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School Notes: Summer sports camps, 'Battle of the Books,' PSAT prep

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Michelle Reese covers education for the Tribune and blogs about motherhood and family issues at Contact her at

Michelle Reese covered education for the Tribune, also blogging about motherhood and family issues at

Posted: Tuesday, May 29, 2012 3:05 pm | Updated: 3:34 pm, Tue Aug 20, 2013.

Higley offers summer sports camps for kids

Gilbert parents, no need to fret. If you’re still wondering how to keep the kids moving this summer, look no further than Higley Unified School District’s plethora of sports camps.

I got no less than 15 emails from them last week about a variety of events (in all fairness, some of them were unintended duplications). Check this out: The list includes volleyball, cheer, soccer, basketball, football, swimming, diving, baseball and tennis.

Some are for older students. Others, like cheer (my daughter would be thrilled), cover elementary-age kids, too.

Check out the options at, and look under “community education.”

Highland Elementary wins Battle of the Books

What do a demigod, a vegetable-juice sucking bunny and an island of dolphins have in common?

Well, if you’ve read the books, you likely were competing in the East Valley Battle of the Books.

This year, thousands of students participated in the competition where they faced off on their knowledge of a series of books. The book list included one of my personal favorites, “The Lightning Thief,” along with “Bunnicula” and “Island of the Blue Dolphins.” In the end, the fifth-graders from Mesa’s Highland Elementary School was named champion after successfully answering questions about the 12 books in the final round.

Teacher Amy Karbula coordinates Highland’s Battle of the Books program.

Now, what books do you suppose those kids will read this summer? I’d love to know.

Senior wins first T.W. Lewis Scholarship for Higley

Not only does Higley High School senior Sarah Zocolo have $5,000 a year to attend Arizona State University, she has bragging rights.

The Gilbert student is the first Higley High School senior to win a prestigious T.W. Lewis Scholarship.

Sarah plans to use the funds to study agribusiness science with an emphasis on pre-veterinary science. She is one of 10 Arizona students to win the scholarship this year after beating out 140 other applicants.

Way to go, Sarah, and good luck in the fall.

Summer learning: Make it count

Students can use their summer to prepare for college entrance exams — and possibly get a boost toward a scholarship to pay for that education.

This mom is going to write this down for the future.

The EAJ Institute, based in Chandler as a division of New Vista Center for Education, is offering a two-week class to prepare students for the PSAT. The PSAT is offered to 10th-graders and beyond as preparation for the SAT, and is the qualifying exam for the National Merit Scholar competitions.

Students will learn “components of reasoning” to get a competitive edge in math. A Shakespearean coach will teach students Greek and Latin root words and how to analyze reading passages.

For further information about future PSAT preparation classes, call EAJ Institute at (480) 963-2313. Registration required.

• School Notes are compiled by education reporter Michelle Reese. Read more school news at, and follow us on Facebook ( and on Twitter (@EVEdnews).

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