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As teachers inch toward the head of the line to receive a COVID-19 vaccine, it begs the question: Can school districts mandate inoculations?

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On Dec. 16, Littleton Governing Board President Curtis Nielson administered the oath of office to newly elected board member Sara Contreras.

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Arizona State University is offering five weeks of free virtual programming to engage the community in learning activities covering topics from social justice to cookie decorating. 

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The week after Thanksgiving, teachers and children at Avondale Elementary School District remained thankful, as Larry H. Miller Dealerships in Avondale delivered more than 4,000 packs of school supplies, 1,087 dry erase boards and a $1,000 cash donation to the district. 

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With the assistance of Bay Equity Home Loans, Off the Hook Meat Shop, the Goodyear Police Foundation, Palm Valley Oral Surgery, the Wright Team and Meese Khan LLP, the Mavericks handed out 930 free turkeys to West Valley teachers.

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It was recently a big week for grants and awards won by local teachers.

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On Nov. 19, more West Valley school districts went “in the red,” meaning substantial COVID-19 spread, in the county’s updated map and data. 

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While other West Valley districts reopened classrooms earlier this month, the two LESDs are reopening classrooms.

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The effects of COVID-19 can be seen across many industries, but not many are as categorically impacted as the Valley’s educational system. Parents and educators are especially concerned about special needs students and those with individualized education programs (IEPs) getting the services …

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The city of Avondale invites youth to join the Junior Service Learning Club, a new opportunity for students in grades six through eight  to learn about civic engagement, develop leadership skills, and build their network of peers across the city.

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While other West Valley school districts returned to classrooms this month, the Tolleson Union High School District governing board of education recently decided to continue with online learning for the rest of the semester. 

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Southwest Ballet Theatre will host open auditions for its sixth annual production of “The Nutcracker” Saturday, Oct. 3.

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Catholic Charities’ Westside Head Start Program is expanding into the Littleton Elementary School District. The program’s goal is “to assist parents in better fostering their children’s education and development and to enhance the potential for success and kindergarten readiness.”

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The small office building, nestled just off the road near a medical office and appliance store, looks more like a house where a quiet family might live. The only signs of activity are the cars in the small parking lot out front.

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With all West Valley school districts still online and finalizing plan allowing students to return to classrooms, some parents are taking matters into their own hands—by home schooling.

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Following weeks of online learning, students at Western Maricopa Education Center’s four campuses returned to class for in-person instruction Sept. 9. 

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Last week, the Boys and Girls Clubs hosted a “first putt” for the annual Avondale Mayor’s Cup—now called the Avondale Championship Open. 

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Education and technology companies came together for Creating Learning Connections grants to provide families with laptops, internet connectivity and Lego Education learning solutions, which teach students science, technology, engineering, arts and math (STEAM) concepts with Lego bricks.  

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Universal Technical Institute in Avondale made the 2019-20 “Schools of Excellence” list by the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges (ACCSC), as part of the 2019-20 ACCSC accreditation renewal process.

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Catholic Charities Westside Head Start began virtual learning programs last week. To ensure that all students can participate, staff members are delivering supplies to children and families who request them.

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Raymond Gue, a student at BASIS Goodyear, was stunned to learn he was named a National AP Scholar. This award came after Raymond earned perfect scores on all five of the AP exams he took in May while finishing his sophomore year at BASIS Goodyear.

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Two weeks after many West Valley schools started providing online, remote education for students, school districts continue to figure out options for in-person learning. 

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Desert Edge High School students found a small step of writing a note can spread “Nothing but Love” gratitude and bring joy to the community. 

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Actor Maxwell Simkins felt there was something special the first time he read the script for Netflix’s “The Sleepover,” which debuts on August 21. 

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The Avondale Public Library has partnered with online tutoring service Brainfuse to offer all library card holders access to free after-school homework help, including virtual one-on-one tutoring in a wide range of subjects for K-12 students.  This new program, Avi Learning Lab, launched in …

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Carly Strole of Avondale won the PING Invitational July 16-17 at Grand Canyon University Golf Course, which will soon become her home course in the fall. She will be a freshman member of the Lopes women’s golf team. 

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Amid COVID-19, students across the world have experienced unique circumstances when it comes to their education.  While parents, teachers and schools had to be quick to adapt to meet students’ needs, some parents might have noticed a decline in their child’s knowledge as they deviated from t…

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