District board OKs boundary changes
The Chandler Unified School District’s governing board approved boundary changes Wednesday for students who live in the southeastern part of the district. The changes affect incoming students who would have attended Ryan Elementary School. Ryan currently has 1,050 students. Nearby Haley and Patterson elementary schools, which both opened in 2008, have less than 500 students. New enrollees in the square mile bounded by Queen Creek, Gilbert, Ocotillo and Cooper roads will now enroll at Haley Elementary School. New enrollees in the square mile bounded by Chandler Heights, Higley, Riggs and Greenfield roads will now enroll at Patterson Elementary School. Busing is provided. Information: (480) 812-7610.
CTA-Goodman offers campus tours
CTA-Goodman Elementary School, 2600 W. Knox Road, will hold tours of the campus at 3:15 p.m. on Thursday and March 4. Call the school office at (480) 812-6900 to sign up for a tour. Registration for the 2010-11 school year has begun. Kindergarten registration runs through Feb. 26.
Seton Catholic students donate $5K
Students at Chandler’s Seton Catholic Preparatory High School recently raised $5,000 to present to St. Vincent de Paul for its Shifting Gears Ministry Program. The fundraising effort included a 5K walk-a-thon. The Society of St. Vincent de Paul is an international nonprofit organization dedicated to serving the poor and providing others with the opportunity to serve.
Skyline students receive 17 DECA honors
Students in the Distributive Education Clubs of America (DECA) chapter at Mesa’s Skyline High School recently received 17 honors at the regional competition at Mesa Community College. There were more than 600 students at the event from high schools throughout the East Valley. The club provides activities to help students develop their marketing skills.
District 5th-graders take part in Walk On!
Fifth-graders in the Mesa Unified School District are participating in the Walk On! Challenge. It is a monthlong effort to get kids moving at least 60 minutes a day. Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona is sponsoring the program, which it designed and released in 2006 to address childhood obesity.
Students send thanks to VA patients, staff
Students at Mesa’s Salk Elementary School created Valentine’s Day artwork and letters of appreciation for the residents and staff at the VA hospital in Phoenix recently. About 90 fourth-graders participated in the project under the direction of teacher Janine Stanley. “The children want to wish the patients well and recognize them for their sacrifice and dedication to our country,” said Stanley, who is also a veteran.
Rep. Mitchell to praise MCC program
U.S. Rep. Harry Mitchell plans to recognize a program Tuesday that helps students achieve educational goals. At 10 a.m. Tuesday at Mesa Community College’s amphitheater, Mitchell will join students, educators, business leaders and nonprofit representatives to discuss Fast Tracking the Dream. In the program, students deposit earned income into Individual Development Accounts that can then be matched by federal and community dollars. The community dollars are donated by the nonprofits and the private sector. Students can accumulate up to $4,000 total, which is enough to pay for an associate degree at Mesa Community College.
February’s ACT newsletter available
The February edition of the ACT Parent Newsletter is now available online. ACT’s free monthly publication provides help and answers to parents of middle and high school students. In this month’s edition, parents will learn six strategies to prepare their teens for the ACT. In addition, the newsletter offers 18 questions parents can ask to learn more about college financial aid for their children.
Apache Junction, Chandler and Mesa school briefs are compiled by education reporter Michelle Reese. Contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org or (480) 898-6549.