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Posted: Sunday, October 4, 2009 1:10 pm | Updated: 2:21 am, Sat Oct 8, 2011.

Higley teacher up for state award

Jamie Valderrama, a biology teacher and student council adviser at Higley High School, was named one of five Arizona Educational Foundation’s 2010 Ambassadors for Excellence. She is in the running for Arizona Teacher of the Year, which will be announced Nov. 5 at a lunch at Camelback Inn in Scottsdale.



Higley teacher up for state award

Jamie Valderrama, a biology teacher and student council adviser at Higley High School, was named one of five Arizona Educational Foundation’s 2010 Ambassadors for Excellence. She is in the running for Arizona Teacher of the Year, which will be announced Nov. 5 at a lunch at Camelback Inn in Scottsdale.

The 2010 Arizona Teacher of the Year will receive $20,000, a laptop and a chance to compete for the honor of National Teacher of the Year. The winner will also get to meet President Barack Obama, receive a full scholarship to Argosy University and get professional speech training.

Five semifinalists were also named, including Katherine Burgess, a third-grade teacher at Holmes Elementary School in Mesa.


MLK contest open to children

Arizona State University invites schoolchildren to enter its 25th annual Martin Luther King Jr. essay/poster contest.

Winners will receive savings bonds and have their entries displayed at ASU. They also will be honored at ASU’s Martin Luther King Jr. celebration breakfast in January, along with their parents, teachers and school principals.

Entries must be postmarked by Nov. 4.

Students are asked to create their entries around the theme, “Beyond the Dream: Building Communities Through Servant Leadership,” focusing on a member of their family, school or community who demonstrates leadership through service.

Essays or poems depicting the theme must be 250 words or less. Winning posters will be made into bookmarks. Entry forms are available at

For more information or to request entry forms in the mail, call Heidi Maxwell at (602) 543-5306 or e-mail

Eat at restaurant, help out schools

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.

Parking sticker avoids towing

Higley and Williams Field high school students will get their cars towed starting Monday if they don’t have the proper parking sticker visible on their windshield, according to a district e-mail.

The parking pass is $50.

According to district policy, students who are towed are responsible for the cost of the towing and may not claim any damage to the car that may occur during towing.

The cost of towing is about $150, according to the district.

Information: (480) 279-7000.

District to host flu shot clinics

The Higley Unified School District will host immunization clinics for the seasonal flu at schools and the district office in October. The flu shot is $25. Bring your insurance card to the clinic.

Immunizations for the H1N1 flu virus are not yet available.

Times and dates for each school:

• Monday — 7 a.m. to 11 a.m., Centennial Elementary School; 8 a.m. to noon, Higley Elementary and Middle School.

• Tuesday — 7:30 a.m. to 11 a.m., Chaparral Elementary School; 2 p.m. to 5:30 p.m., Power Ranch Elementary clinic at the Power Ranch Community Center, 4444 E. Haven Crest Drive, Gilbert.

• Wednesday — 7:30 a.m. to 11 a.m., Coronado Elementary School; 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., San Tan Elementary School.

• Thursday — 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., Cortina Elementary School; 6:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Williams Field High School.

• Friday — 7:30 a.m. to 11 a.m., Gateway Pointe Elementary School; 6:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Higley High School.

Immunizations will be available at the district office from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. Oct. 21, and from 7 a.m. to noon Oct. 22, at 2935 S. Recker Road, Gilbert.


Gilbert board to meet Tuesday

The Gilbert Unified School District governing board will meet Tuesday at the district office, 140 S. Gilbert Road.

The board will first meet for a 6:30 p.m. work study session to talk about an overview of nonacademic curriculum.

The regular meeting will begin at 7 p.m., with board members getting presentations on school energy savings awards and a tribute to educators. They will also discuss and possibly approve proposed facility rental fees.

Information: (480) 497-3300 or

College fair slated for Tuesday

Gilbert and Mesquite high schools have combined efforts with the Arizona High School/College Relations Council to present information to students and parents about the community college and university programs available in state.

The Gilbert Western Regional College Fair will be 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday at Gilbert High School, 1101 E. Elliot Road.

College and university representatives will provide information on admission requirements, the application process, available certificate and degree programs, housing options and campus life activities. Information on financial aid will also be available.

Information: (480) 497-0177, ext. 108.

International Club plans fundraiser

Higley High School’s International Club will host a fundraiser from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the Sweet Tomatoes restaurant on Power and Ray roads in Gilbert.

Bring a flier available at Higley High’s front office, 4068 E. Pecos Road, Gilbert.

Information: (480) 279-7300.

Higley board to meet Thursday

The Higley Unified School District governing board will meet Thursday at the district office, 2935 S. Recker Road, Gilbert.

Board members will first meet for a 5:30 p.m. work study session to talk about governing board goals. The 6:30 p.m. regular meeting will follow.

For agenda information, call (480) 279-7000 or visit

Learning center to hold open house

San Tan Learning Center will host an open house at 9 a.m. Friday at the new campus, 1475 S. Higley Road, Gilbert.

