The Queen Creek Unified School District governing board will meet Tuesday at the district office, 20740 S. Ellsworth Road, Queen Creek. The board will meet for a 4:30 p.m. public study session followed by a 6 p.m. board meeting.
Board members will continue discussing the superintendent’s contract in a closed session, and may approve it during the regular board meeting.
Principals will also talk about how the first week of school went at their schools.
For agenda information, call (480) 987-5935 or visit www.qcusd.org.
Higley schools to hold orientations
Higley Unified School District schools will have orientations or meet the teacher nights this week, many on Friday , to prepare students for the first day of classes on Aug. 10.
Students and their families will get the chance to tour the campus, learn about clubs and activities, and meet the school’s teachers and administrators.
Some of the events being held:
• Higley High School will host a freshman orientation from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. and an open house from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Friday at the school, 4068 E. Pecos Road, Gilbert. Higley High will also host a new student orientation from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday .
• Gateway Pointe Elementary School will host a Meet the Teacher Night from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Friday at the school, 2069 S. Delatorre Drive, Gilbert. Parents can support the Parent Teacher Organization and give a gift for their child’s teacher by buying a ream of paper and markers for $5.
• Cortina Elementary School will host a “Welcome to the Jungle” ice cream social from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Friday at the school, 19680 S. 188th St., Queen Creek. The school will also host a Meet and Mingle with the New Principals from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday.
• Power Ranch Elementary School will host a Meet the Teacher Night from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Friday at the school, 4351 S. Ranch House Parkway, Gilbert.
For more information, call (480) 279-7000 or visit www.husd.org.
Free immunizations available
Free immunizations are available to children 18 years old and younger who live in Gilbert and surrounding communities. The Town of Gilbert Back to School Immunization Clinic will be 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Friday at the Gilbert Community Education Center, 6839 E. Guadalupe Road, Mesa.
The clinic is sponsored by Catholic Healthcare West’s Chandler Regional Medical Center and Mercy Gilbert Medical Center’s Community Wellness Department in partnership with the Gilbert Fire Department.
Parents are asked to bring shot records.
For more information, call Susan Ohton at (480) 728-3798, or the immunization hotline at (480) 728-3777.
Clean air essay contest opens
The Maricopa County Air Quality Department seeks junior high and high school students to participate in its Clean Air Make More Essay Contest. The winner of the contest will receive a new laptop computer and a chance to read their essay at an air quality conference on Oct. 20.
The theme of the essay is, “What air pollution means to me and why I think air quality is important.” The essay must be 2,000 words or less and should be personal and honest.
Students can write about their personal experiences, effects on family and friends, or an impact they have had in their school or community.
The deadline is Sept. 15. Essays should be submitted to firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information, visit www.cleanairmakemore.com/essay-contest.html.
A.J., Mesa schools start Aug. 12
Classes start Aug. 12 in both the Mesa Unified and Apache Junction Unified school districts. Several schools will hold “meet the teacher” and “back to school” nights in the next week. For information, check your school’s Web site.
Seminar deals with college recruiting
The Apache Junction High School athletic department will sponsor a free seminar about college recruiting 7 p.m. Aug. 20. Former coach Jack Renkens will speak during the 60-minute presentation “The Realities of College Athletic Recruiting.”
Renkens is one of the top educational athletic speakers in the country and has been touring with his message for nearly 13 years. For more information, go to www.recruitingrealities.com or call (480) 982-1110, ext. 2324.
Free immunizations offered in Pinal
The Pinal County Health Department offers free immunizations 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday for children, birth through age 18. The office is located at 575 N. Idaho Road. Parents should bring immunization records with their children. For more information, call (866) 960-0633.
A.J. High School slates orientation
Freshman orientation will be 8 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. Saturday at Apache Junction High School, 2525 S. Ironwood Drive. Parents can accompany their children during the morning as they learn about the school and the campus. For information, call (480) 474-3980.
Fire department to give free shots
The Mesa Fire Department will hold a free immunization clinic for children birth through 18 years old, 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Aug. 12. The clinic will be held at 1105 E. Second Ave. Parents are asked to bring their children’s shot records.
Basketball league for 1st-8th grades
Mesa Unified School District will start a basketball league for youth in grades first through eighth this fall. The league will begin Sept. 12 and run through Nov. 7. Another session may be held next semester, said Steve Hogen, director of athletics for the district.
Registration still open for Kids Corner
Registration continues for the Mesa Unified School District’s before- and after-school program, Kids Corner. School begins Aug. 12. Kids Corner runs 6:30 a.m. to the start of school and after school until 6 p.m. Various sites may include morning and afternoon sessions or just afternoon sessions. For more information, see the district’s Web site at www2.mpsaz.org/ or call (480) 472-7250.
Catalog lists programs for youths
The Club CUSD catalog is available online for students in the Chandler Unified School District.
Several program options are available for youth in all grade levels, from the before-and-after-school care program called Kids Express to classes in basketball, art, karate, tennis and more. The 55-page handbook can be found at www.cusdcommunity.com. Activities have start dates throughout the district’s fall semester.
Chandler, Apache Junction and Mesa school briefs are compiled by education reporter Michelle Reese. Contact her at email@example.com or (480) 898-6549. Education briefs run on Sunday. To submit an item for Gilbert and Queen Creek schools, send the pertinent information to Hayley Ringle at firstname.lastname@example.org.