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Posted: Monday, October 15, 2007 12:48 am | Updated: 7:28 pm, Fri Oct 7, 2011.

FALL BREAK: The J.O. Combs Unified School District will be on fall break today through Friday. Oct. 22 is a professional development day and classes will resume Oct. 23.

CTE OPEN HOUSE: Highland High School’s Career and Technical Education departments are holding an open house from

6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday at the school, 4301 E. Guadalupe Road in Gilbert. The open house will allow students and teachers to showcase various clubs and classes, including agriculture, business, family and consumer science, industrial education, visual arts and TV production. The open house will begin with a reception in Hawk Hall. For information, call (480) 813-0051 or e-mail

GIFTED MEETINGS: Parents of eighth-grade honors students are invited to an informational meeting to learn about additional opportunities for incoming gifted or high achieving students in the Tempe Union High School District.

Meetings will be held at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday in the Akimel A-al Multipurpose Room, 2720 E. Liberty Lane, Ahwatukee Foothills. Oct. 30 in the Kyrene School District Office Board Room South, 8700 S. Kyrene Road, Tempe, Nov. 8 in the Kyrene Middle School Library, 1050 E. Carver Road, Tempe, Nov. 14 in the Tempe High School lecture hall, 1730 S. Mill Ave., Tempe. The Tempe Union High School District offers the Peggy Payne Academy and the International Baccalaureate program.

For information on the Payne Academy, call (480) 752-8680, or for information on the International Baccalaureate program, call (480) 967-1661.

PUBLIC COMMENTS: The Mesa Unified School District will hold a public comment session about possible changes to credits required for graduation. The district is considering requiring three math credits to earn a diploma. If approved, changes would begin with ninth-graders in the 2008-09 school year. The session will be held 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Oct. 22 at the District Board Room, 549 N. Stapley Drive, Mesa.

GRAY MATTER: The Mesa Unified School District’s Parent University will present “The Plastic Brain: How your child’s brain changes from early age through adolescence,” at 7 p.m. Oct. 23 at Fremont Junior High School, 1001 N. Power Road, Mesa. Author Raleigh Philp will discuss the changes the brain goes through and how stress affects learning in children. Call 480-472-7278 to preregister.

DRUG TALK: Gilbert Unified School District has partnered with notMYkid and the Gilbert Police Department to give a parent drug-prevention presentation called “Let’s Talk Drugs: Learn the Facts on Helping to Keep Our Kids Safe.”

The presentation will be 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Oct. 25 at the Mesquite Junior High School auditorium, 130 W. Mesquite St. in Gilbert. For information, call (480) 497-3300, Ext. 275.

WEB SAFETY: Mesa Parent Advocates for Quality Schools is meeting at 7 p.m. Oct. 30 in the Board Room, 549 N. Stapley Drive, Mesa, to discuss Internet resources and safety for children. Loyal Clarke, the Mesa Unified School District’s

Web services supervisor and Janine Gearhart, educational technology director, will discuss how to teach children to be safe on the Internet and how the district integrates technology in the K-12 curriculum. Information:

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