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Education briefs: Recycling Scholarship $1,000 winners announced

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Posted: Saturday, March 28, 2009 10:39 pm | Updated: 1:33 am, Sat Oct 8, 2011.

 The Arizona Department of Environmental Quality announced the winners of nine $1,000 scholarships from the Recycling Scholarship Program.

The East Valley winners are:

• Nashonna Frank, Westwood High School, Mesa;

• Meghan Morris, Hamilton High School, Chandler; and

• Melissa Rankin, Red Mountain High School, Mesa.

Each student will receive the scholarship to be used at an Arizona college or university. The recipients were selected based on proposals they submitted designing a waste reduction or recycling project in their school or community to be put in place in April.

The scholarship program is funded by the ADEQ Recycling Grant Program. Information is available at:


AIMS week starts Tuesday

AIMS tests will be given each school morning, Tuesday through April 7. The district asks that parents be sure children are at school on time.

School district laying off 49 teachers

The Apache Junction Unified School District Governing Board approved the elimination of 49 certified positions next school year during a meeting Thursday. Arizons school districts are required to notify certified staff by April 15 if they will not be issued contracts for the next school year.

The 49 teachers represent about 13 percent of the district’s teaching force. These include 16 teachers on emergency teaching certificates and 33 first-year teachers. The district is still awaiting news from lawmakers about next year’s budget.

Should more funds be available than anticipated, the board may be able to offer some jobs back to teachers, according to a district press release.


Basha High to host presentation on ASU’s Scholars program

A presentation on ASU’s Scholars program will be held 6:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. April 7 at Basha High School, 5990 S. Val Vista Drive.

The Arizona State Scholars Program is an enrichment program offered by Arizona State University for academically eligible high school seniors. Eligibility is based on GPA, class rank, test scores, high school schedule and involvement in other programs. Once selected to participate, students apply to ASU as a concurrently enrolled nondegree seeking student and can earn college credit.

Mark Duplissis, executive director for ASU’s High School Relations department, will give a presentation on the scholars program. For additional information, contact Meredith Romito, librarian/instructional specialist, at (480) 782-2850.

Applications for Chandler Education Foundation scholarship due

Applications for scholarships from the Chandler Education Foundation are due 2 p.m. Tuesday in each Chandler high school’s career center. Last year, the foundation awarded more than $262,000 to graduating seniors. Visit for application information.


Red Mountain High students win FFA awards

Students from Red Mountain High School recently won several state awards at the FFA championships in agricultural science. They will advance to nationals in Indianapolis in the fall.

The winning teams were: Jerry Henderson, senior; Ryan Gallagher, senior; Samantha Flahiff, senior and Brittany Bartlett, sophomore for their project on aquaculture; Kelsey Clark, senior; Julio Rivera, senior; Ashley Meyer, junior and Tori Payne, sophomore, for their project on floriculture; Brandon Walker, senior; Julio Rivera, senior; Adina Dearborn, sophomore and Tori Payne, sophomore, for their project on nursery and landscape. Jerry Henderson, a member of the aquaculture team, also won a first place individual honor at the state competition.

Mesa Unified meetings discuss school budgets

The Mesa Unified School District is holding meetings on how the school budget works and how the state funds education. The district has had to make several cuts this year and is anticipating a cut between $30 million and $70 million for next school year.

There are two remaining meetings for Mesa parents, business leaders and taxpayers: 7 p.m. Tuesday , Rhodes Junior High, 1860 S. Longmore, Mesa; and 7 p.m. Wednesday , Brimhall Junior High School, 4949 E. Southern Ave., Mesa. A Spanish translator will be available at the Brimhall meeting.

Mesa Unified board meeting rescheduled

The Mesa Unified School District governing board has rescheduled its regular April 14 meeting for 7 p.m. April 7. The meeting will be held at 549 N. Stapley Drive, Mesa. The other regular April meeting will be April 28.

Mesa High JROTC wins drill meet

The Mesa High Junior ROTC was named grand champions at the Southern California Invitational Drill Meet. Cadets from 30 high schools and military academies in 10 states competed in Anaheim.

Mesa High took first place in inspection and exhibition. The cadets earned seven trophies, more than any other school.

“They have been practicing extremely hard before and after school since August to perfect their performances,” said Maj. Dan Leos, instructor. “I am very proud of their accomplishments.”

Mesa schools plan parties in April

Several Mesa schools have parties planned in April. Former students, staff, alumni, parents and friends are invited to celebrate the history of these school milestones: Madison Elementary 20th anniversary party, 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. April 16, 849 S. Sunnyvale St., Mesa; Salk Elementary 35th anniversary party, 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. April 24, 7029 E. Brown Road, Mesa; and Webster Elementary 50th anniversary party, 1 p.m. to 2 p.m., with a carnival 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. April 24, 202 N. Sycamore, Mesa.

Mesa Unified launches Web site for parents

The Mesa Unified School District has launched a Web site to help parents discover how they can get more involved in their children’s schools. The site,, includes information on the MyMPS portal where parents can check student grades and absences. It also includes a list of parent groups in the school districts and links to their Web sites.

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

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