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U.S. Olympian and 2008 Thunderbird High School graduate Georganne Moline is introduced by teacher Jonathan Parker to current Thunderbird High School students during a special Sept. 7 assembly (photo courtesy of GUHSD)

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Fresh & Easy Neighborhood Market has kicked off its fifth-annual Shop for Schools fundraising program. Shop for Schools is an easy way for parents, educators and the neighborhood to raise much-needed money for local schools. Through Dec. 31, participating schools will receive a $1 cash donation for every $20 Fresh & Easy receipt collected. Fresh & Easy also will award the top-fundraising school in Arizona with a $5,000 bonus. “Schools need ways to easily raise money now more than ever, which is why we’re bringing our Shop for Schools fundraising program back for the fifth time,” said Fresh & Easy CEO Tim Mason. “We’re proud to have donated $4 million to our local schools during a time when budgets continue being cut – and we’re looking forward to helping students and educators raise even more this year.” To learn more about Fresh & Easy’s Shop for Schools program, visit Become a fan of Fresh & Easy’s Shop for Schools program on Facebook at

GLENDALE UNION HIGH SCHOOL DISTRICT T-bird alum and U.S. Olympian visits campus U.S. Olympian Georganne Moline, fresh off a fifth-place finish in the 400-

meter hurdles at the London Games, made a special stop at her former high school in September. Thunderbird High School held an assembly on Sept. 7 to honor Moline and her stellar accomplishments, including running a personal best time in the 400-meter hurdles during the Olympics. The Arizona track star shared with students her journey to the Olympics and how being involved in sports and activities during high school helped her accomplish that goal. Moline was invited to visit Thunderbird High by T-bird track coach, Carl Riney.

MADISON ELEMENTARY SCHOOL DISTRICT Preschool scholarships available at select sites Partial scholarships are available for the fulltime preschool programs at Madison Camelview, Madison Heights, Madison Rose Lane and Madison Simis. The scholarships are income based through Quality First. Contact Michelle at 602-664-7956 for further information.

Two schools given ‘Rewards’ Madison Rose Lane and Madison No. 1 schools have been named “Reward” Schools by the Arizona Department of Education. Madison No. 1 was selected as a “high progress” school for achieving an AZ Learns label of “A,” showing above-

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Madison Simis student Sadie Fuentes works on her sketchbook centering on an IB concept (photo courtesy of the Madison District).

average growth for all students and above-average achievement and growth among bottom-quartile students. Rose Lane was selected as both a “high progress� and a “highest performing school� for meeting the same criteria as No. 1 as well as meeting the Annual Measurable Objectives (AMOs), achieving an AZ Learns label of “A,� and above-average achievement and growth among the bottom-quartile students.

Simis working on IB programs As an International Baccalaureate Candidate school, Madison Simis students are designing sketchbooks in art class centering on the various International Baccalaureate (IB) concepts, also known as key questions. For example, using the concept of change, students draw a transformation, such as a caterpillar to a butterfly. This project promotes IB’s inquirybased learning and helps teachers and students consider ways of thinking and learning about the world.

PHOENIX UNION HIGH SCHOOL DISTRICT Central High partners with Phoenix Suns A unique, education-based partnership between the Phoenix Suns and Central High School was launched last month at a student assembly Sept. 7. The partnership, “SunsCentral,� is the result of a $500,000 grant (over two years) that Phoenix Suns Charities

is donating to Central High School. The initiative aims to provide support services to struggling Central students to help keep them in school. The program will focus on four key factors that directly impact a student’s likelihood of staying in school: success in the classroom, attendance at school, mentoring and work-study. The Suns will deploy resources focused on each, in addition to sustaining a presence at CHS through facility improvements, volunteer hours and entertainment elements at school functions.

North High boasts excelling students North High School had 42 International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma candidates and 23 Certificate candidates in its senior class that graduated in May. The IB Diploma is the most difficult to attain. Candidates must take a battery of six subject area exams, complete an interdisciplinary course called Theory of Knowledge, prepare an extended essay reflecting independent research and complete at least 250 hours of CAS hours (extracurricular activities that can be categorized as creativity, action or service). According to research from 2011 IB Graduates from seven countries, having the IB Diploma or Certificate is a great advantage for post-secondary education. The average acceptance rate of Diploma Programme students into college is 22 percentage points higher than please see EXCELLING on page 30

PHOENIX COUNTRY DAY SCHOOL TRIVIA Which school accepted MORE THAN one graduate from the 58 students in the PCDS class of 2012?

