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These guests, including five from Arizona, who have been invited to sit with the First Lady represent the stories of millions of Americans across the country, who are working hard to better their communities, improve their own economic outcomes and help restore opportunity for all.
Over the next week, thousands of young adults will walk across a stage to receive their high school diplomas. Many of them will take that special certificate knowing what the next step in life will be, others will still be trying to figure out the next chapter.
Without the automotive technology program offered at Mountain View High School, James O’Neill said he is positive he would have dropped out of school during his freshman year in 2009.
Youth summer programs are offered by some Tucson schools, businesses and institutions. Check websites for more information, or call for programs and schedules offered.
Academy to help public view the stars
Most people would likely want to avoid E. coli bacteria that is genetically engineered to glow under a black light. However, the students enrolled in Mountain View High School’s biotechnology program find bacteria and all the other things the class has to offer fascinating.
Mountain View High School juniors Tayler Jondall, 17, left, and Rachel Evans, 16, and sophomore Matt Gomez sterilize inoculating loops before transferring a bacteria culture to another Petri dish in the school’s newest bioscience lab. The three-room renovation at the school was funded by Joint Technological Education District and is part of the school district’s Career and Technical Education program.
The possibility of additional spending cuts and significant layoffs at Arizona's public schools has engendered emotional responses from teachers, students and education advocates.
Danielle Carpenter, a sophomore at Mountain View High School who is also enrolled in the Pima County Joint Technological Education District's culinary program, serves mushrooms stuffed with cream cheese, chives, onions and mushroom stems during the facility's grand opening Monday night. The facility, which is located on the Mountain View High School campus, is home to Culinary Arts and Early Childhood Education programs.
Randy Metcalf/The Explorer, Danielle Carpenter, a sophomore at Mountain View High School who is also enrolled in the Pima County Joint Technological Education District's culinary program, serves mushrooms stuffed with cream cheese, chives, onions and mushroom stems during the facility's grand opening Monday night. The facility, which is located on the Mountain View High School campus, is home to Culinary Arts and Early Childhood Education programs.
The smell of bacon wafts through the kitchen, past the students rolling and cutting cinnamon rolls, right on by other students creating crêpe filling, and full circle to students chopping ham for the omelet bar.
Randy Metcalf/The Explorer, Mountain View High School senior Matthew Schneider cooks some sausage while bacon sizzles in the Joint Technological Education District's culinary arts facility. Students were preparing food for the superintendent's breakfast.
Randy Metcalf/The Explorer, Senior Marisa Kouratou travels through the kitchen as she helps prepare filling for crêpes. Joint Technological Education District and Mountain View High School offer a culinary arts class to about 125 students that can transfer to Pima Community College for credit.
November 1, 2006 - It's a one-shot deal.
August 16, 2006 - The Marana Unified School District on Aug. 14 welcomed back more than 13,000 students and anticipates opening the door for more in the coming weeks.
May 24, 2006 - Denny Dearden a few months ago began a meeting with a fake set of rotten-yellow, crooked teeth in his mouth, slurring his speech.
March 22, 2006 - Barely old enough to vote, Alex Hoobler can pinpoint car troubles and fix most of them.
Dick Eggerding has said it 100 times and will keep saying it until there is no breath left to push out the words: The arts are the soul of a community. Without them, the 70-year-old Eggerding argues, communities have no life. They are as hollow and empty as a decaying saguaro.
A teacher at Wilson K-8 School may be facing district discipline after inviting a speaker from a Tucson lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender advocacy group to address middle-school students.
The following in an overview of the five major state races, governor, attorney general, secretary of state, superintendent of public instruction and treasurer.
The Northwest EXPLORER's coverage of Oro Valley's March 12 primary election continues with in-depth profiles of the mayoral candidates. The coverage will continue in the next two issues with the council and mayoral candidates' responses to general leadership questions on Jan. 30 and an issue-related questionnaire on Feb. 6.