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Posted: Saturday, May 9, 2009 4:20 pm | Updated: 2:54 am, Sat Oct 8, 2011.

The Gilbert Unified School District governing board will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the district office, 140 S. Gilbert Road, Gilbert. The board is looking at increasing athletic fees for the upcoming school year.

 Gilbert Unified board to discuss increasing athletic fees

The Gilbert Unified School District governing board will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the district office, 140 S. Gilbert Road, Gilbert. The board is looking at increasing athletic fees for the upcoming school year.

For a list of agenda items, call (480) 497-3300 or visit

Goddard School hosts ice cream social

The Goddard School will host an ice cream social open house from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday at the school, 720 E. Warner Road, Gilbert. The Goddard School is a preschool for children from 6 weeks to 6 years old. There will be refreshments and activities for children.

Families will also receive 50 percent off the first month of tuition when they enroll by Thursday. Also, if families bring in a canned food item for the school’s United Way food drive, they can enter to win free registration for the 2009-10 school year.

Parents can drop in for a tour, or call to arrange a personal appointment, at (480) 633-3196.


Campus preview to be held at Combs High School

J.O. Combs Unified School District is hosting a campus preview from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday for Combs High School, the first high school in the J.O. Combs district.

Combs High School will serve eighth to 10th grades when school starts Aug. 3 for the 2009-10 school year.

Eighth to 11th grades will be served in 2010-11, and ninth to 12th grades in 2011-12.

Families are invited for light refreshments and informal tours to see the new home of the Combs Coyotes at 2505 E. Germann Road, Queen Creek.

Information: (480) 882-3510.

Mesquite High hosts Walk-A-Thon fundraiser

The Mesquite High School Touchdown Club is hosting a Walk-A-Thon fundraiser to benefit the Mesquite High School Football program. The walk-a-thon will be 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday at the Mesquite High School track, 500 S. McQueen Road, Gilbert. Check-in is at 5:30 p.m.

The Touchdown Club’s goal is to have each participant obtain at least $100 in sponsorships. The club will donate 10 percent of the proceeds to the United Food Bank in Mesa.

Participants must bring their completed sponsorship form, including the signed permission/medical release, to the event to participate. Forms are available in the athletic office.

The Mesquite High School Touchdown Club is a group of parents, family and friends of Mesquite High. The club exists to provide financial support, Wildcat spirit and volunteers for all levels of the football programs, equipment and activities. All money raised goes toward the purchase of football gear, field maintenance or enhancement, transportation of kids, football camp scholarships, and general needs of the football coaching staff.


Higley Unified board to meet, recognize early graduates

The Higley Unified School District governing board will meet at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at the district office, 2935 S. Recker Road, Gilbert.

Williams Field High early graduates will be recognized at 6 p.m. before the meeting.

For a list of agenda items, call (480) 279-7000 or visit

Williams Field High hosts coed volleyball game

Williams Field High School will host a Black Hawks Volleyball Battle between the school’s boys and girls volleyball teams.

The second annual battle will be at 6 p.m. Friday in the Williams Field High main gymnasium, 2076 S. Higley Road, Gilbert.

Last year, the boys pulled out the win in the fifth set, and this year the girls vow to beat them in the third.

Besides the game, there will be food, music and fan contests and prizes.

Tickets are $3 at the door. All profits benefit the Williams Field High Volleyball Program.

Information: (480) 279-8000.

Q.C. students collect $918 in change for charity

Students at Combs High School and J.O. Combs Middle School in the Queen Creek area collected “Pennies for Patients” to benefit The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society during the month of April.

After three weeks of students bringing their spare change to school, they collected $918.

The top fundraising class was Mrs. Kroman’s class. The class raised $194 and won a pizza and ice cream party.

“I am so proud of our students,” said Brenda Mayberry, principal at Combs High School and J.O. Combs Middle School. “The students learned that they can make a difference and that every penny counts. They did a great job of giving selflessly to help children and others battling blood cancer.”

For more information on local programs and services at the Desert Mountain States Chapter of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, call (602) 567-7600 or visit


District board to meet Wednesday

The Chandler Unified School District’s governing board will meet Wednesday . A study session that includes a legislative update will be held at 5:30 p.m. A retirement reception for district staff will be at 6:30 p.m. The regular board meeting will begin at 7 p.m. All events will be held at the district office, 1525 W. Frye Road.

Hamilton program sees first graduates

Later this month, Chandler’s Hamilton High School will graduate its first group of seniors from the district’s AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination) program. The 23 seniors have earned scholarships totaling at least $2.2 million to attend colleges across the country.

The AVID program is designed to reach out to students who may not be meeting their full potential and encourages them to take a more rigorous academic program while providing them with the study tools to succeed.

Chandler High program certified

The Chandler High School AVID program learned recently that it has received national certification.

Renee Howell is the site coordinator. The program inducted 82 incoming freshmen on May 5. It will graduate its first seniors next school year.

3 students honored at state contest

Three Chandler High School students were honored during a recent SkillsUSA Arizona State Championship in the screen printing technology competition: Adrian Guzman, Jasmine Corral and Andrew Rector. Guzman won a gold medal for the second year in a row.


District board to meet Tuesday

The Mesa Unified School District governing board will meet Tuesday in the governing board room at 549 N. Stapley Road.

The regular meeting starts at 7 p.m. The agenda includes a presentation on the current fiscal outlook for the district for next school year.

Options for parents of pre-kindergartners

Parents of children whose fifth birthday falls after the regular kindergarten deadline of Aug. 31 have a few options for next school year in the Mesa Unified School District.

One program will be a tuition-based KinderPrep class, replacing the current Young Learner Kindergarten program. Students will attend for two and a half hours per day five times a week in a rigorous kindergarten preparatory program. The monthly fee is $240. It will be available only at designated sites in the district.

Parents can also have their children tested for kindergarten readiness. Children accepted into regular kindergarten will be expected to move to first grade the next year. The district will also offer a tuition-based pre-kindergarten for those between the ages of 3 1/2 and 5.

These classes are sponsored by the district’s Community Education Department and will be available at various sites.

For information, visit

Elementary students shine at math event

Teams from Alma, Franklin Northeast, Hale and Ishikawa elementary schools represented Mesa Unified School District at the recent Regional Sixth-Grade Math Challenge.

Kaushik Reddy, a student at Hale, placed eighth out of 45 students in the individual rankings. The Hale team placed fifth and the Ishikawa team placed sixth. The Alma and Franklin Northeast teams tied for seventh place.

Nineteen teams competed from eastern Maricopa County.

District retirees honored at reception

The Mesa Unified School District honored this year’s retirees during a reception last week.

Among the retirees this year is Pamela Rehfeld, who worked in the district for 40 years. She spent 22 years as a teacher before joining the classified staff.

Also retiring is Dee Burrell, who spent 38 years with the district and taught several grade levels.

School briefs run on Sundays. To submit an item for Gilbert and Queen Creek schools, send the pertinent information to Hayley Ringle at

Chandler and Mesa school briefs are compiled by education reporter Michelle Reese. Contact her at or (480) 898-6549.

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