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When it comes to boys soccer, the East Valley is loaded in Division I, while Division II and III look to catch up and represent the Valley in the playoffs.
Downtown Mesa restaurants, or the lack thereof, are becoming a focal point as a couple of initiatives are moving to attract new eateries to the area. Getting more choices for food along the new light rail corridor is a popular goal among those concerned about the economic good of the sector.
You may not realize it, but there are actually two ways to receive your Medicare benefits.
Bob Newhart was nearly 30, still living with his parents in Chicago and working as an accountant, when he struck comic gold in 1960 with his first comedy album, “The Button-Down Mind of Bob Newhart.”
The Great Globe Project developed at the East Valley Institute of Technology is drawing crowds and fascinating young minds at the Arizona Science Center in Phoenix.
The Mesa Riverview area is getting a massive boost to its hospitality accommodations in the form of Starwood Hotels and Resorts’ Sheraton River View Hotel. The four-story, 160,000-plus-square-foot facility, directly adjacent to Cubs Park, will feature views of the park and easy access to games, allowing baseball fans to stay as close to the action as physically possible.
A Sierra Vista Republican will become the first House speaker from Southern Arizona in a quarter century.
Tuesday night’s election resulted in two school board members for the Gilbert Public Schools, one for the Higley Unified School District, and an additional Higley spot that remains up in the air.
Foothills Golf Group has announced a partnership with OB Sports Golf Management to take over maintenance for The Foothills Golf Club and Ahwatukee Country Club.
Hey Big Blue, what are we going to do? Yeah, I’m addressing you, proud members of the Arizona Democratic Party.
Education is one of the most critical components to a strong, growing economy. As a recently retired educator, I have seen firsthand the challenges facing our public schools, and these challenges result from a lack of dollars reaching our classrooms and mounting mandates burdening our teachers.
A recent guest editorial in this paper titled “Stand for Something or Fall for Anything” did not correctly represent the actions or the intent of multiple groups that support Jill Humpherys and Charlie Santa Cruz for the Gilbert School Board. We are taking this opportunity to share our passion for public education and support for Jill and Charlie with you.
LD 18 voters deserve the opportunity to cast an informed vote, but Jeff Dial is depriving voters of that opportunity by dodging ALL LD 18 Senate Debates, including the Clean Elections Debate. His opponent, Janie Hydrick, on the other hand, has appeared at the debate venues, and answered, at length, any and all questions from debate moderators and audience members. Her answers have shown her to be the candidate who embraces the moderate values of LD 18 residents.
LD 18 voters deserve the opportunity to cast an informed vote, but Jeff Dial is depriving voters of that opportunity by dodging all LD 18 Senate Debates, including the Clean Elections Debate. His opponent, Janie Hydrick, on the other hand, has appeared at the debate venues, and answered, at length, any and all questions from debate moderators and audience members. Her answers have shown her to be the candidate who embraces the moderate values of LD 18 residents.
Everyone knows the saying: “There’s no ‘I’ in ‘team.’” That’s never been truer than of Team Orthodontics, where the mission is simple: enhance patients’ lives in a positive and significant way. It’s a theme that runs through the veins of every Team Ortho employee.
‘Hieroglyph: Stories and Visions for a Better Future’ is the first anthology from Arizona State University’s Project Hieroglyph, which aims to reignite humanity’s grand ambitions for the future through the power of storytelling.
Throughout our nation’s history, our country has called upon America’s finest to defend the ideals we cherish so deeply. They come from all walks of life. They are fathers and mothers, brothers and sisters, sons and daughters. These men and women who serve in our armed forces have backgrounds as diverse as the nation they serve. But as diverse as they may be, they are united by a common courage and a common dedication that has driven them to answer the call to protect their nation and the liberty of their fellow citizens.
The NFL dedicates the month of October to breast cancer, donning pink hats, sweatbands, gloves and just about anything you can dye the color pink.
Q: Why are you running?
