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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.
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 Monday afternoon.
Five of the six Republican candidates for governor debated a multitude of topics at a forum hosted by the East Valley Chambers of Commerce Alliance on July 28.
Classes at Higley Unified School District are set to begin on Aug. 4.
Fall sports registration is open for fifth- and sixth-grade boys flag football and girls volleyball for the Higley Unified School District.
The Gilbert Public Schools district has hired Brian Jaeger to serve as its executive director of secondary schools.
Parents will find few states that offer families as many schooling options as Arizona. A longtime leader in the national school choice movement, Arizona has an education marketplace with a school for nearly any income, interest or situation.
Thousands of students attend district schools in Gilbert, Mesa, Chandler and Tempe. Classes for Chandler Unified School District and Queen Creek Unified School District begin on July 21. Students at Higley Unified School District, Kyrene School District and Tempe Union High School District start classes on Aug. 4; the Tempe Elementary School District begins again on Aug. 5; and sessions at Gilbert Public Schools and Mesa Public Schools start on Aug. 6.
The governing board of the Chandler Unified School District approved a new range of fees for extracurricular activities at Chandler schools.
Before-and-after school care provider Kids Club is now open for the 2014-15 school year.
The topic du jour for education is STEM, the abbreviation for science, technology, engineering and mathematics. The reason for the focus is illustrated simply by the future demand for jobs within the four topics; projections by the U.S. Department of Education anticipate careers in STEM will increase exponentially this decade. Biomedical engineering positions alone are expected to jump by 62 percent.
EVT’s article concerning the East Valley luncheon with Representatives Matt Salmon and Kyrsten Sinema highlights the East Valley’s business as usual approach to our congressional reps. All they offer is empty platitudes and sound bites, yet we let them get away with it, re-electing the same people year after year.
Coronado Elementary School in the Higley Unified School District will offer a Mandarin immersion program for kindergarteners and first-graders this coming school year.
I’m thinking a lot about Father’s Day this year.
Coronado Elementary School will host a meeting about its Mandarin immersion program on June 4 at 6 p.m.
There was a letter in a Valley publication recently in which a reader expressed her thoughts and characterized my behavior. It was quite off the mark, but I would like to publicly make a couple points about one of her statements that she almost got right.
The United Food Bank presented specialized, canned food trophies to Cortina Elementary School, Higley Traditional Academy, Sossaman Middle School and Williams Field High School. The four schools collected the most pounds of food per student in the district.
Kids Club ‘Xtreme’ Summer Camp, hosted by the Higley Unified School District, will begin on June 2.
BEST ELEMENTARY SCHOOL TEACHER
Third grade, Higley Traditional Academy
3391 E. Vest Ave.
Higley Traditional’s MacDonald finds happiness in education
By Eric Mungenast
Julie MacDonald would be a roller-skating waitress principal had she followed the career path set by her first-grade self. She didn’t quite achieve those lofty aspirations, but MacDonald has found an occupation that leaves her more than satisfied with life: teaching.
That wasn’t always the case for MacDonald, as her first option was to become a nutritionist. (She calls the 14-year-old version of herself “very nutritionally advanced” for her age and she still works out frequently.) But her work as a nutritionist left her miserable.
“I woke up one day and said, ‘You know what? I’m not happy, and I don’t want to make others miserable,’” she says.
So MacDonald decided to reverse course and study education, following in her parents’ steps to become a teacher. She mixed classes and her full-time job with daily exercise routines that got her up at 2 a.m. each day. (She was and remains something of a Starbucks aficionado.)
MacDonald now gets to apply her caffeine-boosted energy every school day with her students at Higley Traditional Academy, where she taught third grade in the most recent school year. MacDonald’s goal is to keep students engaged and eager to enter her classroom — otherwise, she says, she’s not doing her job as an educator.
And while she may never become the roller-skating waitress principal she dreamed about, life is moving along swimmingly.
“I go to work and I love my life every day,” says MacDonald.
Sixth grade, Meridian Elementary School
3900 S. Mountain Road
THIRD PLACE - tie
Sixth grade, Val Vista Lakes Elementary School
1030 N. Blue Grotto Drive
First grade, Patterson Elementary School
1211 E. Guadalupe Road
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BEST PLACE TO WORK
Higley Unified School District
2935 S. Recker Road
(480) 279-7000 or husd.org
The Higley district operates 12 schools — eight elementary, two middle and two high schools — in Gilbert and Queen Creek. It is one of Arizona’s fastest growing school districts, with more than 10,000 students and 1,200 employees in the district office and across the district. It offers open enrollment.
Gilbert Public Schools
140 S. Gilbert Road
(480) 497-3300 or GilbertSchools.net
2299 W. Obispo Ave.
(480) 505-8877 or GoDaddy.com
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BEST PUBLIC (DISTRICT) SCHOOL
3507 S. Ranch House Parkway
(480) 279-8200 or husd.org/Page/4646
Named for the Higley Unified School District’s 100th anniversary, Centennial was founded in 2009 and has been an “A Rated School” — the state’s top academic label for schools — since 2011. It serves children of the local community in kindergarten through eighth grade. The school also houses HUSD’s Gifted Program for grades four through six.
Second place - TIE
Higley Traditional Academy
3391 E. Vest Ave.
(480) 279-6800 or husd.org/Domain/1311
3900 S Mountain Road, Mesa
(480) 497-4032 or GilbertSchools.net/Domain/41
Third place - tie
1211 E. Guadalupe Road
(480) 892-2803 or http://www.gilbertschools.net/Domain/39
Cooley Middle School
1100 S. Recker Road
(480) 279-8300 or husd.org/Domain/2421
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Hundreds of students were sent home from an east Mesa elementary school after a potential virus outbreak.
Playa del Rey Elementary School will celebrate its third-straight A+ ranking during a ceremony celebrating the schools 20th anniversary on May 14.
The Higley Unified School District celebrated the accomplishments of 12 of its teachers during its annual Teachers of the Year event.
Gilbert-area schools teamed with the East Valley Recycling Alliance, including the town of Gilbert, TREX and Bashas’ grocery stores, to “Bench the Bag” — a contest to collect soft plastic bags that can cause havoc to recycling machinery when placed in blue recycling containers.