Registration for the Gilbert Unified School District’s Kindergarten Prep program begins Tuesday.
Kindergarten Prep offers instruction from certified teachers who will help prepare 4-year-olds for kindergarten.
Registration is available at the district’s Community Education office, 6 839 E. Guadalupe Road, Mesa.
Information: (480) 892-9089.
Gilbert board to meet Tuesday
The Gilbert Unified School District governing board will meet Tuesday at the district office, 140 S. Gilbert Road, Gilbert.
The board will continue discussions on high school start times at a 6 p.m. work study session.
The 7 p.m. regular board meeting will be a board discussion of district renovation projects. The board is also expected to possibly approve and continue an agreement between the district and the East Valley Institute of Technology.
Information: (480) 497-3300 or www.gilbert.k12.az.us.
Higley board to meet Thursday
The Higley Unified School District governing board will meet at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at the district office, 2935 S. Recker Road, Gilbert. There will also be a 5:30 p.m. work study session on board goals. There were no other agenda items available before press time.
Information: (480) 279-7000 or www.husd.org.
Mesquite dinner concert Thursday
Mesquite High School music groups will present their annual dinner concert at 5:45 p.m. and 7:15 p.m. Thursday at the school, 500 S. McQueen Road, Gilbert. “Bellissimo!” which savors the sounds, scents and tastes of Italy, will be catered by Carrabba’s Italian Grill.
Guests will be treated to performances by the school’s Strolling Strings and Jazz Bands, and a silent auction and raffle will be held. Advance purchase tickets are $15 for adults and $12 for children 12 and under. Tickets are also available at the door. Proceeds will benefit Mesquite High School bands and orchestras.
Information: (480) 632 4750, ext. 1106.
Desert Ridge prom fashion show
Desert Ridge High School’s Family, Career and Community Leaders of America Fashion Club will host its annual Relay for Life Spring/Prom Fashion Show from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday in the high school’s auditorium, 10045 E. Madero Ave., Mesa.
Fashion show models will be students and staff. The intermediate dance class will perform with costumes made and designed by the fashion students, as well as fashions from local stores. Tickets are $3 and proceeds benefit the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life.
Information: (480) 984-8947, ext. 6028.
Queen Creek Spring Fling festival
Queen Creek Elementary School’s Parent Teacher Organization is hosting a Spring Fling festival from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday at the school, 23636 S. 204th St., Queen Creek.
There will be a silent auction, food and game booths and bouncers. Proceeds will be used to buy items such as classroom supplies, enrichment activities, playground equipment and Smart Boards.
Information: (480) 987-5920 or www.queencreekpto.org.
Q.C. garage sale to benefit employees
The Queen Creek Unified School District is hosting a garage sale from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at the Desert Mountain Elementary School parking lot, 22301 S. Hawes Road, Queen Creek. Spots can be reserved for $15. Registration proceeds will benefit the district’s Employee of the Month Awards program.
Information: (480) 987-5938.
Gilbert Tigerfest carnival Saturday
Gilbert Elementary School’s Parent Teacher Student Organization will host the annual Tigerfest carnival from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at the school, 175 W. Elliot Road, Gilbert. The carnival will feature food and game booths, a silent auction and a talent show.
Information: (480) 892-8624.
Harris Elementary spring carnival
Harris Elementary School’s Parent Teacher Student Organization will host its annual spring carnival from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the school, 1820 S. Harris Drive, Mesa. There will be games, rides and food booths.
Information: (480) 545-7060.
District votes on new superintendent
The Mesa Unified School District governing board is scheduled to vote Tuesday on whether to name associate superintendent Mike Cowan as the new leader for the 69,000-student district.
The item is on the agenda for the regular 7 p.m. meeting at the board room in the district’s curriculum services building, 549 N. Stapley Drive. Current superintendent Debra Duvall announced she will retire July 1. Cowan, 46, has been interviewed twice in closed door sessions with the governing board.
Career, technical education session
The Chandler Unified School District governing board will meet Wednesday, Feb. 25 at 1525 West Frye Road. A regular meeting will start at 7 p.m. with a study session on career and technical education and the Parent Information Resource Center (PIRC) at 5:15 p.m.
Hamilton High plans golf tournament
The first“Chip in for the Huskies, a golf tournament to raise funds for Hamilton High School and sponsored by the SunBird“Seniors,”will be held at noon, March 6. Registration deadline is Friday . The tournament will be held at the SunBird Golf Resort, 3240 S. Sunbird Blvd. The event is limited to 128 golfers. Entry fee is $35 and includes dinner. Registration forms are available at the pro shop. For information, call RuthAnne Hobbs, (480) 895-4116.
Perry High hosts Winter Guard competition
Chandler Unified School District’s Perry High School will host the 2009 Winter Guard International Phoenix Regional competition 9 a.m. Saturday at 1919 E. Queen Creek Road, Gilbert. Teams are coming from area schools as well as from Utah, Texas and California.
Preliminaries for the color guard and percussion competition will be held in the morning, with finals in the evening. Tickets cost $12 for the preliminaries, $15 for the finals and $22 for both events. For information, see www.wgi.org or for tickets, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Debt-free college scholarship announced
The Helios Education Foundation and the University of Arizona announced a scholarship opportunity for students this week.
The Arizona Assurance Scholars program is a no-loan scholarship program that will allow students to earn undergraduate degrees in four years, debt-free. The program is funded through a combination of public and private financial aid. The program covers college costs, including tuition, books and room and board for in-state students from families making $42,400 or less per year. For information, visit azassurance.org.
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