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Prescott High senior finds time for church, nursing home job and fun as graduation approaches

| February 14, 2018
Prescott High senior finds time for church, nursing home job and fun as graduation approaches

Elena Aragon is a Prescott High School senior who thrives on a crowded schedule.

“I’m an expert at juggling a lot of things,” she said on a recent afternoon as she prepared to teach a weekly first-communion class for Spanish-speaking students.

Although her schedule is full, she doesn’t complain.

In her second semester as a high school senior, she is taking a full load of college-level courses and involved in lots of senior activities and attending college-preparatory events. She is also a regular at Sacred Heart Roman Catholic Church, busy there two or three days a week with various ministries, including teaching a first-communion class to Spanish-speaking students, serving as a Eucharistic lay minister and in charge of the altar servers.

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PUSD to undergo district-wide accreditation process next month

| January 17, 2018
PUSD to undergo district-wide accreditation process next month

Prescott Unified School District will have some special guests touring its schools next month.

The six visitors are national educational professionals who will be chatting with teachers, administrators, parents and students about everything from what they think about the food in the cafeteria to the protocols for college placement courses and teaching little ones to read.

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Charter advocates hail need of educational choice. See related stories here

| January 10, 2018
Charter advocates hail need of educational choice. See related stories here

Some recent state and national criticism of charter schools is deemed by charter leaders and advocates to be an unfair portrayal of an educational choice many families are eager to obtain.

They are adamant their financial and admission practices are well within the law, and records of academic success are not mere boasts.

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School district gets the holiday spirit: Family Resource Center provides gifts to 90 children

| December 27, 2017
School district gets the holiday spirit: Family Resource Center provides gifts to 90 children

For Lucy Hernandez and her three children, the Family Resource Center of the Prescott Unified School District is enabling them to have a true holiday celebration thanks to a gift distribution that will benefit some 90 children.

The center arranged a celebratory event at their new headquarters in the former Washington School that included hot chocolate and cookies and a resource fair with several local non-profit agencies, including Expect More Arizona, the United Way of Yavapai County and Yavapai Big Brothers Big Sisters.

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Superintendent’s Report: Argument for early childhood education

| September 20, 2017
Superintendent’s Report: Argument for early childhood education

In the world of education, early childhood education (ECE) is a hot topic that many people are discussing. ECE serves children ages 3 and 4 with the goal of improving children’s cognitive and behavioral development. Ninety percent of a child’s brain develops by the age of 5 and the belief is that ECE provides the boost to prepare children to be better learners in the future.

Quality ECE programs are required to focus on reading and number skills, cognitive development and motor skills. Programs can also supplement instruction with recreation, meals, health care, parent education and social services.

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Donations fill school district gaps: Prescott Unified leaders grateful for donations as lean budgets continue to be Arizona’s educational legacy. More education stories here

| July 26, 2017
Donations fill school district gaps: Prescott Unified leaders grateful for donations as lean budgets continue to be Arizona’s educational legacy. More education stories here

The only way Prescott High School will have a full-time school resource officer on its campus next year is if a community benefactor opts to cover the cost of the contract that is about $83,000 for the year.

Prescott Unified Schools Superintendent Joe Howard would love to have someone save that position because he knows it is needed. He commends the city of Prescott for picking up the expense for more than a dozen years.

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‘Talk, talk, talk’ is key to avoiding summer ‘brain drain.’ Please see related stories

| June 14, 2017
‘Talk, talk, talk’ is key to avoiding summer ‘brain drain.’ Please see related stories

Summertime is synonymous with fun — no homework, no tests, no essays and no math formulas.

Such fun, though, can prompt what some educational professionals refer to as the “summer brain drain,” a true phenomenon statistics suggest can lead students to forget as much as 20 percent of what they learned during the prior school year.

“People don’t realize how important the summer months are,” said Denise Murphy, the early literacy coordinator for Arizona Reads Now, a program of the Yavapai County Educational Service Agency.

So how do families combat this syndrome? 

With the same fun that children crave on their summer vacations, Murphy sand fellow educators said.

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Prescott ranked by national education magazine in top 100 best places for teachers to live

| June 14, 2017
Prescott ranked by national education magazine in top 100 best places for teachers to live

Prescott Unified School District has been ranked by a national educational magazine as one of the top 100 cities where teachers want to live.

Despite the state earning the lowest ranking on teacher salaries in the nation, Prescott is the one city in Arizona reported by Education Week. It is the 82nd most desirable place in the nation for a teacher to reside. The data analysis collected by GoodCall takes into account such things as crime, demographics, educational backgrounds of residents, and natural amenities.

Prescott was just one of 10 cities in the West to be highlighted.

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Financial Exploitation Workshops in Pinetop and Prescott

| June 13, 2016
Financial Exploitation Workshops in Pinetop and Prescott

World Elder Abuse Awareness Day is June 15th. Learn how to avoid becoming a victim of financial exploitation at 3 different locations around AZ.

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School officials to Gov. Ducey: Caution

| October 14, 2015
School officials to Gov. Ducey: Caution

Rural and northern Arizona education officials told members of Gov. Doug Ducey’s Classrooms First Council this past week to not let education reforms hurt local control of effective school programs.

The Classrooms First Council brought the meeting to Prescott as part of its public engagement plan, and during the group’s Thursday afternoon, Oct. 8, meeting heard from education professionals across the state, including several from northern and rural Arizona.

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