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8th Grader at Saint Theresa Catholic School You are involved with a lot of activities at school, tell us about them all. Well, currently at school I am a part of the school choir, which means I sing at every Wednesday Mass. I’m our Student Council Secretary, which comes with all sorts of responsibilities. I’m also a member of the National Junior Honors Society (NJHS), which means I tutor occasionally to other students at the school. I help out with a lot of the events at our school like the auction and fall festival, as well as get involved in the sports programs. I’m playing basketball right now for the school… don’t ask how that’s going (we’re 0-4)! Which do you think is your favorite? My favorite would be torn from choir and Student Council. Both offer me really good opportunities to get involved in school and church life. I really have used choir to become incredibly involved in our school’s usage of our church (I know how to set up the whole church for a mass) but Student Council offers a lot of ways to get involved with the school as well. I just really like being able to help out in every way possible.

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here’s nothing like school concerts for the holidays. Bringing the family together, supporting the students, teachers, and the arts, and celebrating the holidays as a community. For some families going to their school’s holiday or Christmas concert is almost as traditional as Thanksgiving dinner. The season would not be same without all the cheesy holiday lyrics, quirky dress-codes, odd but symbolic staging, and the sound of developing voices doing their best to make you proud. Since the Holiday concert has become such an annual routine at CEE, Mr. Cruz does his best to make CEE’s Holiday concerts anything but routine. What was your favorite thing about putting together the Holiday Concert? E.W.: My favorite thing was having fun learning the dance moves and learning the songs N.B.: I liked the choreography and the team effort. K.W.: It was really exciting and I liked the team effort C.J.: My favorite part was learning the songs and moves because we had to show the audience how much work we put into it. M.G.: The fact that we got to learn choreography K.J.: Everything I just have so much fun with these things.   Are you excited for the Spring Concert? E.W: Yes, I am very excited because I loved all the other concerts. A: I am very excited about the next concert because I know that Mr. Cruz is going to plan something amazing! E.J.: - I am soooo excited for the spring concert. A: Yes, I’m ecstatic and I’m counting the days. K.J.: - Yes because I get to do the songs and get to help with the costumes. L.N.: - Yes, I am excited to see what we do next concert A.M.: - OH! YEAH!!!   How do you think the audience liked the show? Do you get stage fright?

C.J.: - I think the audience enjoyed the concert. I did not get stage fright at all because I just think I’m in the choir room and no one is there. M.K.: I asked my parents and they said it was the best concert yet. I get stage fright sometimes. L.N.: I think they liked it a lot. I also don’t really get scared because I am with all my friends. J.B.: I think the audience thought we sounded great! No, I don’t get stage fright, after the solo I got last year I am not afraid of anything that involves people.   What did you family think of the concert? A: I think my family loved the concert because they were so proud of me. G.H.: My family was in Awe! M.C.: They said it was great and awesome! A.: My family was shocked at how good it was. K.J.: They loved it, they always love coming to my performances. J.B.: My family loved it. They thought the choir sounded the best! Z

“I treat the holiday concerts at CEE almost like a showcase with the different grades. I don’t give the entire school a central theme; instead I give a theme to each grade so it leaves room for variety… I always aim high, almost too high sometimes, but because I do so, I know that no matter what the students will be amazing. They will rise to the occasion. I expect a lot out of my students and after the successes of last year’s concerts they know that in the end all their hard work will be paid off the moment they step on that stage.” -Mr. Joseph Kozma-Cruz, Music Instructor

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educator Corner By Dr. Kimberly LaPrade, Dean of the College of Education at Grand Canyon University

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encils are being sharpened and notebooks stashed in backpacks as the second half of the school year gets under way in Arizona. It’s this time of year when excitement among students starting a brand-new course load is at a fever pitch. But beyond excitement, students may find themselves filled with anxiety as they journey into new areas of study that are unfamiliar and uncomfortable territory. As a teacher, there’s nothing worse than knowing a student is too nervous to tell you he doesn’t understand a concept or needs extra help. Whether stymied by algebraic equations or crafting an essay, it’s important to consider the wide range of resources to tackle the most challenging topics – from math and science to English and social studies.

action. If a student seeks greater clarification, the teacher may be able to explain the lesson using a different approach. Tutoring programs: Schools offer a variety of resources when it comes to tutoring programs. From individual to group sessions, most schools offer teaching and learning sessions before or after school, or during lunch. Students could also benefit from additional resources available to their schools. For instance, Grand Canyon University faculty members offer free math tutoring to their students through a volunteer Pi It Forward program. In addition, the university hosts a Learning Lounge for Alhambra High School that pairs outstanding GCU students with AHS students for free after-school tutoring and study sessions. Students have access to tutoring offices, a computer lounge, and a comfortable team-learning environment where students can receive assistance from their tutors, borrow iPads and complete assignments. Online resources: The prevalence of the Internet as an education delivery vehicle is undeniable, offering a variety of

