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Posted: Sunday, November 8, 2009 12:57 pm | Updated: 12:43 am, Sat Oct 8, 2011.

Circle Cross to honor veterans

Circle Cross Ranch K-8 School will hold its first Veterans Day program at 9 a.m. and 10 a.m. Monday in the school gymnasium, 35900 N. Charbray Drive, San Tan Valley. The school is in the Florence Unified School District.


Circle Cross to honor veterans

Circle Cross Ranch K-8 School will hold its first Veterans Day program at 9 a.m. and 10 a.m. Monday in the school gymnasium, 35900 N. Charbray Drive, San Tan Valley. The school is in the Florence Unified School District.

Circle Cross Ranch would like to honor the community’s servicemen and women, past and present, for their dedication to and protection of our country. The school would also like to present personalized certificates to the veterans in attendance.

Veterans who would like to attend are asked to RSVP at (480) 987-7610.

No school on Wednesday

There will be no school on Wednesday in honor of Veterans Day.


Program seeks youth job leads

Gilbert Youth Employment, part of the Gilbert Unified School District Vocational Career and Technical Education Department, is in need of job leads for seasonal, part-time and full-time positions.

Gilbert Youth Employment provides a free service to youth ages 16 to 21 and to the business community. The department receives job openings information from employers and posts the positions for student review.

To give information on any job openings or seasonal work, call (480) 545-3826, ext. 131.

Eat at Roadhouse, help out education

The Texas Roadhouse restaurant at Power and Ray roads in Gilbert will donate 10 percent of food purchases from 3:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Monday to the Higley Education Foundation.

Families should bring a flier from the school and attach it to their receipt for the Higley Unified School District to receive the donation.

Information: (480) 988-1414.

Vets sought to talk with students

The Gilbert Learning Center’s Student Council is inviting veterans to participate in its Veterans Day celebration on Tuesday at the school, 7007 E. Guadalupe Road, Mesa. The school is especially looking for veterans who served in World War II. The day’s events include a continental breakfast, JROTC Color Guard ceremony, a veterans discussion with students and a deli-style lunch.

The Gilbert Learning Center is the Gilbert Unified School District’s alternative school.

Veterans who want to participate, or anyone who would like to attend, is asked to call Student Council sponsor Larry Dexter at (480) 507-0519.

Veterans honored at Higley High

The Higley Unified School District will hold its second annual Veterans Day Celebration at 9:15 a.m. Tuesday at Higley High School’s football field and performing arts center, 4068 E. Pecos Road, Gilbert.

The celebration will honor veterans with a flag ceremony, Patriot Guard presentation, introduction of veterans, dedication to the missing in action, a helicopter landing and a flyover by the Commemorative Air Force. The keynote speaker will be retired Marine Corps 1st Sgt. Gil Contreras.

Veterans who would like to attend can RSVP by calling (480) 279-9000 or e-mail

Open house for Campo Verde

The Gilbert Unified School District will have a dedication ceremony and open house for Campo Verde High School from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday at the school, 3870 S. Quartz St., Gilbert. Families and the public are invited for games, snacks, activities and campus tours.

Campo Verde, the district’s fifth high school, opened to freshmen and sophomores on Aug. 10. The $52.8 million, 60-acre campus features a 250,000-square-foot school, a synthetic turf football field and an amphitheater with a seating capacity for 725 people.

Information: (480) 545-3100.

Gilbert board to meet Tuesday

The Gilbert Unified School District governing board will meet 7 p.m. Tuesday at Campo Verde High School, 3870 S. Quartz St., Gilbert.

Board members will listen to a Title One presentation and discuss a possible approval of a contract and resolution for Web site advertising.

The board is having the meeting at Campo Verde High so members can attend the high school’s dedication ceremony at 6 p.m.

For the full agenda, visit, or call (480) 497-3300.

Higley to offer H1N1 vaccinations

Higley Unified School District will offer H1N1 flu vaccinations to students and teachers from Tuesday through Nov. 20 at all district elementary schools. The vaccinations are provided by Mollen Immunization Clinics.

Clinics will be held on different days and times at each of the elementary schools. Clinics for the two district high schools will be scheduled when more doses become available.

To preregister an elementary school student, complete the form at Mollen will send a confirmation e-mail to families with the date and time specified. Students must be accompanied by an adult.

Information: (480) 279-7000.

Web site offers info on H1N1

The Gilbert Unified School District Web site at is updated regularly with information about the H1N1 virus and vaccination clinics. Links to additional resources through the Maricopa County Health Department are also available.

Information: (480) 497-3300.

Learn the facts about drug abuse

Coronado Elementary School will host a notMYkid “Prevention Through Education” presentation from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday in the Higley school’s media center, 4333 S. DeAnza Blvd., Gilbert.

Parents will learn the most recent information about drug use in schools and how to prevent addiction in the family.

