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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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Charter impact: Film highlights how private schools affect public. See related stories

| February 7, 2018
Charter impact: Film highlights how private schools affect public. See related stories

The schools featured in the documentary, “Backpack Full of Cash” — shown Monday, Feb. 5, at Prescott Mile High Middle School — were mainly in Philadelphia and New Jersey. But the film seemed to warn the hundreds who attended the showing locally of the effects that can result to public district schools from state funding of charter and private schools.

About 350 people viewed the film locally, shown by the Prescott Education Advocacy Council (PEAC).

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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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New reports criticize Arizona’s charter schools

| January 3, 2018
New reports criticize Arizona’s charter schools

Editor’s Note: This is a three-story package that reviews the history of charter schools in this state and region, and offers district and charter leaders views on how this is impacting education in our areas. The Grand Canyon Institute and American Civil Liberties Union-Arizona have recently released reports that suggest reform is necessary to assure that charters and districts are held to similar financial and admission criteria.

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Column: Give one of these 10 gifts to education, youth

| December 27, 2017
Column: Give one of these 10 gifts to education, youth

… I wish a present for every Arizona, Yavapai County, and Prescott-area student-age child at least one of the following gifts — which our leaders, politicians, administrators, teachers, parents, and neighbors must deliver. This is adapted from a recent essay, “Ten Perfect Gifts,” by Dick Foreman, president and CEO of the Arizona Business and Education Coalition.

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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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PUSD mentoring deemed ‘visionary.’ See more education stories here

| December 13, 2017
PUSD mentoring deemed ‘visionary.’ See more education stories here

Beyond pay, many teachers’ motivation for why they either stay or leave a school district has to do with the in and out-of-classroom supports they garner to help them succeed with students, according to local administrators.

Whether that encouragement comes from colleagues, job coaches, administrators, or even other educators, the impact on teacher retention can prove significant, said Prescott Unified Schools Director of Professional Development Kelli Bradstreet.

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Education advocacy rooted in promise to Nicaraguan boy: Prescott woman desires to make world better place for children

| November 29, 2017
Education advocacy rooted in promise to Nicaraguan boy: Prescott woman desires to make world better place for children

Ask Rosemary Agneesens if she has children and she will answer, “Thousands.”

A Franciscan nun for 24 years before she married and became an Arizona teacher, principal, community organizer and semi-retired education advocate with the Yavapai County Education Service Agency, the 69-year-old has no biological children. Yet she has devoted her life to offering educational opportunities to children and families, be they close to home or residing in a Third World village.

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Lots to be learned on road to college. See more education stories here

| November 1, 2017
Lots to be learned on road to college. See more education stories here

As the first generation of her family to be able to go to college, Prescott High School senior Elena Aragon is investing considerable time and effort in figuring out options that will suit her career goals and wallet.

On a Monday evening, more than five hours after her school day ended, Elena and fellow senior Tania Andrade joined with about a dozen parents, a couple attending with their children, to hear a program from a local lawyer and PHS parent, Mitch Padilla, titled “My College Roadmap — Finding the Best College for the Least Amount of Debt.”

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