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Imagine that you are a loyal employee of the a school district, giving that district almost 20 years of service, first as an outstanding teacher and then as a district worker.
With the 2014-15 school year about to start, the Kyrene School District is hosting its Meet the Teacher night to decrease any first-day nerves.
A friend who has some experience with rodeo horses sent me a most picturesque proverb: “Let go or be dragged.” Whether this phrase was first spoken by a Zen master who had achieved enlightenment on the mountainside, or by a battered cowboy nursing his shattered bones and pulling cacti from his backside makes no difference. It is the unmistakable truth.
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) rates the relative quality of the private plans that are offered to Medicare beneficiaries through the Medicare Advantage program. CMS rates Medicare Advantage plans on a one to five-star scale, the highest quality being five stars. This star rating provides an overall measure of the plan’s quality and is an indication of the quality of care, access to care, responsiveness, and beneficiary satisfaction provided by the Medicare Advantage plan. This means that the higher the star rating a plan receives, the more likely you are to receive the care you need, when and where you need it - and most of all, you are more likely to be satisfied with your plan.
When Alexa Rogers was only 5 years old, she met a little girl named Sam who was very similar to herself. Sam was bright, happy and always trying to give back to others. There was only one glaring difference between the two.
I’ve seen it multiple times, but it never fails to amaze me just how fragile our lives, as well as all the stuff of our lives, really are. One of the summer storms bouncing around the Valley at this time of year brought wind and rain ripping through our church campus. It tore up trees and threw around the roof tiles like a 2 year old in full tantrum mode. The storm was all over and done in the space of about 10 minutes, yet restoring some semblance of order took several days. The emotional impact of the scene of devastation, and the physical work also took its toll, even as we give thanks that no one was injured.
“I’m outraged over the white flag going up over the Brooklyn Bridge; it should have gone up over Capitol Hill. Everyone knows when the going gets tough, the tough talkers go on vacation.”
This photo taken Feb. 14, 2014, shows certification stickers are affixed to bottles of California olive oil displayed and for sale at the All Things Olive shop in Washington. It's a pressing matter for the tiny U.S olive oil industry. Shoppers are more often pouring European oil _ it's cheaper and viewed as more authentic than the American competition. And that's pitting U.S. producers against importers of the European oil. Some liken the battle to the California wine industry's struggles to gain acceptance decades ago. The tiny California olive industry says European olive oil filling U.S. shelves often is mislabeled and lower grade. They're pushing the federal government to give more scrutiny to imported varieties. One congressman-farmer even goes as far as suggesting labels on imported oil say "extra rancid" rather than extra virgin. Stricter standards might help American producers grab more market share from the dominant Europeans. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
Love others as much as you love yourself,” Jesus told his followers. These words are considerably more than a sugary Sunday-school story. For those who take these words to heart, “love others” has profound, life-altering implications, not all of which are warm and fuzzy. Consider the life of Bernard Lichtenberg, arrested seven decades ago. His crime: He loved. Lichtenberg was a Catholic priest serving in Berlin before the outbreak of World War 2. When Adolf Hitler and the Nazi Party came to power, he recognized the coming terror better than most, and made it his ambition to help the Jewish people and other persecuted groups.
Sometimes, when something is your calling, you just know it. Such was the case for Hamilton High School chemistry teacher Kimberly Weidenbach.
The Arizona Court of Appeals late Wednesday trimmed the ability of state lawmakers to create special laws that are clearly designed to affect only one county or city.
As the 2014-15 school year is about to start, we are excited about a number of new programs and projects we are offering at the East Valley Institute of Technology.
Talk about back to the future.
A Pima County Superior Court judge may have paved the way for the state's more than 52,000 medical marijuana users to get into business of selling the drug, at least to each other.
July 23, 2014
The questions were about improving Arizona's economy.
The start of each school year is an excellent time to set into place good habits that can lead to a success in the classroom and self-confidence for students. Take the time to write down steps for students — no matter their age — to help guide them as they return to school. Review them as needed. For the younger children, make the steps visible each day. Add picture reminders for students who are not reading yet.
Tourism in Arizona is now back to where it was before the recession — and SB 1070 — hit, but it's nowhere near where it should be, according to the state's top tourism official.
Those first few weeks when the kids head back to school can be among the most hectic for families. The lazy days of summer quickly give way to crazy schedules, homework and after-school activities. And don’t forget somehow managing to slip dinner into the middle of all that.
Whether you were there when The Motels first burst onto the music scene in the early '80s or are just rediscovering them again, it's hard to deny that singer Martha Davis is one of MTVs first leading ladies and one of the most charismatic female performers in rock.
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.
Alyssa Kimble, a soon-to-be fourth-grader in White Plains, N.Y., says she uses the desk in her bedroom for “everything” — creating lesson plans for her make-believe school, writing stories and storing stuff.
When it’s time to start stocking the school backpack, it’s easy to just grab a stack of plain, boring notebooks.
Dear children (more likely teens in the “migrant camps”):