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Posted: Sunday, September 27, 2009 12:49 pm | Updated: 3:09 am, Sat Oct 8, 2011.

High schools host singing contest

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

High schools host singing contest

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

Williams Field High School will host a competition at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the school, 2076 S. Higley Road, Gilbert.

Desert Ridge High School in Mesa will host its competition 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. Queen Creek High School held its competition Saturday .

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.

For more information, call (480) 284-4014, ext. 4, or

Oak Tree to celebrate 10 years

Oak Tree Elementary School will celebrate its 10-year anniversary on Wednesday . The school is in the Gilbert Unified School District at 505 W. Houston Ave., Gilbert.

Students will release balloons, share birthday cake, make birthday cards and create signs and posters. The hallways will be decorated with pictures, yearbooks and T-shirts collected during the past 10 years.

Oak Tree will also recognize 24 staff members who have worked at the school since it opened. The longtime staff members will be treated to a celebration luncheon.

For more information, call (480) 632-4785.

Tourney to benefit education

The Gilbert Education Foundation will host its seventh annual charity golf tournament at 7:30 a.m. Friday 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

Golf Outing to help students, teachers

The Queen Creek Schools Education Foundation will host its second annual golf outing at 7:30 a.m. Saturday at the Las Colinas Golf Club, 21515 E. Village Loop Road, Queen Creek.

There will be raffle prizes and contests for the longest drive, closest to the pin and putting.

The cost is $75 a person or $300 for a group of four.

Proceeds will go toward the scholarship fund and teacher grants. Last year’s golf tournament raised about $20,000.

For more information, call Tom Bidlack at (480) 266-4211 or visit

District to honor veterans

The Higley Unified School District will hold its second annual Veterans Day Celebration in November and is encouraging veterans in the Higley community to attend and be honored at the celebration.

The event is 9:45 a.m. Nov. 10 at the Higley Center for the Performing Arts, 4068 E. Pecos Road, Gilbert.

Veterans who would like to attend can RSVP by calling (480) 279-9000 or e-mail

Jazz festival seeks sponsors

Highland High School and Arizona State University will present the first Highland Jazz Festival on March 26-27. The school is looking for sponsorships to help raise $30,000 for the event.

Grammy award-winning saxophonist Bob Mintzer and Wycliffe Gordon, ASCAP Foundation Vanguard-winning trombonist, will headline the weekend of jazz education.

This jazz festival will span the Southwest area, reaching more than 1,800 students, music educators, and the general public throughout Arizona, Southern California, Texas, Nevada and New Mexico. The festival will host 40 student bands the first year, and grow to eventually include as many as 100 jazz bands.

For more information, call Lewis Nelson, Highland High School’s assistant band director, at (480) 813-0051, ext. 4421, or visit

Kids can design cities of tomorrow

Seventh- and eighth-graders are invited to create the cities of tomorrow for the Future City Competition. Students need to figure out how to design affordable housing while adhering to LEED-recognized “green” building standards with an emphasis on energy efficiency and a low carbon footprint.

The contest encourages interest in science, technology, engineering and math through hands-on applications.

With the theme, “Providing an affordable living space for people who have lost their home due to a disaster of financial emergency,” this year’s competition is expected to attract 33,000 students from across the country.

Participating students are asked to design a model of their city using SimCity 4 Deluxe software, provided by Electronic Arts, and then build a physical model of the city using recycled materials. They will also write a research essay describing their design and a second narrative outlining the key features of their city.

Registration deadline is Oct. 31. Future City is also looking for professional engineers who may be interested in serving as mentors.

For information, school registration, or to volunteer in the Future City Competition, visit


Flu vaccines available next month

The Apache Junction Unified School District is joining other East Valley schools to offer free seasonal flu vaccines to students.

The Apache Junction clinics will start sometime next month, said Carol Shepherd, district spokeswoman. The vaccines will be provided by the Apache Junction Fire District and will be administered at individual school sites to students whose parents sign and return permission slips by Wednesday . The forms were distributed to students at all district schools last week. The vaccine will not protect against novel H1N1 influenza.

A.J. district board to meet Tuesday

The Apache Junction Unified School District governing board will meet at 1 p.m. Tuesday . The meeting will be held in the district board room at the District Administrative Center, 1575 W. Southern Ave. The agenda includes discussions about the district calendar and enrollment trends. No action will be taken on either item.


San Marcos gets $1K worth of books

San Marcos Elementary School in Chandler received $1,000 worth of books this week, which totaled 380 titles, from the Target stores at Gilbert and Germann roads and Val Vista Drive and Ray Road. Volunteers from the stores will be on the campus Tuesday to label the books.

Fall break starts next week

Fall break begins Oct. 5 for the Chandler Unified School District. Students return to classes Oct. 21 . The Chandler district is on a modified year-round calendar.

Ex-pro gives PE classes a workout

Rodger Farrington, former ASU basketball player, former professional player and current Fulton Elementary School dad, put students at the Chandler school through a workout last week during their physical education class.

The students got exercise through shooting games and dribbling, and then drilled Rodger about his time as a player.

Since retiring, Rodger is giving back to the game through his organization called Reach Basketball ( He is also running Club CUSD clinics at Fulton Elementary School for first- through sixth-graders beginning Oct. 21. Registration can be found by clicking “Club CUSD,” then “Fulton Elementary Program Offering” on the CUSD registration Web site.

Chandler Challenge offers run/walk

The Chandler Education Foundation will sponsor the Chandler Challenge, a 5K and 10K run/walk, in conjunction with Chandler’s Day of Play, Oct. 17 at Tumbleweed Park. The Chandler Challenge benefits the foundation and the Chandler Unified School District Student Crisis Fund.

The cost is $10 for children younger than 10, $20 for early registration by Oct. 4, $25 until Oct. 15 and $30 the day of the event, Oct. 17. Registration is available online at under the Chandler Education Foundation Chandler Challenge.


School gets play, sports area

Volunteers from San Tan Ford and Polytechnic Elementary School got together Saturday to build a recycled play and sports area for students at the school. The school, located at 6859 E. Rembrandt Way, Mesa, is part of the University Public Schools program, a charter school program affiliated with Arizona State University.

The volunteers created two playing fields and a baseball/softball field. They also created a one-fifth-mile track with the recycled clay and a dinosaur dig/gem “sandbox” area, created with recycled tires and recycled gravel.

Leven Thumps author to visit

Obert Skye, author of the bestselling Leven Thumps fantasy series, will speak Monday at several East Valley Schools. Skye will visit Gilbert’s Pioneer and Ashland Ranch elementary schools and Mesa’s Zaharis Elementary School.

Skyline High business teacher honored

Vicki Tolman, a business teacher at Mesa’s Skyline High School, has been honored by her peers as the marketing teacher of the year.

In addition to teaching, Tolman’s Distributive Education Clubs of America chapter has won scholarships and awards — placing in the Top 10 of the international DECA competition. Tolman was also elected president-elect of the Arizona Marketing Educators Association.

Free job workshop for teenagers

High school students are invited to a free teen job workshop 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Tuesday in the Youth Activity Room at the Mesa Public Library, 64 E. First St.

The workshop will teach students about the application process, networking, employability skills, personal sales pitch and interview tips. For information, call Marylou Wahlberg, youth employment specialist, with Mesa Career Services at (480) 308-7552.

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.

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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