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Posted: Saturday, January 10, 2009 7:33 pm | Updated: 1:01 am, Sat Oct 8, 2011.

The Queen Creek Unified School District is discussing the planned addition of 10 classrooms at Queen Creek Elementary School at a meeting 10 a.m. to noon Monday at the district office, 20740 S. Ellsworth Road, Queen Creek.

Information: (480) 987-5935

Gilbert board to elect officers

The Gilbert Unified School District governing board is meeting at 6 p.m. Tuesday at the district office, 140 S. Gilbert Road, Gilbert.

It will be the first meeting for new board member E.J. Anderson.

They will elect a new board president and clerk, decide on the dates and times of the year’s meetings, and discuss other annual organizational rules for the board.

Many parents have e-mailed and contacted the district regarding the 23-credit graduation requirement approved last month for next year’s freshmen. Nothing is on the agenda to talk about the requirements. However, any board member can make a notice to rescind the vote and put the issue on the next meeting’s agenda, said spokeswoman Dianne Bowers.

For more agenda information, call (480) 497-3300 or visit

Highland High tech program open house

Departments in the Highland High School Career and Technical Education Program are holding a community open house to showcase their various classes and clubs from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the school, 4301 E. Guadalupe Road, Gilbert.

The night will begin with a reception in Hawk Hall, followed by a meet-and-greet with Arizona state CTE advisors, department chairs, representatives from the Gilbert district office, and current and past Highland High students. Guests will then visit the various departments to find out more about the individual programs.

Participating departments include agriculture, business, family and consumer science, industrial education, visual arts and TV production.

Students in woods classes will show guests their latest projects as they demonstrate the various pieces of equipment in the wood shop.

Guests who visit the digital imaging lab will see how students utilize their cameras and state-of-the-art computer equipment to apply various techniques to their photos.

There will also be tours of programs including early childhood education, teacher preparation, culinary arts, fashion design and interior design.

Information: (480) 813-0051.

Centennial boundary proposal forum

The Higley Unified School District will host a forum to discuss a new boundary proposal for Centennial Elementary School at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday at the district office, 2935 S. Recker Road, Gilbert.

The kindergarten through eighth-grade school will open in August at 3507 S. Ranch House Parkway, Gilbert. Affected families should have received a flier with more information.

The district delayed approving boundaries last month after parents complained of the previous proposals.

The new proposal suggests moving about 245 students in the Arbors community from Power Ranch Elementary to Centennial.

Information: (480) 279-7063 or

Science camp applications sought

Each year, Gov. Janet Napolitano selects two youths to represent Arizona at the National Youth Science Camp in West Virginia. Applications are being accepted from high school seniors interested in this once-in-a-lifetime experience.

The nearly monthlong experience includes lectures and hands-on research projects presented by scientists from across the nation, overnight expeditions into the Monongahela National Forest, and a visit to Washington, D.C. The selected students will exchange ideas with scientists and their professionals from the academic and corporate worlds.

The July experience is offered at no cost. The program is funded through contributions to the National Youth Science Foundation. Delegates arrive in Charleston, W.Va, July 1 and leave July 25. The science camp is held at Bartow in the eastern mountains of West Virginia.

The selected delegates must not only demonstrate academic achievement in science or mathematics but also show potential for thoughtful scientific leadership.

Application forms are available on the Science Camp Web site at and must be submitted directly to Arizona’s selection coordinator at The application deadline is Jan. 23.

Education briefs run on Sunday. To submit an item, e-mail Hayley Ringle at or call (480) 898-6301.

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