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Posted: Sunday, December 6, 2009 12:50 pm | Updated: 2:47 am, Sat Oct 8, 2011.

Higley Unified School District high school students who took the PSAT test are invited to a meeting, along with their parents.

“PSAT Scores are Back, Now What?” will be 6 p.m. Tuesday in the Higley Center for the Performing Arts’ small theater, 4132 E. Pecos Road, Gilbert.

Meeting to focus on PSAT scores

Higley Unified School District high school students who took the PSAT test are invited to a meeting, along with their parents.

“PSAT Scores are Back, Now What?” will be 6 p.m. Tuesday in the Higley Center for the Performing Arts’ small theater, 4132 E. Pecos Road, Gilbert.

Students’ scores will be explained and information shared regarding planning for the next few years.

Information: (480) 279-7000.

District board to meet Tuesday

The Gilbert Unified School District governing board will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the district office, 140 S. Gilbert Road.

For agenda information, call (480) 497-3300 or visit

Birdwell to host community forum

Higley Unified School District Superintendent Denise Birdwell will host a community forum to talk about the academic focus and vision for the district. The forum will be 7 p.m. Thursday at the district office, 2935 S. Recker Road, Gilbert.

The forum is the second in a series offered by Birdwell. She also plans to hold forums on Feb. 18 and March 3.

Information: (480) 279-7016.

Holiday Expo at Coronado

Coronado Elementary School will host a Holiday Expo from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Thursday at the school, 4333 S. DeAnza Blvd., Gilbert.

The expo will feature a 6 p.m. musical performance in the gym, bake sale, wax museum and decorations and student projects in the classrooms and hallway.

Information: (480) 279-6900.

Free holiday concerts at Highland

Gilbert’s Highland High School will host several free holiday concerts.

The school’s Holiday Choir Concert will be 7:30 p.m. Tuesday in the school’s auditorium, 4301 E. Guadalupe Road.

The Holiday Jazz Band Concert will be 7 p.m. Wednesday in the auditorium.

The Holiday Concert Bands Concert will be 7:30 p.m. Thursday in the auditorium.

Information: (480) 813-0051.

Get the facts on Internet safety

Chandler families can learn more about Internet safety during a free seminar 6:30 p.m. Dec. 15 at the Chandler Center for the Arts. The event is sponsored by the Chandler Unified School District’s Community Education Department.

Guest speakers from the Arizona Attorney General’s Office and the Chandler Police Department will discuss using Facebook, MySpace, Internet chat rooms and more. Separate presentations have been specifically designed for 9- to 13-year-olds and for adults. Seating is limited.

To make a reservation, send an e-mail by Friday to with your name and how many children and adults attending. For additional information, visit the community education Web site at

3 youths recognized for essays

Three students from Chandler’s Bright Beginnings Elementary Charter School were asked to speak about character education recently after submitting essays to the state’s Character Education and Development Department. Two of the students read their essays last month during a character celebration event. Another spoke at a recent governor’s reception.

The students are sixth-grader Michael Gonzalez, 12; third-grader Evie Jimenez, 8; and fifth-grader Julia Eck, 10.

Band students to perform concert

Second-year band students at Chandler’s Andersen Elementary School will perform a concert 7 p.m. Tuesday at the school, 1350 N. Pennington Drive.

Chandler offers intersession camp

Chandler Unified School District will hold a “Whispers of Winter” intersession camp for students Dec. 21 through Jan. 4. Registration is under way online at

Enrollment is $40 for first-time attendees. Tuition ranges from $22 to $32 daily. The processing fee is $5 per child prior to Dec. 16 and $25 afterward. Camps will be held at Conley, Ryan and Frye elementary schools, with Frye being the only site open Jan. 4. Camps will be closed Dec. 25 and Jan. 1.

Car raffle to help out education

The Chandler Education Foundation is selling tickets for its annual luxury car raffle. A red two-door, four-seat convertible 2010 Lexus IS250C is up for grabs with the purchase of a $20 ticket. The car is valued at $45,000 and is on display at Chandler Fashion Center.

Raffle tickets are $20 and can be purchased at the display on the upper level near the Food Court, at any school or online at

FFA students sell poinsettias

FFA students at Mesa’s Westwood High School are selling poinsettias. They are available in all red, red with pink splashes, red with white splashes, and red and pink rose-shaped flowers. The cost is $5 for a small and $15 for a medium. Call (480) 472-4590 to set up a visit. Flowers are available first-come, first-served.

Mesa holds meeting for public comment

The Mesa Unified School District, which is looking at changes next year, will hold its second meeting for public comment 7 p.m. Tuesday in the district’s governing board room at 549 N. Stapley Drive. The public will hear about the seven recommendations currently before the board and will be able to comment on them.

People who wish to speak must sign in and will be on a time limit. For information, call (480) 472-0223.

Teacher supplies group wins $11K

Tempe-based nonprofit Treasures 4 Teachers offers new and used supplies for classrooms and groups that work with young people. The organization recently received an $11,000 gift from Discover Financial Services.

“This gift comes at such a crucial time for us and for education in Arizona,” says Barbara Blalock, executive director of Treasures 4 Teachers.

Late last month, lawmakers cut $144 million from Arizona schools’ classroom supplies budgets.

The funds will be used to provide scholarships to teachers and help offset the costs of operating the 10,000-square-foot facility in Tempe. For information, see

Education briefs run on Sunday. Apache Junction, Chandler and Mesa school briefs are compiled by education reporter Michelle Reese. Contact her at or (480) 898-6549.

To submit an item for Gilbert and Queen Creek schools, send information to Hayley Ringle at

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