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(BPT) - Every school year, busy parents tack on more daily chores to their to-do lists. In addition to packing lunches and getting kids dressed, they also have to make sure last night’s homework was completed. For many families, the morning routine also means getting everyone in the car and on the road in time so the kids aren’t late to class and parents aren’t late for work. With all this chaos it’s no wonder the morning’s mad scramble extends to the school gates, with traffic snarling and tempers flaring as people jockey for position at drop-off area.
(BPT) - Cell phones are a great way to keep in touch with teens on the go. However, new research examines how cell phones and other handheld gadgets are causing teens to be more easily distracted, leading to greater risk on the roads, particularly when walking.
Earlier this month 13 Oro Valley Dolphin football players were honored at a scholarship luncheon for the Tucson Youth Football and Spirit Federation.
The story of the week in high school sports was the return of Bridgett Doucet. The CDO senior cross country runner finished second in the state two years ago, but missed all of last season dealing with an illness. She did come back for the track season, but she served notice at least week’s Northwest Showdown that she was all the way back and a real contender for a state championship.
Northwest side students did well in Pima County’s anti-graffiti poster contest.
Another school year has arrived and the community wants it to be enjoyable for students, parents and teachers.
Ironwood Ridge High School
(BPT) - There’s the summer vacation you dream of: happy children playing games, parents relaxing, cheerful grandparents, smooth roads, short lines and easy-to-schedule outdoor sports and activities for the kids. And then there’s the reality, which more closely resembles “National Lampoon’s Vacation.”
Hannah List is going to be a seventh grade student at Tortolita Middle School in the fall. She attended Quail Run Elementary throughout her elementary years where she was a role model to all and a true leader among her peers. While at Quail Run, Hannah was awarded the Kind Kid Award after being nominated by her fellow students. She worked as a teaching assistant for special needs students and worked with the English Language Learns program to create instruction movies which will be used as teaching aids for future students. Hannah’s gifted education (GEM) group placed 2nd in the city-wide Kidstruction contest this school year. She also received a 3rd place ribbon at the Southern Arizona Regional Science & Engineering Fair. As part of a GEM service learning project Hannah donated her hair to Pantene Beautiful Lengths.
Once she ran to tune out the bullies, today she runs because she likes to win and she wins a lot. Today, Sydney Madrid just finished the season, serving as captain of the Marana track and field team.
It was but 20 years ago when she stepped into the classroom to attend her first course on how to write children’s books. One course and now after many years of practice, Marianne Mitchell has just published her 12th book called “The Ghost in the Wood” – a fictional mystery that is set in the woods of Colorado.
There has been a great deal of discussion lately about transportation road funding and how the Northwest side has fared in the distribution of these resources.
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The Amphitheater School District’s annual district-wide spelling bee was held at Wilson K-8 School last week.
It’s tough to turn tragedy into something positive.
Sixteen schools brought 25 teams to the Duel in the Desert at Marana Middle School for the 4th annual Falcon Football Jamboree.
I’ve written about it before, and will probably write about it again. Wal-Mart and many fast-food companies in our nation are part of the problem when it comes to welfare.
There’s no easy way to break this news to you so I’ll just spill it; there are some people who aren’t suited to do some things and they know it, there are other people who may not be suited to do much of anything and they too are aware of that fact, and then we have the dangerous group of people who truly believe they’re suited to do everything and these are the ones I seem to attract during my occasional shopping jaunts.
AMC’s teacher turned meth-dealer drama, “Breaking Bad”, will be wrapping up its final season this August. Fans of the long running show will finally see how Walter and Jesse’s stories end at the conclusion of the fifth season.
Amphitheater School District
Alex Gibson, who will be going into the eighth grade at Cross Middle School, catches the ball during the Dorado Camp of Champions last week.