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  • Dysart begins enrollment for Innovation Academy

    Dysart Unified School District is now accepting open enrollment applications for the Innovation Academy at Western Peaks.The Dysart Innovation Academy will provide a personalized learning environment for students in grades 5-8. Utilizing digital learning tools and project based instructional approaches, the Innovation Academy will personalize education for students by addressing the distinct learning needs, interests, and aspirations of individual students.In the Innovation Academy setting, the students move from a “one-style-fits-all” approach to student-centered learning. Utilizing a 1 to 1 technology approach, students will be engaged in decisions about the what, when and how of their learning.Students will be expected to master the state standards while building competency in all areas described in the Profile of a Dysart Student. By creating a competency based environment, students will become independent and innovative thinkers by engaging real-world problems with tangible solutions.Incorporating project-based learning strategies, students are able to develop important skills that will prepare them for success in an ever-changing world.As a unique learning environment, students will have 1 to 1 technology use, 24/7 access to objective based learning resources, non-traditional classroom dynamics, and project based instruction integrating communication, creativity, critical thinking, and collaboration.

  • Community can review proposed Dysart English materials

    Members of Dysart’s Textbook Adoption Committee will evaluate English Language Arts instructional materials which are being considered for grade levels 7 through 12.The materials will be on display Jan. 30 through March 3 at the Dysart Support Facility located at 13825 W. Desert Cove Road in Surprise.Parents and community members are invited to view the materials. For more information, contact the Career and Technical Education Department at 623-876-7991.

  • Peoria Unified board moves meeting times to 6 p.m.

    At the Jan. 12 board meeting, Peoria Unified School District Governing Board members approved the 2017 board meeting schedule.The meeting times for this year will change to 6 p.m. and will continue to be held on the second and fourth Thursday of every month, with a few exceptions. The meeting schedule, as well as the link to stream the Governing Board meetings live, is posted on the district’s website at www.peoriaunified.org.During Thursday's meeting, the Governing Board also elected Beverly Pingerelli as president and Monica Ceja Martinez as clerk for 2017. Information on the board is available on the district’s website.

  • Arizona Community Foundation accepting scholarship applications

    The Arizona Community Foundation’s online scholarship portal is now accepting applications, making scholarship funding opportunities available to students across Arizona for the 2017-18 school year, according to a news release.Arizona’s largest private provider of scholarship funding, ACF provides access to more than 90 scholarship awards with a single application, the release said. Completing one general application automatically matches applicants with every scholarship opportunity within the system for which they qualify.High school seniors, current college students and graduate-level students attending schools anywhere in the United States can apply. Scholarships are available for two-year and four-year colleges and universities as well as vocational and technical schools. Application deadlines for scholarships vary, ranging from early spring to the end of May. Students are encouraged to apply early to maximize their opportunities of financial support.The awards available serve a diversity of students. Some scholarships are given based on merit or financial need, while others are awarded to students in a particular geographic region or with specific demographic characteristics. Visit www.azfoundation. org/scholarships for the link to access more than $1.5 million in scholarship awards and to find out more about scholarships available through ACF.Established in 1978, the Arizona Community Foundation is a statewide family of charitable funds supported by thousands of Arizonans. With five regional offices serving communities across Arizona, ACF is among the top 35 community foundations in the nation with more than $785 million in trust and endowment assets, and is confirmed in compliance with the National Standards for U.S. Community Foundations.Last year, ACF and its affiliates awarded more than $56 million in grants and scholarship funding to some 3,000 nonprofit organizations, schools and government agencies. More information is available at www.azfoundation.org.

  • Mock disaster drill at Mountain Ridge High School on Friday morning

    Mountain Ridge High School will conduct its annual Mock Disaster Drill this Friday, Jan. 13 beginning at about 7:30 a.m. and ending at approximately 11 a.m.Mountain Ridge High School is located at 22800 N. 67th Avenue in Glendale.Those living and working nearby will likely notice increased activity during this time, including the movement of fire trucks, ambulances, and a medical evacuation helicopter that will land on the football field, take off from the football field, circle the school multiple times, and then land on the field for a second time.The increased law enforcement activity can result in elevated anxiety and concern within the community, so we ask all news outlets to please share information about the MRHS drill in whatever way is most effective.This drill is an exceptional educational experience for all MRHS students, and especially our participants: medical science, sports medicine, and theatre students.

  • First Things First sponsors Nadaburg born learning trail

    An interactive walking trail designed for young kids and their families will have its grand opening on Jan. 12 at the Nadaburg Elementary School.The Born Learning Trail, which is sponsored by First Things First, is a United Way initiative. The trail has ten interactive signs with activities for adults to do with young children that turn an outdoor trip into a fun learning experience.“The trail allows Nadaburg Elementary to connect early childhood learning with our community,” said James Scott, Nadaburg Unified School District Director of Educational Services, who serves on the FTF Northwest Maricopa Regional Partnership Council. “Having the trail accessible outside of school hours connects home and school, extending the opportunity of learning beyond the standard school time.”Decades of research demonstrates that children with access to high quality early development and health opportunities are more prepared for kindergarten, do better in school, and are more likely to graduate and enroll in college, said Jannelle Radoccia, Vice Chair of the FTF council. They also tend to be healthier and more productive members of society.“High quality early childhood education exposes children to academic experiences and social interactions that will benefit them for life,” Radoccia said.A public grand opening celebration of the Born Learning Trail providing an interactive early learning experience is from 5 - 7 p.m. Jan. 12 at the Nadaburg Elementary School baseball field, 21419 W. Dove Valley Road in Wittman.

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