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STEM Saturdays update for Feb. 9 — Celebrate Black History Month with STEM

| February 11, 2019
STEM Saturdays update for Feb. 9 — Celebrate Black History Month with STEM

February is Black History Month, the perfect time to celebrate the impact African-Americans have had in STEM fields. Ozobot developed a list of 14 STEAM Classroom [or Afterschool!] Activities to Celebrate Black History Month, including ‘Learn About Light and the Inventor of the Motion Sensor’.

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Deadline to submit to ‘2019 School’s Out, Make It Count’ conference photo contest is Feb. 15

| February 11, 2019
Deadline to submit to ‘2019 School’s Out, Make It Count’ conference photo contest is Feb. 15

Showcase your program on the conference collateral and have your photo be featured in the printed program. Anyone can be the photographer even your program’s participants.

The 27th Annual “School’s Out, Make It Count” conference will be held Oct. 19 at the Phoenix Convention Center.

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Feb. 13 — Flagstaff Festival of Science to present ‘From the Mountain to the Moon’

| February 11, 2019
Feb. 13 — Flagstaff Festival of Science to present ‘From the Mountain to the Moon’

The Flagstaff Festival of Science will present the Lunar Legacy Lecture Series program — From the Mountain to the Moon, at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 13 at Coconino Community College, Lone Tree Campus.

Scientists with the US Geological Survey throughout the Apollo missions, Drs. Ivo and Baerbel Lucchitta, offer a personal account of the historical role of the Flagstaff’s Astrogeology Center (USGS) in the exploration of the moon.

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Feb. 13 — FUSD to hold rescheduled Kindergarten Registration

| February 11, 2019
Feb. 13 — FUSD to hold rescheduled Kindergarten Registration

To assist families with the registration process, Flagstaff Unified School District elementary schools will be hosting Kindergarten Registration on February 13th from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at all District elementary schools.  The event had to be rescheduled due to a weather related school closure on Wednesday, February 6, 2019.

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Feb. 14 — CCC presents ‘Ed Talks: Volcano Date Night’

| February 11, 2019
Feb. 14 — CCC presents ‘Ed Talks: Volcano Date Night’

College will present “Ed Talks: Volcano Date Night,” from 6 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 14 at the CCC Fourth Street Innovation Center, Room B34.

CCC Geology Instructor Kurt Yuengling will share his enthusiasm for learning about Northern Arizona’s breath of Volcano types, how to identify them, and their role in the formation of the idyllic landscape.

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Feb. 19 — Grand Canyon Chamber presents Food Handler training in Tusayan

| February 11, 2019
Feb. 19 — Grand Canyon Chamber presents Food Handler training in Tusayan

The Grand Canyon Chamber will present “Manager Food Handler Training” from 9 a.m.to 1 p.m. and “Hourly Food Handler Training” from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 19 at the Big E Steakhouse, 395 AZ-64, Tusayan.

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LAUNCH seeking support for preschool pilot program. See more local education news here

| February 5, 2019
LAUNCH seeking support for preschool pilot program. See more local education news here

LAUNCH Flagstaff approached both the Flagstaff City Council and the Coconino County Board of Supervisors (Feb. 5) with one central message: the community needs more quality preschool options.

To advance world class education, which is LAUNCH’s stated mission, the organization is seeking supporters for a pilot program to improve preschool education within Flagstaff Unified School District boundaries by providing full-day, year-round preschool to 4-year-olds from low-income families.

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Arizona Education Superintendent: Teacher Shortage a ‘Crisis’. See more state education news here

| February 5, 2019
Arizona Education Superintendent: Teacher Shortage a ‘Crisis’. See more state education news here

Arizona Superintendent of Public Instruction Kathy Hoffman told the state House Education Committee that the teacher shortage is a “crisis.”

During her first state of education speech to the committee, Hoffman said when she speaks with teachers they often talk about pay.

“Time and time, pay, competitive pay, is always the top issue. Many feel their pay has even been decreasing over the years,” she said.

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Snow days are being transformed into online learning days in some schools across the US. See more national education news here

| February 5, 2019
Snow days are being transformed into online learning days in some schools across the US. See more national education news here

More schools across the country are experimenting with eLearning as a way to keep children learning, even when the building closes for inclement weather.

From fires and mudslides on the West Coast to winter storms and hurricanes on the East Coast, many schools have lost valuable days of classes, putting students behind.

For some students in North Carolina, schools were closed for weeks due to impassable roads and lingering damage in school buildings following Hurricane Florence.

School districts decide how they utilize canceled school days due to bad weather, and more are opting for online learning.

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2019 Viola Awards nominees announced for Excellence in Arts, Science Education categories

| February 5, 2019
2019 Viola Awards nominees announced for Excellence in Arts, Science Education categories

The Flagstaff Arts Council has named:

Allison Gruber – Flagstaff Arts and Leadership Academy
Shayne Smith – Flagstaff High School
Kathy Marron – Thomas Elementary School
Joe Maniglia – Theatrikos Theatre Company
Faun Nichols – Sechrist Elementary School
as 2019 Viola Awards nominees in the Excellence in Arts Education category.

The Flagstaff Arts Council also named:

Kelley Smith – Coconino High School
Susan Brown – Northland Preparatory Academy
Rich Krueger – Flagstaff Arts and Leadership Academy
Melinda McKinney – Coconino Community College
as 2019 Viola Awards nominees in the Excellence in Science Education category.

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