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Posted: Sunday, August 23, 2009 1:06 pm | Updated: 12:59 am, Sat Oct 8, 2011.

The Gilbert Unified School District governing board will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the district office, 140 S. Gilbert Road.The board will hear an analysis of AIMS test results, and possibly approve an agreement with the East Valley Institute of Technology, for technical education.

Gilbert school board meets Tuesday

The Gilbert Unified School District governing board will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the district office, 140 S. Gilbert Road.

The board will hear an analysis of AIMS test results, and possibly approve an agreement with the East Valley Institute of Technology, for technical education, and Project Lead the Way, for Campo Verde High School’s biomedical science program.

For more information, call (480) 497-3300 or visit

District recreation program launches

The Higley Unified School District recreation program is kicking off its 2009-10 season.

K-8 basketball will be offered at Power Ranch Elementary School and Higley High School from Sept. 5 through Oct. 10. A parent meeting will be 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at Power Ranch Elementary, 4351 S. Ranch House Parkway, Gilbert.

Adult coed volleyball will be offered at Higley Elementary and Middle School from Sept. 22 through Oct. 6, and from Oct. 20 through Nov. 24.

The district will also offer flag football, soccer, baseball, track and third- through eighth-grade volleyball.

The cost has been lowered this year to $50. The deadline to enroll to avoid the $10 late fee is 4:30 p.m. Tuesday .

To register and to make an online payment, visit or the district office, 2935 S. Recker Road, Gilbert.

For more information, call (480) 279-7000.

Combs dedication, 1st home game

Combs High School will host a dedication ceremony and its first home football game at 5 p.m. Thursday at the school, 2505 E. Germann Road, San Tan Valley.

Voters approved $48 million in bonds in November 2006 to build the first high school in the J.O. Combs Unified School District. Construction began in November 2007, and was completed in July. The school opened on Aug. 3 with 881 students.

Festivities will include campus tours given by the student council. A dedication ceremony in the gymnasium will feature a performance by the school’s band, a ribbon-cutting and guest speakers.

The football game will begin at 7 p.m.

For more information, call (480) 882-3540.

Higley school board meets Thursday

The Higley Unified School District governing board will meet 6:30 p.m. Thursday at the district office, 2935 S. Recker Road, Gilbert.

For agenda information, call (480) 279-7000 or visit

Young Explorers season to kick off

The Higley Unified School District Community Education Program is offering the first session of the 2009-2010 Young Explorers Season. Classes will begin Aug. 31. The enrollment deadline is Friday .

The program allows students to take part in after-school enrichment classes at all of the district’s K-8 schools. Costs range from $50 to $99.

New partners to this year’s Explorer Program include Simply Impressive Cooking and NRG Cheerleading and Dance Company.

Continuing partnerships include Young Rembrandts, Chess Emporium, Mindlab Strategic Thinking Games and William D. Brown, PTR Professional, who offers tennis lessons.

For more information, call (480) 279-7034 or visit

Testing for gifted students

Testing for gifted Higley Unified School District students in the third through eighth grades will be 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Saturday at Centennial Elementary School, 3507 S. Ranch House Parkway, Gilbert. Registration is 8:30 a.m. to 8:50 a.m.

Parents interested in having their child tested should complete a “Parent Consent for Evaluation” and “Parent Gifted Screening” form, available at all district schools. The forms should be returned to the school’s gifted specialist before the testing day.

The district uses the Cognitive Abilities Test, which is a state-approved test for gifted evaluation.

For more information, call (480) 279-7000.

Higley band to play at D-Backs

Thirty students from Higley High School’s marching band will perform before the Arizona Diamondbacks game on Saturday . The Diamondbacks will play the Houston Astros at 5:10 p.m. After the game, country group Montgomery Gentry will perform, and there will be fireworks.

The Higley Instrumental Association sold 200 tickets to the game to raise money for the music department.

Gilbert offers bus stop info

The Gilbert Unified School District has a new online program this school year that posts bus stop information.

Using a program developed by Education Logistics Inc., bus stop information for Gilbert schools can be seen by typing in a street address, at

The district’s transportation department has also added a new phone system to help better answer the high volume of calls received at the start of each school year.

For more information, call (480) 497-3311.

Golf tourney to help school

A fundraising golf tournament to benefit the athletics and arts departments at Poston Butte High School will be 6:30 a.m. Sept. 12 at The Golf Club at Johnson Ranch, 30761 N. Golf Club Drive, San Tan Valley.

Costs are $80 or $300 for a foursome. The goal is to raise $10,000 for the school, which opened July 20 and is the second high school in the Florence Unified School District.

The community event will also feature bounce houses, music, food, a helicopter ball drop, raffles, prizes and a silent auction.

