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Nominations open for 2018 Coconino County Teacher of the Year, Rookie Teacher of the Year

| September 20, 2017
Nominations open for 2018 Coconino County Teacher of the Year, Rookie Teacher of the Year

Nominations for the Coconino County Teacher of the Year and Rookie Teacher of the Year (a teacher who started last year) are now open. You can find the nomination form at www.coconino.az.gov/1863/Celebrate

Anyone can nominate a teacher that they think is excellent.

The Coconino County Superintendent’s Office is committed to supporting and improving educator quality by creating conditions for teachers to flourish. This Recognition Event highlights exemplary teachers while initiating a new conversation around the foundation for a transformative educational system. If we truly want a world-class educational system, we must honor exceptional teachers.

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FACTS ‘Lights On’ Carnival adjusts, thrives at new location

| September 13, 2017
FACTS ‘Lights On’ Carnival adjusts, thrives at new location

A last-minute change of location due to the threat of rain didn’t dampen spirits of children and adults at the annual FACTS ‘Lights On’ Carnival held on Sept. 9.

Originally scheduled for Bushmaster Park, the carnival was relocated to the Commons at Sinagua Middle School. Vendors adjusted to their new location by setting up their carnival games, a climbing wall and other activities for children.

With the rain holding off, the Kiddie Caboose was able to offer families a quick spin in front of the school’s entrance.

The event celebrated the FACTS  (Family And Community for Students) after school program.

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Gov. Ducey gets word of his opponents’ school-voucher referendum win

| September 13, 2017
Gov. Ducey gets word of his opponents’ school-voucher referendum win

Gov. Doug Ducey was notified (Sept. 8) that foes of his school-voucher expansion law had qualified their referendum for the November 2018 ballot, where they will seek to undo the expansion. 

The state elections director announced the news on Twitter, and through an email to Beth Lewis, chairwoman of Save Our Schools Arizona. That group, a coalition of parents and public-school advocates, seeks to undo legislation that made all public school kids eligible for the school-voucher program, capping it at 30,000 by 2022.

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Nearly 50 Arizona superintendents sign letter in support of DACA

| September 13, 2017
Nearly 50 Arizona superintendents sign letter in support of DACA

Nearly 50 Arizona superintendents signed a letter in support of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program eliminated by President Donald Trump this week.

The letter from 48 superintendents claimed that a University of California-San Diego study showed the DACA program had helped eligible students in the state.

It also said the elimination of DACA would affect the state’s schools.

“Many of our employees are DACA recipients, from teachers to technology specialists,” it read. “We will have classrooms that need long-term substitutes, cafeterias that need cooks, sports teams that need coaches, and counseling centers that need counselors.

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Addressing the unique challenges of urban and rural schools

| September 13, 2017
Addressing the unique challenges of urban and rural schools

It shouldn’t matter whether a child walks three blocks, rides a bus for an hour or carpools with neighborhood kids to get to school. They should all have access to the best educational opportunities.

Here in Arizona, about half of our public school students are enrolled in urban schools, with the remaining youth split between suburban, small towns and rural areas. This geographic diversity can create wide disparities in how schools are able to deliver on their goal to prepare their students for the next step. We spoke with seven districts across the state to better understand how their location plays a role in their ability to educate Arizona students.

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CCC begins ‘express’ classes on Sept. 25

| September 13, 2017
CCC begins ‘express’ classes on Sept. 25

Coconino Community College is making education more convenient for working students by offering a new “express” semester of 12-week classes.

The classes, which begin on Sept. 25, cover the topics of art, biology, business, computer information, English and history. Among the classes are Art Appreciation (ART 100), Unity of Life (BIO 181), Business Communications (BUS 204), Introduction to Computer Information Systems (CIS 120), Systems Analysis and Design (CIS 202) Fundamentals of Composition (ENG 100) and Women of the American Southwest (HIS 298).

“These classes may be a great fit for late registrants or for working students who want the flexibility of evening or online classes,” said Dr. Gonzalo Perez, Associate Vice President of Innovative Learning Solutions. “These classes may also be good for those students who want to change classes at this late hour or add additional classes to their fall schedules.”

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LAUNCH Flagstaff presents Educational Film Series Sept. 15, 20

| September 13, 2017
LAUNCH Flagstaff presents Educational Film Series Sept. 15, 20

Through the month of September, LAUNCH Flagstaff will host a free educational documentary film series at the McGee Auditorium at Flagstaff Medical Center starting at 6:30 p.m.  Following each film, audience members will be able to participate in a panel discussion with local educational experts speaking to the issues in the film and their impact on students in Flagstaff.  Seating is limited and attendees will need to obtain their FREE tickets by reserving their seat to each film.

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FUSD aims for improvement with specific school plans. See more education stories here

| September 13, 2017
FUSD aims for improvement with specific school plans. See more education stories here

Flagstaff Unified School District teachers and principals have been working on a plan to improve AzMERIT scores at the district’s schools for the past year, said Robert Hagstrom, the director of research and assessment for Flagstaff Unified School District. And they’re about to release those plans to the public at the Sept. 26 FUSD Governing Board meeting. The district’s AzMERIT scores will also be discussed at the meeting.

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Williams area 4-H groups rack-up awards at Coconino County Fair

| September 13, 2017
Williams area 4-H groups rack-up awards at Coconino County Fair

Labor Day weekend is a time for relaxation, travel and visits with family and friends for many people, but for most northern Arizona 4-H groups, it marks the climax of the livestock season when they will show their animals at the Coconino County Fair.

After spending months feeding, grooming, and exercising their animals, local 4-H members made final preparations for the 68th annual Coconino County Fair Sept. 1-3.

For months, 4-H members in Williams, Parks and Valle put in countless hours raising market livestock for the fair. Once at the fair, the members competed against each other for the top place in one of several divisions — steer, hog, lamb, goat, turkey, fryer pen, rabbit fryer pen, and cavie.

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Ganado and Page teams top roster as cross country season kicks off

| September 13, 2017
Ganado and Page teams top roster as cross country season kicks off

POLACCA, Ariz. — Ganado High School won the girls’ cross country race and Page High School won the boys cross country race at the Hopi High Invite Aug. 29 at Bruin Stadium. 

Ganado won the girls race with 62 points, Flagstaff grabbed second with 108, Window Rock took third with 118, Tuba City finished fourth with 126 and host Hopi took fifth with 130.

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