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(Family Features) For many parents, the back to school season means running from store to store in search of everything the kids need for a successful academic year. Use this special guide, which includes everything from on-trend footwear to portable chargers that power devices, to outfit your star pupils in style.
Physical activity may not be the first thing parents or teachers think about when they want to boost a child’s academic performance, but evidence supports the notion that a bit of exercise for the body is beneficial to the brain as well.
Julia Lutz and McKenna, 5, hold hands as they make their way into McKenna’s first day of kindergarten.
Alexander Hansen, 5, hangs his backpack up before his first day of kindergarten at Butterfield Elementary School Monday morning.
Julian Marco Jennings, 5, gets a kiss goodbye from his father Jaried on his first day of kindergarten Monday morning.
For her first day of kindergarten, Arica and Karl Owes walk their daughter, Macy, to class at Butterfield Elementary School Monday.
Kindergarten teacher Teresa Rodriguez, center, explains to parents about when and where they are to pick their kids up from school later in the day.
(BPT) - Reading the computer, chalkboard and books are critical elements of getting an education that can lead students to reaching their full potential and making their goals and dreams come true.
Marana Unified School District students will begin the school year
(StatePoint) Physical activity may not be the first thing parents or teachers think about when they want to boost a child’s academic performance, but evidence supports the notion that a bit of exercise for the body is beneficial to the brain as well.
Three days a week you will find Andy Morales at Rio Vista Elementary School. On the surface this would not seem like much of a big deal, after all he is the school’s physical education teacher, but Morales does not have any classes to teach. Technically, Morales is on summer vacation, but still comes out those three days a week to tend to various projects he has going on.
(BPT) - Between sports gear, homework assignments, mobile device chargers and social media contacts, kids have a lot to keep track of these days – just like grown-ups. While few kids seem to be born with the ability to be organized, most learn organizational skills over time. Parents are the key to instilling these practices. With the right tools, creating good organization habits in the spaces kids use the most, is easy and can help prepare them to be more independent later in life.
When one of Katie Woodall’s students at Copper Creek Early Learning Center found a piece of honeycomb on the classroom patio, she encouraged all the children to study it with magnifying glasses, describe the colors and textures, draw it, and consider how the bees used it in their hive.
Valuing students’ educational success, Tutoring Club offers year-around services to help improve students’ abilities to understand school subjects and succeed academically.
Spring is here and the Tucson Girls Chorus is in full force with concert performances for all its choirs including a Satellite Choir and an Alumnae Choir. The TGC is in its 29th season and continues to grow in the Tucson community. The Bumblebee Choir, comprised of girls in kindergarten and first grade, will perform at the St. Philips in the Hills Church (4440 N. Campbell Ave) on Tuesday, May 6, at 5:30 p.m. along with the TGC Advanced Choir. Associate Conductor Jennifer Wortman is an Alumna (1989) of the Tucson Girls Chorus and has been wonderful in providing creative ways to inspire music in the girls to learn and perform. This is a free concert, donations are accepted.
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For nearly a century, the YMCA of Southern Arizona has led the way as Tucson’s largest and most respected provider of summertime activities for kids. The cornerstones of the Y camps and what make them special are honesty, respect, responsibility, and caring. In addition, the Y adds a unique component to help children develop positive identities, values, and social skills. These building blocks are essential for young people to grow up to be healthy, competent, caring, and responsible adults.
This is a bit presumptuous, I admit. I’m climbing on my columnist’s soapbox and proclaiming a set of New Year’s resolutions for myself and anyone else who chooses to adopt them. They’re a little late, I admit, but with one column a month, my choice was either to write them way back in December or wait until my first opportunity this year.
Accelerated Elementary and Secondary Schools (AES) student, Jose Antonio Gonzalez Mendoza, a senior this year, took third place in the “Annual World Chinese Bridge Proficiency Competition Finals” held in Yunnan Province, China. Jose became The Southwest United States Regional Representative after winning first place in the “Regional Chinese Bridge Proficiency Competition” held at San Diego State University, May, 2013. Since the competition’s inception in 2002, more than 600 contestants representing over 50 countries have participated. Jose said, “I have to give my brilliant teacher, Claire Wang and her incredible teaching techniques, credit for my success. Without her nurturing support, I would never have dared take on such a challenge.”
Jill Broussard, Pinal County School Superintendent, is a wife, mother, coach and teacher. She also is the dynamic leader of the Pinal County School Office and Education Services Agency. She oversees the payroll of more than 6,300 teachers and educational staff over 20 public school districts.
Twin Peaks Elementary teacher, Kendra Lewis, received a surprise visit in her classroom from Marana OfficeMax employees on October 1, 2013 as part of the seventh annual “A Day Made Better” event.
Parents don’t need to wait until their children are heading to kindergarten to incorporate learning into their everyday lives. In fact, the sooner they start, the better, as studies show that younger minds are better able to absorb new information.
Parents gather at the window of their child’s kindergarten classroom after dropping them off for their first day of school at Twin Peaks Elementary School Monday.
Wanting to reach out and impact children in a positive way, the Pusch Ridge Christian Academy High School football and cheer teams hosted camps for foster children.