For more information, call (602) 443-0073 or visit

Fresh & Easy helps out schools

Fresh & Easy Neighborhood Markets are helping East Valley schools raise funds again this year. Registered schools will be eligible to receive a $1 cash donation for every $20 spent at a local Fresh & Easy store. Fresh & Easy will award the top fundraising school in each state a $5,000 bonus.

All eligible schools with students in kindergarten through eighth grade within a three-mile radius of a Fresh & Easy store can participate. This year’s Shop for Schools program runs Sept. 15 through Dec. 31. Schools must register by Oct. 1. For more information, see

A.J. school board meets Tuesday

The Apache Junction Unified School District governing board will meet at 1 p.m. Tuesday at the District Administrative Center, 1575 W. Southern Ave. The meeting includes an update on student enrollment and information on the district’s planned override election.

Students to perform Shakespeare parodies

Students from the summer drama class at Apache Junction High School will present the parody “The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged)” by Adam Long, Daniel Singer and Jess Winfield Sept. 1-2. On Sept. 2-3, the students will present “Hamlette,” a parody of “Hamlet,” and “11 Variations on Friar John’s Failure,” a parody of “Romeo and Juliet.”

The school is at 2525 S. Ironwood Drive. Tickets for all shows, which start at 7 p.m., are $5 for students and senior citizens and $6 for adults. Tickets are available at the door.

100% Awareness Campaign kicks off

The Chandler Education Foundation has launched its 100% Awareness Campaign. Last year, when district students, parents and staff each pitched in one dollar, more than $70,000 was raised to bring fun educational projects to Chandler classrooms. Collections end Friday .

Teachers can apply by Sept. 1 to be eligible for the grants. The application is available at each school or can be printed from For more information or to make a donation, call (480) 224-3030 or e-mail

Tourney to raise scholarship funds

The Chandler Education Foundation will host its eighth annual golf tournament fundraiser Sept. 11 at the Whirlwind Golf Club, 5692 W. North Loop Road. Tournament proceeds benefit CEF’S VISION: CollegeBound scholarship program for high school students. The tournament begins at 7:30 a.m.

Raffle items and donations are still being accepted. To register as a sponsor or to make a donation, contact the foundation at (480) 224-3030 or visit

Chandler school board to meet Wednesday

The Chandler Unified School District governing board on Wednesday will hold a study session at 5 p.m. and a regular meeting at 7 p.m. The board meets at the district administration office, 1525 W. Frye Road.

The agenda includes a vote on a cellular tower at Bogle Junior High School and a presentation of the district’s School Facilities Board report. For information, call (480) 812-7650.

Sports star to emcee Seton event

Terry Kennedy, of Catholic Athletes for Christ, will be the emcee at Chandler’s Seton After Dark Annual Dinner Auction in February. Kennedy is a former All-Star Major League Baseball catcher who played for the St. Louis Cardinals (1978-80), San Diego Padres (1981-86), Baltimore Orioles (1987-88) and San Francisco Giants (1989-91).

After his playing days, Kennedy managed, coached and instructed in the minor leagues for the St. Louis Cardinals, Montreal Expos, Seattle Mariners, Chicago Cubs and the L.A. Dodgers. Kennedy was voted Manager of the Year twice, including Baseball America Manager of the Year in 1998 when he led the Iowa Cubs to a first-place finish. For information on the event at Seton Catholic High School, 1150 N. Dobson Road, call Becky Sanchez at (480) 963-1900, ext. 2006, or e-mail

Raffle to raise money for China trip

Students in the music program at Mesa’s Dobson High School are raising funds to travel next summer to the 2010 World Expo in China. Ticket sales start Friday for a raffle. Tickets cost $2.

Prizes include an autographed Larry Fitzgerald Arizona Cardinals jersey, two suite tickets to a Phoenix Suns game and a grand prize of a one-week timeshare in Hawaii, including round-trip airfare, during spring break in March 2010. See any band student, or call Brenda Hacker, Dobson Band Parents Association president, at (480) 612-5846.

Rhodes to hold World Expo

Mesa’s Rhodes Junior High World Studies Academy will hold a schoolwide World Expo Thursday and Friday . Classrooms, converted into Country Pavilions, will showcase foods, sports, sustainability issues, culture and geopolitical connections to the U.S. of more than 50 different countries. Students will fill in interactive passports as they tour pavilions. The event is patterned after the real World Expo, which is set to open May 1 in Shanghai, China.

Mesa school board meets Tuesday

The Mesa Unified School District governing board will meet 5:30 p.m. Tuesday in an executive session, followed by a study session and a regular meeting at 7 p.m. The study session will include an update on district priority projects and a discussion on potential advertising on district vehicles. The board meets at 549 N. Stapley Drive.

Education briefs run on Sunday. To submit an item for Gilbert and Queen Creek schools, send information to Apache Junction, Chandler and Mesa school briefs are compiled by education reporter Michelle Reese. Contact her at or (480) 898-6549.

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