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WASHINGTON — The perfect score will again be 1,600. What's more, the essay will be optional, students will no longer be penalized for wrong answers and the vocabulary is shifting to do away with some high-sounding words such as "prevaricator" and "sagacious."
There is a new choice in public charter schools that will be debuting two brand new campuses late summer 2014, just in time for the next school year. EAGLE (Expecting Academic Greatness with a Loving Emphasis) College Prep will debut their Maryvale and Mesa campuses and initially offer kindergarten through third grade and build out a new grade each consecutive school year until they reach 8th grade. The new campuses will join the two existing EAGLE College Prep schools in South Phoenix.
NEW YORK — Six years ago, Matthew McConaughey was starring in a movie called "Surfer, Dude," a film about as good as its title implies. He played a shirtless surfer plunged into an existential crises when his good luck with waves runs out.
What a great responsibility we have as parents to find a school where our children can enjoy being every day in addition to being safe and receiving the best possible education! The first thing to remember when we are touring/looking for a school is that we follow our instincts as parents having confidence that we can and will make the best decision for our children monitoring and adjusting as necessary each year and day as our lives and needs change. It is very important to brainstorm as a family what is important to you in a school before venturing out which will help you make the best decision the first time instead of school hopping which although is adventurous and brave and many times the right thing to do to find the right school for your child it is a consistent disruption to learning and most importantly relationship building and modeling the endurance needed to win life’s race. Knowing each child has a unique personality and brain structure it is critical to know and communicate your child’s needs openly and honestly so you can give your school of choice the opportunity to reciprocally respond with honesty in regards to being able to meet the needs of your family and each of your children with their varying needs and differences. Consider collaborating with your child and making a list of 5 of the things that are most important to you both in a school. This can serve as a tool for a team feel when or if the going gets tough or in a positive note you are basking in successes.
In what could be one of his final addresses to Mesa, Mayor Scott Smith looked back at the accomplishments the city has made and provided a hint of optimism for the future during his annual State of the City speech on Feb. 4 at the Mesa Convention Center.
The Accelerated Middle School (AMS) at Basha High School put together a power team of three bright students at the beginning of the school year and entered the regional Future City Competition at the Phoenix Convention Center in January.
TAOS, N.M. — To winter sports enthusiasts, Taos is best known for its challenging ski slopes. But this northern New Mexico town has plenty more to offer visitors year-round, on and off the slopes. A hipper little sister of sorts to Santa Fe, Taos is known for its diverse outdoor offerings as well as its funky town square packed full of history, art galleries and Hispanic and Native American culture. Whereas Santa Fe is known for its wealth, Taos is lower-key and tends to attracts a younger, more starving-artist-type crowd. It's a town where new-age nomadic hippies, (referred to locally as "sage monkeys") peacefully coexist with artists, natives, daredevil skiers and even wealthy Texan tourists. Here are five free things to do and see on your next trip to Taos.
This September 2013 photo shows a structure in Tres Piedras, a colony of self-sustaining homes near Taos, N.M., that look like spaceships embedded in the scenic landscape. The 70 homes are made from all recycled materials and the community is headquarters of one of the early leaders in the sustainable building movement, Earthship Biotecture. The community is one of a number of attractions in the Taos area that won’t cost visitors a dime. (AP Photo/Erica Asmus-Otero)
Not everything lawmakers will face this session revolves around how to divide up the limited dollars available. They also will be taking up some matters of policy.
Private interests are launching a new border resource guide in a bid to get companies to do more business with firms in Arizona and Sonora.
I started by shopping, assuming the only way I could have an industrial-style bookcase was by paying a hefty sum for one.
Several thousand seasoned collectors, families and kids are expected to attend the 42nd annual Flagg Gem and Mineral Show set for Jan. 3-5 in the west parking lot of Mesa Community College at Dobson Road and Southern Avenue.
The biggest development came in fall with the announcement Apple would revamp a First Solar facility near Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport. Apple will contract out with GT Advanced Technologies to produce sapphire material for Apple products, and the company expects to hire 700 employees in its first year.
President Obama, switching the subject from Obamacare, recently gave a speech describing income inequality as the most significant issue of our time. Advancing inequality “is what drives me”, he said, because it “poses a fundamental threat to American prosperity”.
Of all the words to describe Mesa in 2013, inactive is the furthest one down the list. The city was bustling throughout the year with news that held the nation’s attention for months at a time and the announcement of several new projects that should make Mesa an attractive option for businesses in 2014 and beyond.
In Japan, the story of the 47 ronin is so central to the country's national identity that a special word exists for the act of retelling it: Chushingura. But despite this long tradition of flexible reinterpretation, the Hollywood-backed "47 Ronin" takes such liberties with the underlying legend that a different term comes to mind, one better suited to American actor Keanu Reeves' involvement: "bogus." So far, Japanese audiences have been slow to embrace a CG-heavy version of the story that offers Keanu as a previously unsung "half-breed" accomplice. Meanwhile, domestic crowds are being deliberately misled to think he's the star — a high-stakes bait-and-switch sure to backfire on this narratively stiff but compositionally dazzling production.
Have a hankering for snow and no real prospects of finding any this Christmas? Bundle up the crew and head to Heritage and Science Park, where Dec. 26 through Jan. 1 you’ll find more than 30 tons of snow, ice sculptures, gingerbread houses, themed daily activities, and special showings of “Ice Worlds” in the Dorrance Planetarium and “Penguins 3D” in the IMAX theatre.
Within our East Valley is a microcosm of a healthy community, a stronger nation. It’s an ageless pattern offering solutions to our national fiscal crisis, our narcissistic living and our growing proclivity for surrendering freedoms.
LOS ANGELES — Marketed as Ben Stiller's bend toward drama, "The Secret Life of Walter Mitty" finds the actor, who also directed the feature, seemingly exuding super-human strength while jumping between buildings and battling his nemesis as they surf asphalt.
Downtown Mesa’s Arizona Museum for Youth is inching closer to becoming the i.d.e.a. Museum. The re-branding, set to launch to the public on Feb. 7, 2014, will transform the much-loved family venue with creative innovations, including — fundraisers hope — a place called The HUB.
In this techno-centric age, it’s easy to forget about tangible things like paper, pipe cleaners, bits of wire and the endless array of possibilities they present. “Imaginate” at the Arizona Science Center reminds us of the simple joy of puttering and the inherent value it holds for the next generation of innovators, engineers and world-changers.
Chandler was far from the glitz of Chicago or the glamour of Los Angeles when it opened for settlement in 1912. But the man whose name the town bore, Dr. A.J. Chandler, envisioned drawing such visitors.
An international company that manufactures backdrop material will soon have its headquarters in Gilbert.
Beginning next year, several students at Coronado Elementary School will take their first steps toward learning the most widely spoken language in the world while learning more about the origin country’s culture.