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Posted: Sunday, September 20, 2009 1:08 pm | Updated: 1:03 am, Sat Oct 8, 2011.

Mesa Desert Ridge High School and Gilbert Highland High School have combined efforts with the Arizona High School/College Relations Council to present information to students and parents about community college and university programs available throughout Arizona.

Tribune's education blog: ED Xtra

College fair to provide information

Mesa Desert Ridge High School and Gilbert Highland High School have combined efforts with the Arizona High School/College Relations Council to present information to students and parents about community college and university programs available throughout Arizona.

Tribune's education blog: ED Xtra

Various college and university representatives will provide information regarding their schools at an Eastern Regional College Fair from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday at Highland High School, 4301 E. Guadalupe Road.

The schools will address admission requirements, the application process, certificate and degree programs, housing options and campus life activities. The fair will begin with a brief introduction in the high school auditorium, followed by three 30-minute informational sessions.

Information: (480) 813-0051.

Gilbert board to meet Tuesday

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

The board will meet for a 6 p.m. work study session to discuss district volunteer programs. The 7 p.m. board meeting will have a presentation on school energy savings awards and a cost analysis of Gilbert Classical Academy vs. a comprehensive high school.

The board will discuss a possible approval of 2005 and 2007 bond projects reports, and an agreement between the district and Maricopa County Department of Public Health for school-based tobacco use prevention and education services.

Information: (480) 497-3300 or

Pizza place helps Gateway Pointe

Peter Piper Pizza is donating 15 percent of all food and beverage sales to Gateway Pointe Elementary School from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesday at the Gilbert Fiesta restaurant, 127 E. Williams Field Road. The school is in the Higley Unified School District.

Present the flier from the school to the cashier when ordering.

Information: (480) 279-7700.

Higley district board to meet Thursday

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

For agenda information, call (480) 279-7000 or visit

High schools host singing competition

Five local high schools are hosting a singing competition, with the winners from each competing against each other in a December finale.

Queen Creek High School will host the first competition at 7 p.m. Saturday at the school, 22149 E. Ocotillo Road.

Williams Field High School in Gilbert will host a competition at 7 p.m. Sept. 29. Desert Ridge High School in Mesa will host theirs at 7 p.m. Oct. 22, Combs High School in San Tan Valley at 7 p.m. Oct. 23, and Higley High School in Gilbert at 7 p.m. Oct. 30.

The finale will be at 7 p.m. Dec. 12 at the Queen Creek Performing Arts Center on the Queen Creek High School campus.

The schools are raising money for local breast cancer patients.

Information: (480) 284-4014, ext. 4, or

Tourney needs players, sponsors

The Gilbert Education Foundation is still in need of players and sponsors for its seventh annual Charity Golf Tournament.

The tournament will be 7:30 a.m. Oct. 2 at Kokopelli Golf Club, 1800 W. Guadalupe Road, Gilbert.

The cost is $100 per golfer. Registration includes green fees for 18 holes, cart, range balls and lunch.

Proceeds will benefit the foundation, which supports teachers, students and families in the Gilbert Unified School District with scholarships, school improvement projects, grants and social services.

The Gilbert Education Foundation has provided more than $350,000 throughout the past nine years to support Gilbert schools and families in need.

For more information, call Darcey Barnett at (480) 239-5117 or visit


1,920 backpacks, supplies help needy

Feed The Children, a nonprofit organization that provides relief supplies to children and families who lack basic necessities, delivered 1,920 backpacks containing school supplies, shelf-safe snack food items and children’s books to Mesa Unified School District last week .

Donations will be distributed to 73 Mesa schools that serve homeless students, under the guidelines of the McKinney-Vento Homeless Education Assistance Act. A portion of the supplies being donated will be shared with Kyrene, Tempe Elementary and Tempe Union High School districts.

For the 2008-09 school year, Mesa Public Schools served 1,280 students through the program. The number has grown from 1,195 in the 2007-08 school year and 841 in 2006-07.

Speaker to focus on gifted learners

Mesa Supporters of the Gifted and Talented invites parents and educators to attend an event called Practical Ways to Improve Writing and Critical Thinking in High Ability Learners.

The event features nationally known author and humorist Nathan Levy, author of “Stories With Holes, Whose Clues? Nathan Levy’s 100 Intriguing Questions and many more.” Levy is a veteran teacher, principal, author and educational consultant of 35 years.

The event will be 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Oct. 8 at the Mesa Academy for Advanced Studies, 6919 E. Brown Road. A $5 donation per family is requested. Educators are free to attend. For information, call (480) 472-0223.

8th-grader wins poetry contest

Eighth-grade student Mariah Martinez, who attends Mesa’s Christ the King Catholic School, won first place in the national Catholic Daughters of America Education poetry contest. Representatives came to the group last week to present the award. Mariah’s poem is titled “The Big Picture.”

Mesa district board to meet Tuesday

The Mesa Unified School District governing board is scheduled to meet 4:30 p.m. Tuesday at 549 N. Stapley Drive, Mesa. A closed-door executive session will be held first, followed by a study session and a 7 p.m. regular board meeting. During the study session, the board will hear from district staff about work being done to analyze campus use.


Students to decorate holiday tree

Students in the fourth grade at Chandler’s Tarwater Elementary School are creating ornaments to adorn the Capitol building Christmas tree this year. Arizona has been selected to provide the tree. Arizona children will make the 5,000 ornaments displayed on the 80-foot blue spruce tree, which will be collected from the White Mountains. The Tarwater students are creating “gifts” using a variety of materials.

ICAN receives accreditation

The youth center and after-school program ICAN has received national accreditation by the Council on Accreditation. The process took months to complete, with everything from finance, administration, human resources, governance/leadership and fundraising examined. ICAN was created to address the needs of youth and their families in the Chandler Redevelopment Area.

Intel grants reward volunteering efforts

Employees of Intel can earn Intel Volunteer Matching Grants for their children’s schools when they volunteer there. Through the grants program, Intel encourages its employees to volunteer in local kindergarten through 12th grade classes by matching volunteer hours with cash grants. For every 20 hours an Intel employee volunteers in a school, the Intel Foundation donates $200 to the school.

To get more information regarding this Volunteer Matching Grant Program go to:

Run/walk to benefit education

The Chandler Education Foundation will host the Chandler Challenge, a 5K and 10K run/walk in conjunction with Chandler’s Day of Play, on Oct. 17 at Tumbleweed Park.

Proceeds will benefit the foundation and the Chandler Unified School District Student Crisis Fund. Cost is $20 for early registration by Oct. 4, $25 until Oct. 15 and $30 the day of the event Oct. 17. The cost is $10 for children younger than 10.

Registration is available online at under the Chandler Education Foundation Chandler Challenge.

Planning meeting slated for reunion

The Chandler Education Foundation will host the first planning meeting for the annual All Class and Retiree Reunion, 6 p.m. Tuesday at Serrano’s Mexican Food Restaurant, 141 S. Arizona Ave.

All Chandler alumni, retirees and community members are invited to attend. The group will prepare for “Celebrate Chandler,” to be held April 23-25, 2010. For information, call Elaine Bartell at the Chandler Education Foundation, (480) 224-3032, or e-mail

Chandler, Mesa teachers lauded

Chandler High School teacher Vidal Mejia and Mesa’s Irene Trujillo of Whittier Elementary School are among the winners of awards given out by Chicanos Por La Causa Inc. The group recently awarded five Esperanza Latino Teacher Awards. It is the 11th year of the program. The winners will be honored at a dinner in October, where they will receive a cash stipend and other gifts.

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 the pertinent information to Hayley Ringle at

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