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School districts across the East Valley educated their students at a rate above the state standards according to information released by the Arizona Department of Education on Aug. 4.
Desert Schools Federal Credit Union is in the midst of a celebration of its 75th year and has launched a contest where people can pick one of six charities to receive $30,000. Desert Schools, which has branches in Chandler, Mesa, Tempe and Ahwatukee, has started its Shine On campaign that has six charities in the running to win a $30,000 grand prize. The six groups — Assistance League of Phoenix, Kitchen on the Street, Anti-Defamation League, MentorKids USA, Free Arts for Abused Children of Arizona and HALO Animal Rescue — have already received $7,500 a piece for making it to this point.
VP of Marketing at Desert Schools Federal Credit Union Cathy Graham speaks during an event on Jan. 21. [Courtesy Desert Schools Federal Credit Union]
My wife and I have lived in the Lakewood community in Ahwatukee for 18 1/2 years. When we moved here in 1995 we still had an 8-year-old daughter living with us. She entered third grade at Kyrene de los Lagos, completing fourth and fifth grades there. She went through sixth, seventh and eighth grades at Akimel and graduated from Desert Vista in 2004.
On Sunday afternoon, Saguaro football coach Jason Mohns received a call from equipment manager Mike "Tug" Garcia, who said he was in the hospital and would probably miss the first few days of practice this week.
Long ago are the days when the main reason for summer school was to recover failed credits, as Desert Vista High School offers its spin off the district’s Summer Academy, where incoming students attend summer school programs to get ahead.
Graduation is just days away. Then, they’ll be moving on to the next phases of their life.
A suspect was arrested for the armed robbery of the Desert Schools Credit Union in Mesa shortly after 10 a.m. Tuesday, said Sgt. Anthony Landato, Mesa Police spokesman.
Please join us in welcoming our newest members to the Ahwatukee Foothills Chamber of Commerce:
Gilbert high schools were honored last week with the College Board’s Advanced Placement Honor Roll.
Although the entertainment industry doesn't generally support conservative causes, Hollywood seems to be caught up in the human drama of the school reform movement. The 2010 movie "Waiting for Superman" explored the heart-wrenching experience of inner-city parents whose children's future hung in the balance as they sweated out the lottery for admission into a high-performing charter school. "Won't Back Down" (which I haven't seen yet), released last month, depicts a concerned parent and principal who team together to take control of a failing school using the new parent-trigger law.
Continuing its series of Brown Bag Talks, Central Arizona College invites the public to the Importance of Understanding Credit on Tuesday, June 12, from noon to 1 p.m. at the institution’s San Tan Center.
You’re invited to learn more about credit at the lunchtime talks with Central Arizona College on June 12 from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. at the San Tan Center.
More Arizona students are seeking out dual enrollment classes to get a jump on college credit and save on tuition.
When Bank of America announced last month that it would charge $5 each month that a debit card was used, and the Associated Press reports that Wells Fargo and Chase are testing $3 fees, I again became grateful I belong to a credit union.
The Desert Schools Community Service Scholarship Awards recently honored seven Valley high school seniors, including three from the East Valley. The credit union awarded $20,000 in scholarships this year. The East Valley winners were: Rachael Shroka and Sydney-Paige Komarnisky of Chandler's Hamilton High School; and Monica Petersen of Mesa's Dobson High School.
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Tempe police are seeking the public's help in identifying a man who robbed a branch of the Desert Schools Federal Credit Union last week. Up to a $5,000 reward is being offered for information leading to his conviction.
Lt. Mark Tallman is being investigated by the department’s internal affairs staff to see if there were any violation of department policy with a corporation created by him and Lt. Lee Brent Shaw that bought homes and then flipped them. One of the corporations they bought repossessed homes from has been fined $691,500 for fraud by the Arizona Attorney General. Tallman, seen here in 2009 after an armed robbery at Desert Schools Federal Credit Union, is assigned to supervise patrol officer in Ahwatukee Foothills and the rest of the South Mountain Precinct.
National Education Conference this weekend
Scottsdale police are looking for a man who robbed a Desert Schools Credit Union Tuesday.