Families who attend will receive conversation starters to help begin a dialogue with their child, an overview of visual and verbal indicators to watch for, and a door prize.

Information: (602) 652-0163 or

District slates fundraising gala

The Gilbert Unified School District will host its sixth annual Special Education Scholarship Fundraising Gala from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday at the Southeast Regional Library, on the southeast corner of Greenfield and Guadalupe roads, in Gilbert.

Appetizers and desserts will be catered by Gilbert’s culinary classes and local businesses. Live entertainment will be provided by Desert Ridge High School’s Jazz Band. There will also be door prizes, a silent auction, prize wheel, a brown bag sale and mock casino table games.

Tickets are $10. Proceeds will benefit scholarships for the district’s special education seniors. Last year’s gala raised more than $10,000.

Information: (480) 254-1512.

Comedy 'Harvey’ to be performed

The Higley Knight Time Players will present a production of “Harvey” at 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday at the Higley Center for the Performing Arts, 4132 E. Pecos Road, Gilbert.

“Harvey” is a classic comedy that follows the story of Elwood Dowd and his 6-foot imaginary rabbit friend.

Tickets are $5 for students and $7 for adults.


'A Night at the Opera’ at Highland

Highland High School will host “A Night at the Opera ... and More” at 6 p.m. Friday at the school, 4301 E. Guadalupe Road, Gilbert.

Enjoy a night of Italian dining and entertainment featuring Highland High School choral groups, choir alumni and guest performers.

Tickets are $17.

Information: (480) 854-1626 or

Higley paying fee for ACT exam

High school juniors in the Higley Unified School District who would like to take the ACT exam for free on April 10 are asked to request a registration folder from their high school counseling office.

Higley is paying the fee for juniors who want to take the exam.

Students must complete the ACT registration folder and return it to their counselor by Jan. 29 to take part in this opportunity.

Information: (480) 279-7000.

Greenfield librarian wins $500

Pamela Standhart, a librarian at Greenfield Junior High School in Gilbert, won a $500 prize and donation from the Horace Mann insurance companies “Win $ Win” Sweepstakes.

Standhart, a Mesa resident, won $250 for herself, and $250 to donate in her name to the American Association of School Librarians. She received the money Wednesday during a presentation.

The next “Win $ Win” Sweepstakes will run from Jan. 4 through April. Open to educators and other school employees across most of the United States, the next sweepstakes will award a total of $65,000. Information:


Pizza fundraiser for Hull Elementary

A fundraiser for Chandler’s Jane Dee Hull Elementary School will be Tuesday at Rush Street Pizza, 2925 E. Riggs Road. Mention your support for the school and a percentage of the proceeds will go to Hull. For more information, call the school at (480) 883-4500.

Chandler High band wins festival award

The Chandler High School band won the sweepstakes award at the recent Music Along the Estrellas Marching Band Festival. Twenty-eight bands attended the event. The band also won the Esprit de Corps Award, which is awarded to the band that represents the most class and respect as well as manners and maturity at the competition.

Learning academy to be dedicated

The Chandler Unified School District will dedicate its newest facility, Ken “Chief” Hill Learning Academy, at 10 a.m. Tuesday. The event will be at the new school, 290 S. Cooper Road. For information, call (480) 812-7650.

Family portraits benefit school

Ivy Studios Photography is offering family portrait packages that will benefit Chandler’s Humphrey Elementary School in Chandler. Packages start at $20. Visit Appointments are available 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday . Contact Sara at (602) 819-2829 for details.


Students take high-tech tour

Students from Apache Junction High School and Mesa’s Skyline High School recently got a tour of the Cognitive Engineering Research Institute (CERI) and the Cessna Citation Service Center in Mesa.

The program, sponsored by Salt River Project and Arizona State University’s Polytechnic campus, is designed to show students how Cessna jets are repaired and what it takes to create real-world exercises such as remote-operated vehicles using computer simulations.

It’s part of the SEMI High Tech U to introduce students to jobs in the technology industry. It was the eighth year of the program.

Absences increase in district

The Mesa Unified School District saw a small increase in absences in October compared with the prior month.

In October, the districtwide absentee rate was 5.3 percent, compared with 4.7 percent in September and 4.5 percent a year ago. The junior highs saw the largest absentee rate, at 5.5 percent.

The high schools saw a 5.3 percent absentee rate and the elementary schools saw a 5.2 percent absentee rate, which was a full percentage point above September.

Mesa board to meet Tuesday

The Mesa Unified School District governing board is scheduled to hold a regular board meeting 7 p.m. Tuesday at 549 N. Stapley Drive. A study session will be at 4:30 p.m. The district will hear reports about the Defining the Future initiative as well as health benefit options for employees.

Education briefs run on Sunday. To submit an item for Gilbert and Queen Creek schools, send the pertinent information to Hayley Ringle at

Apache Junction, Chandler and Mesa school briefs are compiled by education reporter Michelle Reese. Contact her at or (480) 898-6549.

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