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  • Flip Flippen names Country Meadows Elementary a showcase school Monday

    Flip Flippen, founder of the Flippen Group, will visit Country Meadows Elementary School, 8409 N. 111th Ave., in Peoria all day Oct. 3.Flippen will visit the campus and its nearly 1,200 students as they are one of only 11 schools nationwide to receive the Flippen Group’s Capturing Kids’ Hearts National Showcase School award for 2015-16.As part of the award, Principal Val Barrett will present another school with a "Love It Forward" gift certificate, worth up to $30,000, for staff training. Flippen’s visit is to personally congratulate the staff of both schools for their award and has a full-day agenda planned.Monday's itinerary includes:• 8:20 to 8:40 a.m. – Flippen will greet students/families at the front of the school• 8:40 to 9:10 a.m. – Flippen will tour the school and interact with teachers and students

  • Complaints cause Surprise to examine lines of cars, illegal parking around schools

    During its Sept. 20 workshop, the Surprise City Council examined solutions to mitigate congestion on streeets near schools during pickup and dismissal times, as well as scattered cases of illegal parking in nearby neighborhoods.The council quickly agreed that they, school officials and residents should look at a few individual schools with problems and not city-wide solutions. And, they leaned toward letting the schools and neighborhoods work out their own issues rather than restricting parking or instituting parking permits.“I think we have some consensus that one size does not fit all. Let’s focus on where the issue is. Let Sarah Ann Ranch figure out a Sarah Ann Ranch solution with Paradise (Honors),” Councilman Skip Hall said during the work session.That’s one of two tense situations Surprise zeroed in on during the discussion. Sarah Ann Ranch is just west of Paradise Honors High School.Paradise Schools Executive Director Tim Gonzales said the charter school district has heard resident complaints since midway through the 2015-16 school year. Jean Brillhart and several Sarah Ann Ranch residents said the problems with students parking in the neighborhood go back further.“A group of residents have met with fire. We’ve met many, many times with (Public Works Director) Mr. (Mike) Gent about our concerns about the parking from the students of Paradise Honors High School,” Ms. Brillhart said at the meeting. “Paradise has very limited spots on their school grounds that’s made available for juniors and seniors and they have to be super students. They also pay $110 a year to park in the school lot. As a result we’re having the overflow who don’t qualify parking in our community.”

  • Ducey sets goal for higher learning

    PHOENIX -- Saying it's critical to fill the jobs of the future, Gov. Doug Ducey wants to have 60 percent of Arizonans earning something more than a high school diploma by 2030. "A 21st century economy requires a 21st century skill set,'' Ducey told a gathering to launch the program. "In less than five years, nearly 70 percent of all jobs will require more than a high school diploma.'' But the governor proposed no new funding. "We're thrilled to set this goal,'' Ducey told reporters afterwards, suggesting the question of money is premature. "We're at 42 percent today,'' he explained of the number of Arizonans who go on beyond high school. "Nothing focuses the mind and the resources like setting that goal.'' Ducey pointed out the state is putting about $300 million more a year into K-12 education because of Proposition 123. 

  • West-MEC breaks ground on campus in Surprise Oct. 6

    West-MEC is hosting a groundbreaking ceremony to celebrate the beginning stages of the construction of their Northwest Campus from 9 to 10 a.m. Oct. 6 on the future site of the campus in Surprise, the southwest corner of Dysart Road and Grand Avenue.West-MEC Superintendent Gregory J. Donovan, the West-MEC Governing Board, Surprise Mayor Sharon Wolcott, the Surprise City Council, McCarthy Building Companies Inc., SPS+ Architects, Architechnology and numerous city and local school officials will be on handThe ceremony will include a light breakfast, a ceremonial groundbreaking and speeches from school officials and local community leaders.The first phase of the 45-$50 million, 19.3-acre campus is scheduled to open in August 2017. Phase 1 will feature four buildings and programs in medical assisting, coding and security, cosmetology and law and public safety.West-MEC, a Joint Technical Education District, could have training in up to 32 careers offered to high school students as well as adults.About 130 Dysart Unified School District students now travel to West-MEC for specialty programs and this will provide a closer site for their commute. Arizona Charter Academy is just south of the site and already sends students to the other three sites.

  • Paradise Honors Key Club shows support for Surprise police

    Recently, several students from the Paradise Honors High School came to the Surprise Police Department to visit with Police Chief Terry Young and show their support for the police.The students, members of the Paradise Honors Key Club, enjoyed visiting with Chief Young and brought a home-made banner signed by members of their organization to show their support. Additionally, the students brought with them two dozen doughnuts for the police officers to enjoy.The men and women of the Surprise Police Department are honored to have met with these students.Recently, the Surprise Police have received similar support from other local organizations and want to thank the general public for all their support.

  • PUSD ushers in ‘new age of personalized learning’ with Schoolnet

    A new program has been launched in the Peoria Unified School District that some officials say will streamline the way they handle information.Schoolnet is a newly implemented integrated instructional management system that is expected to improve the way the district gathers and uses data to support student success and improve teaching and learning, combine assessments, as well as use tools to promote academic achievement under one platform.Superintendent Darwin Stiffler said the new platform won’t supplant the magic that happens between a student and a teacher, but instead will act as a file cabinet on steroids to make the teacher’s job easier.The first year cost for the program is $267,650.“The teacher goes from this cabinet to that cupboard, to a book over here, pulling resources from many different places over there. They have been chasing this holy grail that we call differentiation. They have so many kids and they’re not all at same spot,” he said. “This (program) gives us real time data for teachers to make decisions and not wait for the district office or the Department of Education to send it back. It gives teachers access to things they say they need right away. This is the big smart fling cabinet, the Mary Poppins bag of everything a teacher needs.”The program can be accessed by teachers, administrators, students and teachers.

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