FALL BREAK: The Gilbert, Higley and Coolidge unified school districts, Tempe Union High School District and Tempe Elementary School District will be on fall break today through Friday.
The Kyrene Elementary School District will be on fall break today through Oct. 15. The Chandler Unified School District will return from its break on Oct. 17. Queen Creek Unified School District returns to school Oct. 15. Fall break will be Oct. 15-19 for the Scottsdale Unified School District and Oct. 18-19 for the Cave Creek Unified School District.
GRADUATION CHANGES: The Mesa Unified School District will hold two public comment sessions about possible changes to credits required for graduation. The district is considering requiring three math credits to earn a standard diploma. If approved, changes would begin with ninth-graders in the 2008-09 school year. The first session will be 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. today at the Brimhall Junior High School Auditorium, 4949 E. Southern Ave., Mesa. The second will be 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Oct. 22 at the District Board Room, 549 N. Stapley Drive, Mesa.
ARTISTS FOR CHANGE: Dobson Montessori School’s junior high students will be featured in an art exhibit from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Friday at OneOhOne Gallery, 101 W. Main St., Mesa. The event is part of the Mesa Downtown Second Friday Night Out Art Walk. Each of the students selected an issue affecting the world today that they feel passionate about, and the completed works reflect their feelings. The paintings will be auctioned off, with all proceeds going to charities. The event will feature live music by the Rude Mechanicals, hors d’oeuvres and an opportunity to meet the artists.
OPEN HOUSE: Departments in the Highland High School Career and Technical Education Program will hold a community open house to showcase their various classes and clubs from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Oct. 16 at the high school, 4301 E. Guadalupe Road, Gilbert. Participants will begin the evening with a reception in Hawk Hall, followed by a meet-and-greet with advisers, heads of departments, district representatives and current and past students. Guests will then visit the various departments to learn more about the individual programs.
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DAY CAMP: Valley YMCAs are already planning activities for fall break. The Scottsdale/ Paradise Valley YMCA, 6869 E. Shea Blvd., will host Y-Kidz Fall Break Day Camp from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Oct. 15-19. Cost is $165 for members and $190 for nonmembers. Call (480) 951-9622 or e-mail mleach@vosymca. org for more information.
FILM SERIES: The Anti-Defamation League and Scottsdale Community College are launching the fourth season of “The Many Faces of Hate,” a free series featuring monthly documentary films dealing with the subject of hate, followed by a moderated discussion. The series kicks off with “Anti-Semitism in the 21st Century: The Resurgence” at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday in SCC’s Performing Arts Center, 900 E. Chaparral Road, Scottsdale. Call (602) 274-0991 for information.
IB NIGHT: Students interested in enrolling in Vista Verde Middle School’s International Baccalaureate Middle Years Program for the 2008-09 school year are invited to attend an information session at the school’s media center, 2826 E. Grovers Ave., Phoenix. Meetings are 7 p.m. Tuesday and Oct. 15 and 4 p.m. Oct. 17 and Nov. 1. E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
IB SESSIONS: Parents, students and community members are invited to attend a meeting to learn more about the Cactus Shadows International Baccalaureate Program. Current eighth-, ninth- and 10th-grade students considering the IB program will want to attend this meeting to learn about the application process and IB program prerequisites. The meeting will be 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Oct. 16 in the Fine Arts Center at 33606 N. 60th St., Scottsdale. The IB Diploma Program is a rigorous, two-year pre-university course of studies for juniors and seniors. The program uses international standards based on an integrated curriculum taught from a global perspective. Students take exams at the end of their course work, which may allow them to earn college credit. The program is available to students in the Cave Creek Unified School District and students who live outside the district. Information: (480) 575-2480.
COMMUNITY COUNCIL: Parents and community members in the Paradise Valley Unified School District are invited to serve on the Citizens’ Community Advisory Council. Meetings are 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., usually on the third Tuesday of each month, at the district’s Community Resource Center, 15032 N. 32nd St., Phoenix. The next meeting is Oct. 16. Call (602) 867-5229 for information.
FASHION SHOW: Tickets are on sale for the Brophy College Preparatory Fashion Show, 10:30 a.m. Oct. 18 in The Phoenician’s Grand Ballroom, 6000 E. Camelback Road, Phoenix. Fashions by designer Oscar de la Renta will be featured. Tickets range from $75 to $300 with proceeds benefiting Brophy’s financial aid fund. Call (602) 625-9894 or (602) 943-4745 for tickets.
PSAT PREP: A Web-based test preparation company offers its PSAT preparation course free through Oct. 20. After that, the course will be $250. Visit www.ePrep.com for more information.
PROGRESS TOUR: The Arcadia High School Community Tour “Come See Our Progress” will be 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Oct. 25. The continuous student-led tours will start in the school office, 4703 E. Indian School Road, Phoenix. Attendees are invited to come and tour the school’s new buildings and view plans for the additional new facilities. Information: (480) 484-6300.
STORY TIME: Tonalea Elementary School holds Family Story Night at 6 p.m. Oct. 25 in the school’s cafeteria, 6801 E. Oak St., Scottsdale.
SAT PRACTICE: Students can take a free SAT practice exam from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 27 or attend a SAT strategies workshop from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Oct. 30 at the Palomino Library, 12575 E. Via Linda, Scottsdale. Registration is required. Reservations: (800) 273-8439 or
FUTURE TEACHERS: The Scottsdale Charros is accepting applications for its 2008 Future Teacher Scholarship, an annual prize given to two Scottsdale Unified School District high school seniors interested in pursuing a teaching degree at an Arizona university. Applications are due Oct. 31. Visit www.charros.com/index.php?s=scts_charros&ss=commitment for information.
PROM PRIZE: Grand Canyon University is awarding $25,000 for an “ultimate prom” to the Arizona high school that gets the most votes before Oct. 31. Visit www.wintheultimateprom.com for details.
BOOK SIGNING: Author Jennifer Ward will be at the Southwest Wildlife Center on Nov. 10 to read and sign her new children’s book, “Because You Are My Baby.” Readings will be 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. at the Southwest Wildlife’s Nature Center near Dynamite Boulevard and 156th Street, northeast of Scottsdale. Cost is $2 for children and free for adults. Reservations are required. Call (480) 471-3621 or go to www.southwestwildlife.org for reservations and a map to the center.
CLASS REUNION: Coronado High School’s class of 1997 is having its 10-year reunion Nov. 24 at the Hotel Valley Ho, 6850 E. Main St., Scottsdale. E-mail email@example.com for information.
SUMMER INTERNSHIPS: Minority students in high school or college interested in working for Fortune 500 companies can apply for full-time internships spanning two to four summers through INROADS, a national nonprofit organization. Applications are due March 15. Visit www.inroads.org for information