Among them: Teachers: Often what should be the first stop for struggling students becomes a last resort. Teachers spend a lifetime learning how to deliver complex lessons to a variety of learners. Methods that explain a concept to a visual learner don’t necessarily translate to someone who needs to see the theory in

videos and learning modules. Dr. Ted Coe, the assistant dean of GCU’s College of Education, suggests several useful sites that can explain everything from introductory math to advanced courses. If students are looking for the Google of mathematics, wolframalpha.com is a great resource. It allows users the chance to enter math problems in regular language and get precise, detailed answers. The website allows three free step-by-step solutions per day. Beyond that, it simply provides final solutions. For specific lessons, CK12.org may be a better option. With a vast library of resources and a handy search feature, students can track progress on individual skills through the Kahn Academy’s (khanacademy.org) knowledge map after creating a free account. For Arizona College and Career Readiness Standards, illustrativemathematics.org is a go-to resource. This site lays out challenging practice problems that will stretch a student’s reasoning and modeling skills. Bottom line: No problem is too big to explain, and help is available at every turn, for every type of learner.

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ZooLights This perennial classic doesn’t fade out with the end of 2013. Enjoy ZooLights at the Phoenix Zoo until January 12th. The Heard Museum January 5th is the last day of the amazing Latino Folk Tales: Cuentos Populares exhibit at the Heard. This unique, familyfriendly exhibition features 60 original illustrations from 10 talented, awardwinning children’s book artists whose work enhances stories collected from many Spanish-speaking regions including Mexico, New Mexico, Puerto Rico, Central and South America. Musical Instrument Museum January 11th from 11:30am to noon visitors to the Musical Instrument Museum can enjoy Mini Tours: Women in Music. Discover the female stars of MIM in this short tour featuring the Women in Jazz, Taylor Swift, and Clara Rockmore exhibits. Led by a Museum Guide, learn about these famous women, their instruments, and the impact they’ve had on the history of music. Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art Thursday, January 30th from 5:00pm to 7:00, come visit the free opening of SMOCA’s “Art in Motion” Bike Sculptures. Are they bicycles…or are they sculptures? The answer is yes on both counts! “Art in Motion” showcases the results of a unique workshop series where high school students were given bicycles, spare parts, materials, and limitless reign to create artful, ride-able sculptures. Children’s Museum of Phoenix Parents – enjoy a well-deserved date night starting at seven on the last day of January at the Children’s Museum of Phoenix. The Museum is going back to the 1970’s for Play Date: A Night for Grown

Ups To Come Out and Play. Put on those wild polyester prints and join us as we celebrate that crazy decade that brought us everything from Disco to Southern Rock, from platform shoes to leisure suits, and from Star Wars to The Godfather. Dancing, food trucks, cash bars, Atari walls, retro games, art projects and more!

Natural History Museum Is your child fascinated by dinosaurs? Bring them to the Paleo Dig Pit at the Arizona Museum of Natural History. This living, breathing exhibit gives kids and adults alike the chance to dig up fossils and, in the process, learn more about dinosaurs and being a paleontologist.

Arizona Science Center Looking for ways to help make science more accessible for your kids? Join Justin Ryan from ASU for a family-friendly 20 minute conversation about art and science in medicine. In this virtual and physical tour of the heart, participants will learn about 3D printing, medical images and the promise of virtual healthcare. The conversation is free with paid admission to the Museum.

National Comedy Theater Families can enjoy watching the comedy classic The Three Amigos at the National Comedy Theater January 30th. Starting at 7:30pm the showing is hosted by an actual comedian with prizes and trivia from Bookman’s. A great way to share great movies from one generation to the next.

Childsplay You’re invited! Come celebrate Dr. Seuss’s birthday with food, activities, a VIP performance of The Cat in the Hat and a special visit from the characters! The party kicks off on Saturday, February 15th at the Tempe Center for the Performing Arts. ASU Gammage January 14th - 19th ASU Gammage is home to Peter and the Starcatcher. This musical play takes a hilarious romp through the Neverland you never knew. This swashbuckling prequel to Peter Pan will have you hooked from the moment you let your imagination take flight. AZ Museum for Youth The Arizona Museum for Youth (AMY) in Mesa is a great place to spend a Saturday afternoon. AMY introduces children to the visual excitement and cultural enrichment provided by the fine arts. Come visit their current exhibit “Art Speaks: A Way With Words.”