A. B. C. D. E.

Columbia Cornell Duke Harvard MIT

F. G. H. I. J.

NYU U Penn USC Stanford Yale

Answer: All of the above. For a full list of college acceptances for the class of 2012, visit


OPEN HOUSE 2012: NOV. 4, 11 AM-1PM

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women of faith pursuing excellence

Xavier College Preparatory Roman Catholic High School

Open House Sunday, October 28 12:00 - 2:30

8th Grade Day Friday, October 26 9:30 - 12:30 Entrance Exam Saturday, January 12, 2013-7:30 a.m. Discover your talents. Discover your future. Discover you . 602-277-3772 4710 N 5th St. Phoenix 85012

Sister Joan Fitzgerald, BVM, Principal

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the average acceptance rate of the total population. The average SAT score of Diploma Programme candidates who responded is 1953. The average for Certificate candidates is 1794. The national average SAT score is 1500. Ninety-seven percent of respondents felt very well or well prepared for future studies, and 65 percent of Diploma students plan to study abroad during their university years. In addition, 51 percent intend to pursue a career in another country.

Florez receives four-year scholarship The Arizona Diamondbacks, in conjunction with the Helios Education Foundation and Arizona College Scholarship Foundation, on Aug. 11 introduced the first eight scholars who will receive four-year college scholarships. Among the eight was Nancy Florez, a senior at North High School. Flores will attend Arizona State University in the fall.

The announcement was made during a pre-game ceremony. Each of these students has participated in a college prep program, such as Be A Leader, ACE or Gear Up, and has demonstrated high academic achievement while overcoming personal obstacles, according to the Diamondbacks. The Arizona College Scholarship Foundation will continue to support these scholars via one-on-one mentoring and other career counseling.

WASHINGTON ELEMENTARY SCHOOL DISTRICT Walmart provides donations for comfort School buses in the Washington Elementary School District, which serves Phoenix and Glendale, transport more than 1,100 students with special needs to and from school every day. And while most days are uneventful, every now and then, a special-needs child requires extra comforting. A change in routine, a new driver, a fender-bender—a change or situation that might not impact most children can be an emergency or cause stress to

Celebrating the Journey Fifty Years of Educating Children Head to Soul

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Fall Festival


Friday, October 26 First United Methodist Church and the Weekday School will host the Fall Festival, a FREE event for the entire family! From 5 - 7 p.m. join us for: Games with Prizes and Candy Bounce House and Dunk Tank Food for Sale • Face Painting Trunk or Treating • Costumes Food from Boy Scout Troop #232 will be available for purchase at a great price. Where: On the grounds of First Church and the Weekday School located on the corner of Central and Missouri Avenues. For more Information contact Kelli at 602-263-5013

Antonio Mlynek, Washington Elementary School District transportation supervisor for Special Education, says three Walmart stores in Arizona donated $250 toward the purchase of stuffed animals for special-needs bus passengers (photo courtesy of WESD).

a special-needs child. Finding ways to comfort these students became a mission for Antonio Mlynek, Washington Elementary School District Special Education transportation supervisor, a mission to which several Walmart stores in Arizona responded. “I asked the store managers to help us obtain small stuffed animals that a child could cuddle for comfort,” explained Mlynek, “and three stores readily stepped up.” Walmart Stores 1417 (Prescott), 5190 and 2512 (both in north Phoenix) donated a total of $200 to assist with the purchase of stuffed animals. “We are so grateful for Walmart’s generosity and support of this project, and also the support of members of our Transportation Department family who have made this a priority,” Mlynek said. “A special thank you goes to Tracy Hertzog, a family member of two transportation employees, who has assisted with collecting stuffed animals. I would also like to thank Glenn Teille, a transportation employee, and his son Sean Plaum, who is active in the Boys Scouts of America and has chosen to collect stuffed animals for his Eagle Award Project.”

Parent University returns to WESD Hundreds of parents from throughout the Washington Elementary School District are expected to attend the third-annual Parent University

Saturday, Nov. 17, at Cholla Middle School, located at 3120 W. Cholla St. Parent University is a special half-day educational opportunity designed to please see PARENTS on page 32

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help parents and guardians assist their children with academics and behavior as well as provide important health and human service information and support. The first Parent University was held in January 2011. The free, daylong university will begin with breakfast. Parents will then attend an inspiring keynote address on bullying prevention by Nicole France Stanton, wife of Phoenix mayor Greg Stanton. Parents may take part in informative sessions on such topics as Common Core and language arts, nutrition, bullying, playing to learn at home (for parents of young children), managing difficult behaviors in young children, family health and safety and parenting for middle school success and beyond. Throughout the morning, guests will have the opportunity to visit the Community Resource room where numerous organizations will provide information helpful to parents and families in the community. For more information on Parent

