The Queen Creek Unified School District governing board is meeting Tuesday at the district office, 20435 S. Ellsworth Road, Queen Creek.
The board is expected to discuss increasing high school sports fees and decreasing coach stipends by a possible 10 percent.
Proposed athletic fees for Queen Creek High School for the upcoming school year may rise to $75 for football, and $50 for other sports per season, with a family maximum of $300 annually. The current cost to participate is $25 per sport per season, with a family maximum of $150 a year.
The board is also expected to possibly approve rehiring some teachers who were laid off last month on a “reduction in force” list.
Board members will first meet for a 4:30 p.m. study session that is open to the public, and continue to the 6 p.m. regular meeting.
Information: (480) 987-5935 or www.qcusd.org.
Mustang Singers to perform
Frances Brandon-Pickett Elementary School will host a chorus performance at 6 p.m. Thursday in the school’s multipurpose room, 22076 E. Village Loop Road, Queen Creek. The school’s Mustang Singers will perform.
Information: (480) 987-7421.
Higley High slates football camp
Future Higley High School Knights are invited to attend the 2009 Higley High School Football Camp 8 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. May 26-28 at the high school’s football field, 4068 E. Pecos Road, Gilbert. Incoming sixth- to ninth-graders can participate. The cost is $30 and is due by May 25.
The camp will be led by several coaches who have dozens of years of experience leading champion teams.
To register or for questions, call Nadine Brookman at (480) 882-2832 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Higley to hold music camp in June
Higley Unified School District hosts its second annual Higley Summer Music Camp 8 a.m. to noon June 8-26 at the Higley Center for the Performing Arts, 4132 E. Pecos Road, Gilbert.
Band students entering sixth to ninth grade, and orchestra students entering fourth to ninth grade, are invited.
Late registration is now under way. The cost is $150 for the first week, $275 for the first two weeks, or $375 for the entire three weeks.
There is also a $20 discount per sibling, per week.
Students without instruments are invited to the Instrument Tryout and Rental Day 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. June 6 at Higley High School.
For more information, call Tracy Moss at (480) 279-7192 or e-mail email@example.com.
Enroll now for Kids Club Summer Camp
Families can enroll their kindergartners through sixth-graders in the Kids Club Summer Camp. The camp will be May 26 through Aug. 5 at Power Ranch Elementary School, 4351 S. Ranch House Parkway, Gilbert. A “fantastic summer of fun” and field trips are promised.
Higley Unified School District employees, and camp siblings, receive a 15 percent discount.
To enroll, visit www.husd.org or come to Higley’s Community Education Office at the district’s offices, 2935 S. Recker Road, Gilbert.
Last days of school for Higley, Gilbert
The last day of school for the Higley Unified School District is Wednesday, and the last day for the Gilbert Unified School District is Thursday.
Higley district awards 9 teachers
The Higley Unified School District honored a teacher from each school at the district’s first Teacher of the Year dinner on May 13. The nine teachers received a granite apple award, a piece of artwork and a certificate.
The following were honored:
• Chaparral Elementary School — Mary Pallon, kindergarten
• Coronado Elementary School — Allison Kerivan, eighth-grade math teacher
• Cortina Elementary School — Donna Corsaro, seventh-grade language arts teacher
• Gateway Pointe Elementary School — Kristin Hemlock, first-grade teacher
• Higley Elementary and Middle School — Mike Levos, industrial arts and PE teacher
• Power Ranch Elementary School — Claudia Henze, literacy coach
• San Tan Elementary School — Daniel Brehony, fifth-grade teacher
• Higley High School — Jamie Valderrama, science teacher
• Williams Field High School — Leslie Jones, English teacher
Gilbert district lauds 3 employees
The Gilbert Education Foundation and Tempe Schools Federal Credit Union honored three exemplary Gilbert Unified School District employees at the annual Gilbert Education Foundation Spring Dinner on April 24.
Sherry Hornby, who works in the district’s curriculum department, won Support Staff of the Year.
Robert Allen, an English teacher at Highland High School, was named Educator of the Year.
Sheila Rogers, principal of Gilbert Elementary School, won Administrator of the Year.