Arcadia Ice Arena What better way to celebrate the season than with a pair of ice skates and some hot chocolate. Every Saturday Arcadia Ice Arena has both! Afternoon public skating starts at 1:50pm nearly every Saturday with the evening option starting at eight or nine. The Heard Museum Attention chocolate lovers – The Heard Museum has something right up your alley. Friday, January 31st bring your friends to “Haute Chocolate: A Curated Sampling of Artisanal Flavors.” The evening will include feature chocolate tastings offered by local vendors, live entertainment, chocolate cocktails and much more. US Airways Center January 8th to 12th the eventually to be renamed US Airways Center is home to Disney on Ice. Bring the whole family to Rockin’ Ever After and rock out with some of the most magical idols of all in a musical showcase that features the hottest tunes and talent from across the kingdom!

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Market on the Move Get healthy in the New Year and come and get 60 pounds of fresh produce for only $10.00. Occurs the fourth Saturday of every month thru May 24th. Located in Buckeye at 501 E Mahoney. East Valley Youth Services Network These quarterly meetings create networking opportunities for professionals who provide mental and health services to youth. Light hors d’oeuvres will be provided. The next session is January 16th at 6:00pm at the Primavera Blended Learning Center at 2451 N Arizona Ave in Chandler.

Desert Botanical Garden DBG is going to the dogs – and you should come too. The Arizona Desert Botanical Garden’s latest exhibit “Dogs’ Day in the Garden” is January 25th. Entrance fee for dogs is $1 with proceed benefiting the Arizona Humane Society. Phoenix Symphony You’ve heard about it, now experience it. On January 10th, the Phoenix Symphony will be performing Beethoven’s worldrenowned and fateful Fifth Symphony. Guest conductor JoAnna Falletta will be joined by Guest Artist Yolanda Kondonassis making this a truly unique evening.

Tesseract School Jan. 27 - FREE Summer Camp Information Night Hosted by Friendly Pines Camp Friendly Pines sleepaway camp in Prescott will offer a very helpful and fun-filled information night at Tesseract School’s Paradise Valley campus. Parents and children are invited to attend and learn about this renowned, 73-year old Arizona summer camp tradition. All your questions about the sleepaway camp experience will be answered.Tesseract School is located at 4800 E. Doubletree Ranch Road, Paradise Valley. For more information, call 1-888-281-CAMP or visit www.friendlypines.com Z

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Preschooler at Global Minds School Q. How many languages do you speak? A: I speak Mandarin, Chinese and Global Minds. Q. What do you like about preschool at Global Minds? A: I like Jefferson (our newfoundland dog), bubbles and playing! Q. What does “wo jiao Wren” mean? A: Thats me! My name is Wren.

Q. What do you like about your teacher Mrs. Chi Chi? A: We play yoga together and she helps me with stuff. Sometimes we blow bubbles outside! (Hands in the air and spinning).

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Troop Packages Liberty Arts Academy’s 6th grade class has been working diligently on their community service project this year, in support of our troops overseas. They are putting together individual care packages that include small hygiene products and non-perishable food items. They have also coordinated small school-wide fundraisers to collect funding for flat-rate postage, and will be sending the packages off to our troops in Afghanistan an Iraq. Our school prides itself on displaying kind, caring and respectful attitudes. What better way to demonstrate these character traits! This project is very close to our 6th grade teacher’s heart, Ms. Dangel. Her son-in-law, Nathan Martens, was killed in Afghanistan just 8 days after he arrived. He was a Corpsman assigned to a marine group as well as a husband, father, and son. The 6th graders have also been working on their writing skills by creating and sending letters to these great men and women. We are hoping that our care packages will boost their spirit overseas, as well as set a positive example of human kindness for our students.

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VIEW FULL ARTICLES ONLINE 8th Grader at Gethsemane Lutheran Q. How many different things have you volunteered for? A. I have worked on twelve different charity events since I was eight years old. Some of which include: 1st Way Pregnancy as to which I collected 37 cases of diapers, wipes, car seats, shampoos, Desitin, clothing, and bottles. I also collected 89 blankets and towels for the Humane Society so the animals had something warm to lie on while they rested.

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5th Grader at Bethany Christian Q. What is the best thing about Bethany Christian School? A. I just love the teachers here and I think they are all trying to push you to do your best. I like that. I think the music is really good here because I love to sing. I’ve also never been in band, so it was cool to learn about band. Q. You are such a good singer! When did you start singing? A. When I was little, my mom would always play music in the house. I started memorizing songs when I was really young. I didn’t sing perfectly, but I did sing. Q. What is your favorite song to sing? A. I have a lot of songs I like to sing, but if I had to pick one, it would probably be “Healing Is In Your Hands.” It’s not really a song you hear on the radio, but I really like the song. I usually sing it for talent shows.