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PRIVATE AND CHARTER SCHOOLS Ladensack signs letter of intent as a junior North Central resident Ellie Ladensack, a senior at Xavier High School, was the first Xavier volleyball player to not only commit but also sign a National Letter of Intent. Ladensack, who will play volleyball for Concordia University in Irvine, Calif., Ellie Ladensack signed on April 5, when she was still a junior. Seeking a smaller university to study nursing while remaining a student athlete led Ladensack to Concordia. The university set an unprecedented women’s volleyball record last year of 37-2, while not loosing a conference game. Dan Fisher, Concordia’s women’s volleyball coach, was named NAIA Coach of the Year.

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Xavier College Preparatory will host Arizona’s first-ever High School Mock Trial Expo on Saturday, Oct. 6, from 12 to 3 p.m. on Xavier’s campus. In partnership with other Valley high schools that currently participate in the Arizona High School Mock Trial Program, Xavier will host students, teachers and parents from Maricopa County who do not have mock trial programs at their schools. This student-to-student outreach event—set up as an Open House Information Fair replete with free information, free giveaways, free food, fun and plenty of neighborly friendliness—aims to tout the merits of Mock Trial, traditionally known as “The Intellectual Contact Sport.” All are welcome. The Xavier Mock Trial Team and its partner high-school mock-trial teams are endeavoring to educate the educational communities about a program whereby high school students learn about the law while practicing teamwork and trial advocacy. They then compete against other mock trial teams in a real court: Maricopa County

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Members of Xavier College Preparatory’s Mock Trial team confer during faux court proceedings (submitted photo).

Superior Court House for the Regional Tournament and the Sandra Day O’Connor Federal District Court for the State Championship.

All Saints’ sets Open Houses All Saints’ Episcopal Day School, 6300 N. Central Ave., has scheduled its annual series of fall and winter Admission Open Houses: Nov. 7, Dec. 5, and Jan. 23, 2013. All Open Houses begin at 9 a.m. in Manning Hall. Each event features campus tours lead by Parent Ambassadors with an opportunity to meet with admission officers and division heads. Reservations are suggested, but not required. Call 602274-4866, ext. 220. If your schedule does not permit you to attend an Open House, call to schedule an individual tour. Application materials for the 2013-2014 school year will be available after Oct. 1. For more information, visit

Midtown’s parents also are partners Midtown Primary School considers its parents a very important part of the educational partnership. The child, the parents, teachers and administrators all are part of the team that makes education come together for the student. In order to support the parent’s part of that team, Midtown has been offering weekly Quick Tips for parents, along with monthly parenting classes. Each weekly flier has a helpful hint, such as preventing discipline problems, creating more time for your children, the value of play, and discipline strategies. Parenting classes are offered on the

first Wednesday of each month at 2:50 p.m. Upcoming class topics will range from “Let’s Talk Testing” or “How to Help with Homework” to “Reality Parenting” and “Discipline 101.” The classes are open to the community. The next one takes place Oct. 3 in the school office, 4735 N. 19th Ave., located in the educational wings of Westminster Presbyterian Church. Call 602-265-5133 for details.

REDUCE YOUR TAXES AZ TAX CREDITS HELP CHILDREN ACHIEVE! Everyone likes to make a positive contribution. There are TWO ways you can benefit local children, maintain quality found in Osborn Schools AND reduce your taxes. Make a Tuition Tax Credit donation to any of Osborn's six schools. Donate up to $400 ($200 each if you file singly). Since it's a credit, not a deduction, it really will impact your taxes. Every dollar you donate reduces your Arizona taxes by the same amount.


Make a Tax Deductable donation to Osborn Educational Foundation (OEF), a 501(c)(3) that serves children in the Osborn School district. Securities are accepted. Consult your tax advisor if you have questions. z

You'll be supporting extra curricular activities and after-school programs that improve children’s achievement: After School Sports, Ballet (Encanto & Clarendon only), Field Trips, Music/ Arts, Character Education, Tutoring, etc. Donate online or complete the forms below. Checks must be postmarked before the Dec. 31 deadline.

Select school: Clarendon Encanto Longview Osborn Middle Solano

OSBORN SCHOOL DISTRICT TUITION TAX CREDIT Name: ________________________________________ Phone: ________________________ Address: ________________________________________________________________________ City: _______________________________ State: __________ Zip: _____________________ Program above (optional): ____________________________________________________ Mail this form with your y check to:

OSBORN SCHOOL DISTRICT, Attn. Tax Credit; 1226 W Osborn Rd. Phoenix, AZ 85013

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