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A local charter school is moving into its new location just in time for the beginning of the school year. Pathfinder Academy will open the doors of its Monticello-inspired campus on Aug. 5, and will serve kindergarten through eighth grade with a classical-focused curriculum that teaches students in a style more akin to home schooling than the classroom style of public schools.
Sequoia Charter School is hoping to enhance to health of their students and the community with four events it will host during April.
Actor and Mesa native Charlie LeSueur recently left his footprints in cement at the Superstition Mountain Museum for his work preserving a part of television history. Now, LeSueur is working to make a new footprint by developing the theatrical talents of students at Sequoia Star Academy in his role as its performing arts director.
Mesa Mayor Scott Smith and Vice Mayor Alex Finter visited Sequoia Charter Elementary School students on March 3 to celebrate Dr. Seuss’ birthday and the 16th annual National Education Association's "Read Across America Day."
Mesa Mayor Scott Smith reads to students at Sequoia Elementary School in Mesa as part of Read Across America day on March 3. [Courtesy City of Mesa]
Mesa Vice Mayor Alex Finter reads a snippet from Dr. Seuss to a class at Sequoia Elementary School in Mesa as part of Read Across America day on March 3. [Courtesy City of Mesa]
Gilbert Early College’s girls basketball team captured its third consecutive Canyon Athletic Association State Championship on March 1, at the US Airways Center. Gilbert Early College finished the season 20-5, after returning only one starter from last year’s CAA State Championship team. They were led by junior Hannah Carpenter who had 20 points in the 40-34 victory over Sequoia Pathway Academy. Carpenter was named the CAA Division 2 Tournament MVP.
Sequoia Star Academy teacher Charlie LeSueur had his footprints cemented at the Superstition Mountain Museum Hall of Fame for his work preserving Western film history. [Courtesy Sequoia Star Academy]
A local charter-school organization will open its next charter school emphasizing STEM topics in Mesa’s Eastmark development.
A rendering of the STEM-focused Sequoia Pathfinder Academy. [Courtesy Sequoia Charter Schools]
Division I, Section I
A 49-0 first-half outburst helped Tempe Prep (Division V) to the easy victory on Friday, the Knights' sixth consecutive blowout victory after losing their first three games of the season against elite competition.
7 p.m. kickoff || Location: Chandler Prep H.S.
Brandon Haagsma threw four touchdowns, including two to TJ Widner, as host Valley Christian broke a school record for most points in a game, easily defeating Sequoia, 69-7.
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Nick Smith threw for 273 yards and seven touchdowns in the first half with three going to wide receiver Grayson Boyll, as visiting Scottsdale Prep rolled Sequoia from the get-go in a 62-0 victory.
Final || Location: Sequoia H.S.
Outlook: It’s very rare for the Valley Christian football program to suffer two consecutive losing seasons. That’s what happened in 2011 and 2012, but the personnel returning this season makes it very unlikely the streak reaches a third year. The Trojans have fallen from their spot among the Division V elite in recent years but a playoff berth seems likely this season, and once they get there, the Trojans could do some damage.
Outlook: From transition to transition, Scottsdale Christian coach Kevin Allen knows a thing or two about change.