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Posted: Saturday, January 2, 2010 5:37 pm | Updated: 3:49 am, Sat Oct 8, 2011.

Students will return to school Monday  in the Higley and Queen Creek unified school districts. School will resume Wednesday  in the Gilbert Unified School District. Classes resume Monday in the Mesa Unified School District after holiday break. Classes resume Tuesday in the Chandler Unified School District after holiday break. Teachers will hold an in-service day Monday.

Higley, Q.C. students return from break

Students will return to school Monday  in the Higley and Queen Creek unified school districts. School will resume Wednesday  in the Gilbert Unified School District.

Q.C. school board to meet Tuesday

The Queen Creek Unified School District governing board will meet at 6 p.m. Tuesday  at the district office, 20740 S. Ellsworth Road, Queen Creek. The first meeting of the year is an organizational meeting. The board is expected to decide who the year’s board president and vice president will be and when the board meetings will be held.

For agenda information, call (480) 987-5935 or www.qcusd.org.

Students return to classes Monday

Classes resume Monday in the Mesa Unified School District after holiday break.

School board to meet Jan. 12

 The next regular school board meeting for the Mesa Unified School District will be Jan. 12 at 549 N. Stapley Drive, Mesa. The board will hear public comment on proposed changes to the district. The board also is scheduled to vote on the recommendations at that time. For information, see www.mpsaz.org/future.

Students return to classes Tuesday

Classes resume Tuesday in the Chandler Unified School District after holiday break. Teachers will hold an in-service day Monday.

District seeks help from public

 The Chandler Unified School District seeks members of the community to serve on its citizens growth committee. The group will analyze the district’s current and future capital needs and make recommendations to the governing board. The first meeting is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Jan. 11. For more information or to volunteer to serve on the committee, call Chief Financial Officer Joel Wirth at (480) 812-7660.

Tours for career, technical education

Eighth-grade students in the Chandler Unified School District will get an opportunity to tour and view Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs at their home high school in January. CTE programs prepare students for work force success and continuous learning. Classes are currently offered in a number of areas, including agriscience, engineering, graphic design, nursing, photo imaging, sports medicine and drafting. Not all courses are available at all high schools. Tours will take place Jan. 11–15. More information regarding Chandler Unified School District CTE programs can be found at www.mychandlerschools.org.

Car raffle to help out education

The Chandler Education Foundation is selling tickets for its annual luxury car raffle. A red two-door, four-seat convertible 2010 Lexus IS250C is up for grabs with the purchase of a $20 ticket. The car is valued at $45,000 and is on display at Chandler Fashion Center. Raffle tickets are $20 and can be purchased at the display on the upper level near the food court, at any school or online at www.ChandlerEdFoundation.org

Students return to classes Monday

Classes resume Monday in the Apache Junction Unified School District after holiday break.

Dream up toothbrush for contest

 Second- through fifth-graders are invited to dream up a toothbrush in the “Be a Dental Inventor” contest. The fourth-annual toothbrush design contest celebrates National Children’s Dental Health Month in February. Kids are being asked to submit a drawing of their fantasy toothbrush and briefly explain why they think it will appeal to other kids. The first-prize winner and a parent or guardian will win a trip to Buena Park, Calif., where they will visit the Dr. Fresh headquarters, and enjoy a day at Disneyland. The winner will also receive a $500 U.S. Savings Bond. The deadline is Jan. 24. Information: www.drfresh.com.

Reduce, reuse, recycle for video 

 The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is sponsoring a video contest that challenges filmmakers and students to produce short, creative videos that highlight the “Three R’s” of individual consumption: reduce, reuse, recycle. The EPA expects to award cash prizes up to $2,500 and will accept video submissions through Feb. 16. Entries should be 30 to 60 seconds and promote steps that individuals and organizations can take to minimize negative environmental impacts within their communities, and should include the topics of reducing and reusing, recycling, composting and consumption and its effect on the environmental footprint. For more information on the “Our Planet, Our Stuff, Our Choice” contest, visit http://bit.ly/5vh1gw.

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

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