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Posted: Sunday, October 25, 2009 3:53 pm | Updated: 12:43 am, Sat Oct 8, 2011.

The NotMYkid program will present a “Prevention Through Education” talk at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Higley Center for the Performing Arts, 4132 E. Pecos Road, Gilbert. The Phoenix-based nonprofit organization focuses on middle school students, dealing with topics such as substance abuse and suicide.

GILBERT

Talk targets drug abuse, suicide

The NotMYkid program will present a “Prevention Through Education” talk at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Higley Center for the Performing Arts, 4132 E. Pecos Road, Gilbert. The Phoenix-based nonprofit organization focuses on middle school students, dealing with topics such as substance abuse and suicide.

NotMYkid will talk about protecting your children from substance abuse and addiction. Every family that attends will receive conversation starters to help begin a dialogue with your children, an overview of visual and verbal indicators to watch for, and a free $40 door prize.

Information: (602) 652-0163 or www.notmykid.org.

District board to meet Tuesday

The Gilbert Unified School District governing board will meet 7 p.m. Tuesday  at the district office, 140 S. Gilbert Road, Gilbert. For agenda information, call (480) 497-3395 or visit www.gilbert.k12.az.us.

Higley offers recreation programs

The Higley Unified School District Community Education Department has announced the upcoming fall/winter Young Explorers and recreation offerings.

Upcoming classes also will include hip hop dance and cheerleading with NRG Dance Company, Chess Emporium, Cartooning With Young Rembrandts, Mind-Lab Strategic Thinking Games and tennis with Bill Brown.   

Classes begin on Nov. 3. Register online at www.husd.org or in person at the district office, 2935 S. Recker Road, Gilbert. The recreation program is offering flag football for kindergartners to eighth-graders, and coed volleyball for third- to eighth-graders.  

The program is welcoming two new vendors: Science Detectives at Power Ranch Elementary School, and Turner Martial Arts Academy at various schools.

The registration deadline is Wednesday.

Information: (480) 279-7034.

Meeting to prepare student athletes

Williams Field High School’s athletic department will host an information meeting to prepare student athletes for the upcoming school year. The meeting will be 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday in the Williams Field High School auditorium, 2076 S. Higley Road, Gilbert.

Marcus Williams, the school’s athletic director, and Art Wagner, the Higley Unified School District’s athletic director, will discuss the district’s new participation handbook, athletic and academic eligibility, and participation and event fees.  

Information: (480) 279-8011.

Singing contest helps fight cancer

 Five local high schools are hosting a singing competition, with the winners from each competing against each other in a December finale. The schools are raising money for local breast cancer patients.

Higley High School will host its competition 7 p.m. Friday  at the school, 4068 E. Pecos Road, Gilbert.

The finale will be at 7 p.m. Dec. 12 at the Queen Creek Performing Arts Center on the Queen Creek High School campus, 22149 E. Ocotillo Road.

Queen Creek High, Williams Field High, Desert Ridge High and Combs High schools have already held their singing contests.

Information: (480) 284-4014, ext. 4, or www.breastcancersociety.org.

Burk student wins essay contest

Ali Castello, a sixth-grader from Burk Elementary School in Gilbert, won second place in the elementary school category of the VA Veterans Day Essay Contest. Students read their winning essays Thursday  at an awards breakfast at the Carl T. Hayden Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Phoenix.   

Nearly 450 students from 38 Arizona schools submitted essays on what the VA Veterans Day Parade theme, “Home of the Free, Because of the Brave,” means to them. Entrants were divided into three categories, and were judged by VA Medical Center staff. First-place winners received a $200 savings bond, and second-place winners received a $150 savings bond. The winners also will ride on the Hall of Flame firetruck in the VA Veterans Day Parade on Nov. 11, and have their winning essays printed in the parade program.

QUEEN CREEK

Walk-a-Thon to benefit school

Desert Mountain Elementary School’s Parent Teacher Organization will host its third annual Walk-a-Thon on Friday  at the school, 22301 S. Hawes Road, Queen Creek. The community can donate money for the event, and 100 percent of the money collected will benefit the school.

To donate, call (480) 987-5912 or visit www.dmepto.com/page66.

Singing contest helps fight cancer

 Five local high schools are hosting a singing competition, with the winners from each competing against each other in a December finale. The schools are raising money for local breast cancer patients.

Higley High School will host its competition 7 p.m. Friday at the school, 4068 E. Pecos Road, Gilbert.

The finale will be at 7 p.m. Dec. 12 at the Queen Creek Performing Arts Center on the Queen Creek High School campus, 22149 E. Ocotillo Road.

Queen Creek High, Williams Field High, Desert Ridge High and Combs High schools have already held their singing contests.

Information: (480) 284-4014, ext. 4, or www.breastcancersociety.org.

