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Posted: Sunday, February 7, 2010 1:25 pm | Updated: 3:49 am, Sat Oct 8, 2011.

The Chandler Unified School District’s governing board will hear a proposal at 7 p.m. Wednesday to change attendance boundaries for incoming students at Ryan Elementary School.

District board to hear boundaries proposal

The Chandler Unified School District’s governing board will hear a proposal at 7 p.m. Wednesday to change attendance boundaries for incoming students at Ryan Elementary School.

Ryan is located in the southern portion of the growing district. It currently has 1,050 students. Nearby Hayley and Patterson elementary schools, which both opened in 2008, have less than 500 students.

New enrollees in the square mile bounded by Queen Creek, Gilbert, Ocotillo and Cooper roads would enroll at Haley Elementary School. New enrollees in the square mile bounded by Chandler Heights, Higley, Riggs and Greenfield would enroll at Patterson Elementary School. Busing would be provided. The meeting will be at the district office, 1525 W. Frye Road.

Information: (480) 812-7610.

Kindergarten registration Feb. 16-23

Kindergarten registration will run Feb. 16-23 in the Chandler Unified School District. The district plans to offer full-day kindergarten at no cost for the 2010-11 school year.

Students who will turn 5 by Aug. 31, 2010, are eligible to enroll. The district offers early-entrance testing to students who turn 5 between Sept. 1 and Dec. 31, 2010. Parents interested in early-entrance testing can call (480) 812-6780.

Recycling club to make 'jewelry from junk’

Chandler’s Hartford Sylvia Encinas Elementary School started a recycling club more than a year ago. Since then, staff say students have gone from throwing everything in the trash to needing a second recyclables can.

Students are now looking for a creative way to reuse discarded materials that cannot be recycled to eliminate even more trash.

The 21st Century STEM Recycle Club has asked local artist Shari Keith to help. Next week, Keith will work with students and a group of parents to create “jewelry from junk.”

Students send shoes to help Haiti victims

Students at Chandler’s Tarwater Elementary School collected 750 pairs of shoes for the Souls4Soles campaign to help the people of Haiti.

So many pairs of shoes were donated that the school also gave 250 pairs of shoes for adults and children to the Clothes Cabin, a section of the Chandler Christian Community Center.

7th-grader wins district spelling bee

Catherine Bui, a seventh-grader at Smith Junior High School, won the Mesa Unified School District spelling bee. Alexis Higbee, a sixth-grader at Falcon Hill Elementary School, placed second. Third place went to Franklin Junior High School’s Connor Laulo.

The top spellers from East Valley districts will compete in the regional competition Feb. 19.

Rhodes hosts visitors from Africa

On Friday, Mesa’s Rhodes Junior High School World Studies Academy hosted visitors from across Africa who are in the United States with the Department of State’s International Visitor Leadership Program. They are here to learn about “Grassroots Democracy in the USA.”

After observing classes, the visitors participated in a roundtable discussion with school leaders and students about social studies, education and other issues.

Mesa High senior wins ACLU essay award

Rachel Ellsworth, a senior at Mesa High School, won first place in the American Civil Liberties Union of Arizona’s high school essay contest about the Constitution and the meaning of the First Amendment.

The contest, which was sponsored by the Southern and University of Arizona Law College chapters of the ACLU of Arizona, asked students in grades 9 through 12 to write essays about “What the First Amendment means to you.”

Board to vote Tuesday on boundary changes

The Mesa Unified School District governing board will vote Tuesday on proposed boundary changes. The changes, which would impact students currently at Alma Elementary School and Powell Junior High School, were proposed by a community committee last week following two public hearings.

They are the result of the board’s decision in January to turn Alma into a Franklin back-to-basics school with an open enrollment policy, and to close Powell Junior High. Powell will be converted into a community learning center. The meeting will be at 7 p.m. in the board room at 549 N. Stapley Drive.

Information: (480) 472-0223.

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

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