New and current families are invited to an open house brunch and campus tour of the preschool through fifth-grade public charter school.

Information: (480) 222-0811 or

Choirs Western BBQ on Friday

Gilbert High School will host its Choirs Western BBQ at 6 p.m. Friday on the east lawn of the high school, 1101 E. Elliot Road, Gilbert.

Food, fun and entertainment will be available for the whole family.

Everyone will get a chance to win prizes, including a $300 Disneyland gift card. There will also be a raffle and a silent auction.

Tickets are $8.

Information: (480) 497-0177.

Marching band invitational Saturday

The Gilbert High School Tiger Pride Marching Band will host its seventh Gilbert Marching Invitational at 3 p.m. Saturday at Gilbert High School, 1101 E. Elliot Road. At least 18 of the best high school marching bands from across the state will perform.

The cost is $7. Children 12 and younger will be admitted for free, and Gilbert district junior high school students with a student ID will also be admitted for free.



District board to meet Tuesday

The Mesa Unified School District governing board will meet beginning 4:30 p.m. Tuesday at the district’s curriculum services center, 549 N. Stapley Drive. An executive session, closed to the public, will be held first, followed by a study session.

During the study session, the board is scheduled to hear an update on proposals for employee insurance as well as an update on the district’s Defining the Future goals. The district is looking at a number of ways to address declining enrollment and academic progress. A regular meeting will be at 7 p.m.

The district is scheduled to approve the creation of several parent groups. For information, call (480) 472-0223.

Parent University offers workshops

Mesa parents can learn about child development, parenting skills and more through free classes offered in Parent University workshops. The program is sponsored by the Mesa Unified School District. A class list can be found online at or call (480) 472-7278.

Pancake breakfast to benefit Longfellow

Donations collected during Wednesday’s Fire Prevention Week Pancake Breakfast will benefit Mesa’s Longfellow Elementary School. The breakfast will be 6:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. at Old Fire Station One, 13 W. First St. Fire Prevention Week is Oct. 4-10. For more information, see

2 E.V. teachers honored nationally

Teachers from Mesa and Chandler were recently honored by the National Science Teachers Association. Marissa Boomgaard, from Mesa’s Westwood High School, and Kristi Glassmeyer, from Chandler’s Basha High School, have been named fellows in the 2009 NSTA New Science Teacher Academy.

They will participate in yearlong professional development programs designed to promote quality science teaching, enhance teacher confidence and classroom excellence and improve teacher content knowledge.

Falcon Hill wins $1,000 for PE

Mesa’s Falcon Hill Elementary School will receive a $1,000 grant for its physical education program after McDonald’s Owner/Operators of Arizona and the Arizona Parent Teacher Association named the school a Go Active! Academics Award winner.

Falcon Hill is one of 10 schools receiving the grant to enhance student physical fitness, nutrition awareness and/or health education.

Bands raising funds for China trip

Students in Mesa’s Dobson High School bands are raising funds to travel next summer to the China World Music Expo. Butter Braids are being sold through Oct. 20 and will be delivered Nov. 11.

On Dec. 5, the marching band will perform in the courtyard of the US Airways Center before the Phoenix Suns game, and the drum line will be part of the pregame entertainment. Tickets can be purchased from band students or the band support group’s president, Brenda Hacker, at (480) 612-5846. Seats are $35, and the deadline for ticket sales is Nov. 5.

Shoot-a-thon to help basketball team

Mesa’s Red Mountain High School girls basketball team will host a shoot-a-thon 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Oct. 28 in the gym, 7301 E. Brown Road. The event is open to the public. The cost is $2 per person, with a $5 maximum per family. Money raised will offset each girl’s costs for training, travel and equipment.


Golf fundraiser for Santan students

The Santan Junior High School booster club will hold a golf event Oct. 24 at the Lone Tree Golf Club in Chandler to help raise money for students. The cost is $75 per player, which includes lunch, range balls, greens fees, golf cart and awards. Registration deadline is Oct. 17. For more information or to register, contact Santan Junior High School at (480) 883-4700.

District now on fall break

The Chandler Unified School District is on fall break. Classes will resume Oct. 21. The Chandler district is on a modified year-round schedule.

Golf tourney, silent auction

The Weinberg Elementary School parent group will host a golf tournament and silent auction 7 a.m. Nov. 21 at the Lone Tree Golf Club. For more information, contact the school at (480) 812-7500.

Seton stages 'Midsummer Night’s Dream’

Seton Catholic Preparatory High School’s drama department will present “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” beginning Oct. 16 at the school, 1150 N. Dobson Road, Chandler. Tickets are $5 for adults and $4 for students. A dinner theater showing will be 5:30 p.m. Oct. 17. The last performance will be Oct. 24. For more information, e-mail or call (480) 963-1900.

Education briefs run on Sunday. To submit an item for Mesa and Chandler schools, send the pertinent information to Michelle Reese at

To submit an item for Gilbert and Queen Creek schools, send the information to Hayley Ringle at

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