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Q. Which one has been your favorite? A. My favorite organization that I have worked with has to be Locks of Love! I have donated my hair for this organization three times and absolutely enjoy more than anything else to help a child who is suffering from cancer or hair loss. I have always wished to see the beautiful person with their wig! Q. What do you want to be when you grow up? A. My dream when I grow up is to be a famous photographer so I can capture the beauty of people! I always photograph the sunsets and love to look at my work and know that I have captured something amazing!

Q. What position do you play in Basketball? A. Depending on the team we are playing, I play point guard or the small forward position in basketball. I have been playing for 4 years at the Chandler Gilbert YMCA. Q. Tell us your involvement with your Church play? What is it about? What is your role? A. Each year our church has a Christmas program. This year, I will be saying three verses from the bible talking about the birth of Jesus. I will also participate in singing five Christmas songs along with other kids in the program. Q. What is the hardest rubberband bracelet that you have made? Do you use one or two looms at a time? A. I am working on a triple rubber band necklace for my mother. I usually use one loom.

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Recipes submitted by: Chef Whitney from Camelback Desert School

Chicken and wild rice soup

Ingredients : • 2 tablespoons olive oil • 1 small onion , diced • 1 teaspoon fr esh thyme • 4 cups hot wat er • 1 cup celery, diced • pepper

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Rito Lopez 1st Grader at Pima Elementary How long have you been a Junior Hoop Dancer? I’ve been hoop dancing since I was three years old. This is my second year competing in the junior category at the competition. Do you ever get nervous before performing in front of a crowd? I don’t really get nervous because I dance a lot.  How did you learn this type of dancing? I learned to hoop dance from my uncle. I have new designs I always am excited to show him. I can’t wait to dance with him.  Have you won any awards/trophies? I am the world champion youth hoop dancer for The Heard Museum. I also won first place for the Wa:k Pow Wow Hoop Dance contest in San Xavier. I also won first place at the Salt River High School talent show. I have two trophies.

Amber Guymon provided us with knowledgeable, professional and personal legal advice and guidance through a very difficult time. It was very nice to have all of our options provided in an easy to follow yet detailed presentation. It was, and continues to be, comforting to know that my family and I have someone available to help with any legal matters should the need arise again.

Rito with his Grandpa, Ken Duncan, and his Championship trophy at The Heard Museum.

How many shows have you performed? I don’t know how many shows I’ve danced in because I dance maybe three times a week. Usually, I dance with my grandma, uncles and mom at TSR (Talking Stick Resort), schools or events where I live.

Which one has been your favorite so far? My favorite place I danced at was in New Mexico for the cultural center. The older people were real nice to me and gave me hugs. One lady gave me a scarf because she liked my dancing. Z

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r. Tim Ham, Madison School District Superintendent, has been selected as Arizona’s Superintendent of the Year and will be the Arizona representative to the American Association of School Administrator’s (AASA) National Superintendent of the Year award selection committee. The award was presented during a luncheon at the Arizona School Boards Association/Arizona School Administrators Annual Conference at the Biltmore Conference Center on Thursday, December 12, 2013.

Dr. Ham initiated a “Systems Approach” when he joined the district as superintendent in July 2007 to focus on quality assurance and continuous improvement. Ham’s colleagues praise his leadership, citing his “effectiveness through seeking first to understand, ethical and moral conduct and leadership development.” “Working with Dr. Ham is like an internship in excellence,” said Jay Mann, Madison’s Director for Communications, “his transparency, ethics, deep questioning, and desire to develop others as leaders has a way of bringing out the best in all around him.” Ham’s leadership skills can be articulated best through his actions and results in achievement in the Madison Elementary School District. An urban district located in central Phoenix, Madison is comprised of eight schools serving nearly 6,000 students, with 45% of its population receiving free and reduced lunch. Madison has earned the distinction of being the only elementary district in Phoenix to be “A” rated by the Department of Education and is the first and only elementary district in Arizona to become “Internationally Accredited” through AdvancED. Z

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Financial Aid is meant to supplement your family’s ability to pay for college costs and eligibility will depend on your demonstrated financial need and other requirements. Most financial aid comes from the state and federal government and can consist of grants, loans, student employment, and scholarships to help meet a student’s cost of attendance. There are many factors affecting eligibility for financial aid. As a result, students should apply for financial aid every year, even if they don’t think they will qualify. Financial aid is available for full time as well as part time students.

The first step for everyone is to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), which is online at https://fafsa.ed.gov/. You’ll also want to be sure and submit any requested information to the SCC Financial Aid Office by the priority deadline in order to have your application reviewed before the tuition due date. Financial aid applications received after the deadline will still be considered for aid, but students will not receive their award letter until after the start of the semester. If you file after the priority date, you should be prepared to use your own funds to pay for tuition and fees prior to the tuition due date. You may opt to use the Payment Plan to hold your classes until your financial aid application can be processed.

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