Badminton doubles team wins state title
Sunnyslope High School’s badminton doubles team claimed the D1 Doubles State Championship title.
Allison Rodriguez, a senior, and Maddie Schlesinger, a junior, competed at the state championship at Independence High School recently. The two students played their final game against Chaparral High School, which they defeated in three sets.
WHS students pick up trash at 19North event
Washington High School students volunteered in the 6th Annual 19North Community Clean-Up recently.
During this annual event, about 75 to 100 students and employees joined other residents to pick up trash in the community. The Washington High group collected garbage on a one-mile stretch of 19th Avenue between Orangewood and Maryland avenues. Students in the Engineering Science, Photos, Law Enforcement, Ed Rising, StuGo and National Honor Society took part in this volunteer work.
Tax credit contributions help schools, programs
You can support students in the Glendale Union High School District with a tax-credit contribution.
When people donate to a high school or program of their choice, they help enhance students’ education and other experiences on campus. Rather than paying towards Arizona’s general fund, residents’ tax credit donations stay in the community. State law allows people to receive a dollar-for-dollar tax credit for any amount they donate to a public high school. The financial donation can be used as a credit against any state income taxes these donors might owe.
Married couples can contribute up to $400 when they file jointly or $200 per person if they file their taxes separately. Single individuals are able to make a maximum donation of $200 for the tax credit program. Everyone is urged to consult a tax professional to find out if they qualify for the dollar-for-dollar tax credit.
District hiring leaders, aides for part-time work
The Madison Elementary School District is looking for part-time employees on all its campuses.
Club leaders will work about 21.25 hours a week and part-time afternoon preschool aides will work about 28.75 hours per week. A $500 sign-on stipend is being offered to these new employees.
To learn more, visit www.madisonaz.org.
‘Potted’ actors meet with middle school students
Madison No. 1 Middle School theater students got a taste of the acting world in a master class with Daniel Clarkson and Jefferson Turner, the stars of “Potted Potter – The Unauthorized Harry Experience – A Parody by Dan and Jeff” at The Madison Center for the Arts. Students asked them questions and learned what life for professional actors is like.
Clarkson and Turner condensed all seven Harry Potter books and a real-life game of Quidditch into a humorous 70-minute musical that appeared recently at The Madison Center for the Arts and has been performed around the globe.
COVID-19 vaccines to be offered at Dec. 8 event.
The Madison Elementary School District, in partnership with Native Health, will provide COVID-19 vaccines free-of-charge to adults and children on Wednesday, Dec. 8, from 2 to 6 p.m. at the Madison Center for the Arts at 5601 N. 16th St. Children ages 5 to 11 can obtain the Pfizer vaccine.
Open enrollment to begin for Montessori program
Open enrollment for Montecito Community School, a Public Montessori Learning Program, will start in February.
The program offers multi-age classrooms to help children ages 3 to 5 (primary age) and 6 to 9 (elementary age) develop leadership skills and experience freedom of choice in a structured learning environment. Students engage in uninterrupted work cycles to support individual learning needs and promote independence and critical thinking. There is still room in the current primary classroom and there is a waiting list for elementary age students in grades 1 and 2 to join the Montessori program in the fall of 2022.
The tuition fee depends on the amount of hours in a day for 3 and 4-year-olds. Preschoolers typically leave the classroom at noon, while 4-year-olds stay until 3 p.m., with some flexibility with times. Arizona Department of Economic Security childcare subsidies are accepted for tuition. Children ages 5 and older do not have to pay tuition as it is a public institution.
To learn more, call 602-707-2500 or email email@example.com.
COVID-19 vaccines provided on campuses
Children can obtain COVID-19 vaccines on several campuses in the Phoenix Union High School, Madison Elementary and Osborn Elementary school districts this month.
The pediatric Pfizer vaccines for children ages 5 to 11 will be provided from 2 to 7 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 6, at Camelback High School/Camelback Montessori College Prep at 4612 N. 28th St.; 2 to 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 7, at North High School at 1101 E. Thomas Road; 2 to 7 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 9, at Metro Tech High School and Linda Abril Educational Academy at 1900 W. Thomas Road; and 2 to 7 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 10 at Central High School and Phoenix Coding Academy at 4525 N. Central Ave.
Phoenix Union High School District also is providing COVID-19 testing on campuses Mondays through Fridays from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
To learn more, visit www.pxu.org/BeHealthy.
Students tour center, learn about cybersecurity
More than 100 students and externs from the Phoenix Union High School District and the Greater Phoenix Chamber Foundation’s Technology and Cybersecurity Workforce Collaboratives recently toured the Arizona Counter Terrorism Information Center (ACTIC). Arizona Department of Homeland Security director Tim Roemer, as well as other officials from the department, talked to students about the importance of the work these Phoenix Union students are doing in their Career and Technical Education (CTE) program.
After visiting the ACTIC, students also visited Copper State Credit Union’s operation center where they had a chance to “catch the imposter” or find a hacker who was attempting to steal members’ private information. Copper State Credit Union employees even dressed as “imposters.”
