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Posted: Saturday, May 2, 2009 3:34 pm | Updated: 2:11 am, Sat Oct 8, 2011.

Gilbert Unified School District’s annual Secondary Art Show is on display through May 14 during regular business hours at the district office, 140 S. Gilbert Road, Gilbert.


Gilbert Unified District art show opens

Gilbert Unified School District’s annual Secondary Art Show is on display through May 14 during regular business hours at the district office, 140 S. Gilbert Road, Gilbert.

The show features student artwork from a variety of mediums, including drawing, painting, metals, ceramics, traditional and digital photography and graphic arts. The artwork is from students in Gilbert district junior high and high schools.

District art teachers will judge the artwork and select Best of Show honors, which will be announced at the junior high and high school show openings. The high school opening will be from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Monday, and the junior high opening will be from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday, both at the district office.

Information and a link to a student artwork slide show can be seen on the district Web site,, under “Upcoming Events.”

For more information, e-mail

Cortina Elementary seeks donations for potluck, raffle

Cortina Elementary School’s Parent Teacher Organization is seeking raffle items and potluck dishes for this week’s Teacher and Staff Appreciation Week. Cortina, which is in the Higley Unified School District, is in Queen Creek.

There will be daily raffles for staff to win gift cards and prizes and two meals planned throughout the week. A fiesta lunch will be Thursday and a transcontinental breakfast on Friday.

For more information, call (480) 279-7800 or e-mail

Q.C. Unified board to discuss new start times

The Queen Creek Unified School District governing board will discuss new start times for the upcoming school year at the 6 p.m. Tuesday board meeting at the district office, 20435 S. Ellsworth Road, Queen Creek.

The 4:30 p.m. study session will include a presentation on the A-plus rating for Queen Creek High School, and a presentation about the programs at the Family Resource Center.

The 6 p.m. regular meeting will have board members possibly adopting the revised annual district budget, along with discussions on the start times.

Information: (480) 987-5935 or

Coolidge Unified to hold arts fair

In conjunction with the National Park Service, Coolidge Unified School District will host its first all-district arts fair, Arts Grande.

The fair will be from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at the Casa Grande Ruins, 1100 W. Ruins Drive, Coolidge.

Arts Grande will feature kindergarten to 12th-grade student art, musical performances and dance performances from the district’s seven schools in the Queen Creek area, Coolidge, Casa Grande and Florence. In the late afternoon, members of the district’s fine arts faculty will also perform.

Admission to the ruins is $5 for visitors ages 16 and older. Those 15 and younger are free.

For more information, call Kevin Eberle, music teacher at San Tan Foothills High School, (480) 474-6816.

Finley Farms Elementary raises $4,800 for charity

The Finley Farms Elementary community raised $4,800 for Relay for Life and the fight against cancer.

The school’s Service and Student Council clubs sponsored the fourth annual Mini-Relay on April 17. Students learned about cancer prevention and walked laps in support of those fighting the disease.

Students and staff also hosted a Papa John’s fundraiser night, sold pickles and bracelets, and had a movie night, penny drive and teacher talent show.


Registration begins for Early Learning Preschool

Registration is under way for the Mesa Early Learning Preschool. The program is free for children who turn 4 years old by Aug. 31 if they live within Mesa Public Schools boundaries and their families meet income guidelines.

There are classes at 18 public schools and in five private community locations. Registration is open 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at two locations: Wednesday at the East University Church of God, 6630 E. University, Mesa and May 13 at Lowell Elementary, 920 E. Broadway Road, Mesa.

Parents should bring a certified copy of the child’s birth certificate, the immunization record, a document showing proof of residence and a document that verifies monthly income. For detailed information on registration requirements, income guidelines and locations, log on to or call (480) 472-0378.

Free immunizations offered around Mesa

Free immunizations are being offered around Mesa. Times and locations are: 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and 1:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday at A New Leaf, 635 E. Broadway Road; 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. the second Wednesday of each month at Mesa Fire Department No. 2, 830 S. Stapley Drive; 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Monday and Wednesday and 7 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Thursday and Friday at East Valley Vaccination and Examination, 110 S. Mesa Drive.

Pilgrim Lutheran students honored for handwriting

Several students from Mesa’s Pilgrim Lutheran School are being honored by a national handwriting competition. The students were judged from among 200,000 entries. Winners are: Jordan White, Armando Nez, William Knight, Jordan McCory and Emily Neeb.

Guerrero Elementary planning Fiesta De Mayo Celebration

Guerrero Elementary School is planning its Fiesta De Mayo Celebration 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Friday at the school, 463 S. Alma School Road. The event is sponsored by Fiesta Mall and Westcor. The event will include food, face painting, music and entertainment. Music will be provided by students, Mariachi Viva, Los Maestros Machos & Company and Guerrero’s DJ Wilson. The event is open to the community.


Registration under way for summer programs

Registration is under way for summer programs in the Chandler Unified School District. Elementary academic programs, as well as summer camps, science camp, dance classes, language classes and more are being offered. Junior high students can also take advantage of an academic program and high school students can earn credits. Programs begin June 8 and are being offered at a variety of locations around the district. For information, see

Conley class wins stock market game

A team of students from Sarah Robbins’ third-grade class at Chandler’s Conley Elementary School has beaten 183 teams in the Arizona Stock Market Game. Another team placed fifth in their age division and 13th overall. The awards ceremony will be held May 12 at Chase Field.

Basha High senior wins Dorrance Scholarship

Lauren Graham, a senior at Chandler’s Basha High School, is the school’s first Dorrance Scholarship recipient. The scholarship provides academic and financial support to Arizona’s first generation college students. The Arizona Community Foundation sponsors this scholarship and awards up to 25 each year to incoming freshmen at Arizona’s public universities.


Group pushes education platform

Focusing on the future of education in our state, Expect More Arizona, a new nonpolitical public-private partnership, is launching a multiyear effort to create a statewide movement of Arizonans who value education as Arizona’s top priority. The $2 million public awareness and engagement effort asks people to join the cause by going to

School briefs run on Sundays. To submit an item for Gilbert and Queen Creek schools, send the information to Hayley Ringle at To submit an item for Chandler and Mesa schools, send the information to Michelle Reese at

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