Avondale’s Quentin STEM Academy has been honored as a Model Professional Learning Community (PLC).
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Jill Helland, principal of Garden Lakes School in Avondale, part of Pendergast Elementary School District, was awarded the Exemplary Principal Award from Steve Watson, Maricopa County School superintendent.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
Stephanie Budzban, a sixth-grade teacher at Country Place Leadership Academy, was recently selected as the 2020 Gary Dickinson Award for Teaching Excellence.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends the following for families, once schools reopen for in-classroom learning:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 …
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.
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…
Though COVID-19 created dramatic changes in education, it didn’t change the fact that elementary school children at Title I schools in Maricopa County need uniforms, backpacks, supplies and clothes.
In the “A”-rated Litchfield Elementary School District, we rely on strong partnerships to offer academic rigor in a caring environment to more than 12,000 students. We often say that schools cannot do it alone, because we are aware that our educational excellence is tied directly to the supp…
Avondale Elementary School District became the first public district in the state to receive the HealthyVerify certification. The district also discussed reopening plans at a governing board meeting July 7.
As schools across the nation resume in virtual formats, it is important to remember that online education is a significant change for children and adults. This is going to take some getting used to by everyone involved.
When Gov. Doug Ducey announced that school reopenings would be pushed back to Aug. 17 because of concerns over COVID-19 infections, it raised as many questions as it answered for parents and school administrators.
Agua Fria, Canyon View, Desert Edge, Millennium and Verrado high schools may start the fall semester like they left off in the spring—online.
Brainstorming the idea in a Youngker High School classroom, Xavier Olivo launched his own clothing line, Diceclub, as a junior in 2018.
West Valley Boys and Girls Club locations are open this summer to support their families, though with changes in protocol due to COVID-19.
The Buckeye Union High School District turned some of its buses into mobile Wi-Fi hotspots. Cox Communications has a program for low-income students to access free internet. And the state is seeking private donations to provide mobile hotspots for more students.
In a June 11 letter to parents as well as information on its website, Tolleson Union High School District announced it will cancel graduations for Copper Canyon, La Joya, Sierra Linda, Tolleson, University, West Point and Westview high schools.
Honeywell hired Martin Hernandez, a graduate of Westview High School in Avondale, through the Jobs for Arizona’s Graduates (JAG) program. Hernandez was hired to help produce critical personal protective equipment (PPE) during the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond. The two JAG students were hired …
The city of Litchfield Park recently announced its support of the Arizona Education Progress Meter along with the statewide goal to boost postsecondary attainment to 60% by the year 2030.
The Agua Fria Union High School District continues providing grab-and-go meals Tuesday through Friday. For updates and a complete list of locations, visit AguaFria.org.
On May 6, Archway Trivium West student Lavender James of Goodyear won the Great Hearts 2020 Bard competition after reciting “All the World’s a Stage” from Shakespeare’s “As You Like It.” Lavender gave her recitation over Zoom, where she was awarded first place. The event was live streamed on…
Eliminating high fives, coaching in groups of 10 people or fewer, and administering regular temperature checks are among the recommendations the Arizona Interscholastic Association is endorsing for high school athletes as they begin practice for the fall sports season.
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