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Elementary School in the Marana Unified School District and Laguna Elementary School in the Flowing Wells Unified School District. On Saturday, December 13, 2014 Roadrunner Elementary School students will have the unique opportunity to be treated to a shopping spree and holiday luncheon sponsored by the Catalina Mountain Elks Lodge #2815. Joining them will be members from Casas Adobes Elks Lodge #2663 who will shop with Laguna Elementary School students prior to a holiday party at their lodge.
Marana High School, in the Marana Unified School District, announces Camron Dozier to serve as interim head girls basketball coach.
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.
Both Mountain View and Marana opened the 2014 football season on Thursday night. Mountain View got the 53-2 win over their district rival, keeping the Boot Trophy for another year. Here are some news and notes from the game.
Alan Schmidt has two new jobs that are very different, yet oddly similar. Before the start of the 2013/2014 school year, he became the principal of Sentinel Peak High School. In April, he became the new company commander for his battalion in the Army National Guard. While public education and the Army National Guard are different, in many ways Schmidt has similar roles. It is his job to support and lead those he has been put in charge of.
Close to 3,000 high school students from the greater northwest side and Catalina Foothills will receive their diplomas over the next few days.
Casas Adobes Rotary Club presented $28,500 in scholarships to 10 high school seniors at its 24th annual Eighth Grade Honors program. The seniors had been honored when they were eighth-graders. Scholarship winners were chosen based on leadership, community involvement and character as well as scholastics. Rotary is all about leadership.
During its regularly scheduled meeting on Thursday, April 24, the Marana Unified School District Governing Board voted 3-0 to hire Rex Scott as principal at Tortolita Middle School. Maribel Lopez and Suzanne Hopkins were not in attendance.
Every two years Arizona Community Foundation and Helios Education Foundation invite a new initiative into Arizona. This year, they have chosen FosterEd, a non-profit initiative that focuses on improving the educational outcomes of foster children and youth.
Pima Community College’s Fashion Design students are hosting a fairy tale fashion show that will take you on a journey through the stitches in time.
This article is in reply to a recent Special to The Explorer written by Jo Holt published in the Feb. 20 issue of the paper. Because Arizona has had two balanced General Fund budgets in a row, our state is ranked number one in the nation for business startups. We went from 46th to number four in private sector job creation. We are 10th in overall great business climate compared to California which is ranked 50th. During the past four-year recessionary period, we never let K-12 public school per pupil funding go below $9,000 (federal, state plus local funding). We mortgaged the Senate, House and Executive buildings in order to protect K-12 education funding. The north side of Tucson has four outstanding public school districts in Catalina Foothills, Amphi, Marana and Flowing Wells. We have more charter schools per capita and more school choice than any state. We have open enrollment between public school districts, tuition tax credits and a great home school program.
The Arizona Citizens Clean Elections Commission will host a debate for House of Representative and Senate candidates in Legislative District 9 at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 4. The debate will be at the Pima Community College Downtown Campus located at 1255 N. Stone Avenue in Tucson.
So far in 2012, there have been three teachers arrested in the Tucson region for sexual misconduct with minors/students. Two of those teachers are from the Amphitheater School District, and one from Flowing Wells for alleged relations with a student in the Tucson Unified School District. While the details of each case are bad enough, the sad part of the news is that people are becoming used to it. It’s getting to a point where a teacher having sex with a student isn’t as shocking as it once was.
The Pima County Sheriff's Department Crimes Against Children Unit became aware that a teacher from the Flowing Wells School District was possibly engaging in sexual conduct with a minor.
Three Northwest school districts are keeping an eye on Arizona statehouse legislation that, if signed by Governor Jan Brewer, would assess criminal penalties for anyone using an electronic or digital device to harass, intimidate or threaten another person.
Planned Parenthood flexes political muscle
According to ex-Intel CEO Craig Barrett, 90 percent of our children are “stuck” in terrible schools.
Thursday, Nov. 3
Saturday morning, residents in Northwest Tucson will participate in a celebration of non-motorized recreation when they help to Launch the Loop, starting at 7:30 a.m. and leading to a dedication ceremony at 10 a.m.