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FAFSA Season is Here

| September 28, 2016
FAFSA Season is Here

FAFSA season begins on October 1st, 2016. If you have older children who recently started college, this may be earlier in the year than you remember. The Federal government is now allowing families to apply three months earlier than in previous years. And applying online is easier than ever!

Students and their parents can now apply for financial aid during the fall of their senior year instead of waiting until January 1st.

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NAU supports Achieve60AZ initiative to advance education across the state

| September 28, 2016
NAU supports Achieve60AZ initiative to advance education across the state

Last week, Arizona launched Achieve60AZ, a statewide educational attainment initiative aiming to equip 60 percent of Arizonans with some form of post-high school certificate or degree by 2030.

President Rita Cheng joined the Arizona Board of Regents, Gov. Doug Ducey and more than 60 Arizona leaders during the launch event on Sept. 16.

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CHAC to present second annual College & Career Resource Fair on Oct. 1 at Killip Elementary

| September 28, 2016
CHAC to present second annual College & Career Resource Fair on Oct. 1 at Killip Elementary

The Coconino County Hispanic Advisory Council (CHAC) will present its second annual College & Career Resource Fair from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 1 at Killip Elementary School, 2300 E. 6th Ave., Flagstaff.

Career and educational organizations are invited to apply to staff resource tables and speak to students and parents about their college and career options. Contact Theresa Thomas at tthomas@coconino.az.gov or call (928) 679-7162 for more information.

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(First Things First) Annual Report Details Return on AZ’s Early Childhood Investment. See related story here

| September 28, 2016
(First Things First) Annual Report Details Return on AZ’s Early Childhood Investment. See related story here

Since the inception of First Things First, the percentage of kindergartens with untreated tooth decay has decreased by 8%. This and other notable accomplishments are included in the early childhood organization’s recently published 2016 Annual Report.

“It is very rewarding to be able to detail the measurable improvements in children’s education and health that have resulted from Arizona’s investment in early childhood,” FTF Chief Program Officer Michelle Katona said. “These are the improvements that research shows can occur through evidence-based early childhood programs, and are what voters expected when they created First Things First.”

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Fredonia Homecoming

| September 28, 2016
Fredonia Homecoming

Homecoming week for Fredonia was filled with lots of fun activities this year. Tuesday was sci-fi day, and that night we had a community movie night and watched “Remember the Titans” in the gym. Wednesday was twin day and peach fuzz volleyball. Thursday was Blue and White Day. The parade was Thursday evening, followed by an Indian Taco Dinner. That night there was the bon-fire out at red hills.

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Tuba City High students attend Stanford University Pre-Collegiate International Institute. See more Navajo Hopi-Observer education stories here

| September 28, 2016
Tuba City High students attend Stanford University Pre-Collegiate International Institute. See more Navajo Hopi-Observer education stories here

Ten of Tuba City High Schools’ top academic achievers had the distinct honor and privilege to attend the two-week 2016 Stanford Pre-Collegiate International Institute August 16 – 28 in Stanford, California.

Cheryl Onsae, Tuba City High School (TCHS) Academic Advisor was the trip chaperone and mentor for tenth and eleventh grade students participating in the program. Students challenged high achieving students from the San Francisco region in a rigorous academic environment. The goal of the program was to stimulate, involve, expand and express crosscultural approaches to global issues and personal academic progress.

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AzMerit scores show progress in some rural schools. See more Williams News education stories here

| September 28, 2016
AzMerit scores show progress in some rural schools. See more Williams News education stories here

The Arizona Department of Education released the final AzMerit statewide assessment for all Arizona schools to the public Sept. 16.

The 2015-2016 AzMerit results showed marked improvement over the first year of testing for many rural schools in the Williams-Grand Canyon area.

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Lela Schober wins 2016 Arizona Rural Teacher of the Year

| September 27, 2016
Lela Schober wins 2016 Arizona Rural Teacher of the Year

The 2016 Coconino County Rural Teacher of the Year, Lela Schober, has been selected as the 2016 Arizona Rural Teacher of the Year by the Arizona Rural Schools Association (ARSA). Schober is a language arts teacher at Williams-Elementary Middle School.

Each year ARSA presents two prestigious awards to outstanding Arizona educators: the County Teachers of the Year Awards and the Arizona Teacher of the Year award. Award winners receive plaques acknowledging their achievements and recognition. The Arizona Teacher of the Year award winner also receives a check for $1000 as well as an all expense paid trip to the annual National Rural Education Association Convention. All State winners also have their their names engraved on a large plaque that is housed at Northern Arizona University.

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Local schools, programs benefit from the Arizona Community Foundation of Flagstaff

| September 21, 2016
Local schools, programs benefit from the Arizona Community Foundation of Flagstaff

The Arizona Community Foundation of Flagstaff presented the Flagstaff Unified School District’s schools and programs with more than $150,000 at its 19th Annual Grants Award held Sept. 20 in Flagstaff.

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Expect More Arizona: Tips for Giving Feedback on the Draft English and Math Standards

| September 21, 2016
Expect More Arizona: Tips for Giving Feedback on the Draft English and Math Standards

Arizona’s English language arts and math standards have recently been updated and are open for public feedback. Over 200 Arizona educators from 10 counties donated over 6,000 hours to reviewing every standard from kindergarten to 12th grade to ensure that they are best for Arizona students, teachers, and families. You can read more about the process here.

If you are an Arizona teacher, parent or someone who cares about education, this is an important opportunity for you to have your voice heard. It is our hope that the standards will continue to be rigorous and prepare our students for success in career, postsecondary education, and life.

We’ve put together Five Tips to help make it easy for you give feedback on the draft standards.

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