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Posted: Sunday, November 15, 2009 12:38 pm | Updated: 1:46 am, Sat Oct 8, 2011.

Cortina Elementary School will host an Internet safety parent presentation at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Higley Unified School District school, 19680 S. 188th St., Queen Creek.


Presentation covers Internet safety

Cortina Elementary School will host an Internet safety parent presentation at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Higley Unified School District school, 19680 S. 188th St., Queen Creek.

Sgt. Stephanie Molina, with the Computer Crimes Division of the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office, will talk about social networking sites, chat rooms, gaming, “sexting” and cyberbullying.

Light refreshments will be served.

Information: (480) 279-7800.

District board to meet Tuesday

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

During the 4:30 p.m. work study session, board members will talk about staff dress codes and the school board vacancy process, among other issues.

The board will continue on to the 6 p.m. meeting, where it will decide whether to approve a field trip for the Queen Creek High School FCCLA Club, an agreement with the East Valley Institute of Technology, and the district’s capital plan.

Information: (480) 987-5935 or


Poster contest helps fight meth abuse

Attorney General Terry Goddard and law enforcement officials from across the state are inviting Arizona seventh- and eighth-graders to participate in the Arizona Meth Project’s annual “Meth Not Even Once” poster contest to raise awareness about the dangers of methamphetamine use.

Poster submissions must be received by 5 p.m. Jan. 29. Contest results will be announced in February.

Contest winners will receive first-, second- and third-place prizes of $500, $350 and $100. There will also be honorable mention prizes, courtesy of local retailers. This is the first year that seventh-graders will be eligible to participate in the contest.

The winning submissions will be printed on a full-sized poster and used throughout 2010 in the Arizona Meth Project’s statewide public awareness campaign.

For more information and contest rules, visit


Cadet who came to father’s aid honored

Gilbert High School Cadet Capt. Joshua Rogers received the Air Force JROTC Gold Valor Award, the highest honor possible in the JROTC, after helping his father in a fire.

Joshua rushed to the aid of his father after he had been severely burned on Sept. 4 by a backyard propane barbecue grill that exploded while being cleaned. Joshua turned on the hose and began spraying his father and the grill.

After the fire was extinguished, Joshua continued administering first aid to his father while awaiting the arrival of emergency crews.

Joshua received the award during the school’s annual Veterans Day assembly on Nov. 10.

Students, teacher to unveil war diorama

Six Highland High School students and retired Highland High history teacher Glen Frakes will unveil their handcrafted rebuild Monday of the 10-foot by 5-foot diorama of the Civil War Battle of Palmito Ranch.

The diorama will have traveled 1,000 miles during the 14-hour transport from Gilbert. It had been on display throughout October at the Gilbert Historical Museum.

The 500-pound diorama will be unveiled at the Texas State Capitol, and then displayed in a permanent exhibit at the Texas Civil War Museum in Fort Worth. The detailed work was built in one year by more than 150 students, at a cost of $25,000.

The finished diorama brings an end to the saga of how the students’ original Civil War diorama sent in 2007 was deemed inaccurate and changed dramatically by the museum director of the Texas Military Forces Museum at Camp Mabry in Austin.

For information on the diorama, e-mail Glen Frakes at

Family Game Night on Monday

Higley Supporters of the Gifted will host their second annual Family Game Night from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Monday in the San Tan Elementary School cafeteria, 3443 E. Calistoga Drive, Gilbert.

Families with gifted children who are not yet members can still join for $12 for the remainder of the year, or $5 a family for each quarterly activity.

Information: (480) 279-7200.

Breakfast for dads, granddads, uncles

Centennial Elementary School dads, grandfathers and uncles are invited to a breakfast with their Centennial student at 8 a.m. Tuesday at the school, 3507 S. Ranch House Parkway, Gilbert.

The cost is $1 per child.