Each winner received $500 and was nominated by co-workers.
For more information, visit www.gilberteducationfoundation.org.
Students honored for blood drive
Apache Junction High School students were honored last week in ceremonies at Chase Field prior to an Arizona Diamondbacks game for winning their division of the United Blood Services Arizona High School Blood Drive Challenge.
For the third year in a row, the students achieved the highest percentage of blood donation for a school in their size range. The blood drives are sponsored by the student council. On May 6, during the latest drive, there were 94 units of blood collected.
JROTC cadets earn top national award
For the fourth year in a row, the cadets in the National Junior Reserve Officer in Training unit at Apache Junction High School have been awarded the Distinguished Unit Status with Academic Honors. AJHS’ unit is one of only three in the state to earn this honor. Senior Naval Science Instructor Major William Parker said, “This is the very top award (national recognition) that an NJROTC school can receive. This qualified us for 'honor military school’ status under the law.”
Mercury teams with students to sell seats
Students at Chandler’s Ryan Elementary School are partnering with the Phoenix Mercury and Canine Companions for Independence (CCI) to compete against other WNBA teams to sell the most tickets to home games this season. The winning school gets a $25,000 learning center. Tickets are all lower level and are $10.
Information: (602) 379-7708.
Weinberg comes in second in book battle
Chandler’s Weinberg Elementary School won second place in Battle of the Books regional competition on Wednesday. The students, Erin Pellegrino, Nick Prickett and Ben Thornburg, competed against 100 other teams. In the contest, students read books and are tested on their knowledge of what they’ve read.
Meet the principal at Erie story time
Kindergarten students registered for the 2009-10 school year at Erie Elementary School in Chandler are invited to meet the principal during a special story time 12:30 p.m. May 19 in the media center, 1150 W Erie St. Parents can attend orientation at 6 p.m. that day at the school.
Erie students put on 'School House Rock’
Musical theater students at Chandler’s Erie Elementary School, 1150 W Erie St., will present “School House Rock Jr.” on Tuesday, May 26 with three shows: 9 a.m., 1:30 p.m. and 6 p.m. in the multipurpose room. Admission is free.
Basha student honored for dance arts
The National Honors Society for Dance Arts has recognized Chandler Unified School District’s Basha High School student Betty Turner as a 2009 honorable mention recipient in the National Honors Society for Dance Arts “Artistic Merit, Leadership, and Academic Achievement Award.”
Basha raises $25K for African school
Seniors at Chandler’s Basha High School have raised more than $25,000 to build a school in Africa through an organization called Build On. The efforts were spurred by student body president Zion Remple who visited Africa last summer.
Westwood High JROTC honored
The Junior ROTC at Mesa’s Westwood High School earned the Distinguished Unit Award from the U.S. Air Force. Instructors are Maj. Ed Greer and Chief Brian Shaffer.
Leisure World awards $1,000 scholarships
The Leisure World Lions Club will present $1,000 scholarships for outstanding service learning to Abby Wells and Tania Ramirez, Mesa High School; and Mariah Kohles and Jessica Davenport, Red Mountain High School.
Recognition for school counselors
This summer, three elementary school counselors — Jacelyn Brand, Irving Elementary School; Jeni Nye, Holmes Elementary School; and Christa Petersen, Alma Elementary School — will be recognized by the American School Counselor Association for a comprehensive data-driven counseling program and exemplary educational environment.
EVIT perfect attenders compete for car
The students at the East Valley Institute of Technology who have had perfect attendance for the entire school year will compete for a key that will start a convertible Chevrolet Cavalier. Only one of the keys will start the car on Monday and the person who has it will be the new owner.
Steve Marley, service director from Thoroughbred Chevrolet, serves on the EVIT Automotive Technology Advisory Committee. He donated the Cavalier to support the perfect attendance incentive at EVIT.
Education briefs run on Sunday. To submit an item for Queen Creek and Gilbert schools, e-mail the pertinent information to Hayley Ringle at firstname.lastname@example.org. Apache Junction, Chandler and Mesa school briefs are compiled by education reporter Michelle Reese. Contact her at email@example.com or (480) 898-6549.