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Posted: Saturday, November 28, 2009 12:04 am | Updated: 2:31 am, Sat Oct 8, 2011.

Weinberg Orchestra to perform with Perry choirs

Students at Chandler's Weinberg Elementary School will perform with the Perry High School choirs 7 p.m. Dec. 7 at Perry, 1919 E. Queen Creek Road. The Weinberg Orchestra, under the direction of Jason Salamone, will present a concert 6 p.m. Dec. 8 at Weinberg, 5245 S. Val Vista Drive.


Weinberg Orchestra to perform with Perry choirs

Students at Chandler's Weinberg Elementary School will perform with the Perry High School choirs 7 p.m. Dec. 7 at Perry, 1919 E. Queen Creek Road. The Weinberg Orchestra, under the direction of Jason Salamone, will present a concert 6 p.m. Dec. 8 at Weinberg, 5245 S. Val Vista Drive.

Arts center receives $4,690 grant

The Chandler Center for the Arts has earned a $4,690 grant from Camp Broadway to support arts education. It will allow 670 students from Hartford Sylvia Encinas Elementary School, also in Chandler, to attend one of their first musical theater experiences. Camp Broadway is an arts education organization based in New York. The grant will fund artist fees for the Jan. 25 production of "Friends of Frog and Toad," which is one of six educational outreach events that are part of the center's Community Performing Arts Connection (C-PAC) program this season.


Dobson band to perform before Suns game

The marching band from Mesa's Dobson High School will perform in the courtyard of the US Airways Center before the Dec. 5 Phoenix Suns game, and the drum line will be part of the pregame entertainment. Tickets can be purchased from band students, or contact Brenda Hacker, president of the Dobson Band Parent Association, (480) 612-5846. Seats are $35, which is $10 off the regular price. Tickets include a Suns player jersey bag, 200 level curve seating, a group welcome on the Jumbotron, a postgame group photo on the court and free Metro light rail transportation on game day. Many band members will ride the Metro, boarding at 4 p.m. at Main Street and Sycamore Road, and performing along the way. The students are raising funds to send musicians to the World Music Expo in China next summer.

Open meeting to discuss proposed school changes

The Mesa Unified School District will hold an open community meeting 7 p.m. Tuesday at Powell Junior High School, 855 W. Eighth Ave., to discuss proposed changes around the district. There are eight proposals before the governing board, including the closure of Powell. The plan is to move the students to other schools and open a community education program and social service program on the site. The district will hold a second community meeting, 7 p.m. Dec. 8 in the governing board room, 549 N. Stapley Drive. For information, see


Arts competition focuses on elder abuse

Attorney General Terry Goddard, the Arizona Area Agencies on Aging, and the Arizona Elder Abuse Coalition have partnered to sponsor the 2010 "Why Should I Care about Elder Abuse?" student arts competition. High school juniors are invited to create an original artwork illustrating the question, "Why Should I Care about Elder Abuse?" This contest will help spotlight the need to protect their grandparents, friends and neighbors. Entries are due Feb. 17 at local Area Agency on Aging offices. For more information, contest rules and to find your local Area Agency on Aging, go to

Census is theme of teen writing contest

Students in grades 7-12 are invited to apply for the Arizona Educational Foundation's 2010 Polly Rosenbaum Writing Contest. This year's theme, is "Count Me In: Why the Census Matters." The deadline is Jan. 8. Submissions will be reviewed by educators and business leaders. The commemorative writing contest is named after the former Arizona representative and teacher who passed away in 2003 at the age of 104. Information: (480) 421-9376 or

28 schools participate in Teen Safe Driver Pledge

Twenty-eight Arizona high schools are among more than 400 schools throughout the country participating in the Teen Safe Driver Pledge, an online driver safety agreement between parents and teenage drivers that establishes safe driving expectations.

The East Valley schools include: Higley High School and Mesquite High School in Gilbert; Poston Butte High School in San Tan Valley; Queen Creek High School; San Tan Foothills High School in Coolidge; and Basha and Hamilton high schools in Chandler. By participating in the program, these schools earn an automatic cash prize from sponsor American Family Insurance and are in the running for larger cash prizes based on each school's participation rate.

Families can learn more about the program and enroll, at


School 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.

This will be the first meeting for new board member Ken Brague, who is filling the vacant seat left by Natalie Lamb in August.

The board meets first for a 4:30 p.m. study session, followed by the 6 p.m. regular board meeting.

Information: (480) 987-5935 or

San Tan Valley school picked for solar program

Combs High School in San Tan Valley is the only school in Pinal County selected for the SRP Solar for Schools program, according to the J.O. Combs Unified School District.

The program will fund the installation and maintenance of 10-kilowatt roof-mounted solar photovoltaic systems.

SRP will also supply education resources for hands-on activities related to renewable energy, math applications for data collected from the photovoltaic systems and information on how solar energy works.

Fourteen schools were chosen to receive this program. The systems will generate 140 kilowatts of electricity to the Arizona school buildings and will produce approximately 224,000 kilowatt hours of energy per year. The solar energy production will prevent the release of up to 161 metric tons of carbon dioxide per year, according to SRP.

Installation will begin as early as the spring and will be completed by the end of 2010.


Flu shots available for students

The Higley Unified School District is holding Mollen Immunization Clinics for high school students, teachers and administrators.

Higley High School will host a clinic from 2:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday in the high school's media center, 4068 E. Pecos Road, Gilbert.

Williams Field High School will host the other clinic from 2:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday in the high school's media center, 2076 S. Higley Road, Gilbert.

Adults are encouraged to attend with students, but it is not required. Flu shots are $20 if not covered under insurance. Only one shot is required for high school aged students. Higley ID badges are required for the shots.

Students must register online at

Information: (480) 279-7000.

Highland High offers night of holiday music

Gilbert Highland High School will present an evening of holiday music featuring the school's Concert Orchestra, Chamber Orchestra, Sinfonia, Starlight Serenade and Symphonic Strings.

The same concert will be presented at 7:30 p.m. Thursday and Friday in the high school's auditorium, 4301 E. Guadalupe Road, Gilbert. Admission is $5.

Tickets can be reserved by calling Terri Urie at (480) 926-2402 or e-mailing

Spectrum hosting 'Jingle Bell Jamboree'

Spectrum Elementary School's Parent Teacher Student Organization is hosting its annual holiday market, "Jingle Bell Jamboree," from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday in the school's multipurpose room, 2846 S. Spectrum Way, Gilbert.

The holiday market offers one-stop shopping with more than 50 vendors, including Santa Claus, locally owned companies, hand-crafted art, fine jewelry, professional photography, musical entertainment, raffles, a student store and hot chocolate.

Money raised will be donated to the school's PTSO.

For more information on the event or to be an exhibitor, call Bobbi Jo Kelly, (602) 739-0515.

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

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

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