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Posted: Sunday, January 24, 2010 2:34 pm | Updated: 3:55 am, Sat Oct 8, 2011.

College Goal Sunday will be held around the Valley 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Jan. 31. During the event, high school seniors, families, and returning adults enrolling in college for the 2010-11 academic year can receive free assistance to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

College financial aid form help set for Jan. 31

College Goal Sunday will be held around the Valley 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Jan. 31.

During the event, high school seniors, families, and returning adults enrolling in college for the 2010-11 academic year can receive free assistance to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

The FAFSA is the first step in applying for federal/state grants, loans and scholarships. More than 300 Arizona financial aid professionals volunteer to assist students and families with questions they may have about the FAFSA form or questions regarding the financial aid process.

East Valley locations include the Mesa Community College campus, Maricopa Workforce Connections in Gilbert and Arizona State University. To find a location go to www.collegegoalsunday.com.

E.V. Transition Fair is Tuesday

The sixth annual East Valley Transition Fair, featuring resources and information that assists students with disabilities with the transition to life after high school, is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday at Mesquite High School, 500 S. McQueen Road, Gilbert.

More than 50 vendors and agencies are expected to participate along with breakout sessions on various topics. Parents, students and teachers are invited to attend.

Information: (480) 982-1110, ext. 5349.

Public hearing on school boundaries is Thursday

The committee making boundary change recommendations for the Mesa Unified School District will hold a second public hearing 6 p.m. Thursday in the district’s governing board room, 549 N. Stapley Drive.

The public will be invited to see the proposed changes and make comment on them. The proposals are being made in light of the decision to close Powell Junior High School and turn Alma Elementary School into a Franklin campus, which uses open enrollment.

The committee — made up of 10 volunteer community members — will vote on the final recommendations to be presented to the governing board Feb. 5. The governing board will then vote on the changes. Information: www.mpsaz.org. or call (480) 472-0223.

District hosting swap meet Saturday

The Mesa Unified School District’s operations department will hold a swap meet Saturday and welcomes the public to set up a tables to turn items into cash.

Setup starts at 6 a.m., with sales from 7 a.m. to noon in the south parking lot at Mountain View High School, 2700 E. Brown Road. Spaces cost $10 in cash in advance or on sale day. For information, stop by the operations department at 555 S. Lewis or call (480) 472-6000.

Skyline girls to host 'Pink Out’

Mesa’s Skyline High School’s girls basketball team will hold its second “Pink Out” 7 p.m. Friday . Game Night for a Cure calls attention to cancer advocacy and awareness.

The event includes a silent auction and a survivor walk. Proceeds benefit Relay for Life and the Susan G. Komen Foundation. Information: (480) 472-9409.

Skyline band performs at Alamo Bowl

Under the direction of Trent Bender, the Skyline High Marching Band traveled to San Antonio, Texas, in December and performed in the halftime show at the 17th annual Valero Alamo Bowl between Michigan State and Texas Tech.

Franklin parent orientation is Monday

Parents of current Alma Elementary School students that wish to continue at the new Franklin program adopted by the governing board Jan. 12 are required to complete a Franklin-parent orientation.

The program includes a 20-minute DVD, two hours of classroom observation and meeting with a Franklin principal to help familiarize parents with the back-to-basics method used in Franklin schools.

There will be a Dobson Ranch Franklin information and preliminary registration meeting for parents at 7 p.m. Monday at Alma, 1313 W. Medina Ave. Parents not able to attend can visit one of the other four Franklin campuses to complete the orientation. Information: contact the school at (480) 472-3900.

Highland eighth-grader wins Spelling Bee

Ryan Lish, an eighth-grader at Highland Junior High School, won the Gilbert Unified School District’s Spelling Bee on Tuesday. His winning word was “dermatitis.”

Lish battled it out with more than 30 contestants in the third through eighth grades. Seven other Gilbert winners, including Lish, will advance to the Region 6 Spelling Bee competition Feb. 20 at the Queen Creek Performing Arts Center. The state finals will be in March.

San Tan first-grader wins Spelling Bee

San Tan Learning Center first-grader Maahi Ameer is the winner of the school’s first Spelling Bee. His winning word was “missile.”

The Gilbert school is a Montessori charter school for students pre-kindergarten through fifth grade. Maahi competed against four other winning contestants from second to fifth grade. He will also compete in the Region 6 Spelling Bee competition in Queen Creek.

Perry teacher cashes in on 'Wheel of Fortune’

Paige Otero, a Perry High School English teacher and men’s varsity volleyball coach, won $13,250 on “Wheel of Fortune” Wednesday.

Otero’s winnings include $7,200 cash and a week trip to Cabo San Lucas worth $6,050. She said she’ll take the trip in October during fall break.

“Oh my gosh! It was so much fun,” said Otero, 27, who lives in Chandler with her husband, two cats and two dogs. “It’s kind of bittersweet that it’s over.”

Otero tried out for the show in April during a Wheelmobile event in Scottsdale. Her “Wheel of Fortune” episode was filmed in October.

Kindergarten registration begins Monday

Kindergarten registration starts Monday in the Queen Creek, Gilbert and Mesa unified school districts. Contact a local school for more information.

Higley is accepting kindergarten registration now, although interested families are invited to a roundup on March 3 with an open house, meet-the-teacher night and tour of the campus planned at every Higley elementary school.

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 meet first for a 6 p.m. work study session to discuss the elementary five-day schedule pilot program. Board members will then meet for the 7 p.m. regular meeting, where they are expected to renew the assistant and associate superintendent contracts for the 2010-2011 school year.

For agenda items, visit www.gilbert.k12.az.us or call (480) 497-3300.

Event for students with disabilities set

East Valley school districts are joining forces to host the sixth annual East Valley Transition Fair from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday in the Mesquite High School cafeteria and auditorium, 500 S. McQueen Road, Gilbert.

The transition from high school to the real world can be a difficult and stressful time for many students, especially for those with disabilities. More than 400 students and families from around the East Valley will attend the transition fair to learn about services that are available once they leave high school. Everyone is welcome, and there is no need to pre-register.

Representatives from more than 50 organizations are gathering in one location to offer information and support to students with a range of disabilities. Vendors include local colleges and universities, government agencies, and local non-profit and for-profit organizations.

Information: (480) 497-3390.

Higley board to meet Thursday

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

The board will discuss budget issues in a 5:30 p.m. work study session. The regular meeting will begin at 6:30 p.m. For agenda items, visit www.husd.org or call (480) 279-7000.

Education briefs run on Sunday. To submit an item for Gilbert or 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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