To RSVP, e-mail Robin Gonzalez, secretary of Centennial’s Parent Teacher Organization, at

Reception to honor Dunham

The Gilbert Unified School District will host a reception for retiring board member Van Dunham at 5 p.m. Tuesday at the district office, 140 S. Gilbert Road, Gilbert.

Although he had intended to stay on the board and run again for a third term, Dunham and his wife, Cynthia, plan to take care of her ailing parents.

The couple found a home in Gilbert in the Higley Unified School District. Dunham had to resign because he will be moving out of the Gilbert district.

Dunham finished his seventh year on the board, and attended his last board meeting Nov. 11.

Gilbert board to meet Tuesday

The Gilbert Unified School District governing board will meet 6:30 p.m. Tuesday for a work study session at the district office, 140 S. Gilbert Road. Board members will talk about the district’s strategic vision and goals.

Information: (480) 497-3300 or

Higley board to meet Thursday

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

Information: (480) 279-7000 or


Biotech Academy’s turkey roast benefit

Reservations are now being taken for the Mesa High School Biotechnology Academy’s annual smoked turkey roast fundraiser at 1630 E. Southern Ave. Turkeys must be dropped off at the Biotech Academy parking lot from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Nov. 25 and picked up from 6 a.m. to 7:30 a.m. Nov. 26.

Turkeys must be thawed and unstuffed. The cost is $12 per turkey if it is wrapped three times in heavy-duty aluminum foil. A $5 charge will be added if it is unwrapped. To make a reservation or for more information, call Lacey Meadows, biotechnology paraprofessional, (480) 472-5794.

Brinton wins grant for running program

Mindy Przeor, a physical education teacher at Brinton Elementary School in Mesa, has earned an “ING Run for Something Better” grant for $2,000. The funding will support the school’s new program, which offers students an eight-week running program. It is based on the National Standards for Physical Education lesson plans, and targeted for fifth- through eighth-grade students.

These activity plans, coupled with other program materials such as distance logs and a running journal, will aid in development of running skills and preparation for a culminating running event.

Entz named Blue Ribbon School

Mesa’s Entz Elementary School was recently named a 2009 National Blue Ribbon School by the U.S. Department of Education. Entz is among four Arizona public schools to win this year’s highly prized award.

The Department of Education has ranked Entz in the top 10 percent of Arizona schools, based on outstanding academic achievement or dramatic improvement in student performance. Principal David Finley accepted the award.


Hamilton debaters advance to 'Top 32’

The debate team at Chandler’s Hamilton High School has advanced to the “Top 32” round of an international debate contest — besting more than 200 opponents from around the world.

By advancing to the next round of the Bickel & Brewer/New York University International Public Policy Forum, the students remain eligible to win a $10,000 grand prize and an all-expenses-paid trip to the finals competition in New York City. The school will spend the next month volleying written papers back and forth to an opposing team. Those papers will be judged, then the “sweet 16” schools will be announced on Dec. 16.

Car raffle benefits education

Tickets are now on sale for the Chandler Education Foundation’s annual luxury car raffle. This year, the $20 tickets will go toward a chance to win a 2010 Lexus IS250 C. The vehicle is a red two-door, four-seat convertible valued at $45,000. Lexus of Chandler is providing the vehicle at a greatly discounted cost.

The raffle supports the Chandler Education Foundation’s Vision: College Bound Scholars program and other foundation-funded programs in the Chandler Unified School District. Tickets can be purchased at the display at Chandler Fashion Center (in front of Sears), at any school or online at

Students make blankets for needy

Students in the fourth-grade classes of Leslie Ireland and Tami Adkison at Jacobson Elementary School made blankets last week to donate to the Arizona Children’s Association.

The Chandler students were asked to donate money or purchase fleece materials. The children also wrote letters to foster children and included photos of themselves with the blankets they made.


ASU’s Crow lands on Time’s 10 best list

Arizona State University President Michael Crow has earned a spot on Time magazine’s 2009 10 Best College Presidents list. The article appears on

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

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