COVID-19 vaccines for kids available at campus events
The Washington Elementary School District is partnering with Maricopa County Department of Public Health and Fry’s Pharmacies to offer vaccination clinics for district students who are ages 5 to 11.
Clinics for youths receiving their first doses were held last month and the second doses of the vaccines for students ages 5 to 11 will be given from 4 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 9, at Mountain View School at 801 W. Peoria Ave. The second doses of the vaccine also will be given to students in that age group from 3 to 7 p.m. on Dec. 8, at Arroyo School at 4535 W. Cholla St. in Glendale.
For families who are not able to make it to either of these events, the Department of Public Health also will provide children’s COVID-19 vaccines at events throughout the community. For locations and times, visit www.maricopa.gov/5659/COVID-19-Vaccine-Locations. Those who don’t have access to the internet can learn about events and pharmacies offering the vaccine by calling 602-506-6767.
Sunnyslope School named ‘Dairy Month’ winner
Sunnyslope School recently was chosen as a winner of a $1,000 grant in the Albertsons Dairy Month Sweepstakes.
It was selected based on its participation from community members who shop in Albertsons stores. Throughout Dairy Month the grocery store chain promoted its dairy department through various ways, including offering customers a chance to nominate schools of their choice.
Runners show speed, strength in cross country finals
Students around the Washington Elementary School District showed their endurance, strength and speed during the recent Middle School Cross Country Finals.
The victors in the event were the Desert Foothills Junior High School girls and the Mountain Sky Junior High School boys cross country teams. There were more than 100 runners participating in the event, including teams from Royal Palm, Cholla and Palo Verde middle schools. They ran at Moon Valley Park.
Midtown Primary to start transportation program
Midtown Primary School has received a state grant to offer an innovative transportation concept.
The school received a grant through the non-profit organization A for Arizona for its “Walking School Bus” program. That grant is one of 24 awarded for a total of $19 million. With this pilot program staff members will gather and walk students across the street at a light so they are safely getting to school. Midtown does not have a bus, but employees will use a walking rope that has wrist straps and knots, which students will hold onto while one staff member walks in front of the line and another one walks youths from the back of the line across the street. Another Midtown staff member will help with the “Walking School Bus.”
Students will have parents and teachers’ approvals before they are added to the “bus” to ensure all participants are cooperative and follow the rules well. Staff members are experienced and well-trained in controlling groups. Parents who want their children to take part in this pilot program need to attend parent-teacher conferences and events.
Phoenix Christian students pack meals, serve needy
Students at Phoenix Christian Preparatory School teamed up for two different volunteer efforts. Middle school students visited and served at St. Mary’s Food Bank last month. They also packed boxes of food that will go to people in need at Feed My Starving Children. Middle school Principal Mark Abeyta said while the campus has had “tremendous success this year in sports and in the classroom,” his proudest moment so far this year was seeing students work together and show the empathy and compassion they have learned to make a difference in the community.
Xavier seniors sign athletic letters of intent
Thirteen Xavier College Preparatory seniors recently signed their National Letters of Intent. This was the 21st year that this ceremony has taken place for student-athletes. Xavier was the first school in Arizona to host this event for girls’ sports.
Bridget Donahey, Riley Flynn, Emma Petersen and Megan Schouten have all signed letters of intent to play softball. Donahey will attend Northwestern University in Evanston, Ill.; Flynn will be a student at Harvard University in Cambridge, Mass.; Petersen will go to Siena College in Loudonville, N.Y. and Schouten will start her freshman year at Boston College in Chestnut Hill, Mass.
Xavier seniors Ashleigh Baros, Hope Nolan and Gracie Munk will swim competitively. Baros will attend the University of Missouri in St. Louis, Mo.; Nolan will start post-high school life at Fordham University in New York, N.Y. and Munk will go to Northern Arizona University.
Some Xavier seniors signed letters of intent to study and participate in volleyball. Landree Coats will play beach volleyball at San Jose State University in San Jose, Calif.; Alexa Shiner will play volleyball at Westmont College in Santa Barbara, Calif. And Isabella Sinacori will play volleyball at College of Charleston in Charleston, S.C.
Xavier senior Alicia Jasinki will participate in acrobatics and tumbling at the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor in Belton, Texas. Ryan Kershner will play tennis at Boise State University in Boise, Idaho. Kathleen Morgan will hit the water on the rowing team at the University of Notre Dame in South Bend, Ind.
Xavier students collect, make food for homeless
Xavier’s National Honor Society‘s recent canned food drive brought in more than 500,000 cans, which will go to the Society of St. Vincent de Paul. The school’s honor society began the canned food drive to help the non-profit organization in the 1990s.
Students in Xavier’s home economics cooking class made large amounts of chicken Alfredo to be distributed at Walk By Faith Homeless Outreach Ministry. Faculty and staff members served the chicken Alfredo and other foods in meals to those who are experiencing homelessness on the streets of Phoenix.