S. 24th St. Additional introductory meetings are set for 5:30 p.m. Aug. 19 and 10 a.m. Sept. 5. Applications will be available at the meetings.

For more information, call (602) 243-8269 or visit


DV Grad Night meeting

Desert Vista High School's 2009 Grad Night Committee will hold 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


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.


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

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