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Adrienne Fluitt of BASIS Oro Valley has been recognized by the Yale Office of Undergraduate Admissions as a recipient of the 2014 Yale Educator Award.
Public schools on the northwest side and in the Foothills mostly outperformed schools statewide on last year’s accountability measures.
Four students have received 2014 Steve Engle Memorial / Greater Oro Valley Chamber of Commerce scholarships.
As local districts prepare for the new school year, many are also making plans to have school resource officers on site thanks to $12 million in state funding approved by the School Safety Program Oversight Committee.
Oro Valley resident Abe Grijalva was named the new softball coach at Flowing Wells last week. Grijalva, the longtime softball coach for Douglas High School, semi-retired to Oro Valley after 30 years at Douglas, 17 coaching softball.
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.
Whoever says patriotism is dead hasn’t met the 40 students who make up Ironwood Ridge High School’s Veterans Heritage Project (VHP), nor the veterans who shared their stories for the organization’s recently published “Since You Asked,” – a 185-page book in which veterans detail their experiences from some of the world’s largest military conflicts.
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 is a job that only about four percent of the population is qualified and capable of doing. At this very moment, there are at least two people in Oro Valley and two in Marana who are doing it. This is the job as a police 911 operator and dispatcher.
Parents should opt out of letting their kids be used as guinea pigs for the Common Core/PARCC “pilot” test being given in Arizona schools over the next few weeks. As a “governing board” member of the PARCC testing group, Secretary of Instruction, John Huppenthal, has agreed to pilot and then implement the PARCC test statewide during the 2014/2015 school year.
When San Manuel resident David Mota shot and killed Joshua Switalski during a traffic altercation last February in Oro Valley, he was working as a behavioral health counselor for youth.
Arizona Superintendent of Public Instruction John Huppenthal said in a public question and answer session at the Oro Valley Public Library this weekend that he was open to feedback regarding the state’s recently implemented College and Career Ready Standards.
During a Feb. 27 ceremony, almost all of the students at Copper Creek Elementary School wore black and had a sticker in the shape of a police badge stuck on them in honor of Ed Holdinsky, the school’s retiring School Resource Officer (SRO) of the Oro Valley Police Department.
The Explorer failed to note that an article in its 2/19/14 issue that criticized the school voucher system for students was written by Mr. Safier, who is/was a school teacher and is, therefore, biased about the relative success of public schools vs. charter schools. Charter schools have enabled tens of thousands of underprivileged children to acquire superior educations by avoiding failed public school systems.
Despite a slight language barrier and being 5,500-miles away, Carol Feddersen has been able to maintain a tight bond with her two granddaughters Victoria, 9, and Melissa, 7. So much so that Feddersen has published the book, “The Adventures of Les Petites in Tucson”, which is a fictional children’s book about her granddaughters that details their visit to Tucson.
Valedictorian graduate and the first Pusch Ridge Christian Academy student to earn a congressional nomination to a military academy, 2006 alum Zach Abrams recently returned to Oro Valley, recounting his military experiences with students, teachers and families.
Christmas day came early for 18 students who spent Dec. 17 at the Oro Valley Target Store shopping for themselves or others as part of the annual Oro Valley Shop-With-A-Cop program.
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As a former Journalism teacher, I applaud Chris Flora’s first paragraph that states the Who? What? When? Where? (“Councilmember Zinkin claims no criminal intent in accident,” November 13). The last sentence, however, says it all. “...any pending charges have since been dropped by the Pima County Sheriff’s Department.” It was a good summary for the Police Beat blurbs, not the first page.
Residents from Oro Valley and surrounding areas showed up in force on Wednesday evening to voice support for a $2.3 million improvement project at Naranja Park.