The first day of school for Desert Vista and Mountain Pointe High School is a week away, and to better equip incoming students for their high school experience, both schools will host freshmen orientation events.
Summer vacation provides every student with a much-deserved opportunity for rest, relaxation and time with family and friends. For rising seniors it should also be a time to prepare for the college application season. Many students will use the Common Application (www.commonapp.org) if they are applying to out-of-state institutions. Here are some answers to a few questions you might have regarding the Common Application.
The sun has just set. From where I sit, up on a ridge, I hear music from two simultaneous song sessions filling the Valley below. When campfires turn to embers, youngsters will peel themselves away from the festivities and make their drowsy way to their bunks. Their dreams will no doubt be filled with obstacle courses and tie-dye, hikes and ropes courses. Another day at summer camp is done.
The excitement of acceptance into that dream college has passed. The first day of classes is still weeks away. But the resources provided by high school teachers and computer labs are no longer available for recent graduates.
With just a few weeks left in the 2013-14 pledge campaign, Mesa United Way leaders are praising the individuals and companies that are the backbone of the effort while challenging the entire community to fill the remaining gap.
I have been honored with the opportunity to welcome each and every one of you to the graduation of the class of 2014. At the beginning of this school year, a group called POS MEGA united under one question: what makes a person great? Is it what one says that makes one great? Is it what one once did? Or what one believes and thinks? Or the ability to avoid failure?
Rebuffing a bid to add new last-minute string to funding, state senators gave preliminary approval Wednesday to creating a new Department of Child Safety and providing what is now $63 million in new cash to get it started.
“Summer school:” These two words can sound like a one- to two- month jail sentence for students in school. Who wants to sit in class while their friends are out enjoying their summer vacation? Who wants to be the reason their parents have to postpone the San Diego vacation because their son/daughter must attend summer school? Even worse, to be left behind because they have to attend summer school while the rest of the family travels to San Diego. Either way you look at it, most students do not want to attend summer school.
Ouch! After 22 years at the same golf resort I got my walking papers. I guess the new owners felt like new faces will bring in new sources of revenue. OK… since this is a spiritual column I won’t tell you what I really think of that idea.
WASHINGTON — For women who carry a notorious cancer gene, surgery to remove healthy ovaries is one of the most protective steps they can take. New research suggests some may benefit most from having the operation as young as 35.
Since 1999, the Ahwatukee Foothills Chamber of Commerce has honored the community’s top businesses with the annual Chamber Day of Champions Awards breakfast. The chamber takes great pride in our business community, and we know that its success is rooted in the people. Each year we recognize outstanding businesses and celebrate individuals who are remarkable in their dedication to our community.
Recently, a 16-year-old Texan, named Ethan Couch, was sentenced to just 10 months probation and a year-long treatment program for driving drunk, killing four people and injuring nine. His parents are paying $450,000 a year for the addiction center, which sounds more like a resort.
New Year’s resolutions were first practiced in ancient Rome when worshippers offered good conduct to the god Janus. Resolving to change in the new year continues today. Researchers estimate that about 60 percent of those who make New Year’s resolutions fail.
Each of us at some point in our life will be faced with a life limiting illness, either personally or facing the death of a loved one. There is an incredible resource in this community that provides comfort, dignity and respect to all those coping with a serious or life-limiting illness. It’s Hospice of the Southwest.
The Ahwatukee Foothills News hosts a forum with the 9th Congressional District US House of Representatives candidate Andrew Walter.For more from this forum, see our playlist: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL8ZTVzyUoWKlnx1J8_dcjjX94IwjMgeS5[Video: Vincent Cota/Ahwatukee Foothills News]