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Sorry, Thelma Grimes, but I take issue with your article. Your critique of the Oro Valley Town Council’s recent decision does not bear scrutiny. Give the hard working and dedicated staff of the town a break.
Last year, Best of the Northwest had its most successful year yet, with readers turning out to vote for their favorite restaurants, the community’s best hair and nail salons and to pay tribute to some of the community’s best police officers, firefighters and teachers.
Members of Catalina Mountain Elks Lodge #2815 distributed dictionaries to third-grade students at Casa Christian, Copper Creek, Immaculate Heart, Mesa Verde, and Wilson elementary schools in Oro Valley. Project Chairperson Joyce Garcia purchased 320 dictionaries, and with the help of lodge members, presented each student with a dictionary that includes the Declaration of Independence, the United States Constitution, and the history of the American Flag.
Working with 39 schools and looking into partnering with more, the University of Arizona is raising the level of interest in engineering by offering an introductory class to high school students.
Americans don’t want someone else telling them how to educate their children.
Kristy Brower has a bright, open space for children to sit on the floor with their xylophones and a roomy niche to store her class set of violins— space that was once something of a luxury in a school that, until recently, just wasn’t big enough for all the enrichment educators wanted to provide at Harleson Elementary School.
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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.