CHANDLER

Taste of Hamilton slated for Friday

The fourth annual Taste of Hamilton will be 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. Friday  in the parking lot next to Hamilton High School, 3700 S. Arizona Ave., Chandler. The event raises funds for homeless students in the Chandler Unified School District. Tickets can be purchased to enjoy food samples from local restaurants, including Grimaldi’s Pizzeria, Applebee’s, The Village Inn, Kokopelli Winery, Murphy’s Law Irish Pub, La Casa Blanca, Sauce, Old Chicago, Garcia’s and Dinner A’ Fare. The cost is $10 per family, $5 per individual and $3 to $4 per student. Participants must purchase a separate admission ticket to the evening’s football game against Red Mountain High School.

High school unveils new logo

Chandler High School has a new logo , which was unveiled earlier this month. “I have been working with Jim Ewan, our football coach, about branding the school and to get a great looking mascot,” said Assistant Principal Dave Constance. “We worked with Kashner Sports on the logo.”

Fulton students learn about kindness

Students at Chandler’s Fulton Elementary School learned about kindness and how to “pass it forward,” from the Minnesota’s Youth Frontiers team late last month. The group taught fourth-graders how to handle a bully, cope with teasing and provide acts of kindness to others. Students from Chandler High School assisted during the daylong event.

MESA

District board to meet Tuesday

The Mesa Unified School District governing board will meet Tuesday at the curriculum office, 549 N. Stapley Drive. An executive session will begin at 4:30 p.m., immediately followed by a study session. During the study session, the board will hear a presentation on new media center and library services models. A regular meeting will follow at 7 p.m., which will include several awards ceremonies.

Help for college financial planning

Mesa’s Dobson High School will host a free workshop for families to provide information on financial planning for college. The workshop will be run by Arizona College Planners. It will be held 7 p.m. Thursday  and Nov. 5 at Dobson High, 1501 W. Guadalupe Road. Reservations are urged. Call (480) 654-6266.

Test driving benefits Dobson band

Ford Motor Co.’s Drive One 4 UR School program raised $3,540 earlier this month for the Dobson High School marching band. The students are raising funds to participate in the 2010 Shanghai World Expo Music Festival. During the Oct. 3 event, 177 people each test-drove a vehicle from Berge Ford, which provided a $20 per person donation to the school.

Absenteeism up for September

The Mesa Unified School District experienced a small increase in student absenteeism in September. Overall, there was a 4.7 percent absenteeism rate for the month, compared with 4.1 percent in 2008. The largest jump was in junior high schools, which saw a 5.4 percent absenteeism rate in September, compared with a 4.6 percent rate a year ago.

“We’re seeing spotted (cases of) flu here and there,” district spokeswoman Kathy Bareiss said. “We’ve seen a couple schools where they have a spike in absences for two or three days ... then it comes back down to normal. It could be the flu. It could be other issues, too,” she said. Since school began, the Arizona Department of Health Services has reported increasing numbers of lab-confirmed H1N1 cases, the novel strand of influenza A. Children make up a majority of the cases.

Westwood selling fall flowers

Westwood High School’s agriculture students have grown fall flowers that are now for sale. Petunias and dianthus are available. To make a purchase, which supports the school’s program, call Sue Larsen, (480) 472-4590, or e-mail, solarsen@mpsaz.org. The flowers are available first-call, first-served, and will likely be sold out by the end of the week. Winter flower sales will be next, with poinsettias and amaryllis available in December.

Mesa students win essay contest

Andrew Johnson, an eighth-grader at St. Timothy Catholic School in Mesa, won first place in the junior high school category of the VA Veterans Day Essay Contest. Elizabeth Malone, a senior at Dobson High School in Mesa, received first place in the senior high school category.

Students read their winning essays Thursday  at an awards breakfast at the Carl T. Hayden Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Phoenix. Nearly 450 students from 38 Arizona schools submitted essays on what the VA Veterans Day Parade theme, “Home of the Free, Because of the Brave,” means to them. First-place winners received a $200 savings bond, and second-place winners received a $150 savings bond. The winners also will ride on the Hall of Flame firetruck in the VA Veterans Day Parade on Nov. 11, and have their winning essays printed in the parade program.

 District override up for vote

Voters in the Mesa Unified School District, including those who live in Chandler, will decide at the polls Nov. 3 whether to renew the district’s maintenance and operations budget override. Early ballots were mailed Oct. 8. The renewal would continue to fund additional teaching positions to reduce class size, school security staff, instructional supplies, employee compensation, academic programs, staff technology training and one additional day of training for teachers.

 Parade to feature high school bands

High school marching bands from the Mesa Unified School District will perform in the Veterans Day Parade at 11 a.m. Nov. 11 on Center Street in downtown Mesa. The event will also feature a GI Joe obstacle course for kids, precision drill competition, vendors and art and live bands. A Veterans Day Commemoration at 4 p.m., featuring an honor guard and music, will highlight the new Wall of Peace.

Census contest seeks student entries

 The U.S. Census Bureau is calling on Arizona students to use their creativity to promote the 2010 census campaign. The students can participate in the student design contest, which will allow them an opportunity to develop messages on the importance of the census by using posters (grades 3-5), T-shirts (grades 6-8) or videos (grades 9-12). The deadline is Nov. 20. For information, see http://azcensus.weebly.com/.

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

To submit an item for Gilbert and Queen Creek schools, send the pertinent information to Hayley Ringle at hringle@evtrib.com.

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