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Posted: Saturday, April 4, 2009 2:34 pm | Updated: 2:47 am, Sat Oct 8, 2011.

The Higley Unified School District is hosting a Kindergarten Prep Registration Open House at 5 p.m. Monday at the district office, 2935 S. Recker Road, Gilbert.

The district’s Kindergarten Prep Pre-K program is designed for 4- and 5-year-old students. Students must be 4 years old by Aug. 31 to enroll.

Class size is limited to 20 students per section to maintain a 10-to-1 student-teacher ratio.

Parents should bring their child’s birth certificate and immunization record.

The first month’s tuition payment is expected to be $275.

Information: (480) 279-7000 or

District will discuss budget

The Gilbert Unified School District governing board is expected to meet for a special board meeting at 7 p.m. Tuesday to discuss budget issues.

An agenda was not released by late Friday. However, it is expected the board will at least look at approving its list of teachers and staff who may lose their jobs. The meeting will be held at the Gilbert district office, 140 S. Gilbert Road, Gilbert.

Information: (480) 497-3300 or visit

No school on spring holiday

Higley, Gilbert and Queen Creek district students will not have school on Friday for a spring poliday.

Special Olympics hosts track meet

Gilbert Unified School District’s Special Olympics Unified Sports program is hosting a Track and Field Meet from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday at Mesquite High School, 500 S. McQueen Road, Gilbert.

The Gilbert Roadrunners will be participating in their first track and field meet. The team has 30 athletes and 30 partners from across the district, ranging in age from elementary to high school. The team also has a volunteer force of about 60 people, and other student organizations are pitching in to run the event.

Special Olympics Unified Sports is a program offered in the Gilbert district for students ages 8–21.

For more information, call Eve Vance at (480) 699-3340 or e-mail

Seniors eligible for scholarship

The Gilbert Education Foundation is offering college scholarships to eligible Gilbert Unified School District seniors.

Scholarships of $1,000 will be awarded to 12 graduating seniors who have at least a 3.0 GPA and plan to major in education or are a dependent of a current Gilbert district employee. Two letters of recommendation are needed, and the senior must write an essay on why he or she should be awarded this scholarship.

Deadline to apply is Monday. Applications are available at

For more information, call Darcey Barnett, program director, at (480) 239-5117.

Highland wins state robotics championship

For the third consecutive year, Highland High School Robotics Team won the FIRST Robotics Arizona State Championship. The competition was March 19-21 in the Arizona Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Phoenix. Highland is seeking sponsorships to go to the April 16-18 world finals in Atlanta, GA.

For information on donating, e-mail


District board plans to meet

The Queen Creek Unified School District governing board will meet Tuesday at the district office, 20740 S. Ellsworth Road, Queen Creek.

The board is expected to discuss the pool rental contract, food service pricing and the Family Resource Center during the 4:30 p.m. work study session. The 6 p.m. regular meeting will continue with the board possibly approving the district’s list of teachers and staff who may lose their jobs, and a price decrease for breakfast items. The board is also expected to discuss the policy on naming facilities.

Information: (480) 987-5935 or visit

Forum on plastic bottle bomb incident

The J.O. Combs Unified School District, along with Pinal County Sheriff’s Office and Rural/Metro Fire Department, are hosting a community forum to answer questions and address concerns after a 15-year-old boy blew up a plastic bottle filled with a cleaning chemical March 30 at J.O. Combs Middle School in the Queen Creek area.

Eight students were treated for chemical burns in the incident.

There will also be a discussion of emergency procedures and suggested improvements.

Superintendent Jan Langer acknowledged several hours passed before middle school staff called authorities.

Representatives from the district and each agency will be available during the community forum, 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday in J.O. Combs Middle School’s multipurpose room, 37611 N. Pecan Creek Drive, Queen Creek.

Information: (480) 987-5300 or

Foundation offers four scholarships

Queen Creek Unified School District students are invited to apply for four scholarships offered by the Queen Creek Schools Education Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to providing funds to the students, teachers and schools in the district.

The $3,000 4th annual scholarship honoring the memory of Nathan Martens is available for a student judged on academic achievement, community involvement, leadership, athletics, service and character. Martens is a Queen Creek High School graduate who served his country and died in 2005 while serving in Iraq.

Another $3,000 scholarship, and two scholarships for $1,500, will be awarded based on academic achievement, community involvement, leadership, service and character, and financial need.

Applications can be picked up at the guidance office at Queen Creek High School, or forms can be downloaded at The application deadline is April 17.

For more information, call Tom Bidlack, president of the Queen Creek Schools Education Foundation, at (480) 266-4211.


Mountain View educator honored

Mountain View High School’s Kathy Frommer was named Arizona DECA adviser of the year. DECA helps students prepare for careers in marketing, management and entrepreneurship.

Frommer’s students are preparing for national competition. Many students work in the community in cooperative arrangements with local businesses allowing them to apply what they learn in class.

Crismon teacher helps students earn food

Vicki Hammer, a third-grade teacher at Crismon Elementary School, worked with Mesa’s United Food Bank to help students earn food boxes for their families by setting academic goals, participating in before- and after-school tutoring and improving classroom performance. Crismon students have earned more than 80 food boxes this year.

Hale will celebrate 40th anniversary

Hale Elementary School will celebrate its 40th anniversary this year. A fun run will be 7:40 a.m. April 25. The anniversary celebration will be during the school carnival 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. May 1 on the campus at 1425 N. 23rd St., Mesa.

Poston tackles drug abuse prevention

Parents can learn how to prevent children from using and abusing drugs at a presentation by notMYkid 7 p.m. April 14 at Poston Junior High School auditorium, 2433 E. Adobe St., Mesa. The free meeting is open to all parents. To learn more, see

Board to discuss staff, bus issues

The Mesa Unified School District governing board is scheduled to meet 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 7 at 549 N. Stapley Drive, Mesa. The board agenda includes staff and school bus issues.


Board to meet, may renew superintendent

The Chandler Unified School District governing board is scheduled to meet Wednesday at the district’s office at 1525 W. Frye Road. An executive session will be held at 4:30 p.m., followed by a 6 p.m. study session. The regular meeting at 7 p.m. may include renewal of Superintendent Camille Casteel’s contract.

Basha 5th in winter guard competition

The Basha High School color guard finished fifth in the scholastic competition of the state’s winter guard competition the last weekend of March. The drumline finished first in open class and first overall. Matt Kozacek is the instructor.

Perry color guard, drumline finish 1st

The Perry High School color guard and drumline both finished first in their divisions at the state’s winter guard competition the last weekend of March.

Registration opens for Summer Academy

Registration is open for Chandler Unified School District’s Summer Academy. Classes are available for junior high and high school students. Classes will run June 8 through June 26. The high school classes will be held at Hamilton High. Junior high courses will be at Bogle Junior High. For information, see

Education briefs run on Sunday. To submit an item for Gilbert and Queen Creek schools, e-mail the pertinent information to Hayley Ringle at Mesa and Chandler school briefs are compiled by education reporter Michelle Reese. Contact her at or (480) 898-6549.

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