Residents in the Tempe Union High School District earnestly await every two years to see who’ll run for the governing board. This year, we have the refreshing entry of Veekas Shrivastava, with an astonishing grasp of what a 21st-century education must be in a district that achieves and expects excellence. With fierce faith in what public education can accomplish with vision and resources, Shrivastava has magnetism, an ear to listen and a robust appreciation that his own business successes can be traced back to his education in the Kyrene schools, McClintock High School where he was active in debate, then Arizona State University.
Q: Would you say your district is delivering quality services now and what, if any, changes would you make?
Q: Would you say your district is delivering quality services now and what, if any, changes would you make?
A: I attended a Tempe Union high school and have served the district as a community member. I can attest that we have an exemplary school district with fantastic educators but there is always room for improvement.
Young people are facing increased competition to succeed in the global economy. When I speak to college students and business leaders, both groups tell me that most graduates aren’t adequately prepared when they leave high school. That is why I’m particularly focused on better preparing our students to receive a relevant, 21st-century education that prepares them for college, career and life.
The skills that students will need in the 21st century include those that I have experience teaching in and out of the classroom like business skills, creativity, critical thinking and problem solving. By expanding opportunities to hone these skills in core classes, electives and extracurricular activities, we will better prepare our graduates to succeed.
Q: What is a school board’s role in terms of a district’s operation?
A: Much like a corporate board of directors, a school board should allow the superintendent and staff to oversee the day-to-day operations of the district. As a board member, my responsibility will be to establish a vision for 21st-century schools and broad policy framework that supports this objective.
My background managing financial databases will allow me to approve budgets that maximize student achievement while maintaining accountability with taxpayer dollars. I will focus on making strategic, long-term investments in technology, staff and infrastructure, and will pursue closer financial partnerships with the cities and other districts to save the taxpayers money.
I am also focused on creating compensation structures that attract and retain the highest-quality teachers, promoting a safe, healthy and inclusive academic community, and reducing ballooning class sizes throughout the district.
Q: With the decision to back away from the PARCC exam, what direction should the state take to monitor student achievement, and what can districts do to prepare for whatever comes from the state level?
A: To be clear, Arizona still may end up choosing the PARCC exam to replace AIMS testing. We withdrew from the consortium developing the test because state law requires that those determining which exam should be used are unbiased. I still believe that PARCC is the best available test because it was designed using evidence-based procedures to focus more on testing 21st-century skills like critical thinking rather than rote memorization. The associated costs are covered by the state Legislature and grants so they will not be passed down to the school districts.
Significant changes in schools require that the administration communicate with staff, students and parents in an open and clear manner. We also must provide adequate training and support during the transition process. Regardless of which test Arizona chooses, the Tempe Union will have to address these changes effectively.
Q: Given the recent funding cuts for school districts, what can districts do to save money and maintain academic standards?
A: We must make data-driven decisions that prioritize positive student outcomes when making budgetary decisions. We should not cut programs and classes that develop 21st-century skills that our graduates will need in college, career and life.
We are in a financial position to make strategic, long-term investments in technology and infrastructure. Tempe Union’s partnership with Chevron Energy Solutions, for example, gives us greater energy efficiency while providing 21st-century learning opportunities for our students.
We should also pursue partnerships with Kyrene and Tempe Elementary school districts to coordinate with transportation, warehousing and waste management instead of duplicating efforts. This will require the deep commitment to collaboration that I have practiced throughout my life.
Q: As state cuts become more steep, one area that can be affected is extracurricular activities, in particular athletics. Do you foresee cuts to athletics if these budget cuts continue?
A: World-class schools provide opportunities for students with diverse interests and talents to develop relevant, 21st-century skills.
For that reason, I do not foresee cuts to athletics. As a former high school swimmer and volleyball player, I know that participation in sports develops skills like teamwork, leadership and resilience, all of which serve our graduates well in college, career and life.
With that, the district must also ensure that we protect and promote other high-quality academic programs and extracurricular activities that develop students’ 21st-century skills. When I was a student at McClintock High School, the arts program and debate team made education relevant to my life and interests. I have also worked with young people and I have seen firsthand how their participation in robotics clubs and business clubs help them grow in their desired interest areas. This strengthens my belief that the extracurricular activities offered by our schools are integral in preparing students for their futures and must be responsibly protected in our budget.